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Ernest C. Starker Memorial Athletic Scholarship being established at UVa-Wise

Women’s Golf Added for 2012-2013

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“Every gift makes a difference!”

Athletic NEWS UVa-Wise

A Message from Carroll Dale...


eflecting on my 21 years at the College, it’s truly amazing to see how far our athletics program and facilities have progressed in a short time. I’ve always had a passion for the College, and am excited to have had the opportunity to play a role in helping the athletics program reach its full potential. The College’s approval for candidacy into NCAA Division II validates the efforts of those who have supported the program over the years. While we have come a long way, there is still much work to do to ensure we flourish at the next level. Since athletics is not funded by the Commonwealth, private support is critical to the success of our athletics program and our dedicated and deserving student-athletes. We are very fortunate to have alumni and friends who are passionate about UVa-Wise athletics. Private support will be especially critical as we transition into the NCAA...every gift makes a difference! Sincerely,


Carroll Dale Assistant Vice Chancellor for Athletic Development

Vol. 1, Issue I Fall 2012

“I established an athletic scholarship because I wanted to give back to the College that had such a positive influence on my life. Endowing an athletic scholarship is doable for many of our alumni, and I would recommend supporting our CAVS through this venue. If you can’t endow a scholarship, then donate what you can. Every dollar counts! GO CAVS!!!” - Brenda Swindall McClellan ’66

The UVa-Wise Athletic News is an athletic development newsletter from the Office of Development and College Relations at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise



The drawing will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 during the Georgetown College football game. The Super Raffle is a 50-50 drawing. Tickets are $100 each, and $50 is tax-deductible. Only 500 tickets are sold. If all tickets are sold, $25,000 in cash will be given away. Proceeds benefit the Highland Cavalier Club and the Alumni Association. To purchase tickets, call (276) 328-0128, (276) 328-0259 or email Participants need not be present to win. Maximum Prize Schedule* *Assuming all tickets are sold. If 1st Ticket Drawn $10,000 fewer tickets are sold, we guarantee 2nd Ticket Drawn $6,000 at least one $10,000 prize will be 3rd Ticket Drawn $4,000 given away. 4th Ticket Drawn $3,000 5th Ticket Drawn $2,000

Ernest C. Starker Memorial Athletic Scholarship being established at UVa-Wise Fellow Highland Cavaliers Kent Grant ’97 and Rodney Stanley ’97 have teamed up to raise funds to establish a scholarship fund in honor and memory of their dear friend and classmate, Ernest C. Starker. Starker passed away unexpectedly on May 1, 2012 after a short illness. At the time of his passing, Ernest lived in Largo, Fla. and had been making a difference in the lives of young athletes who affectionately referred to him as “Coach E.” His good work will live on in the lives of the student-athletes who have been inspired by his coaching skills and his nurturing nature. Ernest was a member of the College’s inaugural 1991 football team and the 1995 NAIA National Playoff team. As a Cavalier, he made his mark as a defensive back, but wowed the fans with his electrifying punt returns and even set a single game rushing record in 1993 while playing running back. In addition to an impressive football career, Ernest was also a two year starter on the Cavalier basketball team. In a letter to UVa-Wise friends and alumni, Grant and Stanley wrote, “We are all saddened by the loss of our dear friend and are rallying together to establish a scholarship at UVa-Wise to honor his legacy and captivating spirit. The Ernest C. Starker Memorial Athletic Scholarship Fund will benefit deserving student-athletes.” The scholarship will memorialize Ernest and will be a tribute to him. What better way to honor him than to help future generations with a scholarship bearing his name? Those wishing to contribute to the fund may do so in a number of ways, including monthly by bank draft, credit card, cash/check, or by pledge, which would be billed as directed by the donor. Checks should be made payable to the UVa-Wise Foundation, Ernest C. Starker Memorial Athletic Scholarship and mailed to the UVa-Wise Foundation, 1 College Avenue, Wise, VA 24293. For more information, please contact UVa-Wise Development staff members Valerie Lawson at (276) 376-4523 or Bill Wendle at (276) 376-3434.

