EC Glass was in the midst of a magical season. The Lady Hilltoppers under the guidance of first-year coach A’nitra Thomas, has gone undefeated in the Seminole District. These same Hilltoppers were nearly unbeatable at home. As the #1 seed in the region, they had hosted all their playoff games and thus hosted the Region 4D championship.
Many teams had walked in McCue Gymnasium and were run, literally and figuratively, out of the gym as a result of the Glass high-pressure full court defense and relentless energy. The Pulaski Cougars were no ordinary team. This group of Lady Cougars, held the #2-seed. They had faced stiff competition and battled in hostile, enemy territory before. This Cougars’ outfit were also mentally tough. The team returned several experienced players from the 2019 4A State runner-up squad.
This team lost in this same game a year ago, however, different year and a better result.
Pulaski was more than prepared for the EC Glass pressure and picked apart the defense with solid ball-handling and efficient half court passing leading to high percentage shots. The Lady Cougars took the lead early and held a 16-10 lead after the first quarter. When EC Glass got over aggressive, the Cougars broke their backs with breakaway baskets and used their size advantage to control the boards. The Cougars expanded the lead to 34-21 at halftime.
Mya Hamlett, the Region 4D player of year, did all she could in her final home game. Hamlett pumped in 23 points and every time Pulaski looked to blow the game out, Hamlett kept the team within striking distance. The Hilltoppers came out of the locker room on fire and put Pulaski in notice. The strong offensive push drew the game to 47-38 entering the final quarter.
Eventually, the more experienced Cougars won on great ball movement and making too many plays for the Hilltoppers to overcome. Once, Pulaski push the lead back to double digits, they never got threatened again.
Another glaring issue was the woeful shooting of EC Glass from behind the three-point line. The home team converted less than 5% of their long distance tries. This put too much pressure to score some easier buckets and thwarted the comeback effort.
The win provides the Cougars another home game as they will host Millbrook in the state quarterfinals. EC Glass shall hit the road in their quest for a state title, as they travel north to face Loudoun Valley. Both games shall take place on March 6th.
LYNCHBURG VA E.C.GLASS A RUN- UP IN THE DISTRICT TOURNAMENT 4-D 2/28/20
Can the sequel be better than the original? This is a question many people asked when they anticipate the next installment in a movie or a book. This certainly can be said about the Hill City Rivalry when EC Glass and Heritage get together in basketball Everyone who was looking forward to this game knew the most heated rivalry in Seminole District basketball always brings out the best in everybody.
This matchup was highly anticipated since Heritage knocked off Glass less that a few weeks ago. What made this game even more heated was both teams were tied in the district.
The Pioneers started off strong defending their home court. The Pioneers made shots and kept Glass at bay to take an 18-11 lead. The Hilltoppers regrouped and reloaded for the second quarter. EC Glass turned the tables and turned up the heat. The pressure and timely shooting gave them the in the quarter but at the half, Heritage was able to hold on to the tiniest of leads, 30-29.
With the crowd packing the seats to the rafters and the cheerleaders in full spirit, the second half was going to be on fire.
After halftime, neither team disappointed. Both teams increased their defensive intensity and forced turnovers and bad shots. As was the case in the first quarter, Heritage made a few more plays and increased the lead to 45-41 entering the fourth quarter.
Glass knew they needed to play better than they had in a long time. Heritage was winning big in battle on the boards and was not completely stopped by the vaunted Hilltoppers press.
Whatever Coach Best said in the huddle worked. EC Glass locked down Heritage all over the court. It seemed wherever a white jersey went, one or two jerseys met him there. All of the defense paid off as Glass outscored Heritage 11-7 in the final quarter to force overtime.
Of course, a game of this magnitude deserved more time to determine a winner. It nearly was finished in regulation. Jacobi Lambert scored a lay-up to knot the score at 52 with 50 seconds remaining. Glass had nearly a minute to score but guard Rayvon Graham, missed a game-winning shot with eight seconds to go.
In the extra period, the fatigue showed as both teams missed relatively open shots. Even worse, Glass only converted five of 12 free throws giving Heritage many chances to snatch victory. Neither team led by more than seven points the entire evening. However, the Pioneers took only seven shots in the overtime but could only muster five points. Glass scored 11 points which was enough to earn the 63-57 win.
Seniors Rayvon Graham and Savion Austin both scored 19 points each leading the Hilltoppers charge. Jacobi Lambert of Heritage, led all scorers with 22. He was the only Pioneer in double figures. He had 20 points before halftime and his last bucket tied the game before overtime.
The win was the fourth in a row for Glass while the Pioneers have now dropped back to back contests. EC Glass improves to 9-3 in district while Heritage stands at 8-4.
by EMSPORTS 2/03/2020
Senior Night has arrived at Jefferson Forest High School, and the stakes couldn't be much higher for the Cavaliers. The Heritage Pioneers were the opponent but this was no ordinary game. Only one game separated the two teams in the tightly contested Seminole District with Heritage (tied for 1st) at 8-2 and JF(tied for third) at 7-3. The winner would secure a top four spot in the Seminole race to be in the district tournament next week. This also was the first of two battles between both teams in a span of 10 days.
The crowd was livid and full of energy. The Cavaliers had the boost they needed and too much height for Heritage to overcome. The first half was a battle with each team throwing their best and counterpunching back and forth. Heritage trailed by just one point at the halftime at 24-23, courtesy of 10-1 run.
