Here’s a complete schedule:
Class 1 Final – Riverheads vs. Galax – Noon
Class 3 Final – Phoebus vs. Heritage (Lynchburg) – Noon
Class 5 Final – Highland Springs vs. Maury– Noon
4:30 pm kickoffs
Class 2 Final – Graham vs. Central (Woodstock) – 4:30 pm
Class 4 Final – Dinwiddie vs. Kettle Run - 4:30 pm
Class 6 Final – Freedom (Woodbridge) vs. James Madison – 4:30 pm
Kennedy Hubbard, All District Team
In all the athletes that have made a great impact on their teams, Kennedy Hubbard deserves her share of accolades.
The senior at Bethel High in Hampton was recognized for her outstanding play as an outfielder and garnered 2nd team honors as a member of the Peninsula All-District Team. Hubbard was a catalyst for a team that made it to the VHSL Division 5, Region 5B playoffs before losing on the road to rival Menchville High School.
Congratulations to Kenndy and her outstanding career.
Ralph Sampson is a name that just about anyone old enough to see a basketball knows who he is and what a legend. At the University of Virginia, men’s basketball was the must see action because of Ralph Sampson from 1978-1983.
The three-time unanimous National College Player of the Year raised the bar for Cavalier basketball and raised the level of excellence of basketball in college.
Ralph Sampson has turned his talents from player to ambassador. He is now holding team camps for the youth and he is bringing his knowledge and personality to EC Glass High School in July 2022.
As were the days in U-Hall, Ralph Sampson is ready to display his talents. This time he is making a way for the next generation excel on the hardwood.
It is the biggest of games. It greets fans from young to old and from near to far. This is the game you look forward to every year. It is the Super Bowl.
The hopes and dreams of many rest on this game. You can have a bad season but if you are just good enough to get in the NFL Playoffs, you need a mini winning streak and find yourself in the Super Bowl. Then anything can happen.
In this year's Super Bowl, two teams that made the final game were not considered the best or the most likely to get here. The LA Rams had a chance to win a few years ago and were rebuilding with Matt Stafford at quarterback after trading their very own Jared Goff after last year's disappointment. The Cincinnati Bengals were even more of a longshot. These Bengals had not sniffed a playoff win in over 20 years. Now they were living large on the arm and bravado of wonderboy, Joe Burrow, who was one year removed from an ugly, season-ending ACL injury.
Now these two 4th seeds from their respective conferences were looking to get the ultimate crown. The biggest of these stars was the one man that could wreck havoc and change the game. Future Hall of Famer, Aaron Donald, was the most disruptive force since Reggie White. The best defensive lineman in the game over the last decade was looking to stamp his legacy as an all time great. He needed only one more box checked and that would be Super Bowl Champion.
The game started with celebrities and stars that lined the LA sky and SoFi Stadium the home of the LA Rams. This game started with a few nervous series as both teams stalled but finally LA made a few plays on the arm of Stafford and the talents of Odell Beckham, Jr. Beckham, the polarizing game-changing wide receiver, had found a new home in LA since midseason and he was looking to change his reputation or what the public thought of him. Beckham scored the first touchdown of the game to give the Rams a quick 7-0 lead. How would the Bengals respond?
Cincinnati was not fearful and found a little rhythm with a big pass from Burrow to Chase La'Marr. The duo who had been tremendous all year, set-up a field goal in the drive. As the game went into the second quarter, Stafford was still flawless. He picked apart the Bengals' defense and found his favorite receiver, Cooper Kupp, with another touchdown pass. The first error of the game came with a bobbled snap and extra point that failed. The score was 13-3 but the Bengals returned the favor.
With a mix of run and pass, the Bengals went to the bag of tricks. Running back Joe Mixon was the magician as he took a pitch and three a strike to WR Tee Higgins for the response and the Bengals were taking momentum. The Rams looked to extend the lead, but another mistake happened. Stafford took a shot into the endzone but his pass was intercepted.
The halftime score saw LA holding a narrow 13-10 lead and that was about to evaporate. On the first play in the third quarter, Tee Higgins and Joe Burrow connected on a 75-yard pass play as Jalen Ramsey was beat for the opening salvo. The "Who Dey" fanbase was rolling and the Bengals has scored 14 in a row to take a 17-13 lead. LA was attempting to comeback until Stafford was victimized once again. With another interception in the last two throws, the Rams were falling apart and Cincy was looking for a knockout.
The defenses then took center stage. The defensive line was the strength of the Rams led by Donald and they put the clamps on Cincinnati by holding them to a field goal to limit the damage of the interception. Trailing 20-13, the Rams could see time was slipping away and the home field advantage was not an advantage.
The Rams countered with a drive to get a field goal but injuries were limiting them. Beckham was out and the onus fell on Copper Kupp to carry the load. The combination of Kupp and Stafford proved to be magical as the defense began making life almost impossible for the Burrow led offense.
Donald, the distruptive force, finally got a crack through the offensive line and his energy started to wear out the Bengals. As the Rams forced several punts, the Rams re-calibrated and the offense made enough plays on the biggest drive of the game when they scored on a 15-play, 79-yard drive. The longest drive of the game was punctuated by another Stafford TD pass to Kupp. The defense did the rest as Donald and company stopped Burrow on 4th and 1 to celebrate the greatest accomplishment in professional football.
Kupp was honored as the MVP with 8 catches for 92 yards and the two touchdowns. Stafford was effective with three TDs passing and the two interceptions. Aaron Donald and Von Miller, both recorded two sacks that spearheaded a team that finished with 9 sacks.
Burrow had 1 touchdown passing to go with no interceptions and his team responded will outgaining the Rams in total yards, 348-326.
A great game to cap off a great year in the NFL.
Heritage and Jefferson Forest started out slow with the score in the first quarter Heritage
8 and Forest 5 . The Pioneers had 8 turnovers in the first half as the Cavaliers made 5 turnovers. The Pioneers controlled the inside and dominated the lane with both scoring and rebounding.
Darrius Brown of Heritage scored 12 points and got help from his teammate Kyle Ferguson who finished with a game high 13 points. The Pioneers used new lineups as they incorporated the services of new players who were added from the JV team.
Jefferson Forest's leading scorer was Jack Wimmer who was only player from JF in double figures with 10 points.
The Hilltoppers and the Bulldogs know each other very well. This matchup was the second contest between these two Lynchburg City public schools and this one had more riding no the line. The Hilltoppers took the first battle early in the year and now they were looking to maintain their hold on the top spot. The Bulldogs were at home and looking to avenge the loss when they were across town in the Glass' gym.
The Hilltoppers and Bulldogs came out scrapping and clawing. Each team didn't give up much to their opponent in the first quarter. Sully Holmes led the way for LCA with his athleticism and some high flying dunks. EC Glass with their relentles speed and tenacious in your face defense, was not intimidated. In fact, Glass held a 15-14 1st quarter lead.
With both teams battling the full 94 feet, this game looked to be a seesaw fight. Then, EC Glass stepped up the intensity and LCA could not keep up. Glass turned up their defense which led to some easy offense and by the time the dust cleared, the visitors in blue were steamrolling the stunned Bulldogs. A 19-5 second quarter blitz catapulted the EC Glass into 34-19 halftime advantage.
EC Glass took over the momentum and took away the LCA home court advantage as the second half began more like the beginning of the game. Both teams traded baskets and LCA could never take clear control of the matchups. Glass was able to maintain the healthy lead and very little changed during the fourth quarter. LCA was able to win that quarter by two points but it was too little and too late.
With the season sweep, EC Glass, now 12-1 in district, locked up at least a tie for 1st place position in the highly competitve Seminole District. LCA at 10-3, which was tied at the top just a week ago, now has dropped into third place in the Seminole but still are a threat in the VHSL 3A division. EC Glass will now look to be a big favorite in VHSL 4A division as they prepare for a state championship run as postseason tournaments are just around the corner.
Stars of the game were Aidan Tracey from EC Glass with 20 points. Sully Holmes led all scorers with 27 points to score more than half of the Bulldogs' points.
In the world of pop culture and music, there are many times we see the ladies take center stage. This was on full display when the girls' basketball teams of EC Glass and Lynchburg Christian Academy met face to face on the hardwood. This epic battle would showcase not only the two best teams in the area but also two teams just over 5 miles apart that could challenge for the state titles in over a month from now.
The two top teams were battling for Seminole district supremacy as they laid their unblemished district records on the line to keep ahead of the other teams. EC Glass was 10-0 while LCA was 9-0 in district competition. The two teams had only lost two games between them on the year.
The first matchup of this rivalry was hosted by LCA at the Lady Bulldogs' Arena. The defenses came out in full effect as the points were few and hard to find. There were far more missed shots than made shots. The teams battle and scrapped and by the end of the first quarter the score was 9-6 in favor of Glass.
Much of the quarter, EC Glass was without out the services of their dynamite senior guard, Jamiyah Henry. The inspirational leader of the team had to take a seat with two fouls. The recipient of those fouls was none other than sensational sophomore, Avery Mills. The Bulldogs’ superstar was a tough cover and proved as much when the second quarter commenced.
Mills collected eight points in the second quarter and spearheaded her team to a 23-19 lead in front of the home faithful. Henry was a non-factor and it hurt Glass has they saw their lead slip away.
The teams found a better rhythm in the second half but Glass made more and finally put some breathing room between them and the Lady Bulldogs. Jamiyah Henry scored 18 points in the game and was most effective in the final quarter where she poured in 11 points. She also led a defensive effort that saw the Lady Bulldogs score just two points in the last quarter.
Mills was sensational in the third quarter where she added another nine points to her total of 21. However, she could not get anything going in the fourth and without their best player making shots, LCA lost momentum and eventually the game. Glass used their high energy defensive and big play ability to mount a comeback. When the final horn sounded, the Lady Hilltoppers were on top and triumphed with a 45-36 win.
