We award the Male Athlete of the Week honor to junior forward Jake Allen who had two big performances in leading ALC to a 2-0 week.
Against Warren Wilson College in a 99-79 victory, he scored 16 points (on 5-11 field goals and 6-7 free throws) and grabbed 10 rebounds. He also had 2 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.
In the 91-78 victory the next day over Welch College, he scored 16 points (on 4-7 field goals and a perfect 8-8 from the foul line) and snared 11 boards.
For the week he shot 9-18 from the field (50%) and 14-15 from the foul line (93.3%). He also added10.5 RPG.]]>
We award the Female Athlete of the Week honor to forward Amber Shepherd. The senior from Hueysville, KY was solid during two impressive wins.
Shepherd led the Lady Eagles to a 2-0 week. In the conference match-up against Rio Grande University, she was honored before the game for surpassing the 1000 point mark in her career. She then proceeded to lead her team to a thrilling come-from-behind 77-76 victory. She led both clubs in scoring and sank the clutch jumper with .35 remaining that tied the score. She finished with 19 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. In the non-conference 82-51 win against Welch, she once more led all scorers with 16 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, and added 3 assists and 1 steal.
For the week, she averaged 17.5 points, 6 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.5 steals. She hit 50% from the field (11-22), 50% from three point range (4-8), and 90 % (9-10) from the charity line.]]>
In the opening five minutes, the hosts rode two trifectas from freshman guard Blake Smith and a couple of nice hoops from junior forward Jake Allen, to sprint ahead 14-4. It appeared as if things would be easy
The Flames would respond, however, with a 12-0 run of their own to take the lead. They would battle the Eagles the rest of the way, and only trail 33-32 at intermission.
In the second half, backed by improved shooting and a big spark from sophomore guard Ryan House, Alice Lloyd would open the second half scoring at a blistering pace. They would produce thirty points over the first 9:30 of the second half to take a double-digit lead. From there, the hometown squad would see their advantage increase to as much as 18 points, and they were never seriously challenged again.
For ALC (7-14), Allen and Smith paved the way with 16 and 15 points apiece. House was right behind with 14 points, while sophomore forward Chance Cornett chipped in with 10 points. Allen completed the double-double as he garnered 11 rebounds, while junior guard Austin Crisp handed out 5 assists. The victorious club connected on 43.5% (30-69) from the field and a solid 40.9% (9-22) from long range. From the foul line, they hit an impressive 81.5% (22-27). They also had 44 rebounds, 7 steals, and 11 assists.
Welch was led by J.T. Jones, with a game-high 23 points. His club shot well, connecting on 50.9% (28-55) from the field and 45.8% (11-24) from long range. They sank 72.2% (13-18) from the charity stripe. They also had 26 rebounds, 5 steals, and 17 assists.
The Eagles return to action on Tuesday, January 24th when they travel to Montgomery, WV to face the West Virginia Tech University Golden Bears at 8:00 pm.]]>
In the opening stanza, Welch would score first, but their lead was short-lived. Shepherd would toss in 8 points and give her club a 20-15 lead after one.
In the second quarter, the Eagles turned up the pressure which led to easy buckets on their offensive end. Shepherd would go into the locker room with 16 points, and her squad would end the period with a comfortable 38-20 advantage.
In the third quarter, Coach John Mills was able to freely substitute, yet his cagers still extended the lead to 26 (57-31) by the buzzer. In the final ten minute period, the Lady Eagles refused to permit the Flames to get any closer as they cruised to the satisfying victory.
For ALC (8-8), Shepherd led the way with a team-high 16 points. Junior guard Kayla Wilson matched her output with 16 points of her own while junior forward Sara Robinson chipped in with 11. Senior forward Emily Clonce and junior guard Bailey O’Bryan each contributed 9 points. Sophomore guard Whitney Evans led in assists with 4 while sophomore forward India Hairston-James snagged 8 rebounds.
For Welch, Madison Walker led the way with 18 points.
