While the first six months of 2010 certainly provided some memorable sports moments for Campbell County athletes, the last six months were no different.
From playoff contenders to monumental upsets to a coaching controversy, the “second half” of the season had its share of eye-catching headlines.
The following is a monthly review of the top sports happenings in Campbell County over the past year. This “Sports Year in Review” is being published in two installments. The first six months ran last week, while the final six months is included in today’s edition.
July: Lincoln Memorial University soccer coach Helio D’Anna directed the 3rd annual Campbell County Soccer Association Camp at LaFollette. For the second year in a row, the camp, which is geared toward kids ages 5 and up, had at least 60 participants.
Max Paquette led a field of over 300 runners for the 11th annual running of the Cove Lake 5K. The 25-year-old Paquette won the title with a time of 16 minutes, 24 seconds.
Zak Lewis of Cincinnati set a course record at Deerfield to repeat as Firecracker 5K champion. Lewis, a 27-year-old former University of Dayton runner, finished the demanding course in a scorching 17 minutes, 49 seconds.
The Dunaway Legals, coached by Jim Lane, won the 13-14 Senior League Baseball Championship with a 6-1 mark against teams from LaFollette, Harrogate and Jellico. This was Lane’s fourth consecutive regular season championship in which his teams have accumulated a combined 40-4 record.
The LaFollette Braves won the tee-ball championship tournament by defeating the Orioles, 12-5. The Braves were undefeated all season long.
Caryville’s softball team, the Powell Clinch HEAT, had a winning season with 1st place in the NAGAF invitational Softball Tournament
After winning their opening all-star game vs. Harrogate by a 14-12 count, the Dunaway Legals faced Maryville at Maryville and Eagleton at CCHS. The Maryville All-Stars ran away with a 22-1 victory, while Eagleton ended the Legals’ All-Star run with a 19-5 defeat.
Campbell County High School ramped up its volleyball program with a pair of summer camps. Kara Clemenz, head volleyball coach at the University of the Cumberlands, directed a camp for the CCHS girls. The Lady Cougars also attended a team camp, July 26-28, at Carson-Newman College.
Jeremy Cox, a 23-year-old Samford University graduate, was hired to coach girl’s and boy’s golf at Campbell County High School. He replaced Joey St. John, who stepped down to take a job as assistant principal at Jellico High School.
The Jellico Lady Blue Devils attended the first volleyball team camp hosted by Milligan College. Jellico went 3-1 against Twin Springs, 3-1 against Elizabethton and fared well against all the other teams.
The Campbell County Lady Cougars 13-and-under AAU Basketball team enjoyed a very successful 37-9 season this year, which included winning six area East Tennessee AAU Tournament championships and finishing runner-up in two other AAU tournaments.
About 60 children took part each day in the MEGA Sports Camp held at Faith Way Assembly of God in LaFollette.
August: During a 3-way scrimmage at Seymour High School, the Cougars gave up two touchdowns each to the host Eagles and Science Hill from Johnson City. Sophomore Bo Farris scored Campbell County’s only touchdown.
Recent CCHS graduate Justin Willoughby signed with Hiwassee College to start first base and pitch for the baseball team.
Playing without three injured starters — quarterback Tuffy Shoupe, lineman Keenan Evans and defensive back Matt Marshall — Campbell County had a tough time on both sides of the ball during a 3-way football scrimmage with South-Doyle and Cumberland County. Sophomores Ethan Miller (QB) and Bo Farris (RB) hooked up on a pass play for the Cougars’ only touchdown of the scrimmage.
Campbell County High School’s golf teams got off to a great start this season. Following a home match against Jellico and Claiborne County at the LaFollette Country Club, the CCHS girl’s team had a 13-2 record, while the CCHS boys were 18-13.
Area middle school football fans got a glimpse of their favorite teams during the Jellico Jamboree. The host Blue Devils kicked off the jamboree with a two-quarter scrimmage against Oakdale. Austin Plank scored Jellico’s lone touchdown during a 6-6 tie with the Eagles. In the second game of the night, Bell County shut out Whitley County, 12-0, in a battle of Kentucky heavyweights. Burchfield from Scott County defeated Whitley County, 14-8, in the third scrimmage; and blanked Jellico, 18-0, in the nightcap.
