TWIN VALLEY high jumper
Nikki Honaker won the event with a jump of five feet during the
Dogwood Invitational Saturday at TVHS. Honaker also won the 300
hurdles and place in the 110 hurdles and the 200 meter run.
(Staff photos/Mike Stiltner.)
Honaker Sweeps Team Titles During
16th Annual Dogwood Invitational Track & Field Meet
by Lloyd Combs
The field was small and the track often seemed deserted, but it
didn’t slow down the athletes who showed up.
A Honaker sweep of the
team titles, several outstanding individual efforts and a smaller
than usual field marked the 16th annual Dogwood Invitational Track
and Field Meet Saturday at Twin Valley Middle School.
Jaimie McGlothlin and Billee Jo
Mullins helped the Honaker girls edge host Twin Valley, 134-111,
in the team point standings.
Andrew Bostic, Bryan Johnson
and Jacob Shortridge helped the Honaker boys win by a better than
2-1 margin over second-place Clintwood. The Tigers amassed 175
points to 80 for the Greenwave.
Senior trips, SAT college board
tests, baseball games and other events combined to limit the field
at the long-running event. Seven individual events had fewer than
six participants, and others barely had six to earn points for
their respective teams, but that didn’t slow anyone down.
One of just two Haysi athletes,
Zack Counts matched a Dogwood record in the 100 meter dash with a
time of 11 seconds flat. The Tiger speedster Counts equaled a mark
set by former Garden great Teddy Lane in 1990.
Counts also won the boys 200
with a time of 23:21 and was named Best Sprinter in the meet.
Bostic won three
individual medals and was named the top boys all-around athlete.
In field events, the athletic senior won the long jump and triple
jump. He then added a victory in the 400 meter dash.
Johnson won both the shot
put and discus, was named Best in Field Events. The Tigers also
got a pair of wins in the hurdles from Jacob Shortridge.
Ermias MeKonnen was also
a two-event winner. The Mountain Mission standout won the 3200 and
1600 meter runs and was named Best Distance Runner at this year’s
MeKonnen, who had to skip
a local 5K race in which he would have been a favorite to
represent the Challengers at the Dogwood, edged Council sophomore
Dan Presley, 5:23-5:24, in the 1600. MeKonnen won easily in the
3200 with a time of 11:52.
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by Lloyd Combs
Brittany Maxwell is leaving one the most successful teams in Twin
Valley’s brief history to add her talents to one of the most
successful teams in the history of the University of Virginia’s
College at Wise.
The all-time leading scorer at TVHS,
Maxwell signed a 2006-07 letter-of-intent Tuesday to join the Lady
Maxwell will join several senior
returnees from a 24-10 team that claimed its first AAC
championship and reached the NAIA national championship tournament
for the first time in school history.
In a press release, UVA-Wise acclaims
Maxwell as one of the most decorated women’s basketball recruits
during coach Rachel Clay-Keohane’s tenure.
A 5-7 shooting guard, Maxwell
is the all-time leader at TVHS in scoring (1,375 points), steals
(262), free throw percentage (80.0%), three-pointers made (146)
and rebounds (406).
Maxwell attracted the attention
of Emory & Henry as well as several other small colleges after
scoring 41 points against St. Paul in the 2005 Region D
quarterfinals. She led the Black Diamond District in scoring the
past two seasons. Maxwell scored 18.8 ppg last year and 20.4 ppg
as a junior.
She was a three-time All-Black
Diamond District and All-Region D first team selection. Maxwell
earned second-team All-State honors as a junior and was named to
the All-Southwest Virginia first team as a senior.
Maxwell helped Twin
Valley to the BDD regular season co-championship in 2005.
Brittany holds over a 4.0
grade point average and is enrolled in the advanced classes
through the A. Linwood Holton Governors School. Maxwell is also a
Teen Volunteer at Clinch Valley Medical Center in Richlands.
“I think it’s a good fit for
Brittany and for UVA-Wise,” says Brittany’s father and varsity
coach, Terry Maxwell. “She’s excited about it.
“They’ll have seven or eight
seniors ahead of her, so she’ll have some good players to learn
from. She’ll get a chance to start as a sophomore and she could
earn playing time her first year. It’s a good fit for her.”
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