The Alice Lloyd College Athletic Program has once again received recognition from the NAIA. ALC was recognized as a Champions of Character Five Star Institution and placed in the Silver achievement level.
According to the NAIA, schools were able to earn points according to their commitment to Champions of Character as demonstrated by character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition, and character promotion. Student-athlete GPA also played a factor and no ejections during competitions throughout the year. The Champions of Character program strives to instill five core values: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership. The program aims to help young people “make good choices in all aspects of life and reflect the true spirit of competition.” Activities inspired by the program has helped to touch 187,000 students, parents, and coaches with a character message, but at ALC the program goes farther than that.
Recently, the Alice Lloyd College men’s basketball team was inspired by the one of the five core values: servant leadership. Coming from a college that emphasizes the importance of community involvement, it was no surprise when the team went out of their way to volunteer at the Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center on November 8th. The team helped to clean in and around the Center, spent time with the veterans, and handed out gift bags as a small ‘thank you’.
ALC Director of Athletics, Gary D. Stepp, commented, “This award is a reflection of the commitment from our coaches and student-athletes to demonstrate how much character matters. Since Mrs. Lloyd and Miss June founded the college, the entire philosophy of our school has been one of service to others. This program is something our college family believes in wholeheartedly and is something we all take a great deal of pride in.”
Five Star Award recipients will be recognized on the NAIA Champions of Character website and receive a special web banner and certificate noting the honor. We are excited to have been awarded this achievement, and we are excited to see what this year holds for all of our athletes.]]>
The Alice Lloyd College Eagles Cross Country Program recently signed Boyd County star athlete Jacob Medley to an athletic letter of intent for the upcoming 2015-16 school year.
Medley, who only had the opportunity to run for his senior season after a hip injury rendered him unable to compete during his junior year, has an impressive record of 16:51. In addition to this, Medley helped to lead the Boyd County Lions to their best season in twenty-one years, finishing 11th as a team in the KHSAA State AA Championship. Medley finished at 17:48, placing him 40th out of the 220 individual athletes competing in the Championship.
After the signing, an elated Coach Stepp replied, “I am thrilled to sign Jacob to a letter of intent for many reasons. First, I know what a quality young man he is. Jacob is a tremendous hard worker both in the classroom and at the athletic arena. Second, I love his work ethic, and also see his appreciation for an opportunity to run on the collegiate level. Third, Jacob is a new runner and possesses a tremendous amount of upside. I think his best running days are definitely in front of him. Fourth, Jacob has helped to make Boyd County an elite program in the mountains. He has had an excellent season and I easily consider him one of the top senior runners in our entire recruiting area. His coach, Shawn Thornbury, has done an excellent job in building Boyd County into a power in the mountains, and I see the quality student-athletes he produces. I feel fortunate to ink one of his runners.”
Medley is excited to attend Alice Lloyd in the fall, where he plans to pursue a degree in education with a minor in English. He says, “I’m ecstatic about my future as a student-athlete at Alice Lloyd! I owe everything that I have become to God.”
Coach Stepp, who also serves as ALC’s Director of Athletics, strives to build a competitive cross country program. In doing so, he recruits exclusively from the Appalachian area. However, he says that his number one priority is for the athletes to succeed academically, earning their degrees in the five years allotted by the Appalachian Leaders College Scholarship. “I know that Jacob has outstanding potential and that he is a perfect fit for us. I am extremely happy to welcome him into the Eagle family.”]]>
The Alice Lloyd men’s hoops squad journeyed to Barbourville, Kentucky on Monday, November 17th to battle the 16th ranked Union College Bulldogs. The Eagles were never able to get into any kind of rhythm as Union dismantled ALC, 87-50.
This was the first game that the Eagles had played in nine days. Also, the visitors were playing without starting point guard Austin Crisp. ALC was able to keep it close for about the first eight minutes, with the score being 14-10 in favor of Union. The hosts held a 20-14 lead with nine minutes remaining in the opening half but then went on a 15-5 to take a 35-23 lead with 2:20 to go. Alice Lloyd would go into the half trailing by eleven, 37-26.
