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NEWS RELEASE: (Asheville, NC) – Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Blue Ridge Parkway is increasing recreational access at campgrounds in both Virginia and North Carolina. The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.

Beginning July 31, 2020, the Blue Ridge Parkway will reopen access to four campgrounds at the

following locations:

Virginia:

  • Peaks of Otter Campground, Milepost 85.9
  • Rocky Knob Campground, Milepost 169

North Carolina:

  • Julian Price Park Campground, Milepost 297
  • Linville Falls Campground, Milepost 316.4

Reservations for each location are now available through www.recreation.gov with dates beginning July 31.

The following areas continue to be available:

  • Select concession operations (additional details available on park website)
  • Picnic Areas
  • Select Additional Restrooms
  • All Parkway trails, and
  • All other sections of the motor route in North Carolina and Virginia, except for a road closure from Milepost 115.5 to Milepost 135.9, from the Explore Park Access Rd. to Adney Gap, due to multiple road hazards

With public health in mind or due to ongoing projects or repairs, the following seasonal visitor facilities remain closed:

  • Visitor Centers park-wide
  • Otter Creek Campground
  • Doughton Park Campground
  • Crabtree Falls Campground and Picnic Area
  • Mt. Pisgah Campground

The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. At Blue Ridge Parkway, the operational approach will be to examine each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance and will be regularly monitored. The parks continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public and workspaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers.

While these areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased and services may be limited. When recreating, the public should follow local area health orders in North Carolina and Virginia, practice Leave No Trace principles, avoid crowding and avoid high-risk outdoor activities.

The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.

Details and updates on park operations will continue to be posted on our website at www.nps.gov/blri and social media channels. Updates about NPS operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus.

NEWS RELEASE: Lynchburg, Va.- The Lynchburg Hillcats are pleased to announce the Dogwood District Senior Game that will take place at 6:00 pm on Sunday, August 2nd at Bank of the James Stadium.

“After the success of the Ronnie Roberts Classic and seeing the impact the game had on not only the Seminole District Seniors but our entire community, we are excited to host the Dogwood District for a memorable night at Bank of the James Stadium,” said Hillcats’ President Chris Jones. The game will start at 6pm and feature 22 high school seniors from the Dogwood District.

“Having seven seniors this year, we were heartbroken that they lost the opportunity to run onto the field one last time together. We’re excited and thankful that they will get that chance now. They are just a great group of guys!” said Altavista High School Head Coach Kyle Hoehne.

Tickets for the game are on sale now! Tickets can be purchased online (https://www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/BuyNew.asp?EventID=310389) and at the Bank of the James Stadium box office.

“It’s been a heart breaking spring for all these seniors. I’m excited to see them all play one last time together,” echoed Andy Haga, William Campbell High School Head Coach.i

Concessions will be open for fans to enjoy while watching the seniors play. Due to social distancing rules a maximum of 1,000 tickets will be sold.

Governor Northam has released guidelines for youth sports under Phase 2 of his re-opening executive orders. They vary by sport, but administration officials say all rely on common sense. Northam’s Chief of Staff Clark Mercer said at Tuesday’s briefing the basic principle is incidental contact is to be expected, but intentional contact should not. WLNI’s Evan Jones has more:

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Photo: Lynchburg Parks & Rec

NEWS RELEASE; Lynchburg’s Miller Park Pool, as well as the Riverside Park Sprayground and the Riverfront Park Fountain will remain closed this summer due to safety concerns in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to City Manager Bonnie Svrcek.

“We know the community will be disappointed,” said Svrcek, “We considered alternatives and took into consideration the Forward Virginia Plan and CDC guidelines; however, the bottom line was the safety of this community, our patrons and our staff.”

