Tuesday, July 10, 2012
High school roundup: Christiansburg wrestling star Epperly chooses Hokies
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Zach Epperly has made his college choice, and it's the same one his older brother once made.
Epperly, a rising senior at Christiansburg High School, said he orally committed to Virginia Tech on Monday.
Epperly's older brother Matt, a two-time ACC champ, concluded his Tech wrestling career in 2011.
Zach Epperly, the 2012 Timesland wrestler of the year, said he picked the Hokies over UVa. He will sign with Tech during the NCAA's fall signing period in November. Epperly said he reaped an 85 percent scholarship.
"It was the best fit for me," Epperly said. "Academically and athletically, I'm going to succeed there better than any other place. It has a great wrestling team. ... And I want to be an engineer, so you can't beat Virginia Tech."
Epperly won the Group AA title at 160 pounds as a junior after previously winning state crowns at 135 and 145 earlier in his Blue Demons career. The three-time All-Timesland pick also won the River Ridge District and Region IV championships this year. He was ranked seventh nationally in his weight class by Amateur Wrestling News this year.
- Mark Berman
West girls get All-Star win
NEWPORT NEWS - The Coyers of Oakton, Caroline and Katherine, scored 21 and 17 points, respectively to lead the West to a 98-75 win over the East in Monday's Virginia High School Coaches Association All-Star girls basketball game at Christopher Newport University.
Floyd County graduate Krista Cox added 13 points for the West. Jessi Strom from Glenvar scored three.
East boys roll with big 2nd half to top West
NEWPORT NEWS - The star-filled East squad went on a 14-4 run midway through the third quarter to open up what had been a five-point game and went on to down the West 103-84 in the VHSCA Boys All-Star Game at CNU.
Led by standout players Dontrell Brite of Nansemond River, Oscar Smith's Chris Williams, Great Bridge's Taj Owens and Zach Johnson of King's Fork - who combined for 49 points - the East, which also drained 12 3-pointers - was never threatened again after that third-quarter run.
Marcus Knight of Gar-Field led the West with 18 points. Galax's Lawrence Parsons finished with 13. Christiansburg's Zach Davis had seven points and Zack Stinnett of Parry McCluer finished with four.
- The Roanoke Times