James Madison hosts East Tennessee State on Thursday night in the first round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament and a matchup between local point guards adds intrigue to the matchup.
Former Wise County Central High School standout Logan Reynolds runs the offense for JMU (21-10) and the junior is averaging 5.3 points, 3.6 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game. Her 58 steals lead the team.
Tianna Tarter, a senior, is a three-time first-team All-Southern Conference honoree for ETSU (20-12) and the Science Hill High School graduate is averaging 17.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists per contest.
Shy Copney, another former Science Hill standout, is averaging 6.8 points and 3.5 rebounds for the Buccaneers, who finished second in the SoCon tournament.
Gabby Lyon – also a Science Hill grad – is in the WNIT with Middle Tennessee State.
Lyon is averaging 5.6 points and 5.7 points for the Blue Raiders, while shooting 55.1 percent from the field. MTSU plays at Ball State on Thursday.
Meanwhile, redshirt freshman center Emily Schubert (Elizabethton) is in the NCAA tournament with the Duke Blue Devils.
Casaday calls it a career
The final game of David Casaday’s college career came in the NAIA Division II men’s basketball national tournament in South Dakota.
The former Sullivan East High School star scored 14 points and hauled down four rebounds in Milligan’s 88-68 first-round loss to Cornerstone.
Casaday averaged 14.2 points per game during his senior season.
Zach Hall is doing just fine as a freshman.
The former Tennessee High star is 2-0 with a 4.41 ERA in five appearances for the baseball team at South Carolina-Beaufort.
After making three relief outings to begin the season, Hall has won his two starts for the Sand Sharks.
He beat Stillman on March 2 and a week later spun five innings of one-run ball to defeat Fisher College.
“Zach’s been throwing very well for us and his last start against Fisher was fantastic. He pounded the strike zone and got a lot of soft contact,” said USC-Beaufort coach Jeremy Christian, a Virginia High graduate. “We let him come out of the pen to start the season and really put him in some tight spots against tough competition and his confidence never wavered.
“He’s continued that as we’ve transitioned him into the rotation and he’ll get his first [Sun Conference] start this weekend. As a freshman that’s practically unheard of in this league. But that’s why we were so focused on signing him; he’s a talented player.”
Freshman catcher Will Harless (Abingdon) has compiled a .238 batting average in his first eight games for the Radford University Highlanders.
Harless collected his first collegiate hit against Ball State on March 3, a fifth-inning single.
His best performance came on Saturday in a 6-4 win over Youngstown State as he went 2-for-4 and connected for a two-run triple in the second inning.
Matt Sullivan (John Battle) is 3-0 with a 3.90 ERA in six starts for the Lenoir-Rhyne University baseball team.
Virginia High graduate Matthew Hunt has had a power surge early in his college baseball career.
Hunt has hit three home runs for Guilford Technical Community College in North Carolina, going yard against Greensboro, Spartanburg Methodist and Guilford College.
Jenna Gilbert had her finest performance of the season Friday for the Milligan College softball squad.
The ex-Abingdon High School slugger went 2-for-2 with two RBIs, drew two walks and stole a base in Milligan’s 10-2 pounding of Point in the second game of a doubleheader.
Honaker High School graduate Megan Gray is 2-3 with one save and a 3.32 ERA in seven appearances for the Lipscomb University softball team.
The sophomore earned her first collegiate victory on Feb. 16 by spinning a three-hit shutout against George Mason.
Her first save was notched on March 4 against the Indiana State Sycamores.
Carson-Newman University’s Samantha Gudger (Tennessee High) was selected to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division II All-Region women’s team.
Gudger made the squad in both the high jump and long jump.
For the third straight year, Ty Boyd (Rural Retreat) is a National Collegiate Wrestling Association All-American.
Competing for Newport News Apprentice, Boyd placed sixth in the 149-pound weight class at the national tournament in Allen, Texas, last week.