Looking back at the year in sports

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By Dwane Wilder

It’s been a year to remember for athletes and sports teams in Campbell County.


From Corey Carrington’s state championship in decathlon to the CCHS football team’s second consecutive appearance in the state football playoffs, local athletes racked up many notable accomplishments throughout the past 12 months.

As time continues to march on, the LaFollette Press takes a look back at the events that shaped athletics in Campbell County during 2008.

January: The Campbell County High boy’s basketball team won all three games it played during the Pilot Foodmart-Winter Classic at Knoxville Catholic; the CCHS girl’s team won two of its three games at the same tournament.

Cougars’ junior guard Chris Poteet scored a career-high 44 points, including a school record nine 3-pointers, during an 84-63 loss at Morristown East. The following week, Poteet scored 31 points during a 79-58 loss to once-beaten Oak Ridge. CCHS football player Corey Chapman was nominated as an Old Spice Red Zone Player of the Year.

Campbell County was well represented at the inaugural Border Bowl all-star football game by CCHS coach Dewayne Wells, CCHS defensive end Chase Evans and Jellico defensive back Dustin Buckner.

Rebekah Powell was crowned basketball homecoming queen at CCHS; Blake Potter was named Mr. Spirit.

Jacksboro Middle’s varsity basketball teams swept five consecutive opponents. Jacksboro Middle’s girls clinched the top seed in Area 2; the Lady Eagles went on to win the basketball tournament and point guard Courtney Morris was named MVP. Wartburg put the number two seed Lady Owls out the first night of the tournament. The JMS boys fell 61-40 to Robertsville in the boy’s Area 2 championship game. LaFollette’s boys finished third after winning the consolation game.

February: Former track and cross-country star Jack Faulkner was inducted into the University of Cumberlands (formerly Cumberland College) Athletic Hall of Fame. Jacksboro’s girls and LaFollette’s boys made it to the final eight of the Tennessee Middle School Athletic Association Eastern Sectional Basketball Tournament.

For the second consecutive season, the CCHS boy’s basketball team suffered a season-ending loss at Karns in the first round of the District 3-AAA Tournament. The Cougars finished with a 14-14 record in Barry Jones’ first season as coach, which is twice as many wins as they had the previous season.

The Lady Cougars had to go overtime to beat Karns for third place and their 20th win of the season.

The Jellico High boy’s basketball team fell 60-52 to Hancock County in the District 2-A championship game while the Lady Blue Devils topped Washburn for third place in a consolation game.

Campbell County’s girls were eliminated in the first round of the regional tournament by host Maryville.

Kristen Marlow scored a career-high 27 points in her last game as a Lady Blue Devil, an opening round regional tournament loss at Hampton. Jellico’s boys were also eliminated by Hampton in the first round of regional play.

The CCHS football team began spring practice earlier than ever in order to take advantage of a lull between basketball and spring sports seasons.

JMS point guard Courtney Morris and LMS forward Dylan Stanfield were named to their respective All-East Tennessee Basketball Tournament teams.

March: Thirty-four elk were released by state wildlife officials at the Royal Blue Wildlife Management Area; it was the fifth such release since 2000.

Jellico High football standout Dustin Buckner accepted a scholarship offer from the University of the Cumberlands.

The JMS boys broke two school records and finished second overall in a 12-team track and field meet at Lenoir City.

Jellico High’s softball team pitched an 8-0 shutout against rival Campbell County.

Jared Laverdiere, a sophomore from Jacksboro, led the Maryville College men’s basketball team to conference regular season and tournament championships and a 10th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament.

The Campbell County Cougars’ 15-16 year old AAU boy’s basketball team won back-to-back tournaments.

Josh Schertz, who had coached five years at NCAA Division I High Point University (NC), replaced Hugh Watson as head men’s basketball coach at Lincoln Memorial University.

April: LaFollette Middle’s girls piled up a school-record 125 points to win a four-way track and field meet at CCHS.

LaFollette native Diana Carson has the Tennessee Tech women’s golf team in the hunt for a conference championship.

The CCHS baseball team ended a 25-game losing streak with an 8-7 win over Union County.

A Night at the Fights boxing promotion at CCHS featured local Golden Gloves champ Ben Foust putting his 8-0 record on the line against North Carolina middleweight James Mullins. Foust was a unanimous winner after four rounds.

The Jellico High softball team completed a rare season sweep of CCHS with a 7-3 victory at Jacksboro.

CCHS junior Trammell Marlow pitched a one-hit, 3-0, shutout of Claiborne County High‘s baseball team.

LaFollette’s girls and Jacksboro’s boys claimed their first Area 2 middle school track and field titles and placed second overall at the sectional championships.

Haley Williams, a winner in three events, led the Lady Cougars to their first track and field victory of the season.

Ben Aiken, a senior on the CCHS baseball team, received appointments to the United States Naval and Air Force academies. He chose to attend Air Force.

