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Today's Sports

  • Perseverance pays off for Blue...

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    Harriman head coach Jeff King knew his Blue Devils had a lot of potential at the beginning of the 2009-10 season. He also knew his team was young and would struggle at times learning how to compete at a championship level. He knew if his team would survive they would have to persevere.

  • Turnovers cost Bobcats in 50-44...

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    The Oliver Springs Bobcats have overcome a lot of obstacles on their way to the TSSAA Class A State Tournament, but they couldn't overcome 21 turnovers Wednesday in a 50-44 loss at the hands of Grace Baptist Academy of Chattanooga.

    "I'm proud of them," Bobcat head coach Tony Ingram said of his team following the game. "I thought we played hard today, but we didn't take care of the ball very well today. We had 11 more turnovers than them (Grace) and that's too many possessions to give away."

  • 'Boro bound Bobcats

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    The Oliver Springs Bobcats had been knocking on the door of greatness since joining Class A five years ago. Monday night at Hampton, the Bobcats knocked the door down with a 49-43 victory that earns the Bobcats their first TSSAA State Tournament appearance since 1999.

    Staring with the 2005-06 season, the Bobcats had won the District 4-A regular season or tournament title in each of the past four seasons, but they couldn't duplicate that success after district play.

  • Rather leads Bobcats past...

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    The Region 2-A championship game turned into the Wesley Rather Show Thursday night as the Oliver Springs' senior guard torched the Harriman Blue Devils defense for five three-pointers and 28 points in leading the Bobcats to 56-47 victory.

    "I was feeling good one I got going tonight," Rather said following the game. "It's been 12 years since Oliver Springs had been to a region championship game, but I told our guys before the game we would get it if we just stayed focused and played hard."

  • Next stop Murfreesboro for Blue...

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    HARRIMAN—One year ago Cloudland's talented Logan Morgan hit a last-second shot to keep Rockwood from going to the state tournament. His return trip to Roane County wouldn't be as sweet, but it would be his last.

  • Late runs sends OS to title game

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    One small adjustment made a world of difference Wednesday night for the Oliver Springs Bobcats as Tony Ingram's squad knocked off Tellico Plains 44-32 to advance to the Region 2-A Tournament championship game against Harriman.

    Trailing 28-25, Bobcat head coach Tony Ingram told his defense to extend their packed-in zone on the perimeter to see if that could rattle the Bears and jump start the offense. The move worked as Oliver Springs responded with an 18-1 run that erased the deficit and put the game away.

  • Harriman rolls to title

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    The third time was the charm Wednesday night for the Harriman Blue Devils.

    After dropping a pair of close games to the Tellico Plains in the regular season, the Blue Devils got their revenge with a 57-43 victory over the Bears in the District 3-A title game at Rockwood.

  • Season ends for Lady 'Cats

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    A fabulous postseason run came to a disappointing end Monday night for the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats as Michelle Christopher's squad dropped a heartbreaking 52-50 decision at the hands of Coalfield in the Region 2-A Tournament semifinals played at Wartburg.

  • Gallaher leads Devils past Rams...

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    There will be no third straight trip to the TSSAA Class A State Tournament for the Grace Christian Academy Rams. Harriman made sure of that Wednesday night as the Blue Devils knocked off the Rams 58-50 in the Region 2-A Tournament semifinals.

    Wednesday's victory marks the second time this postseason that the Blue Devils have knocked off the Rams. Harriman had defeated the Rams 61-45 nine days earlier in the District 3-A Tournament played at Harriman.

  • Bobcats win 4-A title

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    The 2009-10 season hasn't been easy at times for the Oliver Springs Bobcats as early season injuries and illness made it difficult for Tony Ingram's squad to hit their stride.