Month: July 2017

Radford Bobcats hold opening practice

Coach Hollins teaching line techniques
Coaches English and Hollins discuss next drill

Radford had 52 out for opening practice- Eighth grade to Seniors





Bobcats water break



Asst coaches Woods, Prioleau and Hollins coaching Bobcats defense
Head coach Matthew Saunders coaching QBs

Pioneers – Cougars gain transfers

Fort Chiswell Pioneers football program have gotten three transfers. Denver Brown , Zach Johnson and Josh Brown all form George Wythe High School. Denver is a sophomore as well as Johnson. Josh Brown is a freshman. The Pulaski Co. Cougars have picked up a couple of transfers. Wide receiver E J Horton and quarterback Cade Akers. Horton and Akers are both juniors. Horton transferred from George Wythe and Akers is from Arizona.

Pioneer pitcher commits

Fort Chiswell Pioneers pitcher / infielder Dallas Beasley has committed to Division II Bluefield St. He was recruited by their head coach Geoff Hunter. Dallas hit .344 this last year and went 9-2 on the mound and lost in the Regional semifinals. He was 7-0 his junior year as the Pioneers advanced to the state semifinals. His father Clinton Beasley said, ” I’m happy he signed with Bluefield St. Coach Hunter has been awesome . We are still waiting to see if Dallas will redshirt this upcoming season. ” Bluefield also has a couple of other local players . Beasley will join State Champion Auburn Eagles former players Hunter Perkins and Jeremy Thomas.

Pioneers prepare for football season

Head coach Todd tiller talks to team after morning practice
Fort Chiswell getting ready for morning practice- Pioneers have 33 out.
Coach Tiller directing the team
Pioneers getting loose as assistant coach Whitlock oversees.
Water break for Fort Chiswell football players
Coach Tiller lining up the players on defense



Pulaski Co. Cougars open practice

Pulaski County had 65 or so out for opening of football practice.

Cougar head coach Stephen James talking to his quarterbacks and running backs
Cougars taking a water break
Cougar coaches discuss what’s next for practice
Cougar players taking a break

Parry McCluer 2017 Football Schedule

Aug.25- Rockbridge Co. , Sept.1 – @ Buffalo Gap, Sept. 8- @ James River, Sept.15- @ Wm. Campbell, Sept. 22- Nelson Co. , Sept.29- Open, Oct. 6- @ Craig Co. , Oct. 13- Covington, Oct. 20- Bath Co. , Oct. 27- @ Eastern Montgomery, Nov. 3- @ Narrows

*** NOTE**** – This is the last of the 2017 high school football schedules. All of the Three Rivers, Mountain Empire, Southwest, Hogoheegee and River Ridge District teams. Tomorrow – Thursday July 27- high school football practice officially begins. So Southwest Va. it’s about to get real. I will be covering Fort Chiswell , Radford and Pulaski Co. opening practices and will write how many kids are out at each one and some other info. Are you ready for some football ?

Hidden Valley 2017 Football Schedule

Aug. 25- Patrick Henry , Sept.1- Wm. Byrd, Sept. 8- Northside, Sept.15- @ Franklin Co., Sept. 22- Abingdon, Sept.29- Pulaski Co., Oct. 6- Open, Oct. 13- @ Christiansburg, Oct. 20- Blacksburg , Oct. 27- @ Salem , Nov. 3- @ Cave Spring

NRV Tigers 17U Stat Leaders- ( 18 games)

Batting Average: Ayers .409, Atkins .382, Altizer .375, Willis .368, Stuart .367, Kepler .357, Hodson .350, Wetzel .324, Hage .318 , H. Shrewsbury .300

RBI’s : Hodson 13, Altizer 12, Stuart 11, Hage 10, Willis 9, Martin 7, Ayers 7

Runs Scored: Stuart 15, Hodson 14, Wetzel 12, Franklin 12, Altizer 12, H. Shrewsbury 11, Hage 11

