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Today's Sports

  • Cougars get record five all-...

    By DWANE WILDER

    wilder@lafollettepress.com

    Campbell County High’s football team landed a school record five players—six positions overall—on the 2008 All-Big East Conference team.

    The Cougars had four players make first team all-conference last season and also in 2004, the only other years they qualified for the playoffs.

    Senior defensive tackle Preston Young was the only returning player on the first team for Campbell County. He made the All-Big East Team last year as a tight end on offense.

  • Cougars fall in OT

    Barry Jones was kicking himself Thursday night after Campbell County High School’s basketball game at Morristown West.

    The Cougars had led nearly the entire second half before allowing the Trojans to rally from a double-digit deficit and win the game, 63-57, in overtime. Star guard Chris Poteet fouled out with three minutes remaining in regulation, leaving Jones—the second year Campbell County boy’s head coach—shorthanded down the stretch.

  • Eagles knock off unbeaten...

    Jacksboro Middle School’s boys toppled LaFollette from the ranks of basketball’s unbeaten teams Thursday night.

    The Eagles won, 39-32, behind a sterling performance by guards Ethan Simpson and Skylar Williams, who scored 14 and 12 points, respectively.

    Williams scored 10 of his points--including a three-pointer and 7 of 8 free throws--in the decisive fourth quarter. Jordan Kindred finished with six points for Jacksboro while Robert Adkins had three, Trey Torres and Brandon Long two each.

  • Lady Cougars stumble at...

    Two nights after opening the season with a 21-point win over Claiborne County, the Campbell County High School girl’s basketball team found itself on the other end of the same margin during Thursday’s game at Morristown West.

    Despite leading at the end of the first quarter, the Lady Cougars eventually fell, 75-54, to the talented Lady Trojans.

  • Cougars announce 2009 football...

    Campbell County High School’s varsity football schedule will feature a throwback look for 2009.

    After a major realignment by the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association, the Cougars are moving back into what was formerly known as District 3-AAA.

    With the most distant opponent no more than 45 minutes away, all nine schools in the new District 3-5A/6A will be able to decrease gasoline expenses and increase game attendance revenue.

    “We’re real pleased about next year’s schedule,” said Campbell County coach Dewayne Wells.

  • Blue Devils take early lead in...

    High school basketball season is barely two weeks old, and already the Jellico boys are positioning themselves for a run at the District 2-A title.

    The Blue Devils routed their first three opponents by an average margin of 24 points. That includes a 66-55 pre-Thanksgiving victory over defending league champion Hancock County on Nov. 24 at Sneedville.

    A win tomorrow (Fri.) night at Washburn would give Jellico a 2-0 district record before Christmas.

    “It was a war, of course,” said longtime Jellico coach Alvin Evans.

  • Cougars get first district win

    After a loss at Morristown West two weeks ago, Campbell County High basketball coach Barry Jones vowed to substitute freely the rest of the season.

    Jones made good on that promise Tuesday night during his team’s District 3-AAA opener at Clinton. By shuttling five men at a time in and out of the game, Jones was able to keep his troops fresh, wear down the Dragons and secure a 76-63 victory, Campbell County’s first at Clinton since 2006.

  • Cougars' playoff journey...

    Steam rising from his sweat covered brow, white road uniform muddy and crumpled, Zach Allen looked very much like a punch-drunk prizefighter struggling to stay on his feet during a standing eight-count.

    The Campbell County High School senior lineman was the last man to leave the field of battle Friday night following the Cougars’ first-round Class 5A playoff game at Ooltewah.

    He walked alone, slowly, as if delaying his exit from the stadium would turn back time and extend his high school football career a few more minutes.

  • Eagles off to 2-0 start

    The Jacksboro Middle School boy’s basketball team is off to a 2-0 start this year after road wins over Wartburg and Oneida.

    Ethan Simpson poured in 23 points, including a pair of three-pointers during the last minute of Monday night’s game at Wartburg, to force overtime.

    Once in OT, Bo Farris hit a clutch trey to help the Eagles prevail, 51-46. Farris finished with eight points.

    Jacksboro opened the season with a 35-31 victory at Oneida as Simpson scored 12 points.

  • Cougar cagers open with win over...

    The litmus test for Campbell County High basketball coach Barry Jones has always been about how his teams respond to adversity.

    During their season and home opener Tuesday night, the Cougars got into foul trouble and let a 26-point lead slowly slip away against neighboring rival Cumberland Gap. When the Panthers got within single digits early in the fourth quarter, Jones got an answer to a nagging question.

    Campbell County outscored the visitors by a 24-7 margin down the stretch to take a 75-49 victory.