My favorite stories of 2020

Last year was a tough one as a sports reporter, but there were still stories I wrote that stood out to me. Here’s a look at my favorites:

Briggs Beats Cancer: Wylie family prepares for extra celebrations this Thanksgiving weekend

https://martinsvillebulletin.com/townnews/medicine/briggs-beats-cancer-wylie-family-prepares-for-extra-celebrations-this-thanksgiving-weekend/article_51274bd8-2e93-11eb-9c65-173f47978ff4.html

Two years after helping to restart softball team at Martinsville High School, Bulldogs’ senior Trinity Gravely commits to PHCC softball

https://martinsvillebulletin.com/sports/high-school/two-years-after-helping-to-restart-softball-team-at-martinsville-high-school-bulldogs-senior-trinity/article_82264df8-214e-11eb-96f1-278209f95859.html

Martinsville’s Jeff Hensley celebrates fourth Martinsville Speedway win, prepares for NASCAR Trucks championship

https://martinsvillebulletin.com/sports/auto_racing/martinsville_speedway/martinsvilles-jeff-hensley-celebrates-fourth-martinsville-speedway-win-prepares-for-nascar-trucks-championship/article_f1fc9eea-1f6c-11eb-8f47-b3c94e2fc23d.html

Stories from Martinsville Speedway: Always take the tunnel into the infield

https://martinsvillebulletin.com/sports/auto_racing/martinsville_speedway/stories-from-martinsville-speedway-always-take-the-tunnel-into-the-infield/article_de68ae22-1ba3-11eb-a0b9-2f64a3cea7b5.html

Stories from Martinsville Speedway: Jimmie Johnson looks back his most memorable Martinsville victories

https://martinsvillebulletin.com/sports/auto_racing/martinsville_speedway/stories-from-martinsville-speedway-jimmie-johnson-looks-back-his-most-memorable-martinsville-victories/article_5799ab82-1a11-11eb-a0bf-8be9dc3ad3fb.html

Stories from Martinsville Speedway: A pole win a cherished memory for local NASCAR racer Jimmy Hensley

https://martinsvillebulletin.com/sports/auto_racing/martinsville_speedway/stories-from-martinsville-speedway-a-pole-win-a-cherished-memory-for-local-nascar-racer-jimmy/article_6a46d17d-99b3-5e8f-8cd6-e0405d75a027.html

ELECTION 2020: Teachers stress critical thinking with students excited about joining the political process

https://martinsvillebulletin.com/news/local/education/election-2020-teachers-stress-critical-thinking-with-students-excited-about-joining-the-political-process/article_aa095213-b5fc-56d6-92f8-1d5688688f8f.html

Stories from Martinsville Speedway: NASCAR writer Steve Waid recalls stories from his early reporting days

https://martinsvillebulletin.com/townnews/sport/stories-from-martinsville-speedway-nascar-writer-steve-waid-recalls-stories-from-his-early-reporting-days/article_a32c1d5c-00d3-11eb-bfab-0f63cfa02482.html

Stories from Martinsville Speedway: Fox Sports analyst Larry McReynolds recalls winning his only trophy at The Paperclip

https://martinsvillebulletin.com/stories-from-martinsville-speedway-fox-sports-analyst-larry-mcreynolds-recalls-winning-his-only-trophy-at/article_82ee4aeb-35e1-5936-b589-442eb27bd1f1.html

SRSC welcomes NC Fusion lacrosse tournament as a “blueprint” for how to handle youth sports in the age of coronavirus

https://martinsvillebulletin.com/sports/local_sports/srsc-welcomes-nc-fusion-lacrosse-tournament-as-a-blueprint-for-how-to-handle-youth-sports/article_f6179db9-76f9-5f62-94d2-92a52a0d15e3.html

Henry County’s best using each other to stay in baseball shape

https://martinsvillebulletin.com/sports/local_sports/high_schools/henry-county-s-best-using-each-other-to-stay-in-baseball-shape/article_820ed0b0-8f82-5580-95ac-0c15e64d900b.html

