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  • The other coach Lambert Published 4/7/2011 at 9:36 a.m. 0 comments

    Four tournaments, four championships. Randy Lambert has built an enduring legacy in 30-plus seasons as men’s basketball coach at Maryville College, but now wouldn’t be a good time to slow down. There’s another coach Lambert out there, youngest son Wes, ...

  • Postseason punctuation Published 3/2/2011 at 1:14 p.m. 0 comments

    The high school basketball season for Blount County’s four schools played to a close Tuesday night, with Alcoa’s Tornadoes, the final remaining team, falling to district rival Stone Memorial in a region tournament semifinal at Fulton. The Tornadoes (23-7), Maryville ...

  • Earl the Pearl Published 3/2/2011 at 1:12 p.m. 0 comments

    Earl Anderson isn’t going to push the ball on the break a whole lot, but he can fill it up. The Blount County Blazers guard knocked down seven straight shots, including four 3-pointers, in an opening round game at the ...

  • District champ Tornadoes headline five area teams to advance Published 2/23/2011 at 2:10 p.m. 0 comments

    It really starts to get tough from here. Alcoa’s boys’ basketball team secured Blount County’s lone district championship Tuesday night, knocking off Christian Academy of Knoxville, 51-49, in double overtime in the District 4AA title tilt at Scott High. Junior ...

  • Moore, Moore, Moore Published 2/16/2011 at 3:49 p.m. 0 comments

    The backspin on her shot generally isn’t all that great, Tiffanie Moore said, but it sure looked plenty sweet last Friday night. The Alcoa High School junior drained a 3-pointer from the right wing with 3.6 seconds remaining, and the ...

  • Rebels, Tornadoes clash highlights regular-season finale Published 2/9/2011 at 1:49 p.m. 0 comments

    Kudos to the schedule maker. The high school basketball regular season comes to close for most area teams Friday night, with district tournament play beginning next week. As a jumping off point for postseason, Maryville’s visit to Alcoa on Friday ...

  • Tornado sweep Published 2/3/2011 at 11:04 a.m. 0 comments

    The girls’ game was over fairly early. Player of the year Tara Shields pumped in a game-high 15 points, and Alcoa clamped down defensively in the second and third quarters to defeat Heritage going away, 41-15, in the finals of ...

  • Shooting for a cure Published 1/26/2011 at 2:40 p.m. 0 comments

    Rhonda Stinnett is not a statistic. She’s a wife, a mom and, when it comes to William Blount High School junior Tatum Burstrom, a devoted fan. Stinnett sat on the back row behind the William Blount bench last Saturday night ...

  • Tornadoes deal Rebels defensive stunner Published 1/26/2011 at 2:37 p.m. 0 comments

    It wasn’t as if one or two players took the floor for Alcoa last Thursday night and simply blew up Maryville. In fact, offense really wasn’t the story at all. The Tornadoes’ 73-55 rout of the Rebels in the first ...

  • Alcoa/Maryville tips off stretch run Published 1/19/2011 at 4:19 p.m. 0 comments

    It starts to get serious for Blount County’s high school basketball teams this week. Alcoa and Maryville meet for the first time this season on Thursday at Maryville’s James Campbell Gymnasium. While the outcome has no postseason implications, the girls ...

  • Don’t count out the Rebels just yet Published 1/12/2011 at 2:41 p.m. 0 comments

    Maryville High School’s boys’ basketball team may be a .500 team at the moment, but just wait. Basketball is a postseason sport, and, come that point next month, the Rebels could be a very scary team. A 87-57 defeat of ...

  • Right now! Published 12/22/2010 at 12:00 a.m. 0 comments

    The Heritage win got your attention. No Alcoa girls’ team had beaten the Lady Mountaineers since the Dawn Marsh era of the early 1980s. When a win over William Blount followed a week later, you knew it wasn’t a fluke. ...

  • Storm warning Published 11/18/2010 at 10:32 a.m. 0 comments

    Considering a substantial portion of the roster won’t join the team for a few weeks yet, you’ve got to like Alcoa’s chances on the basketball court this season. Matt Shown led the way with 11 points in the quarter, and ...

  • Still waiting to party like 1999 Published 3/11/2010 at 11:35 a.m. 0 comments

    Maryville’s first trip to the state tournament since the turn of the millennium will have to wait at least another year. Morristown West hands were everywhere in the opening minutes, the Lady Trojans pulling away from the Lady Rebels with ...

  • Chaz Festival Published 3/4/2010 at 12:02 p.m. 0 comments

    The right guy hit the shot. For much of the opening half, Gatlinburg-Pittman had put on a clinic. The Highlanders opened the Region 2AA quarterfinal last Saturday at Alcoa on a 9-0 run. The lead ballooned to 15 before Alcoa ...

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