Webb’s Troy Whiteside throws down impressive dunk, talks Carter win

Webb School senior Troy Whiteside easily found a groove against Carter on Thursday.

The Cornell commitment scored 23 points, and was a big reason why the Spartans outran the Hornets 92-74 in a non-district game.

And then there was his impressive dunk, which thwarted the momentum Carter was building in the second half. It was one of several dunks on Thursday, including several by Carter’s Jordan Bowden and Kelvin Jackson.

A fan captured Whiteside’s moment on Vine on Thursday.

Jordan Bowden hurls half-court shot at buzzer … and drains it

Carter High School’s basketball team has a knack for scoring the basketball.

The Hornets are capable of topping 100 points on most nights with a combination of highlight-reel dunks, inside proficiency and outside scoring.

And then there was this from Carter’s Jordan Bowden during a 109-76 win over South-Doyle on Monday night:

Players to watch for 2015 PrepXtra football superlatives

The 2014 All-PrepXtra awards have been handed out. So let’s start thinking about next season.

Here are some players to watch for 2015 PrepXtra superlatives:

Offensive Player of the Year

Tee Higgins, rising Jr., Oak Ridge – The Sophomore All-American caught 51 passes for 864 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014, and picked up early scholarship offers from Tennessee, Georgia, LSU and Clemson, among others. The offers likely won’t stop coming for the two-sport star, but neither should the production.

Kentel Williams, Sr., Fulton – Few wide receivers in the coverage area possess the athletic tools Williams does. He can beat defenders off the ball, make catches in traffic and make plays in the return game. The arithmetic points to a potential banner season as a senior.

Deuce Wallace, Sr., Sevier County – Wallace among the top pro-style quarterbacks prospect in Tennessee for the 2016 class. He passed for 2,810 yards and 25 TDs as a junior, and will have plenty of capable returning options in Devante Matthews and, perhaps, Dorian Banks.

Keep an eye on: Dorian Banks (Sevier County), Kelby Brock (Maryville), De’Ontay Tate (Fulton)

Defensive Player of the Year

Jonathan Decker, Sr., Alcoa – Decker was named the defensive MVP of the Class 3A BlueCross Bowl. He posted seven sacks, but his 29 QB pressures are what set him apart.

Austin Rowan, Sr., Catholic – Rowan burst onto the PrepXtra scene from his defensive end position in 2014. He finished with 31 tackles for loss and 10 sacks on a deep Irish defensive line. Those numbers were impressive, and a deep run in the playoffs – and a defining moment or two along the way – could make the case for the 6-foot-0, 255-pounder.

Josh Silvey, Jr., Catholic – All-KIL Sophomore of the Year fought through injuries last season, but still finished with 33 solo tackles, 14 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. Silvey is a high-motor interior defensive lineman, and has the physical tools to be disruptive on a consistent basis.

T.D. Blackmon, Jr., Maryville – The 2014 PrepXtra Sophomore of the Year led the Rebels in tackles his freshman and sophomore season, but pushed himself into Maryville lore during last season’s Class 6A championship game by blocking Ravenwood’s potential game-winning field goal in regulation and intercepting a two-point try in overtime to seal the victory. Topping that might be tough, but if he does, look out.

Keep an eye on: Chaton Mobley (Fulton), Austin Howard (Carter)

Sophomore of the Year:

Cade Mays, So., Catholic – MaxPreps Freshman All-American already holds offers from Tennessee, Duke and Ohio. He anchored Catholic’s offensive line last season, and should only get better as he continues to develop physically.

Parker McKinney, So., Coalfield – McKinney racked up more than 3,000 all-purpose yards to lead the Yellow Jackets to their first appearance in the Class 1A state championship game. Coalfield only loses four seniors off of that team, meaning McKinney will have plenty of familiar options to make a run as a sophomore.

Updated boys, girls high school basketball polls

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 January 12, total points based on 10 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 10th-place vote:


Class AAA                       Record  Pts   Prv

1. Hamilton (18)               11-0    180    1

2. Bearden                        19-1    154    3

3. Southwind                    16-2    134    2

4. Blackman                      12-2    125    4

5. Oak Ridge                     17-2    118    5

6. Brentwood                   18-3    74     9

7. Jefferson County         15-5    69     8

8. Whitehaven                   9-2     48     6

9. Station Camp               16-3    32    10

10. White County             17-2    15    NR

Others receiving 12 or more points: David Crockett 14. Hillwood 13.

