Friday, February 28, 2014

HCS VIDEO INTERVIEW: Ryan Pearson and DeMonte Buckingham

Hear from the 1-2 punch for Henrico after their 58-57 escape win over L.C. Bird to return to the State Tournament and clinch a berth in Monday's 5A South Region Championship game against Maury in Portsmouth!

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THE WRAP: 5A SWEEP: Highland Springs Girls Roll, Henrico Boys Pick Right Time To Lead.....

5A South Region Semifinals tonight at Hermitage High offered games that couldn't have more contrast. While the Highland Springs girls were looking for a third win over Atlee after beating the Raiders by 50 plus points in the previous two matchups.

The similar formula from the other games showed up with Highland Springs forcing Atlee turnovers, going down low for easy baskets. By halftime, it was 51-17. The Springers rolled the rest of the way for a 89-33 win to move to 23-1 on the season.

Delaware State commit Briana Justice led the Springers with 16 points while Najai Pollard added 14, 10 of them in the opening 10 minutes. E'Shay Winfield scored 10, so did freshman Cam Gaitling.

(Justice on the drive for the 23-1 Springers...)

Highland Springs arguably faces their biggest test since their lone loss, 50-49 at the hands of Cosby on December 23rd, when they play Princess Anne, Conference 9 Champion on Monday at 6pm at Churchland High School in Portsmouth. Princess Anne took Cosby to overtime on January 18th in the StatVa.com Classic before falling 80-77. Justyce Swango and Gadiva Hubbard are two key players for the success of the Cavaliers, who are 25-1 on the season.

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The nightcap was expected to be a classic, and it more than lived up to billing. L.C. Bird took the early lead in the Boys 5A South Region Semifinal and kept it, and kept it, and kept it. Henrico would cut the margin, only to see another trey by diminuitive 5'6" guard C.J. Miles up the lead again. Frankly, the Warriors were lucky to be down just 3 at 28-25 at the half, having shot 35 percent from the field, shooting 2-of-9 from three-point range.

The Warriors seemed to settle for threes early in the third quarter when they ached to punch it inside, the Bird defense stiffening, not allowing Plan A for Vance Harmon's crew.

Though the scoreboard being in Bird's favor continuing throughout most of the second half, everything else changed. Players got quicker, hit the floor for loose balls with more abandon, and Monte Buckingham took over down low.

Two putbacks off offensive rebounds for Buckingham kept the Warriors stay within reach, helping Henrico cut a 42-31 deficit to 46-40. In the final seconds of the third quarter, Ryan Pearson of Henrico and CJ Miles of LC Bird traded treys. It was 49-45 Skyhawks with a period to play.

Miles committed his third foul in first minute of play, the Warriors hitting 1 of 2 free throws. At 49-46, Bird again pressed on the medal with four quick points. It's 53-46 with 6:00 to go.

Buckingham drives and gets an "And One" to cut the Bird lead to 53-49 at the five-minute mark. Then, in a most interesting stretch, Mario Haskett missed the front end of a one-and-one, but the Warriors couldn't convert. Skyhawk defense forces a turnover. They called time with 3:04 to go to set strategy up four.

Bird opted to lengthen possessions, milking clock. The chance you take by doing that is you risk your hot shooters like Miles, as well as Williams, to stand around and go cold as the nerves rise. Little things began to go the Warriors' way, like forcing Bird to take a second quick timeout at 2:54 left.

Back into play, the stars rose to the occasioin with Kenny Williams scoring a bucket, and Buckingham responding. 55-51 when Bird turns it over with 2:00 left.

You expect the cream to rise to the top, and Buckingham does just that with the "And One" five seconds later to cut the Skyhawk lead to 55-54, 1:55 left. After a nice Bird basket, Henrico found Marquis Johnson open in the corner for a trey to tie the game 57-57, 1:30 to go. Some fans near the play in the bleachers down low at Hermitage got into it, forcing a brief pause in action as officials, event workers and police on scene quelled the storm.

