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BRISTOL, Va. – On a day when the true battle was for second place, Rye Cove’s Katy Roller and Castlewood’s Hunter Hicks could take some solace in silver.

Catherine Grossman of Patrick Henry blitzed the field in winning the girls race and Holston’s Jordan Keith did the same in the boys event on Tuesday afternoon at the VHSL Region 1D cross country championships at Sugar Hollow Park.

Grossman crossed the finish line in 19:53.1, while Roller was runner-up after clocking in at 23:16.9.

“[Grossman] is insanely good,” Roller said. “I saw her at the beginning of the race and then she was gone. I did not see her again after that. Gosh, she’s so good.”

How good, exactly?

Well, Grossman was the state runner-up in 2016 and 2017.

Will she upgrade from second-place to No. 1 this year?

“I’m not sure if this is the year or not,” Grossman said. “I’ve been focusing more on soccer and training for that. I’m just hoping to do as well as I’ve done.”

Grossman wasn’t threatened at all on Tuesday.

“I kind of have to push myself more since nobody is behind me,” Grossman said. “It’s kind of peaceful, though.”

Top-20 finishes by Roller, Grace Rhoton (ninth, 24:59), Vivian Boles (14th, 26:34.6) and Emilee Carlson (17th, 27:03.7) enabled Rye Cove to win the team title for the second straight year.

The Eagles finished with 40 points, getting by Grundy (49 points) and Eastside (51) in the team standings.

Roller and Rhoton are also standouts on Rye Cove’s basketball team.

“It’s good to have Grace there with me in every sport that I play,” Roller said.

Keith navigated the course in 16:18.1 to win the boys race, while Hicks recorded a time of 17:17.8 to grab the second-place medal.

Keith finished third in the state last year, an impressive feat considering it was his first season competing in cross country.

He has to be considered among the favorites in the VHSL Class 1 state meet, which is scheduled for Nov. 9 at Great Meadow in The Plains, Virginia.

“Last year was my first year running that course [in the state meet],” Keith said. “I think I have more experience and I have a better chance at getting it this year.”

Nobody had a chance at catching Keith on Tuesday, not even Hicks.

“Keith was flying,” Hicks said. “I really wanted to beat that Burton kid [third-place finisher Owen Lindsey of J.I. Burton]. He had been ahead of me in nearly everything and beat me in the [Cumberland District] meet. I was going after him and I was going to try my best to get close to the Holston runner, but he was gone.”

Hicks, Zachary Owens (fourth, 18:02.2), Peyton Salyer (sixth, 18:19) and Dylan Ingle (23rd, 20:01) led the way as Castlewood won the team title with a total of 44 points.

J.I. Burton (49) and Holston (65) were behind the Blue Devils.

“That was our goal,” Hicks said. “Last year we got runner-up and it was pretty disappointing. This year we had some seniors came out for the team and they helped out. It feels good.”


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Post Date: Oct 31, 2018

The varsity football game scheduled for Friday, October 26th with Chilhowie High School has been moved to Thursday, October 25th with a start time of 7pm.

The Hogoheegee District Volleyball Tournament scheduled for Thursday, October 25th has been moved to Monday, October 29th at Patrick Henry.The JV championship will be At 4:00pm and semi-final games starting at 6:00pm and 7:30pm respectively.

Post Date: Oct 24, 2018

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Allen Gregory | Bristol Herald Courier - Sep. 23, 2018

Catherine Grossman has charted out a busy fall schedule.

In addition to competing in cross country, the Patrick Henry junior is playing travel soccer with a Southwest Virginia-based team.

“I’m hoping to better myself in each sport,” Grossman said.


Judging from Saturday’s performance at Steele Creek Park, the twin-sport athlete is on the right course.

Adjusting to the hills, the morning heat and a diverse field of 179 competitors, Grossman finished sixth at Bristol Cross with a time of 20 minutes and 38.8 seconds.

“I’m pretty happy with that,” Grossman said. “I was hoping to get in the top seven, and I achieved that goal.”

Grossman also sliced 20 seconds off her Bristol Cross time last year.

“I haven’t really heard of some of the schools in the meet today, but the large field motivated me to do my best,” Grossman said.

David Crockett senior Taylor Roy was certainly motivated. Leading from start to finish, Roy posted a time of 19:04.2. Knoxville Catholic junior Eleanor Mancini was a distant second at 19:24.4.

Roy’s original plan was to shadow Mancini, who was within 40 yards of the lead within the first mile. Roy then ended the suspense.

“I was ahead, so I just ran my own race after that,” Roy said. “The heat wasn’t an issue for me. We train in the hot weather all the time and we usually run on the road. I just tried to ignore my surroundings and run my race.”

Roy entered the day with a lofty goal.

“This is a really hard course, but I was hoping to get into the 18’s,” Roy said.

The large fan contingent cheered loudly as Roy summoned the energy for a mad dash to the finish line.

“My time was 18:20 with about 300 yards left,” she said. “I told myself that I was going to make it so I pushed the rest of the way. I credit my success to my team. We’re hoping to qualify for the state meet.”

Knoxville-based Hardin Valley Academy took the team title with a score of 48. Daniel Boone (69) and David Crockett (93) rounded out the top three.

A three-time qualifier to the state cross country meet, Roy said she has attracted recruiting interest from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga along with UT-Martin, Tennessee Tech and King University.

“The best I’ve finished at state is 19th. I’m hoping to finish in the top 10 and make all-state this year,” Roy said.

Abingdon finished 12th in the 25-team girls field, with Tennessee High (16th) and Sullivan East (17th) close behind.

As for Grossman, the day had a different feel. Her brother Gavin, who compiled a sterling resume as a distance runner at PH, now attends the College of William and Mary where he competes in Ultimate Frisbee and studies computer science.

“It’s different not having Gavin on the team to be like a role model for me. I feel like I kind of have to step into the place that he filled,” Grossman said.


Catherine Grossman finished second the past two years in the Virginia High School League Class 1 cross country meet. In the state track and field meets, she recorded victories at in the 1,600 and 3,200 as a freshman before settling for second in both events last spring.

Grossman, a midfielder, also helped the Patrick Henry coed soccer team advance to the Class 1 quarterfinal last year before falling to eventual state champion Galax. She currently travels the Southeast with the Southwest Virginia Rush travel team, which practices in Abingdon and draws players from throughout the region.

“We lost a lot of seniors in soccer, but we’re hoping to come back strong,” Grossman said. “The endurance required for running helps with soccer. I want to focus more on soccer for college, but I wouldn’t want to cut out running. A lot of kids focus on one sport now. I like the balance I have.”

Sullivan Central senior Maci Cloninger finished in the No. 40 spot at 22:43, with Abingdon senior Kimberly Large two positions behind.


Post Date: Sep 25, 2018

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Patrick Henry running back Zach Brown scored three touchdowns and had over 200 all-purpose yards in the Rebels win over Twin Springs last week. His efforts earned him our News 5 WCYB Player of the Week award.

Post Date: Sep 20, 2018

Washington County Public Schools will be offering families an opportunity to review the Family Life Education materials, curriculum and videos, that will be used in the 2018-2019 school year instruction.
The review will be held on Tuesday October 9, 2018 in the Abingdon High School Library from 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. WCPS nurses will be available from the area schools to answer your questions about Family Life Education
curriculum in Washington County.

Family Life Education Flyer.pdf

Post Date: Sep 6, 2018