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ABINGDON — De’Quan Green-Gause was toast. He had already won three events at the Region IV track and field championship, but the 200 wasn’t going to be the fourth. Instead, as Martinsville’s Brandon Carter and Hidden Valley’s Owen May pulled away, Green-Gause grimaced his way to a third-place finish. So when, not even an hour later, Green-Gause took the baton for the anchor leg of the 1,600 relay trailing Blacksburg’s Ryan Sims by 10 meters, the conclusion seemed inevitable. But not to Green-Gause. “Before the race, Coach [Shane Guynn] told us he didn’t care if we were tired or hurt,” Green-Gause said. “We needed to win. “When it comes down to the four-by-400, it’s just giving it all you got.
High School Sports
LYNCHBURG — The Region III track and field meet is history. The prep careers of William Byrd’s Marcellus Fletcher and Liberty’s Mikayla Jones are far from a closed book. The two sophomores set 2013 personal bests in the triple jump Saturday at Liberty University to highlight Timesland performances in the 43rd and last Region III meet. Region III will cease to exist next year under the VHSL’s new six-classification realignment plan, but Fletcher and Jones figure to be around awhile. Fletcher bounded 46 feet, 11 inches to win the boys triple jump, while Jones went 37-6 to claim the girls event by almost three feet. Fletcher has leaped onto the scene as a Group AA championship contender. He has added almost five feet to his triple jump from his freshman year under head coach Eric Royal, putting the young Terrier squarely in the hunt for a state title next weekend in Harrisonburg. “I don’t really think I’ve really surprised anybody,” Fletcher said.
BASEBALL NORTHWEST REGION Thursday First round Riverbend 7, Broad Run 4 Patriot 3, North Stafford 2, 8 innings Osbourn Park 15, Franklin County 2 Friday First round Forest Park 12, Patrick Henry 9 Monday Quarterfinals Riverbend at C.D. Hylton, 6 p.m. Forest Park at Battlefield, 6 p.m. Patriot at George Washington, 6 p.m. Osbourn Park at Colonial Forge, 4 p.m. May 29 Semifinals C.D. Hylton--Riverbend winner vs. Battlefield-Forest Park winner,
Caleb Findley scored two goals to help top-seeded Radford beat No. 2 seed Giles 3-0 in the Three Rivers District boys soccer tournament final Saturday at Glenvar High School. Radford (16-0) won the tournament for the 14th time in the past 15 years. Zach Turk also scored for Radford. Carson Journell had 10 saves for Giles. Radford hosts Grayson County in a Region C quarterfinal at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Giles
RADFORD – There is no way of knowing whether it’s better to be a Region C track champion or to be included in the same sentence as Calvin Talford. Fort Chiswell’s Daniel Hamm enjoys both distinctions. Hamm’s blue ribbon 48-foot, 6-inch triple jump at Saturday’s regional meet was a half-inch short of the record set almost three decades ago by Castlewood’s Talford, one of the most gifted athletes in Virginia
CHRISTIANSBURG – On an unseasonably cold night for softball, Cave Spring’s cleanup hitter Kylie Kent generated plenty of heat with her bat. Kent led an explosive Knights’ attack with three homers and seven RBIs as Cave Spring blew out Salem 15-1 to win the River Ridge District Tournament title on Friday in a game called after five innings due to the 10-run rule. “I was feeling good. I was seeing
MONETA — Caitlyn Porterfield knows how to stick to a game plan. Northside softball coach Lynn Richmond said the plan was as simple as “get the lead; keep the lead.” Porterfield, the second Viking to come to the plate in the bottom of the first inning, followed the plan to perfection. She hit a shot that might have made it over the center field fence most days, but the stiff
Who says Blacksburg isn’t a baseball town? No one does after what transpired Friday. Hours after Virginia Tech reached the ACC tournament final, Blacksburg High School’s baseball team possibly trumped that feat. One strike away from defeat, Blacksburg came up with six runs in the seventh inning to post a stunning 8-7 victory over Hidden Valley in the River Ridge District tournament championship game at Kiwanis Field. “It’s hard to
It took more than a few tries, but Blacksburg forward Jessi Wollmann finally found the net Friday against one of the top goalkeepers in Timesland. And then she did it again. Persistence paid for the Bruins, who got a tally in each half from Wollmann to defeat Salem 2-0 for the River Ridge District title at Bruce A. Mahan Field. “It was really a mental game for us,” said Wollmann,
Nine runs weren’t enough. Patrick Henry’s baseball team continued to swing the bats with great vigor in the Group AAA Northwest Region opening round. The problem was, the Patriots couldn’t prevent guest Forest Park from doing the same. PH rallied to tie the score three times, the first time from five runs down, only to see the Bruins plate three unanswered runs in a 12-9 victory on a sunny but
