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Posted: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 9:55 am | Updated: 9:56 am, Wed Nov 8, 2017.

James River ended Dan River’s season on Tuesday Oct. 30 as the Lady Wildcats volleyball team fell 3-0 in the Region C quarterfinals at James River High School in Buchanan. Dan River lost to the Knights by the scores of 25-16, 25-18, and 25-3. James River defeated Giles in five sets to earn at state berth, but lost to Radford in the region championship.

Dan River advanced to the region quarterfinals by defeated county rival Gretna in straight sets on Monday evening. The Wildcats won all three sets by the score of 25-19 as Dan River sent their six seniors, Kristina Silverman, Jaylen Adams, Rainey Blankenship, Savannah Lancaster, Kyrstin Tate, and Jordan Bayes – out with a victory in their final home game. Silverman and Tomi McGinnis led the Lady Cats with at least six kills apiece, while Adams and Sarah Martin each had two blocks. Setters Lancaster and Tate each had 10 assists, while Aliyah Fitz and Brianna Nester led Dan River in passing.

Cross Country

Dan River’s cross-country teams competed in the Class 2 Region C Championships on Wednesday at Green Hill Park in Salem. Out of the 13 schools in the newly formed Region C, the Lady Wildcats placed ninth while the boys finished tenth as a team. Floyd County’s Chloe Phillips and James River’s William Miller were the individual region champions, with each school winning team titles.

Junior Tomi McGinnis ran a season-best time of 24:29 to place 40th, while sophomore Breanna Martin was 41st with a time of 24:40. Lauren McFalls was 49th (25:21), Kennedy Cockman was 60th (27:22), Caitlyn Wiles was 61st (27:30), Halley Guill 63rd (28:59), and Hope Doss was 34th (34:16) as they saved their best race for their final one of the season.

Sophomore Nick Hernandez ran a personal record of 18:56 to finish 37th for the Wildcats. Logan Clayton (19:40) and Jacob Gregory (19:44) finished back-to-back at 48 and 49, while Ryan Ragsdale (20:11) was 54th and freshman Elijah Moshenek was 57th (20:15). Senior Jameson Vogltanz (20:16) was 59th in his final race for the Wildcats and Jeremiah Slaughter (20:32) was 61st to round out the top seven runners.


Dan River dropped their final game of the regular season at Gretna in a 22-14 loss in overtime at Lester Bond Field. The Wildcats entered their season finale with the Hawks without senior linemen Jackson Aherron and Hunter Slaughter, but they were still able to move the ball as their first three drives of the game went into Hawks territory. However, DR came away with no points in the first quarter.

Gretna took a 6-0 lead after running back Jaylan Myers broke a 70-yard run up the middle of the Wildcats’ defense. Despite this, DR’s defense was strong for most of the night. Dan River would get on the board in the second quarter as the Wildcats’ running back corps of Jaylan Fitzgerald, Tyree Barton, and a returning BJ Edmondson moved the ball on the Hawks. Quarterback Peyton Astin would score on a quarterback sneak and sophomore JV kicker’s PAT gave the Wildcats a slim 7-6 lead, which they took into halftime.

Any momentum that Dan River entering the half was taken away in a span of seconds as Gretna’s Dajon Hicks was broke through some Wildcat tackles and ran back the second half kickoff 90 yards. The Hawks converted a two-point pass as Dan River trailed 14-7. Dan River’s special teams would respond later in the quarter as freshman Robert Carter took a low punt, fake right and cut back left behind a wall of Wildcat defenders as he scampered nearly 35 yards for a touchdown. Lewis’s successful extra point tied the game up at 14 entering the fourth quarter.

Both the Hawks and the Wildcats had their chances to win in the fourth quarter. Dan River would go to their rushing attack as freshman Tracy Glass was inserted at quarterback. The Wildcats again moved into Hawks territory, but Glass would be sacked for a 10-yard loss on third down and DR failed to convert on fourth down. Gretna used their passing attack and inside the Wildcats’ red zone with 30 seconds left. They got as far as the six before the Hawks called a timeout with three seconds left to attempt a 24-yard field. But the field goal attempt went left and the game entered overtime, where the Wildcats won the toss and started on defense.

Gretna scored on third down as Daelyn Miller outran the Wildcats to the goal line to make it 20-14 game. The Wildcats faced additional pressure as they nearly sacked Miller, only for him to find a receiver to convert the two-point try. DR ran on their first two downs but gained no yardage; the Wildcats then failed to complete passes on third and fourth down as they suffered their third straight defeat.

Jaylan Fitzgerald ran for 73 yards and had the lone Wildcat reception for 20 yards. B.J. Edmondson (57 yards) and Tyree Barton (53 yards) combined for 110 yards, with Barton eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark for the season. JV callup Ethan Lewis was two-of-two on extra points in his first varsity start, while Peyton Astin had a touchdown run.

Bryson Tillman finished with 14 tackles, two sacks, and a fumble recovery to lead the defensive effort. Bryson McLaughlin added in 11 tackles and a sack, while Daniel Dickerson had nine tackles and a sack. Jordan Richardson, AC Biagioni, and Noah Karnes each had eight tackles, while JV callups Ike Farmer (six tackles) and Jorden Price (three tackles, four pass defenses) filled in due to injuries in the Wildcat secondary. Robert Carter five tackles and an interception to go with his punt return for a score.

Dan River (5-5) will enter the Class 2 Region C playoffs with the eighth seed and will play top-seed Glenvar on Friday, November 10 at Highlanders Stadium in Salem at 7 p.m.

JV Football

The Dan River junior varsity football squad completed a 9-1 season under first-year head coach Micah Knights. The Wildcats scored the final 20 points of the contest to earn a 34-12 victory over Gretna on Thursday.

Eighth grade running back Nasir Coles ran for two touchdowns, while quarterback Tracy Glass ran for a touchdown and threw for another one to Jorden Price. Sophomore Jonathan Hairston had a 75-yard kickoff return for a score that broke the game open in the third quarter. Kicker Ethan Lewis had four extra-point kicks and two touchbacks on kickoff.

Defensively, Jeremiah McLaughlin and DaTaevion Robertson each had 13 tackles, with McLaughlin causing a fumble. Delijah Skinner had six tackles and recovered a fumble, while Terrence Williams, Ike Farmer, and Zavihian Durant each had six tackles.

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