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John Appicello

I look at the world of sports as a microcosm of life itself. Most games, most seasons, most careers can be explained through life experiences we all have. Overcoming challenges, creating the proper matchups for success, riding momentum to victory -- in lots of ways we are all coaches, and we are all players. My charge is to relate sports happenings to you in a way that nearly everyone can understand. When you hear me talk about doing the laundry, or the trials and tribulations of having an outdoor picnic, I'm just trying to bring what may seem complicated to some -- to an activity you can relate to. We all can't play pro football. But we all have to eat.

My father would let me stay up to watch the first half of Monday Night football when I was three. My mother swears I could name every starting player on three different NFL teams at that age. I credit my dad with making sports a real passion in my life. Sports ingrains value systems that become very important later on. What I enjoy most now is covering local sports -- especially at the high school level. Growing up in coal country in Pennsylvania I can tell you entire towns revolve around what the local high school teams are doing. I appreciate and respect the impact we can have on young people. A little recognition never hurts. I think Southwest Virginia is much the same, just a little further south down the mountain chain.

I was a cross-country and track athlete at Syracuse University. I'm in my high school (Tamaqua, PA) Sports Hall of Fame for my cross-country, wrestling and track careers there. I understand what it means to compete at a high level. My broadcasting degree comes from the University of Florida. My daughter Nina is in fifth grade this fall. My son Aidan is eight. He'll be watching Monday Night Football with me again this fall, and hopefully my father will be smiling from above.

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  • Young Knights Gain Experience, Confidence

    Young Knights Gain Experience, Confidence

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:29 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:29:34 GMT
    At Cave Spring the young guns of coach Billy Hicks are starting to find their range. A win over Pulaski County has this group to one game under .500 at 5-6. That from a lineup that sports no senior
      Cave Spring's youth and inexperience are slowly being overcome by their talent--and time.
  • Fleming's Craft Star Recruit For Hokies in 2015

    Fleming's Craft Star Recruit For Hokies in 2015

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:49 GMT
    William Fleming's high flying Warren Craft is playing his way back into shape--the Colonels star junior is coming off a stress fracture in his left shin. He's been committed to Virginia Tech for about
     Our look at some of the key area basketball recruits includes William Fleming star swingman Warren Craft.
  • Big Orange Enters 38th Year

    Big Orange Enters 38th Year

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:27 GMT
    Aa premier wrestling tournament sw virginia will hear the first whistle..---tomorrow morning at william byrd high school.. the mats..were going down this afternoon at the home of the terriers..for
         The Big Orange Classic hits the mats for the 38th time this weekend.
  • Knights Handle Northside, Move over .500

    Knights Handle Northside, Move over .500

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:27 GMT
    Cave Spring moved above the .500 mark at 8-7 on the season with a 62-43 non-District win over Northside on Thursday night. Here are some other scores from around the state of Virginia: Associated Press
       Billy Hicks and the Cave Spring Knights took down Northside on Thursday night on the hardwoods.
  • Spartan Girls Roll to 10th Win of Season

    Spartan Girls Roll to 10th Win of Season

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:20 GMT
    Salem made short work of Christiansburg with a 72-34 victory. Hannah Rich scored 14 points and Hannah Coulling added 13 as the Spartans handled the Blue Demons. Megan Migliarese added 12 points for
     The perennial power Salem girls made short work of Christiansburg in a Friday night River Ridge Contest.
  • Patriots Hold Early Lead in Tightly Contested BIg Orange

    Patriots Hold Early Lead in Tightly Contested BIg Orange

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:19 GMT
    Here are the standings after the first two championship rounds of the Big Orange Wrestling Tournament at William BYrd High School: Patrick Henry 69 Hidden Valley 63.5 Cave Spring 63 Christiansburg
       Patrick Henry, Cave Spring, Christiansburg and Hidden Valley were all in the mix atop the leaderboard of the Big Orange.
  • Cave Spring Wins Big Orange Team Title

    Cave Spring Wins Big Orange Team Title

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:16 GMT
    The Cave Spring Knights put five wrestlers in the championship finals and claimed two titles--enough to take home the team honors at the 38th annual Big Orange Classic Wrestling tournament at William
      Cave Spring edged area powers Christiansburg and Patrick Henry to win the 38th annual Big Orange High School Wrestling Classic.
  • Cave Spring Grapplers Legit State Contenders

    Cave Spring Grapplers Legit State Contenders

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:10 GMT
    The Big Orange Classic wrestling tournament--was another validation for coach Tim Nininger's program at the home of the Knights. Cave Spring must be considered a legit contender for a state team
      Cave Spring's next focus--the VHSL State Wrestling meet in February.
  • Salem Girls Topple Lord Botetourt

    Salem Girls Topple Lord Botetourt

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:10 GMT
    The Salem Girls threw up a roadblock in the second quarter and stifled Lord Botetourt--holding them to two points--on the way to a 41-25 win. Hannah Coulling had 13 points to lead the Spartans
        River Ridge power Salem defeated Blue Ridge power Lord Botetourt in girls basketball on Monday night.
  • McDaniel, Bryant on Wrestling Collision Course

