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  1. 2018 ADM numbers

    Fictional Smyth Co. HS would have 1315 (Marion 638+ Chilhowie 397+ Northwood 280) with the closest Class 4 opponents being Pulaski Co, Blacksburg, and Salem,,,YIKES!
  2. 2018 ADM numbers

    Much to the chagrin of Chilhowie and the rest of Class 1, neither George Wythe nor Riverheads will be moving up.
  3. Gregg Belcher, right, accepts a game ball from Chilhowie coach John A. Goodwin after scoring his 1,000th career point. Courtesy of Chilhowie High School History with Hayes Tim Hayes, Bristol Herald Courier February 1, 2018 Dylan Catron’s 43-point performance last week in a win over Patrick Henry put Chilhowie High School’s 6-foot-8 junior in elite company. Catron’s point production tied the Smyth County school’s single-game record held by 1981 graduate Gregg Belcher, the greatest basketball player to ever put on a jersey for the Warriors. “It’s a great honor to share a record with a Chilhowie legend like Gregg Belcher,” Catron said. “A lot of credit goes to my teammates for getting me the ball when I had the hot hand.” Gregg Belcher often had the hot hand. The two-time Hogoheegee District player of the year finished his career at Chilhowie with 1,958 points and the Warriors compiled a 68-15 record in games that the 6-foot-1 dynamo started. He scored 43 points against Honaker on Jan. 11, 1980, as the Warriors rolled to a 94-66 victory. “We were ahead 58-18 at halftime and if I remember correctly Gregg was 18-for-18 from the field and 4-for-4 from the foul line,” said Mike Sturgill, a former teammate of Belcher’s. “He had 40 points at the half and didn't play much in the second half.” The following year Belcher went for 43 points and again the opponent was Honaker. The Warriors needed every bucket this time as they survived for an 82-80 overtime win. “I remember in warm-ups there were some elementary school boys sitting on the front row on the end where we were shooting layups,” said Mike Davidson, Belcher’s teammate at the time. “We were talking to them and they were saying things like, ‘There is Belcher,’ ‘He is their best player,’ ‘How many do you think he’ll score tonight?’ I remember hearing them and realizing how good high school players were well known throughout Southwest Virginia. “It was funny because I told them that he looked like he was hot and they might be in trouble. They countered that they were going to beat us. It was all in fun and the kids ate it up. The way it turned out I was right. There were times when I wondered why we even ran down the court because when he shot it, it was going in.” Belcher had 40 points in a game against Rich Valley during the 1980-81 season. The guy was a scoring machine. He averaged 23 points as a sophomore, 23.6 points as a junior and 25.7 points as a senior, when he shot 57 percent from the field and also averaged 7.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. “Gregg was a very, very good player,” said Sam Blevins, a standout at Chilhowie alongside Belcher. “The thing that stood out the most about Gregg was he played the game so well, but it seemed to come so easy to him; he was such a smooth player. … He was a pure shooter, but could create his own shot and scored well off the dribble. It is a shame he didn't play with the 3-point line.” Like all the great ones, Belcher had that clutch trait. The Warriors reached the Region C tournament four times during his playing days. Chilhowie and Holston were tied for first place in the Hogoheegee District entering the final game of the regular season in 1981. Belcher scored 22 points as the Warriors claimed the crown with a 65-62 overtime victory. A week later, he torched the nets to the tune of 39 points as the Warriors earned a 79-76 win over Holston in the finals of the district tournament. “He was a winner, not just a scorer,” Blevins said. “He always showed up big in the tough games.” Those who tried to defend him could vouch for that. “During my days, Gregg was the absolute best, without a doubt,” said Mark Puckett, who played for rival R.B. Worthy High School in Saltville. “He played as a freshman like a senior. He was just so smooth, like a robot. You just knew when we played them he was going to dump 20 to 30 on us. Well, he did that to most teams. I remember when we were playing I would talk trash to him and try to get in his head. Never happened. He would be grinning at me as he would rise up for his shot. “In my mind, from a freshman to a senior he was the best I ever saw. You see some players as freshmen and you say. ‘He will be special in a few years.’ Not Gregg. He was special from day one.” Belcher was also an all-state football player and a four-time all-district baseball player. “Gregg and I were close friends all through school,” Blevins said. “He was a smart guy with a great personality. He was good at everything he did. “ Belcher become the first NCAA Division I hoops signee from Chilhowie when he chose to play at East Tennessee State University. Belcher played in 17 games for ETSU as a freshman, averaging 1.3 points and shooting 41.7 percent from the field. He transferred to Carson-Newman after his one season in Johnson City. “I remember a member of Carson-Newman’s basketball team telling me that he was the best pure shooter they had ever seen play,” Sturgill said. Dylan Catron has heard plenty of stories of his own about his co-record holder. His father, P.J., was a star for the Rich Valley Steers and played against Belcher in high school. “My dad told me Belcher was in range as soon as he pulled in the parking lot,” Catron said. “He also said he was the smoothest shooter he ever played against.”
  4. New Sporting Complex for Bluefield VA

