Daily Press (Sunday)

7-on-7 football league isago

- Sonny Dearth

Ask good quarterbac­ks, and they’ll probably tell you they developed their skills in 7-on-7 competitio­n.

Football in less physical, less crowded situations helps give passers the confidence they need when thousands of people are in the stands and linebacker­s are bearing down.

So, the 757 Spring 7v7 Football League soon will start. Games are scheduled for every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Feb. 17 to March 23 at Norfolk Christian’s stadium.

The age divisions are 18 and under (high school), 15U, 12U and even 10U. To sign up, text “7V7” to 757-726-7357.

Rememberin­g “Big Chuck”:

Virginia Tech is mourning the death at age 73 last month of Charles Lipscomb, who in 1968 became the first Black scholarshi­p basketball player in Hokies history.

Back then, NCAA athletes weren’t eligible until they were sophomores. The 6-foot-6 center from Charlotte, North Carolina, played 73 games for Tech over three seasons, averaging 11.4 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. In May 1971, “Big Chuck” got to spar on campus with Muhammad Ali, even drawing blood from the legend’s lip after a dare from Ali.

After graduating with a degree in business management in 1972, Lipscomb worked for corporatio­ns, starting with Rockwell Internatio­nal, and settled with his wife, Deborah, in Delaware, Ohio, where he coached youth league baseball, basketball and football.

My favorite recent post on X (formerly known as Twitter) came from@ RedditCFB, which explains the current situation in big-time college sports:

“The ACC, Big 12, and Big Ten will require lots of travel in team sports. But in sports where the conference championsh­ip is the only required event, it won’t be as bad. Which, ironically, means that the fall sport with the least cross-country travel will be cross country.”

Tweet of the week:

NCAA softball teams haven’t begun their seasons yet in the winter chill, but National Junior College Athletic Associatio­n teams, such as Bryant & Stratton, have.

The Bobcats, who play home games on Atlantic Shores Christian’s field in Chesapeake, swept a doublehead­er Friday against USC Union in South Carolina, winning 8-7 and then 13-1 to improve to 2-2.

Coach Pete Berrios’ team includes a handful of Canadians, a Virgin Islander and an Oregonian, but it also includes local products Anaya Jones (from Norcom High), Tiera Sawyer (Kempsville), Iyana Betts (Kellam) and Isabella Johnson (Tallwood).

Batters up:

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