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Blues Take Second At Region C Cross Country Meet



Trevor Tomlin won the individual title at the Class 1C regional cross country meet Wednesday, April 14, at Blacksburg High School, and the Parry McCluer boys’ squad finished second in the team standings.

 

At the conclusion of the meet, the Blues, who placed four runners in the top 10 of the individual standings, were tied in the team tally with Auburn, with both squads posting 46 points. The regional title fell to Auburn after its sixth runner crossed the finish line ahead of Parry McCluer’s next finisher.

 

Both teams, along with three individual finishers, earned spots in the Class 1A state meet Friday, April 23, in Salem.

 

After the Eagles and Blues, George Wythe was third in the team standings with 59 points, followed by Grayson County (62), Galax (133), and Eastern Montgomery (183).

 

Tomlin easily outdistanced the field to claim the individual title in Region C, completing the course in just over 17 minutes. Josh Tomiak of George Wythe was second in 17:22.30, and Auburn’s Chase Guynn took third.

 

Kedryn Chandler was the next top finisher for the Blues, placing sixth in 17:45.30. Kovyk Chandler, in 18:02.40, was ninth, while Brendan Plogger, in 18:19.30, took 10th. Durham Baker placed 21st overall, and 20th in the team scoring with his time of 20:17.40.

 

David Lawhorne and Colin Donnelly also ran for the Blues, placing 31st and 37th, respectively.

 

On the girls side, two individuals qualified for the state meet as the Blues finished third in the team standings.

 

Koya Chandler placed sixth in the race, crossing the finish line in 23:08.70. Jilian Wheelock was 11th, finishing in 23:33.40 to earn all-region honors.

 

George Wythe took the team title with 26 points. Auburn was second with 36 points, followed by Parry McCluer (73), Eastern Montgomery (99) and Galax (104).

 

Cloey Mazingo crossed the line in 17th place, recording a time of 25:51.30. Maddie Henson was 18th in 26:31.90, and Katy Claytor finished in 32:46.30.

 

 

Boys Team Scores

 

1. Auburn (AUB) 46, 2. Parry McCluer (PM) 46, 3. George Wythe (GW) 59, 4. Grayson County (GC) 62, 5. Galax (GAL) 133, 6. Eastern Montgomery (EM) 183, Narrows (NAR), Bath County (BC), Bland County (BL)

 

Top 15 Individuals

 

1. Trevor Tomlin (PM) 17:00.90, 2. Josh Tomiak (GW), 3. Chase Guynn (AUB), 4. Kade Minton (GW), 5. Zane Cox (GC), 6. Kedryn Chandler (PM), 7. Kaiden Finley (AUB), 8.Dylan Bedwell (GC), 9. Kovyk Chandler (PM), 10. Brenden Plogger (PM), 11. Andrew Tickle (AUB), 12. Andy Vaughan (AUB), 13.Mitchell Scaggs (AUB), 14. Geraldo Reyes (GC), 15. Jamie Wall (NAR).

 

Girls Team Scores

 

1. George Wythe (GW) 26, 2. Auburn (AUB) 36, 3. Parry McCluer (PM) 73, 4. Eastern Montgomery (EM) 99, 5. Galax (GAL).

 

Top 15 Individuals

 

1. Morgan Dalton (GW) 21:25.70, 2. Kara Temple (GW), 3. Kaleigh Temple (GW), 4. Amelia Terry (AUB), 5. Katelyn Lafon (AUB), 6. Koya Chandler (PM), 7. Camryn Hardin (GW), 8. Pikea Saint (AUB), 9. Morgan Rosenbaum (AUB), 10. Kasey Rosenbaum (AUB), 11. Jilian Wheelock (PM), 12. Destyne Rutherford (GC), 13. Sarah Weatherspoon (EM), 14.Maggie Minton (GW), 15. Katie Light (AUB).

Six Named to PM Hall



The Parry McCluer Athletic Hall of Fame selection committee announced the new hall class, with six new members joining the ranks.

