Gibbs’ Faith Lowry named preseason All-American by MaxPreps

Faith Lowry is already generating some buzz, and her senior softball season at Gibbs High School hasn’t started.

Lowry, the reigning PrepXtra Softball Player of the Year, was named to the CBS MaxPreps Preseason All-American Softball team on Friday, three days prior to the start of the 2015 season.

Lowry led the Lady Eagles in 10 offensive categories as a junior, including batting average (.604), runs (84), hits (113), doubles (18) and triples (6).

She also stole 74 bases in 75 tries, helping Gibbs to a record-setting 50-6 season and runner-up finish in the Class AAA state tournament.

She was the only player from Tennessee on MaxPreps preseason list.

Your guide to Friday’s girls basketball state tournament games

It’s cold outside.
So while you’re stuck inside staying warm (I hope), here’s some light reading to keep you busy:

Your guide to Friday’s girls basketball state tournament games at Middle Tennessee State’s Murphy Center.

Grainger vs. Westmoreland
What: Class AA quarterfinals
When: Friday, 3 p.m.
Skinny: Grainger tried to stay sharp on the eve of its first state tournament appearance by having a light practice at Middle Tennessee Christian School on Thursday. The Lady Grizzlies (27-6) ended a recent run of sectional futility by beating Fulton on Monday to advance. Westmoreland (31-6) last made an appearance in 2005, and is 6-7 all-time in state tournament games. The Lady Eagles beat Giles County to advance, and edged tournament qualifier Nashville Martin Luther King in their region finals. Grainger will have a size advantage, but will have to contend with Westmoreland’s speed and defensive pressure.

McMinn Central vs. Craigmont
What: Class AA quarterfinals
When: Friday, 4:45 p.m.
Skinny: McMinn Central (28-5) has been one of the area’s standards for success in the state tournament. The Chargerettes are 12-11 all-time in state games, and their championship in 2011 is the last won by a girls team in the PrepXtra coverage area. Memphis Craigmont (27-6) doesn’t have that resume, but the Chiefs did advance to the state finals in their lone appearance in 2004. McMinn Central likes to dictate tempo with its press, but could be challenged to do so against a Craigmont team that’s won 15 consecutive games. The Chiefs are led by 6-foot-1 junior Daja Scurlock.

Oliver Springs vs. Riverside
What:
Class A quarterfinals
When: Friday, Noon
Skinny: Oliver Springs (28-6) made four consecutive state tournament appearances from 2006-2009, but hadn’t made one since — until Friday. Twins Rachel and Emily Griffith are as good of a 1-2 punch as there is in the area, and make the Lady Bobcats at least a team to watch in Murfreesboro. Tournament rookie Riverside (24-9) played No. 1 Middleton tough in the District 15-A finals, and relies heavily on guard play to find success.

Updated girls basketball state tournament schedules

State tournament

At Murfreesboro

Murphy Center

All times Eastern

Girls

Class AAA

Saturday’s Semifinals

Bearden vs. Oakland, 2:30 p.m.

Blackman vs. Morristown West, 4 p.m.

Sunday’s Championship

Bearden/Oakland winner vs. Blackman/Morristown West winner, 2 p.m.

Class AA

Friday’s Quarterfinals

Grainger vs. Westmoreland, 3 p.m.

McMinn Central vs. Craigmont, 4:45 p.m.

Elizabethton vs. Westview, 6:15 p.m.

Martin Luther King vs. Cannon County, 7:45 p.m.

Saturday’s Semifinals

Grainger/Westmoreland winner vs. McMinn Central/Craigmont winner, 8:30 p.m.

Elizabethton/Westview winner vs. Martin Luther King/Cannon County winner, 10 p.m.

Sunday’s Championship

Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.

Class A

Friday’s Quarterfinals

Riverside vs. Oliver Springs, Noon

Clarkrange vs. Houston County, 1:30 p.m.

Saturday’s Semifinals

Middleton vs. South Greene, 5:30 p.m.

Riverside/Oliver Springs winner vs. Clarkrange/Houston County winner, 7 p.m.

Sunday’s Championship

Semifinal winners, 4:30 p.m.

Boys

March 11 Quarterfinals

Class AAA

White County vs. Brentwood, 11 a.m.

Oak Ridge vs. Memphis East, 12:30 p.m.

Maryville vs. Blackman, 2:15 p.m.

Hillsboro vs. Hamilton, 3:45 p.m.

Class A

Grace Christian vs. Clay County, 5:30 p.m.

Mitchell vs. Columbia Academy, 7 p.m.

