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Middle School Track Teams Having Stellar Seasons

Madison Johnson

The key to building and maintaining successful teams on the high school level starts much earlier. If this season is any indication Cougar Track has a bright future. The Jacksboro Eagles and LaFollette Owls are having great seasons.

Both teams recently compete in Oak Ridge at the Tom Hayes Invitational.

The Owls had a strong day at the event. The Lady Owls excelled at high jump where Madison Johnson, who recently set a personal record of 4’11, placed first followed by teammates Jody Longmire and Haylynn Willis who tied for third. Jordan White finished second in the event for the Owls.

Haylynn Willis and Abby Bowens were second and fourth in the 400m.

Zaylyn Ivey was first in the 800m for the Lady Owls, she was also third in the 1600m. Devon Jones was second in the event for the Owls.

Lady Owl Kylie Ivey was 5th in the 3200m, while Owl Cainen Jurnigan was 3rd in that event.

In the long jump Alivia Marlow was third in the event and Owl Blake Sanders won the event outright.

Savannah Jones was 5th throwing the discus and Devon Jones placed third for the Owls.

In the relays the Lady Owls won the 4×100, was second in the 4×800, third in the 4×200, and fourth in the 4×400\

The Owls were third in the 4×800 and fourth in both the 4×200 and 4×400′

The Eagles also looked good at the meet.

Meagan Ross was the top finisher in the 100m.

Morae Owens was first in the 400m and Eagle Peyton Gilbert was third.

Ethan Miller was third in the 800m.

Lady Eagle Leah McKamey won the 1600m.

Claire Castleberry was fifth in the 100m hurdles, Eagle Peyton Ferguson won the event on the boys side.

Eagle Andy Campbell was 4th in shot put.

The Lady Eagles were third in the 4×400 and fourth in the 4×800.

The Eagles were fpurth in the 4×100 and third in the 4×800.

Cougar Track Looks Strong At Ben Martin Invitational

While most of their peers were sleeping the Cougar track team headed to the Secret City to run jump and throw. Oak Ridge High School was hosting the annual Ben Martin Invitational and the Cougars had a strong showing.

Devlin Dukes won the high jump out right and team mate Eli Fields finished 4th in the same event.

The Lady Cougar 800m sprint medley team consisting of Leah Sanders, Samantha Lasley, Jolene Phillips, and Morgan Branam took second in the event.

Journey Williams continued her streak of high level finishes in the 100 meter hurdles taking second.

The Cougar distance medley team of Syth Draper, John Allen Arnold, Jeremy Draper, and Nathan Tackett finished third.

Audrey Bishop finished second in the girls 400m and John Allen Arnold finished 5th in the boys.

Jayson Caleb Shelton finished 5th in the long jump.

Anthony Lawson was 5th in the 300m hurdles.

In the throwing events Desmond Gilbert was third in the shot put and Erica Brock was 5th in discus.

Wallace Honored As Scholar Athlete

The legendary Johnny Majors and Riley Wallace

Riley Wallace had a great year kicking for the Cougar Football Program. He has since moved on to ply his skills on the pitch for Cougar Soccer.

Last week Riley returned to the football side of things briefly to receive a great honor. Wallace was honored with the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award.

Wallace was recognized Saturday at the The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in Knoxville.

Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl “Red” Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, the National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people.

Campbell County Middle School Soccer Picks Up Big Win

It was an emotional final home game for Campbell County United Middle School Soccer on Eighth Grade Night. The United battled Horace Maynard. The CC United picked up a big 6-2 win.

The 8th graders played a huge part in the win. Ian Silcox had a pair of goals for the United. Eli Austin and Caleb Dabney also contributed a goal. It was not all 8th graders though, 6th grader Landon York also fired in a goal. Tristan Ackerman, the keeper and an 8th grader, shut out Horace Maynard in the first half.

The win puts the Campbell County United in sole possession of 2nd place in Cumberland Gap Middle School Soccer League.

Welch To Cheer For ETSU

Kaylee Welch just wrapped up her career as a Cougar Cheerleader. But it will not be the final chapter in her cheer career. Welch recently traveled to Johnson City where she tried out to become a cheerleader for the East Tennessee State University Buccaneers.

Welch made the squad following in the footsteps of a number of Cougar Cheerleaders who traded their blue and orange for the blue and gold of ETSU. Welch plans to major in nursing at ETSU’s College of Nursing. The ETSU College of Nursing is a leader in nursing education at bachelor, masters and doctoral levels and nationally recognized for its nurse-managed health centers, rural focus, interdisciplinary programs, and community partnerships, according to the ETSU website.

Regarding her next step in cheer and education Welch said, “I am so excited to continue my cheer career at East Tennessee! Cara Beth along with everyone in Campbell county have supported and believe in me! I thank god for the ability to be able to cheer at a university. Go Bucs!”