THE SPORTS DESK
The authority for sports coverage in the Fredericksburg region.
BY STEVE DeSHAZO
Two former area standouts will lead their teams into the NCAA Division III men’s basketball tournament Friday.
Messiah (20–6) will face Scranton (20–7) in the first round Friday in Wayne, N.J. after winning the Commonwealth Conference tournament title on Saturday.
Junior Derek Mosley (Mountain View) scored 16 points in a 68–59 win over Lycoming in the final. Mosley was also named second-team all-conference after averaging 12.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game and shooting 43.2 percent on 3-pointers.
Randolph–Macon (21–6) earned an at-large bid and will face Ohio Athletic Conference champion Capital (18–9).
Junior Lamar Giggetts (Courtland) scored 20 points in Thursday’s 99–91 Old Dominion Athletic Conference tournament overtime win over Eastern Mennonite, but the Yellow Jackets were eliminated by Randolph 58–51 in the semifinals.
Eastern Mennonite sophomore Dajon Daniel (Mountain View) had 18 points against R–MC, including a 3-pointer to force overtime.
Sophomore guard Tristan Carey (Colonial Beach) fell one assist short of his first triple-double in Longwood’s 85–74 victory over NAIA Virginia–Wise Wednesday. He had 24 points along with career highs of 11 rebounds and nine assists.
Shenandoah sophomore guard Avery Green (Courtland) was named to the USA South Conference all-tournament team after scoring 20 points in a 72–68 quarterfinal round victory over No. 2 N.C. Wesleyan and 17 in a semifinal loss to Greensboro College. He earned honorable mention on the all-league team after averaging 15.6 points and 4.5 rebounds.
Junior Meredyth Frye (Riverbend) had 17 points and nine rebounds Wednesday as Georgia Southern beat UNC Greensboro 59–47 to snap a seven-game skid.
N.C. State freshman Michael Camper (Riverbend) became the sixth area swimmer to qualify for this summer’s U.S. Olympic Trials.
On Sunday, a day after competing in the Atlantic Coast Conference championships in Blacksburg, Camper swam the 200-meter backstroke in 2:04.30 in a time trial. That qualified him for the Trials, June 25–July 2 in Omaha, Neb.
He’ll join University of Virginia juniors Meredith Cavalier (Brooke Point) and Nick Montes de Oca (Orange); Tennessee junior Caroline Simmons (Colonial Forge); Florida State freshman Josh Friedel (Mountain View); and Riverbend junior Kayla Brumbaum.
In the ACC meet, Friedel was third in the 200-yard back (1:44.59) after swimming a 1:43.54 in the preliminary round. He was ninth in the 100 back (48.38). Camper was 15th in the 1,650 freestyle, (15:43.93).
Montes de Oca helped Virginia win its fifth straight ACC men’s title, placing 13th in the 400 IM (3:55.30) and 16th in the 200 breaststroke (2:02.69).
Junior Kathleen Lyon (King George) was third in the 1,650 free (17:20.50) at the Northeast Conference Championships to help St. Francis (Pa.) win the women’s team title.
TRACK AND FIELD
Indiana senior Olumide Olamigoke (Mountain View) finished second in the men’s triple jump at the Big Ten meet with a career-best leap of 51–11. It’s the eighth-best distance in school history.
At the ACC championships in Boston, Virginia sophomore Thomas Porter (Mountain View) was third in the men’s 5,000 (14:16.83); North Carolina junior Reynaldo Radlin (North Stafford) was seventh in the 400 (48.93); and Virginia sophomore Katherine Walker (Brooke Point) 11th in the women’s 5,000 (16:55.30).
Tennessee State freshman Ashontae Jackson (Orange) was fourth in the women’s 55 (7.19), 200 (25.09) and long jump (18–10 ½) at the Ohio Valley Conference meet at ran on the winning 1,600 relay (3:47.70).
Bridgewater sophomore Eugene Cummings (Stafford) won the men’s triple jump (45–8) and was second in the long jump (21–2) at Saturday’s Old Dominion Athletic Conference meet. Lynchburg sophomore Jasmyne Johnson (Louisa) was second in the women’s 200 (26.88), and fifth in the 400 (1:00.98).
Christopher Newport sophomore Jenna Elliott (Massaponax) tied for first in the women’s high jump (5–4) at Sunday’s George Mason Last Chance meet in Fairfax. Senior teammate Dira Hansen (Culpeper) was fourth in the 800 (2:16.48). James Madison senior Brittany Wilhelm (Brooke Point) was third in the 500 (1:19.67).
Sophomore Courtnee Whitaker (Mountain View) set a California (Pa.) school record with her third-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles (8.99) at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference meet. Senior Sandy Estep (Chancellor) was fifth in the 800 (2:20.44).
Junior Roderick Spruel (Chancellor) was eighth in the men’s 60 (7.13) to help Liberty sweep the Big South titles. VMI sophomore Jacob Lysher (Stafford) was eighth in the 800 (2:01.68) after posting the fastest qualifying time (1:54.61).
Appalachian State junior Meghan Smith (Mountain View) was named to the Gamecock Invitational all-tournament team after collecting seven hits, four runs and three RBIs in three games.
Radford freshman Micalah Sacre (Orange) doubled home the go-ahead run, stole home and pitched 4 innings for the win as Radford edged Jacksonville State Sunday 3–2 in the Eagle Classic in Statesboro, Ga. hosted by Georgia Southern. A day earlier, Sacre had a two-out, two-run tiebreaking single in a 6–4 win over host Georgia Souther. Senior Nichole Beall went 3-for-4 with her 41st career home run to tie a school record.
Freshman designated hitter Derek Gallello (Riverbend) had three hits in his first college start, Charlotte’s 8–4 win over Toledo Friday. He’s batting .462.
Senior second baseman Levi Hyams (Colonial Forge) had a two-run homer in No. 9 Georgia’s 4–1 win over Georgia State Wednesday and an RBI triple in Friday’s romp over Winthrop.
Eastern Mennonite senior Beau Banglesdorf (Mountain View) went 4-for-5 with two doubles and four runs in a 23–10 win over Southern Vermont in the opener of a doubleheader, then earned the save in a 10–7 win in the nightcap.
Sophomore Robert Gallet (North Stafford) shut out Messiah for seven innings in Bridgewater’s 11–5 win Saturday. He’s 3–0 with a 1.71 ERA.
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