February 28, 2011

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Lady Patriots cruise past Volunteer 60-32 to advance to regional semifinals
By: J.D. Vaughn, Jefferson County Post Sports
DANDRIDGE-They say winning never comes easy, though no one would think that after seeing the scoreboard at Jefferson County High School Friday night. The district outright and tournament champion Lady Patriots (26-3) were caught in a defensive struggle early on against the visiting Volunteer Lady Falcons (10-19) but found their rhythm in the second quarter and turned on the afterburners from there. Jefferson County had qualified to host a region tournament game after advancing to the District 2-AAA championship game where they defeated Sevier County 58-53. The Lady Patriots are now 10-0 at home on the season and could host a sub-state sectional game if they win the Region 1-AAA tournament at Science Hill.

The opening stanza of the game was very defensive, although Jefferson County managed to jump out to a 7-0 lead with baskets from seniors Lacy Miller and Dez Huff and a three pointer from senior Whitney Kyle, forcing Lady Falcons coach Jerry Myers to burn a timeout 3:56 into the contest. It stopped the bleeding at least for the moment as Rachel Snyder scored a hoop and Ashley Lindholm hit two free throws to make it a 7-4 game. Kyle and Lindsay Overbey traded buckets to make it 9-6 Lady Patriots. Freshman sensation Autumn Dodson then sparked Jefferson County with a huge buzzer beating three point shot as the first quarter expired. It was 12-6 Lady Patriots after one.
The second quarter was much more explosive with Dodson drilling another three and Megan Morgan building the lead to 17-6. Rachel Snyder’s last score of the night made it 17-8, the last time the two teams would be separated by single digits. After another bucket by Huff, Lacy Miller swished back to back three pointers and added two foul shots for eight straight points before another Dodson hoop built the lead to 29-8, ending a 20-2 Lady Patriots run that began with Dodson’s buzzer beater in the first. Jenny Snyder scored on a three point play and Courtney Anderson added a three ball for six straight Volunteer points, but it didn’t matter as Jefferson County took a 30-14 lead into the half.
The third quarter would not get any prettier for the Lady Falcons. With the lead at 33-15, Miller drained her third trey followed by a Megan Morgan bucket to make it 38-15. Autumn Dodson added to the misery with a three of her own to build the lead to 25 points. Whitney Kyle added a three point play for her final points and Morgan Smith added her only bucket of the night to build a commanding 47-19 lead. Megan Morgan and Autumn Dodson closed out the third period with baskets and after three, it was a commanding lead to say the least for Jefferson County, 51-21.
Volunteer actually outscored Jefferson County 11-9 in the fourth quarter. No one cared. Huff added her fourth bucket for her eighth point. Dodson was on fire hitting a two and a three on back to back possessions for the Lady Patriots to make sure they didn’t have a major mental lapse. It didn’t seem possible with a 58-28 lead. The Lady Falcons couldn’t make it any closer than the 60-32 final margin from there.
The future of Lady Patriots basketball sure seems like a bright one as freshman standout Autumn Dodson led the way with 19 of Jefferson County’s points, including four three pointers. Lacy Miller, who scored three treys herself, finished with 14. That alone was one point better than Volunteer. Whitney Kyle, who injured her knee in the district tournament, added 9 of her own. Dez Huff and Megan Morgan each had 8, and Morgan Smith finished with 2. Lindsay Overbey and Ashley Lindholm each finished with 8 points for the Lady Falcons. Jenny Snyder added 5, Rachel Snyder added 4, Courtney Anderson added 3, and DeAnna Way and Jessie O’Dell each finished with 2. With the loss, Volunteer’s season is over.
The season for Jefferson County is anything but over. The Lady Patriots advance to the Region 1-AAA tournament semifinals with this win. The Lady Patriots will play the Tennessee High Lady Vikings (25-7) in another do or die game, a rematch of last year’s Region 1-AAA semifinals game which Jefferson County won in thrilling fashion 49-48. The Lady Vikings hosted Cherokee and defeated them 67-51 Friday night. The game between Jefferson County and Tennessee High is set for 7:30 p.m. on Monday the 28th at Science Hill High School in Johnson City. If the Lady Patriots advance past Tennessee High, they qualify for a sub-state sectional appearance and the region tournament championship, which will be played at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2nd; if Jefferson County advances and wins the Region 1-AAA tournament, they will host a sub-state sectional game on Saturday, March 5th, at 7. 
Middle School Wrestling Action
By: Kesley Slagle
All the Maury Wrestlers who Medaled at the Greeneville Invitational Tournament this past weekend.
Front Row: Isaiah Lay, manager:, Connor McClellan; Ethan Snyder; Keegan Tucker; Trevor Sweeten; Deven Myers; Cole Hammer.
Middle Row: Devin Hills; John Patrick Latham (JP); Justin Wesseldine; Chris Harrison; Dylan Blankenship; Spencer Randles.
Back Row: Coach Robert Tucker; Daniel Hawkins; Patrick Waters; Austin White; C.J. Gerber; Coach Tom Wesseldine.
This has been one exciting week for the swarm of Hornet wrestlers at Maury Middle School.  They started off this week with a home match hosting Lincoln Heights. Putting 6 points on MMS’s team score with pins was Keegan Tucker, Dillon Douglas, Conner McClellan, Spencer Randles, Colbie Colman,
GIT Champions
Justin Wesseldine, JP Latham, Chris Harrison, and Devon Tipton. Austin White, Daniel Hawkins, Cole Hammer, and Deven Myers each put six up due to forfeits. The final score was Maury 72 and Lincoln Heights 15.
Eighth Grade Night for Wrestling was held Thursday night when the Hornets gave the Patriots of West View a good sting. Austin White and Daniel Hawkins both won by decision giving Maury 3 points each. Hawkins match went into a triple overtime for the win. Several other hornets scored 6 for the team when they pinned their Patriot opponent: Trey Tucker, Trevor Sweeten, Conner McClellan, Spencer Randles, Justin Wesseldine, Chris Harrison, Devon Tipton. The night ended with Maury 48, West View 33.
For the first time in the history of Maury's wrestling program, the Hornet wrestling team wins the tough 12-team Greeneville Invitational Tournament. 
Maury wins first place gold with a final score of 199 team points. 
Jefferson Middle got second place with 192, The outstanding wrestlers of the tournament were Storm Williams of West View for light weights and Maury’s Chris Harrison for the heavy weights.
East Ridge got third with 169.5, Ross Robinson got 4 with 141, West View got 5 with 128, White Pine got 7 with 93 
Maury brings home lots of individual medals:

