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Crockett Pioneers embark on record-breaking journey

Congratulations to the David Crockett High School Boys Basketball Team! They’re playing for the first time ever in the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association’s State Basketball Tournament. Accolades are also due the cheerleaders, coaching staff, fans and faculty at the school named after the “King of the Wild Frontier.”
This year’s Crockett team is now “King of the Basketball Court” nearly 45 years after the school opened in 1971 as one of the two Washington County high schools. With a 30-5 record, the team traveled yesterday from Jonesborough to Murfreesboro, or as they write it on the blogs from the ‘Borough to the ‘Boro.
They play today against Station Camp at Middle Tennessee State University’s Murphy Center.
As they headed out from the school building on Tuesday morning, their path was funneled by well-wishers and fans, who were lined from the school to the bus to start their journey.
Their path also took them through the streets of Historic Downtown Jonesborough, as more fans shared their high spirits with the departing team. Before the Pioneers were able to make it to the interstate, even younger fans showed their support as they were lined up in front of the Jonesborough Elementary and Middle schools and Grandview.
The community didn’t only share their support vocally. They also pitched in monetarily too, as shown by the GoFundMe page that raised more than $5,600 in five days.
David Crockett football coach Jeremy Bosken, who is rarely surprised by the support from the community, said online, “Our community is absolutely AMAZING! Pioneer Nation we have exceeded our goal by a ‘GOOD’ bit! Thank you so much…words cannot express how appreciative we ALL are to be a part of this community and the pride we have in our school! Thank you…GO PIONEERS!”
That type of support is a drastic difference from the worries that surrounded the school in 1971, when people were worried that the sense of pride that was distributed between 60 county schools in 1935 would be lost whenever the school pared to 16.
Now, nearly anywhere you go in Jonesborough or the surrounding region, you will find parents and grandparents of Pioneers, as well as aunts, uncles and cousins cheering for “their” team.
Even if fans are not necessarily related to someone currently at the high school, the excitement about the team’s success has spread so that enthusiastic backers include former cheerleaders, players, alumni or simply fans.
Fans know that this year there have been “Good” times at Crockett. Senior point guard Patrick Good is averaging 24.4 points a game along with 6 assists and 4.8 rebounds.
The coach’s son shoots 54 percent from the field, 44 percent from three-point range and 78 percent from the free throw line. His father, John Good, is in his third year as the program’s head coach.
Good is not the only senior on the team. He is joined by Brandon Rains, Dustin Day, Ian Martin, Brendan Coleman and Peyton Ford. A guard, Ford is known as a player who can really shoot a three-pointer from anywhere on the basketball court. Day is a 6-foot-3 forward who scored 15 consecutive points in a win over Oak Ridge in the sectionals to secure a state berth for Crockett.
Forwards Coleman, Martin and Rains have also been important contributors to the Pioneer victories. Junior guard Josh Releford is known as a fiery scorer, who can lead the team through any tough predicaments. Other members of the team, all of whom have played their part in making the 2015-2016 season memorable, are John Kollie, Camara Bradley, Tee Johnson, Darian Delapp, Hunter Adams, Will Stevens and Tyler Estep.
Crockett’s brown and gold colors are sure to be in abundance at the state tourney. The school’s namesake, Davy Crockett, was a 19th century folk hero who possessed a number of skills as a frontiersman, soldier and politician. He fought in the Battle of the Alamo in March of 1836.
The Crockett team also possesses numerous skills on the court that will be needed in the Battle for the State Tournament Title in March of 2016.
The Herald & Tribune has assigned reporter Collin Brooks to cover the tournament in person. His stories from Murfreesboro will be prominently featured in next week’s edition of the paper, as well as on our Facebook page at Herald and Tribune and our Twitter @JBHTSports. This week readers are invited to read the stories, features and congratulatory advertisements supporting the Pioneer team.
Go Crockett. Play hard. It has been an awesome season!