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Date: December 17, 2001
Contact: Brian Laubscher (540) 463-8676
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Bahl, Sullivan and Wiginton Named To First Team; Whitfield Second Team

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Roanoke Times announced its Division II-III All-State team in the Saturday morning paper. Four Washington and Lee players were named to the team led by senior linebacker Jeff Bahl (Cincinnati, Ohio/Cincinnati Country Day), junior running back Chris Sullivan (San Antonio, Texas/Alamo Heights) and senior placekicker Brad Wiginton (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior), all of whom earned first team honors. Sophomore punter Whit Whitfield (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Central) was named to the second team.

Bahl's selection to the paper's all-state team was his third straight. He earned first team honors in 2000 and second team honors in 1999. Bahl was a First Team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference selection earlier this season after tying for second in the conference with 93 total tackles. He also posted six sacks, four fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and blocked two kicks. Bahl ended his career with 16.5 sacks and 15 fumble recoveries.

Sullivan was named to the Roanoke Times All-State team for the first time in his career after garnering First Team All-ODAC and Third Team All-Region laurels. He had a career season, leading Division III with 2,024 all-purpose yards (202.4 ypg). Sullivan rushed for 1,189 yards and eight touchdowns on a school-record 253 carries, caught 27 passes for 268 yards and another touchdown, returned 19 punts for 204 yards and returned 13 kicks for 347 yards and one touchdown.

Wiginton earned his first all-state selection after posting First Team All-ODAC and Third Team All-America honors. He also had a career-best season for the Generals in 2001, booting a school-record 12 field goals in 18 attempts. He hit 26-of-26 PAT attempts and finished second on the team in scoring with 62 points.

Whitfield was named to the second team all-state squad after placing 27th in Division III with a 37.8 average on 62 punts. Whitfield was playing football at W&L for the first time this season after participating on the soccer team in 2000.

Washington and Lee finished the 2001 season with a 5-5 overall record, 3-3 in the ODAC. The Generals finished in a four-way tie for second place in the ODAC.



Contact: Brian Laubscher
Sports Information Director
PO Drawer 928
Lexington, VA 24450
Phone: 540-463-8670