Overall, the victors shot 42.3% (30-71; 11-35 threes) from the field and 73.3% (11-15) from the free throw line, while grabbing 35 boards, handing out 15 assists, and grabbing 10 steals.
WU shot 38.5% (20-52; 7-19 threes) from the floor and 66.6% (4-6) from the free throw line. They added 33 rebounds, 11 assists, and 5 steals.
The Lady Eagles return to action on Tuesday, January 24th when they travel to Montgomery, WV to face the West Virginia Tech University Golden Bears at 6:00 pm.]]>
On Thursday, January the 19th, the students, faculty, and staff at The June Buchanan School took a break from the classroom to celebrate the many talents of those around them. The JBS talent show is a yearly event that serves as a lighthearted opportunity for students in K-12th grade to demonstrate their talents and build confidence while surrounded by their supportive JBS community. Students laughed and cheered for their fellow classmates, but the event also serves as an opportunity for the students to give back to their community. All proceeds from the talent show go to Pennies for Patients: Leukemia & Lymphoma society. Over the past three years, JBS has raised over $10,000 for Pennies for Patients through asking for small donations at various JBS sponsored events, such as the talent show. This year’s talent show was hosted by JBS faculty member, Natalie Gibson, who encouraged the students and visiting family members to help JBS continue to support Pennies for Patients.
The students that performed during this year’s talent show were:
Cameron Gibson and Talon Johnson (K) – Whip and Dab
Mason Osborne and Alexander Greene (K) – TNT
Zoey Moore (1st) – The Only Name
Kambria Marshall (1st) and Adleigh Marshall (5th) – Mama, I’m a Big Girl
Jonathan Moore and Audrey Turner (1st) – This Little Light of Mine
Jonah Ousley (1st) – Basketball
Bennett Holliday (2nd) – Happy Streaming: Amazing Grace
Austin Moore (2nd) – Shut Up and Dance with Me
Mason Stump (2nd) – We Believe
Third Grade Class – Tour of the States
Olivia Fugate (3rd) – Lost Boy
Abby Moore (3rd) -Trust In You
Beau Bakun, Taylor Marshall, and Braden Yonts (4th) – Man of Constant Sorrow
Gracie Begley (4th) – A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes
Macey Watts (5th) – Travelin’ Soldier
Ashley Moore (5th) – American Honey
Isabel Greene (5th) – Rhinestone Cowboy
Adleigh Marshall (5th) – He Knows My Name
Austin Clark and Hayden Cook (5th) – Dubstep and Stressed Out!
Jakob Pugh (6th) – Don’t Stop Believing
8th Grade Class ft. Mr. Smith – Peanut Butter in a Cup
Cassie Combs (8th) – House of the Rising Sun
Claire Bowers (9th) – Power to Redeem
Jaden Pugh (9th) – Movie Medley (Pure Imagination, Ellie’s Theme, and Linus & Lucy)
In the opening half, the Eagles came out with red-hot shooting against the Owls pressure defense. The hosts scored the first 10 points of the contest paced by the junior tandem of Jake Allen and Austin Crisp. They would extend their advantage to 29-10 with 8:13 remaining after a hoop from senior forward Mason Pack.
Warren Wilson reduced the deficit to eight (41-33) with 3:53 showing before Alice Lloyd closed the stanza on a 14-9 run to take a 55-42 lead at intermission.
In the second half, ALC would come out well and jump ahead by over twenty (68-47) after a jumper from point guard Crisp with 14:40 showing. The home squad would then keep the throttle open and extend their margin to as much as 28 points and they would not allow the Owls to get closer than 17 the remainder of the night.
For the victors (6-14), Crisp led the way with 18 points and 5 assists. He was followed closely by Allen with 16 points, and the forward completed the double-double as he hauled down 10 big rebounds. Freshman guard Blake Smith and Pack chipped in with 11 and 10 points respectively. Sophomores Ryan House, Sean Ross, and freshman Connor Hoskins each contributed 8 points.
