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Thursday, March 28, 2013
The VHSL has moved its boys and girls state basketball semifinals out of VCU's Siegel Center as part of a restructured format beginning with the 2014-15 season.
The new format - adopted after a poll of the VHSL Executive Committee - calls for the six boys and six girls championship games to be played at VCU over a three-day period from March 13-15 with four games played on each day.
Each day's games will be divided into two-game sessions at VCU.
The state semifinals will be played at sites across the state on the weekend of March 7-8, similar to the "supersite" setup the VHSL has used for its quarterfinals in recent years. The semifinals will still be played one week following the March 1 completion of regional tournaments.
Two other possible formats for next year's state tournament were considered by the committee.
Option 2 called for playing the semifinals and finals at VCU with six games per day over six days from March 10-15.
Option 3 called for playing the semfinals and finals at VCU with six games per day from March 3-8.
The new format passed with 15 votes of executive committee members. Three voted for Option 2 and five voted for Option 3.
-- Robert Anderson
Lord Botetourt 13, James River 4
BUCHANAN - Matt Burd struck out 11 and allowed only two hits over six innings as Lord Botetourt downed James River.
Zack Kelly hit a solo homer in the third inning and scored two runs for the Cavaliers (4-1). Michael Mnich scored three times and Connor Bronson scored twice for Botetourt.
Justin Stevers scored a run and Josh Jones hit a RBI-double in the bottom of the seventh for James River (2-3).
Matt Burd allowed only one run over six innings pitched in the win. Kaleb Gunter struck out four over four innings in the loss.
Floyd County 7-6, George Wythe 0-5
WYTHEVILLE - In game one of a doubleheader, Dustin Faulkner struck out nine and allowed four hits for the Buffaloes. Brian Callahan had one hit and two RBIs and Gus Underwood had one hit and one RBI.
Grant Anders and Paul Stanley each had one hit. Tanner Combs struck out three and allowed four hits. The Maroons committed six errors.
In the second game, Brandon Gearhart led the Buffaloes (3-3) with two hits and three RBIs. Travis Cox had one hit and one RBI. Cox struck out seven, walked five and allowed three hits.
Jacob Collins led the Maroons (0-4) with two hits and two RBIs. Cade Holliday and Jon Deter each had one hit and one RBI. Bryce Grimes struck out three, walked eight and allowed two hits.
Cave Spring 10, Northside 6
Alex Emery drove in two runs and scored twice as Cave Spring earned its first win of the season.
Jake Schuyler scored twice and had three hits and Griffin Stanley scored three times for the Knights (1-5).
Jeremy Ragland had three hits and drove in two runs for the Vikings (4-2).
Brett Meyers struck out two and allowed three runs on five hits over four innings in the win. Tyler Wolfe pitched three innings in the loss.
Alleghany 4, Glenvar 3
LOW MOOR - Pitcher Mark Hendricks struck out eight, walked one and allowed six hits for the Mountaineers (4-0). Kendall Kessinger came on in relief, striking out two, walking one and allowing one hit. Kessinger also had two hits and one RBI.
Tyler Dehart led the Highlanders (1-4) with three hits and one RBI. Tyler Crockett struck out three, walked one and allowed seven hits.
Chilhowie 14, Galax 1
CHILHOWIE - Forrest Haga and T.J. Lewis drove in two runs each and every Chilhowie starter registered a hit in the five-inning win.
Jeffrey Johnson added two hits for Chilhowie (4-1) and Caleb Sheets struck out six over four innings for the win.
Chandler Quesenberry scored for Galax (1-4) and Caleb Pack was credited with the loss.
Radford 11, Craig County 1
RADFORD - Luke Phillips drove in three runs with a double in the sixth inning to close out a win for Radford.
Phillips ended the day with five RBIs and three hits, while Drew Cox added two RBIs for Radford (2-2).
Trevor Edwards drove in the run for Craig County (1-5) in the third inning.
Jacob Hobbs struck out four over four innings and allowed only two hits in the win. Cox struck out five of six batters in relief. Edwards struck out six over five innings in the loss.
Greenbrier East, W.Va. 6, Covington 5
COVINGTON - Greenbrier East got out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the sixth inning to avoid further damage and defeat Covington.
Laramie McAllister had a double and two RBIs for Covington (0-5). Mary Woods and Ashley Adams had two hits each and scored a run.
Victoria Krystnak struck out four over four innings in the win and Kristina Huffman allowed four walks and struck out three in the loss.
North Stokes, N.C. 10, Patrick County 7
DANBURY, N.C. - Logan Martin had a triple and Ebony Reynolds added a home run and two RBI, but it was not enough to defeat the Vikings of North Stokes.
Natalie Mitchell took the loss for Patrick County (3-5) allowing nine hits and eight runs while striking out two.
Alleghany 15, Bath County 1
LOW MOOR - The Mountaineers used three two-run home runs to power their offensive attack as they overpowered the Chargers in five innings.
Cave Spring 15, Northside 10
Courtney Cooper, Kylie Kent and Alayna Francis all smacked home runs as the Knights outslugged the Vikings.
Taylor Asimakopoulos pitched a complete game, striking out two, to earn the victory for Cave Spring (4-2).
Kelsey Jarrett, Ruthie Williams, Taylor Grubb and Morgan Bruce had home runs for Northside (6-1).
Lord Botetourt 10, James River 4
DALEVILLE - Kendra Wood drove in three runs and held James River to four hits in the win.