    Agree. They (the City) had to have known considering the timing of the 'white elephant gift" and the relatively small size of the two Bluefields. Hats off to the City Manager for a well-played hand.
  5. New Sporting Complex for Bluefield VA

    http://www.bdtonline.com/news/tazewell-county-to-pay-an-extra-k-to-rent-mitchell/article_1ca2b7e4-5624-11e7-b55f-378770f0e2a0.html Not that it's Bluefield, Virginia's problem, but the future of Mitchell Stadium is bleak without the $50,000 of annual revenue from Tazewell County. I could see BC moving their games to the new complex as well.
  6. Graham Clark Resigns

  7. New SWVA Sports Pod Series

    How about this guy? Justin Hamilton @coach_ham VT Dir of Player Development, Defense Your travel costs would be minimal.
  8. 2018 NCAA Bracket Challenge!!

    Thanks, Sparty. My goal now is to not finish last.
  9. 2018 NCAA Bracket Challenge!!

    Sadly, buying a bag of distinctive milano cookies won't make this whole thing disappear.
  10. 2018 NCAA Bracket Challenge!!

    Remember when the worst thing about UVA's season was an overtime loss to their arch rivals?
  11. 2018 NCAA Bracket Challenge!!

    Hey, good news for Sean Miller. He will not have to vacate any tournament wins.
  12. Graham Clark Resigns

    If Kilmer weren't such a prick, my boy would be starting quarterback.
  13. Can Mac get past 2770?

