My favorite stories of 2020

Last year was a tough one as a sports reporter, but there were still stories I wrote that stood out to me. Here’s a look at my favorites: Briggs Beats Cancer: Wylie family prepares for extra celebrations this Thanksgiving weekend https://martinsvillebulletin.com/townnews/medicine/briggs-beats-cancer-wylie-family-prepares-for-extra-celebrations-this-thanksgiving-weekend/article_51274bd8-2e93-11eb-9c65-173f47978ff4.html Two years after helping to restart softball team at Martinsville High School, Bulldogs’ seniorContinue reading “My favorite stories of 2020”

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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”