Class AA                                 Record  Pts   Prv

1. Creek Wood (13)                 16-0    169    1

2. CPA (5)                                 14-4    152    4

3. Haywood County               17-2    138    2

4. East Nashville                     17-2    120    5

5. Douglass                               9-4     112    3

6. Westview                              15-4    87     7

7. Ripley                                    20-5    63     8

8. Cheatham County               14-2    37    10

9. Fayette Ware                        15-5    29     6

10. Fulton                                  11-2    26    NR

Others receiving 12 or more points: Cascade 15.

Class A                            Record  Pts   Prv

1. Union City (6)              18-3    155    1

2. Mitchell (7)                    9-5     146    2

3. Fayetteville (4)             16-0    145    3

4. Cosby                             15-4    90     7

(tie) Middleton                   14-3    90    8

6. Hampton                       14-5    67     4

7. Collinwood                    13-4    66     9

8. Clay County                   13-4    54     5

9. Booker T. Washington   9-4     40     6

10. Harriman                     15-3    22    NR

Others receiving 12 or more points: Meigs County 19. Grace Christian 15. Jackson County 14.

Division II                                   Record  Pts   Prv

1. Brentwood Academy (11)      14-0    144    2

2. CBHS (4)                                    17-0    135    3

3. McCallie                                     17-2    110    1

4. Knoxville Webb                        19-3    104    4

5. Briarcrest                                   18-5    89     5

6. St. George’s                               14-2    73     6

7. Franklin Road Academy          15-3    57     7

8. MBA                                            11-3    55     8

9. Ensworth                                    8-5     26     9

10. University-Jackson                 14-5    19    NR

Others receiving 12 or more points: None



Class AAA                           Record  Pts   Prv

1. Blackman (16)                   14-2    169    1

2. Ridgeway (1)                      14-0    147    3

3. Riverdale                            15-3    126    2

4. Oakland                              15-2    112    4

5. Dyer County                       19-0    110    5

6. Dickson County                   18-1    86     6

7. Mt. Juliet                               17-2    61     7

8. White County                      18-1    52     8

9. Bearden                               18-3    32     9

10. Morristown West             17-2   29     10

Others receiving 12 or more points: None.

Class AA                                Record  Pts   Prv

1. Elizabethton (17)               16-0    170    1

2. CPA                                      13-0    148    3

3. Dyersburg                           16-1    119    4

4. East Nashville                     17-1    117    5

5. Murfreesboro Central        15-3    88     2

6. Jackson South Side             15-3    83     6

7. Upperman                            17-3    67     8

8. Martin Luther King            13-4    49     10

9. Livingston Academy            15-5    38     9

10. Cannon County                  15-5    22     7

Others receiving 12 or more points: None.

Class A                                 Record  Pts   Prv

1. Middleton (15)                  17-0    159    1

2. South Greene                    17-3    132    2

3. Gibson County                  21-2    106    4(tie)

4. Clarkrange                           15-5    99     3

5. Houston County (1)            19-1    95     7

6. West Carroll                        18-0    91     4(tie)

7. Middle Tenn. Chr.              17-2    61     6

8. Community                         12-6    58     8

9. North Greene                     16-5    31     10

10. Pickett County                 14-6    22     NR

Others receiving 12 or more points: None.

Division II                                       Record  Pts   Prv

1. Brentwood Academy (11)          15-1    137    2

2. Baylor (2)                                      12-1    116    3

3. Knoxville Webb (1)                      16-4    112    1

4. Franklin Road Academy              16-2    92     4

5. Northpoint                                    12-2    90     5

6. Briarcrest                                      12-4    74     6

7. Harpeth Hall                                 13-4    60     7

8. Ensworth                                        8-4     28     9

9. University-Jackson                       13-4    22     8

(tie) University-Nashville                 11-4    22     10

Others receiving 12 or more points: None.

All Associated Press members in Tennessee are eligible to participate in the high school basketball poll. Those who voted for this week’s poll are: Chattanooga Times Free Press; Cleveland Daily Banner; Cookeville Herald-Citizen; State Gazette (Dyersburg); The Greeneville Sun; The Jackson Sun; Johnson City Press; The Knoxville News Sentinel; Marshall County Tribune (Lewisburg); The Tomahawk (Mountain City); The Commercial Appeal (Memphis); Citizen Tribune (Morristown); The Daily News Journal (Murfreesboro); The Tennessean (Nashville); The Mountain Press (Sevierville); Union City Daily Messenger; WCMT, Martin.


Coalfield OL Zach Stewart named MaxPreps Small Schools All-American

Coalfield High School senior offensive lineman Zach Stewart is an All-American.

Stewart, a Tennessee commit, was listed as a first team selection on the MaxPreps Small Schools All-American team on Friday.

The 6-foot-4, 295-pound offensive lineman and repeat Class A Mr. Football Lineman of the Year winner played five seasons at Coalfield, beginning as an eighth-grader in 2010. He helped the Yellow Jackets reach their first Class 1A state title game as a senior last season, playing on both sides of the ball.