The Highland Cavalier Club is an organization that aids and supports the athletic programs of the College and solicits and obtains funds for the furtherance of the entire athletics program. Individuals making a gift to UVa-Wise athletics are granted membership. The Highland Cavalier Club is a component of the College’s Foundation, Inc. Board members include: Danny G. Mullins-president, Thurston Rose-vice president, Cindy Newlon-secretary, Sarah Love McReynolds-treasurer, Jimmy Adkins, Peggy Bowling, Joey Carico, Bob Colyer, Tom Costa, Carroll Dale, Dick Davidson, Joy Holbrook, Kim Mullins, Rick Mullins, Mike Owens, Danny Sterling and Wally Witt. Board members honor a rising senior female and male athlete with a scholarship each year. Recipients are chosen from a pool of applicants nominated by the coaching staff. 2011-2012 Scholarship Recipients Men’s Sports—Zach Holcomb Women’s Sports—Robyn Dougherty UVa-Wise Office of Athletic Fundraising Bowers-Sturgill Hall 1 College Avenue Wise, Virginia 24293 Phone: 276 328-0259 / Fax: 276 376-4585

Sponsorship Opportunities in Athletics A wealth of marketing opportunities are available for businesses through special athletic sponsorships. Options include: football and basketball game sponsorships, your company’s logo on the CAVS athletic website, basketball goal sponsorship, and even sponsoring a remote controlled blimp at the David J. Prior Convocation Center. These are just a few of the available options. Additional sponsorships may be viewed at the College’s athletic development website at Options are limited, so we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible to secure sponsorships that best fit your organization’s marketing needs. For more information, please contact Carroll Dale or Shirley Wolfe at (276) 328-0259 ( or Bill Wendle at (276) 376-3434 (

Athletic Scholarship Recipients in 2011-2012 Kenneth P. Asbury Scholarship Fund Autumn Chisenhall B. F. Athletic Scholarship Fund Jeremiah Cooke, Zachary Fleenor, Tyler Graham, Taylor Harmon, Kyle Kilgore Joshua Bentley Memorial Football Scholarship Fund Erik Bolling, Russell Hull Samuel Erik Bevins Scholarship Fund Matthew Murphy Ralph & Carolyn Cummins Scholarship Fund Kristin Mullins Dwaine Davis, Sr. Scholarship Fund Clinton Lowe, Christopher Scott Barbara Sutton Fraley Scholarship Fund Chase Cupp Marcia Adams Gilliam Scholarship Fund Melissa Blackburn, Whitney Bolling, Kayla Kilgore, Lauren Powers, Brianna Stallard, Mary Jo Stallard Charles Harris Memorial Scholarship Fund Samuel Bentley, Christina Ciminelli, Ryan Crosby, Tarance Elam Jim N. Humphreys Scholarship Fund Kristina Romualdo Lucien P. and Glessye Humphreys Scholarship Fund Kayla Balthis, Adam Hood Lewey K. and Brenda B. Lee Scholarship Fund Zachary Holcomb Helen Popp Lewis Athletic Scholarship Fund Nicholas Austin Murray Energy Corporation Scholarship Fund Mark Collins

C. Gary Rakes Scholarship Fund Amber Carter, Dorothy Doane Candace B. Rakes Scholarship Fund Chelsea Cluesman, Kristin Mullins Kent Rigg Athletic Scholarship Fund Samuel Poole Judge James C. Roberson Scholarship Fund Darius Smith Sara Lee Corporation Scholarship Fund Hannah Powers Sewell, Pridemore and Ely Scholarship Fund Brittni Altmann South-West Insurance Agency Scholarship Fund Marc Huff, Justin Wilson Coach Burchell and Iloe Read Stallard Scholarship Fund Brett Hylton Jimmy C. Stewart Scholarship Fund Clinton Lowe Susie Sturgill Athletic Scholarship Fund Mikaela Anders, Robyn Dougherty, Christopher Smith Coach Tom Turner Scholarship Fund Autumn Chisenhall

Athletic Scholarships Recently Established Danny G. and Kimberly Mullins Athletic Scholarship Fund Brenda Swindall Football Scholarship Fund Ernest C. Starker Memorial Athletic Scholarship Fund McReynolds Scholarship Fund

Women’s Golf Added for 2012-2013 Women’s golf will become the 12th inter-collegiate sport at the College. Women’s golf will begin its first season in the fall of 2012 under the direction of former men’s golf coach Leigh Clark. “I am excited about the new women’s golf program at UVa-Wise, and I am honored to be the coach. I look forward to the opportunity to work with motivated and talented young women athletes on and off the golf course,” says Clark. According to UVa-Wise Athletic Director Danny Sterling, “Leigh brings a wealth of golf knowledge and a deep commitment to the College and this position. Her focus on putting academics above all else and her belief in the overall development of the student-athlete will make the women’s golf program successful. We greatly appreciate Coach Clark taking on the challenge of starting a new program and fully believe that the young women who are fortunate enough to play for her will be better golfers, students and people.” For more information about the program or if you are interested in playing women’s golf, please contact the UVa-Wise Athletic Office at (276) 328-0206.