Although the pool and other water features will be closed, Parks and Recreation Director Jenny Jones reminds the public that the City offers many other recreational activities. “All of our parks and many of our trails remain open for everyone’s enjoyment,” said Jones. “We encourage everyone to get out this summer and enjoy the beautiful outdoors. The canoe and kayak rental at Ivy Creek will be available, and all of our adult softball, kickball, tennis and flag football will be available. We will soon mail an abbreviated version of our Activity Guide to every household. It is filled with great ideas, programs, and activities. We encourage everyone to take time to look it over and discover a new passion or revisit an existing interest.”

Liberty Basketball on Facebook

(from Liberty.edu) Liberty is headed back to the NCAA Tournament after defeating Lipscomb 73-57 in the ASUN Championship in front of an ASUN Championship record crowd of 7,728 fans in the final game at the Vines Center. Liberty is now 30-4 this season as the Flames are back-to-back ASUN Champions for the first time in school history. Caleb Homesley was named the MVP of the ASUN Tournament while Darius McGhee and Scottie James were named to the All-Tournament Team

Photo: Maura Sheridan Facebook

The Lynchburg Hillcats have hired their first female broadcaster in team history. Maura Sheridan spent last season as an assistant broadcaster with the Carolina League’s Fayetteville Woodpeckers. She also broadcasts women’s basketball games for the University of Vermont.

NEWS RELEASE: On National Girls and Women in Sports Day, the Lynchburg Hillcats are pleased to announce the hiring of Maura Sheridan as the first female broadcaster in team history. Sheridan, 23, will serve as the Hillcats’ play-by-play voice for all 140 games and as the media liaison for the club.

“I’m excited to welcome Maura to the awesome team here in Lynchburg,” said Hillcats’ President and General Manager Chris Jones. “Her wealth of broadcasting experience and familiarity with the Carolina League made her the perfect fit for this position.”

Sheridan makes her way to Lynchburg having already spent a year in the Carolina League, acting as the assistant broadcaster with the Fayetteville Woodpeckers (A-Adv., Houston Astros) in their inaugural season. With the Woodpeckers, she called all 70 home games, including Fayetteville’s run to the Mills Cup Championship.

Born and raised in the Northeast, Sheridan keeps warm in the winter as the voice of University of Vermont women’s basketball. With the Catamounts she handles all aspects of the live basketball broadcast, while also calling a myriad of other sports for UVM and in the New England area.

A 2018 graduate of Syracuse University, Sheridan got her first taste of working in baseball in the summer of 2017 while interning in the prestigious Cape Cod League, calling games and reporting field side for the Brewster Whitecaps.

After two stellar years in Lynchburg, former Hillcats’ broadcaster Max Gun is set to pursue other broadcasting opportunities in Seattle.

For tickets or more information, visit lynchburg-hillcats.com, call 434-528-1144, or visit the City Stadium box office.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Buddy Boeheim and Syracuse had had enough of close losses.

After losing to Notre Dame and Virginia Tech by a combined five points in their previous two games, the Orange entered overtime with a vengeance on Saturday and beat No. 18 Virginia 63-55.

“Losing the last two games, we didn’t want to feel that same feeling,” Boeheim said after he scored nine of his 14 points in the extra period. “We knew it came down to the last five, six minutes just like the other games.”

Syracuse hit its first four shots in the extra period, the first three from 3-point territory, and scored 20 points in the period after managing just 19 in the second half. Boeheim hit the third of those three consecutive 3s for the Orange (9-7, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) and added another when he made a desperate heave from well behind the 3-point line to beat the shot clock late in the extra period, boosting the Orange lead to 57-49 with 1:18 remaining.

It was a much different ending for the son of Orange coach Jim Boeheim, who told his son to just keep shooting after he missed 10 of his first 11 shots.

“He’s one of the best shooters in the country,” the elder Boeheim said.

Elijah Hughes, who scored 18 points, hit the first 3 of the overtime for the Orange and freshman Joe Girard, who scored 19, hit the second.

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia Tech was picked to finish 14th in the 15-team Atlantic Coast Conference, but so far this season, the Hokies aren’t exactly the league pushover that many expected coming in.

