LOCAL BRIEFS: Abingdon and Tazewell win regional athletics titles; Tennessee High’s Roller wins regional wrestling title; UVa-Wise beats E&H in baseball | Sports News

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Abingdon High School won the girls’ and boys’ team titles in impressive fashion at Saturday’s VHSL Region 3D Indoor Athletics Championships at Roanoke College in Salem.

The AHS boys won by 71 points over Staunton River (172-101) as the Falcons won eight events.

James Whitted won the high jump (6-0) and the long jump (21-03), Xander Brown took the wins in the 55 meters (6.49 seconds) and 300 meters (36.69 seconds) and Dylan Phillips won the 1000 meter race (2:38.90) and 1600 meter race (4:32.60).

Phillips led a sweep of Abingdon from the top three positions in the 1600m with Isaac Thiessen (4:32.90) in second and Jack Bundy (4:33.30) crossing the finish line in third.

Thiessen led a march to the top three positions in the 3200m with a time of 9:45.80 followed by teammates Rives Boltwood (10:09.20) and Gregory Poisson (10:10.51).

The 4×800 relay team added to the day of dominance with a triumph in 8:37.22

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The girls edged William Byrd by 12 points (132-120) in winning their championship.

Josie Johnson in the 500m (1:23.92), Aleah Dorn in the 3200m (12:21.40) and Hope Shockley in the shot put (34-05 ½) played for the Falcons.

Roller leads locals in TSSAA section

Tennessee High’s Perry Roller won the 138-pound title in Saturday’s TSSAA Section 1-A tournament at Halls High School in Knoxville.

Roller saved a pin from Gibbs’ Juleon Madlonado in 2:12 in the final as he went 3-0 that day.

Keith Ankers (third, 145), Aiden Fennell (third, 152) and Sam Wedding (fourth, 220) will also represent the Vikings at the state tournament alongside Roller.

Sullivan East also had four qualifiers with state-bound Jake Turpin (fourth, 113), Donovan Smith (fourth, 126), Dawson Jones (third, 160) and James Roberts (fourth, 182).

Tyler Campbell went 4 for 6 with two home runs and six RBIs as the University of Virginia College at Wise outlasted regional rival Emory & Henry for a 16-14 win.

The Highland Cavaliers (2-5) led 16-4 early in the fifth inning and then held off a late Wasps rally.

E&H (1-4) had two hits and two runs scored by Sullivan East High School graduate Eli Milhorn.

The game lasted 3 hours and 53 minutes and featured a total of 30 runs, 32 hits, 19 walks, 18 strikeouts and six errors. The teams are playing a doubleheader today with the first pitch scheduled for noon.

Drew Moore threw a one-hit shutout as King’s University won 8-0 over Emmanuel in the opener of a doubleheader.

The Tornado (4-3) suffered a 14-2 loss to the Lions at the last drink.

Emory & Henry’s Tommy Forrester (Sullivan East) became the school’s all-time winningest softball coach as the Wasps swept a doubleheader from Lincoln (Pennsylvania) by scores of 14-1 and 9-1.

Forrester now has 196 wins. Lydia Taylor homered in every game for E&H.

King defeats West Virginia State

Haylee Dye (John Battle) had two RBIs and Lauren Lawson threw a grand slam in King’s 11-7 win over West Virginia State.

The Tornado (5-3) rebounded from an 8-2 loss to Carson-Newman earlier in the day.


Barton’s Malik Bryant blocked a shot from King’s Desmond Davis on the final play of the game to preserve a 69-68 Carolina Conference win for the Bulldogs.

King (12-14, 9-13) was trailed again by Tennessee High graduate Michael Mays, who had 24 points.

Wingate UVa-Wise Whip, 106-66

Wingate saw seven players score in double figures and shot 58.1 percent from the field in a 106-66 South Atlantic Conference win over the University of Virginia College at Wise.

UVa-Wise (4-22, 3-19) was led by Gate City High School graduate Bradly Dean with 18 points and three steals.

Bluefield State bops Wasps

Jordan Hinds scored 33 points as Bluefield State survived a 119-109 win over Emory & Henry.

E&H (15-9) was led by Ridgeview High School graduate Gabe Brown with 24 points and eight rebounds. The Wasps have lost five of their last six games.


Shanika Peterkin had 27 points to lead Barton College (24-1, 20-1) to a 77-69 Conference Carolina victory over King University on Saturday.

Ryleigh Fritz led the Tornado (12-11, 11-9) with 22 points.

UVa-Wises loses to Wingate

The University of Virginia College at Wise committed 19 turnovers and shot just 2-for-21 from 3-point range in an 84-53 South Atlantic Conference loss to Wingate.

Katlin Burger led the Highland Cavaliers (10-15, 10-12) with 13 points.

UNC Greensboro passes ETSU

East Tennessee State University shot just 14 of 56 from the field in a 50-46 loss to UNC Greensboro. Carly Hooks had 12 points to lead the Buccaneers, who are now 5-20.

Tazewell wins regional titles

Tazewell High School won the boys’ and girls’ team titles in Friday’s VHSL Region 1D/2D Indoor Track and Field Championships at Roanoke College in Salem.

The boys won the tag team title, while the girls edged out John Battle by one point.

Cassius Harris of the Bulldogs won the 300 meters (38.55 seconds) and long jump (18-11 ¾) to lead the men’s team, while rookie Abigail Rhudy triumphed in the 500 (1:27.97) , 1,000 (3:24.45) and 300 (43.13) for the women’s team.

Kaleb Elswick from Grundy and Olvia Crigger from Rural Retreat were also twice winners.

Elswick won the boys’ 1,600 (4:55.48) and 1,000 (2:52.28), while Crigger was champion in the long jump (5-7 ¾) and triple jump (32- 06) in girls.

Kligerman finishes 5th in truck race at Daytona

Parker Kligerman, the driver of the Abingdon-based Food Country Henderson Motorsports No. 75 Chevrolet, finished fifth in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series NextEra Energy 250 at Daytona International Speedway on Friday night.

Kligerman, who was one of 19 drivers to complete all 106 laps, started last and progressed to secure his 20th career top-five finish in his 99 Truck Series starts. It also scored his 45th top 10 in the series.