Meaghan Catron drove in three runs and Kristen Toppel had a triple and a stolen base for Lord Botetourt (5-1).
Kasey Hill hit a three-run homer in the second inning for James River (3-4).
Wood struck out six over seven innings in the win. Jessica Simmons allowed six hits over 1 1⁄3 innings in the loss.
Galax 6, Chilhowie 5
GALAX - Taylor Ashworth scored on a single by Lauren Osborne in the bottom of the eighth inning to give Galax the win.
Brooklyn Key hit a two-run home run for Galax (1-3) and Ashworth hit a solo homer and walked three times.
Jensen Sturgill, Emily Hannigan and Abby Stanley all had two hits for Chilhowie (1-3).
Galax tied the game at five in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Haley Reynolds earned the win with two innings of relief work. Kiki Murphy was credited with the loss with three innings of work.
Glenvar 6, Salem 4
O.C. Ward scored two runs as Glenvar edged host Salem on Thursday.
Logan Bixby doubled and tripled for the Highlanders (4-1), which broke a 4-4 tie in the sixth inning with three hits, a walk and an error.
Sarah LaFrancois scored twice for the Spartans (2-3) and Sam Smith drove in a run.
Cara Neikirk pitched a complete game and struck out five and walked two for the win. Smith also pitched a complete game with five strikeouts in the loss.
Salem 26, Hidden Valley 1
The Spartans were led by Connor Sampson, who scored six goals. Phillip Robertson and Josh Davis each scored four goals. Isaiah Harris and Trevor Rakes each scored three goals.
Jake Preston made 12 saves. Salem improved to 5-0.
Salem 16, Hidden Valley 4
Morgan Leeson, Mackenzie Haymaker and Cate Pace scored four goals each to lead Salem to a win over host Hidden Valley.
Sika Agblevor scored two and Jordan Dixon added one for Salem.
Kristin O'Connell, Callie Gregg, Hannah Miko and Claudia Desimone scored a goal each for the Titans (1-2).
At Blue Hills Golf Club, front nine (par-35)
Team scores: Roanoke Valley Christian 210, Parway Christian 232.
Medalist -Samuel Irvin, Roanoke Valley Christian, 45
WESTERN VALLEY DISTRICT
Patrick Henry 8, Halifax County 0
Terence Andrews recorded a hat trick and Emmanuel Scere and Zach Paget each had two goals each as the Patriots (2-2-1) easily handled the Blue Comets.
Jamie Swanson also recorded a goal for Patrick Henry.
Alleghany 11, Bath County 0
LOW MOOR - Patrick Burns scored eight goals as Alleghany cruised to a win over Bath County.
Milliyon Fasseha scored two and added three assists and Nehemiah Vance scored one goal for Alleghany (2-0).
Noah Green made two saves for the Mountaineers, which led 8-0 at the half.
Lord Botetourt 5, James River 1
Sam Austin scored two goals and Todd Johnson, Cory Cosner and Colbe Adams each scored one goal as the Cavaliers (3-1) defeated the Knights (0-5). Robert Switzer made five saves for Lord Botetourt and Cameron Bell made 26 saves for James River. Lord Botetourt broke the game open in the second half after leading 1-0 at the break.
Auburn 4, Fort Chiswell 0
MAX MEADOWS - Chris Bayne scored two goals as Auburn downed Fort Chiswell.
Jacob Monday scored one goal and Jacob Bowman had a goal and an assist for Auburn (2-0).
Marshall Jones made three saves for Auburn. Cody Cook stopped 18 shots for Fort Chiswell (1-2).
Dayspring Christian 7, Faith Christian School 0
Leah Hairfield scored three goals as Dayspring earned a conference win.
Geneva Hutchinson scored twice and Sara Albano and Becca Goodheart scored a goal each for Dayspring (3-0, 2-0).
Elisa Fowler made two saves for Dayspring, which led 3-0 at the half. Katie Sayers stopped 14 shots for Faith Christian (0-1, 0-1).
Floyd County 0, Patrick County 0
FLOYD - Patrick County and Floyd County played to a draw on Thursday.
Floyd County (0-3-1) outshot Patrick County 7-5.
Emily Dorothy made five saves for Floyd and Meredith Ratliff made four saves for Patrick.
William Byrd 4, Glenvar 0
Heather Crouch, Nicole Olsen, Katie Adelseth, Rachel Nicely each scored one goal, as the Terriers (4-1) defeated the Highlanders (1-4). Emily Krakow made three saves for William Byrd and Miranda Howell made 13 saves for Glenvar.
The halftime score was 2-0 Terriers.
Roanoke Valley Christian 6, Timberlake Christian 0
LYNCHBURG - Lexi Hart, A.J. Clay and Beth Snyder all scored in the first half to help the Eagles (3-1) to a win.
Emily McBride, Naomi Elliott and McKenzie Prillaman scored in the second half for Roanoke Valley Christian, and Lainey Register made six saves.
North Cross 5, SWVA Home School 1
Sarah Maurer and Lissa Smith scored two goals each as host North Cross earned a win.
Smith opened the scoring for the Raiders (4-0), but Zoe Campbell tied the game for the Conquerors (2-1) under a minute later and the two teams were tied at the half.
Smith scored her second goal, Maurer netted two and India Helmer added one in the second half.
Maurer and Gussie Revercomb split time in net for North Cross and combined for seven saves.
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