Dabney’s First Hoops Season Underway

Dabney’s First Hoops Season Underway

PLAYING for the new DSLCC men’s basketball team are (seated, from left) Cartier Key, Josh Roldan, Shawn Spinner Helmintoller, Koty Baker, Austin Lefler, Isiah Roman, Dominic Lewis, (standing) Jaylon Hudson, K’knowledge Rawlings, Anthony Dorcus, Dalton Simmons, Justin Gibson, Deondre Dabney, Shama Baggot and Jaylon Lewis. Not pictured: Justin Davis and Ty Brown. Head coach is Bandon Garrett (not pictured).

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College’s men’s basketball team has begun its inaugural season. The Roadrunners were on the road this past weekend for their first two games – at Mid-Atlantic Christian University in Elizabeth City, N.C. on Saturday and at Johnston Community College in Smithfield, N.C. on Sunday.

“I am very excited about this opportunity for not only DSLCC but the community as a whole,” said head coach Brandon Garrett of Buena Vista. “I think this has been something that the area has not only wanted but needed for many years. I am excited that DSLCC President Dr. [John] Rainone and his staff decided to bring on the sport. I think this is a tremendous opportunity. Thus far, I have been pleased with our progress as a team. We still have a lot of work to do, and that will continue throughout the season, but I feel like we are on the right track.”

The first two home games, to be played in the Armory on the DSLCC Clifton Forge campus, will take place on Friday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m., against Bryant and Stratton (Ohio) College and Saturday, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m., against The Crown College from Powell, Tennessee.

Garrett says that the players are eager to play in front of the home crowd. “The first home game on Nov. 15 will be huge for us,” he adds. “I would like to send a personal invitation on behalf of the program to all DSLCC students and people in the community to come out and support us.”

The 17-man roster includes players from Parry McCluer, James River, Alleghany and Covington high schools as well as team members from Charlottesville, Richmond, Lynchburg and West Virginia. Five are second-year students; the rest are freshmen.

“I believe this is an exciting addition to our community,” said Carl “Shorty” Wolfe III, interim athletic director. “It gives our graduating [high school] athletes another option to consider when thinking about furthering their education and athletic career – whether they were overlooked by the bigger basketball programs or would like to just continue to compete, sharpen their skills and save some money on their education before continuing onto a four year school.

“We here at DSLCC are excited, motivated and dedicated to building an athletics program, and we have high hopes of adding some other sports in the future. It will take some considerable support from our community to achieve these goals, whether it’s by donating time, by volunteering at our games or donating financially. We have a dedicated staff here at DSLCC who have put in a lot of time and effort to make this possible. Please come out and support your Roadrunners!”

Ticket prices for home games are $5 per person for general admission. Children under 5 are admitted free. Prices for active military, veterans and senior citizens are $3 per person. Families of four or more pay no more than $20 and all DSLCC students are admitted free with their DSLCC student ID.

Players, including their jersey number, position, height and weight, home town and previous team, are as follows:

(Sophomores) Shawn Spinner (2), guard, 5’10”, 150 lbs, of Clifton Forge, Alleghany High School; Anthony Darcus (10), forward, 6’2”, 180 lbs., of Clifton Forge, Radford University; Koty Baker (24), guard, 6’1”, 165 lbs., of Buena Vista, McDaniel College; Justin Gibson (33), forward, 6’1”, 150 lbs., of Clifton Forge, Alleghany High School; Shama Baggot

(50), forward, 6’0”, 150 lbs., of Clifton Forge, Alleghany High School.

(Freshmen) – Deondre Dabney (0), guard, 6’11, 195 lbs., of Richmond, Bridge Academy; Austin Lefler (1), guard, 5’8”, 145 lbs., of Clifton Forge, Alleghany High School; Joshua Roldan (3), guard, 5’10”, 150 lbs., of Covington, Covington High School; Ty Brown (4), guard, 6’3”, 195 lbs., of Lynchburg, Holy Cross; K’knowledge Rawlings

(5), guard, 6’0”, 155 lbs., of Charlottesville, Charlottesville High School; Jaylon Hudson

(14), forward, 5’10”, 150 lbs., of Charlottesville, Charlottesville High School; Cartier Key

(20), guard, 5’9”, 140 lbs., of Charlottesville, Charlottesville High School; Dominic Lewis

(22), guard, 5’10”, 155 lbs., of Union, W.Va., James Monroe High School; Jaylon Lewis

(23), guard, 6’0”, 200 lbs., of Union, W.Va., James Monroe High School; Justin Davis (30), forward, 6’6”, 250 lbs., of Lewisburg, W.Va., Greenbrier East High School; Isiah Roman

(34), forward, 6’1”, 150 lbs., of Clifton Forge, Alleghany High School; and Dalton Simmons

(40), forward, 5’10”, 210 lbs., of Fincastle, James River High School.

The full game schedule and more information on the athletic program may be found at www.dslcc.edu/athletics. For more information on how to support DSLCC athletics, contact Rachael Thompson at rthompson@dslcc.edu.

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