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UVA-ODU: A Virtual Lesson In VA College Baseball History

The matchup between Virginia and Old Dominion in the baseball regional in Columbia, S.C., was a virtual lesson in college baseball history in Virginia.

Old Dominion's head coach, Chris Finwood, played at VMI from 1985-88 and was a career .300 hitter, posting a .399 average as a senior.

Finwood, later named to the VMI Sports Hall of Fame, also served as the Keydets' baseball coach from 1992-94. The Keydets won a school-record 21 games in 1993 after winning two games two games earlier.

After leaving VMI, Finwood's teams at Western Kentucky won 190 games in six years. Originally from  Hampton, he was hired by Old Dominion in athletic director Wood Selig in 2012.

Selig is a graduate of Washington and Lee who worked at Virginia and has a son in Virginia Tech's  Corps of Cadets.

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Jaylon White Becomes ODU's 1st Football Commit For 2022

Old Dominion has its first commitment of the 2022 recruiting cycle, and it’s from a hometown kid with a great story.

Here is @KHS_Chiefs @KempsvilleFB Jaylon White. Two weeks ago, Jaylon’s house burnt down, today he had 3 TFL in the first half, and two fumble recoveries in the second half

    — ⭐Reese Becker ⭐ (@ReeseBecker) October 26, 2019

Jaylon White will be staying home and taking his talents to the corner of Hampton and 49th, as he will play for Ricky Rahne and the Monarchs after graduating next May from Kempsville. White has been a star for Kempsville playing a big role in the Chiefs' 2019 win over Bayside, a win that snapped a 63-game losing streak.

But for White, that was more than a game. A week prior, on his 16th birthday, White and his family lost everything in a house fire. As a result, his family was scattered, with White living with a coach, while the rest of his family lived in Northern Virginia. 

“It (the fire)  was on my birthday and I was staying with my coach (Musgrove),” White remarked. “I never stop believing because growing up I was taught to never give up and doubt anything, but to keep moving forward.

"The past could either hurt you or better you, so I continued to move forward. My coach told me I could take the game off and I looked at him like he was crazy, because football is more than just football, it’s a way to a better life so I can help my family in the future.” 

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5 Recruits Pay A Visit As ODU Looks For Another Top Class

Five key recruits visited ODU Monday, as the Monarchs look to improve on the two best classes in school history over the last two years, despite not playing a game since December of 2019. 

The NCAA recruiting dead period ended June 1st after 15 months of recruits not being allowed in-person visits with coaches, and the new staff at Old Dominion welcomed it with open arms as a quintuple of recruits visited Ricky Rahne and company to kick off the month. 

Oscar Smith star quarterback Ethan Vasko visited ODU, and the Monarchs appear to be in a good position to land the newly-minted state champion. Vasko is a Cam Newton-type player sitting at 6-foot 3, more athleticism than Johnny Manziel, and a cannon for an arm. Vasko has only lost two games in two seasons at Smith, and did not throw an interception all season in the spring. 

King’s Fork three-star defensive end Kyree Moyston made the Monarchs the first of what I believe will be multiple visits. Moyston is a big, powerful defensive end, and at 6-foot 5, could be a huge key for the Monarchs if he should choose to come to Old Dominion. 

"It (the visit) was great," Moyston said. "We talked about the school, and my position and just finally got to talk in person and just had good conversations." 

A key member of the 2022 wide receiver crop, South Country's Brock Spalding was also on campus for the first of his visits. Spalding, who at 5-foot 10 is a slot receiver, has good speed, strong hands, and a passion for the game. Spalding’s squad won the VHSL's Group AAA Class 6 state title in 2019, beating Oscar Smith, before losing in the same game this past season. 

In just eight games in 2021, Spalding exploded for 45 receptions and eleven touchdowns, while also snagging two interceptions on defense. 

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Short and Sweet Recruiting New...

Very brief but yet inciteful tidbits on these potential recruits. Job well done....thanks!
Thursday, 03 June 2021 23:03


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