Sports

Skateboard Hero

Nov 17, 2014
Hollis Brumfield

A Richmond man is celebrating a national win in his sport of choice - skateboarding. 

Connor Burke has been skateboarding since the age of 8, and this year - at 22 - he won the acclaim he’s been hoping for, taking top honors in the national freestyle skateboard championships.  Unlike others who speed, bump and spin down city streets and stairways, freestylers skate on flat surfaces but do tricks with the board.

Virginia Cavaliers

It will be a winner-take-all at the College World Series tonight in Omaha. 

The Virginia Cavaliers forced the deciding game last night with a 7-2 victory over Vanderbilt.  Tonight’s game starts at 8 PM and will be shown on ESPN. A Virginia victory tonight would be historic for the university and the Atlantic Coast Conference.  

An ACC team hasn’t won the College World Series since 1955.  North Carolina in 2007 was the last ACC team to reach the best-of-3 championship series.

UVA Fans Are No Strangers to Omaha

Jun 24, 2014
www.c-ville.com

The University of Virginia baseball team has its back against the wall at the College World Series in Omaha. Vanderbilt took Game One in the best-of-3 championship series, 9-8. UVA’s trips to Omaha are drawing repeat visitors with hopes of seeing the Cavaliers go all the way...  

It isn’t just for baseball.  Don Luttrell and his wife, Linda, from Zion Crossroads followed the men’s basketball team to Omaha two years ago.

The Legend of the Shoeless Wonders

Jun 16, 2014
photo by Beverly Amsler

From the 1920s to the 1950s, orphans from the Presbyterian Home in Lynchburg dominated and defeated rival football teams. Too poor to even afford shoes, they played in their bare feet, and became known as The Shoeless Wonders. Their inspiration story gained national attention, and was featured in “Ripley’s Believe It or Not”. Now, they’re the subject of an upcoming movie. 

“The field ran back this way toward the gymnasium.  The goal post was probably right here and there was another one down there just. . .”

www.phys.virginia.edu

Hockey season is winding to a close, and that’s good news for Professor Lou Bloomfield, who will now have a little extra time in his busy schedule.  During the season, he produces a video segment - shown on cable TV and the stadium JumboTron, explaining the science of this sport.  

Lou Bloomfield has been a professor of physics at the University of Virginia for nearly 30 years, He teaches a course called How Things Work.

“How does a violin work?  How does a microwave oven work?  What’s static electricity? Why do magnets stick to your refrigerator?”

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