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Today's Sports

  • Roane State squad will build on...

    By Bob Fowler

    Roane State staff writer

    With five returning players and a trio of new, big post players, Roane State Raiders head coach Randy Nesbit is optimistic about the upcoming basketball season.

    Nesbit, now in his 26th year as coach, said he’s “pretty excited” about the upcoming season. “We think we can definitely improve upon last year,” he said.

  • Boles excited about team’s depth...

    By Bob Fowler

    Roane State staff writer

    Look for some aggressive, fast-paced play from the latest edition of Roane State’s Lady Raiders.

    That’s the season forecast offered by Monica Boles, now in her 10th season at head coach. The squad has five returners, three transfers and five true freshmen.

    “I’m really excited about the season,” Boles said. “We have a good amount of depth at each position, and we’ve got more experience than it would appear on paper.”

  • Cherokee splits season opener...

    By Brittani Barger

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    The Cherokee Middle School Yellow Jackets took on the Sweetwater Wildcats in the first game of the season Thursday night.

    The Lady Jackets,48-26, while the Yellow Jacke boys lost Wildcats 50-28.

    Cherokee 48, Sweetwater 26

    The Lady Jackets started out slow in the first period, getting their first point off of a free throw by Karli Pettit.

    A layup by the Wildcats put them on the board first, and they led 2-1.

  • 4th quarter woes doom Midway

    The season came to an end for the Midway Green Wave Friday after losing to the Cloudland Highlanders, 50-13, in the first round of the playoffs.

    “We had too many turnovers,” Green Wave Coach Ryen Minton said, “and when things went wrong, we didn’t fight back as hard as they fought us.

    “They out coached us and out played us.”

    Things were close going into the fourth quarter.

  • Oliver Springs bedevils Jellico

    By Dwane Wilder

    dwilder@lafollettepress.com

    Oliver Springs got a huge night from junior running back Mason Hill Friday night at Jellico.

    Hill accounted for five touchdowns during a 42-8 first-round victory in the TSSAA Class 1A state high school football playoffs.

    “Proud of our effort and execution,” said Bobcats coach Larry Green. “Good defensive game plan, good offensive game plan, and good special teams effort. We won the prize. We get to go to (No. 1 seed) Greenback next week.”

  • Tigers put Hampton in doghouse

    By Damichael Cole

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    In sports, some defenses give up yards, but they do enough to not allow as much scoring. These defenses are usually referred to as “bend but don’t break” defenses.

    That was the kind of the defense the Rockwood Tigers played on Friday night while hosting the Hampton Bulldogs in the first round of the playoffs.

    The defensive effort and a strong running game led the Tigers to a 45-14 victory over the Bulldogs.

  • Yellow Jackets cruise to win

    After a disappointing end to the regular season, the Kingston Yellow Jackets rebounded in a big way Friday night as Brian Pankey’s squad rolled to a 49-7 victory at West Greene.

    “Our team played a complete game,” Pankey said. “We were able to dominate the line of scrimmage.

    “Usually the team that does that wins the game.”

    Kingston took control of the game on the opening play as Ben Carter’s squib kick rolled around long enough for Jacket senior Peyton Long to fall on the loose ball at the Buffalo 36.

  • 2017 Tennessee elk hunts end...

    The 2017 Tennessee elk hunts have come to a conclusion with a total of eight elk harvested during the three segments. Participants could hunt on North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area and surrounding private lands, although none of this year’s hunters chose to hunt on private lands.

  • OSMS drops close one in tourney

    By Melissa Coley

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    The Oliver Springs Middle boys were one win away from making their 2nd championship game within two days as their football team played and won the AA football championship on Saturday. Some immediately traded their cleats in for basketball shoes as they played the Oneida Indians in the Hollis Eble basketball tournament at Oakdale on Monday evening.

  • Trophy caps impressive year