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Today's Sports

  • Blue Devils are in the driver...

    With all their starters back in the lineup, the Jellico High School boys were again the toast of the town Friday night.

    An overflow crowd cheered on wildly, as the host Blue Devils trounced defending champion Hancock County, 73-54, to take sole possession of first place in the District 2-A basketball race.

    Forwards Jesse Chambers and Thomas Ridenour led five Jellico scorers in double figures with 13 points each. Ben Mitchell chipped in 11, followed by Darius Marlow and Matt Ayers with 10 each, and Jeremiah Thompson nine.

  • Eagles stay in hunt for TMSAA...

    Jacksboro’s boys remain the only Campbell County middle school basketball team in contention for a large-school division championship.

    The Eagles crushed Wartburg, 55-27, Saturday afternoon in the Area 2 North consolation game to advance to sub-sectional play this week.

    Ethan Simpson poured in 19 points to lead all scorers while Jacksboro teammate Jordan Kindred chipped in 14. Afterward, both boys were named to the all-tournament team.

  • Varsity swept by Oak Ridge; CCHS...

    If taken to heart, the old Greek proverb, “every dog has his day” would go a long way toward soothing the bruised ego of Campbell County High School varsity basketball teams, which were soundly swept Friday night by district rival Oak Ridge.

    The Lady Cougars suffered the worst of the two defeats, 85-45, but stand to gain the most in the immediate future. Campbell County won the girl’s junior varsity game, 40-38, after having beaten the Lady Wildcats’ freshman team, 57-34, the previous night.

    Things are definitely looking up for next season.

  • Jellico clinches 2-A title

    Longtime Jellico High basketball fans can scarcely recall the last time their boy’s team won a district regular season title.

    The school’s first and only tournament championship team was easy enough to remember. The 1991-92 Blue Devils captured a District 2-A crown and fell one game short of reaching the state tournament.

    But, until Friday night, when Jellico rallied for a 67-61 victory over Cosby, the Blue Devils hadn’t won a regular season championship since 1951.

  • Cougars clicking again

    Longtime Jellico High basketball fans can scarcely recall the last time their boy’s team won a district regular season title.

    The school’s first and only tournament championship team was easy enough to remember. The 1991-92 Blue Devils captured a District 2-A crown and fell one game short of reaching the state tournament.

    But, until Friday night, when Jellico rallied for a 67-61 victory over Cosby, the Blue Devils hadn’t won a regular season championship since 1951.

  • Lady Cougars score 33-point win...

    A 33-point victory over district rival Karns High School helped the Campbell County girls forget —at least momentarily — about last week’s league disaster.

    The Lady Cougars lost games to Knoxville teams Halls (Wed.) and West (Fri.) before rebounding with a 69-36 rout of the Lady Beavers on Tuesday night.

    Campbell County (7-8 district, 12-12 overall) has a chance to move up the tournament seeding ladder, provided it takes care of business tonight (Thurs.) at Knoxville Central in the district regular season finale.

  • Campbell County boys stumble...

    Campbell County’s boys let a big game slip through their fingers Tuesday night.

    Playing at home for likely the final time this season, the Cougars had a six-point lead over District 3-AAA rival Karns High School going to the fourth quarter but couldn’t hold onto it.

    The Beavers escaped the Cougar Den with an 86-79 victory in a game that took two overtimes to complete.

    Colin Crane scored 22 of his game-high 34 points in the second half and overtime periods for Karns. Zach Norman led the Cougars with 27 points, eight of which he scored in overtime.

  • Sub-sectional defeat sends...

    Ethan Simpson and Ethan Miller turned in spectacular performances Friday night during their final basketball game for Jacksboro Middle School.

    Simpson poured in 20 points and Miller had 15 in a 64-53 sub-sectional loss to Union Grove, formerly known as William Blount Middle.

    The loss eliminated the third-seeded Eagles (13-9 overall) from the tournament.

    Eagles’ guard Jordan Kindred was injured during the game and finished with six points.

  • Owls post homecoming victory

    Corey Poteet scored 19 points and hit a trio of three-pointers Thursday night to lead the LaFollette Middle School boy’s basketball team to a 43-21 homecoming victory over Soldiers Memorial.

    Tyler Tomblin chipped in 10 points for the Owls, who evened their record at 7-7 overall, while Isaac Phillips had five points, Matt Bolton and Steven Etters three each, and Eric North two.

    LaFollette led 14-5 at intermission. Poteet scored 12 of his points, including a pair of treys and 4 of 5 free throws, during the second half.

  • JMS teams fall

    Having beaten Jefferson Middle earlier this season at Oak Ridge, the Jacksboro Lady Eagles came into Monday night’s rematch with confidence that they duplicate the feat.

    But Jefferson surprised the Lady Eagles by turning a close game into a 33-15 victory on Jacksboro’s home court.

    Defense was instrumental for Jefferson in avenging a 26-24 loss on Nov. 18, 2008.

    With the game tied 13-13 early in the third quarter of their most recent meeting, Jefferson held Jacksboro to two points during the entire second half of play.