Duncan, Shropshire to continue playing football in college

Two Daniel Boone High School seniors signed on the dotted line last week, committing to playing football at the college level starting this fall.
“It feels like Christmas for me,” said Matt Duncan, after signing his letter of intent to play football at the University of Charleston. “They gave me the best deal and I felt it was the right school for me.”
According to Duncan, coaches for the college have said he will serve as an inside linebacker, but could be moved to the outside because of his speed.
Off the field, Duncan plans to study sports medicine. At Boone, Duncan has earned a 3.5 grade point average.
Duncan is the son of Donna and Michael Duncan and the grandson of Norman Duncan. During his time playing for Boone, Duncan earned the title of Northeast Tennessee defensive player of the year and Big Eight Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He was also named to the First Team All Conference.
Shropshire said he chose Carson Newman College because of the program’s “winning tradition.” He said he also liked the school’s facilities and the fact that it was “close to home.” Shropshire will be serving as an outside linebacker and defensive end for Carson Newman.
“I’m going to have to work for (playing time),” Shropshire said, pointing out how his experiences at Boone have prepared him to do so. “I’ve learned here to work hard and always play with my heart.”
Shropshire is the son of Larry and Alisa Shropshire. His grandparents are Hobe and Sue William and Jim and Bobby Guthrie.
On the field at Boone, Shropshire earned a place in the Tri-Cities Elite 11, was named a First Team All Conference linebacker as well as Team MVP.
Academically, Shropshire said he’s not sure exactly what he plans to do, but knows it will be in the medical field. While at Boone, Shropshire has earned a 3.9 grade point average.
Jeremy Jenkins, Boone football’s head coach, called it a “big day” for Boone, while he and Athletic Director Danny Good emphasized what “great young men” the colleges would be getting in Duncan and Shropshire.
“They’re prime examples of what a student-athlete should be,” Good said. “Not only are they great athletes, they are great young men.”

Thompson set to play soccer at Tusculum

David Crockett High School senior Tia Paige Thompson signed a letter of intent last week to play soccer at Tusculum College starting in the fall. Thompson, 17, is the daughter of David and Diane Thompson, pictured above with Thompson after she signed her letter of intent. She is the granddaughter of Betty and Luther Thompson and Lucille and Clarence Gregg. While playing soccer at Crockett, Thompson was named 2009 Team MVP, 2009 Big Eight Conference First Team Defense, and 2008 Team Defensive Player of the Year. Thompson plans to pursue a degree in physical therapy while attending Tusculum.

Boone boys win buzzer beater, Crockett boys also see victory

The Daniel Boone High School boys’ basketball team held off the Happy Valley High School team to win 55-40 on Wednesday.
Although Happy Valley outscored the Trailblazers in the first quarter 12-7, Boone doubled the Warriors’ score in the fourth quarter to come away with the win.
Kevin Connell and Hayden Chandley led the Boone scorers with 13 points, and Chandley contributed two three-pointers.
On Friday, Connell scored a three-pointer in the last three seconds of a Friday night overtime game versus Sullivan Central to win it 61-58 for the Trailblazers.
Boone racked up a loss earlier in the week on Tuesday against Science Hill, 74-66.
With the win, Boone improved to 5-6 in the conference and 14-8 overall.
The David Crockett High School Pioneers are not faring as well as their county counterparts, however.
The Science Hill High School Hilltoppers handed the David Crockett Pioneers boys’ basketball team an 83-56 conference loss on Friday night. The Toppers began with an 21-5 scoring run, which was only ended by a dunk from Crockett’s Zach Garland.
Crockett (1-12, 7-15) was down at the half 45-28, and came within 13 points in the third quarter, but ended the game with a loss after a 16-of-31 showing from the foul line.
On Wednesday, Crockett earned a win against Elizabethton High school by a score of 50-43.
The Pioneers battled back in the fourth quarter to take the win.
Garland led the scoring with 19 points, followed by Joe Ganger with 11 points.