Jellico 8th grader Austin Plank covered a lot of real estate while scoring all of the Blue Devils’ points during a 26-12 jamboree win over the Jacksboro Middle School Junior Varsity. The game was the first of three at the annual Jacksboro Jamboree. Plank ran for two touchdowns, caught a pair of scoring passes and ran for a 2-point conversion. In other action, Carter defeated Lake City. Fulton blanked Jacksboro’s varsity in the nightcap.
LaFollette Middle School quarterback Ethan Jeffers set new school passing marks for yards and touchdowns during the Owls’ 28-8 season-opening football victory over Soldiers Memorial at historic Al Rotella Stadium.
Balance was the buzzword for Jacksboro in a 38-22 season-opening football victory over Rutledge Middle School. The Eagles scored on offense, defense and special teams. Jacksboro also got tackles from 14 different players.
It looked as though Jellico High School’s football team might be able to give Williamsburg a run for its money this year after the Blue Devils rallied from a 20-7 deficit with a touchdown and successful point-after kick with a little over 4 1/2 minutes left in the first half. But the Yellowjackets got stronger as the game wore on and continued to put points on the scoreboard. Williamsburg ended up routing the host Blue Devils, 68-22, scoring 30 more points than it did in last year’s game.
September: Jellico High School’s football team squandered enough scoring opportunities to beat North Greene by two touchdowns. Instead, the Blue Devils ended up losing 12-6 to a team they defeated last season for one of their two victories of 2009.
Frustrating is the word that best sums up the first two weeks of the season for Campbell County High School’s football team. The most recent disappointment for the Cougars was a 21-14 loss to visiting White County, a team they beat by 30 points last year while setting school single-game records for interceptions and interceptions returned for touchdowns.
The drought was over for Jellico’s middle school football team after Austin Plank scored three touchdowns and Caney Minton two more during a 40-0 victory over the Episcopal School of Knoxville that snapped a losing streak over five years in the making.
Paul Courdle rushed for 241 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 14 carries to lead Jacksboro to a 28-12 road victory over Cocke County, a team that has lost only one game since 2008.
Campbell County Soccer Association teams kicked off their seasons, with approximately 300 kids registered for league competition.
Cross-country runners from Campbell County High School fared well in the first two meets of the year. Lauren Evans was girl’s runner-up at the Panther Creek Invitational season-opener near Morristown. Dayne Deavours finished 12th in the boy’s race. During a much larger meet at Cherokee Blvd. in Knoxville, Evans and Deavours both ran personal-best times. Evans finished 6th in the girl’s race, while Deavours took 31st in the boy’s race.
Once again, the Cougars proved to be their own worst enemy as mistakes killed any chance they had of upsetting Anderson County, the state’s fourth-ranked Class 5A team, on its home field. The unbeaten Mavericks (2-0) rode the strong left arm of all-state quarterback Tanner Williams to a 56-7 victory.
Austyn Simmons, a middle school football player for Jellico, was highlighted in a Press sports feature.
Jacksboro Middle School’s football team improved to 3-0 with a 48-0 thrashing of Horace Maynard on the road.
Campbell County High School’s football team suffered a 14-7 setback against District 3 football rival Karns.
Jasper Budd and Ethan Shelly led the Jellico High School boy’s cross-country team to its first-ever victory during the Scott County Invitational at Oneida. The Blue Devils placed three runners in the top 5 and five in the top 23 to edge Cumberland Gap by two points.
Campbell County’s elementary and middle school cross-country teams competed in the Volunteer Cross Country Invitational at Victor Ashe Park.
Campbell County High School golfers placed among the leaders during matches at LaFollette and Beaver Brook. The Cougars lost by five strokes, 148-153, to two-time defending Class AAA state champion Farragut at the LaFollette Country Club. The Lady Cougars also finished second in their match against Farragut. Two days earlier, Campbell County’s teams participated in the District Shootout at Beaver Brook Country Club in Knoxville where the Cougars finished one stroke behind Knoxville Central for third place.
Jellico High School’s football team scored more points against The King’s Academy than it did in the first two games combined. The result was a 33-14 home victory that gave the Blue Devils their first triumph of the season.
Jacksboro’s football team stayed unbeaten at Cookeville with an impressive 14-0 victory over Avery Trace Middle School. LaFollette quarterback Ethan Jeffers went 7-of-7 for 227 yards and 3 touchdowns during a 32-6 win at Maynardville.
Campbell County’s elementary and middle school cross-country teams ran their first race of the season at Victor Ashe Park in Knoxville. Around 1,200
runners competed. This year, the Campbell County team is the biggest it has ever been, with 41 young people out running every day.
