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It was a night to remember. The University of Virginia held a formal celebration for the Men’s Basketball Champions in John Paul Jones.  The arena was nearly packed as well over 10,000 of Hoos closest family, friends and fans made the trip to Charlottesville to formally celebrate the Night of Champions and the Raising of the Banner for the NCAA Champs.

 

A team which had only one 30 win season in their long history, prior to the 2013-2014 season, had now nearly 30 wins a per year in every season up to the present since then. 

 

Under the leadership of Coach Tony Bennett, the 2018-2019 season was a season to remember. This program was just one season removed from the most memorable upset in NCAA history. The UMBC Retrievers has done the unthinkable as the first #16 seed to defeat a #1 seed. The loss will forever be a part of the annals of NCAA history but not bigger than the aftermath: The Story of Redemption.  The Cavaliers turned their darkest moment into a driving force that produce the the brightest light paving the path to their first ever National Championship in Men’s Basketball.

 

“Every champion must endure suffering.”  This phrase was repeated by Coach Bennett as he harkened back to how the team suffered at the hands on embarrassment and the wrong side of history in the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Rafael Nadal spoke the comment at the 2019 US Open (which he won) but it aptly fits the champion Hoos as they showed grit, perseverance and humility in the face of criticism and pressure. The team once again earned another #1 seed for the 2019, but this time they did not stay in the valley but rose to the top of the mountain. 

 

As the night unfolded, the night was full of energy and emotion. After Coach Bennett spoke, Ty Jerome, Kyle Guy and De’Andre Hunter all shared the stage and during a conversation with Dave Koehn, the Voice of Virginia Athletics. Each spoke of how nervous and excited they were to be a part of the same recruiting class and fulfill a dream, to bring home a national title. They spoke of living out the good and bad times and then how they elevated on the foundation built by earlier teams. 

 

Each member and staff were then honored with their commemorative wristwatch and a audacious championship ring that could be seen from space. It was the perfect symbol and reward for a program that had been built by Coach Bennett for a decade. The fruits of his labor and the young men who went the extra mile to live up to the five pillars were beat displayed in the celebration with the fan base that had embraced the pace and loved every minute of it.

 

Congrats to the 2018-2019 Virginia Men’s Basketball Team, for joy finally came in the morning on this special night of celebration.

 

by EMSPORTS.org 9/13/2019


 

Former Marquette Star Sam Hauser Transferring To Virginia

by Chris Horne


Virginia head coach Tony Bennett has landed 6'8", 225-pound sharpshooting combo forward Sam Hauser. 

5/29/19

 HOOS NUMBER 1!  THE UNIVERSITY OF CAVALIERS

2019 NCAA MEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS

  

 

In the 1990s, the rock group Aerosmith made the famous song of Livin' on the Edge.  What a great way to explain the remarkable journey of the Virginia Cavaliers who captured the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship.

 

In the 2018 tourney, Virginia made the type of history that no one wanted to claim.  They were the first #1 seed (Overall #1 in fact), to lose to a #16 seed, the UMBC Retrievers.  With the weight of the shame of living in infamy, this Cavalier program looked to re-write history and re-write the story of their powerful program.

 

As they tore through the regular season and then capture another ACC regular season title, the HOOS, were poised to make a legitimate run deep into March.  After going 16-2 in the ACC, the Cavaliers were only beaten (twice) by the ridiculous collection of talent located in the blue blood program of the Duke Blue Devils.  However, this did not deter them and as they entered the ACC tournament, they were looking to add more hardware to their trophy cases.

 

Unfortunately, the Cavaliers were upended in the ACC Semifinals by the Florida State Seminoles.  The Duke Blue Devils went on to win the ACC tournament which set the stage for a great NCAA tournament.

 

The Cavaliers had endured numerous memes about their loss to UMBC.  Fans and critics were constantly asking the question, "Will the Cavaliers make a real run in this year's NCAA tournament?"

 

Opening Weekend:

Virginia earned another #1 seed and would start their path to glory in Columbia, SC.  As the top dog in the South Region, Virginia faced #16 Gardner-Webb, who were making their debut appearance in the NCAA tournament.  The campus located a couple hours north of Columbia, turned into a home court for the underdogs who took an early 14-point lead and the murmurs of another UMBC like upset was growing inside the arena.  The Cavaliers collected themselves and made a statement.  The Cavaliers limited the Bulldogs to 20 points in the second half and blew away the team looking to make history.   

 

As the tournament went on, the experts and the naysayers kept wondering when the Cavaliers were going to revert back to their poor postseason performances.  This team in the first nine years of the Tony Bennett era, had never gotten beyond the Elite Eight and when they looked to get to the Final Four in 2016, they blew a double-digit lead to fellow ACC member, Syracuse Orange.  Another heartbreak that had taken a few seasons to overcome.  However, the cool and calm demeanor of Coach Bennett shepherded these players and shaped the foundation for mentally tough players with the competitive fire to match their suffocating defense.

 

The Cavaliers dispatched the Oklahoma Sooners in the next round and advance to the Sweet Sixteen.  In the next round, the faced to super-hot Oregon Ducks.  The Ducks entered the game having won the PAC-12 tournament and 10 consecutive games.   The 12th-seeded Ducks were looking to be the first 12-seed to defeat a #1 seed.  Virginia was looking to take another step on this memorable tournament.  The game was a back and forth affair where defense was at a premium and offense was precious if you could find it.  The Cavaliers survived 53-49 and faced another red-hot team for a chance to advance to the Final Four.

 

Sweet Sixteen:

Next up, Purdue Boilermakers.  The most exciting player in the tournament played for Purdue and his name was Carsen Edwards.  He had knocked out the defending champion, Villanova Wildcats, with a 42-point performance and his jumper was on fire.  The Cavaliers were about to face the toughest challenge in both Purdue and history as they needed a win to join the only other two Virginia teams of 1981 and 1984. This game was a classic and Carsen Edwards couldn't miss.  He made shots from what seemed like half court over the top of any player Virginia put in front of him.  He even banked in a three-point shot.  

 

Just when it seemed that season was over for the Cavs, the pass and the shot took place.  After a Ty Jerome free throw miss, the Cavaliers collected a long tap out on the rebound.  Losing 70-68, freshman defensive stalwart, Kihei Clark, used his speed and clutch gene to track down the ball in the backcourt and throw a pass on a string to Mamadi Diakite.  With about 1.2 seconds left, Diakite was able to catch in one motion and finish with a floater to tie the game at the buzzer.  In overtime, the Cavaliers doubled up the Boilermakers, 10-5, and punch their ticket into the Final Four in Minneapolis.  This team had lived on the edge with this game but could now see themselves controlling their destiny as the only #1 seed to make it to the National Semifinals.  

 

Final Four:

Now on the biggest stage, the Cavaliers were pitted to face the tournament's Cinderella, the Auburn Tigers.  This Tigers' team had taken an historic route beating Kansas, North Carolina and Kentucky in consecutive games.  The first program to beat these three programs since the 1997 Arizona Wildcats.  The Tigers also possessed a very powerful perimeter game as they had made the most 3s during the season.  The Cavaliers and Tigers could not separate themselves by more than a few points before Virginia finally took a 10-point lead with about five minutes left in the game.   What a way for Virginia to finally get to a championship game, but Auburn had other ideas.  The Tigers ran off 15 consecutive points and lead 62 -57 with less than 10 seconds left.  Virginia was able to stave off elimination and Kyle Guy rescued the Hoos.  He nailed a three-point shot to bring the score to 62-60 and what will be known as the "He fouled the shooter, play", Guy was hit on a game winning attempt from behind the three-point arc.  With all the pressure in the world, Guy calmly sank all three free throws and catapulted the Hoos into the National Championship game.  Livin' on the edge, these Cardiac Cavs were not done yet.

