Former Gate City tennis standout bound for VHSL Hall of Fame

Kevin Mays • Feb 14, 2020 at 12:30 PM

Tara Sheets Chadwell’s stellar high school tennis career has been recognized by the Virginia High School League.

Sheets Chadwell was announced this week as one of 14 members of the VHSL 2020 Hall of Fame class.

The 2007 Gate City graduate was a dominating player on the tennis courts for four years for the Lady Blue Devils.

She was a part of four consecutive single A state championship teams from 2004-2007.

Sheets Chadwell, who continued her tennis career at ETSU, also won three straight VHSL singles state championships from 2005 to 2007 and won four straight VHSL doubles state trophies from 2004 to 2007.

The 2020 class includes 13 other inductees including seven athletes, three coaches and three contributors.

The athletes include former Virginia Tech football coaching legend Frank Beamer (Hillsville), Barney Cobb (John Marshall), Wheeler Hughes (Dunbar), Leroy Keyes (G.W. Carver), Cora Jackson-Robinson (Essex), Jeff King (Pulaski County) and Jasmine Thomas (Oakton).

Among the coaches to be inducted are Gregg Conner (Powhatan), Darnell Dozier (Princess Anne) and Jim Larkin (Chancellor).

Contributors include Charlie Cloe (Central Virginia Football Officials), Tom Dolan (Jamestown High School and VHSL) and Valerie Kibler (Harrisonburg).

This year’s class will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on April 26 at the 31st annual Hall of Fame Dinner in Charlottesville.


The Emory & Henry College women’s basketball team is ranked No. 6 in the NCAA Division III South Region in a poll released this week.

The rankings are the first of the 2019-20 season and will help determine the 64-team field for March’s NCAA Division III Tournament.

E&H is the only program in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference to be listed as one of the top nine squads in the South.

It is the 11th straight period that the Wasps have been ranked in the region and the 14th time dating back to the 2015-16 season.

The Wasps improved to 18-4 overall and 12-3 in the ODAC with a 72-52 conference win over Roanoke College on Wednesday.


Gate City’s boys and Abingdon’s girls remain the top teams in the Southwest Virginia Top 6 poll this week heading into next week’s postseason and district tournaments.

The Top 6 teams are selected by a panel of voters and are based on a points system of 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.

Listed are the ranking, school, last week’s ranking, record and total points received this week.


1) Gate City (1) 16-5 (80)

2) Wise Central (2) 15-5 (62)

3) Grundy (4) 17-2 (39)

4) Graham (5) 15-6 (38)

5) Union (3) 12-7 (33)

6) Eastside (6) 10-8 (13)

Others receiving votes: Abingdon (3), J.I. Burton (2), Holston (1).


1) Abingdon (1) 18-2 (79)

2) Ridgeview (2) 17-4 (66)

3) Union (3) 16-5 (38)

4) Gate City (4) 12-9 (34)

5) Patrick Henry (5) 19-2 (26)

6) Honaker (6) 17-5 (16)

Others receiving votes: Eastside (12), Lebanon (4), Thomas Walker (2).

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