Coalfield's Zach Stewart, left, and Peyton Tinker  celebrate after Tinker's successful two-point conversion reception against Union City in the first half of the BlueCross Bowl's Div I Class 1A state championship game at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

Coalfield’s Zach Stewart, left, and Peyton Tinker celebrate after Tinker’s successful two-point conversion reception against Union City in the first half of the BlueCross Bowl’s Div I Class 1A state championship game at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)


Cleveand High administrators comment on Scott Cummings hire

Scott Cummings will start at Cleveland (Tenn.) High School this first week of February, according to a Cleveland City Schools press release published on Tuesday.

A News Sentinel report posted earlier Tuesday outlined Cumming’s decision to leave his post as football coach at West High School, his alma mater, to become the head coach Cleveland.

The two-time PrepXtra Coach of the Year had an unprecedented 13-year run at West, including multiple state semifinal appearances and the 2014 Class 5A state championship.

Here are some excerpts from the Cleveland City Schools press release:

“We are thrilled to welcome Coach Cummings to Cleveland. He embraces the values and direction of Cleveland City Schools. Coach Cummings will build on the growth that the Blue Raiders have experienced in the last three years and continue our tradition of excellence.” Cleveland High School Principal Autumn O’Bryan said, “Today is a great day for Cleveland High School. I have no doubt that Coach Cummings will continue the momentum in our football program. We are excited to welcome Scott, his wife, Amy and their boys, Caden (11) and Connor (9), to the Blue Raider family.”

… Scott Cummings said, “I am very excited to join a community that cares about developing the student into a well-rounded adult. Cleveland City Schools is passionate about its schools with the high school as the centerpiece. I look forward to being a part of Cleveland High School which has seen success on many levels. I look forward to growing and working with great leaders such as Dr. Ringstaff, Mrs. O’Bryan, a passionate athletic director like Eric Phillips, and middle school leadership that sees the importance of programming success. My family is thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the Cleveland community.”

… CHS Athletic Director Eric Phillips stated, “I am excited to have Scott Cummings join our athletic team and lead our football program. Scott is a proven winner, a program builder, and a player developer. He understands the value of education in the classroom as well as the education taught on the playing fields. His exceptional leadership blended with our rich tradition will lead to an exciting future for Cleveland Athletics.”

What to watch in PrepXtra coverage area this week

Toyota East-West All-Star Game
When: Friday, 7 p.m. (TV: MyVLT)
Where: Tucker Stadium, Cookeville
Skinny: Twenty-five PrepXtra-area senior athletes have been added to the East roster for the eighth edition of the Toyota East-West All-Star Game.

PX players on East team:
Alcoa: Jaquez Tyson, RB; Kyle Mitchell, OG
Anderson County: Matt Fox, RB*
Catholic: Logan Lacey, LB
Coalfield: Zach Stewart, OL; Addison Bible, RB*
Farragut: Nathan Gilliam, OL*
Fulton: K.J. Roper, WR; Jonathan Roth, OT; Domonique Williams, DB; D.J. Campbell, LB*
Gatlinburg-Pittman: Michael Muszik, DT
Greeneville: Quan Harrison, DB
Maryville: Richie Koons, DT
Morristown West: Taylor Dollar, DE
Oak Ridge: Jemiah Hall, DB; Shawmain Fleming, DT; Isaac Chapman, OL*; Ted Mitchell, DB
Seymour: J.J. Jerman, K*
Sevier County: Seth Arwood, DE
South-Doyle: Jocquez Bruce, WR; Brody Rollins, DB.
West: Noah Hoxie, LB; Nathan Cottrell, Athlete*
*denotes alternate

Other games to watch:


Jefferson County at Morristown West (girls), Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.: Two teams that reached the state tournament a year ago face off in early-season District 2-AAA matchup.

Austin-East at Fulton (boys), Friday, 8 p.m.: Traditional rivals meet for first time this season with several unknowns. Falcons’ season started this week after majority of their players finished playing football. That includes reigning Sophomore of the Year Kentel Williams.

Catholic at Webb (boys), Friday, 6:30 p.m.: Two schools ended their football series, but still playing on basketball court. Keep an eye on Catholic’s Jordan Anderson, who’s bounced back from a brutal leg injury.  Justin Jenkins and Troy Whiteside have played well to this point for Webb.


PrepXtra Pick ‘Em: State Championship Edition


The PrepXtra coverage area will be represented well in the 2014 Blue Cross Bowl, which begins Thursday and ends Saturday.

So let’s have some fun with it.

We’ll call it, “PrepXtra Pick ‘Em.”

