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10 YEARS AGO —
The Gleason Lady Bulldogs advanced to the state tournament with a 43-19
sub-state win over Scotts Hill. Senior and Class A Miss Basketball
finalist Kayla Hudson led all scorers with 22 points. The team had
secured the Region 7A title with a win over Lake County, avenging a
District Tournament loss that cost Gleason a perfect season.
7A girls included: Clarksburg’s Brooke Cary, McKenzie’s Anna Trull,
Central’s Jessica Willis, West Carroll’s Addy Greer, and from the
champion Lady Bulldogs, Candace Green, Riley Auvenshine and Most
Valuable Player Kayla Hudson.
McKenzie’s Darius Riding, West Carroll’s Lorenzo Stewart and
Clarksburg’s Matt Simpson.
YEARS AGO — The Gleason Lady Bulldogs claimed the Region 7A Championship
with a win over Lake County.
10 YEARS AGO — Lady Bulldog Kayla Hudson leads Gleason to a substate win
over Scotts Hill. Source: McKenzie Banner
Gleason falters in fourth during defeat to Trenton
Gleason had nothing doing in the fourth quarter and
lost its opportunity to play forward.
The Lady Bulldogs, who trailed by three points heading
into the final frame, made only one shot from the field in the fourth
quarter before falling 48- 32 at Trenton in the Region 7A Tournament
The two squads were nearly equal during the first
quarter with Gleason trailing 9-7 after one quarter.
Maya Anderson drained a three-pointer for the Lady
Tide while Rae’Vianna Clark and Kiera Hill each offered a bucket for the
Gleason’s first-quarter efforts were led by Lillian
Nichols with a pair of buckets while Jordyn Greene added a basket and
Darby Reed contributed a free throw.
In the second quarter, Trenton held a slim 13-12
advantage to lead 22-19 at halftime.
Stacie Mayberry paced the Lady Tide with four tallies
in the second period while Indiah Williams contributed a trifecta.
Jayden Green carried Gleason on her back offensively throughout the
second period, totaling 10 of her team’s dozen points off a pair of
buckets and six free throws.
The third quarter was even with each team totaling 10
points. Nichols totaled four free throws for the Lady Bulldogs while
Green, Reed and Greene added a bucket apiece.
In the fourth quarter, Greene made a three-pointer to
account for the only Gleason points of the frame. Trenton totaled 16
points in the final frame. Down the stretch, the Lady Tide made 10-of-13
free throws to seal the victory as the Lady Bulldogs struggled to swish
the net at all.
Green was Gleason’s leading scorer with a dozen points
while Nichols offered eight tallies and Greene contributed seven points.
The game was the final in a Lady Bulldog basketball
jersey for Nichols, Borneman, Reed and Greene. Source: Dresden
Lady Bulldogs Join
GLEASON — Gleason Lady
Bulldog basketball team members Kelsey Borneman and Lillian Nichols were
recently honored for scoring 1,000 points respectively in their prep
career. Borneman reached the 1,000th-point plateau against Hollow
Rock-Bruceton while Nichols netted her 1,000th point against McKenzie.
(L to R): Lady Bulldog 1,000-Point Club honorees Lillian Nichols and
Kelsey Borneman. Photo
courtesy of Christi Wallace.
Gleason Girls’ Win Ensures Region Trip
The Gleason girls cleared their first hurdle on the postseason on Monday
evening, besting West Carroll 73-35 in the quarterfinals of the District
With the victory, the Lady Bulldogs advanced to the semifinals of the
District 13A Tournament. On Thursday, Gleason battles Dresden at 7:30
p.m. at Bethel University. The winner of that contest will advance to
Saturday’s championship game, while the loser plays in the consolation
game the same evening.
