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Bill Lane, one of the most popular and accomplished sports writers in Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee, died on Tuesday night at the age of 79...In other briefs from across the region, Mac McClung recorded a double-double for the South Bay Lakers on Wednesday...King and Emory & Henry split a softball twinball and the Wasps and Bluefield State did the same in baseball. 

Carley Williams (Tennessee High) and Hannah Watson (Dobyns-Bennett) each had eight kills in Emory & Henry’s 25-22, 25-19, 25-18 win over Bluefield. The Wasps are 14-11.

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Even though it clearly will, Virginia High doesn’t need the Region 2D volleyball tournament to get any tougher than it was on Thursday. The Bearcats, defending region runners-up and the top seed from the Southwest District, escaped with a 22-25, 25-23, 25-12, 16-25, 15-12 home-floor victory over Ridgeview after scoring the last four points of the match.

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Showcasing why she is one of the most versatile players in Southwest Virginia, sophomore Mackenzie Smith supplied 15 kills, 15 assists and 10 digs as the Trojans took a 25-22, 18-25, 25-16, 25-21 win over the Marion Scarlet Hurricanes on Thursday night in the first round of the VHSL Region 2D tournament.

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Xayvion Turner-Bradshaw scored four touchdowns, including two on interception returns for first quarter scores, leading Graham to a 49-14 Southwest District win over Marion on Thursday night at Mitchell Stadium...Josie Sheets (Chilhowie) and Emmah McAmis (Wise County Central) led their squads to regional volleyball victories. Gate City did as well in a mashing of Graham. 

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It was a big night for Honaker. For the first time in several years the Tigers advanced to the regional semifinals. Honaker received a big boost with the return of foreign exchange student Ani Mantovanii from Italy, who finished with 15 kills in the match. 

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The Ella Maiden era is over at Patrick Henry, but another Maiden has become a big smash in volleyball. Avery Maiden, younger sister of current Milligan University star Ella Maiden, delivered 17 kills Thursday as the PH Rebels took a win over the Chilhowie Warriors for the Hogoheegee District tournament title.

There were no surprises in the Black Diamond District volleyball tournament held in the Cobra Den on Tuesday night.

The top two seeds from the regular season won their respective matches.

In the nightcap, second seed Grundy withstood a stiff challenge from Twin Valley to win 28-26, 16-25, 25-13, 25-15.

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Brody Jones completed 13 of 20 passes for 180 yards and four scores Tuesday as the Virginia High Bearcats rolled to a 35-0 win over Lebanon in prep football action at Gene Malcolm Stadium...Tanner Atkins ran for 134 yards in Hurley's 36-13 loss to Van, W.Va...Adie Ratcliffe (Virginia High), Josie Sheets (Chilhowie), Taylor Clay (Eastside), Tenley Jackson (Thomas Walker) and Ellie Butcher (Richlands) paced their schools to tournament volleyball wins. 

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Ella Moss, Gabby Whitt, Amber Kimberlin and Sophie Keheley also contributed in Marion's three-set win over Virginia High on Wednesday night...Taylor Clay (Eastside), Mari Beth Boardwine (Chilhowie) and Madeline Love (Rye Cove) had productive volleyball nights for their schools. Gate City rolled past Ridgeview in a Mountain 7 District affair. 

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Isabella Musick had six kills and Olivia Delung has solid matches, but West Ridge's inaugural season ends with a three-set loss at Maryville in the 1-AAA sectionals on Thursday night...There was plenty of other volleyball action on the Virginia side of the state line. 

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Just days after recording its first win over Abingdon, Ridgeview struck again on Wednesday, defeating John Battle in three sets...Caleigh Hampton surpassed the 1,000-assist mark for her career to highlight Virginia High’s thrilling victory over the Abingdon Falcons...Lakin Burke helped Thomas Walker defeat Twin Springs, while Hannah Manns led Chilhowie past Holston. 

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According to numerous national reports, NASCAR plans to conduct a Goodyear tire test for the Next Gen car on Nov. 16 at Wythe Raceway in Rural Retreat...Ridgeview High School’s Brooklyn Frazier has signed with the women’s basketball team at the University of Pikeville...The ETSU men’s and women’s basketball teams will host “Buc Madness”, a preseason tip-off event, on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at Brooks Gym. 

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