Truthfully, the Hokies are quickly becoming a team that no one wants to play.

They showed that again Saturday, as Landers Nolley II scored 29 points to lead Virginia Tech to a 72-58 victory over NC State — the Hokies’ third ACC victory in five conference games.

“I’m not shocked. Are you kidding me?” Virginia Tech head coach Mike Young said. “Never underestimate young people. Don’t. I’m not. Never have. There is a great deal of belief in that locker room.”

The Hokies have a nice collection of talent, but more importantly, a superstar in Nolley. The redshirt freshman hit 8 of 19 from the floor for the Hokies, who won their second straight game after a 26-point loss to rival Virginia on Jan. 4. Nolley drilled four 3-pointers and hit 9 of 10 from the free-throw line en route to his second-highest scoring game this season.

Tyrece Radford added a career-high 18 points for Virginia Tech. DJ Funderburk led the Wolfpack (11-5, 2-3) with 18 points.

Virginia Tech fell behind 10-0 to start the game after the Wolfpack hit four of their first seven shots. But following a timeout, the Hokies answered with a 13-0 run and never trailed again. Nolley hit two 3-pointers in that run, including one with 13:23 left in the half that gave the Hokies their first and last lead.

“He just told us to settle down and take good shots,” Nolley said of the message during the timeout. “We were rushing, trying to match their intensity, but that’s not how we play. We had to stick to our style and get back to doing what we do – and it ended up working.”

Virginia Tech led by 40-33 at halftime, and NC State cut the lead to one in the second half on dunk by Funderburk with 12:07 remaining. But a Radford layup pushed the lead to 48-45 with 11:41 remaining and a breakaway dunk by Nolley gave the Hokies a 50-45 advantage with 9:56 to go.

Radford and Nolley put the game away three minutes later, combining to score eight points in an 11-0 Virginia Tech run that gave the Hokies a 66-52 lead – their biggest of the game.

NC State finished with season lows in points and shooting percentage (31.9%, 22 of 69). The Wolfpack made just six of their 30 3-point attempts.

“It was definitely their defense,” NC State coach Kevin Keatts said. “They do a really good job of protecting the paint. They play similar defense as the pack line, when you drive and everybody converges. You’re going to get those shots (3-pointers), and we didn’t make them. We just didn’t. I thought we had some good looks, some great looks, and they just didn’t go down for us.”

BIG PICTURE

NC State: Leading scorer and rebounder C.J. Bryce (16.1 ppg, 6.8 rpg) missed his fourth consecutive game after suffering a blow to the head in a practice before the Wolfpack’s game against Appalachian State on Dec. 29. Bryce’s injury has left NC State with just eight scholarship players, and the Wolfpack missed him, as they couldn’t find another scorer to team with Funderburk.

Virginia Tech: Radford rarely gets any publicity, but he has become the unsung standout on this team. The team’s leading rebounder as a guard, he grabbed nine rebounds, and he is arguably the team’s best defender. He was the primary reason why NC State’s Jericole Hellems made just 2 of 14 from the floor.

MORE ON BRYCE

Bryce actually warmed up with the team before the game and even during halftime, but Keatts said that playing him wasn’t an option. Bryce has been cleared for light workouts, and with the team not scheduled to practice Sunday, Keatts wanted Bryce to get a workout in in hopes of getting him closer to being cleared for Wednesday’s game against Miami.

“I just think we’re missing another guard, and he’s a good player,” Keatts said. “I try not to make any excuses about it, but there’s not many teams that can lose their leading scorer and leading rebounder and be successful. We were against Notre Dame at home (on Wednesday), but against Clemson (on Jan. 4) and here, we could have used one more guy to score the basketball for us, and we didn’t have that.”

DOING IT WITH DEFENSE

Young hasn’t been enthralled with his team’s defense over the past month, but the Hokies were locked in Saturday. Markell Johnson, who scored 27 points in the Wolfpack’s win over Notre Dame on Wednesday, made just 2 of 14 from the floor, including 1 of 7 from beyond the arc, and Braxton Beverly missed five of his six 3-point attempts.

