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Lady Cougar Volleyball Crushes Powell

Destiny Wormsley had several key sets and serves as the Lady Cougars pick up another huge district win

The Lady Cougars made their way south on I-75 to the Emory road exit on Tuesday to battle the Lady Panthers of Powell. The Lady Panthers proved to be no match for the Lady Cougars.

In junior varsity action the Lady Cougars swept the Lady Panthers in two straight sets. From the looks of the JV the Lady Cougars should be strong for years to come. After the JV win it was time for the main event of the evening.

The Lady Cougars just proved to be too much for the Lady Panthers to handle. The Lady Cougars won in three straight sets. The third set proved to be complete domination on the part of the Lady Cougars. The Lady Panthers could not even reach double digits as the Lady Cougars defeated them 25-5 to end the match.

Destiny Wormsley set up the big win with a trio of ace serves that put the Lady Cougars up 5-0. Anna Cain and Lexy Richardson had impressive kills that kept the Lady Panthers down. Morgan Stanley helped wrap things up for the Lady Cougars with a pair of ace serves of her own.

Eagles Remain Undefeated With Victory Over Indians

It would appear the torch is being passed in local middle school football. For many years the Oneida Indians were a steamroller that flattened any team that lined up across from them. In fact there was a five year period where their only regular season loss was to the Eagles of Jacksboro as they won TMSAA East Tennessee Middle School 3A title multiple times. A population shift dropped them to the 2A level a couple of years back but they still were basically the dominant middle school team in the area.

Last year the Jacksboro Eagles defeated them on their way to a perfect season and TMSAA 3A title. Last Thursday the Eagles traveled to Oneida for the 2018 version of their rivalry. This time the Eagles once again came away with a victory by a score of 38-26. This is also the first time in recent memory that any team has beaten the mighty Indian program in back to back years.

The Eagles are currently riding a 14 game winning dating back to last year. They will travel to play Lake City this week before returning home for the 2018 Egg Bowl against the LaFollette Owls.

Costly Night For Cougar Football In Corryton

Cougar Football traveled to Corryton in Knox County to take on the Gibbs Eagles on Friday night. Things were going well early on but the second half saw things go south quickly for the Cougars. At the end of the first half the Cougars seemedto be cruising to the third victory of the season as they were up 27-6 under the leadership of quarterback Landon Addington.

Unfortunately Addington went down with a knee injury early on in the second half. After that Drew Jordan, Joseph Paul, and Hunter White all saw time at quarterback. Unfortunately none of themwere able to get the Cougars back on track and the Eagles defeated them 34-27.

According to reports Addington is out at least 4-6 weeks and this is pending an MRI that will tell the tale of the extent of the damage to his knee. At best Addington could come back for the final two regular season games and any playoff games the Cougars may earn. At worst his football and possibly athletic career as a Cougar is over.

The one positive is that the Cougars have their bye week to sort things out before a Rivalry Thursday television match up with the Panthers of Powell.

Senior Drew Jordan actually has seen some time at quarterback in the COugar’s “big” package. This almost exclusively involves him power running the football. He is unproven as a passer. Jordan also sees a significant number of snaps as a defensive leader,leaving him as not necessarily the best option for the Cougars.

Sophomore Joseph Paul saw the most time against Gibbs in relief of the injured Addington. He is listed as the number two quarterback on the depth chart. He was thrown in a tough situation and still completed some good passes while managing the offense against Gibbs. Odds are he will start against Powell.

Hunter White may have the most raw quarterback potential of any of the potential replacements. He had a stand out career on the middle school level. Unfortunately this does not translate to being ready to start on the high school level. The transition from 8th grade to freshman is an immense one, especially on the 5A level. In the ideal world White will finish his freshman year running the JV offense and will not be thrown to the wolves of a very tough district.

Christian Tinch is a wildcard for the Cougars. He was a stand out signal caller for the Owls and has a year of JV action under his belt. He has the physical tools to make a good play caller for the Cougars.

Whoever ends up the starter will have the advantage of a talented offense around them and one of the best quarteback coaches/offensive coordinators in the state getting him ready.

Lady Cougar Volleyball Vanquishes Lady Red Devils

The Angelic Assassin Anna Cain prepares to deliver a kill to the Lady Red Devils

Though the weather outside has started to cool off to more fall like temperatures the action was red hot in the John R.W. Brown Gymnasium Tuesday night as the Lady Red Devils of Halls arrived for a key district volleyball match. Though the Lady Cougars defeated the Lady Red Devils in Halls earlier this season the ooutcome was in question most of the night.

The two teams battled fiercely in the first four sets and were tied at two set each. This forced a tie breaker set. Unlike a regular set which is played to 25 the tie breaker set is much more high pressure as it is played to 15.

After the Lady Red Devils won the coin toss and elected to receive the serve Destiny Wormsley stepped up and delivered big. Her second serve was an ace which gave the Lady Cougars an early 2-0 lead. The Lady Red Devils fought back several times but their rallies were killed by Anna Cain and Lexy Richardson. Richardson stepped up big with for game point with one final kill on the evening to give the Lady Cougars the season sweep of Halls and a big district victory.

Bartley Case Heads To Grand Jury

Yesterday Kenneth Bartley appeared before Judge Amanda Sammons in the case where he reportedly assaulted a woman with a rubber mallet at his father’s home. This occurred in late August. Judge Sammons bound the case over to the Grand Jury. In addition Bartley was ordered to have no contact with the victim or his father.

Bartley remains incarcerated in the Campbell County Jail on a $30,000 bond.