Daily Press (Sunday)

ODU beats CNU in exhibition game


Simone Cunningham had 12 points and 17 rebounds as Old Dominion defeated 2023 NCAA Division III runner-up Christophe­r Newport 65-48 Friday night in a preseason exhibition at Chartway Arena. En’Dya Buford led ODU with 14 points. Hannah Kaloi had 11 for CNU.


Christophe­r Newport (16-0), ranked fourth in Division III, won 4-2 at Mary Washington (10-8) behind two goals apiece from Caroline Hughlett and Abby Asuncion.

Lauren Hedspeth scored twice as Virginia Wesleyan (7-11, 3-6 ODAC) closed its season by winning 5-1 at Ferrum.

William & Mary (8-8) celebrated its Senior Day with a 7-0 rout Friday of Queens University of Charlotte at Busch Field. Graduate student Lauren Curran had three goals.


Old Dominion (11-15, 3-9 Sun Belt) gained a split of a two-match series at Appalachia­n State (13-10, 4-8), winning 3-1 (17-25, 25-15, 26-24, 25-22) Friday after losing 3-0 Thursday. Myah Conway had 22 kills and Elisa Maggi had 17 kills and 10 digs for ODU.

Norfolk State’s three-match winning streak ended with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-18) defeat at Gill Gymnasium to Maryland Eastern Shore. Gabrielle Gilbert led the Spartans (7-9, 6-3 MEAC) with 15 kills.


Both Christophe­r Newport teams placed second among five teams in the Coast-ToCoast Athletic Conference meet in Sunnyvale, California. UC Santa Cruz won both titles for the third straight year.

Phoebus’ Davion Roberts runs for yardage against Warwick on Saturday.

ball back to Stowers following a handoff. Stowers threw to Reddick, who made a spectacula­r leaping catch at the Warwick 12-yard line. Three plays later, Roberts ran 6 yards to the end zone to give the Phantoms a 10-0 lead on the first play of the fourth quarter.

“I take very, very big pride in that,” said Roberts, who carried 24 times for 72 yards. “That was my mission.

“I heard they hadn’t been scored on and I had to be the first one.”

To that point, the Warwick offense had been in Phoebus territory for only one play. The defense kept the Raiders in the game by denying Phoebus when it drove as deep as the Warwick 21, 28 and 36 on first-half possession­s.

But Rios came to life, completing passes of 20 yards to Mike Alleyne and 6 yards to Messiah

Delhomme, before running for 23 and 5 yards to move the Raiders to the Phantoms’ 12. Phantoms linebacker Nijay Gay stopped the drive by diving to intercept a Rios pass intended for Alleyne.

Rios’ 7-yard completion to Alleyne, and a pass-interferen­ce call on the Phantoms, moved the Raiders to the Phoebus 38 on their next possession. Cornerback Ricardo Underwood’s intercepti­on denied the Raiders.

Stowers intentiona­lly ran out of the end zone with 1:41 to play as the Phantoms gave up a strategic safety to deny the Raiders field position. Warwick returned the kickoff past midfield, but was stopped on four downs as Phoebus ran its streaks to seven consecutiv­e district titles and 58 straight district wins.

“Warwick definitely presented a challenge today,” Blunt said. “I’m proud of my guys how they stepped up to the challenge.”

Three athletes from Hampton Roads earned their way into the Chowan Sports Hall of Fame’s recently announced class.

Woodside High graduate Robert Holland of Newport News rewrote the record book as a wide receiver for the university in Murfreesbo­ro, North Carolina. He remains second all-time in career receptions (325) among NCAA Division II players and was a fourtime All-Central Intercolle­giate Athletic Associatio­n selection. As a senior, he was the CIAA Offensive Player of the Year.

Holland set Chowan records in nine categories, including all-time points (276) and touchdowns (43). He graduated in 2014, is a physical education teacher in Northern Virginia and is the offensive coordinato­r for John H. Lewis High as well as a track and field coach.

Talaya Lynch King, from Hampton High, averaged 14 points during her 102-game Chowan basketball career. She made the All-CIAA team three times, was on the Division II Freshman All-America team and accumulate­d 1,412 points and 578 rebounds.

She later joined the Army, in which she became an IT specialist, and now is a production scheduler for Huntington Ingalls Industries at Newport News Shipbuildi­ng.

Jaleel Nelson, who came to Chowan in 2006 from Lakeland High in Suffolk, totaled 1,369 points (third in school history), 477 rebounds, 235 assists and 154 steals. He was a National Christian College Athletic Associatio­n All-American and helped Chowan reach its national tournament.

Nelson played profession­ally in China, Kosovo, Uruguay, Ecuador and Chile and now teaches economics at King’s Fork High.

Beach swimmer earns Pan Am medals:

Virginia Beach’s Kayla Wilson swam to a gold and silver medal as part of the United States team in the recent Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile.

A former Norfolk Academy star who competes for Tide Swimming and Stanford, Wilson swam a 54.85-second split for her 100 meters as the third swimmer of four on a silver-medal-winning American 4×100 team.

She and her teammates — Gabi Albiero of Louisville, Kentucky, Catie DeLoof of Grosse Point, Michigan, and Amy Fulmer of Bellefonta­ine, Ohio — finished in 3 minutes, 38.42 seconds. Later, Wilson competed in the 200 freestyle, posting the top time in Heat 2 with a 2:01.34 before shaving nearly three seconds off her time in the final to place fifth at 1:58.91.

Wilson’s gold came in the 4×200 free relay, her last final in Chile. She swam the second leg on a first-place team that finished in 7:55.26.

After the meet, Wilson went back to Stanford and is competing with the Cardinal in their final Pac-12 season before they head to the Atlantic Coast Conference.

On Oct. 21 at Warwick High, about 300 people came to honor Angela Jackson, who has been involved with Virginia Peninsula Community College for 44 years, beginning in 1979. She started out as a student at what then was known at Thomas Nelson CC, then became a full-time employee and made her mark in athletics.

She played one season on the men’s basketball team before a women’s team was formed, coached the men’s and women’s teams (guiding both for several years), and has been an adviser, the coordinato­r of athletics and a member of athletics operations.

During “Gator Madness,” kicking off the 2023-24 basketball preseason. Chris Moore, VPCC’s athletic director since July 2022 and its men’s basketball coach since fall 2018, said the honor was long overdue.

“When you do 44 years in anything … that’s amazing, especially when it comes with the type of commitment and time that’s put into this,” Moore said in a school release. “It was important to honor her.”

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