 

The Championship was a matchup of two teams that epitomized great defenses and methodical offenses.  The national headlines would be which team would score 50 first because this final tilt seemed to be the race of the tortoises and not the speed of the hares.

 

Boy did the experts get this one wrong.  Even though the defenses were stout early, the offenses would not be denied.  Texas Tech scored three points in the first seven minutes of the game.  All free throws from potential lottery pick Jarrett Culver.  Virginia was their conservative selves and plodded along.  Finally, The Red Raiders found some offense from their bench and once the first three pointer splashed through, it seemed the lid came off for everybody.  The Red Raiders then scored 26 points in the last 12 minutes of the half.  Virginia was able to execute in the final seconds of the half when Ty Jerome drilled a three pointer from the top of the key as time expired.  The Cavaliers took a 32-29 lead into the half.  

 

The second half became the De'Andre Hunter Experience.  The more than 72,000 fans in US Bank Stadium were treated to dominant performance by the projected NBA top 10 pick.  Hunter would score from inside and outside.  With his array of shots and strength, Hunter took advantage of his skill set and the fact that shot blocker supreme, Tariq Owens, was hobbled by injury then fouled out.  Hunter only missed one shot from the floor after halftime and one shot from the free throw line.  The Red Raiders were down but not out.  They saw Virginia go on a 21-14 run to take a ten-point lead at 53-43.  The Red Raiders responded with some timely outside shooting to close the gap to six at 53-47.  With the score at 59-51, the Cavaliers were looking to salt away the game and claim their first ever national championship.  However, these Red Raiders were not looking for pity.  They were hungry for their first Men's National title as well.  The Raiders showed resolve and great discipline.  They turned up the defense and became more efficient from the floor.  After an 8-0 run, the score was tied and the NCAA tourney was going to be a photographic finish.  Back and forth the lead changed as Virginia jumped up to a 65-61 lead after a Kyle Guy lay-up.  Davide Moretti made a stone cold three pointer to close the gap to 65-64.  After Hunter's missed jumper, the Red Raiders calmly came down and took the lead when Jarrett Culver beat Hunter, one on one with a nifty scoop to give the Red Raiders a 66-65 lead.  Virginia, in another nail biter, looked to take the last shot and dash the hopes of Texas Tech.  However, after another miss from Jerome, Texas Tech secure the rebound and went to the free throw line looking to finish the comeback.  Down 68-65, the Cavaliers were in familiar territory as they calmly found their rhythm and with under 12 seconds, Hunter received a pass from Jerome in the corner.  He found himself open and drilled another three-point shot to tie the game. The shot sent the arena into a frenzy and the last game of the year was looking to go into overtime.

 

The Red Raiders had one more chance but Culver missed a game winning jumper.  The Cavaliers grabbed the rebound, but inexplicably Hunter tossed the ball to Guy who was looking for a timeout.  The miscommunication led to a final chance for the Red Raiders to win with one second left.  The effort was denied on the last play when Braxton Key (six points, 10 rebounds) blocked the Culver fadeaway jumper at the buzzer.  The bench scoring was impressive for the Red Raiders.  27 of the 68 points in regulation came from the shooting of Brandone Francis and Kyler Edwards.  They kept the team balanced until the starters got involved.  The Cavaliers were carried by the big three of Guy, Jerome and Hunter who contributed 56 of the team's 68 points.  

 

Livin' on the edge or scaring the Cavalier faithful fans seemed to be the game plan for the Cavaliers as they entered the overtime session for the second time in three games.  The Cavaliers and the Red Raiders were locked into a classic and defense was no longer the primary story line.  This exciting effort from both teams was both entertaining and breathtaking with neither team giving up an inch to the other.  

 

The Red Raiders took the early lead in the extra period.  A Matt Mooney three-pointer found nothing but the bottom of the net and then he followed it up with another jumper.  The 73-70 lead was the largest lead for the Red Raiders since the first half and it seemed to be more than enough keep the Cavaliers at bay.  However, the team from West Texas would not enjoy any more leads.  The Cavaliers made one more push and finished the game with a modest 15-4 Cavalanche run the sealed the victory and brought home the championship trophy to Charlottesville.  The remarkable shooting of the Cavaliers was most impressive from the free throw line.  The Hoos made 12 consecutive free throws in overtime.  They outscored the Red Raiders 17-9 in the five-minute overtime and completed the unimaginable turnaround from the lowest of the low after last year's upset to the highest of the high.  

 

Kyle Guy was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four and he finished with 24 points.  De'Andre Hunter who was the biggest threat on both ends of the court, saved his best for last.  Hunter scored a career-high 27 points and added nine rebounds.  He missed only one shot after halftime and his game tying three ball was the stuff legends are made of in the NCAA tournament.  He also drilled the big three pointer that gave Virginia the lead in overtime they would never relinquish.  The final member of the big 3, Ty Jerome, continued to stuff the stat columns with another superb all-around game.  Jerome had 16 points, 8 assists (1 TO) and 6 rebounds.

 

The Red Raiders completed a record-setting season with an unexpected finish in the National Title Game.  At 31-7, the co-champs of the Big 12 had defied many experts and surpassed expectations.  Jarrett Culver was one of five Red Raiders with double figure scoring.  Culver and Moretti each scored 15.  Brandone Francis came off the bench to score a team high 17.  Also scoring off the bench was Kyler Edwards with 12 and Matt Mooney followed with 10.  They ended the 14-year reign of the Kansas Jayhawks stranglehold of the Big 12 crown and they knocked off #1 seed Gonzaga Bulldogs and #2 seed Michigan State Spartans on their way into the battle with Virginia.

 

These Virginia Cavaliers were known for their steel will, great efficiency and never say it is over until it is over mindset.  This team will easily be remembered as the best team in the Tony Bennett era and made in the history of the UVA program.  At 35-3, this season will be remembered as the Redemption Tour.  The season which started with so much hope and promise was surpassed by the sweetest victory and the achievement that will define this team for generations.  

 

Congratulations to the Virginia Cavaliers, the 2018-2019 NCAA Men's National Champions.  

By EMSPORTS.org 4/9/2019

photo by virginiasports.com

Virginia Cavaliers are headed to the Final Four

 

"Weeping may endure for a night, but joy will come in the morning light."
This very famous phrase is a biblical verse that has been paraphrased and repeated for centuries if not longer.  It has great spiritual roots but also embodies a person’s patience and faith paying off over time.  The University of Virginia’s basketball team can attest to how their tears have turned from weeping to now joy. It has been 35 years since the last Final Four, the year after the great Ralph Sampson graduated. 