March 12 Quarterfinals

Class AA

Christ Presbyterian vs. Brainerd, 2:15 p.m.

Carter vs. Haywood, 3:45 p.m.

Chattanooga Central vs. Ripley, 5:30 p.m.

Creek Wood vs. Fulton, 7 p.m.

Class A

Van Buren County vs. Loretto, 11 a.m.

Hampton vs. Union City, 12:30 p.m.

 

Girls State Tournament Schedule

Girls State Tournament Schedule

All Times Eastern

At Murfreesboro

Murphy Center

Girls

Wednesday’s Games

Quarterfinals

Class AAA

Bearden vs. Dickson County, 11 a.m.

Bartlett vs. Oakland, 12:30 p.m.

Blackman vs. Mt. Juliet, 2:15 p.m.

Morristown West vs. Arlington, 3:45 p.m.

Class A

Pickett County vs. Middleton, 5:30 p.m.

Community vs. South Greene, 7 p.m.

Thursday’s Games

Quarterfinals

Class AA

Grainger vs. Westmoreland, 1:30 p.m.

McMinn Central vs. Craigmont, 3:15 p.m.

Elizabethton vs. Westview, 4:45 p.m.

Martin Luther King vs. Cannon County, 6:15 p.m.

Class A

Riverside vs. Oliver Springs, 10:30 a.m.

Clarkrange vs. Houston County, Noon

Oak Ridge TE/DE Darel Middleton offered by Alabama

Oak Ridge junior tight end/defensive end Darel Middleton has been offered a football scholarship from Alabama, Wildcats coach Joe Gaddis confirmed on Monday.

“One of the coaches from Alabama called and spoke to me about it,” Gaddis said. “Alabama called me specifically about Darel, and confirmed to me they offered him. It may have happened prior to (Monday), but that’s when I found out.”

It’s the fourth SEC offer for the 6-foot-5, 240-pounder, and the most prominent. Alabama hauled in the nation’s top-ranked recruiting class in each of the past five years, according to the 247Sports Composite team rankings.

Middleton, who also holds offers from Tennessee, South Carolina and Kentucky, is rated a three-start prospect, and is considered the 20th overall player in Tennessee for the 2016 class.

Karns football to wear Under Armour in 2015

Karns High School’s football team is getting a makeover.

Karns will wear Under Armour athletic apparel during the 2015 season, coach Tobi Kilgore said Thursday.

“The biggest thing when we got to Karns before last season, we wanted to invest in the kids and give them the best things we can,” Kilgore said. “  Last year, we upgraded equipment.  This year, we upgraded uniforms.”

Karns’ basketball teams were already using Under Armour gear, and Kilgore anticipates the remaining athletic programs will follow suit.

Russell Athletic provided Karns’ football uniforms last season.

“We looked at other successful teams — West, Alcoa and Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett — they’ve won a lot of championships. Uniforms don’t help you win, but we always say when you look good, you feel good and you play good.

“It makes people understand we’re going to get the best for our kids. Then, hopefully, the kids in our hallways will start to come out and play.”

Karns will have two uniform options in 2015 — a home combination with a royal top and black bottom and an away uniform with a white top and anthracite grey bottom.

Updated district tournament schedules

Updated area district tournament schedules:

District 2-AAA

At South-Doyle High School

Wednesday’s Games

Girls: Morristown East 55, Cocke County 50

Girls: South-Doyle 77, Sevier County 63

Thursday’s Games

Boys: Sevier County 55, Cherokee 47.

Boys: South-Doyle 64-61

Friday’s Games

Semifinals

Girls: Morristown West vs. South-Doyle, 4 p.m.

Boys: Morristown East vs. South-Doyle, 5:30 p.m.

Girls: Jefferson County vs. Morristown East, 7 p.m.

Boys: Jefferson County vs. Sevier County, 8:30 p.m.

District 3-AAA

At Central High School

Wednesday’s Games

Girls: Gibbs 50, Karns 37

Boys: Clinton 64, Gibbs 58

Thursday’s Games

Girls: Oak Ridge 64, Gibbs 34

Boys: Halls 46, Clinton 32

Friday’s Games

Girls: Anderson County vs. Campbell County, 6 p.m.

Boys: Anderson County vs. Central, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday’s Games

Semifinals

Girls: Powell vs. Oak Ridge, 3 p.m.

Girls: Halls vs. Anderson County-Campbell County winner, 4:30 p.m.

Boys: Karns vs. Halls, 6 p.m.

Boys: Oak Ridge vs. Anderson County-Central winner, 7:30 p.m.