Gleason is also guaranteed a spot in the upcoming Region 7A Tournament
thanks to its win on Monday. The Lady Bulldogs led 15-4 after one
quarter on Monday evening behind an eight-point first period from Jayden
Green made two three-pointers in the opening period. Meanwhile, senior
teammate Kelsey Borneman added a trey and a bucket during the first
In the second quarter, Gleason senior Darby Reed led the way with a
trio of buckets while Borneman and Ally Spain each connected from beyond
the arc. Gleason held a 34-19 advantage at intermission.
The Lady Bulldogs continued to pull away through the third quarter,
besting WC by a 21-8 mark in the period to lead 55-27 with eight minutes
Borneman and Reed guided Gleason through the third period with each
contributing six points. Borneman’s tallies came via a pair of
three-point baskets while Reed hit two shots from inside the arc and
added a pair of free throws.
The final frame saw Gleason emptying its bench with Alexis Anderson
leading the way with a three-pointer and a basket for five points.
Shelbie Burton also sank a pair of buckets in the fourth quarter while
Kenady Atkins swished the nylons with a three-pointer.
Borneman led the Lady Bulldogs and all scorers with 14 points.
Meanwhile, Green and Reed each added a dozen tallies. Burton completed
play with eight points. The Lady War Eagles had Deidre Clark and Macey
Cunningham with eight points apiece. Katie Holt added six tallies during
McKenzie Splits with Gleason on Senior Night
BY BRAD SAM
(January 31) — Seniors were recognized between McKenzie’s games against
Gleason as the Rebels and Lady Rebels played their final home contests
of the regular season.
The Lady Rebels had a five-point lead at the half, but
the Lady Bulldogs shot well in the third and went on to take the road
win, 44-32. The Rebels dominated on both ends of the court from the
second quarter on, and coasted to an 84-28 victory.
Senior cheerleaders are Olivia Bowden, daughter of Steve
and Sherry Bowden; Taylor- Anne Bradshaw, daughter of Joseph and
Elizabeth Rupich; Madyson Driggers, daughter of Bess Toombs and Jason
Driggers; Emma Pate, daughter of Jeremy and Gina Pate; and
Molley-Kate Tippitt, daughter of Stacey Hagler and Tyler
and Beth Tippitt.
Senior Lady Rebels and managers are Carissa Britt,
daughter of Jennifer Britt and Jeff Britt; Anna Comer, daughter of Wade
and Amy Comer; Tori Browning, daughter of Greg and Stacie Browning; and
Kelsie Hyer, granddaughter of Teri King.
Senior Rebels are Brandon Baucum, son of Jason and Kechia
Baucum; Dajour Edmonson, grandson of Bobby Brown; Preston Henderson, son
of Misty Henderson and Johnny Henderson; Mason King, grandson of Karen
Laws; Tyler King, son of Sarah McAllister and Jeremiah King; Paul
Watkins son of Lynn and Molly Watkins; and Bryce Wiggins, son of Mike
and Candy Wiggins.
Gleason Lady Bulldogs 44, McKenzie Lady Rebels 32
The girls were tied at 8-8 after the opening frame. Lady
Rebel Bailey Nelson scored four points, and Anna Comer and Jacey Davis
had two each. Lady Bulldog Shelbie Burton had four, and Jayden Green and
Lillian Nichols each scored a pair.
McKenzie outpaced Gleason, 15 -10, in the second quarter
to take a halftime lead. Comer scored five, including a three-pointer,
J. Davis had four points, and Shelby Davis and Shelby Butler each hit a
three. Lady Bulldog Jordyn Green hit a three, and Nichols also scored
three. Mahlese Mc-Donald and Aubrey Wallace each had a pair. At the
half, the Lady Rebels led, 23-18.
Gleason took over in the third, outscoring McKenzie,
19-5. Ja. Green scored six on a pair of threes, and Nichols added five
points. Jo. Green had four, including another three, and Kelsey Borneman
and Darby Reed each had a pair. Nelson and Carissa Britt each had a pair
for the Lady Rebels, and Comer hit a free throw. Entering the final
frame, the Lady Bulldogs led, 37-28.
