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.
The Amherst Lancers have embraced many challenges in this 2021 football season. Like so many teams, they have had to make a quick turnaround since the 2020 season was played less than 5 months ago. The Lancers earned a spot in the Region D, 4A playoffs but they have waited longer than most. An unfortunate Covid-19 breakout in the county schools shutdown the program for nearly 3 weeks.
Over that time, many of the Seminole District teams have played other non-district opponents around the state and region. The Lancers have had to wait and wait and wait.
When the wait was finally over, the Lancers entered straight into district play and had the opportunity to face the upstart Liberty Minutemen.
The 3-0 Minutemen entered Lancer Stadium with a renewed purpose and battle tested resolve. Liberty was only victorious in one game during the spring so they had already surpassed that total and was looking to secure a road victory in their district opener as well.
Amherst wasted little time establishing their speed and athleticism. The Lancers scored on their first possession when Tyliek Brown found Lawrence Brown with a 19-yard pitch and catch to open up the Lancers’ offensive scoring. The offense capped the touchdown with a 2pt conversion. This combination of Brown to Brown would be a recurring theme in the first half. The defense then picked up the baton and made life miserable for Liberty. The Lancers drove down but were not able to add to their lead.
The defenses took over until the Lancers struck with back-to-back homerun passes for touchdowns. QB Tyliek Brown was able to find his main target, speedster Lawrence Brown with each backbreaking scoring pass. The first was a 61-yard strike about halfway into the second quarter. Anything you can do big, well than we can do bigger. That is exactly what happened on the very next possession. Amherst was up against their own goalline following a Liberty punt. That is when Brown and Brown went downtown. The 90-yard connection stretched the lead to 20-0 with Amherst in control at the halftime intermission.
Liberty was destined not to be pushed around and came out in the second half with the ball first. A steady mix of the Minutemen’s vaunted stacked-I caused the Lancer defense some confusion. The Lancers were getting pushed back and Liberty was threatening. The Minutemen faced a fourth and 10 from the 18-yard line. Liberty gained some much need life when defensive pass interference was called. The advantage was short lived for the very next play turned into a strip fumble recovered by the Lancers and the threat was turned back.
Each team traded punts but Amherst gained great field position as they took a 20-0 lead into the fourth quarter. The Lancers used a power running game and punched in another touchdown when Jor’dyn Whitelaw bounced off defenders and his own linemen to extend the lead to 26-0 after an 18-yard scamper. Another successful 2pt conversion on a pass play gave the Lancers an insurmountable 28-0 margin in the fourth quarter. The final score was courtesy of running back Vincent Sweeney who rushed in from the 4-yard line to give the final tally. Amherst was impressive on both sides of the ball with a dominant 34-0 victory over a gamed Liberty Minutemen squad.
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.
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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.
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Brookville vs. Fluvanna County PPD.
Amherst County vs. Blacksburg PPD.
Giles County 16 George Wythe 13
Salem 46 William Fleming 20
Albemarle 13 Patrick Henry 30
Roanoke Catholic vs. Fuqua
Riverheads 62 Lord Botetourt 38
Liberty 28 Staunton River 0
Nelson County 30 Prince Edward County 56
Buckingham County 18 Fluvanna 24
Carroll County 6 Galax 7
James River 23 Parry McCluer 8
Cave Spring 14 Glenvar 28
William Byrd vs. Christiansburg PPD.
Bassett 56 Dan River 0
Magna Vista 43 Gretna 6
E.C. Glass 42 G.W. 32
Northside 7 Hidden Valley 42
Altavista 0 Rustburg 28
Franklin County 26 L.C.A. 56
Alleghany 19 Covington 20
Floyd County vs. Auburn PPD.
Morehead, NC 18 Martinsville 34
Patrick County 7 North Stokes, NC 20
Wilson Memorial vs. Rockbridge County PPD.
James Wood 34 Pulaski County 33
Tunstall vs. Chatham Scheduled for 9/13
Prince Edward 0 Altavista 37
Amherst County vs. G.W. PPD.
L.C.A. 45 Bassett 28
Lord Botetourt 42 Blacksburg 6
Brookville 50 Turner Ashby 0
Northside 20 Cave Spring 12
Tunstall vs. Chatham PPD.
