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:

Basketball

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

Boys

Anderson County vs. Harriman, Noon

Girls

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

Friday’s Games

Boys

Lenoir City vs. Sweetwater, Noon

Harriman vs. Hardin Valley, 3 p.m.

Anderson County vs. Greenback, 6 p.m.

Girls

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

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

Saturday’s Games

Boys

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

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

Girls

Hardin Valley vs. Greenback, Noon

Greenback vs. Jellico, 3 p.m.

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

 

Hardees Classic

At David Crockett

Boys

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.

Championship

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.

Girls

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

Boys

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.

Girls

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

Boys

Sevier County vs. Oakdale, 4 p.m.

Heritage vs. East Hamilton, 7 p.m.

Girls

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

Boys

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

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

Girls

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

Boys

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.

Girls

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

Boys

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.

Girls

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
Semifinals
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
Championship
Dec. 4
At Cookeville
Webb vs. Battle Ground Academy

TSSAA to announce Mr. Football finalists on Wednesday

The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association will announce finalists for the 2014 Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards on Wednesday, according to a TSSAA release.

The finalists will include the top three backs and lineman in each of the TSSAA’s five classifications. Winners will be selected at a luncheon in Murfreesboro on Dec. 1.

Only three total kickers will be named Mr. Football finalists.

The finalists were chosen by a committee of statewide sports writers based on performances in the 2014 regular season. Academics and character of each athlete was also taken into consideration.

High school head coaches and media members nominated the finalists.

Final AP high school football poll released

The Associated Press’ Top 10 teams in each of Tennessee’s six 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 November 3, total points based on 10 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 10th-place vote:

Class 6A

Rank. Team                              Record  Pts Prv

  1. Maryville (16)                       10-0    160    1
  2. Whitehaven                         10-0    138     3
  3. Blackman                               9-1     127    2
  4. Oakland                                  9-1     111   4
  5. Ravenwood                          10-0    100    5
  6. Science Hill                             9-1     82     6
  7. Hendersonville                      9-1     65     7
  8. Riverdale                                8-2     47     9
  9. Dobyns-Bennett                   8-2     22     8
  10. Houston                                 9-1     21    NR

Others receiving 12 or more points: None.

Class 5A

Rank. Team                                  Record  Pts Prv

  1. Knoxville West (12)                  9-1     147   1
  2. Ridgeway                                   9-1     130   2
  3. Ooltewah (3)                            10-0    121   3
  4. Hillsboro                                   10-0    111   4
  5. South Doyle (1)                        10-0    94     5
  6. Rhea County                             10-0    84     6
  7. Oak Ridge                                  10-0    76     7
  8. Henry County                            8-2     57      8(tie)
  9. Memphis East                            7-3     34     10
  10. Anderson County                      8-2     16     8(tie)

Others receiving 12 or more points: None.

Class 4A

Rank. Team                                     Record  Pts Prv

  1. Knoxville Fulton (16)                10-0    160    1
  2. Crockett County                       10-0    127    3
  3. Knoxville Catholic                      9-1     125    2
  4. Greeneville                                 9-1     113    4
  5. Trezevant                                    9-1     86      5
  6. Liberty Magnet                           8-2     73      6
  7. Sullivan South                             9-1     61      7
  8. Pearl-Cohn                                  8-2     40      8
  9. Jackson North Side                    9-1     30      9
  10. Loudon                                       10-0    14     NR

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Marshall County 12. 11, Signal Mountain 12.

Class 3A

Rank. Team                           Record  Pts Prv

  1. Alcoa (13)                           9-1     147   1
  2. CPA (2)                              10-0    137    2
  3. Notre Dame                       9-1     119   3
  4. Camden                              8-2     93     7
  5. McMinn Central                 8-2     80     8
  6. White House-Heritage      9-1     74     9
  7. Westview                             8-2     48     4
  8. Waverly                                8-2     37     5
  9. Westmoreland                    8-2     25    NR
  10. Lipscomb Academy            7-3     21    NR
    (tie) East Nashville              8-2     21     NR

Others receiving 12 or more points: None.