If you've ever been to a game at Hermitage you know that the bleachers down low at courtside are right on the court, conducive for a problem such as this.

As they settled down the combatants not in uniforms, the dueling student section/cheerleading chants drowned out the rest of the crowd. "Frenzy" was in full effect.

(Buckingham at the line for the winning free throw....)

Bird inbounded the ball, but it wasn't long before Henrico stole it. With just over a minute to play, the Warriors opted to hold for the last shot. The Skyhawks only had five team fouls in the half, so they waited, then fouled with 11.1 to go. On the ensuing inbounds to Buckingham, he was fouled with 8.7 to go. They take the ball out again, Williams fouling Buckingham on the baseline with 8.1 to go.

Buckingham made the first, missed the second (and later told HCS Media Network the miss was part of his plan), giving Bird one last chance. Kenny Williams ran the length of the floor, took a shot, and watched it fall short. The buzzer sounded, and the dream of back-to-back state titles is alive.


(Kenny Williams driving for what would have been the game winner, but it missed...)

Buckingham scored 22 points to lead Henrico, going 9-for-11 from the field and grabbing 10 rebounds. Marquis Johnson had key baskets, adding up to 13 on the night. Matthew Wallace had 8 and Ryan Pearson had 7.

Henrico moves to 20-5 and next plays for the 5A South Regional Championship on Monday night, 8pm at Churchland HS in Portsmouth against Maury High School, champions of Conference 9 who beat Green Run in the other Regional Semifinal tonight.

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Meanwhile, in the 4A South Boys Region Championship Game, Glen Allen fought back from a five-point I.C. Norcom lead at halftime to be down as few as one before not being able to take the lead when they had possession with 37 seconds to go. Norcom survives 52-48, which means the Jaguars will play the 4A North Champion, either Handley or GW-Danville, who play Saturday night, in the state semifinals. The game will be either at James Madison if Handley wins or at the Salem Civic Center if GW-Danville wins.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

THE WRAP: Historic Win for Glen Allen Boys Basketball!

Tre'shawn Blackston scored 15 points, Grayson Midulla 14 and Trey Pride 10 as the Glen Allen Jaguars overcame second half foul shooting woes and rode their tenacious defense to a 55-47 win over Booker T. Washington to advance to the 4A South Region Championship game tonight.

With the win, the Jaguars also clinched their first-ever appearance at the State Tournament level, where they will play in the 4A State Championships next week.

The Jaguars and Bookers played a game of exchanging 4-0 runs in the first half before Booker T. Washington opened up a five-point edge at intermission. Getting the ball at mid-court with 1.4 seconds left, the Bookers ran a play to guard Jeremiah Jenkins, who drained a three-pointer from the left corner at the buzzer for a 27-22 lead.

The Jaguar defense buckled down after intermission. Blackston began the half with two "and one" opportunities, converting on one of two to tie the game. The Jaguars took the lead for good at 31-29 and slowly built the lead, not afraid to drive on the Bookers inside despite their size advantage.

Foul trouble by the Bookers gave the Jaguars a chance to seal the win much sooner, but a mediocre, at best, free throw shooting performance kept the door ajar, but Booker T. Washington could not answer, going cold in the fourth quarter, even when getting the ball down low.

Glen Allen now travels to Portsmouth Friday night for a 7pm tip against Conference 17 champion I.C. Norcom in the 4A South Regional Championship. If the Jaguars win, they will host a 4A State Semifinal next week, date to be determined, at the Siegel Center against the loser of the Handley/GW-Danville 4A North Regional final on Saturday evening.

If the Jaguars lose Friday, they still play next week, but on the road either at James Madison University if Handley wins, or the Salem Civic Center if GW-Danville wins.

Meanwhile, the Glen Allen girls team saw their season come to an end a game short of the state round, 64-42 in Norfolk to Lake Taylor. The Jaguars hung around with the Titans for the first half, trailing 26-22 at intermission. But the Titans wore down the Jags as the second half went on to pull away for the victory.







