Category Archives: Sports

Local Competitive Cheer Athletes Headed To Disney

Some call Disney World the happiest place on earth. The Cali Sharks competitive cheer team will be headed there this may to compete in May to compete in The Summit at Disney’s ESPN Sport’s Center. Local athletes Alyssa Day, Arissa Baker and Skyleigh Baker are part of this competitive squad. They received an at-large bid. At-large bids are given to the highest scoring bid eligible teams across different levels. Because of the quality of their bid the Cali Sharks will automatically advance beyond the first round.

They will be competing at the HP Field House part of a 220 acre sports complex. There will be over 12,000 competitors vying for a title there.

The Cali Sharks are currently one of the top ranked Championship Series team in the state.

Campbell County Fishing Looking Strong On the Middle and High School Levels

Faulkner and Smith

It was a great weekend for local prep level anglers. Both the high school and middle school Campbell County Fishing teams had big weekends.

The high school anglers traveled to Hamilton County to fish on Nickajack Lake. Nickajack Lake holds the record for the largest freshwater drum ever caught. Benny Hull made the catch of the 54 pound 8 ounce drum in 1972. Over the weekend over 100 boats full of the best high school fishermen in the state blasted off early and after weigh ins the Cougar tandem of Riley Faulkner and Austin Smith had placed 5th on the day with a weigh in of 5 pounds 8.31 ounces.

On the middle school level it was an even bigger day. They traveled to Douglas Lake as part of the East Tennessee Youth Bass Trail. The young anglers from Campbell County took both second and third place in the event. Gabe St. John and Mason Dople took second with a weigh of 7.47 pounds. Reid Chapman and Mike Fritz took thirs with a weight of 5.56 pound.

Lady Indians Edge Lady Cougars In Softball Opener

Spring is in the air and that means softball is taking Arlis Chapman Field for another season on the diamond. The Lady Indians of Oneida made their way over from Scott County to battle the home standing Lady Cougars. Unfortunately the Lady Indians went back to Scott County with a 5-3 victory.

Though the winds of voctory did not blow the way of the Lady Cougars there was an huge bright spot for the future. Freshman short stop Cora Browning had quite the high school debut following a stand out middle school career. She had all three RBI’s for the Lady Cougars. Browning had an RBI single and a two RBI double in the contest.

Brenna Rutherford had a good day on the mound despite the loss. She recorded nine strike outs on the day.

Zupancic Snatches Title At Arnold Classic

Last weekend Timmy Zupancic traveled to Columbus, Ohio to compete on one of the biggest stages in the world. Zupancic competed in Olympic weight lifting at the Arnold Sports Festival. This event features 22,000 athletes from 60 nations competing in a 80 sports and events.

Zupancic snatched 205 pounds and then clean and jerked 260 pounds. The combined 465 pounds was and inmpressive feat at Zupnacic’s body weight of 164 pounds. This was also good enough to win him first overall in the juniors division.

Zupancic is a multi sport athlete at CCHS. He has played baseball and football and will now try his hand in the tennis court this spring. He is also signed to compete with the ETSU Buccaneer Weightlifting Team.

Morton To Be Inducted In Knoxville Track And Field Club Hall Of Fame

Morton poses with the Lady Cougars on the day of her retirement from teaching

Marsha Morton is known as many things. She is known as a teacher, a coach, a runner, and the person that taught many local folks to swim. She is about to get a new title and that is hall of famer. Morton is part of the 2019 class of the Knoxville Track and Field Club Hall Of Fame.

According to the statement issued by the KTC on her induction, “Marsha holds one of the premier running histories in the Knoxville Track Club. Marsha is without question one of the most prolific, durable KTC racers of the last twenty years. Marsha finished in the top-3 overall in more than 100 KTC races, winning nearly half of those outright. Today, she still holds nine Tennessee single-age state records in distances between one mile and the 30k.”

Her records are even more impressive than the release states. KTC has a yearly Grand Prix title which indicates how a runner did in all of their competitions year round. Morton has ten first place finishes, four second place finishes, and a third place finish between 1996 and 2012. She holds more of these Grand Prix titles than any other runner in the club’s history by a wide margin.

Morton recently retired as an educator with the Campbell County School System.