Category Archives: Sports

Local Anglers See Weekend Success

It was a bog weekend for local fishing. Local professional fisherman Brandon Card held his 3rd Annual College and High School Bass Open. Over 100 boats representing a plethora of high school and college fishing teams descended on Norris lake to fish the event. Despite the large field of competition it was a pair of local boats that picked up the wins. On the college level Cougar alumni and current Bethel University fisherman Seth Roberts and his partner Kyle Palmer took home first place on the college level. On the high school level current Cougar anglers Riley Faulkner and Austin Smith brought home first place.

While this was going on the middle school bass trail was having an event on a different part of Norris Lake. The event was held at Anderson County Park and saw Campbell County Middle School fisherman Gabe St. John and Mason Dople continued their winning ways and brought home a first as well.

Local Girls Seeing Cheer Success

Alyssa Day, Skyleigh Baker, and Arissa Baker won some major awards over the weekend as part of the Premier Athletics Sharks teams. The trio is on a pair of competitive cheer teams that won first place in this weekend at 2018 Smoky Mountain Championship.

The Viper Sharks scored an impressive 94.69 while the Cali Sharks scored an even more impressive 97.16.

It is early on in the competitive cheer season for these young ladies and they are poised to bring home even more big wins.

Boshears Signs Papers To Become Purple Paladin

A Purple Paladin may sound like a character the late Stan Lee may have created for Marvel Comics but that is the Mascot for Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. For months we have known that was verbally where Lady Cougar Basketball phenom Skylar Boshears has been verbally committed.

On a a cold Tuesday morning, surrounded by friends, family, her pastor Billy Smith, and her Lady Cougar coaches and teammates she signed the papers and made it official that she would don the purple next season in the Palmetto State.

Boshears will not be going in alone as a couple of her AAU teammates will also be Lady Paladins next season. SKylar was quick to point out that even though she has expectations of playing time her freshman year that it is something she must earn in the off season and on the practice floor.

Furman University is a private, coeducational liberal arts college in Greenville, South Carolina. Founded in 1826 and named for the clergyman Richard Furman, Furman University is the oldest private institution of higher learning in South Carolina. It became a secular university in 1992, while keeping Christo et Doctrinae (For Christ and Learning) as its motto.

It enrolls approximately 2,700 undergraduate students and 200 graduate students, representing 46 states and 53 foreign countries, on its 750-acre campus. Its alumni include a Nobel Prize laureate, U.S. Senators, and a head of government. As of 2017, six Rhodes Scholars, eighteen NSF Graduate Research Fellowships and Goldwater Scholarship, and twenty Truman Scholarships have been affiliated with Furman. Furman was also named a “Top Producer of Fulbright students for 2016-17”.

Hunters For The Hungry Ready For Donation

Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s Hunters for the Hungry program is in full swing for the 2018 deer season. More than 80 processors throughout the state are now accepting donations of whole deer to help feed local families in need.

In Campbell County, that includes Valley Meats. Contact information and a full list of processors is available at tnwf.org/processors.

Through the generosity of hunters over 20 years, Hunters for the Hungry has provided more than 6.5 million meals worth of healthy, much-needed protein to the hungriest Tennesseans. As a thank you for those years of support, hunters will be entered in a drawing for each whole deer they donate to win one of four made-in-Tennessee muzzleloaders by Knight Rifles. More information, including alternate ways to enter, can be found at tnwf.org/HuntersForTheHungry.

“This is a really exciting year. We’ve had multiple record-breaking years recently and we’re adding more processors and counties to our program,” said Matt Simcox, Hunters for the Hungry manager. “Even with the tough season for hunters last year, we still saw incredible giving. This program works because of Tennessee’s volunteer spirit in our hunters and processors. Without them, there would be fewer full bellies this time of year.”

When hunters harvest a deer, they can donate the it—in part or whole—to the program at a participating processor. The deer is processed, and the venison is delivered to local hunger relief organizations where it gets in the hands of hungry children and families. One deer provides as many as 168 meals.

Currently, all participating processors in the state are funded, meaning there is no cost to hunters to donate their venison. When deer donations surpass funding, hunters may pay a reduced, $50 processing fee directly to the processor to cover processing costs or redeem Deer Coins purchased from Tennessee Wildlife Federation at tnwf.org/DeerCoin.

“In addition to the support of countless individuals, Hunters for the Hungry is thankful for contributions by companies,” said Simcox. “Walmart Giving, in particular, has been a longtime supporter as they fight hunger in the communities their stores serve.”

For more information about Hunters for the Hungry or to purchase a Deer Coin, visit tnwf.org/HuntersForTheHungry.

About Tennessee Wildlife Federation

Tennessee Wildlife Federation leads the conservation, sound management and wise use of Tennessee’s great outdoors. Since 1946, the Federation has spearheaded the development of the state’s wildlife policy, advanced landmark legislation on air and water quality and other conservation initiatives, helped restore numerous species, and introduced thousands of kids to the great outdoors. To learn more, visit tnwf.org.

Lady Railsplitters And Horton Advance In NCAA Tournament

Lindsay Horton

Lindsay Horton had a great career on the soccer field for the Lady Cougars. She set the team’s scoring record, which she still holds. After her prep career was over she signed with nearby Lincoln Memorial University to continue her soccer career as a Lady Railsplitter.

Now as her freshman season winds to a end Horton and her teammates are in contention for the NCAA Division II National Title. The Lady Railsplitters have advanced to the Sweet Sixteen/Regional Championship phase of the tournament following a harrowing defeat of the Lady Eagles of Carson Newman.

The Lady Eagles and Lady Railsplitters fought a pitched battle that remained tied 1-1 through a pair of overtime periods. After that it went to the shoot out phase. The Lady Railsplitters nailed all five of their penalty kicks and their goalkeeper managed to block a Lady Eagle kick to send them on to the next round.

The six seed Lady Railsplitters will have a tough task advancing to the Elite Eight round. They play the top seed of their bracket, Columbus State. Though this seems like a difficult task for the Ladies of Lincoln they have already eliminated 3rd seeded Lander in the opening round and the Lady Eagles of Carson Newman were the two seed of their bracket.

They play the Columbus State Cougars on Friday.