This is a new section about the weekly happenings around the LPD. It will depend entirely on news reports from the local papers and things that I hear from other fans or players. August News & Notes Archive September News & Notes Archive October News & Notes Archive Nov-Dec News & Notes Archive Jan-Apr 1999 News & Notes Archive
*News & Notes of 5/12/1999* Appalachia assistant John Crockett has been named head basketball coach at Powell Valley. This is Crockett's 1st head coaching job after being an assistant for several years. *News & Notes of 5/16/1999* The VHSL has moved both the D1 & D2 Group A state football title games to Liberty University for 1999. The games will be staged as a double header. Good move by the VHSL! The Kelly boys & girls swept the LPD tennis meet this past week at CVC & Kelly. The Powell Valley boys and girls did likewise in track. The Region D meet will be held on May 22nd at Bullitt Park. The baseball regular season was a wild one, and resulted in a 3 way tie between Coeburn, Pound, and Kelly. The LPD tournament gets underway Tuesday at Powell Valley & is wide open. The softball tournament is at Pound starting Monday with Coeburn and Appalachia as the two clear cut favorites. *News & Notes of 6/5/1999* The LPD teams in spring sports failed to win a state crown, but dominated Region D as the LPD made it a sweep in baseball (Kelly), softball (Appalachia), boys & girls track (Powell Valley), and boys & girls tennis (Kelly) The Kelly girls were also the runnerup to Radford in the VHSL finals, as was the PV boys track team. Congrats to PV's Julius Jones who won the 110 hurdles in a record time as he broke under 14 seconds, in addition to winning the triple jump. PV's Josh Warren also won the shot put. Here's a great article from the Kingsport Times-News on PV standout Brooke Zirkle. Also in the news, Clintwood standout Brandon Green is going to Emory & Henry to play football & maybe more. The multi-talented Green is a supurb all around athlete, and even better student & person. We wish him well. *News & Notes of 7/12/1999* The VHSL all star games get underway tonight in Hampton. The LPD is represented in volleyball by PV's Brooke Zirkle, while Pound's Zack Moore will be on the boy's West squad in basketball and Kelly's Julie Adkins is on the girls team along with Kelly coach Robin Dotson. Kelly baseball coach Mack Shupe is on the West staff. In football, which is played Thursday the LPD has PV's Matt Coughlin, who is filling in for Keith Davis who is out with an injury. PV's Julius Jones & Josh Warren, along with Burton standouts Reggie Sensabaugh and Quinn Smith round out the LPD players. Burton head coach Jimbo Adams & PV's Phil Robbins are on the West coaching staff. The Bristol Herald Courier has a complete rundown on the events, which start tonight. *News & Notes of 8/1/1999* The LPD athletes faired well in the VHSL All Star games. In basketball Pound's Zack Moore had a fine game in a losing cause with 10 points. In football the LPD was well represented by Julius Jones, Josh Warren, Matt Coughlin, Reggie Sensabaugh, and Quinn Smith, who I hear turned some heads with his play. In other LPD news.....ex Appy standout QB Travis Turner has left VA Tech & transfered to UVA at Wise. Travis decision had to do with a shot a playing QB. At Tech, he saw quiet a bit of action in the spring at LB, but was asked to put on more weight this year and move to DE. Travis was probably the best QB to come through the LPD, and we wish him well at UVA-W & look forward to seeing him. Former Powell Valley standout Thomas Jones was featured on the cover of Lindy's preseason football magazine. Thomas is a prime candidate to be an All American this year at UVA. Football practice starts on 8/2 & most teams will be scrimmaging by 8/14. A couple on tap are Clintwood/Lebanon, and Powell Valley/ Patrick Henry/and maybe another team. I'll try to get all the info I can on the area scrimmages & post the reports. We're almost there! *News & Notes of 8/11/1999* In the LPD's first scrimmage of the year, Appalachia visited Sullivan Central TN. In a battle of the first string teams, Central defeated Appy 21-8. However, Appy played well & seems to be much improved over last year. The Dawgs offense moved very well behind the running of Fleenor & Surrett, and a great job at QB by Mabe. Appy took the opening series & kept the ball for nearly 14 minutes (they kept a clock), before a sure TD was dropped in the end zone on 4th down. After stoping Central, Mabe connected on a 46 yard TD pass to a player (no idea who he was) & the try for 2 was good to give Appy a 8-0 lead. Central came back before the half to cut it to 8-7, before adding a TD in the 3rd & 4th quarters. Appy still moved the ball well, but were hurt by penalties that stalled drives. Overall, Appy's offense looks to be much improved from a year ago. The passing game worked well, and Fleenor, Surrett, and Clark ran well. The Dawgs defense looked a bit suspect, but Central has a very good passing game, great TB, and a pretty big line. I'll be at Patrick Henry on Friday for the PV-Patrick Henry scrimmage, and Clintwood will host Lebanon on Friday as well. Hope to have reports on both games. Appy returns to action on Saturday as they host Richlands. *News & Notes of 8/13/1999*
Two more scrimmages were played tonight in the LPD. The big one at Ralph Cummins Stadium saw Clintwood top Lebanon 14-7 in a hard fought battle of maybe SWVA's top 2 teams. I should have more details on this matchup tomorrow.
