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Posey takes charge of Battle boys basketball

Kevin Mays • Sep 18, 2019 at 12:30 PM

John Battle has a new boys basketball coach.

Athletic director Tim Sholes said Tuesday that Steve Posey is taking over the Trojans’ program. Posey, a varsity assistant at Battle for the past six seasons, replaces the late Jon Odum. Odum died in August after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Odum coached basketball at Battle for three seasons. He also was a standout athlete for the Trojans.

Posey was an assistant under both Odum and Sholes.

“He’s a good fit for us and he’s going to do a great job,” Sholes said.

BLUE DEVILS, FALCONS MAKE REGIONALS

Golf teams from Gate City and Abingdon earned regional berths last week in a Mountain 7 District tournament at Clear Creek Golf Club in Bristol, Virginia.

Class 3 Abingdon won the district’s regular-season championship with a 310, and Gate City had the lowest score among the district’s Class 2 teams, a 339.

Abingdon moves on to the Region 3D tournament as district champ. Gate City earned one of the Mountain 7’s two berths to the Region 2D championships, set or Oct. 1 at Cedar Hills Country Club near Jonesville. The Blue Devils gained the automatic berth as the highest-finishing Class 2 team during the regular season.

The district will conduct its championship next Tuesday at Glenrochie Country Club in Abingdon. The best scoring Class 2 team from the tournament, other than Gate City, will gain the second Region 2D bid.

CUMBERLAND TOURNEY COMING UP

The Class 1 Cumberland District will decide its teams and individuals to advance to the Region 1D golf championships on Monday at Scott County Park in Gate City.

The district’s top two teams and three individuals not on one of those squads will advance to the Region 1D championships.

The Region 1D tournament will be held Oct. 3 at Tazewell County Country Club.

FOOTBALL

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

5-star Trenton Adkins, RB, Ridgeview

The junior running back continues to dominate the Southwest Virginia gridiron. Adkins rushed for 366 yards and six touchdowns in Friday’s 41-20 Mountain 7 District win over Wise Central.

4-star Mason Hardin, QB, Rye Cove

Hardin, a junior, had a monster night throwing and running the ball in Friday’s 36-34 nondistrict win over Hancock County. He finished with 158 yards and two touchdowns rushing and completed 4 of 9 passes for 109 yards and two TDs.

3-star Corbin Kilgore, RB, Twin Springs

The senior leader finished with 201 yards and four touchdowns, also contributing a strong night on defense, in the Titans’ impressive 48-12 win over North Greene.

2-star Mason Polier, RB, Union

Polier had another strong game on both sides of the ball. The senior prospect had 151 yards rushing and four touchdowns in Friday’s 42-20 win over Letcher County Central, Ky.

1-star Esau Teasley, RB, J.I. Burton

The sophomore speedster picked up 230 yards on just eight carries and scored two touchdowns in Friday’s 56-20 nondistrict win over Lee High.

KEY GAMES

Union at Graham — The game is a rematch of a Region 2D semifinal last season. Graham — directed by quarterback Cam Allen, who is now playing at Purdue — won the previous matchup 28-7 on its way to the VHSL Class 2 championship.

This year, the Bears (3-0) travel to Bluefield to take on the G-Men (2-1).

Graham dropped its season opener to Bluefield, West Virginia, but the G-Men lost to Bluefield last year, too, before marching on to the state title by winning 14 straight games.

Gate City at Ridgeview — Gate City faces another strong challenge with a road trip to take on Mountain 7 powerhouse Ridgeview (3-0).

The Blue Devils (1-2) opened their season with a victory at Richlands before dropping two straight, to Abingdon and Sullivan South.

To be successful against Ridgeview, the Blue Devils have to do something the Wolfpack’s first three opponents failed to do: stop Adkins.

Rye Cove at Thomas Walker — This is a big one in the Cumberland District, and both teams are coming off dramatic wins.

Thomas Walker (2-0, 1-0) escaped with a 14-12 win over Castlewood, and Rye Cove (2-1, 0-0) pulled out a 36-34, come-from-behind victory over Hancock County.

A Pioneers win would put them in the midseason driver’s seat in the Cumberland standings. An Eagles win would put them on the district map thanks to a victory on the road.

TOP 10

Two top-five teams suffered losses last week, creating changes in the rankings. Here’s a look at the top 10 after Week 3 with record, how they fared last week in Week 2 and their previous ranking:

1. Ridgeview (3-0) beat Wise Central 41-20 — 1

2. Union (3-0) beat Letcher Central, Ky. 42-20 — 3

3. Graham (2-1) beat Giles 35-3 — 4

4. Abingdon (2-1) lost to Pulaski County 49-0 — 2

5. Patrick Henry (3-0) beat Hurley 40-20 — 7

6. Grundy (3-0) beat Lebanon 36-26 — 10

7. Chilhowie (2-1) lost to Narrows 20-14 — 6

8. Wise Central (2-1) lost to Ridgeview 41-20 — 8

9. Richlands (0-2) did not play — 9

10. Holston (3-0) beat John Battle 18-13 — NR

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