The Hilltoppers preserved their impressive Seminole district win streak that started back in January 2019. The record of wins is now 37-0 in district play in three-plus seasons.
In the Seminole District, there are no off nights. The LCA Bulldogs were the defending champs and they knew all too well how hard the schedule was in the back half of the season. After a 8-0 start, the Bulldogs were beaten by the Heritage Pioneers and now had to quickly turnaround for a date with the other HillCity squad, the EC Glass Hilltoppers.
The Hilltoppers were looking to take a home victory after losing on the Bulldogs' court earlier in the year. Both teams shared the top spot in the Seminole with a single loss each in district play.
With each team prepared to take their opposition's best shot, both teams came out looking for cracks in the armor. LCA was more aggressive and more efficient. The Bulldogs ball movement and shouting gave them a double digit lead and limited the high-scoring Hilltoppers to only 19 first half points. 14 of those came from the play of Omaundre Harris.
Harris was not done. He willed and carried his squad to an impressive 57-47 triumph in front of a raucous home crowd of blue and white. Everything that went right for the Bulldogs, went the opposite way in the second half. Glass overcame a 12-point deficit to blow past LCA. There was no denying Harris who scored a game high 31 points to out pace the 22-point performance of LCA senior Sully Holmes.
In the battle of big time basketball in this area, two of Lynchburg’s three high school squads squared off on the hard court. LCA battles with Heritage in a matchup of competition for Seminole District's top spot. The Bulldogs are reloading after falling short in the VHSL 3A championship title from last year. The Pioneers did not make a long playoff run but have righted the ship after a slow start.
The Pioneers were seeking revenge after losing early in the year at LCA. That game took place before the Christmas holiday break. It seems like just five short weeks but the Pioneers are 7-2 in the Seminole looking up at the undefeated district leading Bulldogs who are 8-0 in district and have lost only once this season.
The game was a defensive struggle early with LCA taking a 14-6 lead after one quarter. The Bulldogs from the jump ball showed very few holes in their defensive armor and Heritage couldn’t get in a groove. It seemed the pause between quarters was a much needed break as Heritage found their rhythm and flipped the tables and the scoreboard.
The Pioneers took control as senior guard Kyle Ferguson jumpstarted the offense. Ferguson slashed and dropped in shots from all over as his 13 points gave his team fuel to take a 31-28 halftime advantage. The three point lead was sliced to one when LCA came alive in the third quarter. With the score only 42-41, the Pioneers and Bulldogs were locked into a nip and tuck affair entering the last period.
The teams shadowed one another with a scrappy defense, tenacious effort in the boards and enough shotmaking to keep the crowd entertained. The last quarter was just a culmination of the fantastic three quarters combined and every great play was countered with a great play. The ending was even better.
Heritage was clinging to a two-point lead and only seconds remained. LCA had possession and with just two seconds left, drew up a play that had to go the length of the court for a chance to tie or win. The pass traveled in the air hoping to reach the hands of a Bulldog player but instead Kyle Ferguson secured the steal and was able to run out the clock.
Ferguson did it as he led all Heritage scorers with 22 points and created the game-clinching turnover. His teammate, Simeon McMillan, was a key contributor with 10 points.
As for LCA, this was their first loss in nearly four years to Heritage. They received an outstanding effort in defeat from Sebastian Atkins, top scorer with 26 points and Sully Holmes who complimented him with 12 points.
After a slow 0-2 district start, the Pioneers are one-half game back of the Bulldogs, now 8-1, as the Seminole District crown hangs in the balance.
by EM-SPORTS.ORG 1/21/22
Lynchburg VA (Girls)
Glass Jump off to an early lead against Brookville with an 11-1 run two minutes into the game. Brookville Bees had 5 turnovers in-game and Glass had 11 steals. at end of the first quarter Glass 18
Bees 1. Glass controls the offense boards and the defense boards. Halftime score Glass 36-4 with Jermal Henry 17 points in the first half of the game.
Henry finished the game with 22 points for Glass. Hilltoppers went on to win game 61-18 to stay undefeated in the Seminole District.
Heritage got even with Glass tonight with a win it was a small crowd tonight at Heritage high school with both teams in the same city. Glass started out on top went up by 8 points. Heritage fought
back to tie the game up 28- 28 in the first quarter.Omaundre
Harris keeps getting inside the paint to score. Harris ends up with 22 points for Glass loss.
Pioneers lead at halftime 27-21 Kyle Ferguson caught fire in the second quarter
with 31 points for Heritage win. Tony Crews the head coach of Heritage had his
team play a tough defensive game they press Glass all night. also Darius Brown had
a quiet 11 points and his teammate Simieon McMillan add 10 points for the win.
by EM-SPORTS 1/20/22
Hilltoppers controlled all four quarters to beat Amherst 71-57 in Monday night game in Lynchburg Va. Glass had a balance score attack with Omaundre Harris had 14 points
and Aldan Treacy with 16 points also Owen Dunlop added 18 points. Glass score 35
inside the paint. Amherst had eight turnovers in-game. Lancers had three players in double figures with Martez Andrews 16 points and AJ Jordan 13 points with Justin Byrne 11 points. Glass stays undefeated.
EC Glass vs Heritage is a must watch event, anytime and anyplace. In this early basketball season, the Hilltoppers and Pioneers are always looking to beat each other and gain a foot up in Seminole District positioning and city bragging rights.
The Hilltoppers hosted their cross-city rivals in round one of the annual HillCity Showdown Hardwood edition.
In an arena packed with different shades of blue, the EC Glass sprinted out to a 10-2 lead and led 16-6 at the end on the first quarter.
The Pioneers slowly made up some ground and led by Kyle Ferguson, they cut the lead to 26-20 at the halftime buzzer.
EC Glass made a few key adjustments and increased the pressure on the Pioneers never slowing them to get into an offensive flow. As the fourth quarter began, Heritage trailed by eight points.
The Pioneers cranked up the intensity by EC Glass matched them bucket for bucket and easily broke the press to shutdown and chance of a comeback. When the clock struck zero, the Hilltoppers and their home fans got the biggest cheer, defeating the Pioneers by a score of 50-37. The win keeps EC Glass undefeated in the young season at 3-0. The Pioneers (0-1) will look to regroup from this season opening loss as their work to get their first win of the season.
Heritage JV beat Glass JV -38-35 Heritage lead score was Maliki Gray with 7 points and Tavion
Clark 7 points. Glass lead score was Zacharia Wilson with 14 points. Glass did not score 4 points in the second quarter.
Eli Wood led EC Glass to victory with 19 points. The Hilltoppers controlled the offensive boards and defense boards. EC Glass stayed in the lead most of the night. The hot shooting of Wood from the outside was on display as he knocked down three three-pointers.
The victory was good for Glass better even better for their coach, DJ Best, who had recently returned to the team following a battle with illness that had him in the hospital.
A compliment to Spotswood who gave Glass problems with their tough defense and athleticism from the shooting guards EM-SPORTS 12/5/21
The EC Glass Varsity Girls' took on Spotswood High School in basketball Saturday night in Lynchburg, Virginia. The Lady Hilltoppers went up early in the game 16-10 after the first quarter.
Spotswood battled back to within 7 points as the two teams engaged in a back-and-forth as was expected.
Henry Jamiyan had 13 points to lead Glass and Jordyn Wright-Goods added 11 points. Avery Hansbrough had 12 points for Spotswood.
LCA is on a mission. The Bulldogs from Lynchburg have made it known that they are looking to finish where they stopped short a year ago. The Bulldogs hosted the Abingdon Falcons in the VHSL 3A semifinals for a shot at next week’s state title game. It was this very game a year ago when Lord Botetourt upended the LCA dream.
In the 2021 calendar year, Abingdon has beaten LCA in the boys basketball state semifinals (55-53) and state baseball semifinals (4-3). The football team was next up for Abingdon.
The Falcons didn’t stand a chance.
LCA got off to a fast start and kept the pressure up all game. Jaylin Belford opened up the scoring with an 85-yd sprint to the house halfway through the first quarter. Belford was not done. This time from his defensive back position, Belford used his ball skills to return an interception 72 yards for his second touchdown in the first quarter. 14-0 LCA and it was getting worse.
In the second quarter, the LCA special teams added to the damage. A blocked punt in Falcons’ territory gave the offense great momentum then Davis Lane hit TE Dillon Bowers with a 21-yard pass. The score was 21-0 and the Falcons needed some help.
Abingdon finally scored around the midpoint of the second quarter. A nine-yard run from Andrew Hounshell made the count 21-7 but it didn’t last long. LCA made another score to regain the 21 point advantage and lead 28-7 at halftime.
The Bulldogs didn’t stop after halftime. Another interception, the offense punched another touchdown this time in the ground. Gideon Davidson carried the rock 38 yards to paydirt and made the score 35-7. Both teams traded a touchdown each for the remainder of the quarter and the fourth quarter started with LCA up 42-13. LCA put the finishing touches on the game by outscoring Abingdon 14-0 in the last quarter.
The powerful Phoebus Phantoms are up next as the state title tilt will take place at Liberty's Williams Stadium. The contest will be the fifth home game for the Bulldogs this postseason for they have not had to leave the city limits. The kickoff is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 11. The LCA Bulldogs have one more step to fulfill the dream that escaped them in the spring.
It has been nearly a month since the last time we saw these two Seminole District’s occupants of Timberlake Road battle in the gridiron. In that classic from October, the Heritage Pionees outlasted the Brookville Bees in Stinger Stadium with an overtime thriller 30-23.
This game would move locations hit the hype and anticipation was even more rebounding. The winner of the Region C semifinal matchup would decide a team’s future for a possible Division 3 state tourney berth. The loser will see a great season come to an end.
