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Today's Sports

  • Drills start Monday for LL...

    Tri-City Little League Football coaches will hand out equipment on Friday, July 17 at Linden Park  from 5-7 p.m. and on Saturday, July 18 from 1-4 p.m.

    The first day of practice in pads will be Monday, July 20 from 6-8 p.m. Football players (ages 4-12) and cheerleaders (ages  4-14) may sign up at this time.

    Registration fees are $55 for football players and $85 for cheerleaders.

    Campbell County’s teams include players from Jacksboro, Caryville, LaFollette and Jellico.

    For more information, call 566-1400.

  • Hawks clip Cougars in yet...

    Over the years, Campbell County High School’s baseball program has never been competitive enough to develop a rivalry.

    That may have changed, however, after Monday night’s summer league tournament opener at Strang Field in Oak Ridge.

    The Cougars took a 2-0 lead after three innings against Hardin Valley, fell behind 5-2 in the sixth, then had a runner on first base and a potential winning run at the plate in the top of the seventh. The Hawks hung on for a 5-4 victory in yet another hotly contested game between the two District 3-AAA teams.

  • Caryville 9-10s take third place...

    The Caryville 9-10 Dixie Youth Baseball All-Stars recently participated in the sub-district tournament at Kingston.

    Caryville ended up with a 2-2 record and a third place tournament finish.

    In the opening game, Caryville was defeated 5-4 by Oak Ridge. That loss dropped the Caryville All-Stars into the loser’s bracket where they beat Spring City, 21-4; and Harriman, 15-14 in extra innings.

    The victory over Harriman put the Caryville All-Stars within one game of advancing to the district tournament.

  • Deerfield set to host annual...

    The 3rd annual Firecracker 5K to Benefit Campbell County Schools is set for July 4 at Deerfield.

    The combination run/walk will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Deerfield Restaurant. The entry fee is $25. The first 50 people who register will receive a t-shirt. Prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers. Registration forms are available at the Press.

    Last year’s race generated $7,000 for the Campbell County High School cross-country teams as well as a playground at one of the elementary schools. Race organizers hope to double that amount this year.

  • Cove Lake race set June 27

    Registration is now open for the annual Cove Lake 5K.

    The race is scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday, June 27 at Cove Lake State Park in Caryville.

    Awards will be presented in several age categories. The top three runners overall will receive $150, $100 and $50, respectively.

    The fee is $15 for pre-registered runners or $20 for those who register the day of the race.

    All pre-registered runners should have their entry forms postmarked no later than Friday, June 19.

  • All-Stars picked by LaFollette...

    Voting is over for LaFollette Little League All-Stars, and District 6 Tournament play is set to begin at the end of June.

    The district coaches will meet Saturday at LaFollette to set the upcoming league tournament schedule.

    The list of all-stars for each of LaFollette’s four teams is as follows:

    Boy’s 9-10 baseball

    Players: Clay Lindsay, Josh Hatmaker, Austin Ford, Nicholas Chadwell, Bailey Lawson, Joshua McKillip, Cody Wilburn, Zach Rutherford, Preston Wilson, Marcel Boyd, Cody Walker, Tanner Boston, Jared White. Coach: Marvin Rutherford.

  • Ausmus returns to UT as strength...

    Aaron Ausmus is happy to be back home again.

    Ending weeks of speculation and Internet rumors, the 34-year-old LaFollette native has been hired by the University of Tennessee as director of strength and conditioning for men’s intercollegiate athletics.

    He will be responsible for all of the major and minor sports, including football, basketball, baseball and track. Ausmus began his career as a strength and conditioning graduate assistant on the  Vols’ 1998 national championship football team.

  • Cougars hold their own at...

    They may be young, but that doesn’t seem to faze members of the Campbell County High School boy’s basketball program.

    With 18 of 22 players either freshmen or sophomores, the Cougars played with poise and purpose last week at the Belmont University summer team camp in Nashville, where they played a combined 46 games in five days in three separate divisions: varsity, B-team and freshman.

    “They took everything we threw at them,” said Barry Jones, who is beginning his third year as head coach at Campbell County.

  • Back on the field

    Chris Johnson hadn’t been on a football field in nearly four years, and it showed.

    While playing Saturday for the unbeaten Knoxville Knights — a minor league team that competes in the Alliance League — the former star running back for Campbell County High School admittedly didn’t live up to his usual high expectations.

    Johnson’s best work came on special teams, where he delivered a couple of devastating hits on opposing ball carriers to help his team pin a 39-0 defeat on the Frankfort (Ky.) Falcons.

  • CCHS to host baseball camp July...

    Campbell County High School will host a baseball camp July 13-15 for boys ages 6-14.

    Camp hours will be 9 a.m.-noon.

    Registration will begin at 8 a.m. on opening day of the camp. Players may also pre-register by calling 865-659-7873.

    All campers will receive a camp t-shirt. Cost is $35 per player.