SU roundup: Hornets hold first football practice of season

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WINCHESTER — The Shenandoah University football team officially kicked off the department’s 2014-15 athletic season by holding its initial practice of the year Thursday afternoon.

Under the direction of second year head coach Scott Yoder, the staff welcomed 119 players to its first day of summer camp.

After reporting on Wednesday, the Hornets began the day Thursday with conditioning tests in the morning in both the weight room and on Aikens Practice Field. Following a lunch break, the squad moved to the Sprint Field at Shentel Stadium turf for additional testing before starting football drills for the final hour of practice.

Yoder’s club broke up into position groups for drill work to complete its first day of work.

Shenandoah opens its 2014 season, its 15th since restarting the program in 2000 and its third in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, on Sept. 6 at Gallaudet. The home opener is Sept. 13 versus Frostburg State.

Men’s tennis

WINCHESTER — Shenandoah head men’s and women’s tennis coach Larry Hubbard revealed the recruiting class for his men’s program Thursday afternoon.

Hubbard, preparing for his fifth season at the helm of the two programs, has successfully recruited four newcomers for his men’s team.

These four: Bill Bouweiri, Jesse Ewing, Matt Hwang and Blake Sharp, combine with five returnees from the 2013-14 team.

An additional player, senior Vladimir Daskalov, returns to the program after sitting out 2013-14.

Bouweiri, from Leesburg, headlines the class after helping Loudoun County High School into the state finals this past spring.

Sharp played both No. 1 singles and doubles at Colonial Forge High School in Fredericksburg and comes to SU as a Presidential Scholar.

Hwang, who trained in China throughout high school, arrives at SU from Garland, Texas.

Ewing, from Tyron, North Carolina, played in the junior tennis system throughout his prep career.

“This is the most talented class I have recruited for the men’s program since I came to Shenandoah,” Hubbard stated in a news release. “I expect all four of them to immediately compete for spots at the top of the lineup.”