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Post Season Begins For Cougar Basketball

Haley Comer

The regular season ended Friday night as the Cougars and Lady Cougars made up a snow postponed game at Anderson County. The Lady Cougars picked up a 67-48 win over the Lady Mavericks to finish 13-1 in the district. They share the regular season championship with the Lady Wilcats of Oak Ridge. The two basketball powerhouses split regular season games but the Lady Cougars won the tie breaker to have the top seed in the upcoming district tournament, to be held at Halls High School. The Lady Cougars receive a double bye and automatic berth in the regional tournament because of their district championship. They also have the week off all the way up to Friday at 3:30. The Lady Cougars will not know their opponent until the opening rounds are completed.

The Cougars ended the regular season in a shootout loss to the Mavericks by a score of 60-58. They have a tougher road to hoe than their female counterparts. They will play against Knox Central on Tuesday at Halls with a 6 o’clock tip off. This is a win or go home game for the Cougars.

Jackson Joins the 1,000 Point Club

Senior night is a big deal every year as so many wonderful students athletes are honored. That alone would be a big deal for Evan Jackson. But it also had another significance for the senior shooting guard. As the half neared the buzzer Jackson drained one of his signature three point shots. This particular shot put Jackson at 1,000 career points as a Cougar. You could feel the excitement from the Cougar Crazies who had been counting down the last several games as Jackson closed in on the historic mark.

After the buzzer ended the half Cougar Head Coach Matt Housely and stalwart manager Shayne White presented Jackson with a ball and plaque to commemorate hi accomplishments.

Jackson’s career stats are impressive. The three year starter had 279 career three point shots going into the game. He hit a career 38% from beyond the three point arc, Robert Covington of the Philidelphia 76ers shoots a similar percentage in comparison. He is also one of the few Cougar basketballers to be a three time first team District 3AAA All District selection.

But Jackson is not just all about athletics. The senior also excels in the class room. As he is wrapping up his academic career he is carrying a weighted 4.07 grade point average due to his taking advanced classes that add weight to his GPA.

Local Cheerleaders Achieve National Bid

The Cali Sharks

Competitive cheer is a tough sport. Long hours practicing, the chance for injury, and the difficulty of stunts are all something cheerleaders face. Local cheerleaders Alyssa Day, Arissa and Skyleigh Baker all go through these difficulties as part of the Premiere Athletics Cali Sharks team. All of their hard work is geared towards competitions held allover the country.

Last weekend their hard work paid off in their own backyard. The Cali Sharks, a Junior Level Two team, earned 1st place Grand Champions at Cheer Sport in Knoxville TN on on Saturday 1-27-18. Even more impressive is that these young athletes earned a bid to the World Cheer Summit to be held in Orlando, Florida.

Lady Cougars Defeat Lady Admirals On Homecoming

Boshears was dominant against Farragut

Traditionally the Lady Cougars have had a rough road against the teams they play when they make it to the regional tournament. For homecoming they faced one of those teams in the Lady Admirals from Farragut. This time the Lady Cougars would not be denied.

They jumped out to an early lead and though the Lady Admirals battles hard they were not a match for the Lady Cougars. In a hard fought game the Lady Cougars sent the Lady Admirals back to Knox County with a decisive 61-52 victory.

The Lady Cougars were clicking on all cylinders in the game and Skylar Boshears put 29 points on the board in one of her best outings of the season thus far.

At halftime of the Lady Cougar’s contest junior Jordan Tolliver was named Mr.Spirit.

In the boys contest the Admirals managed to come out on top in spite of a furious comeback by the Cougars. In spite of a valiant effort by the Cougars the Admirals held on to their lead when the final buzzer sounded. The final was 72-62.

After the basketball ended homecoming began. Senior cheerleader Claire Chambers was crowned by last year’s queen. Alexis North, as the new homecoming queen.

Rutherford To Join Phillips As A Patriot

Zach Rutherford started his career at CCHS with big shoes to fill as he was set to replace Ethan Jeffers, who had set every significant Cougar passing record. Rutherford overcame injury and not only filled those shoes but surpassed them on many levels.

Now The Gunslinger will be taking his game to the college level. Rutherford will be heading north to Williamsburg to become a University of the Cumberlands Patriot. He will not be the only Cougar alumni playing there as Elijah Phillips has already committed to the school.

In a tweet Rutherford had this to say about moving on to the college level, “I would like to give the ultimate thanks to God for the opportunity to glorify him through the game of football. Thank you to my Dad for introducing me to the game of football and thank you to my Mom for staying by my side through thick and thin while supporting me in every way possible. Also thank you to all my coaches throughout my life, especially Coach Price, for developing me into the player I am today. As for all the schools that have been recruiting me for the past few months thank you for the opportunity to have been a part of your program. However, after a long and well thought out discussion with my family, I am humbled to say that I will be attending the University of the Cumberlands to further pursue my academic and athletic career.

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