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August 31, 2009

• Big news from the U.S. Open Tennis Championships! Somdev Devvarman (ranked No. 162) knocked off No. 106 Frederico Gil in the main draw. Devvarman rolled to a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 victory. Check out the U.S. Open website for more results and the remaining schedule.

• In UVa rowing news, alum Lindsay Shoop added another gold medal to her already amazing list of accomplishments yesterday. Rowing with the U.S. women’s eight at the World Championships in Poznan, Poland, Shoop and the crew successfully defended their Olympic title. Shoop has now won four-straight gold medals for the United States (2006 Worlds, 2007 Worlds, 2008 Olympics and 2009 Worlds). More on the race here. Watch a video of the Americans crossing the finish line here. Look for a complete recap of Virginia rowers at the World Championships, including thoughts from senior Lauren Hutchins (finished sixth with Canada’s women’s eight) this week!

• Former UVa baseball standout Mark Reynolds clobbered his 40th homer this weekend. Read about it here. The Arizona Republic profiles Reynolds in a story here.

August 29, 2009

• Check out Al Groh’s interview with Marc Davis of WCAV-TV here.

• Steve Marino shares the lead at The Barclays heading into Sunday’s final round. Here’s the recap following the third round from

August 28, 2009

• For a preview of the Cavalier football team, catch WCAV-TV’s “Countdown to Kickoff” 30-minute special this weekend. Click here for broadcast times. Raycom Sports’ “2009 ACC Football Kickoff Special” will air on WVIR-TV on Sept. 5 at noon. For a list of stations click here.

• Former Cavalier Steve Marino is off to another hot start on the PGA Tour. Marino is tied for first after the opening round at The Barclays. Lots of information here at, including video streaming.

• Former Cavalier women’s golfer Jennie Arseneault has joined the coaching staff at Oklahoma. Read the release here.

August 27, 2009

• Check out this story on Kevin Ogletree’s efforts to make the Dallas Cowboys roster as a free agent.

• Former Cavalier football standout Chris Canty is taking an interesting approach to healing a hamstring injury. Check out the story here.

• Former Cavalier swimmer Stefan Hirniak (2004-07) recently caught up with us. Hirniak is coming off a performance at the British Grand Prix in Leeds, England, where he was a member of Canada’s world record-setting 4×200 relay team. You can watch Team Canada break the record on You Tube.

• Former Cavalier tennis player Somdev Devvarman won his second round qualifying match at the US Open today, defeating Igor Sijsling of the Netherlands 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-3. He plays Polish teenager Jerzy Janowicz Friday in the final round of qualifying for a place in the main draw. The US Open qualifying draw can be found here.

August 26, 2009

• With the release of the men’s basketball schedule yesterday, look for the women’s schedule in the coming days. Some news on All-America and National Player of the Year candidate Monica Wright: Monica attended Point Guard College this summer, run by former Cavalier standout Dena Evans. As a player, Evans helped Virginia to three Final Four appearances and a 118-17 record during her four years (1990-1993). Learn more about Point Guard College here.

• Former Cavalier tennis player Somdev Devvarman is competing this week in the qualifying tournament for the US Open, looking to reach the singles main draw in a Grand Slam for the first time in his career. Devvarman, ranked No. 161 in the world this week, defeated No. 133 ranked Alex Bogomolev, Jr. 6-3, 6-3 in the first round of qualifying yesterday. He plays No. 305 Igor Sijsling of The Netherlands in the second round Thursday. If Devvarman can win his second round match Thursday and a third round match Friday, he would qualify for the main draw, which begins on Monday. For Devvarman’s section of the qualifying draw, click here.

August 25, 2009

• After 36 holes of grind-it-out golf, Cavalier sophomore Ben Kohles still has some work to do to advance at the U.S. Amateur Championship in Tulsa. Check out the story here.

• Speaking of Cavalier golf, the fine folks in UVa’s Video Services caught up with PGA Tour member Steve Marino while he was competing at The Wyndham. Check it out at

August 24, 2009

• The Virginia men’s golf team has five representatives at this year’s U.S. Amateur Championships that started Monday. Here’s the story and the link to scoring.

August 23, 2009

• Former Cavalier tight end Jonathan Stupar is having a solid preseason witht the Buffalo Bills. Check out an update from the Bills website here.

• After shooting 63 in the third round to move up to a tie for fourth place, former Cavalier Steve Marino fired a final-round 69 to tie for 10th overall at 13-under 267 at The Wyndham in Greensboro. James Driscoll also managed to make the cut and placed 64th at 3-under 277. Marino is 34th in the FedEx Cup standings heading into next week’s PGA Playoff event at The Barclays.

August 22, 2009

• The AP preseason football poll was released today (click here) and the Cavaliers’ schedule features four foes in the initial top-25 rankings. No. 7 Virginia Tech, No. 15 Georgia Tech, No. 17 TCU and No. 21 North Carolina are all on UVa’s upcoming schedule. Southern Mississippi, Clemson, Miami and Boston College were three other 2009 foes in the “also receiving votes” area. William and Mary, Uva’s opening opponent, is ranked No. 20 in the preseason FCS (Football Championships Subdivision) poll.

• Did you know that last year’s Virginia football schedule was ranked No. 2 by the Sagarin rankings and No. 9 by the NCAA? UVa’s opponents combined for a 90-64 (.584) record and nine played in postseason bowl games.

August 21, 2009

• A four-hour weather delay slowed down the first round of The Wyndham Thursday in Greensboro. If you want to keep up with former UVa standouts Steve Marino and James Driscoll, click here for the live leaderboard.