UVa-Wise Granted NCAA Candidacy

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise has been approved for the first step of a three-year process for membership in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division II level. “The entire UVa-Wise community is pleased that the NCAA Division II membership committee has accepted us into candidacy year one,” said UVa-Wise Athletic Director Danny Sterling. “This is a testament to the hard work and vision of many people all across campus and in the community, without whom none of this would be possible. It truly is a campus-wide initiative that requires the help and support of every member of the college community.” As UVa-Wise begins the transition to NCAA Division II, the support of our alumni, friends, fans and donors is more important than ever. UVa-Wise fully supports the NCAA Division II “Life in the Balance” platform, which emphasizes academics, community involvement and engagement, as well as athletic participation. Our student-athletes are leaders on and off the court and field and in the community and your support makes all this possible. The transition to NCAA Division II, begins a new era at UVa-Wise. The department of athletics is thankful for the support and help of everyone who was involved in our past success and to all that have laid the foundation for our future. Sterling added, “Your continued support will allow UVa-Wise to maintain and improve our facilities, and scholarship opportunities, all of which greatly improve the experiences for our studentathletes.”

Meet the head coaches... Baseball Hank Banner - 17th Season Men’s Basketball Lee Clark - 17th Season Women’s Basketball Kristin Kunzman - 2nd Season Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Donald Leech - 3rd Season Men’s Golf Jim Kelly - 4th Season Women’s Golf Leigh Clark - 1st Season Football Dewey Lusk - 2nd Season Men’s and Women’s Tennis Danny Rowland - 22nd Season Softball Karen Bitter - 2nd Season Volleyball Kristen Salyer - 1st Season

Burchell “Slew ” St allard Baseball Field

The $30 million David J. Prior Convocation Center seats 3,000 for sporting events and 4,000 for concerts, conventions and other activities.

Cavalier Field Jim Humphreys Tennis Co mplex The beautiful facility offers six tennis courts on three different levels. In August 2006, the complex received a facelift with new lighting, seating for Cavs fans and restroom facilities.

Opened in 2005, the softball field complex boasts a press box, three permanent seating sections, full dugouts and a bluegrass mix for the playing surface.

Carl Smith Stadium & Lelia Maude Beaty Richmond Field The Cavalier’s football complex was dedicated as Carl Smith Stadium in October 2000 and the BeatyRichmond Field in summer 2002. The stadium seats over 4,000. A new playing surface was installed in early 2012.

New walkway

A new pedestrian walkway provides easy access from the main campus to Carl Smith Stadium and the David J. Prior Convocation Center and meets ADA accessibility requirements.

Outstanding Athletic Facilities

David J. Prior Convocation Center

The newly renovated Stallard Field was open for play starting with the 2003-2004 season. Generous contributions have made the ball park a favorite for competitors and fans alike.

2012-2013 Athletic Recruits MEN’S BASKETBALL Matt Day from Buckhorn, Ky. Charles George from Richmond, Va. Pap Mor Sall from Senegal Javon Moore from Falls Church, Va. Paul Evans from Atlanta, Ga. Justin Brown from Lebanon, Va. Nathaniel Worrell from Fort Chiswell, Va. Adam Dennison from Kingsport, Tenn. Deon Boyce from Jacksonville, N.C.

VOLLEYBALL Maya Hamlett from Lynchburg, Va. Kelsey Smith from Kingsport, Tenn. Kala Morgan from Coeburn, Va. Courtney Kempf from Virginia Beach, Va. Allison Ring from Castlewood, Va.

SOFTBALL Rachel Fisher from Virginia Beach, Va. Rachel Hawks from Suffolk, Va. Kellie Waycaster from Gray, Tenn. Christina Ziemba from Chesapeake, Va. Mindy Combs from Lebanon, Va. Jordan Gilkerson from Virginia Beach, Va. Kaytlin Ivey from Big Stone Gap, Va.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Shameka Smith from Las Vegas, Nev. MaKenzie Cluesman from Jonesville, Va. Kaitlyn Rochelle from Heathsville, Va. Darrian Pickett from Leesburg, Va. Miyanna Wiggins from Virginia Beach, Va.

WOMEN’S TENNIS Junetta Nuckles from Richlands, Va. Haley Thacker from Elizabethton, Tenn.

