12-08-23 Weekly Sports Round-Up



The Pocahontas Warriors girls’ varsity basketball team played Moorefield at home on Dec 2nd losing 45-32 dropping their record to 1-1. The Warriors were led in scoring by Allyson Taylor who had eight points.


The Bath County boys’ varsity basketball team played Riverheads in the Tip-Off tournament on Dec 1st hosted by Riverheads and lost 51-41. Wyatt Campbell scored 15 points with Issac Ingram adding 12 points, eight rebounds and five steals for the Chargers. In the tournament consolation game on Dec 2nd Bath County faced James River losing a tightly contested game 57-55. Campbell scored 15 points and had seven steals for Bath County. Frankie DeBoe added 15 points and seven rebounds and Luke Turner had 11 points and nine rebounds. On Tuesday Dec 5th the guys faced Meadow Bridge, WV winning their first game of the young season 81-49 moving their record to 1-3. Turner (15 points, 13 rebounds), Ingram (10 points, 14 rebounds) and Campbell (10 points, 10 rebounds) all had double-doubles for the Chargers.

The Chargers boys’ junior varsity basketball team beat Meadow Bridge, WV 38-33 on Dec 5th improving their record to 1-1. Tommy Burke led the Chargers with 16 points.

The Chargers varsity boys wrestling team opened their season participating in the Blues Invitational in Beuna Vista, VA on Dec 1-2. A.J. Woodsen won the 144-pound individual championship going 5-0 in the tournament including four pins. Ethan Bryant (150 lbs) and Miguel Malpica (215 lbs) both placed third in their weight classes and Dillan Royer (215 lbs) finished fourth. As a team the Chargers placed sixth in the ten-team field.

The girls’ junior varsity basketball team played Riverheads on Friday Dec 1st losing 40-34. Trinity Forbes scored 13 points for the Chargers and Sophie Ailstock added 11 with Zoey Jenkins adding eight and Ryleigh Phillips adding two. The junior varsity team played Meadow Bridge, WV in their next game on Monday Dec 4th winning 33-22 moving their record to 1-1. Forbes scored 27 points to lead the Chargers with Ailstock adding four and Lillian Moyers with two.


The Highland Rams girl’s middle school basketball team earned another victory Thursday night Nov 30th in Monterey, VA beating Tygarts Valley, WV 23-17. Addison Lockridge had 13 points to lead the Rams and Makynley Smith added four. In the boys’ middle school game Tygarts Valley won 43-11. Levi Warner led the Rams with eight points, Preston Jaccard added three points and Steven Rogers grabbed five rebounds. The boys and girls middle school basketball teams then traveled to Mount Storm, WV to play Union Educational on Monday Dec 4th. The Rams girls won 34-20 moving their record to 4-2. Lockridge led Highland with 17 points and Smith added eight. The boys middle school team lost their game 50-22 dropping to 0-6 for the season. Jaccard and Karl Sax both scored eight points for the Rams.

The Rams boys’ varsity basketball team lost their first game of the season against Grace Christian in the first round of the Grace Christian Tip-Off tournament Friday night Dec 1st 47-43. Eli Moore led Highland with 11 points and Elijah Good added 10. The Rams then played Chelsea Academy in the consolation game of the tournament on Saturday Dec 2nd losing another close one 47-45 dropping their record to 0-2. John Wagner scored 21 points for Highland and Patton Hull added nine and Moore had eight.

The girls’ varsity basketball team also played in the Grace Christian Tip-Off tournament losing their first game to New Covenant on Dec 1st 46-29. Zalea Good had seven points for Highland and Jazmine Douglas added six. In the second game of the tournament the girls faced North Cross on Saturday Dec 2nd losing 39-30. Colleen Adams led Highland with 17 points and Good added six.



The Virginia Military Keydets men’s basketball team played Navy in Annapolis, MD on Nov 29th losing 67-47. Koree Cotton scored 21 points, Brennan Watkins added 14 points, and Taeshaud Jackson II grabbed nine rebounds off the glass to lead VMI. The guy’s next played Presbyterian at home on Dec 2nd losing 75-71 dropping their record to 2-7. Watkins led VMI with 20 points, with Tyran Cook adding 16 points. Jackson II and Stephen Olowoniyi led VMI in rebounding with 14 rebounds and 10 boards respectively.

The men’s wrestling team traveled to Lancaster, PA to take part in a tri-meet with Bloomsburg University and Franklin and Marshall College on Dec 3rd. The Keydets lost the first match 27-12 with three wrestlers gaining victories and the second one 21-14 where four wrestlers earned wins.


The James Madison Dukes football team earned a bowl bid to play the Air Force Falcons in the Lockhead Martin Armed Forces Bowl on Dec 23rd in Fort Worth, TX. James Madison currently sports an 11-1 record.

