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Stefan Cooper

Title: Sports Editor
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Recent Work

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

    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 ...

  • To whom it may concern: This is what Brown could do for you Published 12/15/2010 at 3:29 p.m. 1 Comment

    Evan Brown sure didn’t play like an alternate. A late addition to the East roster, the Heritage High School senior emerged one of the stars of the day at the Toyota East-West All-Star Classic last Saturday at Carson-Newman College’s Burke-Tarr ...

  • Randall Cobb named to AP and SI All-American teams Published 12/15/2010 at 3:28 p.m.

    University of Kentucky junior receiver Randall Cobb was named to a pair of All-American teams on Tuesday. Cobb, a Mr. Football winner his senior year at Alcoa High School in 2007, was named to The Associated Press All-America first team ...

  • Kentucky's Cobb named to two All-American teams Published 12/14/2010 at 9:22 p.m.

    University of Kentucky junior receiver Randall Cobb was named to a pair of All-American teams on Tuesday. Cobb was a Mr. Football winner his senior year at Alcoa High School.

  • Let it snow Published 12/08/2010 at 4:47 p.m.

    All that sweet-looking Nike gear can’t be that warm. The 2010 high school football season played to a frosty finale last Saturday night at Tennessee Tech’s Tucker Stadium. Amid cutting winds and freezing rain mixed with light snow, Maryville’s Rebels, ...

  • Tornadoes touch down at Neyland Published 12/01/2010 at 2:48 p.m.

    JaRon Toney took special interest in how well Tennessee defended Kentucky All-Southeastern Conference receiver Randall Cobb last Saturday. Cobb, likely playing his final game at Neyland Stadium, finished with 13 catches for 116 yards as Tennessee extended its win streak ...

  • Alcoa, Maryville to open 2011 with rare doubleheader Published 11/24/2010 at 6 a.m.

    It’s been 33 years since the last time they did this. The Alcoa and Maryville high school football teams will jumpstart the 2011 season with a rare doubleheader, the two state powers combining with Webb School of Knoxville and a ...

  • Storm warning Published 11/18/2010 at 10:32 a.m.

    Considering a substantial portion of the roster won’t join the team for a few weeks yet, you’ve got to like Alcoa’s chances on the basketball court this season. Matt Shown led the way with 11 points in the quarter, and ...

  • LMU lands Lady Tornado ace McGuire Published 11/18/2010 at 10:26 a.m.

    It began largely as a curiosity for Lindy McGuire. What followed a little while later was “the most accomplished” four years of high school golf any Alcoa player has ever known. McGuire fulfilled a long-held goal when she signed a ...

  • The Fab Four Published 11/10/2010 at 2:29 p.m.

    Alcoa is sending a record three finalists to the Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards later this month in Murfreesboro. You could make a case for four, finalist and Tornado junior Vanderbilt Hambrick said. A finalist for Class AA back of ...

  • Super Slugfest Published 11/04/2010 at 10:55 a.m.

    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 ...

  • Blanco commits to Georgia Published 10/20/2010 at 1:06 p.m.

    Bry Blanco did something you don’t hear about very often last year. The Maryville High School junior went the entire regular season without being retired once by strikeout. The highly-touted national prospect would fan only twice in the ensuing district ...

  • Postseason powerhouse Published 10/14/2010 at 3:09 p.m.

    It’s a sweep. Alcoa High School junior Grant Daugherty made up a three-stroke deficit after a day to roar through to a convincing victory at the Class A/AA State Golf Championships last Wednesday at WillowBrook Golf Club in Manchester. Shooting ...

  • Buffalo soldiers Published 10/14/2010 at 3:08 p.m.

    Chancli Connatser was fine until they started playing that song. Once “Rocky Top” began wafting from the public address system at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium, the Milligan College right-hander and former Maryville High standout said she realized she wasn’t at ...

  • Ballet in cleats Published 09/30/2010 at 10:49 a.m.

    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 ...

  • Double-duty delivery Published 09/30/2010 at 10:48 a.m.

    Before the Maryville College men’s soccer team took the field Tuesday, Maryville College president Tom Bogart presented Pepe Fernandez with a plaque at midfield, honoring the veteran soccer coach for becoming one of only four coaches nationally to reach 500 ...

  • On any given night Published 09/22/2010 at 3:34 p.m.

