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Sports Today for Feb. 21, 2013
SoVaNow.com / February 21, 2013There’s a group of former Comets playing spring sports on the college scene. The list includes Betty Rose, starting at catcher for Virginia Tech, and Stephanie Clark, coming off an outstanding season at Roanoke College.
Roanoke College softball was picked to finish second in the 2013 ODAC softball poll, with Virginian Wesleyan College the top pick. Clark tore it up last year, hitting .404, with 17 doubles, six home runs and 42 RBI. Three Comets are on the squad at Virginia State, including Verlisha Brandon and Jamiesha and Jamilia Smith. Lindsey Wilkins is a pitcher on the Virginia Intermont squad, off to a 6-2 start.
Former Comet baseball standouts Tyler Long and Ryan Puryear are continuing their craft at Louisburg, and there are other former Comet athletes we will be following this spring. Stay tuned for updates.
ACC UPDATE: Miami and North Carolina both picked up victories in ACC men’s play Tuesday night. The second-ranked Hurricanes (22-3, 13-0 ACC) continue to get it done, despite a recent ragged stretch offensively. Miami edged Virginia, 54-50. Virginia dropped to 18-8 overall.
North Carolina also won at Georgia Tech, 70-58. The Tar Heels got a terrific game from Michael McAdoo, who had 22 points and 11 rebounds. No. 4 Duke will seek to continued push towards serious March momentum with a challenging test in Blacksburg against Virginia Tech.
COMET SOFTBALL REPORT: Spring sports preparations are under way, including work for the Halifax County High School varsity softball team.
Comet coach Melanie Saunders said tryouts for the Comet squad began Tuesday, with the jayvee and varsity girls working together. She has about 34 girls out. The early goals for the preseason include working hard on fundamentals and getting in shape.
“The girls are upbeat. My seniors know this is it for them and they want to go out strong,” said Saunders.
Other Comet spring sports are getting geared up for the upcoming campaign.
DAYTONA NOTEBOOK: Amidst all the buzz in Daytona, here’s an interesting tidbit. South Boston native Jeff Burton qualified 20th last Sunday in the qualifying session. Burton starts tenth in the second race today, to help set the field.
Over the past five points’ restrictor plate events at Daytona and Talladega, Burton has five consecutive top ten finishes, including a runner-up at the Coke Zero 400 at DIS last July for Richard Childress racing.
More notes: Virginia Sprint Cup regular Denny Hamlin is making his eighth start in the Daytona 500 on Sunday at the ‘World Center of Racing.’ The 32-year-old Virginia native recorded his best-career finish in the ‘Great American Race,’ taking the checkered flag fourth. Hamlin finished third in the July 2009 race at Daytona. Last Sunday, Hamlin posted the seventh-quickest time in Daytona 500 qualifying, and will start fourth in the first of two Duel races today that will set the starting grid for Sunday’s 200-lap, 500-mile event. The FedEx Racing driver won a 150-mile Duel race in 2008.
WVD NOTEBOOK: All of the Western Valley district boys and girls’ basketball teams have been eliminated in the regional playoffs, except for the GW boys. They defeated C.D. Hylton in regional play and have advanced to the regional semifinals.
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