Class 2A

Rank. Team                                           Record  Pts Prv

  1. Trinity Christian Academy (13)       9-1     148   1
  2. Adamsville                                         9-1     124   2
  3. Marion County (1)                             9-1     119   3
  4. Oneida                                                9-1     103   4
  5. Peabody                                             8-2     83      6
  6. Hampton (1)                                       9-1     75     7
  7. Forrest                                                7-3     50      9
  8. Middle Tennessee Christian           9-1     49      8
  9. Grace Christian                                 7-3     29      5
  10. Huntingdon                                        6-4     16    10

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, McKenzie 13. 12, Trousdale County 12.

Class 1A

Rank. Team                                           Record  Pts Prv

  1. Union City (13)                                10-0    148    1
  2. Nashville Christian School (2)       10-0    137    2
  3. Columbia Academy                        10-0    120    3
  4. Wayne County                                   8-2     101   4
  5. Greenback                                          8-2     91     6
  6. Huntland                                             8-2     57     5
  7. Coalfield                                              6-4     54    10
  8. Cloudland                                            8-2     53     7
  9. Clarksville Academy                           7-3     26     8
  10. Monterey                                             7-3     23    NR

Others receiving 12 or more points: None.

Division II

Rank. Team                              Record  Pts Prv

  1. Ensworth (14)                        8-1     140    2
  2. Brentwood Academy           8-2     121    1
  3. MBA                                        8-2     116    4
  4. McCallie                                 8-2     81       3
  5. Knoxville Webb                    6-3     73       5
  6. Baylor                                    6-4     68       7
  7. BGA                                        8-2     57       6
  8. MUS                                       7-3     45       8
  9. ECS                                         8-2     34       9
  10. Friendship Christian            9-1     20      10(tie)

Others receiving 12 or more points: None.

George Quarles on staying in 6A: ‘We have no idea what we’re going to do’

Time is running out for Maryville High School to decide whether or not to keep its football program in Class 6A next season.

The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association released its classification projections for the 2015-16 football season last Tuesday. Maryville, the reignging Class 6A champion, was slotted for 5A, and has until Wendesday to make a request to the TSSAA to move up.

“We don’t know what we’re going to do,” Maryville coach George Quarles said Tuesday night. “People ask us one minute, we’re going to stay in 5A. The next day, we’re going to be in 6A.

“I know a lot of teams are waiting to see what we’re doing.”

The TSSAA will release an updated classifcation outlook following Wednesday’s deadline. Quarles said last week that moving to Class 6A was once the only option for Maryville.

But last week’s projections, which were based on enrollment and included a revamped 32-team Class 6A, listed only four teams from the Knoxville area in the largest class (Jefferson County, Hardin Valley, Bearden and William Blount).

That means if Maryville makes the jump, it will likely have to travel to Kingsport and Cookeville within its new region. That means increased travel, which leads to a budget strain.

“We’ll sit down tomorrow and talk and weigh the pros and cons,” Quarles said. “Clearly the con is the travel if we move up. The pro is if we go to 6A, it’s the best competition and the biggest schools. And I can make an argument for the 5A schools. Plus, there’s uncertainty on the regions in 5A.”

The TSSAA won’t release a region breakdown until after classifications are set. In Class 6A, region outlines have already been identified to some extent. There will be four regions across the state with eight teams in each.

In Classes 1A-5A, deciphering region alignments becomes far more tedious.

There will be eight regions, but since the number of schools in each class varies, there could be some regions with six teams, others with seven or eight and potentially some with five.

“I think if they said, ‘This will be the teams,’ it would be easier,” Quarles said.

A smaller region would require more non-region scheduling, which has been tedious for powerhouses like Maryville and Alcoa under the current format.

It should be easier under the new structure next year, though, when region win-loss records determine playoff berths in the six classifications. Currently, teams are divided into three classes during the regular season, then expanded to six in the playoffs.

That means playing a team like Alcoa or Maryville out of region won’t affect a school’s playoff hopes in 2015-16.

