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Post Date: 4/19/14

LADY VILLAINS COACH BRIAN ROBINSON RETURNS TO BENCH FOR USA BASKETBALL

After helping the U-16 national team to a gold medal in the 2013 FIBA America's Tournament event in Cancun, Mexico, Lady Villain Coach Brian Robinson will return to the bench with USA basketball this summer as part of the U-17 World Championships in the Czech Republic.

Coach Robinson will be reunited with head coach Sue Phillips and fellow assistant Mary Coyle Klinger who comprised the gold medal winning staff from last year in Mexico.

"Having the opportunity to again work with Sue and Mary is a wonderful feeling," Robinson said. "Mary and I understand how Sue wants certain things done and the pace at which she wants those things to be taught, which should allow us to be more efficient with our time in practices. Knowing that we have that familiarity and chemistry from a coaching standpoint going into this year's trials, and eventually the team setting, will serve us well as we work towards winning gold at the world championship."

Tryouts for the 12 person roster will be held at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado from May 22-26. The event it self will take place from June 28 through July 6th. The US will be looking to capture its third consecutive gold medal in this event.






Post Date: 4/14/14

SOFTBALL COMES UP JUST SHORT IN OFFENSIVE SHOOTOUT WITH BEARS

The Lady Villains softball team fell on Senior Day this afternoon to rival Mount Airy by a score of 16-13 in a wild game in Kernersville.

Senior center fielder Erin Redden led the way for Bishop with a 4-4 day from the plate and four runs scored, including an inside-the-park home run, but it wasn't enough as Mount Airy was able to take advantage of three big innings to put the Villains away.

In the top of the first, the Bears pieced together four runs from their first four batters, and seemed to be on their way to a victory similar to the 13-3 win they posted over the Villains earlier this year. Bishop answered with four runs of its own in the bottom of the first and then posted another in the second to take a 5-4 lead into the fourth inning..

In the fourth inning, senior pitcher Ernae Pinnix, who hadn't pitched late into games much this year, began to falter as she allowed six straight batters to reach base. All in all seven runs scored in the inning for the Bears, and they took an 11-5 lead into the bottom of the fourth. Bishop would answer once again though. Redden led off with her third hit of the day, and the first four Villain batters would score to close the margin to 11-9 after four.

In the fifth, Redden knocked a two-strike pitch into left field, where it got under the glove of Megan Poff, and rolled all the way to the wall. Redden rounded the bases for the home run, and once fellow senior Samantha Pelc scored, the Villains were within one at 12-11.

Then in the sixth, Mount Airy caught fire again. They scored four more runs thanks to clutch hitting from the top of the order, and took a 16-12 lead. Bishop could only string together one more run in the bottom of the sixth before being put down in the seventh to end a wild game.

The Lady Villains drop to 4-9 with the loss and will be in action again tomorrow against Walkertown, and will then finish the season against Atkins on the 29th.









Post Date: 4/14/14

FIELDING, BASE RUNNING GAFFES COSTLY AS BASEBALL FALLS TO MOUNT AIRY, 3-1

The Villains had four runners thrown out on the basepaths and committed three throwing errors in the field, allowing the visiting Mount Airy Bears to overcome a late 1-0 deficit and down the Villains today on Senior Day in Kernersville, 3-1.

For the Villains, Matt Neidert was sensational in his final home game, pitching a near complete game while surrendering just four hits. He also struck out six Bear hitters, surrendered just one walk and was perfect through the first three innings.

The Villains base running problems began early in the ball game as both Will Kamnick and Matt Neidert were on in the first via walks, but Grayson Bennett, running for Kamnick was gunned down trying to steal second. Then, while running for Neidert, Jon Robichaud was caught in a rundown on a miscommunication after a wild pitch.

Both Neidert and Bears pitcher John Cagle settled into the game after that, mowing down the opposing lineups in order in the second and third innings before the Villains got things rolling in the fourth.

Kamnick led off the inning with a walk, Matt Neidert then hit a bloop single into right center field to get the pinch running Nick Burns to second bringing up Josh Claus, one of nine seniors on this Villains team. Claus was able to fight off a Cagle fastball into left field for a base hit that scored Burns from second and gave the Villains the lead.

