AVERETT — Sammy Thomas scored a game-high 21 points and Tim Jones added 18 as the Melvin Felix era got off to a good start with Eastern Mennonite men’s basketball’s 90-74 non-conference win at Averett on Thursday.

DJ Hill added 14 points for the Royals (1-0) with Thomas adding eight rebounds to his stat sheet.

Travis Clower dished out six assists and added two blocks in the win.

Area Players Sweep Valley District Honors

HARRISONBURG — City/county athletes swept the Valley District awards on Thursday.

Harrisonburg quarterback Kwentin Smiley was named the district’s Offensive Player of the Year while Spotswood linebacker Ben Conahan was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year. SHS coach Dale Shifflett earned Coach of the Year honors.

The Trailblazers led the district with five first-team offensive selections in Brennan Brown (RB), Rob Smith (WR), Connell Ischinger (WR), Ryan Shonk (TE) and Colby Morris (OL).

Spotswood’s Conahan (LB), AJ Dooms (DE), Dallas Khalil (DL), Morris (DL), Ischinger (DB), Cole Myers (LB), Abrey Atwell (P), and Smith (PR) also made first-team defense.

For Harrisonburg, Smiley (QB), Marcus Robinson-Jenkins (RB), Kenth Bastillo (OL), and Mateo Peric (K) made first-team offense. Pierre Mbala (DE), Tyler Deane (LB), and Victor Lynch (DB) made first-team defense.

Turner Ashby’s Grant Swinehart (RB) and Jessie Knight (OL) both made first-team offense while Tyler Quick (all-purpose and linebacker) was a first-team selection on both sides of the ball.

Parker Smith (C) and Brent Hulse (DL) were the lone two representatives for Broadway on the first teams.

ODAC Announces Men’s Soccer Teams

FOREST — A program record five Bridgewater College men’s soccer players earned All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference team nods, the league announced Thursday.

Eastern Mennonite placed three players on the three teams.

The Eagles, who finished 11-7-1, were led by junior forward Thomas White’s first-team showing.

White, named to his third straight All-ODAC team, scored 11 goals and added six assists on the season.

He was joined by teammates Leo Alcantara (junior midfielder) and senior keeper Quentin Boric — both second-teamers — and third-teamers senior defenders Matthew Pagano and Jacob Heiston.

The Royals, who ended the year at 9-9-1, placed senior defender Emmanuel Boamah on the first team with senior forward Dave Drafton and senior midfielder Dominic Powers earning third-team nods.

Washington & Lee swept the top honors with senior forward Dylan Ritch named the league’s Player of the Year, freshman defender Jack Rawlings earning Rookie of the Year and Mike Singleton winning Coach of the Year.

— DN-R Sports Desk

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