Sports briefs

Racing back at Motor Mile


Motor Mile Speedway & Dragway will keep the pedal to the metal in 2020.

Track ownership announced on Friday that both venues will host a race program in 2020. Additionally, the action-packed summer schedule will feature a slate of special events headlined by the annual Independence Holiday Monster Truck Show.

2020 schedules will closely resemble each venue’s 2019 calendar of events. It is anticipated that Motor Mile Speedway will retain its NASCAR sanction. Motor Mile Dragway will continue to expand on its successful IHRA-sanctioned Bracket Racing Series format in addition to its flagship Friday Night Fury program. More details on 2020 schedules will be released later this year.


Lady Hokies non-conference

Virginia Tech women’s basketball head coach Kenny Brooks announced the program’s non-conference schedule Friday morning with the Hokies facing an 11-game slate ahead of the expanded 18-game ACC portion of the season, which will be announced at a later date.
The slate features six home contests on Carilion Clinic Court at Cassell Coliseum; St. Francis (PA), Liberty, Maryland Eastern Shore, Davidson, Purdue and Gardner-Webb. The matchup with Purdue is a part of the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge, where the Hokies have won four consecutive games in the competition.
In addition, the squad will travel to two tournaments, first to Daytona Beach, Florida in the Daytona Beach Invitational Thanksgiving weekend to compete against Belmont and Georgia.
The Hokies will conclude non-conference play by participating in the Coqui Classic in San Juan, Puerto Rico December 20 and 21. The tournament will take place at the Mario Morales Coliseum.

Tourney benefits children program

Join us for the third annual Swing for Scholarships Golf Tournament Saturday, October 5, 2019 at the Pete Dye River Course. Shotgun Start at 1:30 pm on Saturday, Oct. 5th to benefit the “Carilion Cares for Children” Program Providing Tuition Discounts at the Radford Early Learning Center for Families with Financial Need.

Fees are: Captain’s Choice Foursome: $400/foursome Sept 2 – 22, and $400/foursome at the door, based on availability. To register go to


Concord pegged third in poll

The Concord University men’s cross country team has been voted third in the Atlantic Region Preseason Rankings by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA), the organization released Tuesday afternoon.
Reigning regional champion Charleston topped the rankings followed by Edinboro, Concord, Shippensburg and West Liberty to round out the top five. Indiana (Pa.) and Lock Haven followed in sixth and seventh while Gannon, West Chester and Kutztown completed the top 10 in the Atlantic Region.
The Mountain Lions have finished fourth at the Atlantic Regional Championships three years in a row while winning three of the last four Mountain East Conference Championships (2015-17).


Yanks season record

For the fifth consecutive season, the Pulaski Yankees have set a single-season franchise attendance record. It is also the second straight season in which Pulaski has set the Appalachian League single-season attendance record. The Yankees welcomed 95,897 fans to Motor Mile Field at Calfee Park during the 2019 regular season, surpassing last year’s total attendance of 91,226.

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