Sports: Thursday, February 25, 2021

Royals Down Hornet Hoop, Cavs Drop Third Straight, Caps-Pens Tonight

Shenandoah University Men’s Basketball saw Eastern Mennonite erase a 12-point halftime lead on the way to a 79-67 ODAC road loss last night. The 2-1 Royals outscored SU 54-30 after the break to run away from the 0-7 Hornets. Andres Frye led Shenandoah with 22 points.

Tonight, the Hornet Women play at Washington & Lee. Tip off is 7pm.

The Virginia Cavaliers are going in the wrong direction. The Hoos lost their third straight game, falling to NC State at home, 68-61. The 15-6 Cavaliers shot just 37 percent from the field, and made only 7 of their 25 three-pointers. Sam Hauser had 21 for Virginia.

And, the Washington Capitals host the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight. The Caps trail the Boston Bruins by 2 points in the NHL’s Eastern Division after a 3-2 overtime loss to the Pens on Tuesday. You can catch the action tonight starting at 6:45 on The River 95-3.

A Take On Tiger

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Greetings from The Booth!

Nice to be back after a week on “Winter Break,” which was spent mostly bonding with my new puppy (I have the chew marks on my hand to prove it) and digging out cars from my driveway. No trip to Cancun this year…

Although I won’t be at Jopson Field to broadcast , the Shenandoah University Hornets are going to play a football game Saturday against Bridgewater. hard to believe, but the last time SU played football was mid-November of 2019. Because of COVID restrictions at BC, this will be only the 3rd game since the start of the program in 2000 that I will not be doing the play-by-play. Good luck to Coach Scott Yoder’s squad on Saturday afternoon!

Well, since everyone else has weighed in on the Tiger Woods car crash yesterday, I might as well add my take, and it’s probably nothing earth-shattering. I was somewhat amazed at the wall-to-wall news coverage, which reminded me of the infamous OJ Bronco chase from years ago.

While there is no real discussion of alcohol being involved in the crash, deputies have mentioned that the vehicle, a rented SUV, was travelling at a high rate of speed on the winding California road. Until the investigation is complete, there is only speculation. There is some talk that he was possibly late for an engagement and was hurrying to get to the appearance. Having a driver (not the golf-club variety), as so many high-profile celebs do, might have prevented the crash, but that is hindsight.

With Tiger’s injuries including several compound fractures, I couldn’t help but think of Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith and his amazing comeback from a gruesome leg injury. It took Smith 2 seasons and many surgeries before he got back on the field in 2020-21. And he isn’t 45 like Tiger. It will be a long road back.

That being said, Tiger Woods isn’t your grandfather’s 45 year-old pro golfer, with pot belly and cigarette hanging out of his mouth. He is a fitness fanatic, who would love nothing better than to step on to a tee box again, prove everyone wrong, and add yet another chapter to a career already filled with comebacks.

The book isn’t closed yet, but Augusta National won’t be the same this Spring…

Until the next visit from The Booth, Get Well Tiger, and GO HORNETS! BEAT BC!


Sports: Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Tiger Crash, Caps Fall In OT, Jackets Sting Hokies

Golf icon Tiger Woods remains in a California hospital after a single-vehicle accident yesterday. Deputies say Woods hit a median with his rental SUV, causing the vehicle to roll some 700 feet before coming to a stop. The 15-time major winner suffered serious injuries to both legs, including several compound fractures. His surgery lasted well into the night.

Kasperi Kapanen’s overtime goal was the difference in last night’s 3-2 Pittsburgh win over the Capitals. Washington got goals from Richard Panik and Conor Sheary in the second period to take a 2-1 lead, before the Pens knotted things up at the end of regulation. The two teams meet again tomorrow night in DC, starting at 6:45 on The river 95-3.

Georgia Tech broke a 24-all halftime deadlock by outscoring Virginia Tech 45-29 in the second half on the way to a 69-53 upset of the number-16 Hokies last night in Blacksburg. Virginia Tech could not shake off the rust of a 16-day layoff, as they fell to 14-5 on the season.

Number-10 WVU avoided an upset last night as they beat TCU 74-66. The 16-6 Mounties led by as many as 16, but could not shake the Frogs in winning their 6th consecutive Big-12 road game.

15th-ranked Virginia is back on the court tonight as they take on NC State in C’Ville. Tip off is 6:30.

And Shenandoah University Men’s hoop plays at Eastern Mennonite tonight at 7.

