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Burt Torrence doesn’t smoke. But the Northside football coach does enjoy an occasional victory cigar. When senior running back Sam Krizner has the ball in his hands late in the fourth quarter of a game, it all but signals another victory for the Vikings. While quarterback Dom Dunnaville produces most of the flash for Northside, the 5-foot-9, 175-pound Krizner is the man Torrence likes to use when it is necessary to burn the clock in the final minutes. Krizner rushed for 96 yards in Northside’s 17-10 victory over Salem in September, with much of the total coming in the second half. He carried 26 times for 139 yards two weeks ago in the Vikings’ 33-27 win over Monticello in the second round of the Group 3A playoffs. Last week Krizner gained 103 yards on 27 attempts and spearheaded a clock-killing drive in the fourth quarter in Northside’s 19-7 third-round triumph over Magna Vista. The sight of No.
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Once a swimmer without a school team to represent, Ben Kennedy has made a big splash on the scholastic scheme. Kennedy, one of a handful of Group A swimmers to participate in a state meet dominated by Group AA teams last February, will return to the Christiansburg Aquatic Center today as a state champion. Kennedy won the 100-yard butterfly and 100 backstroke events last year as a junior at Glenvar
The thing about having won a state championship is that it means you’ve been through a lot. So when Salem found itself trailing host William Byrd midway through the third quarter of Friday night’s basketball game, after having earlier led by double figures, the Spartans didn’t panic. Instead, they finished the quarter strong, and opened their season with a 65-55 victory in a game whose intensity had a late-season feel
GROUP 4A SALEM (11-2) at SHERANDO (12-1) Today, 1 p.m. SALEM Location: Salem Nickname: Spartans Coach: Stephen Magenbauer Points scored: 500 Points allowed: 211 Season summary: Nine straight victories since back-to-back losses in September to William Byrd (30-29) and Northside (17-10). ... Has scored at least 42 points in eight of last nine games. ... Playoff wins over Fauquier (49-27), Dominion (52-26) and Woodgrove (42-25). Playoff history: Salem has
FLOYD - Caleb Tanner poured in 59 points for the second straight game and scored his 2,000th career point as Floyd County beat Pulaski County 94-87 in boys basketball action on Friday. Tanner scored 59 in Floyd County's win over Christiansburg on Wednesday, making 33 of 33 free-throw attempts. He made his first 12 free-throw attempts against the Cougars before missing the 13th, capping his streak at 45. Preston Neukirch
MAX MEADOWS — Fort Chiswell High School is nestled into the gentle slopes of the mountains that dominate the region. It’s fitting because when the 12-1 Pioneers are on the football field, it always looks as if they are running downhill. The locals have names for the phenomenon. They use them freely. They call him Thunder. He’s not sure why or where it came from, but Dallas Ward is 190
Athletes with varying attributes are contenders for the starting quarterback position on Salem High School’s football team. The thin-skinned and sensitive need not apply. Austin Coulling stands 6 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs 187 pounds. He has connected on 105 of 149 passes this season, breaking the school record with a 70.5 completion percentage. He overcame a late-season knee injury and has led Salem to three playoff victories and
BOYS VACA SOUTHWEST Parkway Christian 68, SWVA Home School 42 The Eagles placed three players in double figures in a win over the Conquerors on Thursday. Brandon Jennings scored 20 points, Lawrence Huff had 17 points and T.J. Keaton added 14 points for Parkway Christian. Hunter Irving tossed in 13 points and Nathan Vaughon netted 12 for SWVA Home School. SWVA HOME SCHOOL (4-1) George 3,Irving 13,Bishop 8, Vaughon 12,
A tight game can be won or lost in the closing moments. A game with a 25-point final margin is decided much earlier. William Byrd (1-0) dominated Cave Spring in the second quarter, outscoring the host Knights 25-8 en route to a 71-46 victory in the season opener for both squads. The second half was played nearly even, but Byrd’s lead was insurmountable at that point. William Byrd coach Kevin
