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Stefan Cooper

Title: Sports Editor
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Recent Work

  • From Heritage with love: Johnson pops question to girlfriend Swaney after MC thriller Published 05/11/2011 at 2:39 p.m.

    If this was the diamond Kelli Swaney got, we can’t wait to see the house. The Maryville College senior walked to home plate following the Scots 10-7, come-from-behind win over Huntingdon at the Great South Athletic Conference tournament earlier this ...

  • Byrd’s pinch-hit winner indicative of Alcoa team that finds a way Published 05/11/2011 at 2:37 p.m.

    It’s scary to think what Mishayla Byrd could be capable of once her ankle returns to full strength. The Alcoa High School junior roped a pinch-hit double into the left field corner with the bases loaded and no one out ...

  • Lady Rebels prove youth no bar to top seeding Published 04/27/2011 at 3:03 p.m.

    It was a remarkable exchange for two players so young. William Blount senior Hannah Smith swung on the first pitch in the Lady Governor half of the first inning Tuesday afternoon, the leadoff, stand-up double sending an immediate charge through ...

  • All Dolled Up: Barbee pitching lights out as Lady Rebels surge Published 04/20/2011 at 2:55 p.m.

    Prior to the season, first-year Maryville coach David Allen said he told the Lady Rebels if they could hold opponents to two or three runs per game they’d win a lot of those games. Wonder how the 0.5 earned runs ...

  • Under Armour vs. Nike Published 04/20/2011 at 2:52 p.m.

    Sports apparel giant Under Armour has been locked in pitched battle with rival Nike since the former’s founding 15 years ago. With Alcoa athletics director Josh Stephens announcing last week the school has entered into an agreement with Under Armour ...

  • ‘Sir David’ sparks Rebels to first victory over Farragut Published 04/14/2011 at 10:17 a.m.

    John Kerr didn’t have to be asked. It was written all over his face. “Twenty-five years,” the former Maryville High School soccer coach said. “Twenty-five years I’ve been waiting for this night.” Senior David Lethco delivered a virtuoso performance that ...

  • Rebels share lead as 4AAA race hits stretch Published 04/14/2011 at 10:16 a.m.

    Nothing is harder to come by in high school baseball than good starting pitching.

  • Haley’s comet: Junior ignites Lady Gov win over Maryville Published 04/14/2011 at 10:15 a.m.

    A preseason favorite, the William Blount High School girls’ team took a big step toward the regular-season District 4AAA championship with a 6-3 decision over rival Maryville on Tuesday at William Blount. After Maryville freshman Payton Robinette took out a ...

  • Presidential running mates Published 04/07/2011 at 9:42 a.m.

    Dr. Tom Bogart is a man of his word. A broad smile on his face, arms raised in celebration, the Maryville College president led three of his students into Neyland Stadium last Sunday morning as the anchor leg of their ...

  • The other coach Lambert Published 04/07/2011 at 9:36 a.m.

    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, ...

  • The power of the dark side Published 04/07/2011 at 9:35 a.m.

    You’re more than halfway home in your first ever marathon. You never played sports in high school, but, after a little over a year’s training, you’ve gotten yourself in pretty good shape. When you reach the 16-mile marker, there’s your ...

  • ESPN/Rise ranks Rebels among nation’s elite Published 04/07/2011 at 9:32 a.m.

    Steve Feather refuses to get caught up in the hype. Tuesday was a big day for the Maryville High School boys’ soccer team, the Rebels learning ESPN/Rise had ranked them as the No. 16 squad in the nation. The selection ...

  • Former Lady Gov Kelley off to sizzling start as Scot Published 03/30/2011 at 1:06 p.m.

    Replacing an all-conference shortstop wasn’t something the Maryville College softball coaching staff was looking forward to late last spring. Head coach Kim Woodard then got a phone call from a talented junior college prospect with local ties who wanted to ...

  • Canfield to continue football career with Scots Published 03/30/2011 at 1:04 p.m. 1 Comment

    The Maryville High School football team is 1-0 in state championship games when Austin Canfield starts at least a half at quarterback. The rest of the story was compelling enough for Maryville College to bring the Rebel senior in as ...

  • Lance Coleman is in the Chatroom Published 03/23/2011 at 2:11 p.m.

