Highland County softball rec league gets under way

Bat Intentions’ Will Thomas and umpire Todd Brendel keep their eyes on the ball as it travels to Sons of Pitches’ Jason Wilfong.MONTEREY — You know summer is officially here when the Highland County Recreation Softball league starts. There are three teams returning and one new team this season. All games will be played on Thursday nights with Friday night […]


Nikki Phillips instructs a camper at last week’s Bath County soccer camp. Phillips, who is married to former BCHS standout and NFL player John Phillips, is a former All-ACC defender at the University of Virginia where she won ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors as a senior. She was a member of Poland’s women’s national team, the USA U-20 […]

Eggleston leads area All-Region athletes

COVINGTON — The awards keep coming for Alleghany girls’ soccer standout Kinley Eggleston. The recent Mountaineer graduate, who had already been named the Player of the Year in the Three Rivers District, was also tabbed as the top player in Class 2, Region C. Eggleston led Alleghany to the regional championship and to the semifinal round of the Class 2 […]

Six area student-athletes presented Snead Awards

Pictured at the ceremony are, from left, front row: Sarah Eaton, Matthew Keyser, Nathan Clark, Erin Harden, Cristi Persinger, Mitchell Tallman; back row: Kiwanis Club members Greg Vess, Bill Lanehart and Tom Gross, Snead Award chairman Mark Pifer and Kiwanis Club President Christine Hodges. (Recorder photos by Gavin Dressler) COVINGTON — A group of six area student-athletes joined the exclusive […]

26 Mounties on All-Three Rivers District honor teams

Alleghany’s Kinley Eggleston was named both the Three Rivers District and Class 2, Region C Player of the Year. Eggleston scored 50 goals and added 10 assists, leading her team to a 16-3-2 record and the first state tournament berth in program history. Eggleston (8) is pictured in Alleghany’s home state quarterfinal win over Virginia High. (Recorder photo by Gavin […]

Byer fires another 300 game

COVINGTON — Timmy Byer gave himself a birthday present, one day early, Monday night at Thunder Alley. Byer rolled his 16th perfect game in the Monday Night Summer League in the second game of his three-game league set. He was bowling with his sister, Missy Byer, and Scottie Hubbard. The 300 was his 14th perfect game sanctioned by the United […]

Lumberjacks youth camp scheduled for Monday

Michael Piulats (32) gets a lead off second base. (Recorder photos by Gavin Dressler) COVINGTON — Area youngsters are being offered a chance to learn baseball skills from the Covington Lumberjacks players and coaches. The 2022 Lumberjacks Youth Baseball Camp is scheduled for Monday at Casey Field. Two sessions will be held — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 […]

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Ford begins big summer of softball in Canada, U.S.

Jailyn Ford is set for a big summer of softball with Team USA and USSSA Pride. (Photo courtesy Jeff Ford) ALLEGHENY HIGHLANDS — Here’s a look at some area high school graduates who are involved in college and pro sports this summer along with some other local sports notes. Softball Jailyn Ford has finished up the spring portion of her […]

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Mark Pifer • Sports Editor & Staff Writer

I’m still writing sports.” Mark was sports editor of the Virginian Review from 1996 until April 2021 with the exception of a year and a half in the golf business, though he still worked part-time covering sports. He started with The Recorder in the summer of 2021 and became the sports editor last fall. “I have been lucky enough to […]

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