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Shelton's PK clinches PD in girls soccer
Sunday, May 6, 2012
By BULLETIN STAFF REPORTS -
The Bassett girls soccer team clinched the regular-season Piedmont District crown in thrilling fashion Friday, using a goal in the final minutes of overtime to secure a 3-2 victory over Martinsville.
Nicole Shelton slotted home a penalty kick in the ninth minute of OT for the Bengals’ game-winning tally, a feat she actually had to accomplish twice.
Shelton initially beat Martinsville keeper Kelsey Connor to the right on the PK, but the referee ruled he had not blown the whistle to begin the play.
Undaunted, Shelton sent her second shot to Connor’s left and into the net again. Connor actually got a hand on the ball, but she couldn’t quite parry it away from goal.
Long before the game went into overtime, Bassett’s Danielle Slate scored in the third minute off a cross from Emily Warrick to give the Bengals a quick 1-0 lead.
Then, after more than an hour of scoreless play, Martinsville broke through in the 64th minute on a goal from Maggie Lovell off an assist by Sheniah Hairston. Lovell’s goal was the first goal the Bengals have conceded in Piedmont District play this season.
A few minutes later, Bassett had a chance to pull back into the lead, but Connor saved a penalty kick by Julia Teague and the game remained 1-1 heading into OT. Connor made 11 saves in the match.
Teague made up for the PK miss with an overtime goal off another assist from Warrick, but Martinsville (3-5-1, 1-3-1 PD) answered just 50 seconds later on a breakaway goal from Hairston. Lovell was credited with the assist on Hairston’s goal.
Bassett’s Summer Hoyle was then taken down in the box in the ninth minute of overtime, and Shelton’s penalty kick clinched the win for the Bengals (9-3, 6-0 Piedmont District).
“We are very excited and proud to be able to clinch the regular-season title, especially after such a dramatic and hard-fought victory,” first-year Bassett coach Matthew Beaton said. Credit goes to all the girls, from our senior leadership down to the underclassmen who have played so well on our back and front line. They have showed a lot of heart, determination, and mental toughness tonight as well as all season long. This was always our number one goal as it opens up a gateway to further our ambitions. We look forward to getting better in the next few games and gearing up for the tournament.”
Bassett will play next against Magna Vista on Tuesday.
Magna Vista 0
The Tunstall girls soccer team knocked off Magna Vista 2-0 Friday at the Smith River Sports Complex.
Courtney Mustain got the scoring started for the Trojans (10-2, 3-2 Piedmont District) with a breakaway goal in the 10th minute, and Hunter Sheets added the second tally for Tunstall about 20 minutes later off an assist from Kelli Eanes.
Joanna Dafin notched her first career shutout in goal for Tunstall. She was starting for the injured Jordan Moorefield.
Emily MacLeish led the Trojans defensively with nine clears, and Tunstall outshot Magna Vista 14-7.
Bassett’s baseball team had no trouble with Martinsville on Thursday, as the Bengals shut out the Bulldogs 14-0 in five innings.
Bassett’s Zach Fleming went 3-for-3 at the plate with an RBI, and Gunnar Robinson had two hits and an RBI.
Also for the Bengals (9-5, 4-2 Piedmont District), Kemper Terry, Tyler Beam and Jonah McReynolds each knocked in two runs.
Bassett’s Justin Nardone got the start on Senior Day, and he went three innings and struck out five. Blake Martin went the final two frames and struck out four Bulldogs. Combined, Nardone and Martin allowed one hit.
The Bengals’ next game will be at home against Magna Vista on Tuesday.
Magna Vista 0
The Tunstall baseball team shut out Magna Vista 11-0 Friday afternoon in Ridgeway, with Chris Buckney earning the win on the mound for the Trojans.
Buckney allowed only two hits in five innings of work, and Gavin Payne led Tunstall offensively with three hits. Also for the Trojans, Daymon Totherow had two hits.
Harvey Taylor and Patrick Truitt each had one hit for Magna Vista (4-11, 1-5 Piedmont District).
Magna Vista will face Bassett on Tuesday on the road.
Adrian Spears took the loss for the Warriors.
North Cross 0
Patrick Thompson threw a no-hitter, and Carlisle avenged an earlier loss with a 10-0 victory over North Cross on Friday.
Thompson struck out six and walked two, and he faced 20 total batters.
Carlisle (11-7, 9-1 VIC) had lost 6-5 to North Cross earlier in the season.
Offensively for the Chiefs, William Kendrick hit a home run and had three RBIs; Jordan Adams had two hits and three RBIs; Patrick Thompson scored three runs and had two RBIs; and Michael Ratliff had two hits, scored two runs and had an RBI.
Carlisle will open the VIC tournament on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. at Carlisle.
The Bassett softball team blanked Martinsville 11-0 Friday at Clearview Elementary School.
Bridgette Burnette led the way offensively for the Bengals with two hits and three RBIs, and Laura Davis, Jordan Joyce and Abby Williams each had two hits.
Davis also had two RBIs for Bassett (15-1, 5-1 Piedmont District).
Taylor Mabry allowed only one hit in the circle for Bassett, and she struck out 11 batters in five innings of work.
The Bengals will play next at home against Magna Vista on Tuesday.