HUGE Night For Glen Allen!!

It could be a historic night in the young athletic history of Glen Allen High School, as both the boys and girls basketball teams are a win away from clinching their first-ever State Tournament berths!

In 4A South Regional Semifinal action, the boys are at home against Booker T. Washington. Meanwhile, the girls are in Norfolk taking on Lake Taylor.

A win would put each in Friday night's 4A South Region Championship games, but, more importantly, secure them a place in the Final Four beginning next week!

HCS Media Network will be live at Glen Allen AND have a reporter in Norfolk, so follow us on Twitter, @henricosports, for real-time score updates all evening long!  BOTH games tip-off at 7pm!!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

2014 All-Conference 20 Basketball Teams!

Here are the 2014 All-Conference 20 Basketball Teams:

BOYS:

FIRST TEAM:
Grayson Midulla, Glen Allen (PLAYER OF THE YEAR)
Korey Turner, Midlothian
Luke Milanovic, Midlothian
Jalen Elliott, Hanover
Joe Lewis, Dinwiddie
Tre'Shawn Blackston, Glen Allen
Cutch Ellis, Hanover
Paul Flowers, J.R. Tucker

SECOND TEAM:
Jordan Wade, Hanover
Aason Pankey, Caroline
Miles Gibson, Monacan
Jourdan Winfield, Dinwiddie
Sammy Hooper, Midlothian
Josh Harris, Hanover
Collin Dwyer, Glen Allen
Jaron Clipper, Caroline

HONORABLE MENTION:
Chase McPherson, J.R. Tucker
Will Howard, Caroline
Nick Parks, Monacan
Darius Young, Caroline
John Scott, J.R. Tucker

BOYS COACH OF THE YEAR: Ryan Stein, Glen Allen

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GIRLS:

FIRST TEAM:
Micaela Parson, Monacan (PLAYER OF THE YEAR)
Megan Walker, Monacan
Alicia Hudalla, Glen Allen
Caroline Averette, Midlothian
Hope Toliver, Caroline
Annemarie Beran, J.R. Tucker
Kelsey Scott, Glen Allen
Zhara Tannor, Midlothian

SECOND TEAM:
Jaiden Morris, Monacan
Michal Ross, Glen Allen
Alex Parson, Monacan
Madison Steele, Midlothian
Jazmen Moore, Caroline
Danielle Weldon, Glen Allen
Lovie Harden, J.R. Tucker
Bo Hayes, Caroline

HONORABLE MENTION:
Kristen Bowse, Monacan
Sarah Belcher, Hanover
Taylor Peay, Hanover
Tiera Johnson, J.R. Tucker
Abby Appleton, J.R. Tucker
April Lankford, Hanover

GIRLS COACH OF THE YEAR: Larry Starr, Monacan

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

FIRST FROM HCS MEDIA: Douglas Freeman Young Heading To Virginia Tech!

Congratulations to Trent Young, VHSL 5A South All-First Team linebacker, and a standout on the best Douglas Freeman football team in 35 years!  Young told HCS Media Network Wednesday night he has accepted a preferred walk-on invitation to play football for Frank Beamer and the Virginia Tech Hokies.

Young was a catalyst on a defense that helped Freeman finish with a 10-2 mark under second year head coach Mike Henderson, and joins teammates Chris Conti (William & Mary) and Buck Elliott (Navy) heading to Division I programs come fall. Teammate Will Moore will also continue his career collegiately with current ODAC Champion Hampden-Sydney.

Young will look to follow the footsteps of a walk-on from a year ago, Sam Rogers of Hanover, who soared from the bottom of the depth chart to become the starting fullback for Virginia Tech in their opener against Alabama and played every game of the 2013 season.

CONGRATULATIONS, TRENT!

BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS: Henrico, Deep Run To Meet; Glen Allen Girls Clinch Region Bid...

