Area briefs: SU earns two ODAC PoW awards

Posted: March 5, 2013

From Star staff reports

FOREST — Shenandoah University had two student-athletes named ODAC Player of the Week in selections announced Monday by the league office.

Senior Amanda Theall was named for women’s outdoor track and field while junior Stephanie Cameron grabbed softball honors.

Theall won three events, the shot, discus and hammer throws, at the season opening Lloyd Sigler Meet hosted by Salisbury University to help SU to a runner-up finish at the event.

Her hammer throw of 41.44 meters set a new school record.

This is her third ODAC PoW honor in the past year.

Cameron went 2-1 from the pitching circle last week for the Hornets, defeating Mary Washington 2-1 and Neumann 3-0 before losing 5-4 to Frostburg State.

In 21 innings pitched, she had 17 strikeouts and a 0.67 ERA.

Opponents batted just .247 off of her and she allowed just two extra base hits.


SU announces captains

WINCHESTER — Shenandoah University head football coach Scott Yoder announced the captains for his 2013 squad Monday morning.

Rising seniors Sean Blackman, Preston Funk and Byron Mitchell, along with rising junior David Bell, have been selected in a vote of their teammates to serve as 2013 captains.

Each member of the current team had the opportunity to vote for up to four players to take on a leadership role this coming fall.

Players were required to provide the reason why they were voting for a particular player and all ballots had to be signed to be considered valid.

Blackman, Funk and Mitchell all play on the defensive side of the ball with Blackman playing cornerback, Funk on the line and Mitchell at safety.

Bell is a wide receiver while he and Mitchell handle punt and kick return duties, respectively.

Blackman was a third team All-ODAC selection with Mitchell earning second team honors after grabbing first team All-USA South accolades in 2011.

Mitchell is the second member of his family to be named captain of an SU team. His identical twin brother, Bryce Mitchell, is the captain of the SU basketball team.

Byron’s and Bryce’s older brother, Brandon, was a football captain at fellow ODAC member Bridgewater College.

“These guys have bought into our program,” Yoder, who took over as head coach in January, said.

“They have shown great leadership in the classroom, in the community and the weight room. I look forward to working with them this coming season.”