The Brookville Bees understood the assignment and passed with flying colors. The Bees began slow but once they got the offense in motion, the Puoneers were overwhelmed by the swarm. The Bees were stopped on their first series hit they found the right formula on the second drive. The offensive combination of QB Drake McDaniel and RB Tayshaun Butler helped the Bees score first.
The Pioneers would not be denied. On the next possession, they made their way through the Bees’ defense and scored to tie the game at 7-7. The Bees responded quickly to take the crowd out of the game.
Following the kickoff, Butler took the handoff on the first play of the series and blasted past outstretched arms and left Pioneers in his dust. The 78-yard sprint from the speedster pushed the lead back to 14-7 and gave the visitors a lead they would never relinquish.
The Bees defense turned in the play of the game. With Heritage pinned back against Brookville’s endzone, Heritage was called for a penalty in the endzone. By rule, this resulted in a safety and all the momentum was now on the side of Brookville. The Bees took the ball on a short field and capitalized when Drake McDaniel found Stephen Preston on a 26-yd pass and catch.
The Bees were in complete control and not done yet. Another score right before halftime and 23 consecutive points had given Brookville a 30-7 halftime lead. Heritage was going to need something to happen quickly in their favor. The game was slipping away and the momentum was firmly hanging out with Brookville.
In the fourth quarter, the teams traded touchdowns and entered the fourth quarter at 37-14 advantage Bees. Brookville’s offense was unstoppable and even when the light went out a City Stadium, it was just a delay of the inevitable.
Tayshaun Butler exploded, after the lights reappeared, for a 38-yard rushing TD which was just another reminder that the Bees could do no wrong. The game was a blowout and the final score of 50-21 was an indication the Bees were buzzing all night long.
The win gives the Bees(9-3) a date in the Regiob 3C championship game with the undefeated LCA Bulldogs, for a spot in the state’s Final Four. Heritage will cap their season at 9-3 and look to regroup for next year.
It is that time year again. The leafs are starting to change color, the air is crisp and the sun sets early to let the moon handle the night shift. This also sets the mood for playoff football. In Central Virginia, the nights are longer but each football game could be the last of the season or even the last of a high school career.
The Heritage Pioneess are one of the few local teams that still have dreams of capturing a state title. The Division 3, Region Playoffs have some local flavor as Heritage, Lynchburg Christian Academy (LCA) and Brookville claim the three top spots in the 8 team field.
As the #2 seed, Heritage will host #7 seed, the Waynesboro Giants, at historic City Stadium. Heritage looks to build in their second place finish in the Seminole as runners-up to the LCA Bulldogs. Another possible head to head matchup would take place in the regional final for a chance to advance to the state Final Four.
Heritage began their game with a great drive and put points early. The 7-0 lead was the result of a great first drive. The Pioneers didn't let up scoring 35 consecutive points before half. Each team's defense was able to collect an interception from the opposing QBs. However, only Heritage capitalized from the defensive efforts.
The Little Giants were gamed but could not overcome the speed and size that Heritage possessed. Waynesboro down 35-3 after finally scoring on the last possesion of the half.
Rashaun Booker Felder scored on back to back possessions. Kam Burns tossed two touchdown passes in the first half.
The game was never in doubt and Heritage cruises to a 45-10 victory. There sun sets up their Timberlake rivalry for the second time this season. Fellow Seminole District member, the Brookville Bees, will visit Heritage next week liking to avenge a loss in an overtime thriller from a few weeks ago.
They will remember for what you do in November. This is a common adage used in football circles. The EC Glass Hilltoppers are looking to start their long playoff run on this cool but mild Thursday night in November. Their 8-2 regular season was a success in helping them earn the number 4 seed in the VHSL Group 4, Region D playoffs.
The Louisa County Lions, the 5th seed, were no stranger to the playoffs and they were the making the trip to Lynchburg City Stadium in hopes of upsetting the Hilltoppers. They were also 8-2 and just wrapped up a season finale win over Goochland in preparation for the playoffs.
The Lions wasted no time in attacking the big blue of EC Glass and found success early. Louisa took the opening kickoff and punched it in the endzone. The Hilltoppers wanted to respond but they stalled out on the drive. The fourth down attempt failed and Louisa got the ball again.
As the first time, Louisa mixed the run and pass with success. They finished another drive with another touchdown with under a minute left in the first quarter.
EC Glass had dug themselves a hole and nothing was working. Following another empty possession, Louisa marched down the field again. However, EC Glass caught a little fortune and the Lions' field goal attempt was no good.
Glass didn't squander the opportunity and used the momentum and energy of the crowd to make this offensive drive count. Glass finally found the endzone and with about 4 minutes to play before halftime, the new score was 14-7 Louisa.
The second half saw both teams trade scores. Louisa scored first on their initial possession of the second half. At the 8:13 mark in the third quarter, Louisa found the endzone for the third time on the night. The Hilltoppers stayed persistent and answered on the next series with a matching touchdown in their first possession of the second half. After both teams got strong defensive efforts, both teams entered the fourth quarter with a little momentum as Louisa led 21-14.
Louisa made the right moves and they showed their mettle in the fourth quarter. The Lions star QB Landon Wilson continued to punish the Glass defense. His 2-yd TD run made the score 28-14. The Lions defense made the final blow. turned up the defense and when they got the ball, they did not disappoint. The Lions were poised to finish the game and LB/WR Stephen Dean stepped in front of a George White pass and took it back the other way. His pick six with over seven minutes left put the final score on the board giving the Lions a 35-14 lead.
EC Glass finished their season at 8-3 while Louisa(9-2) will move on to the semifinals where they await the winner of #1 Salem vs #8 Amherst.
Star of the Game:
Louisa County’s QB Landon Wilson. He rushed for a game-hig 263 yards and 3 TDs on 31 carries.
EC Glass and LCA renewed an annual rivalry that extends beyond any Lynchburg City bragging rights. This game was for top spot in the Seminole District and bragging rights to the best team in da 'Burg. The Hill City has always been a hotbed of talent and this contest would have as big a showcase as any this season.
Each squad has earned the right to claim Seminole supremacy. The Bulldogs were looking to be the outright, undefeated champs. The Hilltoppers wanted to soil a perfection season for LCA and share the Seminole Crown as the playoffs were only a week away.
IIt was Senior Night for LCA and they struck first. With under six minutes left in the first quarter, LCA used their powerful tuning game to grab an early 7-0 lead with a touchdown run from Gideon Davidson, one-half of the talented Davidson offensive backfield. Glass’ QB George White converted a LCA fumble into a touchdown with his aerial connection to WR Eli Wood of 24 yards. The scoring play tied the game at 7. LCA didn't let that slow them down as they responded when Davidson found the endzone again for his 2nd TD run. The Bulldogs took the lead early in the second quarter.
The back and forth continued when Glass came right back on its next possession. The accuracy of White's arm resulted in a 38-yard TD pass to Lyvarius Gilbert. The game knotted up at scores, it was LCA's turn and they didn't disappoint. LCA amped up the offensive pressure and scored 14 unanswered points going into the half. QB Lane Davis led the offensive surge helping complete to scoring drives that ended in touchdowns.
With Glass trailing by two touchdowns, they got off to a quick start with a score on its first drive of second half. After a bobbing and weaving through all sorts of traffic, Glass running back Markevus Graves brought the crowd to their feet. His long run set up a George White TD pass that closed the LCA lead to 28-21.
LCA would lock down on defense and turn away any more Hilltopper threats. The Bulldogs outscored EC Glass 13-0 for the remainder of the game. Gideon Davidson scored his third TD of the night in 4Q and LCA increased its lead to 34-21. LCA scored one final time in the 4th quarter to complete seal the game at 41-21.
LCA completes an undefeated season at 10-0 as they take their #1 seed into next week's VHSL 3A, Region C playoffs. EC Glass will host a game in the VSHL 4A, Region D playoffs and at 8-2 are one of the favorites to reach the state championships. Both teams will host playoff games next week.
Gideon Davidson was the star of the game. The freshman running back rushed for 121 yards and three touchdowns. His talents have garnered five D-1 school scholarship offers from Penn, UVA, LIBERTY, SOUTH CAROLINA and VT.
Davidson's rushing touchdowns:
17 yards, 1 yard and 3yards
Lane Davis, LCA QB
16-yards and 11-yards
LCA offensive line blew away the Heritage defensive line all night. The Pioneers got on the scoreboard first with a field goal. Then the Pioneers' defense made a play. Kenal Booker intercepted a pass on LCA 15 yards, returning it back to the Heritage 7-yard line but Bulldogs' defense stop Heritage from a score. The LCA offense went into high gear with big plays. Jaylin Belford ran a touchdown from 41-yard out. Then quarterback David Lane passed for an 8-yard TD. Caleb Davidson added a rushing score of 28 yards.
The University of North Carolina has offered a preferred walk on to Jaylin Belford, a senior wide receiver for LCA. The Bulldogs dominated the rest of the game. EM-SPORTS 10/15/21
Rustburg jumped out early on EC glass Rustburg began the match on a 5-0 run, with Hardie putting away an early kill and Eden Bigham and Aireona Hudson following suit. Glass came back with a tough
server the teams traded punches for most of the night.
Rustburg stays undefeated in Seminole District. They won the state championship last year
In the first match Rustburg won 25 ) Glass 18 ) Glass won the second match 25) Rustburg 18) Rustburg won the third match 25) Glass 22) the fourth match Glass won 25) Rustburg 23) The finals fifth match Rustburg too home victory Rustburg 15) Glass 7). EM-SPORTS 10/14/21
The unforgettable #3, a bone-crushing, hitting machine that struck fear in the eyes of offenses in college football druing the mid to late 1990's will be immortalized on Saturday, Oct. 16th at the University of Virginia's Homecomings game.
Anthony Poindexter, the living legend from the University of Virginia will finally get his due. The Pandemic of 2020 could only delay the inevitable as the College Football Hall of Fame will formally introduce and enshrine the newest Class of 2020 and one of the best know players in the last half century.
