Today's Sports

  • Roane County teams march into...

    After 11 long and grueling weeks, three teams from Roane County will be playing in the playoffs Friday night.

    Harriman and Rockwood will both be at home this week. The Blue Devils, No. 2 seed from Region 2-A, host Unaka, No. 3 seed from Region 1-A, while Region 2-AA champion Rockwood hosts Region 1-AA No. 4 seed Happy Valley.

    Kingston finished the season as the No. 3 seed from Region 2-AAA and will play at Region 1-AAA runner-up Pigeon Forge.

    The game time for all three games Friday will be at 7 p.m. instead of the usual 7:30.

  • OH GOOD GRIEF: Interesting facts...

    The TSSAA playoffs begin tonight, as Harriman (7-3) hosts Unaka (2-8) in Class A, Rockwood (8-2) hosts Happy Valley (6-4) in Class AA and Kingston (8-2) travels to Pigeon Forge (8-2) in Class AAA; however, I discovered some interesting factoids by looking at the brackets.

    Of the 192 teams who qualified for the Division I playoffs, 63 teams have .500 (5-5) or worse record — 7 in 1A, 15 in 2A, 6 in 3A, 10 in 4A, 9 in 5A and 16 in 6A, compared to only 9 unbeaten teams. There are 116 teams with records of 6-4, 7-3, 8-2 and 9-1.

  • Rockwood linemen are motivated...

    It takes hard work, dedication and talent to make a good offensive line. Sometimes it takes motivation as well, and for the Rockwood Tigers offensive line that motivation comes from food.

    “We strive for pancakes,” Senior offensive lineman Jacob Wilson said. “We have a pancake board and you want to have the most pancakes (blocks) each week.”

  • Harriman linemen have become...

    Running backs, quarterbacks and wide receivers get the headlines, but most games are won by a select few players that go unnoticed. Those players are the offensive line and those unsung heroes have played a major role in Harriman's march to the playoffs in 2015.

    “It's a cliché, but the line is where you win games,” Harriman head coach Travis Tapp said. “For us to run the football, we have to be able to win up front and we've been able to do that this year.”

  • Yellow Jackets head to playoffs...

    Keeping up spirits during a winless season can be trying. Kingston head coach Brian Pankey knows what that’s like firsthand. His team suffered through one in 2013.

    “It was hard to keep them motivated, very hard to keep morale up,” Pankey said. “Everyday I would just remind them, it’s going to get better.”

    The better times are here. The Yellow Jackets head into the Class 3A playoffs with an 8-2 record and No. 8 ranking.

  • OS Middle School playing for CVC...

    For the third year in a row, Oliver Springs will take on Spring City for the Clinch Valley Middle School Football Conference championship.

    This year's title game is scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. at Spring City.

    “We set a goal all year to be in the championship game, and we're back,” Oliver Springs head coach Buster Brown said. “We're going to do our best to win it.”

    Oliver Springs is about 40 miles from Spring City, but Brown said he expects to see a lot of purple and gold, his team's colors, in the stands.

  • Final middle school football...
  • OS Middle School beats Midway in...

    The Oliver Springs Middle School Bobcats battled a soggy field and the Midway Middle Green Waves for a 14-0 win last Thursday to claim another berth in the Clinch Valley Conference Championship game. The Bobcats will once again take on Spring City in the championship game Thursday night. The only difference from last year will be the Bobcats will travel to Spring City to try to claim their second straight title

    Oliver Springs lost to the Bulldogs earlier this season, but will get another chance at them Thursday.

  • Cherokee Middle School wins...

    The Cherokee Yellow Jackets closed out the regular season last Thursday night with an impressive 34-6 victory over Wartburg Central on a rainy night at Dr. Nat Sugarman Memorial.

    “I thought our guys played pretty well especially in such nasty conditions,” Cherokee head coach Wiley Brackett said after watching his team improve to 5-3 on the season. “It was just an good old-fashioned physical football game.”

  • TSSAA Week 8 football schedules


    Tyner at Bledsoe Co.

    Meigs Co. at Boyd Buchanan

    Clinton at CAK (Thu)

    Bell County, KY at Campbell Co.

    Tenn. Christian Prep at Chatt. Grace

    Volunteer at Cherokee

    Elizabethton at Claiborne

    Greenback at Coalfield

    Chatt. Christian at Copper Basin

    Gatlinburg-Pittman at Cosby

    South Greene at Cumberland Gap

    Bradley Central at Dobyns Bennett

    Cumberland Co. at East Hamilton

    Knox West at Farragut

    Sullivan North at Hampton