The #UVABase team opens the 2017 season today in Charleston, S.C. It is hard to say what the team will look like when they take the field, not because of its youth or top-secret opening day lineup, but because there are 11+ different uniform combinations this season. Even season ticket holders who never miss a pitch might struggle to see all of the different looks this season, but we welcome you to take up the challenge!!!
John Paul Jones Arena was home to back-to-back huge basketball games on Wednesday and Thursday. These two tweets tell it all.
Congratulations to former #UVAMBB standout Mike Tobey who made his NBA debut last night, suiting up for the Charlotte Hornets in Toronto last night. Tobey also got his first rebound and scored his first points on this putback.
#UVAMGolf senior Jimmy Stanger posted the best single-round score in UVA history Wednesday when he shot 10-under 62 at the Burns Intercollegiate in Hawaii. He helped the Hoos jump out to a big early lead as the team posted a score of 20-under par. It's been a good month for Stanger, as Golfweek shares in the linked piece.
UVA Director of Track and Field/Cross Country Bryan Fetzer was a guest on the Pace The Nation podcast, providing an introduction to the upcoming outdoor track season.
One of #UVAWBB head coach Joanne Boyle's former players at Cal has been diagnosed with breast cancer. This feature story from the Associated Press' Janie McCauley tells how Boyle and UVA's associate athletics director for WBB Ops Sarah Holsinger teamed up with Cal's former WBB athletic trainer to try to make a difference and help with her recovery.
Also under that same header of "Basketball is Family", we share this piece about former #UVAWBB guard Lexie Gerson. Gerson, after two years of playing progessionally in Israel, is in her first season as an assistant coach at NCAA III Arcadia University. In this article from OutSports, Gerson talks about the "loving, genuine, and judgement-free zone" she experienced and helped to create in her teams at UVA.
Virginia men's lacrosse has two student-athletes that won gold for Team USA in the U19 games last summer. Freshman Dox Aitken and sophomore Ryan Conrad. Both were instrumental in UVA's win at then-No. 6 Loyola over the weekend, scoring a combined seven goals. Aitken led UVA with four goals. Conrad scored the game-winning goal with 2:17 left. Click here to read US Lacrosse Magazine's article on how Team USA U19 alums are making an early college impact this season.
We are going to close out the Valentine's Day edition of the blog with our favorite Tweet of the year (so far, though it is going to be really hard to top this one). Congratulations to former #UVABase pitcher and current Oakland A's closer Sean Doolittle and his now-fiance Eirann Dolan. The proposal came last week, but we saved it to share until today. Happy Valentines Day (and MLB Pitchers and Catchers Report Day) to you both!
As The Daily Progress' Jerry Ratcliffe states in his opening of a moving feature on Gene Arnette, "One of Charlottesville's most celebrated athletes has died." Arnette, who was the UVA starting quarterback in 1968, passed away Thursday while returning from a golf trip in Florida. Click here to read this fabulous tribute from Friday's paper.
Ahead of this week's #UVABase season-opener, The Daily Progress ran this feature in Sunday's paper by Andrew Ramspacher on second baseman Ernie Clement's diverse sports background.
Congratulations to former #UVAWBB standout Ariana Moorer whose Keflavík team were crowned the 2016-17 Cup Champions this weekend in Iceland.
WSOC - Morgan Brian's high school retires her jersey
Former #UVABase shortstop Daniel Pinero was named to Canada's 28-man roster for the upcoming World Baseball Classic. The roster includes seven current Major Leaguers as well as eight more who have MLB experience. Pinero is the first former UVA player to compete in the event.
UVA Baseball Alum Announces Retirement
Former UVA left-handed pitcher Javier Lopez announced his retirement from Major League Baseball on Wednesday, capping a 14-year big-league career. Lopez won four World Series rings, most of any active MLB player. He currently is 41st in MLB history with 839 pitching appearances. Lopez played at UVA from 1996-98 and went on to play with the Colorado Rockies, Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants, winning World Series titles with the Red Sox (2007) and Giants (2010, '12, '14).