Chris Flood from Hampton, Va. Brandon Goode from Richmond, Va. Tyler Graham from Jonesville, Va. Eric Harvey from Elk Creek, Va. Ty Herrell from Gatlingburg, Tenn. Marcus Hillian from Centreville, Va. Quentin Hite from Amelia, Va. Trevor Holdren from Roanoke, Va. E. J. Holland from Sterling, Va. Stan Johnson from Ashburn, Va. Marcus Jones from Forest, Va. Anthony Lamb from Virginia Beach, Va. Cullen LaVoi from Kodak, Tenn. Jacob Lishen from Marion, Va. Dayne Mullins from Manassas, Va. Ed Massaquoi from Alexandria, Va. Dustin McGill from Sevierville, Tenn. A. J. Portee from Austell, Ga. Kyle Porter from Virginia Beach, Va. Mike Price from Woodbridge, Va. James Ruby from Chesapeake, Va. Dawer Sahi from Springfield, Va. Connery Swift from Waynesboro, Va. Josh Townsend from Chesapeake, Va. Jose Urriutia from Alexandria, Va. Garrett Voltz from Landsdowne, Va. Dustin Waynick from Hurley, Va. Eric White from Seymore, Tenn. Jamal Williams from Alexandria, Va. Jalani Winbush from Alexandria, Va. Zaukeus Witcher from Martinsville, Va. Terrance Younger from Naruna, Va.

WOMEN’S GOLF Kortne Gilbert from Toledo, Ohio MEN’S GOLF Makenzie Cluesman from Jonesville, Va. Lucas Holcomb from Big Stone Gap, Va. Chelsea Cluesman from Jonesville, Va. Blake Blizzard from Kingsport, Tenn. Austin Palmer from Gate City, Va. FOOTBALL Tyler Robinette from Norton, Va. Sean Atkins from Fredericksburg, Texas T’ontray Billups from Chesapeake, Va. BASEBALL Skylar Brownlow from Warrenton, Va. Jared Finch from Nickelsville, Va. Kenny Breckley from Bealton, Va. Garrett Clark from Kingsport, Tenn. Desmond Burris from Roanoke, Va. Bryan Andrew from Midlothian, Va. Mario Coefield from Newport News, Va. Blake Eure from Suffolk, Va. Troy Delucia from Vienna, Va. Adam Stanley from Rustburg, Va. Jeremy Eubank from Richmond, Va. Nick Sturgill from Wise, Va. Josh Blackburn from Bristol, Va. “It’s of the utmost importance to give back and promote the education Ty King from Bristol, Va. of student-athletes. Athletics promotes integrity, sportsmanship, Rob Riccuiti from Sterling, Va. team building, and helps students achieve their maximum potential. Steven Klaiber from Salem, Va. Cody Jewell from Mannassas, Va. Supporting UVa-Wise Athletics benefits our local kids and helps Jared Finch from Nicklesville, Va. recruit quality student-athletes from outside the region. We get to Mat Irish from Ashburn, Va. support students and also get the benefit of watching top notch athletic Cody Compton from Lebanon, Va. events right here at home. And the kids get a great education. It is a Ryan Apodaca from Woodbridge, Va. Logan Dishner from Big Stone Gap, Va. win-win situation!” Matthew Hardison from Midlothian, Va. - Danny G. (’70) and Kim Mullins Adam Snyder from Virginia Beach, Va.

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2012 Volleyball

November 3 @ Bethel University—5:00PM November 9 @ Lee University—8:00 PM November 10 vs. Auburn Univ. Montgomery—4:00 PM November 13 @ Milligan College—8:00 PM November 15 @ Lindsey Wilson College—7:00 PM November 17 @ Campbellsville University — 2:00 PM November 20 @ University of Pikeville—6:00 PM November 24 @ Limestone College—2:00 PM November 27 @ Concord College—6:00 PM November 29 vs. University of Rio Grande—6:00 PM December 1 vs. Shawnee State University—2:00 PM December 4 vs. Milligan College—6:00 PM December 8 @ Fairmont State College—2:00 PM January 3 @ Bluefield College—6:00 PM January 10 vs. Cumberland University—6:00 PM January 12 vs. University of the Cumberlands—2:00 PM January 17 vs. Georgetown College—6:00 PM January 19 vs. St. Catharine’s—2:00 PM January 24 @ University of the Cumberlands—6:00 PM January 26 @ Cumberland University—2:00 PM February 2 vs. Bluefield College—2:00 PM February 7 @ St. Catharine’s—6:00 PM February 9 @ Georgetown College—2:00 PM February 14 vs. Campbellsville University—6:00 PM February 16 vs. Lindsey Wilson College—2:00 PM February 21 @ Shawnee State University—6:00 PM February 23 @ University of Rio Grande—2:00 PM February 25 vs. University of Pikeville—6:00 PM

