Category Archives: Sports

Fishing Tournament To Benefit Owens As He Battles Cancer

Middle School Anglers Have Big Day

This weekend Campbell County Middle School Fishing had another successful day on the lake. They spent the day fishing Norris Lake with tremendous results. The young Cougars swept the fist three places. Anthon and Ayden Malone got first place with 12.72 pounds. Mason Dople and Gabe St. John were second. Mack Fritts and Reid Chapman finished third.

Youth Soccer Sign Ups Underway

Pat’s Place: So Long Shayne

For the last decade one man has been a constant for Cougar Basketball. Players and coaches have come and gone but Shayne White.

His love of the game started all the way back in his days as a Valley View Bobcat. Coach Brent Peel brought Shayne on board for his tenure as a Bobcat.

Moving on to LaFollette Middle School Shayne stepped away from the gym and made his way to the gridiron. Shayne donned the Orange and White as an honorary captain for Owl Football.

His junior year was a pivotal moment when he met then Cougar Basketball Coach Matt Housley. He spent his junior and senior seasons as team manager. Upon graduation Housley bestowed the title assistant coach upon White. Even after the departure of Coach Housley Shayne continued to bleed Blue and Orange. He spent the next two seasons with Coach Darrell Cox.

Shayne decided to hang up his cougar career following the 2020 season. At the final home game, prior to the Cougars battling the Central Bobcats, Shayne was honored for his years of dedication to the Cougar Nation. The ovation he received from the crowd said it all. In that moment the crowd returned the love to him that he had poured into Cougar Athletics over the years.

Is Shayne done for good? Hopefully not. He still has much love and dedication and maybe after a hiatus he will return to some sideline somewhere.

Pat on Wrestling: Wrestling Show To Benefit Legendary Performer

If you grew up a wrestling fan in the last 40 years you have likely have witnessed Tracy Smothers in action. The Springfield, Tennessee native received his training from the Fabulous One’s Steve Keirn and Stan Lane before his debut in 1982. It was not long after his debut that he became a regular on Memphis TV.

Though Smothers wrestled all over the world and spent time in WWF, WCW, and ECW he was well known for his time in the various promotions in East Tennessee. Smothers even wrestled a bear and took it to the mat several times.

Smothers is also well known and loved by many of his wrestling colleagues. He is known as a generous athlete who is always their to help young talent achieve their fullest potential.

But now Smothers is facing a battle like none he has faced before. The man also known as The Wild Eyed Southern Boy was diagnosed with cancer late last year. He stated in a Facebook post, “To all concerned I was diagnosed Nov.14 w Lymphoma cancer which now am on my 3rd treatment 3 to go Of Chemo which is shrinking the rapid growing tumors.Doc told me yrs ago I have blockage in my artery so here we are an have lost 45 percent of my heart use.Also he said I have lots of head,body trauma.Doc said I had a heart attack some time back an didn’t know it.Have felt bad for awhile now but thought I was getting old, lol. This is not fatal as its between my Pancreas,Colon,neck.A big TY to all of u but I look at it as getting a tube up,overhaul,tires rotated,oil change,etc.all in one lol. Remember LIFE is a BATTLE an I’m in it to win it so don’t hesitate in trying to be tough by putting off getting checked out in this day an age u never know?? GOD BLESS EVERYBODY.”

Unfortunately the wrestling business does not provide a health insurance plan as the athletes are considered independent contractors even on the highest level.

But Tracy is not in this battle alone. Kross Fire Wrestling, a long established local promotion based in Sevier County is putting on a benefit for Smothers this Friday night February 7th and it is shaping up to be quite the event. All of the proceeds from the event will go to help Tracy in this costly battle with cancer. The event will take place at the River Plantation RV Resort at 1004 Parkway Sevierville, TN 37862. There are a variety of ticket levels available general admission being $10. There are VIP tivkets available that include a meet and great and early admission to the show.

It will be a star studded event that will be main evented by a tag team match in which WWE Hall of Famer Ricky Morton will team with King Shane Williams and rising superstar Kenzie Henry (managed by Smothers himself) battling Shane Andrews, Devin Driscoll and Mik Drake. Other matches will feature local favorites Menace and JDL. Fellow southern wrestling legend and trainer of the stars Dr. Tom Pritchard will be there as well.

Do not miss this chance to help one of the true good guys of pro wrestling.