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Lady Cougar Coach Brad Honeycutt Resigns

After seven years as the man that steered the ship for Lady Cougar Basketball Brad Honeycutt is stepping away from coaching. Honeycutt, the father of two young children with a third on the way, is ready to focus on his family. Honeycutt told The Volunteer Times, “I want to get ahead of this, spend time with my kids before I miss too much.

Honeycutt has spent several very successful years coaching the Lady Cougars. In that time he has sent multiple players to college level. He has also piled up the wins and has advanced deep into the post season. In early 2019 he hit the 100 win mark with the Lady Cougars.

When asked about the future of Lady Cougar Basketball Honeycutt had some encouraging news for his pending successor. “We have a hard working, blue collar group of rising seniors,” said Honeycutt. He went on to state that the talent has always been top notch in his time in the John R.W. Brown Gymnasium.

Honeycutt also thanked the fans. “We travel as a fanbase better than any 3A team I have ever seen in this region,” he stated. He went on to talk about how the home atmosphere was something special. He thanked all of the supports profusely for how good they had been to his team over his seven years here. He also thanked all of the local media for their coverage and support during his time coaching the Lady Cougars.

When asked abut a coaching search CCHS Athletic Director Ryan Browning, who also served as an assistant on Honeycutt’s staff, said that the administration would begin searching for the next Lady Cougar head basketball coach in the very near future.

Former LaFollette Man Facing Serious Charges.

James Brian Chadwell II, 42, of Lafayette, Indiana, formerly of LaFollette, is facing several charges for a heinous crime he allegedly committed last week. He is charged with attempted murder, Kidnapping, child molestation and sexual assault of a 9-year old girl he allegedly lured into his home, then violently attacked. After the girl was reported missing Chadwell told police she’d been at his home and left. Once police searched his home they found the girl locked in the basement, with her clothing removed.
After taking the girl to the hospital due to multiple injuries, the girl told police Chadwell choked her, hit her repeatedly as she fought back and that he sexually assaulted her.
The location is only 15 miles from Delphi, Indiana where two young girls were murdered in 2017. Police are now investigating Chadwell as a person of interest in that case.
Chadwell has a long criminal history after leaving LaFollette. He has multiple felony convictions for assaults, thefts and other charges and appears to have spent a long stretch between the years 2001 and 2016 in prison in South Dakota. He had multiple convictions upon moving to Indiana as well, such as receiving stolen property and a felon operating while intoxicated, along with resisting law enforcement. He most recently received a 90 day sentence after an October 2020 conviction for criminal trespass.

Former Deputy Crabtree Sentenced

Following his recent guilty plea Justin Crabtree has learned his fate. The former deputy was indicted following a TBI investigation in connection with an assault that was alleged to have occurred at the Campbell County Jail. The indictment charged him with one count of aggravated assault and one count of official oppression. Crabtree entered a plea of guilty guilty to both of the charges.

He was sentenced to four years this week. Crabtree will be in split confinement. All but three months of his sentence will be served on community corrections probation.

Outstanding Cougar Takes 1st Place.

Drake Pyle took home 1st place overall in the Multi-Event Section 1 Large School qualifier today in Morristown at West High School. This qualified Pyle to compete in the state decathlon championships.
Pyle is not only an amazing athlete, he is also a top 10 student at CCHS, managing both academic pursuits and sporting events with equal ability.
Congratulations to Drake Pyle as he continues the excellent Cougar track and student athlete tradition.

Cougar Softball Senior Night Victory.

The Cougar softball team welcomed neighboring Scott High to campus for their 2021 Senior Night game.
Brenna Rutherford, Logan Ross, four year Cougar softball players, as well as two year player Alyssa Brown and senior year player Gracie Kirby were honored in the pregame.
The game was a thriller that went from a pitchers duel to a late game hit parade. Scott took a slim 2-1 lead into the bottom of the 5th inning when the Cougars began to push runs across the plate. Ultimately CCHS pushed across four runs in the inning and took a 5-2 lead into the 6th inning.
The Highlanders had a solid 6th inning, pushing across two more runs, making it 5-4 in the bottom of the 6th inning with the Cougars back up at bat. Timely hitting by Amber Morris and Cora Browning helped CCHS push its lead to 7-4.
Brenna Rutherford managed to pitch out of a jam in the top of the 7th, ending the Highlander hopes with the tying run at home plate.