 

Nelson Fox, Mac Felts, Janice Carter, Saylor Fox, Ronald Statome, and Phil Radick all earned enshrinement in the PM Hall of Fame this year. They will be honored with a ceremony in October.

 

Nelson David Fox ’71: Fox played three sports at Parry McCluer during his high school career, earning letters in baseball, basketball and golf and all-district honors on the baseball diamond his senior year. Fox returned to his alma mater as a coach in 1979, taking over the basketball and golf programs, which he coached until 2014.

 

During that time, Fox compiled 554 basketball victories, wining 13 regular-season and tournament titles in the Pioneer District. Fox led the Blues to the state championship game in 1994. He was named the Group A Coach of the Year in both 1994 and 2006, and he was selected as the National High School Coaches Association East Coast Coach of the Year in 2006.

 

Fox’s golf teams scored 451 victories during his tenure, including nine district championships. The 1981 squad under Fox won the Group A state title, and he was named the state’s Coach of the Year in both 1997 and 2014.

 

Allen L. “Mac” Felts ’57: Felts was a three-sport standout with the Blues in the 1950s. He was named second-team All-Valley District as a quarterback on the football team in 1956 and earned second-team all-district tournament accolades in basketball in 1957. As a pitcher on the baseball team from 1956-57, Felts compiled a 12-1 record and pitched the first no-hitter in PM history in April of 1957.

 

After graduation, Felts played baseball at Randolph-Macon College, where he compiled a 25-9 record and was named All-Macon-Dixon Conference in 1959 and 1962. Felts was inducted into the Randolph-Macon Hall of Fame in 2009.

 

Janice Faye Carter ’76: Another three-sport star, in basketball, volleyball, and track, Carter served as the team captain in all three sports and was one of the founders of the distaff programs at Parry McCluer. Earning a spot on the first team of the All-Pioneer District girls basketball team in 1976, Carter was the first player to top 1,000 points in her career. She finished with 1,307 points, averaging 23.7 points per game. She was declared a High School All-American after her senior season.

 

After graduation, Carter was a standout on the amateur softball circuit. She was twice named Most Valuable Player of the Buena Vista City League, and she earned a spot on the all-state team three times, in 1977, 1985 and 1990. In 1974, Carter won the national baserunning championship, clocking a time of 11.4 seconds in Royal Oak, Michigan.

 

Saylor Fox ’68: Saylor Fox also played three sports at Parry McCluer. He was a co-captain of the football team in 1967 and served as co-caption of the basketball squad three years. In 1967, he ran the anchor leg of the track team’s mile relay squad, which went on to win a state championship in what was then a state record.

 

Fox walked on to the football team at Newberry College and became a four-year starter, finishing his career with 16 interceptions, including a team-leading six in 1971. A first team South Carolina All Star in 1969 and 1970, Fox was named to the Associated Press and NAIA Small College All-America teams in 1971. He was inducted into the Newberry College Hall of Fame in 1991.

 

Ronald Lee Statome ’60: Statome earned first team All-District 5 honors in football, basketball and baseball during his high school career. During his senior basketball season, he served as co-caption of the team and was named second team all-state.

 

Statome attended Ferrum Junior College, where he played both football and basketball. In 1961, Statome led the team in scoring, which earned him a scholarship to East Carolina University.

 

Philip Daniel Radick ’80: Radick played three sports at Parry McCluer, but he earned most of his accolades in football and wrestling. A member of the varsity football team for four years, he was selected to the All-Pioneer District first team in both 1978 and 1979 and was named all-state his senior season. He also earned a spot on the East West All-Start game that season.

 

Radick earned Pioneer District and Region C wrestling titles in three state seasons. A heavyweight, he also earned two state championships, winning in both 1979 and 1980, one of only four PM wrestlers to win multiple state titles. Radick attended Fork Union Military Academy after graduating from Parry McCluer.