 

Their newest accomplishment occured in dramatic fashion with a heart-stopping overtime victory over the Purdue Boilermakers, who had not been to the National semifinals since 1980.
The #1 seeded Cavaliers battles the #3 seeded Boilermakers tooth and nail for forty five action packed minutes.  Purdue led by the senasational play of G Carsen Edwards, looked like flamethrowers with their three-point shooting accuracy. Virginia’s vaunted Packline D was being damaged from long distance. The Cavaliers didn’t lose heart and maintained their composure with scoring in the paint to offset the perimeter attack of Purdue. 

 

Carsen Edwards was magical and he was more than the price of admission. The Boilermakers uses their leader’s pinpoint accuracy and raced out to a 22-11 lead before Virginia could stop the bleeding. He spearheaded the Boilermakers with 16 points in the first half.  Purdue made eight 3s to account for 24 of the 30 points. Virginia was more balanced and methodical. They scored 29 at the half  thanks to Mamadi Diakite’s eight points and De’Andre Hunter’s five. Each team was very cognizant of ball possession with neither team committing more that four in the half. 

 

Virginia made a concentrated effort to get their own three point marksman, Kyle Guy, involved in the action. Guy who rolled his ankle in first half, was a new man after the intermission. Guy knocked down the first three three-point shots of take second half and Ty Jerome added a couple to give Virginia a boost. Virginia turned the tables and extended the lead to eight before Carsen Edwards went into “En Fuego” mode. With ACC defensive player of the year, Hunter, in his face, Edwards chose to extend his range. It didn’t matter who guarded him, Edwards was having a game for the ages and he willed his team ahead 69-67 with just over a minute left. The Cavaliers had been leading since the first minute of the second half and their dream season was on the brink. 

 

Kyle Guy misses a three-Pinter then turned it over after the rebound. Virginia fouled Ryan Cline, the sharpshooter from Purdue’s win in their last game. He made one of two free throws and the stage was set for a fantastic finish. Purdue fouled Ty Jerome with less than six seconds in the game clock. Jerome was perfect in the night at free throw line. He made the first, bringing score to 70-68. After missing the second, rebound was tapped out well past half court. Kihei Clark made a mad dash to pick up the bouncing ball. He turned up the court dribbling and heave a pinpoint pass nearly 50 feet to Diakite. As the ball was caught, Diakite floated a shot over 7’3” center Haarms with the crowd holding their collective breaths. The ball left Diakite’s grip with 0.2 seconds left and found its way into the bottom of the net. Overtime was now going to decide this epic match and pandemonium was in full effect.  Edwards had scored 10 of the final 13 points in regulation. Virginia has blow a lead but score three points in lead than six seconds to even the score at 70.

 

In overtime, both teams continued to trade basket for basket and blow for blow. Purdue then Virginia each made big buckets. This pattern continues with three lead changes until Hunter scored a driving layup and gave UVA a 76-75 lead with 28 seconds left. Everyone knew that it was Carsen Edwards time. His remarkable shooting and fantasic ball handling were legendary and breath-taking.  However it was his last miss that was corralled by Kyle Guy. After two made free throws, Edwards tried desperately to lead his team to another overtime. Yet it was not meant to be as a wayward pass from Edwards to Cline landed out of bounds providing Virginia a much needed reprieve and basically kicked open the door to the Final Four.  Clark put icing on the cake with two free throws.  Virginia had finally push back the stunning disappointment of losing to a number 16 seed in UMBC in last year’s big stage and moved into the magical realm of the Final Four.

 

Carsen Edwards put on a performance that would make Stephon Curry blush.  Edwards scored 42 points and his 10 made 3s help to break the tournament record for number of three-pointers made in a single tournament with 28.  He also scored the most points in a tournament surpassing Stephen Curry.  He was only the second player to have multiple 40 point games in an NCAA tournament (2) tying the record of Bo Kimble of Loyola Marymount.

 

For all his great accomplishments, the Carsen Edwards' show was an one man act.  No other player for Purdue scored more than seven points.  In contrast, Virginia was able to collectively put several players into the scoring column with double figures.  Kyle Guy paced the Hoos with 25 followed by the 24 Ty Jerome.  Diakite add 14 and Hunter contributed 10, none bigger than the go ahead layup in overtime.

 

Both teams shot over well from the floor with Purdue also making 14 three-pointers to the Cavaliers' nine.  Virginia held a bigger advantage at the free throw line going 17-20 versus the 7-10 from Purdue.  Virginia grabbed 39 rebounds and turned the ball over only five times.  Purdue had 31 rebounds and nine turnovers.

 

This Final Four was vindication of a team keeping the faith and staying the course when a great majority of fans, critics and casual observers had given the Cavaliers endless grief and skepticism of their lack of tournament success.  

 

Coach Tony Bennett had faced the humiliation of being the first #1 seed to ever lose to a #16 seed since the tournament expanded decades ago.  He did not shy away from the enormous pressure of facing the questions or the constant media barrage.  He galvanized his team with the responsibility of facing this great challenge and using their pain to focus on a new year but the same ultimate goal, the Final Four.

 

With the victory, the Cavaliers will try to accomplish what the great teams of Ralph Sampson could not, that is win a national title in basketball.  The stage is set for an exciting weekend in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 

by EMSPORTS.ORG  3/31/2019

northside won first 3a class  state  crown

Richmond Va) Northside won the first State Championship with a victory over Phoebus out of( Hampton) 60-58 Northside led by 7 points with 2;59 left in the game Phoebus made three steals to turn the game around for Phoebus.they go up by nine points at halftime 29-20 start the second quarter Northside went to a full-court press cut lead to five points with 6;09 to go in the third quarter. Northside Senior who committed to James Madison Julien Wooden too over the game with 22 points and 8 rebounds for the game. Temple had 21 points and 13 rebounds for Phoebus  EM-SPORTS 3/8/19

GW-DANVILLE WON CLASS 4 BOYS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP OVER LOUISA 55-44

Richmond VA)Shunta Wilson Star performance Lifts GW- Danville over Louisa County for Class 4 Boys Final State Championship. Wilson racked up 29 points, clinching the first state title for the Eagles since 1998. a series of scoring runs defined the back - and - forth action through much of the game. the Eagles start off with 27- 2- jumped out to an early 5-point lead to get the game started, but the  Lions battled back to cut the lead to 2 by the end of the first quarter. Louisa consistently battled to keep it close throughout the second period of the game. Eagles quickly reclaimed the lead to win with Senior guard Chris Shelton try to keep Louisa in the game with 20 points, including two 3-pointer, and 10 rebounds in the contest. EM-SPORTS 3/8/19

George Washington Eagles exact revenge vs Jefferson Forest Cavaliers to advance to Class 4 State Title Game

 

   The calendar has turned to March and basketball in the Central Virginia area is as hot as ever.  March Madness is not just reserved for the NCAA and college basketball.  Just ask the Jefferson Forest Cavaliers and the George Washington Eagles who both advanced to play each other in the VHSL Class 4 state semi-finals.

   In some circles of basketball, the terms “The Re-match” or “Part II” are commonly thrown around when it is time for two teams to face each other again.  That was the scenario of these two teams, separated by 65 miles, who had just battled 11 days ago.  However, the venue and the pressure has changed.  JF won at GW to capture the Region 4D championship.  This time around, GW made the trek up US Highway 29 for a chance to redeem that loss.  This game will be played at the Turner Gym on the campus of the University of Lynchburg.  The winner advances to play for the state championship.  JF was seeking its first ever trip to the state finals, while GW had hoisted the trophy in 1998 in the old AAA classification.

