Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Tip of the Hat

As Bennett Conlin of the Daily Progress reported yesterday, “Mamadi Diakite’s blocked shot against UNC moved him into a tie for second in UVa history for most blocked shots. Chris Alexander and Diakite have 148 blocks. Diakite needs one block to pass Alexander … and 315 blocks to pass Ralph Sampson.” This elicited a wonderful response (above) from Chris Alexander. 


Speaking of the Daily Progress, congratulations to our hometown newspaper for earning multiple APSE awards from the Associated Press Sports Editors national contest. Most notably, Former Daily Progress sports writer Josh Needelman earned top 10 honors in two categories. Needelman was honored in the beat writing category for his coverage of the Virginia men’s basketball team during its national championship season as well in the game story category for his coverage from Virginia’s overtime win over Purdue in the Elite Eight. Former Daily Progress photographer Zack Wajsgras was honored in the feature photo category for his photograph of Virginia men’s basketball coach Tony Bennett celebrating after Virginia’s win over Purdue in the Elite Eight (above) that clinched the Cavaliers’ first trip to the Final Four since 1984. Andrew Shurtleff received top 10 recognition in the action photo category for his photo of Florida State wide receiver Tamorrion Terry being tackled by Virginia linebacker Jordan Mack during the Cavaliers’ victory over the Seminoles this past fall. The Daily Progress sports section has now earned at least one top 10 section honor in the APSE national contest for six consecutive years and won an APSE Grand Slam (top 10 in all four section categories) in 2016.

Look Hoos Coaching Now

Congratulations to former @UVAFootball wide receiver Doni Dowling who will be coaching the wide receivers at his former high school in Richmond.