Picture Day Slated for March 26


9 a.m. - JV Boys Basketball - Gym

9:30 a.m. - Varsity Boys Basketball - Gym

10:00 a.m. - JV Volleyball - Gym

10:15 a.m. - Varsity Volleyball - Gym

10:30 a.m. - JV Football - Field (gym if raining)

11:00 a.m. - Varsity Football - Field (gym if raining)

11:30 a.m. - Wrestling - Gym

12:15 p.m. - Indoor Girls Track - Gym

12:30 p.m. - Indoor Boys Track - Gym

12:45 p.m. - Cross Country Girls - Gym

1:15 p.m. - Cross Country Boys - Gym

1:30 p.m. - Cheer - Gym

2:00 p.m. - JV Girls Basketball - Gym

2:30 p.m. - Varsity Girls Basketball - Gym

 

Blues Honored On All-State Team

The Virginia High School Coaches Association released its Class 1A boys basketball team recently, and Parry McCluer landed three on the squad, including the Player of the Year and the Coach of the Year.

Earning spots on the squad for the Blues were junior Spencer Hamilton, who was named the Class 1A Player of the Year, and Will Dunlap, who earned a spot on the first team for the second straight season. At the same time, Mike Cartolaro, who helped lead the Blues to their first ever state championship, was named the Coach of the Year.

Hamilton, a 6-11 junior, averaged 23.4 points per game as the Blues finished with a 12.1 record. He also pulled down 9.2 rebounds per contest and wrapped up the year with 41 blocks, an average of 3.1 per game. Hamilton shot nearly 65 percent from the field in 2021.

Joining Hamilton on the all-state first team was 6-4 senior Will Dunlap. Dunlap averaged 11.8 points per game in 2021, shooting nearly 50 percent from the field. He also pulled down 7.5 rebounds per game and dished out a whopping 4.1 assists per game. Dunlap finished his career with 804 points.

Cartolaro was named the Coach of the Year after leading the Blues to their first state title and 11 straight victories this season. Cartolaro currently ranks in the top 10 for all-time coaching victories in the state of Virginia.

The complete VSHA All-Class 1A team is listed below.

 

First Team

Spencer Hamilton

Parry McCluer

Junior

Jayllen Jones

Altavista

Senior

Cade Looney

Gundy

Senior

Caleb Thomas

Mathews

Senior

Cade McCulloch

West Point

Sophomore

Trevor Culbertson

J.I. Burton

Senior

Ethan Millirons

Auburn

Junior

Will Dunlap

Parry McCluer

Senior

Connor Lane

Twin Springs

Sophomore

Stuart Hunt

Altavista

Sophomore

Second Team

Nick DeLatos

Holston

Senior

Mason Ramey

Rappahannock

Junior

Kameron Johnson

Charles City

Senior

Lemar Walters

West Point

Sophomore

Adam Painter

Riverheads

Senior

Peyton Coe

George Wythe

Senior

Logan Greene

Narrows

Senior

Ethan Chavez

Rye Cove

Junior

Drew Hoge

Bland

Senior

Caleb Yeary

Thomas Walker

Senior

Player of the Year: Spencer Hamilton, Parry McCluer

Coach of the Year: Mike Cartolaro, Parry McCluer

 

Blues Earn Trip to State Finals
Parry McCluer’s boys basketball team is heading to the state championship game.

 

The Blues held off a furious second-half rally by J.I. Burton and slipped by the Raiders, 51-46, in a Class 1A state semifinal Wednesday, Feb. 17, in Norton. The victory propelled the Blues into the title tilt for the first time since 1994, and PM will face Altavista in the championship game, scheduled right now for 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, in Buena Vista.

 

The PM defense clamped down on the high-scoring Raiders in the first half, limiting the hosts to just five points in the first period and building up a 24-16 lead by halftime. The Blues led by as many as nine points in the game, but J.I. Burton mounted a furious fourth-quarter comeback.

 

When Trevor Culbertson hit a three-pointer with 2:27 remaining in the game, Burton trimmed the PM lead to just one point, 42-41, and a Clay Hart trey with just under a minute remaining pulled the Raiders to within 45-44.

 

Down the stretch, however, the Blues came up with two big defensive stops. A Will Dunlap steal with 30 seconds remaining led to a pair of free throws from Ethan Moore to push the PM lead back to four points, 48-44. A Spencer Hamilton block of a three-pointer preserved that advantage.

