FLOYD -- How about those Radford High School basketball Bobcats continuing to make the extraordinary look routine?
Winning their eighth Three Rivers District regular season championship in a row after they decked Floyd County 63-43 Thursday night was pretty special indeed. But that wasn't the big news flash of the evening in the packed Buffaloes gym.
William Byrd won nine events and the girls Blue Ridge District swimming crown, while Rockbridge County won four to win the boys title by a close margin over Lord Botetourt on Thursday at the Salem YMCA.
Any win is a good win, but a win over a cross-town rival that ensures at least a share of first place and no worse than a playoff for the title is a little sweeter.
By virtue of its dominating 78-32 win over Patrick Henry on Thursday, William Fleming's girls basketball team finished the regular season with a single loss, meaning Franklin County has to win its final two games to force a playoff to determine the Western Valley District regular-season champion.
LOW MOOR - Koty Collier scored 20 points and the Terriers survived a potential game-tying shot at the buzzer to earn a 55-52 Blue Ridge District boys basketball victory over Alleghany on Thursday.
The win meant the Terriers maintained part of a three-way share of the top spot in the Blue Ridge District.
CHRISTIANSBURG - The Sheri Vaughn farewell tour shifted into a higher gear Thursday as the Hidden Valley boys presented their swim coach with a seventh straight River Ridge District title.
Vaughn, stepping down as the Titans' coach after 11 seasons, almost went out with a sweep but Cave Spring's girls squeaked past Hidden Valley 137-135 at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center.
Justin Goode scored 22 points and Thomas Hickman added 19 as Lord Botetourt down Northside 68-49 in Blue Ridge District boys basketball on Wednesday.
Olivia Grant gave plenty during her girls basketball career at William Fleming. Now the school has given back.