The Campbell County High School varsity volleyball team defeated Wartburg.
Dorian Eskridge ran for three touchdowns to help The Hardin Valley Academy football team avenge last year’s loss to Campbell County. The Hawks defeated the visiting Cougars, 56-21, and moved into 2nd place in the District 3 standings behind unbeaten Powell.
Jellico High School’s football team remained winless in District 4 play after a 40-14 loss to the visiting Sunbright Tigers.
Seven years since their last football homecoming victory, the Jellico Elementary School Blue Devils celebrated a 42-34 win over Robbins with a little more gusto. It was also Jellico’s first district victory in several years.
LaFollette made it a sweep for Campbell County teams against Avery Trace with a 14-6 win at Cookeville. Tommy Lawson and Johnny Oakes scored touchdowns for the Owls. A week earlier, Jacksboro defeated Avery Trace, 14-0, at Cookeville.
One of the more exciting middle school games was one involving Jacksboro and Clinton. The previously unbeaten Eagles fell, 16-14, in overtime after losing three fumbles.
Campbell County High School football players and coaches will, no doubt, look back on their homecoming game against District 3 rival Clinton as a chance at victory they let slip through their fingers. The Cougars, who outgained the Dragons 329 to 313 in total offense, matched or exceeded their opponents everywhere except on the scoreboard, where Clinton won, 34-21.
Halfway to the school-record mark of 16 wins they set a year ago, members of the Jellico High School volleyball team celebrated their second consecutive District 4-A regular season championship. The Lady Blue Devils clinched the title with a 25-9, 25-14 victory over visiting Wartburg.
Jacksboro Middle School lost more than the game while playing football at Lenoir City. The Eagles lost star running back Trey Torres, who broke his right arm during the third quarter of a 32-12 defeat.
Shane Bowman completed 19 of 27 passes for 213 yards and rushed for 22 yards and 2 touchdowns on six carries during Campbell County’s 26-12 grasscutter division loss to Lake City.
October: A lack of experience didn’t stop the CC United girl’s middle school soccer team, which won its third consecutive match with a 1-0 victory over Seymour. Lindsay Horton accounted for the only scoring, and leads Campbell County with five goals this season.
The 2nd annual Cumberland Trail 50k Ultra Marathon began on Oct. 16 at Cove Lake State Park and took runners west along the Cumberland Trail.
Jellico High School’s volleyball team defeated rival Campbell County, 25-17, 25-13, at CCHS for its 10th win of the season.
Blue Devils senior Jasper Budd was runner-up to Sterling Smith of Karns, a high school with over three times the enrollment of Jellico, during a cross-country meet at Norris Dam. Even though she had been plagued with a nagging foot injury, Campbell County junior Lauren Evans went toe-to-toe with Jefferson County star Kara Webb before falling behind in the last quarter mile at Norris Dam. Webb took first place with a time of 20:49, a full seven seconds ahead of Evans.
Although LaFollette’s passing game drew rave reviews at the beginning of the season, it was defense that won the Owls an Egg Bowl trophy during their annual feud with archrival Jacksboro.
With a capacity crowd on hand, LaFollette shut out the host Eagles, 10-0, to extend its winning streak to three games and earn a number three seeding in the first round of the Tennessee Middle School Athletic Association Football Playoffs.
Junior tailback Cody Blanc ran for two touchdowns and caught one to lead the Knoxville Central High School football team to a 54-7 homecoming victory over Campbell County.
CCHS junior Lauren Evans won a cross-country race at Victor Ashe Park in northwest Knoxville.
During Jellico’s home game against McCreary, Ky., both middle school football teams wore pink to support Jellico’s Passionately Pink for a Cure. The Blue Devils went all out with a pink stripe down their helmets, pink shoelaces and pink socks. Jellico’s coaches even wore pink shirts during the game.
The Football Owls suffered a 26-20 overtime setback to Huntsville. LaFollette got the ball first in OT but failed to score after controversial pass interference on fourth down.
Jacksboro left little to chance in its game at H.Y. Livesay. The Eagles blasted the home team 40-0 with touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams.
After emerging as Campbell County High School’s dominant female runner during her sophomore season, Lauren
Evans continued her string of success with yet another top-10 finish at the Cherokee Invitational in Knoxville.
Despite playing within the friendly confines of their home stadiums, county high school football teams had a tough week. Campbell County fell 41-7 to unbeaten Powell in a District 3 game, while Jellico lost 48-7 to District 4 foe Wartburg.