Boone defeats Warriors, Crockett falls

The Lady Trailblazers beat the Happy Valley High School Lady Warriors 48-34 on Wednesday.
Boone was led by Courtney Baskett, who scored 15 points, including contributing three three-pointers.
After the first quarter, Boone led by one point, but pulled away in the second quarter to end the half at 25-24.
Both Happy Valley and Boone scored 11 points in the fourth quarter of play, but the lead that Boone had built up earlier in the game was enough to last them to a final score of 48-34.
On Friday night, the Lady Cougars went on a 15-0 run to start the game against the Lady Blazers, who pulled to a one-point lead at a time, but by the third quarter, the Lady Cougars had sealed the game. The Sullivan Central girls’ team took the lead of 48-23 in the third quarter and didn’t face much fight after that.
Natalie Sheffey scored eight points to lead the Lady Blazers, who fell to 3-8 in the conference and 8-13 overall.
The Lady Hilltoppers started off with a large lead and never looked back in their Friday night defeat of the last place David Crockett Lady Pioneers by a score of 74-24.
The Toppers began the game with a 22-3 scoring run and kept a dominating lead throughout the game. Leading scorers for Crockett were Brittany Ward and Brittany Richardt, each with seven points. Crockett also lost to Elizabethton on Wednesday, 75-26.

Crockett falls to Central, Boone loses to D-B

From Staff Reports
David Crockett High School’s boys’ basketball team took another hit last week, losing to Sullivan Central in a game that had been postponed from earlier in the season due to inclement weather.
Central defeated the Pioneers 68-62.
Crockett is scheduled to play Central again today, this time at Sullivan Central and then will play host to Elizabethton on Wednesday.
On Jan. 26, the Daniel Boone Trailblazers beat the winter storm to get a game in, but were unable to beat their opponent. Dobyns-Bennett defeated Boone 62-56.
Daniel Boone Trailblazers also came out with a loss against Dobyns-Bennett when the two met last Tuesday. The score at the final buzzer was D-B 62, Boone 56.
Leading scorers for Boone included: Kevin Connell, with 20 points; Austin Reppart and Travis Keever, with 10 each; Hayden Chandley with 9; Ryan Gaitor with 4; and Jordan Gray with 3.
Games scheduled on Friday for both Boone and Crockett were postponed due to the winter storm that moved in.
Boone is scheduled to play at Science Hill tonight and then play host on Wednesday to Happy Valley.
Current Big Eight Conference standings put Boone in fifth place with a 4-5 record in conference play and 12-7 overall. Crockett sits in last place in the conference with a 1-10 record in conference play and 6-13 overall.

Crockett, Boone ladies fall short

While games later in the week found themselves “on ice,” the David Crockett and Daniel Boone girls’ basketball teams managed to get in a pair of games before inclement weather reached the area.
Crockett’s Lady Pioneers were unsuccessful in their Jan. 26 match-up against Tennessee High, losing by a score of 62-18. Crockett’s leading scorers included Brittany Richardt with 5 points; Brittany Ward, Brittany Halter and Molly Gladden each with 3 points; Hannah Jarrett with 2; and Keri Blevins and Leah Rose each with one point.
On Jan. 27, the Lady Pioneers fell to Sullivan Central.
On Jan. 26, Boone took on Dobyns-Bennett. The Lady Indians proved too strong, defeating the Blazers, 58-30.