 

At the same time, the Blues converted 11 of 14 free throws in the final two and half minutes to secure the victory.

 

Hamilton led all scorers in the game, pouring in 31 points to go along with his 10 rebounds. Dunlap added eight points and eight boards, while Talen Roberts grabbed four rebounds and dished out four assists. The Blues outrebound J.I. Burton 29-12 in the game.

 

Culbertson led the Raiders with 20 points, seven assists and seven steals. Noah Godsey drained five three-pointers and scored 15 points for J.I. Burton.

 

 

PM

13

11

10

17

51

JIB

5

11

9

21

46

Parry McCluer (51)

Perry 1 0-0 2, Moore 1 4-4 6, Dunlap 1 5-6 8, Hamilton 11 7-10 31, Plogger 2 0-0 4. Totals 16 16-20 51.

J.I. Burton (46)

Culbertson 7 4-5 20, Hart 1 0-0 3, Lindsey 3 0-0 6, Mabe 1 0-0 2, Godsey 5 0-0 15. Totals 17 4-5 46.

3-point FG: PM 3 (Hamilton 2, Dunlap), JIB 8 (Godsey 5, Culbertson 2, Hart. Fouled out: Lindsey.

 

PM Girls, Boys Net Regional Basketball Wins


Both the Parry McCluer girls and boys basketball teams will be playing for regional titles.

 

The PM girls turned in one of its best defensive efforts of the season to advance to the title tilt with a 42-16 victory over Grayson County in the semifinals of the Region C tournament Tuesday, Feb. 9, in Buena Vista. Meanwhile the boys earned a chance to defend their Region C championship from last year with a 47-37 win over Auburn Wednesday, Feb. 10, on their home floor.

 

In Tuesday’s girls contest, the Blues forced more than 20 turnovers in the game and put the contest away early. PM held Grayson County without a point in the second period and led 23-4 by intermission.

 

Katie Claytor poured in 16 points to lead all scorers in the game, while Grayce Henson and Sydney Taylor added seven and six points, respectively.

 

In Thursday’s boys game, Parry McCluer converted nine of 10 free throws in the final two minutes to stave off a brief Auburn rally and defeat the Eagles for the second straight year. The Blues slipped past Auburn in last year’s Region C championship game.

 

Held scoreless through most of the game, Ryan Perry, Ethan Moore, and Talen Roberts combined to salt the game away at the stripe in those waning moments. At one point, the trio converted eight in a row at the foul line.

 

Spencer Hamilton paced the Blues with 25 points, and Will Dunlap added 11. Ethan Millirons led the Eagles with 18 points.

 

With the victories, both squads will play in the Region C championship games, and with victories could advance to the state tournament. Weather permitting, the girls are slated to play Mountain Empire District champion George Wythe Thursday (Feb. 11) in Wytheville. The boys will take on Narrows, the fourth meeting between the teams this year, Friday at George Wythe.

 

See the Parry McCluer Athletics Facebook page for updates on weather changes.

 

GC

4

0

10

2

16

PM

15

8

9

10

42

Grayson County (16)

S. Pope 2 0-0 4, K. Pope 1 3-4 5, Brown 1 0-0 2, Vaughan 1 0-0 2, Phipps 0 0-2 0, Penn 1 0-0 3. Totals 6 3-6 16.

Parry McCluer (42)

K. Grow 1 0-0 2, M. Henson 2 0-0 4, A. Claytor 2 1-1 5, Emore 1 0-0 2, G. Henson 3 1-3 7, K. Claytor 6 4-5 16, Taylor 3 0-0 6. Totals 18 6-9 42.

3-point FG: Grayson Co. 1 (Penn). Fouled out: Brown.

 

AUB

8

5

13

11

37

PM

9

11

11

16

47

Auburn (37)

Black 3 0-0 7, E. Millirons 5 5-6 18, N. Millirons 2 0-0 6, Reece 0 0-2 0, Marshall 3 0-0 6, Brotherton 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 5-8 37.

