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Coach Of Year

Virginia Military Institute head football coach Scott Wachenheim was named 2019 Southern Conference Coach of the Year last week, as voted by the league coaches.

On the all-SC first team were VMI running back Alex Ramsey, wide receiver Jakob Herre and defensive WACHENHEIM back A.J. Smith. Quarterback Reece Udinski was named to the second team.

The All-SoCon team as selected by league media duplicated the coaches’ team with Ramsey, Herres, Smith and Udinski all voted to the same all-conference spots. The all-conference media team also voted offensive lineman Josh Andre and defensive lineman Jarrod Richmond to second team honors.

Freshmen wide receiver Leroy Thomas and defensive back Aljareek Malry were both voted to the SC all-freshman teams as selected by league coaches.

Wachenheim guided the Keydet football team to five wins overall in 2019 – the most since 2003 when VMI posted a 6-6 mark. VMI closed out the regular season with a 31-24 win over Chattanooga last Saturday to finish with a 4-4 mark in SC play which marked the first time since 1979 that the Keydets had secured four conference wins in a season. VMI also captured the Silver Shako Trophy for the first time since 2002 with a 34-21 win at The Citadel on Oct. 5.

Wachenheim became the first VMI coach named SC Coach of the Year since Cal McCombs in 2002.  

Ramsey, a redshirt junior from Salem, led the SC in rushing with 1,322 yards, which stands as the fourth best single season rushing total by a Keydet in program history. Ramsey also set a new VMI single-season record with 22 rushing touchdowns and compiled 1,657 total offense yards, which stands as the sixth best in program history.

Herres, a sophomore from Easton, Pa., closed out the 2019 campaign with seven catches for 153 yards and two touchdowns against Chattanooga which earned him SC offensive player of the week honors. He had five games of 100-plus yards receiving and led the SC in receiving yards per game (90.9) and receptions per game (6.0).

Smith, a junior from Virginia Beach, led the team in interceptions with three and was credited with 67 tackles and four passes broken up in 2019.

Udinski, a junior from North Wales, Pa., compiled record-setting numbers directing VMI’s “air raid” offense for the second straight year. He led the SC in passing and broke his own VMI single season passing record with 3,276 yards. His 19 touchdown passes were the second most in school history, and he began the season with an FCS record 368 consecutive passes without an interception. Udinski also set new VMI single season records for total offense (3,155 yards) and best pass completion

(63.9 percent) and tossed for 200 or more yards in 11 games in 2019, also a new school single-season record.  

W&L Overcomes SVU

The Washington and Lee University men’s basketball team erased a 23-point second-half deficit in just nine minutes of game action, coming back to earn a 81-73 victory at Southern Virginia University on Tuesday of last week.

The Generals (5-2) got their offense going in the second half and applied their full-court press to stop the Knights (0-8). W&L trailed SVU 46-31 at halftime, but the Generals outscored the Knights 50-27 in the second half.

Sam Wise led W&L with 25 points and dished out five assists, Mark Lamendoala added 19 points, and Curtis Mitchell pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds.

Leading the Knights was senior guard Sam Armstrong, a 2014 Parry McCluer High School graduate, with 18 points to go along with four rebounds. Jamier Cross added 13 points and led SVU with 10 boards and five assists, and Ricky Stafford chipped in 12 points.

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