Hits : Hodson 14, Hage 14, Atkins 13, Altizer 12, Stuart 11, Wetzel 11, H. Shrewsbury 9, Ayers 9, Franklin 9

At Bats : Hage 44, Hodson 40, Wetzel 34, Atkins 34, Altizer 32, Franklin 31, Stuart 30, H. Shrewsbury 30

Walks : Franklin 16, Stuart 14, Martin 12, Wetzel 11, H. Shrewsbury 8, Underwood 6

On Base Pct : Stuart .596, Franklin .542, Kepler .526, Willis.500, Wetzel.500, Ayers .500, Atkins .489, Altizer .487, Martin .455, H. Shrewsbury .450

Slug. Pct. : Altizer .688, Willis .579, Stuart .533, Ayers.500, Hodson .450, Atkins .441, H. Shrewsbury .400

Pitching- WINS- Losses- Inns.- ERA

Willis 4-0 14.1 inns 0.98 ERA

Stuart 3-1 29.1 inns. 0.72 ERA

Hodson 2-3 14.2 inns. 3.82 ERA

H.Shrewsbury 1-1 10.0 inns. 2.10 ERA

Kepler 1-1 12.0 inns. 2.92 ERA

Wetzel 1-0 9.0 inns. 0.78 ERA


Holston 2017 Football Schedule

Aug. 25- Eastern Montgomery, Sept.1-@ Twin Springs, Sept.8- @ John Battle, Sept.15- Castlewood, Sept.22- Rural Retreat , Sept.29- Narrows, Oct.6- @ PH-Glade Spring, Oct.13- Northwood, Oct.20- Open, Oct.27- @ Eastside, Nov. 3- @ Chilhowie

Tigers go 2-2 in Dynamic Showcase

Radford…The NRV 17U Tigers won their last game of the weekend Sunday by defeating D-bat Elite 9-1 in the Dynamic Wooden Bat Showcase that was played in Radford and Salem. The win for the Tigers earned them a 2-2 record for the weekend. They lost their first two games to Rise Windom 2-0 Friday and to Rise Berlin 3-2 Saturday morning. They finally hit their stride as they then beat Heavy Hitters from New Jersey 3-2 late Saturday. That win was a come-from-behind victory scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh. Pulaski Co. Cougar Bailey Ayers hit a walk-off single to score Austin Atkins. Ayers went two for three in the game as did Logan Altizer. Cougar player Hunter Shrewsbury was one of two at the plate knocking in one. Patrick Kepler went six innings and Trey Hodson pitched the seventh inning to get the win on the mound. The two pitchers limited the Heavy Hitters to just four hits. The Sunday win saw the Tigers score nine runs on eight hits in subduing the D-bat Elite team from up around Vienna, Virginia. Galax’s Jacob Stuart got the win as he went two innings and allowed only one hit and struck out a couple. Caleb Wetzel and Chris Martin both got in to pitch and they allowed only one run and struck two in four innings of relief.

The two early weekend games saw the Tigers only scoring two runs and they had only three hits. It was totally opposite of their performance from a week earlier in Roanoke with the aluminum bats. The three hits came by way of Wyatt Hage, Shrewsbury and Stuart.

Tiger head coach Todd Davis said, “We didn’t hit the first couple games this weekend, but our pitchers really stepped up and kept us in the games.” He then added, ”We hit much better the last two games as our pitching still carried us. Stuart, Kepler, Hudson, Shrewsbury, Hage, Wetzel and Martin all did real well on the mound. It’s different with wooden bats than with the aluminum ones.“

Stuart had three runs scored and three RBIs and drew a couple of base-on-balls for the games. Austin Atkins was three for six plus a couple walks. The two Pulaski Co. Cougar players, Shrewsbury and Ayers, had seven hits, three runs scored and three RBIs combined. Logan Altizer had four hits and scored a couple times. Wetzel scored four runs in helping the Tigers to earn a split of the four games.

The Tigers are 12-6 overall this summer and will be back in action at Randolph Macon on the 12th and 13th of August.