Poindexter will also be the fifth player in the history of the Virginia Cavaliers football program to be recognized by the Hall of Fame. He is the first black scholar athlete to don the Hall of Fame as a member of the Cavaliers football rich heritage. Poindexter will join three-time NCAA Player of the Year in basketball, Ralph Sampson, as the only African American student athletes to star at the University of Virginia and have their careers immortalized in the College Hall of Fame, in their respective sports.
BY EM-SPORTS.ORG 10/7/21
LYNCHBURG, Va. – One of Liberty’s all-time greats will receive a special honor on Saturday when the Flames welcome Middle Tennessee to Williams Stadium during Homecoming Weekend.
During the Flames’ 50th Anniversary Celebration Homecoming contest, Liberty Athletics will retire the No. 23 jersey of former All-American and NFL running back Rashad Jennings. Kickoff for the contest with the Blue Raiders is set for 3:30 p.m.
Jennings will become the fifth individual associated with the Flames’ football program to have a jersey retired, honoring his contributions and accomplishments on the gridiron.
Liberty retired a jersey in honor of Dr. Jerry Falwell in 2006, the school’s founder and former chancellor. In 2008, former head coach Sam Rutigliano and tight end Eric Green (No. 86) each had a jersey retired in their honor. During Homecoming Weekend in 2019, Liberty retired the jersey of wide receiver Kelvin Edwards (No. 83).
Although Jennings last donned a Liberty uniform in 2008, the native of Forest, Va., has continued to have an impact on his hometown school and alma mater more than a decade later, including his annual “Camp 180“, taking place every summer on Liberty University’s campus which averages an attendance rate of 500 young men and women and is sponsored through his Rashad Jennings Foundation.
During his three years with the program (2006-08), Jennings rushed for 3,633 yards and set program records for career rushing touchdowns (42), 100-yard games (22) and points scored (278).
Jennings was a consensus first-team All-American during his senior year when he rushed for 1,526 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2008. He earned his second Big South Offensive Player of the Year award during his senior year, finishing eighth in the voting for the Walter Payton Award (top FCS player in the country).
The bruising running back became the sixth player in program history to be selected in the NFL Draft when the Jacksonville Jaguars picked him in the seventh round in 2008.
He had a seven-year career in the NFL, rushing for 3,772 yards and 23 touchdowns, while playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars (2009-12), the Oakland Raiders (2013) and the New York Giants (2014-16).
Following his professional playing days, Jennings competed as a contestant on the 24th season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, becoming the fourth NFL player to win the Mirrorball trophy, as well as becoming a NY Times best-selling author with his autobiography “The If In Life” released in 2018 and his four-part Young Adult book series “The Coin Slot Chronicles”.
The retired jersey honor will be the second time Liberty Athletics has recognized Jennings. The standout running back was one of five inductees named to the 2018 Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame class.
The time had arrived. The Battle of the Jug Bowl was here. The Hill City’s two main high schools, Heritage and EC Glass were preparing for their annual football game. In the 2021 edition, both teams entered into battle with momentum and energy that stemmed from an earlier matchup during the spring when the 2020 fall season got moved into early 2021.
Coaches Jeff Woody (EC Glass) and Brad Bradley (Heritage) knew the importance of this game. Each coach was priming their teams for an afternoon battle that would have an impact not only on the divided houses for friends and families in Lynchburg, but also who could stay atop of the Seminole District.
This game is usually reserved for Friday Night Lights. This game was moved to a Saturday afternoon matinee that did not disappoint nor lack for drama and excitement.
Heritage took the game’s opening drive and punched it into the endzone. Running back Rajan Booker started the scoring with a seven-yard rushing touchdown. With a 7-0 lead, the Pioneers took early control. EC Glass made a few adjustments and capped a successful 80-yard drive to tie the game at 7-7 before the end of the first period.
Heritage took the next drive in the second quarter and made it another successful effort. With the scrambling of QB Kam Burns and the tough running of RB Zack Steele, the Pioneers ran into the endzone again on the feet of Steele, who scored from six yards out. As the Hilltoppers attempted to respond, the Pioneers’ defense made a big play. An interception of EC Glass QB George White’s pass, gave Heritage a short field. Two plays and another touchdown and 21-7 was the score in less than two minutes elapsed clock time.
EC Glass couldn’t solve the Heritage defense and struggled with the Pioneers’ offense as well. Heritage cranked up the offense as the temperature was rising in the stadium. The fervent cheers of the orange and blue was only matched by the energy from the Heritage sidelines.
After a punt, Heritage didn’t let up on the EC Glass defense. QB Kam Burns took matters into his own hands or in this case feet. The speedster found a seam and turn on the burners and he headed 43 yards to another touchdown. The Pioneers were starting to turn this one-sided game into a long day for their rivals. It just got worse, because the very next play from Glass was a fumble. It bounced into the waiting hands of Rajan Booker, who found the endzone from 17 yards out and gave Heritage a 35-7 lead with just a couple of minutes before halftime.
EC Glass was struggling to find any rhythm and had taken what seemed to be a knockout punch from the Pioneers. EC Glass was not ready to quit and with just over a minute left, the combination of George White to Lyvarius Gilbert resulted in a 35-yard scoring pass play that breathe new life into the Hilltoppers. After 28 straight points, EC Glass was able to slow down the Pioneers’ momentum and got a boost going into halftime down 35-14.
If anyone thought this game was over then they were in for a surprise. The Hilltoppers took the ball first after halftime and jumped on the scoring train again. EC Glass took the momentum out of the locker room and worked their way back down the field. White found his target Marty Kittrell with a short 7-yard pass for a second consecutive touchdown. The game was now a roller coaster of big plays and emotions with one side up and then the other side down. The Hilltoppers were rising and the defense had started to cutoff the Pioneer’s offense.
With the ball back in the hands of the offense, George White and his accurate right arm made his next scoring pass an on-target rainbow into the reliable hands of outstanding wide receiver Eli Wood. Wood outjumped two defenders from Heritage and when he landed in the endzone, the Hilltoppers were only a score away from tying the game.
Just as it seemed that Heritage was now the team looking to find answers, they turned to a reliable source, RB Zack Steele. The Pioneers were held scoreless in the third quarter and EC Glass was squarely in control. Heritage turned to a constant force to gain their footing by giving to ball to Steele who had been able to slice and dice the Glass defense for most of the afternoon. This drive was essential for Heritage to stay on top and they got a boost from Steele who plunged into the endzone from two yards away to give Heritage their first score of the second half. With under 10 minutes left in regulation, the TD helped pushed the lead back to double digits at 42-28 following the point after kick.
EC Glass may have been stunned but they didn’t stumble. EC Glass took the next possession and continued their offensive success. George White tossed his fourth touchdown pass. This time he hit Kittrell for his second touchdown catch of the game with a 37-yard strike. The score made it 42-35 and now Glass had to lean on their defense. Oh, the defense responded and after a Heritage punt, it seemed very bleak for the offense. The punt was downed at the 2-yard line and it looked like a mile for EC Glass to score with under two minutes left.
The EC Glass team was not worried not flinched. Coach Woody went into his bag of tricks and found the best trick of all. Their backs up against goalline and the game in the balance, White threw a quick pass out to the side, then his wide receiver performed a perfect hook and lateral with the speedy Mosley taking the pitch and racing up the sideline for 98 yards to paydirt.
The impressive scoring play gave the Glass sideline the type of jubilation you seem to find when you win a championship. There was pandemonium with 1:41 left on the clock. The Pioneers were stunned but time was left on the clock. Heritage regrouped and any big play that you can do then I can do better. The Pioneers took the next possession and QB Kam Burns used his arm to make the biggest offensive play of the game. Burns dropped back and found Darius Brown. The elusive receiver caught the ball in stride and made all the right moves and his scored from 79 yards out to give the Pioneers the lead back with just over a minute left in the game.
The Hilltoppers had one more chance. The offense had been nearly unstoppable in the second half and they were going to need at least one more big play to get this game into overtime. As much as each team’s fans engaged in this tug-of-war, the teams were also battling it out on the field. The Pioneers were able to make the most important play. The defense was bending but didn’t break. A last-minute turnover from Heritage sealed the win and made this edition of the Jug Bowl Battle maybe the most memorable in the classic rivalry.
Heritage 49 EC Glass 42 and it was shame someone had to lose.
Glass didn't waste any
time to get on the scoreboard white scoring on a 1- yard
touchdown run and Mike Thomas had 6 yards for TD. Glass went up 14-0 in
in the first quarter. the Hilltoppers fumbled three-time, losing possession twice
in the first quarter, but recovered quick. Glass have multiple weapons.
Mike Thomas, who finished with 70 yards and a TD on 11 carries, said.
White also threw a 17- yards TD pass to Lyvarius Gilbert. Glass was up
35-0 at the half, with five different players scoring. Eli Wood, Q Foster and
Jamarion Kittrell scored in the second half for Glass, Aidan Palys went 8 for
8 on extra points. EM-SPORTS 9/4/21 Lynchburg VA
The 2021 battle at city stadium saw the return of Coach Doug Smith. Coach Smith, the previous head coach at Heritage prior to Coach Bradley was now leading his Raiders into the Pioneers' first home game of the season. Heritage was waiting and didn't wait to score first. Appomattox answers and ties score at 7-7 late in the first quarter. The Pioneers revved up the offensive attack and scored 21 straight points to end the half. The scoreboard read 28-7 in favor of the Pioneers.
The Pioneers did not take their foot of the gas as they opened up the second a half as they ended the first. Heritage mixed in an array of offensive firepower as they scored in the ground as well as with the pass. The consecutive points streak 42 points as Heritage QB K. Burns sandwiched a touchdown pass between was the potent running attack. The Pioneers opened and closed the third quarter with ground scores.
