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Annual Cougar Football Golf Tournament Coming Up

The 2020 Campbell County Cougar football golf tournament is just around the corner! Support Cougar Football and enjoy a day at The Greens at Deerfield.

The tournament will take place Wednesday, July 22. Lunch will be served at 11:30. Followed by tee off at 1:00.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Hole sponsorships are $50 and
team sponsorship is $320

Middle School Fishing Team Has Huge Weekend

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Young anglers from all over the state converged on Chattanooga’s Chickamauga Lake over the weekend for the The Tennessee Bass Federation/Fishing League Worldwide (TBF/FLW) State Championship. It was a great weekend for the young fishermen of the Campbell County Middle School Fishing Team and the championship title is coming back to Campbell County.

Gabe St. John and Mason Dople are now back to back champions in the event. The dynamic fishing duo picked up the win and title with five fish that weighed 11lbs 15oz.

They were not the only local youth that did well. Mac Fritts and Reid Chapman got 2nd with four fish that weighed 6lbs 14oz. Anthony Malone and Ayden Malone got 5th place with a pair of fis that weighted 3lbs 14oz.

Savage Elite Dominate In The Tri-Cities

After a triumphant return to the diamond last weekend in Maryville the Tennessee Savage Elite were at it again. This time they traveled to upper East Tennessee to compete in the Kingsport East Tennessee Global State Tournament.

Tennessee Savage Elite began pool play against the Stateliners out of Bristol, TN. The first couple of innings started rocky for the Savage Elite as they were held scoreless the first two innings and allowed 4 runs in bottom of first. The top of 3rd saw the Savage Elite come to life as they tied it up 4-4 in the 3rd. Seven straight runs in top of 4th put the Savage Elite on top 11-4. The Savage Elite shut down the Stateliners in bottom of 4th and the game was called as the time limit expired. The Savage Elite picked up the victory 11-4.

They then battled Rebels from Colonial Heights, Tennessee. Defense was the name of the game in the first inning as the Savage Elite shut down the Rebels with three straight outs. The Savage Elite transitioned well into their offense scoring 4 runs in bottom half of the first inning. The defense remained strong in the second inning as they did not allow a run.Bentley Freeman made an impressive diving catch close to the opposing teams dugout on the 3rd baseline for a highlight in the inning. The Savage Elire came back out and scored 4 more runs to go up 8-0. Top of 3rd the Rebels scored 2 runs to make it 8-2 then the Savage Elite answered as they scored 5 in bottom half to make it 13-2. In the 4th, Rebels scored 1 to make it 13-3 before the game was called for run rule. This sent the Savage Elite into the title game.

The championship game was a battle of ranked teams. The Tennessee Savage Elite (19-5) entering the game taking on the #3 ranked Kingsport Tribe (12-0) in the state. It was gut check time for both teams as this would cement one of the two teams in their high ranking.

The Savage Elite defense was still on fire, allowing only 1 run in top of first. In the bottom of first, lead off hitter Hayden Cansler from Sweetwater hit a bomb over the left centerfield fence to put us up 1-0. The Savage Elite went on to score 6 additional runs in bottom of first to make it 7-1. The Savage Elite defense was like glue nothing was getting by them or over them as they shut down The Tribe in top of 2nd. In the bottom of 2nd the Savage Elite scored 2 more to go up 9-1. The defense of the Savage Elite locked down The Tribe in top of 3rd. The Savage ELite then scored 4 runs in bottom of 3rd to make 13-1 and the game was called for run rule with the Savage Elite taking home the East Tennessee State Global Championship.

So far this year the Savage Elite has played a total of 4 tournaments and won 3 of them

Next up the Savage Elite will travel to Chattanooga for the Southern Showcase. Some of the best teams in the south will be at this event.

The Savage Elite had impressive statistics on the weekend.

