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Athletes with varying attributes are contenders for the starting quarterback position on Salem High School’s football team. The thin-skinned and sensitive need not apply. Austin Coulling stands 6 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs 187 pounds. He has connected on 105 of 149 passes this season, breaking the school record with a 70.5 completion percentage. He overcame a late-season knee injury and has led Salem to three playoff victories and a berth in the Group 4A state semifinals. However, those are not the qualities Salem head coach Stephen Magenbauer values most in his junior quarterback. As the 2013 season has progressed and the weather has cooled, Coulling has impressed his coach by possessing one thing: Ice water in his veins. “He’s just a cool customer,” Magenbauer said. “He just does not get rattled.
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MAX MEADOWS — Fort Chiswell High School is nestled into the gentle slopes of the mountains that dominate the region. It’s fitting because when the 12-1 Pioneers are on the football field, it always looks as if they are running downhill. The locals have names for the phenomenon. They use them freely. They call him Thunder.
BOYS VACA SOUTHWEST Parkway Christian 68, SWVA Home School 42 The Eagles placed three players in double figures in a win over the Conquerors on Thursday. Brandon Jennings scored 20 points, Lawrence Huff had 17 points and T.J. Keaton added 14 points for Parkway Christian. Hunter Irving tossed in 13 points and Nathan Vaughon netted 12 for SWVA Home School. SWVA HOME SCHOOL (4-1) George 3,Irving 13,Bishop 8, Vaughon 12,
A tight game can be won or lost in the closing moments. A game with a 25-point final margin is decided much earlier. William Byrd (1-0) dominated Cave Spring in the second quarter, outscoring the host Knights 25-8 en route to a 71-46 victory in the season opener for both squads. The second half was played nearly even, but Byrd’s lead was insurmountable at that point. William Byrd coach Kevin
FLOYD - Caleb Tanner scored 59 points - and hit all 33 of his free-throw attempts - to lead Floyd County to a 103-90 boys basketball victory over Christiansburg in overtime on Wednesday. The 33 free throws breaks the state record for most free throws made in a game, according to the VHSL record book. Giles' Marcus Haynie previously held the record with 24 makes in a game played on
Salem’s girls basketball team dressed out seven players Tuesday night because the Spartans demoted four sophomores in order to field a JV program. One young Spartan who probably will never see the JV level is Hannah Coulling. The freshman guard made her highly anticipated varsity debut as she scored a game-high 18 points to lead visiting Salem to a 46-35 season-opening victory over Northside. The 5-foot-8 Coulling scored 14 points
DANVILLE — Christian Kirchman scored 26 points as Patrick Henry beat George Washington 73-49 on Tuesday in the boys basketball season opener for both teams. Kendrick Tucker poured in 15 points, Trey Terry added 12 and Tyler Pollard dropped in 10 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for PH. PATRICK HENRY (1-0) Kirchman 26, Tucker 15, Terry 12, Esworthy 9, Pollard 10, Ogden 1. GEORGE WASHINGTON (0-1) Rogers 18, Hairston
Jeremy Williams was ready to open the 2013-14 high school basketball season with a bang. The Glenvar junior made a steal early in Monday night’s game against James River and planned to throw down a slam dunk on the Highlanders’ first field goal attempt of the year. So what happened? Let Williams explain. “I had dunking on my mind but my legs, they weren’t thinking the same thing,” he said.
Miranda Crockett’s 22 points paced Franklin County to a 70-46 season-opening win over host Hidden Valley in girls basketball on Monday. Zarkia Mattox added 16 points for Franklin County. Senia Garay led Hidden Valley with 11 points. FRANKLIN COUNTY (1-0) McHeimer 2, Crockett 22, Mattox 16, Dudley 5, Holland 4, Mitchell 2, Saunders 4, Dillard 2, E.Brooks 5, Greenway 8. HIDDEN VALLEY (0-1) Singleton 9, Freeland 9, Garay 11, Schmelling
The defense rests. Maybe on old "Perry Mason" reruns, but not on Northside's football team. A high-flying Magna Vista offense came to Roanoke County on Friday night, but Northside grounded the Warriors as the Vikings posted a 19-7 victory in a Group 3A quarterfinal. Northside (12-1) held Magna Vista to just 134 yards total offense and a lone third-quarter touchdown in booking a Dec. 7 state semifinal berth against an
The ball-control wizards from Salem have the kind of high school football team opponents are best advised not to fall too far behind early in the game. Woodgrove was unable to manage avoiding the deep early hole and fell 42-25 on a chilly Friday night in a 4A North semifinal at Salem Stadium. Coleman Fox and Devante Payne had each collected their initial touchdowns before the Wolverines had hardly warmed
PEARISBURG -- After winning on a last second field goal last week, Giles made sure the outcome of its Group 2A quarterfinal Friday night would be settled much earlier. Giles running backs Brett Whitlow and Brian Mann combined for seven touchdowns and 421 rushing yards on the night as the Spartans scored 27 first-quarter points to pull away from Richlands for a convincing 48-14 win in Pearisburg. The Spartans wasted
MAX MEADOWS -- After watching Dallas Ward scorch visiting Covington for 200 yards rushing, four touchdowns, three tackles for loss and two sacks on Friday night, you are forgiven if you thought he was the only player on the field. If you ask the Fort Chiswell dynamo which aspect of his wide-ranging performance made him most proud, he would remind you what the game is about. "Getting the win. That's
LYNCHBURG -- Hidden Valley took the lead into the fourth quarter Friday night at Lynchburg City Stadium, but couldn't hold on, falling 12-7 to undefeated Heritage in the 3A West semifinals. It was a hard-fought, defensive battle throughout the night. Heritage's prolific offense mustered only 111 yards through three-and-a-half quarters. "I don't know if it was really a lot they were doing scheme-wise," said Heritage coach Brad Bradley. "No. 42,
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