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Stefan Cooper

Title: Sports Editor
Contact: 865-981-9105

Recent Work

  • The wins, the losses, the tears Published 10/12/2011 at 2:04 p.m. 1 Comment

    Ryan Click hitting that shot had to be the wildest thing to happen in seven years of Blount Today sports. We got to see Cait McMahan and Lee Humphrey cut down the nets on national television. Maryville got so good ...

  • Scots reach midterm exam badly in need of win Published 10/05/2011 at 3:22 p.m.

    The numbers are sobering. Through four games, the Maryville College football team has yet to produce a 100-yard rusher. That’s 100 yards over the four games combined. Sophomore Chad Brooks leads with 85 yards on 38 carries. Fifth-year redshirt senior ...

  • Scots volleyball making music all its own Published 10/05/2011 at 3:21 p.m.

    The dates for this weekend’s matches at Emory University in Atlanta finally hit home for Kandis Schram earlier this week, and the Maryville College women’s volleyball coach is having some issues with the schedule maker. The Scots (13-5) will face ...

  • Ranked Scots proving exceedingly versatile Published 10/05/2011 at 3:20 p.m.

    He doesn’t bend it like the other guy, but he’s a Beckham. He even wears No. 23. Maryville College junior Brian Beckham is also one of nine Scots to tally at least a goal this season for one of the ...

  • Unbeaten Alcoa Middle sports super-sized roster Published 09/28/2011 at 3:02 p.m.

    Breakfast must be awesome. At 6-foot-2, 280 pounds, Jeremiah Scott isn’t just big. The Alcoa Middle School eighth-grader is bigger than any defensive tackle at Maryville College. He’s bigger than any defensive lineman on the whole Maryville team. “He’s a ...

  • Captain’s gesture sparks Lady Rebel title run Published 09/21/2011 at 12:44 p.m.

    Caroline Jenkins lit up when the public address announcer at William Blount High School announced her name as the most valuable player of the 2011 Blount County volleyball tournament Monday night. Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving player, her ...

  • Schram’s legacy far greater than 600 volleyball wins Published 09/21/2011 at 12:44 p.m.

    Just as the magnitude of last Wednesday night was finally sinking in, Kandis Schram checked her Facebook page. The winningest coach in Maryville College history in any sport, Schram collected her 600th win as the school’s volleyball coach when the ...

  • Pride of the Southside Published 09/14/2011 at 4:20 p.m.

    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 ...

  • TSSAA rules WB’s Fuller ineligible Published 09/09/2011 at 8:16 a.m.

    William Blount High School was notified by the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association earlier this week that junior linebacker Trace Fuller is no longer eligible to play for the Governors football team and the school must vacate its win over ...

  • Scots hope clash with Eagles stepping stone to title Published 09/07/2011 at 1:50 p.m.

    Next year, Alabama. The odds of a Maryville College victory Thursday night in Cookeville are playing out along those lines as the Scots renew acquaintances with Tennessee Tech after a 63-year break. The Golden Eagles are bigger. They’re faster. Division ...

  • Warren to start at fullback for Cats Published 09/01/2011 at midnight

    Darrell Warren makes three. The University of Kentucky freshman and former Alcoa High School star was informed earlier this week he’ll start at fullback when the Wildcats open the season against Western Kentucky on Thursday night at L.P. Field in ...

  • Clifton, Team USA win gold at world championships Published 09/01/2011 at midnight

    The Chicago Cubs have called. The St. Louis Cardinals have let Heritage High School junior Trevor Clifton know they’ll be tracking his progress this season and next as well. Clifton touched down at McGhee Tyson Airport on Monday a young ...

  • Hall of Famer Rice has a blast at Alcoa/Maryville game Published 08/31/2011 at 4:03 p.m.

    There’s “Dancing With the Stars,” then there’s getting your swerve on with an entire high school cheerleading squad. NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice is one of the fortunate few who can count himself a member of both fraternities after ...

  • FRIDAY NIGHT PREVIEW: William Blount, Knox Central Published 08/24/2011 at 3:18 p.m.

    If Cook stays hot, William Blount is so very dangerous. It’s not that he’s all the Governors have, but forcing opponents to focus much of their energies to stopping him makes players like Hasenstaub, Cunningham and rest absolutely lethal.

  • FRIDAY NIGHT PREVIEW: Heritage, Hardin Valley Academy Published 08/24/2011 at 3:17 p.m.

    Bledsoe’s escape velocity after the decisive cutback on each of his returns was unmistakable. Look for the Mountaineers to try to get the ball in his hands a little more. The Heritage offensive line has got to be furious Cline ...

  • Five Rebels disciplined; will miss opener with Webb Published 08/19/2011 at 3:12 p.m.

    Five Maryville High School football players have been disciplined and will miss opener with Webb.

  • Time to play for keeps Published 08/17/2011 at 2:31 p.m.

    The jamborees are over, and the 2011 high school football season opens Friday with William Blount looking for a little vengeance at Sevier County and Heritage at a new foe in Jefferson County. Seven-time defending state champion Alcoa will have ...

