11-24-23 Weekly Sports Roundup





The Rams Middle School girls’ basketball team dropped a match-up against Shawsville on Nov 16th in Monterey, VA 37-10. Kristina Neil scored five points for Highland and Amelia Good added three points. The girls next played Craig County in Newcastle, VA on Nov 20th with the girls winning 14-12 to improve their record to 2-2. Addison Lockridge scored eight points for Highland with Neil adding four points and Makynley Smith two points.

The Rams Middle School boys’ basketball team also faced Craig County in Newcastle on Nov 20th losing 43-10 dropping their record to 0-4. Levi Warner scored four points for the Rams with Preston Jaccard and Gavin Neave adding two points each.

Highland hosts Tygarts Valley, WV on Thursday Nov 30th for both middle school basketball teams.



The Virginia Military Keydets football team ended their season on a victorious note winning 27-24 against #14 Western Carolina at home on Saturday Nov 18th. VMI finishes the season 4-4 in the Southern Conference, 5-6 overall. Hunter Rice led VMI with 138 yards rushing and four touchdowns.

The men’s basketball team lost a pair of games in the Arizona Tip-Off Tournament this past weekend, losing to South Dokota on Nov 17th 85-81 and Northern Arizona on Nov 18th 78-69. The Keydets record now stands at 1-4. Against South Dakota Brennan Watkins led the Keydets in scoring with 27 points and Taeshaud Jackson II contributed 13 points and 10 rebounds. Against Northern Arizona Tyran Cook led VMI in scoring with 20 points and Jackson II grabbed 14 rebounds off the glass. The Keydets next face Air Force at the USAF Academy in Colorado on Nov 22nd.

The men’s wrestling team won two matches this past week in a tri-meet on Nov 19th – winning against Limestone University 37-6 and Marymount 49-0 raising their record to 3-2 for the season. Eight VMI wrestlers won their matches against Limestone and ten wrestlers won their matches against Marymount. The Keydets participate in another tri-meet in Lancaster, PA on Dec 3rd against Franklin and Marshall College and Bloomsburg University.


The James Madison Dukes football team met their match against Appalachian State on Saturday Nov 18th losing at home 26-23 in overtime losing their bid at an undefeated season as they fell to 6-1 in the Sun Belt Conference, 10-1 overall. Jordan McCloud led the Dukes going 27-of-46 passing for one touchdown. James Madison looks to right the ship next week in a game against Coastal Carolina in Conway, SC on Nov 25th.

The women’s basketball team played Longwood in a home game on Nov 15th, winning 84-50. Carole Miller led the Dukes in scoring with 14 points with Kseniia Kozlova adding 10 and Mikaya Tynes chipping in with 11. Peyton McDaniel added 10 rebounds for JMU. The Lady Dukes played VCU at home on Nov 19th in their next match-up winning 78-65 improving their record to 4-1. McDaniel scored 19 points, Jamia Hazell added 15, and Annalicia Goodman tossed in 12 to lead James Madison in scoring. The women next face Michigan State in the Cancun Challenge on Nov 23rd and Montana State on Nov 24th.

The men’s basketball team played Radford on Friday night Nov 17th, winning 76-73. Terrence Edwards, Jr scored 21 points and T.J. Bickerstaff 20 to lead the Dukes. The guy’s next played Southern Illinois in the Cancun Challenge in Riviera Maya, Mexico on Nov 21st winning 82-76 raising their record to 5-0. Edwards, Jr led the winning team with 24 points with Bickerstaff adding 19. JMU faces Fresno State in the next Cancun Challenge match-up on Nov 22nd.

The women’s field hockey team played against North Carolina on Nov 17th losing in the NCAA Women’s Field Hockey Championship semi-final game 2-0. The Lady Cavaliers enjoyed a great season finishing with a 14-6 record.