    McDaniel, Bryant on Wrestling Collision Course

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:01 GMT
    It's always an interesting dynamic when the two best wrestlers in any weight class--are from the same area. That appears to be the story in Group 3A at 152, where defending state champion Michael
      Chase McDaniel of Cave Spring and Michael Bryant of William Byrd will likely be colliding in Salem in a couple weeks--with a state title hanging in the balance.
  • Salem Girls Ready to Battle For River Ridge Top Spot

    Salem Girls Ready to Battle For River Ridge Top Spot

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:00 GMT
    I don't think the defending state champion Salem Spartan girls are ready to go quietly. Initially believed to be rebuilding, the Spartans turned in a sound defensive effort in a victory at Lord Botetourt
    I don't think the defending state champion Salem Spartan girls are ready to go quietly. Initially believed to be rebuilding, the Spartans turned in a sound defensive effort in a victory at Lord Botetourt.
  • Colonels Win 11th Straight Game

    Colonels Win 11th Straight Game

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:27 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:27:49 GMT
    William Fleming opened the season 0-4, but anybody who follows the Colonels knows the odds of losing season under coach Mickey Hardy are slim...and none. Loh and Behold..Fleming has reeled off 11 straight
    The Colonels are gathering steam after a bumpy start to the 2013-2014 season.
  • Spartans Poised for Stretch Run

    Spartans Poised for Stretch Run

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:27 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:27:45 GMT
      Salem's record is hovering around .500, but their potential certainly is for bigger things.
    The Salem boys basketball team is no stranger to big wins. After all they did walk away last year with the 2013 VHSL Division 4 crown, but it came with a late season push. The Spartans started 10-8
  • Raiders defeat Celtics in Rivalry Game

    Raiders defeat Celtics in Rivalry Game

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:27 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:27:43 GMT
    The North Cross Raiders defeated rival Roanoke Catholic for the second time in a month, this time at home by a score of 80-68. The Raiders stand at 13-7, 8-0 in their VIS District after the win.
      The Raiders handle the Celtics in a longtime VIS rivalry.
  • Radford's Title Defense on Track

    Radford's Title Defense on Track

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:27 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:27:30 GMT
    The Radford Bobcats, last year's Division 2 State basketball champions, look like a decent bet to repeat again this year. They return nine players from the squad, but not last year's senior leader
      The Radford boys look like a strong contenders for another state title run in 2014.
  • Virginia Tech Expecting Major Haul on Signing Day

    Virginia Tech Expecting Major Haul on Signing Day

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:27 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:27:21 GMT
    The Hokies have big time 2014 signing class racked up and ready to go tomorrow. It is expected to be one of Virginia Tech's largest classes in years--26 in all, with four of those already enrolled
      The Hokies will look to sign a large class of talented--and hopefully impact players on National signing day.
  • Hidden Valley Outguns Salem Girls

    Hidden Valley Outguns Salem Girls

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:27 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:27:21 GMT
    Hidden Valley takes command of second place in the River Ridge on Tuesday night setting up a big time rematch with Carroll county. The Lady Titans got 18 from Hailey Singleton in a 58-43 win over Salem.
      Hidden Valley takes out Salem to grab second place in the District. Now they take aim at Carroll County.
  • Hokies, Locals Have Huge Signing Day

    Hokies, Locals Have Huge Signing Day

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:27 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:27:14 GMT
    Programs rise and fall based upon what happens on national signing day.all across the country.. At virginia tech..head coach frank beamer--signs one of his largest groups in years.. Of the 28
       A slew of local stars sign on to play at the next level during Wednesday's National Signing Day.
  • Radford, Fleming to Collide in Salem

    Radford, Fleming to Collide in Salem

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:26:58 GMT
    The 18-1 Defending Group 2A State Champion Radford Bobcats will get a big time out of District...out of Group test when they battle William Fleming in the annual Roy Stanley Shootout in Salem. Here's
      The Bobcats and Colonels will wrap up an action packed day of Boys Basketball in Salem on Saturday.
  • C'Burg's Cromer Rescues JV Girls Hoops Team

    C'Burg's Cromer Rescues JV Girls Hoops Team

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:26:38 GMT
    Christiansburg Head Coach Tim Cromer is an intense high school football coach. Any time you look in on Blue Demon's practice, the chance for clenched teeth is high. His C'Burg team is a perennial power
      Football coach Tim Cromer stepped in to take over a 'coach-less' JV girls basketball team, and save their season.
  • Byrd's Otey Duels Globetrotter

    Byrd's Otey Duels Globetrotter

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:26:06 GMT
    It's not every day a high school player gets to play a game of H-O-R-S-E with a Harlem Globetrotter. It's also not every day that same high school player gets on ESPN's top 10 plays because of a wacky
      William Byrd got a special visitor to the high school gym on Monday.
  • Celtics-Raiders Rivalry an Independent School Gem