JF could give you the look of a forest. 6-foot-4 center John Isenhour, 6-foot-8 center Timothy Peters and 6-foot-5 senior Mike Green created matchup problems for the shorter Pioneers. The starting frontcourt of Peters and Isenhour repeatedly played keep away from Heritage and the two combined for 18 points, with Isenhour scoring 10.
The other member of this towering trio, Green, did his damage from the outside. With his team looking to stymie the Pioneers' run, Green knocked down a dagger 3-point shot from the corner that effectively took the air out of the Pioneers. JF led by as many as 15 in the fourth quarter before HHS cut the deficit to nine with under two minutes remaining. The Pioneers had too big a hill to climb in enemy territory to pull off the victory.
At JF, Heritage’s Jacobi Lambert led all scorers with 16 points and Kyle Ferguson added eight for the Pioneers.
JF junior guard Jordan Everhart led his team with 11 points, while Peters chipped in eight and Green had six.
Forest pulled into a tie with Heritage but the season is far from over. Both teams are chasing LCA for top spot in the Seminole. Both teams will not have to wait very long when the rematch takes place in the fieldhouse at Heritage High School on February 10.
by EMSPORTS 1/31/2020
In a prime time matchup of Timberlake Road rivals, the Brookville Bees made the short trip to visit their Seminole district brethren in the Heritage Pioneers.
This would be the second meeting for the teams this year. Earlier in the season, the Pioneers had found success on the Bees’ court and won in going away fashion by a score of 67-55.
The Bees had not forgot and were looking to level the season series with a win. Even though the Bees have only won two district contests, their record was no indication of how hard and tough they were known to play. The two teams were very familiar with each other and this would be a battle until the final whistle.
Heritage was efficient and able to use their athleticism and pressure defense to create chaos for the Bees. The pressure caused turnovers that allowed the Pioneers to get an early lead.
The Bees eventually found a rhythm and used their quickness and outside shooting kept them even with the home team and the score was tied at 20 going into halftime.
The difference in the game was the third quarter where the Pioneers turned up the heat and were a little too much for Brookville on both ends of the court. Heritage scored 26 points in the third quarter after just scoring 20 points in the entire first half.
Brookville could never quite make the deficit in the final quarter and Heritage took home the double digit victory by a final of 62-52. The difference in the game was the ability for Heritage to score from behind the 3pt arc and at the foul line where they held an advantage in both cases.
Heritage converted 4 three-pointers to Brookville's 2 and outscored the Bees 14 to 10 at the charity stripe.
Heritage had three scorers in double figures led by Jacobi Lambert and Keshaun Hubbard with 12 each and 10 from Deshad Gillis.
Brookville got a game high 15 points from Donnie Cook and 12 chipped in by Daquan Calloway.
The EC Glass Hilltoppers were hosting an important home matchup as teh Seminole District was passing the halfway point on the district season. The Hilltoppers were looking to build on the momentum of the big win over the Bees by repeating the same feat over the visiting Cavaliers. The Cavaliers were riding high from the blowout win over the Rustburg Red Devils.
This game was the second of the season between these two teams. Early in December, the Hilltoppers had traveled to JF's court and delivered a beatdown by a surprising score of 70-49. The Cavaliers had not forgot about that disappointment and were determined to turn the tables in the return matchup.
The road trip was a success but did not come easy. The Cavalier defense was the calling card as the visitors limited EC Glass to just three points in the first period. JF was able to score 10 points and control the tempo.
Jefferson Forest was relentless on defense in second quarter and only allowed five more points before half. The Cavaliers took a strong 19-8 lead into the half and EC Glass was left with more questions than answers.
The coaching staff came up with a great game plan during intermission and it showed with the Hilltoppers showing signs of life out of the locker room. The homestanding Hilltoppers flipped the script on the unsuspecting Cavaliers and used a strong offensive gameplan with a smart defensive scheme to outscore the visitors 19-8 in the third quarter. The turnaround was like night and day. As the third quarter horn sounded, a new ball game tied at 27 was on display before the raucous crowd and each team had at least eight minutes to claim the victory.
The fourth quarter was a battle of wills. JF and Glass traded buckets and neither team was able to grab a lead of more than a few points. Eventually JF was able to make just a few more key plays down the stretch and some timely shooting gave them the much needed cushion to walk away with a crucial road win. Savion Austin scored 13 points to lead the Hilltoppers. Jefferson Forest got more ballanced scoring with four players scoring six or more points, paced by a team high 10 by Adam Hogsed. Each team made three of thier three-point shots.
EC Glass falls to 8-4 overall and 5-2 in the district. JF maintains a slightly better position with a 6-1 district record and 10-3 overall.
by EMSPORTS.org 1/13/2020
EC Glass bounced back from a heartbreaking loss at home to cross city rival Hertiage. The Hilltoppers spent amples amount of energy in the back and forth affair but fell short in their last Seminole District contest.
With a chance to forget that loss and move forward, the Hilltoppers took the short trip up Timberlake Road to meet the Brookville Bees. The Bees had struggled with only one district win but they were scrappy and knew a win over the Hilltoppers would be monumental in giving their season a signature win.
The score was extremely close as each team played it tight but the offenses were very good as Glass held a four point lead going into the second quarter.
Brookville returned the favor as they took a two point advantage in the second quarter with effective passing and timely outside shots. The deficit was now just two as Glass was leading 32-30 at the half.
EC Glass looked to take command in the third quarter and their defense helped create some turnovers and space to give them a little more breathing room, seeing their two point lead become seven points as they led 47-40 entering the last period.
