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SWV Notes: Gate City’s Ervin rethinking commitment to Wofford

Kevin Mays • Apr 12, 2019 at 12:43 PM

Gate City senior Zac Ervin committed in August to continue his collegiate basketball career at Wofford.

Now, the 6-5 shooting guard is not so sure.

“I’m going to take some time, not too much time. But some, before making a decision,” Ervin said earlier this week about his college choice.

Ervin’s possible change of heart comes after coach Mike Young left Wofford to take the coaching position at Virginia Tech following the exit of Hokies coach Buzz Williams.

After leading Tech to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament, Williams resigned to take the head coaching position at Texas A&M.

Williams’ departure left the door open for Young, an Emory & Henry graduate and former assistant coach, to step in and take over the Hokies’ program.

Young was hired after leading Wofford to the Southern Conference championship and its own appearance in the NCAA tourney.

“It was an opportunity that was right for him and his family and really one that he just couldn’t pass up,” Ervin said of Young taking the job at Tech. “I understand it completely.”

Ervin said he talked briefly with Young after the coach took the position in Blacksburg.

With Young leaving Wofford, Ervin said he remains undecided about going forward with his initial intent to play at the Southern Conference school.

“I’m just going to take a little time to think about it,” said Ervin.

The Gate City senior led the Blue Devils to the Region 2D championship this past season and was named the VHSCA Class 2 All-State player of the year after finishing his career with 2,351 points.

With Young taking the Virginia Tech job, speculation has focused on the possibility of Ervin playing at Tech. But Ervin said his only conversation with Young was brief and did not involve talk about him becoming a Hokie.

“He’s still getting settled in and we really didn’t talk about that,” Ervin said.

Prior to signing with Wofford, Ervin was recruited heavily by a number of NCAA Division 1 programs including ETSU, Mercer, Samford, Liberty and Florida Gulf Coast.

VIRGINIA-WISE BACK ON THE SOFTBALL DIAMOND

The Virginia-Wise softball team had some scary moments last weekend.

The scare came on the road, not on the softball field.

The team’s bus caught fire on the way to play a pair of weekend doubleheaders in Mountain East Conference action.

Fortunately, everyone on the bus escaped injury.

The team’s equipment, however, was not as fortunate.

Virginia-Wise Assistant Athletic Director for Communications Darrell-Dingus Ely said earlier this week that a “significant portion of equipment needed to play softball” was damaged or destroyed in the fire.

Ely said the team’s gloves, bats, catcher’s equipment, batter’s helmets and other equipment were lost.

The good news, in addition to no one being injured in the fire, was the equipment was covered by insurance.

Replacement equipment was in place for the Cavaliers on Tuesday, just in time for Wednesday’s MEC doubleheader with Concord.

The Cavs split the games, winning the first one 6-0 before dropping the next 10-0.

More important than the scores of the two games was the simple fact that the entire team was at Cavalier Field, safe and playing softball.

It was a blessed day for all.

TOP SIX

Lebanon and John Battle head the first Southwest Virginia Top Six poll in baseball and softball.

Here’s a look at the Six and their records.

Baseball

1) Lebanon, 8-1

2) Chilhowie, 12-0

3) Abingdon, 8-1

4) Twin Springs, 10-0

5) Holston, 9-2

6) Union, 7-3

Softball

1) John Battle, 6-0

2) Graham, 11-2

3) Lebanon, 6-3

4) Ridgeview, 5-2

5) Union, 5-3

6) Twin Springs, 5-4

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