May: The CCHS baseball team was eliminated by Knox Halls in the opening round of the District 3-AAA Tournament.

Corey Carrington was a two-event champion for Campbell County at the Metro 8 Track and Field Meet. Carrington returned to the state track and field meet after winning a sectional championship in the 300 hurdles and finishing second in the 110 hurdles. Teammate Justin Young qualified for state in the high jump.

The Jellico High softball team finished another unbeaten regular season (7-0) in District 2-A and captured an eighth consecutive league tournament championship while winning a school record 30 games. The Lady Blue Devils were eliminated by North Greene in their regional opener.

Washburn eliminated Jellico’s baseball team from the District 2-A Tournament.

The CCHS softball team had to forfeit its District 3-AAA Tournament opener after only eight players showed up for a game against Knoxville West.

The CCHS doubles team of Lindsey Sharp and Taylor Bailey posted an 8-3 win against district rival Oak Ridge.

The JMS boy’s golf team finished second in the state tournament at Deerfield after a three-stroke loss to Oak Ridge-Robertsville; Corey Bray was state runner-up. The Lady Eagles’ golf team placed third at state with Mikayla Vican taking third individually.

Carrington won a state championship in decathlon.

Foreign exchange students Jose Ramirez of Mexico and Moyu Otsu of Japan were favorites among their teammates on the CCHS tennis team.

The Campbell County Lady Cougars’ 11-and-under girl’s basketball team boasted a 21-4 record, half a dozen AAU tournament championships and two runner-up finishes during the 2008 season.

LaFollette and Jacksboro middle schools wrapped up spring football practice.

Les Stiers was hired as head football coach at Jellico Elementary.

June: Union County’s Brad Collette was hired as Campbell County’s new head baseball coach.

Football player Chris Honeycutt of LaFollette, a recent graduate of the University of the Cumberlands, was named a Hutton Scholar.

Over 50 young people attended basketball camp at CCHS.

The LaFollette Cubs posted an undefeated regular season in tee-ball.

Former University of Tennessee star Jeff Day shattered the course record by 11 seconds to win the annual Cove Lake 5K.

The Braves’ 11-12 year old baseball team completed an unbeaten season and captured another LaFollette Little League championship.

Members of the Campbell County sports community mourned the death of Dickie Householder, a long-time recreation worker for the city of LaFollette.

The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association announced plans for a statewide realignment of football.

The CCHS girl’s basketball team defeated Knox Halls and Fulton at a one-day mini camp, then won six of eight games at the LMU Team Camp.

The CCHS boy’s basketball team made a strong showing at the Belmont University camp in Nashville, where the Cougars won 13 of 14 games.

Campbell County High hosted a football camp for fourth through eighth graders.

The Tennessee Storm girl’s AAU basketball team placed third at a national tournament.

The Yankees were champions of Jellico’s 9-12 Little League Baseball division with a perfect 9-0 record.

The Pirates won the 13-14 LaFollette Junior League Baseball regular season championship with a final record of 14-2.

Local youth participated in the summer track and field program at CCHS.

July: LaFollette’s Senior League Baseball All-Stars finished 3-1 in pool play to advance to the double elimination round. The LaFollette Senior Leaguers eventually finished second to unbeaten Maryville while the LaFollette Junior Leaguers finished third in the district.

Nearly $7,000 was raised by runners and sponsors for Campbell County public schools during the 2nd annual Firecracker 5K at Deerfield.

The Caryville 5-6 year old Baseball All-Stars were sub-district champions.

Over 40 young people showed up for a free baseball camp at CCHS led by the Cougars’ new baseball coach, Brad Collette.

Jacksboro Middle had nearly 60 boys in attendance at its annual football camp.

Members of the CCHS football team attended a Fellowship of Christian Athletes camp on the campus of Tennessee Tech University.

Former CCHS and University of Tennessee golfer Todd Burgan won his first Greater Knoxville Amateur Open title.

The Caryville Red Sox 7-8 year old baseball team finished the season with a 12-0 record and league tournament championship.

August: Members of the Lincoln Memorial University soccer team directed a soccer camp for youth in LaFollette that was hosted by the Campbell County Soccer Association.

Greg Ensor reflected on the state record brown trout he caught 20 years ago—August 30, 1988—on the Clinch River below Norris Dam.

The CCHS football team was unbeaten in pre-season scrimmages, including a 7-0 jamboree victory over White County The Cougars officially kicked off their football season on Aug. 22 at Maynardville with a 33-6 rout of Union County in the annual Battle of Norris Lake. A week later, CCHS destroyed visiting Powell, 41-22, to improve their record to 2-0.

Running back Ethan Simpson rushed for 210 yards and four touchdowns during Jacksboro Middle’s 38-14 rout of Jefferson at Oak Ridge.

Campbell County High golf teams swept district rival Powell.