Appomattox battled valiantly and continued to fight back. The Raiders, who didn't have starting QB T. Lawson available until the third quarter, found paydirt again with the first touchdown in the fourth quarter. The pass play got them closer but they were not as successful on the two-point conversion. Heritage closed out the scoring with one finally tally and completed the victory with a 55-13 score.
Burns for Heritage was nearly perfect only missing on 3 of his 15 passes and throwing for two touchdowns. He accounted for 247 yards passing and 12 rushing. His popular targets were wideouts Crawford and Hubbard. Each athlete finished with over 100 yards receiving and a touchdown.
The Raiders (2-1) suffered their first loss of the season and will look to regroup. The visitors were outgained in yardage 555 to 188. The road doesn’t get easier as Appomattox sets to host 2020 3A state runner-up Lord Botetourt next Friday. Heritage will ride the bounce back win and look to keep the momentum into next week. The Battle in Lynchburg or Hill City Showdown takes place as a Saturday matinee. EC Glass and Heritage renew the annual rivalry at City Stadium.
LCA demolished the Magna Vista Warriors, 60-14. Quarterback UVA commits David Lane hit Jaylin Belford for a 40 yards pass to set up for a touchdown. Jaylin Belford took in from 2 yards for another touchdown. Jaden Skates had an interception he ran back for 67 yards for a touchdown. The Bulldogs led at halftime by a score of 46-7. it was a good night for five-star
Zach Rice who dominated the lines of scrimmage on offense and defense.
EM-SPORTS 8/27/21 Lynchburg VA
It only seemed like yesterday when high school football was last played. In reality, it had been a little over four months when the VHSL played spring football as a way to counter the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Two teams who played in the spring and had success were back and ready to go just as August was coming to an end.
The EC Glass Hilltoppers enjoyed g the most success they have had under coach Jeff Woody. Following a Region 4D title runner-up, Glass was looking to wreck shop in the Seminole and get closer to the state title. The visiting Lord Botetourt Cavaliers were even closer. They had a chance to capture the crown but fell just short in the VHSL 3A state title game to the hands of Lafayette High School. This was the second consecutive runner-up finish for LB and they couldn’t wait to make sure that a third time would be the charm to secure the elusive state crown.
The Hilltoppers showcased an explosive offense and hit the visitors in the mouth early and often. Before the Lord Botetourt Cavaliers could blink, the score was 34-0 in favor of EC Glass. WR Eli Wood made a highlight-reel catch as one of his 2 receiving touchdowns in the first half. QB George White was sensational tossing five passing touchdowns in the first half. Glass was crushing into the half up 34-7.
Leading 41-7 late in 4th qtr, the Hilltoppers had provided more players some snaps and gave the starters a much-deserved break. However, this gave LB some hope and they made a surge. The Cavaliers scored 23 consecutive points on Glass late in the game to make the score a little closer.
EM-SPORTS 8/27/21 Lynchburg VA
Fri, Jul 2 at 12:20 PM
The EC Glass Lady Hilltoppers have been the queens of the Seminole District in basketball since 2019. The success of the girls’ basketball has been a combination of hard work, talent and the leadership of coach Anitra Thomas.
Coach Thomas has taken her talents and experience to the next level as she will be the new assistant head coach for the University of Lynchburg Hornets Women’s Program.
Coach Thomas is no stranger to central Virginia. She starred at Brookville High School leaving as the all-time leading scorer in the school’s basketball program. She matriculated to Christopher Newport University where she had a remoarkable career as a four-year starter for the Captains.
At EC Glass, Coach Thomas was a winner in her two years at the helm. In her first season (2019-2020), the team won the Seminole District Regular Season Crown as well as advancing to the Class 4 VHSL State Quarterfinals. That team finished 22-5. The momentum carried over to the shortened 2020-2021 seas due to the pandemic. The team went undefeated at 8-0. They repeated as regular season champs of the Seminole District. However, the chance to advance back to the state tourney was cut short due to Covid-19 affecting the program.
The back-to-back regular-season championships and the 30 wins in 35 games highlight what a tremendous impact Coach Thomas had in her two years on the sidelines.
The program will not have to look far as they stayed within the family hiring an alum. Cedric Jones, the former multisport athlete when he attended EC Glass, will take over as the head coach. Jones had been the assistant to Coach Thomas for both years and knows the program well. Jones was formerly the head coach of the girls’s program at William Campbell High School before taking the top assistant position at EC Glass.
Great things come to those who wait. Just ask the Heritage Girls' Track and Field is synonymous with winning. They are the reigning outdoor Class 3 Champions and the crown will stay in Lynchburg. The pandemic canceled the 2020 VHSL State Championships. The wait was well worth it as the Lady Pioneers did all its scoring with just five athletes.
Their is the saying, big surprises can come in small packages. These packages can show up in different ways. The biggest of these powerful displays was provided by HHS Junior Alaysia Oakes, the winner of three events and 46 points all by herself. Her teammates also brought their best to the party and the lineup of seniors Tay Blake, Kaelynn Hawkins, Graysen Arnold and Jalasia Jones finished what Oakes started.
Blake showed her versatility in four events and posted three top-5 finishes, her best finished was runner-up in the triple jump. Blake earned 22 points to help propel her team to the overall title at 74 points. James Monroe finished runner-up with 69 points. Oakes completed all five events at the meet in what seemed to be record time. The 3A even was held independent of the 4A to accommodate Covid-19 regulations but this also meant less time to wait between events for multi-talented athletes.
Oakes came away 1st place finishes in the triple jump (38-08.25), long jump (18-02) and 100 dash (12.19) titles. Her runner-up finishes included the 200m dash behind fellow Seminole competitor, Rustburg's Emily Coates in the 200 dash and second in the 400m dash.
She garnered a whopping 46 points by herself and now owns 10 individual state titles and three team state crowns in her 3 years (two outdoors and one indoors).
The state better get ready because Oakes and company don't look to be slowing down in the future.
There are many storylines in rivalries. When teams play each other more than once, they begin to understand tendencies and it becomes a chess match between coaches and players.
In the case of Amherst vs Jefferson Forest, these teams were playing for more than bragging rights. They were looking to get one step closer to the Region 4D championship. The victor of this Regional 4D semifinal would be a step closer to the VHSL Division 4 four-team state tournament.
In this year shortened by the Covid-19 pandemic, each game mattered. The Cavaliers had been swept by these Lancers twice in very close matchups. This third edition was send the loser to summer vacation and the winner could look forward to another chance to the state title.
It has been said that it is difficult to beat a team three times. This adage was never truer as Jefferson Forest jumped out to a 6-0 lead ambushing the Lancers and quieting a home crowd.
JF scored early on a sacrifice fly in the top of the first inning. The Cavaliers tacked on another run compliments of a homer crushed over the center field fence by Domenic Rowlands. This was the beginning of a breakout frame as four more runs crossed home plate before Amherst was able to get all three outs.
The big lead proved to be more than enough for the Cavaliers but not by much late.
The Lancers would not go away quietly into the beautiful evening. The Lancers scratched a run across finally in the sixth inning and threatened for more before JF pitching closed the
With the Lancers shutting out JF since the second inning, they were down to their last three outs. The bottom of the seventh was drama filled. Amherst came out attacking and put JF on their heels. It seemed like every pitch was critical and every batter fought with each pitch. The Lancers looked to be in business as they got three runs back and the big blow was the two-run double off the bat of Jonah Cunningham.
The crowd was in the edge of their seats and the tension was building. However, the comeback was not to be as JF finally got that last out and celebrated on the Lancers' turf by eliminating the #1 seed and advancing into the regional final.
The bitter loss ended the Lancers' successful season at 10 wins and three losses. They were surely expecting to go further but must regroup and wait another year. The Cavaliers (10-4) will celebrate for a short time before turning their focus onto the next challenge looking to stay alive in the single elimination playoff tournament.
David Williams introduced as new Liberty HS basketball coach
by Dave WallsWednesday, June 9th 2021
BEDFORD, Va. (WSET) — A new era of basketball began Tuesday night in Bedford.
New boys basketball coach David Williams met parents and future players for the first time, setting the tone for the future of his program. Williams replaces Randy Dunton, who led the Minutemen for 5 seasons.
Although it's Williams' first head coaching position, the William Fleming alum has paid his dues for quite some time, including stints as an assistant coach at Salem (2008-2014), as well as several AAU and club programs in the Roanoke Valley. Williams returns to Bedford, after serving as an assistant under coach Hank Luton in 2014-15.
The LCA Bulldogs had faced many challenges in this football season. They had high hopes which were quickly dashed in the first game of the year at Brookville. The Bulldogs started strong but faded in that game. The question was "how could they recover?"
The answer was the current resounding six-game winning streak that included exacting revenge on #1 seed Brookville in the playoffs. Their wave of victories included a dominant defeat of city rival Heritage Pioneers to claim their first ever Region 3C title.
A new experience awaited as they entered the Class 3A state semifinals and a date with undefeated Lord Botetourt. The formidable squad from Daleville, Virginia were use to this excitement and had become regulars to the state tournament. As a matter of fact, the Cavaliers were anxious to return to the title game where they fell just short in 2019, taking home the runner-up trophy.
Both teams started slow and seem to try and gauge the others game plan. As the first quarter expired, the scoreboard was still untouched. Eventually, the first drive of the second quarter resulted in points. LB scored first with a 43-yard field goal to take a 3-0 lead.
Neither team would give an inch but finally LCA's defense broke again as Lord Botetourt scored on a four yard rush from sensational running back Hunter Rice. They took a 10-0 lead with a few minutes left in the half. As LCA attempted to respond, an errant pass from QB Lane Davis was intercepted. LB wasted no time in capitalizing. The turnover led to another TD, 48-yard streak from KJ Bratton with three seconds remaining before halftime.
