Colonial Heights captured the Eastern State Sectional Middle School girls basketball championship for the first time in school history last weekend at Pigeon Forge Middle School. The Lady Chargers, led by Makensey Campbell's 17 points, upended Vance out of Bristol, 34-30 in the final.
The Lady Chargers started their postseason run with victories over Holston Middle School and Vance in the Area 1 Regional tournament. Colonial Heights beat Holston 58-29 behind Campbell's 20 points. She added 20 more points in the 42-18 win over Vance in the second round.
Colonial Heights went on to win the regional, rallying to beat John Sevier 45-44 in the final. Kelsy Smith scored the winning basket for the Lady Chargers with 1.5 seconds left in the contest.
Campbell scored 28 points, missing only one shot, in Colonial Heights' 56-23 win over Athens Junior High in the opening round of the state sectional.
The Lady Chargers than beat North Middle School from Lenoir City 46-30 in the semifinals. Campbell had 15 points and Katie Prendergast 11 for Colonial Heights.
In the final, Vance led going into the final period only to see Colonial Heights again come from behind for the victory.
Campbell was named the tournament MVP with the Lady Chargers' Abbey Fletcher, Kelsey Smith, Megan Fuller and Prendergast also named to the All-Tournament team.
Other members of the Colonial Heights team include Melody Evans, Taylor Souder, Kelsey George, Taylor Fink, Miranda Johnson, Taylor Smith and Emily Anderson.
The Lady Chargers are coached by Jessica Hayworth.
Pike inducted into Tennessee tennis Hall of Fame
Dr. Billy Pike from Elizabethton was one of seven individuals inducted into the Tennessee Tennis Hall of Fame on Feb. 9 in Franklin.
Pike has over 300 singles and doubles titles in a 45-year career. He has won more than 30 state singles and doubles titles, including 12 Southern singles, doubles and team events and two U.S. Navy men's open singles and doubles crowns in 1974.
He has been ranked #1 in men's singles and doubles in several age categories in Tennessee and across the South. Pike was also ranked nationally five times with the highest being #15 in USTA Men's 35 singles.
Dr. Pike initiated the Elizabethton Parks and Recreation junior tennis program in 1966 and went on to coach several state and Southern ranked players, including his children Brandon and Amanda, who are nationally ranked players at Virginia Intermont and Tusculum, respectively.
Pike has been previously inducted into the East Tennessee State University Hall of Fame, East Tennessee Tennis Hall of Fame and the Northeast Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.