    Celtics-Raiders Rivalry an Independent School Gem

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:25:59 GMT
    The north Carolina-duke feud is fueled by years of quality squads, and less than ten miles separating the two schools. In Roanoke, two pillars of the Independent school community---North Cross-and Roanoke
        It's the Carolina-Duke match up of local Independent school rivalries--North Cross and Roanoke Catholic.
  • Bobcats Basketball a Family Affair

    Bobcats Basketball a Family Affair

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:25:47 GMT
    Radford High School's basketball program is one of the most successful in the state of Virginia. Bobcats head coach Rick Cormany has over 500 VHSL wins in his highly touted career and multiple state
    Radford High has two special assistant coaches who make the Bobcats basketball season a family affair.
  • Northside Football Signs Four Players to Next Level

    Northside Football Signs Four Players to Next Level

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:25:47 GMT
    The state champion Vikings of Northside High School signed four more players to the next level Thursday. Star Quarterback Dom Dunnaville is headed to NAIA Lindsey Wilson College out of the Mid-South
     Northside's second title in five seasons reaps more rewards, as four more Vikings are headed to play college football.
  • Tanner Sets VHSL Record

    Tanner Sets VHSL Record

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:25:47 GMT
    The Floyd County "Tanner Watch" is now officially the "Tanner Celebration". The 6-1 senior guard shattered the VHSL All-Time Scoring record in the Buffs 81-62 win over Giles. Tanner broke the record
       Floyd County's Caleb Tanner is now the VHSL All-Time scoring leader.
  • VHSL Wrestling Underway In Salem

    VHSL Wrestling Underway In Salem

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:25:38 GMT
    The matmen are underway in Salem. The action is still there in all it's fury and glory, but it is year one of a new format for the wrestling tournament. Wrestling used to be three state title classifications--Group
    The matmen are underway in Salem. The action is still there in all it's fury and glory, but it is year one of a new format for the wrestling tournament.
  • VHSL Swimming Making A Splash in Christiansburg

    VHSL Swimming Making A Splash in Christiansburg

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:25:38 GMT
    At the Christiansburg Aquatic Center, Group 2A and 3A state finals were contested Friday night. Glenvar's Ben Kennedy repeats as state champion in the 100 butterfly. We'll have more on Ben who is
     The VHSL is busy this weekend with Swimming titles being contested in Christiansburg, as well as State Wrestling in Salem and Conference basketball crowns throughout the area.
  • Glenvar's Kennedy to Gators a Family Tradition

    Glenvar's Kennedy to Gators a Family Tradition

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:25:29 GMT
    Ben Kennedy was a repeat VHSL Group 2A State Champion in the 100m Butterfly and 100m Backstroke this weekend in Christiansburg. But it's not what he's accomplished, but where he's headed that has everybody
      The Gator tradition runs deep at the Glenvar household of Mia and Patrick Kennedy.
  • Tanner More Than Just a Scorer for Floyd County

    Tanner More Than Just a Scorer for Floyd County

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:25:22 GMT
    Four years of hard work has paid off for one Floyd County High School senior. Caleb Tanner has worked hard on the court one point at a time for the buffaloes, breaking the all-time VHSL career scoring
        There is more to Floyd County's Caleb Tanner than just being a prolific scorer on the basketball court.
  • Blue Demon Wrestling About More Than Titles

    Blue Demon Wrestling About More Than Titles

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:25:21 GMT
    It's easy to get caught up in all the numbers. The team calls it the "fan view." What people on the outside--looking in--to the Christiansburg Wrestling program think about, talk about. It's not
      The Blue Demons won another state title, but it is what this wrestling program is built on that makes it special.
  • Lord Botetourt Punches Ticket to State Final Four

    Lord Botetourt Punches Ticket to State Final Four

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:25:08 GMT
    It's been a special year at Lord Botetourt--from Coach Jamie Harless's near flawless football season--to the boys basketball team clinching a spot in the state final four..for the first time
      The Cavaliers are into the Boys Basketball State Final Four for the first time in school history.
  • Titans Oliver Learning the Basketball Business at Radford

    Titans Oliver Learning the Basketball Business at Radford

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:25:03 GMT
    Abby Oliver's basketball life has been more about competition--than business. But now the former Hidden Valley and University of Richmond star is seeing a different side to the sport. As she nears
         Radford's women's basketball program is being guided with a distinct "Titan" flair.
  • Kvapil Will Drive Despite Charges

    Kvapil Will Drive Despite Charges

    Wednesday, November 6 2013 10:44 AM EST2013-11-06 15:44:13 GMT
    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) - Travis Kvapil will compete in Saturday night's race at Charlotte Motor Speedway despite his arrest on misdemeanor assault on a female and false imprisonment. NASCAR said Thursday
      Kvapil will race in Saturday night's race in Charlotte.
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