Today's Sports

  • Kingston’s Redden signs with...

    For many, including Kingston’s Zach Redden, National Signing Day means both the end of one journey and the beginning of another.

    On Wednesday, Redden made his commitment to Tusculum official after signing his Letter of Intent.

    “I only visited a couple places, but I’m glad I made a decision and it’s over with,” Redden said.

    Redden, a former linebacker for the Yellow Jackets, said the hardest part so far has been the decision making process.

  • Midway’s Hester signs with...

    Midway’s Hayden Hester made good on previous commitment to play football at Carson-Newman University on National Signing Day by officially signing his Letter of Intent on Wednesday.

    “It’s a big stress reliefe,” Hester said. “You have all these other schools calling after you commit. I think more schools call after you commit so that makes it more stressful.

    “I wasn’t going to decommit. (Carson-Newman) is the best school for me, it’s the best campus I’ve been to and the best coaching staff.”

  • Cherokee falls to Carpenters in...

    After starting the season with only one 8th grader on the team, the Cherokee Lady Jackets found themselves in the quarterfinal round of the Class AAA Sectional Tournament against Carpenters Middle School.

    Unfortunately for Cherokee, their season would come to end after Carpenters took the win, 50-36.

    Emily Thompson and Keyona Stooksbury — both are 7th graders who were selected to the All-State team — came out shooting for the Lady Jackets and combined for 22 points.

  • Bobcats avenge earlier loss,...

    Last month when Oliver Springs traveled to Sunbright, the Bobcats were sent back to Roane County with a 64-62 loss.

    In the post-game interview that night, Sunbright head coach Jordan Jeffers described Oliver Springs’ style of play as “extremely physical” and said they played like “a bunch of animals.”

    The Bobcats responded with a new banner in the gym that reads “Animal House”, selecting new warm-up music with an animal theme and having senior Shelby Morgan dressed in a “Bobcat” suit.

  • Voting for All-County team now...

    Roane County News will be naming an All-County basketball team following the conclusion of the regular basketball season. The team will consist of five starters and three bench players. The only qualifications for the honor are being a current basketball player at a Roane County High School. The voting is open to coaches, media members and fans. Votes will be tallied with coaches votes carrying more weight than fans and media. Deadline to cast your vote is Friday, Feb. 6 at midnight. To cast your vote, email Bradley Stringfield at bstringfield@roanecounty.com.

  • See you soon, football

    “Sometimes you eat the bar, and sometimes ... well, he eats.”

    Out of all of the random life lessons the Coen Brothers snuck into cult-classic “The Big Lebowski,” that one line by The Stranger, played by Sam Elliot, may be the most significant.

    After the confetti cleared Sunday night at University of Phoenix Stadium, one thing was clear. The Seattle Seahawks ate — although some might say they choked — the bar, bringing an unwelcomed end to football season.

  • Lady Waves keep rolling through...

    The Midway Middle School girls basketball team has been victorious 17 times this season.

    On Thursday, they will attempt to add one more when they head to Pigeon Forge Middle School to take on the Area 3 No.2-seeded New Center Middle School.

    How they got there

    Midway Middle started the season off 13-0 before a match up with Wartburg put the first tick in the loss column for the Lady Waves.

    The two teams first met on Dec. 1 with the Lady Waves taking a 55-37 victory.

  • Kayla Christopher joins Oliver...

    Kayla Christopher hasn’t played in an Oliver Springs jersey since 2009, but walking onto the court Friday night showed one thing: the crowd hasn’t forgotten.

    Christopher, the daughter of Lady Bobcats head coach Michelle Christopher, was inducted into the Oliver Springs Hall of Fame following the Lady Cats win over Wartburg.

    “It’s kind of crazy,” Christopher said. “You don’t really think about it. It’s just an honor, really, to be part of the group that’s (in the hall of fame). They’re a group of great, talented people and it’s just an honor to be back.”

  • Lady Bobcats rally to run past...

    After one of the lowest scoring first quarters in the coaching career of Oliver Springs head coach Michelle Christopher, the Lady Bobcats defeated Wartburg, 35-20.

    It was a first quarter of difference for the Lady Bobcats with neither twin, Emily or Rachel Griffith, putting up a single point.

    Wartburg was led by Ames Mackenzie with 1 point while Courtney Jones led Oliver Springs with 4.

    The Lady Bobcats finally got their offense rolling in the second quarter, thanks in part to the play of Allyssa Suttles and her two 3-pointers.

  • Oliver Springs hangs on to down...

    It wasn’t pretty, but when Wartburg and Oliver Springs meet it usual isn’t.

    With only a 1-point lead with under 10 seconds to play, the Bobcats were able to hold on for the win, 72-68.

    “It’s one of those rival games,” Oliver Springs head coach Tony Ingram said. “With us, I’ve been coaching 10 plus years, records don’t matter or where you play, it’s going to be a game. They’ll be a time or two when one will get a blowout win here or there, but 9 times out of 10 it’s a game like this.