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  TSL Extra #19

TSL Extra #19
It's being hailed as one of our best issues ever, and we have to agree. This month's TSL Extra is jammed with recruiting articles:
  • profiles of 2003 recruit Xavier Adibi and 2002 recruits Fred Lee and Michael Malone (NBA great Moses Malone's son);
  • TSL's first-ever Top 40 ranking of in-state recruits;
  • the complete list of players who attended the Tom Lemming photo shoot in Blacksburg on May 5th (you can't get that ANYWHERE else!).

We've also got some more thoughts on spring football, we name our TSLX Defensive Player of the Year (hint: see the cover photo), Jim Alderson shares his definition of "the next level," and Wayne Crump follows up last month's article about the future of Division 1-A football with an update.

If you're not a TSL Extra subscriber, now is the time! You can start off with this month's great issue, and then spend the rest of the summer plowing your way through all 18 back issues! And when next football season gets here, you'll be paid up and ready to roll.

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Check out Shenandoah Spring Water's web site, and please keep up with all of the sponsors on TSL.

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   Tech Sports News

Football Recruiting: The TSL Extra Top 40

In the latest issue of the TSL Extra, we released our first-ever top 40 rankings of the in-state prospects for 2003. Here are the rankings:

The TSL Extra's Ranking of the Top 40 Players in Virginia
1, Vince Hall, LB, 6'1", 235, Western Branch 
2, Xavier Adibi, LB-DE, 6'3", 215, Phoebus
3, Phillip Brown, CB, 5'11", 190, Phoebus
4, Matt Welsh, OL, 6'5", 275, Centreville (VT Commit)
5, Chris Ellis, DE, 6'4", 230, Bethel
6, Marshall Ausberry, OL, 6'5", 311, West Springfield
7, Robbie Catterton, ATH, 6'3", 195, Kellam
8, Duane Brown, J ATH, 6'5", 250, Hermitage 
9, John Kinzer, TE, 6'4", 235, Robinson
10, Shannon Lane, WR, 6'0", 180, Salem (Va Bch)
11, Kenny Price, DL, 6'4", 260, Kempsville
12, Kory Robertson, DL, 6'4", 270, Magna Vista (VT Commit)
13, Nick Marshman, J ATH, 6'6", 258, Turner Ashby
14, Chase Anastacio, CB/S, 6'1", 180, Robinson
15, Barry Booker, J ATH, 6'3", 240, Amherst County
16, Noah Sutherland, J ATH, 6'5", 255, Kellam
17, Brett Warren, LB, 6'2", 205, Centreville
18, Danny Prentice, LB/FB, 6'0", 214, Oakton
19, Flordell Kissee, OL, 6'5", 285, Garfield
20, Eddie Pinigis, OL, 6'8", 280, Jefferson Forest
21, Isaiah Gardner, RB, 5'10", 190, Salem (Va Bch)
22, Kenny Lewis, Jr., ATH, 5'9", 180, GW - Danville
23, Justin Bell, LB, 6'2", 225, Mount Vernon
24, Roy Norfleet, LB/S, 6'0", 205, Western Branch
25, Albert Childress, OL, 6'5, 271, Grundy
26, Carlton Powell, DL, 6'3", 260, Great Bridge
27, Vern Hamilton, WR, 6'1", 180, Benedictine
28, Travis Johnson, QB, 6'2", 185, Annandale
29, Terrel Golden, ATH, 6'3", 200, Lake Taylor
30, Fontel Mines, WR, 6'4", 211, Hermitage
31, John Hamlett, TE, 6'5", 260, Jefferson Forest (UNC Commit)
32, Jason Mullins, OL, 6'4", 280, Graham
33, Nic Oakley, LB-FB, 6'3", 236, Ocean Lakes
34, Jonathan Allen, ATH, 6'4", 220, Tallwood
35, Brandon Brown, ATH, 6'1", 190, Galax
36, Kalani Heppe, OL, 6'4", 270, Liberty (Bealton) (NCSU Commit)
37, Lonnie Starks, CB, 5'10", 175, Warwick
38, Charlie Porterfield, OL/DL, 6'5", 283, Lee (Jonesville)
39, Emanuel Turner, LB, 6'3", 230, Amherst
T40, DJ Parker, ATH, 6'0", 180, Phoebus
T40, Greg Jacobs, DL, 6'3", 255, Fork Union
T40, Travis Miler, ATH, 6'3", 205, Lakeland
T40, Akeem Jordan, ATH, 6'2", 205, Harrisonburg
T40, Phillip Holloman, CB, 5'11", 185, Lake Taylor
T40, Alex King, LB-FB, 6'2", 235, Western Branch

For more information, including what schools the recruits are considering and some commentary on who leads for some of the recruits listed in the top 40, please see the latest TSL Extra.

Hokie Baseball Wins First Game in Big East Tournament

The 2nd-seeded Hokie baseball team started off the four-team Big East Baseball Tournament with a win Thursday, downing 3rd-seeded Boston College, 2-1. Tech's outstanding pitcher, Joe Saunders, who is expected to be a first-round pick in next month's baseball draft, went the distance for the win.

The 9-2 Saunders struck out 10, walked four, and outdueled Big East Pitcher and Rookie of the Year Chris Lambert. Saunders got a game-winning solo home run from senior third baseman Joe West in the eighth inning that broke a 1-1 tie.

The Hokies move on to the second round today, where they'll face top-seeded Notre Dame at 3:30. Both Tech and Notre Dame were 18-8 in the Big East during the regular season, but ND got the tournament's top seed because they held a 2-0 advantage over the Hokies, winning 4-2 and 2-1 in South Bend in April.

The tournament is double-elimination, so even if the Hokies lose, they'll still be alive. You can follow the game in progress with live stats on the Big East's official web site on their baseball championship page.

Golfers Headed to NCAA's

The Tech golf team finished in a tie for 8th place at the 27-team NCAA Central Regional Golf Tournament in Little Rock, Arkansas last week, and in so doing, qualified for the NCAA Championships.

The 4th-seeded Hokies were led by Brendan De Jonge, who shot a final round even-par 72 to finish in a tie for ninth place at one-under-par 215. De Jonge played the tournament with a broken rib suffered over two weeks ago.

The Hokies move on to the 30-team NCAA Golf Championship at the OSU Scarlet
Course in Columbus, Ohio from May 29 - June 1. Last year, Tech finished 8th at the NCAA's.

Will Stewart
General Manager and Managing Editor

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