    For more than a decade in District 4AAA volleyball, it’s been Farragut - and everybody else. The Lady Admirals have won nine of the 10 regular-season district titles since 2000, eight of the 10 district tournament crowns. Farragut has produced ...

  • School of hard knocks Published 09/15/2010 at 3:26 p.m.

    Injury dealt the Maryville College football team a punishing blow before the season’s first game. Senior and returning starter Tim Conner never got to play a down at quarterback, the preseason All-USA South Athletic Conference candidate injuring his throwing shoulder ...

  • Knights of the gridiron Published 09/15/2010 at 3:23 p.m.

    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 09/09/2010 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 ...

  • Coaching him up Published 09/01/2010 at 4:26 p.m.

    Rob Daugherty is a man with all the bases covered. During the day, his son, Grant, is a student in his chemistry class at Alcoa High School. After school, the father and son pairing head to the golf course, where ...

  • Scots brace for another shootout with Hawks Published 09/01/2010 at 4:21 p.m.

    So much for easing your way into the season. The Maryville College football team opens the 2010 season at Huntingdon College, Montgomery, Ala., on Saturday, and the Scots couldn’t have picked a more explosive opponent to begin the new campaign. ...

  • Powerball Published 08/25/2010 at 2:59 p.m.

    It’s easy to forget it was 27-24 Alcoa with less than a minute to play in the third quarter. Maryville didn’t have the ball very much in what became a 41-24 loss to the Tornadoes last season at Goddard Field, ...

  • Ready to push back Published 08/18/2010 at 11:44 a.m.

    You saw it in Rommel Hightower’s declining numbers. You saw it in the injuries to quarterbacks. Maryville College needed a bigger line. “It all starts up front,” sophomore Lane Dodson said. “If we can’t move the (opposing) linemen, if we ...

  • Better, stronger, faster Published 08/18/2010 at 11:43 a.m.

    “The Six Million Dollar Man” went to high school there. Harvey Lee Yeary, a.k.a. actor Lee Majors, was a pretty good football player for the Middlesboro Yellow Jackets back in the 1950s. The future Col. Steve Austin was talented enough ...

  • Smoky Mountain showcase Published 08/11/2010 at 2:43 p.m.

    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 ...

  • Fan Day Fireworks Published 08/04/2010 at 5:05 p.m.

    The state record for passing touchdowns in a season is 48. Just saying. Austin Tallant opened Tuesday’s inaugural maroon and white scrimmage with a quick, sideline strike to senior Steven Isom. One play later, the Alcoa quarterback went deep down ...

  • Media savvy MC Published 08/04/2010 at 5:04 p.m.

    Division III football is nothing if not exciting. In seven seasons as head coach at Maryville College, Tony Ierulli has directed the Scots in 10 games that went to overtime. Two of them took four extra sessions to decide. All ...

  • ‘Something to build on’ Published 08/04/2010 at 5:03 p.m.

    Carl Stewart, Auburn. Cade Thompson, South Carolina. Aaron Douglas, Tyler Maples, University of Tennessee. Brent Burnett, Middle Tennessee State. Each was a Mr. Football winner at Maryville. Each had a lot to do with the Rebels’ “Decade of Excellence,” a ...

  • Late Night with the Mountaineers Published 07/29/2010 at 1:07 p.m.

    At 12.01 a.m. Monday, the Heritage High School football team emerged from a tunnel beneath the stadium and strode out onto the game field. The lights were on. The cheerleaders were there. There were fans in the stands. By 12:15, ...

  • Clifton carves ’em up Published 07/29/2010 at 1:05 p.m.

    It began innocently enough with a phone call, a professional baseball scout working his sources looking for talent. The end result is a summer Heritage High School sophomore Trevor Clifton won’t soon forget, one that has the Mountaineer right-hander now ...

  • Just passing through Published 07/21/2010 at 2:33 p.m.

    This time last year, David Gregory was still finalizing his staff at William Blount. The offense the then-first-year coach wanted to run wasn’t anything like the one he was forced to put on the field. Promoted to head coach after ...

  • Five for five Published 07/21/2010 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, ...

  • Resmondo rout Published 07/15/2010 at 1:27 p.m.

    Bobby Hughes got crazy hot - even for softball. Greg Connell was Greg Connell, the understated slugger rapidly becoming one of the finest home run hitters in the land. The Resmondo/Specialty Tank duo powered the nation’s top-ranked team to its ...

  • Love of the game Published 07/15/2010 at 1:26 p.m.

