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After securing a regional berth with a Valley District regular season baseball title, SHS added a cherry atop its 2013 resumé with its first Valley District Tournament Championship in school history defeating Turner Ashby 11-6 in the tourney final. Spotswood (#2) hosts Staunton River (#7) while Turner Asbhy (#5) travels to William Byrd (#4) in Region III quarterfinal play.
The Virginia Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association recently named East Rockingham High School senior, Sarah Cameron, its 2013 recipient of the Claudia Dodson Award.
Following is the criteria for the award given to one recipient in the Commonwealth. Congratulations, Sarah, on this outstanding award.
Claudia Dodson Award Criteria
The Virginia Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (VIAAA) awards one annual scholarship in the amount of $1,500.00 dollars to a deserving high school student who will be graduating from a Virginia High School League member school or Independent School in honor of Claudia Dodson. She was the first female athletic administrator with the Virginia High School League appointed in 1971 serving the league for thirty years. The athletic director of the member school must be a member of the Virginia Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association in order for the member school’s student to qualify for the scholarship.
Requirements for this application must include the following:
-Must attend an institution for higher learning
-Must be in need of financial assistance
-Must have a minimum of a B (3.0) grade point average
-Must have received no full athletic financial aid
-Must have earned four or more Athletic Varsity Letters
-Must have achieved a leadership position(s) in school and community activities
-Must have extensive service to school and community
-Must provide a maximum of three letters of recommendation for the nominee
The Selection Committee of the VIAAA will select one individual who best meets the above requirements and demonstrates the qualities of athletic achievement, leadership and service as presented in the letters of recommendation.
Each with 1000+ career points to become her school’s all-time leading scorer, a state championship trophy in hand, and even players in the same program just three short years ago, Jessica Lam and Bailey Williams can now also list among their accomplishments and similarities a Virginia High School Coaches Association’s “Player of the Year” award, Jessica in Group A Division 1 and Bailey in Group AA Division 3.
Also earning All-State recognition:
- East Rockingham sophomore, Madison Comer – First-team Group A Division 1
- Spotswood junior, Tayler Dodson – Second-team Group AA Division 3
And for the boys:
- Spotswood senior, Hyrum Weiler – First-team Group AA Division 3
- Spotswood junior, Tucker McCoy - Second-team Group AA Division 3
East Rockingham outlasted Altavista, 35-31, to earn its second state championship in as many years and a day later, Spotswood sailed past Brunswick, 66-51, to capture its program’s second state title, as well (first in 2005.) Paul Comer leads the ERHS girls while Spotswood’s head coach is Chris Dodson.
CONGRATULATIONS to both teams!
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The defending State A, Division 1 champs East Rockingham girls along with the Spotswood boys’ and girls’ teams posted quarterfinal wins at the JMU Convo to advance to Final Four play in Richmond.
Read DNR articles by Paul Montana and John Galle. Photos by Jason Lenhart.
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SHS Sophomore Jessie Arnold added a second Group AA championship in as many years to her collection by repeating as state champion in the 500 Free event (knocking nearly 8 seconds off her 2012 winning time) and leading her SHS team to a 3rd place finish at the Group AA swim meet in Christiansburg.
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Turner Asbhy senior, Luke Kiser, took the Group AA State title at 152 lbs to become the fourth TAHS wrestler in program history to win multiple state championships. His win follows up a title in the 145-pound class a year ago. He led his team, who has won the last 21 of 23 district titles, to a T-12 finish at this year’s Group AA meet in Salem. Senior Josh Powers took 4th in Salem at 182 lbs.
The head coach is Marshall Smiley, a TA wrestler/alum and PE teacher at J. Frank Hillyard Middle School. His lead assistant is Adam Wright, another TA wrestler who is a member of the TAHS sports Hall Of Fame. They follow Will Crockett, yet another product of the TA wrestling program (1991-94) who coached there from 2002-2010 and now continues his support as a volunteer in addition to teaching at TAHS, as well.
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East Rockingham swimmers performed well in their inaugural swim meet. But it was the splash they made OUTSIDE the pool that drew attention.
In a message to East Rockingham Principal Eric Baylor, ERHS Swim Coach Debbie Coles recounts her team’s first swim meet experiences:
“I wanted to let you know that our first meet went well. All of our swimmers did an amazing job in the water, but it was what they did OUT of the water that got a lot of attention. They cheered for the swimmers on the opposing team during each event. During one event, an opposing swimmer was lagging behind. His own team was not even paying attention but the ERHS team stood at the side of the pool cheering him on the entire way to the finish. When he reached the wall, our side of the pool exploded in applause. Our swimmers were not told to do this – they did it on their own. Several people stopped Coach [Becky] Hess and me and commented on our sportsmanship. One man said that in his child’s four years of swimming for Clarke County, he had never seen such sportsmanship from another team. After the meet, we stopped in McDonalds and many of the Clarke County swimmers and parents were dining there and approached us to thank us for cheering for them and being so nice. Coach Hess and I are so proud of this team!!
As for the score – they beat us, but not by much. We are a team of only 12 swimmers – only 11 participated in this meet – but the final score was 177 – 107. Clarke County’s team is a least three times the size of ours. We have a talented bunch of swimmers for sure!”
After capturing its first ever Region III Championship at Winton Country Club on Oct. 1, Spotswood’s golf team stretched its undefeated record as far as it could before falling to a very strong Salem squad in the 8-team State AA Championship on Oct. 8-9 at Lakeview Golf Club. The Blazers jumped from 5th place to 2nd with a strong performance in day #2 of competition. This marks the school’s best finish for its golf program.
The team was led by Robbie Failes, Daniel Wine, Cole DeLucas, Clay Sowers, Luke Camper, and Jack Darrah.
Article below reposted with permission from the Daily News-Record. Thanks to Paul Montana, DN-R Sports Writer, and DN-R Photographers, Stephen MItchell and Michael Reilly.