02-16-24 Weekly Sports Roundup



The Warriors girls’ varsity basketball team played against Moorefield in an away contest on Thursday night Feb 8th winning 58-42. Shayla Bennett scored 17 points to lead Pocahontas County and both Olivia Vandevender and Riley Pollack added 11 points. On Saturday Feb 10th the girls hosted Pendleton County losing 47-36. Vandevender led the Warriors with 11 points. On Monday Feb 12th on Senior Night the Lady Warriors played a home game against Richwood winning 79-42 raising their record to 9-10. Allyson Taylor scored 14 points to lead Pocahontas while Calli Propst had 13, Kynlee Wilfong and Shayla Bennett added 10 each.

On Saturday Feb 10th the Warriors boys’ varsity basketball went on the road to face Richwood winning 72-52. On Tuesday night Feb 13th the guys played Meadow Bridge at home winning their third game of the season and second consecutive win 62-56 moving their record to 3-15.

The Warriors girl’s junior varsity basketball team played at Moorefield on Feb 8th losing 37-29. The Lady Warriors were led by a balanced scoring attack with Allyson Taylor getting eight points, Alexis Arbogast and Addison Hamrick scoring six points apiece, Caroline Bennett adding five and Ramona Hardy chipping in with four. On Monday night Feb 12th the JV girls notched a win against Richwood at home winning 39-21 moving their record to 11-4. Taylor scored 10 points for Pocahontas, Hamrick added nine and Arbogast had eight.


The Chargers boys’ varsity and JV basketball teams, along with the girls JV basketball team, took on the Pocahontas County Warriors on the road Wednesday night Feb 7th. The boys’ varsity won 75-47, improving their record to 11-12. Andrew Turner led Bath in scoring with 22 points while both Luke Turner and Wyatt Campbell had 17 points each and Issac Ingram had eight. Campbell also added seven rebounds, eight assists and five steals. Ingram added nine rebounds and Luke Turner had seven. Andrew Turner had four assists and three steals and Frankie DeBoe added three steals and three blocked shots. For the Warriors Carter Vandevender scored 14 points and Matthew McQuain added 10. Pocahontas County won the boys JV game 50-41. Griffin Taylor scored 18 points for the Warriors. Issac Phillips scored 10 points for Bath County, while Remington Gordon and Jake Boguess had nine each. Bath’s JV girls team lost to Pocahontas County 51-46 moving their record to 5-2 in the Pioneer District, 7-10 overall. Alexis Arbogast and Allyson Taylor scored 14 points each for the Warriors who improved their record to 10-3. Trinity Forbes scored 22 points for the Chargers and Zoey Jenkins added 15.

The Chargers wrestling team took part in the Class I, Region C Tournament hosted by Parry McCluer on Saturday Feb 10th. A.J. Woodson was the runner-up in the 144-pound weight class for Bath County. Ethan Bryant and Dillan Royer both placed third and all three of these guys qualified for the State Tournament in Salem on Feb 16-17. Bath County finished sixth out of eight teams.


The Rams boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball teams went on the road Wednesday night Feb 7th to play Richwood WV. The boys’ varsity team won 66-40. Zach Armstrong scored 18 points to lead Highland. John Wagner added 17 points and Eli Moore scored 15. The girls’ varsity lost 38-27. Annah Moyers led the Rams in scoring with 10 points and Colleen Adams had nine points, seven rebounds, and seven steals. Hannah Meyerhoeffer led the Rams with 10 rebounds. On Friday night Feb 9th both Highland varsity teams hosted Narrows. The boys lost 83-60. Wagner led the Rams with 21 points, Armstrong had 13 and Elijah Good added 10. The girls lost 54-16. Adams and Douglas scored seven points each for the Rams while Good added two. Douglas also had seven rebounds, two assists and two steals. Good had six rebounds, Adams had four steals and Moyers had two assists.

Both varsity basketball teams for Highland played games in the district tournament on Monday night Feb 12th. The Rams boys hosted Bath County to earn the right to advance to the Class I, Region C tournament but came up short losing 59-53. Wagner scored 25 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the Rams. Good added 16 points and five rebounds, and Zach Armstrong handed out eight assists along with four rebounds. The Highland Rams ended their season with a 9-11 record. The Chargers advanced to the next round in the district tournament, in addition to the regional tournament, with a 12-12 record. Andrew Turner led Bath County with 23 points and five assists. Issac Ingram added 14 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists while Luke Turner added nine points. Wyatt Campbell had seven rebounds and six assists. The Rams girls’ varsity team traveled to Elliston to face Eastern Montgomery in the Pioneer District tournament losing 55-22 ending their season with a 1-15 record. Colleen Adams scored 12 points and grabbed three rebounds for the Rams, Jazmine Douglas scored eight points and had five rebounds, while Annah Moyers chipped in with two points and five rebounds.