Hayden Cansler 7/8. HR, 2RBI

Bentley Freeman. 7/8 4RBI

Cannon Hawkins 4/8 5RBI

AJ Littlejohn 4/8

Daylen Hampton 6/7 8RBI

Maddox Freeman 3/7

Cooper Carr 4/7 3RBI

Tyson Edwards 7/7 3RBI

Ryder Wallen 3/7 2RBI

Tylan Plemons 4/6 3RBI

Bentley Campbell 4/6 6RBI

Tennessee Savage Elite Has Big Weekend In Maryville Tournament

As The COVID 19 restrictions ease baseball has returned. This weekend an all start team made up of young athletes from LaFollette all the way to Chattanooga reunited to play in the Maryville “Bring The Heat” Tournament.

Day one was pool play for the teams. The Savage Elite started off with a team known as the Knoxville Smokies, a Lenoir City based team that had some players with quite the athletic pedigree. University of Tennessee National Championship winning quarterback Tee Martin and former UT linebacker Kevin Simon had sons on the team. Unfortunately for the Savage Elite they started out cold in this opening game. They gave up ten runs in the opening two innings to the Smokies. By the fourth inning the Savage Elite found their footing and started to score. It was not quite enough as they fell to the Smokies 12-9.

The early loss seemed to be the wake up call the team needed. Their second game in pool play was against Cleveland , TN’s Mission Baseball Outlaws. The Savage Elite picked up their first win of the weekend 15-11. It would certainly not be their last win.

Sunday shifted from pool play to bracketed play. On a local side note during bracket play a young man with a strong connection to local baseball saw some action. Justin Clear is one of the all time greats of Cougar baseball and his son Colton Clear followed in his father’s footsteps taking the diamond for Tennessee Pride. Diamond USA picked up a win over Tennessee Pride to take on the top seeded Knoxville Smokies.

The Savage Elite won their first Sunday game in a rematch as they once again defeated the Outlaws. This time the Savage Elite outscored the Outlaws 17-9.

The Smokies defeated Diamond USA 23-8. This set up a title game between the Smokies and Savage Elite.

The title game was a much different story for the teams than the opening day of pool play. The Savage Elite came out swinging hot this time. After three innings the Savage Elite led 11-9. By the end of the fifth both teams were knotted up at 11 runs each. With the game on the line the Savage Elite picked it. They nlt only took a 15-11 lead in the final inning they also got three straight outs to win the championship 15-11.

The Savage Elite are ranked #2 in the state and #21 in the nation. The Savage Elite were at one point ranked #7 in the nation but as other states reopened from COVID 19 earlier than Tennessee did and the teams from those states were able to get a leg up in the ratings.

Next weekend they hit the road for the Tri Cities as they are playing in the Kingsport East Tennessee Global State tournament.

Here are the overall stats for the Savage Elite:

Hayden Cansler 7 for 14 with 2 RBI’S

Bentley Freeman 9 for 14 with 3 RBI’S

Cannon Hawkins 11 for 14 with 5 RBI

AJ Littlejohn 7 for 13 with 7 RBI

Daylen Hampton 8 for 13 with 8 RBI

Maddox Freeman 10 for 13 with 5 RBI

Cooper Carr 6 for 13 with 4 RBI

Tyson Edwards 9 for 12 with 3 RBI

Ryder Wallen 8 for 12 with 8 RBI

Tylan Plemons 7 for 12 with 9 RBI

Bentley Campbell 3 for 11 with 2 RBI

Cougar Cheer’s Hannah Carroll to Join EKU Cheer in Fall 2020

If you’ve been to Cougar basketball or football games over the past four years you’ve doubtless seen the smiling blonde on top of the pyramid or doing gymnastics level tumbles on the sideline or across the court. Now Hannah Carroll is taking her cheer talent to the next level.

She will be attending Eastern Kentucky University in fall 2020, where she will continue her cheer career. Hannah had this to say of her future on the campus in Richmond, Kentucky, some 30 miles south of Lexington.

“I am so excited to be able to continue my cheer career and be a part of the outstanding Eastern Kentucky cheer program. During my sophomore year I attended a cheer clinic at EKU and fell in love with the campus and knew right away that I wanted to be on that team. Since then, I have been going up to Richmond for multiple clinics and events. EKU competes at College Nationals in Orlando, Florida every year and has placed as high as third in the Nation in the Division 1 category.”

Hannah will major in psychology and pursue guidance counseling in the future. Congratulations Hannah!