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Honaker's Paige Tiller Named BDD 'Player of the Year'; Twin Valley's Lester Selected to First Squad

     Honaker, which breezed through the Black Diamond District and into the state quarterfinals this past year, tops the All-BDD girls basketball team for the 2008 season.
     Junior Paige Tiller, who has anchored the middle for the Lady Tigers the past three years, was named BDD Player of the Year. Honaker's Nathan Breeding was voted by his peers as BDD Coach of the Year.
     Honaker freshman Rachel Artrip and Twin Valley freshman Katie Jo Lester were voted to the First Team, along with two Council juniors, Stephanie Cornett and Haley Arrington and Haysi junior Jazmine Counts.
     The BDD selected a Second Team, which includes senior Kim Street and junior Sarah Mullins of Twin Valley; Honaker senior Taylr Perkins, Council sophomore Dakota Bostic and Hurley junior Tara Hall.

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LPR to Re-Open With New Management, New Division and New ASA Affiliation

      Don’t bother asking “what’s new at Lonesome Pine Raceway this year?” In fact, it just might be easier to ask “What didn’t change?”
      The historical 3/8-mile paved track in Coeburn, Va., starts its 35th year of operation with a new management group headed by Harold Crook and Jeff Roark.
      “Well, we say it is a new group running the racetrack, and it is and it is not in a way,” said Lynn Peters, PR director for Lonesome Pine Raceway (LRP). “You see, Harold was the track promoter through much of the ‘90s and the rest of the new management group has deep ties to the racetrack over the years as well. So even though they are ‘new’ to the job this year, they are not really new to Lonesome Pine.”
      New also for 2008 is track spokesman Big Tom Buchanan. If the name sounds familiar it is because Buchanan was recently a contestant on the CBS reality television program “Survivor: Africa.” Buchanan will be involved in a variety of television and radio promotions for LPR, as well as representing the racetrack at different functions throughout the region.
      When asked how Buchanan came to be involved with LPR, Peters said that he “was a race fan to start with and is close friends with a couple of guys who are involved in the management group. He said to them ‘I want in’ when he heard about their plans for the racetrack and they told him ‘Come on in.’”
      Also new to the racetrack this year, and sure to quickly become a favorite of the race fans, is the Lonesome Pine Raceway Charger division. This new class joins the regular Saturday night divisions of Late Model, Street Stock, Mod-4 and Pure-4.
      The Lonesome Pine Raceway Charger is a Late Model car fitted with a $2700 spec motor, spec carburetor and spec shocks to help contain the costs involved in racing the class. To further maintain equality, the track is implementing a “claimer” rule on the motor, carburetor and shocks to help keep anyone from becoming too creative, and to keep the emphasis on the driver and not the equipment.
     The racetrack will open a 17-week slate of races on April 19 and run through November 1 with the Second Annual Virginia Mod-4 Championships. A special July 4 event is being planned, though details have not yet been finalized to the point of announcement. For those looking for more information, including the schedule, class rules, and the latest racetrack news, visit
     And as if all these new items wouldn’t be enough to bring enough enthusiasm to LPR in 2008, the track also recently announced that they have joined as a Level 1 participant in the ASA Member Track Program. This brings LPR into a network of short tracks and regional touring series around the United States that have joined together to work on enhancing the status of grassroots motorsports around the country and continue to develop the future stars of racing.
     Harold Crook mentioned a variety of reasons behind joining the ASA Member Track program, but kept summarizing it with one word – credibility.
     “I think, most of all, the ASA Member Track program will bring credibility to Lonesome Pine Raceway,” he said. “Most everyone who races without a sanction is considered an ‘outlaw’ racetrack. We haven’t had a sanction since the ‘90s and as far as I am concerned the ASA sanction is as good as any that are out there – better in fact. I am tickled to death with the ASA insurance package, and the other benefits that are available to the track operators. We don’t want to be an ‘outlaw’ track anymore. We want the credibility that comes with a national sanction and the credibility that Lonesome Pine Raceway will get in the short track community as being a part of the American Speed Association.”

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Grundy's Holly Bowman Named to Second-Team All-SWD Girls' Basketball Squad; Carroll County Tops Selections

    Carroll County took its customary place at the top of the Southwest District in girls basketball, despite the addition of two new schools, and the Lady Cavaliers take the top honors on the All-SWD girls basketball team for the 2007-2008 season.
     Two Lady Cavs, senior Jessie Watts and sophomore Kayla Goins, were named to the All-SWD First Team, as picked by Southwest District coaches. Watts shared SWD Player of the Year honors with Richlands senior Jenny Keene.
     Carroll County's Marc Motley was named SWD Coach of the Year.
     Joining Watts, Goins and Keene on the First Team are Abingdon junior Samantha Mitchell and Graham sophomore Chelsea Gallinger.
     Grundy freshman standout Holly Bowman made the All-SWD Second Team. Four Lady Wave players were Honorable Mention All-SWD picks: juniors Kasey Bowman, Ashley Riley and Tiffany Riley and freshman Morgan Reynolds.
     Watts was the only Southwest District player to make the All-Region IV First Team. Keene and Mitchell were Second Team selections. Goins and Gallinger received Honorable Mention.
     Hidden Valley swept the top awards in the region. Abby Oliver was named Player of the Year and Mike McGuire was named Coach of the Year after guiding Hidden Valley to the Group AA title.

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