Highlanders take a tough loss in LSMC championship

By Brian O’Shea, Plateau Daily News

Highlands boys varsity made it to the championship round of the Little Smoky Mountain Conference Championship against Hiwassee Dam on Feb. 16 in Nantahala, but lost 76-52.

Highlands Harrison Gates drives to score a layup against Hiwassee Dam in the LSMC Championship game in Nantahala.

Highlands defeated Blue Ridge Early College in round 1 of the tournament on Feb. 14 in Nantahala with a final of 76-52.

Highlands Luke Ramos drains a 3-pointer.

The Highlanders did not make the NC High School Athletic Association’s State Playoffs.

Highlanders score a victory on Senior Night against BREC

Highlands seniors from left are Nathan Keener and James Earp.

Highlands boys varsity basketball team hosted Blue Ridge Early College for Senior night on Jan. 27 and while both Bobcats and Highlanders played a hard fought game, Highlands took the win 59-52.

A total of 9 seniors were recognized on Senior Night on Jan. 27.

Highlands celebrated Senior Night and recognized senior basketball players and cheerleaders between varsity games. This year the boys varsity team loses seniors James Earp and Nathan Keener.

The bleachers were also packed with fans wearing black for “Black out against cancer.”

Highlands Nathan Keener on a fast break against Hiwassee Dam.

Highlands James Earp drives into the paint for a layup.

Highlands JD Head scores on a fast break.

Highlands Landon Green sinks a long jumpshot.

Highlands Nathan Keener scores 2 against Hiwassee.

Highlands James Earp fires a cross-court pass.

Highlands Harrison Gates scores the bucket and goes to the foul line.

Highlands Kasen Mitchell scans Hiwassee’s defense for a way to the hoop.

Highlands Landon Green scores on a fast break.

Highlands recognized Homecoming Court on Dec. 2, 2022.

Names of Highlands Homecoming Court members.

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