The men’s soccer team advanced to the second round of the MCAA Men’s Soccer Championship Tournament with a win against Pitt in Pittsburgh, PA 3-2. Rodrigo Robles scored two goals and Alex Krakowiak added one goal to lead the Dukes to the win. The team faced Georgetown in the next round on Nov 19th, winning 1-0 to earn the right to face LMU in the third round on Nov 25th. David Materazzi scored the winning goal for JMU.

The women’s volleyball team faced Troy in the quarterfinals of the Sun Belt Conference Championship Tournament, winning in five sets on Nov 17th. They advanced to play Texas State on Nov 18th winning in five sets to play Coastal Carolina in the Conference Championship game on Nov 19th. James Madison lost in the championship game in four sets to Coastal Carolina dropping their record to 21-9.


The Virginia Cavaliers football team ended November on a winning note defeating Duke 30-27 at home on Nov 18th moving their record to 2-5 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, 3-8 overall. Anthony Colandrea went 21-of-30 passing with three touchdowns, Malik Washington had eight receptions for 112 yards and a touchdown to lead the Cavaliers. The guy’s face Virginia Tech next weekend on Nov 25th at home.

The women’s basketball team took care of business in a match-up against William & Mary on Nov 15th, winning 80-51. Five Virginia players scored in double figures led by Jillian Brown with 17. Camryn Taylor and am Brunelle added 12 points each, Kymore Johnson chipped in with 11, and Olivia McGhee 10. The Lady Cavaliers faced #25 Oklahoma at home on Nov 19th losing 82-67 dropping their record to 3-1. Taylor scored 17 points and McGhee added 14 to lead Virginia in scoring. The women travel to the Grand Cayman Islands to face Tulane on Nov 24th and LSU on Nov 25th.

The men’s basketball team hosted Texas Southern on Nov 16th winning 62-33. Ryan Dunn led the Cavaliers in scoring with 15 points and five rebounds. Virginia faced Wisconsin in the Fort Myers Tip-Off tournament on Nov 20th losing 65-41 dropping the Cavaliers to 4-1. Reece Beekman led Virginia with 17 points. Virginia next faces West Virginia in another Tip-Off tournament game on Nov 22nd.

The women’s field hockey team played North Carolina in the NCAA Women’s Field Hockey Championship Tournament losing 2-0 to end their season at 14-7.

The women’s volleyball team played Duke on Senior Night at home on Friday Nov 17th losing in three straight sets to drop their record to 10-16. The Lady Cavaliers next face NC State at home on Nov 22nd.

The men’s wrestling team participated in the Journeymen Duals against LIU and Buffalo on Nov 17th in Buffalo, NY. The guys won both matches – they beat LIU 41-3 and Buffalo 37-6. Their next match-up is against North Dakota State in Fargo, ND on Dec 2nd.


The West Virginia Mountaineers football team faced the Cincinnati Bearcats at home on Nov 18th winning 42-21 improving their record to 5-3 in the Big 12 Conference, 7-4 overall. Garrett Greene went 12-of-19 passing for 210 yards and 11 carries for 154 yards and three touchdowns with Jahiem White carrying the rock 21 times for 204 yards rushing and one touchdown to lead West Virginia. WVU faces Baylor next weekend in Waco, TX on Nov 25th.

The #24 men’s wrestling team faced off against Clarion on Nov 16th in Clarion, PA winning 31-7 to move their record to 4-0. Eight wrestlers earned victories on the mat for West Virginia in ten matches. The wrestling team, fresh off its win against Clarion, participated in the Shorty Hitchcock Classic on Nov 18th winning the overall title. Four Mountaineers won individual championships to seal the win for West Virginia. Eight other WVU wrestlers finished in the top six of their respective weight classes to end the tournament as well.

The women’s volleyball team played Baylor in Waco, TX on Nov 18th losing in three straight sets dropping their record to 9-20. The women next face BYU on Nov 22nd at home.

The women’s basketball team faced Youngstown State at home on Nov 19th winning 94-40 improving their record to 3-0. Jordan Harrison scored 16 points while Lauren Fields and J.J. Quinerly added 14 apiece to lead West Virginia. The women travel to San Juan, PR for the San Juan Shootout to play George Washington on Nov 23rd, Charlotte on Nov 24th, and Southern Illinois on Mov 25th.