Things would unravel for ALC in the second half. An eleven point halftime deficit for the Eagles suddenly became an eighteen point hole with sixteen minutes left in the second stanza (46-28). The Bulldogs extended their advantage over the remainder of the half as the visitors were not able to reduce the deficit.
Alice Lloyd was held to a frigid 24 percent shooting on this night (13 for 54) while going just 4 for 23 (17 percent) from three-point land and 20 of 32 from the free throw line (62 percent). Union made 41 percent of their field goal attempts (30 for 72) while capitalizing on 5 threes on 26 tries (19 percent) and were 22 for 29 (75 percent) from the charity stripe. Union won the rebounding battle but not by much, 48-43.
Deondre Warren’s 16 points for Alice Lloyd (2-3) was the high for the game. Warren also had a team-high 8 rebounds. Cody Malicoat was the only other player to reach double figures with 13 points. Malicoat also corralled 7 boards.
T.J Jones paced the victors (5-1, 2-0 AAC) with 12 points.]]>
The Alice Lloyd Lady Eagles traveled to Warren Wilson College on Friday, November 14th and to Hiwassee College on Saturday, November 15th. Here is a recap of both events.
The Alice Lloyd Lady Eagles squared off with non-conference opponent Warren Wilson College in Buncombe County, North Carolina. The Lady Eagles were trying to get back on track after a disappointing loss to Pikeville. After the first eight minutes of the contest, both teams were deadlocked at 12-12. With 4:38 to play in the first half, Alice Lloyd held a tight, three-point lead (28-25). It was at that point when the visitors went on an 11-4 run to extend their margin to 39-29 with about a minute and a half to go in the opening stanza. By halftime, the Lady Owls closed the gap some but ALC still held a 39-35 cushion.
Warren Wilson attacked immediately to start the second half as they even the score again at 41-41 just 51 seconds in. Alice Lloyd went on a 7-0 spurt to make it 7-0 with sixteen minutes left in the game. With eight minutes to go, neither team could get an advantage as it was tied at 54. With 3:21 left, ALC held a 67-65 lead. WWC made a three-pointer to make it 72-69 with 49 ticks left. Carla Booth connected on a jumper to tie it at 74. The Lady Owls had the ball with a chance to win and they did just that as Jacina Hall was fouled on a shot attempt to convert on 1 of 2 free throws to give her team the victory. It was a heartbreaking way for ALC to lose.
ALC (3-2) was 40 percent from the field while Warren Wilson shot at 41 percent. Both teams made 5 threes, Alice Lloyd shot 23 from beyond the arc while WWC (2-3) attempted 14 triples. ALC was 17 for 24 from the charity stripe (70 percent) while WWC connected on 22 foul shots on 31 tries (71 percent). Warren Wilson held the slim rebounding advantage, 40-37.
Carla Booth and Serena Nickell led the Lady Eagles with 18 points each. Nickell also recorded 5 rebounds as Amber Shepherd also had double-digits in points (11).
Lilvia Bradbury and Jacina Hall had 16 points apiece for the home team.
In ALC’s second game, the Lady Eagles would meet a familiar nemesis in Hiwassee College. The Lady Eagles won the first matchup between the two teams just two weeks prior. It was a relative close half for the most part. However, the Lady Eagles took a 10-point lead into the locker room (42-32).
It would not be as easy this time around for Alice Lloyd. In the second stanza, the Lady Tigers battled back and rallied to make things interesting. Even though Alice Lloyd was outscored 48-42 by the hosts, Alice Lloyd staved off the Lady Tigers and came away with the win.
ALC (4-2) converted on 45 percent of their shots while Hiwassee shot at 40 percent. Alice Lloyd went 7 for 20 from three (35 percent) and made 76 percent from the free throw line (19 for 25). Hiwassee made 7 threes on 19 tries (36 percent) while making 17 for 30 from the foul line (56 percent). Alice Lloyd won the rebounding battle in decisive fashion, 56-39.
Carla Booth had 29 points and 5 rebounds while Megan Jones scored 12 points. Tailor Morgan produced 11 points while Carla McDaniel flirted with a double-double, 12 rebounds and 8 points.
