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Customer Clint Layman (l) reviews plans with Tal Sexton, manager. 2000 Roanoke Street, Christiansburg 540-257-7002 Open 7:30am – 5:00pm Monday through Friday Find us on Facebook: Kai Young Molly Sheffield Taylor Caskey Three VT student-athletes chosen for national sports forum Three Virginia Tech student-athletes have been chosen to partici- pate in the NCAA Ca- reer in Sports Forum in an announcement made Monday by college ath- letics' governing body. Volleyball player Kai Young, women's swim- mer Molly Sheffield, and lacrosse standout Tay- lor Caskey will partici- pate in the event, which takes place today, May 27, through Friday, May 29. This year, the event will be online as a result of the worldwide CO- VID-19 pandemic. Now in its 11th year, the Career in Sports Forum provides college athletes with a broad look at the career tracks available within the sports business, with a primary focus on college athletics. "I am really stoked about having the op- portunity to participate in the NCAA careers-in- sports forum because it provides me with anoth- er opportunity, on top of all of the opportunities provided for student- athletes at Tech, to grow as a future employee," Sheffield said. "As stu- dent-athletes, we are not always able to participate in all of the career-build- ing opportunities that regular students have the opportunity to par- ticipate in. This forum will allow me to learn from and interact with people in sports careers, something that I have been interested in since I started giving swimming lessons at the age of 15. “I worked closely with Sarah Lage [associate di- rector of student-athlete career development] to complete the application for this forum,” Shef- field said. “I am so excit- ed to have been accepted and have the opportu- nity to learn from some of the best in the field, to expand my knowledge on how to succeed in a career in sports and to represent Virginia Tech." Sheffield just com- pleted her junior season for the Tech swimming and diving program. The Mechanicsville, Va., na- tive swims mostly in the butterfly events. Caskey started nine of the Hokies' 10 games this season before the ACC pulled the plug on all spring sports activi- ties because of the pan- demic. The senior from Fairfax had 16 goals and 16 assists and ranked third on the team with Two VT tennis recruits named All-Americans Two members of the Virginia Tech men's tennis 2020 recruiting class, Ryan Fishback and Alex Ix, have been named All-Americans by the Nation- al High School Tennis All-American Foundation. Fishback, who hails from Geneva, N.Y., is a five-star blue-chip prospect and is No. 1 in the latest TennisRPI weekly rankings. Fishback is ranked as the No. 3 national recruit by Head recruiting and No. 1 in both his re- gion and state, and boasts a 13 UTR ranking. Fishback was his class vale- dictorian and is a member of the Na- tional Honor Society. Ix is a five-star recruit from central Virginia and is the third ranked play- er in the state, according to Head. He claims the No. 13 spot in the Mid- Atlantic region rankings and the No. 65 spot nationally. Ix is a three-time doubles state champion whose team claimed three state titles between 2017 and 2019. "Alex is a player I have been able to watch for many years. He's very talented, moves well and has tremen- dous grit," head tennis coach Jim Thompson said. --VT Athletics the campaign. Latona placed third at the 2020 Southern Scuffle after going 6-1 at the tournament, with his only loss coming at the hands of then-No. 4 Nick Piccininni of Oklahoma State. Returning starters Bryce Andonian, Collin Gerardi and John Borst enter the 2020-21 rankings at nos. 20, 22 and 22, respectively. Andonian began the 2019-20 season as a redshirt but then took over the starting role at 149 pounds. He ended the season with a second-place finish at the ACC cham- pionships, securing an automatic bid for the NCAA championships. Ranked for most of the season last year, Gerardi re-enters the top-25 at No. 22 after a 14-11 record in his de- but year as a starter at 133 pounds. Gerardi was an automatic qualifier for the 2020 NCAA Championships after a fifth-place finish at the ACC cham- pionships. At heavyweight, Borst appears at No. 22 in the country after a third- place finish at the 2020 ACC cham- pionships. The Stephens City, Va., native went 21-9 during the 2019-20 campaign, automatically qualifying for the NCAA championships. The Hokies are ranked 11th in the team tournament list to begin 2020- 21, up 10 spots from the final 2019- 20 FloWrestling rankings. --VT Athletics Lewis from page 9 Tech women’s soccer gave me the op- portunity to have this unique experi- ence. “I saw and did things I never have before and got to spend countless hours with my best friends. I was able to grow my relationships with team- mates in other class years. Some of those relationships that I fostered on the trip are now some of my closest friends. I look forward to seeing my teammates, coaching staff and tech women’s soccer supporters when we are able. However, for now I hope ev- eryone is staying happy, healthy and safe, and is reflecting on all we have to be thankful for in our lives.” -- Journal by Caroline Cipolla, VT Athletics Cipolla from page 9 32 points. "I can't wait to par- ticipate in the career-in- sports forum," Caskey said. "This forum gives athletes the opportunity to explore different areas within college and pro- fessional sports athletic fields. I am excited to learn about the possibili- ties of a career in sports. “When I first came to college, I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted to do, but I knew I wanted to work in sports,” Cas- key said. “This forum is going to provide me with valuable real-life advice from people in positions of power, and build skills for my future. It will also open my eyes to what is possible post-college. I am so thankful that student-athlete develop- ment gave me this amaz- ing opportunity, and I cannot wait to see where it takes me." "I am extremely ex- cited and grateful that I have been given this opportunity to par- ticipate in the career- in-sports-forum," said Young, a Charlotte na- tive who had 36 kills in 12 matches during her junior season this past fall. "I am most looking forward to hearing from professionals who have had experience in the sports world and gaining knowledge from them based on their own phi- losophies. I believe this will be an opportunity to recognize some of my strengths and learn how to apply them to my professional career. This is a chance to de- velop and better myself as a leader, I also look forward to being able to connect with other stu- dent-athletes who attend different schools across the country." Topics at the forum will include self-aware- ness and its role in pro- fessional development; practical approaches to the sports job search; personal branding; de- veloping a career plan; and managing one’s self as a professional in the sports industry. Through online panels, engaging breakout sessions, key- note presentations and facilitated discussions, program participants will complete their expe- rience with a thorough understanding of athlet- ics as a career path and where they as individu- als fit into the industry's landscape. Participants who ex- pressed an interest in pursuing a career in sports and who were viewed as leaders on their campus were in- vited to apply to at- tend the forum after a nomination by athletics administrators at their respective schools. The selection committee is composed of admin- istrators and coaches within the NCAA, many of whom are for- mer forum participants themselves. --VT Athletics