TODAY'S SPORTS

Turner Ashby’s Bocock returns home with Phoenix




Her team had just been swept and its postseason fate was in jeopardy, but Elon coach Kathy Bocock walked up the third-base line at Veterans Memorial Park on Saturday with a smile on her face.

She waved hello and yelled, "Thanks for coming," to a couple of friends in the stands before she greeted some family near where the dirt meets the grass beyond the bag.

Bocock is from the Valley and a graduate of Turner Ashby High School.

She said she was happy be back for a few days, while her Phoenix battled James Madison.

Elon needed a Delaware loss Sunday in order to reach the CAA Tournament, so Bocock could get back to Harrisonburg again on Wednesday. But the Blue Hens edged UNC-Wilmington 1-0 leaving the Phoenix a game back of qualifying for the fifth and final seed.

"I love it," Bocock said. "I love being back in front of my family and my friends, and I grew up around JMU all my life.

"I have tons of respect for JMU and we got to bring our 'A' game when we play them, but it's a great experience when we play them and come up here."

Her players know what it means for her to show well in Harrisonburg. She said she doesn't have to explain to them where she's from.

It took only a foul ball toward her in the dugout for Dukes coach Mickey Dean, who was in third-base coaching box, to start ribbing her.

Dean has known Bocock since high school. He went to Spotswood.

"She kept running away from that foul ball," Dean said with a laugh. "Charge the thing and catch it.

"But it's fun when she's back here because we've got a lot of kids from the Turner Ashby area on our squad and she's from that area, so it's just fun."

Bocock gets two Valley District players to join her squad next year as well. Broadway's Ally Repko and Turner Ashby's Katrina Martin are headed to Elon to play for Bocock.

Repko hit a grand slam and a two-run homer in BHS's win at Harrisonburg High School last week. Martin has seven homers on the year, as of last week.

"I'm excited about getting some Valley kids down to play for me," Bocock said. "My nephew actually sent me a picture from the paper with Ally rounding the base and Katrina sliding into second, so it's great."


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