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   Tech Sports News

Football News - Winter Workouts

The Tech football team finished their 6 a.m. winter workouts this morning, and Willie Pile and Chris Shreve made it a perfect 6-for-6 in earning "Commitment to Excellence" T-shirts.

As we told you last week in TSLMail, there are six 6 a.m. workouts over a two-week stretch, occurring on Monday-Wednesday-Friday of each of the two weeks. The coaching staff awards "Commitment to Excellence" T-shirts to players that it feels give 100% effort in a given workout. The player wears the T-shirt to the next workout, and as long as they keep earning it, they keep wearing it.

Shreve and Pile were the only two players to earn a T-shirt every day. Congrats to them for setting an example for the rest of the Hokie players.

The football team starts spring football practices tomorrow. They will have 15 practices/scrimmages over the next four weeks, culminating in the Spring Game on April 20th. The team practices every Monday-Wednesday-Friday-Saturday, with the exception of the last week, when they practice only on Wednesday before playing the Spring Game Saturday.

Hokie Women in WNIT Semifinals; Free Student Tix Available

The Tech women's basketball team (21-10) knocked off George Washington 68-52 last Saturday and Vermont 76-48 Wednesday to surge into the semfinals of the WNIT.

The Hokies will host 24-7 Houston out of Conference USA Saturday night at Cassell Coliseum at 7 p.m. The big news is that three Tech alumni purchased a total of 1,500 student tickets at $4 apiece and are giving those tickets away free to students. Simply show up at Cassell Coliseum, show your student ID, and get into the game with a free ticket.

For the Hokies, high attendance is imperative to providing the atmosphere and financial punch necessary to secure a home game for the championship, should Tech win on Saturday. Come out to the game, Hokie fans, and help carry the Hokie women to the WNIT championship!

First Tech will have to get by the Houston Cougars Saturday night. Houston is led by 5-10 sophomore guard Chandi Jones, the C-USA Player of the Year and Honorable Mention AP All-American. Jones averages 22.7 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.

She is joined in double figure scoring by 5-11 freshman guard Shondra Bush (11.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg) and 6-2 senior F/C Valerie Muoneke (10.8 ppg and a team-leading 8.7 rpg).

Houston is young (they had a whopping 530 turnovers on the year, compared to a similarly-high total of 493 for the Hokies), and in addition to Jones' considerable skills, they have athletic post players who are raw but unpolished (including 6-5 freshman center Kiemona Harris, who plays 20 minutes a game and averages 5.4 points per game).

Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children and students, but remember, the first 1,500 student tickets are free with ID. Tickets can be reserved in advance by calling 1-800-VATECH4.

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Will Stewart
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  Issue #17 of the TSL Extra

Click here to subscribe! is proud to release issue #17 of the TSL Extra. This month's issue concentrates on recruiting profiles (Marcus Vick and Brian McPherson) and spring football previews (three articles). The issue also features a basketball column by Jim Alderson and this year's football player power ratings.

Here's a rundown of the articles in this month's TSL Extra:

Marcus Vick: Life as MV2
by Neal Williams
How Marcus Vick and family deal with Michael's stardom.

Brian McPherson: True Hokie
by Will Stewart
Brian McPherson will be right at home when he heads to Virginia Tech this fall.

Spring Football 2002 Preview: Offense
by Art Stevens
Heading into spring football,
we break down the Hokie offense, position by position.

Spring Football 2002 Preview: Defense
by Art Stevens
A position by position analysis of Virginia Tech's defense as they prepare for spring football.

Spring Football 2002 in a Nutshell
by Will Stewart
The Reader's Digest version of what to look for this year in spring football.

When Tech Was Good in Basketball
by Jim Alderson
Shedding light on how a Top 20 team became an also-ran.

Inside the Numbers: Power Ratings
by Will Stewart
Our second annual power ratings installment gives you the lowdown on who packs the most punch on Tech's football team.

Inside TSL: Fliers, Flyers, and Letters to the Editor
by Will Stewart
The webmaster's thoughts, reader feedback, and some hilarious emails. We think.

If you're a TSL Extra subscriber and want to access the latest issue, or if you're not and want to find out more, then check out our TSL Extra Info Page.

A TSL Extra subscription is $24.95 a year and comes with a 10% discount on all purchases, plus access to every back issue of the TSLX -- including this month's issue, that's well over 500 pages of Hokie-related reading!

For more information and to subscribe, check out our TSL Extra Promotional Page Be sure to download the free TSL Extra Sampler and see what you're missing! Updates From the Past Week

Football News and Articles:
Football Season Ticket Order Forms - News and Notes, 3/20/02
The Virginia Tech ticket office mailed out season ticket order forms last week, and most season ticket holders have received theirs in the mail.
Also: Hokies and Catamounts Ready for WNIT Clash

WNIT News and Articles
WNIT 2nd Round: VT 68, GW 52 - 3/16/02
Blacksburg, VA -- The Hokie women's basketball team dominated George Washington 41-20 in the second half and came storming from behind to win their 2nd round WNIT game, 68-52.

WNIT 3rd Round: VT 76, Vermont 48 - 3/21/02
Blacksburg, VA -- Behind the red-hot shooting of forward Sarah Hicks, who led all scorers with 22 points, the Hokie women's basketball team flattened Vermont 76-48 in the WNIT quarterfinals before 2,884 fans in Blacksburg.

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