Sports: Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Caps-Pens Tonight, AP College Hoop Poll, Hokies Return To The Hardwoods

The Washington capitals are back on the ice tonight when the host the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Caps are 9-5-3, and tied for second in the NHL’s Eastern Division. The Pens are right behind with 19 points. Air time is 6:45 on The River 95-3.

The latest AP College Basketball Poll is out, and Virginia took a big drop to number-15 after it’s recent loss to Duke. Virginia Tech took a 2-point jump to number 16, while the West Virginia Mountaineers rose to number-10 after going 3-1 in four straight games against ranked teams. Gonzaga remains the top-ranked team in the country at 22-0.

On the hardwoods tonight, Virginia Tech returns to action when they host Georgia Tech tonight at 7. Meanwhile, WVU continues it’s 3-game swing through Texas when they face TCU at 7 o’clock.

And, the Washington Nationals have their first full-squad workout today at their Spring Training facility in West Palm Beach, Florida. Some of the new Nats this year include first-baseman Josh Bell and reliever Jon Lester, who will join mainstays like Stephen Strasburg, Max Scherzer, and Juan Soto. You can catch Nationals’ play-by-play action again this season on Sports Radio 1450.

Sports: Monday, February 22, 2021

Caps Skate Past Devils, Bell Gets First Cup Win, Weekend Hoop Recap

The Washington Capitals erased a 2-0 New Jersey lead on the way to a 4-3 win over the Devils yesterday. TJ Oshie had 2 goals for the Caps, including what would be the game-winner in the third period. Alex Ovechkin put the exclamation point on the win later in the third, as the Capitals improved to 9-5-3, good for second place in the NHL’s Eastern Division. Next up for the Caps, a Tuesday skate against Pittsburgh. Air time is 6:45 on The River 95-3.

Christopher Bell chased down Joey Logano and captured his first NASCAR Cup Series win yesterday on the Daytona road course. With the win for Joe Gibbs Racing in just his second start for that team, Bell earned a spot in the NASCAR playoffs.

And, in college basketball over the weekend, the Shenandoah University women were defeated at Roanoke 63-52, while the 7th-ranked UVA men were stunned by Duke 66-65, and number-13 West Virginia came from 19 down to beat number-12 Texas 84-82.

In the VHSL basketball playoffs on Saturday, the Handley boys were eliminated by Smithfield 61-54 in the Class 4 state final, while the Luray girls beat Gate City 61-56 to capture the Class 2 championship.

Sports: Friday, February 12, 2021

Area HS Scores, SU Comeback Falls Short, Caps back On Ice Sunday

In the only area high school game played yesterday, the Handley boys nipped Loudoun County 55-53.

A furious Shenandoah comeback fell short last night as the Hornet Men lost at Randolph 79-74. The Hornets were down by as many as 19 in the second half before cutting the lead to just one with a minute left, before falling to 0-4. SU is back in action tomorrow when they host Ferrum at 2. You can hear the action on The River 95-3.

On the Shenandoah weekend schedule, Women’s Hoop hosts Virginia Wesleyan tonight at 7, then goes on the road Sunday at 2 against Randolph. Track and Field competes in the VMI Winter Classic today, while Wrestling hosts Southern Virginia tomorrow at 7. Men’s Lacrosse plays at William Peace on Sunday.

In College Basketball tomorrow, number-9 Virginia hosts UNC at 6, while 14th-ranked WVU entertains number-12 Oklahoma at 1.

Alex Bowman has the pole for Sunday’s Daytona 500. The checkred flag drops at 2:30 from Daytona International Speedway.

And the Washington Capitals are back on the ice Sunday when they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins. Air time is 2:45 on The River 95-3.

Sports: Thursday, February 11, 2021

Cavs Clamp Down On Jackets, SU Hoop Tonight, Hornets Picked Second

There was no area high school basketball last night.

In College Basketball, Virginia overcame a 6-point halftime deficit and held Georgia Tech to just 23 second-half points in a 57-49 road win last night. The 9th ranked Cavaliers were led by Trey Murphy’s 18 points as they improved to 15-3.

Shenandoah University basketball will play at Randolph tonight, weather permitting. Tip off is at 7.

The SU Baseball team has been picked to finish second in the ODAC in a preseason coaches poll released yesterday by the league. The Hornets, who are the 2-time defending ODAC champs, are ranked 35th nationally, as they get set to start their 2021 season on March 6th.

And, the Toronto Raptors outscored the Washington Wizards last night 137-115. Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook combined for 47 points in the loss.

NASCAR’s Perfect Storm

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Greetings from The Booth!