AP high school football polls — Week 6

The Associated Press’ Top 10 teams in each of Tennessee’s six 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 October 6, total points based on 10 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 10th-place vote:

Class 6A

Record Pts Prv
1. Maryville (15) 6-0 159 1
2. Blackman (1) 7-0 144 2
3. Whitehaven 6-0 123 3
4. Oakland 5-1 109 4
5. Ravenwood 6-0 94 5
6. Riverdale 6-1 66 6
(tie) Science Hill 5-1 66 7
8. Hendersonville 6-1 50 8
9. Kingsport Dobyns Bennett 6-1 33 9
10. Houston 7-0 14 NR

Others receiving 12 or more points: None.

Class 5A

Record Pts Prv
1. Knoxville West (13) 5-1 144 1
2. Memphis East 6-1 124 2
3. Anderson County (1) 7-0 107 3
4. Ridgeway 5-1 98 4(tie)
5. Ooltewah (1) 7-0 92 4(tie)
6. Hillsboro 7-0 80 6
7. South Doyle 6-0 54 7
8. Henry County 5-2 46 8
9. Rhea County 6-0 41 10
10. Oak Ridge 6-0 24 NR

Others receiving 12 or more points: None.

Class 4A

Record Pts Prv
1. Knoxville Fulton (15) 7-0 150 1
2. Knoxville Catholic 6-0 135 2
3. Crockett County 6-0 105 4
4. Greeneville 5-1 93 5
5. Pearl-Cohn 6-1 66 6
6. Trezevant 6-1 64 7
7. Jackson North Side 7-0 48 10
8. Signal Mountain 6-1 42 3
9. Liberty Magnet 5-2 35 8
10. Sullivan South 5-1 30 9

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Elizabethton 18. 12, Marshall County 13.

Class 3A

Record Pts Prv
1. Alcoa (13) 6-1 139 1
2. CPA (1) 7-0 124 2
3. East Nashville 7-0 107 3
4. Notre Dame 5-1 85 5
5. Camden 6-1 81 6
6. McMinn Central 7-0 71 7
7. CAK 4-2 52 8
8. Westview 5-1 47 4
9. Waverly 6-0 42 10
10. Hickman County 5-1 7 9

Others receiving 12 or more points: None.

Class 2A

Record Pts Prv
1. Trinity Christian Academy (12) 6-1 136 1
2. Adamsville 6-1 121 2
3. Peabody 5-1 98 3
4. Marion County 6-1 87 4
5. Huntingdon 5-2 72 5
6. Oneida 5-1 67 7
7. Grace Christian 5-2 60 6
8. Middle Tennessee Christian (1) 7-0 56 9
9. Hampton (1) 5-1 42 8
10. Mitchell 3-3 8 NR

Others receiving 12 or more points: None.

Class 1A

Record Pts Prv
1. Union City (14) 6-0 140 1
2. Nashville Christian School 7-0 123 2
3. Cloudland 6-0 104 3
4. Wayne County 6-1 92 4
5. Columbia Academy 6-0 89 5
6. Greenback 5-1 69 6
7. Coalfield 4-2 59 7
8. South Pittsburg 3-3 32 8
9. Copper Basin 4-2 21 10
10. Huntland 5-1 12 NR

Others receiving 12 or more points: None.

Division II

Record Pts Prv
1. McCallie (13) 7-0 130 1
2. Ensworth 5-1 112 3
3. Brentwood Academy 6-1 95 5
4. Baylor 5-1 94 2
5. MBA 5-2 85 4
6. Knoxville Webb 3-2 53 6
7. ECS 6-1 46 8
8. BGA 6-1 34 9
9. Father Ryan 4-2 24 10
10. MUS 4-3 13 7

Others receiving 12 or more points: None.

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

 

Week 6: How the top 10 fared in each class

How the top 10 in each TSSAA high school football classification fared in Week 6. Lists compiled by The Associated Press.

Class 6A

  1. Maryville (6-0) beat Heritage 45-14.
  2. Blackman (7-0) beat LaVergne 42-17.
  3. Whitehaven (6-0) idle.
  4. Oakland (5-1) idle.
  5. Ravenwood (6-0) beat Centennial 24-0.
  6. Riverdale (6-1) beat Stewarts Creek 44-14.
  7. Science Hill (5-1) beat Tennessee 35-29.
  8. Hendersonville (6-1) beat Portland 48-8.
  9. Kingsport Dobyns Bennett (6-1) beat Daniel Boone 44-13.
  10. Cookeville (6-1) lost to Rhea County 28-27.

