Thursday, August 09, 2012

Allan Chaney, sidelined at Tech by heart ailment, gets chance to play at High Point

Virginia Tech Hokies basketball

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Big South member High Point is giving Allan Chaney a second chance to play basketball.

High Point coach Scott Cherry said Wednesday that Chaney, who never played for Virginia Tech because of a heart ailment, will play for the Panthers this season.

"I always had faith I was going to get an opportunity somewhere, even if I had to go overseas," Chaney said. "I'm just grateful to those doctors at High Point that are willing to give me an opportunity."

Chaney missed Tech's 2010-11 season because of a viral inflammation of his heart. The power forward hoped to play for Tech last season as a fourth-year junior, but Tech's sports medicine staff decided last August that it would not clear him to practice or play in games for the Hokies.

At a Philadelphia hospital last November, Chaney was implanted with a special defibrillator. Chaney's cardiologist in Philadelphia, Dr. Francis Marchlinski, cleared him in May to play again. But Chaney still needed a college to be willing to clear him.

Cherry said High Point's team physicians cleared Chaney to play after consulting with Marchlinski and with a cardiologist in the High Point, N.C., area.

"There's a risk there. Everybody knows that," Cherry said. "But from everything that we've been told and everything we've researched รข? he's medically in good shape.

Marchlinski had already done "a series of tests and put him in certain situations where the defibrillator would have to respond, and every test he did turned out favorably, and [Marchlinski] felt like there was no reason why he could not resume playing Division I basketball."

Chaney began his college career at Florida, but he has not played since the 2008-09 season.

He will play for High Point this season as a graduate student. The school hopes to get an NCAA waiver so Chaney can also play in 2013-14.

"He can make a big impact," Cherry said. "The talent is still there. It's just now a matter of him being able to work himself into shape."

VMI, Radford to visit WVU

Both the VMI and Radford men's basketball teams will visit West Virginia.

VMI coach Duggar Baucom said the Keydets will not only visit Big 12 newcomer WVU this season but also Old Dominion and George Washington.

The schedule, which has yet to be completed, will also include a previously announced visit to Virginia Tech.

The Keydets will again play in the second annual All-Military Classic, which will be held this year at The Citadel.

Radford's schedule not only includes the Mountaineers but visits to Wake Forest and Charlotte as well.

WVEC moves to Ferrum

After having been held at William Fleming the past two years, the Western Virginia Education Classic will shift to Ferrum this season.

Ferrum's Sept. 1 opener against Emory & Henry has been designated as this year's WVEC.

The college football game has been played at various sites since debuting in 2000. This will be the first time Ferrum has participated since hosting the 2006 WVEC.

The game has been renamed the Western Virginia Roy Stanley Education Classic because Total Action Against Poverty has gained co-sponsors for the game - WDBJ and the foundation that was set up in memory of the late WDBJ sportscaster Roy Stanley. TAP will make a $1,000 scholarship donation to the foundation.

Ferrum will keep the ticket revenue, but TAP will reap money from the game's corporate sponsors. And by turning a Ferrum home game into the WVEC, TAP won't have to pay the participating schools.

Lea said last year's game between Virginia University of Lynchburg and Lincoln (Pa.) drew fewer than 1,000 fans.

Lea said he wanted to bring a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association team to Roanoke this year but had difficulty scheduling a game. He hopes to bring the WVEC back to Roanoke next year.

VUL to play in Roanoke

On the Virginia University of Lynchburg's website, the school states it will play the College of Faith in the WVEC on Sept. 8 in Roanoke.

VUL athletic director and coach Willard Bailey said his team's Sept. 8 game will still be in Roanoke, although Lea said it is not associated with the WVEC.

The Sept. 8 game is being organized by one of Bailey's former Norfolk State players, Ron Ross.

Ross, the director of the Step Into My Life Youth Outreach Center in Roanoke, said the game will benefit his center. He hopes to hold the game at William Fleming.

Tammy Creasy dies at 51

Tammy Creasy, the mother of former Christiansburg High School and Radford University softball standout Hope Creasy, died at her home Saturday at the age of 51 after a long battle with cancer.

Hope and Tammy Creasy were profiled in a 2009 article in The Roanoke Times.

Some of Hope's former teammates and coaches were among the standing-room-only gathering at Tammy's moving memorial service Monday at a Blacksburg funeral home.

Odds and ends

Michael Devine, who was a senior reliever on the VMI baseball team this year, has signed with Traverse City (Mich.) of the independent Frontier League. Devine was not chosen in the major-league draft in June.

-- Alleghany graduate Kristen Rose will play softball for Finlandia, an NCAA Division III school in Hancock, Mich.

-- Grayson County graduate Natasha Moore will play volleyball for Emory & Henry.

-- Cave Spring, UVa and Ohio University graduate Allison Doughty, the daughter of Roanoke Times sportswriter Doug Doughty, has been promoted by the ACC from assistant football operations director to director of football operations and event manager.

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