The new score was 17-0 and the Cavaliers were primed to blow this game open. The Bulldogs needed to regroup.
Lord Botetourt started the third quarter as the ended the second quarter. The size and strength of the offensive line was in full display are LB needed very little time to record another TD. If it ain't broke then don't fix it. Bratton once again, this time from 74 yards out.
Leading 24-0, the game looked all but over. However, someone forgot to tell LCA to give up.
The team from Lynchburg made up their minds their trip would not be in vain. LCA started to climb out of the hole with a Lane Davis TD midway through the third quarter in an answer to the previous score. LCA then became more aggressive on defensive which gave the offense another opportunity. Into the fourth quarter, LCA took another drive down into the redzone. Once again, they scored using the legs and feet of Davis. LCA was successful on the two-point conversion and the score was 24-14. With LCA gaining momentum, the Cavaliers needed an answer. Instead, the worst happened and the Cavaliers' gaffe led to a safety for LCA. With just under 10 minutes to play, LCA was within a score and could sense the tide turning.
Lord Botetourt couldn't get their footing or rhythm and once more LCA was knocking on the door. Another successful drive provided another Davis rushing TD and with just over five minutes left, LCA was looking to tie. However, the biggest play of the game was what didn't happen. The two-point conversion failed and a moment of exhaling or relief could be heard on the Cavaliers' sideline while LCA knew a golden chance was missed.
The rally was nearly complete but LCA could no come up with the requisite conversion. The clock displayed 90 seconds and the Bulldogs' offense was facing fourth down. LCA went to their bag of tricks inside Lord Botetourt territory. The double pass attempt came up short stop and the Cavaliers could finally lift their heads up to claim victory in this hard fought semifinal tilt.
Lord Botetourt (9-0) survived by the skin of their teeth. The Bulldogs (6-2) were valiant in defeat and proudly represented their position as the Region 3C champs.
It is never a easy pill to swallow when the ultimate prize is within the reach of your fingertips it both teams were extremely capable and the game was indicative of a heavyweight matchup.
The Rustburg Lady Red Devils' Volleyball team were on a mission since they were able to get back on the court. The Red Devils had tasted success in the 2019 season making it to the VHSL Class 3A state semifinals before falling to the juggernaut Lord Botetourt Lady Cavaliers. The Cavaliers were able to capture back to back state titles and the loss left a lasting impression in the minds of the Red Devils.
Rustburg was amped up to get back and avenge their loss but they could not start with the pandemic postponing the season from Fall 2020 to Spring 2021. It didn't matter because whenever it started, the Red Devils were going to finish on top.
The hard work and perseverance in the midst of the challenges of Covid-19 did not deter Rustburg from capturing the VHSL 3A state title. The perenniel Cavaliers from Lord Botetourt were not able to recapture their magic. The Red Devils took on all opponents with the same effort and efficiency. The Red Devils swept all rivals in the Seminole District finishing at 11-0 in the regular season and kept the momentum into the regionals.
With the success of the regular season, Rustburg earned the top seed in the Region 3C and thus homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs.
Each team they faced tried but ultimately failed. The Red Devils rolled through the regionals sweeping all opponents and turned their attention on the state level.
Where Lord Botertourt would usually be the next obstacle, Hidden Valley awaited. It did not matter for Rustburg dispatched them in 3 straight sets. That set the scene for the state title battle against New Kent High School. Rustburg was primed and their was nothing New Kent could do about the force of the Rustburg offense.
When the dust cleared, the Red Devils finished off a fantastic season and swept and overwhelmed New Kent by final scores of 25-12, 25-13, 25-14.
The victory was extremely sweet for coach Kristin Hardie. She was not only the coach of this year's team but also the mother to outstanding outside hitter Kate Hardie. Coach Hardie also was a star setter on the 1992 championship team so she has seen her career come full circle.
The Red Devils will be primed to attempt the repeat in the Fall of 2021 with the hopes of continuing to shine.
by EMSPORTS.org 4/25/2021
The Region 3C Championship was going to be decided on this cool Friday night in the city of Lynchburg. In this next battle of Seminole rivals, the LCA Bulldogs had the privilege of hosting the Heritage Pioneers. LCA's upset of previously undefeated #1 seed, the Brookville Bees, set the stage for this new edition of Hill City opponents.
The Bulldogs who for years were a state championship caliber program in the private school ranks had only been competing for a few years with the VHSL. This was new territory for a team that originally entered as a Class 4 program. The success at their previous levels was finally demonstrating itself in the always crowded Class 3, Region B field.
The Heritage Pioneers who were no stranger to success under the guidance of Brad Bradley were looking to get back to the state Final Four. They would have to do it as the visiting team but were very familiar with Liberty Christian.
LCA struck first when QB Davis Lane touchdown snuck into the endzone. Leading 6-0, the Bulldogs were hoping their fast start would snowball into an offensive explosion as they had last week when beating Brookville 42-14. The Pioneers had other plans. The Pioneers ground game answered the Bulldogs score when the Deuce, Deuce Crawford, got loose and bust a 73-yard sprint to the house. After the point after attempt kick was good, the Pioneers led 7-6.
LCA was not phased and used a solid mix of run and passing to their favor to score the next 10 points and keep the Heritage offense on the sidelines. With a 16-7 lead at halftime, the Bulldogs had taken momentum with the lead.
The Pioneers would not rest easy so they made noise in the first possession of the third quarter. QB Kameron Burns was able to make some magic happen and his pass to Keshaun Hubbard was successful for a 26-yard catch and run to the endzone.
The Pioneers were looking to turn up the heat and give the Bulldogs a taste of their own medicine. However, the Heritage energy would soon fizzle as LCA countered with a third quarter score of their own. Cade Wycoff bullied into the promise land with a 4-yard ground and pound attack. His score gave LCA a little breathing room.
As the game headed to the fourth quarter, each team was looking for the next momentum play or advantage. As both teams struggled for control, neither defense would break. That was until LCA was able to sustain a drive culminating in Davis Lane's second rushing touchdown of the night.
The late score was more than enough to dampen the spirits of any comeback by the visitors. The final horn sounded and the cheering came from the home side as the LCA Bulldogs captured their 1st Region 3C Championship and a birth into the state semifinals.
Final Stats (provided by newsadvance.com)
story by EMSPORTS.org 4/17/2021
Playoff time is a special time of year. The hard work, the endless hours and the countless drops of sweat will all be judged by what happens in the postseason. The time to claim the crown starts now. The Volleyball season like other 2020 Fall sports is now completing their seasons after a postponement. The local teams that represent the Seminole, Dogwood and Private school districts competed in a short season but still with the focus of being state champions.
When the playoffs start this spring, no longer will districts host tournaments but teams that qualify will jump straight into respective regional okay and then onto the state tournaments. The season of "win, you stay in" or "1 and done" is upon us.
The Rustburg Red Devils completed an undefeated regular season and claimed top honors in the Seminole. Their success also earned the top seed in the Class 3, Region C bracket. In Class 4, Region D, the Seminole teams from EC Glass and Jefferson Forest earned the second and third seeds which meant they would face off for the third time in this season. The other team from the Seminole, the LCA Bulldogs were also part of the eight team Region C in Class 3. Their reward was a date with Rustburg for a third battle.
The 7 teams of the Dogwood District played each other both home and away. Their competitions prepared them for the playoffs. Each team from the Dogwood had to look up to the Appomattox Raiders. The Raiders fought off all competitors to complete an undefeated regular season and then entered the Class 2, Region B as the no. 3 seed in a crowded 12 team region.
They were not alone as the Dogwood qualified all but 1 team into regional play.
The Dan River Wildcats garnered the 10th seed only to travel to face their rivals, the 7th seeded Nelson County Governors. The Chatham Cavaliers were primed to make the trip to Radford, to face the Radford Bobcats in an 8 vs 9 tilt. The Gretna Hawks who finished second to the Raiders, gained a home matchup as the 4th seed.
The other Dogwood squad looking to challenge for a title are the perennial state challengers, the Altavista Colonels. The 4th -seeded Colonels who are always a feisty bunch, will have their hands full as they journey into the territory of the top seed, the Riverheads Gladiators in Class 1, Region C action.
With all the public school action that the VHSL sponsors, it would be an oversight not to recognize the achievements the private school teams. The Temple Christian Crusaders and the powerful the Timberlake Christian Tornadoes. They secured the top seed in the VACA State Tournament and had the pleasure of hosting the entire field.
At the end of the exciting VACA State Tournament, the Tornadoes achieved the ultimate prize winning both the semifinals and finals in sweeps all in a day’s work.
Congratulations to all the area volleyball players, coaches, staff and supporters who have made this elongated and extended Fall 2020/Spring 2021 season, one that will not soon be forgotten.
A Super Bowl game between two undefeated teams playing at Lynchburg City Stadium Friday night. Brookville was untouchable on offensive with quarterback Drake McDaniel threw for 230-yards. there were many standouts performances in Brookville's victory 28-7. Lance Blankenship a 6-foot-2
234-pound Senior has garnered Division 1 look plays a very important part for the win. Bees' first score came on Drake McDaniel hit Steven Pauley with a pass up the middle for a 60-yard touchdown with
2;30 remaining the first quarter. Jahee Blake a transfer from Heritage had a 38-yard pass from Drake
McDaniel for TD. McDaniel scored on a 1-yard touchdown after he found Silas Rucker for a 54-yard pass
for TD. Heritage lost their quarterback Kameron Burns in the first half with a concussion. EM-SPORTS 3/19/21
If good things really come to those who wait, the Altavista Colonels are ready to celebrate. This historic powerhouse in Campbell County earned another VHSL Final Four berth with a runaway victory over Rappahannock County, 69-48 in the Group 1, Region B Championship.
