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Cougars Fall in Oak Ridge

Not many teams enter Wildcat arena on the campus of Oak Ridge High School and come out with a win.  That is exactly what the Cougars attempted Friday night as the took the court named after legendary Oak Ridge Lady Wildcat’s coach Jill Pruden.  Unfortunately for the Cougar’s and their faithful followers they were unable to come away with a win in spite of their best efforts.

The Lady Cougars came out strong in the first quarter and took a 14-4 lead that included Courtney Morris throwing up five early points.  After that Oak Ridge post player Armeka Booker, a Mars Hill commitment, took charge of the floor.  The Lady Wildcats took advantage of several lady Cougar turnovers to take a 29-21 lead into the half.  The Wildcats also had a strong 3rd quarter that allowed them to take the win despite a strong final quarter effort by the Lady Cougars.  The Lady Wildcats ended up winning 63-45.

“Turnovers killed us”, said Lady Cougar coach Ryan Browning. “The last two minutes of the half and the third quarter really killed us”, Browning continued.

Amber Young led the Lady Cougars in scoring with 12 points.  Morris and Shayla Wright both had 10 points. Nikki Ward had 6 points, Courtney Miller had 3 and Emily Byrge had 2 for the Lady Cougars.  Kristen Chapman and Rachel Harris each added a point.  Armeka Booker led all scorers with 43 points.

The Cougars put up a valiant effort against a strong Wildcat team but ultimately fell 80-68.  Corey Poteet came up big for the Cougars with 21 points.  Lucas Nelson had 17 and Nick Litton had 14 in the game.

Lucas Nelson leads the Cougars down the court.

Owls Pick Up Win On Road Against Powell

Cody Parker proved he could get the job done as a head basketball coach recently on the road against Powell.  With Jason Dotson unable to attend assistant coaches Parker and Adam Ellison took the reigns of the Owls for an evening.  Parker is much more accustomed to being the head coach on the gridiron but proved he could get things done on the hard wood as well as the Owls picked up a 39-37 win.

Powell took the lead at the end of the 1st quarter but after that the Owls came to life. Rolston Letner led his team in scoring with 11 points. Dallas Griffith put in eight points for the Owls and Dakota Dossett had 6.  Other Owls with points were Andrew Evans (5), Austin North (4), and Ethan Jeffers (3). Peyton Smiley of Powell led all scorers with 13 points.

National Wild Turkey Federation Annual Fundraising Event

National Wild Turkey Federation Annual Fundraising Event
Fun for all ages!
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Doors Open at 6:00 PM, Dinner at 7:00 PM
Ball Farm Event Center
2107 General Carl Wade Stiner Highway
LaFollette, TN 37766

For more information, contact Billy Ball at (423) 871-2200 or Ray Ivey (423) 562-0522

Lady Eagles and Owls Come Out on Top in Battle of the Birds

It is a storied rivalry that exists between Jacksboro and LaFollette Middle Schools.  It dates all the way back to the days when they were high schools.  In football former Eagle coach Rodney Ellison dubbed the game The Egg Bowl and started the tradition of a traveling trophy.  Recently David Graham dubbed the basketball game The Battle of the Birds.  The name has stuck.  Though there is no traveling trophy to be competed for in this version of the rivalry it is no less heated.

The LaFollette Owls cheerleaders entertain the crowd at The Battle of the Birds.

The teams recently met in the Jim and Linda Agee Gymnasium at Jacksboro Middle School for their second battle of the season.  The capacity crowd saw a pair of action packed varsity contests that saw the Lady Eagles continue a dominating season by picking up a hard fought win against the Lady Owls by a score of 35-31.  The Lady Eagles achieved a rare sweep of the Lady Owls in this win.  Both teams had a balanced scoring attack.

The Lady Eagles and Lady Owls battle for a loose ball.

Olivia Brown led the Lady Eagles with 10 points.  Krista Williams had 8 points and Whitney Williamson added 7.  Brooke Bane and Michaela Smith each had 4 points and Courtney Charles rounded out the scoring with 2.

Faith Evans was the scoring leader for the Lady Owls with 10 points of her own.  Others scoring for LaFollette were Amber Guy (8), Kendra King (7), and Sissy Bailey (6).