    The nicknames came about our first night putting the paper together here at Blount Today, and, as to which became “Goose” and which “Maverick,” it had nothing to do with who got the pilot’s seat and which the REO. As ...

  • Austin’s Last Ride: Rebel senior delivers closing goal in final match Published 03/23/2011 at 1:33 p.m.

    Lionel Messi could have been out there for Maryville and he would have been asked to step aside. “When Kyle (drew) that PK, I walked up to him and said, ‘You know this has got to be Austin,’” Maryville midfielder ...

  • Watson overcomes injury-riddled team to deliver memorable season Published 03/23/2011 at 1:30 p.m.

    Eryk Watson began his Maryville College career as the Great South Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year. The slick, sweet-shooting guard is leaving four years later an All-American. Watson was notified over the weekend that D3hoops.com had named him to ...

  • Mountains of muscle Published 03/16/2011 at 1:56 p.m.

    Stephen Bailes and Talon Brown both say they typically skip breakfast. We didn’t ask about lunch. Bailes, 6-foot-5, 285 pounds, and Brown, 6-5, 290, are two parts of what is sure to be a sizable offensive line for the Heritage ...

  • Friendsville’s Morgan finally claims elusive state crown Published 03/16/2011 at 1:55 p.m.

    Former Maryville athletics director James Campbell was the last to try. Twenty years ago, Campbell approached Friendsville native and McMinn Central girls’ basketball coach Johnny Morgan about coming home to Blount County. “I said, ‘I just think I’ve found a ...

  • Myles to go Published 03/09/2011 at 2:31 p.m.

    It was one of those home runs hit so well the defense didn’t even move. Myles Cordell’s laser beam to left field in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted the Maryville College baseball team to a series-clinching 6-2 win ...

  • Something to Crowe about Published 03/09/2011 at 2:30 p.m.

    Josh Stephens paused briefly when reading through a list of Kara Crowe’s accomplishments the last four years. “There’s a lot of this,” the Alcoa athletics director cautioned a gathering in the lobby of the school’s gymnasium last Friday, “which is ...

  • Postseason punctuation Published 03/02/2011 at 1:14 p.m.

    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 03/02/2011 at 1:12 p.m.

    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 ...

  • Mountaineers’ Brown, Hartley make college selections Published 03/02/2011 at 1:11 p.m.

    The audition was a smash. Heritage coach Brint Russell believes Carson-Newman will be even more impressed with Evan Brown once it gets the speedy Mountaineer pass rusher on campus this fall. Brown signed a National Letter of Intent with the ...

  • No regrets: Senior year push carries Morgan to title match Published 02/23/2011 at 2:13 p.m.

    You can always tell when they make it to the awards stand. When Shawn Morgan got there last Saturday night, he smiled. He smiled a lot. Minutes earlier, the Maryville High School senior had fallen, 9-3, in the championship match ...

  • District champ Tornadoes headline five area teams to advance Published 02/23/2011 at 2:10 p.m.

    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 ...

  • Title IX film champions work of Bernice Sandler, other pioneers Published 02/23/2011 at 2:08 p.m.

    Bernice Sandler never mentioned athletics during her landmark testimony before Congress 40 years ago. Not even once. A year later, the woman who would come to be known as “the godmother of Title IX” mentioned sports once, and only in ...

  • Rebels Romberg, Horne, Miller make college choice Published 02/23/2011 at 2:08 p.m. 1 Comment

    The Brown University football team had a good year last season, finishing in a three-way tie with Harvard and Yale for second place in the Ivy League. The Bears (6-4) could have lost them all and it would have made ...

  • Clint McKelvey earns junior national team selection Published 02/16/2011 at 3:52 p.m.

    Clint McKelvey made Maryville High School history two years ago when he became the first Rebel to win a state track and field championship in a running event. He’s stepped it up a notch since he got to college. The ...

  • Focused on perfection Published 02/16/2011 at 3:51 p.m.

    It’s been on the books for 27 years. Ellen Wortham is so very close now. Former Tennessee Lady Vol Sharrieffa Barksdale ran the 400-meter hurdles in a school-record time of 55.58 seconds at a meet in Eugene, Ore., in 1984. ...