Gleason wrapped up the win with a quick, 7-4 fourth.
McDonald scored three points, and Reed and Jo. Green each added a pair.
S. Davis had two for McKenzie, and Nelson and Davis each hit a free
Lady Bulldog Lillian Nichols led all scorers with ten
points. Jordyn Green scored nine, including a pair of threes.
Anna Comer led McKenzie with eight points, including a
three. Bailey Nelson and Jacey Davis each scored seven points.
McKenzie had a 27-23 advantage on rebounds, led by Bailey
Nelson with ten. Carissa Britt had seven boards. Lady Bulldog Jordyn
Green also had ten rebounds.
Rebels 84, Bulldogs 28
McKenzie jumped ahead to an 18-9 lead after the first
frame. Rebel Tyler King scored six points, and Brandon Baucum had five.
Preston Henderson had four, and Mason King hit a three-pointer. Dawson
Arnold had five for Gleason, and Lucio Solano scored four points.
The Rebels really took off in the second, earning a 33-10
advantage in the quarter. Dajour Edmonson scored nine points, and Baucum
had six. Lucas King and Bryce Wiggins scored four each, Henderson and
Paul Watkins each hit a three, and M. King and T. King each added a
pair. Bulldog Olen Reed scored six on a pair of threes, and Elijah Young
had four points. At the half, McKenzie led, 51-19.
The Rebel starters called it a night, and the bench
outscored Gleason, 23-7, in the third. Chase Colotta scored nine,
including a three, and Ben Austin had six points. L. King and Nate
Whitsell each had four. Solano had all seven for the Bulldogs, including
a three. Heading into the final frame, McKenzie led, 74-26.
McKenzie won a quick, 10-2 fourth. West Cook hit a
three-pointer, and Noah Hawkins also scored three points. Whitsell and
Micah Austin each had a pair. Reed had a pair of free throws for
A total of 14 Rebels had points, led by Brandon Baucum
with eleven. Dajour Edmonson and Chase Colotta each scored nine, Colotta
with a three.
Lucio Solano led Gleason with nine points, including a
three. Olen Reed had eight points.
McKenzie dominated the boards, 36-16, led by Tyler King
with nine and Ben Austin with eight. Bulldog Olen Reed had five
rebounds. Source: McKenzie Banner.
Talks Football at Gleason Rotary
GLEASON (January 23)
— Coach Noah Lampkins was the featured speaker at the Gleason Rotary
Club on January 23. Lampkins, a Gleason High alum and head football
coach, talked about his career and football in Gleason.
Lampkins filled the
room with his passion for the game and his love for coaching. With
humorous anecdotes, the mood was kept light as Lampkins explained
his transition from pharmaceutical sales to gridiron coaching. One
phone call from the late Sam Guthrie brought him back to Gleason.
With no coaching
experience, Lampkins was at the helm of small football program, but
with the support of Gleason he was off and running.
For Lampkins it’s
not all about the wins and losses, it’s about his players. In recent
years, the coaching staff and players have worked to improve team
facilities. Currently, the team’s weight lifting facility is under
renovation complete with all new equipment. Lampkins stated the
project reached approximately 85% of its funding goal.
The Gleason Rotary
Club meets every Monday at 6:00 p.m. at Simply Southern Café.
Source: McKenzie Banner.
War Eagles, Lady Bulldogs Split Wins
BY SARA RACHELS
(January 27) — The race for first place in District 13A may come down to
the wire, but the Gleason girls continue to make a strong case for
themselves in the final days of the regular season.
After taking it on the chin to Dresden, the Lady Dawgs rebounded to
take three straight district victories - the last of which was a 74-21
home-court triumph over West Carroll on Friday night. Several youngsters
saw action on the court and were able to make fourth-quarter
contributions. Now, it’s all a matter of playing five games in eight
days to finish up the regular season.
