http://www.roanecounty.com/sports/rss.xml en Kingston looks to build on summer camp success after returning from dead period http://www.roanecounty.com/content/kingston-looks-build-summer-camp-success-after-returning-dead-period <p> With the TSSAA dead period officially coming to a close on the Fourth of July, teams will now report back with their coaches and begin work for the 2015-16 seasons.</p> <p> For Kingston head coach Colt Narramore, that means a lot of getting back to the basics.</p> Rockwood swim team makes strides in year four http://www.roanecounty.com/content/rockwood-swim-team-makes-strides-year-four <p> For most sports, the end of June and first of July are considered dead-periods.</p> <p> No contact between players and coaches, no practices, only personal workouts.</p> <p> For the Rockwood swim team, however, things are just heating up.</p> <p> So far this season, the team has only had two meets: one against Kingston, and another against Ft. Saunders.</p> <p> Despite early season struggles in the pool, the team has come a long way from its rebirth four years ago.</p> Losses lead former Yellow Jacket Marcus Hutson through life, into medical field http://www.roanecounty.com/content/losses-lead-former-yellow-jacket-marcus-hutson-through-life-medical-field <img src="http://www.roanecounty.com/sites/www.roanecounty.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/web.jpg" alt="Former Kingston Yellow Jacket Marcus Hutson attempts a 3-pointer." title="Former Kingston Yellow Jacket Marcus Hutson attempts a 3-pointer." align="left" hspace="6" width="65" height="85" /><p> The last thing a 7-year-old Marcus Hutson was able to give his father was a baseball with the words, &ldquo;I&rsquo;ll blast one for you,&rdquo; written on it.</p> <p> The ball, nestled inside his father&rsquo;s casket would prove not to be a hope, but a promise.</p> <p> Just days after Mark Hutson&rsquo;s funeral, his only son, Marcus, had a game his family wasn&rsquo;t sure he would play in, but like all the other times before, the Hutson family loaded up and made the trip to the ballpark.</p> Do we expect too much as athletes? http://www.roanecounty.com/content/do-we-expect-too-much-athletes <p> Believe it or not, yes, professional athletes are humans like the rest of us.</p> <p> They also, like the rest of us, possess the ability to say some incredible stupid things.</p> <p> The only difference is when they say incredibly stupid things, chances are, it&rsquo;s not going to simply be going gentle into the good night.</p> <p> So it should come as no surprise after the Supreme Court&rsquo;s 5-4 in favor of same-sex marriage last Friday that stupid things were said.</p> FLW Tour Pros Wesley Strader, Brad Knight fall short on Potomac River http://www.roanecounty.com/content/flw-tour-pros-wesley-strader-brad-knight-fall-short-potomac-river <p> Things didn&rsquo;t exactly go as planned for local FLW pros Brad Knight and Wesley Strader this past weekend on the Potomac River.</p> <p> Neither pro made the cut to compete on day three after Strader, of Rockwood, hauled in only 23 pounds, four ounces to finish in 48th, and Knight, of Lancing, captured 76th place with 21 pounds, 10 ounces.</p> <p> Clark Wendlandt, of Leander, Texas, took the top spot with a four-day total of 60 pounds, winning the $125,000 prize.</p> Father, cancer survivor, former Oliver Springs lineman Brandon Toomey returns to football for Knoxville Knights http://www.roanecounty.com/content/father-cancer-survivor-former-oliver-springs-lineman-brandon-toomey-returns-football-knoxvil <img src="http://www.roanecounty.com/sites/www.roanecounty.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_0177-3.jpg" alt="Kim Allen-Snyder/Kimberly Allen Photography Knoxville Knights lineman Brandon Toomey (57) makes his way to the ball carrier to attempt a tackle. Toomey, who played at Oliver Springs High School from 2006-10, is in his first season with the Knights." title="Kim Allen-Snyder/Kimberly Allen Photography Knoxville Knights lineman Brandon Toomey (57) makes his way to the ball carrier to attempt a tackle. Toomey, who played at Oliver Springs High School from 2006-10, is in his first season with the Knights." align="left" hspace="6" width="111" height="85" /><p> In 2007, doctors told a young, blonde-haired kid from Oliver Springs High School he would likely never play football again.</p> <p> Eight years later, that former Bobcats offensive lineman is still playing football, but now for the Knoxville Knights, a semi-professional team in Knoxville.</p> <p> Brandon Toomey spent his freshman and sophomore years of high school on the offensive and defensive lines for Oliver Springs, but in the winter after his second season he received news of a diagnosis of Hodgkin&rsquo;s lymphoma.</p> Q&A: Meet new Harriman boys head coach Shay Shannon http://www.roanecounty.com/content/qa-meet-new-harriman-boys-head-coach-shay-shannon <p> <em><strong>Editor&rsquo;s note:</strong> The following is a transcription from an interview sports editor Bradley Stringfield did with the new Harriman boys basketball head coach Shay Shannon.</em></p> <p> <strong>Q: So, how did all of this come about?</strong></p> Taking a look back at spring signees in Roane County http://www.roanecounty.com/content/taking-look-back-spring-signees-roane-county <p> Through the first six &mdash; nearly seven &mdash; months, 2015 has been kind to the athletes of Roane County.</p> <p> Midway and Oliver Springs have promoted former OSMS head coach Larry Green and former Green Waves defensive coordinator Ryen Minton to head coaching roles.</p> <p> After TSSAA violations resulted in Harriman boys basketball being stripped of spring basketball (on top of losing a coach) the Blue Devils have finally secured a new lead man in former West Carroll coach Shay Shannon.</p>