Christiansburg 32 Abingdon 27
Dan River 12 Magna Vista 48
Gretna 0 E.C. Glass 56
Floyd County 43 Patrick County 26
Franklin County vs. Salem PPD.
Giles 7 Galax 35
Glenvar 25 Martinsville 7
Heritage 12 Dinwiddie 52
Hidden Valley 42 William Byrd 10
Pulaski County 49 Jefferson Forest 16
Page County vs. Nelson County PPD.
Parry McCluer 0 Riverheads 49
Fuqua vs. Randolph-Henry
Rockbridge County 7 Western Albemarle 42
William Campbell vs. Cumberland
William Fleming 23 Albemarle 30 F/OT
Fort Defiance 0 Liberty 42
Roanoke Catholic 6 Atlantic Shores Christian 50
Grayson County 27 Carroll County 22
Auburn 7 Craig County 26
Covington 26 Staunton 50
Hargrave 12 St. Anne's Belfield 63
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 rivalry was renewed with Seminole stalwarts at it again. The Liberty Christian versus Jefferson Forest duel is always must see baseball. This second matchup of local behemoths had extra significance with both teams jockeying for position as they looked to gain supremacy in the district. Connor Maggi, the Jefferson Forest ace, was cruising. The first five innings saw only two LCA hits. Then the sixth inning happened and JF wished they could forget it.
The Bulldogs bark and their bite grew louder and stronger with the comeback. Down 3-0,the home team mixed in some time hitting, a few walks due to the Cavaliers' wildness and a timely Dalton Mann’s game-winning sacrifice fly to gut out a victory over the Cavaliers, 4-3.
In the previous matchup, the Bulldogs lost a one-run battle on JF's home turf. The win avenged the early season loss and also tighten up the top of the Seminole District. Now each team has claimed a win at home in comeback fashion.
Sully Holmes, the LU commit, helped lead the charge on the mound and was credited with the save for LCA. Maggi, who threw a complete game for JF, was the hard luck loser when the sixth inning unraveled for him. The sixth inning saw six straight LCA batters reach base safely and get the lead.
The Cavaliers (7-3) and Bulldogs (7-2) are still chasing leader, the Amherst Lancers, as the regular season is coming to an end. Amherst has beaten both and has only Jefferson Forest left to finish the regular season.
Postseason playoff is slowly approaching and every game will matter with teams having to qualify for regional play with no district tournaments this year.
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.
The 2020 football season has been like no other. There have been delays and postponements and the season actually took place in March 2021. A constant has been the Appomattox Football Team. A program that has been super dominant in the Class 2 level for over five years (4 state titles), the Raiders have proven to be a nightmare game after game.
This year with the pandemic, postponed season until the spring and just a handful of regulate season games had not slowed down the boys from A-Town on route 460.
Their pursuit of another title with inspiration from head coach Doug Smith who is fighting his own physical demons, makes their performance more impressive.
In a dominating win over the Radford Bobcats, the high-powered offense struck first. Keyshawn Baker recorded a 40-yard scamper to the endzone on the third play from scrimmage. It was a sign of great things to come as the Raiders' offense kept the Bobcats' Defense on its paws (heels) all night long. QB Tre Lawing adding a pair of TD runs and Jonathan Pennix scampered in for a rushing touchdown from the 7-yard line to stake the Raiders to a 28-0 lead in the first half.
The Raiders outgained the Bobcats with 273 yards of offense to 90 for the visitors.
The Bobcats hoped their fortunes would turn around after the intermission. Those hopes were quickly dashed when Appomattox put up tow more touchdowns to take a commanding 41-0 lead midway through the third quarter.
Radford was down but had some fight left as QB Zane Rupe spearheaded and accounted for most of their offense. He was responsible for both of their third-quarter touchdowns (a 72-yard catch and run first by PJ Prioleau followed by a 47-yard pass to Marcell Baylor).
Rupe threw for 193 yards and added 79 yards on the ground. His backfield mate, star running back Prioleau was held to 36 yards and 71 receiving yards including the TD reception.
Lawing contributed 76 yards passing and 26 yards rushing, including TD runs of 4 and 11 yards. The ground game was led by Pennix with 67 yards on 15 carries. Tez Booker took home honors with his two receptions for 76 yards.
