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Hokies preparing for Arkansas in Belk Bowl

The Virginia Tech football team has been practicing in preparation for the Arkansas Razorbacks, its opponent in the 2016 Belk Bowl. The Hokies’ travel party leaves for Charlotte, North Carolina on Christmas Eve and will practice four times in Charlotte in preparation for the Dec. 29 game. Tech, which has won three of its past four bowl games, will be making its 24th consecutive bowl appearance and will be led by first-team All-ACC choice Woody Baron and second-team All-ACC selections Isaiah Ford and Tremaine Edmunds. The Belk Bowl kicks off at 5:30 p.m., and can be seen on ESPN.

Tech women remain perfect following OT win at Auburn

Sidney Cook scored 23 points and Regan Magarity notched her fourth consecutive double-double to carry No. 24 Virginia Tech to a 92-87 overtime victory over Auburn at Auburn Arena on Sunday. The Hokies moved to 11-0 with the win. Chanette Hicks added 18 points and tied a Tech single-game record with 13 assists (Lisa Witherspoon, twice; Lisa Leftwich, 1992), while Vanessa Panousis scored 20 points. The Hokies will play their final game before Christmas this Wednesday when they take on Radford at Virginia Tech Carilion Court. Tipoff is slated for 1 p.m.

Tech men top century mark in win over The Citadel

Ahmed Hill scored a career-high 22 points and Chris Clarke registered the school’s first triple-double, as the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team rolled in the second half to a 113-71 home win over The Citadel on Saturday. Clarke scored 13 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and had 10 assists on a day when the Hokies had 30 assists – one short of the school record. Seven players scored in double figures for Tech, which moved to 9-1 with the win. The Hokies play their final game before Christmas on Tuesday when they take on Charleston Southern at Virginia Tech Carilion Court. The game tips at 9 p.m.

Virginia Tech
Athlete of the Week

Chris Clarke
(Men's Basketball • Sophomore • Forward • Virginia Beach, Virginia)
Clarke recorded the first triple-double in Virginia Tech men’s basketball history and the second in the ACC this season when he scored 13 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out 10 assists in the Hokies’ 113-71 victory over The Citadel on Saturday. Clarke set a career high for assists, and he registered a season high for rebounds, while scoring in double figures for the fourth time this season. For the 2016-17 campaign, Clarke is averaging 9.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game, and he’s shooting 60 percent from the floor. He’s the only player in the ACC currently averaging at least nine points, seven rebounds and four assists per game.

Three Tech basketball players bring forth smiles on hospital visit

In a visit that was coordinated by the athletics department’s Office of Student-Athlete Development, Greg Donlon, Matt Galloway and Nick Fullard traveled to Roanoke, Virginia and spent a portion of last Thursday afternoon visiting with the patients and families in the pediatric unit at Carilion Children’s Hospital, a part of the extensive Carilion medical services network that focuses on medical care for young children. The trio went from room to room, handing out Virginia Tech-themed miniature basketballs, pom-poms, rulers and posters. They signed numerous autographs, and more importantly, conversed and joked with the kids. The group visited approximately a dozen kids and their families, bringing Christmas cheer to those in need.

Tech wrestlers roll past West Virginia

Led by Parkersburg, West Virginia native Jared Haught, the No. 6 Virginia Tech wrestling team won nine of 10 bouts and cruised past West Virginia 36-4 at Parkersburg High School on Sunday. In his return home, Haught, the No. 3 ranked wrestler in the nation at 197 pounds, picked up a 3-2 decision over No. 7 Jacob Smith. Joey Dance, the Hokies’ 125-pounder, recorded a pin of Devin Brown, and heavyweight Ty Walz and 174-pounder Zach Epperly each recorded technical falls. The Hokies moved to 5-1 and will take some time off before returning to action with a road meet at Princeton on Jan. 6.

Student-athletes participate in December commencement ceremony

This past Friday, numerous Virginia Tech student-athletes graduated and participated in the university’s December commencement ceremony. The list included football standouts Woody Baron, Nigel Williams Sam Rogers, Brandon Facyson and Augie Conte, softball standout Vanessa Gonzalez, track standouts Nora McKiver and Jada Gundran and others. They are just a few of the many student-athletes who helped the school recently record the highest graduation success rate in school history.