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Mark Palmer was inundated with text messages and phone calls last Friday after news broke that he was leaving his post as Patrick Henry High School’s head football coach to take over the gridiron program at Anderson County in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.


Forty-eight head basketball coaches across six classifications — two dozen guiding girls teams and 24 more directing boys squads — led their teams in VHSL state semifinal games last Tuesday: from Daryl Rountree at Lakeland to Central-Woodstock’s Jeff Whittle; from the beaches of the Tidewater to the Washington, D.C., suburbs to the mountains of Southwest Virginia.

ABINGDON, Va. — Gary Hammer smiled as he entered Latture Field on Thursday night. There was a good reason for that. In the mid-1970s, the speedy Hammer starred at running back in the historic Main Street stadium for the Abingdon Falcons.

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