Brookville knew they would need to make a big move. They did all they could on the offense and defense ends trying to grab the lead and bring home the victory. EC Glass was able to hold off the furious comeback and make some critical free throws to win this game in hostile territory.
A great Seminole District battle left both teams tired and the fans entertained as EC Glass snuck out of the Bees' auditorium with a 61-56 win.
E.C. GLASS (8-4, 5-1 Seminole)
DreSean Kendrick 14, Austin 7, Wood 9, Quinones 3, Chase Conner 10, Wilson 2, Brian Hunt 10, Brestel 6.
Totals 21 15-20 61.
BROOKVILLE (5-7, 1-5 Seminole)
Donnie Cook 26, Daquan Calloway 10, Mays 2, Tayshaun Butler 11, Brown 5, Zamora 2.
Totals 18 16-25 56.
3-Point Goals: Glass 4 (Wood, Conner 3). Brookville 4 (Cook 3, Butler).
by EMSPORTS.org 1/9/2020
Anitra Thomas went over the fundamentals all week. She knew the battle versus the Brookville Bees would require their discipline and mental toughness.
Coach Thomas knew it would take more than words to win this tough district battle. The Hilltoppers listened to their coach, trusted their training and got a big night from senior Mya Hamlet to win a huge district matchup on the road.
The Bees (9-4) held an early advantage Friday night after scoring the game’s first four points. The Hilltoppers answered, though, and pulled ahead 10-9 on Hamlet’s three-point play. From there, Glass never trailed again. Glass (10-1) led 39-27 heading into the final quarter, but Brookville didn’t go away. Brynna Elliott scored two of her 10 points to open the quarter, then got help from Kylie Stark and Tavia Christian as the Bees whittled the lead down.
Christian’s free throws with 2:21 left cut the Glass lead to 46-40. The Bees and Hilltoppers traded missed free throws next, but Hamlet ultimately sealed the win for Glass by hitting 4 of 4 from the line to end the game.
Jordyn Goode dominated the boards. She had a game-high 13 rebounds, including two key offensive rebounds that extended possessions down the stretch for Glass. Both of those boards came after Glass missed the front end of a 1-and-1 from the line with Brookville trailing by just six points.
21 turnovers was the achilles' heel for the Brookiville Bees. There were glimpses of hope for the Bees, who twice came up with easy baskets of their own by throwing over the top of the press. Other times, Brookville knocked down shots from point-blank range off an out-of-bounds play and when BHS got into its half-court sets, players did a good job of driving to the basket.
Kylie Stark finished with a team-high 16 points creating opportunities for her teammates on Friday, adding eight rebounds and six assists to go with three steals. Tavia Christian was the Bees’ other double-figure scorer with 10 points.
Glass remains undefeated in district play (6-0), while BHS suffered its first loss in the Seminole (5-1).
EC Glass got revenge on Patrick Henry tonight at EC Glass High School Boys' basketball game. 5 players scored in Glass's balanced 49-44 win over Patrick Henry in the contested action on Thursday. Jack Brestel led the way for Glass with 11 points. Austin added 9 points and Kendrick contributed 8 points in the win The other scorers were Spaulding with 7 points and Wood with 5 points to close out the scoring. 12/19/19
Roanoke- Fleming open the game with 19-15 run in the first quarter. William Fleming proved
to be too much for the Heritage boy's Tuesday night. Fleming Donovan St Juste led all
scorers with 31points, while teammate Sac' Bannister provided an additional 13 points,
as the colonels defeated the Heritage 76-66. Deshad Gillis led Heritage with 19 points
and six- three. EM-SPORTS 12/17/19
(Gretna, VA) Jeriyah Osborne a freshman had 13 points and Jamiyah Henry had 13points also Jordyn Goody 13 points for Glass. Gretna committed 10 turnover that led to 11 points for Glass.
Glass pushed to a double - digit lead roughly 5 minutes into the game and never trailed,
still, the Glass had trouble closing this one out, seeing a 11- points lead with 1:07
left closed to 55-44 Victory. Ty'Nasia Witcher with 21points and Makeyla Mease had
15points for Gretna. EM-SPORTS 12/6/19
Lynchburg VA EM-SPORTS
Donna Cook led all scorers with 31 points performance it wasn't enough to pull the win out against Liberty Christian Academy. Brookville went five minutes without a score in the first quarter they score only 4point in the first quarter. Jalen Leftwich was the scoring machine for L.C.A. with 21 points his teammate Rynning Bohrnstedt added 15 points. Brookville cut the lead down to 14 points in the third quarter Callaway got hot with l1point try to get the Bees back in the game. In fourth-quarter L.C.A. went up by 14 points to close the game out for it win. 12/6/19
(Lynchburg, VA) Glass girls dominated Gretna tonight at home with a new coach Anitra Thomas she was pleased with the team effort tonight. Amari Osei had severed three-point and finished the game with 29 points and Myah Hamlet 16 points for Glass. Osborne a freshman had eight assists, Osel 7 steals; Hamlet 9 rebounds and 5 steals; Goode 5 rebounds. Glass led all four quarters with a 15 point lead. Gretna's lead score was Makeyla Mease 18 points and Ty Naisa Witcher 16 points.
The final score Glass 69 - Gretna's 54. Glass will play Gretna again Friday night at Gretna.
EC GLASS FALTERS IN REGION 4D BATTLE WITH SALEM SPARTANS, 35-24
The EC Glass Hilltoppers were having a fantastic season. These Hilltoppers had their eyes set on a state title. It had been over 20 years since the Hilltoppers had fought for state supremacy. The wait will extend another year.