The men’s basketball team played Buffalo in a home game on Nov 29th, winning 81-66. Four players scored in double figures for JMU, led by T.J. Bickerstaff who had 18 points plus seven rebounds. James Madison then played Keystone College at home on Dec 3rd in their next game, winning 130-59 to remain undefeated at 8-0. Seven players for James Madison scored in double figures led by Michael Green III with 21 points and Terrance Edwards Jr who had 16 points. JMU also had two players with double figures in rebounds with T.J. Bickerstaff grabbing 13 boards and Jerrell Roberson grabbing 10 boards.

The women’s basketball team played an away game at Liberty on Dec 1st losing 67-53. Ashanti Barnes led JMU in scoring with 12 points. The women played Wake Forest next at home on Dec 3rd winning 55-53 improving their record to 6-3. The Dukes were led by Steph Ouderkirk scoring 14 points and grabbing nine boards off the glass.

The women’s volleyball team lost to Baylor in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship on Thursday Nov 30th in three straight sets to end their season at 21-10.


The University of Virginia Cavaliers men’s basketball team beat #14 Texas A&M at home 59-47 as part of the ACC/SEC Challenge on Nov 29th. Five players for Virginia scored in double figures led by Andrew Rohde who had 13 points and six rebounds. Virginia next played Syracuse at home on Dec 2nd, winning 84-62. Three players scored in double figures for UVA with Isaac McKneely scoring 22 points. The men then played North Carolina Central University at home on Dec 5th winning 77-47 moving their record to 8-1. McKneely led the Cavaliers with 22 points and Leon Bond II added 14 points and nine boards.

The women’s basketball team played Missouri as part of the ACC/SEC Challenge and won in overtime 87-81. Four players scored in double figures for Virginia led by Camryn Taylor with 26 points. Alexia Smith contributed 10 points and 13 rebounds off the glass. The women next faced LaSalle in Philadelphia, PA on Dec 3rd winning 94-73 moving their record to 6-2. The Cavaliers enjoyed a balanced scoring attack led by Kymora Johnson notching 17 points.

The men’s wrestling team faced off against North Dakota State in Fargo, ND on Dec 2nd winning 21-18. Five UVA wrestlers won their matches in what turned out to be a tight meet.


The 8-4 West Virginia Mountaineers football team earned a bowl invite to face North Carolina in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl on Dec 27th in Charlotte, NC.

The West Virgnia Mountaineers men’s basketball team lost to St John’s at home on Dec 1st 79-73 dropping their record to 3-4. Four Mountaineers scored in double figures led by Quinn Slazinski scoring 19 points and Jesse Edwards with 15.

The women’s basketball team beat St. Bonaventure 90-50 at home on Dec 2nd. J.J. Quinerly scored 21 points to lead West Virginia. The women then hosted #25 Penn State on Dec 4th winning 83-65 to remain undefeated at 8-0.  Five Mountaineers scored in double figures led by Quinerly with 22 points.

The #21 men’s wrestling team lost a tough match to #18 Oklahoma 21-19 at home on Dec 3rd moving their record to 4-1. Four Mountaineer wrestlers earned wins in the match.


The Virginia Tech Hokies football team earned a bowl invite to play Tulane in the Military Bowl in Annapolis, MD on Dec 27th. Virginia Tech has a 6-6 record.

The Virginia Tech Hokies men’s basketball team faced the Auburn Tigers in Auburn, AL as part of the ACC/SEC Challenge on Nov 29th losing 74-57. Hunter Cattoor led Tech with 16 points. Virginia Tech then faced Louisville at home on Dec 3rd winning 75-68 moving their record to 6-3. Virginia Tech was led in scoring by M.J. Collins who had 20 points and Lynn Kidd who had 19.

The women’s basketball team faced #7 LSU at home on Nov 30th losing 82-64 dropping their record to 5-2. Three players scored in double figures for the Hokies led by Georgia Amoore with 25 points and Elizabeth Kitley adding 16 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.


The undefeated #23 Liberty Flames football team at 12-0 earned a bowl invite to face #8 Oregon in Glendale, AZ in the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl on Jan 1st.

The Liberty Flames men’s basketball team faced #13 Florida Atlantic as part of the Field of 68 Media Network Tip-Off Event on Nov 30th in Boca Raton, FL losing 83-58. Liberty was led in scoring by Colin Porter who had 16 points. The men next faced College of Charleston in the next game of the Tip-Off Event on Dec 1st losing 76-67. Kyle Rode led Liberty in scoring with 18 points and Kaden Metheny added 16. Joseph Venzant chipped in with 11 rebounds. The men next faced Mississippi Valley State on Dec 5th at home winning 74-39 moving their record to 7-2. The Flames had a balanced scoring attack with Brody Peebles with 11 points and Metheny, Colin Porter, and Gabriel McKay adding 10 points each.

The women’s basketball team played James Madison at home on Dec 1st, winning 67-53. Ashanti Barnes led Liberty in scoring with 12 points. The Lady Flames next played Towson at home on Dec 4th losing in overtime 73-70 dropping their record to 3-6. Liberty was led in scoring by Bella Smuda with 22 points and 14 rebounds.





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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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