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Welcome to the Virginia Western Athletics and Activities page! Our department is dedicated to offering intercollegiate and recreational sports opportunities for students. Our goal is to promote self-discipline, leadership, teamwork, and physical fitness while having fun and building relationships.

Please contact Nicholas Owens at or 857-7958 in the Student Activities Office (Student Life Center 307) for more information regarding athletics at VWCC.

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  • Men's Basketball: VCCS (1989, 2003, 2007)
  • Men's Soccer: VCCS (2012)

Athletics News

Rapids Basketball Pep Rally

The 2014 Virginia Western Rapids Basketball Pep Rally will be on Friday, October 17 @ 6:30 PM. Events scheduled are the Skills Challenge, 3-Point Shootout, and Dunk Contest. The basketballs teams will be collecting non-perishable food for a local food shelter. Come out and support your Rapids!

Men’s Soccer: Rapids tie Christendom College

Front Royal, VA: Virginia Western tied the Christendom College Crusaders 5-5 at Crusader Field on Saturday.  The fast paced match resulted in a 3-3 halftime with over 17 shots just in the first 45 minutes.  Sophomore Midfielder Deo Ndayisenga tied the school record with four goals for the Rapids, while Midfielder Ethan D’Arpa scored the fifth with an assist on a Ndayisenga goal.  Sophomore Juan Hernandez (Patrick Henry) led the team with two assists, with Defender Zachary Miller also recording an assist.  Freshman Goalkeeper Minor Smith had 15 saves in his collegiate debut.  The Rapids next Saturday match will be at Radford University Club on Oct. 4 at 4:00 PM.   

Men’s Soccer: Rapids gets splashed by Eastern Mennonite Reserves

Harrisonburg, VA: Virginia Western fell 2-4 to Eastern Mennonite University’s Reserve team on Friday. Despite falling behind 0-4 at halftime, the Rapids won the 2nd half 2-0 with a new formation featuring the center defense of Sophomores Taylor Leonard and Abdul Ojelade. Freshman Ethan D’Arpa (Lord Botetourt) assisted on both Rapids goals, connecting with Juan Hernandez on a corner kick header to the bottom left of goal, and to Patrick Harris off a diagonal run into the right side of the box beating the keeper below his left arm. Sophomore Goalkeeper Gray Watson made 9 saves during the match. Men’s Soccer’s next contest is Sunday, September 7 at Blue Ridge Community College at 2:00 PM.

Men’s Soccer Season Preview

Program exposure is the theme of the 2014 Men’s Soccer season as the team will face three NJCAA and five 4-year collegiate teams while traveling to North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. The first game of the regular season will be Sunday, September 7 with a rematch against Blue Ridge Community College where Virginia Western came out on top of a 2-1 contest. Men’s Soccer will travel to NJCAA Region XIX to play Harcum College on September 20. Virginia Western will look to avenge their 1-2 defeat to Patrick Henry Community College from their 2013 season finale after leading most of the match. They face the Patriots on Monday, October 13. Men’s Soccer will also on the 2013 USCAA National Champion West Virginia Tech Golden Bears in Beckley, WV. Head Coach Marijan Grgic said “We have a talented group of players this year with Sophomore leadership. We should stand up well against every challenge we face this season.” Men’s Soccer returns 5 Sophomores this season, the most in the team’s history. Virginia Western’s first contest will be an exhibition at Eastern Mennonite University Reserves on Friday, August 22.



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