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Getting pumped for Tiger football


With new head coach Randall Boldin at the helm, Whitwell High School Tiger Football program is braving the heat to prep for a season filled with promise.

Previously, Coach Boldin expressed his excitement with the players he had. “The guys work hard and are coachable and amazing things happen when you combine those two things.”

August 11 marks the date for the Jamboree so don’t count the Tigers out because they certainly haven’t!

WHS angler team posting early at nationals

This picture has the nationals-bound teams from the Whitwell High School Fishing Team. Three two-man teams are currently vying for national championship in Kentucky.

Updated 6/22/17 – 4:17 pm to reflect new weigh ins being posted

The teams representing the Whitwell High School Fishing Team at the 2017 Costa Bassmaster High School National Championship are posting on day one of the tournament. Cameron Bankstown and Spencer Minter have already posted three fish at nine lbs., eight oz. while Dalton Powell and Baylor Layne posted five fish at 11 lbs. 14 oz.  Finally, Nathan Powell and Chase Cantrell tallied 2 fish at four lbs. 1 oz.

The teams are done with this first day of the the two days teams have to catch some weight. The top angler teams after day two will punch their ticket to compete for the championship on Saturday.

The tournament is being held at Kentucky Lake in Paris, TN. Good luck to all the teams for day two!

Towery announced as new SPHS girls’ basketball coach

Newly minted womens' basketball coach Austin Towery gives players and parents a rundown of what they can expect and what he expects out of them.

Principal Tim Bible announced Tuesday night that Austin Towery, most recently an assistant coach with the Richard Hardy basketball program, will be the Lady Pirates’ coach. Bible acknowledged he was affected by Towery’s enthusiasm for provided a gateway for those that wanted to continue their basketball careers beyond high school in his choice of hiring Towery.

Towery has traveled in local circles as an assistant at both Marion County High School and Richard Hardy Memorial School. Thanks, in no small part to his proximity and experience in the the Pirates’ district, Towery had watched most of the players play over the past few years and said he was exited about the talent pool that was coming back this season. Towery acquiesced to the fact that the program had lost out on some summer practice time as they faced the dawn of the dead period (the two weeks in the summer where Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) forbids sport practices during the summer). Towery announced that the three days preceding the dead period weren’t going to be misspent. “We’re coming out starting tomorrow at 3:00 and knocking some of the rust off.” Towery also presented the lofty goal of creating an identity for South Pittsburg High School for girls’ basketball likening the affiliation of University of Tennessee Lady Vols and the University of Connecticut women’s Huskie teams being branded as powerhouse women’s basketball meccas.

Time will tell if Towery’s approached can translate to the high expectations he’s setting, but be sure and welcome him aboard and come out and support the Lady Pirates!

City of Whitwell celebrates Lady Tigers’ softball success

The 2017 District and Regional Champion WHS Lady Tigers
The Lady Tigers make their way through town with a little help from the Whitwell Police Department and Whitwell Volunteer Fire Department.

The City of Whitwell came together to celebrate the Whitwell High School Lady Tigers’ softball team for their recent run to the state championship tournament. With several city officials and citizens joining in, the Lady Tigers were escorted down the main thoroughfare through town and ended at the park with food and drink to celebrate the success.

The Jasper Journal commends these young womens’ achievement and look forward to next season!

MCHS Softball hosting Sale Creek


Updated 4/11/2017 7:20 pm to reflect final score

At a beautifully refurbished field, the Lady Warrrior softball team was struggling down 0-3 to Sale Creek Lady Panthers in the fourth inning.

Ultimately, the Tribe would succumb to the Lady Panthers 2-10. The Lady Warriors take on the Lady Pirates of South Pittsburg on Thursday, April 13 at 4:30 at home.

MCHS Lady Warriors fall to Lady Buffalos


The Marion County Lady Warriors’ storied season has met its end. The Lady Warriors fell to

Warrior Emily Webb threads the defense to put up the layup and try for the three point play.

the Clarkrange Lady Buffaloes in the Sectionals level of the state title bracket.

After falling behind 14-22 in the first quarter, the Tribe had the gritty determination to pull within three going into halftime. With a three pointer from Breanna Vinson, four points from Emily Webb and nine points from Hannah Phillips as well as a bucket off the bench from Lindsay Glass, the

Warrior Breanna Vinson crossed Clarkridge while driving for the post shot.

Warriors were keen on finding the defensive openings.

Ultimately, the Lady Warriors’ closing the lane for the Lady Baffaloes forced them, successfully, to depend on their outside shooting. Clarkrangge had six three pointers in the second half leading to their 73-58 defeat of the hometown Tribe.

After the game, Clarkrange Head Coach Lamar Rogers said, “They were a little quicker than we anticipated. It’s hard to gauge on film, but were ultimately got our outside shooting going and then tried to work the clock as best we could.”

Marion County Head Coach Randy Ellis said, “You know, I think [Clarkrange] scored the first eight trips down the floor and we battled back and Hannah [Phillips], Emily [Webb] they came up with some big, big baskets early to keep us in it. We got our feet back under us and we stayed in it. We tried just about everything we could think to do to stop [Kara Meadows] (who ended the contest with 29 points). I’m proud of the effort given by these girls.”

Hannah Phillips credited the adrenaline of the game for what went right….and some of what went wrong. “The adrenaline during the game was amazing. The early shots were tough because we were overshooting and as we kept getting up we ended up shooting

Warriors Hannah Phillips sinks one of her free throws on the night. She would go seven-for-eight from the line during the matchup.

more of them over…it was just crazy.” Breanna Vinson said of the early hole they fell into, “We knew they would let [Meadows] score because thats what they do, they score early and we just wanted for our scoring to kick in.”


MCHS Lady Warriors advance in regionals

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

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

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

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.