Along with outdoor adventures, Southern West Virginia is also known as a “foodie” paradise. With the best pizza and ice cream and the best brewery and food truck, our area was recognized with 11 Best of Blue Ridge food-related awards. A Mecca for Adventure With so many outdoor experiences in the area, Southern West Virginia has also become home to some popular outdoor events. The infamous Captain Thurmond’s Challenge, which takes place in the New River Gorge, was named “Best Triathlon” and “Best Paddling Event,” and Gritty Chix Mud Run was recognized as “Best Mud Run.” Southern West Virginia is home to one of the most accessible ski resorts in the Blue Ridge Mountains — Winterplace Ski Resort. Located just minutes off of I-77, Winterplace has more than 90 acres of skiable terrain. It also has the largest tubing park in West Virginia with 18 lanes! A Foodie’s Paradise Southern West Virginia is known for its craft beers and spirits. Home to a number of world-class breweries, our craft brewers focus on specialty beverages that pay homage to the area. Whether you like to kick back with a splash of bourbon, refreshing lager or glass of wine — Southern West Virginia has plenty of local options that will help you stay warm this winter. With tasting rooms and tours available, visiting a local distillery, brewery or winery is a great way to spend a cold, winter day. Delight your senses with a stroll through downtown Fayetteville. The small town is full of unique restaurants and bars that will satisfy any appetite. Head to Beckley for quaint coffee shops and fine dining. Take a pitstop in Lewisburg for lunch at a unique bistro and then head over to Greenbrier Valley Brewing to taste the “Best Beer” in the Blue Ridge Mountains. From the best raft company and climbing guides to the best brewery and slice of pizza, Southern West Virginia was recently recognized with 39 “Best of Blue Ridge” awards. Representing nine counties each with their own distinct charm and flavor, Southern West Virginia is a true four-season destination for adventurers and foodies alike. Outdoor enthusiasts flock to Southern West Virginia to experience the area’s adventures — from whitewater rafting to rock climbing to mountain biking. Tackle the slopes, stroll along a snow-covered trail or enjoy a warm cup of coffee with friends — no matter what you’re looking for, Southern West Virginia is the perfect destination to chase away the winter blues. Take your adventure to new heights by going on a zipline and canopy tour of the New River Gorge. With the leaves off the trees and snow covering the ground, there is no better way to see the gorge in its wintry glory than during an aerial excursion. The cliff-lined New River Gorge offers ideal conditions for rock climbing year-round. Below the crags, on the New River (voted “Best Paddling River”), whitewater rafters and kayakers can tackle the Class IV rapids. The mountainous terrain and cooler temperatures make for epic mountain biking, too. Be sure to check out the Arrowhead Trail — voted the “Best Biking Trail!” Looking for a little less adrenaline with your outdoor adventures? Don’t worry, Southern West Virginia has something for you, too. Breathtaking mountains and forests covered in a fresh blanket of snow make the perfect backdrop for a family-friendly hike. Take in the beautiful horseshoe bend of the New River at the Grandview overlook or journey through the woods to a wondrous view of the New River Gorge Bridge on Endless Wall Trail.
Texas Tech, a team that rode its best-in-the-nation defense all season, unveiled a surprise against No. 1 seed Gonzaga Saturday night — a potent 3-point attack.The No. 3 seeded Red Raiders used their defensive tenacity and that long-range attack to knock off the Bulldogs, 75-69, in the West Regional final to earn their first-ever appearance in the Final Four. Texas Tech (30-6) will face the winner of Sunday’s Duke-Michigan State matchup next Saturday in Minneapolis.The Bulldogs, who had been trying to make their second Final Four in the past three years, finish the year 33-4 and will be left wondering what else they could have done against a team playing so well on both ends. Related News Here are three takeaways from the Red Raiders’ big victory.The Red Raiders’ defense lived up to its billingThe Red Raiders ranked No. 1 in the NCAA in defensive efficiency this season, and they gave Gonzaga trouble the entire game. The Red Raiders knocked away passes, filled the passing lanes, contested shots, collapsed on players with the ball, and often looked as if they were playing with six men on the floor. Over one 13-minute stretch in the second half, they held the Bulldogs — the No. 1 team in the nation this year in offensive efficiency — to just three field goals. Three.The Texas Tech defense saved its most spectacular play for near the end, however.With just under a minute to go and Gonzaga trailing by six, Gonzaga forward Rui Hachimura lined up a 3-point attempt from the corner. But 6-foot-10 forward Tariq Owens closed on Hachimura, blocked the shot, and saved it from going out of bounds.THIS IS MARCH! 🚫#MarchMadness | #Elite8 pic.twitter.com/BQ42Xi9r96— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 31, 2019Anyone who wondered if the Texas Tech defense would falter slightly against the powerful Gonzaga offense didn’t have to wonder very long. The Red Raiders had nine steals, seven blocks (Owens had five of those), forced 16 turnovers and limited the Bulldogs to 7-of-26 shooting from behind the arc.The Red Raiders can play offense, tooThere’s a tendency to consider Texas Tech a one-dimensional, defensive-oriented team. Yes, the D is great, but they can score, too.Texas Tech averaged 7.1 made 3-pointers per game this season. Jarrett Culver hit the Red Raiders’ seventh 3-pointer with around 14 minutes remaining Saturday. They ended up making 9-of-23 shots from long range, with six players hitting at least one 3.Make that 6️⃣ 3’s for the Red Raiders & 5️⃣ for the Bulldogs! 😳💦#MarchMadness | #Elite8 pic.twitter.com/5edxg6ymnj— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 30, 2019Those two extra 3-pointers the Red Raiders hit were literally the difference between victory and defeat against the Bulldogs. It might be asking a lot for Texas Tech to shoot that many threes, that accurately, in the Final Four. That’s not the Red Raiders’ typical game plan. But it worked to perfection Saturday.Matt Mooney stepped up big for Red RaidersBig 12 Player of the Year Jarrett Culver is the man who makes the Red Raiders’ offense go, leading the team with 18.9 points per game. But Gonzaga hounded him the entire contest, throwing several different defenders at him, limiting him to 5-of-18 shooting en route to 19 points.This made room for the unsung 6-3 senior guard Matt Mooney.Mooney, who averages 10.9 points per game, made several great moves in the lane to lay the ball in around Gonzaga’s shot blockers. He made six of his 12 shots for 17 points, his biggest scoring night since he had 18 on Jan. 28 against TCU. If Mooney plays that well again in the Final Four — well, anything can happen. Texas Tech coach Chris Beard summed up the Red Raiders’ performance well.”They did exactly what we wanted to,” Beard said. March Madness 2019: Gonzaga G Josh Perkins gets costly flagrant in final seconds against Texas Tech read more