Jacksboro advanced to the semifinals of the Tennessee Middle School Athletic Association Eastern Conference Football Playoffs with a 22-8 opening round victory over Avery Trace, a team the Eagles had beaten 14-0 earlier this season during their 4-0 winning streak.
LaFollette quarterback Ethan Jeffers broke his own school record during a 50-36 rout of Horace Maynard in the opening round of the Tennessee Middle School Athletic Association Eastern Conference Football Playoffs. Jeffers passed for a whopping 480 yards and 6 touchdowns. He also ran for a TD
LaFollette Middle School’s basketball teams opened the 2010-11 season with a pair of junior varsity victories over county rival Elk Valley.
The girls’ middle school team from Campbell County has qualified for the state cross-country championships. This is the first time since the Campbell County program started that an entire team has made it to state. The elementary boy’s team from Campbell County also qualified for state.
The second managed elk hunt in Tennessee got underway Oct. 18 at the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area. Five hunters had an opportunity to harvest an elk during the weeklong hunt.
The Glade Springs Baptist Church Outdoor Ministry hosted its 2nd annual 5K for Christ, which was a huge success with approximately 100 walkers, runners and volunteers participating. Joe Sneed of Chattanooga won the fastest male award with a time of 16:51. The fastest female was Jane Mattie of LaFollette with a time of 23:47.
For more than three quarters, it looked as though Oakdale’s 51-game district losing streak was coming to a halt. However, Jellico scored twice in a two-minute span to erase a deficit early in the fourth quarter that propelled the Blue Devils to a 22-19 win over the Eagles.
No one was quite so surprised as Campbell County High School’s boys when the announcement was made for them to receive the runner-up trophy following the Cove Lake Invitational. The Cougars finished 34 points behind CAK in the team standings. Campbell County’s girls finished 4th, but boasted the individual winner, junior Lauren Evans (20:41).
The Cougars refused to throw in the towel and were finally rewarded for their perseverance with their first victory of the season, a hard-fought 21-13 decision at Knox Halls. The win snapped an 11-game losing streak for the Cougars.
The playoff journey ended for the Jacksboro and LaFollette middle school football teams, which were eliminated after semifinal losses. Jacksboro was defeated 12-6 in overtime at Clinton in a game that was eerily similar to the regular season meeting between the two teams. LaFollette met defending TMSAA Football Champion Lenoir City for the second time this season, but the outcome wasn’t much different than the second game of the season, when the Owls lost at home. LaFollette (6-4 overall) dropped the playoff game, 40-8.
November: The Cougars concluded their football season with a 48-7 home loss to longtime nemesis Oak Ridge.
A pair of Jellico High School cross-country runners qualified for the state meet with standout performances during the Region 2 Championships at Knoxville. Jaspar Budd, who ran at state last year as a junior, finished 4th overall in the A/AA boy’s race, while teammate Ethan Shelley placed 6th. In the AAA girl’s race, Campbell County junior Lauren Evans finished 13th overall and missed qualifying for state by less than 12 seconds.
It didn’t take long for archrivals Jacksboro and LaFollette to meet up on the basketball court. The Lady Eagles played the Lady Owls twice during the Horace Maynard Tip-off Tournament, with Jacksboro winning the second and most important meeting of the two teams in the championship game.
The Academy of Martial Arts, located at LaFollette Fitness Center, held a Brazilian Jujitsu Seminar and welcomed back alumnus back to the school Brandon Bolton, a third-degree black belt in Brazilian Jujitsu who began his training at the Academy of Martial Arts in LaFollette when he was 6 years old before leaving to start his own school.
With an overflow crowd cheering on, both of the Christian Academy of Campbell County’s elementary age basketball teams posted victories over neighboring public school rival Valley View to stay unbeaten this season.
LaFollette Middle School’s basketball teams swept Horace Maynard and Grace Christian.
There was plenty of room for improvement following Campbell County High School’s season basketball opener. Neither team was able to pull out a victory during a TSSAA Hall of Fame varsity doubleheader against visiting Morristown West.
Jacksboro Middle School’s basketball teams took different roads to victory during a varsity sweep of visiting Oneida.
Former Campbell County High School standouts Troy Arnold, Phillip and Stephen Wells, and Jellico alum Dustin Buckner were key contributors for the playoff-bound University of the Cumberlands football team.
Having gone through the basketball season relatively untested, LaFollette Elementary School’s girls had to withstand a serious challenge by visiting Valley View. The Lady Owls escaped with a 28-25 win over a determined bunch of Lady Bobcats.
