Tuesday’s regional sports roundup: Virginia, Virginia Tech add football recruits; Ftorek signs two-year extension as Admirals’ coach


COLLEGES:

Football recruiting:

Virginia landed its eighth commitment in the 2019 class, 6-foot-5, 280-pound defensive lineman Emil Bo Andersen from Denmark, according to 247sports. He was among a group of European players who attended camp Friday at U.Va.

He joins a Cavaliers class that has three prospects committed from the state of Florida: teammates Seneca Milledge and Major Williams from Dunbar High in Fort Myers, and safety Antonio Clary, from Sandalwood in Jacksonville.

The class also includes Blacksburg wide receiver Tiquest Terry, Orem (Utah) Skyridge outside linebacker Jairus Satiu, Greenville (Tenn.) wide receiver Dorien Goddard, and Lake Braddock linebacker Josh Ahern. …

Over the weekend, Virginia Tech picked up a commitment from L.C. Bird receiver Jaden Payoute, who won a state title in the 100-meter dash at 10.67 seconds and reportedly ran a 40-yard dash time under 4.4 seconds at a Hokies camp, immediately earning an offer. 247sports ranks him as the 129th overall player in the country.

More football:

James Madison was ranked No. 2, behind defending champion North Dakota State, in the Hero Sports Football Championship Subdivision preseason poll. The Dukes lost to NDSU in last year’s title game after winning the 2016 crown.

JMU senior cornerback Rashad Robinson was tabbed a first-team Preseason All-American, while four fellow Dukes — senior running back Marcus Marshall, redshirt senior cornerback Jimmy Moreland, junior center Mac Patrick and redshirt sophomore returner D’Angelo Amos — were selected to the third team.

No. 7 New Hampshire, No. 9 Delaware, No. 11 Elon, No. 17 Villanova and No. 24 Stony Brook joined JMU as Colonial Athletic Association teams in the top 25.

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Men’s tennis:

In the Tennis Recruiting Network mid-major rankings for the incoming class, based on players signed through May 25, Old Dominion was 12th, William and Mary 16th and Liberty 24th.

HOCKEY:

Norfolk coach Robbie Ftorek signed a two-year contract, keeping him with the ECHL’s Admirals through the 2019-20 season, the organization announced.

Ftorek, who has coached more than 400 NHL games with the Kings, Devils and Bruins, led Norfolk to a 26-39-6-1 record in the 2017-18 season. The coach took over 17 games into the 2016-17 season, replacing Rod Aldoff. During Ftorek’s tenure, the Admirals are 50-68-8-1.

SOCCER:

The Lionsbridge FC reserves defeated the Virginia Beach City FC reserves 10-0 Monday at Riverview Farm Park in Newport News.

GOLF:

Christopher Newport senior Chris Brugge qualified for the Virginia State Amateur tournament and the Delta Dental State Open at River Creek, firing a 73 in qualifying — three shots off the lead.

His teammate Kurt Funkhouser qualified for the State Amateur and achieved alternate status for the State Open with a 75.



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