Ferrum College dedicates
Hank Norton Athletic Center
Ferrum College dedicated its $5.5 million Hank Norton Athletic Center (HNC) on Friday.
The ceremony, preceded by entertainment and “game day” refreshments, was highlighted by a symbolic ribbon cutting as Ferrum student athletes burst through a tape and ran onto the field in front of the HNC to the beat of a rousing fight song played by the Franklin County High School marching band.
“This is a thrilling day for Ferrum,” said President Jennifer Braaten. “Student athletics has been an important part of our history and mission. This new facility is a much anticipated addition to campus and will benefit the entire College community for decades to come.”
Named for Hank Norton, award-winning legendary former football coach and athletic director, the HNC includes a training facility featuring the latest technology for the treatment and prevention of injuries, a weight room, locker rooms, staff offices, and a large classroom.
“It’s wonderful to see just how far the athletic program has come,” said Norton, who led Ferrum to acclaim with four national football championships during its junior college years.
Athletic Director Abe Naff called the HNC a “game changer.”
Naff noted that “it will give us the opportunity to better recruit students who want to continue their athletic careers after high school. Today’s students are looking for this type of facility when they choose their college.”
Kim Blair, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, thanked everyone who contributed to the successful fundraising effort.
“We would not have this wonderful building for our student athletes if not for the generosity of our dedicated alumni, loyal friends and our Board of Trustees” she said.
Bobby Thompson, Senior Vice President for Administration noted the tremendous economic benefit of the HNC to the Ferrum community and surrounding areas.
“Frith Construction of Martinsville was the general contractor for the Hank Norton Center and used local and regional subcontractors and suppliers during the 11?2 year building process. It ‘s wonderful to realize that this project, which will help attract and retain students for continued growth, also provided so many jobs in the region,” said Thompson.
Carlisle gets third seed
in conference tournament
The Carlisle boys tennis team concluded its regular season with its fourth win in five days, a 7-2 victory over Blue Ridge School in St George.
The Chiefs (6-2, 6-2 VIC) won the singles portion of the match 5-1, with Alex Wang clinching the victory in the No. 4 match.
The Chiefs finished tied for second in the VIC and will be the No. 3 seed in the tournament next week. Carlisle will open against Blue Ridge School on Tuesday afternoon at Chatmoss Country Club.
Carlisle also defeated North Cross 5-4 earlier in the week.
Blue Ridge School 2
No. 1 Lester Coleman (CS) lost to J. Shuefete 0-10
No. 2 Mac Dobbins (CS) def. H. Dilberry 10-0
No. 3 Peter Daniel (CS) def J Fleck 10-1
No. 4 Alex Wang (CS) def. H. Dasuki 10-6
No. 5 Kevin McCalum (CS) def. T Chen 10-1
No. 6 Mitchell Hamlet (CS) def. L He 10-0
No. 1 Coleman?Dobbins (CS) lost Schufete?Diberry 2-8
No. 2 Daniel?Hamlet (CS) def. fleck?Dasuki 8-4
No. 3 McCallum?Miles Rachner (CS) def. Chen?He 8-2
Carlisle 5, North Cross 4
No. 1 Joseph Cartledge (NC) def. Mac Dobbins 10-3
No. 2 Michael Fleming (NC) def. Lester Coleman 10-6
No. 3 Jordi Penas (NC) def. Peter Daniel 10-2
No. 4 Alex Wang (CS) def. Gene Lyu 10-5
No. 5 Luke Beavers (CS) def. Jordan Titzman 10-1
No. 6 Kevin McCallum (CS) def. Jack Fiswick 10-3
No. 1 Cartledge?Penas (NC) def. Dobbins?Daniel 8-0
No. 2 Coleman?Beavers (CS) def. Fleming?Fishwick 8-3
No. 3 McCallum?Mitchell Hamlet (CS) def. Lyu?Titzman 8-0
THURSDAY’S LATE GAMES
The Carlisle baseball team defeated Covenant School 3-1 on the road Thursday to clinch second place in the Virginia Independent Conference.
Jordan Adams went six innings on the mound for the Chiefs (10-7, 8-1 VIC) and struck out six, walked two and allowed one earned run. Michael Ratliff closed out the game in the seventh.
Offensively for Carlisle, Corey Gaylor hit an RBI single and scored a run; Jordan Adams went 2-for-2 with an RBI; and Patrick Ottaway and Rashawn Hairston each had two hits.
Patrick County 2
The Patrick County boys tennis team lost to Martinsville 7-2 on Thursday in Stuart.
The Bulldogs won four of the six singles matches and all three doubles matches.
The Cougars’ next home match will be May 10 against Bassett at 4:30 p.m.
Brandon Ford (M) def. Josh Willard (PC) 8-4
Alex Morrison (M) def. Christain Arnder (PC) 8-4
Dakota Knight (PC) def. Seth Jarrett (M) 8-3
CJ Worley (PC) def. Jordan Torrez (M) 8-4
LB Fox (M) def. Cameron Tatum (PC) 8-0
William Seaman (M) def. Eric Martin (PC) 8-0
Ford?Jarrett (M) def. Willard?Arnder (PC) 9-7
Morrison?Torrez (M) def. Knight?Worley (PC) 8-4
Fox?Seamon (M) def. Tatum?Martin (PC) 8-5