Ryan Hudson

Hudson signs with Welch, becoming second Maryville Christian basketball player to sign scholarship

BY BRIAN HAMILTON MARYVILLE – Ryan Hudson transferred to Maryville Christian from Maryville after the first semester of his freshman year and the rest is history. The shifty and reliable point guard inked a scholarship to play at the next level on Tuesday afternoon, signing with Welch College to become the second Maryville Christian basketball player to do such. “It means a lot. I came here from Maryville (High School) halfway through my ninth-grade year and I wanted to prove that I could play basketball at a high level, and I wanted to do it with this school,” Hudson said. …

Morristown East

Morristown East historic season ends at hands of Dobyns-Bennett 59-55

BY BRIAN HAMILTON DANDRIDGE – Morristown East saw its best season in school history come to an end on Tuesday night, as a barrage of 3-pointers by Dobyns-Bennett’s Jonavan Gillespie spearheaded a late 10-0 Indian run that was too much for the Hurricanes to overcome. Morristown East and Micah Simpson rallied furiously late, but ultimately, Dobyns-Bennett would win 59-55 and advance to the region championship. “Winning is not easy and Dobyns-Bennett has a great team,” Morristown East coach Alden Collins said. “I think so much of the game of basketball is determined by making shots and Gillespie gets off in …

Caleb Tarwater

Smoky Bears suffer heartbreaking loss to Science Hill in regional semis

BY BRIAN HAMILTON DANDRIDGE – Sevier County led by double digits against a 30-win Science Hill team, but the Hilltoppers were too much in the end. Science Hill scored the go-ahead basket with seven seconds to play, but the Smoky Bears had an opportunity to win on the last possession. Gavin Joslin’s three would not fall, however, as the Hilltoppers came away with a 50-49 win. Sevier coach Ken Wright was hurting for his players — including seven graduating seniors — after the game but spoke highly of the team’s effort all season. “These guys competed every night,” Wright said. …

Cosby blows 12-point first-half lead, falls to North Greene 40-20

BY BRIAN HAMILTON GREENEVILLE – Cosby’s nightmare season continued on Friday night, as the Eagles took a 20-8 lead late into the second quarter, yet ultimately lost 40-20. Cosby took the opening kick at their own 40-yard line and ran fun play. The Eagles ran a double-pass, which went for a 60-yard score from Devonte Wigfall to Hayden Green, giving Cosby a 6-0 lead. The Eagles surrendered a safety early in the game, giving Cosby a 2-0 lead after being unable to move the ball out of the end zone, making the score 6-2. Cosby quarterback Tyler Turner later threw …

Austin-East snaps 15-game losing streak with win over Northview

BY BRIAN HAMILTON KNOXVILLE – Northview Academy was coming off their first on-field win of the season — a 35-0 shutout of Claiborne — but laid an egg on Friday night, allowing Austin-East to pick up their first win in 15 games, on homecoming, with a 42-8 romp over the Cougars. The Roadrunners got on the board first with a 1-yard touchdown run by Markeyis Billingsley for a 7-0 lead. Austin-East was leading 21-0 when Alex Cruz-Mendoza dodged several Roadrunners and scooted 86 yards for the score. Cruz-Mendoza connected with William Kirby on the two-point conversion attempt, cutting the lead …

Carter completes third straight comeback behind Wilson’s 5 touchdowns

BY BRIAN HAMILTON CORRYTON – Carter traveled to Corryton Friday night to take on Gibbs for the 43rd time, with the Eagles winning the last seven. The game was the first region matchup for both teams and Carter held a 24-18 lead in the all-time series going into the game. The Hornets drew first blood, as Chandler Wilson hit Kaleb Harper for an 84-yard touchdown with nine minutes left in the first quarter. The conversion attempt was unsuccessful, as Carter took a 6-0 lead. Gibbs would answer with a 5-yard touchdown run by Nathan Butler to take a 7-6 lead …

William Blount gets thrashed by Karns 40-7

BY BRIAN HAMILTON KNOXVILLE – William Blount began the first game of a 4-game road trip on Friday night with a 40-7 loss to Karns. Karns’ DeSean Bishop had a field day against the Governors, rushing for 354 yards and four touchdowns, while adding a receiving touchdown as well. The Beavers ran for 560 yards total on the night. The Governors scored on a 40-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Clemmer to Job Matossian to take a first quarter lead. William Blount led 7-6 early on, but as mistakes mounted, the Governors found themselves in a 19-7 hole at halftime. William …

Jefferson County shuts out Cocke County 60-0 for first win since 2019

BY BRIAN HAMILTON NEWPORT – Jefferson County snapped an 18-game losing streak on Friday night by blowing out Cocke County 60-0. The Patriots last win was on September 5, 2019 against Morristown West, when Jefferson County defeated the Trojans to move to 3-0. The Patriots never won another game that season or in 2020. “It’s good for our kids and they feel good about themselves tonight,” Jefferson County head coach Spencer Riley said after the game. Cocke County received the opening kick and went three-and-out on their first drive, with Jefferson County taking over at the Fighting Cocks’ 34-yard line. …