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Today's Sports

  • Bats come alive for Cougars

    ccannon@lafollettepress.comCampbell County’s bats came alive on Friday night, as they found 12 hits against Claiborne County.

    The Cougars used three hits in the first inning, along with three walks, a hit batsman and an error in order to jump to a 6-0 lead early.

    “It seems like we’ve been playing and holding back,” head coach Ryan Browning said. “I told them to play with some reckless abandonment. If we can keep that attitude, we’ve got nothing to lose. Just get out there and play as hard as you can.”

  • LaFollette boys pace field in...

    ccannon@lafollettepress.com

    The LaFollette Middle School boys’ track team is off to a quick start in 2013.

    The Owls have gone undefeated, thus far, as they’ve swept even the private schools of Knoxville.

    “They’re very proud of themselves,” LaFollette track coach Tiffany Bruce said. “They’re working really hard in practice. They come to practice, and they take it very seriously. They’re very focused, and I think it’s paying off for them at the meets.”

  • Whaley, relay teams highlight...

    ccannon@lafollettepress.com

    David Whaley had never participated in high jump during a track meet.

    He didn’t have the proper technique of arching your back over the bar, nor did he know if he would clear a bar or not.

    However, it all worked out, as the newly turned high jumper cleared the 5-foot mark, which was good enough for first place in the Anderson County meet last Thursday night.

    “I was just hoping that I would make it and get over it,” Whaley said with a smile. “I was just praying to get over it.

  • Sluggish hitting slows middle...

    ccannon@lafollettepress.com

    In the bottom of the second inning, the Campbell County middle school baseball team found itself in good position.

    With no outs on the board, the Cougars had loaded the bases, as they trailed 4-1.

    However, a lineout, strikeout, and a groundout to the pitchers sealed the inning, as Campbell County came away without a run.

  • New award to honor Carl...

    psawyer@lafollettepress.com

    The Campbell County Youth Basketball Association plans to introduce the Carl Rutherford Award in honor of a former coach.

    “Carl has been involved in youth basketball for many years,” LaFollette Recreation Department Head Johnny Byrge said.

  • Brackets falling fast in Madness

    March Madness can only be described as one thing.

    Madness.

    I could have easily written a three-word column, simply saying, “I hate bracketology.”

    I mean, really, who saw Harvard winning?

    Although that was probably the most shocking of them all, others are quickly climbing the list.

    Three 12 seeds up set fives, while No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast has run the table to reach the Sweet Sixteen!

    Personally, two of my final four went out in the first round.

  • Sports News 3-28-13

    Middle School Track

    The Jacksboro Eagles and the LaFollette Owls track teams will host a meet at Campbell County High School tonight, Thursday, March 28. The meet is slated for 4:30 p.m., as Robertsville, Jefferson, Maryville, Lenoir City and North middle schools will be in attendance.

    Jellico High School Softball

  • Fast and Furious

    ccannon@lafollettepress.com

    Steven Etters proved his return to the track was going to be a stellar one.

    After missing all of the 2011 season due to an injury, the sprinter was racing in what he called his first high school meet.

    “Steven ran some last year, and he ran some in middle school,” Campbell County sprinting coach Anne Browning said. “Last year, he got hurt fairly early in the season and just never did recover. His participation was limited at best.”

  • Errors prove costly for Jellico

    ccannon@lafollettepress.com

    Jellico’s accumulated five errors on Tuesday night against the Lady Highlanders, sealed their doom in an 11-8 loss.

    Those five errors, combined with a six-run second inning for Scott County was too much for the Lady Blue Devils to overcome.

  • Cougar fishing casts Dragons...

    ccannon@lafollettepress.com

    All of Campbell County’s intrasquad tournaments finally paid off on Saturday.

    With a trip to Loudoun Lake to face the Clinton Dragons, the Cougars were even more excited than any of their other tournaments.

    Saturday’s outing was the first against a local school for the newly-formed squad.