From the sidelines
The proof is in the pudding, or in this case, the rings. Blacksburg High School presented state championship rings Thursday to football players and coaches.
The rings were huge, and trust me, players were blown away. As a collector of super bowl championship rings, I know how big they all are.
I would be scared of losing them or hitting them on the side of a table or something.
Blacksburg head coach Thad Wells said the rings are about the same size as the ACC championship with an estimated cost of $200. While the stones look real, they are not real diamonds.
“Handing out the rings was bittersweet. It was the ending to an amazing season but a reminder that we are now 0-0 again,” he said Monday afternoon.
Blacksburg’s Colton Beck is now up to 14 college scholarship offers to play football. His list now includes: Appalachian State, Boston College, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Delaware State, East Carolina, James Madison, Liberty, Marshall, UMass, Old Dominion, Temple, Western Michigan and Youngstown State.
Beck ran his way through opponents this past season but saved his most impressive performance in the postseason where he rushed for a 1,000 yards in leading the Blacksburg Bruins to the 3A state title. That included 436 yards in the state playoff game against Lord Botetourt.
Speed could easily be Beck’s middle name. Over the past two years, he has locked up the top time in the 100 meters outdoors within the state of Virginia and has had one of the top marks in the entire country.
He finished this football season with 2,156 yards on 258 carries and 35 touchdowns.
He has also had some interest from Wake Forest and Virginia Tech.
Beck says he’s holding out plans to be able to play football and run track in college.
Seven on seven spring football begins this week, and we should see soon what Christiansburg will be putting on the field. The school has yet to announce assistant coaches, but the school board should know in the next 18 days if there are any teaching openings in the county.
The program cannot wait much longer as it needs a coaching staff to finish the last month at the school in order to establish a new chapter.
The CHS Touchdown Club has also announced a golf tournament for May 26 at Auburn Hills. The cost is $220 per team and/or $55 per person. Registration and lunch will start at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 230-8904.