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MCHS Lady Warriors advance in regionals

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Amy Webb takes a moment for the offense to set up on the way to a convincing win over the Lady Patriots

The Marion County High School women’s basketball team are one game closer to the state

Chloe Gregory would come off the bench late to take over at guard.

title game with their win over the Chattanooga School for Arts and Science Lady Patriots last week in round two of the regional tournament. The aggressive contest gave the Tribe a glance at what’s to come as they make their way into tougher and tougher competition through the bracket.

Ashton McGrew came off the bench to add five points including going 3-for-3 from the foul line

MCHS took a commanding lead at the end of the first  allowing only five points and producing twenty four of their own. Admittedly, they made the mistake of taking the Patriots too lightly in the second. Senior Hannah Phillips said, “I think we just got too comfortable.” Lady Warrior Lindsay Glass concurred, “We did get comfortable and they were aware enough to take advantage of it.” MCHS would still take a 33-16 lead into halftime, but they knew they were not out of the woods yet.

The two teams were not willing to give the other any room in

Point guard Breanna Vinson moves the ball forward for the Lady Warriors

the third as Warrior Chloe Gregory would come off the bench for five points and the entire team would only see 11 points scored. It was enough given the Warriors defense held the Patriots to eight points. The final quarter would prove to be the Warriors’ opportunity to take advantage of the foul line. Going 12-16 from the line as a team, the Warriors kept the momentum as Coach Randy Ellis was able to rotate through his bench giving players an opportunity to rest and win the war of attrition with a final score of 64-35.

The team now faces a familiar foe as Van Buren Lady Eagles defeated Silverdale earlier in the evening. Phillips was very sober as to the challenge ahead of them. Phillips said of the greatest threat, “They can all shoot threes…it’s pointless to try and zone them because they can all shoot and if they have a tiny opening they can make the shot.” Coach Ellis hasn’t lost any respect for Van Buren either saying, “Van Buren was on fire tonight. I think they surprised Silverdale…Van Buren stuck it to them the whole game. Of course we’ll have

Amy Webb takes a moment for the offense to set up on the way to a convincing win over the Lady Patriots

to be aware of Christiansen and Tilley, but they’ll be ready to play us….they always are.” Point guard Breanna Vinson felt the same. “We’ve beat them the last three time we faced them this year and they aren’t going to want that fourth loss to us. If we’re not at the top of our game, they will make us pay for it,” Vinson said.

The March 1 contest with Marion County and Van Buren will be played at Marion County High School in Jasper and will begin at 7:00 pm.

Richard Hardy men advance with a convincing victory

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Allan Wynne and the Hawks continue their journey into the regional bracket.
Blake Buchanan attempts a three in the fourth after he already had put one in earlier in the game.
Grayson Chappelear drives to the basket late. Ultimately, gaining the contact, the basket and a successful trip to the line for a three point play.

Richard Hardy Hawks’ men’s basketball program, who nabbed second place in district 6A, advanced through round one of the regional contests. Whereas the ‘usual suspects’ were effective on offense such as Allan Wynne (22 points), Aaron Robinson (15 points) and Simon Klompien (18 points) the Hawks were able to dig deep into their bench garnering seven points from Grayson Chappelear and five points from Blake Buchanan. There were only four players on the roster that didn’t contribute offense for the game. The Hawks finish with a 86-54 win over the Cougars of Copper Basin.

Be sure and check out the March 2 South Pittsburg Hustler for the full story.

MCHS Lady Warriors triumph over Copper Basin in regionals

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Lady Warrior Sarah Pace see action after a long injury kept her sidelined.

Starting out with a 19-8 lead coming out of the first quarter, the Lady Warriors never looked back as they soundly defeated Copper Basin 65-41 while giving players three deep in the rotation valuable playing time.

The Lady Warriors will stay home for their next few rounds as Marion County High School hosts the regional tournament. They will face Chattanooga School for Arts and Sciences Monday, February 27.

Area schools boast all-district players

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Left to right: Richard Hardy players Simon Klompein, Aaron Robinson and Allan Wynne join Marion County Warrior Kane Hale. (not pictured South Pittsburg's Hogan Holland, Jabrale Ford and Marion County's Isaiah Sampson)
Left to right: Richard Hardy players Simon Klompein, Aaron Robinson and Allan Wynne join Marion County Warrior Kane Hale. (not pictured South Pittsburg’s Hogan Holland, Jabrale Ford and Marion County’s Isaiah Sampson)

Though the Richard Hardy Hawks had to settle for runner up in the district 6A championship game, they were well represented in the coach’s choice all-district team as Allan Wynne, Simon Klompein and Aaron Robinson were all recognized for their season contributions.

Other area teams also had representatives for the coveted selections. Marion County High School saw Kane Hale and Isaiah Sampson selected to the ceremonial team. This made a nice night for the Warriors as they had earlier in the evening defeated Sale Creek to finish the the district in third place going into regionals.

South Pittsburg Pirates would also have a couple of players recognized as Jabrale Ford and Hogan Holland would receive the nod from the district coaches.

Congratulations to all the team’s and individual awards that were awarded Tuesday night.

Richard Hardy to battle for district title

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Allan Wynne helps the Hawks topple the Sale Creek Panthers for a shot at the 6A title
Allan Wynne helps the Hawks topple the Sale Creek Panthers for a shot at the 6A title

The Richard Hardy Hawks boys basketball team will be taking on the Van Buren Eagles Tuesday, February 21, for the district 6A championship. Head Coach David Jones remains optimistic for the future of the program as they have already punched their ticket to move on to the regional tournament, being one of the top four teams from district 6A. The top four teams from district 6A on the boys side are Richard Hardy, Van Buren, Sale Creek and Marion County. On the girls side, Marion County, Van Buren, Lookout Valley and South Pittsburg will be moving on to regional when the 6A tournament concludes February 21.

WHS promotes from within for new head football coach

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New Whitwell Tiger football head coach: Randall Boldin
New Whitwell Tiger football head coach: Randall Boldin

Whitwell High School didn’t have to look very far for their new head football coach. Defensive coordinator Randall Boldin was recently announced as the head coach after Tracy Malone resigned earlier to pursue another line of work. Speaking with Boldin, we found out what makes him get up in the morning…and it’s not football (though it appears to be a close second). Be sure and check out our full interview in the 2/28 Jasper Journal.

MCNews Sports: Interview With All-State Athlete Hudson Petty

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Whitwell, TN -(MCN)- Special interview with All-State Athlete from Whitwell High School Hudson Petty

MCNews Exclusive Clip: Corey Tucker to Play in the 2017 TN/KY Border Bowl

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Jasper, TN -(MCN)- Marion County High Schools own Corey  Tucker is set to play for the Tennessee Team. Check out our interview with Tucker in this clip above.

Special Discussion With South Pittsburg HS Athletes

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Marion County Newspapers 2016 logo3 South Pittsburg, TN -(MCN)- Table discussion with All-State  Athletes: Cade Kennermore, Mitch Butner, and Sawyer Kelley.

Athletes discussed the recognition and their future along with the future of the Pirates football team.

MC News Sports: On Table Discussion with Marion County High School Athletes

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Marion County Newspapers 2016 logo3 Jasper, TN -(MCN)- By Vanessa Torres 

Athletes from Marion County High School Discuss being named to the all-state team. Along with their personal goals, discuss how they feel the warriors are going to compete in the next season. Featured athletes are: Hunter McClain, Jacob Saylors, Logan Campbell, and Alex Kirkendoll.

to find more information on these athletes please pick up the latest edition of the Japer Journal in Newsstands now.