The Central Virginia area is highly blessed with great student athletes. On the last Saturday in June 2021, three area teams battled inspite of the obstacles that the Covid-19 pandemic had presented. No VHSL Championships took place in the Spring of 2020. However, that didn't matter as each of these teams were locked in to their respective state championship title games. The disruptive academic year and a delayed sports season would not prevent these Queens of the Softball Diamond from shining the brightest when it mattered the most.
APPOMATTOX RAIDERS, CLASS 2 STATE CHAMPIONS
There was a plethora of blue and white in the stands and hills surrounding Randolph Henry’s Softball field. The Appomattox community showed up in full force to support their Lady Raiders. In this highly anticipated matchup of the last two teams standing in VHSL Class 2, the fact both teams were undefeated added more spice to this final game. The 35-mile drive was the all that stood between these two dominating programs as they looked to decide the state championship. Freshmen pitcher Danner Allen and her batterymate, fellow freshmen catcher, Summer Jones, were the combination to beat. Leading their team to a perfect 15-0 record as they looked to claim their first state title in four tries.
The Lady Raiders countered with scintillating sophomore pitcher, Courtney Layne who also could boast of having an undefeated team behind her at 14-0. The game was a pitchers’ duel with each hurler doing their best to keep the opposing batters unbalanced and shaking their heads. Layne saved the best for last as she pitched her fourth perfect game of the season. The offense was provided by the timely hitting of Macee Hargis’ triple that drove in Kelsey Hackett, who crushed a double in her at-bat.
The back-to-back hits broke the scoreless tie. Hargis then added some insurance with her heads up running when she scored on a wild pitch. The Raiders softball team counted on the arm of Layne and she did not disappoint striking out 14 batters. Her exceptional pitching was the catalyst to the Raiders capturing 2021 VHSL Class 2 Softball State Championship title today with a 2-0 win over the Randolph-Henry Lady Statesmen.
It is the first softball state championship for Appomattox County High School since 1987, when current Raiders head coach Janet Rawes was a member of that team coached by Mary Tolley.
RUSTBURG LADY RED DEVILS, CLASS 3 STATE CHAMPS
It is never too late to score but it sure can make you nervous. The VHSL Class 3 Softball title was a matchup of superlative pitching. The Rustburg Red Devils went with their ace, Eden Bigham, an UVA commit and the host of New Kent put the ball in the hands of Gracie Ellis, who has committed to Randolph-Macon College. The pitchers did not disappoint in this matchup going pitch for pitch and strike for strike. This pitchers’ duel was worth the hype but unfortunately someone had to lose. This same matchup of teams took place earlier in the spring when Rustburg defeated New Kent on the volleyball court for the state championship. De ja vu' anyone?
New Kent Trojans were hoping to capture its first state softball championship; while the Red Devils had earned the title three times during the 1990’s. Coincidentally, the star of those teams is the current coach, Katie (Phillips) Bigham, also known as the Rustburg's head coach and mother of Eden. Bigham, the owner of four perfect games this year was looking to repeat what her mother had accomplished and win a state title in a Red Devil uniform.
The weather was not always pleasant as rain fell on and off throughout the early part of the game. Enough rain fell to delay the game in the third inning, but that was only a small pause it what turned out to be a classic battle. The critical moments took place in the seventh, when a single to right field by Emily Coates was followed by a stolen base. As she stood on second, she then got bunted over to third from a successful sacrifice by Maggie Mayhew. Coates was able to score on a sharply hit single by Carly Hudnall. The ball landed in front of the center fielder who was not able to throw Coates out in time.
That was all Bigham needed as she shutdown the Trojans in the final frame as she had done all game lone. Bigham struck out the side even while allowing only the second hit of the game, when Addi Rowe ripped a single into right field. Her effort was in vain because Bigham wouldn’t let that hit interrupt her rhythm or her focus. Bigham collected 16 strikeouts and punctuated the final out of the game with her signature mix of pitches that resulted in a celebration following another strikeout. The heartbreaking loss moved the Trojans' record to a fantastic 15-2. The win closed out a perfect 17-0 season for the Red Devils.
AMHERST LANCERS, CLASS 4 STATE CHAMPS
The Amherst Lancers made the drive to Hanover Hawks’ field with confidence and nerves of steel. This team was about to make history as the first Amherst Lancer Softball team to play in a state championship game. They also had to go on the road again where they found success in the semifinal round defeating Tuscarora, 3-1 in eight innings. The Lancer faithful was in a tizzy in anticipation in hopes that the Lady Lancers could win the State 4 Softball Championship.
However, as they experienced on Wednesday in Leesburg, good things come to those who wait and wait and wait.
