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Page 6 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, December 3. 2009 Sports Features St. Paul High School Girls' Varsity Deacon Basketball Team and Coaches Lady Deacons look to improve - - by Allen Gregory Seth Padgett, second year head coach of St. Paul's Lady .Deacons, looks to improve on last year's 7 and 18 record. '. Padgett said, "We started slowly last year but improved a lot near the end of the season." The Deacons have three players who played key rolls on last year's team returning. They are Rachel Evans, the petite but • cat quick senior point guard who is a good defender, pa~ser and • i. shooter. Returning aho are 'juniors Hannah EdmonC:s and Aleah Wells. Edmonds x~as a • ' force both defensively and offensively under or near he basket last year. With a year's experience and the hard work she put in this summer Edmonds will be one of the better inside players in the league this year. Wells also worked hard over the summer especially with her shooting. She will give the Deacons another scoring and defensive threat. Rejeane Hamm and Aiyssa Young, a junior and sophomore, saw limited action last year. The Deacons lost Emily Salyer and Megan Rose to graduation. Salyer was a very quick good shooting guard while Rose was an inside defender and rebound- er. Megan's sister, Nikki, was also lost to the team this year as she moved to Southport, Kent- ucky. The Deacons who have only seven players at this point on the team round out their roster with Kelly Arrington, a 5'6" fresh- man guard and Katie Bradley, a 5'7" forward. Both are very talented but lack experience. They will have to learn very quickly in order for the Deacons to move up the ladder. Coach Padgett picked Ervin- ton and Rye Cove to battle for the league's top spot with Cas- tlewood and Coebum working hard to get in the mix. -Virginia Historical Society recognizes 14 iHigh School seholars: four go to Lebanon .~ Sportswriter/commentator Frm_k Deford encourages students to play to their strengths • October 22 and 23 became memorable days in the lives of . 14 students from various high • schools in Virginia, including ',four who attend Lebanon High School. The teenagers were honored guests at the 17th annual J. Harvie Wilkinson, Jr., Lecture. They also got to meet and discuss sports celebrities .* and writing technologies with .author and commentator Frank '. Deford. The Lebanon High School students were Emily Breeding, Caitlin Helton, Acacia Howing- ton and Hena Yakoob. As participants in the l lth annual Virginia Historical So- " ciety (VHS) Wyndham B. Blan- ton Scholars Forum, the stu- 'dents heard Deford talk about ' the athlete as a gentleman• De- • -ford focused specifically on baseball legend Christy Ma- • thewson and recent great Arthur . "Ashe. The following morning, ". Students were given a behind- the-scenes tour of the VHS, learning about library, manu- ,, scripts, museums, education and conservation responsibilities at ~- the society. "Every year we select up to t~wo dozen high school students to attend the Wilkinson lecture ) and listen to one of America's ~ ".,pre-eminent writers speak--and I can assure you that the com- . igetition is not easy," VHS President and CEO Paula A. "Levengood said to the crowd. ""Frank Deford' fused my two geat loves, history and sports. Ht is the master of writing and hasbecome the voice of reason and "onscience in analyzing the sometmes bizarre, sometimes sublim, role of sports in our Society ~nd of our society in sports. H, words tonight will no doubt m,tivate this year's talented Sadents throughout their educatinal endeavors." During histalk, which took place on the e~ning of October 22 at First taptist Church, Deford said tha, bein~ in the commonwealth w~ enormously satisfying for himbecause his mother grew up anehis parents were married in cetral Virgi- nia. Deford joked tha "a great deal of Richmond courses through my veins." De,rd en- couraged the scholars ~ find their own voice and play tttheir strengths in whatever ~hey pursue in life.' A native of Baltimore, ~e- ford began his career at Spas Illustrated in 1962 after gr~. duating from Princeton. He is the author of at least 15 books, two screenplays and countless magazine articles. He is also a regular contributor to HBOs Real Sports, and he has a week- ly feature on National Public Radio's Morning Edition. De- ford has been elected a member of the sportswriters and sports- casters halls of fame, named sportswriter of the year six times, and has won numerous other awards including an Em- my, a Peabody and a Cable Ace. The Blanton Scholars pro- gram, named in honor of a former president of VHS, was established more than a decade ago by an anonymous bene- factor who wanted to create a statewide forum for juniors and seniors studying Virginia and American history. Previous speakers include Stephen Am- brose, Cokie Roberts, Rick Atkinson, David McCullough, and Ken Bums. Information about the 2010 Blanton Scholars program will be available on the education page of the VHS website in the spring. On the final evaluation, one scholar summarized her expe- rience saying, "The Blanton Forurnhas opened up doors that I have never seen before and set a stage for job possibilities I had never considered." 2009 Blanton Scholars in addition to those from Lebanon High School are Page Allen, St. Catherine's High School, Rich- mond; Benjamin Bakkum, York High School, Yorktown; Sa- nantha Costanzo, Clover Hill hgh School, Midlothian; An- dtw Foster, Collegiate School, Rit~mond; Trent Johnson, Ke- couhtan High School, Hamp- ton, Voody Kaine, Dylan Kol- hoff ad Daniel Laws, Maggie Walker Governor's School, Richmor~; Maryam Patton, Maggie Walker Governor's School, Chsterfield; and ,Aish- warya Annandale High School, Fvlorcon McClure ord The Staff of Morgan McClure Ford -MORGAN McCLURE Coach Barry Ruff and the Castlewood High School Girls' Varsity Blue Devil Basketball Team will be different at CHS It by Allen Gregory "I'm going back to my roots," said Barry Ruff, head coach of the Lady Blue Devils of Castlewood. Coach Ruff said he grew up on half court basketball and he will have to return to that style of play for this year's team. In referring to the past several years his teams, because of the over all quickness, were built for speed and outside shooting. When they got in trouble he said it was because of strength and height inside• This year he will have strength, height and experience in the inside. Three of this year's eight girl squad has the strength and size Ruff said with a smile the girls' have a mean streak. Coach Ruff said that Keen will probably be the point guard. Keen he said, like the rest of the team, has worked really hard in the camps this summer• Ruff added that Keen will surprise people with her ball handling and shooting. Statzer, Ruff said, has worked hard on her shooting and is battling with Banner for the other starting position. Ruff looks for Ervinton and Rye Cove to be the top teams in the league. He also added that there may be a lot of surprises along the way. Look for the Lady Devils to be in on a lot of those surprises. for more inside play. They are senior Nicole Counts at 5'11", Danielle Jessee at 5'8" a junior and sophomore Haley Gilbert who is 5'10". These girls were members of last year's team and will be th~ core of this year's squad. Kayla Keen, a senior, Leigha Statzer, Raquel Phillips, juniors and Taylor Banner are working very hard for the two outside spots with Kelsey McReynolds, a junior at 5'7", working hard for inside playing time. Ruff said over the last several years they were built on finess. This year we are building on strength and will not back down from anyone In fact Coach MOTORISTS: Stop for pedestrians in the Library Crosswalk... ~UNITED NATIONs ~f-FOuNDATI ON Saint Paul, VA (276) 762-5535 AIDS HAS CREATED 1 MILLION ORPHANS WORLDWIDE• TO HELP, CALL 866-AIDS-FUND OR GO TO APATHYIsLEHALORG. AIDS IS PREVI:NTABLE. APATHY IS LETHAL. It's the law!