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Boone, Crockett 2013-14 sports year defined by change

With the end of another high school sports year for Washington County rivals Daniel Boone and David Crockett, the season’s theme seemed to be “change.”
Coaching changes indeed defined the year, as Crockett football and boys basketball opened the season with a new coach at the helm and Boone basketball, Lady Pioneer basketball and Boone softball each saw the resignation of their respective head coaches at season’s end.
In his first season, Jeremy Bosken guided Pioneer football to one of their most successful seasons in school history. The 2013 campaign included two wins over 5 A schools, two wins over playoff teams, the second most wins in school history with five and just their second playoff appearance in 42 years. Although Crockett’s season would eventually end in the opening round of the TSSAA state playoffs to Knoxville West, it was clear that Bosken had laid the foundation for success on the gridiron.
As basketball season tipped off, the Pioneers welcomed new head coach and longtime Science Hill assistant John Good and his son Patrick to Jonesborough.
Like Bosken did for football months before, the Goods transformed the basketball culture at David Crockett, guiding the Pioneers to a 21-13 record, a third-place finish in the district tournament and an appearance in the regional.
Patrick Good led the conference in scoring and collected player of the year honors at the end of the season. John was named Big 7 Coach of the Year after proving that Crockett basketball was without a doubt one of the conference’s best.
For Lady Pioneer basketball, the 2013-14 season also brought change as Will Conley led Crockett to their first conference win in nearly three years with multiple wins over Sullivan Central. But at the end of the season, Conley announced his resignation after two seasons, leading to the recent hire of assistant Marty Story.
Under the continued direction of Carla Weems, Crockett softball also reached new heights in 2014 as the Lady Pioneers advanced for the first time in school history to the double-elimination round of the district tournament.
The Lady Pioneers nearly pushed into the championship game to play Boone, but fell a win shy to the regular season conference champion Volunteer, 5-0.
For Boone, the 2013-14 sports year also brought significant change. The first came after the completion of the boys basketball season with the surprise resignation and subsequent controversy surrounding the departure of longtime head coach Ryan Arnold after leading Boone to a 16-15 record in his ninth season as head coach. Arnold’s departure led to the hiring of Chris Brown, former head coach at Volunteer.
For the Lady Blazers, the 2013-14 basketball season was underlined by their continued improvement under second-year Head Coach Travis Mains. The Lady Blazers’ strong season consisted of a 19-14 overall record, a strong finish in the district tournament and a berth in the region where their season came to an end against Jefferson County.
The second major change at Daniel Boone came late in the year where Boone faced their toughest departure of the sports year when longtime Lady Blazer softball coach Rick Wagner announced his resignation.
Wagner, just a year removed from coaching the Lady Blazers to another state sectional appearance and two years off from a state runner-up, announced prior to the postseason that the 2014 season would be his last.
Before saying goodbye to one of the most successful coaches in school history, the Lady Blazers captured their sixth straight district championship and advanced through the region before finally falling in the state sectionals.
Following the end to their season, Boone named football coach Jeremy Jenkins as Wagner’s successor.
While change was undoubtedly a central theme to the sports year that was, some aspects remained consistent. The Blazers defeated the Pioneers in the 43rd Musket Bowl for the 11th consecutive year, but while Crockett was playoff bound, Boone’s 4-6 record wouldn’t be enough to get the Blazers in.
Boys cross country and track once again was dominant for the Blazers as their cross country team finished as runner-up for the second consecutive year at the state championship in November, and the track team placed fifth at state to conclude the sports year for the two schools in May.