One of the more popular running events among Twin County and regional athletes had a distinctly local flavor at the awards presentation Saturday.
Runners hailing from Galax filled the top three overall female finishing positions and two of the top three male spots at the New River Trail-Dr. Ed Dannelly 10K run, sponsored by the Galax Recreation Department and held on the New River Trail State Park.
As parents we all have dreams about our kids’ futures. We hope to pinch ourselves some day, wake up from those dreams and find that our progeny have made themselves into this or that, that they are successful, respected and on their way to doing better than we did.
Tyler Houk, a Galax High School graduate and the son of Don and Rose Houk, received two awards at the Emory & Henry College awards day convocation on April 14.
Houk was presented an award for being the Outstanding Senior in Physical Education, and an Exceptional Student Teaching in Physical Education award.
Houk also played four years of football for Emory & Henry, and will graduate on May 4.
RADFORD –– Carroll County Special Olympics spent a very windy but sunny Saturday at Radford University’s Cupp Stadium on April 20 for the Annual Area 9 Spring Games. They competed in track and field events against teams from Mount Rogers Wythe IDC, Mount Rogers Twin Co IDC, Carroll House, NRV IDA, Pulaski County, and the Southwestern Virginia Training Center.
Radford City police officers participated in opening ceremonies and CCSO athlete LaRae Hall led everyone in the Special Olympics oath.
DeFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. –– Sylvatus teenager Cherokee Widner won two national championships and was the runner-up for a third title at the American Powerlifting Association’s RAW national championships.
At 14 years of age and 133 pounds, Widner was the youngest and lightest competitor and entered the 148-pound lightweight teenager division for full powerlifting, bench press single lift and deadlift single lift.
GREENVILLE, S.C. –– Med-Fit Systems (Nautilus) sponsored three teams competing in a 3.5-mile Mud Run this past weekend, and one of the three teams brought home a first-place finish in its division.
“2 Hot Chicks and 2 Ugly Dudes” placed 19th overall and first in the co-ed division of the annual Goodwill Mud Run on April 13-14.
The team was captained by Med-Fit project manager and former Gazette reporter Ben Bomberger, with teammates Brandon Davis (Med-Fit IT director), Tracy Snow and Kyla Ford.
Nineteen members of Carroll County Special Olympics and four family members were invited to participate in the NCAA Division III east-west all-star game March 23 at the Salem Civic Center.
Each year, in conjunction with the Division III national championships at Salem, the NCAA selects two teams of Division III all-stars to play. The Carroll County athletes were invited to participate in warm-ups with the players by shooting around, then formed a spirit tunnel for the college players as they were introduced.
ZION CROSSROADS –– Cherokee Widner of Sylvatus was crowned the 2013 national champion at the Ironman Nationals lifting competition, held at the Best Western Crossroads on March 17.
The event was sanctioned by the 100% RAW Powerlifting Federation, and the competition took place without any aids other than a weight belt and wrist straps.
HILLSVILLE –– There is probably a good number of 8th-grade girls’ basketball coaches walking around at various schools out there today with less hair than they possessed when they started the job, either due pulling it out themselves or by having it leave of its own volition.
Carroll County’s 8th-grade girls certainly caused their coach to lose his hair, albeit all at once, and on a completely voluntary basis.
HILLSVILLE –– Despite the snowfall that coated area roads last Saturday, conditions improved enough to allow the Carroll County Special Olympics Basketball Classic to go on as planned at Carroll County Intermediate School.
A crowd of nearly 250 came to show support as the team took the floor. The Carroll County Junior ROTC provided the color guard while Krista Neely sang the National Anthem.