“I thought we were excellent,” Young said. “That’s getting something done. That’s a team playing the

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Buddy Boeheim and Syracuse had had enough of close losses.

After losing to Notre Dame and Virginia Tech by a combined five points in their previous two games, the Orange entered overtime with a vengeance on Saturday and beat No. 18 Virginia 63-55.

“Losing the last two games, we didn’t want to feel that same feeling,” Boeheim said after he scored nine of his 14 points in the extra period. “We knew it came down to the last five, six minutes just like the other games.”

Syracuse hit its first four shots in the extra period, the first three from 3-point territory, and scored 20 points in the period after managing just 19 in the second half. Boeheim hit the third of those three consecutive 3s for the Orange (9-7, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) and added another when he made a desperate heave from well behind the 3-point line to beat the shot clock late in the extra period, boosting the Orange lead to 57-49 with 1:18 remaining.

It was a much different ending for the son of Orange coach Jim Boeheim, who told his son to just keep shooting after he missed 10 of his first 11 shots.

“He’s one of the best shooters in the country,” the elder Boeheim said.

Elijah Hughes, who scored 18 points, hit the first 3 of the overtime for the Orange and freshman Joe Girard, who scored 19, hit the second.

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia Tech was picked to finish 14th in the 15-team Atlantic Coast Conference, but so far this season, the Hokies aren’t exactly the league pushover that many expected coming in.

Truthfully, the Hokies are quickly becoming a team that no one wants to play.

They showed that again Saturday, as Landers Nolley II scored 29 points to lead Virginia Tech to a 72-58 victory over NC State — the Hokies’ third ACC victory in five conference games.

“I’m not shocked. Are you kidding me?” Virginia Tech head coach Mike Young said. “Never underestimate young people. Don’t. I’m not. Never have. There is a great deal of belief in that locker room.”

The Hokies have a nice collection of talent, but more importantly, a superstar in Nolley. The redshirt freshman hit 8 of 19 from the floor for the Hokies, who won their second straight game after a 26-point loss to rival Virginia on Jan. 4. Nolley drilled four 3-pointers and hit 9 of 10 from the free-throw line en route to his second-highest scoring game this season.

Tyrece Radford added a career-high 18 points for Virginia Tech. DJ Funderburk led the Wolfpack (11-5, 2-3) with 18 points.

Virginia Tech fell behind 10-0 to start the game after the Wolfpack hit four of their first seven shots. But following a timeout, the Hokies answered with a 13-0 run and never trailed again. Nolley hit two 3-pointers in that run, including one with 13:23 left in the half that gave the Hokies their first and last lead.

“He just told us to settle down and take good shots,” Nolley said of the message during the timeout. “We were rushing, trying to match their intensity, but that’s not how we play. We had to stick to our style and get back to doing what we do – and it ended up working.”

Virginia Tech led by 40-33 at halftime, and NC State cut the lead to one in the second half on dunk by Funderburk with 12:07 remaining. But a Radford layup pushed the lead to 48-45 with 11:41 remaining and a breakaway dunk by Nolley gave the Hokies a 50-45 advantage with 9:56 to go.

Radford and Nolley put the game away three minutes later, combining to score eight points in an 11-0 Virginia Tech run that gave the Hokies a 66-52 lead – their biggest of the game.

NC State finished with season lows in points and shooting percentage (31.9%, 22 of 69). The Wolfpack made just six of their 30 3-point attempts.

“It was definitely their defense,” NC State coach Kevin Keatts said. “They do a really good job of protecting the paint. They play similar defense as the pack line, when you drive and everybody converges. You’re going to get those shots (3-pointers), and we didn’t make them. We just didn’t. I thought we had some good looks, some great looks, and they just didn’t go down for us.”

