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December 11th, 2012 12:20 am by staff report

Sports notes from around the area, through Dec. 10:

• Sullivan South standouts Preston Douglas and Tyler Troutman have signed to play baseball at King College. Douglas hit .390 as in 36 games as  a junior. He had 22 RBIs, 25 runs scored and 10 doubles. Troutman, a right-handed pitcher, was 3-1 as a junior with a 2.77 earned run average. He also struck out 37 in 33 1-3 innings pitched.

• Christian Brothers overtook Cleveland as the No. 1 team in the Tennessee high school wrestling poll released Monday, Dec. 10. Cleveland fell to second. Soddy Daisy jumped two spots to third.  The poll is voted on by a state-wide panel of high school wrestling coaches.

• Dobyns-Bennett’s Devaun Swafford earned defensive MVP honors for the East and Malik Foreman led the offense with 97 all-purpose yards in the Toyota East vs. West Tennessee All-Star Classic at Tennessee Tech on Saturday, Dec. 8. Swafford led the East with six solo tackles. Foreman had three catches for 43 yards and returned two kickoffs for 52 yards. Science Hill quarterback Reed Hayes, who shared time in the game,  went 6-for-11 for 61 yards and a touchdown.

• Brian Lee resigned as head football coach at Thomas Walker. “I don’t  wear a headset on the sidelines. I coach from the gut and I have a gut feeling it’s time for something new,” said Lee, who led the Pioneers to three Cumberland District championships over nine seasons. Thomas Walker posted a  35-58 overall record during his tenure.

• Paul Wheeler, who served two separate stints as head football coach at Virginia High, resigned. Wheeler, who replaced Chris Thurmond in spring of 2011, had previously led the Virginia High gridiron program from 1984 to 1990. Wheeler, who is reportedly ready to retire, led Rustburg to two Group AA state titles, also leading Lafayette to a state championship.  The Bearcats went 12-10 during the past two seasons under Wheeler.


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