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Page 6 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, November 27, 2014 Eastside Spartans #1 Adam Ketron, F, Fr.; #2 Seth Boles, G, Fr.; #3 Justin Banks, G, Sr.; #5 Derrick Cusano, G, Jr.; #10 Hunter McCarty, G, Sr.; #11 Chance Jones, F, Sr.; #12 Corey McReynolds, F, Jr.; #14 Wes Yeary, F, Sr.; #20 Tim Counts, F, Jr.; #21 Tyler Tibbs, G, Sr.; #23 Hunter Lunsford, F, Fr.; #24 Matt Green, F, Sr. Castlewood Blue Devils #1 Shiann Couch, G, Jr.; #3 Kayln Purtee, F, Jr.; #5 Sam Couch, G, Jr.; #10 Emily Higgins, G, Sr.; #12, Sydney Strange, G, So.; #14 Erika Hubbard, F, Sr.; #15 Autumn Ingle, F, Sr.; #20 Sydney Elam, G, Sr.; #22 Candida Scarberry, F, Sr.; #23 Kacie Jessee, G, Sr.; #25 Caitlyn Fleming, C, Sr.; #30 Chandra.Chafin, G, Jr.; #34 McKinley isaacs, C, Jr.; #44 Lauren Couch, G, Fr. Head Coach Barry Ruff. Assistants Danieile Jessee, Tiffany Austin, Bill Higgins, Kevin Stapleton. Eastside Spartans #1 Haley Mullins, G, Fr.; #3 Alexis King, G, Fr.; #5 Kelly Sykes, G, Jr.;#10 Hannah Wyrick, G, Fr.; #11 Kaleigh Still, C, Fr.; #12 Kaylee Jones, F, So.; #15 Jayme Salyers, F, Fr.; #21 Emily Moore, F, Fr.; #32 Chole Ring, C, Fr.; #44 Haley Blackburn,C, Sr. Coaches Jeff Adkins, David Hampton, Josh Spenilla, Bobbie Jean Jones, Alex Wyatt. Scorekeeper Shelia Ricketts, Clock operator Brenda Johnson. Castlewood Blue Devils #1 BenCouch, F, Sr.; #2 Brad Traverse, G/F; Sr.; #3 Roy Mabry, G, So.; #5 Alex Stallard, F, Sr.; #10 Kyle Kennedy, G, So.; #12 Logan Strange, G/F, Jr.; #13 Jeremiah Statzer, G, Jr.; #15 Johnny Kilgore, F, Sr.; #20 Chris Parcell, G, Sr.; #24 Adam Puckett, F, Jr.; #34 Trey Phillips, G/F, So.; #42 Josh Wood, G/F, So. Head Coach Casey Johnson. Assistant Coaches Jason Traverse, Mike Justus, Ruben Rasnick. However, Eastside head coach Jeff Adkins is not without experience. "We have starter Kaylee Jones, Kelly Sykes, and Haley Blackburn back this sea- son, each of them played important minutes last sea- son." ."We hope to get better and better as we learn how to play together," said Adkins, "bu.t it may not show up in the record this Freshman Eastside will open their Player of the Year Caitlyn graduate of Emory & playing hard at the sameWes Yeary, Derrick season December llth atFleming retums at center, Henry, where he played for time." Cusano, and Matt Green all Highlight Haysi. Game time is listed and slick shooting junior his father Bob Johnson, Five newcomers join the All Conference players are Lady Spartan at 6 pm. McKinley Isaacs retums at takes the reigns of the varsity this season, juniors back to lead the Eastsiders a forward spot. "We haveCastlewood Basketball Adam Puckett and Logan in 2014-15 along with Roster Experienced, three solid leaders in program for the 2014-15 Strange and sophomores Justin Banks back from a Jessee, Fleming,and season. Coach Johnson, Roy Mabry, Kyle Kennedy,late season knee injury last Gone from last season's Tested, and Isaacs," said Ruff, "I will who begins his 14th season and Trey Phillips. January and a much lean on them a lot." in coaching, has spent time "We want to play improved Tim Counts. Lady Spartan squad (12- Ready Ruff also has the luxuryat boththe'high school and uptempo and unselfish on The Spartans' lost, All 12,8-4) are four key sen- of a log jam of choices to College levels, the last 3 offense and play pressure Conference guard Ryan iors, Lindsay Dean, , Madison Powers, Deja The Castlewood girls fill out the remainder of his years at Lynchburg man to man defense, saysMilgrim, point guard Ben basketball program has starting line