Sports Journalism

2018

Life of a two-sport Division III athlete

There are 513 student-athletes at Washington and Lee. Jimmie Johnson is one of just 48 who play two sports at the Division III university. He says the small-school experience has enriched his relationships with other students and coaches.

Parry McCluer's girls basketball hungry for championships

Parry McCluer's girls varsity basketball team has achieved unprecedented success. Last year, the Lady Blues won their second consecutive state championship but they hope to three-peat.

Washington and Lee eSports Grows

Washington and Lee eSports, the official gaming organization of the university, started as just a few students gathered around a small table in the university’s common area. But now, 100 students are active competitors.

Washington and Lee women's basketball: more rookies than veterans

Andi Carrandi says people think her team is losing talent. The senior basketball player plans to prove them wrong.

W&L Cross Country teams head for Nationals after 4th straight ODAC wins

Cross country is a fall only sport, but athletes train year long. Both the Washington and Lee Men's and Women's Cross Country teams  worked toward qualifying for Nationals.

Young coaching staff prepares for W&L Men's Basketball

The Washington and Lee University's Men's Basketball team is preparing for the 2018-19 season with coaches who have only one-year combined coaching experience with the squad.

RARO youth football finishes season strong despite declining numbers

Despite a drop in interest in youth football due to safety concerns, the Rockbridge Area Recreation Organization's youth football league capped off a successful season.

VMI basketball team hopes to rebound

Virginia Military Institute’s basketball team finished last year with a 9 – 21 record. Sophomore guard Bubba Parham was a bright spot as the Southern Conference Freshman Player of the Year. This season Parham and the Keydets have a simple goal: get better.

VMI Women’s Rifle rebuilds after graduating talent

The Virginia Military Institute’s women’s rifle team is made up of mostly freshmen who are also known as rats. Five of the team’s top shooters graduated last year, forcing the team to grow, improve and come together while adhering to VMI’s rules.

Three young linebackers strengthen Generals’ top ODAC defense

The Generals’ defense is first in the ODAC in fewest points allowed and total yards given up. The Washington and Lee men’s football team is five and one, thanks in part to that strong defense.

Reigning ODAC swim champions energetic for another promising season

After years of consistent wins, the Washington and Lee men and women's swim teams have kept up the pace. Each is ranked No. 1 in the ODAC conference. The women are ranked 14th nationally while the men are ranked 23rd.

Pickleball comes to Rockbridge County

The unique sport of pickleball has arrived in Rockbridge County. This racquet sport combines tennis and ping-pong and is fun for all ages.

Generals golfer Brian Peccie thriving after winning national championship

Brian Peccie, who won the NCAA Championship golf last year, began his 2018 season with a victory, followed by another Top 10 finish.

Washington and Lee football splits time between quarterbacks

Washington and Lee junior Drew Richardson and sophomore Trey Laughlin are sharing time at the quarterback position. Richardson is stronger and more powerful, but Laughlin is quicker.

Rockbridge County High School XC team has unique coaching staff

The Rockbridge County High School boys cross country team is coached by a woman, Julie Tisone. She wasn’t sure if she’d like coaching boys when she started three years ago, but the experience has been better than she imagined.

Rockbridge Wildcats looking for a run at the playoffs

The Rockbridge Wildcats faced a tough start to their football season but have turned it around could make a run at the playoffs. Captain Derek Carter credits Coach Mark Poston with their success.

Sophomore running back faces high expectations

Washington and Lee sophomore running back Josh Breece is in the spotlight after he broke the rushing record for yards, career yards per attempt and hundred-yard games in a season during his freshman year.

Brothers from Denmark play in last season together

Brothers Viktor and Oliver Dolberg, a senior and a junior respectively, are on the Washington and Lee University men’s soccer team.  They are also the captains.

Field hockey goalie enjoys record-setting career

Senior field hockey goalie Ariyel Yavalar started off the season against Denison by setting a school record for saves in a game. The team has had a tough start to the season with a 2-5 record against out-of-conference teams, but Yavalar says fans can expect more success during conference play.