Cinderella story ends for IrishKnoxville Catholic High School saw its gridiron Cinderella Story come to an end Friday night.
The Irish, however, put up a valiant fight that came up just short in a 41-34 loss to top-seeded Fulton in Class 4A state tournament semifinals before a packed house on a chilly night at Fulton’s Bob Black Field Nov.29.
Catholic (10-4), which ent-ered the game after notching a pair of one-point victories in the Chattanooga area, wasn’t intimidated by the mighty Falcons. The Irish did something that no other team had done against Fulton all season. Catholic scored five touchdowns and never trailed by more than 13 points on the night.
“I was proud of our effort,” Irish first-year head coach Steve Matthews said. “There were a couple plays that we didn’t make. Every game comes down to two to six plays. We didn’t make those plays and they made them.
“We were excited coming into this game but we just couldn’t make the plays and do the things that we needed to do to win the game.”
Catholic certainly did what it had to early. In fact, the Irish got on the board first when junior quarterback Zac Jancek threw a 50-yard scoring strike to Will Martinez to give KCHS a 6-0 lead with 10 minutes, 17 seconds remaining in the opening frame and that was beginning of a first quarter full of fireworks. Wyatt Price’s extra point gave the visitors a 7-0 advantage. read more
FHS 2-1, 0-3 as tourney hostMadyson Newby is stepping up her offensive game as a Farragut High School Lady Admirals senior post.
“I’ve always been a role player, on the defensive end. Last year my role was defense, and this year — I’m not trying to take over by any means — everything’s coming together and my teammates are making good passes to me,” said Newby, whose scored 12 points to help the Lady Ads to a weekend victory.
Also led by senior wing Madison Maples’ game-high 14 points, plus a stingy man-to-man defense, Farragut (5-1 after the win) grabbed a 37-26 victory against Cocke County (4-3) during the inaugural Admiral Thanksgiving Tournament in Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium Saturday afternoon, Nov. 30.
“I definitely worked real hard this summer on my post moves, getting the basics down, so I’m definitely more comfortable this year,” Newby added.
Meanwhile, Farragut’s boys ended up winless (0-3) in their own tournament following a 55-44 loss to Cocke County (5-2) Saturday, prompting FHS head coach Chris Cool to call out his team in search of a special ingredient.
“We’re trying to find some leaders right now. … Our main purpose right now is find five guys that want to lay their guts on the line for Farragut High School,” said Cool, as his Admirals fell to 2-4 overall despite a team high 15 from senior post Billy Williams. “We haven’t found those yet.”
Matt Eggert scored seven points for Farragut, with Drew Driscoll adding four. read more
Dawgs end Ice Admirals’ streak at buzzerA once-in-a-lifetime goal for junior Jimmy Friedle and his Bearden-Karns hockey team.
Friedle’s tap-in goal, which literally went into the net as the game-ending third-period buzzer sounded, not only broke the hearts of rival Farragut last Thursday, Nov. 21, in the Icearium.
Bearden-Karns’ dramatic 6-5 come-from-behind victory — trailing 5-3 with 3:30 remaining — also broke the Ice Admirals’ 20-game winning streak that started at the beginning of last season.
“I was actually very surprised. I had no idea how much time was on the clock,” said Friedle, whose dramatic goal was assisted on a diagonal pass from about 50 feet on the left near the boards from senior Jake Fountaine, the last of his three assists.
“I saw him on the boards, and I knew he was good with the stick,” Friedle added. “I decided to stay low to see if he could get it out and get a quick pass over to me. And that’s what ended up happening.”
Fountaine said the puck “took a bounce off the boards” before he controlled it and passed to Friedle. “… I just tried to put it right in between [a defender], right to my teammate’s stick. And he happened to be there.”
About beating Farragut, “We go in there and usually get our butts handed to us,” Fountaine said. “And we finally give it back to them, which is a great feeling.”
To end Farragut’s win streak, Friedle said, “Feels amazing. … especially on that last-second goal.”
Meanwhile, lost in the all the drama was the performance of FHS forward Felix Bjurstrom, who tallied three goals (hat trick) plus one assist despite an arm injury where he lacks “full mobility there” according to Rob Despins, Ice Admirals head coach.
As for the late collapse, Despins pointed to “a short bench.” Making things worse was the absence of starter Austin Scheidt (broken thumb).
“We were laboring. … Fatigue was a big factor,” Despins added about his team late in the third period, as FHS blew a 4-1 lead late in the second period. read more
Lady Hawks stumble but show promise, boys go inside to winOff to a 3-0 start, Hardin Valley Academy’s varsity girls basketball team ate a little humble pie during Mermaid Mattress Cleveland Thanksgiving Classic in Bradley County Nov. 26-27.
A 62-53 loss to event co-host Walker Valley on WVHS’s home court Tuesday, Nov. 26, preceded a 45-27 setback to co-host Cleveland at CHS the next day.
Jennifer Galloway, HVA head coach, said the losses “exposed some things we need to work on,” which includes “rebounding.”
Beginning the season with victories against Ooltewah and Knoxville Central, the Lady Hawks crushed rival Karns 53-29 at HVA Monday, Nov. 25.
“Our team chemistry is good,” Galloway said. “And the girls play hard.”
Meanwhile, Hardin Valley’s boys have found success three times in five games by “getting to the rim … that’s when we’re as tough as we can be, when we focus on attacking the basket,” Hawks boys head coach Keith Galloway said.
Also opening 2-0 versus Central and Ooltewah, the HVA boys stumbled against Karns (77-66) then lost at Walker Valley (67-60) before rallying to beat Bradley Central 64-59 at CHS Nov. 27. read more