#UVAMLax attackman Zed Williams, a member of the Seneca Nation, hails from a reservation near Buffalo, N.Y., and entered UVA in 2013 as the all-time national high school record holder in career points and goals. After a move from midfield to attack prior to 2017, Williams is looking to be a huge offensive weapon in first-year UVA head coach Lars Tiffany's fast-paced offense. Here is a solid article from Lacrosse Magazine's @D1scourse on how Williams chose a different path and came to the University of Virginia.
There was a #UVAMBB reunion last night in the Queen City when Joe Harris and the Brooklyn Nets were in town to take on Mike Tobey and the Charlotte Hornets, in this photo captured by Daniel Jenkins (@dcjenkins1) and shared on Twitter. In addition to the two former teammates having a chat before the game, a contingent of current and former staff members and managers made the five-hour drive down to Charlotte to support the 'Hoos.
Chris Long won the Internet (for a while) on Tuesday thanks to his pure enjoyment from winning the Super Bowl. A St. Louis columnist (where Long began his career with the St. Louis Rams) explains. Also check out this piece from the USA Today.
#UVAWLax was given the opportunity to takeover it's equipment partner STX's official Instagram account. The Cavaliers showed everything from a beautiful, sunny shot of the Rotunda, to the locker room, to supporting the men's basketball team vs. Louisville. It also included some looks at this year's new gear! All the photos can be seen on stxwlax.
More Hoos in the News
Cavalier Daily: Feature on #UVAWrestling seniors Will Mason and George DiCamillo.
UVA Today: Leah Smith is honored at National Girls and Women in Sports Day
Two items to share this morning from the mat. Ray Bethea, a graduate student member of the UVA Wrestling team, was recently featured by TrackWrestling.com as he combines his studies and wrestling for the Cavaliers. Bethea, who currently holds a 20-10 record at 165 pounds, joined the wrestling team after graduating from Penn and is enrolled seeking a masters degree in higher education from the Curry School of Education.
Redshirt senior George DiCamillo of the 24th-ranked Virginia wrestling team was honored by The Open Mat Wrestler of the Week. DiCamillo had a big weekend, pinning the nation's fifth-ranked wrestler from North Carolina to help the Cavaliers to a win over the No. 25 Tar Heels and another win over Duke on Sunday.
Former #UVABase catcher Matt Thaiss has been invited to the Los Angeles Angels MLB Spring Training camp. The Angels' first-round draft pick last year after three standout years at UVA, Thaiss reports to spring training on Feb. 17. In all, there will be 13 former Cavaliers in big league camps when Spring Training opens in two weeks.
The @Patriots' dramatic come-from-behind, overtime Super Bowl win was very special to former #UVAFB standout and Charlottesville's own Chris Long, as it allowed him to join his father, Howie, as a Super Bowl Champ. Howie claimed his ring in 1983 at Super Bowl XVIII while playing for the Raiders. They are just the fourth father-son tandem to be Super Bowl Champs. Multiple news outlets captured this heart-warming story including Fox Sports and the NY Post.
This last weekend, two #UVAMTennis alums competed in Davis Cup matches. Dominic Inglot partnered with Jamie Murray to pick up a win in doubles that helped propel Great Britain into the World Group quarterfinals. His Cavalier teammate, Treat Huey, also picked up a doubles win for the Philippines team playing in Asia/Oceania II. After the tie, Huey was presented with the prestigious Davis Cup Commitment Award by the ITF for playing nine-straight years in the tournament.
Sunday was National Girls and Women in Sports Day at JPJ. For the last 22 years, the Virginia Department of Athletics and the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women's Center have collaborated in a celebration of the event that brings national attention to the achievements of female athletes and to issues facing girls and women in sport. This year's theme was Achieving Your Dreams with two-time Olympic medalist and current Virginia swimmer Leah Smith as the honoree. Additionally, there was a pregame sports festival on the third floor concourse with eight stations that included basketball, volleyball, rowing, golf, lacrosse, softball, field hockey and football. Student-athletes manned the stations and were giving instruction to the youth in attendance about the various sports.