Meanwhile at Patrick Henry High School in Glade Spring, Powell Valley took on the Rebels of the Hogoheegee. In what was mostly a carbon copy of last year's PH scrimmage, PV ran over, around, & through the Rebels. In a contest where each offense was given the ball at their own 30 yard line & 10 plays to score, PV made the most of it by scoring on every possession, and getting huge chunks of yardage after the scores, only to run out of plays. In fact, PV twice was inside the PH 5 as they used up their allowed number of plays. In dominating the scrimmage on both sides of the ball, PV got TD's on the ground from Josh Callahan, Jimmy Yonce, Derrick Clark, Scott Williams & Josh Gray. QB JT Wells tossed 1 TD to Justin McAfee, and completed several more passes. The defense is a question mark this season, but allowed the Rebels very little. I don't recall PH ever getting much more than 20-30 yards on any of their possessions. How good is PH? I can't answer that one, but they usually have a decent club. How good is PV? I can't answer that one either, but they appear to be a team that's not willing to give up their LPD title quietly.*New & Notes of 8/20/1999*
In more of last weeks scrimmages, Kelly topped John Battle 7-0, Burton topped Twin Springs, and Pound blanked St.Paul 21-0. The only LPD team not to come out on top was Appalachia who dropped a hard fought 14-6 decision to Richlands. Appy's defense showed a lot of improvement though.
Tonight marks the start of the jamborees, which are still scrimmages, but under actual game conditions. At Haysi tonight, Pound, Clintwood, Haysi & Ervinton do battle in the Coalfield Jamboree. At Chilhowie, Burton will participate with the host team, as well as Holston and Patrick Henry. At Gate City, Powell Valley and Coeburn will take on the Blue Devils and Abingdon. Finally, on Saturday at Graham, Kelly will participate in the Grid-O-Rama and will play Graham & Bassett.*News & Notes of 8/28/1999* The 1999 football season opened last night, and here's a brief view of my thoughts on the games. Pound 7 Kelly 0.....it looks like the preseason reports of a much more aggressive Kelly team are true. They took a much improved Pound team down to the wire. All the Indians need is to keep playing with the intensity of last night and they'll win a few this year. Looks like Pound has found a running game to compliment their passing. 1st year player Kevin Bailey rushed for 101 yards, but the Cats nearly let it get away with 6 turnovers. Haysi 7 Burton 0....I was disappointed in the Raiders here. Sam Keys rushed for 127 yards, but the passing game faltered as Ward was only 9-26. Maybe the Raiders should spend a little more time on the ground. Sullivan North 43 Appy 8.....a little bit suprised by the score, but this is probably the best team North has fielded to date. I was disappointed by Appy's failure to move the ball on the ground. In the scrimmage at Central the Dawgs moved very well, but once again, North has a fine team. Clintwood 41 Castlewood 6....no suprise here. I knew coming in that the Wave could name the score, and they did. Super effort by Justin Hamilton with 293 yards on 6 carries. Powell Valley 35 Lee 6....not much of a suprise here either. Solid effort by PV, but this isn't a typical Lee team. Lee had some speed, but were whipped badly up front on both sides of the ball. The Lady Viking Classic gets underway tonight at Poewll Valley. LPD favorite Appalachia takes on Hurley at 5:00, followed by PV vs Lee, Thomas Walker vs Burton, and Kelly vs Gate City in the nightcap. Great action on tap, so be sure & get out for these games. *News & Notes of 9/5/1999* Big game of the night had to be Appy-Burton. Looked like the Dawgs were going to own this one until John Hunter's punt return got the Raiders back into it. Hats off to the Raiders for a big win. Great drive in the final minute by the Dawgs though. Freshman Qb Josh Mabe managed the clock like a pro. Coeburn got off to a good start with the 21-6 win over Kelly, but super job again by the Indians to stay with them. Kelly will claim an upset win before long. Business as usual at Clintwood as the Wave ground game ran wild even without a big game from Justin Hamilton. Jason Mullins is a fine back. Pound showed they're a serious threat to go a ways once the playoffs start by thumping Twin Springs. Big week ahead in the LPD with the headliner being Pound at Coeburn. Big games also as Appy hosts Clintwood, and Kelly just might get that upset win as they travel to Rye Cove. PV puts their 29 game winning streak on the line as they travel to play a very tough Richlands team. Vikings better be careful.