Today's Sports


    Before I begin this edition of my weekly column, I must pose a sixty-four thousand dollar question to you, the loyal reader of this weekly column.

    What do NASCAR and the alternative rock band Linkin Park have in common?

    Both have managed to alienate much of their core audience with their nonsensical changes in direction. Linkin Park by going to a more pop-esque sound in contrast to the heavier work from the “Hybrid Theory” and “Meteora” albums.

  • Youngsters turnout for Roane...

    The 25th annual Roane State boys’ basketball camp saw more than 40 kids come out to learn more about the fundamentals of the sport last week.

    During the quarter century for the camp, the sport has stayed pretty much constant. According to Roane State Raider Coach Randy Nesbit this is how it should be.

    “We were able to have a good ratio of coach to camper,” he said, “

  • Youthful Tigers clawed by fifth...

    The Rockwood All-Stars’ 6-2 loss to Tellico during a rain soaked game Thursday evening at Flour Mill Flats in Harriman, was much closer than what the score shows.

    Going into Thursday’s game, Tellico had a perfect 3-0 record, outscoring opponents 32-0. So it was a tall order for Rockwood.

    “A lot of the kids on the this team faced Tellico last year,” Rockwood Coach Matt Goddard said, “so they know that Tellico is the big dog in this district.

  • TWRA warn paddlers to practice...

    TWRA boating officers Dustin Buttram and Barry Baird have seen an increase in paddle sports on the Tennessee waterways they patrol.

    Paddle crafts are for rent at many reservoirs and public areas and it’s a fun way to enjoy the outdoors. However many paddling for the first time go out unprepared. With four paddle craft fatalities in 2016, officers hope to reduce this in 2017.

    Infrequent or new paddle craft users typically do not see themselves as a vessel that needs an understanding of boating safety and state laws.

  • Offense launches Devils into...

    The Harriman A All Stars have had a great post season thus far, but the only blemish on their Dixie Youth tournament record has been a loss to Greenback earlier in the District 8 tournament.

    The Cherokees were the home team on the evening and they were able to pick up 2 runs to bring the score, 2-0 going into the bottom of the first.

  • Despite cold bats, Harriman is...

    The Harriman A All-Stars bats went cold at the wrong time Wednesday. They lost 13-4 to Sweetwater in the Dixie Youth District 8 A Championship at Lakeshore Park in Knoxville.

    “We’ve got to continue doing what we do,” Harriman Coach Darren Payne said, “We’ll have to prepare for next week.

    “Tonight we didn’t come ready to play.”

    It didn’t take long for the junior Blue Devils to get things going.

  • State tournament next stop for...

    The Harriman AA All Stars travelled to Sweetwater on Monday night with a lot on the line as they took on Campbell County.

    The Blue Devils came in as a 2 seed in the district tournament as Campbell County came in as the one after they beat the Blue Devils in the sub district tournament championship.

  • Roane teams set for state...

    After winning a pair of one-run contests in sub district play, the Harriman A All-Stars made it three in a row over Kingston Monday evening with a 16-8 victory over the Junior Jackets in the District 8 A Tournament being played in Knoxville.

    With the victory, Harriman advanced to the tournament’s final day of play on Tuesday. The Blue Devils played Greenback Tuesday. Sweetwater was also alive in the tourney.

  • Roane ladies to host July camp

    Roane State will host girls basketball camps in July

    Roane State Community College’s Monica Boles, head coach of the Lady Raiders basketball team, will host two basketball camps in July for area girls.

    New this year is a camp geared for high school girls to improve at specific basketball positions.

    “Our camps provide great opportunities for girls of all ages to improve their fundamental basketball skills and knowledge of the game,” said Boles, who just completed her ninth season as head coach of the Lady Raiders.


    The United States of America these days are more like the Divided States of America.

    Whether the chasm exists on the political side of the spectrum, on societal matters, in terms of wealth inequality, division and strife has run rampant in our society.

    Not even the world of sports has been immune to this shift in division.

    Case in point, the major players in the cable sports world in ESPN and FOX Sports 1 cater to audiences on different sides of the spectrum.