District 4-AAA

At Maryville High School

Boys

Thursday’s Games

Game 3: Heritage 53, Farragut 41

Game 4: Lenoir City 59, West 54

Friday’s Games

Semifinals

Game 5: Maryville vs. Heritage, 7:30 p.m.

Game 6: Bearden vs. Lenoir City, 9 p.m.

Girls

Wednesday’s Games

Game 3: William Blount 55, Heritage 51

Game 4: Farragut 41, Hardin Valley 37

Friday’s Games

Semifinals

Game 5: Bearden vs. William Blount, 4:30 p.m.

Game 6: Maryville vs. Farragut, 6 p.m.

District 5-AA

At Loudon High School

Thursday’s Games

Girls: Polk County 37, Sweetwater 28

Boys: McMinn Central 60, Polk County 48

Friday’s Games

Girls: Sequoyah vs. Loudon, 4:30 p.m.

Boys: Sequoyah vs. McMinn Central, 6 p.m.

Girls: McMinn Central vs. Polk County, 7:30 p.m.

Boys: Loudon vs. Sweetwater, 9 p.m.

District 4-AA

At Catholic High School

Thursday’s Games

Girls: Scott 47, Catholic 37

Boys: Kingston 80, Scott 72

Friday’s Games

Girls: CAK vs. Kingston, 4 p.m.

Boys: CAK vs. Alcoa, 5:30 p.m.

Girls: Alcoa vs. Scott, 7 p.m.

Boys: Catholic vs. Kingston, 8:30 p.m.

Monday’s Games

Girls: Consolation, 6 p.m.

Boys: Consolation, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday’s Games

Girls: Consolation, 6 p.m.

Boys: Championship, 7:30 p.m.

District 3-AA

At Fulton High School

Friday’s Games

Girls: Pigeon Forge vs. Carter, 4:30 p.m.

Boys: Austin-East vs. Union County, 6 p.m.

Girls: Union County vs. Austin-East, 7:30 p.m.

Boys: Gatlinburg-Pittman vs. Pigeon Forge, 9 p.m.

District 2-AA

At Grainger High School

Friday’s Games

Girls: Chuckey-Doak vs. Cumberland Gap, 4 p.m.

Boys: Chuckey-Doak vs. Claiborne, 5:30 p.m.

Girls: Claiborne vs. West Greene, 7 p.m.

Boys: Cumberland Gap vs. West Greene, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday’s Games

Semifinals

Girls: Greeneville vs. Chuckey-Doak/Cumberland Gap winner, 4 p.m.

Boys: Grainger vs. Chuckey-Doak/Claiborne winner, 5:30 p.m.

Girls: Grainger vs. Claiborne/West Greene winner, 7 p.m.

Boys: Greeneville vs. Cumberland Gap/West Greene winner, 8:30 p.m.

District 4-A

Girls

Friday’s Games

At Wartburg

Semifinals

Oliver Springs vs. Coalfield, 6:30 p.m.

Wartburg vs. Oneida, 8 p.m.

Boys

Thursday’s Games

Oliver Springs 76, Wartburg 58

Coalfield 59, Oneida 41

Jellico 62, Sunbright 57

Saturday’s Games

At Wartburg

Semifinals

Oakdale vs. Oliver Springs, 6:30 p.m.

Coalfield vs. Jellico, 8 p.m.

District 3-A

Girls

Thursday’s Games

Midway at Harriman, 7 p.m.

Greenback at Meigs County, 7 p.m.

Rockwood at Tellico Plains, 7 p.m.

At Harriman

Saturday’s Games

Semifinals

Grace Christian vs. Midway/Harriman winner, 1 p.m.

Greenback/Meigs County vs. Rockwood/Tellico winner, 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday’s Games

Consolation: TBD, 6 p.m.

Championship: TBD, 7:30 p.m.

Boys

Friday’s Games

Rockwood at Harriman, 7 p.m.

Greenback at Tellico Plains, 7 p.m.

Midway at Meigs County, 7 p.m.

At Harriman High School

Semifinals

Monday’s Game

Grace Christian vs. Harriman/Rockwood winner, 6 p.m.

Tellico/Greenback winner vs. Meigs/Midway winner, 7:30 p.m.

District 2-A

At Northview Academy

Wednesday

Girls: Washburn 17, Berean Christian 5

Girls: Hancock County 52, TSD 39

Thursday

Boys: Northview Academy vs. TSD, 6 p.m.

Boys: Hancock County vs. Washburn, 7:30 p.m.

Friday

Girls: Northview vs. Hancock, 4 p.m.