The Virginia Military Keydets men’s basketball team lost a close one to Chattanooga at home on Feb 8th 88-84. Four players scored in double figures for VMI led by Tyran Cook who had 28 points. On Feb 10th VMI hosted Samford, losing 102-63 dropping their record to 4-21. Taeshaud Jackson II and Corey Chesley scored 16 points apiece for VMI.

The women’s rifle team took on Morehead State in Morehead, KY on Feb 10th and came in second place.

The men’s wrestling team hosted a dual meet on Feb 9th against Bellarmine and LIU, winning both matches 25-11 against Bellarmine and 19-18 against LIU. Seven VMI wrestlers earned wins against Bellarmine and five picked up victories against LIU.

The VMI Keydets hosted the VMI Winter Classic on Feb 9-10 with numerous collegiate teams taking part. For VMI Ben Hagerich won the 800-meter race, Cameron Thomas won the pole vault, Nick Brown placed sixth in the 60-meter race, and Christian Hyman placed eight in the shotput.


The James Madison Dukes men’s basketball team traveled to Jonesboro, AR on Feb 7th winning 77-73. Noah Freidel scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while Terrence Edwards Jr added 14 points to lead JMU. On Feb 10th James Madison hosted Akron winning 73-59 improving their record to 22-3. Michael Green III scored 17 points, Edwards Jr had 15 and T.J. Bickerstaff added 14 for JMU.

The women’s basketball team hosted South Alabama on Feb 7th winning 82-66. Four JMU players scored in double figures led by Peyton McDaniel with 22 and Kseniia Kozlova with 21. Kozlova also had 11 rebounds. Hevynne Bristow added 10 points and 10 rebounds. On Feb 11th the women’s team traveled to Muncie, IN to face Ball State losing 72-57 dropping their record to 17-8. Ashanti Barnes led JMU with 13 points.

The women’s softball team participated in the River City Leadoff Tournament in Jacksonville, FL on Feb 9-11 against Jacksonville, Ball State, North Florida, and Southern Miss. JMU beat Ball State 6-1 and Jacksonville 5-1 on Feb 9th, defeated Ball State 8-1 and North Florida 3-2 on Feb 10th, and lost to Southern Miss 3-2 on Feb 11th.

The women’s tennis team played against Charlotte in an away match on Feb 9th losing 6-1.

The women’s track team participated in the Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational in Lynchburg, VA on Feb 9-10. Jordan Henderson set a school record in the 60-meter hurdles prelim on Feb 9th.


The Virginia Lady Cavaliers basketball team played a game in Chestnut Hill, MA on Feb 8th against Boston College winning 73-66. Five Virginia players scored in double figures led by Yonta Vaughn with 16 points. On Feb 11th the Lady Cavaliers traveled to Winston-Salem, NC to play Wake Forest winning 87-79 improving their record to 12-12. Kymora Johnson lad Virginia with 23 points and Olivia McGhee added 22.

The #21 men’s basketball team traveled to Tallahassee, FL on Feb 10th to face Florida State, winning 80-76. Isaac McKneely scored 29 points and Reece Beekman added 21 to lead the Cavaliers. UVA lost to Pitt on Feb 13th at home dropping their record to 19-6. Beekman scored 19 points and McKneely added 15 to lead Virginia.

The #11 women’s tennis team took part in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Seattle, WA on Feb 9-11. On Feb 9th UVA faced #6 Pepperdine winning 5-2 advancing them to a quarterfinal match against #5 Michigan on Feb 10th where they lost 4-1. In the consolation match on Feb 11th the women upset #1 North Carolina 4-0.

The #6 men’s tennis team hosted #24 Georgia on Feb 10th winning 4-0.

The men’s wrestling team traveled to Raleigh, NC to face #8 NC State on Feb 9th losing 38-3. #14 Justin McCoy picked up the lone win for UVA.

The women’s softball team took part in the South Carolina Tournament in Columbia, SC from Feb 9-11. UVA beat the first three teams they faced, defeating UNCG 6-5 and Jacksonville State 7-3on Feb 9th, and UNCG on Feb 10th 7-2. On Feb 10th and 11th, the Cavaliers played #23 South Carolina twice losing 6-1 and 7-1.

The men’s and women’s track team had a busy weekend on Feb 9-10 as they took part in three Invitationals – the David Hemery Valentine Invitational in Boston, MA, the Eagle Elite Invitational in Boston, MA, and the Tiger Paw Invitational in Clemson, SC. UVA distance runner Gary Martin set a UVA record in the mile run in the Eagle Elite Invitational.


The West Virginia Mountaineers men’s basketball team traveled to Austin, TX on Feb 10th to take on Texas losing 84-58. Jesse Edwards led the Mountaineers with 17 points. The Mountaineers continued their road trip in Texas playing TCU in Fort Worth, TX on Feb 12th losing 81-65 dropping their record to 8-16. RaeQuan Battle scored 21 points and Quinn Slazinski added 15 to lead West Virginia.