On the Boys side The Owls picked up a win over the Eagles to even their series for the year at one win each.  The Owls picked up the win by a score of 31-25.  An offensive explosion on the part of Rolston Letner and Dakota Dossett provided the Owls with a good hunk of their points.  Things weren’t all bad for the Eagles as Darin Gillenwater put on an offensive show for the Eagles.

Letner and Dossett led the Owls with 8 points each.  Andrew Evans had 7 points for the Owls.  Austin North had 4 points, Dallas Griffith had 3 and Ethan Jeffers chipped in a point.

Gillenwater led all scorers with a baker’s dozen points. Trey Torres added 7 for the Eagles.  Dylan Clawson had 3 points and Jesse Sharp had 2.

The Eagles and Owls could potentially meet again next week as the TMSAA Area 4 basketball tournament being hosted at LaFollette Middle School next week.  The fans will be the true winners if these teams meet on the hardwood again this year.

Homecoming Features Overtime Thrillers

Homecoming is always an exciting time in high school athletics.  During basketball season it usually happens in the midst of district play and features good match ups.  The Cougars hosted the Hardin Valley Academy Hawks and Lady Hawks on January 21st and the games certainly lived up to the moniker of exciting.  Both varsity contests led to games that were tied at the end of regulation.

Kristen Chapman makes a break down the floor on her way to scoring 14 points in an overtime win against the Lady hawks of Hardin Valley.

The Lady Cougars started put slow in the evening’s first varsity contest of the evening.  Things did not look good for the Lady Cougars earlier in the evening.  Cool shooting from the field had the Lady Hawks in a good position at halftime.  Apparently something Coach Ryan Browning said at halftime lit a fire under his team.  Kristen Chapman came out strong in the second half and scored all 14 of the points she had in the game.  The Lady Cougars were able to rally and erase an 11-point halftime deficit and hold the Lady Hawks shooters in check. When the buzzer sounded to end the final quarter of regulation the teams stood tied.  The Lady Cougars continued their domination in the overtime period to come away with a 40-37 win.

Chapman led all Lady Cougar scorers with her 14 second half points. Courtney Morris put 7 points of her own on the scoreboard, including a late game basket from beyond the three-point arc.  Shayla Goins had six points.  Both Courtney Miller and Hannah Owens added 4.  Amber Young rounded out the scoring with 3 points.

At halftime of the girls contest school history was made with the first ever tie for the school’s coveted Mr. Spirit Award.  T.J. Nelson and Garrett Reese split the 20011 honors to a rousing ovation from the Cougar Crazies and the other fans in attendance.

Lucas Nelson drives to the goal.

The Cougars seemed to have a tough act to follow after the second half heroics of their female counterparts.  They did not disappoint the crowd, as the game was close throughout the contest.  Though the Cougars trailed at the half they kept the game very tight.  By the end of the regulation the fans were on fire with excitement, the score was tied.  The overtime period was as close as regulation and would have gone into a second overtime period were it not for the highflying heroics of Nick Litton.  In addition to his team leading 25 points he blocked a late shot by the Hawks to put the final nail in their coffin.  Litton and teammate Lucas Nelson had all of the points for the Cougars in the overtime frame.

Litton led all scorers with his 25 points.  Nelson had 18 points in the game.  Other Cougars with points were Ethan Simpson and Dylan Stanfield each contributed 8 points, Corey Poteet had 6, Jordan Kindred 4, and Gunner St. John and Brandon Lee each had 3.

After the game Haley Williams crowned Kira Dash the 2011 Basketball Homecoming queen.  Her court consisted of Mishonda Monday, Felicia Massengill, Courtney Miller and Savannah Ward.

CCHS 2011 Basketball Homecoming Queen Kira Dash, escorted by Aaron Brown.

2011 Senior Basketball Homecoming Princess Savannah Ward, escorted by Sam Arnold.

2011 Junior Basketball Homecoming Princess Courtney Miller, escorted by Tyler Chapman.

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2011 Sophomore Homecoming Princess Felicia Massengill, escorted by Jordan Kindred.

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2011 Freshman Basketball Homecoming Princess Mishonda Monday, escorted by Jeffery Herrell. All Homecoming Court pictures by Kaela Peel.