The men’s basketball team played SMU in the Fort Myers Tip-Off tournament on Nov 20th losing 70-58 dropping their record to 2-2.. Jesse Edwards led West Virginia in scoring with 18 points and Quinn Slazinski added 13 points. Edwards also had nine rebounds. The Mountaineers face the Cavaliers in the next Tip-Off game on Nov 22nd.


The Virginia Tech Hokies football team faced the NC State Wolfpack Saturday afternoon at home on Nov 18th losing 35-28 dropping their record to 4-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, 5-6 overall. Kyron Jones led the Hokies going 17-of-30 with 225 yards passing and three touchdowns. Virginia Tech finishes their season next weekend against Virginia in Charlottesville, VA on Nov 25th.

The men’s basketball team hosted Campbell in a Wednesday evening game on Nov 15th winning 60-44. Lynn Kidd scored 24 points and grabbed 15 rebounds off the glass with Hunter Cattoor adding 12 points to lead the Hokies. Next up for the guys was a game against Wofford on Nov 19th at home which they won 98-76 moving their record to 3-1. Kidd led the team in scoring with 20 points. Sean Pedulla added 19, Cattoor 17, and Tyler Nickel chipped in with 14 to aid in the Tech scoring. The Hokies next face Boise State in Orlando, FL on Nov 23rd.

The women’s basketball team played against Houston Christian in a home game on Nov 16th winning 105-36. Six players scored in double figures for West Virginia led by Elizabeth Kitley with 23 points and six rebounds and Clara Strack with 19 points and eight rebounds. Georgia Amoore chipped in with 16 assists. The women next played UNCG at home on Nov 20th winning 72-51 moving their record to 3-1. Kitley continued her scoring streak, leading the team with 31 points and 10 rebounds. The Lady Hokies next face Kansas in George Town, Cayman Islands for the Cayman Islands Classic on Nov 24th.

The #8 men’s wrestling team faced #13 Rutgers on Friday night Nov 17th in Piscataway, NJ winning 19-12 improving their record to 2-1. Sam Latona, Bryce Andonian, Rafael Hipolito, Jr, Mekhi Lewis, and Sam Fisher notched victories for the Hokies.


The #25 Liberty Flames football team remains undefeated after beating UMass at home on Nov 18th 49-25 moving their record to 7-0 in the Conference USA, 11-0 overall. Kaidon Salter and Quinton Colley led the ground assault for the Flames with 118 yards, two touchdowns for Salter and 102 yards and one touchdown for Cooley. Salter also went 11-of-16 passing for 225 yards and two touchdowns. Liberty faces UTEP in El Paso, TX next weekend on Nov 25th.

The men’s basketball team played Furman in the Myrtle Beach Invitational in Conway, SC on Nov 16th winning 88-74. Four Flames players scored in double figures led by Kyle Rode with 19 points and Brody Peebles with 16 points. The guys played Wichita State in the next round on Nov 17th winning 83-66. Kyle Rode lead the Flames in scoring with 31 points and Colin Porter chipped in with 13 points. Liberty faced Vermont in the championship game on Nov 19th winning 71-61 to capture the Mrytle Beach Invitational title. The Flames remain undefeated at 5-0. Against Vermont Zach Cleveland led the Flames in scoring with 21 points and added nine rebounds. The Flames face Maryland Eastern Shore at home on Nov 25th.

The women’s basketball team faced North Carolina A&T on Nov 19th in Greensboro, NC losing 56-47 dropping their record to 2-2. Emma Hess scored 14 points and Bella Smuda added 11 more to lead the Flames women. Liberty next faces Gonzaga in the Betty Chancellor Classic in Katy, TX on Nov 24th.

The women’s volleyball team faced UTEP in the Conference USA Volleyball Championship Tournament losing in four sets to end their season at 15-14.




Story By

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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