Both pitchers quickly retired the sides in the fifth, setting up the decisive sixth inning, which would be the undoing of the Villains.  The inning began with a base hit by Brandon Sheppard, who had Andrew Moore pinch run. Moore stole second as Kamnick threw the ball into center field, which allowed Moore to advance to third. Moore would be singled in by Corbin Welch. Welch would then turn the same trick as Moore, advancing to third on a wild throw to second on a steal attempt. A sacrifice fly from Kyle Overvelt would score Welch and give the Bears the lead they would not relinquish.

The 2-1 score would hold into the seventh where the Villains were able to put two base runners on with only one out, but with the game hanging in the balance, the Villains were unable to get the hits they needed off of Cagle and were retired to end the game.

The loss drops the Villains to 9-6 on the season and 4-4 in Northwest Conference play. They'll battle Walkertown on the road on Wednesday in their next contest.







Post Date: 4/14/14

SOFTBALL LOOKS TO AVENGE EARLIER LOSS TO MOUNT AIRY

Matchup: Bishop McGuinness Lady Villains (4-8, 1-5 Northwest) vs. North Stokes Vikings (3-12, 2-5, Northwest)

Date, Time & Location: April 14th, 2014 @ 5:00pm from Kernersville, NC.

Live Coverage Details: Tonight's game will be aired LIVE on BMHSAthletics.com beginning at 4:50pm EST with the "Villains Pregame Show". The show will feature the pregame comments of Coach Dwight Saintsing and will also give you starting lineups and a look at tonight's match-up!

The game can be accessed using the "Listen Live" button on the right side of this page or from your mobile device by downloading the free app "TuneIn" and searching for BMHSAthletics.com! For more information on TuneIn and how to access the games via your mobile device, click here. If you can't be somewhere where you can hear the game, make sure to follow along with us on Twitter by clicking here or on Facebook by clicking here.

Storyline: For the second time this season, the Lady Villains the Bears will get together in a Northwest Conference showdown. In the earlier meeting, the Bears got off to a great start and downed the Villains, 13-3. A win today for the Villains would give them their highest win total in a season in five years and match their highest conference win total in that same timeframe. The key today for the Lady Villains will be to keep the score down as they've surrendered 10 runs or more in all but one of their losses.





Post Date: 4/14/14

BASEBALL BATTLES MOUNT AIRY IN CRITICAL CONFERENCE SHOWDOWN

Matchup: Bishop McGuinness Villains (9-5, 4-3 Northwest) vs. Mount Airy Bears (7-7, 3-4, Northwest)

Date, Time & Location: April 14th, 2014 @ 4:30pm from Kernersville, NC.

Live Coverage Details: Tonight's game will be aired LIVE on BMHSAthletics.com beginning at 4:20pm EST with the "Villains Pregame Show". The show will feature the pregame comments of Coach Pat Bowen and will also give you starting lineups and a look at tonight's match-up!

The live broadcast of today's game will be available only on your laptop or desktop computer or select mobile devices by accessing the 'Broadcast Schedule' section of the website and clicking on the 'Listen Live' link. If you can't be somewhere where you can hear the game, make sure to follow along with us on Twitter by clicking here or on Facebook by clicking here.

Storyline: The Villains face a critical test today when they welcome the Mount Airy Bears to town as part of Senior Day in Kernersville. The Villains are in the midst of their most important three game stretch this season and currently sit a game in front of the Bears for third in the Northwest Conference and are just a game behind Walkertown for second as the regular season winds down. The first meeting between these two was dominated by the Bears, who scored three runs in each of the first three innings en route to a 10-0 win. The Villains did themselves no favors in that game, committing four errors in the field while only scratching out three hits.





Post Date: 4/9/14

NEIDERT GOES THE DISTANCE AS BASEBALL DOMINATES VIKINGS, 12-2

After surrendering two runs in the top half of the first inning, it looked like another uphill battle would be in store for Villains baseball. But, a long two run double by Stuart Spiers in the bottom of the inning sparked a six run burst that gave the Villains a lead they'd never relinquish.

Villains ace Matt Neidert would surrender just one hit over the final four innings as the Villains swept the season series from the Vikings with a 12-2 win in a shortened game due to the margin of victory.

After Spiers' two run double in the first, Josh Claus, Austin Temple, Grayson Bennett and Will Kamnick all chipped in with RBI's to spot Neidert with a four run lead entering the second. In that second inning though, the Villains fielding problems came into play again as Bennett was unable to squeeze a routine fly ball in left field that would have ended the inning. The Vikings would proceed to load the bases before Neidert induced a groundball out from shortstop Jake Chesnet to end the inning.

