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

Bowles makes flips look easy, because to him they are

By CARA COOPER  Throw-ins in soccer are so typical that most of the time you hardly even notice it happens. But a Wilson Bowles throw-in is a spectacle. Whenever the ball goes out of bounds, the Martinsville junior sprints to the sideline - either sideline, it doesn’t even matter where he is standing - picks the … Continue reading Bowles makes flips look easy, because to him they are

For Holland family, state tournament is fiction turned potential reality

By CARA COOPER It all started with a book. When Martinsville senior Mariah Holland was in second grade she wrote a book titled “The Adventures of a Coach and his Daughter.” The premise was a simple one – a father leads the Martinsville Lady Bulldogs to a state championship with his daughter and her friends … Continue reading For Holland family, state tournament is fiction turned potential reality

Lessons Learned: NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace answers questions at Magna Vista

By CARA COOPER NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace (center) poses for a picture with the Magna Vista cheerleaders during his visit to the school Tuesday. Bulletin photo by Cara Cooper NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace is used to fielding a myriad questions from reporters on a weekly basis. But even he wasn’t prepared … Continue reading Lessons Learned: NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace answers questions at Magna Vista

Miracurl on Ice: Team USA defeats Sweden to win first curling gold medal

By CARA COOPER The U.S. was on the brink of elimination less than a week ago. In order to win a gold medal, they would have to beat 3-time defending Olympic gold medalists Canada twice, Switzerland, Great Britain and World No. 1 ranked Sweden. No problem. For the fifth straight game John Shuster and Team … Continue reading Miracurl on Ice: Team USA defeats Sweden to win first curling gold medal