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  • Pride of the Southside Published 9/14/2011 at 4:20 p.m. 0 comments

    It just may be the best kept secret in town. They’re no threat to famed local eatery Aubrey’s just yet, but Teresa Prestridge, Heather Breazeale and Brandi Denman are just getting started. Fundraising is vital for youth football programs like ...

  • AYSO brings Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp to Alcoa Published 8/17/2011 at 2:39 p.m. 0 comments

    Fifty Blount County children, ages 4 to 14, got to learn the finer points of soccer from some of the best coaches in the world when Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp was held in Alcoa earlier this summer. Kevin Shockley, ...

  • Village Green claims SMI championship Published 7/13/2011 at 4:03 p.m. 0 comments

    Village Green claimed the championship of the Smoky Mountain Invitation swim meet over the weekend at Springbrook Pool. Better than 1,400 swimmers representing 27 teams took part in the two-day meet, considered the world’s largest for summer-only swimmers. The Gulf ...

  • Smoky Mountain Invitational Swim meet this weekend Published 7/6/2011 at 4:00 p.m. 0 comments

    The 38th annual Smoky Mountain Invitational swim meet is scheduled for this weekend at Springbrook Pool in Alcoa. The largest outdoor swim meet in the United States, the invitational for summer-only swimmers begins Saturday at 9 a.m. for competitors 11 ...

  • All-Blount County Middle School Wrestling Team 2011 Published 3/2/2011 at 1:10 p.m. 0 comments

    The inaugural All-Blount County Middle School Wrestling Team was announced recently, with 14 grapplers being honored. Team members were selected by finishing highest in their respective weight classes at the East Tennessee Middle School Conference Championships held Jan. 22 at ...

  • 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 ...

  • Raina shines Published 12/15/2010 at 3:37 p.m. 0 comments

    Raina Karras was a diamond in the rough at the start of the season. Last Thursday night at Heritage Middle School, the Mary Blount Elementary forward became a champion. Karras sank three consecutive layups in the closing minutes of the ...

  • Super Slugfest Published 11/4/2010 at 10:55 a.m. 0 comments

    It was one of those games where neither team deserved to lose. You just hoped someone would win. Finally, illustrating the distinction between the two, Fairview did. Evan Porter’s 1-yard run on fourth-and-goal in double overtime lifted the Raiders to ...

  • Hammers work overtime for tourney title Published 10/27/2010 at 3:30 p.m. 0 comments

    The Blount United Soccer Club U12 Hammers, based in Maryville, needed overtime to win the championship of the Appalachian Fall Festival Soccer Tournament in Kingsport recently. With the score tied 1-1 at the end of regulation, Sean Snelgrove put in ...

  • Alcoa Middle girls claims soccer championship Published 10/27/2010 at 3:29 p.m. 0 comments

    The Alcoa Middle School girls’ soccer team defeated Halls, 2-0, to win the Smoky Mountain Middle School Soccer Division D tournament at the US Cellular Soccer Complex in Knoxville on Sunday. Eighth-grader McKenzie Hawkins scored both goals in the championship ...

  • Ballet in cleats Published 9/30/2010 at 10:49 a.m. 0 comments

    Perhaps the most entertaining running back of our time. Over the top for an eighth-grader? Of course it is, but then so was the totally gangsta, goal-line pirouette Dylan Shinsky used to slip a would-be Sevierville Middle School tackler in ...

  • Knights of the gridiron Published 9/15/2010 at 3:23 p.m. 0 comments

    Coaching at the Grasshopper level, particularly at a smaller program like the Eagleton Knights, comes with its on unique set of challenges, but Knights coach Bobby Carmichael wouldn’t have it any other way. “This is fun,” he said. “It’s the ...

  • Raider Nation Published 9/9/2010 at 1:03 p.m. 1 comment

    It wasn’t looking good for Fairview. In an early season showdown with defending Midgets champion Maryville on Tuesday at Everett Recreation Center, the Raiders were facing fourth-and-15 from just over midfield with less than a minute remaining. The Rebs held ...

  • Cooper, Knight deliver history-making homers Published 9/1/2010 at 4:20 p.m. 0 comments

    Fellow eighth-graders Ashland Cooper and Kasi Knight made Union Grove Middle School history this week with a pair of back-to-back home runs in an 11-1 win over Alcoa.

  • Smoky Mountain showcase Published 8/11/2010 at 2:43 p.m. 0 comments

    The Smoky Mountain Athletic Conference championship could prove a close-run thing this season. Member teams made their 2010 debut at the Blount County Middle School Jamboree last Saturday morning at Heritage High School. The defending champion Maryville Middle Bulldogs got ...

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