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Governor Bill Lee’s Executive Order 74 Continues To Restrict Sporting Events

As his Executive Order 70 was set to expire Governor Bill Lee issued Executive Order 74. As long as this order remains in place cheerleaders, dance teams and bands will continue to be prohibited from participating in games.

This order also states that student athletes who are involved in the games, the student athlete’s parents/guardians and immediate household members, coaches and team support staff, officials, school faculty, staff and administrators, first responders, media, and athletic scouting personnel attending the event in their professional capacity are permitted to attend. Social distancing for attendees living in different households is also required,

In addition to these restrictions the TSSAA requires masks be worn. The TSSAA also points out that the Executive Order 74 are the minimum restrictions and additional limitations on attendance as well as other restrictions depend on particular schools, facilities, and/or community circumstances.

The full body of Executive Order 74 is below.

CCHS Sweeps Karns.

The Lady Cougars absolutely dominated the Lady Beavers last night, winning 73-31 after sinking a possible school record 18 3 pointers. Izzy Profitt (15pts) and Cora Browning (14pts) drained 4 each, while Bailey Gillum, Lilli Slover and Kayleigh Jordan dropped 3 each of their own on the evening.

Browning, Proffitt and Gillum’s 17 1st quarter points led to a 17-4 score after 1. After that it was bombs away from deep and relentless defense that led to the lopsided win.

The boys game was much closer. After getting out to a 9-0 start behind Devon Jones steals and layups the Cougars saw Karns leading 14-11 in the 1st after a Beaver run. The remainder of the half saw a back and forth battle with multiple Cougars carrying the team at times.

Riley Faulkner came off the bench and drained a pair of 3’s. Nate Walden was making shots from all over the gym. Will Lester had a quick 4 points. It was 32-32 after Walden scored with 2 seconds left in the half.
he second was more of the same. Noah Burden, Walden, Faulkner and Jones made big plays on offense. John Long, Seth Ward, Lester, and Bryson Horton played well on defense. The Cougars led by 9 after 3. They refused to relent in the 4th. Karns made a run but the Cougars played D, rebounded and made free throws allowing them to take the 71-65 win. Walden led the way with 21 points, Faulkner netted 15, and Jones had 14.

The Cougars have won consecutive district games for the first time since 2016-17.

Cougars/Lady Cougars Split with Red Devils.

The Campbell County basketball squads welcomed visiting Halls to John R.W. Brown gymnasium last night for what turned into two thrilling battles. Unfortunately only one went the way CCHS fans wanted.

The Lady Cougars and Lady Red Devils battled their way through a close first half that saw a 26-26 halftime score. However the third quarter was all Lady Cougars. Alyssa Brown and Kayleigh Jordan scored all 16 of the Lady Cougars 3rd quarter points while strong team defense held Halls to 7 points. Heading into the 4th it was 42-33 CCHS.

Unfortunately the tide shifted on the whistle of the officials. At one point the second half foul total grew to 11 on the Lady Cougars to only 3 on Halls. The double bonus greatly aided the Lady Red Devils cause as they erased the Lady Cougar lead with a barrage of free throws. The Lady Cougars had the ball with 5.2 seconds remaining but an errant 3 point attempt allowed Halls to escape with a 53-50 win.

On the boys side a similar scene unfolded. The game was hard fought with the teams fighting fiercely in the paint for buckets. The first half saw stellar play from Seth Ward, Nate Walden and Devon Jones on offense and strong team defense that allowed the Cougars to hit the lockerroom leading 25-22.
A hotly contested but heavily defense laden 3rd quarter saw the Cougars score 9 points and the Red Devils put 10 on the board. After 3 it was 34-32. The Cougars looked snakebit to begin the 4th. After a Bryson Horton layup made it 36-32 Halls went on a methodical 9-0 run. With 5 minutes to go in the final frame Halls led by 5 and the Cougars looked to be fading.

However several Cougars refused to lose. Devon Jones began to attack the basket and get to the free throw line. On defense he had a key steal that led to a basket. He had a great long assist that got Jonathan Long a layup. Nate Walden drove over and around the Halls defense for a layup of his own. Riley Faulkner battled in the paint for offensive rebounds.

The game was coming down to the wire. The Cougars led 47-46 after a Halls 3 corner 3 dropped home. Halls decided to play defense, trying to force a steal. When that didn’t work they finally fouled Horton with 37.9 to go. Horton missed the free tosses but Long was able to out position the Halls post for the rebound. This retained possession for the Cougars. Long got the ball to Jones and Halls had to foul the sensational sophomore. Jones calmly knocked down both free throws and gave Campbell County at 49-46 edge.
Halls managed to get into the paint after and offensive rebound of their own and they cut the lead to 49-48 with 12 seconds to go. Jones managed to take the inbounds pass and he was fouled again. Just like he had seconds earlier under pressure, Jones dropped in a pair of free tosses, the Cougars led 51-48. The Red Devils failed to convert and Coach Clawson and his squad had secured the first district win on the season.

Devon Jones led the way with 21 points, Nate Walden put in 15 and Seth Ward had 9.

Info Sought on Elk Poaching Incident; Reward Offered.

The TWRA is seeking information regarding an elk poached on the North Cumberland WMA last year. A sizable reward has been offered.
From the TWRA.
A $2,500 reward is being offered for information leading to the conviction of the person(s) responsible for an elk poached on the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area in the Clairfield area of Claiborne Co.
In the morning hours of Thursday, December 31st, 2020, a local hunter reported finding an elk carcass on the Ed Carter Unit of the NCWMA, formerly known as the Tackett Creek Unit. TWRA Wildlife Officers Brenden Marlow and Joel Hyden responded to the scene and located the remains of an elk that appeared to have been shot within the last few days. The officers say that multiple parts of the elk had been removed from the scene including the head, leading them to believe it was likely an antlered bull. Biological evidence has been taken and the incident remains under investigation.
The Pine Mountain Long Beards Chapter of the NWTF and the Campbell Outdoor Recreation Association are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the conviction of the person(s) responsible for the elk’s death. If anyone has information about the case, please contact Wildlife Officer Brenden Marlow at (615) 571-4792.

Allen Named 5A All-State.

Cougar junior running back Colton “C.J.” Allen has been named to the All-State team in class 5A.
The junior running back/defensive back was named to the team as one of the best athletes in 5A football in Tennessee. Allen led the Cougars in rushing yards, touchdowns scored and interceptions on the season. He scored touchdowns on both offense and defense for the Cougars in 2020, scoring both via the run and the reception. Allen had well over 1000 yards of offense in only 9 games on the season.