Green led the way against West Carroll with 19 points. Borneman scored
nine and Mahlese McDonald had eight. The Lady Bulldog reserves
contributed 24 points with Aubrey Wallace totaling seven of those.
Gracie Cunningham was high scorer for the Lady War Eagles with seven.
Three-pointers from Borneman and Green and two baskets in the paint from
Darby Reed pushed Gleason to a 10-2 start.
Cunningham and Deidre Clark led West Carroll back to within a bucket,
11-9, but Jordyn Greene and Shelbie Burton came off the bench to spark
the Lady Dawgs to a 16-11 lead at the end of one quarter.
In the second quarter, Macey Cunningham scored all four of the visitors’
points in the period as Green had 10 of Gleason’s 24. At halftime, the
Lady Dawgs’ lead had grown to 40-15.
Gleason added 22 points to lead West Carroll at the start of the final
With a running clock in the fourth period, Gleason reserves Kenady
Atkins and Ally Spain hit three-pointers and Wallace, Alexis Anderson
and Keicha Shafer had baskets to make the final score 74-21.
West Carroll 70, Gleason 42 (Boys)
Gleason used a hot start and a cold War Eagle beginning to make it an
even first quarter, but the visitors eventually found the range and
overpowered the Dawgs.
Chase Nash led West Carroll with 24 points. Jack Johnson scored 20.
Lucio Solano had 17 for Gleason and Olen Reed contributed 10. Solano and
Dawson Arnold powered Gleason to a 6-0 start as the War Eagles struggled
to get going. At the 3:05 mark, however, Nash scored for the visitors
and led an 8-0 run to put WC up by a pair. Solano hit a runner just
before the quarter’s end, however, and the first frame ended in a tie at
The War Eagles came alive in the second. With seven points each from
Nash and Johnson, West Carroll used a 25-point quarter to lead 33-15 at
Johnson and Nash led the way again in the third with 13 and nine points,
respectively. Outscoring Gleason 24-15, West Carroll increased the lead
to 57-30 after three quarters of play.
In the fourth quarter, scoring slowed down for the visitors, but with a
13-12 advantage, it was more than enough for the War Eagles to close out
its 70-42 win. Source: McKenzie Banner.
Past, Present Lady Dawgs Celebrate win vs. G’field
KENNETH COKER Sports Editor
Gleason’s girls made their predecessors happy on
On a night when the 1992 and 2007 Class A state
champion squads reunited to celebrate their pass success, the Lady
Bulldogs offered a present one with a 57-50 besting of Greenfield in
a non-district contest.
In the nightcap, the Greenfield boys snapped a
five-game losing streak with a 76-54 triumph over Gleason.
The girls’ game was hotly contested with a total of
nine lead changes and nine ties over the course of the contest.
Gleason closed the third quarter with a four-point
swing when Jordyn Greene offered a stickback at the buzzer after a
Lady Bulldog miss moments earlier. Greene’s rebound had the
Greenfield side of the floor thinking an over the back foul had been
committed, while the Gleason side believed it to be a clean play.
On the floor, it was ruled as two points for Gleason.
As the two teams went to their huddles, the Lady Yellowjacket bench
was issued a technical for its disputing of the call.
Lady Bulldog Jayden Green made both of the technical
free throw attempts to give Gleason a 44-38 lead after three
“We got a big four-point swing in our favor with a
stick back and two free throws at the end of the third quarter,”
said Lady Bulldog head coach Sean Stephenson, who was coaching with
a heavy heart after the loss of his grandfather days earlier. “I
didn’t see how the technical went down. I was in the timeout or
headed that way. We just persevered and made a play. We hadn’t had a
stick back until that point. Jordyn made a play and we were
fortunate to get the free throws. With the lead, we were able to
dictate the tempo in the fourth quarter.”
With the triumph, the Lady Bulldogs improved to 16-3,
while Greenfield fell to 15-2 with both of its losses being to
Both programs played on Tuesday night with Gleason at
home against Big Sandy. Greenfield traveled to Bradford the same
Gleason goes to Bruceton on Friday. Greenfield hosts
Trenton the same evening.
