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Good Saturday evening blog readers. Over the past several days, there has been several smaller newsworthy items that have popped up in the Twitterverse that I have neglected to cover here on the blog. Part of that is because most of these items aren’t really enough to form an interesting blog article without a lot of fluff. Thus, I’ve decided to do a quick hitter type of article hoping to gloss over them all. We’ll start with one of our basketball players being eligible for a prestigious award.
Erick Green a Finalist For the Wooden Award
On Saturday, the 15 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award, which goes to the nation’s top basketball player, were announced. Surprisingly, Erick Green was one of those 15 finalists. Obviously, the Hokies star point guard doesn’t have much of a shot to win the award. The Hokies have struggled this season and Green’s nomination seems to be more out of respect than anything. But, having a finalist for this award is certainly something James Johnson can sell on the recruiting trail.
Other ACC players on the final list of 15 include Shane Larkin (Miami) and Mason Plumlee (Duke).
Frank Beamer Given Lifetime Achievement Award by the DC Touchdown Club
Speaking of respect, the DC Touchdown Club, which used to be the granddaddy of all sports banquets back in the 1960’s, gave Virginia Tech’s head coach Frank Beamer their Lifetime Achievement Award last week. You can read a little bit more on this subject matter in a Washington Post article dated February 14th. It goes into a little more detail on the history of event.
Also of note, Kendall Fuller was at the banquet as well to receive the District Player of the Year award.
Softball Out to a 15-2 Start
I want to give a big shout out to Virginia Tech’s Softball team who has started this season on a 15-2 tear. Of course, ACC play will start very soon and that’s when we’ll find out just how good this team is this year. But, 15-1 record to start the year including a recent win over #9 UCLA is nothing to scuff at. It looks like the girls are going to be postseason bound this year as long as the train doesn’t derail in conference.
Alexander Ziegler Wins Weight Throw National Championship
With a distance of 22.46 meters, Alexander Ziegler claimed the Weight Throw National Championship today. That is the 13th individual National Championship at Virginia Tech and the 3rd for Ziegler. He also has a pair of Hammer Throw titles to his name (2011 and 2012).
Virginia Tech Loses Series to Georgia Tech
The Yellow Jackets invaded Blacksburg and will leave with a series win over the Hokies, no matter what happens on Sunday. The 14th ranked Yellow Jackets dominated Tech on Friday, beating the Hokies 11-1 thanks to a dominant pitching performance from ace Buck Farmer.
On Saturday, Georgia Tech used a 6 run 7th inning to overpower the Hokies, winning the game 14-9. The two teams will play again on Sunday at 1 p.m.
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