Boys: Berean Christian vs. Hancock/Washburn winner, 5:30 p.m.

Girls: Cosby vs. Washburn, 7 p.m.

Boys: Cosby vs. Northview/TSD winner, 8:30 p.m.

Note: Only finalized district schedules listed.

Division II-A

East/Middle Region Tournament

Wednesday’s Games

Boys: Battle Ground Academy vs. The King’s Academy, late

Boys: Ezell-Harding 63, vs. Davidson Academy 47

Friday’s Games

At Battle Ground Academy

Semifinals

Girls: Webb vs. University School of Nashville, 4 p.m.

Girls: Franklin Road Academy vs. Ezell-Harding

Boys: Webb vs. Battle Ground Academy, 5:30 p.m.

Boys: FRA vs. Ezell-Harding

AP Rankings: Oak Ridge boys move to No. 1 in Class AAA

The Associated Press’ Top 10 teams in each of Tennessee’s three Division I non-financial aid classifications and in the combined Division II financial aid classification as selected by Tennessee AP-member sportswriters and broadcasters. With first-place votes in parentheses, records through February 9, total points based on 10 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 10th-place vote:

BOYS

Class AAA                       Record   Pts   Prv

  1. Oak Ridge (9)              25-2    102   3
  2. Bearden (1)                26-2    93      1
  3. Southwind                   23-3    83     2
  4. White County              25-2    68     7
  5. Hamilton (1)                 8-14    61    6
  6. Blackman                     18-4    53     4
  7. Station Camp               23-4    48   8
  8. Dyer County                21-3    29     9
  9. Jefferson County        23-6    24     5
  10. Brentwood                  23-5    13    10

Others receiving 12 or more points: None.

Class AA                            Record Pts Prv

  1. CPA (9)                            25-4    106 1
  2. Creek Wood (2)             25-0    97  2
  3. Haywood County          26-2    91  3
  4. East Nashville                25-2    79  4
  5. Fulton                             22-3    57  5
  6. Westview                        23-5    55  6
  7. Cheatham County         20-3    43  7
  8. Brainerd                          18-5    24  9
  9. Lexington                        20-4    22  8
  10. Cannon County              24-5    15  NR

Others receiving 12 or more points: None.

Class A                            Record Pts Prv

  1. Union City (8)             25-3    98  1
  2. Mitchell (2)                 21-6    91  2
  3. Cosby                          23-4    72  3
  4. Clay County                22-4    71  4
  5. Hampton                    21-7    49  7
    (tie) Middleton           21-5    49  8
  6. ———-
  7. Fayetteville                 22-3    35  5
  8. McKenzie                   23-3    30  9
    (tie) Booker T. Wash.18-8    30  6
  9. ———
  10. Grace Christian         18-8    17  10

Others receiving 12 or more points: None.

Division II                         Record  Pts Prv

  1. CBHS (9)                         26-0    90  1
  2. Brentwood Academy    23-2    81  2
  3. St. George’s                    22-4    62  4
  4. Briarcrest                        22-8    60  5
  5. Knoxville Webb             27-5    59  3
  6. McCallie                          22-6    47  6
  7. Franklin Road Acad,     24-5    36  7
  8. MBA                                14-8    20  8
  9. Ensworth                       14-10   15  9
    (tie) University-Jackson  21-7    15  10

Others receiving 12 or more points: None.

 

GIRLS

Class AAA                                   Record Pts Prv

  1. Blackman (10)                     22-2    108 1
  2. Ridgeway (1)                        20-0    100 2
  3. Dyer County                        26-0    86  3
  4. Oakland                               21-4    75  4
  5. Mt. Juliet                              25-2    62  5
  6. Dickson County                  25-2    54  6
  7. Bearden                               26-3    46  7
  8. Riverdale                              21-6    38  8
  9. Brentwood                           22-3    19  10
  10. Cumberland County           24-3    10  NROthers receiving 12 or more points: None.

Class AA                                     Record Pts Prv

  1. Elizabethton (11)                 25-0    110 1
  2. CPA                                       23-0    98  2
  3. Martin Luther King             21-4    87  3
  4. Jackson South Side             21-4    64  5
  5. East Nashville                      22-3    58  6
  6. Upperman                            25-4    52  4
  7. Livingston Academy           22-7    47  9
  8. Murfreesboro Central        21-5    41  8
  9. McMinn Central                  22-4    20  NR
  10. Grainger                               21-5    8   10

Others receiving 12 or more points: None.