EC Glass started strong and put the heat on the Spartans in their own house. The Hilltoppers took the early lead and after trading scores, they were able to take a 17-14 advantage into the half. Salem would not be deny so after halftime, they drove the field to take a lead of 22-17. With the lead and the momentum, the Spartans were poised to bury their visitors as they had done for so many times in Salem Stadium.
The Hilltoppers did not quit and with Dre'Sean Kendrick and crew leading the charge, the boys from Lynchburg stormed back to take a 24-22 lead with just over 2 minutes left in the third quarter.
The lead was short-lived. The Spartans owned the fourth quarter and turned back the Hilltoppers at each turn. Salem was able to score the last 13 points of the game and complete the comeback.
The game was hard fought but Glass just didn't make as many plays as the Spartans. Salem advances to the state semifinals to face Tuscarora as they attempt to get back to the state title for the first time since 2017.
Glass finishes with an impressive 11-2 record but falls just a step short of the state final four.
The Heritage Pioneers faced one of their stiffest challenges to date when the undefeated Spotswood Blazers entered Lynchburg City Stadium. The Blazers were living up to their name by smoking opponents all year long on their way to a 12-0 record.
This Regional 3C Title contest would test the will and ability for both teams as they pursue a state berth.
Heritage struck first as their powerful running back, KJ Vaughn, sliced through the defense for a twelve-yard touchdown run. The Pioneers were ready to make this a long night. The Blazers has other ideas.
The Blazers started clicking and answered the Heritage TD with their own. A 46-yard pass and catch from Ryan High to Robert Smith tied the game at 7 as the 1st quarter ended. Spotswood used the momentum to score another TD as Ryan High did the damage with his legs. The QB from Spotswood scrambled for eight yards into the endzone. His Blazers now led 14-7 and the home crowd was getting worried. Spotswood was not done and scored their 20th consecutive point with a third TD. The extra pint was blocked but late in the second quarter, the Blazers were hot.
The Pioneers responded like true champions. On the legs and back of KJ Vaughn, Heritage scores with under two minutes before halftime as Vaughn tumbled into the endzone from 8 yards away. The score just the beginning of a run of 36 unanswered points from Heritage.
In the second half, the KJ Vaughn show continued. The sensational running back took a handoff 24 yards to give the home team a 21-20 lead deep into the third quarter. As Vaughn spearheaded the offense, the defense had all but shut the door close. The Blazers could not find their footing nor gain traction in the air. Vaughn scored touchdown number 4 early in fourth quarter. The Heritage defense forced and recovered a fumble in the next possession. Mr. Vaughn and the offense went to work with Vaughn running in touchdown number 5 giving the team a 34-20 lead and the crowd more to cheer about in this cold night.
The Heritage defense backed the Blazers up and the overwhelming pressure led to a sack which resulted in a safety. The game was well under control as the Pioneers racked on one last touchdown for good measure and turned this heated battle into another blowout. The final was 43-20 and the Pioneers had once again reached the state semifinals.
With the kids, the Blazers saw a historic season fall just short of the state playoffs. An undefeated regular season and a regional final appearance, the Blazers have a bright future ahead.
The Pioneers successfully defend their Region 3C crown for a third year in a row and now are two wins away from a second consecutive state title. The road to the title will not be easy. The Pioneers will face their old nemesis, the Lord Botetourt Cavaliers. The team they defeated in this round one year ago.
Heritage Pioneers Triumph over LCA Bulldogs, 20-7, to advance to Region 3C Title Game
The Heritage Pioneers knew they would have a target on their back once the 2019 season began. The Pioneers are the VHSL 3A champions and everyone wants to knock them off the throne.
It has been said, "Familiarity breeds contempt." The is not an understatement when the Pioneers had the arduous task of facing an opponent they know all too well, the Liberty Christian Bulldogs
How well do they know one another? The two schools are separated by less than five miles. The two opponents had just faced one another three weeks ago with Heritage winning by a comfortable 28-0 victory. It was still on the minds of the Bulldogs who were looking to defeat their city brethren and also exact revenge.
The start was just what the doctor ordered. A 30 yard pass play into the endzone gave the visitors a 7-0. The Pioneers fought back and scored a rushing TD 8 seconds left before halftime. The extra point was blocked and LCA held a tenous one point advantage.
The Pioneers were the agressor in the second half and their defense turned up the heat on this cold, wet November night. Heritage pitched a shutout in the second half and scored two more touchdowns to win 20-7 and advance to the regional finals where they will host undefeated Spotswood Blazers for a state berth into the VHSL Final Four, Class 3A.
LCA ends their impressive season at the feet of the champs but will surely look to build off this resume as they go forward into 2020.
Luke Russell scoop and score fumble for a 55-yard touchdown
A 37-yard field goal by Jacob Crabtree
Quoterrus Craighead with 3 touchdowns
Craighead 2-yd TD run after Kendrick with a 79-yard scramble in the second quarter
DeSean Kendrick 10-yard touchdown pass to Quoterrus Craighead
Craighead 24-yard touchdown run to give Glass 20-10 lead 1:04 to go in the fourth quarter
DeSean Kendrick interception a pass for a 45-yard touchdown
Volleyball enters into Postseason
The postseason is in full swing and Volleyball in Central Virginia is in the middle of it all.
In the private school ranks, Timberlake Christian had a magical season. The Tornadoes won the VACA state title and advanced to the VISSA state title game where the fell to StoneBridge Academy. It was the fifth runner-up trophy the program has earned in the last decade.