Lady Pioneers record second win of season against University High

From Staff Reports
The David Crockett High School girls’ basketball team earned its first win of the season Thursday, defeating University High 55-46.
Crockett’s Abbey Gladden led offensively, earning 18 points during the game at UH. Crockett’s Brittany Ward recorded 13 points in the game while senior Leah Rose tallied 12 points.
Also last week, the Lady Pioneers faced tough competition in games against Dobyns-Bennett and Volunteer.
On Jan. 19, Crockett faced Dobyns-Bennett at D-B, losing the match up 79-52.
The Lady Pioneers were outscored in the first quarter, which ended 22-5. By half time, D-B was winning the game 43-19. The girls were able to keep it much closer in the second half, only being outscored by three total points.
On Friday, the Lady Pioneers fell to Volunteer, keeping the game close up until the final minute when Crockett failed to measure up from the foul line.
Gladden led the way for Crockett in the 57-54 loss, earning 13 points. Ward and LaRae Ganger each added 12.

Crockett defeats University High, loses close one against Volunteer

From Staff Reports
The David Crockett High School boys’ basketball team saw both victory and defeat during basketball action last week.
On Thursday, the Pioneers traveled to University High where they handily defeated the Junior Bucs 61-48.
Crockett senior Joe Ganger racked up 21 points to lead the offensive onslaught. Junior Sam Tarlton finished the night with 15 points. Senior Clinton Freeman earned 11 points.
The first quarter of play was a well-played competition that left the game knotted at 13, however Crockett scored 18 points to UH’s 13 in the second quarter, putting the Pioneers on top 31-26 at the half. UH outscored Crockett in the third quarter, posting 16 points to the Pioneers’ 14. But it was all Crockett in the final quarter of play, where the Pioneers recorded 16 points compared to only 6 from UH.
Crockett started out the week of competition on Jan. 19 with a 57-41 loss to Dobyns-Bennett. Then, on Friday, the Pioneers suffered a heartbreaking loss to Volunteer, losing by 2 points.
Crockett looked like the stronger team in the first quarter of play, scoring double that of its opponent and earning a 16-8 lead. Volunteer came back in the second quarter, scoring 16 points to Crockett’s 10. The score was 26-24 in the Pioneers’ favor at the half. Neither team hit double digit scoring in the third quarter and at the start of the fourth quarter Crockett was losing, 33-32.
The Pioneers stayed with Volunteer in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t outscore the Falcons, who earned a 47-45 win.

South’s Rebels take down the Trailblazers

From Staff Reports
Sullivan South’s offense proved too much for the Daniel Boone High School Trailblazers on Friday.
The Rebels managed to rack up 69 points against Boone, for a final score of 69-53 in the Big Eight Conference game.
Boone (4-4, 12-6) and Sullivan South (6-3, 11-6) rallied back and forth pretty evenly until late in the first quarter. Sullivan led by one point, 19-18, at the end of the first quarter. Boone stayed in the game, pulling to within 4 points, 34-30, with three minutes left in the first half.
That was the last the Trailblazers would see of a close game, however. The Rebels had a 7-2 scoring run to take the lead, 41-32, at the end of the half.
In the second half, the Rebels took a double-digit lead on an Andrew Pickwell score.
The Trailblazers’ Travis Keever, who finished the night as Boone’s high scorer, pulled Boone back within single digits in the fourth quarter, but just briefly.
To end the game, the Rebels outscored the Trailblazers 15-8, led by Pickwell’s three consecutive scores.
South’s Pickwell ended the game with 21 points.
Boone was led by Keever, who had 15 points. Austin Reppart and Kevin Connell scored 10 points each.
Earlier in the week, Boone earned a victory against Tennessee High, 70-61.
While it was an evenly matched first half, ending with Boone leading Tennessee High by one point, 16-15, the Trailblazers outscored the Volunteers 24-8 in the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Tennessee High rallied back, scoring 23 points to Boone’s 22, but the ‘Blazers managed to hold off the Viking effort.
Senior Jordan Gray led the Trailblazers with 17 points, including 5 3-pointers. Austin Reppart contributed 12 points, and Hayden Chandley added 8.

