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Eagles Poised To Play For Title

The Eagles of Jacksboro Middle School had a strong regular season that ended with a loss to archrival LaFollette. What nobody knew at the time was that the teams that feed Campbell County High School would clash again just a few days later in the TMSAA Area Tournament hosted by Northview Academy. The Eagles managed to defeat the Owls by a single point in that contest to advance to the semifinal round against the host school.

On Monday the Eagles returned to Kodak to face down the Cougars of Northview Academy. Not only did the Eagles face them down they dominated them by a score of 63-35. David Adkins had 20 points to lead all scorers in the game. Dom Zupancic had 15 in the contest as well.

Now the Eagle will play for the area title. They are already locked in to a spot in the TMSAA East Tennessee Tournament as the top three teams in each Area Tournament advance.

Cougars Represented In Border Bowl

Though football season is a lingering memory and basketball is hitting the home stretch it is time for some more action on the gridiron. The 2019 Border Bowl is taking place Saturday with the Tennessee All Stars battling the Georgia All Stars in Sevier County. There will also be a game between the Kentucky All Stars and the North Carolina All Stars.

This year’s Tennessee team with have a distinctly Cougar flavor to it as offensive lineman Zach Phillips will be plying his skills in the trenches and Justin and Matt Price will be part of the team’s coaching staff. Phillips will be in familiar company as district rival Oak Ride, Fulton, and West will have players on the squad. In addition neighboring Anderson County will be sending Trey Noe and Ryan Moog to the event.

The games will take place at the home of the Smokey Bears, Sevier County High School. The opening contest of the event kicks off at 12:20 Saturday afternoon with the Kentucky v North Carolina game. Then at 3:30 the Tennessee v Georgia game is set to kick off.

Tickets are $10 with children aged 10 or younger will get in for free.

Honeycutt Gets 100th Win

“I love Coach Brad, he’s been a very successful coach for our team and I know he has to be doing something right to reach this accomplishment, I’m very proud to play under him,” said Lady Cougar junior Macy Monday when asked about Tuesday night’s milestone win for the her head coach.

Brad Honeycutt took over the team in 2014. He hit the ground running with the already highly successful program. Honeycutt has been named coach of the year in the district, he has had multiple players go on to play at the next level, and has always led his Lady Cougars to winning seasons. Now he has notched the milestone of his 100th win as the skipper of the Lady Cougars in a blowout win over non district foe the Lady Hornets of Carter by a score of 71-33. It was victory number 20 for the Lady Cougars this season which comes on the heels of their cracking the Associated Press Top 10 for Lady’s AAA basketball in the state of Tennessee.

It was not just fans and current players who were proud of Coach Honeycutt’s big win. Sarah Cain, Lady Cougar alumni and now a member of the Lady Lions of Bryan College weighed in on her high school coach’s big win saying, “I’m super proud of Coach Honeycutt for getting to this milestone! I was just a sophomore, but I can remember the first day of practice. I could tell he was the type of coach who wanted to win… a lot. He was full of energy and passion for the game. The example he set for us off the court just shows the kind of guy he is. He loves the Lord, and if you’ve ever talked to coach it shows. Coach was so encouraging, helpful, and he didn’t care to crack a joke with you every now and then. He’s a phenomenal coach and person. I’m proud to have been apart of that first group he coached at CCHS. Congrats Coach!”

This big win comes with seven games remaining in the regular season and the post season tournament fast approaching. The Lady Cougars are poised to take a run deep into the post season and have a chance of returning to the TSSAA State Tournament in Murfreesboro for the first time since 1991.

With a very experienced group of seniors and a great underclassman roster the team has a good shot at making it there. Senior leader and Furman signee Skylar Boshears was also delighted with her coach’s hitting the century mark in the win column. “I am extremely happy for Coach! He puts in so much time and I appreciate his effort and just everything he does for this team! Very well deserved accomplishment for Coach Honeycutt!” proclaimed Boshears.

The Lady Cougars return to action Friday night in the friendly home confines of the John RW Brown Gymnasium as they take on district foe the Lady Dragons of Clinton.

Pat’s Place: Friday Night Felt Like ’88

I do not do these on the regular website much anymore. I try to reserve Pat’s Place for the preview because I honestly feel you probably do not want or need my opinion more than monthly. This is the exception.

Last Friday was the 2019 Basketball Homecoming in the John RW Brown Gymnasium. The Lady Cougars put up maybe their most dominating game of the season, definitely their most dominating home game, against the hapless Lady Beavers of Karns. The boys, who have struggled this season, put up their most fiery home performance as well and the Beavers of Karns returned to Solway no doubt feeling like they had been in a fight and that they were lucky time ran out.

In fact Spencer Boshears finally may have stepped out of his sister’s impressive shadow as he had 32 points in the game. Spencer may have led the team in scoring but the entire Cougar team put up an impressive fight against the Beavers.

But to me the real story was the crowd, yes I know homecoming always draws a big crowd, that was the biggest I remember at a basketball game in recent memory. This crowd was HOT. I was so happy to hear how loud they got in response to the Cougars taking the battle to the Beavers. The student section reminded me of the late 80’s and early 90’s when no opposing team looked forward to stepping onto the campus of CCHS. It was a night that saw Mr. Spirit Ethan Schroeder show why he earned that award earlier in the night as he led the Cougar Crazies into their most impressive night of the season.

Folks there is no reason we can not do this every game. The gym seems pitiful most of the time as someone who was at CCHS at it’s height of rowdy basketball fandom. Our Lady Cougars are great and stand on the verge of being legendary. Despite being snubbed by PrepXtra’s Top Ten, who included a Webb team with a losing record, they are ranked where it counts and that is in the state Associated Press Top Ten. They are 19-2 and likely should be undefeated going into their rubber match with Morristown West to end the regular season. This team is special.

But the boys team deserves this support as well. Yes they have yet to win a game at home and only hold one win on the season. But this is a young team that is fighting hard every game and do not have an ounce of quit in them. In the next couple of years when these young athletes mature and have multiple seasons of starting under their belt they will be the ones terrorizing the district. Nobody is going to out work Coach Cox and it shows in his team’s efforts.

Folks jump onto this train now!

Lady Cougars Crack Top Ten

Lady Cougar Basketball sits alone on top of the District 3 AAA standings. They have earned a 19-2 record on the year. They recently defeated Karns so badly that four of the five starters only needed to play the first quarter and the younger players got valuable varisty playing time.

Now the voters of the Associated Press are recognizing the excellence of Lady Cougar Basketball in their latest AAA Top Ten. Strangely the Lady Wildcats of Oak Ridge, who the Lady Cougars defeated and who sit firmly in second place of the district, are somehow ranked higher.

1. Riverdale 15-1
2. Maryville 19-1
3. Bradley Central 17-2
4. Houston 15-2
5. Oak Ridge 18-2
6. Morristown West 17-2
7. Bearden 17-2
8. Blackman 15-3
9. Mt. Juliet 15-3
10. Campbell Co. 19-2