Carter's Call for February 25, 2012

I know I'm getting older, and for you young folks out there, time DOES GO BY FASTER when you get older! I can remember my Mom and Dad saying that when I was a kid and I thought they were crazy... little did I know they were right.

This high school basketball season has really flown by, we just completed Week 8 of Full Court Press, only two more shows 'til the end of the season. We've had some great storylines this year for area teams. The Amherst County boys, with a Thursday night blowout win over Lord Botetourt, wrapped up a state tournament berth. Lancers Head Coach Eddie Carter says it's the first time in 43 YEARS an Amherst team has made a trip to the state tournament. Congratulations to the Lancers.

It's been 30 YEARS since the Rustburg girls have qualified for the state tournament. They locked up their state bid Thursday night with a win over Brookville after the Bees had beaten them three previous times this season. It'll be Head Coach Kim Trent's first state tournament in her 19 years guiding the Red Devils.

We as fans have had the good fortune of seeing great individual talent as well in the area. None better than the Region 3 showdown Wednesday night at Brookville when Rustburg and Marshall Wood faced off against Rockbridge County and Andrew Rowsey. What a shootout!

Wood poured in a game-high 35 points and powered Rustburg's second-half surge from a 12-point deficit. Rowsey racked up 31 points and hit some big shots late as the Wildcats won in overtime 53-48.

Wood's high school career may be over, but we should be seeing plenty more of the 6-8 star as he heads to Virginia Tech this fall. Rowsey is only a junior, he's got a very promising college career just down the road.

NASCAR is back!

The Daytona 500 is Sunday, Carl Edwards is on the pole with teammate Greg Biffle on the outside. My prediction to win: Kyle Busch. He's starting 14th, but he'll make his way to the front. And as he showed in last week's Bud Shootout, the kid can drive a race car. Period.

Danica Patrick won the pole for the Nationwide season opener, the first female driver to win a pole in NASCAR's top three series since Shawna Robinson in 1994. I wouldn't be shocked to see her win the race, I think Danica will win at least one race this season, maybe more in the Nationwide Series.

Dennis Carter

ABC 13 Sports Director