• gives former Cavalier baseball standout Mark Reynolds front page treatment today. Read the feature on the Diamondbacks’ power hitter here.

August 20, 2009

• Want to know what it is like to be the head football coach at Virginia? Check out Jeff White‘s story on “A Day in the Life of Al Groh.”

• Cav fans, the Wahoo Blog has learned the ACC men’s basketball schedule is almost ready to be released. Look for it by mid-week next week.

• The U.S. News and World Report rankings for colleges is out and UVa remains at No. 2 for all public institutions. Check out the full story from UVaToday.

• Former Cavalier defensive lineman Patrick Kerney is profiled by Seattle Times columnist Steve Kelley here.

• The field hockey team today was picked to win the ACC – the nation’s preimer conference. The Cavaliers open the season next Friday at 3 p.m. at home against Miami (Ohio). You can read the ACC’s press release on the preseason voting here and Virginia’s press release here.

• With the overwhelming success of the first meet last fall, namely the dominating victory by the alums, the 2nd annual Virginia Swimming & Diving Alumni Meet will be held at the AFC on September 11th. The meet, as part of the All Sports Reunion weekend, will begin at 6 p.m. Last year we had over 50 alumni (including several Hall of Fame members) spanning six decades. For more information, you can send an e-mail to

August 19, 2009 • Congratulations to UVa junior cornerback Ras-I Dowling, who is one of 62 players named to the Nagurski Trophy Watch list. The Nagurski trophy is presented annually to the nation’s top defensive players. Ras-I had previously been named to the ACC’s preseason football team. Read about the Nagurski Watch List here.
• Former UVa linebacker Clint Sintim had an impressive showing on national television Monday in the N.Y. Giants preseason win. Here’s a New York Post story profiling Clint in training camp.
Trivia Time: While the Wahoo Blog has Clint Sintim in mind … he totaled the second most career sacks in UVa history with 29 … who leads that list with 40. Hint … you’ll hear his voice a lot this fall if you are a follower of UVa football. The answer will be posted later today.
• Virginia had four swimmers compete at the World Championships last month in Rome, Italy. Former Cavalier Fran Crippen swam in the 5K and 10K Open Water events and placed seventh in the 5K race and earned a bronze medal in the 10K race. Alum Stefan Hirniak set a new Canadian record in the 200 fly during prelims with a 1:57.43 for a 23rd place finish. Two current members of the team also swam for their nations. Sophomore Erika Stewart, a 2008 Olympian, competed for Colombia in the 100 and 200 Back and 200 IM. Sophomore David Karasek represented Switzerland in the 200 and 400 Free, as well as the 400 and 800 Free Relays. For complete results from the World Championships, click here. You can also read more about Fran Crippen’s career comeback here.
Trivia Answer – Chris Slade piled up 40 sacks during his days at UVa. This fall he will serve as the sideline reporter for the Virginia radio network.

August 18, 2009

• The volleyball team is currently in the middle of preseason training and a different player has been blogging at the end of each day. Be sure to visit the blog and click on each player’s name to get to know each of the Cavaliers a little better.
• Virginia baseball right-handed pitcher Tyler Wilson was named to the All-Cape Cod League Team at starting pitcher on Monday. Playing for the Hyannis Mets, Wilson went 3-1 with a 1.60 ERA in seven games (five starts). In 39.1 innings, he allowed just 27 hits and five walks while striking out 28. Find the complete team here.
• The field hockey team had a productive preseason in Boston, with training and a scrimmage, plus catching all the action of the 2009 BDO Junior World Cup. Three Cavaliers – Tara Puffenberger, Paige Selenski and Michelle Vittese – represented the United States and newcomer Inga Stockel played for her native Germany. Check out the preseason blog and Boston photo gallery.

August 17, 2009

• Cavalier fans, welcome to The Wahoo Blog. Check in to get all sorts of news and notes on UVa athletics and former Cavaliers. If you see something UVa-related that you think would make an interesting entry, please use the submit button on the right to pass along the information or link.
Trivia Time – the PGA Tour’s next stop is just down US 29 in Greensboro when the Wyndham Championship is held at historic Sedgefield Country Club (the site of the meeting that established the formation of the Atlantic Coast Conference). Former UVa standout Steve Marino is currently 34th in the FedEx Cup standings. Do you know his tour earnings this year? See the bottom of the Wahoo Blog for the answer.

• You may have noticed a new layout to starting today. You’ll find more stories (and a handy scroll bar) on the front page and each of the sport pages and now video clips will be included in the story lineup.
• If you haven’t visited in a while, make sure you download some of the new UVa Athletics wallpapers for your computer. There’s something for just about every sports fan out there, so browse the selection here.
• ACC Blogger Heather Dinich was in town Sunday for UVa’s annual Media Day. Check out her posts here. And yes, we let HD know she should have included Ras-I Dowling on her preseason All-ACC list. The Wahoo Blog gives her a mulligan for that omission.
• If you are looking for all the coverage you can find on the Cavaliers, then you may want to bookmark a new media site … Mike Harris, the former Sports Editor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, headlines a group of former newspapers sportswriters who have launched a new website dedicated to covering the region’s sports teams and programs. Jim McConnell provides his take from UVa’s Media Day.
Triva Answer – This season Marino has played in 23 events and pocketed $1.5 million. Over the past three years Marino has managed more than $4.7 million in winnings. Check out his bio here.

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