BIG PICTURE

NC State: Leading scorer and rebounder C.J. Bryce (16.1 ppg, 6.8 rpg) missed his fourth consecutive game after suffering a blow to the head in a practice before the Wolfpack’s game against Appalachian State on Dec. 29. Bryce’s injury has left NC State with just eight scholarship players, and the Wolfpack missed him, as they couldn’t find another scorer to team with Funderburk.

Virginia Tech: Radford rarely gets any publicity, but he has become the unsung standout on this team. The team’s leading rebounder as a guard, he grabbed nine rebounds, and he is arguably the team’s best defender. He was the primary reason why NC State’s Jericole Hellems made just 2 of 14 from the floor.

MORE ON BRYCE

Bryce actually warmed up with the team before the game and even during halftime, but Keatts said that playing him wasn’t an option. Bryce has been cleared for light workouts, and with the team not scheduled to practice Sunday, Keatts wanted Bryce to get a workout in in hopes of getting him closer to being cleared for Wednesday’s game against Miami.

“I just think we’re missing another guard, and he’s a good player,” Keatts said. “I try not to make any excuses about it, but there’s not many teams that can lose their leading scorer and leading rebounder and be successful. We were against Notre Dame at home (on Wednesday), but against Clemson (on Jan. 4) and here, we could have used one more guy to score the basketball for us, and we didn’t have that.”

DOING IT WITH DEFENSE

Young hasn’t been enthralled with his team’s defense over the past month, but the Hokies were locked in Saturday. Markell Johnson, who scored 27 points in the Wolfpack’s win over Notre Dame on Wednesday, made just 2 of 14 from the floor, including 1 of 7 from beyond the arc, and Braxton Beverly missed five of his six 3-point attempts.

“I thought we were excellent,” Young said. “That’s getting something done. That’s a team playing the right way and unselfishly … If you can hold people to under 40 (percent shooting) and rebound like we are, you should be in every game. You should have a shot to win every game.”

UP NEXT

NC State: The Wolfpack play at home against Miami on Wednesday.

Virginia Tech: The Hokies play at Wake Forest on Tuesday.

 

Blue Ridge PBS has the highly unusual — and highly welcome — opportunity to turn a $2 million gift into $4 million. It’s a matching grant challenge from the Secular Society, and Blue Ridge PBS officials say the funds will afford them the equipment and people needed to tell lasting stories of the region — and do so not just for TV, but for the growing number of people who watch video content on personal devices. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones:

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NEWS RELEASE: Blue Ridge PBS is pleased to announce a substantial financial gift of two million dollars from The Secular Society. This is a matching grant contingent upon Blue Ridge PBS raising a like amount over the next three years.

This matching grant and your donation will allow us to expand our education department with innovative digital media technology, create new and exciting local productions, and increase arts and cultural opportunities across Southwest Virginia. Your participation in this collaborative fund-raising effort will make an enormous impact, transforming the lives of viewers like you.
You’ve put your trust in us for over 50 years, thank you!  We are committed to excellence and expanding the work we do, and your financial contribution is vital to our continuing success.
Blue Ridge PBS is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Contributions, minus the retail value of any thank you gift received, are tax deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law.
Please consider a major donation to help us reach our goal of matching this generous gift from The Secular Society. Contact Rose Martin at (540) 983-1782 office (540) 808-8632 mobile or by email givetoblueridgepbs@blueridgepbs.org to make your donation. Contributions can be made online at www.blueridgepbs.org.

A long fourth quarter drive and a last minute touchdown by the Kentucky Wildcats led the team to a 37-30 victory over the Virginia Tech Hokies at the Belk Bowl in Charlotte today. Both teams finish at 8-5. The Wildcats rushing game led the attack; ‘Cats quarterback Lynn Bowden had 233 yards rushing and scored two touchdowns to win the game MVP trophy.  It was also the last game for Hokies defensive coordinator Bud Foster, who is retiring. Tech head coach Justin Fuente afterwards on what could have been:

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