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Page 10 • Wednesday, June 3, 2020 • Radford News Journal SEEING YOU SAFELY. While you’ve been at home, we’ve been busy. From routine checkups to checking in for surgery, we’ve created new ways for you to connect with your care team virtually, without having to leave home. And when a traditional visit is right for you, we’ve created space in our waiting rooms—and our schedules—for you to feel confident and comfortable while you’re here. Don’t put your health on hold. Schedule your next visit today. 2020 Blue Ridge Jr. Golf Tour to begin June 11 “It’s a go.” Those are the words filled with exciting anticipation from Dewayne Belcher, Executive Director of the Blue Ridge Junior Golf Tour, regarding the upcom- ing tournament season. The 22nd season of the popular junior golf tour will be held with safety guide- lines in place beginning June 11 at Draper Valley in Draper. “Everyone has been affected by the virus outbreak and we are pleased to be able to offer golf as a refreshing alternative during the time of transition from self- quarantine. Golf is a perfect venue for social distancing. We can also significantly reduce the number of touch points and in the pro- cess, can effectively keep all com- petitors, volunteers and spectators safe,” Belcher added. Following the tournament at Draper Valley, the tour will visit The Pete Dye River Course of Vir- ginia Tech in Radford; The Green- brier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia; Wytheville Golf Club, Fincastle in Bluefield; Holston Hills in Marion; and will finish at Glade Springs Resort in Daniels, West Virginia. In addition to the seven tourna- ments offered during the season, three online golf academies specific to ability level focusing on instruc- tion and an online “Golf by the Rules” clinic are part of the sched- ule. These programs are in the pro- cess of being made available on the website Interested junior golfers can reg- ister at . Cost to join the tour is $30, and each tournament is $20 except for the season-ending tour championship. It is a two-day event and costs $40. Through the experience, the junior golfer will receive a number of BRJGT gifts including the offi- cial 2020 cap. Also, the player will become a better golfer, make many good friends, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Age groups are divided into the following categories: 17-18, 15-16, 13-14, (play 18 holes), 10-12, and Nine and under (play nine holes). Also, new to the tour this year is a separate developmental group for those who are brand new to golf. It is for ages 13-18 and will include a coach to accompany them for nine holes during selected tournaments. “We are so happy to be up and running, and please do register soon,” said Belcher. --Blue Ridge Golf Hokie broadcaster named All-American Evan Hughes, a rising se- nior at Virginia Tech, has been named a Sportscasters Talent Agency of America All-Amer- ican for 2020. He is the first Hokie to receive the honor, and he also placed second among collegiate broadcasters nationally. The annual competition rec- ognizes the nation’s most out- standing collegiate radio and television sports broadcasters. Hughes is a pioneer in an- other way as a member of the first class of Virginia Tech students to be majoring in sports media and analytics. The sports media and analyt- ics program became eligible as a major at Virginia Tech just this academic year. “I’m delighted for Evan and proud that he’s the first STAA All-American from Vir- ginia Tech,” said Bill Roth, the longtime and legendary Voice of the Hokies and a professor of practice in the Department of Communication. “Evan bought into our sports me- dia and analytics program the minute he walked into our stu- dios, and he has since put tre- mendous effort into growing as a journalist and communi- cator. He is developing into an outstanding young broadcaster and is a true leader among his peers, classmates, and col- leagues.” Founded in 2009, the All- America Program seeks to en- courage collegiate sportscast- ers to strive for their best. The All-American status is reserved for those ranked among the top six in the annual competition. The top broadcaster of the year is presented the Jim Nantz Award, named in honor of the award-winning CBS sports broadcaster. The awards were announced on May 29. “This honor is not only an incredible recognition for Evan, but also for our grow- ing sports media and analytics program,” said Robert Denton, professor and head of the De- partment of Communication. “The program has grown from an option to a full academic major in just a few years. Led by Bill Roth, our faculty mem- bers have done an amazing job in developing a strong program with outstanding experiential learning opportunities for all majors. It is our goal to develop one of the premier sports me- dia and analytics programs in the nation.” In the 12-year history of the award program, Hokies have finished in the top 20 only three previous times, with Danny Nokes placing 15th in 2015 and Bailey Angle placing 13th in both 2016 and 2017. Nokes, who graduated with a communication studies de- gree in 2015, is now the pro- ducer and a co-host for Sports Radio 910 The Fan weekdays, as well as the host of the Col- lege Football Tailgate Show Saturdays during the col- lege football season. He also provides select play-by-play for the Virginia Tech IMG Sports Network. Angle, who graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies and history, is now a play-by-play broadcaster living in New Kent, Va. He currently serves as direc- tor of broadcasting at Bluefield College and works as a free- lance broadcaster for the ACC Network at Virginia Tech. --VT Hokie swimmers postseason hopes cut short The Virginia Tech men's swimming and diving posted a 5-1 record in the regular season with wins over Big Ten foes Penn State and Ohio State and in-state rival Virginia. This helped to lead into a strong postseason with five Hokies earning medals at ACCs. In addition, the team scored 76.5 more points in 2020 than at the 2019 ACC Championships. Five school records were set during the season and 38 Top- Ten Tech times were notched across every event. The Hokies were led by un- derclassmen at the 2020 ACC Championships, finishing fourth overall. Tech picked up five med- als on the men's side with four of them earned by freshmen and sophomores. Five school records were set this season with four happen- ing at the ACC Championships: Thomas Hallock, 50 Free, 19.32; Blake Manoff, 100 Fly, 45.60 and 200 Fly, 1:40.48; Sam Torn- qvist, 200 Back, 1:40.10. Eight Hokies earned All- America honors: Filippo Dal Maso - 800 Free Relay; Thomas Hallock - 50 Free; Antani Iva- nov - 200 Fly / 800 Free Relay; Blake Manoff - 100 Fly / 200 Fly / 800 Free Relay; AJ Pouch - 200 Breast; Lane Stone - 800 Free Relay; Sam Tornqvist - 200 Back; Noah Zawadzki - 1-meter / 3-meter / Platform. In addition to NCAA qualifi- ers, the Hokies had eight under- classmen qualify for the CSCAA National Invitational Champi- onship. The Hokies competed for one day before the season was cancelled. During that opening day, Tech claimed the following titles: Brennen Doss - 500 Free; Forest Webb - 50 Back; and Dylan Eichberg - 200 IM. VT women’s swim team re- sults A young Virginia Tech wom- en's swimming and diving team had a 3-4 record during the regu- lar season before entering into the ACC Championships where underclassmen scored 68% of the Hokies' points. Tech also qualified three women for the NCAAs and had six swimmers hit the mark to compete at the CSCAA National Invitational Championships. This year's team recorded 24 of the Top-Ten times in the pro- gram's history with 17 happen- ing at ACCs. At the 2020 ACC Champion- ships the Hokies finished eighth overall in the field while increas- ing their scoring from 2019. Three Hokies earned All- America Honors: Teagan Moravek - 1-meter/3-meter; Jo- elle Vereb -50 Free/100 Fly; and Regan Westwood - 1-meter. In addition to NCAA quali- fiers, the Hokies had six under- classmen qualify for the CSCAA National Invitational Champi- onship. The Hokies competed for one day before the season was cancelled. During that opening day, Tech claimed a title with Brooke Travis winning the 500 Free. --VT Athletics