Month: December 2016

Fort Chiswell loses to Radford in third place game

Max Meadows…The Fort Chiswell Pioneers and Radford Bobcats faced off in the third place game of the First Community Bank / Fort Chiswell Tournament as Radford scored 19 third quarter points to propel them to a 60-43 win.

The Bobcats (5-4) took a one point 24-23 lead into intermission but would outscore the Pioneers (3-4) 19-7 in the third quarter for the victory. Quinton Morton-Robertson has 18 points in the win. Taylor Newcome had 12, D J Baylor 11 and Miles Jones came off the bench to toss in 10.

Tanner Bailey led Fort Chiswell with eight points and Isaiah Ramsey had seven points and six rebounds. Freshman Kolton Sutphin tossed in six in the losing effort. Pioneer head coach Derrick Jackson remarked,” The third quarter tonight killed us. We take spells where we don’t take care of the basketball. We need to be more consistent on the ball handling and make better decisions.”

In other action of the last day of the tournament Carroll Co. won the seventh place game by easily handling the Floyd Co. Buffaloes 55-35. The Cavaliers’ Adam Horton paced the scoring with 18 points. Micah Johnson was the other double figure scorer with 10. The Buffaloes was led in scoring by Austin Gallimore with nine points. The fifth place contest pitted Abingdon against Galax, with the Falcons of Abingdon manhandling the Maroon Tide 51-23. James Basham had 19 and Tommy Francisco pumped in 15 for the winners. Dougie Peoples led the Tide with eight.

In the final game of the night the Alleghany (NC) Trojans won a thriller over the Grayson Co. Blue Devils 41-39 to claim the championship trophy. The highlight or lowlight occurred late in third quarter as the two teams got into a fracas that saw four players total to get ejected. Three fans were also escorted out of the gym in the heated exchange between the two squads. The Trojans lost two starters in the fray and Grayson one starter. The Blue Devils lost one other player for leaving the bench.

Allegheny got 13 points from Hunter Todd and nine points apiece from Tyler Hanks and Tanner Edwards. Garrett Moore led Grayson with 15 and Wes Ayers had eight. The Blue Devils hit just one of nine free throws in the loss.

The all tournament team saw Tyler Hanks, Hunter Todd and Austin Hawkins of Alleghany (NC) and Wes Ayers and Seth Phillips of Grayson named on it. Other’s named were, Tanner Bailey and Isaiah Ramsey from Fort Chiswell, Quinton Morton-Robertson and D J Baylor of Radford and Dustin Thompson of Floyd Co.




Radford         10 14   19 17-60

Fort Chiswell 13 10   7   13-43


Radford – Robertson 18, Baylor 11, Become 12, Jones 10, Edwards 2, Doyle 2, Phillips 3, Sproule 2


Fort Chiswell- Ramsey 7, Bailey 8, Stoots 5, Sutphin 6, Widelo 4, Jakubiak 5, Hedge 5, Musick 2, Epperson 1


3 Pt. Goals – Rad. – 3- (Morton-Robertson 2, Baylor), FC – 3 – (Hedge, Ramsey, Jakubiak)


Fouls – Rad. – 9, FC- 13


Fouled Out – None


Technicals – None

Chance Harman Classic Schedule for Sat. Jan. 7

10 am – Christiansburg vs Carroll Co.

11:30 am – Giles vs George Wythe

1 pm – North Cross vs Bishop McGuinness (NC)

2:30 – Cape Henry vs Mountain Mission

4 pm – E C Glass vs Northwest Guilford (NC)

5:30 – Floyd Co. vs Gate City

7 pm  – Oak Hill Academy vs Huntington Prep (WV)

8:30 – Massanutten Military Acad. vs Hargrave Military Acad.

Pioneers lose to rival Grayson Co.

Matthew Musick

(Photography courtesy Tina Quesenberry)

Max Meadows…The second night of the First Community Bank-Fort Chiswell tournament saw the Pioneers battle but lose to rival Grayson Co. 60-51 in one of the two winner’s bracket games.

The Blue Devils (4-5) got 19 points from junior Wes Ayers, 11 from forward Seth Phillips and 10 from Garrett Moore to hold off the Pioneers and advanced to the championship game that will be played tonight.