University of the Cumberlands volleyball player Tommie Thompson, a senior from Pioneer, was selected to the Mid-South Conference all-academic team.
Cody Malicoat gunned in a game-high 22 points to lead the Class A Jellico Blue Devils to a 64-58 upset of the Class AAA Halls High School Red Devils in a TSSAA Hall of Fame Game.
Playing host to Sevier County for a TSSAA Hall of Fame doubleheader, both CCHS teams were able to withstand a challenge from the Smoky Bears.
The Lady Cougars won, 51-49, in overtime; while Campbell County’s boys rebounded from a season-opening loss to Morristown West with a 78-76 victory over Sevier County.
LaFollette and Jellico split a pair of elementary basketball games at the LES Gym.
The Lady Owls (9-0 overall) kept their perfect county record intact with a 37-18 triumph over the Jellico girls. Jellico won the boy’s contest, 35-29.
Roston Letner blistered the nets for 22 points to lead the LaFollette Middle School boy’s basketball team to a 58-26 rout of Oneida.
December: Campbell County senior lineman Keenan Evans joined nearly 100 of the state’s top high school senior football players that were chosen to play in the 4th annual Toyota Tennessee East vs. West All-Star Classic on Dec. 11 at Carson Newman College in Jefferson City. Evans started on defense for the East All-Stars and made a quarterback sack.
After going 1-1 during TSSAA Hall of Fame Games played on their home court, the Cougars took their show on the road at Greeneville’s Hal Henard Gymnasium. Campbell County was able to beat the Greene Devils, 79-72, with some clutch shooting by guards Lucas Nelson and Ethan Miller and forward Dylan Stanfield.
At the Foot Locker South Regional Cross-Country Championships at Charlotte, Lauren Evans and Dayne Deavours represented Campbell County. Evans ran in the high school junior/senior girl’s race with 196 participants and finished 31st. Deavours ran in the high school junior/senior boy’s race.
The Jellico High School boy’s varsity basketball team held its own while competing against much larger schools in the Grizzly Classic at Grainger County. Jellico beat host Grainger County, 71-53, on Saturday to conclude the tournament with a 1-2 record.
Campbell County High School’s varsity girls split a pair of basketball games with Maryville and Heritage at the Heritage Thanksgiving Classic.
Former LaFollette High School basketball players gathered at CCHS to pay tribute to legendary coach John R.W. Brown, who coached the Owls from 1947-55 and led LaFollette to three consecutive appearances at the Tennessee State Tournament.
Campbell County High School’s varsity basketball teams won 2 of 3 road games against quality competition.
Opening night of the Campbell County Elementary/Middle School Basketball Tournament went off without a hitch.
The second night, however, was a different story, as snow and extremely cold temperatures forced postponement of games.
Campbell County native Rodney Ellison was named head football coach at Wartburg High School, where he has been an assistant the past 3 years on Dan Shoemaker’s staff. Ellison is a 1996 graduate of Campbell County High School and a 2007 graduate of Tusculum College.
District 4-A rivals Jellico and Coalfield split a pair of varsity high school basketball games at Jellico.
Host Jacksboro Middle swept a pair of varsity basketball games from Horace Maynard.
LaFollette Middle split varsity games with visiting Clinton.
Jellico Middle School and the Christian Academy of Campbell County swept their divisions in the 2010 Campbell County Elementary/Middle School Basketball Tournament at LaFollette. In the large elementary school division, LaFollette’s girls capped an unbeaten season with a championship victory over Valley View. It marked the third consecutive year that the Lady Owls have captured a county title. Jacksboro’s boys beat Caryville in a close game for the boy’s crown.
In the large middle school division championship games pitting LaFollette against Jacksboro, the Lady Owls won the girl’s crown while the Eagles claimed the boy’s title.
After beating District 3-AAA girl’s basketball powers Oak Ridge and Powell during the same week, the Lady Cougars were tied with Hardin Valley for the league lead.
Dewayne Wells, who spent 10 seasons at the helm of the CCHS football program, was told by Sharon Ridenour, interim director of Campbell County Schools, that he would not be back next season as head coach.
After a disappointing end to their previous season, the Campbell County High School varsity girls are making up for it with a great start to the 2010-11 basketball campaign. The Lady Cougars, who were eliminated during the quarterfinals of the 2010 regional tournament back in February, have won 6 of their last 7 games this year for a share of the District 3-AAA lead.