A new state historical marker issued by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources to honor Wendell O. Scott will be dedicated next month.
Scott, a Danville native, became the first African American to win a race in what is now called the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 1963.
The April 5 public dedication and unveiling ceremony will begin at noon at the marker’s location at 118 Wendell Scott Drive, in Danville. Speakers at the ceremony will include Mike Helton, president of NASCAR; Marcus Jadotte, vice president of public affairs and multicultural development for NASCAR; Danville Mayor Sherman Saunders; Earl Reynolds, director of community development for Danville; Sarah Latham, president of the Danville Historical Society; and Kathleen S. Kilpatrick, director of the Department of Historic Resources.
During the event, Mayor Saunders will present a proclamation to the Scott Family declaring April 5th as Wendell O. Scott Day.
Danville’s local American Legion auxiliaries will also participate in the ceremony, and Scott’s restored number 11 race car will be on display along with other cars exhibited by Occoneechee Historic Speedway Group, Early Dirt Racers of Virginia and North Carolina, and the Old Timers Racing Club. Musical contributions to open and close the ceremony will be provided by twins Vanessa Adams and Teressa Smith of Danville.
Scott lived in Danville in a “house he built after his return from World War II,” according to the marker. “Persevering over prejudice and discrimination, Scott broke racial barriers in NASCAR, with a 13-year career that included 20 top five and 147 top ten finishes,” the marker states.
Scott retired from racing in 1973 and died in 1990. He has been inducted into 13 halls of fame, including the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.
The Martinsville softball team lost 20-0 on Wednesday to Gretna at the Clearview Elementary School in Martinsville.
It was difficult day in the field for the Bulldogs as errors cost them multiple times.
"We just made some defensive errors," Bulldogs head coach Erica Nicholas said. "We were off our game today and I think it was the cold weather that really boiled down to it."
Martinsville pitcher Bailey Moran got the start and took the loss after a rough first inning. Gretna scored eight runs in that inning and never looked back.
Moran surrendered seven hits in the first inning, but also was plagued by poor defense behind her where multiple errors were committed.
The Eagles had two inside-the-park home runs -- one by Emily Lawrence in the first inning, and the other by Becky Varnedine. Every Gretna player had at least one hit.
Conversely, Martinsville was unable to get its bats going. Martinsville fell to 0-4 on the season and plays at 4 p.m. today at Westover Christian Academy.
Altavista . . . . . . . . . 1 (OT)
Nicole Shelton socred both goals for the Bengals in their 2-1 overtime win over Altavista on Wednesday.
Shelton struck a long-distance shot to the upper-right corner in overtime just over the keeper’s hands. She opened the scoring in the 52nd minute before Altavista equalized later in the half.
The Bengals (3-1) are in action at 7 p.m. Friday at home against Christiansburg.
Halifax County 0
Grant Boaz, Kyle Hathaway and Jordan Philpott all scored second-half goals as Martinsville blanked Halifax County 3-0 on the road Wednesday.
Boaz scored in the 44th minute on a through-ball assist by J.T. Myers. Hathaway then doubled the lead in the 66th minute on an assist from Sam Dickerson, who forced a turnover. Finally, Philpott iced the game in the 72nd minute as Boaz picked up the assist on another turnover.
Keeper Cody Martin earned his first shutout of his varsity career making five saves.
The Bulldogs (3-2-1) host William Fleming at 7 p.m. Friday.
The Martinsville JV team also won 3-0. Bryce Worley, Jose Carrillo and Brandon Minter were the goal scorers, and Keaton Redd made seven saves for the clean sheet. The Bulldogs improved to 4-1-1.
Magna Vista 5
Dan River 2
Brent and Bryce Hankins each scored twice, and Magna Vista’s boys soccer team picked up a 5-2 road win over Dan River on Wednesday.
Josh Warren assisted on two goals, and Aaron Elkins assisted on another.
MVHS (3-1-1) GK Koby Johnson had eight saves in net. Dan River scored one of its goals on a penalty kick.
The Warriors are off until April 9 when they will open Piedmont District play against Martinsville.
Magna Vista 5
The Magna Vista baseball team lost at McMichael 9-5 on Wednesday night.
Hylton Dalton took the loss for the Warriors going seven innings giving up six runs, four walks, and striking out two. Holden Watkins went 3-for-3 for the Warriors, including two home runs, a double, and four RBIs. Adrian Spears also had a multi-hit game for Magna Vista, while Dylan Crowder added an RBI single. The Warriors are off until April 8 when they open Piedmont District play against Martinsville.
Smith River T-Ball League
The Smith River T-Ball League will be extending open registration to this Saturday from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Smith River Sports Complex concession stand.
The registration fee is $30 and forms will be available for interested participants to fill out. For additional information the phone number is (276) 638-5200 or those interested can visit the website at www.SmithRiverSportsComplex.com.