up. Seniors College. Johnson. The Devils open Yates, and 6th man and top Stallard and Erin Stanley. reached some lofty goals in Sydney Elam, Emily CastleWood graduated a the season December 1 st at defender Austin Buchanan Into there place step seven the last two years, and this Higgins, Erika Hubbard, solidgroup of 5 from last home against Wise Centralto graduation. Head coach freshmen, Alexis King, season promises to be noand Candida Scarberry all years 11-10, 6-6 team, at'6pm. Patrick Damron hopes to Emily Moore, Haley different. The Lady Devils saw action last year as well those include 1000 point fill those gaps with Banks, Mullins, Chole Ring, (18-8,11-1 a year ago) as juniors Shiann and scorer Tyler Austin, Dillon Spartans Counts, senior Tyler Tibbs, Jayme Salyers, Kaleigh return the core of a group Samantha Couch. Trent, Jacob Cornette, and a trio of newcomers to Still, and Hannah Wyrick,that lost to East The Lady Devils, will Collin Moore, and Dakota Ready for the varsity junior Corey who led their Eastside JVRockingham in the 2013 compete in both the Grizzet. McReynolds and freshmen to a third place finish in the Group A Division 1 finalVirginia High School andFour seniors, Brad Season Seth Boles and Adam conference last year. four and saw last seasonCherryville, NC. Traverse, Chris Parsell, Ketron. Seniors Chance end with a loss in the Tournaments in December.John Kilgore, Alex StallardLast season Eastside Jones, Hunter McCarty, Group A west region play- The Lady Devils season and junior Jeremiah Statzer (17-6) won the and freshman Hunter ,offs. opener Will be December along with senior transfer Cumberland regular season Lunsford will also compete "The sky's the limit for 2nd at Chilhowie, game Ben Couch, a member of title and the automatic for playing time. " We this team," said head coach time is 6pro. the Blue Devils in 2012-13, berth in the region 1A west expect to compete at a high Barry Ruff, "I believe with return to compete for coach tournament but were level and contend for the the talent and depth we Devils Johnson in his first season denied the conference tour- conference title and a spot have no one can stop us but at the helm. " The guys are nament championship by in the region 1A west tour- ourselves." Welcome New buying in to what we're 4th seeded Castlewood in a nament," said Damron, " The 2014-15 Lady trying to do," said Johnson, 75-69 semi-final loss. This We have good leadership in Devils look to avenge their Head Coach "we have a good bunch of year the Spartans are Matt, Derrick, and Wes, loss to rival Clintwood in kids who are trying to pick primed to take both cham- and solid all around last year's Cumberland Casey Johnson, a 2000 up what we're doing and pionships, group." Conference Championship year." "How quickly they game. pick up the speed of the Castlewood lost starters game will be Important Haley Crabtree, and Korey Jones, the only returning Puttee along with reserves starter, Sykes and . . Lexm henneay and Blackburn will be expected S dne Ellis to aduation to provide leadership for ~-.Y- Y- ~- g~ the 7 freshmen Widen .~acn oi me. tour saw . " important playing time last -:: ,~ asked whmh of the fresh- season but Ruff retums the :: . . ~ : men will contnoute to tide ! ~ . Lady Devilstopthreescor- Black Friday Sale team this season ,c ach era from last season. A First" Acu~lns responded, hope- . Team All State selecUon, fully all of them, they re a '~ ::~ solid group its just a matter r~acm Jesseefeturns to ner guar(1 posl[lOn, iormer ot time. 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