Talk about a strange sight. Recently, as I’ve been driving past Shentel Stadium on the way to my basketball public address gigs at The Wilkins Center, I notice the lights on and actual Shenandoah University football players practicing in the dead of Winter. Hopefully, the scheduled short season will happen starting in late February, but as a natural skeptic, I’ll believe it when I see it. Meanwhile, I’m going to invest in a nice parka and some thick socks. The Booth will probably be a little frosty…

With the Super Bowl in the rear view mirror, we move on to another Super Bowl, “the Super Bowl of Stock Car racing,” the Daytona 500. The Great American Race happens this Sunday, and although I’m not a devout NASCAR fan, it’s the one race I do watch, because seeing sunny Florida on my high-def TV in February reminds me that Spring can’t be that far off.

The Daytona 500 is a truly iconic American sporting event, but it wasn’t always that way. Until 1979, NASCAR was basically a regional sport (southern), and races were not shown live. Rather, they were taped and run later, primarily on CBS.

That all changed in 1979, when CBS broadcast flag-to-flag live coverage of the Daytona 500. The eastern half of the country was socked in by a massive blizzard, thus a sports-hungry nation gathered around the television that afternoon for the now iconic race.

And what a race it was! On the final lap, a collision between Donnie Allison and Cale Yarborough, who were leading the race, allowed Richard Petty to come from a half-lap behind to win the Daytona 500, as Allison and Yarborough spun into the grass infield. The two were then captured on live TV duking it out as The King celebrated in victory lane.

The race also featured new innovations like the in-car camera, and the low-angle shot, which are standard in today’s coverage.

The 1979 Daytona 500 put NASCAR in the national spotlight, where it remains today. If not for a “perfect storm” of events, NASCAR may have remained a regional sport, an acquired taste for those primarily south of the Mason-Dixon. Instead, we have multi-million dollar race teams and ultramodern “super-speedways” from coast-to-coast and border-to-border, with a number of networks jumping on the bandwagon to provide coverage.

And it all began on February 18, 1979.

Until next time in the Booth, enjoy the race, and GO HORNETS!


Sports: Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Area Hoop Scores, Captains Sink SU, Caps PPD

In boy’s high school basketball yesterday, Staunton downed Page 67-41, Handley beat Dominion 55-37, Skyline got past Monroe 73-63, and Rappahannock defeated Riverheads 64-49. In girl’s hoop, Luray routed Stonewall-Quicksburg 55-28.

In NCAA exhibition basketball last night, Christopher Newport erased an early 13-1 Shenandoah lead and beat the Hornet men 98-86 at Wilkins Center. The Captains put the game away with a 17-2 run to start the second half and led by as many as 21. Jaylen Williams led SU with 25 points. Up next for the Hornets, a Thursday 7pm tip at Randolph, weather permitting.

Number-14 West Virginia broke open a tight contest late for a big 82-71 road win against number-7 Texas Tech last night. WVU improves to 14-5 on the season, and 7-3 in the Big 12. Tonight, 9th ranked Virginia plays at Georgia Tech. Tipoff is at 7.

And, the Washington Capitals’ game with the Philadelphia last night was postponed due to coronavirus issues on the Flyers’ squad. Next up for the Caps, a Sunday skate against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Air time is 2:45 on The River 95-3.

Sports: Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Area Hoop Scoreboard, SU Women Roll, Caps-Flyers Tonight

In area girl’s high school basketball yesterday, Rappahannock routed William Campbell 57-17, Luray downed Stuarts Draft 67-29, it was Page over Strasburg 57-36, and Brentsville shaded Skyline 38-35.

In boy’s hoop, Page beat Madison 67-51, Monroe powered past Central 67-39, Buffalo Gap got past Strasburg 49-43, and East Rockingham cruised in a 76-43 win over Clarke.

The Shenandoah University Women led wire-to-wire in a 61-43 ODAC win over Ferrum last night at Wilkins Center. SU raced out to a 9-0 lead and never looked back in earning it’s first league win. Sarah Sondrol led a balanced Hornet attack with 13 points.

The Shenandoah men entertain Christopher Newport tonight at 6. Mike O’Dell and Dick Helm provide the play-by-play tonight on The River 95-3.

Virginia moved into the top 10 in the latest AP College Basketball Poll. The Cavaliers jumped 5 spots this week to number-9. Virginia Tech fell 2 spots to number-18, while WVU rose 3 spots to number-14. The Mountaineers continue their gauntlet of ranked teams tonight when they play at 7th-ranked Texas Tech at 9.

And, the Washington Capitals try to break a 3-game losing skid tonight when they skate against the Philadelphia Flyers. The 6-3-3 Caps are currently in third place in the NHL’s East Division with 15 points. The puck drops at 6.