BRIDGEWATER — One of the area’s best boys basketball players is on the move.
Turner Ashby guard Trey Gillenwater will transfer to Eastern Mennonite this upcoming season and reclassify as a sophomore, EMHS athletic director Andrew Gascho and boys basketball coach Chad Seibert confirmed Tuesday.
Gillenwater, a 6-foot-1 guard known for his 3-point shooting abilities, was a first-team All-Valley District selection for the Knights as a sophomore and ranked second in the league in points (16.1) per game and first in assists (4.5).
Gillenwater joins Waynesboro’s Sean Cardoza and R.E. Lee’s Nick Jones on the list of area players transferring into the Flames program next season.
The decision comes just one week after TA coach Marquis Woodyard announced his resignation to accept a position with the United States Basketball Academy in China. The Knights went just 4-17 in their one season under Woodyard, but saw a resurgence in interest in the program under the 28-year-old first-year coach.
The move also puts a damper on the TA football program as well. Gillenwater played quarterback for the Knights this past season.
EMHS was the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division III state runner-up last season in its first season under coach Chad Seibert.
In other local sports Tuesday:
Valley Baseball League
New Market 6, Harrisonburg 3: At Veterans Memorial Park, a pair of two-run doubles in the first inning provided all the scoring defending Valley Baseball League champion New Market would need in a 6-3 win over Harrisonburg.
Brandon Rembert and Hunter Hart drove in the four runs in the first inning for the Rebels (3-5), who added two more runs in the third before holding off a late Turks (2-6) rally in the eighth to secure the victory.
Harrisonburg got its runs in the eighth via RBIs from Jed Bryant, Josh Madole and James Madison’s Nick Zona. But McCann Mellett flied out with the bases loaded to end the threat.
The Turks, now 3.5 games out of first place in the South Division, are off today and host Staunton on Thursday.
New Market 12, Grottoes 2: Zach Tomas drove in three runs and Peter Mulholland hit a solo homer as New Market scored a seven-inning, run-rule shortened 12-2 win over Grottoes at Rebel Field.
Austin Craft picked up the win for the Shockers (4-5), striking out two over six innings.
The Cardinals (2-8) got an RBI from Clayton Michael.
— DN-R Sports Desk