   Both teams came out with defense on their mind.  Each team so familiar with one another and it showed as every point for JF was hard to get.  It was evident by the fact that Trevor Robinson had all of JF’s six points in the first quarter.  GW was able to generate a big lead as they scored 17 in the first eight minutes.  Taevon Wheeler led the way for GW with seven points.

   Leading 17-6 starting the second quarter, the Cavaliers locked in and began to cut into the lead.  As the game started to see a shift in momentum, GW attempted to steady the ship.  The Eagles were outscored by the Cavaliers 14-7, but were able to hold onto a slim 24-20 lead into halftime.

   The excitement and the tension in the building were palpable.  The place had been packed for nearly two hours and the sold-out capacity crowd was enjoying every minute of this hotly contested game. Each team came out of halftime looking to seize control.  The third quarter was a back and forth affair.  Each team matched the other basket for basket.  The Eagles scored 14 points compared to the Cavaliers’ 12 but should have made it a more comfortable lead.  Their ineffectiveness from the free throw line kept the game to close for comfort.  At the end of the third quarter, GW pushed the score to 38-32.

   A traditional and-1 scoring play from Shunta Wilson padded the GW lead to 42-34.  JF now playing with their backs against the wall and time as their enemy, struggled from the field.  They compounded the problem by fouling GW in an effort to extend the game.  GW took advantage by scoring from the line and some easy baskets to eventually salt the game going away by a final score of 53-38.

   The win is sweet revenge for the Eagles, now 23-2, and punches their ticket to VCU’s Siegel Center and a chance to win another state title.  On the flip side, the Cavaliers can keep their heads high and be proud of  the best season in school history at 25-5 and one of the last four standing.  They played with grit and determination in what was the final game for several seniors and their head coach, Cameron Shepherd. 

 

by EMSPORTS.org

 

JEFFERSON FOREST CAVALIERS CONTINUE THE DREAM SEASON, DEFEAT LOUDOUN VALLEY VIKINGS, 58-49

 

The Jefferson Forest Cavaliers were excited and poised to ride the momentum of their first ever regional basketball championship title.  The Cavaliers had qualified for their second consecutive VHSL Division 4 State Tournament by advancing to the regional final.  This year they hosted the state quarterfinal matchup versus the Loudoun Valley Vikings, the 2017 Division 4 champs.  The state quarterfinal affair was “technically” a home game for JF, however it was on the campus of the University of Lynchburg in the Turner Gymnasium. 

 

The Cavaliers started out on fire in front of a very raucous and Cavalier leaning crowd.  The team raced out to an early 11-point lead, 14-3, before the Vikings were able to crawl back into the game and close the gap to 14-8 at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Vikings continued to make shots and tied the game at 14.  From that point on, JF used their athletic ability and quickness to score in transition and create some breathing room.  After giving up the big lead, the Cavaliers used a 13-7 run to take a 27-21 lead into the halftime break.

The leading scorers were Clyde Volker with six points and Trent Dawson with five for the Vikings.  Jefferson Forest countered with eight points from Brock Swaney and six points from Jordan Richeson (VMI recruit), the reigning Region D Player of the Year.

The offenses started to show more life as each team scored in double digits for another quarter (JF-16, LV-14). Jefferson Forest was able to stretch the lead going into the fourth quarter at 43-35.  Loudoun Valley missed multiple opportunities to make the score closer with poor free throw shooting.  The final quarter started out in favor of the Vikings.  They cranked up the heat on defense and made their shots count.  Using a 7-2 run, LV closed the score to 45-40 and grabbed momentum as JF began to show some nerves. The Vikings continued to inch closer and with 79 seconds left, JF held a tenuous lead of 53-49.  That was as close as it would get.  The Cavaliers showed great resolve and the experienced group turned back any other threats.  The Vikings would not score again and JF closed the game at the free throw line scoring 11 of the 15 points they scored in the final period.  Richeson led the way with 17 points.  Swaney scored 13 points and Austin Stevens added 12.  LV was led in scoring by Trent Dawson, game-high 19 points and Clyde Volker contributed 12.

 

Jefferson Forest was steady throughout the game.  They never trailed while the score was tied once (14-14) after the opening tip.  Loudoun Valley (18-7) was pesky and scrappy but could never get over the proverbial hump. Their poor transition defense along with less than average free throw shooting, limited their best chances to win.  The final score was 58-49 and it advanced the Cavaliers to the VHSL State Semi-Finals aka Final Four.  The Cavaliers (25-4) will await the winner of the George Washington-Riverside battle. 

by EMSPORTS.ORG

photo by davidsonwildcats.com

Former Amherst County great now coaching at Davidson College

 

DAVIDSON, N.C. – Head football coach Scott Abell is excited to announce the addition of Alonzo Mathews to the coaching staff, announced Thursday.

 

Mathews, who will work with the Wildcat running backs, has extensive coaching experience at both the collegiate and high school levels. He spent the last four seasons on staff at Washington and Lee University, his first three years under Abell. Prior to his time at W&L, Mathews spent eight seasons as a coordinator at the high school level. 

 

"We are not just adding a great motivator and coach to our Wildcat family, but we are adding a great mentor and man," said Abell.

 

Mathews first worked under Abell in 2002, serving as the running back and defensive backs coach at Amherst County High School. 

 

Mathews was a running back at Liberty University where he graduated with a degree in Sports Management in 2000 and later earned his master's in counseling in 2010. 

 

Outside of football, he is very involved in numerous youth leadership and character-building programs.  He currently serves as the Co-Director of I.R.O.N Leadership and Character Program in central Virginia.

 

story by davidsonwildcats.com
            

first seminole district title victory for LCA over jefferson forest 62-52


LNA 02122019 JF vs LCA basketball08.JPGBedford) Stephen Burggraf play like an all-star in the first Seminole District title Burggraf made the difference for the Bulldogs with 21 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, and three steals ''l've worked my whole for this. both teams exchanged the lead 11 times and eight ties. Jordan Richeson was name the Seminole District player of the year for the second straight season, the senior guard was help to three points. EM-SPORTS 2/11/19

heritage make to next playoff round BY defeating Brookville 59-58 LCA up next

Lynchburg)The first-round playoff between Brookville and Heritage at Heritage Wednesday night The game went back-and-forth for the lead. The game was tied  two times in the third quarter Heritage took the lead with 8 seconds to go at the end of the third quarter 45 to 44 The game went down to the wire with Jacobi Lambert going to the line with 9.4 seconds to go He missed the first one and made the second one Heritage end up winning the game 59 to 58 Heritage will play LCA next at LCA Friday night.  the top scorers Donnie cook 11points and Young 13 points for Bees. Heritage Top scorers Keonte Starks 22 points Xavier Beard 17 points. EM-Sports 2/6/19

 

it was a disappointing night for William Campbell girls homecoming game with a loss 53-29

 

 
 
 
COACH CEDRIC JONES WITH EMMA SCOTT AT HOMECOMING NIGHT

Naruna VA )It was the homecoming for the William Campbell girls basketball team William Campbell fell behind early in the game by Dan River dominated the whole four quarters of the game, The General never could get on track the office was having problems trying to score they have twenty turnovers for the game. Maya Jackson the only one could score for William Campbell she ends up with 10 points. Emma Scott plays her last game for William Campbell she will be attending Liberty University. the leading scorer for Dan River Alexis Crews 14 points. EM-sports