Appomattox (7-0) defense gave up the its most points in a game all season while Radford (4-2) allowed nearly three times the most points it had had yielded in any game this season.
Appomattox will host the Region 2C Finals next week when they face the (5-2) Glenvar Highlanders for a berth into the Class 2 state semifinals.
The Amherst Lancers were riding the emotional high after the big comeback win at City Stadium versus the EC Glass Hilltoppers. The scene was made for a great finish. This game would serve as the Homecoming and Senior Night for the Lancers. They also were attempting to secure a berth in the Class 4A, Region D playoffs which would only accept the top four teams in this abbreviated spring season. The LCA Bulldogs were no pushover. They visitors from Lynchburg were riding a two-game winning streak of their own having dispatched of Liberty High School last week. This was a matchup of two hot teams entering the final week of the shortened 2021 regular season.
The Bulldogs wasted no time in getting on the scoreboard. On their first possession, they found the endzone. With a 7-0 lead, the defense took over and forced a Lancer turnover.
The fumble recovery put the Bulldogs in prime position in the redzone and another touchdown put the Bulldogs up 14-0. The Lancers had played from behind recently and had been successful.
This however was not to be their night.
The Lancer offense could not generate many positive yards and only once crossed the 50-yd line during the first half. The Bulldogs once again turned a Lancer fumble into a short field and scored to swell the lead to 28-0. Three consecutive scoring plays were the result of three beautiful pass completions.
The Bulldogs used a punishing ground attack led by Wycoff and pinpoint passing from Lane Davis to stretch their lead to 35-0 before halftime.
The Lancers attempted to regroup but the Bulldogs continued to pour points on the board and attack the Amherst defense from the ground as well as the air.
When the final horn sounded, the LCA Bulldogs (4-1) had won in convincing fashion 56-0. With the win, the Bulldogs claimed the third seed in the Class 3A, Region C playoffs where they will make the short drive along 460W to Timberlake Road to face undefeated Seminole District champion, the Brookville Bees.
The Bulldogs gained 273 yards on 40 carries and QB Davis Lane added 112 yards on 5-of-7 passing. Cade Wycoff had 57 yards rushing, including touchdown runs of 12, 5 and 4 yards. Caleb Davidson led the way with 142 yards on 20 carries, including touchdown runs of 5 and 6 yards. Stowers and Lane also hooked up for two touchdowns, and Will Wycoff hauled in a 35-yard TD pass from Lane.
The Lancers finished with 1 net yard on the ground on 26 total carries with QB CJ Rose tossing for 48 yards through the air on 3-of-9 passing.
The Lancers (3-3) will not have much time to lick their wounds. They must regroup and look forward to playing arch-nemesis, the Salem Spartans in a 1 vs 4 matchup in the Division 4A Regional Semifinals. Both games will take place a week from this Friday.
The Heritage Pioneers were looking to bounce back from their first loss. They were defeated by Timberlake Road nemesis, the Brookville Bees. Both teams entered with no losses, however, Heritage wasn’t able to keep the perfect record. They had plans to erase that bad memory and had to travel to the Jefferson Forest Cavaliers who were next.
The Pioneers wasted no time in getting in the scoreboard and doing it over and over again.
Rajan Booker cracked open the scoring with a nine-yard scamper for a touchdown to set the tone for a quick 7-0 lead for Heritage. The Cavaliers thought they could answer, but the worst was yet to come.
The second quarter would be a quarter that JF will not ever forget. Heritage scored 42 unanswered points in a variety of ways. First, QB Tevin Braxton snuck in from the 1-yd line. Then the special teams comes to life as Deuce Crawford dazzles the crowd weaving and racing 56 yards into the endzone. The score was now 21-0 and the Pioneers were just hitting high gear.
The offense continued to click and another tremendous punt return TD by Keshaun Hubbard covered 68 yards and took away what little hole out of the Cavaliers’ sails.
When the smoke from the offensive explosion cleared, the Pioneers owned a 49-0 lead after a 15-yd rushing TD from QB Tevin Braxton before the half. The Cavaliers were looking for any spark or just a chance to get anything working against this inspired Heritage team.
