The rematch between Virginia Union and Virginia State universities on Saturday, Feb. 22, might be billed “No. 1 scorer versus No. 1 team.”
Team LeBron won the game. Anthony Davis scored the game-clinching point. Kawhi Leonard was MVP. But memories of Kobe Bry- ant garnered people’s attention and thoughts the most at last Sunday’s 69th NBA All-Star Game in Chicago.
Tony Fernandez, a brilliant shortstop who played 17 seasons in the major leagues, mostly with the Toronto Blue Jays, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Weston, Fla.
Two of Richmond’s most famous athletes—both from Maggie L. Walker High School—have been selected for the Virginia Interscholastic Association Hall of Fame. Football legend Willie Lanier and the late tennis great Arthur Ashe Jr. will be among 12 inductees into the VIA Hall of Fame on June 26 in Charlottesville.
The Richmond area is well represented on Virginia Union University’s list of football signees. Out of 20 recruits announced by Panthers Coach Alvin Parker, 13 are from Virginia and six from the 804 area code.
It’s not where you come from, but how you play the game that counts. Tyriek Railey is making an impression at Virginia Union University despite having arrived from a school few Richmonders have ever heard of.
Armando Bacot has made a big splash during his freshman season at the University of North Carolina. The former Trinity Episcopal School standout is one of 20 players on the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Watch List. The award is given to the top center in NCAA Division I.
You don’t need to be an NBA expert to predict someone wearing either No. 24 or No. 2 will be MVP of Sunday’s All-Star Game. In honor of the late Kobe Bryant, and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, who were killed Jan. 26 in a helicopter crash near Calabasas, Calif., players on LeBron James’ West team will wear No. 2 in honor of Gianna, while players on Giannis Antetokounmpo’s East team will wear No. 24 in honor of Kobe.
Willie Wood, the college quarterback who became an NFL Hall of Fame safety, died Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, at age 83.
Honors continue to roll in for the highly successful Thomas Jefferson High School football squad.