Lady Ads, HVA boys roll in rivalriesFarragut’s Lady Admirals wasted little time taking charge of its rivalry game at Hardin Valley Academy Friday evening, Dec. 6.
Meanwhile, the HVA boys used a strong second-half surge to blow past Farragut 75-50 — but only after the Admirals’ most dominant player, senior post Billy Williams, left the game and was taken to the hospital early in the third quarter. “His blood pressure was sky-high and they couldn’t get it down,” FHS head coach Chris Cool said.
(No update on Williams’ condition was available at deadline).
The Lady Admirals (7-1 overall, 2-0 in District 4-AAA entering the week) built a 19-12 first quarter advantage into a 30-point lead, winning 71-42.
“I just feel like we moved the ball more, and our offense was really there tonight,” said FHS senior wing Madison Maples, leading four Lady Ads in double figures with 18 points along with seven rebounds and five assists. “We crashed the boards for rebounds on offense. And our defensive intensity was there.”
“I was really proud of her,” FHS girls head coach Jason Mayfield said of Maples. Kristen Freeman added 13, followed by Rebecca Jameson with 11 and Madyson Newby 10. Maegan Hudson scored nine.
“We’ve worked on moving without the ball, and we’ve been sharing it a lot better,” said Jameson, a senior post. read more
Bulldogs break out the broom against RebelsBearden High School’s basketball teams swept West High on Thursday, Dec. 5 in Marble City.
The Lady Bulldogs came away with a 67-35 victory while the Bulldogs trounced the Rebels 84-64 at West High School.
The Lady Bulldogs got off to a fast start and didn’t let up against an athletic West squad that has struggled in recent years.
Bearden (8-1 overall, 2-0 in District 4-AAA) jumped to a 24-6 lead by the end of the first quarter and never looked back.
Lady Bulldogs’ head coach Justin Underwood said that he was pleased with his squad’s fast start against the Lady Rebels.
“We actually had a very solid team effort,” Underwood said. “West is very athletic and we’re trying to learn how to take everybody’s best shot.”
Bearden won the Region 2-AAA Tournament Championship last season and went on to the state tournament. Now, everyone is looking to knock off the Lady Bulldogs.
“It was great to go to the state tournament last year,” Underwood said. “But that means that we have a target on our backs now and we’re not used to that.
“West is physical and I’m really pleased with how we came out and matched their physicality.” read more
Big showing for Bulldogs at Catholic InvitationalBearden High School’s wrestling team, it seemed, had a big showing at the Catholic Invitational Friday and Saturday.
The Bulldogs had a champion in 152-pound sophomore Jacob Gerken. Bearden’s 220-pound senior Triston Majors posted a runner-up finish. The Bulldog grapplers had five other medalists, but head coach Donnie Floyd was far from ecstatic when the dust settled late Saturday afternoon in Bearden’s fourth-place finish at Knoxville Catholic High School.
“We did really well [Friday] night and this morning, we came out flat and I’m not as pleased as I could be,” Floyd said. “We had a lot of close losses but we picked it up later in the day.”
Gerken, who improved to 13-0 on the season with his 8-7 victory over Halls High School’s Andrew Kitts, claimed the Bulldogs’ lone individual championship of the two-day event.
He was happy with his title but sees room for improvement for his team.
“I wrestled hard and I wrestled smart against some tough competition,” Gerken said. “But after a night’s sleep, we came out really flat this morning and we lost our momentum. read more
Knoxville Warriors take advantage of Admirals’ sluggish startA fierce comeback effort came up just short for the Farragut High School hockey club Thursday, Dec. 5.
The Admirals couldn’t quite overcome a sluggish start and dropped a 9-8 decision to the Knoxville Warriors at the Icearium. The loss was the second consecutive setback for Farragut, which went undefeated last season.
The Ads (1-2) fell behind 3-0 early as the Warriors, the 2011-12 league champions, relied heavily on Christian Academy of Knoxville junior Austen Thompson. He finished the night with five goals and two assists in this shootout.
Thompson tallied twice in the first period and had an assist. He scored the game’s first goal with 8:47 to go in the opening frame. He then got an assist on Michael Roulier’s marker 50 seconds later and then gave the Warriors (2-1) a 3-0 lead.
“Austen is a great player and we knew we had to stop him,” said Farragut assistant coach Jeff Lindsay, who coached while head coach Rob Despins was on a Canadian business trip. “It’s like playing in the NBA against LeBron James. read more
Spartans 2013 Division II-A state championsCOOKEVILLE — Webb School of Knoxville running back Todd Kelly Jr. closed his high school football career with a bang on Thursday, Dec. 5.
Kelly Jr. rushed for 248 yards and scored three touchdowns in the Spartans’ 28-14 victory over St. George’s in the Division II-A State Championship Game at Tennessee Tech’s Tucker Stadium.
“Todd is a great player and he’ll do well at the University of Tennessee,” Webb head coach David Meske said.
Kelly wasted little time making an impact in the championship game that netted the Spartans (10-2) a second consecutive state championship and fourth in five years.
He gave the Spartans a 6-0 lead with 9 minutes, 24 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Robby Strachan, another Webb senior, missed the extra point.
Kelly extended the Spartans’ advantage to 12-0 just over six minutes later with a 27-yard scoring run. He caught a pass from Johnny Chun for the 2-point conversion to make the score 14-0 with 3:13 to go in the opening frame. read more