EMORY –– Emory & Henry College junior tennis player Matt Nelson has been named first-team all-ODAC (Old Dominion Athletic Conference) at No. 1 doubles for the recently-completed 2012 season.
Nelson, a former Galax High School standout and Group A doubles state champion, and teammate Adam Henderson (Abingdon) were two of four Emory & Henry players to pick up first- or second-team all-conference honors.
Nelson and Henderson were a perfect 9-0 in conference play this season and were 17-2 overall.
The State Line Rush girls’ homeschool basketball team of Galax finished the 2011-2012 season with a record of 24-18, finishing second in the Virginia Homeschool Athletic Association state tournament in Fairfax and competing in the East Coast National Tournament at Liberty University in March.
A senior project at Galax High School proved to be a big success on April 14, as Allison White organized and carried out the Jimmy Cockerham Scholarship Fund Volleyball Tournament. Twelve teams entered the tournament and more than 100 people attended. The winning team consisted of Tim Burton, Ashley Surber, Cindy Rudy, Steve Burcham, Robin Pack and Dennis Vass.
DENVER –– University of Denver strength and conditioning assistant coach Kathryn Whartenby has been promoted to head strength and conditioning coach, Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation and Ritchie Center Operations Peg Bradley-Doppes announced Tuesday.
And now for something completely inconsequential.
Whether by coincidence or the fact that it was Martin Luther King Day, it was an extremely slow news day on Monday in the sports department. Neither Carroll County, Galax nor Grayson County had anything scheduled for Monday.
Nobody brought in any pictures of a giant catfish, a 12-pointer or an AAU team. Not even a photo of a turnip that looks like Tim Tebow.
There is still a page to fill, however.
WISE –– Megan Funk, a senior at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, has been named to the Academic All-American team by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
To be eligible for the honor, a student-athlete must maintain at least a 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale, must be a junior or senior and must maintain good standing at his or her institution.
The Carroll County 4th-grade girls’ AAU basketball team won its third tournament of the year Dec. 10 at Fort Chiswell a week after placing second in a tournament in Roanoke.
In the Roanoke tournament on Dec. 3, the Cavaliers defeated teams from Roanoke and West Virginia in the morning, reaching the championship game that afternoon.
Facing the same West Virginia team from the morning round, Carroll County put together a strong defensive effort but could not get its shots to fall, settling for the runner-up trophy after a 21-17 defeat.
The husband and wife tandem of Tommy and Emily Boles of Greensboro were the overall male and female winners of the 22nd annual Twin County Regional Healthcare-Galax Autumn Days 5K at Felts Park.
Both runners were first-time winners of the event, which drew 169 runners in the 5K plus another 35 in the 12-under, 1-mile fun run.
Tommy Boles, 33, posted a winning time of 16 minutes, 38 seconds, holding off former winner Phillip Sumner of Gardners, Pa., by eight seconds. Curtis Swisher was four seconds behind Sumner in third place.
The Caroline Xtreme 10-under softball team completed a successful 2011 season this month after playing in tournaments in the IFA, NSA and Top Gun series. The team won eight tournaments, including the International Fastpitch Association (IFA) North Carolina/Virginia state tournament and the IFA North Carolina/South Carolina state tournament. The Xtreme also finished as the runner-up in the IFA World Series and Summer World Championships.