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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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