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February 3rd, 2013 10:12 pm by staff report

Sports notes from around the region through Feb. 3:

• The Dobyns-Bennett wrestling team went 1-for-2 in consolation action Saturday, Feb. 2 at the TSSAA State Duals in Franklin. The Indians beat Cordova 48-32 before bowing out to Ravenwood 50-14. Dustin Waugh, Michael Harer, Alex Jeffers, Charles Frye, Joseph Begley, Tyler Dean and Clint Caldwell  picked up victories against Cordova, all by pins. Waugh won by injury default against Ravenwood to become to only D-B grappler to win all three of his matches. Bryson Begley pinned his man in 28 seconds for the Tribe’s only other win against Ravenwood other than defaults. On Friday, the Tribe fell 37-26 to Clarksville in the first round Frye, Joseph Begley (152), Caldwell, Bryson Begley and Waugh all won their openers. Joshua Miller also picked up a win via forfeit. Cleveland won the Class AAA title and Greeneville took the A-AA championship.

• J.I. Burton’s McKenzie Blair hauled down an astounding 30 rebounds in the Raiders’ 47-38 boys basketball win over Wise Central on Friday, Feb. 1. Blair added 13 points for the double-double.

• Norton’s Devan Sproles was one of five Emory & Henry players selected to the 2012 VaSID All-State College Division football team, announced Tuesday, Jan. 31. Joining Sproles, a senior linebacker, on the second team were junior offensive lineman Justin Farmer, junior defensive lineman Scott Hill, junior cornerback DeMikael Burse and senior placekicker Matt Turchin.

• Kingsport native Katie Thompson was named the Wisconsin-Whitewater Walmart Gymnast of the Week on Monday, Jan. 28. Thompson, a senior, earned all-around honors after finishing atop the field in three events Saturday against Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She took first in the vault with a 9.55 and helped the squad to a new team record on the uneven bars with a 9.7, tied for third best individually in Whitewater history. Her 9.5 on the balance beam was third and a routine that scored 9.55 on the floor exercise placed sixth. The Sullivan South High School alum totaled 38.300 in the all-around competition, the highest total in the meet.

• The National Tournament of Champions Series wrapped up Saturday, Jan. 26 with the Winter Classic horse show at Bridgewater College, and the Virginia Intermont riding team left the competition in Bridgewater, Va., with its ninth title since 2001. The 2012-13 crown brings the Cobras’ total of national championships in riding to 16. VI totaled 67 points in the series, besting by one Bridgewater’s overall showing.

• Carson-Newman football coach Ken Sparks was named Jefferson Countian of the Year by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, Jan. 26. Sparks, who just completed his 33rd year at the Eagles’ helm, received the honor Saturday night at a banquet. The honor “really touched my heart,” Sparks said. “I’m grateful to be a Jefferson Countian and to receive this honor.”

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