Cooper: Bubba Wallace continues to impress off the track

https://martinsvillebulletin.com/cooper-bubba-wallace-continues-to-impress-off-the-track/article_7e48a00c-f966-5d38-85e0-a9bfad7a4616.html

Keselowski pit crew looking for another perfect day at Martinsville Speedway

https://martinsvillebulletin.com/mva/keselowski-pit-crew-looking-for-another-perfect-day-at-martinsville-speedway/article_4bde672c-2d0d-5a34-8c44-72dfcb846e18.html

Miles in Martinsville brings together runners from 8,000 miles away for a virtual race

https://martinsvillebulletin.com/sports/local_sports/miles-in-martinsville-brings-together-runners-from-8-000-miles-away-for-a-virtual-race/article_b8597b9a-d120-578a-a670-31ab9509b84a.html

Hanging With Miss Cooper: Angela Tincher and the greatest game I ever saw

https://martinsvillebulletin.com/mva/hanging-with-miss-cooper-angela-tincher-and-the-greatest-game-i-ever-saw/article_548ab33f-43de-5760-9319-9036d471a241.html

WATCH NOW: Martinsville’s class of 2020 celebrates untraditional graduation day

https://martinsvillebulletin.com/news/watch-now-martinsvilles-class-of-2020-celebrates-untraditional-graduation-day/article_341003c8-9d6b-11ea-bfd9-13383818feb0.html

WATCH NOW: The day the track stood still

https://martinsvillebulletin.com/sports/auto_racing/martinsville_speedway/watch-now-the-day-the-track-stood-still/article_f5fa739d-0d6b-52d4-ba89-f23a102073b5.html

High school football teams staying connected from afar

https://martinsvillebulletin.com/mva/high-school-football-teams-staying-connected-from-afar/article_009e93d1-4822-5bb8-8ac1-615c6abcd196.html

Wood Brothers Racing generates fans’ support to donate iPads to help nursing home residents

https://martinsvillebulletin.com/sports/auto_racing/wood-brothers-racing-generates-fans-support-to-donate-ipads-to-help-nursing-home-residents/article_bcc66ee9-4111-55cc-9e1b-cf6a819446b6.html

Bassett high school cross-country runner Jake Arnold has won races already against autism and epilepsy

https://martinsvillebulletin.com/sports/local_sports/high_schools/bassett-high-school-cross-country-runner-jake-arnold-has-won-races-already-against-autism-and/article_4c0a33b5-d26a-5d31-8f68-d18d92010cca.html

CARA COOPER: Kobe’s death is a horrible loss for the women athletes he supported so staunchly

https://martinsvillebulletin.com/sports/cara-cooper-kobes-death-is-a-horrible-loss-for-the-women-athletes-he-supported-so/article_a73c839a-61bd-5b25-9292-1c59765fffc3.html

Grind of a Season Leads to Big Rewards for JR Motorsports Late Model Program

Wendell Scott Trailblazer Award Winner Gracie Trotter Enjoys Success After Taking the Next Step in 2020

‘I’m Living Out My Childhood Dream’: 42-year-old Shawn Labelle Surprised Even Himself in His First Season of Racing at Edmonton International Raceway

55 Years Later, Bob Finan Still In Love With his ‘Desert Oasis’ at Riverhead Raceway

‘It’s a Family Thing. That’s What it’s All About’: Shive Family Brings Big Crowd to Pits at Salina Highbanks Speedway

‘I Never Leave My House Without My Camera Bag’: Lisa Andresen Reflects on Long Photography Career at Bethel Motor Speedway

Frank Noiles Jr. a Part of Beech Ridge Speedway’s History and Future

‘I Know That She’s Watching Me’: Annabeth Barnes Crum Brings Extra Motivation to Hickory Motor Speedway

Gina Schild-Knowles Working to Keep Racing Going at Houston Motorsports Park

‘We Sort of Grew Together’: Ernie Saxton set to begin his 53rd year Grandview Speedway

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