Simply input your winners in the poll below. Overall success in picking winners will determine a champion. No prizes, but I’ll announce the winner(s) on Twitter after the championships conclude.

Provide your name and email address to qualify.

Good luck!

Thanksgiving basketball tournament, classic schedules

Anderson County Thanksgiving Classic

At Anderson County

Wednesday’s Games


Anderson County vs. Harriman, Noon


Anderson County vs. Greenback, 1:30 p.m.

Friday’s Games


Lenoir City vs. Sweetwater, Noon

Harriman vs. Hardin Valley, 3 p.m.

Anderson County vs. Greenback, 6 p.m.


Lenoir City vs. Jellico, 1:30 p.m.

Anderson County vs. Hardin Valley, 4:30 p.m.

Saturday’s Games


Hardin Valley vs. Sweetwater, 1:30 p.m.

Lenoir City vs. Anderson County, 4:30 p.m.


Hardin Valley vs. Greenback, Noon

Greenback vs. Jellico, 3 p.m.

Lenoir City vs. Anderson County, 6 p.m.


Hardees Classic

At David Crockett


Friday’s Games

Game 9: Volunteer vs. Sullivan South, 4 p.m.

Game 10: Unicoi County vs. Sullivan East, 5:30 p.m.

Game 11: Morristown East vs. Greeneville, 7 p.m.

Game 12: Hampton vs. David Crockett, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday’s Games

Game 13: Daniel Boone vs. Cherokee, 2:30 p.m.

Game 14: Game 9 loser vs. Game 10 loser, 4 p.m.

Game 15: Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 5:30 p.m.

Game 16: Game 11 loser vs. Game 12 loser, 7 p.m.


Game 17: Game 11 winner vs. Game 12 winner, 8:30 p.m.


Oliver Springs Thanksgiving Classic

At Oliver Springs

Friday’s Games

Boys Oneida vs. Berean Christian, Noon

Meigs County vs. Coalfield, 3 p.m.

Grace Christian vs. Oliver Springs, 6 p.m.


Oak Ridge vs. Sweetwater, 1:30 p.m.

Wartburg vs. East Hamilton, 4:30 p.m.

Unicoi County vs. Oliver Springs, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday’s Games


Oneida vs. Meigs County, 12:30 p.m.

Coalfield vs. Grace Christian, 3:30 p.m.

Berean Christian vs. Oliver Springs, 6:30 p.m.


Oneida vs. Unicoi County, 11 a.m.

Sweetwater vs. Wartburg, 2 p.m.

East Hamilton vs. Oliver Springs, 5 p.m.


Heritage Thanksgiving Classic

At Heritage

Friday’s Games


Sevier County vs. Oakdale, 4 p.m.

Heritage vs. East Hamilton, 7 p.m.


Loudon vs. Seymour, 1 p.m.

Sevier County vs. Oakdale, 2:30 p.m.

Heritage vs. Tennessee High, 5:30 p.m.

Saturday’s Games


Heritage vs. Oakdale, 11:30 a.m.

East Hamilton vs. Sevier County, 2:30 p.m.


Heritage vs. Loudon, 10 a.m.

Seymour vs. Oakdale, 1 p.m.

Tennessee High vs. Sevier County, 4 p.m.


Union Discount Pharmacy Classic

At Union County

Friday’s Games


Farragut vs. Claiborne, 11:30 a.m.

Cocke County vs. Grainger, 2:30 p.m.

Halls vs. CAK, 5:30 p.m.

Union County vs. Morristown West, 8:30 p.m.


Carter vs. Karns, 10 a.m.

Gibbs vs. Claiborne, 1 p.m.

Halls vs. Grainger, 4 p.m.

Union County vs. Morristown West, 7 p.m.

Saturday’s Games


Claiborne vs. Halls, 11:30 a.m.

CAK vs. Morristown West, 2:30 p.m.

Grainger vs. Farragut, 5:30 p.m.

Union County vs. Cocke County, 8:30 p.m.


Carter vs. Claiborne, 10 a.m.

Halls vs. Morristown West, 1 p.m.

Grainger vs. Gibbs, 4 p.m.

Union County vs. Karns, 7 p.m.


Updated TSSAA state football playoff schedule

Friday’s Games
All games 7 p.m. local time
Class 6A
Maryville at Oakland
Ravenwood at Whitehaven
Class 5A
West at Rhea County
Hillsboro at Ridgeway
Class 4A
Fulton at Loudon
Pearl Cohn at Trezevant
Class 3A
Alcoa at Notre Dame
CPA at Milan
Class 2A
Grace Christian at Marion County
Adamsville at Peabody
Class 1A
Coalfield at Monterey
Nashville Christian at Union City
Dec. 4
At Cookeville
Webb vs. Battle Ground Academy