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Hokie Nation thanks Coach Beamer prior to his final home game


The Hokie Walk has been going on for years, but the football squad’s arrival to campus Saturday and the short trek to the locker room was truly special. For the final walk of retiring head coach Frank Beamer’s career, thousands of fans gathered to shout things like “thank you Frank!” and “we love you coach!” as the winningest active coach in the FBS made his way up the street in front of his devoted team. That street in front of Lane Stadium is now called Beamer Way, in a fitting tribute to the man who made such a difference to Virginia Tech, and did it the right way. Hokie Nation sent the legend out in the most fitting way possible: with respect, passion, loyalty and showing great love for Virginia Tech.

Hokies fall to No. 12 North Carolina in OT in Beamer’s home finale

Virginia Tech rallied from a 14-point deficit to tie the game, but the Hokies couldn’t overcome North Carolina, falling 30-27 in overtime at Lane Stadium in the final home game for Tech head coach Frank Beamer. There were multiple tributes to Beamer, who, on Nov. 1, announced his plans to retire at the end of this season following 29 seasons as the Hokies head coach. Tech tied the game at 24 on a touchdown pass from Michael Brewer to Isaiah Ford with 1:07 left. In overtime, the Hokies scored first on a Joey Slye field goal, but North Carolina won the game on the ensuing possession with a touchdown pass from Marquise Williams to Quinshad Davis. Brewer threw for 273 yards to lead the Hokies. The loss left Tech at 5-6 and needing to beat rival Virginia to become bowl eligible for the 23rd straight year.

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Hokies earn two wins on the hardwood

The Hokies won a pair of home games this past week. On Wednesday night, Tech defeated Jacksonville State, 71-62. Zach LeDay led the Hokies with 15 points, while Chris Clarke recorded his first career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. The Hokies out rebounded the Gamecocks, 54-29. On Saturday night, Tech used a big second half to defeat VMI, 76-52. Seth Allen led five Hokies in double figures with 17 points and LeDay recorded his second double-double in three games with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Johnny Hamilton came off the bench to record career-highs with eight points and 11 rebounds in just 16 minutes of action. Tech’s stingy defense held VMI to just 25.7 percent from the field on the game.

Virginia Tech
Athlete of the Week

Zach LeDay
(Men’s Basketball • r-Junior • Dallas, Texas)
LeDay led the Hokies to a pair of wins this week. In the win over Jacksonville State, he had a team-high 17 points and had 9 rebounds. In the win over VMI, He recorded his second double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds. He is averaging 18.0 points and 11.3 rebounds per game so far this season.

Hokies dominate in two home wins

The Hokies were on Virginia Tech Carilion Court at Cassell Coliseum this week for a pair of wins, defeating Big East foe Providence 62-46 before rolling past College of Charleston 81-47 to wrap up the week. Sidney Cook and Chanette Hicks each averaged 12 points in the two wins for the Hokies. Cook also grabbed 5.5 rebounds per game while Hicks handed out 3.0 assists and scooped up 2.0 steals per game. Hannah Young was also strong for Tech, chipping in 8.0 points and 5.5 rebounds over the two game span. Junior Vanessa Panousis dropped in five 3-pointers against the Cougars, including a trio of them in less than three minutes of play.

Curtin earns All-America honors at NCAA championships

Virginia Tech cross country runner Thomas Curtin finished 22nd at the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships held this past Saturday at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Kentucky. Curtin, a redshirt senior, was the top finisher for the Hokies, running the 10k course in a time of 30 minutes, 15.1 seconds. A foot injury hampered Curtin in his bid to win his fourth straight race and first national championship, but he earned All-America honors in cross country for the first time. The Tech men’s team, which received an at-large bid to the championships and was making the program’s sixth appearance, finished in 27th place. Stuart Robertson came in 144th, while Neil Gourley finished 157th. Tech will now prepare for the indoor track season, which beings in January.

Tech falls in NCAA second round

The No. 14 Hokies women's soccer team wrapped up its season as it fell to Ohio State in the second round of the NCAA tournament, 1-0. It was the third straight season Tech has advanced to at least the second round. Candace Cephers and the Hokies outshot Ohio State 20-5 for the game and 4-2 in shots on goal. Tech finished the year 15-4-2 overall with a 6-3-1 mark in ACC play. Three Hokies earned All-ACC honors as Ashley Meier and Murielle Tiernan were named to the All-ACC first team and Jordan Coburn was named All-ACC third team for their performances in the regular season.

Well-balanced Hokies secure weekend sweep

The Hokies returned home to Virginia Tech Carilion Court at Cassell Coliseum last weekend, walking away with two 3-1 victories over Syracuse and Boston College. Senior Kenedy McGrath had her 1,000th career dig to highlight the weekend for Tech. The Hokies started off the weekend on Friday with a big win over Syracuse who won the first meeting of the two teams earlier this season. Lindsey Owens downed 19 kills, followed by Amanda McKinzie’s 16. McGrath posted 21 digs, putting her seven away from 1,000. Middle blocker Ashley Battle shined on Sunday, tying her single-match career record of 10 blocks. McGrath’s 14 digs were enough to reach the defensive milestone just in time for Senior Day for herself and Kenedy Bryan this coming Saturday at 4 p.m.

Hokies head west and take two wins in the Dakotas

The Virginia Tech wrestling team picked up two wins this weekend on their first road trip of the season. The Hokies debuted a much younger lineup in the Dakotas this weekend, featuring eight wrestlers that are sophomores or younger. Tech and the Jackrabbits of South Dakota State traded bouts back and forth, with the Hokies ultimately picking up a 20-16 victory highlighted by junior Joey Dance’s first tech fall of the season and redshirt junior Jared Haught’s upset of top-ten ranked wrestler Nate Rortert. Heading north to take on North Dakota State on Sunday, Tech stuck with the same lineup and moved to 3-1 with a 23-13 takedown of the Bison. Freshman Cody Hughes and redshirt sophomore Kevin Norstrem picked up their first dual meet victories of the season as part of the Hokies’ perfect weekend.

Tech swimming & diving competes well at Tennessee

The Virginia Tech swimming and diving teams competed at the Tennessee Fall Invitational Friday through Sunday. The women's team finished tied for second with Missouri while the No. 22 men came in third place. Ian Ho had one of the highlights of the weekend as he qualified for the Olympic Trials in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.28. Ashlynn Peters and Kladuia Nazieblo also won events for the H20kies. Peters won the 3-meter diving event while Nazieblo took first in the 200 fly. Tech will take some time off before facing Buffalo on Jan. 3 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

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Preparing for the game and for life

Coach Frank Beamer’s players gathered around him in the locker room following the loss to North Carolina and a rousing tribute to the man retiring as the winningest active FBS coach. True to form, the beloved coach praised his players for their great effort, told them how much he loved them, gave them some quick lessons about life, and then got down to business — setting the tone for a good week of preparation as the Hokies get ready to face in-state rival Virginia in Charlottesville next Saturday. The Hokies are looking to extend the nation’s longest recognized bowl streak and claim the Commonwealth Cup for the 12th consecutive time.