 

it was a smooth ride for glass in the fourth quarter with a win over Rustburg

Lynchburg) It looks like that Rustburg has come away with a victory over Glass but Rustburg was denied  Glass kept fighting back to go on to win the game 54 to 43 James Johnson  kept Rustburg in game first quarter with his six points 15-8 Rustburg lead in the second quarter by 2 points 22-19 Glass was down by eight points But the Hilltoppers cut the lead to two points at the end of  second quarter,.3rd quarter Glass tied the game up 25 to 25 with 4:54 seconds to go in the third quarter Glass took the lead 35 to 25 with 1:47 to go in the third quarter Rustburg did not score but two points in the third quarter It was all Glass in the 4th quarter to win the game 
Rayvon Graham has 7 points for Glass. EM-SPORTS 2/6/19

 

The Cavaliers won the regular-season district Title by defeats heritage 63-50

(Forest, Va)

It was senior night at Jefferson Forest for basketball team.  It was also a great night as they won the Seminole District Regular Season. It was an All-Star performance on the night for Trevor Robinson who scored 14 points, blocked just as many shots and pulled down 16 rebounds.  He dominated both ends of the court to help Forest win the title at home.  Jeferson Forest had 3 players to score in double figures: Perry Warne - 21 points, Jordan Richeson -17 points and Robinson with 14.  Forest outscored Heritage in all quarters, as Heritage had a problem on offense tried to score against the taller and athletic Cavaliers. 

Jacobi Lambert was the top score with 16 points for Heritage. EM-SPORTS 1/31/19 

 

 a payback for Jefferson forest win

Forest) it was a lot of electricity in the air tonight at Jefferson Forest The Cavaliers got even tonight with LCA, Forest built up a 15-point lead with three minutes to go in the game 
LCA came back within four points But it was not enough as Jefferson Forest jump back out front and went on to win the game 57-51 Jordan Richeson led with 17 points, Austin Stevens had 11,
Burggraf led LCA 13 points, by EM-SPORTS 1/9/19

 

Jordan Richeson made history by scoring a thousand points for his career at Jefferson Forest also a win over Liberty 

(Bedford, Va )

Jordan Richeson reached a milestone when he reached the 1000-point scoring plateau in his career. Richeson helped lead his Jefferson Forest Cavaliers to victory over the Liberty Liberty Minutemen, 61-31,  The Minuteman could never threaten Forest. JF controlled both of the offensive rebounds and defensive rebounds. Jordan Richeson finished with 19 points  by EM_SPORTS  1/21/19

 

Glass get revenge over heritage with a win 

Lynchburg) it was a hard-fought battle between Glass and Heritage the lead changed five times the game went down to the wire with Glass win the game with three seconds left on the clock. Jacobi Lambert

had the ball stolen from him with Savion Austin with still to win the game.Rayvon Graham had 17 points

for Glass and Jacobi Lambert with 23 points for Heritage.  the final score 52-52 EM-SPORTS 1/7/19

EC glass girls came out on top with win 46-38

Lynchburg) Glass and Heritage keep the score close all night at end of third quarter Glass led 30-23

Heritage cut led down to five point going into the fourth quarter with 7:02 to go. Amari Osei stole the ball

and hit a three-pointer to tie the game 38-38. Glass go back up with a three-pointer by Nadine Fopma and

she got foul with one free throw to shoot and Fopma made the free throw. Glass went up 42-38 to win

Jamiyah Henry led Glass with 13points and Amari Osei had 20 points for Heritage by EM-SPORTS 1/7/19

 
 
 

An easy win for LCA against Brookville 57 to 41 

Stephen Burggraf and Mel Cash carrier LCA to victory Thursday night at LCA with Burggraf 22 points

and Mel Cash with16points. and Elontel Jones had 13 points for Brookville and Donnie Cook had 10 assists with3 points. Cook had to sit out part of the first quarter and is set out in the whole second quarter. Cook is their leading scored. LCA led all four quarters with the win 57-41 by EM-SPORTS 1/3/19

 
 

GW USE INSIDE GAME TO KNOCK OFF COMETS'

Danville) the packed house at GW tonight was not disappointed with a win against Halifax 54-40. first quarter GW star off slow with Halifax going up 8-0 with 5 minutes to go in the first quarter GW call timeout then they went to full-court press cause Halifax turn the ball over, using its pressure defense to create steals and force turnovers, GW rang up 11 unanswered points to take a 38-28 lead with just over three and a half minutes left in the third quarter and led the rest of the way in a 54-40. Shanter Wilson led with 16 points and 6 steals and Nyreck Wheeler had 13 points and 10 rebounds for GW. Michael Spraggins led the Comets in scoring with 19 points. EM-SPORTS 12/21/18

gw cut the light out on lca with a win 53-49

Lynchburg) GW roll over on LCA to stay undefeated  8-0 LCA came out strong too early led 13-8 GW kept

fighting back to take lead in end of 3rd quarter GW 27-25. Shunta Wilson starts score inside he end up with 17 points. GW control both boards, LCA close the gap in the 4th quarter to 5 points Rynning Bohrnstedt hit a three- points for LCA made score GW 51 - 49. G.W. stole the ball with 10 seconds left in the game to run the clock out. Carlos Poole had 12 points and 12 still for GW. Rynning Bohrnstedt led LCA with 12 points. 12/20/18

BURGGRAF CASH LEAD  LCA PAST GLASS -52-50

Lynchburg by EM-SPORTS 12/18/18


LCA put Glass away with 7 seconds to go in the game with Levi Soucie hit a 3-pointer for a win — LCA had six three-pointers in game the second quarter Glass was up by one 24 to 23 LCA called timeout with 1:47 to go in the third quarter. they LC A went up by two 38-36 Glass got the ball back and tie the game up 38-38 at end of the third quarter. Stephen Burggraf key factor with his inside move and getting to the basket. Burggraf making clutch shots to keep there winning streak alive. the LCA duo Trimayal Cash had 12 points with Stephen Burggraf 13 points. Zaykeese Brown led Glass with 12 points) 

  jefferson forest fall to ec glass 62-47

Jefferson Forest with a lot of sizes but Glass team was quicker and fast the Hilltoppers use full court press to cause 18 turnovers. First-quarter EC glass 20 Jefferson Forest 14, DeShawn Kendricks hit a three-pointer to put Glass up 23--14. Hilltoppers increase their lead 25-19 in the second quarter DeShawn had13 points in the first half. Started the third quarter Glass began double team the ball every time Cavaliers got the ball Forest had problems getting the ball down the court. Glass outrebounded the Cavaliers on both ends of the court. DeShawn Kendricks was the top score with 17 points and Zaykeese Brown 16points also Raykwon Spoulding 13 points for Glass. Austin Stevens had 16 points and Perry Wardner15 points for Forest final score 62-47 by EM-SPORTS 12/15/18

tri-mayal cash  had 25 points for lca win over heritage 62-47

Lynchburg) by EM-SPORTS 12/15/18

LCA fast-break was causing Heritage problems in the first quarter LCA went up by14 points 22-8 with