BASKETBALL ALERT: It will be Henrico and Deep Run playing for the Conference 11 Tournament Championship as both the Warriors and Wildcats clinched 5A South Region berths tonight in semifinal action. Henrico knocked off Highland Springs 66-49, while Deep Run handled Mills Godwin 60-46. The championship game is at 8pm Friday at Hermitage.

The Glen Allen girls basketball team walloped Caroline 72-44 to clinch a 4A South Region bid in the Conference 20 Semifinals tonight. The Jaguars will now face #1 seed Monacan for the Conference Title Friday, 6pm, at Glen Allen. The game is at Glen Allen because they are hosting the tournament as a "neutral site", something planned before the season.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

BASKETBALL HONORS: CONFERENCE 11

The following are All-Conference 11 Teams for Boys and Girls Basketball, plus Players and Coaches of the Year...

BOYS:

First Team:
De'monte Buckingham (Henrico)
Ryan Pearson (Henrico)
Jacob Kessler (Mills Godwin)
Ruben Arroyo (Deep Run)
Tim Branin (Deep Run)
A.J. Gaston (Highland Springs)
Jahmel Simms (Highland Springs)
Brian Miller (Atlee)

Second Team:
Ricky Lewis (Mills Godwin)
Eric Engleman (Mills Godwin)
Tariq Muhammad (Douglas Freeman)
Clayton Leap (Douglas Freeman)
Jarell Spellman (Hermitage)
Robbie Osborne (Hermitage)
Tariq Caldwell (Lee-Davis)
Ladarein Autry (Lee-Davis)
Kevon Carter (Highland Springs)
Marvin Cannon (Highland Springs)
Blake King (Deep Run)

Honorable Mention:
Marvin Branch (Highland Springs)

GIRLS:

First Team:
Destini Walker (Hermitage)
Hakilah Hudson (Henrico)
Briana Justice (Highland Springs)
Najai Pollard (Highland Springs)
Ciera Crudup (Highland Springs)
Cierra Shelton (Atlee)
Sophie Linnell (Mills Godwin)
Amanda Turner (Deep Run)

Second Team:
Olivia Tuck (Lee-Davis)
Tia Byrd (Highland Springs)
Eshay Winfield (Highland Springs)
Taylor Cain (Hermitage)
Jessica Martin (Mills Godwin)
Shannon Longworth (Douglas Freeman)
Ashley Weaver (Atlee)

Honorable Mention:
Deja Dabney (Hermitage)
Mallory Odell (Deep Run)
McKenzie Spencer (Henrico)
Sara Puglisi (Mills Godwin)
Samiai McEachin (Mills Godwin)
Jamari Blackwell (Atlee)
Ellie Bisese (Douglas Freeman)

Boys Player of The Year: De'monte Buckingham, Henrico
Boys Coach of The Year: Vance Harmon, Henrico
Girls Player of The Year: Briana Justice, Highland Springs
Girls Coach of The Year, Franklin Harris, Highland Springs

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Timok Wins 5A South Region Title in Wrestling!

Congratulations to Cam Timok, champion in the 120 pound weight class at the 2014 5A South Region Wrestling Championships held Sunday night at Clover Hill High School!

Also congratulations to Mills Godwin 106 pounder Carson Tinsley for his second place finish, advancing to state competition next weekend!



Friday, February 14, 2014

UPDATE: Conference 11 Boys/Girls Basketball Brackets Set!

Here they are, the brackets for the Inaugural Conference 11 Boys and Girls Basketball Tournaments to begin on Tuesday, February 18th:

BOYS:
#8 Douglas Freeman at #1 Deep Run, 7:45pm
#5 Hermitage vs. #4 Mills Godwin, 7:45pm at Atlee HS
#7 Atlee vs. #2 Henrico, 7:45pm at Hermitage HS
#6 Lee-Davis at #3 Highland Springs, 7:45pm

Boys Semifinals will take place on Wednesday February 19th at 6pm and 7:45pm at Hermitage High School. The Conference 11 Boys Tournament Championship will be Friday February 21st, 8pm, at Hermitage.