  • Trevor Clifton named to U.S.A. Baseball 16-under junior national team Updated 08/13/2011 at 1:53 p.m. 1 Comment

    Heritage junior Trevor Clifton is one of 17 top high school prospects named to the USA Baseball 16-under junior national team late Friday night in Cary, N.C.

  • Making Strides: Russell, Gregory lead Mountaineers, Governors back from brink Published 08/10/2011 at 1:09 p.m.

    Unlike their Alcoa and Maryville counterparts, Brint Russell and David Gregory didn’t inherit teams coming off state championships the year before. Heritage had won nine games in five seasons under Tommy Rewis when it hired Russell to be its new ...

  • Pitch and catch: McDaniel, Malone now teammates at Milligan Published 08/10/2011 at 1:07 p.m.

    We know this about Hunter McDaniel. The former William Blount High School right-hander isn’t the kind to carry a grudge. McDaniel signed to continue his baseball career at Milligan College near the end of the previous school year. Just prior ...

  • Have Tornadoes become state’s most feared team? Published 08/03/2011 at 2:41 p.m.

    Earlier this summer, the Chattanooga Times Free Press ran a front page story in its Sunday edition about two of its area high schools going to great lengths to avoid playing Alcoa. After Signal Mountain was told by the Tennessee ...

  • Negro League star left behind more that stats Published 08/03/2011 at 2:40 p.m.

    James “Cool Papa” Bell was married to the same woman, Clara, for 62 years. If you think that’s something, there’s a lot more to be learned about one of the greats of the game in the book “Amazing Baseball Heroes: ...

  • Russell ready to run with Lady Buffaloes Published 08/03/2011 at 2:38 p.m.

    Kingston decided not to guard her; So Kylie Russell torched the place. The former Alcoa guard’s seven 3-pointers in a district-tournament win over the Yellow Jackets two years ago remains one of the top five shooting performances of the last ...

  • The G.Q. story Published 07/27/2011 at 1:37 p.m.

    D.B., huh? Interesting, lots of headline possibilities, but it’s just not G.Q. Initials were all former Maryville High School coach Tim Hammontree would volunteer when asked who else had applied for the job as the Rebels new offensive coordinator/freshman/junior varsity ...

  • Patton pending: Elite 11 selection highlights opening of 7-on-7 camps Published 07/21/2011 at midnight

    Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, Tim Tebow, Drew Brees, Jay Cutler, Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers Matt Schaub, Vince Young, Matthew Stafford, Mark Sanchez . . . Maryville High School senior Patton Robinette joined an impressive fraternity on Monday when he began ...

  • Sherman named to Diamonds Showcase Published 07/20/2011 at 12:29 p.m.

    McKenzie Sherman cemented her place as one of the area’s top receivers this spring. With selection to the exclusive Queen of Diamonds Showcase South in September, the Heritage High School junior is about to go regional.

  • Passing camp honoring MC coach a major hit Published 07/20/2011 at 12:28 p.m.

    Cody Bowers would be so proud. Three years after the former Maryville College assistant football coach died tragically in an on-campus automobile accident, the high school passing camp begun to honor his memory is enjoying unprecedented success. The Maryville College ...

  • Resmondo for the defense: Championship 4-peat built around stellar fielding Published 07/13/2011 at 4:04 p.m.

    Chicks can dig the long ball all they want. Resmondo will just keep right on winning championships. The nation’s top-ranked team made it a record four in a row last Sunday morning at Sandy Springs Park, routing GTL/Cartel, 27-12, in ...

  • Holcomb recovery from hunting accident ‘a blessing’ Published 07/13/2011 at 3:36 p.m.

    Nathan Holcomb homered during his first trip to the Smoky Mountain Classic five years ago. He was 18, a college baseball pitching prospect and, at 6-foot-8, an athlete of truly biblical proportions. The Seacoast Reebok designated hitter went deep again ...

  • Cobb credits community impact for successes Published 07/06/2011 at 4:03 p.m.

    Jim Taylor! It doesn’t get any bigger when it comes to the Green Bay Packers. Huge. Randall Cobb’s wait to the second day of April’s NFL Draft might have been a frustrating one, but the Packers made sure the former ...

  • Alcoa hires former Vols assistant Jones as new coach Published 07/06/2011 at 9:31 a.m. 1 Comment

    Dr. Brian Bell’s first hire as Director of Schools for the City of Alcoa is a doozy. Bell confirmed Wednesday morning that former University of Tennessee assistant head coach Tony Jones Jr. has been hired as the new boys basketball ...

  • Competitive fire remains high in rec league softball Published 06/29/2011 at 5:09 p.m.

    Gretchen Prugh and Marcia Hiltabidle could hardly be more different. There were no scholarships for women’s softball when Hiltabidle went to college. Her high school in Silver Springs, Md., didn’t even field a team. Title IX wouldn’t be signed into ...

  • Wesleyan signee Inman delivers senior year for the ages Published 06/29/2011 at 5:08 p.m.