The Lancers were overwhelmed and dominated in the first 3 innings. The Hawks’ sensational sophomore pitcher, Julia Cuozzo, had no problem the first time through the order. She struck out the first 7 batters and then a lengthy summer thunderstorm appeared. It was about the only thing that could slow down Cuozzo. After about an hour delay, Cuozzo picked right back up and fanned the next two batters, bring her total to nine in a row.
Pitcher Dylan McNerney, Cuozzo’s sophomore counterpart, answered the challenge but did it in a different manner. McNerney danced in and out of trouble but was equally as effective and received tremendous team defense behind her. This was no more evident than in the third inning, when an attempted bunt and run turned into an inning ending double play. The bunt was popped into the air when catcher Maddie Jennings secured the out then smartly gunned down the runner at third base trying to advance.
Amherst finally got a hit in the fourth inning, however as became the theme, Cuozzo would strike out batters when it mattered the most. As the game got late into the night and the fans were standing in anticipation of the first team to crack, the game went into extra innings just to add to the tension felt inside and outside the field.
Finally, two errors by Hanover gave Amherst new life and they would not spoil this golden opportunity. Courtesy runner Cheyenne Wall, with two outs, scored base on an errant throw to first base to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. A wild pitch moments later would bring home Maegan Lloyd, extending to lead to 2-0, adding some extra cushion and a small sigh of relief.
McNerney was fantastic striking out 10 batters and surrendering only two hits, to keep the Lancers (15-2) in it. Julia Cuozzo was even better in the circle, allowing only three hits and striking out 17 batters in the losing effort however her fielding and throwing errors would be the team’s downfall.
After a near four-hour battle, the sweet taste of the win produced the first ever softball championship trophy in Amherst County program history to sit in the display case. The victory also halted the 15-game winning streak of Hanover (15-1) who was looking to capture first Virginia High School League state softball title since 2006.
On a great day of championship contests involving some of the best teams in Central Virginia, the EC Glass Boys' Lacrosse kicked off the day with a 10:30 morning clash. The first state title bout on this Saturday pitted EC Glass vs Dominion High School in Class 4 Boys Lacrosse.
The Hilltoppers were playing in their fourth consecutive championship. They had won the crown in 2018 with a victory was over Dominion High.
Dominion was not only looking for revenge but they were looking to complete an undefeated campaign with a road victory. The Titans from Sterling, Virginia got off to a fast start surprising the home standing Hilltoppers.
With precise passing and fast paced offense, Dominion scored often and doubles up the Hilltoppers 6-3 going into the half. The second half would prove to be just as exciting as the tables were turned.
EC Glass played with great sense of urgency and pushed Dominion to the edge. Even though Dominion held a 10-7 lead going into the fourth period, the crowd could sense that EC Glass was very close to making this match closer than the score indicated.
The Hilltoppers scored the last two goals of the third and hoped to keep Dominion of the core board. Dominion was reeling but did strike first in the last period to take a commanding 11-7 lead. EC Glass was playing with their backs against the wall for the first time since basically the opening game of the year. The Hilltoppers responded and closed the gap to 11-10 in a thrilling fourth quarter rally.
With 77 seconds left in regulation, the next face-off would be the deciding factor. Glass was riding the momentum of three consecutive goals and the next would tie it up. Dominion was looking for something to turn away the huge wave of excitement and emotion on the side of the home crowd and secure victory.
Glass did all they could to score and Dominion turned away the final Hilltopper attack with under five seconds left, stripping the ball away and hurling it skyward to the other end of the field where it landed harmless on the turf as the final horn blared out. They did all they needed to outlast the hard-charging Hilltoppers. In the end, Glass was unable to find the equalizer and Dominion had exacted revenge from the 2018 title game loss.
With the loss, EC Glass (8-2) saw their 8-match winning streak come to a heartbreaking end. The Titans, who also won the title in 2016, completed a remarkable undefeated season at 12-0.
LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) — ABC13 Sports High School Scoreboard
June 9, 2021
Seminole District Coaches Teams Basketball
First team: Jalen Leftwich (LCA), Jacobi Lambert (Heritage), O'Maundre Harris (E.C. Glass), Haddon Smith (LCA), Tayshaun Butler (Brookville), Seth Hildebrand (LCA), Brett Waugh (Amherst), Kyle Ferguson (Heritage).
Second team: Zach Smith (E.C. Glass), Kyle Fields (Rustburg), Bre'Andre Horsley (Heritage), Marcus Rose (Amherst), Sully Holmes (LCA), Aiden Treacy (E.C. Glass), JT Brown (Brookville), Landon Sweeney (Rustburg).
Honorable mention: Owen Dunlop (E.C. Glass), Shawn Payton (Heritage), Darius Brown (Heritage), Justin Burns (Amherst), Kam Woolridge (Amherst), Tanner Thomas (LCA).
