https://www.roanecounty.com/sports/rss.xml en ’Boro bound https://www.roanecounty.com/content/%E2%80%99boro-bound-0 <img src="https://www.roanecounty.com/sites/www.roanecounty.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc_0021_14.jpg" alt="Kingston speedster Casey Gaines is poised and ready to swipe another base." title="Kingston speedster Casey Gaines is poised and ready to swipe another base." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> It was a long time coming.<br /> The seniors of the Kingston Lady Jackets had been working toward Saturday afternoon&rsquo;s 4-1 sub-state victory against Unicoi County in Erwin since at least sixth grade.<br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m very proud of the girls,&rdquo; Lady Jacket Coach Wendy Johnson said. &ldquo;They have worked hard all of their lives and it&rsquo;s apparent they know what they&rsquo;re doing.<br /> &ldquo;God has blessed them.&rdquo;<br /> The win punched Kingston&rsquo;s ticket for its first appearance in the softball state tournament for more than a decade.<br /> Payback for Kingston delayed https://www.roanecounty.com/content/payback-kingston-delayed <img src="https://www.roanecounty.com/sites/www.roanecounty.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/kingston_vs_loudon_soccer_-_3.jpg" alt="Kingston soccer player Colt Chapman (8) goes up for a header while the Loudon players and his teammates Zach Cord (16) and Collin Haba (13) watch during Thursday’s region championship at Loudon High School. " title="Kingston soccer player Colt Chapman (8) goes up for a header while the Loudon players and his teammates Zach Cord (16) and Collin Haba (13) watch during Thursday’s region championship at Loudon High School. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Thursday night brought bad weather, and it brought a region championship game at Loudon High School as the Yellow Jackets from Roane County High School travelled to take on the Redskins in soccer action.</p> <p> The region championship game was a rematch of the district championship game that was played just one week earlier.</p> <p> With both the Redskins and the Yellow Jackets winning their contests on Tuesday night, it ensured that they both will advance to the sub state round along with being two of the final 16 teams left in the state in AA soccer.</p> TWRA asks to leave wildlife wild https://www.roanecounty.com/content/twra-asks-leave-wildlife-wild <p> TWRA Release</p> <p> newsroom@roanecounty.com</p> <p> TWRA offices receive an increase in calls regarding abandoned wildlife each spring. Calls received are most often about typical wildlife behavior and not truly abandoned young. Following are a few tips to keep wildlife wild.</p> Boat safety week set https://www.roanecounty.com/content/boat-safety-week-set <p> The 2018 National Safe Boating Week is May 19-25 and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be participating to promote the wear of life jackets as the summer boating season starts in full force.</p> <p> The Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day is Friday, May 18 with the goal of demonstrating how easy it is to wear a life jacket, even while at work.</p> Pigskin peek in spring time https://www.roanecounty.com/content/pigskin-peek-spring-time <img src="https://www.roanecounty.com/sites/www.roanecounty.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/untitled-1_33.jpg" alt="Oliver Springs’ back Mason Hill (3) looks for an opening after receiving the handoff during Thursday’s spring scrimmage." title="Oliver Springs’ back Mason Hill (3) looks for an opening after receiving the handoff during Thursday’s spring scrimmage." align="left" hspace="6" /> Kingston can’t hold off Gibbs https://www.roanecounty.com/content/kingston-can%E2%80%99t-hold-gibbs <img src="https://www.roanecounty.com/sites/www.roanecounty.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/051618_king_gibbs_01.jpg" alt="DAVID W DOONAN/Roane Newspapers The Kingston Lady Jackets were defeated by the Lady Eagles fron Gibbs 12-1 in playoff action at Gibbs High School Wednesday evening." title="DAVID W DOONAN/Roane Newspapers The Kingston Lady Jackets were defeated by the Lady Eagles fron Gibbs 12-1 in playoff action at Gibbs High School Wednesday evening." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> By David W. Doonan</p> <p> ddoonan@roanecounty.com</p> <p> Anemic hitting and errors in defense loomed large in the Lady Jackets 12-1 defeat at the hands of the Gibbs Lady Eagles in their Division 1 2AA Section 2 playoff game at Gibbs High School Thursday evening.</p> <p> A fifth inning rally was too little too late, and the game was called under the 10-run mercy rule.</p> <p> Strong pitching by Gibbs was hard to overcome, as their pitcher was hurling a no hitter up to that point.</p> <p> &ldquo;We need to play better&rdquo; commented Kingston coach Wendy Johnson.</p> Yellow Jackets out sting Bees https://www.roanecounty.com/content/yellow-jackets-out-sting-bees <img src="https://www.roanecounty.com/sites/www.roanecounty.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc_1604.jpg" alt="Kingston soccer player Collin Haba (13) gains ball control during Tuesday evening’s marathon region game with Upperman. " title="Kingston soccer player Collin Haba (13) gains ball control during Tuesday evening’s marathon region game with Upperman. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Tuesday night, the Roane County High School Yellow Jackets travelled to Baxter and beat the Bee&rsquo;s of Upperman High School, 2-1, in a marathon soccer region semi final game.</p> <p> The Bee&rsquo;s knocked off Dekalb County, in their district finals to secure the home field advantage in the contest as the Yellow Jackets lost to Loudon in their respected district finals.</p> One is all that was needed https://www.roanecounty.com/content/one-all-was-needed <img src="https://www.roanecounty.com/sites/www.roanecounty.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc00106.jpg" alt="In what was arguably the pivotal play of Monday evening’s first round region game, Kingston catcher Shannon Gaines tags out the Union County base runner at home plate to effectively squash a scoring rally and keep things in reach of the Lady Jackets." title="In what was arguably the pivotal play of Monday evening’s first round region game, Kingston catcher Shannon Gaines tags out the Union County base runner at home plate to effectively squash a scoring rally and keep things in reach of the Lady Jackets." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> One plus one equals three.</p> <p> All it took was one spectacular defensive play and one inning of offense for the Kingston Lady Jackets to beat Union County, 3-1, Monday night in the first round of the Region 2 softball playoffs.</p> <p> &ldquo;These girls are determined and they are focused,&rdquo; Kingston Coach Wendy Johnson said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve said it all year that I will ride their coat tails as far as they&rsquo;ll take me.&rdquo;</p> <p> The game had been a pitcher&rsquo;s duel between Kingston&rsquo;s Emily Workman and the Lady Patriots&rsquo; Makayla Lever.</p>