State Special Olympics Fall Championships are held in Virginia Beach on Saturday and Sunday; Local College Teams Reach Conference Finals – The Virginian Pilot


More than 1,000 Virginia Special Olympians will compete in this year’s fall championships around Virginia Beach.

Competing in numerous athletic runs Saturday and Sunday, and the opening ceremony will be held Saturday from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Virginia Beach Sports Center.

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Mark Williams, a former Norfolk Academy and Duke standout, scored 20 points and 15 rebounds in his first G-League game for Greensboro as host Swarm, a Charlotte Hornets affiliate, defeated the Delaware Blue Coats in front of 1,487 fans 128-108 defeated.

Williams hit 7 of 14 shots from the field.


Top-seeded Old Dominion, playing at home, recovered from a two-goal deficit in the second half to defeat Temple 4-3 in Friday’s Big East Tournament semifinals.

The game lasted 60 regular minutes and 20 scoreless extra minutes before the Monarchs, ranked 13 nationally, defeated the four-seeded Owls 3–2 in a longer-than-usual penalty shootout, with Frederique Zandbergen scoring the decisive goal in the eighth round scored .

ODU goaltender Cam MacGillivray made just enough stops to allow the Monarchs to advance to Sunday’s 4 p.m. championship game against Liberty, which will be televised on FS1 and will automatically give the winner a bid for the NCAA tournament.

Liberty, ranked 19th nationally, beat No. 14 Connecticut 2-1 in the second semifinal.

Temple took a 2-0 lead with goals in the 39th and 43rd minutes. But Courtney Lynch struck eleven seconds from time in the third quarter, Sanci Molkenbauer leveled the game in the 50th minute, and Delphine Le Jeune put ODU (15-2) up 3-2 with a penalty, 4:48 to go .

Temple (13-6) forced OT when Peyton Rieger scored her second goal of the day with 2:20 left.

North Carolina, the nation’s top team, defeated Virginia 3-2 for the ACC Tournament title on Duke’s artificial turf.

The Tar Heels (17-0) won the tournament for the sixth consecutive year and likely secured the NCAA top seed. They won the NCAA crown in 2018, ’19 and ’20.

UVA (13-7), third seeded and fifth nationally to attend the event, looks like a no-brainer in a selection show that will open up the 18-team field at 10 a.m. Sunday.

The Cavaliers didn’t fire in the first half, but scored twice in the final at 12:30 thanks to Laura Janssen and Annie McDonough. Ryleigh Heck’s goal was decisive for UNC at 3:03 before the end to make it 3:1.

McDonough, Adele Iacobucci and Taryn Tkachuk were the Cavaliers’ All-Tournament selections.


Christopher Newport survived a Wisconsin-Whitewater comeback to earn a 4-2 victory in overtime on Friday to reach the Coast-To-Coast Athletic Conference championship game at Salisbury Field in Maryland.

The top-ranked Captains (12-3-1) play Salisbury Field for the title at 10am on Sunday against second-ranked Mary Washington, who edged out sixth-ranked host Sea Gulls 1-0 through Josh Kirkland’s penalty early in the second half.

In a 2-tie, Trevor Smith scored his first CNU goal with a free kick from about 50 yards that went over the keeper’s outstretched arms. Just over a minute later, Jonathon Leiding headed in Elton Quintanilla’s corner.

Second-half goals from Barry Jones and Ryan Machado-Jones gave CNU a 2-0 lead, but the Warhawks (13-7-1) scored twice to force OT — with 1:39 on the rules, one Own goal against the Captains tied the game.


The monarchs overthrew the rulers.

Old Dominion advanced into the championship game of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament in its first appearance, defeating three-time defending champions South Alabama 4-3 in a six-round penalty shootout Friday night after neither team scored in Foley’s 110 minutes of play. Alabama.

ODU first-team All-Conference player Ece Turkoglu scored the winning goal in the first extra round of penalty kicks after the Jaguars’ Gracie Wilson went off the bar for the Jaguars (11-2-7).

The sixth-seeded Monarchs (8-8-3) advanced to Sunday’s final at 2:00 p.m. against fourth-seeded James Madison (12-3-5) in Foley. Both Sun Belt newcomers will be seeking their first SBC titles in any sport.

ODU’s Emily Bredek and the Jaguars’ Jaidy Campos each made five saves. ODU beat USA 17-12.

After 20 minutes of extra time, the Jaguars opened the penalty shootout. ODU’s Riley Kennett, Yuliia Khrystiuk and Cami Johnstone made their kicks, with Johnstone needing to score to extend the game.

Wilson’s miss opened the door for Turkoglu to finish it off and she did it by kicking the ball into the top right corner of the net.

After ODU’s game, JMU edged eighth-seeded Georgia State 1-0 in overtime. Lidia Nduka scored in the 104th minute – the 14th extra minute – from a rebound after a save by the Panthers’ Jaddah Foos. It was Nduka’s sixth goal of the season.