The New Covenant Gryphons also enjoyed great success as they advanced to the Final Four of the VISAA state tournament. Under the leadership of first year coach, , New Covenant has a great future on the horizon.
In public school action, a few teams from the Dogwood and Seminole districts attempted to make the title run to VCU and bring home the trophy. Appomattox, Rustburg and Jefferson Forest each played for the opportunity to qualify for the state tournament. Only the Raiders were unable to advance. As was the case during the season, the Red Devils and Cavaliers proved their mettle and are now playing for a chance to win the VHSL 3A and the VHSL 4A Crown’s respectively.
The Red Devils won the Regional 3C title and defeated Region D runner-up, Hidden Valley in the state quarterfinals. The Red Devils will now head on the road to attempt to dethrone the current, two-time defending state champs, the Lord Botetourt Cavaliers. With a win, the Rustburg Red Devils will attempt to win the school's second ever state championship, its first since 1992.
The JF Cavaliers lost in the Region 4D tilt. The loss sent them on the road to face the daunting task of winning at the hostile environment in Loudoun County. This was no ordinary opponent, because the Raiders have currently held the state crown since 2012. After a valiant effort, the Cavaliers season ended in this state quarterfinal battle.
The Rustburg Red Devils valiantly entered into the hostile environment of the Lord Botetourt Cavaliers. The two time defending state champ Cavaliers were undefeated (29-0) and had not drop a single set the entire year. The Red Devils knew the challenge was great but not insurmountable.
With a strong travelling crowd and great energy the Red Devils were prepared to battle. However, the powerful Cavaliers proved to be as good as advertised and won the match in three sets which had been their standard mode of operation all year. LB advances to another VHSL 3A state final while the Red Devils can hold their heads high after surpassing many expectations and advancing further than they did one year ago.
November 1st and where are you? It is a Friday night in Lynchburg, Virginia so their is a big football game somwhere. However, this is not an ordinary Friday night and as the calendar changes from October to November, many kids are still giddy from Halloween. There were a few more teenagers that decided to dress up to play football on this cool fall evening.
The Annual Jug Bowl better known as the annual Hill City Throwdown when Heritage and EC Glass meet in City Stadium. In the 43-year history of this rivalry, no previous matchup has been as huge as this year’s edition. In the last nine years, this game has been a battle with the Pioneers winning eight of those contests. In this 2019 edition, first place in the Seminole Disrict is on the line. The Hilltoppers enter undefeated at 8-0 and one of the best in Division 4. The Pioneers stand 7-1, are the current VHSL Division 3 state champs and would love to beat their cross city rivals to claim supremacy of the city as well as the Seminole District.
This game lived up to the hype and more. Heritage score first with a 3-yard run by KJ Vaughan for touchdown football at the 7:35 mark in the first-quarter. Glass answered back when Quoterrous Craighead punched in a 2-yard touchdown as the first quarter was coming to an end. With the score knotted at 7, the defenses took over for the last three quarters.
Kenneth Crawford recovered a fumble for Heritage on Glass 20 yard line. Then on Glass' next possession the Pioneer defense stopped Glass on their 2- yard line. Both teams entered the half with the score tied at 7.
With both teams playing great defense, the offenses found very little success. Even when they thought they had scored, each team had a touchdown negated by a penalty. EC Glass even got in the Pioneer redzone but missed a 20-yard field goal.
Heritage made one last gasp for a score but with just over a minute remaining in the fourth quarter, QB Kameron Burns pass was intercepted by Cam Robinson, who was a Pioneer last year but this year had switch teams. His defensive gem prevented anymore scoring a both teams know prepared for overtime.
In overtime, EC Glass got the ball first. Starting at the 10-TD line, Glass was able to move inside the 1 in two plays. On third down, running back Ty Foster slammed into the line of scrimmage. As he tried to wiggle over the goal line, the football came loose. The ball rested on top of several players and the heads up play of superstar Dre’Sean Kendrick turned disaster into delight. Kendrick plucked the ball off his fallen teammate, scurried around the pile into the endzone for the go ahead touchdown. After the PAT, Glass was winning 14-13.
Heritage then took over on offense and wasted no time. The Pioneers went with a jumbo package and from a direct snap to running back KJ Vaughan, he bullied his way into the endzone. Just when you thought the game needed more drama, Heritage elected to go for two and the win. Glass called timeout to defend the conversion. Heritage changed the formation from a spread back to the tried and true jumbo package. If it isn’t broke, don’t change it. After Thomas plowed into the right side of the line, the signal to decide the game took longer than expected. With nearly nothing teams standing in the field in great anticipation, the referee finally raised his arms signaling the two-point try was successful. Heritage wins 15-14.
Jubilation filled the air in the Heritage sideline, while the Glass faithful could only hang their heads in utter disappointment. It was such a shame anyone had to lose in this epic back and forth battle. Both teams leave this game, tired, bruised but with lasting memories of another great Battle for the Jug. Each squad now stands at 8-1 on the season as they prepare for their last regular season games before the playoffs. Heritage is now 6-0 in the Seminole while EC Glass drops to 5-1 in district play.
Kendrick passed for 148 yards, completing 7 of 13 passes, and rushed for 57 yards. He became the all-time leader rusher in E.C. Glass history Friday, eclipsing Scott Dovel’s mark of 4,026 yards, set in 1977. Kendrick also surpassed his father Andre’s school record for most career all-purpose yards, a mark of 4,190 set in 1995.
