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Mike Young optimistic as Virginia Tech men's basketball practice starts

BLACKSBURG — Virginia Tech men's basketball coach Mike Young must replace two starters from last season's squad. But four of the top six scorers from an NCAA Tournament team are back, so expectations for the upcoming season are high. "We've got so many returning guys back," Young said in an...
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Local High School Basketball Clinic tips off Sunday

BEDFORD, Va. (WFXR) — Basketball season isn’t that far away and dozens of local boys high school basketball players will be putting their talents on display. Liberty High School head boys basketball head coach David Williams will be holding his 7th Basketball Fall Clinic Sunday at noon at Liberty High School. Coach Williams says the clinic is an opportunity to see how the players stack up against each other. There is also another reason for the event.
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JMU’s Mark Byington relying on Salem roots to find further success

SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — Not too long ago, Mark Byington had a homecoming of sorts when he spoke at a meeting of the Roanoke Valley Sports Club at the Salem Civic Center. “Salem just has a special place in my heart,” Byington said. “Just growing up here. I love where I’m from. Very proud to be from Salem. More than anything I like the work ethic that was installed in me from my parents and people around me and how you’re supposed to go about things.”
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Billy Hicks remembers J.J. Redick's rise at Cave Spring

Billy Hicks coached a lot of players during his 18 years at the helm of the Cave Spring High School boys basketball team. But there was only one J.J. Redick. Redick, who announced his retirement Tuesday after playing in the NBA for 15 seasons, scored 43 points in the 2002 Group AAA final against George Wythe-Richmond to lead Cave Spring to its first state boys basketball title.

ACC reveals 2021-22 league schedule

BLACKSBURG, Va. — The Atlantic Coast Conference rolled out the 2021-22 men's basketball slate Thursday night during "Nothing But Net" on ACC Network. Of Virginia Tech's 20 games, the Hokies are set for home-and-home dates with North Carolina, Pittsburgh, NC State, Virginia, Miami and defending ACC champion Georgia Tech. Wake Forest will be Tech's foe for the conference opener on Dec. 4 at Carilion Clinic Court at Cassell Coliseum. That game will air on ACC Network.

ACC announces women’s hoops schedule Wednesday night

BLACKSBURG – Virginia Tech's 18 conference contests for the upcoming 2021-22 women's basketball season were announced Wednesday evening live on ACC Network's Nothing But Net: Basketball Schedule Release show. The Hokies' initial contest will be a trip to Tallahassee to face Florida State on December 19, a game that can be seen on ACC Network. After final exams and the holidays, the Hokies will be back on the court on December 30, this time at home to face Duke in their first matchup with head coach Kara Lawson.

Around the Way with EJ: Good Counsel LLC and Motivate the Game

ROANOKE, Va. – As someone who set out to be unique in who I am and what I do, I’ll always be naturally drawn to anyone that’s driving in the same lane, so to speak. Daniel Brooks and the initiatives and organizations he’s created, fit the bill. I first met...

Great Beginnings Program Begins September 19

Ed Green’s “Great Beginnings” programs for football and soccer will get underway on September 19 at West Salem Elementary School in Salem. Kids from all areas are welcome to sign up for the program, which targets children too young to participate in recreation sports. The goal of the program is...

ACC Preview #5 - Virginia Tech

We’ll admit it: we didn’t think Virginia Tech had much of a chance to compete in ACC Basketball. Buzz Williams and Mike Young have proven us wrong. Williams did a really nice job in Blacksburg before leaving for Texas A&M while Young has really impressed in his first two seasons.

Virginia Tech Basketball hosts three Top 100 official visitors

Virginia Tech Head Coach Mike Young is heading into his third year with the program and could be staring down his best recruiting class of his short tenure in Blacksburg. The Hokies are very likely losing a lot of talent this offseason with Storm Murphy, Keve Aluma, and Justyn Mutts all expected to depart while the team still has two open scholarships from Wabissa Bede's decision to not return and Tyrece Radford's decision to transfer. That leaves five open scholarships for the Hokies and only one commitment so far in MJ Collins. That really opens thing up for the staff and points toward a huge weekend with three potential replacements and Top 100 players coming in town for Virginia Tech.

Hokies set for UNF Invitational

BLACKSBURG -- The Virginia Tech volleyball team looks to keep its undefeated start going as they head to the UNF Invitational this weekend in Jacksonville, Fla. The Hokies will open the Invitational against Georgia State on Friday at 11 a.m., followed by another match against North Florida at 7 p.m. Tech will finish the tournament on Saturday against Davidson at 10 a.m.

Virginia Tech Official Visit Highlight: Rodney Rice

Virginia Tech is looking at a number of prospects to join the 2022 recruiting class and one of those is talented combo guard Rodney Rice. With Rice scheduled to take an official visit to Blacksburg this weekend, starting September 3rd, it is time to look at who Rice is and what he might bring to his next program. Virginia Tech has at least four scholarships available for the 2022 class and is pushing to see who will join MJ Collins as the second commitment.
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Virginia Tech tight end James Mitchell is ready to finish the race

BLACKSBURG — Every time Jimmy Mitchell looks out in the backyard at the family’s home in Big Stone Gap he’s reminded of his son. Jimmy Mitchell dug up the yard and laid down a slab of concrete when his son, Virginia Tech tight end James Mitchell, showed interest in basketball at 5 years old.
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Virginia Tech corner Dorian Strong is done being overlooked

BLACKSBURG — Virginia Tech defensive backs coach Ryan Smith was nervous last fall when Boston College receiver Zay Flowers burst down field on a post route. Flowers put up a career-high 162 yards the previous week in an overtime win over Pittsburgh. Three of his six receptions went for touchdowns.