State volleyball high finishes
Ads 2nd againAdmirals 0
MURFREESBORO — Alydar was a championship-level 3-year-old thoroughbred racehorse going into the 1978 Kentucky Derby.
Its rival, Affirmed, turned out to be an all-time great champion and Triple Crown winner, leaving Alydar a close three-time Triple Crown runner-up.
Alydar and Farragut High School volleyball had the same unfortunate timing — running alongside greatness.
The Admirals’ stretch of state tournament frustration against Brentwood, the all-time TSSAA state championship leader with 12, extended to a third straight season last week.
Brentwood [51-4] won the program’s fourth consecutive state crown. FHS accepted its third straight state runner-up trophy. read more
HVA 3rd in 1st state tourneyHawks 3
MURFREESBORO — Overcoming a small case of “jitters” without harm, Hardin Valley Academy’s volleyball team rolled to a pair of opening-day match victories during the program’s first Class AAA State Tournament appearance.
The Hawks, eventual No. 3 state finishers, swept Ravenwood in straight games to open tourney play, then rallied to defeat Siegel in four games [16-25, 25-17, 25-22, 25-17] Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Middle Tennessee State University.
As opposed to being excessively tight during its first match against Ravenwood, “I think nerves come from not being prepared. I feel like we were really prepared to come here. And we just all played our guts out,” Isabella Mitchell, HVA junior outside hitter, said. read more
Fulton, Farragut ‘lower shoulder,’ dump S-DoyleAdmirals 63
For all of his “take-on tacklers” style of running as a stocky first-year starting quarterback, Farragut senior Adam Fulton had not scored a rushing touchdown at any level of football.
In addition to firing four touchdown passes against South-Doyle last Friday, Fulton finally found the end zone with his feet.
“I love running. That actually was my first rushing touchdown ever, even in little league” the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Fulton said about a 1-yard score in the first half, as Fulton helped his Admirals rip the Cherokees 63-26 at Bill Clabo Field Oct. 21. “I think I’m kind of a big kid, so I like lowering my shoulder when I can [four rushes, 52 yards Friday].” read more
Four straight for Webb; KCHS 1st volleyball titleMURFREESBORO — Webb School of Knoxville is making a habit of volleyball state titles, while Knoxville Catholic is now getting the hang of it after a No. 2 state finish last season.
Chris Hames’ run of state title success at Webb School of Knoxville, now four in a row, rivals that of Spartans football head coach Dave Meske.
Despite having no seniors, Webb made it look easy capturing Division II-A state crown No. 4, sweeping all three state matches,
The title match ended with a 27-25, 25-21, 26-24 victory versus Harding Academy [40-10] Friday morning, Oct. 21, at Middle Tennessee State University.
“Even though we’re young with no seniors, we’ve got kids who have played for a long time. They really did a good job of finishing the big points at the end. That made a difference in us winning those three sets,” said Hames, Spartans head coach, whose team ends with a 44-8 record.
Webb’s biggest weapons have been Hames’ daughters. Junior outside hitter Nicklin Hames, a three-time Division II-A state tourney MVP, is a Nebraska commitment. “Her leadership, she’s played at a very high level, and she’s obviously going to play at one of the top [college] programs in the nation,” coach Hames said. read more
Webb upsets Oak Ridge, Catholic rollsKNOXVILLE — On one hand, Webb’s last-minute 24-21 “upset” victory at home against Oak Ridge had nothing to do with the Spartans’ Division I-All playoff situation.
Then again, “Beating Oak Ridge, especially at the end of the year, is going to have an impact on the playoffs, I think,” Spartans head coach Dave Meske said. “It’s one of the biggest wins our program has ever had.”
Remember the day and location — Friday, Oct. 21, in Dave Meske Stadium — as special.
Meske said his team was especially motivated after being dominated at Blankenship Field in Oak Ridge last season. “After getting beat 62-7, that had to motivate you to play better,” he said. “We played really well on offense and defense.” read more
BHS struggles at ‘the Hill’Bulldogs 20
JOHNSON CITY — Collin Ironside continues to grow as a freshman starting quarterback at Bearden, giving Bulldogs fans hope for the future.
But in 2016, Bearden lost for the sixth time in its last seven games after dropping a 34-20 decision at Science Hill Friday night, Oct. 21.
Falling behind 21-7 in the third quarter, “We were never able to pull ahead of them,” said BHS head coach Morgan Shinlever, whose team stands at 3-6 overall, 1-5 in Region 1-6A. The Hilltoppers improve to 5-4, 3-3.
“Our freshman quarterback, he was getting pressured quite a bit. But he was standing in the pocket making some good throws for us,” Shinlever said about Ironside. “I was pleased with that. … He threw for, like 323 [yards] and three touchdowns. read more