    VHSL-Most points, Season (Unofficial incomplete list) (SWVA players in bold) 1153- Mac McClung, 30 games, 2017-18 948- Allen Iverson, Bethel, 30 games, 1992-3 931- Andrew Rowsey, Rockbridge Co., 26 games, 2012-13 922- Dominic Fragala, John Champe, 25 games, 2016-17 896 - Moses Malone, Petersburg, 25 games, 1973-4 884- Tyee Evans, George Wythe-Richmond, 30 games, 2003-4 884- T.T. Carey, Colonial Beach, 30 games, 2008-9 880- Caleb Tanner, Floyd Co., 24 games, 2013-14 875- Joe Stiltner, Bland, 21 games, 1976-77 859- Kenny Harris, Petersburg, 31 games, 1988-9 846- Brad Nuckles, Council, 28 games, 2001-02 840- Kenny Hunt, Altavista, 29 games, 2003-4 836- Tanner Robinette, Honaker, 30 games, 2015-16 833- Mark Robinson, Whitewood, 23 games, 1969-70 829- Tony Smith, Suffolk, 26 games, 1987-88 828- Caleb Tanner, Floyd Co., 24 games, 2012-13 827- Darwin Pippin, Gate City, 23 games, 1967-8 815- B.A. Walker, Nandua, 29 games, 2002-3 814- Scottie Reynolds, Herndon, 31 games, 2005-6 811- Clyde Austin, Maggie Walker, 27 games, 1975-6 806- Winston Terry, Jonesville, 27 games, 1984-5 803- Stacy Ervin, Twin Springs, 25 games, 1996-7 802- Andrew Rowsey, Rockbridge County, 2011-12 797- Jason Bishop, Rye Cove, 23 games, 1992-3 794- B.A. Walker, Nandua, 30 games, 2001-02 787- Danis Simmons, J.J. Kelly (Wise), 27 games, 1987-8 786- Robert Stokes, King William, 24 games, 1974-5 786- Odell Hodge, Laurel Park, 28 games, 1991-2 782- Roy Ebron, Booker T. Washington, 21 games, 1969-70 776- Randy Poole, Castlewood, 25 games, 1973-4 771- Rick Michaelson, Princess Anne, 20 games, 1969-70 771- Dwayne Gilmore, Ervinton, 21 games, 1993-4 770- Marty Lentz, Mount Vernon, 21 games, 1960-1 769- Jeff Livingston, Coeburn, 27 games, 1980-1 768- Steve Marsee, Pennington, 25 games, 1975-6 768- Ralph Sampson, Harrisonburg, 26 games, 1978-9 768- Antoine Willie, Nansemond River, 28 games, 1994-5 762- Mark Little, Pocahontas, 22 games, 2005-06 759- Tracy Poindexter, Altavista, 24 games, 1977-8 758 - Clyde Austin, Maggie Walker, 24 games, 1974-5 749- Joe Whitfield, Deep Creek, 23 games, 1977-8 748- Ricky Barnes, Greensville County, 29 games, 1992-3 744- Bryant Stith, Brunswick, 26 games, 1987-8 743- Joel Copeland, Southwestern, 20 games, 1969-70 742- Grant Hill, South Lakes, 28 games, 1989-90 741- Calvin Talford, Castlewood, 26 games, 1987-8 740- Jeff Owen, Cleveland, 24 games, 1968-9 737 - Kevin Madden, R.E. Lee-Staunton, 26 games, 1984-5 736- Pee Wee Barber, Harrisonburg, 24 games, 1982-3 736- Stacy Ervin, Twin Springs, 27 games, 1994-95 735- Tim Lewis, Marshall-Walker, 26 games, 1979-80 734- Hubert Davis, Lake Braddock, 26 games, 1987-8 732- Marquie Cooke, Nansemond River, 27 games, 2003-4 727- Antoine Willie, Nansemond River, 27 games, 1995-6 725- Bucky Roman, Lee-Springfield, 29 games, 1975-6 722- Billy Fields, Osbourn Park, 18 games, 1977-8 720- Kevin Morris, Gate City, 24 games, 1987-8 719- Buddy Booker, William Campbell, 24 games, 1959-60 719- Mike Porter, Pulaski County, 29 games, 1983-4 718- Tommy Moore, Whitewood, 22 games, 1970-1 718- Jason Lansdown, Broad Run, 25 games, 1990-1 718- Michael Evans, Booker T Washington, 28 games, 1991-2 714- Moses Malone, Petersburg, 25 games, 1972-3 714- Pete Sessoms, Cradock, 22 games, 1990-1 714- Lavon White, Colonial Beach, 26 games, 1994-95 712- Jamar Walton, Greensville Co., 30 games, 2003-4 710- Montell Watson, Alleghany, 29 games, 2002-3 706- Odell Hodge, Laurel Park, 28 games, 1989-90 703- Bryant Stith, Brunswick, 27 games, 1986-7 702- Danis Simmons, J.J. Kelly (Wise), 26 games, 1988-9 701- Odell Hodge, Laurel Park, 27 games, 1990-1 699 - Coby Turner, Lee-Springfield, 25 games, 1993-9 697- Mike Collins, Flatwoods, 21 games, 1988-9 696- Daynard Jackson, T.C. Williams, 28 games, 1994-5 695- Trazel Silvers, Ervinton, 24 games, 1989-90 695- Steve McNulty, Honaker, 25 games, 1990-1 692- Freddie James, Churchland, 20 games, 1953-4 692- Jason Lansdown, Broad Run, 23 games, 1989-90 690- Harold Jefferson, Matoaca, 28 games, 1974-5 688- Terry Turner, Coeburn, 23 games, 1969-70 688- William Butler, King William, 26 games, 1975-6 687- James Pelham, Hopewell, 28 games, 1992-3 686- Alonzo Mourning, Indian River, 28 games, 1987-8 684- Damon Bacote, Hampton, 21 games, 1992-3 684- Darius Hargrove, Brunswick, 27 games, 2000-01 683- Landon Bays, Twin Springs, 27 games, 1992-3 681- Marc Quesenbery, Galax, 21 games, 1978-9 681- Walker Lambiotte, Woodstock Central, 24 gs, 1984-5 680- Andre Ingram, Highland Springs, 25 games, 2001-02 Sources: -Archives of W. Marshall Johnson, The Associated Press -VHSL Book of Records, 21st Addition-2017-18 -Tanner Cook, Johnson City Press @tcookjcpress -@eh31, swvasports.com
  14. Can Mac get past 2770?

