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 31points 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


LIBERTY CHRISTIAN (1-1, 1-0 Seminole)

Connor Hartless 11, Rynning Bohrnstedt 15, Jalen Leftwich 21, Hildebrand 8, Sully Holmes 10, Smith 5, Wilson-Hughes 9, Lin 3, Hatcher 2. Totals 32 8-17 84. 

BROOKVILLE (1-1, 0-1 Seminole)

Donnie Cook 31, Daquan Calloway 11, Mays 2, Ramsey 5, TayShawn Butler 11, Adkins 3, Bowles 5. Totals 23 17-26 68.

william campbell girls get their  first win at home

 Naruna VA  William Campbell took a early lead in the first quarter 12-4 with Amya Jackson taking control of the game by score 14points in the first half. Randolph Henry had problems getting the ball down the court with William Campbell's full-court press. Kamryn Boyd came off the bench to score 10 points for the Generals win.  N. Robinson had 9 points for Randolph Henry

William Campbell (1-1)

Amya Jackson 16, Jennings 4, Hairston 5, Bradley 6, Elam 5, Brightwell 5, Kamryn Boyd 10. Totals 24 2-6 51. 


Trent 3, N. Robinson 9, India Spencer 13, Clarke 1. Totals 6 11-28 26. 

EM-SPORTS 12/4/19



 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.   EM-SPORTS 12/2/19



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.


EMSPORTS.org 11/29/2019





heritage pioneers dispatch the spotswood blazers 43-20, to claim region crown



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.


EMSPORTS.org  11/29/2019


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.


EMSPORTS.org 11/24/2019



ec glass defeats pulaski 27-10, advances to regional 4d finals



The VHSL Playoffs started last week but each new round of the playoffs brings a different intensity and a different feel.  On a cool evening in November, The EC Glass Hilltoppers were looking to continue their march through Region 4D has they prepared for a home contest versus battle-tested Pulaski County. In this 2 v 3 seeded matchup, neither team lacked confidence or firepower.
Both teams finished in second place in their respective districts (Seminole and River Ridge) but no one expected this game to be nothing but a 48-minute slugfest.
Both teams played to a stalemate in the first quarter as they were trying to feel each other out. Pulaski struck first with a defensive fumble return touchdown of 60 yards in the 10 minute mark of the second quarter to go up 7-0. The Cougars extended the lead with a field goal and had taken control on enemy territory.
They took a 10-0 lead deep into the last minute of the second quarter. Finally, Glass was able to avoid the shutout and with 55 seconds left, their first score was a touchdown. Trailing 10-7 at the half, Glass finally had momentum and looked for more in the second half.
In the same fashion of the first quarter, each team took turns stifling the other. The defenses had turned this duel into a defensive slugfest and both offenses were shutout again for the entire third quarter.
Glass was able to sustain a drive that covered 87 yards and with under 10 minutes to go in fourth quarter, the Hilltoppers found paydirt. The touchdown and extra point gave Glass a 14-10 lead.
The Cougars continued to scratch and claw as they faced their first deficit of the game. On a drive looking to regain the lead, Pulaski fumbled with just over two minutes left. Glass quickly capitalized and another touchdown, doubled the lead to 20-10.
In desperation mode, Pulaski was short on time and tried to air it out. However, Glass was up to the challenge. The sensational Dre’Sean Kendrick flashed his speed and athleticism his time on defense. Kendrick plucked an errant Cougar pass out of the air and took the pick-six to the house. The 45 yard interception return was the proverbial nail in the coffin moment. This return pushed the lead to 27-10 and that is how it ended. The win propels EC Glass into the regional finals at Salem Stadium to face the Salem Spartans.
Quoterrus Craighead scored all three of the Glass offensive touchdowns (2 rushings, 1 receiving) while Kendrick had the other on defense.
The winner of the Glass/Salem tilt will advance to the state Final Four (VHSL 4A State Semifinals).


Pulaski stats:

Luke Russell scoop and score fumble for a 55-yard touchdown 

A 37-yard field goal by Jacob Crabtree



Glass stats:

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

EMSPORTS 11/22/2019

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.  



EMSPORTS.org 11/19/2019



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.

EMSPORTS.org 11/02/2019



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.


EMSPORTS.org 10/30/2019

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.


Appomattox Stats:


  • Tevin Hurt with five solo tackles
  • Tromontez "Tex" Booker with four solo tackles


Gretna Stats:

  • Cameron Mabins with only TD 


With the win, the Raiders improved to 4 and 2 on the season.  The loss drops the Gretna Hawks to 4-2 as well.


