Tim Hayes Bristol Herald Courier
With 5:52 remaining in the second quarter of a men’s basketball game in the Black Diamond District that the Honaker Tigers were winning in double digits on Tuesday night, Aidan Lowe jumped from his seat and rushed to the scorers’ table. I was. He was requested to do so by coach Waylon Hart.
He’s done it many times before, but this time the scenario makes more sense.
Junior received a great round of applause from the Honaker fans who attended what was his first hoop game to count since February 22, 2022.
“I could have had a few butterflies,” Lowe said. But it felt great to be back with my teammates.”
As Honaker beat Harley 70-40, Low scored 14 points and extended his winning streak to three games.
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The 5-foot-10-inch Rowe suffered a serious injury early in the fourth quarter of Honaker’s final football game in November, and after winning 38-20, he has been out of action in some way or another at Hardwoods this winter. I wasn’t sure if I could contribute in . He lost to Grundy in the first round of the VHSL Region 1D soccer playoffs.
It was a tough end to a great season as he racked up 2,129 yards and eight touchdowns in one game.
“I broke my fibula and tore the ligaments that hold my tibia and fibula together,” Rowe said.
Surgery soon followed, followed by grueling rehabilitation.
“It was definitely a process,” Rowe said. “I was dying to come back with my teammates.”
He wore number 12 in an orange uniform on Tuesday.
“I’m glad he’s back,” Hart said. “He’s worked hard in rehab. He’s a special young man. Once he decides to do something, there’s no stopping him.”
Lowe adds another dimension to the team he’s playing for now, much like his far-flung team in Southwest Virginia.
“He’s a good attacking player, but his defensive presence is very important to what we’re doing,” Hart said. “He also gives his teammates confidence. ”
Honaker (9-7, 3-0) has an important game tonight at Grundy (7-7, 2-1) because the Buchanan County school’s gymnasium is right next to Nelson Memorial Field. Lowe suffered the football injury.
A win for Honaker almost guarantees the Tigers a BDD regular season title.
“Our team started to get really upset,” Hart said. “We handle the ball better and rebound better than before. Our defense has really improved and that is what we do best when we are playing well. .”
Meanwhile, Grundy is on a five-game winning streak and Golden Wave’s Caleb Conaway is writing his own comeback story.
Conaway suffered two major shoulder injuries during his preparation period, but is now healthy and in top shape. He tallied 16 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in his West Virginia River win over his view on Monday.
“I’m so proud of him for fighting and working so hard to get back on the court,” said Grundy’s coach Brian Rooney. He really improved in the week and made a big contribution.”
Jonah Rooney has had a double-double in four of Grundy’s last five games, and Landon Johnson scored 20 points in Wednesday’s 60-44 win over JI Burton. Wave has recorded his 15+ assists as a team in each of the last five contests.
Honaker won the Golden Wave 55–53 in overtime on January 3, with Parker Bundy connecting to the game winner and Caden Boyd scoring 21 points.
“Hopefully we can keep this momentum going and keep improving day by day,” Hart said. “This is a special group of young men who have done a lot of work over the years. I really enjoy being with you.”
For Lowe, he hopes to produce even more highlights the rest of the way.
“Fortunately, my recovery was quick and I am back to normal,” he said.
There are some notable basketball games for the district title tonight in Southwest Virginia.
Marquee Boys Contests are held in both the Mountain 7 District and the Mountain Empire District.
The Abingdon Falcons hosted Gate City, and freshman Corey Byrd hit the winning 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds remaining in a rematch of a game the Blue Devils won 58-55 last month.
George Weiss can defend VHSL Class 1 State Champion Auburn and take command of the MED with a win. The Maroons beat the Eagles 65-60 in Wytheville last month and set the pace with Trayvon Rainey’s 19 points to give the Eagles a one-game lead.
On tonight’s women’s team, Richlands will host Marion in a matchup against the Southwest District leaders, while Wise County Central will entertain Ridgeview, the team that handed the Warriors the Mountain 7 District’s only loss.