August 31 @ Milligan College Tournament September 1 @ Milligan College Tournament September 4 @ Concord College—6:00 PM September 6 @ University of Pikeville—6:30 PM September 11 @ Bluefield College—6:00 PM September 12 vs. Southern VA University—6:00 PM September 15 vs. West Virginia Tech.—11:00AM September 15 vs. Bryan College—3:00 PM September 18 vs. University of Rio Grande—7:00 PM September 24 vs. Milligan College—6:30 PM September 25 vs. Shawnee State University—6:30 PM September 28 @ Lindsey Wilson College—7:00 PM September 29 @ Campbellsville University—Noon September 29 @ University of Cumberlands—4:00 PM October 5 @ Roanoke College Tournament October 6 @ Roanoke College Tournament October 9 vs. University of Pikeville—6:30 PM October 11 @ West Virginia Tech.—6:00 PM October 16 vs. Bluefield College—6:30 PM October 17 @ Virginia Intermont College— 6:00 PM October 19 vs. Cumberland University—4:00 PM October 19 vs. St. Catharine’s—8:30 PM October 20 vs. Georgetown College—1:15 PM October 23 @ University of Rio Grande—7:00 PM October 26 @ Montreat College—7:00 PM October 27 @ Brevard College—12:00 Noon October 30 @ Shawnee State University—7:00 PM

2012-2013 Men’s Basketball

August 25 @ Bethel University—7:00 PM September 1 vs. Faulkner University—6:00 PM September 8 @ Campbell University—6:00 PM September 15 @ University of Pikeville—TBA September 22 vs. Cumberland University—6:00 PM September 29 vs. Belhaven—6:00 PM—Homecoming October 6 @ Bluefield College—6:00 PM October 13 vs. Kentucky Christian—6:00 PM October 20 @ University of Cumberlands—1:30 PM October 27 @ Union College—1:30 PM November 10 vs. Georgetown College—1:30 PM

2012-2013 Women’s Basketball

2012 Football

Fall and Winter Game Schedules

November 2 Cavalier Classic—VA Intermont—7:30 PM November 3 Cavalier Classic—West VA Tech—4:00 PM November 6 @ King College—7:00 PM November 15 @ Lindsey Wilson College—9:00 PM November 17 @ Campbellsville University—4:00 PM November 20 @ University of Pikeville—8:00 PM November 29 vs. University of Rio Grande—8:00 PM December 1 vs. Shawnee State University—4:00 PM December 3 @ Gardner Webb—7:00 PM December 8 vs. Lincoln Memorial University—4:00 PM December 17 vs. VA Univ. of Lynchburg—12:30 PM January 3 @ Bluefield College—8:00 PM January 10 vs. Cumberland University—8:00 PM January 12 vs. University of the Cumberlands—4:00 PM January 17 vs. Georgetown College—8:00 PM January 19 vs. St. Catharine’s—4:00 PM January 24 @ University of the Cumberlands—8:00 PM January 26 @ Cumberland University—4:00 PM February 2 vs. Bluefield College—4:00 PM February 7 @ St. Catharine’s—8:00 PM February 9 @ Georgetown College—4:00 PM February 14 vs. Campbellsville University—8:00 PM February 16 vs. Lindsey Wilson College—4:00 PM February 21 @ Shawnee State University —8:00 PM February 23 @ University of Rio Grande—4:00 PM February 25 vs. University of Pikeville—8:00 PM

Office of Development and College Relations The University of Virginia’s College at Wise 1 College Avenue Wise, VA 24293

Dates to remember... First Home Football Game………………………….......September 1 vs. Faulkner University at 6 p.m. First Home Volleyball Match…………………………...September 12 vs. Southern Va. University at 6 p.m. Highland Cavalier Club Golf Classic……….……....…..September 24 at The Virginian Country Club Football Homecoming…………………………….....….September 29 vs. Belhaven University at 6 p.m. First Home Men’s Basketball Game……………............November 2 vs. Virginia Intermont College at 7:30 p.m. First Home Women’s Basketball Game…………...........November 10 vs. Auburn University Montgomery at 4 p.m. Super Raffle Drawing ($10,000 grand prize)….................November 10 during the Georgetown football game 18th Annual Spring Swing Golf Tournament…...............April 19 at Lonesome Pine Country Club 27th Annual Alumni $elebration…………………….......May 18th at Lonesome Pine Country Club

UVa-Wise Athletic News  

The University of Virginia's College at Wise Athletic Newsletter, Vol. 1, Iss. 1

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