Lady Trailblazers earn a victory against Lady Rebels

Daniel Boone High School’s Lady Trailblazers began the school’s 2010 Basketball Homecoming festivities with a 47-41 win over the visiting Sullivan South High School Lady Rebels.
In the Big Eight Conference contest, the Trailblazers (3-5,7-7) and the Rebels stayed close throughout the game.
But with an eight-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, the Lady ‘Blazers held off a Sullivan South rally to end up with the victory.
Sophomore Jordan Bacon led all the Boone scorers with 13 points, while Courtney Baskett, also a sophomore, added 11 points to Boone’s total of 47.
Earlier in the week, the Boone Lady ‘Blazers suffered a drubbing at the hands of Tennessee High, losing 64-25. Sophomores Kelly Bailey and Natalie Sheffey led Boone scorers with 7 points each.
In the first quarter, Boone scored 11 points, the only double-digit quarter the team would see.
Tennessee high dominated the rest of the quarters, more than doubling Boone’s scores in three quarters.

Crockett, Boone hit hardwood for county rivalry game

The county’s two high schools went head to head in basketball action last week, with the Daniel Boone Trailblazers coming out on top.
David Crockett High School’s boys’ and girls’ basketball teams traveled across the county to Gray last Tuesday where they both fell to the Trailblazers in closely played games.
In boys’ action, the game was decided by two points, with Boone winning 49-47.
The Trailblazers started out strong, with a 6-0 run, but Crockett came back to get the game within two points by the end of the first quarter, at which point the score stood at 12-10.
Going into half time, Crockett nearly had the lead, but Boone’s Travis Keever was able to hit a three pointer at the buzzer that tied the game at 24 at the half. Keever ended the game with 8 points.
Boone dominated the opening of the second half, going on a 18-9 run that helped the Trailblazers take a 38-33 lead at the end of the third quarter. Crockett responded with a 8-0 run of its own in the fourth that helped get the game within reach.
With just under 3 minutes to play, Crockett’s Ty Shipley stole the ball and scored to cut Boone’s lead to just one point. The score stood at 44-43 when Crockett’s Sam Tarlton scored another two to give the Pioneers the lead, 45-44.
Crockett junior Zach Garland hit two free throws to up the lead to 47-44 before Boone’s Kevin Connell made two free throws to bring the game within one yet again. Moments later, Boone freshman Ryan Gaiter hit one of his two free throws to tie the game at 47 with just under 35 seconds to go.
Garland was sent back to the free throw line, but missed both attempts. Boone’s Hayden Chandley didn’t make the same mistake at his end. With under 10 seconds remaining, Chandley made both of his free throws, tacking on the winning points for the Trailblazers, who held off the Pioneers for the remaining seconds.
Throughout the game, Crockett made only 9 of 17 free throws while Boone sunk 8 of their 12 opportunities from the line.
Chandley recorded 18 points for Boone in the win. Others scoring for the Trailblazers include Keever with 8 points, and Austin Reppart, Connell and Gaiter with 6 points apiece.
Crockett’s Shipley and Joe Ganger hit double digits in the scoring column in the loss. Shipley recorded 14 while Ganger earned 12. Others scoring for the Pioneers include Clinton Freeman with 9 points, Tarlton with 7 points and Garland with 5 points.
Later in the week, Crockett played Elizabethton in a game that had to be postponed earlier this month due to inclement weather.
In that game, the Pioneers again lost a close one, falling to the Cyclones 58-54. And on Friday, Crockett took on Science Hill in a conference match up. The Hilltoppers defeated Crockett 69-59 in teh Big Eight Conference game.
Also on Friday, Boone headed to Sullivan Central where the Trailblazers handily defeated Central, 69-49, helping to put them in fifth place in the Conference.

