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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Aiming for turkeys and bragging...

    Earl Norman tucked a chaw of tobacco in his cheek and slung a handsome 12-gauge semiautomatic shotgun over his left shoulder.

    “This gun kills at both ends,” said Norman, explaining the shoulder-bruising recoil of his trusty Remington Model 11-87.

    Norman, who will be 70 years old next June, joined a dozen or so outdoorsman waiting to take their turn on the firing line Saturday afternoon at the turkey shoot hosted by Bill Lowe on his picturesque Elk Valley farm.

  • It’s a big week for Blue Devils

    This is a big week for the Jellico High School boys’ basketball team.

    Senior forward Cody Malicoat signed a national letter-of-intent Wednesday to play basketball for Middle Tennessee State University. Malicoat was district and region player of the year last season.

    This afternoon (Thursday), the Blue Devils will host Campbell County for a final pre-season scrimmage. A chili supper fundraiser will be held at 5 p.m. Anyone that attends the chili supper will be invited to enter the gym to watch the scrimmage game.

  • Lady Owls participate in tip-off...

    The LaFollette Middle School girls’ basketball team participated in the Tip-off Tournament last week at Horace Maynard Middle School.

    Lady Owl Julia Powell was named to the all-tournament team for her play. LaFollette went 1-2 during the tournament.

  • SPORTS NOTES — November 10