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Today's Sports

  • Bears ambush CCHS at Sevierville

    After upending Farragut two nights earlier in the season opener, the Campbell County High School boys’ basketball team couldn’t pull off another upset Thursday at Sevier County.

    The Cougars fell 54-44 to the Smoky Bears, who were minus five players still involved in the state football playoffs and another two that were out with injuries. And three of those players were starters.

  • Chadwell leads Crusaders to...

    In his third season as head football coach at North Greenville University in Tigerville, S.C., Caryville native Jamey Chadwell led the Crusaders into the NCAA Division II playoffs for the first time in school history.

    Last weekend, the South Atlantic Conference champions trumped that by blasting Albany (Ga.) State, 63-14, for their first ever playoff victory.

  • Gaylor is moving up motocross...

    Sixteen-year-old Clay Gaylor has made the most of his short time as an All-Terrain Vehicle racer.

    Less than two years after giving up golf, baseball and basketball for racing, the Campbell County High School junior is winner of a Thor Mega Series Amateur B Class Championship.

    Gaylor took 1st place in the points series, which included races in Tennessee, Virginia, Alabama and Georgia. He won all his races, except one in which he finished second.

    Gaylor is five years younger than most of his competitors.

  • Lady Owls’ jayvee tops Jacksboro

    The LaFollette Middle School girls’ junior varsity basketball team defeated rival Jacksboro, 30-21, last week.

    Kasi Phillips led the Lady Owls with 11 points, followed by Julia Powell with eight, Bailey Rutherford four; Jayla Nelson, Bella Luna and Meredith Rippy two each; and Carlie Baldwin one. Jacksboro was led by McKenzie Charles with six points, followed by Stacy Morton with five, Megan Muggridge four; and Trinity Hood, Caitlin Davis and Autumn Meadows two each.

  • Malicoat signs with MTSU

    Jellico High School senior Cody Malicoat became the school’s first NCAA Division I basketball signee last Wednesday when he signed a national letter-of-intent to play for Middle Tennessee State University.

    Coaches, administrators, family and members of the Blue Devils’ basketball team gathered in the Jellico library to watch Malicoat put his name on the dotted line.

    “It feels great to sign with MTSU,” Malicoat said.

  • Hoops rivals clash in final...

    Preseason scrimmages normally don’t draw a big crowd.

    However, Thursday night’s high school boys’ basketball scrimmage between Class AAA Campbell County and Class A Jellico teams had fans scrambling for seats.

    With MTSU signee Cody Malicoat scoring eight points in the first half, the host Blue Devils took a 20-19 advantage at intermission.

    After halftime, though, the Cougars found a way to shut down Malicoat, who was held scoreless during the final two quarters.

  • Cougars are banking on Litton

    Campbell County High School senior forward Nick Litton has come a long way over the past two basketball seasons.

    As a sophomore, Litton averaged 6.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per game while playing third fiddle to the Cougars’ towers of power — Sean Chapman and Cody Malicoat.

    However, after Chapman graduated and Malicoat transferred to Jellico, Litton became the go-to guy for Campbell County. Almost overnight, his scoring average jumped from single to double digits (17.9 ppg).

  • Devils want repeat performance

    Last season, Jellico High School’s boys won just about everything except an all-expenses-paid trip to the state Class A basketball tournament.

    Graduation in May decimated the Blue Devils’ roster. But it didn’t dim their hopes.

    “We did graduate seven seniors, so we can’t expect to come back and hit on all cylinders,” Jellico coach Mike Reynolds said.

    “In a couple of months, we might be a pretty good team. We’ll just have to wait and see.”

  • CCHS teams split with Farragut

    Campbell County High School’s varsity basketball teams split their season opener Tuesday night at Farragut.

    The boys’ team posted an impressive 48-39 come-from-behind victory in Matt Housley’s coaching debut. 

    Senior forward Nick Litton paved the way with 16 points, followed by Corey Poteet with 13, Tyler Chapman 10, Jordan Kindred four, Ethan Simpson three and Trey Torres two. 

    The Cougars spotted the Admirals a 16-0 lead before storming back to take the lead in the second half.

  • Lady Owls win three

    The LaFollette Middle School junior varsity girls defeated county rival Elk Valley and Heritage Academy last week.