Altavista is no stranger to the state semifinals. They had to wait four days to play this regional final. They have made 13 appearances in the state tournament and claimed 4 championship trophies. However, this program had only seen losing seasons the last three years so this was a great change.
The Colonels used a balanced attack on offense and a suffocating, in-your-face defense to convert turnovers into easy baskets. The Panthers were in a hole from the beginning and were not able to recover from the early Colonels’ firepower.
The Colonels doubled up the visitors 18-9 in the first quarter and never looked back. By scoring in double digits each period, Altavista continued to expand their lead and never saw any advantage under 10 points the entire game.
Stuart Hunt led three Colonels in scoring with 18. He was a stat sheet stuffer. Hunt did a lot of everything with his nine assists, eight rebounds, and four steals. Jayllen Jones shared high honors at 18 as well. Ryan Hunt contributed with 17. The Panthers were led by 11 from Matthew Pullen and 10 from John Mullins.
The win sends Altavista to play Region 1A the Matthews Blue Devils for a chance to advance into the VHSL Class 1 State Championship.
Altavista Stats defensive boards 20 rebounds, offensive boards 12 rebounds, 12 turnovers, scored inside the painted 8 points, 4 three-pointers made scored on fast-break 16 points.
Rappahannock Stats defensive boards 12 rebounds, offensive boards 10 rebounds, 12 turnovers, scored inside painted 10 points, 4 three-pointers made, one fast-break for 2 points.
Jalen Leftwich had 33 points, nine rebounds, and four assists to advance Liberty Christian's
region 3C title.LCA score 44 points inside panit. LCA squad that hit just about everything they put up. Liberty Christian made 7 three-pointers. Spotswood control offensive boards with 10 rebound Spotswood had11 turnovers on offense and one three-pointer. LCA Junior Skywalker Sully Holmes added 18 points, six rebounds, and three steals, while Senior Seth Hildebrand added 17 points. Carmelo Pacheco for Spotswood had 20 points also seven rebounds. EMSPORTS 2/14/21
The Liberty Christian Bulldogs earned the #1 seed in Region C, Group 3A and wanted to take advantage of home court. The 2020-2021 season had not been traditional however the Bulldogs didn’t know any different. After beating Heritage and capturing a second, consecutive Seminole District Title, the next mission was to win the region. The pandemic had changed the format so only regional champs advanced to the state tournament, aka VHSL’s Final Four.
Step one was dispatching Turner Ashby in the quarterfinals. Step two was slightly tougher as a motivated Fluvanna County entered the Bulldogs’ arena for the 3C semifinals.The games stayed out with reach team searching for the best pass and the best shot. LCA’s effective man to man defense was countered by the Flucos’ 3-2 defense which stretched the Bulldogs offense. At the end of the first period, LCA led 15-10. Both teams picked up the pace and the offenses answered with shots falling from every corner of the gym.
The Bulldogs held a slight lead of 28-24 at the half.
Fluvanna attempted to turn up the pace and extend their defense. The change backfired as LCA used the aggressiveness against the Flucos and were able to score in transition as well as heat up behind the three point line. The Bulldogs enjoyed their best scoring period and broke the game open with a 49-33 lead going into the fourth. The fourth quarter saw each team trade baskets and turnovers. The damage was done and the Bulldogs won comfortably 67-53 to move into the championship looking to claim the trophy and a spot in the state tournament in Class 3A.
The win extends the LCA winning streak to 11 and sets up a 3C Regional Final at home, with the Spotswood Trailblazers. Fluvanna finishes the season at 11-5.
LCA Offense rebounds 11
LCA defensive rebounds 19
LCA made 7 three-pointers
Seth Hildedrand 15 points
Jalen Leftwich 12 points and 13 rebounds
Fluvanna's Offense 8 rebounds
Fluvanna's defensive 15 rebounds
Fluvanna made 6 three-pointers
Seth Hildebrand - 23 points included five 3-pointers and Haddon Smith added 17 points for L.C A. Both teams shot a lot of three-pointers. Turner Ashby had 13 turnovers and 10 rebounds on defensive boards11 rebounds on offense. Liberty Christian controls both ends of the court with 20 rebounds on defensive boards and 15 rebounds on offense boards.
Liberty Christian Girls 52) Turner Ashby 26) EM-SPORTS 2/8/21
On Senior night at the Pioneer Fieldhouse, a heavyweight battle took place. Just a few miles separated this Seminole District rivals and the game lived up to the hype. LCA opened the season with a loss at Amherst but had been unbeaten ever since. Heritage had its first loss at LCA but was looking to win the rematch and grabbed a share of the regular season title with the Bulldogs.
All the stars were shining as Jacobi Lambert, senior shooting guard for the Pioneers was on fire early. He came out scoring the first five points for Heritage but LCA showed balance and teamwork to take a 16-12 lead after the first quarter.
Jalen Leftwich, reigning Player of the Year, did his part as he scored and dished to open teammates. His all around okay with the 10 points and several assists gave LCA a 31-26 lead at the half. Lambert was unstoppable as he scored 17 to keep the Pioneers close.
The intensity and energy in the gym only increased after halftime. For the few fans fortunate enough to see this game, they were treated to a classic.
The teams battle back and forth with Heritage getting close but Bulldogs continuing to hold a narrow lead. As the pivotal fourth quarter emerged, the teams were only separated by four points with LCA still leading, 52-48. This was not just about a district title, this game was about revenge and pride. The Pioneers kept climbing the at hill, at every turn it seemed they were not going to get on top.
Just as it looked like the Bulldogs were poised to make it official, Heritage took the lead at 66-65 when Bre’Andre Horsley dropped in a fadeaway jumper with under a minute left. The Pioneers overcame a double-digit deficit in the last quarter to give themselves a chance for victory and a share of the Seminole crown. LCA was not rattled. They had one last possession and they made it count. The Bulldogs had been disciplined in their offensive attack. Following a missed jumper, Leftwich collected the rebound and calmly found an open teammate. Haddon Smith knocked down a corner 3-ball with about five seconds left. The dagger three-pointer ended Heritage hopes a desperation heave was unsuccessful. The Pioneers were close but unable to complete the comeback.
The victory cemented LCA as back to back Seminole champs and locks them into the #1 seed for the regional tournament. Heritage will have to settle for runner-up and the number two seed in the same region starting week of February 8th. What a tremendous finish to the shortened season. The basketball fans missed a treat but the players were eager to collect championship hardware.
Jacobi Lambert went out on a high with 32 points to lead all scorers. Jalen Leftwich finished with 18.
The time had arrived. The first meeting was nearly a month ago. The Hill City Showdown had reached the second matchup. This time Heritage was the host and EC Glass was looking for revenge.
The Hilltoppers were treading water at 3-3 on the season while the Pioneers were still in a winning streak since losing first game of the year to LCA. It looks like no one told Glass that Heritage was on fire. The Hilltoppers owned the court, the boards and the scoreboard. Heritage was shocked and looked to be standing still as Glass raced out to a 26-10 first quarter lead on the strength of 6 three point baskets. The offense was unstoppable and the defense kept Heritage’s leading scorer, Jacobi Lambert (19 for the game) without a point in the first frame. The Pioneers came out with more effort but Glass matched them point for point. The energy picked up however Glass could not miss. When the halftime horn sounded, EC Glass was leading 42-22 in dominating fashion.
Heritage was down but certainly not out. Their focus was evident as they sliced and diced the Hilltoppers turning the 20-point deficit into single digits as the fourth quarter was about to begin . Trailing 54-45 with eight minutes left, the Pioneers were able to stay even with Glass but the lead was too large. Heritage had pulled to as close as four points halfway through the fourth quarter. After a couple of o missed opportunities, Glass responded each time. With under two minutes left, Treacy splashed home a dagger 3 from the corner pushing to put the lead back to nine and turning away Heritage. The Hilltoppers finished the wire to wire effort with a victory of 75-64.
The win evened the season series at 1-1 and with no Seminole District Tourney born teams will now focus on their respective regional tournaments with the hopes of advancing deep into the state tournaments.
O’Maundre Harris (game high) 25 points also with 10 rebounds and 7 assists
Aidan Treacy with 22 points
Successful on 10 3-pointers, 75% FG shooting
Glass converted 14 of 15 free throws
25 rebounds (15 Off./10 Def.)
Jacobi Lambert with 19
Kyle Ferguson with 15
23 rebounds (15 Off./8 Def.)
The Amherst County Lancers Girls’ Basketball Team was having tremendous success in the 2020-2021 season. The team was riding a five game winning streak after a nail-biting opening game loss to the Lynchburg Christian Academy Bulldogs.
Amherst had the unenviable task of facing the EC Glass Lady Hilltoppers. The Lady Hilltoppers entered the contest undefeated on the season and had not been challenged all year.
This game was a rematch of last year’s Seminole District Championship that Amherst won in an upset over EC Glass
The visiting Hilltoppers and Lady Lancers traded the lead a few times getting a feel for each other. At the end of the first quarter, EC Glass led 9-7.
The game turned in the second quarter as second as Glass raced out to easy transition baskets using their vaunted full count pressure and intense man to man defense. The Lady Lancers were stunned and could never recover with numerous turnovers and missed shots. By the time the damage was done, EC Glass had ballooned the lead at halftime to 27-11.
The game did not get any better for the home team. Amherst struggled to generate enough offense to counter the Lady Hilltoppers big advantage. Glass stretched the lead to 21 before Amherst made a small rally in the fourth quarter before finally losing by a score 46 - 31
The stats of the game tell the story. EC Glass forced 23 turnovers by Amherst. Glass also won the rebounding battle with 17 defensive boards and six on offense. Those 23 total rebounds out gained the 19 boards collected by Amherst ( 14 on defense, 5 on offense).
Individually, Amherst was led by their star center, Nadia West, who had a team high 8 points.
EC Glass was led by sharpshooting guard, Amari Osei who pumped in a game high 12 points and Jeriyah Asborne who had 6 points and six assists.
