Eastside’s Anna Whited is the defensive player of the year, while Thomas Walker’s Laken Burke was named as the team’s underclassman of the year.
COEBURN — Gate City coach Jonathon Salyer has found some things his team still needs to work on as the season progresses.
While all of the Lady Warrior championship teams have had their own strengths and weaknesses, this team was unique. There was never a sense of panic, and there was always a sense of togetherness.
Tuesday’s season-opening boys soccer match between Lebanon and Wise Central was about as close as could be.
Powered by the pitching performance of sophomore Bailey Sturgill, J.I. Burton stymied Lee High for an 11-1 nondistrict win in a softball game called after six innings because of the 10-run rule.
Four Wise Central seniors ended their playing careers the only way they knew how Saturday. As state champions.
“If you asked someone at the beginning of the year if Eastside was going back to the state championship, they would’ve said probably not. These kids won 26 games this year. We’re not upset and we’re not going to hang our heads.”
Robin Dotson’s Central girls and Patrick Damron’s Eastside boys are in the Virginia state capital Saturday in search of VHSL basketball championships at Virginia Commonwealth’s Siegel Center.
Zac Ervin’s high school basketball career ended a game earlier than he wanted it to, but the NCAA Division I signee is reaping the rewards of a solid season.
Jumping ahead early and staying out front the rest of the way, Eastside defeated J.I. Burton 69-54 on Tuesday in the VHSL Class 1 semifinals, earning a second straight trip to the state championship.