Bassett’s Ashley Crouch completes ‘ultimate endurance test’ at Western States 100-miler

The Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run has never been for the faint of heart. In its 45 years of existence it was never meant to be easy. Runs of that distance never are. Starting in Squaw Valley, Calif., just northwest of Lake Tahoe, and following the Western States Trail, the run is roughly the distanceContinue reading “Bassett’s Ashley Crouch completes ‘ultimate endurance test’ at Western States 100-miler”

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Martinsville native Tony Gravely has wrestled to make a career as one of Virginia’s few ultimate fighters.

The dreams of being a mixed martial arts fighter started for Tony Gravely when he was about 6 or 7 years old. Dreams of being a professional fighter in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Dreams of getting signed to a professional contract. Dreams of hearing them announce his name as he walked into the ring. ThatContinue reading “Martinsville native Tony Gravely has wrestled to make a career as one of Virginia’s few ultimate fighters.”

Stuart’s Billy Martin Racing is having a ‘dream’ season and is focused on something bigger: winning the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship

The marquee sign at Stuart Family Restaurant on Main Street in Stuart read simply “Congrats 87”. WHEO-AM (1270) in the town has been providing updates every weekend with race results from Motor Mile Speedway in Radford. “Everybody in Patrick County is so behind us, it’s unreal,” said Billy Martin, a Stuart resident who owns theContinue reading “Stuart’s Billy Martin Racing is having a ‘dream’ season and is focused on something bigger: winning the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship”

Historic homecoming: Bassett’s Lacey Flanagan cements herself in the Bengal football family

Bassett had Friday’s win over Dan River pretty much in hand late in the fourth quarter, but history was made on the final point. With the Bengals leading 27-19 after a 2-yard touchdown run by Kevon Smith, head coach Brandon Johnson called in senior Lacey Flanagan to kick the extra point. Flanagan nailed it, becomingContinue reading “Historic homecoming: Bassett’s Lacey Flanagan cements herself in the Bengal football family”

Lou Whitaker: I give credit to every kid that I grew up with out there in East Martinsville

Growing up just down the street from the formerly named English Field, Lou Whitaker called the Martinsville landmark home for much of his childhood. Whitaker graduated from Martinsville High School in 1975, and was drafted by the Detroit Tigers soon after. In the years leading up to his graduation, Whitaker and the rest of theContinue reading “Lou Whitaker: I give credit to every kid that I grew up with out there in East Martinsville”