Gleason 57, G’field 50 (G)
With a six-point (44-38) advantage as the fourth
quarter started, the Lady Bulldogs added to their cushion when
Lillian Nichols made a pair of free throws. Yet, Greenfield answered
with a Tess Darby deuce.
As Gleason had done so many times during its state
championship runs, the Lady Bulldogs chewed over a minute off the
clock during their next possession before Nichols was sent to the
free throw line. Nichols made the first of her two charity tosses to
put Gleason ahead by a 47-40 count with 4:36 remaining in the game.
Darby – who scored a game high 27 points – drained a three a little
under a minute later to make it a two-possession and four-point
However, Nichols was fouled the next trip down and
made a pair of free throws nine seconds later to stretch the Lady
Bulldogs’ lead to six points. Later, a Jayden Green free throw after
Mahlese McDonald grabbed her own rebound after missing the front end
of a oneand-one resulted in a 50-43 Gleason lead.
Lady Yellowjacket Chloe Moore offered a basket to cut
into the Lady Bulldogs cushion, but senior Kelsey Borneman answered
with a pair of free throws.
Ultimately, Moore made a three-pointer with 33
seconds to play to pull Greenfield within four points – down 54-50.
On the other end as the Lady Yellowjackets tried to
trade foul shots for possessions, Nichols was clutch at the charity
stripe, making a pair of free throws to give Gleason a six-point
Later and after a Green steal, McDonald made the
second of a pair of charity tosses with around 10 seconds to play to
seal the triumph.
Aside from Darby, Greenfield – without usual starter
Bentley Gordon (knee injury) – had Moore with 18 tallies.
Nichols was Gleason’s leading point lady with 19.
Jayden Green offered a dozen tallies, while Jordyn Greene (no
relation) contributed 10. McDonald and Borneman each finished with
six points apiece.
G’field 76, Gleason 54 (B)
After having faced and fell to the current top four
of District 14A (Halls, Union City, Humboldt and Gibson County)
during its five-game losing streak, Greenfield was happy to see
opposition on an equal playing field.
“It’s the cards we’ve been dealt in our district, but
when you get the chance to get a win, you try your best to do so,”
Yellowjacket head coach Chad Levister said after the victory. “We’re
getting better in the district we play in and trying to compete. I
think we did that against South Fulton (on Jan. 3), but we didn’t
last night at Halls. I’m proud of the guys to come out tonight,
refocus and get a win.”
Leading scorer Levi Dees (27 points) offered a dozen
points in the first quarter including back-to-back buckets to open
the game. Greenfield’s Jackson Crouse followed Dees’ first two
scores with a three to give the visiting team a 7-0 lead.
However, Gleason fought back and pulled within a
deuce after a Lucio Solano three pointer.
Later, Dees added a pair of free throws to his total
while starting a 9-4 Greenfield flurry which Yellowjacket Joshua
Floyd concluded with a pair of free throws to result in a 16-9
G’field advantage. The two teams were almost even for the remainder
of the first quarter with Greenfield exiting the first period with a
Gleason had a slim advantage in the scoring
department during the second period, besting the Yellowjackets 16-15
in the frame behind seven points by Solano. Dees continued to guide
Greenfield in period No. 2 with 11 tallies in the frame. The
Yellowjackets led 41-33 at halftime.
Floyd came on strong in the third quarter with eight
points, while Crouse added five tallies off a bucket and a three
Overall, Greenfield added to its lead during
the third period with a 20-11 bettering of Gleason in the frame. The
Yellowjackets carried a 61-44 lead into the final frame.
In the fourth quarter, Greenfield held a 15-10
advantage in the scoring department to close out the triumph.
Aside from Dees, the Yellowjackets’ other notable
scorers were Crouse with 13 points, Keaton Cook with eight tallies
and Kamron Shane with six.
