Fresh off her team’s Class 3 state girls track and field championship, Heritage runner Solana Hamlett has signed her national letter of intent to run track at Radford next season.
Hamlett signed Thursday after posting two top-5 finishes to help the Pioneers win their first-ever girls state team title June 1. She helped HHS finish fourth in the 4x100 relay and then placed fifth in the 200 dash. Her finish in that race gave Heritage the points it needed to clinch the title.
UL coaching staff earns award
Lynchburg head coach Dawn Simmons and assistants Audra Della Rosa, Mike Jennings, Danielle Powell and MacKenzie Mount together were named the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s Division III Atlantic Region coaching staff of the year, the organization announced Monday.
The quintet guided the Hornets to a 37-15 record.
Under Simmons — who picked up her 600th career win during the season — and her staff, Lynchburg beat then- No. 1 and two-time defending national champ Virginia Wesleyan twice to win the NCAA Tournament’s Virginia Beach Regional and advance to the second super regional appearance in school history.
Lynchburg defeated ranked opponents eight times on the year and reached the NCAA tourney for the seventh time in program history.
Ex-Auburn coach Terry Bowden to be Clemson intern
CLEMSON, S.C. — There’ll be another Bowden at Clemson.
Football spokesman Ross Taylor said Monday that Terry Bowden is joining the program as an unpaid graduate intern as he pursues an advanced degree in athletic leadership at the university. Bowden, 63, is the younger brother of Tommy Bowden, who was Clemson’s football coach from 1999 through middle of 2008 when Dabo Swinney was appointed Bowden’s successor.
Goosen among new HOF members
CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA, Calif. — Two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen and three-time LPGA major winner Jan Stephenson were among five people inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in a Monday night ceremony that was as much about comebacks as success.
The biennial induction was held the week of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in an effort to attract Hall of Fame members, and 28 attended.
From staff and wire reports
Goosen and Stephenson were selected for their playing careers. Former Augusta National chairman Billy Payne, the late instructor Peggy Kirk Bell and Dennis Walters, who spent more than four decades entertaining and inspiring with golf clinics despite being paralyzed from the waist down, were the other inductees.
The induction brings the World Golf Hall of Fame to 160 members.
The final selection is by a 16-member panel, the majority golf administrators.
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