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Gate City’s Ervin tops Region 2D, Mountain 7 honors

Kevin Mays • Mar 8, 2019 at 12:03 AM

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.

Ervin, a signee of No. 22 Wofford, was named the Region 2D and Mountain 7 District player of the year.

Both the Region 2D and Mountain 7 all-star teams were released Thursday.

Ervin, who averaged 32.8 points per game, and his Gate City teammates fell shy of making a return trip to Richmond to defend their VHSL Class 2 state championship after losing to Radford Tuesday in the state semifinals.

A knee injury sidelined Ervin for eight games this season, but he still managed to score 676 points.

Ervin finished his career at Gate City with 2,351 points, which puts him ninth on the all-time scoring list in VHSL history.

John Battle coach Jon Odum, who continued to lead the Trojans while battling a serious illness, was named the Mountain 7 and region coach of the year.

A complete list of the All-Region 2D and All-Mountain 7 District boys basketball teams can be found on the scoreboard page.

HONAKER HEADS THE ALL-REGION 1D LIST

The Region 1D girls basketball team was also released Thursday and Honaker leads the way.

Lady Tigers sophomore Leanna McNulty was named the region’s player of the year.

McNulty led Honaker to a 26-3 season, averaging 24 points and 16 rebounds per game.

She also set a school record by scoring 40 points in a game.

Honaker coach Misty Miller was named the region’s coach of the year after guiding the Lady Tigers to their best record in school history, as well as to the Region 1D championship and an appearance in the VHSL Class 1 state semifinals before losing to defending champion Parry McCluer.

LOCAL LADIES SHINE ON THE COURT

Gate City super-grad and Georgetown freshman Mac McClung continues to grab headlines — and deservedly so.

While McClung continues to show off his hoops talents in the Washington, D.C., area, several female basketball players with Southwest Virginia ties have been on a roll this season for their collegiate teams.

Logan Reynolds, a Wise Central grad, has had four strong years at NCAA Division I James Madison.

Reynolds is a key starter for JMU, which was 23-4 season heading into Thursday’s game with Drexel.

The Dukes guard leads her team with 3.8 assists per game.

She had also been the defensive star for JMU with 45 steals and 12 blocks on the season, while averaging 3.3 points per game.

Six local players contributed to Emory & Henry’s successful 22-4 season in the NCAA DIII ranks, including team leaders Taylor Blevins, an Abingdon grad, and Union grad Sydney McKinney.

Blevins averaged 13 points and 6.4 rebounds per game during her senior year, while McKinney, a junior, averaged 12 points and 5.9 rebounds.

Wasps senior Chloe Harris, a John Battle grad, averaged 5.8 points this year.

Three freshmen from Southwest Virginia schools — Tori Powers (Gate City), Callie Haderer (John Battle) and Taylor Gilbert (Abingdon) — also contributed to E&H’s success this season.

Milligan College had a notable season in the NAIA ranks this year.

The Lady Buffs finished 26-8 and advanced to the national tournament before falling to St. Francis of Illinois.

Two former Gate City players, junior Kaley Gose, who averaged 9.7 and 4.8 rebounds per game this season, and senior Morgan Gose contributed to Milligan’s success, along with freshman Hannah Wyrick, an Eastside graduate.

During her first year in the college ranks, Wyrick averaged 3.8 points per game and connected on 76.5 percent of free throw attempts and 37.8 percent of her 3-point shots.

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