Varsity Division:
First Place winners were Chris Harrison and Daniel Hawkins
Second Place finishers were Connor McClellan, Spencer Randles, Justin Wesseldine, and Devon Tipton
Third Place honor went to Keegan Tucker, John Patrick Latham, and Austin White
Fourth Place medals were earned by Cole Hammer and Trey Tucker

Junior Varsity Division:
First Place winners were Tyler Lane, Deven Hills, and Patrick Waters
Second Place finishers were Ethan Snyder and Daniel Hills 
Third Place honors went to CJ Gerber and Cole West
Fourth Place medals were earned by Jacob Wright and Jonny Wesseldine


By David Swann, Jefferson County Post Sports
Glad Kiffin is Gone
In light of the recent letter of inquiry given to the University of Tennessee outlining allegations against the athletic programs, I am going to write what everybody else is thinking. Thank goodness Lane Kiffin is gone. In one year, he had the NCAA breathing down Volunteer necks. It took him less than one year to accumulate so many secondary violations that the athletic department put David Blackburn in charge of monitoring him, a move that ultimately saved the football program. Blackburn is a hidden hero in all this drama. Kiffin is clearly the villain.
For those of you who thought Bruce Pearl was the villain, consider this. Before Pearl came to Tennessee, we had Buzzball and the fan-hating Coach Greene. We had Kevin O’Neill, whose offense was so bad I think they actually managed to score in the negative numbers some games. His offense was so brutal, you could be bruised just from watching. Before that, Wade Houston. Allan Houston scored a lot of points during all those losses. That’s about all I can say about that. So if Bruce Pearl was stupid for lying, and he was, we can cut him some slack. If he embarrassed us with his actions, and he did, we can forgive him. He may look like the villain to the NCAA, but to the UT fans he looks more like a fallen hero, one most hope will regain his stature soon.
No, the real villain is Kiffin. UT football stood tall before him and thanks to the efforts of David Blackburn, Derek Dooley, and others, it will stand strong after him. The snake oil salesman has moved west and the gaze of the NCAA has followed. Now, Tennesseans wash their hands. He is officially not UT’s problem anymore. It’s time for him to tarnish someone else’s reputation.
UT Gets Letter of Inquiry from NCAA Cross is First UT Commit
The NCAA has finally charged Tennessee athletics. The long anticipated letter outlining the charges contained very little new information. This was good news for athletic director Mike Hamilton and his programs. The only allegation not previously made public was a “Bump” rule violation against Bruce Pearl. The alleged “Bump” violation was deemed major despite the routine occurrence of these “accidental” encounters with junior athletes by coaches all over the country. This was one of many clues the NCAA is very unhappy with Bruce Pearl. He received an unethical conduct charge and the basketball program received a failure to monitor charge. Both are very serious and could carry significant consequences.

On a brighter note, the football program did not receive a failure to monitor charge. That charge followed Lane Kiffin west where he is currently coaching the University of Southern California. Despite Kiffin’s one year stint as Tennessee head football coach, the Vols seem to have avoided any major allegations. It appears UT avoided more severe allegations by monitoring Kiffin closely when it became apparent he was accumulating secondary violations rapidly.

  Imani Cross, a 6 foot 1 inch, 220 pound running back from Gainesville, Georgia, has decided to be a Volunteer. Cross is highly regarded and known as a power back with moves. Cross put up good numbers his junior year despite limited playing time due to injury. His stock rose, however, when upon his return he showed even more speed and explosion than he had ever exhibited. Look for his stock to continue to rise his senior season. Cross is Tennessee’s first commitment in a year in which they are expected to be highly selective due to limited numbers and the need to sign impact players.

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