While the Generals teams battled throughout tough fall and winter sports, individuals performed strongly on both the golf course and the wrestling mat.
ALL THE WAY TO STATE
In golf, junior Olivia Baker’s excellent season carried her all the way to an appearance in the VHSL Girls Open Championship at the Heritage Oaks Golf Club in Harrisonburg.
And Lee’s golf team advanced to the Region 2D championships after finishing as the second-highest team in the Mountain 7 District tournament at Abingdon.
Host Abingdon, a Class 3 team, won the district tournament and advanced to the Region 3D tournament. That left runner-up Gate City and Lee as the two Mountain 7 representatives for the Region 2D event.
Lee’s regional tournament berth came with plenty of excitement. Sarah Vaughn shot a 6 on the last hole of the day at the district tournament to give the Generals a 391 — one stroke better than Wise Central and John Battle — and secured a trip to the region for her and teammates Baker, Caleb Leonard, Robbie Burdett and Mason Taylor.
And in wrestling, Luke Estes took home the bronze medal in the 195-weight class at the VHSL Class 2 championships.
Estes won the Mountain 7 District championship and finished as the Region 2D runner-up in his class.
The Generals’ Isaiah Dotson also posted a solid year on the mats, winning the district championship in the 138 class and earning a Region 2D runner-up finish.
Under the direction of first-year coach Kevon Honeycutt, the Generals finished above the .500 mark after starting the season red hot.
Lee opened the season 9-1, including a victory over Mountain 7 rival Union in the championship game of the Grand Home Furnishings Holiday Classic at the Virginia-Wise Prior Center.
Led by senior Jacob Whitaker’s 15.5 points and 8.4 rebounds per game, Lee advanced to the Region 2D quarterfinals.
Whitaker, who signed to play basketball at Berea, was the Grand Classic MVP, made the All-Mountain 7 team and was a second-team pick on the Times News All-Southwest Virginia squad.
The Lady Generals struggled through a tough Mountain 7 schedule with an inexperienced squad. However, there is renewed enthusiasm for the program next season under new coach Brandon Mosier.
Lee High had its woes on the gridiron under first-year coach Alec Haston, but there were some bright spots. Senior lineman Noah Sage made the Times News All-Southwest Virginia team and earned a position as an invited walk-on at Virginia Tech.
The Lady Generals, led by All-Mountain 7 second- teamer Hannah Reasor, finished sixth in the tough district. Gate City knocked off Lee in the Mountain 7 tournament’s opening round to end the Lady Generals’ season.