With the game well decided and a running clock now in effect, both teams were looking to get everyone in jersey valuable field time and experience. Braxton scored another TD to put the Pioneers up comfortably 56-0 before JF finally got in the board.
Both teams continued to fight and played to a standstill after halftime. Each squad was able to score one touchdown each.
The Pioneers completed their mission and cruised to a 56-7 victory.
The six-game shortened regular season will conclude next week on Good Friday.
The Pioneers (4-1) prepare for the annual Hill City Showdown with crosstown rival EC Glass Hilltoppers. Jefferson Forest (1-2) will renew their battle with arch-rival, the Brookville Bees who currently are the top team in the Seminole.
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
Brookville quarterback Drake McDaniel threw for 156 yards for the win. Bees waste no time to score
Rucker scored his first touchdown off a 7-yard run. Rucker also scored on
11-yard run. Amherst came back to scored a 48-yard touchdown by Lawrence
Brown. Bees Quarterback McDaniel tossed two touchdowns, a 13-yarder, and
a 17-yarder, both to Robey. Tayshaun Butler scored two touchdowns for Bees.
Amherst had a lot of turnovers. EM-SPORTS 3/12/21
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 office causing 26 turnovers
. 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. next up Pulaskin County 20-6 Friday's night
at Glass. Blacksburg was led by Skyler Prosser with 13 points. EM-SPORTS 2/26/20
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
Appomattox Senior Casey Scruggs scored 27 points as the Raiders pulled away to easily
defeat Nelson 69- 43 on Friday night at Appomattox. Nelson closed the first half
35-22. A 12-2 run early in the second half effectively put the game
away. Tevin Hurt added 11 points and seven rebounds. Nelson Center Jaren Purris
had 16 points. EM-SPORTS 2/15/20
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
Lynchburg LCA offense was not clicking they fell behind and they could never get going Bulldog
only scored 2 points in the first quarter. It was an especially difficult night for Alex
Camplin after a poor shot early in the first quarter. Camplin ends up with 16 points.
LCA head coach Patterson was out of town Bulldog started off sluggish, as is
becoming the norm for this year’s team. Lord Botetourt found its spark Tuesday night
With Mitte Veldman scored 24 points they could not stop her inside the paint. She had four blocks shots inside the paint. Botetourt best opportunity to steal a win on the road 47-29. EM-SPORTS 1/21/20
Lynchburg EM-SPORTS Crosstown arrivals Jefferson Forest and LCA Those teams go back to the past History When LCA came into the Seminole District They become more serious
when they played each other It was the talk of the Town. Friday night was a hard-fought battle but LCA came out the winner 59-42.
Jefferson Forest could not stop Jalen Leftwich that led all scorers with 18 points. Other top scorers for LCA Rynning Bohrnstedt 10 points, Seth Hildebra 14 points, The top score for Jefferson Forest Timothy Peters with 13 points. the Cavaliers had 11 turnovers they had four turnovers in first-quarter LCA has a total of 7 turnovers. 1/17/20
Lynchburg VA -LCA dominate the game by shooting 70% percent from the floor. LCA had four players in double figures Seth Hildebrand with 27 points and Connor Hartless 10 points, Rynning
Bohrnstedt 10 points, Jalen Leftwick 22 points. VES had two technical fouls call in the first half
The game got very physical Inside LCA Control the offensive board and the defensive board VES cut the lead to two with 4:53 to go in the third quarter. Jalen Leftwick got hot from the corner shooting threes LCA went up by 24 points at the end of the 3rd quarter. LCA pull it out with a victory 84-61. Piercen Young was the high score for VES with 16 points. 1/14/20
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Glass was favored to win this game over Heritage Thomas made all the difference. Thomas only double-digit scorer in the defensive battle boy's basketball game on Monday night.
Thomas was the only player for either team to finish with 11 points. The Pioneers upset the Hilltoppers inside Mc Cue Gymnasium, 42-36, Heritage top Football recruits six-foot 6 inches a defense end Bre' Andre Horlsey (six points, six rebounds) a key player with his inside rebound and blocking shots.Glass
led twice against Heritage; once in the opening minutes and then again in the fourth quarter when a layup by Brian Hunt six points gave the Glass a 28-27 lead. Hugh wood hit a 3 point to sparked Glass comeback less than a minute in-game. Wood finished with 9 points. Heritage Jacobi Lambert hit two
free throws for a four-point lead to win.