Solano, who fouled out, topped the Bulldog scorebook
with 17. Gleason’s Olen Reed added 14 – 11 in the second half –
while Dawson Arnold contributed 11 and Peyton Stigall added six.
Source: Dresden Enterprise.
Lady Dawgs Down Rebs; McKenzie Downs Dawgs
McKenzie fans made the short trip to Tater Town on
Thursday night for a pair of District 13A basketball contests as
harmless flurries fell in the area, a precursor to the Friday
morning blanket of white that would postpone some key games across
The Lady Bulldogs established a big lead in the first
half and held the Lady Rebels at bay down the stretch for a 65-42
In the nightcap, the Rebels returned the favor by
routing the Bulldogs, 79-39.
Gleason 65, McKenzie 42 (G)
Gleason set the tone in the opening frame, outscoring
McKenzie, 19-6. Lady Bulldog Lillian Nichols scored six points.
Jayden Green and Kelsey Borneman each had five, each including a
three-pointer, and Kenady Atkins also hit a three. Lady Rebel Anna
Comer scored four points, and Jacey Davis had a pair.
The margin widened as the Lady Bulldogs owned the
second quarter, 23-11. Borneman scored six, including another
threepointer, and Shelbie Burton had four. Green and Alexis Anderson
each hit a three, and Darby Reed also scored three points. Nichols
and Ally Spain each had a pair of free throws. Comer scored seven,
including a three-pointer, and Bailey Nelson and Carissa Britt each
had a pair. At the half, Gleason led, 42-17.
The Lady Bulldogs edged McKenzie in the third, 15-14.
Green and Mahlese McDonald each scored four points, Reed hit a
three-pointer, and Spain and Atkins each added a pair. Lady Rebel
Camille Travis had six points on a pair of threes, and Nelson,
Comer, Britt and Shelby Butler each scored two points. Entering the
final frame, the Lady Bulldogs led, 57-31.
McKenzie closed the gap slightly with an 11-8
advantage in the fourth. Nelson scored six points, Butler hit a
three, and Shelby Davis hit a pair of free throws. Nichols, Burton,
Spain and Veronica Rosa each had two points.
Lady Rebel Anna Comer led all scorers with 13 points,
including a three-pointer. Bailey Nelson had ten points.
Jayden Green led Gleason in the victory with a dozen,
including a pair of threes. Kelsey Borneman had eleven, also with a
pair of threes, and Lillian Nichols scored ten points.
McKenzie 79, Gleason 39
McKenzie started the nightcap on an offensive tear,
outscoring Gleason 21-9 in the first frame. Rebel Brandon Baucum
exploded for 14 points, including a three-pointer. Lucas King scored
three, and Dajour Edmunson and Tyler King each had a pair. Bulldog
Payton Stigall scored six, including a three. Lucio Solano had a
pair, and Nick Oatsvall hit a free throw.
The Rebels pressed the advantage with a 22-15 margin
in the second quarter. Baucum scored ten more points, and Edmunson
had five, including a three. Preston Henderson also hit a three, and
T. King and Paul Watkins added a pair each. Solano scored seven for
Gleason, including a three. Dawson Arnold had four points, including
a three-pointer. Elijah Young had three points, and Hart McKenzie
hit a free throw. At the half, McKenzie led, 43-24.
McKenzie won the third, 18-7, led by Edmunson and T.
King with four points each. Henderson and Watkins each hit a
three-pointer, and Baucum and L. King added a pair. Arnold hit
another three for the Bulldogs, and Stigall and Olen Reed had two
points each. Heading into the final frame, the Rebels led, 61-31.
Rebel Brandon Baucum led all scorers in the win with
26 points, including a three-pointer. Dajour Edmunson scored eleven,
including a three. Payton Stigall led Gleason with a dozen,
including a three. Lucio Solano scored eleven, including a three.
Source: McKenzie Banner.
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