Class 5A

1. West (5-1) beat Bearden 54-19.
2. Memphis East (6-0) idle.
3. Anderson County (7-0) beat Central 59-35.
T-4. Ridgeway (5-1) beat Germantown 51-7.
T-4. Ooltewah (7-0) beat Bradley Central 38-0.
6. Hillsboro (7-0) beat Antioch 27-0.
7. South-Doyle (6-0) beat Antioch 47-6.
8. Henry County (5-2) beat Springfield 21-20.
9. Campbell County (5-2) lost to Oak Ridge 24-8.
10. Rhea County (6-0) beat Cookeville 28-27.

Class 4A

  1. Knoxville Fulton (7-0) beat Pigeon Forge 55-6.
  2. Knoxville Catholic (6-0) beat Kingston 49-14.
  3. Signal Mountain (6-1) lost to Notre Dame 35-3.
  4. Crockett County (6-0) beat Obion County 48-16.
  5. Greeneville (5-1) beat Grainger 48-0.
  6. Pearl-Cohn (6-1) beat Whites Creek 61-6.
  7. Trezevant (6-1) beat Craigmont 39-0.
  8. Liberty Magnet (5-2) beat Covington 35-12.
  9. Sullivan South (5-1) idle.
  10. Jackson North Side (7-0) beat Jackson Central-Merry 37-14.

Class 3A

  1. Alcoa (6-1) beat Scott County 48-7.
  2. CPA (7-0) beat Spring Hill 47-21.
  3. East Nashville (7-0) beat Maplewood 36-7.
  4. Westview (5-1) lost to Dyersburg 38-26.
  5. Notre Dame (5-1) beat Signal Mountain 35-3.
  6. Camden (6-1) beat Hickman County 34-13.
  7. McMinn Central (7-0) beat Sweetwater 41-14.
  8. CAK (4-2) idle.
  9. Hickman County (5-1) lost to Camden Central 34-13.
  10. Waverly (6-0) beat East Hickman 56-20.

Class 2A

  1. Trinity Christian Academy (6-1) beat Jackson Christian 42-13.
  2. Adamsville (6-1) beat Middleton 70-8.
  3. Peabody (5-1) beat Greenfield 50-0.
  4. Marion County (6-1) beat Sale Creek 62-12.
  5. Huntingdon (5-2) beat Gleason 61-0.
  6. Grace Christian (5-2) beat Meigs County 13-6.
  7. Oneida (5-1) beat Oakdale 35-7.
  8. Hampton (5-1) beat North Greene 46-15.
  9. Middle Tennessee Christian (7-0) beat Moore County 50-3.
  10. Forrest (4-3) lost to Huntland 37-27.

Class A

  1. Union City (6-0) idle.
  2. Nashville Christian School (7-0) beat East Rpbertspm 38-0.
  3. Cloudland (6-0) idle.
  4. Wayne County (6-1) beat Loretto 47-13.
  5. Columbia Academy (6-0) beat Cornersville 61-7.
  6. Greenback (5-1) beat Rockwood 30-3.
  7. Coalfield (4-2) beat Wartburg 36-0.
  8. South Pittsburg (3-3) idle.
  9. Midway (4-2) lost to Harriman 35-26.
  10. Copper Basin (4-2) beat Tennessee Christian 46-7.

Division II

  1. McCallie (7-0) beat Baylor 35-9.
  2. Baylor (5-1) lost to McCallie 35-9.
  3. Ensworth (5-1) beat MBA 50-44.
  4. MBA (5-2) lost to Ensworth 50-44.
  5. Brentwood Academy (6-1) beat Pope John Paul II 50-10.
  6. Webb School (3-2) beat DCA 42-3.
  7. MUS (4-3) lost to CBHS 17-14.
  8. ECS (6-1) beat FACS 35-13.
  9. BGA (6-1) beat Davidson Academy 47-17.
  10. Father Ryan (4-2) idle.

