Area briefs: Sherando’s Smallwood to play baseball at Shepherd

Posted: November 19, 2013

From Star staff reports

STEPHENS CITY — Sherando senior catcher Chase Smallwood will attend Shepherd University and play baseball on a partial athletic scholarship next year.

Smallwood was the area’s only Group AA first team all-state selection last year for the Warriors, who won the state title with a 26-1 record.

Smallwood hit .438, hit four home runs and had a team-leading 34 RBIs. He threw a perfect game against Brentsville during the regular season and was an All-Northwestern District and All-Region II first-team pick.

Shepherd — which competes in the NCAA Division II Mountain East Conference — went 28-20 overall and 23-9 in their former conference — the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference — last year.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

SU’s Green named ODAC POY

FOREST — Shenandoah University senior Avery Green has been named ODAC Player of the Week for men’s basketball in selections announced Monday by the league.

Green led the Hornets to a 2-0 week and a BB&T Tip-Off Classic championship by scoring 58 points in wins over Methodist and Hood on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

Green had 29 points in each game, tying his career-high, and shot 64 percent from the field in leading all scorers and earning tournament MVP honors.

He also pulled down 12 rebounds and had six assists in the two games.

Green is the first SU men’s basketball player to earn an ODAC weekly honor.

FIELD HOCKEY

SU’s Cross named first team All-Region

CHANDLER, Ariz. — Junior field hockey player Ashley Cross has been named first team All-Region by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association in selections announced Monday morning by the organization.

Cross, who was named ODAC Player of the Year last week, is the first SU field hockey player in history to earn NFHCA All-Region honors.

A two-sport athlete, she is also the first Shenandoah student-athlete to earn All-Region honors in two different sports. She was named All-Cheaspeake Region in lacrosse in the spring of 2012.

Cross led the ODAC in scoring and goals this season with 34 points and 16 goals. A three-time ODAC Honor Roll selection, Cross helped the Hornets to 10 overall victories and a program record six ODAC wins.

MEN’S RUGBY

LFCC qualifies for nationals

MIDDLETOWN — The Lord Fairfax Community College men’s rugby team will compete in the National Small College Rugby Organization national playoffs after winning the Cardinal Collegiate Conference Division III Championship on Saturday.

LFCC — which also won the Virginia D-III state championship this weekend — will be the first community college team in NSCRO history to compete in the national playoffs after being the first community college team in NSCRO history to win a conference championship. The national playoffs will begin in the spring, on March 1, against Mt. St. Mary’s.

On Saturday, the No. 2 seed LFCC Lions beat Christopher Newport 20-7 in the semifinals.

In the final, LFCC played Hampden-Sydney, which beat Washington & Lee in the other semifinal and handed the Lions (3-1) their only regular season loss, 30-28. LFFC tied H-SC in the regular season standings. In the final, the Lions won 21-17.

In the playoffs, LFCC-Mount St. Mary's winner will advance to play for the Region 2 title Jacksonville, Fla. The Region 2 winner will advance to the Final Four in Glendale, Colo.