The game would settle down after that, with neither team able to seriously challenge the other until the bottom of the third where fielding would come into play again, this time for the Vikings.

After Nick Castellano led off the inning with a single, followed by a sacrifice bunt from Temple, Thane Jacobsen hit a routine groundball to Chesnet who struggled initially to field the ball and then rushed his throw to first where teammate Austin Tucker was unable to come up with the ball, allowing Castellano to score from second and increase the lead to 7-2.

In the field, the Villains continued to be solid behind Neidert, who did not allow a runner past first base the final three innings. He was helped out in the field by his teammates, including Jacobsen, who gunned down a lead runner on an attempted sacrifice bunt in the third inning, and then by his catcher Kamnick who threw out Vikings base runner Alex Sams on an attempted steal.

Neidert himself would strike out five batters over his five innings of work, surrendering just three hits and two runs (both earned), to help set up the fireworks in the final inning.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Villains opened up with with back to back doubles, first by Claus and then another by Castellano to up the lead to 8-2 and bring about the end of the day for Vikings starter Justin Gravely. In relief, Jordan Medeiros walked the first two batters he faced to load the bases and he was replaced by Chesnet, who stepped into a bases loaded, nobody out situation.

Chesnet nearly escaped the inning with no damage, forcing an infield popout from Bennett and then a foul ground fly out from Kamnick. Then the wheels came off for Chesnet as he walked the next three batters he faced, upping the lead to 11-2 before Claus closed the game with an opposite field single to drive home the game ending run.

Claus finished the game 3-4 from the plate with two RBI's, Thane Jacobsen drove in a run while reaching base in all three plate appearances and the Villains as a team had every member of their lineup reach base at least once.

The team's record now sits at 9-4 overall and 4-2 in Northwest Conference play, good for second in the league, ahead of a critical three game stretch against league leader East Surry and powerhouses Walkertown and Mount Airy. BMHSAthletics.com will have live coverage of the latter game against the Bears on Monday, April 14th as part of senior day at Bishop McGuinness! Coverage will begin at 4:20 followed by the first pitch at 4:30!






Post Date: 4/9/14

BASEBALL FACES NORTH STOKES FOR SECOND TIME

Matchup: Bishop McGuinness Villains (8-4, 3-2 Northwest) vs. North Stokes Vikings (2-14, 1-4, Northwest)

Date, Time & Location: April 9th, 2014 @ 4:30pm from Kernersville, NC.

Live Coverage Details: Tonight's game will be aired LIVE on BMHSAthletics.com beginning at 4:20pm EST with the "Villains Pregame Show". The show will feature the pregame comments of Coach Pat Bowen and will also give you starting lineups and a look at tonight's match-up!

The game can be accessed using the "Listen Live" button on the right side of this page or from your mobile device by downloading the free app "TuneIn" and searching for BMHSAthletics.com! For more information on TuneIn and how to access the games via your mobile device, click here. If you can't be somewhere where you can hear the game, make sure to follow along with us on Twitter by clicking here or on Facebook by clicking here.

Storyline: While East Surry has separated it self from the pack in the Northwest Conference this season, the battle for second has become a high competitive three way battle. The Villains currently share that spot with Walkertown and are just a half game ahead of Mount Airy, so today's match-up with North Stokes is critical as the team looks to keep it self in the drivers seat for that spot and a potential home game in the upcoming state playoffs. The Villains beat the Vikings 13-5 back on March 21st in Danbury in the conference opener behind Tyler Ennis' big day at the plate.





Post Date: 4/8/14

JULIA BROWN NAMED TO 1A ALL-STATE BASKETBALL TEAM

After averaging nearly 14 points per game this season and helping lead her team to a ninth consecutive 1A State Championship, senior forward Julia Brown was named to the 1A All-State Team released by NCPreps.com on Monday.

Brown capped her season and career on March 15th with 26 points as she led the team to victory over Riverside in the State Championship Game at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill. The 26 point effort was her best as a Lady Villain.

"I am so honored to be a part of this all-state team and I'm proud to represent the Bishop McGuinness Lady Villains basketball program along side of some of the best players in the state," said Brown.
Julia Brown shoots over Kayla Jones in the 1A State Championship on March 15, 2014 in Chapel Hill. Photo courtesy: Winston-Salem Journal

In addition to her heroics in the State Championship Game, Brown was also named the Northwest Conference Player of the Year, the Northwest Conference Tournament's Most Outstanding Player and was also selected as the Regional and State Tournament Most Outstanding Player.