A final goodbye

After 12 years of working at the News Sentinel, I said my final goodbyes today.
I will be journeying into the world of sales and working full time for Playrite.com
I’ll still be around from time to time. I’ll cover games on Friday nights, make some predictions and do some TV/radio work on the side. So I won’t be completely gone.
Still, I’ve been able to tell a lot of great stories through the years. And I don’t want that to quit appearing in the papers. So in the meantime, while the KNS is hiring a new preps editor, make sure you send those potentially great stories to the sports department at Sports@KnoxNews.com so they can have someone write those.

Thanks to all who helped me along the way, allowed me to peek into their lives for a story or simply gave me a heads up on a story.

Here’s a treat on my way out …
Here are my top 5 preps memories from covering this beat:
1. Maryville football won 74 consecutive games from the start of the 2004 season until losing to Hillsboro in the 2008 Class 4A final.
2. The 2010 Class AAA state baseball championship. Nicky Delmonico hit a walk-off home run to win the game, redeeming himself for a costly error he had made earlier in the night. LHP Philip Pfeifer was untouchable all season (16-0, 165Ks in 96 IP) and threw a one-hit, 14-strikeout masterpiece — working a complete game that featured a 2-hour-long rain delay and working one day after serving as a closer in the semifinal.
3. Jalen Steele’s buzzer beater to beat Bolivar in the 2009 Class AA state semifinals. Steele, who went on to win a Mr. Basketball and two PrepXtra POYs, had struggled mightily in the first half. The Falcons were defending state champions and on the ropes against Bolivar. Steele got the ball in the final seconds, looked at his defender and smile … HE SMILED AT HIM!! … then slashed into the lane and made the game-winner. Fulton defended as state champions.
4. Ryan Click’s Shot. Then a little-used sophomore guard, Click hit a 3-pointer in double overtime to lift Maryville to the 2007 Class AAA state boys basketball championship, 69-66. I barely got my story in before the deadline, and the entire Sunday paper couldn’t get sent out until that game ended. Had Click not hit that shot, I would’ve been late. He was the third or fourth option on the play and hadn’t scored a point the entire tournament.
5. Alcoa vs. CAK. Watching this rivalry evolve was no doubt fun. I can remember loaded Alcoa teams blasting CAK out of the water in the early-to-mid 2000s. Then those margins of victories got closer and closer and closer. Alcoa won seven consecutive state titles until CAK ended that reign with 3A titles of its own in 2011-2012. Alcoa resumed supremacy last year. But still, the players that came through each program will not be forgotten. Neither will their battles.

MORE: Fulton football (2013) was ridiculously good with Daryl Rollins-Davis, Xavier Howard and Penny Smith on offense and set a state scoring record… Jackie Coward (West) was hands down the best track athlete I saw … Wil Crowe (Pigeon Forge) dominated the 2013 season and state baseball tournament to give Pigeon Forge its first Class AA state title … Bryce Brentz (South-Doyle) had a monster postseason as a senior in 2007 and helped S-D finish state runner-up … Fulton vs. Catholic football (Dennis Rogan vs. Harrison Smith) … Gibbs softball … The Glory Johnson years with Webb School of Knoxville girls basketball … Andre Sterling’s 2007 running back campaign at Farragut … Charlie High + receivers Josh Smith and Davis Howell in 2011-12 … Dre Mathieu went from 5-foot-nothing PG at Central to starting point guard at Minnesota … Dwight Tarwater’s senior season at Webb won him a Mr. Basketball trophy in 2010 … Cait McMahan’s ACL injuries killed a promising basketball career at Tennessee … Jill Prudden’s coaching in the Oak Ridge women’s basketball program … McMinn Central girls’ basketball … Bearden boys basketball nearly knocking off national power Oak Hill Academy in 2009 … Ty Greene and Rico White lead Bearden boys’ basketball to the Class AAA state final in 2011… Gibbs winning a state baseball championship in 2010.

I could keep going and going.

— Jesse Smithey