 

Class A                                     Record Pts Prv

  1. Middleton (11)                  26-0    110 1
  2. Clarkrange                         24-5    91  2(tie)
  3. Houston County               28-1    88  2(tie)
  4. West Carroll                      26-0    69  5
  5. South Greene                    23-5    61  4
  6. Gibson County                  27-3    60  6
  7. Middle Tennessee Chr.    24-3    51  7
  8. Perry County                      23-1    30  8
  9. Oliver Springs                    23-6    11  10
  10. Community                         17-8    8   9

Others receiving 12 or more points: None.

Division II                                      Record  Pts Prv

  1. Brentwood Academy (9)        24-1    90  1
  2. Knoxville Webb                        24-4    79  2
  3. Franklin Road Academy          28-2    74  3
  4. Briarcrest                                   17-6    60  5
  5. Northpoint                                 21-5    51  4
  6. University-Jackson                    23-4    49  6
  7. University-Nashville                 20-6    35  7
  8. Baylor                                         16-8    22  8
  9. Harpeth Hall                              17-8    20  9
  10. Ensworth                                   13-10   9   10

Others receiving 12 or more points: None.

 

UT baseball commit Trey Cabbage breaks rim on two-handed dunk

Trey Cabbage’s future might be in baseball, but the Grainger High School senior will be hard-pressed to forget Saturday’s two-handed, put-back slam against McMinn Central.

Cabbage, who’s committed to Tennessee for baseball, raced from 3-point range to rebound and dunk an errant shot, bending the rim at Grainger High School so much that it had to be replaced.

Here’s a highlight of the play:

 

Coaches’ Take: A look at area FBS-signees

National Signing Day was good to the PrepXtra coverage area. Here’s a breakdown of the area players heading to FBS-level colleges, including comments from scouts or coaches. The list does not include players committed to military academies — such as Maryville’s Jaylen Burgess (Air Force); Maryville’s Tyler Vaught (Air Force); Alcoa’s Kyle Malik Mitchell (Navy) and West’s Noah Hoxie (Air Force) — because coaches at the academies are prohibited to comment on incoming players until they arrive on campus.

Dylan Jackson
Maryville, DE
Signed With: Stanford
Skinny: Two-time finalist for Class AAA Mr. Football Lineman of the Year; Two-time all-state.
What They’re Saying: “Jackson is long and lean and does everything off the edge. He uses his length to create separation from the opposition, and combines it with good power and speed to get by blockers.” – Chad Simmons, Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst, via gostanford.com.

Brant Mitchell
Webb, LB
Signed With: Georgia Tech
Skinny: Two-time Division II-A Mr. Football Lineman of the Year; Two-time all-state.
What They’re Saying: “Brant was Mr. Football Tennessee two years in a row. I think he is more of a Mike box linebacker inside.” Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech football coach, via ramblinwreck.com.

Nathan Cottrell
West, RB
Signed With: Georgia Tech
Skinny: Rushed for 1,950 yards as a senior, leading Rebels to Class 5A state championship, their first title in program history.
What They’re Saying: “We’ve got some real speed guys (in this class), which is something that we’ve tried to point to especially at the offensive skill positions. — Johnson, via ramblinwreck.com.

Nathan Gilliam
Farragut, OL
Signed With: Wake Forest
Skinny: Class 5A all-state selection; Third offensive lineman from Farragut to sign with Demon Deacons, joining Tyson Clabo (2000-2003) and Michael Hoag (2008-2011).
What They’re Saying: The biggest thing is Coach Clawson has come in and has an approach of what he believes at Wake Forest, and he takes the kind of student athletes that he wants there. With the past with Clabo and Hoag, they felt like Nate will be another one to come over and make the same kind of impact. The thing they saw in him was he made progress in pass protection and in the run game. — Eddie Courtney, Farragut High football coach.

Zach Stewart
Coalfield, OL
Signed with: Tennessee
Skinny: Two-time Class A Mr. Football Lineman of the Year. Former PrepXtra Sophomore of the Year.
What They’re Saying: “Zach is very strong and powerful. He is versatile as demonstrated by playing on both the offensive line and defensive line in high schoo. He is extremely smart and tough. We had him in camp here at Tennessee and you could see his competitiveness. Zach has great leadership skills.” – Don Mahoney, UT offensive line coach.

Joc Bruce
South-Doyle, ATH
Committed To: Tennessee (blueshirt candidate)
Skinny: All-state selection; Helped Cherokees reach Class 5A state quarterfinals this past season.
What They’re Saying: UT’s coaching staff is unabale to comment on Bruce until he arrives on campus, but here’s a quick refresher for the type of athlete the Vols are getting: