Facing off on opposite sides of a specially designed table, Landon Smith, of Timberville, and Marvin Byler, of New Market, await Drew Alexander’s signal. After checking their hand position and grip, Alexander gives the word. Game on.
On July 1, following years of debate and legal proceedings, the NCAA adopted a new “Name, Image and Likeness” (NIL) policy that could have a profound effect on college athletes and athletics programs. The move comes as a broader argument plays out over whether college athletes should be paid, and blurs the lines that the NCAA has traditionally drawn between amauter and professional sports.
After COVID-19 shut down the Valley Baseball League (VBL) in 2020, the Harrisonburg Turks and 10 other teams are back in business this summer. The Turks’ roster features both local players and ones from across the country. Among them are four JMU players staying in Harrisonburg, including catcher Travis Reifsnider, who has played in the league before and is happy to return..
In unprecedented times, the JMU softball team delivered an entirely precedented Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) title, providing sports fans with a sense of much-needed normalcy. (The softball team is now in unprecedented territory, however, playing No. 1 Oklahoma at noon today in its first-ever trip to the Women’s College World Series).
I just can’t believe it’s gone. On April 2, the Valley League made the momentous decision to cancel the 2020 summer season.
It was in 1999 that Howard first worked up the nerve to write a book about the black baseball culture he remembered from his childhood. He realized, though, that he didn’t know much about the games and teams he watched as a young boy in Ivy. The Albemarle County town had its own community, the Eagles, who played in an empty field just yards from Howard’s home.
What started off as a few timid punches soon escalated to raucous laughter and mighty blows. A series of rights and lefts, blocks and jabs were thrown as spouses hid behind the safety of punching bags and battled each other with apparent delight.
While we don’t know exactly where East Rockingham’s standout sophomore, Tyler Nickel, will rank in the final reckoning of top prep basketball players from the area, it’s becoming more and more clear that he will be in that conversation by the time he graduates in two and a half years.