The women’s basketball team traveled to Waco, TX on Feb 10th to face Baylor, losing 65-58. J.J. Quinerly scored 13 points while both Jordan Harrison and Kyah Watson scored 12 each to pace West Virginia. On Feb 13th the Lady Mountaineers faced TCU in Fort Worth, TX winning 77-52 moving their record to 21-3. Four Mountaineers scored in double figures led by Harrison with 19 points and Quinerly with 15.

The #1 West Virginia’s co-ed rifle team hosted #3 Kentucky in a match on Feb 10th winning with an aggregate score of 4728-4710. The West Virginia team remained undefeated at 13-0.

The women’s tennis team hosted a dual meet against Cleveland State and Radford on Feb 10th defeating Cleveland State 5-2 and Radford 4-1.

The women’s track team traveled to Boston, MA to participate in the David Hemery Valentine Invitational on Feb 9-10. For West Virginia Mikenna Vanderheyden placed sixth in the 1000 meter run while several other athletes contributed personal bests in their events.


The #16 Virginia Tech Hokies women’s basketball team traveled to Raleigh, NC to face #3 NC State on Feb 8th upsetting them 72-61. Elizabeth Kitley led Virginia Tech with 25 points and 13 rebounds. Georgia Amoore added 12 points and 10 assists to lead Virginia Tech as four Hokie players scored in double figures. On Feb 11th the women played Boston College at home winning 74-63 moving their record to 20-4. Amoore scored 26 points and Kitley added 24 points plus 15 rebounds for the Hokies. Olivia Summiel chipped in with 11 rebounds.

The #23 women’s softball team traveled to Auburn, AL to play a series of games against Illinois, Auburn, and Belmont on Feb 9-11. The Hokies picked up four wins against Illinois 18-1 and #20 Auburn 8-1 on Feb 9th, Belmont 13-1 and tied #20 Auburn 5-5 on Feb 10th, and beating Illinois 6-5 on Feb 11th.

The men’s basketball team traveled to Notre Dame, IN to face Notre Dame on Feb 10th losing 74-66. Hunter Cattoor scored 18 points to lead Virginia Tech. Mylyjael Poteat added 14 points and Sean Pedulla scored 13. Robbie Beran grabbed 13 rebounds off the glass for Tech in addition to eight points. The men’s team then played Florida Sate at home on Feb 13th winning 83-75 moving their record to 14-10. Cattoor led Tech with 20 points with Pedulla scoring 19 and Lynn Kidd adding 12 points and 15 rebounds.

The men’s tennis team met Middle Tennessee in an away match on Feb 9th losing 6-1.

The men’s wrestling team hosted a dual meet with Duke and George Mason on Feb 9-10 beating Duke 45-0 and George Mason 42-5. The Hokies won all ten bouts against Duke and George Mason.

The women’s tennis team hosted a dual meet against Appalachian State and Delaware on Feb 10-11. The Hokies defeated Appalachian State 5-2 and Delaware 4-3.

The men’s and women’s track team took part in three Invitational meets on Feb 9-10: the Don Kirby Elite Invitational in Albuquerque, NM; the Music City Challenge in Nashville, TN, and the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, AR.


The Liberty Flames men’s basketball team won a home game against Middle Tennessee on Feb 8th 88-53. Brody Peebles scored 21 points and Zach Cleveland added 20 to lead the Flames. Kyle Rode added 10 points and 12 rebounds. The Flames then played Louisiana Tech on Feb 10th at home winning 65-62 moving their record to 16-9. Kaden Metheny scored 21 points and Rode added 18 for Liberty.

The Lady Flames basketball team lost to Middle Tennessee on Feb 8th 81-55. Bella Smuda led Liberty with 18 points. On Feb 10th Liberty played Louisiana Tech in Ruston, LA winning 58-53 moving their record to 11-14. Emma Hess scored 29 points to lead Liberty as Jordan Hodges added 13 points and Smuda scored 11 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.

The men’s tennis team hosted Presbyterian on Feb 9th winning 7-0 and Yale on Feb 11th losing 4-3.

The women’s softball team traveled to Clearwater, FL to participate in the NFCA Division I Classic on Feb 9-11 against St. John’s, Oregon, Clemson, Missouri, and Notre Dame. The Flames won the first game 3-1 against St John’s and then proceeded to lose the next four against #13 Oregon 8-0, #5 Clemson 7-3, Missouri 10-1, and Notre Dame 3-0.

The women’s tennis team picked up a victory against Delaware 4-3 at home.

The men’s and women’s track team hosted the Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational on Feb 9-10. For the Liberty women Reese Webster won two of her three events in the women’s 60 meters and 4×400 relay, Paola Bueno won the weight throw title, and Indea Cartwright winning the 60 meter hurdles. For the Liberty men Desmond Coleman won the weight throw and Kyle Harkabus won the Invitational 3K





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Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle. scott@amrmail.org

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