In the second half of her senior season, Brown carried the Villains, scoring in double figures in 19 of the final 21 games and upping her scoring average to almost 17 points per game.


Lady Villains Coach Brian Robinson said, without Julia, the team never would have made it as far as it did:

"Julia was unquestionably the heart and soul of our team over the last month and a half of the season. She put the team on her back and was a huge reason why we were in position to win another State Championship."

A three sport star at Bishop McGuinness, Brown will attend Western Carolina next year as a preferred walk-on for basketball, one of two Lady Villains players from this years squad who will play at a Division 1 program.





Post Date: 4/2/14

VARSITY VILLAINS WEEK IN REVIEW!

The Villains 'Week In Review' keeps you up to date on all the happenings from around the world of Villains athletics during the spring season!

Baseball:

03/28/14: @ Walkertown (W, 3-1)
03/31/14: vs. Atkins (W, 10-7)
04/01/14: @ Mount Airy (L, 10-0)


Softball:

03/28/14: vs. Walkertown (L, 20-8)
04/01/14: @ Mount Airy (L, 13-3)

Girls Soccer:

03/28/14: vs. Walkertown (W, 10-0)
04/01/14: @ East Surry (W, 5-2)

Boys Tennis:

03/27/14: @ Atkins (W, 8-6)
03/31/14: @ Elkin (W, 5-4)

Boys Lacrosse:

03/27/14: @ West Forsyth (L, 12-8)
03/31/14: @ Southwest Guilford (L, 10-2)
04/01/14: @ High Point Central (L, 8-5)


Girls Lacrosse:

03/27/14: @ West Forsyth (W, 10-9)
04/01/14: @ High Point Central (L, 11-9)

Golf:

03/28/14: 4th - Tanglewood Invitational
03/31/14: 1st - vs. East Surry

Track & Field:

03/27/14: Girls - 2nd, Boys - 3rd (vs. Mount Airy, Walkertown, Atkins)





Post Date: 3/31/14

TEMPLE, NEIDERT HELP VILLAINS RALLY FROM EARLY HOLE, BEAT CAMELS

As they did a week ago in their loss to East Surry, the Villains baseball team dug themselves a big hole in the early going, surrendering five runs in the first inning. Unlike last week though, the Villains finished their rally, scoring six unanswered runs in the fifth inning to overtake the Camels and hold on for a 10-7 win.

Starting pitcher Stuart Spiers began the game very slowly, allowing five of the first six batters he faced to get on base as the Camels batted around in that first inning, posting five runs in the process. After the rough start though, Spiers regained his footing, holding the Camels to just two runs over his final four innings of work.

In the third inning the Villains started their rally. The first four batters of the inning reached base for the Villains, including RBI base hits from both Jack Thomas and Josh Claus to get the team on the board. The latter was brought home on a two-out single up the middle by Austin Temple, the first of his three RBI's on the day to make it 5-4.

In the top of the fourth though, the Camels would answer as Jathaniel Polk drove in a run with one out in the inning to make it 6-4 and give his team some breathing room. Afterwards, with a chance to limit the damage, the Villains made a costly error in the field when second baseman Matt Neidert misplayed a ground ball, allowing a second run to score and increase the Camels lead to 7-4.

The game would remain 7-4 until the bottom of the fifth, when the Villains offense sprung to life again against Camels pitcher Michael Williams. Spiers led off the inning with a hard hit double into left field, the only extra base hit by either team. Spiers' double was the first of seven consecutive base runners for the Villains in the inning, including a two run single from Temple to bring the Villains within one at 7-6. That was followed later by another two run single, this time from Will Kamnick, to give the team the lead at 8-7, their first lead of the game. Claus and Neidert would each drive in another run for the Villains in the inning to give them the 10-7 lead.

After the fifth, Spiers was relieved of duty and replaced by Temple who stepped in looking for the save. After allowing a lead off single in the sixth, Temple shut down the Camels, stranding the runner at third. Then, in the seventh, with one man aboard, Temple struck out Jacob Underwood to clinch the win for the Villains. It was the first time the Villains had been able to retire Underwood in the game.

The win moves the Villains to 7-3 on the season and 3-1 in conference play with a trip to Mount Airy on deck for tomorrow. Our next broadcast of Villains baseball comes your way next Tuesday when the Villains host North Stokes in Kernersville at 4:30pm. You'll be able to catch all the action beginning at 4:20 on BMHSAthletics.com!