Mya Hamlet too control of the game to lead Glass to victory over Heritage 55-25 Monday night at
E C Glass. Hamlet had 12 points and eight steals, six assists, 14 rebounds. She had plenty of help from her teammates Amari Osel 19 points, Jordyn Goode, 11 points for the win. It turned into the lowest scoring game between Glass and Heritage girls. Glass turned the ball over several times against Heritage press
defense. Heritage also had a lot of turnovers from Glass press defense they start throwing the ball all out
of bounds Glass started to build a big lead to go (9-1, 5-0)
LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Two high school football players will get the opportunity to show off their skills on the big screen this weekend.
Trequan Tucker, a senior at Rustburg High School, and Brandon Davis, a senior at Halifax County High School, were selected for the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl in Tampa, Florida this weekend.
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Glass full-court press cause a lot of turnovers for Brookville their defense made it miserable for them.
Brookville had five turnovers in the first quarter, Glass got in foul trouble in the second quarter with Jordy Wright Goode had three fouls on her in the first half of the game. Glass and Brookville shot a low 23% percent from the floor in the second quarter. The game was tied three times before halftime the score was 24-22 before halftime Kyle Sterk hit a three-pointer from the corner to cut the lead to two. Mya Hamlett was the hero for her performance with 21 points and five rebounds with help from a teammate who played a key role Jordy Wright Goode 12 points. Varsity Lady Hilltoppers finished the Cave Spring Christmas Classic 2-1, now 8-1 overall on the season. Senior Mya Hamlet making the All
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Mya Hamlett scored 16 points and Amaril Osei added 13 points Glass saw multiple double-digit leads disappear but ended up winning the game, outlasting LCA 46 - 43. Hamlett scored in the lane, from
the foul line she control land with layup. Hamlett play all-around game in the Knights' winter Varsity
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Richmond VA The last game and the main event of the above the rim classic saw John Marshall take on nationally-ranked Sierra Canyon. the Justices gave the fans plenty of reason to cheer after a couple of big three-points by sophomore Reginald Robertson. John Marshall gave the hometown fans hope after trailing only 29-26 at the half. however, Sierra Canyon come out with a huge third-quarter run that saw them go up by 15 points heading into the fourth quarter and eventually close out John Marshall 66-65. ''In the second half we tried to make an adjustment to attack the rim more throw some lobs and see if we can get our game going that way, '' Sierra Canyon Coach Andre Chevalier said after the game when asked about his second-half adjustments. while the crowd fawned over freshman phenom Bronny James, son of NBA superstar Lebron James, it was Kentucky commit Brandon ''BJ'' Boston that took the game over finishing with a game-high 31 points. with me being the senior, I have to bring the guys together, bring the energy and do what I have to do to get the win,'' said Boston of his performance. Boston and TCU commit Terren Frank, who added 15 points, provided the senior leadershipSierra Canyon needed to prevent the huge upset. John Marshall star big man Roosevelt Wheeler could not get going due to foul trouble and finished with the same amount of points ( four) as fouls. Bronny James finished with only 2 points and could never really establish any rhythm. ''We're resilient no matter what happens we find a way to get ourselves back in the game,'' said Coach Chevalier. Sierra Canyon will leave Richmond and head back to California after a long road trip including traveling from Las Vegas to Richmond prior to the game. Coach Chevalier is expecting his team to get better and gear up for a successful finish to the season. ''We're working on incremental improvement so when we get to the playoffs we can be maxed.'' EM-SPORTS 12/21/19
Richmond )The Phoebus Phantoms jumped out to a sever-points first quarter lead to take the partisan crownd out of the game at the Arthur Ashe Center. the last game of the above the rim Classic;s undercard saw Phoebus knock off Petersburg 66-55 behind Sharif Mahir's 19 points. Petersburg clawed their way back into the game and trailed 28-23 at the half but Phoebus held the lead and answered any attempt at a run by Petersburg. Jaden Walker led Petersburg with 19 points including shoot 5 of 7 from the field and successful on 3 of 3 from three. EM-SPORTS 12/21/19
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