Sports notes from around the area:
• Clintwood running back Gavan Meade, Clintwood linebacker Robbie Mullins and J.I. Burton linebacker Malik Miles gained top honors in recent Lonesome Pine District coaches balloting. Meade was named offensive back of the year and offensive player of the year. Miles and Mullins were jointly declared defensive backs of the year and defensive player of the year. Clintwood’s Tanner Brooks was named offensive lineman of the year and Wise Central’s Ryan Osborne was named defensive lineman of the year. Clintwood’s Rick Mullins, who led the Division 1 Greenwave to the last-ever LPD championship, was named Ralph Cummins Coach of the Year. Travis Turner, who coached Division 2 Union to a winning season and its first playoff victory in the two-year history of the Bears program, was named Tom Turner Coach of the Year.
• Three District 1-AAA players were named to the Tennessee High School Soccer Coaches Association girls all-state team on Monday, Nov. 26. Sullivan South’s Katie Masters, Dobyns-Bennett’s Leslie Stroud and Sullivan Central’s Ansley Ferguson were honored by the THSSCA.
• The Science Hill wrestling team was ranked 12th in the Tennessee high school rankings released Monday, Nov. 26. Cleveland led the poll, which is voted on by a statewide panel of wrestling coaches, followed by Christian Brothers and Father Ryan.
• The second annual FCA Virginia vs. Tennessee All-Star Senior Volleyball Challenge will be held Friday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. at Gate City High School. The Tennessee squad will be coached by Eric Crabtree of Johnson County and Julia Rafalowski from Sullivan East. The Virginia team will be coached by Amy Reed of Gate City, Beth Delp of Patrick Henry and Rachel Harding of Abingdon. Admission is $5.
• The East Tennessee State volleyball team will make its inaugural appearance in the NCAA tournament on Friday, Nov. 30 at Kentucky. The Lady Bucs (23-12) and Wildcats (20-12) will face off at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington, Ky. ETSU qualified for the NCAAs with its five-set win over North Florida in the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament championship game.
• Carson-Newman will take on Valdosta State on Saturday, Dec. 1 in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Division II football playoffs. The Eagles (9-2) and Blazers (9-2) will kick off at noon at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium in Valdosta, Ga. Carson-Newman beat Lenoir-Rhyne 38-35 to advance. Valdosta State eliminated West Alabama 49-21 to reach the quarterfinals.