Player of the Year: Jalen Leftwich, LCA.
The Brookville Bees like all football teams couldn’t wait to finally start their football season.
Even though it was February and unseasonable warm, the excitement and energy in Stinger Stadium was a welcomed relief from the pandemic that had gripped the country.
This game was even more special because the Bees had a chance to get started on Thursday night and welcomed Seminole rival, the LCA Bulldogs, into their home field.
LCA struck first when QB Davis Lane, a transfer from JF, rushed in for a TD. Leading 7-6, the Bulldogs were ready to strike again but a key defensive play led to the biggest play of the game. Tayshaun Butler converted an overthrown Davis pass into a breathtaking pick six. He went 100 yards weaving in and out of traffic ang gave his Bees a lead instead of looking at a larger deficit right before the half.
The lead was short lived because LCA jumped back out on top in the third quarter with a short TD pass by Davis. This would be the last lead for the Bulldogs. Brookville scored 2 more touchdowns in the third quarter to break the game open after falling behind 14-12.
BHS quarterback Drake McDaniel threw for 146 yards, by completing 5 of 8 passes. His counterpart, Davis Lane, rushed for the opening TD and tossed a TD. However, he was limited to 98 yards on 7-16 passing with 2 interceptions.
The Bees were led by running back Silas Rucker's 44 rushing yards and wide receiver Nik Dunford who tallied 106 yards off just two catches including the 65-yd touchdown catch that gave the Bees a lead that would not relinquish.
Gretna's Herb Daniel steps down from Hawks, accepts head coach job at Patrick Henry C.C.
GRETNA, Va. (WSET) — Herb Daniel has seen a lot during his time as the leader of the Gretna Hawks girls basketball team.
From an 0-22 start in his first season, and wrapping as back-to-back Dogwood District titles, Daniel now gets ready for a new challenge in the collegiate ranks, as the head coach at Patrick Henry Community College. 2/13/21
THE LADY HILLTOPPERS COMPLETED THE SEASON SWEEP OVER THEIR CROSSTOWN RIVALS WITH A DOMINANT WIN. NO HERITAGE PIONEER SCORED MORE THAN FIVE POINTS WHILE GLASS PUT THREE IN DOUBLE FIGURES LED BY JAMIYAH HENRY WITH 20 AND AMARI OSEI ADDED 16. GLASS STAYS UNDEFEATED ON THE SEASON AND WINS ANOTHER THEIR SECOND CONSECUTIVE REGULAR SEASON SEMINOLE DISTRICT TITLE.
A rivalry can mean many things. It is a competition or conflict. It can be a battle of wills or
a struggle to the finish. The HillCity Showdown between the Heritage Pioneers and EC Glass Hilltoppers is a highly anticipated contest that takes place in front of jam packed fans and standing room only gyms. In 2021, the stands are nearly 100% empty but the intensity and energy didn’t change.
In Round 1 of this crosstown rivalry, the Pioneers made their way into McCue Gymnasium looking to wipe away the defeat from LCA Bulldogs earlier this week. The Hilltoppers were just excited to finally play their first basketball game and nothing would be better than beating those guys from Heritage.
The game was tight in the first quarter with lead changing hands 11 times until Glass pulled away to 15-11 advantage. Both teams picked up the pace and offensive efficiency as each scored 18 points allowing Glass to maintain the lead, 33-29 at the half.
First year Heritage coach, Tony Crews, could be seen imploring his guys to match the intensity of their opponents. Even as both teams struggled at times, the desire and will to win could not be ignored. The buttons Coach Crews pushed in his coaching debut of this rivalry indicate that he created the right combination in the third quarter. The Pioneers erupted on offense and clamped down on the defense. Kyle Ferguson took the game over in the second half with his array of long-distance marksmanship and his athletic finishes in the paint. The junior sharp shooting guard finished with 27 points including 4 three-pointers in the second half when the Pioneers came roaring back from down four points to outscore their arch-rivals 38-18.
Ferguson got help from senior guard Jacobi Lambert who had 10. Darius Brown and Bre’Andre Horsley added 12 apiece and helped the visitors in blue dominate the boards getting multiple second chance points and curtailing and hopes of a comeback from EC Glass.
The Hilltoppers now 0-1, could not capitalize on their early success and the Ferguson Train steamrolled them late in the game. The Hilltoppers strived in vain but foul trouble and poor shooting characterized their second half woes. Three Hilltoppers scored in double figures as Zach Smith scored 12, Aidan Treacy chipped 11 and Camp Conner finished with 10. Pioneers are now 2-1 on the young season.
by EMSPORTS 1/14/2021
Finally, those had to be the words coming out of the Heritage Pioneers' locker room when they got to hit the hardcourt on Monday, Jan. 11th. Most local baskeball teams had started in earnest with games in the first week of new year, however, Lynchburg City Schools were on pause based on the decision from the school board.