4:26 before halftime. started the second quarter Heritage switch to 2-3 zone Pioneers came back from

14 down to 7 points.Jacobi Lambert beginning to score inside and outside Lambert finish 26 points and 10 rebounds. Tri-Mayal Cash had the hot hand for LCA with 25 points and 6 rebounds. in four quarter LCA went up by 19 points to win 62-47

 

 

William Campbell JV girls made history tonight by winning the first game since 2000   by upsetting Gretna 42-10


Naruna Virginia) William Campbell JV made history tonight by winning their first game since 2000 it was a Historic Moment for JV Girls basketball team. Nakyla Bradley who is 6'1'  in eighth grade led all scores with 23 points for William Campbell. And her teammate Sabrina Dickerson had eight points six rebound and five steals. T Davis had 4 points for Gretna. by EM-SPORTS 12/14

 

 
 
 

                                       

December 13, 2018

 

VHSL Announces 2018 Class 3 All-State Football Team 

       

Heritage-Lynchburg’s Jabari Blake selected offensive POY; Lord Botetourt’s Evan Eller selected defensive POY; Heritage-Lynchburg’s Brad Bradley named Coach of the Year

 

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The Virginia High School League 2018 Class 3 all-state football teams have been selected. Heritage-Lynchburg senior quarterback Jabari Blake was selected Class 3 Offensive Player of the Year and Lord Botetourt junior defensive back Evan Eller was chosen Defensive Player of the Year.  Heritage head coach Brad Bradley was named Class 3 Coach of the Year after leading the Pioneers to the Class 3 state title with a 24-20 win over Phoebus in the finals.

 

Thirty-two (32) players were chosen to each all-state team (Offense: one quarterback; four linemen; one center; three running backs; three wide receivers; one tight end; one kicker; one kick returner; one offensive all-purpose player. Defense: three defensive tackles; two defensive ends; four linebackers; four defensive backs; one punter; one punt returner; one defensive all-purpose player).

 

2018 CLASS 3 ALL-STATE FOOTBALL TEAM
OFFENSIVE UNIT – FIRST TEAM ALL-STATE
POSITION FIRST NAME LAST NAME SCHOOL YEAR
Quarterback    Jabari Blake                   Heritage 12
Center             Ryan Dowdy                  Lord Botetourt 12
O. Lineman     Josiah Silver                  Phoebus 11
O. Lineman     Darius Randolph            Heritage 12
O. Lineman     Jesse Hanson Lord        Botetourt 12
O. Lineman     Colston Powers              Lord Botetourt 10
Running Back  Robert Briggs                Hopewell 10
Running Back  KJ Vaughan                  Heritage 11
Running Back  Hunter Rice                   Lord Botetourt 10
Receiver          Barry Hargraves            Phoebus 12
Receiver          Hasani Rivera               Heritage 12
Receiver          Christian Fisher            Northside 11
Tight End         Zach Coldsnow            Tabb 12
Kicker              Trey Rice                      Lord Botetourt 12
Kick Returner  Sean Wood-Allen          Hopewell 12
O. All-Purpose Treveyon Henderson    Hopewell 10
 
2018 CLASS 3 ALL-STATE FOOTBALL TEAM
DEFENSIVE UNIT – FIRST TEAM ALL-STATE
POSITION FIRST NAME LAST NAME SCHOOL YEAR
D. Lineman      Reggie Ruffin                     Hopewell 10
D. Lineman      Austin Gilliam                     Phoebus 10
D. Lineman      Darius Randolph                Heritage 12
Defensive End  Antwauan Powell-Ryland  I.C. Norcom 11
Defensive End  Krystian Rivera                 Heritage 11
Linebacker        Taurus Jones I.C.             Norcom 12
Linebacker        Corey Wilson                    Phoebus 11
Linebacker        Zyreon Jones-Walker       Hopewell 12
Linebacker        Vonte Pannell                   Heritage 12
Defensive Back Latrelle Smith                   Phoebus 12
Defensive Back Treveyon Henderson       Hopewell 10
Defensive Back Chris Megginson              Heritage 12
Defensive Back Evan Eller                        Lord Botetourt 11
Punter                Keegan Vaughn              Thomas Jefferson 12
Punt Returner    Latrelle Smith                  Phoebus 12
D. All-Purpose   Kaiveon Cox                    Hopewell 11
 
2018 CLASS 3 ALL-STATE FOOTBALL TEAM
OFFENSIVE UNIT – SECOND TEAM ALL-STATE
POSITION FIRST NAME LAST NAME SCHOOL YEAR
Quarterback      Jalen Jackson                  Northside 12
Center                Dylan Powers                  Spotsylvania 11
O. Lineman        Ron Webster                   Hopewell 11
O. Lineman        Grant Hibbert                  Culpeper 12
O. Lineman        KJ Burks                          Heritage 12
O. Lineman        Ethan Blank                     Northside 11
Running Back    Rodney Hammond           Booker T. Washington 10
Running Back    Jaylen White                    Phoebus 11
Running Back    Princeton Hall                  Northside 12
Receiver            Sean Wood-Allen             Hopewell 12
Receiver            Daron Colbert                  Culpeper 12
Receiver            Jake Dewease                 Lord Botetourt 12
Tight End           Isaiah Ramadane            Spotslvania 12
Kicker                Chris Cline                       Brookville 12
Kick Returner     Isaac Jackson                 George Wythe 12
O. All-Purpose   Micah Glaze                    Brookville 12
 
DEFENSIVE UNIT – SECOND TEAM ALL-STATE
POSITION FIRST NAME LAST NAME SCHOOL YEAR
D. Lineman         Jake Very                       York 12
D. Lineman         Jesse Hanson                Lord Botetourt 12
D. Lineman         Gavyn Preston               Northside 11
Defensive End    Josiah Silver                  Phoebus 11
Defensive End    George Moseley            Culpeper 12
Linebacker          Blake Polleri                  Culpeper 12
Linebacker          Drake Schaeffer            Liberty-Bedford 12
Linebacker          Hunter Rice                   Lord Botetourt 10
Linebacker          Jacob Elliott                   Northside 11
Defensive Back   Casaan Dixon               I.C. Norcom 12
Defensive Back   Thailand Baldwin          Phoebus 11
Defensive Back   Kyron Thomas              Heritage 11
Defensive Back   Jake Dewease              Lord Botetourt 12
Punter                 Jacob Kerrick                Magna Vista 11
Punt Returner      Evan Eller                    Lord Botetourt 11
D. All-Purpose     Micah Glaze                 Brookville 12

 

Heritage Pioneers Capture the VHSL Division 3 A Title over the Phoebus 24-20

 

 

 

The hardest thing is sports to do is win a championship in team sports.  The Heritage Pioneers were so close last year they could almost taste it but lost in hearbreaking fashion to the Hopewell Blue Devils.  This year's team was on a mission to finish the mission from last year.

 

The Heritage Pioneers made a second consecutive visitor to the VHSL 3A title game. This time the venue was in their backyard at Liberty University Williams’ Stadium. Their opponent was perennial contender and seven-time state champion, the Phoebus Phantoms, a dynasty from the famous 757 area code.

 

Each team was looking to claim the title of best team in 3A.  Phoebus last win in 2011 and the Pioneers were last champs in 2002. Both teams had a lot in common. They both were looking to erase the memories of bitter losses to last year’s champ Hopewell. Each team was excited about playing deep into the year and finally only one team gets to be champ. 

