Today's Sports

  • All-Stars take McMinn to the...

    LaFollette’s 11-12 All-Stars won their first game in District 6 pool play Monday night, and boy was it a doozy.

    Playing in front of a hometown crowd at Liberty Park, LaFollette went two extra innings to beat the McMinn County Nationals, 7-3.

    The game was a scoreless pitching duel until the top of the fifth inning when LaFollette’s Aaron Sanders drilled a line drive to a gap down the right field line to drive in the first run.

    Later, Sanders scored on a sacrifice by Kaleb Jarrett to give the home team a 2-0.

  • Record field but no record times...

    After setting course records the past two years, the field was significantly slower Saturday morning for the 10th annual Cove Lake 5K road race. Jeff Day and Patrick Gildea — a pair of 20-something former University of Tennessee runners who set course records in 2008 — didn’t come close to their times from last summer’s race but did finish first and second, respectively, for the second consecutive year.

  • LaFollette Fitness Center Team...

    The Academy of Martial Arts at LaFollette Fitness Center recently took several members to a tournament hosted by Alliance Martial Arts in Corbin, Ky.  

    Three competitors from the Fitness Center participated in the tournament. Events included forms (kata), weapons, point fighting, sport jujitsu and grappling.

    Medals were awarded for first through third place, and trophies were awarded to the Grand Champion in each division.

  • Campbell County hosts youth...

    In 2006, LaFollette Middle School track coach Billie Ann Evans and Jacksboro Middle School track coach Ann Browning became site directors for the Knoxville Track Club (KTC) Youth Athletic Summer Track Program in Campbell County.

    The workouts were located at the Campbell County High School Track. For that inaugural year a dozen young athletes participated.

    In 2009, Evans and Browning are serving as site directors for the fourth straight year at the Campbell County KTC Youth Athletic Summer Track Program and much has changed.

  • Champions crowned at Country...

    John Fox (1st), Jeremy Cox (2nd) and Johnny Baird (3rd) made of the championship flight of the recent LaFollette Country Club Invitational.

    The first flight included Josh James (1st), Michael Martin (2nd) and Jeff Sweat (3rd).

    Members of the second flight were Matthew Chambers (1st), Chuck Heatherly (2nd) and Robert Dial (3rd). Chelsea Boshears (1st), Warren Heatherly and Al Roberts (tied for 2nd) were in the third flight.

    The fourth flight included Bill Thompson (1st), Kyle Teague (2nd) and Bill Cox (3rd).

  • Burgan wins state golf crown

    LaFollette native Todd Burgan claimed his first individual state championship Saturday.

    He defeated Danny Green in 19 holes to capture the 2009 Tennessee Golf Association Match Play title at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin.

    Burgan, a 1987 graduate of Campbell County High School who played collegiate golf at the University of Tennessee, previously captured the 2000 TGA Four-Ball Championship with fellow LaFollette golfer Jarrett Sharp.

  • Caryville baseball team opens...

    Caryville opened the Dixie Youth Baseball District Tournament on July 3 at Rockwood.

    Prior to the district opener, Caryville coach Jim Lane stressed the importance of avoiding the big inning that had plagued his team over the six previous games.

    Caryville was set to play Harriman in their first game of the double-elimination tournament. Last year, the Caryville All-Stars finished third and came within one win of advancing to state.

  • Basketball camp draws record...

    Judging from attendance at last week’s summer camp, the community has embraced the recent success of Campbell County High School’s basketball teams.

    This year’s camp attracted a record 83 participants, in grade levels K-8, who were eager to take instruction from two coaches that led their teams to the regional tournament last season.

    Attendance this year was nearly double that of the 2008 camp.

    “We’re really pleased with year two of our camp,” said CCHS Boy’s Head Basketball Coach Barry Jones.

  • Sluggish bats bog down Cougars...

    Runs have been a bit hard to come by for the Campbell County High School varsity baseball team.

    As a result, the Cougars’ summer league record dropped to 3-4 Monday night following a doubleheader loss to visiting Lenoir City.

    Campbell County was shut out 9-0 in the first game and suffered a 3-1 setback in the nightcap.

    The Cougars produced only one hit (single by Chris Hutson) and got three runners on base during the first game.

  • Renewal of Campbell County vs....

    As if the looming Campbell County vs. Anderson County high school football series needed any more drama, the hiring of Davey Gillum last week as AC’s new head coach all but guaranteed the matchup will become one of East Tennessee’s hottest rivalries.

    Gillum, who grew up in Jacksboro, helped put AC football on the map during the mid-1990s. He was an all-state selection after leading the Mavericks to the Class 4A state semifinals in 1996.

    As a high school junior, he rushed for nearly 2,000 yards and 18 touchdowns. He graduated from AC in 1997.