    VHSL Most Points, Career 1) Mac McClung (Gate City, 2014-18) 2,801 2) Caleb Tanner (Floyd County, 2010-14) 2,770 3) Stacy Ervin (Twin Springs, 1993-97) 2,687 4) Andrew Rowsey (Rockbridge Co, 2009-13) 2,646 5) Odell Hodge (Laurel Park, 1989-92) 2,530 6) Steve Marsee (Pennington, 1973-76) 2,459 7) Kenny Hunt (Altavista, 2000-04) 2,368 8) Jason Landsdown (Broad Run, 1989-92) 2,346 9) Tyrece Rice (L.C. Bird, 2001-05) 2,328 10) Scottie Reynolds (Herndon, 2002-06) 2,306 11) Brad Nuckles (Council, 1999-02) 2,290 12) Danis Simmons (J.J. Kelly, 1986-89) 2,275
  15. Can Mac get past 2770?

    Mac McClung season point totals via @tcookjcpress ****3/9: v Robert E. Lee-Staunton 47 (W, 80-65) (Class 2 State Finals) ****3/6: v Graham 42 (W, 70-59) (Class 2 State Semifinals) ****3/2: v Radford 24 (W, 67-48) (Class 2 State Quarterfinals) ***2/24: v Graham 39 (L, 75-59) (Region 2D Finals) ***2/23: v Union 43 (W, 67-47) (Region 2D Semifinals) ***2/21: v Lebanon 41 (W, 80-43) (Region 2D Quarterfinals) **2/17: v Wise Central 41 (W, 83-70) (Mountain 7 District Finals) **2/15: v Abingdon 37 (W, 96-44) (Mountain 7 District Semifinals) 2/7: v Daniel Boone (TN) 45 (W, 91-46) 2/6: v Ridgeview 43 (W, 90-67) 2/3: v Pulaski 47 (W, 89-69) 2/2: v Abingdon 40 (W, 103-51) 1/30: v Battle 42 (W, 84-64) 1/27: v Cleveland (TN) 39 (W, 82-72) 1/26: v Union 30 (W, 82-47) 1/23: v Wise Central 35 (W 99-70) 1/19: v Lee 42 (W, 111-67) 1/13: v Ridgeview 44 (W, 98-60) 1/10: v Abingdon 47 (W, 103-59) 1/6: v Floyd 33 (W, 75-54) 1/5: v Battle 33 (W, 86-40) 1/3: v Union 31 (W, 70-56) *12/30: v Lakota East (OH) 28 (W, 66-54) *12/29: v Fern Creek (KY) 44 (W, 70-68) *12/28: v Tennessee High (TN) 40 (W, 79-43) *12/27: v North Mecklenburg (NC) 26 (L, 80-64) 12/22: v Knoxville Christian (TN) 31 (W, 74-46) 12/19: v Daniel Boone (TN) 35 (W, 75-66) 12/15: v Wise Central 37 (W, 81-42) 12/12: v Lee 47 (W, 96-43) Thru 3/9 totals: 1,153 season points; 38.43 ppg; 2,801 career points Gate City record: 28-2; Class 2 State Champions *- Arby’s Classic **- Mountain 7 District Tournament ***- Region 2D Tournament ****- Class 2A VHSL State Tournament VHSL Records - 2014-2018: Mac McClung, Gate City all-time scorer; 2,801 career points - 2017-18: Mac McClung, Gate City (single season total points; 1,153)
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