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Tipton Stadium will again host all-star game

December 12th, 2011 11:13 pm by Douglas Fritz

Football season didn’t completely end earlier this month. There is still one more game remaining.
The 2011 Fellowship of Christian Athletes Virginia Versus Tennessee All-Star Senior Football Classic will be held at Kermit Tipton Stadium on Saturday at 1 p.m.
One hundred seniors from Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia will participate in the game, including Science Hill quarterback Justin Snyder, the Johnson City Press Elite 11 player of the year. Also, Science Hill running back Jahmar Adams will play.
Daniel Boone will boast linemen Ryan Iezzi, Austin Willis and Zack Jackson while Jeremy Jenkins will be the head coach.
“Just getting to play another game is a big thing, but also the FCA involvement,” said Jenkins. “It gets coaches together and the kids together and there’s a great camaraderie.”
Once the game starts, it’s still football, said Jenkins. And the Tennessee team wants a repeat of its 48-7 win over Virginia last year.
“Last year we had success and we want to keep that going,” said Jenkins. “We know we will get their best effort.”
David Crockett running back Anthony Campbell and receiver Seth Wright will be in the game. For Elizabethton, quarterback McKenly Berry and linemen Matt Smith and Dustin Phillips are on the roster.
Other local players include Johnson County’s Graig Jennings and Aaron Charsha, Unicoi County’s Josh McKinney and Hunter Goddard, Cloudland’s Colby Gwynn and Caleb Harrison, and Unaka’s Corey Pierce and Jackson Wood.
n Science Hill’s girls basketball team will be participating in the 2011 Landair Ladies’ Classic on Dec. 27-30 at Greeneville’s Hal Henard Gymnasium.
It’s the 23rd year of the tournament, considered to be one of the top girls events in the Southeast.
The Lady Hilltoppers will open with Bob Jones High School, a defending state champion from Alabama. That game is set for 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 27.
The field has 16 teams and will continue through the championship game on Dec. 30 at 7:30 p.m.
n Elizabethton will play host for the Chick-Fil-A Classic girls basketball tournament Dec. 21-23 and Treadway Gymnasium.
Included in the field are Happy Valley, Hampton and Elizabethton. The first-round matchups on Dec. 21 have Happy Valley taking on Cherokee at 3 p.m., Alcoa playing Tri-Cities Christian at 4:30 p.m., Elizabethton going up against John Battle, Va., at 6, and Hampton facing Sullivan Central at 7:30 p.m.
The semifinals are at 6 and 7:30 on Dec. 22, and the championship is Dec. 23 at 7:30.
n Elizabethton has announced a change for its girls basketball game against Pigeon Forge on Friday. There will not be a junior-varsity game, and the girls varsity contest will start at 6 p.m.
n Boys basketball games of the week — (Today) Sullivan South at David Crockett, Hampton at Happy Valley, (Friday) Science Hill at Dobyns-Bennett.
It’s a short list of highlight games this week, but there is a dandy in Kingsport. Not only is first place at stake in the Big Eight Conference, but also the Indians would like to take advantage of their home court and prove the Hilltoppers will be in a league fight this season.
n Boys player of the week — Davey Edwards of Unicoi County.
Mr. Triple rained 3-pointers all over Northeast Tennessee, helping Unicoi pick up a pair of wins and nearly steal a Three Rivers Conference road win at Sullivan East on Friday.
Edwards hit four treys in a 69-46 win over Elizabethton, and added three more in the 69-65 loss to East. He exploded for 10 triples in an 82-70 win over Hampton on Saturday.
n Boys pick of the week — Science Hill 61, Dobyns-Bennett 57.
The Hilltoppers appear to have too much overall scoring ability for the Indians to handle for four quarters, but it should be a tight ballgame.
Boys picks record: 2-0.
n Tennessee High maintains its spot at No. 2, but No. 3 Sullivan East is closing on the Vikings.
Team W-L Prv
1. Science Hill 11-0 1
2. Tennessee High 9-2 2
3. Sullivan East 10-1 3
4. Unicoi County 8-3 4
5. Dobyns-Bennett 5-2 5
6. Elizabethton 2-2 6
7. David Crockett 5-5 7
8. Sullivan North 2-3 8
9. Sullivan South 5-4 10
10. South Greene 7-4 10
n Girls basketball games of the week — (Today) Volunteer at Daniel Boone, (Friday) Science Hill at Dobyns-Bennett, Pigeon Forge at Elizabethton.
With things still tight in the Big Eight Conference, Science Hill gets a chance to make a separation move from the Lady Indians. …
Either the Lady Trailblazers or Lady Falcons will further establish themselves as an upper-division team.
n Girls player of the week — Emily Edwards of Unicoi County.
The Blue Devils’ standout junior point guard helped her team pick up three wins, including the first over Elizabethton since 2008. Edwards led her team in scoring that game with 12 points, and finished the week with 24 points in an 85-59 win over Sullivan East and 21 in a 66-58 victory over Hampton.
n Girls pick of the week — Science Hill 72, Dobyns-Bennett 50.
History suggests that even though the Lady ‘Toppers are a big favorite, the Indians will give them a battle. But eventually Science Hill should be able to run away.
Girls picks record: 2-0.
n Unicoi County battles its way into the No. 2 spot in this week’s girls rankings.
Team W-L Prv
1. Science Hill 8-0 1
2. Unicoi County 8-1 3
3. Tennessee High 6-2 2
4. Cloudland 10-2 5
5. Greeneville 5-3 4
6. Daniel Boone 4-2 6
7. North Greene 8-3 7
8. Elizabethton 3-3 8
9. Volunteer 6-2 nr
10 Dobyns-Bennett 5-3 9
(tie) Chuckey-Doak 5-3 10

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