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Year in review: Golf, girls hoops set pace for Abingdon

Kevin Mays • May 30, 2020 at 5:00 PM

ABINGDON — Nearly every Abingdon fall and winter sports program advanced to either the state or regional level this past year.

SOLID ON THE LINKS

Falcons golfers opened the 2019 season as the defending VHSL Class 3 champions and they came close to a repeat, finishing as runners-up at state.

Will Watson was the individual state runner-up.

Abingdon was second in the Region 3D tournament after winning the Mountain 7 District championship behind the medalist effort of freshman Grace Addison.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Behind the play of Peyton Carter, the program’s all-time leading scorer, Abingdon powered its way to a 23-5 season. Carter averaged 21.1 points, 7.4 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 3 steals per game. The Lady Falcons won the regular-season Mountain 7 title and were the district tournament runners-up. They finished second in the Region 3D tournament then lost to Spotswood in the VHSL Class 3 quarterfinals.

VOLLEYBALL

Led by Mountain 7 Class 3 player of the year Katie Harless, the Lady Falcons rolled to a 25-4 record and the district championship. Harless finished the year with 321 kills and 166 digs to earn a spot on the All-Region 3D squad. Cassidy Farley, Morgan Blevins and Emily Thompson also were All-Mountain 7 selections.

BOYS BASKETBALL

The Falcons went 14-13. They got strong play from All-Southwest Virginia selection Chase Hungate, who averaged 16.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. Abingdon reached the semifinals of both the Mountain 7 and Region 3D tournaments.

CROSS COUNTRY

Freshmen Makaleigh Jessee and Cecelia Johnson went 1-2 in the Mountain 7 meet to lead the Lady Falcons to the district championship. Jessee won the individual Region 3D title and placed fifth at the VHSL Class 3 championships. Sophomore Isaac Thiessen was third in the Mountain 7 boys event and the Falcons finished second in the district championships.

WRESTLING

The Falcons won the Mountain 7 tournament team title. Individually, Jack Newton placed second in the 132 division at the VHSL Class 3 championships and William Seymore won 182 gold at the Region 3D championships.

SWIMMING AND DIVING

In the Region 3D championships, Alex Wolford placed second in the 1-meter dive, Ally Yeary placed second in the 50 freestyle and Emily Whitman was third in the 1-meter dive.

FOOTBALL

Abingdon finished 5-6, falling to Northside in the opening round of the Region 3D playoffs. NCAA Division I prospect Martin Lucas rushed for close to 900 yards in just seven games for the Falcons.

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