Welcome to the Virginia Western Athletics and Activities page! Our department is dedicated to offering intercollegiate and recreational sports opportunities for students. Our goal is to promote self-discipline, leadership, teamwork, and physical fitness while having fun and building relationships.
Please contact Nicholas Owens at firstname.lastname@example.org or 857-7958 in the Student Activities Office (Thomas Center 210) for more information regarding athletics at VWCC.
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The 2014 Athletics Banquet was held to recap the great seasons for the Virginia Western teams, which saw 46 student-athletes participate and travel over 6,200 miles during the year. Team MVPs were Kyle Gunville for Men’s Soccer, Kamera Hagins for Women’s Basketball, and Jaylen Board for Men’s Basketball. Sophomore Gavin Hollingsworth (Men’s Basketball) received the Holmes Academic Excellence Award. Women’s Basketball’s Brianna Beasley received the Athletics Player of the Year Award, leading her team in points scored, assists, and blocks.
Friday, April 11 at 5:00 PM, the Virginia Western Athletics players will take on the Virginia Western Faculty/Staff All Stars in 2014 Stars vs. Staff Basketball Jam. The Athletics players are looking to avenge their 93-98 loss last year to the Faculty and Staff. Some staff members have guaranteed victory once again. This year, game donations and concessions will be collected for the Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Virginia’s 9th Street Chapter. Prizes will available to Virginia Western students. Come and out have a great time!
Sophomore night ended in nail-biting fashion as both the Women’s and Men’s games finished in last minute thrillers. Women’s Basketball faced Bennett College in a rematch from the fall semester. Despite Freshmen Morgan Hufford and Melanie Mirzayan’s combined 46 points, the Blue Stars lost to the Belles 57-59 after being unable to tie the game with free throws with no time remaining from a Bennett College foul. Sophomore Kamera Hagins finished her Virginia Western career having amassed over 100 points and 200 rebounds with the Blue Stars.
The Men’s Basketball team took on I-81 rival New River Community College that saw a Virginia Western combined season high of 206 points. Blue Star Sophomores shined as Gavin Hollingsworth had 17 points and 11 rebounds, Jaylen Board scored 17 points with 11 assists, and Joseph Wampler scored a team high 24 points. Though down 39-49 at halftime, Virginia Western climbed back to tie the game at 101 with just 2 minutes remaining. New River gained a 103-101 lead with 38 seconds remaining but the Blue Stars could not knock down a 3-pointer to take the lead. The game ended 101-105 for the Knights.
This year, Women’s Basketball improved its winning percentage 12% from the 2012-13 season, and Men’s Basketball improved its Fall semester retention rate by 35% from the 2012-13 season. The Virginia Western Basketball teams wanted to thank their parents, family, and friends for their support this season, and for their continued support of the programs as they transition to NJCAA competition next year.
Execution was the theme of the day as Virginia Western top the Southern Virginia University JV Knights 76-60 Tuesday night. Freshmen Ben Munsey and Wyatt Seay helped the Blue Stars offense capitalized on center mismatches, and when doubled, kicking the ball outside to open shooters. Hidden Valley High grad Munsey was just two rebounds shy of a double-double. Tied 33 at halftime, Virginia Western came out with high defensive pressure on the SVU JV backcourt, causing 12 steals total and multiple turnovers by the Knights. Coming off the bench, Guard Terrell Simmons had a game high 25 points, penetrating the SVU JV defense off the dribble, while knocking down catch and shoot opportunities. Virginia Western’s last game of the season will be on Sophomore Night Friday, February 21 at 7:45 PM versus New River Community College.
The Men’s Basketball team defeated Lord Fairfax Community College 94-71 on Saturday in the Humanities
Gymnasium. Virginia Western jumped out to a 16-4 lead in the first 7 minutes due to steals and beating
the Lions on the fast break. Led by Freshman Treyvon Price’s three 3-pointers (17 total points), the
Blue Stars offense pushed the lead to 44-37 at halftime. Though Lord Fairfax came within 4 points of
Virginia Western, the frontcourt of Wyatt Seay and Gavin Hollingsworth combined for 20 rebounds, shutting
the Lions out from second chance opportunities. Sophomore Guard Jaylen Board had a game high 27 points.
Men’s Basketball will play against Roanoke College JV at home February 6 at 6:30 PM.
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