Fort Chiswell’s Isaiah Ramsey had 16 points and six rebounds and Matthew Musick drilled three- three’s as he chipped in with 11 points off the bench.

With the game tied at 15 after the opening quarter the Pioneers went cold from the field the last three minutes before halftime as the Blue Devils went on a eight to zero run to take a one point, 24-23 lead into intermission. Grayson would stretch that out to a 43-34 advantage after three quarters and they held Fort Chiswell (3-3) at arms length in the fourth period.

Tanner Bailey going up; also pictured is Blue Devil Wes Ayers

“Our half court offense was stagnant tonight,” said a disappointed Pioneer head coach Derrick Jackson. “ We had to many turnovers and gave Grayson to many second and third shots. We not the tallest team so we need to block out better than we did tonight.” He then added,” Grayson’s size hurt us and their guard play was very good also.”

In the opening game of the second round saw the Galax Maroon Tide (1-4) upset Carroll Co. 45-42. The Tide made big shots when they needed to hold off the Cavaliers rally late in the fourth quarter. Galax got 13 points apiece from Noah Hutchens and Dougie Peoples. The Cavaliers (3-4) was led by Micah Johnson with 12 points on four three pointers and Adam Horton contributed 11 points.

Abingdon (2-5) won a hard earned 62-61 victories over the (1-6) Floyd Co. Buffaloes. Cedric Claridy knocked down 15 points and got help from Tommy Francisco and Aaron Blankenship both pumped in 12 points each. Dustin Thompson led Floyd with 18 points and 16 from Cayden Sutphin.

The other game of the second round saw the Alleghany (NC) Trojans go into double overtime to defeat the Radford Bobcats 49-47. The Trojans got 21 points from Hunter Todd as he stroked six three’s and Austin Hawkins contributed 14. The Trojan’s (10-0) had a couple chances to win the game in regulation and in the first overtime. They missed a short jumper that rimmed out in the last second of regulation and then they missed a front end of a one and one. Radford (4-4) got 15 points from point guard Quinton Morton- Robertson and 10 off the bench from Taylor Newcome. Regulation ended with the teams tied at 41 and the first overtime saw each team hit a bucket to send the contest into a second overtime tied at 43. Hawkins and Tyler Hanks both hit buckets in the second overtime. Hawkins hit one of two free throws and Todd hit one of two from the charity stripe to ice the game. Radford shot a dismal 25% from the charity stripe, hitting just three of 12 shots.

The seventh place game will take place at 4 pm today with Carroll Co. and Floyd Co. playing. Fifth place will see Galax and Abingdon tipping at 5:30. Radford and Fort Chiswell will play in the 7 pm third place game. The championship contest will see Alleghany (NC) take on Grayson Co. at around 8:30.



Grayson Co.   15   9 19   17-60

Fort Chiswell   15   8   11 17-51


GC- McPherson 7, Moore 10, Hollandsworth 6, Phillips 11, Ayers 19, Hawkins 5, Widner 2


FC – Ramsey 16, Bailey 9, Widelo 6, Sutphin 7, Musick 11, Stoots 2


3- PT. Goals- GC- 2 – (Ayers, Hawkins), FC- 5 – (Musick 3, Ramsey, Sutphin)



Fouls- GC – 13 , FC- 18


Fouled Out – FC- Bailey, Widelo


Technicals – None


Schedule for First Comm. Bank – Fort Chiswell Tournament – Fri. Dec. 30

Junior Varsity – Third Place Game – 12:30 pm – Alleghany (NC)  vs Floyd Co.

Junior Varsity- Championship Game – 2 pm – Radford vs Abingdon

Varsity Tournament – Seventh Place – 4 pm –  Carroll Co. vs Floyd Co.

– Fifth Place –  5:30 – Galax vs Abingdon

– Third Place – 7 pm –  Radford  vs Fort Chiswell

– Championship Game – 8:30 – Alleghany (NC) vs Grayson Co.


