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Ex-SW Va. softball star Light takes John Battle helm

Kevin Mays • Sep 25, 2018 at 10:51 PM

One of the top prep softball pitchers in the history of Southwest Virginia is getting her shot at managing a high school team.

Former Coeburn High and King University star Hannah Light was recently named the new coach of the John Battle softball squad.

Light replaces Eric Senter, who resigned at the end of the season. Senter coached the Lady Trojans for three seasons and compiled a 42-24-1 record.

Light has served as pitching coach at Wise Central for the past three years.

She was one of the state’s top pitchers in all four of her years playing for the former Coeburn High. She pitched three years at King, where she was all-conference all three years, a two-time conference pitcher of the year and a two-time all-region pitcher, among many other honors.

“I’m really looking forward to competing,” Light said. “I’m looking forward to competing with a team that I’m guiding and that’s doing things my way.

“It’s been great here. The John Battle community has been great and very supportive.”

CUMBERLAND CHAMPIONSHIP?

J.I. Burton at Eastside

After four games on the road to open the season, Eastside is finally at home for what could not be a bigger game for the Spartans.

Eastside entertains J.I. Burton in a contest that will likely determine the Cumberland District football champion.

There’s still a lot of football to play this season, but realistically looking at the Cumberland, the top two teams will be squaring off Friday at Carl McConnell Stadium.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Garrett Whited, Eastside

Eastside junior Garrett Whited is the Times News/Johnson City Press Southwest Virginia player of the week after helping his team to an exciting Cumberland District win over Thomas Walker last Friday night.

Whited rushed for 173 and two touchdowns in the Spartans’ 35-28 victory.

STATE CHAMPS WIN REGION

Defending VHSL Class 3 golf champion Abingdon won the Region 3D title Monday at Draper Valley Golf Club.

Abingdon finished with a 284 to outdistance second- place Hidden Valley, which shot a 292.

Both teams advanced to the Class 3 state championship on Monday, Oct. 8 at Williamsburg National Golf Club.

REGION 2D GOLF

Because of weather concerns, the Region 2D golf tournament that was to be played Wednesday at Holston Hills Country Club in Marion has been postponed until Monday, Oct. 1.

TOP SIX PICKS

Here’s a look at the top Southwest Virginia high school football teams in the region with their ranking, ranking from last week, record heading into this week’s game and how they fared last week.

1. Ridgeview (1) (5-0) beat Lee High 49-7

2. Union (2) (4-1) beat Gate City 33-13

3. Chilhowie (3) (5-0) beat Northwood 59-9

4. Graham (5) (3-1) beat Wise Central 44-10

5. Patrick Henry (6) (5-0) beat John Battle 43-24

6. Abingdon (4) (3-2) lost to Hidden Valley 37-25

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