Author Archives: Patrick Pebley

Bluegrass Breakdown A Huge Success For CASA

The Court Appointed Special Advocates are a group of people who work hard to change lives in a positive fashion for abused and neglected children. They are appointed by Judge Amanda Sammons and are empowered to obtain detailed information related to a child’s case, to prepare a written report with recommendations for the judge and to speak for the child’s best interests in court.

While this is a worthy cause it is not a cheap one. Over the weekend supporters of the organization and lovers of bluegrass music gathered at the Ball Farm Event Center for the 18th Annual Bluegrass Breakdown. Bands such as New River Rising and the local favorites The Birdsongs entertained a large crowd that also feasted on Eddie Ray’s BBQ.

Thanks to the crowd that showed up CASA was able to raise much needed money for their operating expenses.

Cougar Soccer Wins Big At Smoky Mountain Cup

The Cougar Soccer team traveled to Rocky Top Sports World for three days of soccer action over the weekend. The Cougars were part of the Smoky Mountain Cup event. They won the cup in the Mount Collins division.

They opened up the round robin action on Friday taking on David Crockett High School. The Cougars came away with a 3-2 win over the Pioneers.

On Saturday they played the Smith County Owls. They ended up tied 1-1 with the Owls. This would set up a key match up on Sunday against Tigers of Marshall County.

Ethan Schroeder put on a scoring display for the Cougars with three goals on the day. He also assisted on another. The Cougars won the game 5-1.

The Cougars finished the weekend 2-0-1 and were the only team in the Mount Collins division not to suffer a loss on the weekend.

Lady Cougars Win First Home Meet

Journey Williams had a great day on the track in the Cougar’s home meet

A half dozen high school track teams made their way up the Hill to compete in the first Cougar track meet of the season. The Cougars competed against Anderson County, Claiborne County, Union County, Clinton, and King’s Academy.

The Lady Cougars scored 100 points to win the meet. Emily Mitchell won the girl’s long jump. Audrey Bishop and Bailey Gillum placed first and second respectively in the 400 meter. Bishop also won the 200 meter. Erica Brock took third in the shot put and discus. Journey Williams was third in the 100 meter hurdles. Jolene Phillips, Leah Sanders, Emily Mitchell, and Samantha Lasley made up the 4×100 meter relay team who took second place. Morgan Branam, Journey Williams, Lexi Higginbotham, and Samantha Lasley took second in the 4×200 meter relay. Emily Mitchell took third in the 200 meter. Audrey Bishop, Olivia Branam, Bailey Gillum and Victoria Hembree took third in the 4×400 meter relay.

A pair of Cougars make their way around the track

The Cougars scored 103 points to place second behind Claiborne County on the day.

Christian Shouse had a big day on the track. The Carson Newman signee paced first in discus Anb, 110 meter hurdles, and joined Devlin Dukes, John Allen Arnold, and Anthony Lawson for first in the 4×200 meter relay. Shouse also took third in the high jump.

Devlin Dukes won the triple jump and took second in the 110 meter hurdles. Anthony Lawson and John Allen Arnold took second and third in the 400 meter.Arnold was also third in the 200 meter while Lawson took third in the long jump. Drake Pyle was second in the high jump. Limere Turner, Eli Fields, Drake Pyle, and Desmond Gilbert were third in the 4×200 meter relay.

Eli Fields makes his way down the track in the 4×200 meter relay.

Eagle Golf Opens With Win

Jacksboro Middle School Golf has had a ton of success in the last several years. In 2018 they won the ETMSGA State Tournament Title. They have had three straight undefeated seasons with both district and regional titles.

On Thursday they opened up the 2019 season. They traveled to the Oak Ridge Country Club to take on Clinton Middle School and St. Mary’s of Oak Ridge. Not surprisingly the Eagles won this opening match. They were led by Dom Zupancic who shot one over par with a score of 37.

They open their home schedule next week at The Greens at Deerfield.

Cougar Tennis Picks Up Wins

Cougar Tennis is off to a strong start. On Wednesday they battled the Gibbs Eagle tennis team. The Lady Cougars picked up a big win on the day and the Cougars were quite competitive as well.

On the girls singles side Katie Wells, Morgan Smith, Mattie Brown, and Madison Spradlin all picked up wins. In girls double Skylar Boshears and Blair Medley proved they were not just a dynamic duo on the basketball court as they picked up a huge win as well. The Lady Cougars were 7-2 in matches on the day as they also picked up a pair of forfeits.

On the boys side Jake Lane, Gabe Carrol, and Jordan Tolliver all won their singles matches. Carrol also teamed with exchange student Manuel Alcaraz won their doubles match.