Dec. 29 Scores


Grayson Co. 60 Fort Chiswell 51

Galax 45 Carroll Co. 42

Abingdon 62 Floyd Co. 61

Alleghany (NC) 49 Radford 47 – 2 ot’s

Honaker 70 Geo. Wythe 55

North Cross 53 Christiansburg  50

Blacksburg 69 Faith Christian 58

Giles 57 Roanoke Catholic 53

Rural Retreat 26 PH-Glade Spring 24

Junior Varsity games from Fort Chiswell Tourney

Seventh Place – Grayson Co. 42 Galax 28

Fifth Place – Carroll Co. 36 Fort Chiswell 19


Forbush (NC) 51 Galax 36

Sherando 53 Blacksburg 23

Martinsville 59 Floyd Co. 47

PH-Glade Spring 48 Rural Retreat 38


Pioneers defeat Buffaloes in fourth quarter rally

Tanner Bailey

(Photography courtesy Tina Quesenberry)

Max Meadows…Down 49-43 with less than four minutes left in the game the Fort Chiswell Pioneers got big contributions from Noah Widelo, Tanner Bailey and two huge foul shots from Andrew Stoots to pull out a 57-54 victory over Floyd Co. and win their first round game in the First Community Bank Tournament.

Bailey finished with 17 points and Noah Widelo knocked down 16 points and hauled in eight rebounds. Senior Andrew Stoots scored only two points, but they came on a one and one with just 18 seconds to go, as he calmly walked to line and ranked the free throws to put the Pioneers up by the final margin.

The game was a see-saw affair with Floyd up 18-12 after the opening quarter. The Pioneers would go on an 11-0 run to end the second quarter and take a 27-23 lead into intermission. The Buffaloes (2-5) would then outscore Fort Chiswell 19-13 to retake the third quarter lead 42-40 heading into the final stanza. The Buffaloes got three’s from Dustin Thompson and Cayden Sutphin, and Noah Bolt hit one of two free throws to take a 49-43 advantage with 3:55 to go in the game.

Noah Widelo

Widelo and Bailey would then take over on offense with Widelo hitting three huge driving shots to the basket, and Bailey hit two short jumpers to put the Pioneers back up with forty-four seconds left to the final lead of the back and forth contest.

Austin Gallimore led Floyd Co. with 15 points, most from point blank range. Thompson hit four three’s for his 12 points and Noah Bolt chipped in with 11.

The Pioneers (3-2) Bailey scored 15 of his game high 17 in the second half. Freshman guard Kolton Sutphin hit for eight points and led them with five big assists. Fort Chiswell head coach Derrick Jackson said, ”We got big game from Bailey and Widelo tonight. It was a nip and tuck game. In a game of runs, we got the last run.” He then remarked, ”Floyd played well and they’re much better than their record. I thought we attacked the basket much better there in the fourth quarter and we got better. We need to be more consistent as we are missing our big guy in Colby Rider, who is out for probably two more weeks.” Rider is still recovering from a broken collarbone that occurred in the third round of the football playoffs.   The Pioneers will take on district rival Grayson Co. at 8:30 tonight as the Blue Devils rallied also to beat Abingdon 43-33. They would outscore the Falcons (1-5) 20-12 in the final quarter to advance in the winners’ bracket. Junior Seth Phillips, with 22 points, led Grayson and Wes Ayers knocked down 18. Abingdon got 17 points from junior forward Tommy Francisco and eight from senior Cedric Claridy.

In other first round action the Alleghany Co. (NC) Trojans (9-0) got 15 points from Hunter Todd and eight from Brett Pope to roll over the Galax Maroon Tide 46-18. The Tide got five points apiece from Ethan Robinson and Cade Ashworth. The Trojans will take on Radford Bobcats at 7pm tonight as they defeated Carroll Co. 47-30. The Cats got a big second quarter from their point guard sophomore Quinton Morton-Robertson as he scored 12 of the Bobcats’ 15 quarter points. He finished with 20 being the only Radford (4-3) player in double figures. Miles Jones was next in scoring for Radford with eight. The Cavaliers got nine points from Adam Horton and seven from Garrett Haynes.



Fort Chiswell 12   15   13   17-57

Floyd Co.       18   5     19 12-54


Fort – Bailey 17, Widelo 16, Ramsey 8, Sutphin 8, Stoots 2, Beasley 3, Hedge 3


Floyd – Sutphin 3, Thompson 12, Gallimore 15, Bolt 11, Neukirch 6, J.Bary 4, Moran 3


3 Pt. Goals – Fort Chiswell – 3 – (Bailey 2, Beasley), Floyd – 8- (Thompson 4, Neukirch 2, Sutphin, Moran