Parry McCluer (47)

Perry 0 5-6 5, Moore 0 4-4 4, Roberts 0 2-3 2, Dunlap 4 1-2 11, Hamilton 11 2-7 25. Totals 15 14-22 47.

3-point FG: Auburn 6 (E. Millirons 3, N. Millirons 2, Black), PM 3 (Dunlap 2, Hamilton). Fouled out: Brotherton.

 

February Schedule Updates

(Note: All schedules are subject to change)

Monday, Feb. 1

Girls basketball at Stuarts Draft 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 2

Boys basketball at Altavista 5:30 p.m.

Girls basketball at Heritage 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 3

Indoor Track at RCHS TBA

Thursday, Feb. 4

Girls basketball vs. Bath Co. 5:30 p.m.

Boys basketball vs. Bath Co. 5:30 p.m.

(Pioneer District Tournament)

Friday, Feb. 5

Girls basketball Pioneer Championship 5:30 p.m.

Boys basketball Pioneer Championship 5:30 p.m.

(Games at PM if Blues win Thursday)

Monday, Feb. 8

Indoor Track Sub Regional at Nelson County TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 9

Indoor Track Sub Regional at Nelson County TBA

Girls Basketball Region C Semifinals at PM 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 10

Boys Basketball Region C Semifinals at PM 6 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 11

Girls Basketball Region C Championship at George Wythe TBA

Region Wrestling Championships at PM TBA

Friday, Feb. 12

Boys basketball Region C Championships at George Wythe TBA

Monday, Feb. 15

Indoor Track Regional Championships TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 16

Boys and Girls Basketball State Semifinals TBA

Saturday, Feb. 20

State Wrestling Championships TBA

Boys and Girls Basketball State Finals TBA

Wednesday, Feb. 24

JV Football at Narrows 6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 27

Football vs. Narrows 1 p.m.

PMHS to Offer Streaming Sports Services

When the basketball season finally tips off and high school sports finally make their much-needed return, thing are going to be much different for sure.
Everyone involved with the contests will have to adhere to strict pandemic guidelines, and the players will be playing, for the most part, in an empty gymnasium. Per rules set forth by the Virginia High School League and the state of Virginia, attendance at games will be limited, leaving the general public out in the cold.

Not to worry. Parry McCluer High School has a plan to get everyone involved.

The PMHS athletic department has partnered with Hudl, the platform that many schools across the country use for film study, to offer live game broadcasts through Facebook, allowing anyone to access those games for a minimal fee.

“I’m really excited about it,” said PM athletic director and head basketball coach Mike Cartolaro. “It’s going to give our fans and families an opportunity in this crazy year that we’re in a chance to see our teams play.”

Hudl has installed a camera in the high school gymnasium, and the game feed, complete with audio commentary and, eventually, graphics, will be streamed on Facebook. Though the schedule is still in flux and is changing daily, those announcements will be posted well ahead of game time, and fans can tune in for a fee of only $4.99.

“We have a great camera set-up,” said Cartolaro. “It’s going to be [almost] like watching a college game on TV.”

While the game feeds will offer fans of Parry McCluer sports the opportunity to see games they will not be allowed to attend, they will also help an athletic department that has taken a huge financial hit over the last year due to the COVID-19 shutdowns. With the entire spring seasons canceled last year and no games in the fall, the department has generated no revenue since February.

“Costs of officials are not going down,” Cartolaro explained. “I think the impact is going to hit us really hard going into next year. The smaller schools are going to feel the pinch.”

Parry McCluer has inked a two-year deal with Hudl to provide these broadcasts, which will include boys and girls basketball, volleyball and wrestling. The same service will be provided for football, which is slated to begin during the spring semester.

The first broadcast will be an intrasquad scrimmage for the boys basketball team Tuesday, Jan. 5, at 3 p.m. Viewers can find the link for that game on the Parry McCluer High School Facebook page. The first regular-season game is tentatively slated for Friday, Jan. 8, against an opponent to be determined.