 

After turning Heritage away at the beginning of the game, Phoebus drove the ball down the field and struck first. A 45-yd touchdown pass from Chris Daniels to Latrelle Smith, our Phoebus in the board first. Leading 7-0, Phoebus turned to the defense to slow Heritage down again. However, Region C Player of the Year, QB Jabari Blake, took over. Blake scored on two consecutive drives using his speed and deft ball handling to keep the Phantoms at bay. On his first score, Blake turned the corner off a fake handoff and sped into the end zone on a 31-yard gallop. Following an interception from the Pioneers’ secondary, Blake was at his best once again, this time he broke through a seam untouched.  He found paydirt again, 69 yards later and Heritage was leading 14-7.   

 

Phoebus was unsuccessful on their next possession leaving Heritage enough time to work the clock and maneuver down the field. The Pioneers continues to churn out yardage on the ground and found themselves knocking on the door of the end zone one more time with seconds left in the half. Phoebus responded to the challenge and pushed Heritage back with a sack. The Pioneers settles for a 33-yd field goal to cap off 17 straight points and lead 17-7 at the half. 

 

Phoebus made it a point to get back in the game and they wasted no time. The Phantoms mixed up the pass and the run to a great success. On the third play of the half, Chris Daniels strikes again with an aerial dart to Barry Hargreaves for 62 yards and the Phantoms made the score a little closer with the touchdown pass. With the score at 17-14, momentum had joined the Phantoms. 

 

Heritage enjoyed great field position throughout third quarter and kept Phoebus even further back. Both teams traded punts and neither could get anymore points before advancing into the fourth quarter. Heritage was able to sustain a drive early in fourth quarter and another Jabari Blake TD , a one yard plunge pushed the lead to 24-14. Blake has accounted for three touchdowns on the afternoon. Chris Daniels would lead his Phantoms back down the field and his third touchdown pass, this time a 12-yard strike to Jymari Gray, closed the gap to 24-20. The extra point is no good.

 

Heritage with under 4 minutes went back to work but were unable to keep the ball. On the next change of possession, Phoebus took the great field position and moved near the red zone. Howeve, their last scoring effort would be denied. Heritage’s Chris Megginson, a Liberty University commit, seals the game with an interception. The second turnover from Chris Daniels proves to be costly and allows Heritage to run out the clock. The Pioneers capture their achool’s second football state championship by a score of 24-20 and finish the season at 14-1, winning their last 13 contests. 

 

Jabari Blake led the offense with Heritage as he rushed for 177 yards and three touchdowns.  He also passed for 47 yards and one interception.  His backfield mate, K.J. Vaughn also reached the centtury mark with 100 yards on the day.  The Phantoms were paced on offense by Chris Daniels, who acounted for all three touchdowns (passing) but had two costly interceptions.  Barry Hargraves was the biggest recipient hauling in three passes for a game high 106 yards and one touchdown.     

 

 

by EMSPORTS 12/08/2018

Glass was no match for  heritage 

Heritage was Unstoppable tonight with the help of Jacobi Lambert ended up with 27 points and 15 rebounds. After the first quarter -Heritage 19 -Glass 18-Lambert had 11 points in the first half.

   Glass lead in the second quarter 33 -25 and the third quarter 47-46, 4th quarter Heritage took control to end of game with win 71-53 the lead score for Glass was Reashawn Spaulding with 16 points

 

 

heritage back in the state off for the second straight year with a win over liberty

Lynchburg) KJ Vaghan helped the pioneer break away from their Minutemen. he caught a pass from Quarterback JaBari Blake for a sideline before sprinting into the end zone and breaking a tie game. Heritage reeled off three straight scores and then withstood a second- half Liberty rally before breaking away for a 44-28 victory on friday night to Capture the Region 3 c Championship. Vaughan, had 142 yards and three touchdowns. by EM_SPORTS 


EC glass beat Jefferson Forest 56-28 in playoff

Ty Foster score first touchdown for Glass with an 11-yard run, Glass recover a fumble on JF 25- yard line Ty took in for 10-yard T.D Glass 14-0.with 4:57 left before halftime. Glass kept pouring on JF, Glass QB DreSean Kendrick passed for 80 yards and rushed for a team-high 127 and three touchdown. JF got on the scoreboard with Craisghead's score 1-yard TD then Pribble hooked up with Danteas Braton 89 receiving yards for a 34-yard TD and JF recovered a fumble that led to a touchdown by Cupit. Glass came right back to score three more TD. by EM -SPORTS 11/17/18

final score william cambell 27 - lunenburg 24 in playoff

William Campbell football team went up 14-0 in the first half. Lunenburg came from behind to score a touchdown make score 14-6 early in the fourth quarter, fullback Daequan Lee burst up the middle for a 50-yard score to put central Lunenburg up two scores. Generals next possession QB- Jermiah Smith ran down the sideline for 85-yard TD pull his team with four. Smith finished with 108 yards on the ground. Nikia Peerman had an outstanding night with two touchdowns.  by EM SPORTS 11/16/18

Glass  advance in the playoffs by defeating william byrd 28-21 Next up Jefferson Forest

Lynchburg VA) Glass got on board early in the first quarter 14-0 going into the second quarter William Byrd score twice to tie the game up before halftime 14-14.

Hilltoppers strike again just before the half when DreSean Kendrick finds Justin Barnett in the middle of the end zone for an 11 yd score. ECG 21 WB 14 Terriers respond a minute later. Sam Dantzler punches it in from 2 yds to keep William Byrd in it. 28 ECG 21

Glass had 245 yds of offense in first half - 143 passing and 102 on the ground. William Byrd had 137 yds - 63 through the air and 74 rushing. Kendrick is 7-16 for 143 Dantzler is 3-4 for 16 Logan Baker threw the 47 yd TD pass for the Terriers 11/9/18

Glass is on a winning streak

Lynchburg 10/26/18

First quarter there was no score between Glass and LCA beginning of second quarter Glass offense started to click with Ty Foster scored a 4 yard touchdown to put Glass in the lead 7-0. with 3:00  minutes before halftime LCA got the ball back with two minutes left in the first half. LCA quarterback threw an interception Glass got ball back on their 30-yard line and Glass Quarterback DeShawn Kendrick too in for 1-yard Touchdown.make the score 14-0 at halftime.

  Start of second half LCA kicked all to Glass Jason Barnett receive the ball and took it back for 75 yard touchdown for Glass. Make score the 21-0 in the third quarter. Glass kicked off to LCA they fumble ball on Glass 5 -yard line and Quotrisk Craighead too in from 5-yard line for Glass touchdown to increase the lead 27-0 the final score Glass 35-Liberty Christian -0. By EMSPORTS

A big win for Appomattox over Gretna 27-7

Appomattox VA) Appomattox Raiders take first place in the district with a huge win over the Gretna Hawks 24 to 7. The Raiders lead off in the first quarter with a block punt by Cheatham Jackson on Appomattox 18 yard line. Quarterback Leon Tre took it in for a 18 yard touchdown for Appomattox to make the score 7-0. The Raiders led the Hawks for three quarters with a tough defense. Cristian Ferguson a junior rush for 131 yards for the Raiders. The Hawks scored in four quarter with 9; 23 left in game with Jalen Myers 35 yard touchdown. EMSPORTS 10/20/18

Jamar Lovelace named William Fleming's football coach

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Jamar Lovelace celebrated a football victory in 2016 on the visiting sideline at William Fleming High School.