Lady Trailblazers defeat Lady Pioneers in match up

David Crockett High School traveled to Gray to take on Daniel Boone High School last week in conference play.
The Lady Trailblazers walked away with the 54-47 victory, earning their second conference win of the season.
Crockett and Boone played a tight first quarter before the Lady Trailblazers blew the game out of the water with a 21-4 run in the second quarter. By half time, Boone was winning 32-14.
The Lady Pioneers made a bit of a comeback attempt in the fourth quarter, recording 25 points after scoring only in the single digits in each of the previous quarters.
The effort was not enough, however, leaving the Lady Pioneers without a win yet this season.
Boone’s Brooke Barnard led the Lady Trailblazers offensively, earning 9 points while Jessie Summie added 8 points. Raven Wilson recorded 7 points and Courtney Baskett, Jordan Bacon and Natalie Sheffey each scored 6 points for Boone.
For Crockett, Brittany Richardt recorded 13 points while Leah Rose and Sara Shipley each added 10 points for the Lady Pioneers.
Later in the week, the Lady Pioneers traveled to Elizabethton to take on the Lady Cyclones in a rescheduled match up that had to be postponed earlier this month due to inclement weather.
Crockett fell to Elizabethton, 74-27. Rose led the way in scoring once again for the Lady Pioneers, recording 7 points in the game. Shipley, a freshman, came away with 5 points, including a three-pointer.
On Friday, the Lady Trailblazers took on Sullivan Central, losing the game 60-44, putting Boone in sixth place in the Big Eight Conference.
Meanwhile, the Lady Pioneers competed against Science Hill on Friday where the Lady Hilltoppers defeated Crockett 75-40.
The Lady Pioneers currently sit in the eighth spot in Conference standings.

Crockett wrestling beats Sullivan East, Tennessee High

David Crockett High School’s wrestling team hosted Tennessee High and Sullivan East on Thursday, winning both meets.
Crockett 48, Tennessee High 33
In the meet against Tennessee High, the Pioneers saw several successful match ups. At 112 pounds, Crockett senior Tom Snyder pinned Tennessee High wrestler John Taylor in a time of 3:21.
Crockett’s Phillip Kyker, wrestling at 119 pounds, pinned Brandon Graham in 1:48 while the Pioneers’ Matthew Thomas pinned Joey Spanavich in 1:44 in the 125-pound weight class.
Rico Vaquero wrestled at 130 pounds for Crockett, pinning Cody Barrett in 3:26 while Pioneers’ Tyler Rome pinned Dakota Carter in 1:42 to take the 135-pound match up.
At 145 pounds, Crockett’s Andrew Acuna pinned Tennessee High’s John Jones in 3:43 while Dylan Bryant earned Crockett more points by pinning Jordan Ortega in 1:13 in the 215 weight class.
Also helping the cause, Crockett’s Jeremiah Rogers won by forfeit in the 152-pound weight class.
Crockett 42, Sullivan East 36
Senior Tom Snyder again stepped up to the mat for Crockett, pinning East’s Greg Whitaker in the 112-pound weight class. The match up lasted 5 minutes.
Matthew Thomas pinned his second opponent of the day in the 119-pound weight class, taking out East’s Robert Howington in 1:19.
Also earning his second pin of the day, Rico Vaquero came up strong for Crockett, pinning Bailey Hodge in the 130-pound weight class in 1:45.
Crockett’s Jeremiah Rogers, who won his match against Sullivan East by way of forfeit, was able to earn a victory the old-fashioned way against East. Rogers, wrestling at 152 pounds, pinned East’s Jonathan McConnell in 5:43.
Meanwhile, Crockett’s Dylan Bryant earned his second pin with a victory against Franklin Brown at 215 pounds in 1:32.
Crockett’s Tyler Caldwell won by forfeit at 160 pounds.
Following Thursday’s victories, the Pioneers were 12-5 in dual matches. They headed to the Halls Invitational over the weekend to compete.