VOLLEYBALL: JEFFERSON FOREST CAVALIERS DEFEAT RUSTBURG RED DEVILS FOR SEMINOLE CROWN
The volleyball regular season has come to an end but there was still business to be done in the Seminole District Tournament. The Rustburg Red Devils were pitted for a third time against their nemesis, the Jefferson Forest Cavaliers. It has been said three times is a lucky charm or maybe it is hard to beat a team three times in the same season. In both cases for these two teams, the old school sayings were true.
After beating the Cavaliers in two dramatic five set thrillers, the Lady Red Devils were out to win the Seminole crown on their home court, in this winner take all contest. The Lady Cavaliers has other plans and they started the night by winning the first set by a score of 25-19. Rustburg re-grouped from the early setback and stormed out to a quick lead. The visiting Cavaliers stayed close but could not overtake their opponents and lost 25-18 in set number two.
With the atmosphere electric and the crowd primed for this championship match, the back and forth continued. In the third set, the Red Devils grabbed a fast 6-1 lead. As the Cavaliers struggled to find a rhythm, Rustburg continued to apply the pressure with the students in full fanatic mode. However, JF found life in their service game and slowly climbed back to even. The last few points were blow for blow as the two heavyweights couldn’t shake each other until Rustburg made some unforced errors allowing the Lady Cavaliers to escape with a 25-21 third set win. The fourth set was deja vu’. The Red Devils rode the wave of great hitting and bad Cavalier defense to an early lead. However, as was the last set, Jefferson Forest found new life down 17-12 and finished the set and the match with a 13-5 run to claim the district title.
Both of these teams played extremely hard and left it all on the court. As their respective playoff journeys begin, they will not have to face each other anymore but future opponents will not look forward to the challenges these Seminole superpowers present.
All-Seminole District teams (credit to newsadvance.com)
First team: Virginia Blair Trost (E.C. Glass), Heather Forton (Jefferson Forest), Hailee Blankenship (JF), Katie Vaughan (Liberty), Riley Smith (Liberty Christian), Emma Rossman (LCA), Anna Maddox (Rustburg), Kate Hardie (R), Delaney Scharnus (R).
Second team: Addie Brown (Amherst), Landyn Parker (Brookville), Parker Morrison (Brookville), Hannah Raso (ECG), Sydney Strain (JF), Stacy Gallahan (JF), Hope Robertson (JF), Rieley Taylor (Lib), Rachel Sledd (R).
Honorable mention: Jazmyne Smith (Amh), Erin Johnson (ECG), Jade Lane (ECG), Alyssa Pinn (Heritage), Trinity Fields (H), Alaysia Oakes (H), Rita Magherini (JF), Maria Young (Lib), Katherine Thompson (Lib), Alex Camplin (LCA), Jordan Geukgeuzian (LCA), Meah Coles (R).
Player of the Year: Heather Forton, Jefferson Forest
Coach of the Year: Steve Mills, Jefferson Forest
Appomattox Raiders stop the Gretna Hawks, 21-7, in a matchup for Dogwood Supremacy
The Appomattox Raiders took a road trip to face the Gretna Hawks for a heavyweight battle of Dogwood rivals. Both teams had their eyes set on getting a leg up in the district race as well as start preparing themselves for better postseason positioning as the second half of the regular season was now in full effect. Tonight's showcase was a great test for each team.
The Raiders jumped on the home team early. Keyshawn Baker scored on a rushing TD from five yards out, one minute into the game, to give Appomattox a quick 7-0 lead (11:00, 1st quarter). Tre Lawing added to the scored with his own 16-yard QB scramble early in the second quarter (10:15 mark) and the Raiders rode this momentum into the half with a 14-0 lead.
In the second half, each team traded blows and made great defensive stops on each other.
Keyshawn Baker was at it again. This time scoring in the third quarter (8:54 on the clock) just as he scored the opening touchdown. Another 5-yard dash into the endzone gave the faithful Raider fans more reasons to shout and cheer.
The two teams played even on the scoreboard in the last two quarters. Each team scored only one touchdown after the half. Just as it looked as if Appomattox was going to shutout the Hawks, QB Cameron Mabins made enough moves and sped his way into the endzone with just over a minute and half left (1:35) in the contest.
However, the early lead that Appomattox took into the half was the difference as the Raiders scored an important road victory with the score of 21-7.
With the win, the Raiders improved to 4 and 2 on the season. The loss drops the Gretna Hawks to 4-2 as well.
EM Sports.org 10/4/2019
New Places, New Faces - Girls' Basketball Teams have new coaches
Anitra Thomas, a former record holder, and superstar at Brookville High School has been hired as the new Girls' Basketball player at EC Glass High School.
Ms. Thomas graduated from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA, where she played four years of college basketball after starring at Brookville and leaving as their all time leading scorer.
Ms. Thomas will have a great crop of talent and skill as she leads a team that will be focused on taking the lead and title in the highly contested Seminole District.
Ms. Thomas will move up from her assistant seat of last year to the head coach's spot for her first time in her career.
Cedric Jones, the former EC Glass basketball star, will be joining Thomas on the staff for the Hilltoppers. Mr. Jones will be leaving his former position as the head coach of the William Campbell Generals Girls' Basketball Team to return to his alma mater.
Mike Jones, a one-time Appomattox star, has found his way back to the sidelines of high school basketball. Ironically, he will be the next Coach Jones for Lady Generals. Mike Jones, formerly coached the Liberty Minettes Girls' Basketball Team. Mr. Jones has been a presence in previous seasons as a head coach so his experience and knowledge will be a welcomed sight for the William Campbell program.
