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Cyclones, Patriots ready for December showdown

Douglas Fritz • Dec 3, 2018 at 6:07 PM

When the boys basketball coaches talked at the Three Rivers media day, there was a consensus: Sullivan East was the league favorite, and Elizabethton was the clear-cut No. 2.

Given that model, it stands to reason the Cyclones would need a win on their home court to put themselves in prime position to flip that viewpoint. The chance to make it happen comes early as Elizabethton will play host to the Patriots on Tuesday night with tipoff set for 8 o’clock at Treadway Gym.

The Cyclones (4-0) are undefeated on the season while Sullivan East is 7-2 with losses against undefeated Chuckey-Doak (5-0) and Big Seven Conference power Tennessee High (7-1).

Patriots’ coach John Dyer said his team is expecting a typical Three Rivers battle.

“Elizabethton is a very good team that is off to a great start,” said Dyer. “(The Cyclones) play great defense and have multiple scoring threats. We have our work cut out for us.”

Among the players to watch for Elizabethton are Eric Wilson, Parker Hughes, Evan Perkins and Nico Ashley. Sullivan East counters with standouts like Adam Davison and Dustin Bartley.

Football history

Here’s a look what will soon be on display in the trophy cases of last week’s TSSAA state champions:

Class 6A

Murfreesboro Oakland earned its fourth title, adding to previous ones in 2008, 1998 and 1994. The Patriots whipped Memphis Whitehaven, 37-0, in the title game.

Class 5A

It was the first state championship for Knox Central as the Bobcats topped Henry County, 14-9.

Class 4A

Greeneville will be home to four gold balls, giving it a pair of back-to-back titles. The Greene Devils crushed Haywood, 56-21.

Class 3A

Alcoa is now Tennessee’s state-title king, surpassing Maryville with its 17th championship. The Tornadoes have won four in a row and 12 of the last 15, including this year’s 21-14 decision against Covington — which came on a touchdown with 16 seconds left in the game.

Class 2A

Title No. 2 was earned by Peabody with its 17-9 win over Trousdale County. The Golden Tide also won in 2014.

Class 1A


It was the first title for Whitwell, and it was a tough one. The Tigers scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter to edge Cornersville by a 7-6 margin.

Boys basketball Games of the Week

Boys

Tuesday

Tennessee High at Science Hill

Sullivan East at Elizabethton

Sullivan South at Unicoi County

Friday

Dobyns-Bennett at David Crockett

Johnson County at Unicoi County

Elizabethton vs. Tennessee High at Science Hill

Unicoi County, Sullivan South and Johnson County are each on the same mission, trying to separate from each other and prove they belong in the mix with Elizabethton and Sullivan East at the top of the Three Rivers Conference.

Boys basketball rankings

Elizabethton remains unbeaten and moves up to No. 4 in this week’s High School Top 10. Dobyns-Bennett and Tennessee High are still head and shoulders above the crowd at No. 1 and No. 2.

Team (W-L) — Prv

1. Dobyns-Bennett (6-1) — 1

2. Tennessee High (7-1) — 2

3. Sullivan East (7-2) — 3

4. Elizabethton (4-0) — 6

5. Science Hill (4-5) — 4

6. David Crockett (4-2) — 9

7. Daniel Boone (4-3) — 5

8. Hampton (6-2) — 7

9. University High (4-2) — 8

10. Sullivan South (5-3) — 10

(tie) Johnson County (5-4) — 10

Girls basketball Games of the Week

Tuesday

Sullivan South at Unicoi County

Friday

Johnson County at Unicoi County

Meigs County at Science Hill

Saturday

Morristown West Daniel Boone

Will Unicoi County be the team that keeps Sullivan Central from running away from the pack in the Three Rivers Conference? The Lady Blue Devils have a chance this week to prove they are primed for such a task.

Girls basketball rankings

Daniel Boone picked up a couple of wins this week, and took advantage of losses by Science Hill and Sullivan Central to move into the No. 2 spot in this week’s girls rankings.

Team (W-L) — Prv

1. Dobyns-Bennett (8-1) — 1

2. Daniel Boone (7-1) — 4

3. Sullivan Central (5-2) — 2

4. Science Hill (5-2) — 3

5. Unicoi County (5-1) — 6

6. Sullivan East (4-5) — 5

7. Johnson County (4-2) — 9

8. Cherokee (4-2) — 10

9. Sullivan South (3-4) — NR

10. Happy Valley (3-3) — 8

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