David Crockett sophomore running back T.K. Hill won’t play against Daniel Boone in tonight’s Big Seven Conference jamboree at Tennessee High, but he will be available for the season opener on Aug. 21 at Sullivan East.
Crockett second-year coach Jeremy Bosken said Wednesday that Hill has been cleared to play in all games in 2014. Intially, it was believed he might have to sit out the first three games — against Sullivan East, Science Hill and Unicoi County — unless he moved.
Hill attended University High last season. The Junior Bucs don’t have a program; so he played for Crockett.
Hill played in three games last year before getting hurt, and after transferring from UH to Crockett, it it was thought he might have to miss the same number of games he played in 2013.
“It was great news,” Bosken said. “He’s a pretty good one.”
Indeed, as a freshman, Hill had eight carries for 98 yards, including a 79-yard touchdown, before leaving with an ankle injury in a loss at Science Hill last year.
He scored the lone TD in Crockett’s 6-0 one-quarter victory against Boone in Bosken’s ballyhooed jamboree debut. The Trailblazers did atone with a regular-season rout of the Hill-less Pioneers in the Musket Bowl.
Hill is one of numerous Pioneers regulars who won’t play tonight. Crockett scrimmaged at Grainger on Wednesday, and with the 24-hour turnaround, Bosken said the banged-up Pioneers will play numerous reserves against the Trailblazers. Among those he said won’t play in the jamboree is quarterback Ryan Burger.
“It’s a good time for Cole Ricker to get some live varsity rounds,” Bosken said.
Like Hill, all anticipated starters are expected to be available for the Pioneers’ opener at Sullivan East on Aug. 21.
“They’ll be fine by next week,” Bosken said. “This is preventive maintenance.”
Science Hill coach Stacy Carter said quarterback Malik McGue (concussion) and receiver/safety Malik Stephens (knee) will be back when the Hilltoppers play Dobyns-Bennett in the second quarter of tonight’s jamboree.
Stephens was hurt during baseball season. McGue was hurt in a scrimmage against Knox West two weeks ago. Neither played in a scrimmage against Sullivan South.
Crockett and Boone are scheduled to play the third quarter.Host Tennessee High will play two quarters, taking on Sullivan Central in the first quarter and Volunteer in the fourth quarter.The jamboree begins at 6 p.m.
Former Science Hill basketball player Jerome Odem has been picked up by the Premier Basketball League’s Lake Michigan Admirals for an exhibition showcase tour in Ireland beginning Aug. 27.The 28-year-old Odem said he’s in the best shape of his life physically thanks, in part, to training under former East Tennessee State All-Southern Conference linebacker Derek Fudge. Odem was the Johnson City Press Northeast Tennessee Player of the Year in 2004. He was a two-year starter at Troy after playing at Frank Phillips Junior College.A 6-foot-1 combo guard, Odem has played in the ABA and Pro-Ams and EuroBasket challenges everywhere from Wilmington, North Carolina to Las Vegas.Odem said former Bruce Pearl assistant Mark Pancratz helped put him in touch with the Admirals’ Chris Glisson for the upcoming opportunity in Ireland, which could reap a number of overseas offers.Odem’s teammates include former LSU starting wing Terry Martin.Odem scored 1,018 points at Science Hill.
Science Hill Hall of Famer Ernie Ferrell Bowman was recently contacted by Topps to sign 150 reprints of his baseball cards which he said will be randomly placed in packs. Bowman, who played shortstop for the San Francisco Giants when they lost the World Series to the New York Yankees in seven games in 1962, was pleased to learn he will get $1,200 to sign the cards.Bowman played all 165 of his major-league games with the Giants (1961-63), but said Topps was also interested in having him sign his New York Mets card due to large number of collectors in the New York market. ...Another Science Hill Hall of Famer, Herb Greenlee, is starting a middle-school basketball tournament to help fund a scholarship honoring the late Pappy Crowe. Greenlee wants to play the tournament in the preseason at David Crockett and Happy Valley, and said it will aid teens from the Johnson City and Elizbethton Boys and Girls Clubs with money for college or trade school.Crowe, an all-conference guard on Sidney Smallwood’s final Science Hill basketball team in 1956-57, worked at both the Johnson City and Elizabethton Boys & Girls Clubs.