Long range shooting up around high school hoops – Is Steph Curry or Tony Bennett behind the trend?

On Jan. 22, Magna Vista’s boys basketball team defeated Patrick County, 95-77. That game was far-and-away the highest scoring contest in the Piedmont District this season, but one aspect of the numbers is becoming increasingly more common: In 32 minutes that night the Warriors hit 13 3-pointers, and the Cougars knocked down seven. About twoContinue reading “Long range shooting up around high school hoops – Is Steph Curry or Tony Bennett behind the trend?”

The Name Game: Martinsville’s Emery Taylor finds a hoops hero and friend in Virginia Tech’s Taylor Emery

It was towards the end of the basketball season last year when Martinsville’s Brooks Taylor noticed a familiar name on the Virginia Tech women’s basketball roster. Taylor had never met Hokies’ guard Taylor Emery, but the name stood out because his 4-year-old daughter’s name is… Emery Taylor. At the beginning of this season, Brooks Taylor,Continue reading “The Name Game: Martinsville’s Emery Taylor finds a hoops hero and friend in Virginia Tech’s Taylor Emery”

Bassett’s Ashley Crouch completes ‘ultimate endurance test’ at Western States 100-miler

The Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run has never been for the faint of heart. In its 45 years of existence it was never meant to be easy. Runs of that distance never are. Starting in Squaw Valley, Calif., just northwest of Lake Tahoe, and following the Western States Trail, the run is roughly the distanceContinue reading “Bassett’s Ashley Crouch completes ‘ultimate endurance test’ at Western States 100-miler”

Martinsville native Tony Gravely has wrestled to make a career as one of Virginia’s few ultimate fighters.

The dreams of being a mixed martial arts fighter started for Tony Gravely when he was about 6 or 7 years old. Dreams of being a professional fighter in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Dreams of getting signed to a professional contract. Dreams of hearing them announce his name as he walked into the ring. ThatContinue reading “Martinsville native Tony Gravely has wrestled to make a career as one of Virginia’s few ultimate fighters.”

Stuart’s Billy Martin Racing is having a ‘dream’ season and is focused on something bigger: winning the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship

The marquee sign at Stuart Family Restaurant on Main Street in Stuart read simply “Congrats 87”. WHEO-AM (1270) in the town has been providing updates every weekend with race results from Motor Mile Speedway in Radford. “Everybody in Patrick County is so behind us, it’s unreal,” said Billy Martin, a Stuart resident who owns theContinue reading “Stuart’s Billy Martin Racing is having a ‘dream’ season and is focused on something bigger: winning the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship”