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Pat’s Place: Parker And His Peppers Make Cougar Athletics Even More Exciting

Have you been to a Cougar athletic event in the last couple of years? Have you noticed an increased presence of the Cougar Crazies? This is in big part due to one man taking over the pep club and his name is Josh Parker.

There was always a sizable crowd in the fall for Friday Night Lights on the Hill. There were some decent student sections at basketball games,though nothing compared to the 80s and 90s. There was not much at the non revenue sports.

That has changed. I obviously go to a lot of sporting events as ya know it is my job. I have seen the football and basketball student sections grow. Most impressively I have started to see volleyball become huge, soccer see an increase in student attendance, baseball and softball crowds growing. This is where Josh truly deserves a pat on the back.

The trick is that Josh Parker actually cares. He has a passion in him I first noticed years ago when he had the job as PA guy for Jacksboro Eagle basketball back when his brother Cody, now the head Eagle Coach, was a wee lad playing for the Eagles. I heard it grow as he broadcast games for both local radio stations. I felt his emotion as he fought for what he thought was best for our students as a member of the board of education.

I saw him reach his pinnacle though once he started teaching and running the pep club at CCHS. He does so much behind the scenes to get these Cougar Crazies food for tailgating, shirts for the games, pep buses for away games and many other intangibles that most never realize. He is as big a part of the Cougar Nation as any coach out there.

It is also apparent when you ask the students about them.

Lauren Graves plays volleyball and manages the tennis team. She had this to say about Parker, ” Josh is extraordinary. He has a heart of gold I can’t even begin to tell you the influence he’s had on my life let alone all the lives of each student at Campbell County High School. When you think of the definition of extraordinary you think of someone who is like no other and that is in fact who Josh Parker is. He began this journey with us four years ago; walking the halls of the high school for the first time just like us and I’m forever grateful of his decision to begin teaching. Each of us involved in cougar nation can easily say how big of a fan we are, but deep down we all know that Josh is cougar nations biggest fan. Josh is a great teacher with an admirable mind set. He isn’t in it for the money or the fame he’s just in it because of how big his heart is. He cares about his students and their actions. Josh has been there to support me and all my fellow classmates in the classroom and also at all of our sporting events. He’s had our backs off and on the courts and fields. Josh Parker will always have a special place in my heart due to his indulgent efforts, ambition, and time commitment to cougar nation. Thank you Josh for all you have done for me the past four years. It’s been an amazing ride.”

Ethan Schroeder is not only a soccer player and the emotional leader of the Cougar Crazies. He echoed many of the sentiments Graves did about Josh saying, “Josh is not only a teacher but a friend, he’s someone who you can talk to about anything and i mean anything. He has done so much for me, my friends and the school. He is in it for the right reasons. He uses his own time and sometimes his own money for certain pep club functions. He has built the pep club to be something people want to be apart of, and honestly it’s something to be proud of. Kids want to cheer on the Cougars and as we saw this past season it can really help the teams. You can ask, What does josh for for me and my friends?? Josh has literally watched us grow as people. His 4 years at Campbell County has been our 4 years. Hand in Hand we have walked on this long but memorable journey together and that’s why i think our class is so close with Josh. Josh to me is the older brother i never had and i could never repay him for everything he’s done for me. If in 6 years you ask me what is one thing i miss from high school, my answer will not just be one specific thing, it will be all my memories with Josh. Those memories will never be replaced.”

I personally would like to thank Josh and give him the credit he deserves, but does not seek out, for this. I ahve followed Cougar Athletics for a long time. I have seen the highs and lows. Right now we are approaching a high water mark. Football and the non revenue sports are seeing amazing crowd support. Basketball still has a way to go before hitting its glory days of crowd support but the student section is thriving it is now up to the community to help pack the gym. This has been on your shoulders for two years Josh and you have carried the weight well. I am also sad you will no longer be doing basketball on the radio as you are my go to for action on the road. From the bottom of my oversized bacon wrapped heart I thank you.

Cain And The Lady Lions Competing For NAIA Title

The Bryan Lady Lions

Sarah Cain was a vocal leader for the Lady Cougars during her prep career. After she graduated she retired her blue and orange for the red and gold of the Lady Lions of Bryan College. Cain has seen plenty of action for the Dayton school and now is once again headed to the post season.

For the third straight year the Lady Lions have made the field of 32 for the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship. It is their seventh appearance overall as a team. They claimed a four seed in this year’s post season tournamnent. They will be traveling to Sioux City, Iowa where they will battle fifth seed Indiana Wesleyan on March 7th with an 8 PM tip off.

This has been the best season in history for the Lady Lions. They went undefeated in conference and boasted a 26-0 conference record. They added three more conference wins in the Appalachian Athletics Conference’s post season tournament. In fact they only lost a single game in the regular season to Pulaski’s Martin Methodist College. Their Coach, Jason Smith, was named AAC Coach of the Year.

Cain was understandably excited about this season saying, ” I’m super excited for what this year’s post season has to offer. We’ve already crushed our conference tournament, and I think we’ve grown as a team since last year. So this just adds to the excitement for our national tournament.”

Pat’s Place: Let’s Rock The Brown Friday

The Lady Cougars are in a win or go home game Friday against one of the three teams that were able to defeat them on the court this season, The Lady Admirals of Farragut. This team has one of the best chances I have ever seen to return the Lady Cougars to the TSSAA State Title Tournament in Murfreesboro. The last time we were there Jill Cox was a senior. Her daughter Cora Browning is now a freshman.

Now it is time for us to step up and help put the Lady Cougars over the top the only way we as a community can. It is time to pack out the John R.W. Brown Gymnasium like it was 1991 again. We came pretty close against AC at homecoming. But I want to see those bleachers packed to capacity, I want it to be so loud I ahve to crank up the PA to be heard, and I want it to be tropical from the body heat. I want the US Geological Survey to feel us on the Richter Scale.

Some of the regional games I have been to in the past have had pathetic attendance and that bothers me. Why the apathy? These athletes work hard all year to attempt to achieve athletic excellence. They do this while working hard academically as well. This is one of the last times they will play in the Brown even if they win. So let’s remind them we are proud of how they represent our county.

Now I know we can count on the Cougar Crazies to be there. Colonel Parker has quite the army under his tutelage. These rowdy fans can rock a gym. But I am calling out the older fans. My generation. We made the Brown the most feared destination in the district for many years. Of course we moved on, many of you raised families, started careers and left our glory days behind.

But now my challenge to you is this. Come home to the Brown one more time. Get loud. Get rowdy. Be 16 again. I know there is some awful country song that says something along the lines of I ain’t as good as I once was but once I can be as good as I ever was or something similar (they play it at Burger King all the time so I know I am not imagining it). This is our time to do this one more time.

Lady Cougars Finish Second In District Tournamnet

Skylar Boshears takes a shot as Oak Ridge double teams her

It was a cold and rainy night in Solway but the action was hot in the Karns High School gymnasium as the Lady Cougars of Campbell County and the Lady Wildcats of Oak Ridge battled it out for the District 3 AAA Tournament title.

The Lady Cougars came out of the gate strong and were up 15-8 in the first quarter. Haley Comer got on the scoreboard first for the Lady Cougars and it took Oak Ridge three minutes to even get a point. Lexie Richardson got the Lady Cougars going in the second quarter with a basket of her own. But the Lady Wildcats adjusted and ended the half trailing the Lady Cougars 24-21.

The Lady Wildcats tied it up early in the third and after a back and forth series of shots took the lead 33-31 as the third quarter was winding down. The final quarter started with the Lady Wldcats holding a 42-35 advantage as the Lady Cougars staged a furious rally. They closed the gap to a mere two points but in the end it was Oak Ridge that pulled out of Karns with a 47-40 win to take the district tournament title.

Madison Brady led the Lady Cougars with a dozen points. Haley Comer had a double double in the game with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

After the game Skylar Boshears, Madison Brady and Haley Comer were named to the all tournament team.

Now the Lady Cougars must get ready for a rematch with the Lady Admirals of Farragut, one of three teams that have beaten them this year. The stakes are much higher this time as it is the first round of the Region Tournament and it is an elimination game.

The Lady Cougars will host this game in the friendly confines of the John R.W. Brown Gymnasium on the campus of Campbell County High School Friday night with tip off set at 7.

Blair Medley looks for an open shot

Shouse Wins State Pentathlon

Most people are still in basketball mode and not thinking of track yet. Carson Newman signee Christian Shouse, on the other hand, is already burning it up in the indoor track season. In fact he recently won a state title at the Music City High School Indoor Invitational hosted by Nashville’s Vanderbilt University. The pentathlon is five events that an athlete earns a combined score in. The events are high jump, long jump, 60 meter hurdles, 1,000 meter run and the shot put.

Shouse outperformed thirteen other athletes to earn a victory with a total of 3451 points. He won the long jump outright with a jump of 21’4.5″. Most impressively he not only won the high jump but set the meet record with a jump of 6’7″. He also took second in the shot put.

Cougar Drake Pyles also competed at the meet and finished 5th in shot put with a throw of 34’4″