Bellamy, Teasley, Culbertson Class 1 all-state first-teamers

Kevin Mays • Dec 18, 2019 at 12:30 PM

J.I. Burton put two players and Eastside placed one on the VHSL Class 1 all-state football team released Tuesday.

Burton’s Mikey Culbertson and Eastside’s Evan Bellamy, both senior linebackers, were named to the all-state first team defense. Burton’s Esau Teasley, the only sophomore on the first-team all-state squad, made the offense as a kick returner.

Teasley also made the all-state second unit as a wide receiver and punt returner.

Region D champion Patrick Henry had three players on the first-team offense: running back Cody Smith, tight end Ean Rhea and lineman Nate Stovall. Rhea was also named to the first team defense at defensive end.

Region D players making the second team were J.I. Burton offensive lineman Dauntay Woods, Patrick Henry running back Zach Brown and Eastside’s Grayson Whited as the offensive all-purpose player.

Eastside’s Will Stansberry made the second unit at defensive back, joined by Patrick Henry’s Caleb Walk at defensive lineman and Colby Taylor at punter.


Offensive Player of the Year

Zac Smiley, Riverheads

Defensive Player of the Year

Lee Peoples, Galax

Coach of the Year

Robert Casto, Riverheads


First Team

QB—Cole Simmons, George Wythe, Sr.

C—Gage Maxfield, Riverheads, Sr.

OL—Delonta Butler, Rappahannock, Sr.

OL—Collin Armstrong, Riverheads, Jr.

OL—Nate Stovall, Patrick Henry, Sr.

OL—Spencer Hostetter, Riverheads, Jr.

RB—Zac Smiley, Riverheads, Jr.

RB—Denver Brown, Galax, Sr.

RB—Cody Smith, Patrick Henry, Sr.

WR—Tyler West, Rappahannock, Sr.

WR—Brydon Thompson, George Wythe, Jr.

WR—Zach Johnson, Galax, Sr.

TE—Ean Rhea, Patrick Henry, Jr.

K—Peyton Skillman, Riverheads, Sr.

KR—Esau Teasley, J.I. Burton, So.

All-Purpose—Braeson Fulton, Riverheads, Sr.

Second Team

QB—K.J. Gaines, Rappahannock, Jr.

C—Andrew Belcher, Galax, Sr.

OL—Marveon Newton, Rappahannock, Sr.

OL—Hunter Smith, Narrows, Jr.

OL—Ben Clemons, Narrows, Jr.

OL—Dauntay Woods, J.I. Burton, Sr.

RB—Shaun Smith, Covington, Jr.

RB—Imir Clark, Sussex Central, Sr.

RB—Zach Brown, Patrick Henry, Sr.

WR—D’Andre Hill, King & Queen, Sr.

WR—Braeson Fulton, Riverheads, Sr.

WR—Esau Teasley, J.I. Burton, So.

TE—Brendan Bryson, Galax, Sr.

K—Yianni Kapranos, George Wythe, Jr.

KR—Craig Shepherd, Washington & Lee, Sr.

All-Purpose—Grayson Whited, Eastside, Sr.


First Team

DL—Keyshan Holmes, Essex, Sr.

DL—Jameson Shover, Riverheads, Sr.

DL—Lee Peoples, Galax, Sr.

DE—Zekeya Townes, William Campbell, Jr.

DE—Ean Rhea, Patrick Henry, Jr.

LB—Tahraun Hammond, Essex, Jr.

LB—Zac Smiley, Riverheads, Jr.

LB—Mikey Culbertson, J.I. Burton, Sr.

LB—Evan Bellamy, Eastside, Sr.

DB—Elijah Dunlap, Riverheads, Sr.

DB—Chase Blaker, Narrows, Sr.

DB—Chandler Hubbard, Honaker, Sr.

DB—Avante Banks, Essex, Sr.

P—Cole Simmons, George Wythe, Sr.

PR—Takeyo Day, Essex, Sr.

All-Purpose—Brendan Bryson, Galax, Sr.

Second Team

DL—Delonta Butler, Rappahannock, Sr.

DL—Jabari Williams, Covington, Sr.

DL—Caleb Walk, Patrick Henry, Jr.

DE—Brayden Sheffer, West Point, Sr.

DE—Dave Brooks, Riverheads, Jr.

LB—Dorrien McMillian, George Wythe, Sr.

LB—Riley Jo Vaught, Galax, Fr.

LB—Kolby Barnes, Galax, Jr.

LB—Junior Solario, William Campbell, Jr.

DB—Will Stansberry, Eastside, Jr.

DB—Isaiah Dunlap, Riverheads, Jr.

DB—Randall Annino, Colonial Beach, Fr.

DB—Jonathan Hicks, William Campbell, Sr.

P—Colby Taylor, Patrick Henry, Sr.

PR—Esau Teasley, J.I. Burton, So.

All-Purpose—Jaquan Jones, Sussex Central, Jr.



This past week was a big one for a local star on the national stage and for two area collegiate players.

For the second week in a row, Georgetown sophomore Mac McClung was named the Big East’s player of the week. McClung scored a game-high 26 points Saturday against Syracuse. He also had four rebounds and two assists and did not commit a turnover in 36 minutes of playing time.

Players at local colleges also garnered conference recognition. Virginia-Wise and Emory & Henry had the players of the week in women’s basketball.

UVA Wise freshman Caitlyn Ross was named the South Atlantic Conference player of the week. The point guard from Kingston, Tennessee, matched her season-high performances in points (25) and rebounds (seven) in Saturday’s 79-75 SAC win over Newberry.

And for E&H senior Peyton Williams, being named Old Dominion Athletic Conference player of the week is becoming a habit after she was recognized for the third time in five weeks. The Northwood graduate scored a career-high 26 points in the Wasps’ 75-54 victory over Southern Virginia, also getting nine rebounds and four steals.


Several other Southwest Virginia products had key performances this past week on the collegiate level.

In his second career start, Elon freshman Zac Ervin of Gate City scored 11 points Saturday in a 91-60 over North Carolina Wesleyan.

Alice Lloyd sophomore Colyn Sturgill of Eastside had nine points and six rebounds Saturday in the Eagles’ 103-95 NAIA River States Conference loss to Indiana-Kokomo.

In the Emory & Henry women’s win over Southern Virginia, senior Sydney McKinney of Union finished with 20 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two blocked shots.

Senior Kaely Gose of Gate City had a solid night for Milligan on Saturday in the Lady Buffs’ 65-60 NAIA Appalachian Athletic Conference win over Point. Gose had 13 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots.

Milligan also got nine points from Hannah Wyrick of Eastside in that win over Point.


All-Region 2D player of the year and VHSL Class 2 all-state volleyball selection Emili Brooks of Union has made it official.

Brooks signed a letter of intent on Monday to continue her volleyball career at Virginia-Wise.

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