It was the fourth straight year that Georgia State lost in a Sun Belt semifinals.

Virginia Wesleyan defeated previously undefeated second-placed Washington and Lee 2-1 on Generals Field in Lexington to advance to the finals of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Tournament.

Third-ranked VWU (15-2-2), the defending champion, will host fourth-ranked Lynchburg on Sunday afternoon to win the championship and an automatic spot in the NCAA Division III bracket.

W&L (14-1-5) took a 19-game unbeaten streak into the semifinals, but Shyenne Diaz struck from a rebound in the 65th minute after the corner kick was saved by Alexis Miller.

In the 79th minute, Miller scored from a corner kick that the W&L goalie couldn’t control. Less than a minute later, the Generals made it 2-1, but VWU keeper Rachel Quigley and her teammates held on.

Jill McDonald scored twice as top-seeded host Christopher Newport defeated Salisbury 3-1 to reach the Coast-To-Coast Athletic Conference championship game. The Captains (15-0-2), the nation’s third-place finish, play Mary Washington for the crown Sunday at 10 a.m.

McDonald’s penalty in the 32nd minute and Corinne Kulik’s goal in the 51st minute gave CNU a 2-0 lead. Lissette Carneiro struck in the 77th minute from 25 yards to halve the deficit for the Sea Gulls (9-9-2), but McDonald’s header from a Sarah Rhiel corner kick in the 83rd minute almost secured the win.

In the second semifinal, Mary Washington defeated UC Santa Cruz 1-0 when C2C Rookie of the Year Kaitlyn Venzen scored in the 83rd minute.


Old Dominion began a two-game Sun Belt streak at Georgia State with a 3-1 (25-18, 21-25, 25-21, 25-20) win in the teams’ first-ever meeting.

Myah Conway had 18 kills, Ashley Peroe had 12, and Madeline Rudd had a season-best 10 for ODU. Conway had 10 digs, Teresa Atilano had 49 assists, and Anna Burkhardt made 21 digs for the Monarchs.

ODU (10-14, 5-6) meets the Panthers (5-20, 1-12) again at 1 p.m. Saturday in Atlanta.

Shonte Seale had 11 kills as Norfolk State (7-14, 7-4 MEAC) began their journey with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-8, 25-21) win over South Carolina State in Orangeburg.

Sofie Langer had 25 assists and six attacks for the Spartans, and Nicole Rodriguez had 13 attacks. Freshman Raquel Lightbourn had a season-high five kills.

The Bulldogs fell to 0-23, 0-12.

Mary Washington ended Christopher Newport’s championship hopes with a 3-2 (23:25, 26:24, 17:25, 25:23, 15:12) C2C semi-final triumph in Fredericksburg.

The Captains (21-12) received 50 assists, 20 digs and four blocks from Sammy Carroll, 18 kills from Maddie Carter, 16 kills and seven blocks from Alyssa Dozier, and 18 digs and three aces from Noelle Starr. They will play top seeded UC Santa Cruz for third place on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

Jordan Lyons led the Eagles with 21 kills and 24 digs, and First Colonial High graduate Lauren Foley had 21 assists and 11 digs.

UMW (23-7) won all three games against CNU this season, all in fifth sets. Either way, the captains led two sets to one — and CNU were up two sets to none when they played in Newport News.

The Eagles face Salisbury for the championship and an automatic bid for the NCAA Division III bracket. The fourth-seeded Sea Gulls defeated the Banana Slugs in three straight sets in the other semifinal.

Earlier Friday, the CNU went 3-0 (25-13, 25-12, 25-13) past the Pratt Institute in the quarterfinals. In that match, Carroll had 40 assists, Mackenzie Wright had 12 kills, and Carter had 11 kills.

The winner of that game meets fourth-placed Salisbury for the championship and an automatic NCAA spot. The Sea Gulls defeated top seed UC Santa Cruz 3-0.

Against Pratt, Carroll had 40 assists, Mackenzie Wright had 12 kills, and Carter had 11 kills.


Virginia Tech starting forward Justyn Mutts has been suspended for one game – Monday’s opener against Delaware State – for attending a non-NCAA-certified event last spring.

Mutts had declared for the draft in April while maintaining his college eligibility, leaving the door open to a return to Tech.

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According to a tech spokesman quoted by the Roanoke Times, the suspension stemmed from Mutts’ participation in the Tampa Bay Pro Combine. Draft hopefuls from this combine attended workouts and games in front of NBA scouts April 26-29, but the combine has not been certified by the NCAA for players retaining their college eligibility.

Mutts decided in early June to retire from the NBA draft pool and return to Tech for a sixth year of college.


Old Dominion will host the College Singlehanded National Championships on Saturday and Sunday at the ODU Sailing Center.

Monarchs newcomer Emma Friedauer will compete in the Women’s Championship on Saturday at 9:30 a.m.


Old Dominion will not be participating in the Head of the Occoquan on Saturday due to the cancellation of the regatta. That ended the fall season for the Monarchs.

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