Today's Sports

  • Jellico's Mitchell nears...

    Ben Mitchell inched closer to the 1,000-point mark Monday afternoon during the Pilot Food Mart Winter Classic.

    The 6-foot-1 senior guard scored 19 points and hit five 3-pointers to lead the Jellico High boy’s basketball team to an 84-55 trouncing of Southeast Whitfield (Ga.) on opening day of the annual holiday tournament hosted by Knoxville Catholic.

    Mitchell needs 24 points to reach 1,000 career points.

  • Men's 3-on-3 tournament set

    A men’s 3-on-3 basketball tournament is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 10 at Jellico High School, the proceeds of which will go toward the purchase of new traveling suits for members of the JHS boy’s basketball team.

    Games will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10.

    For more information, contact Don England at 423-784-2645 and leave a message if there is no answer.

  • Cougars' trio to play in...

    Three Campbell County High School football players have been invited to play in the National Guard Kentucky-Tennessee Border Bowl.

    Tyler Albright and twin brothers Phillip and Stephen Wells were chosen to represent Tennessee in the all-star game, which will be played Saturday, Jan. 17 at James H. Taylor II Stadium on the campus of the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky.

    Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. Tickets are $6.

    Albright made the all-star team as a running back, while Phillip Wells was selected as a defensive back and Stephen Wells as a receiver.

  • Jellico girls snap losing streak...

    Noel Tiller turned in a heroic performance Tuesday night to lead the Jellico High School girl’s basketball team to its first win of the season.

    Tiller, a junior point guard known more for her softball and volleyball skills, scored a game-high 17 points to lead the Lady Blue Devils past visiting District 2-A foe J. Frank White Academy, 32-30.

    Jellico had lost its previous 12 games this season.

    “I’m so proud of these girls, they wanted to win this game,” said Lady Blue Devils coach Harold Sanders.

  • Looking back at the year in...

    It’s been a year to remember for athletes and sports teams in Campbell County.

    From Corey Carrington’s state championship in decathlon to the CCHS football team’s second consecutive appearance in the state football playoffs, local athletes racked up many notable accomplishments throughout the past 12 months.

    As time continues to march on, the LaFollette Press takes a look back at the events that shaped athletics in Campbell County during 2008.

  • CCHS teams open holiday...

    Campbell County’s girls survived a poor shooting performance Monday afternoon to post an opening day victory in the Pilot Food Mart Winter Classic at Knoxville Catholic.

    The Lady Cougars defeated Southeast Whitfield (Ga.), 54-50, with little more than hustle and determination.

    Wing player Lindsay Evans and post player Candice Seiber, both juniors, scored 10 points each as Campbell County improved its record to 5-4 overall. Jessica Moore and Megan Chapman chipped in eight and six points, respectively.

  • Campbell County misses Poteet...

    Campbell County got two wins last week with senior guard Chris Poteet sitting on the bench.

    However, against a talented Oak Ridge High basketball team, the Cougars failed to survive without their best outside shooter in the lineup.

    Taking advantage of Poteet’s sprained ankle, the Wildcats employed a zone defense Saturday night that smothered the Cougars’ inside game and held Campbell County 27 points below its season average.

    Oak Ridge escaped the Cougar Den with a 48-39 victory and took the district lead by half a game.

  • CCHS basketball teams sweep...

    Class size didn’t keep Scott High from being a tough opponent Monday night for Campbell County’s varsity basketball teams.

    The Class AAA Cougars defeated the Class AA Highlanders in both girl’s and boy’s games at John R.W. Brown Gymnasium.

    But it was never easy.

    Diminutive Scott point guard Kate Lowe hung 28 points and five treys on the Lady Cougars in the girl’s game. The junior sharpshooter scored 15 points in the first half alone.

  • County champs crowned

    Eleven schools, five days and 24 games.

    When the Campbell County Basketball Tournament concluded late Saturday afternoon at Jacksboro Middle, four champions had been crowned in each of the elementary and middle school divisions.

    LaFollette Elementary, Jacksboro Middle and the Christian Academy of Campbell County each boasted two tournament titles while Elk Valley and Wynn got one apiece.

    Jacksboro, LaFollette and Caryville finished first, second and third—respectively—in the elementary cheerleading competition.

  • Panthers turn tables on Cougars

    It’s been only four weeks since the basketball teams last met, but the Cumberland Gap boys have made a complete turnaround from their 26-point defeat on Nov. 18 at Campbell County High.

    The Panthers pounced on the Cougars, 25-21, at halftime of Tuesday night’s game and didn’t let up in the second half. The result was a 62-60 Cumberland Gap victory that avenged the earlier loss and improved the Panthers’ record to 8-4 overall heading into the Christmas break.

    Campbell County dropped to 6-3 overall with losses in two of its last three games.