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Today's Sports

  • Legendary coach John R.W. Brown...

    John R.W. Brown, the man that built a boys’ basketball dynasty at LaFollette High School during the late 1940s and early ’50s, passed away Friday at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville.

    He was 87 years old.

    Brown coached the Owls from 1947-55. He led LaFollette to three consecutive state tournament appearances, including the championship game in 1954.

    “I think all of us just stood in awe of him,” said Kenneth “Smiley” Miller, a starting forward on the ’54 team.

  • Eagles to play for AAA title

    Jacksboro Middle School’s football team will play Oneida Saturday for the AAA Championship.

    The game will be held at Anderson County High School beginning at 6 p.m.

    Last week, the Eagles thrashed Horace Maynard for the second consecutive week to advance to the title game. Jacksboro cruised 41-8 after building a four-touchdown lead in the first half.

  • Jellico falls to Oakdale

     Jellico High School’s football team fell 32-20 Friday night to visiting district foe Oakdale.

    Ryan Irwin and Josh Lay scored touchdowns for the Blue Devils, who had their highest offensive output of the year.

    Jellico will host league rival Oneida tomorrow (Friday) night for its final game of the season.

  • Scouting Report — Campbell...

    In 25 previous games against Oak Ridge, the best Campbell County has been able to do was get within three touchdowns of the Wildcats.

    The Cougars (2-5 district, 3-6 overall) enter this year’s game with one of the top two quarterbacks — senior Tuffy Shoupe — in District 3. Shoupe has completed 55 percent of his passes for 1,530 yards and nine touchdowns this season with 10 interceptions. He has also rushed for 601 yards (4.7 yards per carry) and 10 touchdowns.

  • Cougars place 4th at Cove Lake...

    Both of Campbell County High School’s cross-country teams placed fourth Thursday during the annual Cove Lake Invitational.

    The Cougars had three runners finish among the top five in the boys’ race. 

    Cody Willoughby and Bradley Paul finished first and second, respectively. Willoughby ran the course in 18 minutes, 18.39 seconds. 

    Paul was almost 12 seconds behind him.

  • A rebuilding year

    When a field house visitor asked Jellico High School coach Brad Lawson for a team roster, he offered at first to email one. Then he decided instead on the old-fashioned way. He wrote the names of the players on a whiteboard, which hung on a wall in the cramped and cluttered coach’s office.

  • ’Dogs down Devils

    Jellico’s football team has struggled all season long to score points, and keep opponents out of the end zone. The undermanned Blue Devils scored two touchdowns but lost 60-14 to Wartburg in a District 4-A game Friday night at John R. Dillon Stadium to fall to 0-8.

    “It was nice to get a win in front of the home crowd,” Wartburg coach Rodney Ellison said. “It was our first win at home, but more importantly, it is a district win and it gets us to 2-2 in the district. Hopefully this gets us in a spot to get a wildcard berth.”

  • Burgan breaks scoring records

    Todd Burgan broke six tournament scoring records last week in capturing the 24th Annual TGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Cleveland Country Club. Burgan followed up an impressive round of 63, 9-under par, with a final round 66, 6-under par, to finish the 54-hole tournament at 203, 13-under par, which was eight strokes ahead of second place finishers Matt Robertson and Brandon Cissom.

    The win is Burgan’s second individual state championship. 

  • Campbell County scores first,...

    Dustin McPhetridge was a one-man wrecking crew Friday night for Powell High School’s football team. The senior quarterback rushed for 169 yards and four touchdowns and passed for 164 yards and three TDs during a 69-13 district rout of visiting Campbell County (1-5 district, 2-6 overall).

    The Panthers (7-0 district, 9-0 overall) came into the game ranked third in the state’s Class 5A division.

    “Powell is a very talented football team,” Cougars’ head football coach Justin Price said.

  • Scouting Report — Knox Halls at...

    On paper, this game looks to be as evenly matched as any this season.

    The only district victory for either team came against last-place Clinton. Both teams have new coaches and are averaging 15.3 points per game on offense.

    Defensively, the numbers are also nearly identical. Campbell County (1-5 district, 2-6 overall) gives up almost 37 points per game, as opposed to 38 for Knox Halls (1-5 district, 1-7 overall)

    “ Halls is a much improved team,” Cougars’ head football coach Justin Price said.