Compton, Hill lead SW Va. spring superlatives

Kevin Mays • Jun 8, 2019 at 1:41 AM

Sterling springs garnered Gate City’s Jon Compton and John Battle’s Madison Hill top honors from the Times News on Friday.

Compton, a junior, is the 2019 Southwest Virginia Baseball Player of the Year and Hill, a pitcher, is the Southwest Virginia Softball Player of the Year.

Each leads their respective All-Southwest Virginia teams.


Compton led Gate City with a .456 batting average, hitting five home runs and recording 23 RBIs. He also scored 31 runs.

Mountain 7 District champion Abingdon placed five players on the 18-member All-Southwest Virginia team. In total, the Mountain 7 landed 11 players. The Cumberland District placed seven.

Chris Clay, who guided Eastside to an eighth straight Cumberland championship despite having to rebuild nearly the entire team this season, is the coach of the year.


All-Southwest Virginia Baseball

Player of the Year

Jon Compton, Gate City

Coach of the Year

Chris Clay, Eastside

All-Southwest Virginia Team

P — Ethan Ketron, Abingdon

P — Chase Hungate, Abingdon

P — Landon Moore, John Battle

P — Peyton Pope, Eastside

P — Justin Reed, Twin Springs

1B — Bryson Collins, Wise Central

2B — Mason Caldwell, Union

3B — Caleb Collins, Abingdon

SS — Caleb Yeary, Thomas Walker

C — Jon Compton, Gate City

OF — T.J. Taylor, Abingdon

OF — Nick Livingston, Eastside

OF — Carson Jenkins, Gate City

DH — Tanner Barrs, Abingdon

Utility — Tyler Starnes, Rye Cove

Utility — Derrick Allen, J.I. Burton

Utility — Jake Taylor, Gate City

Utility — Jonah Cochrane, J.I. Burton



Led by Hill, 11 Mountain 7 and seven Cumberland District players make up the All-Southwest Virginia softball team.

Hill compiled a 15-1 record, registered a 1.09 ERA in 2019 and racked up 182 strikeouts. But she also was a force at the plate, batting .413 with three homers and 19 RBIs.

John Battle’s Hannah Cress is the coach of the year. Cress, a former standout player at King and Coeburn, led the Lady Trojans to the Mountain 7 championship in her first year in charge of the program.


All-Southwest Virginia Softball

Player of the Year

Madison Hill, John Battle

Coach of the Year

Hannah Cress, John Battle

All-Southwest Virginia Team

P — Madison Hill, John Battle

P — Nikole Counts, Ridgeview

P — Kate Pendleton, Gate City

P — Ashli Linkous, Abingdon

P — Liz Brace, Eastside

1B — Chenoa Dean, Twin Springs

2B — Brittany Mullins, Wise Central

3B — Carrie Boyd, Eastside

SS — Haylee Dye, John Battle

C — Ashley Smith, Rye Cove

OF — Sarah Thompson, Gate City

OF — Bailey Compton, Twin Springs

OF — Olivia Mullins, Wise Central

DP — Bailee Jenkins, J.I. Burton

Utility — Emma Harmon, John Battle

Utility — Maggie Deel, John Battle

Utility — Maggie Odle, Eastside

Utility — Brooke Light, Union



Here are the Times News Southwest Virginia honorees for soccer, track and field, and tennis:


Male Player of the Year — Luke Reed, Gate City

Female Player of the Year — Melina Turner, John Battle

Coach of the Year — Aaron Hillman, Gate City

Track and Field

Male Athlete of the Year — Justin Barnett, Union

Female Athlete of the Year — Kelsey Harrington, Virginia High

Coach of the Year — Tim Thomas, Union


Male Player of the Year — Adam Terry, John Battle

Female Player of the Year — Claire Melton, John Battle

Coach of the Year — Alicia Jones, Eastside