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Top 15 sports moments during 2013-2014

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By Chris Cannon

1. Nick Bailey’s run at Oak Ridge

Nick Bailey had just punted a 34-yard kick, which Campbell County was able to recover after a fumble.

Times were desperate, as the Cougars led the Wildcats by only seven with less than two minutes remaining in the final quarter.

Six plays later, the Campbell County sideline looked as if the Cougars had won a national championship, as Bailey followed Christian Monday from 21 yards out to knock off Oak Ridge for the first time in school history.

The game ended a 27-game losing streak that dated back to 1975.

The closest the team had ever come to defeating was a 35-14 loss in 1983, but it was much more.

The game proved to be one that caused many fans to believe the historic 2013 was for real.

“If they don’t believe it tonight, after what we just did, I don’t think they ever will,” defensive coordinator Matt Price said after the game. “I’d be hard-pressed to find somebody around here that don’t believe it now.”

The play was just one of the many plays that Bailey had a huge part in during the season of firsts.

The senior posted 18 tackles, while scoring three rushing touchdowns against Central High School to help the team go 3-0 for another school first.

Bailey led the team with 118 tackles, while scoring numerous touchdowns across the ground.

He, along with Joseph Elkins and Ethan Jeffers, was named All-State — the first players to garner such at honor at CCHS.

2. Rusty Provins wins fifth title

Rusty Provins won his fifth state title for Cumberland Gap High School with a throw of 60 feet, 2 inches.

The senior won the contest by nearly 14 feet, as the closest competitor to him came from Signal Mountain High School.

“I thought it was a good throw — 60 feet looks really good on a score sheet,” Provins said.

Provins has competed in eight state championships, winning three in shot put and two in discus.

3. Tucker Cain brings homecoming happiness

Tucker Cain became the big dog on campus after he helped the Campbell County Cougars win homecoming during his senior season.
Cain knocked down a 3-pointer from the left corner with 1.2 seconds left against Central High School for a 72-71 homecoming win. He had hit two treys and all four of his free-throw attempts during the big game.
“Obviously, I’m very proud of Tucker,” head coach Matt Housley said after the game. “He hadn’t played up to his potential all game and had a few turnovers, but he showed a lot of maturity and bouncing back and not letting that affect his confidence.”

4. Bowman the Showman

Shane Bowman came around the right edge, crossing the goal line with 19.6 seconds remaining in the game to give Oneida Middle School its first loss in five years, 14-10.
The eighth grader finished the game going 13-of-20 through the air with four drops for 93 yards. He had 13 yards on three carries and two touchdowns. He also added three tackles and a forced fumble.

5. Halfback Happiness

It was possibly the most perfectly timed play of the entire 2013-14 season.
With the Cougars’ season on the line, the team had just lost a lead against District 3-AAA foe, Powell, as they trailed 21-20 with 48 seconds remaining.
Trey Torres found a 37-yard kickoff return to get the team to the Powell 47-yard line. On the next play, Ethan Jeffers threw and outlet pass to Torres, who looked to run.
He hit the brakes, finding Preston Miller wide open down the far sideline. Miller scored to secure the 26-21 victory.

6. Golf Champions

LaFollette Middle School had lost only one tournament all year long — against Sacred Heart of Maryvile.
The team scampered through the remainder of the district and regional tournament, before meeting the team again at the East Tennessee State tournament.
LaFollette won the tournament with a score of 190, barely edging Sacred Heart’s score of 198.
Katie Wells shot an 88, while Gracie Gaylon shot a 102. Alexis Foster shot a 106 on the tough course.

7. CCHS Classic Champs

Trevor St. John and Craig Wilson won the 2014 Bass Pro Shops High School Classic on Douglas Lake — the first event of its kind.
The duo caught a total weight of 16.65 pounds to gain the honor.
Wilson and St. John also won the first-ever Bass Pro Shops High School Qualifying Event, which was held on Cherokee Lake.

8. Not your average Joe

Joseph Williams made sure his senior night was one to remember on the Campbell County High School baseball diamond.
The senior blasted two homeruns in the same inning.
Williams led the team in 2014 with a total of four blasts.

9. Beaming for Jellico

Carla Beams became a force to be reckoned with as the season wore on for the Jellico Lady Blue Devils.
Beams pulled down a total of 27 boards against Oneida High School — a tally that ranked near the Jellico High School rebounding record.
Beams was named to the District-4A All-District team during the fall for her improved skills in the post for the Lady Blue Devils.

10. Sweet Sixcess

Rachel Nelson ran her race at the Sectionals in Johnson City, earning her a spot in the TSSAA Spring Fling state meet in Murfreesboro.
The senior posted a time of 16.02 seconds, which was good enough for third place.
She said her goal was to go to state, as she has yet another season to go even further.
This was the sixth year in a row the Campbell County track team has had at least one competitor at state.

11. Courdle clips Clinton curse

In a back and forth homecoming game, the Campbell County High School football team needed some momentum leading only 41-40.
Paul Courdle came off the left edge, clinching Clinton quarterback Tyler Thackerson in the backfield and a victory in the process.
The win was the first-ever over Clinton inside L. Hope Dossett Stadium, while ranking as the closest game since a 10-9 victory over Science Hill High School on Oct. 19, 2007.

12. Jellico ranks volleyball champions

The Jellico High School volleyball team clipped Oakdale for a 3-0 win, 25-13, 25-21, 25-20, to win the District 4-A Championship.
The Lady Blue Devils went the entire season without a loss in District 4-A play, before falling in the regional tournament.

13. Double down

The Jellico Lady Blue Devils had three different players rank double-doubles against Scott High, to win 70-52.
Natasha Taylor scored 19 points, while pulling down a total of 10 rebounds. Courtney Charles finished the game with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while sophomore Carla Beams had 13 points and 12 rebounds.

14. Stretching

Colby “Stretch” Bailey scored 16 points and pulled down 22 rebounds to help LaFollette Middle School past Jacksboro Middle School early in the season. Bailey blocked John Porter’s last-second shot to win, 30-26.

15. Historic goal

Michalea Smith scored the first-ever goal for the Campbell County High School soccer program.
Her goal came during the second half against Catholic High School, as Smith bolted for the goal, finding the back of the net during the 3-2 loss.
“My dad said that when I scored the first one, it looked like we’d just won the World Series or something,” Smith said.