With the victory, EC Glass remains undefeated at 5-0 and Amherst now falls to 5-2.
Wood Carrington had 18 points for Glass he also will be going to U.V.A.next year.
Rustburg leading score Landon Sweeney with 16 points EM-SPORTS 1/26/21
LCA Bulldogs office had a high percentage of shots from the floor. LCA using a 16-0 run to break away from Glass in the third-quarter. This the second victory for LCA against E.C.Glass. But Glass office was struggling all night to score. LCA guard Seth Hildebrand had 12 points Jalen Leftwich leading all scoring with 16 points also have commit Emory & Henry. EC Glass top score Owen Dunlop 10 points.
LCA probably will be the favorite to win the Seminole District title. EM-SPORTS 12321
Heritage Pioneers were riding the emotional wave of a big win against their arch-rival, EC Glass Hilltoppers. The Pioneers would not have very much time to celebrate as they welcomed another significant Seminole opponent, the undefeated Amherst Lancers. The Lancers were looking to grab another road win and continue to build their lead atop the district standings.
The hot shouting Pioneers could not get out of the gates fast enough as the Lancers took the fight to them early. As Amherst connected from inside and outside, Heritage struggled finding any consistency and dug a hole for themselves. The Lancers took advantage of the turnovers and missed shots and built a 23-16 lead at the halftime buzzer.
As was the case in last week’s victory at EC Glass, the Pioneers came out more aggressive and more determined. The shots that were missing in the first half, found the target more often in the third and fourth quarters.
Amherst was knocked down but not completely out. The Lancers were trailing with less than three seconds left and had the ball with a chance to win. Heritage prepared for the final shot and their stifling man-to-man defense did just enough to thwart the potential game-winning jumper. The Pioneers had survived a gallant effort from the visiting Lancers and held on for the one-point win.
Heritage: leading scorer, Jacobi Lambert 18points
Heritage had 14 turnovers
13 rebound on defense
11 rebound on offense
Amherst: leading scorer, Brett Waugh 26 points including 4 3-pointers
Amherst had 14 turnovers
13 rebounds on defense
8 rebounds on offense
E.C. Glass Girls basketball team advance to the state tournament it was the second time in school history, an E.C.Glass Girls basketball team is headed to the state tournament. Mya Hamlet made a point to carried this team to a win. Glass had its press working to stop Blacksburg often by causing 26 turnovers. Blacksburg was led by Skyler Prosser with 13 points.
Junior guard Amari Osel led all scorers with 17 points, her teammate Mya Hamlet with 16 points and eight rebounds, and Jamiyah Henry added nine points. The next opponent will be Pulaski County on Friday night at Glass.
It was a comfortable night for Glass with a 10- point lead with hitting contested 3- pointers
the seniors had everything working for them. Savion Austin led all scorers with 16 points.
His teammate DreSean Kendrick added 13points. Hugh Wood also had hot hand with 8points
to seal the win for Glass. Hilltoppers advance to the region finals where they will play Halifax Tuesday night at Halifax. Glass got off to a fast start 18-7 in the first quarter Salem put on a full-court press start of the game but it wasn't enough to stop Glass offense. Hilltoppers led by as many as 32 points in the
fourth quarter, forced Salem to commit 23 turnovers. Glass shot 58% from inside the arc and
45% from-3points range in the first half to take a 38-16 lead at halftime. Salem was led by Ethan
English, with 15 points. EM-SPORTS 2/21/20
EC Glass got back on the winning streak by defeating Jefferson Forest 61-31 Friday night
Mya Hamlet Seminole District player of the year and EM-SPORTS player of the year had
17 points and 15 rebounds and five assists, her teammate Amari Osei added a double- with
10 points and 10 steals, Jeriyah Osborne scored 12 points. Pais Pettitt scored 8 points
for Cavaliers. Next up Blacksburg Tuesday night at Glass. EM-SPORTS 2/21/20
The LCA Bulldogs had won the regular season title and they were looking to pull the sweep with the Seminole District Tournament Crown. The EC Glass Hilltoppers were looking to grab the crown after being the lowest seed of the four team postseason tournament.
The two teams had split their regular season matchups. In a game that pitted these two teams, seperated by less than five miles, it had been a long wait to get this rubber match underway.
The Bulldogs knew what to expect with a raucous crowd and the pressure of the being the top dog. The Hilltoppers were armed and ready to bring home a title that they had viewed as one of several championships that were on their "to-do" lists.
Senior Guard Rayvon Graham wanted the ball and knew what to do with it. He was easily the sparkplug and the difference maker in a game that feature good shooting, athletic plays and great intensity. Graham was the brightest star as he had a hand in everything that happened on both ends of the court.
He scored a game high 23 points, while adding seven rebounds, six assists and three steals. He not only stuffed the stat sheet he also led his team in all those categories. Teammate Hugh Wood supported his team with 12 points, including two threes that got the team off to a fast start.
The Bulldogs were gamed but didn't have enough bite to claim the prize. Jalen Leftwich scored 18 points while grabbing a game-high nine rebounds. His running mate Rynning Bohrnstedt pumped in 14.
Glass took an 18-10 lead after the first quarter. LCA responded with a 17-15 second quarter that brought the deficit to six at halftime. Both teams had ideas of taking control after halftime but for every Hilltopper basket the Bulldogs answered and vice versa. The teams tied with 16 points apiece going into the fourth quarter. The contest stayed tight in the last eight minutes but EC Glass and Graham made enough plays down the stretch that kept the Bulldogs from getting over the hump.
With the 67-59 victory, EC Glass heads into their VHSL Region 4D tournament with a home game on Friday, Feb. 21st. LCA may have lost but their season is still alive and well. They will prepare for the VHSL Region 3C on Friday as a host team. Both teams will look to continue their quests for state titles in their respective state classifications.
2019-2020 SEMINOLE DISTRICT GIRLS FIRST TEAM SELECTIONS
Elijah Butler, Amherst County
Donnie Cook, Brookville
Savion Austin, EC Glass
Hugh Wood, EC Glass
Jacobi Lambert, Heritage
Joseph Peters, Jefferson Forest
Micah Crider, Liberty
Jalen Leftwich, Liberty Christian
Conor Hartless Liberty Christian
Player of the Year: Jalen Leftwich, Liberty Christian
Coach of the Year: Paul Redgate, Liberty Christian
Championship games take own a hold new life. When playoff time arrives, players are asked to give more and do more.
The Seminole District decided to give the best four teams during the regular season a chance to claim Seminole supremacy and wear the crowns of the champions.
In the Girls' final, the overwhelming favorite, the EC Glass Hilltoppers, had dispatched and overcome every opponent during the regular season. The ladies had completed an undefeated regular season (14-0) and looked to continue their dominance in the district. The #1 seeded Hilltoppers were facing upstart and upset-minded Amherst County Lancers, the #3 seed. The Lancers had already exacted some revenge with an overtime thriller against the #2 Brookville Bees and were looking to take that momentum into the title game.
The Lancers wasted no time in hittting the favorites in the opening period. With a strong defense and tough inside presence (height advantage), the Lancers were able to grab a 11-9 lead going into the second period. The EC Glass Hilltoppers took the lancers best punch and came out swinging. The Hilltoppers led by the unanimous District Player of the Year, Mya Hamlet, turned up the heat and flexed their speed and offensive firepower. The Hilltoppers found Hamlet and she found the basket. When the second period was complete, the Hilltoppers had taken the lead and momentum into the half.
A game lasts four quaters but sometimes it can be won in a single quarter. That was the case with the Lancers and the third period. The Lancers seized the moment and knew the time was now to grab a potential title. The Lancers held up to the pressure caused by EC Glass' hectic fullcourt pressure defense. The play of guards allowed Amherst to keep their poise and get the ball to their strength, Nadia West, the junior center, collected all the important rebounds. She not only kept the ball from EC Glass, she also cleaned up the misses from her teammates keeping the Hilltoppers at bay.
The fourth quarter saw both teams go back and forth with each other however Amherst never wavered nor allowed their slim lead to disappear. A Holland Saunders three-pointer was a backbreaker for the Hilltoppers and the Lancers finished the upset with the 66-60 victory.
Both teams made their living at the free throw line. Amherst scored 19 points in 31 attempts while Glass made 16 of 25 attempts. Mya Hamlet, led all scorers with 26 points, converted 12 of 15. Kendra Smith led her team with 17 points and teammate Holland Saunders, (3) three pointers on her way to 16 points and Dominique Irving chipped in 11. Jemiya Henry contributed 11 points for the Hilltoppers but it was not enough to overcome the balance scoring the Lancers put together.
Both teams have already qualified for the Region 4 VHSL Tournament. Both teams shall host their respective first round games on Friday, Feb. 21st.
2019-2020 SEMINOLE DISTRICT GIRLS FIRST TEAM SELECTIONS
Nadia West, Amherst County
Kylie Stark, Brookville
Mya Hamlet, EC Glass
Jordyn Wright-Goode, EC Glass
Amari Osei, EC Glass
Tatiyana Graham, Heritage
Paris Pettittt, Jefferson Forest
Alex Camplin, Liberty Christian
Player of the Year: Mya Hamlet, EC Glass
Coach of the Year: Anitra Thomas, EC Glass
Robby Matos Standing just 5-foot-9, the freshman defied his size and played huge game,
scoring 12 points in the first half of game. Matos finished the game with 18 points and though he might
be small in stature but he has the biggest heart. Virginia Episcopal and Benedictine were tied in the game 14-14 with 1:25 minutes to go in the first quarter. VES the raced out to a 5 point lead in the first four
minutes of the second quarter with pair of 3-points from Fabio Dias who finished with 17 points. His teammate, Klemen Vuga scored 18 points inside the paint. Brandon Jenking finished with 17 points for Benedictine
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