When the Pioneers got a chance to break out of their practice gear and play an opponent, they were on the road to face defending Seminole District champions, the LCA Bulldogs. There was little time to ease into the new season. The Bulldogs were a worthy foe and the game proved as much.
Heritage struck first and got their season off to a good start following a basket by Darius Brown. The lead was refreshing and gave off good vibes for the start of the season. LCA didn't waste time in getting the ball, then the shot and then the lead when Sully Holmes made a 3-pointer to turn the deficit around. The shot would give the Bulldogs the lead and Heritage never led again.
Senior forward Haddon Smith led LCA with 19 points, senior guard Seth Hildebrand added 17 to give the homestanding Bulldogs another victory and spoil Heritage's season opener.
Both teams battle with each team shooting very well from behind the three-point line. LCA was successful on making eight attempts while Heritage was more impressive making 11 treys. Heritage's pressure defense was disruptive as well causing numerous turnovers but when LCA was able to get to the rim, they capitalized on Pioneers' fouls. The Bulldogs finished 17 of 24 from the free throw line.
Heritage junior Hussain Williams added 11 points and hit three 3s. LCA’s Sully Holmes chipped in with nine points.
With the win, LCA evens their record to 1-1 an looks forward to a busy slate of games with Rustburg visiting on Tuesday then a short drive to Timberlake to battle the Brookville
Heritage will continue to build on this performance and a quick turnaround when Brookville comes knocking Tuesday and a trip to Liberty on Thursday. Both these games are a tease as the HillCity Throwdown in circled on the calendar for Saturday, Jan. 16th. That would be the crosstown rivalry battle with E.C. Glass on Saturday.
by EMSPORTS 1/12/2021
With the close of 2020, many people looked forward to new beginnings. The hope and expectation of sports returning on the high school level became a reality when the 2020-2021 VHSL basketball season opened up with several games in the Seminole District. The JV and Varsity teams from the local high schools finally got to battle on the court and begin their journey to capture a state title.
Winter sports began for VHSL-member schools elsewhere Dec. 21, which means area teams are already three weeks behind schedule. There are still some teams that have not been given clearance to play such as E.C. Glass, Heritage, Liberty and Jefferson Forest all currently are prohibited from playing games by the Lynchburg and Bedford County school boards. In this new shortened season, every game really matters because the playoffs will be starting in less than a month.
For the two local games, Brookville made the trip to county rival Campbell County rival, the Rustburg Red Devils. Liberty Christian Academy made the bus ride up highway 29 to take on the Amherst County Lancers.
In the battle of the Bees versus the Red Devils, both teams struggled from the field. As could be expected, offense was choppy and the defenses were dominant. With the state restrictions due to the pandemic, the roar and shouts of fans has been replaced with the louder sound of coaches shouting and squeaking of sneakers. Brookville and Rustburg traded empty possessions and missed more shots than points. At the end of the first quarter, Brookville held a slim 6-5 lead. The two squads eventually found some momentum and more shots found their way into the basket. At the end of the half, the teams were tied at 17 at halftime.
The teams started the second half slow, however, the Bees made the necessary adjustments and found their rhythm outscoring the home team 12-2. Entering the fourth quarter, the Bees increased their double digit lead to 15 points in the fourth quarter and the deficit was too much for Rustburg to overcome. The Bees left the Red Devils behind and secured a 46-35 win on the road.
In Amherst, the Lancers were playing a Bulldogs team that was affected by the Covid-19 virus as several key players and starters did not make the trip.
Initially, both teams traded shots and turnovers until LCA was able to get their motion offense working and then drill some shots from the outside. The Bulldogs ended the quarter with two free throws to take a 14-7 lead into the second quarter. The Lancers come out with more energy in the second quarter and push the tempo. The energy and quality of play picked up from both teams but LCA never relinquished the lead and were ahead 26-22 going into the halftime break.
Amherst continued to show more energy and more fight and it seem to wear the Bulldogs down with multiple offensive rebounds to keep possessions alive. The interior defense from Amherst was able to limit the size advantage from the Bulldogs and the Amherst guards pressured the Bulldogs into untimely errors.
LCA made one final push in the fourth quarter to tie the game up at 42-42 with about four minutes left in the game. From that point, the Lancers flexed their muscle and speed and a 10-0 run sunked the Bulldogs. The final score was a 53-47 victory for the home standing Lancers.
In what has been a challenge for all teams, schools and fans, it was a great relief to see that high school basketball has returned even in a limited form, to bring some excitement and joy to the Central Virginia area.
by EMSPORTS 1/8/2021
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
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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.
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.
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.
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