Since the Blacksburg boys soccer team hasn’t dropped a match all season, some of its fans think that when the Bruins do lose a game it will be a cold day in July. For a moment of the River Ridge District tournament championship Friday, it appeared it might just be a cold night in May. Blacksburg sophomore forward Sebi Brown broke a scoreless tie with Salem two and a half
Patrick Henry, Franklin County and William Fleming each had winning performances Friday at the Northwest Region track and field championships in Charlottesville. Patriot Caroline Brailsford set a meet record to win the pole vault. The only Patriot girls to earn all-region honors, Brailsford cleared 12 feet, meeting her season-best effort. Franklin County had two individual winners. Coy Senneff won the boys pole vault, clearing 14 feet. Teammate Bram Chaconas cleared
Thursday’s postseason trip to Salem ended much better for Hidden Valley baseball coach Jason Taylor and senior shortstop Nic Ratliff than the last time the Titans faced Cave Spring at Kiwanis Field. Taylor and Ratliff were ejected from last year’s loss to the Knights in the Region IV final — after the game. This time, the only fireworks came inside the seven innings as Ratliff drove in a pair of
Where there's a Will there's a way. Just ask the Salem boys soccer team. Senior middle defender Will Chisom drilled a left-footed howitzer shot from 30 yards that deflected off the crossbar to lift the Spartans to a 2-1 double-overtime victory over Cave Spring in Thursday's River Ridge District semifinals. Salem (10-5-2) advances to meet Blacksburg (14-0-2) in Friday's 5:30 p.m. championship game at Dwight Bogle Stadium. The regular-season champion
COVINGTON - Derek Dressler had a three-run double in the first inning and a two-run double in the sixth to power Covington to the Pioneer District baseball championship Thursday with an 8-4 victory over James River. Jordan Miller added an RBI-hit in the sixth and also recorded eight putouts in left field, including a catch at the fence to end the game. Colton Howard had three hits for Covington (13-9)
The thunder and lightning that brought a halt to the Group AAA Northwest Region girls soccer game was minimal. By contrast the fireworks visiting Patriot staged at Patrick Henry had some serious pop. The Pioneers, making their first girls soccer postseason in only the second year the school has been open, scored three first half goals en route to a 4-0 shutout shortened by the brief storm. The game was
BLACKSBURG - It was the strength of Abingdon's top-seeded players against the overall depth of Hidden Valley's roster at the Region IV girls tennis final on Thursday. In the end Hidden Valley's depth eventually wore down the Falcons as the Titans advanced in postseason play with a 5-3 victory at Virginia Tech. After splitting the six single matches earlier in the day, the Titans dominated in doubles led by their
North Cross has replaced one boys basketball coach with a college coaching background with another one. Ed Green , who coached Roanoke College to the 1983 NCAA Division III final four, has been hired by North Cross to replace Bill Hodges. Hodges, who took an Indiana State team led by Larry Bird to the 1979 NCAA championship game, ended a two-year tenure at North Cross earlier this month when he
MARTINSVILLE - Hidden Valley rolled to five singles victories Wednesday as the Titans defeated Blacksburg 5-1 in an all-River Ridge District final in the Region IV boys tennis championship at Martinsville High School. Tim Roehr, Ethan Bates, Grant Brown, Sam Burton and Matt Meyers all won their matches to earn Hidden Valley a berth in the Group AA semifinals in two weeks. The Titans defeated Patrick County 5-0 in a
CHRISTIANSBURG —Not even a little rain could slow down the top-seeded Cave Spring softball team Wednesday. After waiting through more than a two-hour weather delay, Taylor Asimakopoulos threw a four-hit shutout and her Knights teammates got all the runs they needed in the first two innings as Cave Spring blanked Christiansburg 5-0 in a River Ridge District tournament semifinal. The Knights advanced to Friday’s final where they’ll play the winner
Van Gogh. Picasso. Schuyler? Those first two guys used brush strokes to create art. Jake Schuyler used his right arm to make a masterpiece. The Cave Spring senior pitched a two-hitter and did not allow a ball to leave the infield after the first inning Tuesday as the Knights ended Salem’s season with a 4-0 victory in the first round of the River Ridge District baseball tournament at Kiwanis Field.
ROCKY MOUNT — Franklin County girls soccer coach Moe Potter was late for Tuesday afternoon’s Western Valley District tournament championship game between his team and Patrick Henry. But judging by his team’s performance during his absence, Potter might consider implementing the late arrival tactic more often. The Eagles steamrolled PH 5-0, giving them three victories over the Patriots this season by an aggregate score of 11-1. Potter, who had been
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