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  • Simpson to be cleared for return

    ccannon@lafollettepress.com

     

    Ethan Simpson’s senior season didn’t go exactly as planned.

    In the second week of the football season, a 39-20 win at Cumberland Gap was overshadowed by an injury.

    Simpson left the game with a torn ACL, a torn MCL, and a half torn meniscus.

    Now, nearly five months after that game, Simpson is being cleared to return to the hardwood for the Cougars.

  • Reserves help Karns past...

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    Going into Tuesday night’s game, Campbell County knew how potent Karns’ junior Devin Sibley could be.

    Before the Campbell County game, Sibley averaged over 22 points per game. He’d also managed a 53 percent (132-of-248) shooting clip.

    He’d scored at least 20 points in 13 of his previous 17 games before Tuesday’s.

  • Three locals compete in 3FC 15

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    Raymond “Noodle” Strohl, Billy White and Chris Shaneyfelt each had fights this past weekend in the 3FC 15 bouts in Pigeon Forge.

    Strohl defeated Nick Baker, an independent from Newport, by an arm bar in the third round.

    “He had me in that triangle, and I was pretty comfortable for a minute,” Strohl said. “Then he started throwing big bombs. I started to go white for a minute, and I told myself not to give up.”

  • Sports News 1-10-13

    Campbell County Youth Basketball

    They Campbell County Youth Basketball Association is taking applications for after school basketball. Applications can be picked up at the LaFollette Community Center. Applications for and adult league will also be taken. The season starts Feb. 1.

    Jacksboro Basketball

  • Miracle on Eagle Circle

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    This week got infinitely better for the Christian Academy Purple Warriors.

    With an uncertain future of a coach or team just before the season began, the team went on an 0-8 skid throughout the season.

    Assistant head coach Mike Smith watched his church burn on Sunday, as him and his son took over the coaching duties on Monday.

    However, everything got better as the Purple Warriors defeated Elk Valley 34-26 in the first round of the county tournament.

  • Taking charge of District 4-A

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    The Jellico Blue Devils took four charges, while having four players score in double figures as they rolled to yet another District 4-A victory Tuesday night.

    Matt Bolton took three charges, as Austin Hunley, Justin Bowlin, and Drew Bruce each drew one, as Jellico rolled to a 59-50 victory.

    “I try my best, even if it is to put my body on the line,” Bolton said. “It’s to give us that extra possession, put more points on the board and try to help my team out.”

  • Jefferson too much for JMS squads

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    The trip to Jefferson Middle School wasn’t the best trip for Jacksboro this season.

    The Lady Eagles took on their district rival, but turnovers hindered the Jacksboro squad, as they fell 43-28.

    “That’s the problem we’ve been having all season,” Jacksboro assistant coach Johnny Morris said. “We’ve been having a lot of turnovers, and we’re getting in a hurry with the ball.”

  • Turnovers thump Lady Blue Devils

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    Jellico turned the ball over 31 times against Oliver Springs on Tuesday night.

    The Lady Bobcats would turn those takeaways into 39 points, as they took the District 4-A win, 67-24.

    “You can’t do that,” head coach Nancy Douglas said. “You can’t handle the ball like that. You’ve got to see the whole floor. I’m not going to make any excuses for it. We’ve just got to work harder on changing things.”

  • Elite Martial Arts training true...

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    Located inside the old Woodson’s Mall, Elite Martial Arts is training true fighters.

    John Long and Ed McDonald work together in teaching different sports such as sports jujitsu, sports grappling and kickboxing.

    “Martial Arts is not difficult,” Long, the head instructor said. “That doesn’t mean it’s easy. The moves are not difficult, but getting good at the moves is the most difficult part.”

  • Column: 'Praise and blame,...

    I’ll have to be honest. When I first heard that Butch Jones was hired for the University of Tennessee job, I wasn’t the happiest.

    I mean, he did get beat by Derek Dooley, 45-23.

    However, after looking up more about Jones and hearing him speak at his press conference last Friday, it seems like he’s going to become the perfect fit for the University of Tennessee.

    After all, it is his dream job.