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Shout & Roar
Our student-athletes, coaches, alums and extended family do incredible things and this blog shares those stories. As the Good Old Song says, "It cheers our hearts and warms our blood to hear them Shout & Roar."
Celebrity Family Feud

145939_9761.jpgOn Sunday night, #UVAMBB legend Ralph Sampson appeared on a special prime time episode of Celebrity Family Feud. The Sampson clan, playing to try to win a $25,000 donation for the University of Virginia Health Foundation, faced off against NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul Jabbar and his family,  We won't spoil the outcome for you in case you want to watch it On Demand on online on


#MLB Hoos


Three Virginia Baseball players signed professional contracts Wednesday, beginning with the No. 8 overall pick, Adam Haseley. The outfielder was introduced at a press conference and then took batting practice on the field at Citizens Bank Park before the Phillies-Cardinals game.

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First baseman Pavin Smith inked his deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday. Taken one slot before Haseley at No. 7, Smith is the highest UVA position player draft pick since Ryan Zimmerman went fourth overall in 2005. Hear from Smith as he spoke with Fox Sports Arizona.

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Right-handed pitcher Tommy Doyle was in Denver Wednesday to sign his contract with the Colorado Rockies. He drew praise from Rockies manager Bud Black: "I'm gonna follow Tommy. Big arm."


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Former Cavalier golfer Jimmy Stanger continues to play well at this year's British Amateur Championship. After tying for 23rd in stroke play at 3-under 139, he won his first contest in match play. His trailed 1 down in his second round match Thursday morning when weather conditions suspended play. The tournament is taking place at Royal St George's and Prince's International field made up of 288 competitors from 40 countries. You can follow his live scoring here.

Dash & Tell with Mel

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Former #UVAWSOC All-American and USWNT midfielder Morgan Brian is currently in Houston playing for the Dash of the National Women's Soccer League. In an episode on "friendly competition" of her video series 'Dash & Tell with Mel', former Dash player Melissa Henderson visits Brian and her teammate Lydia Williams and shows us Brian's ultra-competitive side, and her mad H-O-R-S-E skills.

@TheNECBL Player of the Week

Screen Shot 2017-06-20 at 9.13.29 AM.pngCongratulations to #UVABase infielder Nathaniel Eikhoff who was named the New England Collegiate Baseball League Player of the Week. Eikoff, who is playing for the Keene Swamp Bats this summer, posted a pair of four-hit games as part of a 10-hit week.  He shared the NECBL lead in total hits last week while he also drove in a league-best seven runs while scoring two himself. Eikhoff is one of three Cavaliers playing for the Swamp Bats this season, alongside Bobby Nicholson and Riley Wilson. Click here for a full list of where the rest of the Cavaliers are competing this summer.

Birdwood Redux

va-3-m-golf-full.jpgThe Daily Progress' Jerry Ratcliffe takes a look at the long-awaited renovation of the University's Birdwood Golf Course.

Twin Hoos

59453e56a8e0c.image.jpgMike Barber of the Richmond Times-Dispatch shares this story about #UVAWRES new assistant coaches of how twin brothers Trent and Travis Paulson expectantly came to be on the staff of head coach Steve Garland. In addition to telling the Paulson's story, the article also tells Garland and his twin brother, Dan's, story. It is a compelling "must read", trust us!

594453d66e01e.image.jpgCongratulations to incoming #UVAFH freshman Rachel Robinson, who helped lead her Donegal softball squad to the Pennsylvania state title this weekend. Robinson helped Donegal win the field hockey title in the fall. Tim Gross of LancasterOnline shares this profile of Robinson as the storied high school career of the three-sport standout came to its dramatic climax.


Screen Shot 2017-06-16 at 7.54.08 AM.pngOn Thursday, #UVAWBB joined Area 3 Special Olympics at its Spring Athletes Celebration. The Special Olympians and lady hoopsters spent a fun afternoon together that included an ice cream social and water balloon toss.


Screen Shot 2017-06-16 at 7.56.33 AM.pngFormer #UVABASE teammates Kyle Crockett and Chris Taylor were reunited at Progressive Field in Cleveland this week, but on opposite sides of the field with Taylor's Dodgers in town to face Crockett's Indians. Crockett, who was recalled to Cleveland on June 7th, came on to pitch in the seventh inning, but did not face Taylor. Taylor, playing left field and short and batting in the leadoff slot, went 2-for-4 with home run, but LA fell12-5 to the Indians.

#MLB Debut

Screen Shot 2017-06-15 at 9.07.55 AM.pngFormer #UVABase standout Derek Fisher made his Major League debut last night for the Astros. Fisher homered and had an RBI single for his first major league hits in a nine-run sixth inning to help the Houston Astros to a 13-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night. shared this video of the blast.

Haircut Heard 'Round the Twitter World

Screen Shot 2017-06-14 at 8.44.41 AM.png#UVAMBB standout Kyle Guy shocked the Twitterverse yesterday when he revealed a new look. The guard, known for his "man bun" debuted a new buzzcut. Not only did he get the likes and retweets of support, multiple blogs and writers took to the internet to cover this story, including traditional print media such as The Daily Progress.

MLB Draft

58e4482944011.image.jpgIt's been a big week for members of #UVABase, with five players (and counting) taken in the #MLBDraft. Pavin Smith and Adam Haseley were selected with back-to-back picks in the first round, the first time since 1988 that position players from the same college team were chosen among the top 10 picks of the Major League Baseball Draft, writes Andrew Ramspacher. Closer Tommy Doyle and short stop Ernie Clement were also selected in the first four rounds of the draft, but, as Ramspacher points out, both could be changing roles the next time they hit the diamond.



Recent UVA grad Jimmy Stanger helped the U.S. Team defeat their counterparts from Europe at this year's Arnold Palmer Cup held in Atlanta. Read about it here.


Former Cavalier Ben Kohles tees it up this week at the USGA's U.S. Open Championship. He is set to tee off Thursday at 1:30 p.m. ET at Erin Hills in Erin, Wisc. Track the results and watch live at and follow his scorecard here.


2016 UVA grad Elizabeth Szokol was the runner-up at last weekend's Four Winds Invitational on the Symetra Tour. Szokol, who held the lead after 36 holes, tied for second at 8-under 208. Only a final round 8-under 64 by Kendall Dye kept Szokol from claiming the victory. Through nine events this year, Szokol is 18th on the tour's money list.


Derek Bard grew up just 90 miles from from Pittsford, N.Y., home of the Monroe Invitational, one of the nation's oldest amateur events. In his third, and final time, playing the tournament, he walked away with its top prize. Bard shot 6-under 274 to better the 81-man field in his first win since graduating in May.

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