GIRLS:
#8 Douglas Freeman at #1 Highland Springs, 6pm
#5 Mills Godwin at #4 Deep Run, 6pm
#7 Lee-Davis at #2 Hermitage, 6pm
#6 Henrico at #3 Atlee, 6pm

Girls Semifinals will take place on Thursday February 20th at 6pm and 7:45pm at Highland Springs High School. The Conference 11 Girls Tournament Championship will be Friday February 21st, 6pm, at Hermitage High School.

REMINDER: The top two teams from each Conference (tournament winner and runner-up) will advance to the 5A South Regional Tournament beginning Tuesday, February 25th.

SCHEDULE UPDATES (As of noon Saturday--updated information italicized)

Here's what we know about the busy weekend in tournaments and more....

1) 6A South Wrestling Tournament is now a ONE-DAY event to be held on Sunday, 2/16 at Colonial Forge High School in Stafford County. The school is seven miles off Exit 136 of I-95 North in Stafford.

2) 5A South Wrestling Tournament will begin Saturday, 2pm, at Clover Hill High School in Chesterfield for first and second round action. Tournament continues Sunday with Semifinals at 1pm, Championship Round to begin around 7:30pm...

3) 4A South Wrestling Tournament will be held Saturday with weigh-ins at 9am, first round at 11am at Woodrow Wilson High School in Portsmouth. Take I-64 east to I-664, then take Exit 11B for Route 337 East and go just over three miles, then turn right on Elmhurst Drive.

4) 5A South Gymnastics Tournament IS ON for tomorrow, Saturday 2/15 at Deep Run High School. Ceremonies take place at 12:30; first rotations at 12:45pm.

5) 5A South Track & Field Championships will now be held on Saturday 2/15 and Monday 2/17 at Boo Williams SportsPlex in Hampton. NEW SCHEDULE can be found by CLICKING HERE.

BASKETBALL:

CONFERENCE 20: Here are the brackets for next week's inaugural Conference 20 Tournament:

BOYS: #1 Hanover has a bye; all first round games below are Tuesday at higher seed...
#7 Monacan at #2 Midlothian
#6 J.R. Tucker at #3 Glen Allen
#5 Caroline at #4 Dinwiddie

GIRLS: #1 Monacan has a bye; all first round games below are Tuesday at higher seed...
#7 Dinwiddie at #2 Glen Allen
#6 Hanover at #3 Caroline
#5 J.R. Tucker at #4 Midlothian

Semifinals and finals all will be held at Glen Allen High School.

CONFERENCE 3: The girls bracket has been released. Varina is the #4 seed and will host a first round game against #5 Thomas Dale on Monday night at 7pm. The winner of that game moves to the semifinal against #1 seed Cosby (18-0) Wednesday night at 7pm at Cosby.

The boys bracket is released as PH-Roanoke is #1 seed. Varina is the #6 seed and goes to #3 Cosby Monday at 7pm. The winner goes to #2 Franklin County for a semi-final on Wednesday at 7:45pm....

CONFERENCE 11: NOW AVAILABLE ON POST ABOVE THIS ONE (5:17PM, 2/14/14)




Saturday, February 8, 2014

SUPER SATURDAY! Deep Run, Highland Springs, Mills Godwin Among Title Winners!

The Highland Springs boys track team held off Lee-Davis to win the inaugural Conference 11 Tournament Saturday evening in the Ashe Center in Richmond. Field Athlete of the Year Tyquan Rowley aided the Springers' cause, winning the triple jump (44 feet, 1 inch) and placing second in the long jump (21 feet, 9 1/2 inches), just behind teammate Marcus Taylor (22 feet, 1/4 inch).

The Springers tallied 137.5 points. Lee-Davis was second at 124, Atlee third at 98.5, Douglas Freeman fourth at 66 and Deep Run fifth at 63.