  • Moore, Moore, Moore Published 02/16/2011 at 3:49 p.m.

    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 ...

  • Morgan claims county’s first Region 3 crown Published 02/16/2011 at 3:47 p.m.

    Bradley Central hit Region 3 wrestling like a tsunami with reclassifications a year ago. Last Saturday, Shawn Morgan hit back. The Maryville senior shocked Central’s Patrick Benson, 6-4, in the region championship match at Stone Memorial. Benson entered the state’s ...

  • Moto-vated: For Endsley, drive to excel doesn’t end with bowling Published 02/09/2011 at 1:51 p.m. 1 Comment

    It’s called a superman. Aim a motorcycle at a dirt-ramp jump. Gas it. When you leave the ramp, let go of the handlebars and grab hold of the seat as the bike goes sailing by beneath you. You’ve gotta be ...

  • Rebels, Tornadoes clash highlights regular-season finale Published 02/09/2011 at 1:49 p.m.

    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 ...

  • College of their choice Published 02/03/2011 at 11:07 a.m.

    They began their Alcoa careers four years ago with a family legacy as big as house hanging over their heads. On national signing day Wednesday afternoon, Darrell Warren and Taharin were joined by Tornado teammates Derek Evans, Austin Tallant and ...

  • Rebels Sharp accepts offer from Tennessee Tech Published 02/03/2011 at 11:05 a.m.

    When you really think about, the approach most major college and university football teams take to recruiting kickers makes no sense at all. Record-setting Maryville High School placekicker Zach Sharp signed a National Letter of Intent on national signing day ...

  • Tornado sweep Published 02/03/2011 at 11:04 a.m.

    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 ...

  • Brittney bowls them over Published 02/03/2011 at 11:03 a.m.

    Heritage waited 34 years to crown its first state champion. Brittney Ensley was worth the wait. An engaging story of perseverance in her own right, the Lady Mountaineer senior delivered the second best performance in state tournament history in winning ...

  • Warren signs with Kentucky Published 02/02/2011 at 9:10 a.m.

    Alcoa standout Darrell Warren has committed to play football at the University of Kentucky.

  • Shooting for a cure Published 01/26/2011 at 2:40 p.m.

    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 01/26/2011 at 2:37 p.m.

    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 ...

  • Signed, sealed, ready to deliver Published 01/26/2011 at 2:36 p.m.

    Spring can’t come soon enough for many area residents, William Blount softball coach Amanda Leatherwood most assuredly among them, and all the snow dumped on Blount County in recent weeks has got nothing to do with it. When softball season ...

  • Satterfield seeks first William Blount state wrestling title Published 01/19/2011 at 4:20 p.m.

    If you plan to live on campus, tuition for The McCallie School for boys in Chattanooga is an absolutely smokin’ $37,955 a year. You can knock it down to $20,245 if you commute. Books for advanced placement high school classes ...

  • Alcoa/Maryville tips off stretch run Published 01/19/2011 at 4:19 p.m.

    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 ...

  • Alcoa/Maryville game moving to Saturday Published 01/19/2011 at 4:18 p.m.

    The Alcoa and Maryville football teams will begin the 2011 football season on Saturday. A week later, when the two schools renew one of the state’s oldest and fiercest rivalries, they’ll stay with format. The defending state champion Rebels and ...

  • Inside the man cave with the... Published 01/12/2011 at 2:42 p.m.

    Gary Rankin lost his first game as a high school football coach. The new coach at Smith County with the start of the 1981 season would lose the remaining nine that first year as well. Not the best way to ...

  • Don’t count out the Rebels just yet Published 01/12/2011 at 2:41 p.m.

    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 ...

  • Alcoa mourns loss of Hall of Fame coach Dalton Published 01/12/2011 at 2:39 p.m.

    Many still regard the 1989 Alcoa Tornadoes as the finest team the school has ever fielded. Monday, a team that sent two players all the way to the NFL and one to the Super Bowl, lost its Hall of Fame ...

  • Right now! Published 12/22/2010 at midnight

    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. ...

  • As good as their last game Published 12/22/2010 at midnight

    The 1990-91 Maryville College men’s basketball team went 22-5 and reached the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. A year later, the Scots were in the Elite Eight. In the 18 seasons since, Maryville has failed to ...

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