    As a junior at Heritage High School two years ago, Kathryn Inman played in four games, made three of eight field goals attempted, was 0-for-2 from 3-point range and went 5-of-6 from the free-throw line to finish with a season ...

  • Britt on board with Scots new coach Published 06/22/2011 at 3:58 p.m.

    The Maryville College baseball team is adding a big bat and top run producer to go with its new head coach. Webb School of Knoxville slugger Robbie Britt is keeping his commitment to the Scots despite a change that saw ...

  • The Father’s Day gift: Memorable season has heartfelt ending for Maryville’s Lethco Published 06/15/2011 at 3:39 p.m. 1 Comment

    The evening of the 28th day, Dr. Gary Lethco asked if he could have the cross back. He’d given it to his son, David, to wear during games with Maryville High School’s soccer team. Now, with time growing short, Gary ...

  • Halftime talk rallied Tennessee Future Stars to OT victory Published 06/15/2011 at 3:07 p.m.

    It was brilliant, simple, and it worked like a charm. The Tennessee Future Stars seventh-graders went to the locker room at halftime down two touchdowns last Saturday at Carson-Newman, but things were far from as bad as they seemed. Tennessee’s ...

  • The Spin Doctor: Shinsky wows ‘em with dazzling touchdown run Published 06/15/2011 at 3:06 p.m.

    Dylan Shinsky’s got so many moves. And on one first-quarter scoring run last Saturday at Carson-Newman, the Kentucky Future Stars eighth-graders got a look at pretty much all of them.

  • Fernandez commits to join father at Maryville College Published 06/15/2011 at 3:05 p.m.

    It takes a special kid to play for his father, the other side of the coin little different. In Maryville College’s Marc and Pepe Fernandez, the Scots could hardly have gotten it more right. Marc Fernandez committed last month to ...

  • Lethco to continue soccer career with Scots Published 06/15/2011 at 3:04 p.m.

    There’s little David Lethco didn’t accomplish on a soccer field the last four seasons at Maryville College. Come this fall, the Rebel All-State forward is looking to do much the same at Maryville College.

  • Robinette commits to Tar Heels Published 06/15/2011 at 1:53 p.m.

    It felt right, so Patton Robinette decided not to wait. The highly sought after Maryville High School quarterback announced a verbal commitment to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Wednesday morning, Maryville coach George Quarles confirmed. Robinette, ...

  • Net Gains: Area athletes take bitter with sweet at BlueCross Spring Fling Published 06/03/2011 at 12:23 p.m.

    Blount teams take bitter with sweet in Murfreesboro for the state championships.

  • Bennett returns to Heritage baseball Published 06/02/2011 at 6:47 p.m.

    Bennett returning as Heritage baseball coach, AD

  • Micah Marsh leaving Alcoa basketball Published 05/31/2011 at 1:07 p.m.

    Micah Marsh leaving Alcoa basketball

  • No paradise: Job 1 at Parris Island is to make a Marine Published 05/25/2011 at 4:58 p.m. 2 Comments

    Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. -- It really is an island. It’s surrounded by wide, thick marshland on all sides. You could try to swim for it, but you’re not going to make it. There are alligators in ...

  • BlueCross Spring Fling heats up for area teams Published 05/25/2011 at 4:47 p.m.

    The 2011 BlueCross Spring Fling didn’t play to the opening Blount County would have hoped Tuesday afternoon. The Maryville High School baseball and softball teams both fell in openers of their respective state tournaments. The Lady Rebels, who fell, 6-1, ...

  • Blount County by bicycle Published 05/18/2011 at 2:07 p.m.

    The Tour de Blount bicycle rally passes through some of Blount County’s most scenic areas. Sponsored by the Foothills Striders, the annual gathering had lost some of its relaxed, “family-friendly” atmosphere through the years with the group letting a third ...

  • ‘Yes we Cam’ campaign highlights year of the catcher Published 05/18/2011 at 2:06 p.m.

    Maryville was closing. The Lady Rebels had runners at first and second with no one out. The William Blount lead was now down to a single run with Meredith Elmore at the plate in the bottom of the seventh in ...

  • Payton’s place at state Published 05/18/2011 at 2:05 p.m.

    Tickets are being punched and hotel reservations made. Maryville tennis players Payton Robinette and Yusuke Yodono became the latest Blount County athletes to qualify for next week’s BlueCross Spring Fling state championships in Murfreesboro. Robinette, a Lady Rebel freshman, prevailed, ...

  • Maryville’s Petree, Vaught realize childhood dreams Published 05/18/2011 at 2:04 p.m.

    Turns out Julia Petree and Torie Vaught have been planning this for a long, long time. The two Maryville High School seniors and preschool running buddies both signed National Letters of Intent on Tuesday to continue with their respective sports ...

  • First-set finisher propels WB’s Costner to landmark title Published 05/11/2011 at 2:40 p.m.

    This was so big. The match, history, even, could turn on this next point, and Madison Costner wasn’t about to miss it. The William Blount High School senior took a full swing on a serve from Maryville freshman Payton Robinette ...

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