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Posted April 18, 2012 | comments Leave a comment

On campus: Sherando grad Witt finishes strong college career

By Tommy Keeler Jr. - tkeeler@nvdaily.com

Virginia Tech's Ryan Witt (Sherando '07) saw his track career with the Hokies end with the indoor track season. Witt had to redshirt during indoor track in 2010, and was out of eligibility for this year's outdoor season. However, he is still running in some races with the team, although his scores don't count for the Hokies.

He has had some impressive showings in the outdoor track season. On March 31 at the Raleigh Relays, Witt won the 800 meters, running unattached, in 1:50.50. On April 14, Witt competed in the Blue Shoes Mile in Greenville, S.C. He was attempting to post a sub four-minute mile and finished second in 4:01.29.

Witt finished his indoor track season as a champion. He won the 800-meter run in the ACC Championships in Boston on Feb. 25 to help lead the men to a second-place finish. It was his second ACC indoor title.

HOMECOMING: Emory and Henry's Ashley Ebersole (Central '09) returned to the area this past weekend as the Wasps played at Eastern Mennonite University and Bridgewater College.

On Saturday, the Wasps split a doubleheader with EMU. The Wasps lost the first game, 6-0, but won the second game, 3-2. On Sunday, the Wasps were swept by Bridgewater, 6-1 and 10-1.

In the second game of the doubleheader at Bridgewater, Ebersole went 1-for-2 and had one of only three hits for the Wasps. Ebersole's former teammate and current Bridgewater sophomore Brea Hinegardner (Central '10) had an RBI double for the Eagles. Ebersole and Hinegardner were the Northern Virginia Daily's co-players of the year in softball in 2009.

Ebersole has started all 32 games for the Wasps (11-21, 2-12 ODAC). The junior leads the team with four home runs and 21 RBIs. Ebersole is hitting .218 (19-for-87), has 14 runs scored and one stolen base.

STRONG START: Mary Washington University's Kaleb Nguyen (Sherando '11) has had a solid freshman season for the Eagles.

Nguyen is currently 8-5 on the year in singles, including five consecutive victories. He has played at No. 4, 5 and 6 for the Eagles this season. On March 31, He defeated Salisbury's Justin Smith, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 6. Later in the day, Nguyen beat York's (Pa.) James Villari, 6-0, 6-1 at No. 5 singles. On April 5, he defeated Christopher Newport's Kyle Tobin, 6-0, 7-5, at No. 6 singles.

Nguyen is 18-8 this season in doubles for the Eagles. He has had seven different doubles partners, but has teamed with Riley Baver in 17 of his 26 doubles matches. The pair has went 11-6 this year together. Nguyen has also played at No. 1 doubles twice this season, winning both matches with two different partners.

Mary Washington is 13-11, but are 7-0 in the Capital Athletic Conference. The Eagles have won eight consecutive matches as a team.


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