Photos by Elizabeth Smith Shinn

  • William Blount freshman academy vice principal Cassandra Dowd and husband David brought daughter Callie and son Will to cheer on the Governors. Cassandra’s her brother is a teacher at Hillsboro.
  • Woody Bell
  • Resmondo/Specialty Tank slugger Jeff Wallace bombs away during the Caldwell Fence Co. Home Run Derby at the Smoky Mountain Classic two years ago. Wallace leads the nation in home runs with a week to go until the 41st playing of the Classic next weekend.
  • Members of the 2008 All-Blount County Middle School Football Team are sure to be heard from in coming years. Pictured are: front row, left to right, Trace Fuller, Tim Koons (Maryville), Lane Bloom (Union Grove), Corey Long (Alcoa), Michael Clune (Carpenters), T.J. Kimble (Maryville) and Tanner Miller (Carpenters). Second row, left to right, are Zack Whaley (Heritage), Cody Gray (Eagleton), Ezekiel Koko (Alcoa), Jelyn Haley (Eagleton), Freddie Garcia, T.J. Satterfield (Union Grove) and Thomas Loy (Alcoa). Back row, left to right, are Vinnie Hasenstaub (Carpenters), Logan Winders (Maryville), Jonah Jett (Heritage), Jarod Crenshaw and Kenny Dean (Alcoa).
  • William Blount High School senior Melanie Manis signs a National Letter of Intent with Carson-Newman College last Thursday. Accompanying Manis in the William Blount auditorium are, seated, mom Tammy and father Jim. Standing, left to right, are William Blount athletics director Mike Brewer, principal Steve Lafon and Lady Governor golf coach Mark Davidson.
  • Junior Daniel Gomez, a William Blount High School product, wheels and deals over the ball during a Maryville College match.
  • Freshman Brian Beckham mixes up with a pair of defenders.
  • Freshman Ridge Carter, a Maryville High product, is an integral part of a midfield helping the Scots to a banner year.
  • Maryville College captain Ben Lawson picks out a target.
  • Maryville College sophomore Ryan Radcliffe (15) races the ball into the penalty area during a match earlier this season
  • Alcoa High School defensive coordinator Brian Nix gives instruction to linebacker Jalik Toney last season.
  • Maryville’s Chris Jordan is stripped of his shoe by a Sevier County tackler, at lower right, in this play from last season’s Maryville Orthopaedic Jamboree. Remarkably, the Rebel junior returned the interception 32 yards for a touchdown.
  • It all starts with the point guard in basketball, and Heritage senior Katie Brooks was one of the best Blount County has ever produced. Here, the Lady Mountaineer leader stares down a West defender in a game at Heritage. You can smell the crossover that’s coming.
  • Alcoa High School athletic trainer Peggy Bratt, center, poses with student trainers Ashley Hicks, left, and Kristen Ambern of Maryville at last season’s football jamboree.
  • Maryville High School senior receiver/defensive back Stephen Shiver, center, stands with parents Ann and Keith Shiver after signing a National Letter of Intent with the University of Tennessee at Martin last Wednesday. Shiver will reunite with former Rebel quarterback Cade Thompson at UT-Martin.
  • Alcoa High School quarterback Randall Cobb, front row center, is all smiles as he signs a National Letter of Intent with the University of Kentucky last Wednesday. Accompanying Cobb to the signing are, front row, his mother and father, Tina and Randall Sr. On the back row are, left to right, Michael Love, Mary Scott, Melysha Cobb, Casey Lewis, Rhodia Davis, Kisha Dean and Heather and Jayden Ramirez.
  • Senior Katie Brooks has secured District 4AAA Player of the Year honors in her final season as a Lady Mountaineer.
  • To stay loose during halftime of  William Blount High School games, punter Kase Whitehead would often stand on the 50-yard line and boom kicks through the uprights at the back end zone. Marshall University recognized Whitehead’s rare talent early, putting a scholarship offer on the table last summer. Whitehead officially accepted on national signing day on Wednesday.
  • Maryville High School senior Aaron Douglas was the state’s top-rated prospect this season. The Rebel tight end backed up the acclaim with his second consecutive 4A Mr. Football lineman of the year award in December, helping the Rebels to their fourth consecutive state championship along the way.
  • Heritage sharpshooter Michael Haynes prepares to fire last week.
  • Heritage senior and University of Maryland-Baltimore County signee Katie Brooks sets up a crossover against West last week.
  • The Montvale Knights raise the championship trophy after outlasting Townsend, 22-20, in the title game.
  • Members of the Blount County Elementary School Boys All-Tournament Team, American Conference, includes: Spencer Rothery, J.      T. Roberts, Matt Smith (Townsend); Dillon Whaley, Devan Gardner, Brandon Kagely (Montvale); Brandon Tipton, Sam Rule, Aaron Inman (Walland); Peyton O’Brien (Maryville Christian School).
  • Members of the Blount County Elementary School Girls All-Tournament Team, American Conference, includes: Ivey Russell, Leah Thomas (Walland); Tara Shields, Megan Wells, Allison Hamby (Maryville Christian School); Baylee Slaughter (Montvale); Mikayla Hutsell (Townsend); Leah Delaney (Rockford); Bailey Ritter (Middlesettlements); Emily Miller (Fairview).
  • Members of the champion Maryville Christian Lady Eagles raise the trophy in triumph after winning the school’s first-ever girls title, defeating Walland 32-22 in the American Conference.
  • Montvale’s Dillon Whaley is pursued by Townsend’s Spencer Rothery.
  • Walland top gun Leah Thomas looks for an opening against Maryville Christian’s Allison Hamby.
  • Maryville Christian School fourth-grader Tara Shields cuts for the paint against Walland’s Preston Robinette.
  • Katie Saxe works her way to the basket against Greensboro’s Rebekah McCloud.
  • Junior Natalie Munday eyes the mark from 3-point range.
  • Maryville College senior Katie Saxe gets up to collect a loose ball during the Scots game with Greensboro College last weekend.
  • Maryville assistant coach David Ellis talks with the offensive line between possessions.
  • Marcus Engelhardt (76), Thomas Shuler (21) and Caleb West (78) protect as quarterback Brent Burnette looks to throw against Clinton earlier this season.
  • Jeffery Booker (29) and Tyler Clendenen look over the west offense during last weeks second round win.
  • Lining up to help with the chili cookoff are, front from left, Maddi Borden, Katie Haworth, Maurah McNabb and Mikala Hill. Back row from left is Victoria Waxstein, Angie Haworth, Tammie McNabb. The front row are cheerleaders and back row are supporters and parents.
  • Mark Treadway, left, gets some chili during the event Oct. 20.
  • Jennifer Pittman, left, and Paris Longmire are sponsors/coaches for the WBHS cheerleading squad.
  • Maddi Borden, left, and Jennifer Pittman share a smile before the William Blount High School football game.
  • Stirring up the chili during the event are, from left, Cheerleaders Brittany Woods, Katelyn Simerly and Monica Endsley, right, were “working the chili” during the chili dinner at William Blount High School.
  • Marah McNabb, Angie Haworth, and Katie Haworth stir chili at the cookoff fundraiser before the Senior Night football game.
  • Mitzi Montooth is all smiles a the chili fundraiser before Senior Night at the Nov. 2 William Blount High School football game.
  • Troy Hodge gets low as he cuts back behind the block of Josh Kincannon last week.

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