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College notebook: Radford’s Beall voted state’s best softball player

BY STEVE DeSHAZO

The area is well-represented on the Virginia Sports Information Directors’ 2012 all-state softball teams.

Recent Radford University graduate Nichole Beall (Culpeper) was named university division state player of the year, and Longwood freshman Megan Baltzell (Mountain View) is on the first team.

Beall, a shortstop, was a four-time all-state pick. She led the Big South Conference in runs (51) and stolen bases (31) as a senior and ranked second in home runs (13). She holds or shares school career records in homers (52), doubles (53) and RBIs (158).

Baltzell hit .344 as a freshman catcher with nine home runs, a team-high 35 RBIs, 47 runs, and 14 stolen bases.

Christopher Newport freshman first baseman Sabrina Hill (Mountain View) was named to the college division first team, and University of Mary Washington senior first baseman Morgon Lamon was a second-team pick. Hill batted a team-high .405 with 55 RBIs. Lamon led UMW with a .469 average and 36 RBIs.

FOOTBALL

After three years as a backup linebacker, Donovan Miles (Brooke Point) has moved to fullback at West Virginia. Miles (6-foot-1, 235 pounds) dropped 15 pounds and worked with the offense during spring drills. He should enter the fall as the primary backup to starter Ryan Clarke.

“Right now I’m all about making an impact and getting on the field, no matter where it is,” Miles told the West Virginia Gazette.

CROSS COUNTRY

Colonial Forge cross country and track and field coach Michael Porter says is leaving to become a volunteer assistant at Louisiana State University, where his sister Tina once ran.

“Right now, it’s just a foot in the door to get experience,” Porter said.

Porter, a 2003 Colonial Forge graduate, ran at Maryland and helped lead the Eagles sweep of Commonwealth District boys and girls titles in cross country, indoor and outdoor track. He said co-head coach Sean Leyh will take over Colonial Forge’s cross country program.

ACADEMICS

Shepherd women’s basketball player Hannah Safren, a Culpeper resident who attended Highland School in Warrenton, was named to the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Honor Roll with a grade-point average of at least 3.3. She started 25 of 30 games as a senior and averaged 4.2 points per contest.

CONFERENCES

Southern Virginia University will join the Capital Athletic Conference, which includes UMW, on July 1, 2013—the same day Christopher Newport becomes a CAC member. Southern Virginia, in Buena Vista, is moving from NAIA affiliation to NCAA Division III.

Steve DeShazo: 540/374-5443

sdeshazo@freelancestar.com

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