EM Sports.org 10/03/19
Volleyball season in full effect
The calendar has changed from summer to fall but the weather is still hot outside. The only thing that may be hotter is the action in gyms across Central Virginia.
Volleyball season is in prime shape and nearly halfway through the 2019 campaign, teams are starting to separate themselves from the top of the heap and the middle of the pack.
If you are a fan of great high school action but can't wait until Football Friday, then pick any day during the week and you will find some of the best athletes in the area, soaring high into the air sky, above the net and dropping laser beams at the expense of their opponents. The mighty sound of B-O-O-M lets you know that these women mean business.
When the ladies take center court on a Volleyball match, your eyes are glued to the action because it is non-stop and exciting. Whether you admit to pulling for one team or the other or even as a casual fan, you will get swept up in the wave of excitement and the momentum generated from the action.
A-C-E can be heard chanted on a moment's notice when a great serve sends a defense sprawling to the floor.
The back and forth, wall to wall action includes everything from gigantic blocks at the net the slightest touch of the fingertips. Either way, both actions can produce the same result, euphoria or agony.
As Volleyball fans make their way up and down Highway 29 in Central and Southern Virginia, you can find great coaches roaming the sidelines up in Nelson and all the way down to the VA/NC border in the big schools of GW-Danville and Halifax, respectively.
All along the way you will be able to find teams both to the east and west that can satisfy your appetite for competition.
In the Seminole, the eight-team district is no slouch for potential regional and state title contenders. Jefferson Forest, a perennial powerhouse, has set the standard with a 6-1 league record. That lone loss (at home) came at the hands of the Rustburg Red Devils who also boast an identical 6-1 district record to tie the Cavaliers.
Brookville, Liberty Christian Academy (LCA), EC Glass, Amherst, and Heritage are not far behind in the chase to the top.
The Gretna Hawks of the Dogwood District are undefeated in the district and boast only 2 losses on the season (both to undefeated Tunstall). However, in their rearview mirror are the likes of Altavista, Nelson, Appomattox, Chatham, Dan River and William Campbell. The Hawks must also be aware of the presence that former state champs, Altavista and Nelson, will bring that winning pedigree.
In a district just a little further south, GW-Danville, Halifax and Tunstall (Piedmont rivals) represent some of the largest schools in our coverage area. With the plethora of talent and large selection of student athletes, these two schools are both pesky and can ruin their opponents' plans on any given match.
In addition to these public schools, there is also great action at private schools as well. Temple, Virginia Episcopal School, Holy Cross and Timberlake Christian Academy are equally as talented and will bring a challenge to any team that sets up across the court from them. Enter at your own risk as the match has begun once these teams walk in-between those painted lines.
As the weather continues to change with the leaves and the brisk winds start to cool more suddenly, the one thing that you can be sure of is that indoors, Volleyball is on fire in gyms across the area and the action will keep you on the edge of your seat.
EM Sports 10/03/19
Gretna VA EM-SPORTS 9/27/19
William Campbell forced Gretna to fumble on its first drive of the game. defensive
Lineman Zekeya Townes recovered a fumble, running it 60 yards touchdown.
Gretna came back to answered back with a 45- yards- touchdown by Miller.
Hawks took a 14-7 lead in the second quarter on a 42-yard punt return by
Cameron Mabing, Generals running back RaShawn Stevens had an 80-yard punt
return for touchdowns to close the gap to 28-14. Gretna came right back to score on a 31-
Yard TD by Berger. the workhorse for Gretna- Miller, and Berger with 366 rushing yards
LYNCHBURG VA EM-SPORTS 9/20/19
Glass did not waste any time to score with DreSean Kendrick ran for three touchdowns a 19- yard touchdown a 65- yards touchdown 6- yards touchdown. Ty Foster with a 2-yards touchdown,
D'Moe Mosley 38- yards touchdown and Tyler Garrett kicked a 56- yard field goal with 15
second left before halftime. Jefferson Forest got on the scoreboard with quarterback
Blake Riddlebarger hook up with a 60- yards pass to Danteas Draxton for a touchdown with
6:33 left in the second quarter. Blake throws a 70- yard touchdown pass to Braxton for a touchdown.
Glass came back to score 2 more touchdowns with Quoterrius Craighead 2- yards run for
a touchdown and D'Moe Mosley 18-yards touchdown. It was a high-scoring game Glass came out on top 59 to 21.
KJ Vaughan rumbled for a season-high 176 rushing yards while quarterback Kameron Burns added 102 passing yards.
Heritage struck on its opening drive, with 80 yards pass from Quarterback Kameron Burns. Burns to Thomas was good for a 15 yard pass for a TD. The Pioneers recovered a fumble on Appomattox's 40- yard line first drive and scored when running back Krystian Rivera crossed the goalline from 6 yards out with a rushing TD. Krystian Vaughan opened the second quarter with a 1-yard TD for Heritage to give them a 21-0 in the first half. Kyron Thomas with his 4.3 speed, hit the left side for a 51-yard touchdown run for the Pioneers.
First home game for Appomattox Raiders against Rustburg it was a tough defensive game. The Raiders scored on 38 yards pass from Quarterback Tre Lawing to Tromontez Booker for a touchdown with 6:53 to go in the first quarter. Rustburg fumbled the ball on Raiders 40 yard line and Cristian Ferguson
carried the ball down to one yard line before Tre Lawing finished the drive with a run for another touchdown putting the Raiders went up 17-0 with 3:21 to go in the third quarter. Appomattox did not score in the fourth quarter and shut the Red Devils out for the big rivalry win.