    Gene Ownby/FSI entered the 42nd annual Smoky Mountain Classic this past weekend with an estimated $10,000 budgeted to see the team through the summer. Reserving 30 rooms at the Airport Hilton, six-time champion Resmondo/Specialty Tank/PhoneMasters spent almost that much - ...

  • Lee lights up county amateur tournament Published 07/15/2010 at 1:25 p.m.

    The last guy to race away from the field at the Blount County Men’s Amateur like this is now on the pro tour. Beginning with qualifying for the state amateur later this month, Phillip Lee would like to be next. ...

  • Dolphins, Green Meadow set sights on city meet Published 07/15/2010 at 1:24 p.m.

    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, ...

  • Fear the fin Published 07/08/2010 at 12:22 p.m.

    Christy Trent was there at the start. Saturday, Trent’s daughter, Sydney, will swim the family’s final races at the Smoky Mountain Invitational at Springbrook Pool, bringing to a close an active association with “the world’s largest outdoor swim meet” that ...

  • Time to make it hot Published 06/30/2010 at 2:32 p.m.

    The high today in Yuma, Ariz., will reach 114 degrees. It’ll be 95 by 9 a.m. It isn’t expected to get a whole lot better when the Arizona Western College football team begins arriving for summer workouts on Monday. The ...

  • The Comeback Kid Published 06/24/2010 at 10:54 a.m.

    For 14 long days and nights, Ashley Reisser lay in a medically-induced comma at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. An automobile accident on an iced-over Pellissippi Parkway in late January had left the former Maryville High School senior with ...

  • Allen named new Lady Rebel softball coach Published 06/24/2010 at 10:53 a.m.

    David Allen and Ken Hawkins have talked about this for three seasons now. It’s no longer just talk. Maryville High School athletics director George Quarles announced on Tuesday that Allen has been named the school’s new softball coach, replacing Hawkins, ...

  • Bringing home the hardware Published 06/24/2010 at 10:51 a.m.

    You’re likely to be hearing a lot from Clark Jones the next four years. The football coaching staff at William Blount High School is already taking notice of the incoming freshman lineman. Jones was one of 12 area middle school ...

  • Coming attractions Published 06/10/2010 at 10:48 a.m.

    Just in case you’re wondering how serious this thing is, go to borntocompete.com, scroll down and click on the link to the Tennessee All Star Tryouts, then lean back and hit play on the YouTube video that comes up. You’ll ...

  • The Jedi and the Apprentice Published 06/03/2010 at 10:27 a.m.

    The force is strong with the young one. The jump pass-style, two-handed backhand, just the thing for doing battle with a heavy, top-spin serve, is real Jedi stuff. Yusuke Yodono doesn’t walk from place to place between points; he bounds. ...

  • Rebel royalty Published 05/27/2010 at 2:26 p.m.

    You don’t reach the highest levels of national and world politics without being a quick study. Lamar Alexander needed only one take Monday morning in the Maryville High School locker room. The U.S. senator made a brief stopover on his ...

  • Becoming a program Published 05/27/2010 at 2:25 p.m.

    It took the Alcoa High School boys soccer team 20 years to reach the state tournament for the first time last season. It’s going to take at least another year for the Tornadoes to bring home that first title. One ...

  • Seven straight? Published 05/20/2010 at 11:56 a.m.

    Darrell Warren is bigger. Vanderbilt Hambrick is faster. Rising sophomore Ezekial Koko is a veritable specimen of combined raw speed and power, and he projects as six-time defending state champion Alcoa’s third option at tailback. Still, it’s still going to ...

  • Patton-ted passing attack Published 05/20/2010 at 11:55 a.m.

    Maryville coach George Quarles said the Rebels won’t have a 4.3-burner in this fall’s receiving corps, but it would be terrible mistake for an unsuspecting defensive back not to give Dalton Graumann a little cushion. The lanky, 6-foot-1 rising senior ...

  • Brown could be the next big thing Published 05/20/2010 at 11:54 a.m.

    Evan Brown is generating a lot interest. The rising Heritage High School senior is beginning to project as the Mountaineers second Division I prospect in as many seasons with representatives from Tennessee and Clemson visiting Heritage spring practice the last ...

  • Back to the gridiron Published 05/20/2010 at 11:53 a.m.

    The William Blount High School football team had its fill of off-the-field distractions last season. If this spring is any indicator, the Governors are ready to return all the focus to the playing field in 2010. “We really haven’t had ...

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