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Page 6 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, August 10, 2017 2017 Castlewood Blue Devils Castlewood football preview 2017 Castlewood football coaches - Front row, Frank Dean, Head Coach Darrell Taylor. Assistant coaches include Rodney Holbrook, Zach Addington, Brian Summers, Kenny Chafin and Ricky Neece. 2: Face the Forest 5K Obstacle Course :.Run Saturday, August 19 0 i I ' FOREST, VA: Ready Challenge: groups of ffor an adventure? Join friends, families and co- Poplar Forest and the ,Jamerson YMCA on '.Saturday, August 19 for the '6th annual Face the Forest :6bstacle Course Run, a ',challenging 3.1-mile race ithrough the hills, dales and woodlands of Thomas :Jefferson's Poplar Forest :plantation. Test your abili- ities as you run through the ',woods facing obstacles 'along the way--climbing 'walls, balancing teeter-tot- '.ters, flipping tires and itrcnching through mud, to '.name just a few. Families land teams of all ages are :invited to join the fun. '.Wave time starts begin at ',8:00 a.m. New this year, a workers must work togeth- er as they race through the 3.1-mile course. Teams of 5-8 participants compete for the chance to win a prize. Teams must com- plete all obstacles to win. and will receive one finish- ing time when the last member of their team crosses the finish line. Wave Start Times: Run the course with your friends by registering for the wave time of your choice. Please keep in mind that there is a 20-per- son limit per wave time-- once a wave time is filled, it will disappear. For regis- tration fees and race details :cQrporate team competition v i s i t ,and sponsorship, an elite https://runsignup.com/Rac '.competitive team challenge ,and the ability to choose ',your own start time. ;Domino's will provide free ',pizza at the finish line, as 'along as it lasts. I New for 2017! J , _ Corporate Team ', Competition: groups of co- W, workers must work togeth- .er as they race through the '~3.1-mile course. Teams of 15-8 participants compete If or the chance to win a I . ~pnze: a one-month YMCA ; membership per team I , ~member and YMCA Swag Bags as well as a VIP table | . . for up to 8 participants at the Thomas Jefferson Wine t'Festival on November 18. Elite Competitive Team e/Events/VA/Fore st/Faceth eForest5K. Face the Forest entry fees support children's educational programming at Poplar Forest and the Y's annual campaign, which provides outreach, finan- cial assistance, youth and family programming and many other resources with- in the community. The event is sponsored in part by Craft Hyundai, Centra Foundation, Waste Solutions, Domino's, The News & Advance, Progress Printing Plus, Moore & Giles, Bank of the James, BrownEdwards, Central Technology Solutions, AntWorks, WileylWilson, R L Lovelace & Associates, Harris Tire and Taylor Brothers. Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest is located at 1542 Bateman Bridge Road in Forest, Virginia. For more information, visit poplarforest.org/facethe- forest. by David Gregory The Blue-Devils had their best season in several years last year going 6-5 earning a berth in the VHSL playoffs. "I think it set the bar for them," said head coach Darrell Taylor. "They realized it puts you with elite type teams. We fell short but we competed and I think they realized if some things had gone dif- ferently we had a shoL I hope that gave them confi- dence for the future. It doesn't take much to get it going the other way, so we hope to build off that." Castlewood has an experienced core returning on the defensive side of the ball. Senior linemen Jonah Cornett and Calleb Meade will be counted on to set the tone up front. "I was pleased with Comett," said Taylor, "especially in the way he played the last 3 or 4 games, he turned it loose and played." Cameron Bievins (Sr.) and AJ Jessee (Jr.) are back at their defen- sive end positions and Gunnar Jessee will also see plenty of action. Senior Jack Ward leads a solid group of linebackers which include returning starters Ethan Capaldi (Sr.), juniors Brue Mullins and Zach Chafin. Senior Mason Bellamy will anchor the "D" backs this season. Bellamy played very well in his two games last sea- son and was instrumental in the Blue Devils win over rival Honaker, but his sea- son was cut short with a broken ankle. Joining Bellamy in the backfield will be seniors Matt Amburgey and Jacob Woodruff along with soph- omore Jacob Vance. The strength of the Blue Devils offense this year rests in a group of three tested running backs. "We have three skilled backs returning and we hope to use them often," said Taylor. Blevins and Ward are both proven rushers and can catch the ball out of the backfield. Beliamy's return will give the Devils the breakaway speed he showed before going down. with the injury early last season. Cornett along with seniors Blake Hill and Brian Buetler lead a cast of 6 returning with starting experience along Castlewood's offensive line. Juniors AJ Jessee, Gunnar Jessee, and Mullins will also play important roles. With the graduation of Josh Wood, the missing piece of the Blue Devil attack is at quarterback. "We're still in a quarter- back battle, it will be very hard to replace a kid like him (Wood)," said Taylor. "He was quick on his feet and a very good improvis- er." Matt Amburgey will likely get the nod at least early in the season. Last year Amburgey was the back up QB as well as a running back. Sophomore Jacob Vance is also in the battle for playing tittle as the signal caller. "'We won't decide on the posi- tion until closer to the sea- son, we may even use two quarterbacks," stated Taylor. "We worked on a good formula to get into the playoffs last year. We emphasized less penalties and turnovers and we did that. We hope to keep going in the right direction. We were able to compete in the games we thought we could and we want to build on that," said Taylor. Subscribe to the Times 276-762-7671 cvtimes@ verizon.net FIND ROADS* New 2017 Chevrolet Trax AWD LT Stk # 18945 20% off MSRP New 2017 GMC Terrain Stk # 18742 20% off MSRP New 2017 Chevrolet Malibu LT New 2017 C ,evrolet Cruze LT Stk # 18687 20% off MSRP Stk # 18982 20% off MSRP