The top girls team from the county was Mills Godwin, who fell five points short of a Conference championship, fallling 115-120 to Atlee. Henrico placed third with 94 points followed by Highland Springs (58) and Deep Run (52).

Hermitage's Devin Barnes was named Conference 11 Boys Runner of the Year.




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Deep Run was victorious on its home floor, but barely, in the first-ever Conference 11 Gymnastics Tournament on Saturday. The Wildcats tallied 141.25 points to fend off Patrick Henry, who had the top two all-around gymnasts, second in team at 140.525.

Mills Godwin finished 3rd at 139.575 while Lee-Davis was in 4th at 137.7.

Kelly Price of the Eagles won the beam competition with a score of 9.475. Her teammate, McKaella Grow, was second at 9.225.





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Host Mills Godwin survived a scare from Lee-Davis to win the first-ever Conference 11 Tournament Saturday, winning 203-200. Ten Eagles won tickets to 5A South Regional action next week, while four won Conference individual championships: Carson Tinsley, Joe Shupp, Mitchell Wein and Justice Williams.

Glen Allen wrestling fell just short of winning the inaugural Conference 20 Tournament in Dinwiddie Saturday, losing a five-point lead to eventual champion Hanover in the championship round.  J.R. Tucker finished fourth in the seven-team conference event.

Friday, February 7, 2014

NATIONAL SIGNING DAY: Hermitage Wrestler Cam Timok Chooses Navy!

Congratulations to defending state wrestling champion Cam Timok of Hermitage, a second-generation Panther athlete, for signing his National Letter of Intent to attend the United States Naval Academy Friday at a ceremony at Hermitage High School!

For our exclusive VIDEO INTERVIEW with Timok about his decision on our YouTube Channel, CLICK HERE!


Thursday, February 6, 2014

National Signing Day at Douglas Freeman!

Day 2 of National Signing Day 2014 took place Thursday afternoon at Douglas Freeman as the following student-athletes made their college commitments:

Buck Elliott (Football, U.S. Naval Academy)
Meghan Hegarty (Soccer, U.S. Naval Academy)
Halle Kennon (Lacrosse, Christopher Newport University)
Chris Conti (Football, William & Mary)
Will Moore (Hampden-Sydney College)

You can see video interviews of ALL 5 BY CLICKING HERE to access our YouTube Channel!!







Wednesday, February 5, 2014

National Signing Day 2014: Watch Our Interviews on YouTube!!

11 interviews today alone at four schools with more to come tomorrow and Friday!!

Visit our YouTube Channel to watch all of our interviews from National Signing Day by CLICKING HERE!

National Signing Day 2014! Benedictine, Glen Allen Among Schools With Ceremonies....

The wait is over!  Congratulations to the students pictured below for signing National Letters of Intent today:

Benedictine:
Raymon Minor (Virginia Tech, Football)
Cornell Urquhart (James Madison, Football)

Glen Allen:
Kathryn Tarnai (St. Bonaventure, Women's Soccer)
Katie Sperry (Lipscomb University, Track and Field)
Ben Greene (VMI, Track and Field)

We'll be at Douglas Freeman tomorrow afternoon for the Rebels' signing ceremony!





Saturday, February 1, 2014

JUST ADDED: Hermitage Girls Hoops LIVE on HCS Media Network Valentine's Day

They're in the Top 10 of the Central Region, pushing for playoff position in 5A South, Conference 11, and on Valentine's Day, the Hermitage Panthers girls basketball team welcomes in an old rival.

HCS Media Network is proud to announce the final high school battle between junior Panthers sensation Destini Walker and Patrick Henry senior, and the school's third all-time leading scorer, Summer Price, will be heard LIVE on Valentine's Day evening!

Airtime on Friday, February 14th from "The HERM" will be 5:45PM EST.  If you can't make it live to the game, join us! Listen live here on the Mixlr player above or bookmark THIS LINK on your smartphone, tablet, or Kindle Fire to listen from anywhere!!