Area briefs: Clarke boys pull away to beat Falcons 52-46

Posted: February 1, 2014

From Star staff reports

BERRYVILLE — Clarke County used a 26-18 second half to pull away from Central for a 52-46 Bull Run District boys’ basketball win at home Friday evening.

The Eagles (10-8, 7-7 Bull Run District) were led by Morgan Warfield and Sean McDonald, who scored 21 points apiece, and senior Josh Gray had four points, seven assists and six rebounds in the win.

Conquerors 62, Wildcats 49

GRUNDY — Mountain View Christian Academy opened up play in the Sportsmen For Christ Tournament with a win over Kachea (Tenn.) Friday.

MVCA led by just five after three quarters before outscoring the Wildcats 21-13 in the final period.

Wayne Alsberry finished with 20 points, 23 rebounds and 13 blocks, Jonathan Cornwell added 19 points and eight rebounds and freshman Austin Via knocked down four 3-pointers for the Conquerors.

Girls’ Basketball

Colonels 52, Patriots 41

STEPHENS CITY — James Wood bounced back from a tough loss Thursday to beat Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy in a non-district game Friday.

The Colonels (11-6) received 13 points and seven assists from junior Danielle Rizzari, freshman Taylor Heishman finished with six points, 14 rebounds and six blocks and senior Whitney Dick scored six points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the win.

SVCA (11-6) shot just 10 of 28 from the free-throw line and was led by Grace Snyder’s 16 points and seven rebounds and Samantha Yarnall’s 10 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Swimming

Handley boys sweep, girls split tri meet

WINCHESTER — The Handley boys defeated Louisa County (89-29) and Fluvanna County (85-53) and the girls beat Louisa County (81-42) and lost to Fluvanna County (89-58) in a triple dual meet Friday evening.

Cole Stevens led the way for the boys’ team with wins in the 200-meter individual medley (2:44.51) and the 100 backstroke (1:16.03) and Brennen Smith (200 freestyle, 2:30.86), Troy Bergin (50 free, 29.51), Alex Day (100 free, 1:02.23) and Scott Mikulec (400 free, 6:17.25) also added first-place finishes.

Aleksa Putnam was the lone individual winner for the Judges girls, taking first in the 200 free (2:40.17).

College Basketball

SU hoops set to host Alumni Day

WINCHESTER — The Shenandoah University men’s and women’s basketball teams will host their annual Alumni Day contests today beginning at 2 p.m.

The SU women host Roanoke at 2 p.m., with the men tipping off at 4 p.m. against Randolph in a pair of ODAC basketball contests.

It is also a RED OUT for the teams and all fans are encouraged to wear red to support the two programs.

Basketball alumni returning for the event will be recognized at halftime of their respective contest.

Both games are important in the league standings, as the SU women are tied with Roanoke at 4-5 in ODAC play and the Hornet men are just one game behind Randolph at 3-6.

Last season, coach C.K. Calhoun’s women were 67-64 winners over the Lady Maroons in a contest played at the Bast Center in Salem.

Today’s game is just the third all-time between SU and RC in women’s basketball and the first at Shingleton Gymnasium.

Roanoke won the first-ever contest, 69-55, in the first round of the 2000 NCAA Tournament.

It’s the seventh all-time meeting between Shenandoah and Randolph in men’s hoops, with the Wildcats holding a 5-1 advantage in the all-time series.

Randolph has won five straight since SU was a 79-49 victor in 2008.

For those fans unable to attend, live stats and video are available for both contests.

Any alums wishing to attend either contest are encouraged to RSVP to alums@su.edu.