The Alice Lloyd College Cross Country squad traveled to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on November 8th to participate in the KIAC Conference championship. The weather was cold and breezy with temperatures in the mid-40s around race time.
In the women’s 5K race, 68 women toed the starting line. Junior Allison Holbrook gave her all, as she crossed the line in 24:45. Following Holbrook was freshman Allison Bolling who finished with a time of 27:52. Both girls had been sick just prior to the meet.
On the men’s side in the 8K race, 55 men left with the starter’s gun. Junior Clay Montgomery battled hard as he demonstrated a gritty determination returning from a month long injury. He finished the race in 34:52. Freshman Chris Baker was right behind Montgomery, crossing the finish line in a time of 35:09.
After the meet, Eagle Coach Gary D. Stepp commented, “I am really pleased with the effort my runners. Unfortunately, we had an injury plagued year, which cost us several runners .We had several men who were either hurt or had to red-shirt this season. Next year we should have a full squad ready to go.”
The coach added, “They now know more of what to expect on this level, and of what they need to do to achieve their best. I feel that they are each hungry to improve, and I expect greater things from them next season.”
On Saturday, November 8, the June Buchanan Crusaders opened their Academic Team season in the JV Challenge. This freshman and sophomore level competition was held at Prestonsburg High School, and six high schools (JBS, Prestonsburg HS, South Floyd HS, Allen Central HS, Betsy Layne HS, and Piarist) took part in the day’s events.
The JBS Quick Recall team went undefeated throughout the tournament, easily winning 1st place. Individual students also placed at the top of several major categories.
Arts & Humanities: Connor Jacobs—1st place
Language Arts: Trey Moore—1st place; Ruby Yeary—3rd place
Science: Colton Jacobs—1st place
Social Studies: Trey Moore—1st place; Connor Jacobs—2nd place; Colton Jacobs—3rd place
As a result of these standings, the Crusaders won 1st place overall in this tournament. Team member Ruby Yeary stated, “It feels great to win the way we did! We’ve been working hard for a long time in practice, so it’s good that it all paid off.” These results bode well for the young Crusaders as they enter district and regional competitions later in the year]]>
The Alice Lloyd Women’s hoops team was back in action on Tuesday, November 11th as they made the trek to Pikeville to take on the Pikeville Lady Bears. Alice Lloyd kept it close early but Pikeville would eventually run away with this contest as the Lady Eagles were defeated, 109-75.
John Mills and the Lady Eagles were looking for their first 4-0 start in seven years. For the first seven minutes of the contest, ALC was able to stay within six of the home team (20-14). After that, Pikeville would gradually increase their lead throughout the rest of the half. Pikeville held a twenty-five point lead at one before Alice Lloyd would trim the deficit to sixteen at intermission (54-38).
ALC had high hopes for a comeback in the second half but it just wasn’t meant to be. Just as they had done in the first stanza, the hosts would expand their lead in the second half. The Lady Bears would outscore the Lady Eagles, 55-37.
ALC shot 36 percent on the night while Pikeville made 52 percent from the field. The Lady Eagles connected on 20 percent of their three pointers while converting on 52 percent of their free throws. UPike hit on 30 percent of their threes while making 55 percent of their shots from the foul line. Pikeville held a 63-42 advantage in the rebounding column.
Serena Nickell led the visitors (3-1) with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Carla Booth contributed 11 points while Madison Reed had 11 points and 7 rebounds. Amber Shepherd tallied 10 points.
Shakinah Gibson had 20 points for the Lady Bears (3-0).]]>
The Alice Lloyd Eagles traveled to Pikeville to participate in the BB&T Classic on Friday, November 7th and Saturday, November 8th. The Eagles went 1-1 in the two games. Here is a recap of both matchups.
Alice Lloyd’s first opponent of the classic featured the Bluefield College Rams out of Bluefield, Virginia. In the first half, both teams swapped leads on numerous occasions and tied seven times. After BC held a 29-22 cushion, Alice Lloyd went on a 9-2 spurt to even the score at 31. The Eagles buried a three with less than 10 seconds remaining to take a 42-39 advantage into the locker room.