WWC (5-14) was led by a game-high 26 points from guard Michael Pomeroy.
For the game, the winners shot a solid 54% (34-63) including 9-19 from three-point land. They were also 66.7 % (22-33) from the foul line. They also had 49 rebounds, 18 assists, and 10 steals.
The feisty Owls shot 35.9% (23-64) including 10-34 from three-point land. They were also 67.6 % (23-34) from the foul line. They also had 26 rebounds, 6 assists, and 11 steals.
Alice Lloyd returns to action Saturday, January 21st when they face the Welch College Flames at 3:00 pm. The Eagles then hit the road for the next two weeks.]]>
On January 17th, Alice Lloyd College welcomed students back during the opening Convocation to ring in the spring semester. President Joe Stepp began by informing students of the multiple changes the campus will be undergoing for aesthetic improvement, functionality, and overall commitment to continually serving the best interests of the students while providing them with a marketable degree and little to no debt in the process.
The new initiatives consist of repainting the campus tennis courts, new blacktop in the parking lot below the maintenance building, laying down fresh sod, and improving the functionality of the online portal where students can pay bills and register for classes. Students can also expect new construction projects begin, including an outdoor recreational area between Carrick Dormitory and the Campus Police Department. President Stepp went on to say that construction will soon begin on the new Campus Center, a $15 million project that is expected to conclude in August of 2019. The campus center will include many new and practical resources for students, including a new fitness center, recreation/game room, and walking track.
Emery Minton Jr. was the convocation’s guest speaker, delivering a message of overcoming the obstacles that students encounter in all walks of life, and encouraging the audience to rise above mediocrity, citing the inadequacy of a life not dedicated to greatness. Minton has served in various ministries for over 30 years as a student and administrative pastor, director for First Priority Tri-States, and pastor of Christian Life Fellowship in Jonesville, Virginia.
In his speech, Minton relates the biblical story of the Grapes of Canaan to the notion that students should strive for greatness. In this story, Caleb encourages his fellow Israelites to claim fertile land from tribes and giants that inhabit the mountains surrounding Canaan, even though quite a few of them wish to settle for less fertile land that isn’t quite so difficult to attain. Minton encouraged students to “aim for the mountains” and work hard to attain greatness, even in the face of great adversity.
Minton concludes that, “It never felt good enough to be just good enough;” and went on to explain that in order to really rise above mediocrity, students should be prepared to rise above the influence of crowds, the circumstances of their lives, criticism (good and bad), and most importantly, themselves. Greatness, Minton reminded the audience, is never out of reach, as long is one is willing to take the steps and the make the sacrifices to achieve it.]]>
PIPPA PASSES, KY: Alice Lloyd College sharpshooter Amber Shepherd just became the most recent member of the school’s women’s basketball 1,000 point club. The smooth shooting forward achieved her milestone on January 3rd, 2017, in a matchup against Ohio Christian University.
Shepherd, who currently leads the club in scoring at 13.8 points per game, was honored in a pre-game ceremony before her squad’s home contest on January 17th against Rio Grande University.
The 5’8 senior is a native of Hueysville, Kentucky, and played her high school ball at Johnson Central High School in Paintsville, Kentucky. She will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Arts in business administration.]]>
In the opening stanza, Rio would use their all-around size to pound the ball inside against the Lady Eagles. They would dominate the ten-minute segment and double up the score after one quarter of play, 24-12.
In the second quarter, with the matchup appearing to be heading downhill for the girls from Caney Creek, the hosts would claw their way back. Sparked by some timely shooting, ALC would outscore the visitors 23-18, and head into intermission within striking distance (42-35).
In the third quarter, Coach John Mills’ squad would continue to battle. When the buzzer sounded signifying the close of the period, they would trail by just six at 64-58.
