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Area roundup: Dillard's football camp to return
Also: Magna Vista baseball wins, Carlisle boys tennis falls

Friday, May 18, 2012


Former Bassett High School standout and Virginia Tech wide receiver Brandon Dillard will hold his second annual football camp on June 22-23 at Bassett High School.

Just like last season, Dillard — now a strength and conditioning coach at Virginia Tech — plans to bring several former and current Hokie players with him to the camp, including several former Va. Tech stars currently in the NFL.

Last season, former Bassett High School all-Piedmont District performers and current Virginia Tech football players Andrew Miller and Martin Scales joined Dillard in instructing the camp, and 2012 first-round NFL draft pick David Wilson was also one of the instructors.

While 2011’s camp lasted only one day, this year’s camp will be spread over two.

On June 22, Dillard and the other instructors will hold drills and workouts for football players from surrounding high schools during the day before holding a 7-on-7 tournament at night.

Bassett, Magna Vista, Martinsville and Carlisle are already committed to participate in the 7-on-7 tournament, and Dillard said he hopes to add a few more teams to the fold in the coming weeks.

The high school camp and tournament will include coaching, position drills and autographs.

The 7-on-7 tournament will take place from 5-8 p.m., and a trophy will be given to the winning team as well as the offensive and defensive most valuable players.

On June 23, the camp will open to third through eighth graders. The camp’s second day — which will run from 9 a.m. to noon — will include coaching, speed and agility drills, position drills, awards and autographs.

Dillard couldn’t confirm which players would be coming as of Thursday evening, but he said he has around 10-12 guys committed so far.

Registration for the camp is available at, and athletes also may register by calling Dillard at 276-340-6044. The email for the football camp is

The cost for the camp is $15 before June 8 and $20 after that date.



Norfolk Collegiate 5

Carlisle 1

Playing without three of its top players, Carlisle’s boys tennis team fell 5-1 to Norfolk Collegiate on the road in the quarterfinals of the Virginia Independent Schools state tournament.

Senior Miles Rachner had the lone singles win for Carlisle on the No. 6 court, and Norfolk Collegiate clinched the match before it shifted to doubles play.

The Chiefs (8-4) were missing Lester Coleman, Kevin McCallum and Alex Wang, each of who could not make the match due to exams.

Carlisle’s season ended with the defeat, while Norfolk Christian advanced to play Covenant in the state semifinals today.

“We had an excellent season; we got to the states,” Carlisle head coach Rives Coleman said. “We wanted to take it one step further and get to the final four, but we just didn’t make it.”


No. 1 Mac Dobbins (C) lost to Houston Wilson (NC) 3-10

No. 2 Peter Daniel (C) lost to Charles Dey (NC) 0-10

No. 3 Mitchell Hamlet (C) lost to D.J. Harding (NC) 2-10

No. 4 Luke Beavers (C) lost to Narian Rijhwami (NC) 3-10

No. 5 Bennett White (C) lost to Chase Pearson (NC) 2-10

No. 6 Miles Rachner (C) def. Robert Abramov (NC) 10-3



Magna Vista 19

Martinsville 1

Magna Vista handled Martinsville’s baseball team in a 19-1 win Thursday at Magna Vista.

Warriors starting pitcher Dillon Crowder pitched five strong innings of one-hit baseball and struck out nine batters while walking one. Crowder also went 4-for-4 from the plate with a double and five RBIs.

Corey Taylor also doubled for the Warriors and finished with two RBIs in the game.

Magna Vista (5-12, 2-6 Piedmont District) will play Martinsville again Monday at 5 p.m. at Hooker Field in the opening round of the PD tournament. A junior varsity championship will be held at 7 p.m.



Jarrell to hold fan rally

Legends race car driver Trey Jarrell, a freshman at Bassett High School, will hold a “Go the Mile with Trey” fan rally at Nelson Toyota-Scion on June 22nd from 6-8 p.m. in Stanleytown.

The rally will be a celebration of Jarrell’s upcoming late model debut at Motor Mile Speedway as well as his recent victories on the legends racing circuit, according to a release.

NASCAR modified driver Chris “The Showstopper” Fleming will be on hand to sign autographs at the event, and there will be food, music, prizes, racing souvenirs, and an auction of various racing collectibles.

Pre-sale tickets for the rally are $10 and can be purchased online at, and tickets will be $15 at the door.

Jarrell, the son of Amy Foley Starnes and Chris Starnes of Martinsville, and Roger Jarrell of Charleston, W.Va., has won eight legends races in just ten starts, including seven in a row.

He plans to make his late model debut in a Kyle Beattie Racing super limited late model car at the Motor Mile Speedway in Radford as part of the Pro All-Star Series (PASS) event held there on July 14.



Smith qualifies for state tournament

Carlisle’s Wes Smith qualified for the state tournament after shooting a 4-over 75 on Monday during the Virginia Independent Conference tournament at Lexington Community College in Lexington.

His score was tied for fourth in the VIC, which along with a 38 scoring average during the regular season, qualified him for state.

Jules Eastland of Carlisle also recorded a hole-in-one in the conference tournament.


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