Team USA’s historic curling victory, in their own words

By CARA COOPER Redemption. Unprecedented. Historic. There’s no one word to describe Team USA’s men’s curling victory in the gold medal game Saturday morning. For a team in a sport that is known for yelling, the victory left John Shuster, Tyler George, Matt Hamilton and John Landsteiner speechless. “It's too surreal to even think about … Continue reading Team USA’s historic curling victory, in their own words

William Byron leads young group of NASCAR’s iRacers

By CARA COOPER William Byron has technically only been competing in races for six years, but he’s been racing just about his entire life. While other NASCAR Cup Series drivers practically grew up behind the wheel, driving go karts a decade or more before they could legally get a drivers license, Byron’s childhood was spent … Continue reading William Byron leads young group of NASCAR’s iRacers

Knowing the struggle: How cross country runners fall in love with the sport

 By CARA COOPER In September, nearly a dozen schools traveled down to Smith River Sports Complex for Bassett’s annual “Bengals Clash at the River” cross country meet. It was a grueling day, with temperatures up in the mid-90s with extreme humidity. But that was no matter for the 50 middle schoolers and more than 150 … Continue reading Knowing the struggle: How cross country runners fall in love with the sport

NASCAR and finding a cure for my imposter syndrome

By CARA COOPER A couple of weeks ago I covered my TENTH race weekend at Martinsville Speedway. The newspaper where I work is just five miles from the track, and I sort of serve as the unofficial track beat reporter, so three times a year I cover races in various forms there. And every time … Continue reading NASCAR and finding a cure for my imposter syndrome

Baseball’s unwritten rules need to go

By CARA COOPER I love baseball. I think it’s the greatest sport on earth. However, sometimes it can be really stupid. Not even fun stupid either, just stupid-stupid. And there is nothing more stupid than baseball’s “unwritten rules.” Rules like “never lay down a bunt to break up an opposing pitcher’s no-hitter.” That happened Wednesday … Continue reading Baseball’s unwritten rules need to go