Now he will try to do the same on the Colonels’ side of the field.

Lovelace found a new home Wednesday when the 31-year-old Lynchburg native was introduced as Fleming’s new head coach.

Lovelace, who takes over a program that went 0-10 in the fifth and final season of Bobby Martin’s tenure is ready for the challenge.

“I’ve imagined this moment for a long time,” Lovelace said Wednesday. “It feels even better than I envisioned. I’m very humbled by the opportunity. I don’t take it lightly.”

Lovelace was an assistant at three schools — Brookville, Monticello and most recently, E.C. Glass — under Jeff Woody.

He was hired as Brookville’s secondary coach in 2011 after graduating from Hampden-Sydney College in 2010, immediately helping the Bees to back-to-back 14-0 seasons and VHSL Division 3 state championships.

After serving one year as an assistant coach at Hampden-Sydney, Lovelace coached at Brookville for two seasons, then he followed Woody to Monticello as the defensive coordinator for the 2013-14 seasons.

He returned to Lynchburg with Woody in 2015, helping E.C. Glass reach the 2017 Region 4D playoffs where the Hilltoppers lost 21-6 at Blacksburg in the second round. Glass also was the only team to defeat Lynchburg city rival Heritage during the regular season.

Lovelace also played quarterback at Brookville during Woody’s first year as the Bees’ head coach

After three coaching stints under his old mentor, Lovelace said he was ready to cut the cord and run his own program.

“I’ve always admired Coach Woody since I was very young,” Lovelace said. “He’s one of my best friends in the business and personally.

“He’s allowed me to lead in my own way. He’s prepared me for this moment. He knew this was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up.”

Lovelace was with Glass when the Hilltoppers scored a 30-27 road victory over William Fleming in 2016. The two teams scrimmaged each other last August, and the new Fleming coach said he has watched almost all of the Colonels’ 2017 games on video.

Fleming has a 20-61 record and just one winning season — 8-3 under Martin in 2015 — in the last eight years.

The Colonels have not won a playoff game since the 2003 team reached the VHSL Group AA Division 4 championship game.

Lovelace understands that Fleming’s program is in a rebuilding mode.

“I think the expectations will be in check,” he said. “William Fleming’s always been known for having athletic kids. I’ve seen that. I’m looking to bring that executional level up just a bit. They were in a lot of games last year, close to finishing with some wins.”

E.C. Glass finished 1-9 in Lovelace’s first year on the Hilltoppers’ staff.

Woody believes Lovelace is capable of engineering a turnaround in Roanoke.

“He’s been ready for a head coaching job for a while,” Woody said. “I was lucky to keep him as long as I did. We’re all losing a brother. We’re all losing a great coach.

“He’s passionate about the game of football. He’s 100 percent dedicated. More importantly, what he brings to the table is a disciplined message. He’ll hold the players accountable in the classroom, in the weight room and on the field.

“He’s the best coach I’ve ever been around.”

Lovelace, who has a masters degree from Liberty University, said he will teach weight training full time at William Fleming.

 
 
 

Jamar Lovelace celebrated a football victory in 2016 on the visiting sideline at William Fleming High School.

Now he will try to do the same on the Colonels’ side of the field.

Lovelace found a new home Wednesday when the 31-year-old Lynchburg native was introduced as Fleming’s new head coach.

Lovelace, who takes over a program that went 0-10 in the fifth and final season of Bobby Martin’s tenure is ready for the challenge.

“I’ve imagined this moment for a long time,” Lovelace said Wednesday. “It feels even better than I envisioned. I’m very humbled by the opportunity. I don’t take it lightly.”

Lovelace was an assistant at three schools — Brookville, Monticello and most recently, E.C. Glass — under Jeff Woody.

He was hired as Brookville’s secondary coach in 2011 after graduating from Hampden-Sydney College in 2010, immediately helping the Bees to back-to-back 14-0 seasons and VHSL Division 3 state championships.

After serving one year as an assistant coach at Hampden-Sydney, Lovelace coached at Brookville for two seasons, then he followed Woody to Monticello as the defensive coordinator for the 2013-14 seasons.

He returned to Lynchburg with Woody in 2015, helping E.C. Glass reach the 2017 Region 4D playoffs where the Hilltoppers lost 21-6 at Blacksburg in the second round. Glass also was the only team to defeat Lynchburg city rival Heritage during the regular season.

Lovelace also played quarterback at Brookville during Woody’s first year as the Bees’ head coach

After three coaching stints under his old mentor, Lovelace said he was ready to cut the cord and run his own program.

“I’ve always admired Coach Woody since I was very young,” Lovelace said. “He’s one of my best friends in the business and personally.

“He’s allowed me to lead in my own way. He’s prepared me for this moment. He knew this was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up.”

Lovelace was with Glass when the Hilltoppers scored a 30-27 road victory over William Fleming in 2016. The two teams scrimmaged each other last August, and the new Fleming coach said he has watched almost all of the Colonels’ 2017 games on video.

Fleming has a 20-61 record and just one winning season — 8-3 under Martin in 2015 — in the last eight years.

The Colonels have not won a playoff game since the 2003 team reached the VHSL Group AA Division 4 championship game.

Lovelace understands that Fleming’s program is in a rebuilding mode.

“I think the expectations will be in check,” he said. “William Fleming’s always been known for having athletic kids. I’ve seen that. I’m looking to bring that executional level up just a bit. They were in a lot of games last year, close to finishing with some wins.”

E.C. Glass finished 1-9 in Lovelace’s first year on the Hilltoppers’ staff.

Woody believes Lovelace is capable of engineering a turnaround in Roanoke.

“He’s been ready for a head coaching job for a while,” Woody said. “I was lucky to keep him as long as I did. We’re all losing a brother. We’re all losing a great coach.

“He’s passionate about the game of football. He’s 100 percent dedicated. More importantly, what he brings to the table is a disciplined message. He’ll hold the players accountable in the classroom, in the weight room and on the field.

“He’s the best coach I’ve ever been around.”

Lovelace, who has a masters degree from Liberty University, said he will teach weight training full time at William Fleming.

 

HERITAGE FALLS SHORT OF STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

The Heritage Pioneer fail short of a State Championship against the

Blue Devils of Hopewell . going into halftime the Blue Devils leads the Pioneers with a score

of 21 to 0 as they capitalized on a fumble and two interceptions by the pioneer, Elijah Davis lead the

Pioneer with over 224 yards and two touchdowns. with a final score of 14 to 20 as the Blue Devils

takes home the Crown. by EM-SPORTS

naruna va-- William Campbell girls took down Rustburg last night 49-33. Campbell had never beat Rustburg in basketball. William Campbell made history by beat Rustburg for first time lead by Sabrina Horn 16 points and 10 rebounds, pair elam 13 points and Amaya Jackson 10 points and 18 rebound. by em-sports  12-6-17

Kennedy Hubbard A upcoming stars she plays all position on her team. Kennedy is 13 years old  8th grade she plays for Warwick Little League team in Hampton VA. 10/13/17 EM-SPORTS

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