Friday’s snowstorm effectively wiped out all sports last weekend and at the beginning of this week, allowing Botetourt County athletes, coaches and fans to enjoy a white pre-Christmas weekend before the actual holidays arrive.
No sports were played on Friday, the weekend or Monday, and games scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday were still up in the air at press time. Lord Botetourt was scheduled to host Glenvar in basketball on Wednesday and, as of press time, that was still on.
James River was snowed out of three big basketball games. The Knights were scheduled to play at Staunton River Friday, at home with Liberty on Saturday, and at Cave Spring on Monday, and all three games were snowed out.
“I hate it, but there’s not much you can do about the weather,” said River coach Mike Goad. “It’s the worst storm we’ve had in a long time and a lot of these back roads haven’t been cleared yet. There’s no use cryin’ about it.”
River’s home game with Liberty has been moved to Wednesday of this week. A game with Alleghany, scheduled for Wednesday at home, has now been rescheduled for next Tuesday, Dec. 29. The game at Staunton River has been rescheduled for January 18 and while no make up date has been set for Cave Spring, Goad is certain the Knights will make every effort to reschedule it.
“Of course, you have to get the district games in first, but we really want to play that game,” he said. “The kids were looking forward to it.”
River is 5-0 after defeating Glenvar last Tuesday, 64-49. The Knights won each of the first three quarters but didn’t dominate like they did in an early win at River.
“I think we might have took them a little for granted after the first time,” said Goad. “It’s hard to get up for every game. A team like Glenvar can be dangerous, because they’re just trying to get better every game.”
The Highlanders are still winless, and they dropped to 0-6 after losing at Northside last Thursday.
The James River girls were snowed out of a home game with Auburn on Monday and Alleghany on Tuesday. Last week, River played a Thursday game in the Narrows tournament, losing 44-42 to Giles. Brooke Ware had 13 points and Chelsea Rodriguez had eight to lead the Knights.
The championship round of the two-day tournament was scheduled for Saturday but it was also snowed out. Giles was to play Narrows in the championship game and River and Bland were going to play for third. River is 0-6.
Lord Botetourt’s girls were snowed out of a Monday game with Blacksburg. That was tentatively rescheduled for Tuesday in Daleville. LB was 1-4 after dropping a 45-37 game to Floyd County at home last Tuesday.
The LB boys were still looking for a win as they were snowed out of a Saturday home game against Hidden Valley. That was supposed to be the game to honor the all-time top 50 players of the Lord Botetourt program, and some old Cavs were planning to come from out of town for the occasion. However, the inclement weather forced the game with the Titans to be postponed until February 6. It was not decided when the LB reunion will be held.
Botetourt dropped a 72-65 game to a talented Salem team in Daleville last Thursday. The Spartans never could pull away from the pesky Cavaliers, who fell to 0-7 but were encouraged by the effort.
“I thought we played a decent ballgame,” said coach Jon Cook. “We played hard and we continued to improve. Our goal right now is to just get better.”
Justin Cox led Botetourt with 23 points on 9-for-10 shooting from the floor. Dalton Hargrove had 18 points, five rebounds, three steals, and two blocks for the Cavaliers. Bryse Flowers had 13 points and four assists and Jay Phillips had seven points and five assists.
The Cavaliers will be off until after Christmas if they don’t get in today’s game against Glenvar. Botetourt opted not to participate in the Northside Invitational Tournament this season.
“We’re rebuilding and it’s a pretty tough tournament,” said Cook. “Plus, you have three Blue Ridge District schools in there and we don’t want to play the same schools we’ll see two or three times already.”
The wrestling teams from both schools were snowed out of events last Saturday. Botetourt was scheduled to wrestle at Tazewell and James River was in the River Rumble at Staunton River. It will be tough to make them up, as most mat teams are busy just about every weekend.
River did manage to get in a quad before the snow came, and the Knights remained undefeated in duals at 10-0 as they hosted Covington, Patrick Henry and Martinsville and won all three. Ryan Hepler and Tyler Gore remain unbeaten. River was scheduled to wrestle at Madison County on Wednesday of this week but that won’t happen.
Lord Botetourt lost to Staunton River in a dual mach in Daleville last week, 48-23. That was the last scheduled match for the LB mat men until after the holidays.