September: The CCHS football team dropped its conference opener, 20-18, at Jefferson County. After a three-point home loss to Clinton, the Football Cougars were 2-2 overall heading into a non-region game against Heritage, which they demolished, 47-18.

Village Florist and First National Bank finished first and second, respectively, in the 8th annual Campbell County Children’s Center Softball Tournament.

The CCHS girl’s cross-country team was runner-up in a race at Panther Creek.

After back-to-back losses to Grace Christian and North Anderson County, the LMS football team got its first win, 16-8, over visiting Huntsville.

Freshman Corey Bray fired in a 1-under 69 to lead the CCHS boy’s golf team to a runner-up finish during the District 3-AAA Tournament at Beaver Brook.

Campbell County’s volleyball team picked up its second victory of the season with a 3-1 decision at Cumberland Gap High.

The JMS football team beat homecoming opponent Avery Trace, 12-6, for its fourth consecutive victory.

The Lady Cougars’ cross-country team took second place during a meet hosted by Johnson Bible College. Both CCHS cross-country teams were winners of the Norris Dam Invitational.

Students from Elite Martial Arts in LaFollette traveled to Georgia for a tournament where they ranked near the top in their respective divisions.

October: The CCHS football team spoiled Sevier County’s homecoming with a surprising 48-28 rout of the Smoky Bears during which the Cougars set new school records for rushing yardage and most points scored in a single game.

The Lady Cougars’ cross-country team won its second consecutive race with the top finish at the Knoxville Interscholastic League’s Invitational Division Championship.

Jacksboro Middle’s football team extended its winning streak to six with a 46-0 win over LaFollette that clinched the Eastern Division championship for the Eagles.

Jellico High’s football team lost a 13-12 heartbreaker to The King’s Academy.

Bearden spoiled Campbell County High School’s Football Homecoming, 21-14. Megan Combs, a senior, was crowned as 2008 CCHS Football Homecoming Queen.

Carlie Childress captured her second consecutive Cove Lake cross-country individual championship while leading the Lady Cougars to the team title.

Jacksboro Middle was eliminated from the playoffs, 20-0, by Oak Ridge-Robertsville, a team the Eagles defeated earlier in the season. LaFollette lost 34-0 at Lenoir City.

The Jellico High volleyball team finished its season with an 8-15 record.

Cross-country runners from CCHS wrapped up the 2008 season at the Region 2-AAA Championship Meet; the Lady Cougars finished 9th while the boy’s team placed 11th.

Middle school and elementary cross-country runners from Campbell County concluded their season at the state championships in Knoxville.

LaFollette Middle’s basketball teams opened the season with a varsity sweep of Lake City.

Former LaFollette basketball coach Vic King, now coaching cross-country at Union County High, had a runner qualify for the state meet for the first time in school history.

Campbell County High’s football team qualified for the playoffs for the second consecutive season with a 28-6 Halloween rout of Karns. Jellico High’s football team was denied victory in its final game when the Blue Devils came up a point short, 18-17, to Unaka.

Jacksboro fisherman Wayne Prater won the Bassmasters Southern Regional to qualify for the national tournament.

November: The season ended for Campbell County’s football team with a 38-12 loss at Ooltewah in the opening round of the state playoffs.

The JMS boy’s basketball team got off to a 2-0 start with road wins at Wartburg and Oneida.

Campbell County High’s varsity basketball teams opened the season with home victories over Cumberland Gap (boys) and Claiborne County (girls).

The Cougars got a record five picks—running back Tyler Albright, defensive tackle Preston Young, center Keenan Evans, and twin defensive backs Phillip and Stephen Wells—on the All-Big East Conference Football Team.

Jacksboro Middle’s boys toppled LaFollette’s basketball team from the ranks of the unbeaten, 39-32. The CCHS boy’s basketball team lost an overtime game, 63-57, at Morristown West.

Campbell County High ROTC cadets finished 10th in their division and ranked among the top three teams in rope bridge and cross-country rescue at the National Raider Challenge.

The Jellico High boy’s basketball team took an early lead in the District 2-A race with a 66-55 win at Hancock County.

Campbell County High football coach Dewayne Wells announced his team’s 2009 varsity schedule, which includes district games against former foes Anderson County, Knoxville Central, Clinton, Knox Halls, Karns and Oak Ridge.

December: The CCHS boy’s basketball team got 29 points from the bench to win an important district game at Clinton, 76-63.

Jellico High landed three players on the All-Region 1-1A Football Team: running backs Ryan Morris and Josh Kennedy, and place-kicker Jacob Teetzman, who was named special teams player of the year.

Jacksboro Middle hosted the annual Campbell County Elementary and Middle School Basketball Tournament. LaFollette Elementary, Jacksboro Middle and the Christian Academy of Campbell County each boasted two tournament titles while Elk Valley and Wynn got one apiece.

Jacksboro, LaFollette and Caryville finished first, second and third—respectively—in the elementary cheerleading competition.