Connor Kinkema was a three sport standout while he was a student at Bassett, and he’s carried that success up to Salem.
Kinkema competed on Roanoke College’s swim team this season, winning three Old Dominion Athletic Conference championships in the pool – he won the 100-yard breast stroke with a time of 56.74, the 200-yard breast stroke with a time of 2:02.14, and the 400-yard IM with a time of 4:05.64. Kinkema was named ODAC Men’s Rookie of the Meet at the conference championship, and was First Team All-ODAC. The freshman was one of 14 Maroons to earn All-ODAC honors this season, and was the top scorer for Roanoke at the ODAC championship.
Kinkema also competed as a member of Roanoke’s track team this season.
Kinkema wasn’t the only local graduate to have a standout season in college lasts year. While we’ve previously looked at how local football and basketball players are doing at the next level, and yesterday we looked at how local female athletes are doing, here’s a look at how other male athletes from local high schools are doing at four-year colleges.
(Editor’s note: This list is not exhaustive.)
- Patrick Dodson (MVHS/Bluefield) – Dodson’s team at Bluefield finished second at the National Christian College Athletic Association Mideast Region, where the former Warrior tied for 11th place with a teammate. Both were the highest finishers on the Rams in the event. Dodson, a sophomore last year, advanced to the final round of the NCCAA Championship, in Palm Coast, Florida, and finished 45th in the 3-day tournament. Dodson was the only Ram to advance to the final day of the tournament.
- Bryce Varner (BHS/UVA Wise) – As a sophomore, Varner and his team finished sixth at the Mountain East Conference championship. Varner finished 21st, and posted the lowest round of any Cavalier in the event, shooting a 74 on Day 3. Varner finished the tournament second on team.
- Juan Cisneros (Patrick County/Radford University) – A sophomore at Radford, Cisneros finished 21st out of 83 runners at the Big South Conference Championship last fall, running 27:40.9 in the 8K. He was the second best finisher for the Highlanders in the meet. Radford finished sixth as a team. Cisneros was also named to the Big South All-Academic Team.
- Zach Montgomery (Patrick County/Averett) – As a freshman this season, Montgomery competed in four races for the Cougars, finishing as team’s leading runner in all four. He had a season-best finish at the Hagan Stone Classic on October 6, coming in 17th with a time of 31:45.90 in the 8K.
- Saul Velazquez – (Magna Vista/Averett) – Velazquez competed in all seven races as a freshman for the Cougars, and was team’s top runner in the final three races of the season, including the NCAA Regionals, where he had a season-best time of 30:26.20.
- Mason Gary (Bassett/Bluefield College) — As a junior this season Gary pitched 26 innings with a 3.25 era. He’s currently an assistant coach for the Martinsville Post 42 Senior Legion team. The Rams were 29-26 this season.
- Matt Muehleck (Carlisle/Hampden-Sydney) – As a sophomore outfielder, Muehleck played in 32 games for the Tigers this season. In 55 at bats, he had 10 hits and scored 10 runs, with 13 RBIs and 17 walks. Muehleck finished the year with a .182 batting average and a .387 on base percentage, and a had a .975 fielding percentage. The Tigers finished the year 17-19-2 as a team.
- Devin Page (Magna Vista/Bridgewater) – Page, a freshman reliever for the Eagles, made seven appearances on the mound, throwing six innings, allowing four runs and five hits. The Eagles were 15-23 as a team.
- Jordan Smith (Bassett/Emory & Henry) – Smith, a sophomore reliever, made 11 appearances on the mound for the Wasps, going 0-2, throwing 18 innings, allowing 21 hits, nine earned runs with nine strikeouts. He had one save this season. The Wasps finished the year 6-31.
- Austin Vernon (Patrick County/Ferrum) – A sophomore reliever, Vernon made five appearances on the mound, throwing 6.1 innings with a 7.11 ERA. He had eight strikeouts, allowing 12 hits and five earned runs. The Panthers were 22-18 as a team.
- Nick Foley (Carlisle/Lynchburg) – A sophomore midfielder, Foley appeared in two games this season for the Hornets this season. Lynchburg was 13-2-2 this season, falling In the ODAC tournament semifinals.
- Santiago Jouvin (Carlisle/Ferrum) – The former Chief is now a sophomore midfielder for the Panthers. He made 11 appearances, and had one start, scoring one goal this season.
- Fisher Athey (Bassett/Guilford) – As a freshman goalkeeper for the Quakers, Athey made four appearances, and had one start this season. He had 13 saves and allowed just four goals for a .765 save percentage. Guilford went 7-10 as a team this year.
- David Bishop and Jacob Glass (Bassett/Ferrum) – Both former Bengals, David Bishop and Jacob Glass were freshmen for Ferrum this season. Bishop was 2-11 in singles play, 1-5 in conference, and 4-9 in doubles with two different playing partners. Glass was 4-9 this season, 2-5 in conference, and 5-12 in doubles.
- Shawn Ikegami (Carlisle/Lynchburg) – A sophomore with the Hornets, Ikegami went 2-3 in singles, and had two doubles wins this season.
- Tyrique Nolen (Magna Vista/Ferrum) – A senior wrestler for the Panthers, Nolen competed in the 285-pound weight class, going 14-8 this season. Ferrum hosted the NCAA tournament this season, and went 11-2 as a team.
- Demontay Wimbush (Bassett/Averett) –A freshman with the Cougars, Wimbush posted an 11-12 record this season in the 184-pound weight class. His best finish was 2nd at the Jim Cryzter Invitational on January 5. He had one pin this season.
- Jacob Howe (Patrick County/Averett) – Also a freshman with the Cougars, Howe appeared in 10 matches, competing in the 157-pound weight class. He had a season best finish of 5th place at the Builder Invitational on January 20.
Cara Cooper is the sports editor of the Martinsville Bulletin. You can reach her at (276)638-8801 ext. 241.