Crockett swept by Cyclones

From Staff Reports
A week-long bout of winter weather had area high schools scrambling to fit in athletic events whenever there was a break in the snow. On Thursday, it looked like the David Crockett High School basketball teams would get to lace up their sneakers and hit the court, but another snow storm hit midway through the competitions allowing for only some of the games to take place.
The junior varsity teams were able to compete, however the varsity boys’ and girls’ games were postponed and set to be played this week.
The junior varsity Lady Pioneers took on the Elizabethton junior varsity Lady Cyclones, losing the match up by a score of 55-23. In that game, Crockett faced a 13-point deficit by halftime and went further into the hole courtesy of a 19-4 run by Elizabethton in the third quarter.
The fate of the Lady Pioneers was sealed in the third quarter when the Cyclones came up with several steals that led to additional points.
Crockett’s Abby Gladden recorded eight points to lead the Lady Pioneers in the loss.
In boys’ junior varsity action, Crockett fell to Elizabethton, 53-32.
In that game, the Pioneers struggled offensively as the Cyclones held them to single-digit scoring in each of the first three quarters. By the end of the third quarter the Pioneers were down by 18 points.
In the fourth quarter, the Pioneers made every attempt ot come back but their 11 points didn’t add up as the Cyclones scored another 14.
Austin Street led the Pioneers with 8 points.

Boone loses two to ‘Toppers

From Staff Reports
The Science Hill Hilltoppers proved to be too much for both the boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball teams of Daniel Boone High School on Saturday.
The boys’ team fought a close battle early in the Big Eight Conference game against the ‘Toppers, finishing the first half down by one point, at a score of 32-31.
Science Hill (3-1, 13-5) and Boone (1-3, 9-5) stayed close, with Boone taking a 42-41 lead with three minutes left in the third quarter thanks to a Travis Keever score.
But with a quick three-point play right after that score, the ‘Toppers took the lead for good, holding on for the 67-51 win, outscoring Boone 26-9 in the final 11 minutes.
Kevin Connell led the Trailblazers with 17 points, and Hayden Chandley added 10 points. Keever scored eight points.
The Lady ‘Toppers also defeated the Lady Trailblazers 46-34 , keeping their first place standing in the Big Eight.
Boone trailed 22-16 at the half, fell behind by 10, and rallied to cut the lead to four points before Science Hill finished the game with eight unanswered points. Courtney Basket led with 12 points.

Boone basketball teams compete in Sonic Shootout Tournament in Sparta

Daniel Boone High School’s boys’ and girls’ basketball teams saw action this past week in Sparta, as they participated in The Sonic Shootout Tournament hosted by White County High School.
The tournament got underway Monday at Roy Sewell Gymnasium with eight teams (four girls’ and four boys’ teams) advancing into the semifinals while eight others fell into the consolation bracket.
In boys’ action, the Trailblazers’ took out the White County High School Warrior basketball team in their opening game and then went on to beat Cannon County, 55-52.
The Trailblazers made it to the championship round, fighting hard against a strong Sevier County. Travis Keever, Austin Reppert and Hayden Chandler, received tournament honors and led Daniel Boone with 10 points each.
But in the end, Sevier County proved too tough for the Blazers, with the final score ending at 54-41.
Girls’ Action
In a first round game against White County, the Lady Trailblzers (4-4) on Monday, struggled to score points in the first half, but still trailed by only 3 points, 15-12, at the half.
The Lady Trailblazers fell behind by as many as 19 in the second half, before coming back within five late in the game.
A 9-0 run by Boone made the score 46-38 with just under two minutes to play in the contest. After the hometown White County Warriorettes missed the front end of a bonus situation, the Lady Blazers had a three go half way down and pop back out with 1:38 left in the game. A Warriorette turnover gave the ball back to the Lady Blazers, but they missed a lay-up.
The Lady Blazers weren’t done though, hitting a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left.
The Warriorettes got the ball back after a Lady Blazer turnover, but gave it back and the Blazers converted a lay-up to make it a five-point game, 48-43.
A final free throw from the Warriorettes ended the game, 49-43.