Cherokee missed three potential wins last year by single possessions, but the Chiefs have the pieces back to build a better record this season.
Coming off a 9-3 season — its fourth with eight or more wins in the past five seasons — Abingdon is looking to make some more postseason noise after losing to Lord Botetourt last season.
New John Battle coach Bradley Ricker is no stranger to Friday nights on Battle Hill. After all, he’s been on the staff the past seven years as an assistant.
Thomas Walker is looking to do something that has never been done in the history of the school: reach the VHSL playoffs a third straight year.
If defense truly does wins championships, Union starts the season in contention for the Mountain 7 District title.
When playing Cheyenne Osborne’s Rye Cove squad, opponents can expect to see a lot of Mason Hardin, Matthew Hardin and Tyler Darnell.
Ridgeview is coming off the most successful season in its four-year history. Prospects for this season are even greater.
Lee High coach Alec Haston is settling in to Southwest Virginia and Lee County. Despite having no local ties to the county or the program, Haston said he’s acclimated pretty well.
Wise Central’s 47-player roster features 15 sophomores and 18 freshmen, so Luke Owens knows his team is young. But the coach also knows his squad is experienced.
“After going 1-9 last year, they could have easily quit and not played any football, but they didn’t. I just admire these kids for sticking with it.”
Gate City has a rebuilding job to do and the Blue Devils — under the guidance of Jeremy Houseright — feel like they have the tools to do it this year.
GREENEVILLE — Nipping at the heels of an Appalachian League playoff berth, Kingsport lost a little of its footing on Thursday night.
JONESVILLE — Things were going brilliantly for Lee High’s Olivia Baker Thursday through the first five holes of the Mountain 7 District golf match at Cedar Hills Country Club.
While they’ll have to wait to tackle Southwest Virginia, college and pro games, the sports staff figured it might as well get revved up with what promises to be an exciting slate of games on the Northeast Tennessee side of the line.
The Mountain 7 District is one of the toughest VHSL Class 2 conferences in the state. This year will be no different.