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Today's Sports

  • Cove Lake 5K scheduled for next...

    Race organizers anticipate another large crowd this year for the 14th annual Cove Lake 5K on Father’s Day weekend.

    The race is scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday, June 16 at Cove Lake State Park. 

    Over 250 people either ran or walked the course last year when 26-year-old Knoxvillian Max Paquette beat his closest challenger by almost five seconds to win the Cove Lake 5K. ABSolute Fitness won the team title.

    “Registrations are coming in pretty steadlily,” race director Clarence Lowe said.

  • Division baseball races heat up

    As the end of the regular season draws near for Campbell County Youth Baseball and Softball teams, there are a couple of hotly contested division championship races among the older age groups playing Dixie Youth Baseball.

    The Fight for the Cure team currently holds down the top spot in the 11-12 division, but Po-Hos Ice Cream is running a close second. The Giants are ranked third, while the Marlins are fourth.

  • Malicoat named All-State

    Senior forward Cody Malicoat is the first Jellico High School player to be selected All-State by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association (TSWA).

    Malicoat joined Wartburg junior Alex Fountain as the only District 4 players on the 15-member Class A Boys’ All-State Team.

    Headlining the team are Mark Sandoval and Allen Heaston of state champion Friendship Christian and Jacob Tucker and Cannon Rhodes of state runner-up Perry County.

  • State champ reaches new heights

    Kristin Chapman now stands head and shoulders above Campbell County High School’s most decorated track and field athletes.

    The senior high jumper hit 5-9 Thursday during the Class AAA Girls’ State Championships at Murfreesboro to break her school record and become the only CCHS athlete to win three state titles.

    She posted the winning high jump at state the past three years after finishing 3rd during her freshman season.

    “She reached a goal she had been working a long time for,” said her coach, Billie Ann Evans.

  • Intrasquad scrimmage wraps up...

    Campbell County High School’s football team wrapped up spring practice last week with a wealth of confidence heading into summer break.

    With the season opener less than three months away, the Cougars are well ahead of where they were this time last year, when the team was transitioning between three different head coaches in a span of six months.

    “As a staff, we entered spring with certain goals and expectations,” said Justin Price, who will be going into his second season as head coach at Campbell County. 

  • SPORTS CAMP AND EVENT SCHEDULE

    Relay for Life benefit basketball games will be held Friday, June 1 at the LaFollette Recreation Center. Games will be played at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. The 7 p.m. game will feature the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department vs the Rescue Squad. Admission is $5. Concessions will be sold. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.

  • Norris Coast Guard Auxiliary...

    Members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Norris Lake Flotilla will be providing boat safety checks this summer at a number of marinas around the lake.

    “Boats passing this inspection will be awarded a vessel safety check decal for display,” said Public Information Officer Mike McDonough.

    “The decal attests to the fact that the boat is in compliance with all federal and state requirements. 

    “The inspection is also an opportunity for boat owners or operators to receive one-on-one guidance from a trained boating professional.

  • Tennessee Wildlife Resources...

    Deadline is tonight to apply for elk hunt 

    Sportsmen have until midnight (Central Time) on May 31 to submit their application for Tennessee’s annual elk hunt.

    The hunt will be held Oct. 15-19 at the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area where there will be five elk hunting zones designated.

    Hunters may apply anywhere hunting licenses are sold or online at www.tnelkhunt.org.

  • Flying the coop

    Former Campbell County High School baseball standout Ben Aiken is well on his way to fulfilling a lifelong dream of flying a jet fighter plane.

    Aiken graduated yesterday (May 23) from the United States Air Force Academy and will leave in January for Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi where he will begin training to become a pilot. The night before graduation, he got his lieutenant bars during a commissioning ceremony.

    “This is the best feeling in the world,” Aiken said.

  • A fish tale

    Most kids have a dog or cat for a pet.

    However, Trent Graves and his middle school classmates at the Christian Academy of Campbell County raised a couple hundred rainbow trout fingerlings this year in a project sponsored by the Clinch River Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

    For nearly four months, the students nursed their finny friends in a 55-gallon aquarium in the classroom of math teacher Travis Dunn. On May 14, the trout were large enough (about 2 to 3 inches long) to release into Clear Creek, a tributary of the Clinch River in the Norris watershed.