Jefferson Forest coach selected to Hall of Fame — Ryan Gilleland, the head baseball coach at Jefferson Forest, is one of five inductees selected for the Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame.
The induction banquet will be Sunday evening, July 31, at the Salem Civic Center.
Gilleland, a 1995 graduate of Jefferson Forest, played four years as a second baseman at the University of Virginia, batting .337 in 1997. He helped UVa to the 1996 ACC Championship and a final No. 13 ranking in the nation. He was named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball Magazine.
In his high school career at Jefferson Forest, Gilleland was the 1994 Seminole District Player of the Year and named to the 1993 and 1994 VHSL AA All-State 1st Team at shortstop.
In 2020, Gilleland was honored by being selected to the University of Virginia Baseball Hall of Fame.
Joining Gilleland in the Class of 2022 will be Eric Altizer, current coach at Auburn High School; Tyler Lumsden, a first-round by the Chicago White Sox in 2004 and pitched seven season in the pros; Keith Mayhew, a three-time All-American at Ferrum who was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 1995; and Doug Pence, longtime coach and volunteer at William Byrd.
Former major leaguer George Canale will be the guest speaker at the ceremony.
The Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame was founded in 1991 and honors players and contributors from the counties of Alleghany, Roanoke, Bedford, Botetourt, Craig, Floyd, Franklin and Montgomery and the independent cities located within the boundaries of those counties. The Hall of Fame building is located on the grounds of the James E. Taliaferro Complex, next to the Salem Red Sox administrative office behind the third base seating area of Salem Memorial Ballpark. It is open to the public on Friday and Saturday nights during the 2022 season.
Time for FYAA signups winds down — There is less than two weeks to sign up for Forest Youth Athletic Association’s tackle football and soccer leagues.
Soccer leagues are U6, U8, U10, U12, U15, and U18 divisions for kids born from 2004-2018. Registration is scheduled to close at midnight on July 30. Last year some age groups filled up before registration closed, so those interested should sign up immediately.
FYAA has joined a new league in tackle football and cheer. In a press release on the change, FYAA said, “While change is hard, we want to assure you that this is a very positive move toward the continued growth and development of our tackle football and cheer programs.
FYAA football and cheer teams will now compete in the Jefferson District Youth Football League. Bedford Parks and Rec teams will also be joining the league. FYAA football teams will be playing their home games at Jefferson Forest High School.
Teams will be play four home games and four away games in the regular season and some away games will be a bit farther than in the past with the new district. The new district does not limit associations to just one team per division. According to the release, this mean more opportunities for player growth and development, playing time and learning fundamental.
Go to the FYAA website to register for either sport.
UVa releases 2022-23 nonconference basketball slate — Virginia men’s basketball announced its 2022-23 nonconference schedule Monday. The nonconference slate features 10 contests, including seven home games at John Paul Jones Arena.
The Cavaliers’ nonconference schedule is highlighted by a home contest vs. 2022 NCAA Elite Eight participant Houston (Dec. 17), an ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchup at 2022 NCAA Sweet 16 participant Michigan (Nov. 29) and a pair of neutral site games vs. 2021 NCAA champion Baylor, UCLA or Illinois at the Las Vegas Main Event (Nov. 18 & 20).
UVA hosts North Carolina Central University in its season-opener on Nov. 7 and also entertains Monmouth (Nov. 11), Northern Iowa (Nov. 14), Maryland Eastern Shore (Nov. 25), JMU (Dec. 6) and Albany (Dec. 28) at John Paul Jones Arena.
As previously announced, UVA’s 20-game ACC schedule includes home-and-home matchups with Boston College, Florida State, Louisville, North Carolina, Syracuse and Virginia Tech. The Cavaliers will only host Clemson, Duke, NC State and Notre Dame, while only playing road contests at Georgia Tech, Miami, Pitt and Wake Forest.
Dates for ACC contests, game times and TV designations for the entire 2022-23 schedule will be announced at a later date.