Even though Bluefield produced a run of their own to take a 57-49 lead in the second half, Alice Lloyd would not go away. The Eagles were able to go on another run when they needed it most. Bluefield led 71-64 but an 8-0 charge by the Eagles allowed them to recapture the edge. Trailing 84-83 with under a minute to go, Austin Crisp made a basket in the lane to give ALC an 85-84 advantage it would not relinquish. The Eagles added one more bucket as Bluefield’s last chance to send the game to overtime would not go.
ALC was 31 for 65 in field goals (47 percent) including 10 of 24 from beyond the arc (41 percent). The Eagles made 15 free throws out of 24 attempts (62 percent). The Rams shot 50 percent from the field (32 for 64) while connecting on 12 threes out of 29 tries (41 percent). BC only shot 11 free throws, converting on 8 of them (72 percent). Alice Lloyd outrebounded Bluefield, 42-30.
Mason Pack led the way for the Eagles (2-1) with 25 points and 6 rebounds. Cody Malicoat produced 19 points and 7 boards while Trevor Tiller had 14 points. Crisp tallied 13 points to go along with 5 assists while Dondre Warren pitched in with 10 points.
Bluefield’s (0-1) Kyle Grisby had a game high 32 points.
In game two of the classic, Alice Lloyd squared off with the Pikeville Bears. ALC took an 8-7 early in the first half. However, Pikeville blitzed the Eagles as the Bears would go on a staggering 20-2 run to put the visitors down seventeen with thirteen minutes to go in the opening stanza. When it was all said and done, Alice Lloyd trailed at the half by 34 to UPike (67-33).
It would only get worse for the Eagles in the second half as Pikeville increased their lead. Pikeville’s biggest lead was forty-nine and would end up winning the game by forty-seven. There was not much ALC could do in this game as Pikeville was the superior team and it showed.
27 baskets were made by Alice Lloyd out of 62 tries while going 5 for 20 from downtown (25 percent). The visitors shot 66 percent from the charity stripe (18 for 27). Pikeville knocked down 44 shots on 83 attempts including 10 threes in 24 tries (41 percent). The Bears hit 78 percent of their free throws (26 for 33). The Bears had 50 rebounds to Alice Lloyd’s 32.
Trevor Tiller was the Eagles (2-2) leading scorer in this game with 23 points. Tyler Rogers was the only other player to get into double figures with 11.
K.K. Simmons had 30 points for Pikeville (3-0).]]>
The Alice Lloyd Lady Eagles hosted the West Virginia Tech Lady Golden Bears on Saturday, November 8th. The Lady Eagles struggled for most of the game but rallied in the waning stages, knocking off the visitors, 91-89.
ALC came into this contest looking for a 3-0 start to the season. The Lady Eagles started slow out of the gate, as WVT had a 17-8 lead with twelve minutes to go in the first half. Alice Lloyd would eventually fall into a deficit as big as sixteen before clawing their way back. Despite being outplayed, the home team trailed West Virginia tech by only two at halftime (41-39).
ALC took their first lead of the game in the second stanza on a three by Carla Booth to make it 46-45 with seventeen minutes remaining. However, WVT would regain the lead and would keep for much of the second half. Still, ALC kept the game extremely close. The hosts tied the game at 89 with 50 seconds left. After getting the stop they needed on defense, the Lady Eagles had the ball with the chance to steal the victory. Booth was fouled on a drive to the basket and made both free throws to give Alice Lloyd the lead. A last second heave by WVT was short and this allowed ALC to prevail.
ALC shot 45 percent from the field (27 for 59) while WVT was 43 percent from the field (32 for 73). The Lady Eagles made 4 three point shots out of 16 attempts (25 percent) while the guests were 2 for 12 (16 percent) and from the charity stripe, Alice Lloyd was 33 for 47 (70 percent). WVU converted on 23 shots out of 33 tries (69 percent). West Virginia Tech edged Alice Lloyd in the battle of the boards, 45-31.
For Alice Lloyd (3-0), Booth had a team-high 21 points while Serena Nickell contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Morgan Chestnut also made the double-digits column in scoring, producing 11 points and corralling 6 boards.
Rocio Ruiz-Berdejo led the Lady Golden Bears (1-3) with 25 points.]]>