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Area Roundup: Silver shines at state meet
Mustangs win two, one with six-run rally
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Magna Vista’s Cire Silver (center) competes in the boys 800 meters Saturday at the Group AA State Championship. Silver finished third. (Contributed photo)

Sunday, June 3, 2012


Cire Silver was 68-hundreths of a second behind taking home his namesake in the 800-meter dash at the Virginia High School State AA Championships at Harrisonburg High School.

Silver, a Magna Vista High School mid-distance runner, finished 1.17 behind the event’s top finisher, Joseph Patrick from Loudoun County, and ultimately finished third in the event.

Silver ran the 800-meter dash in 1:55.58, nearly two seconds faster than he ran it at the Region IV Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Silver was the only Piedmont District track and field athlete to place at the state championships, and his six points ranked Magna Vista tied 31st out of the 49 teams that accumulated points.

Area standout Brandon Carter, of Martinsville High School, who won the 100-meter and 200-meter races at the Region IV meet, only ran the 200-meter dash at the state championships because the two events were back-to-back.

He finished 14th after not making it out of prelims.

“I only care, cause I let my brother Trey down,” Carter said in a tweet following the championships. “I promised I would hold it down, and I didn’t!”

Trey Hairston, a fellow Martinsville sprinter who finished second in the 200 at the Region IV meet, couldn’t compete in the meet after tearing his ACL this week.


Mustangs win with six-run rally

The Martinsville Mustangs overcame a 7-2 deficit in the top of the fifth inning Friday to beat the Gastonia Gizzlies 8-7 Friday at Hooker Field.

Second baseman Adrian Rivera got things started in the bottom of the fifth inning with a one-out double down the left field line. He advanced to third on a single from John Faircloth, and Chris Branigan scored him on a sacrifice fly.

The ‘Stangs scored two more runs in the bottom of the sixth to cut Gastonia’s lead to 7-5. Designated hitter Derrick Hopkins singled to center field to start the inning, and the next two Mustangs walked to lead the bases. Catcher Adam Pendleton singled to left field to score Hopkins and Nick Ferdinand hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score the second run of the inning.

The Mustang bullpen arms of Drew Spear, Ryan Ward, Zack Hagaman and Josh Powell each pitched a scoreless inning in relief of Jay Lynch who gave up seven runs, six earned, on seven hits in five innings.

The score stayed at 7-5 until the bottom of the ninth when the Mustangs put together a three-run rallyto win.

Branigan walked to lead off for the ‘Stangs, and Ian Harvey doubled to right field in the subsequent at-bat. Hopkins grounded out to first base, but scoreed Branigan on the play and moved Harvey to third. First baseman Karsten Strieby singled to left field to score Harvey. Then in the next at-bat, Ryan Bull hit a triple down the right field-line to advance in the winning run.

Rivera went 3-for-3 in the leadoff spot with two runs. Bull, who hit the game-winning RBI, was 3-for-4 with a run, walk and RBI. No one had more than one RBI, as eight Mustangs came up with run-scoring knocks.

The Mustangs are off today, but play the Asheboro Copperheads at 7:05 p.m. Monday at Hooker Field.


Mustangs win fourth straight game

Ian Harvey hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning to cement the Martinsville Mustangs’ 6-0 win over the Columbia Blowfish on Saturday.

Martinsville jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a run in the first as a Paco Martin double was manufactured into a run.

Martin stole third and then was brought home on a John Faricloth sacrifice fly.

The Mustangs then added to the lead with single runs in the fourth and sixth innings, before Harvey’s blast.


Baseball summer skills camp

The Start Smart Baseball instructional program is set to teach children ages 5 to 7 the essential skills of the game this summer.

This program teaches throwing, catching, batting, and running to help prepare these youth for organized baseball or softball in a fun, non-threatening enviornment. The program will take place Mondays from June 11-July 16 at the Collinsville YMCA.

The cost is $35 and will also include equipment for each child to keep.


Free ladies golf clinics

The Gordon Trent Golf Club is offering free clinics on Thursdays through the summer for ladies interested in learning the game or fine tuning their skills.

The first set of clinics, which incorporates alternating practice and play sessions every week began on May 24. The next practice clinic is scheduled for June 7 followed by a play session on the the 14th. The schedule will run in that sequence up to the last clinic on July 26.

To sign up for a clinic day call the GTGC golf shop before noon.


Father-son basketball camp to be held

The D-Truth Foundation, Inc. conducted by Garrett Dillard is sponsoring a father-son basketball camp at Bassett High School on June 16 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

The camp is open to young men ages 5 to 17 who are accompanied by an adult male that is 18 or older. It can be a father, brother, uncle, mentor, ect.

The cost of the day camp is $25 per father/son team and $10 for each additional youth.

There will be drills, prizes, games, pizza and other activities.

To register, email or call 336-253-0663. Checks can also be mailed to 100 Hammond Drive; Axton, VA 24054 by June 11. Make checks payable to the D-Truth Foundation.


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