by Bill Turner
It’s great to be back after a one week vacation in the Colorado Rockies where I managed to remain in one piece after a pair of snowmobile excursions across the Continental Divide.
While it snowed nearly two feet during the time I was in Breckenridge, I’ll take the blame for bringing the white stuff east in what was Roanoke’s first snow of the season. For the record, I’ll take the deep powder and cold temperatures over the dog days of summer any day of the year.
The only exception would be if the Star-Sentinel decides to put out our first-ever swimsuit edition, for which, since it clearly falls in the sports department, I get first dibs on being the lead photographer.
Hey, high school sports takes a breather in June, so it gives the publisher plenty of time to line up a posh seaside penthouse at Myrtle Beach for what could easily push SI to a possible RSS merger in order to protect their position.
In the meantime, we’ll take a look at the local high school basketball scene in order to maintain some sort of perspective in the world of sports, as well as swimsuits. Regional basketball playoffs continue this week with many local teams having state berths clearly within their grasps. Here’s a look at who’s in the hunt:
Patrick Henry (21-4) won Tuesday night over Stonewall Jackson-Manassas in the Northwest Region quarterfinal (See article.). A spot in the state awaits the Patriots if they can defeat one-loss Gar-Field Thursday night at PH at 7 p.m..
Cave Spring (14-11) was still in the hunt with a Wedneday night showdown at the Knight gym against Martinsville (11-14).
Hidden Valley (13-12) pulled off a 65-63 win over Bassett Tuesday night on the road and has the upper hand in hosting Carroll County (19-4) Wednesday night in the Titan gym.
Lord Botetourt (10-15), with its 54-51 win over William Byrd Tuesday night, travels to 22-3 Amherst County for a Thursday night matchup.
Glenvar (17-8) takes on 21-4 Radford Thursday night at Radford in a Region C Division 2 semifinal.
Finally, North Cross (15-7) hosts Covenant School (12-9) Thursday night in a VIC Division II semifinal at 5:45.
We send you off this week with a Greenbrier Classic concert preview for the PGA TOUR event set for July 2nd-8th. The concert lineup was announced February 10th and the show simply gets better each year. On tap for July- Toby Keith, Rod Stewart and Bon Jovi. Watch this column for ticket information available through The First Tee Roanoke Valley to support our local First Tee chapter.
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