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  • Five for five Published 7/21/2010 at 2:31 p.m. 1 comment

    Jeff Wallace has been president of Maryville Little League for longer than he can remember, and he’s never heard of anything like it. Prior this summer, it wasn’t even possible. Little League-sanctioned state softball tournaments are underway this week, and, ...

  • Dolphins, Green Meadow set sights on city meet Published 7/15/2010 at 1:24 p.m. 0 comments

    Following its second consecutive top-10 finish in the Smoky Mountain Invitational, the Maryville/Alcoa Flying Dolphins have their sights set on a league title. Powered by big weekends from Katrina, Rachel and Lauren Eccles, Sam Tingle, Seth Jinks and Taiga Ikeguchi, ...

  • All-Blount County Middle School Basketball Team Published 6/10/2010 at 10:47 a.m. 0 comments

    All-Blount County Middle School Basketball Team

  • All-Blount County Middle School Baseball Team Published 6/10/2010 at 10:41 a.m. 0 comments

    All-Blount County Middle School Baseball Team

  • Not just for kicks Published 4/29/2010 at 11:02 a.m. 0 comments

    McKenzie Hawkins smiles, even giggles a little bit, when she describes being tackled by Candace Barley. Hawkins was a fifth-grader at the time. Barley was by then a regular with the U.S. junior national team and one of the two ...

  • The Keepsake Published 4/22/2010 at 11:38 a.m. 0 comments

    Richard Norville had no idea his father, Richard Sr., had held onto the photograph all these years. He’d kept it locked away in his desk drawer at the family’s Alcoa home. Norville had come across the picture of the 1959 ...

  • Defense wins championships Published 1/28/2010 at 2:37 p.m. 0 comments

    If they’re still playing basketball 100 years from now, defense will still win the big ones. Emily Herron’s baseline jumper pulled Union Grove within a single point with four minutes remaining in the championship game of the Blount County Middle ...

  • Championship dreams Published 12/16/2009 at 2:47 p.m. 0 comments

    On one second quarter burst, tiny Alcoa Elementary guard Riley Hicks blocked a Madisonville shot, recovered the ball along the baseline, pushed the ball up the court on the break, then fed the ball inside for the tying basket with ...

  • The Mud Bowl Published 11/5/2009 at 12:05 p.m. 0 comments

    Don Sentell has been coaching youth football in Blount County for 44 years. It blew him away. “Oh, gosh!” he said. “Unreal. Unreal. Probably the worst I’ve ever seen.” A cold, grey, soaking rain drenched Blount County for seven hours ...

  • All-Blount County Middle School Football Team Published 11/5/2009 at 12:02 p.m. 0 comments

    The Maryville Middle Bulldogs made history this season, becoming the school’s first team to complete a 10-0 season. The Bulldogs punctuated the run with a Smoky Mountain Athletic Conference championship at season’s end. Five Maryville players were named to this ...

  • All-Blount County Middle School Softball Team Published 11/5/2009 at 11:57 a.m. 0 comments

    Carpenters ran the table, finishing 12-0 en route to the Blount County championship. The Lady Cougars are duly represented with four players on this season’s All-Blount County Middle School Softball Team, but there are several others to keep an eye ...

  • Carpenters Middle wins ’em all Published 10/29/2009 at 12:28 p.m. 0 comments

    These kids are going to make a lot of noise on the high school level one day soon. The Carpenters Middle School softball team capped an undefeated season in grand style recently, polishing off their Loudon counterparts, 20-12, to win ...

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