Hangin’ with Miss Cooper: ‘Fair Pay to Play’ act could benefit more than just top college athletes

One summer night when I was in college my friends and I were meeting up at Applebees. One good friend was telling us how he had run a 5K that morning and finished second. “I won $25,” he told us. “But I couldn’t keep it, because it would have been an NCAA violation.” This friendContinue reading “Hangin’ with Miss Cooper: ‘Fair Pay to Play’ act could benefit more than just top college athletes”

Hangin’ with Miss Cooper: The line between gamesmanship and cheating

When I was 16 I played travel softball for a really, really good team. Like, stupid good. We finished third in the national world series tournament. Our No. 1 pitcher would sometimes back off her mid-60s fastball and throw a knuckleball. An underhanded knuckleball! I freak out every time I think about it. I knowContinue reading “Hangin’ with Miss Cooper: The line between gamesmanship and cheating”

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”