Nations: Colonels open regular season Nov. 1

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^ Posted Oct. 9

Count the University of Kansas men's basketball fans among those likely to keep a close eye on the fortunes of Massanutten Military Academy's postgraduate team this season.

The Jayhawks picked up a coveted commitment from MMA's standout point guard Frank Mason this week, as the former Petersburg High School star spurned offers from -- among others -- Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Rutgers and Seton Hall.

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Mason originally committed to Towson following his senior season at Petersburg but opted to attend MMA after not qualifying academically to play as a freshman. Since then, his dazzling showing on the summer AAU circuit helped Mason's stock sky-rocket into a blue-chip recruit.

Mason is one of two commitments at MMA this week. Former Hedgesville (W.Va.) standout Q.J. Peterson committed to play at VMI next season. A 6-foot point guard, Peterson is the 12th MMA player to have either committed or has at least one NCAA Division I offer.

The Colonels open their season Saturday with a home exhibition against Middleburg Academy. Game time is 3 p.m., in Woodstock. MMA faces perennial powerhouse Oak Hill Academy on Oct. 18 in another exhibition. That game will take place at William Fleming High School in Roanoke. Game time is 6:30 p.m.

MMA opens its regular season on Nov. 1 with a home game against VMI's junior varsity team. Game time is 7 p.m.
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Shenandoah University junior linebacker Josh Rogers stands alone in the school's record book after yet another double-digit tackle performance in Saturday's 20-7 loss to Old Dominion Athletic Conference rival Guilford at Shentel Stadium.

Rogers, from Virginia Beach, entered Saturday's contest tied with former SU star Corey Giffing with 10 straight double-digit tackle efforts. Rogers moved to the very top of the list with 10 stops, including four solo tackles, against the Quakers.

So far this season, Rogers ranks second on the team with 43 tackles, including 6.5 tackles for loss, plus three pass breakups and a forced fumble.

It's just the type of production the Hornets were hoping for from Rogers, an honorable mention preseason All-America pick by Beyond Sports Network and preseason All-South Region selection by USA Football.

Speaking of streaks, the Hornets' odd fake-punt run ended in the loss against Guilford. In each of the previous four games, Shenandoah had successfully converted a fake punt for a first down. The Hornets didn't try it against the Quakers, although they did somewhat stay true to form by trying a fake field goal in the first quarter. Holder Cory Gay, who was 3 for 3 passing on those fake punts, completed a 2-yard shovel pass to Sean Blackman on the fake field goal but it wasn't enough for the first down.

Shenandoah returns to action Friday night with a 7 p.m., game at ODAC rival Catholic in Washington, D.C.
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The Christendom College women's volleyball team will look to close out a strong finish to the regular season with a victory tonight at home in Crusader Gym against Washington Adventist University.

The Crusaders (8-6) have won four straight matches, and a home-grown set of siblings have played a major role in the team's success.

Freshman Bridget McMahon, from Front Royal, had a standout performance in last week's 3-1 home win over Appalachian Bible College. Two days later, older sister Bridget McMahon -- a sophomore -- had a leading role in the Crusaders' 3-0 win over Trinity University.
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Massanutten Military Academy's 70-0 football white-washing of Carson Long (Pa.) Military last Friday wasn't exactly an anomaly this season.

Carson Long turned around and played again Monday night, taking a 67-0 loss to Mahanoy Area (Pa.) to drop to 0-5 this season.

Carson Long has been outscored 284-3 so far this season.

-- Sports editor Jeff Nations can be reached at (540) 465-5137 or at jnations@nvdaily.com


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