Heritage Pioneers lose their 2019 season opener, to Vance High School, 35-7
The defending VHSL Class 3A state champs hosting the opening game of the 2019 campaign in the friendly confines of Lynchburg City Stadium. Heritage was looking to begin the new season as they had finished the old one, with a win. However, the Pioneers' opening opponent was no ordinary team.
The Vance Cougars were one of the top teams in the state of North Carolina. They were a challenge like none Heritage had faced in a long time. The Cougars had lost in their NCHSL Class 4AA State title game the year before.
Everyone had waited all offseason for a chance to get back on the field. The Pioneers were looking to start the chase for consecutive state titles and the Cougars were looking to make their presence felt and represent the state of North Carolina to their neighboring opponents.
The Cougars were the better team all night long. As both teams attempted to control the lines of scrimmage and make plays on the perimeter, only the Vance Cougars were successful. Vance scored the first touchdown in the first quarter and proceeded to score twice more in the second quarter. Heritage was hardly able to muster very many positive plays and found themselves in a hole at 21-0 at the half.
Heritage was determined to make some hay and breakthrough in the second half. Yet every time the Pioneers made a good move, the Cougars were one or two steps ahead.
When it was all said and done, the visiting Cougars for Charlotte, NC, were the team celebrating a season opening win. The Pioneers were never able to establish a consistent threat and were overmatched on this first Friday night under the lights for high school football.
With the loss, Heritage's 13-game winning streak was snapped. They will look to learn from this loss and put this defeat in the rearview. The Pioneers will hit the road next week as they travel to play John Marshall High School in Richmond, VA.
by EMSPORTS.org 8/30/2019
EC Glass Hilltoppers dominate Charlottesville Knights, 58-0, in their 2019 Opening Game
DreSean Kendrick is the 2019 Titan Trophy Winner
On Tuesday night in Lynchburg, Virginia, many fine young student athletes gathered together for a common goal. These young men were being honored for their athletic achievements on the football gridiron.
The Holiday Inn was the host site for the 2019 Titan Trophy Awards Ceremony sponsored by the Titan Trophy Sports Club. The presitgiouns organization was in its 13th year honoring local football players for their accomplishments on the football field as well as in the for their leadership and presence in the classroom and communities surrounding Lynchburg.
The highlight of the evening was the recipient of the Titan Trohpy. A magnificently design trophy that showcased a football player with a stiff-arm motion symbolizing an athlete's dedication and effort in the field of play.
This year's award winner was DreSean Kendrick, rising senior QB/DB at EC Glass High School. The nominees for this award are chosen based on their success in the previous season and the requirement that they have not graduated from high school.
Kendrick, whose father Andre' Kendrick was a star at EC Glass and then Virginia Tech in the mid to late 1990s, will be the focal point of the EC Glass offense and defense this season. EC Glass completed a very successful 2018 campaign with a deep run into the regional playoffs. They will look to compete in the vaunted Seminole District as well as breakthrough into the VHSL 4A State Playoffs and no other person is more important to his team than DreSean Kendrick.
story by EM-Sports.org 8/28/2019
Lynchburg) Heritage knocked off Brookville 60 -48 The Pioneers lead the whole game The bees came within five- points to tie the game up.Keonte Starks got hot to put Heritage way out front with 16 points. he got help from Davis with 9 points and Lambert with 9 points Donna Cook was the leading scorer for Brookville 17 points but it was not enough. by EM-SPORTS 1/22/19
GATE CITY SLAMS THE DOOR ON RE LEE, WINS STATE TITLE GOING AWAY
If you have never heard the name Mac McClung, get to your nearest computer or tablet and look for him on Google or Youtube. Mac McClung or the Mac Attack is a human highlight waiting to happen. Mr. McClung did not disappoint in the state title game versus powerhouse Robert E. Lee-Staunton. In the 80-65 victory, Gate City captured their first ever boys’ basketball state championship, McClung dazzled the Siegel Center with an array of scoring moves and high-flying, slam dunks to score a VHSL championship record, 47 points. The record broke the old mark set by Cave Spring’s JJ Redick.
McClung will continue his basketball career with the Georgetown Hoyas next season. On this remarkable career, he also set the VHSL career scoring record with 2800 points, besting the previous record set by Caleb Tanner (Floyd County) back in 2014.
In all the years, EM Sports has seen VHSL championships, Mac McClung may be the most exciting, most explosive basketball player to have participated on the biggest stage. Many great players have battled for the championships at historic venues like U-Hall in Charlottesville, Salem Civic Center, Vines Center at Liberty University and currently at VCU’s Siegel Center, but known were as impressive as Mac McClung. He would split opposing double teams, throw down rim-rattling dunks and leave the crowd in a frenzy with his breathtaking moves. He was no slouch on defense either because his jumping prowess allowed him to rise up to the level of taller players and dispatch their shots off the backboard or into the crowd. Mac McClung get do it from the outside with his smooth stroke from behind the three-point line or just gracefully make his was into the paint which usually meant the final exclamation point was his customary slam dunk.
Mac McClung will be known for making a lot of defenders dizzy and reaching for air. McClung, confidently handled the ball with ease and his quickness made him a nightmare for bigger opponents. The last points that McClung scored were very fitting of his career. In the final seconds of the Gate City championship celebration, McClung found himself with the ball in his hands and in flight to the basket. A reverse dunk completed his high school career in a fashion complimentary of a player who was head and shoulders better than anyone during his career.
BY EMSPORTS 03/11/2018
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