EMSPORTS.org  10/11/2019



Dre sean kendrick is only 870 yards away from breaking the ec glass football team total record held by his father andre kendrick 10/10/19

ec glass win in convincing fashion 49-15 over                           the gw- danville eagles

In the much highly anticipated battle of Region D powers in Class 4A, the EC Glass Hilltoppers made the trip down highway 29 to face the GW-Danville Eagles.
The Glass defense set the tone with an unbelievable effort,  turning GW Danville away on fourth down deep in their endzone, on the game's first possession.  Once Glass got the ball, DreSean Kendrick scored his first touchdown.  The Glass defense was still hungry and continued to feed on the anemic Eagles' offense.  The defense showed up again with their first turnover. GW QB Shaun Watlington attempted a deep pass, but it Ty Foster, Glass’ defensive back made a great catch for a heartbreaking interception.
Mr. Kendrick shows off his speed and slick moves as he dazzles in his way for a 66-yd touchdown run. Glass leads 14-0 after the first quarter.
Glass continued to pour it on as Kendrick kept running wild and spearheaded a 98-yard scoring drive to give the visitors a 21-0 lead.
GW was scrappy and also used a big play to get their first TD. Willie Edmunds scored from 66 yards out on the ground to get his Eagles a boost. They trailed 21-7 into halftime.
When Kendrick was not busy with his feet, he got help from his backfield mate, Quoterris Craighead who rushed for two touchdowns in the second half.
After some changes in the lineup, the Hilltoppers still dominated through the final horn.  The final score was 49-15 for the Hilltoppers.
Glass dominated both lines of scrimmage and ran at will on the ground. Kendrick led all rushers with 278 yards and added 48 yards passing. Edmunds was the leading ground gainer for the Eagles with 69 yards.
Glass remains undefeated at 5-0 while GW drops to 3-2 overall.
Glass Stats:
  •  DreSean Kendrick 33 yard TD (7:48, 1st quarter) 
  •  Dre Sean Kendrick 67 yard TD (2:39, 1st quarter), Bryson Mckenna two-point conversion 
  •  Kendrick intercept on their 2-yard line 
  •  Quoterris Craighead 15 yard TD 8:07 2qt
  •  Kendrick 214 yards rushing in first half 
  •  Kendrick fumble the ball on their 1yard line
  •  Kendrick 3 yard TD           
  •  Ty Foster 13 yard TD (4:24 3 quarter)
  •  Quoterris Craighead 3 yard (TD 8:21 4 quarter)
  •  Quoterris Craighead 43 yard (TD 3:11 4 quarter)                 
  •  Markevus Franklin interception (1:24 4th quarter)
G.W. Highlights: 
                    Donnie Davis interception 
                    Demajah Adkin 50-yard TD pass to Shyheim Watlington 


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 defeated william campbell 48-20

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



A homecoming wIN FOR glass 59-21


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.


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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.


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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 

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


The EC Glass Hilltoppers looked to begin the 2019 season with a bang.  They had the pleasure of getting an early start on the new season. In the preseason publication by WSET.com, this Hilltoppers' team was rated ast he number 1 team in the area.   
When most Thursday night games are usually reserved for the JV teams, this lovely, cool evening featured two varsity teams looking to be the main show in town!
At historic Lynchburg City Stadium, the Charlottesville Black Knights made the journey down 29 south to battle with the Hilltoppers. 
The Black Knights were looking to improve from a rough 2018 season.  The home standing Hilltoppers returned recently anointed Titan Trophy winner DreSean Kendrick and a host of talented players from last year’s 11 win playoff tested squad that fell to Blacksburg in the Class 4, Region D finals. 

The Hilltoppers scored early and often. They jumped in the board with an early field goal to go up 3-0. Quoterrius Craighead broke through first. His 10-yard bulldozing run scored the first touchdown of the game. Then Mr. Kendrick took center stage. His first TD was a broken play that lead to an 11-yard scamper. He then backed that up with a dazzling 60-yard sprint down the sideline to push the score to 23-0 in favor of Glass.  Craighead found paydirt once again and pushed the advantage to EC Glass 30-0 at the half.  Craighead accounted for 2 rushing TDs and DreSean Kendrick also contributed 2 rushing touchdowns. 
The Hilltoppers did not let up after the intermission. They added four more touchdowns in the second half while maintaining the shutout.  The second half was highlighted with a spectacular 97-yard TD gallop from running back Ty Foster.
The Hilltoppers will enter week 2 at 1-0 while Charlottesville will look to regroup and try to even their record next week with a win.
Kendrick finished with 135 yards and 3 touchdowns rushing.
by EMSPORTS.org  08/29/2019
photo by The Titan Trophy Sports Club

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



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  • Caleb Snead

Campbell wide receiver Caleb Snead was named to the HERO Sports FCS freshman All-American first team.


Gates city state champs 2018-19




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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