With the game, anyone’s for the taking, and the excitement level building, Alice Lloyd responded. The Eagles tightened up the screws on the defensive end holding the visitors to just 12 points, while on offense, Wilson, her twin sister Kayla Wilson, senior guard Amber Shepherd, and junior guard Bailey O’Bryan sank critical buckets. The Lady Eagles would creep close but still, could not take the lead.
Finally, with the score showing the Red Storm clinging to a 76-74 lead with .45 seconds remaining, ALC had the ball and called a play for Shepherd. The smooth shooting forward coolly sank a contested clutch shot with her foot on the three point line that tied the score at 76.
Rio would get the ball back and attempted to run the clock down for a good attempt. However, much to the delight of the home crowd, Miranda Wilson would step up and knock the ball loose. She picked it up and began racing toward the hoop when she was tripped from behind with 5.2 remaining. Her first attempt rimmed out, but the crowd’s groans were replaced with delirious cheers when she bagged the second to put the hosts up 77-76.
On their final possession, the Red Storm got the ball to guard Jaida Carter. She attacked the goal and attempted to score over the outstretched arms of Lady Eagle forward Sara Robinson. Her solid defense was just enough to throw the attempt off, and the horn sounded as the teams scrambled for the rebound.
For ALC (7-8; 3-6 RSC), Shepherd led the way with a game-high 19 points. The Wilson sisters were right behind as Miranda tossed in 16 and Kayla added 14, while O’Bryan added 12 to the effort. Robinson ripped down 13 big rebounds while freshman guard Jayla Spurlock dished out 4 assists.
For Rio, (12-8; 4-4 RSC), Abby Wendel led three double-figure scorers with 16 points.
Overall, the victors shot 37.3% (22-59; 7-23 threes) from the field and 66.7% (26-39) from the free throw line, while grabbing 46 boards, handing out 10 assists and grabbing 14 steals.
RU shot 41.3% (26-63; 5-11 threes) from the floor and 70.4% (19-27) from the free throw line. They added 36 rebounds, 9 assists, and 6 steals.
The Lady Eagles are off until Saturday, January 21st, when they return home to face the Welch College Flames at 1:00 pm.]]>
In the opening half, junior forward Jake Allen would open the scoring on a post move, which was followed by a jumper from sophomore guard Ryan House. This gave the Eagles a 4-2 lead four minutes into the game.
However, sparked by the steady play of guard Will Hill, the Red Storm would “storm” back. The visitors were able to gain the lead, and then steadily increase their margin over the final sixteen minutes. When Hill sank a long bomb with 7 ticks remaining, he gave his squad a 43-30 advantage at intermission.
In the second half, the Eagles would hit buckets, but they always were countered by a goal from Rio Grande. A driving ten-footer from ALC junior guard Austin Crisp with 12:34 remaining would bring the Eagles within single digits at 54-45, but Hill produced a hoop once again on the next Red Storm possession, and the hosts would never get any closer the remainder of the night.
For ALC (5-14; 3-6 RSC), Allen connected on 6-10 from the floor and led the way with 15 points. Freshman guard Blake Smith drained 5-8 from the floor and contributed 11 points; he also led the club with 6 rebounds. Crisp added 10 points while sophomore guard Alex Sergent dished out 4 assists.
Alice Lloyd connected on 40.4% (23-57) from the field, with 28.7% accuracy (5-18) from long range. From the charity line, they sank 58.8% (10-17). Additionally, they registered 22 rebounds, 7 steals, 7 assists, and 3 blocks.
Rio Grande (6-14; 3-5 RSC) was led by Hills game-high 29 points. His club connected on 46.9% (23-49) from the field and a solid 41.2% (7-17) from long range. They iced the game from the foul line where they hit an excellent 92% (23-25). They also had 39 rebounds, 5 steals, and 9 assists.
The Eagles return home this Friday the 20th for a 6:00 pm tussle with the Warren Wilson Owls. They follow that up on Saturday the 21st as they join the women in a doubleheader matchup against the Welch College Flames. The women’s tilt is scheduled for 1:00 pm followed by the men’s contest at 3:00 pm.]]>