FLOYD - Caleb Tanner scored 59 points - and hit all 33 of his free-throw attempts - to lead Floyd County to a 103-90 boys basketball victory over Christiansburg in overtime on Wednesday. The 33 free throws breaks the state record for most free throws made in a game, according to the VHSL record book. Giles' Marcus Haynie previously held the record with 24 makes in a game played on
Salem’s girls basketball team dressed out seven players Tuesday night because the Spartans demoted four sophomores in order to field a JV program. One young Spartan who probably will never see the JV level is Hannah Coulling. The freshman guard made her highly anticipated varsity debut as she scored a game-high 18 points to lead visiting Salem to a 46-35 season-opening victory over Northside. The 5-foot-8 Coulling scored 14 points
DANVILLE — Christian Kirchman scored 26 points as Patrick Henry beat George Washington 73-49 on Tuesday in the boys basketball season opener for both teams. Kendrick Tucker poured in 15 points, Trey Terry added 12 and Tyler Pollard dropped in 10 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for PH. PATRICK HENRY (1-0) Kirchman 26, Tucker 15, Terry 12, Esworthy 9, Pollard 10, Ogden 1. GEORGE WASHINGTON (0-1) Rogers 18, Hairston
Jeremy Williams was ready to open the 2013-14 high school basketball season with a bang. The Glenvar junior made a steal early in Monday night’s game against James River and planned to throw down a slam dunk on the Highlanders’ first field goal attempt of the year. So what happened? Let Williams explain. “I had dunking on my mind but my legs, they weren’t thinking the same thing,” he said.
Miranda Crockett’s 22 points paced Franklin County to a 70-46 season-opening win over host Hidden Valley in girls basketball on Monday. Zarkia Mattox added 16 points for Franklin County. Senia Garay led Hidden Valley with 11 points. FRANKLIN COUNTY (1-0) McHeimer 2, Crockett 22, Mattox 16, Dudley 5, Holland 4, Mitchell 2, Saunders 4, Dillard 2, E.Brooks 5, Greenway 8. HIDDEN VALLEY (0-1) Singleton 9, Freeland 9, Garay 11, Schmelling
The defense rests. Maybe on old "Perry Mason" reruns, but not on Northside's football team. A high-flying Magna Vista offense came to Roanoke County on Friday night, but Northside grounded the Warriors as the Vikings posted a 19-7 victory in a Group 3A quarterfinal. Northside (12-1) held Magna Vista to just 134 yards total offense and a lone third-quarter touchdown in booking a Dec. 7 state semifinal berth against an
The ball-control wizards from Salem have the kind of high school football team opponents are best advised not to fall too far behind early in the game. Woodgrove was unable to manage avoiding the deep early hole and fell 42-25 on a chilly Friday night in a 4A North semifinal at Salem Stadium. Coleman Fox and Devante Payne had each collected their initial touchdowns before the Wolverines had hardly warmed
PEARISBURG -- After winning on a last second field goal last week, Giles made sure the outcome of its Group 2A quarterfinal Friday night would be settled much earlier. Giles running backs Brett Whitlow and Brian Mann combined for seven touchdowns and 421 rushing yards on the night as the Spartans scored 27 first-quarter points to pull away from Richlands for a convincing 48-14 win in Pearisburg. The Spartans wasted
MAX MEADOWS -- After watching Dallas Ward scorch visiting Covington for 200 yards rushing, four touchdowns, three tackles for loss and two sacks on Friday night, you are forgiven if you thought he was the only player on the field. If you ask the Fort Chiswell dynamo which aspect of his wide-ranging performance made him most proud, he would remind you what the game is about. "Getting the win. That's
LYNCHBURG -- Hidden Valley took the lead into the fourth quarter Friday night at Lynchburg City Stadium, but couldn't hold on, falling 12-7 to undefeated Heritage in the 3A West semifinals. It was a hard-fought, defensive battle throughout the night. Heritage's prolific offense mustered only 111 yards through three-and-a-half quarters. "I don't know if it was really a lot they were doing scheme-wise," said Heritage coach Brad Bradley. "No. 42,
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