There was no change in the narrative on Thursday night.
Scoring on an own goal three minutes into sudden-death overtime, University High defeated second-place Chuckey-Doak 3-2 to clinch the regular-season championship.
The match-ending sequence started with a corner kick by Bracken Burns, then a Black Knights defender headed the ball into the net.
The outcome moved the Bucs (11-2) to 5-0 in district play, dealing Chuckey-Doak (5-7) its second league setback.
UH came out strong, striking twice for a 2-0 lead. The first goal came from the foot of Moses Rathbun, then Walker Page drove a rocket past the Knights’ goalkeeper.
Chuckey-Doak got on the scoreboard right before halftime to make it 2-1.
At the 20-minute mark of the second half, UH appeared to have struck again when Page laid a perfect 40-yard pass to Rathbun for what appeared to be a goal, but after much discussion the center ref waved it off due to an offside infraction.
The Knights capitalized on the Bucs’ frustration, quickly producing a goal to knot the score.
Dobyns-Bennett 9, Daniel Boone 0
KINGSPORT—With Will Arrowood cutting loose for three goals and two assists, the Indians breezed to a District 1-AAA win.
Arrowood attempted four shots, including three on goal. Sam Garcia and Spencer Correll added two goals apiece while Carlos Castro and Marshall Palmer had one apiece.
D-B produced 16 shots (10 on goal), compared to six (4) for the Trailblazers.
Jack Perry notched a pair of assists, with Palmer, Martin Torres and Rodrigo Nina each contributing one. Goalkeeper Jacob Park tallied four saves.
Providence Academy 3, Veritas Christian 0
Getting a two-goal performance by Maddie France and a pair of Abbey Loran assists, Providence Academy had its way on the pitch.
Victoria Davis accounted for the other Lady Knights goal and net-minder Callie Burchette recorded three saves in the shutout.
David Crockett 14, Sullivan South 2
Winning for the sixth time in seven games, the Pioneers rolled past visiting Sullivan South in five innings.
Crockett pushed across 10 third-inning runs and closed out the contest with 14 hits, led by Garrett Leonard at 4 for 4 and Landon Quillen at 3 for 3. Both players picked up a pair of RBIs and Quillen scored twice.
Cade Larkins homered in a 2-for-3, 3-RBI performance, which he supplemented with a pair of runs. Kaleb Swanson chimed in with two RBIs.
Cody Wheeley pitched four innings for the decision, yielding two hits, an unearned run and no walks. He registered six strikeouts.
Cory Williams went 1 for 2 and scored a run for the Rebels, who were held to four hits.
Johnson County 7, Hampton 0
HAMPTON—Bradley Livorsi turned in a complete-game shutout from the mound, plus he collected two hits — one being a triple — and four RBIs.
Ben Howard and Stacy Greer both banged out a pair of hits for the Longhorns, who broke up a scoreless game with a two-run fourth. Johnson County amassed eight stolen bases, with Howard and Petie Pavusek each collecting two.
The Bulldogs had chances to get on the scoreboard, but couldn’t break through with a timely hit against Livorsi, who put up nine strikeouts against one walk.
Hampton was led at the plate by Landen Street at 2 for 3. Freshman pitcher Caleb Royston showed promise, yielding three runs in a 4 1/3-inning start.
University High 8, Providence Academy 2
Greer Barnett and Jacob Pealer both batted 2 for 3 with two RBIs to help the Buccaneers shake loose from pesky Providence in action at Thomas Stadium.
Barnett tripled and supplied two runs for UH, which trailed 2-1 before easing their way to a 4-2 edge. From there, the Bucs used a four-run fifth to gain sufficient breathing room.
Winning pitcher Carter Pollock and Brant Hare each threw three innings, then Pealer closed it out. Hare worked three shutout innings after Pollock gave up two runs (1 earned).
The Knights’ Zac Powell went 1 for 2 with a walk, one RBI and a stolen base.
Sullivan East 13, Volunteer 7
BLUFF CITY—The Patriots rode the sizzling bat of Perry Casaday, who homered twice, drove in four runs and scored three times en route to a 3-for-3 outing.
Going, Tanner Leffew contributed three RBIs. Dylan White also went 2 for 3 for the winners, adding a pair of runs.
Quinn Brooks and Caleb Trent had two hits apiece to lead the Falcons. Bobby Montgomery clubbed a three-run homer in a six-run Volunteer sixth, making it a 9-6 game. The Patriots, however, countered with four runs in the lower half of the frame.
Daniel Boone 11, Sullivan Central 1
Ben Allen socked two of Daniel Boone’s five doubles in a 2-for-3, 3-RBI effort. Brody Goodman was 2 for 4 with three runs for the Trailblazers, who finished off the Cougars in six innings.
Easton Harrell also batted 2 for 3, Colby Backus had a double, two runs and three RBIs, and Cade Elliott ripped a two-run triple.
Pitchers Hunter Adams (W), Robbie Storen and Brady Rogers teamed to hold the Cougars to two hits.
Daniel Boone 19, Cherokee 1
ROGERSVILLE—This one lasted just three innings as the Lady Trailblazers did all of their scoring in the top of the first.
Jaycie Jenkins connected for two of Boone’s four home runs, belting a two-run shot both times. Megan Ackerman and Dannah Persinger each unloaded a three-run round-tripper.
Ackerman had two doubles in a 3-for-3 performance, Jenkins was 2 for 2 with three runs and Persinger crafted a 2-for-3, 2-run effort.
Other offensive notables for the ’Blazers were Nickolette Ferguson (2 for 2, 2 runs), Camryn Sarvis (2 for 4, 2 runs), Brylee Mesusan (3 runs, 2 RBIs), McKenna Dietz (2 runs, 2 RBIs) and Makenna Dance (2 RBIs).
Boone totaled 15 hits while Cherokee managed only four hits, one of them a Madison Carpenter double.
Megan Ackerman got the win with two inning of work. Yielding one run on two hits, she struck out two batters and walked none.
Science Hill 10, Volunteer 0
In addition to hurling a five-inning two-hitter that featured 10 strikeouts, Sejal Neas doubled and recorded three RBIs.
While Kasey Bennett finished 3 for 4 with three runs, Jannon Glaspie knocked in two runs and scored twice in a 2-for-3 performance.
Mackenzie Powell turned in a 2-for-3 day of her own for Science Hill, which avenged a loss to the Lady Falcons from earlier this season.
Committing five errors, Volunteer gave up six unearned runs. Aliyah Crawley and Reanah Barton were responsible for the team’s two hits.
Unicoi County 9, South Greene 2
ERWIN—Samanta Chavez, Halie Hawkins, Cassie Selvage, Chloe Powers, Allee Griffith, Carly Kinsler and Kiley Bennett all deposited two hits into a 16-hit Lady Blue Devils attack.
All but one of Unicoi’s hits were singles. The one exception was a home run by Chavez, who finished with four RBIs.
Griffith supplied a pair of RBIs, with Selvage and Powers each contributing two runs.
From the circle, it was Griffith accumulating six strikeouts and limiting the Lady Rebels to three hits over four innings. Abbie Grindstaff struck out all three batters she faced in the fifth.
Sullivan East 22, Sullivan Central 9
BLOUNTVILLE—Chelsea Sams struck for two grand slams, one an inside-the-park job, and accumulated nine RBIs in a Lady Patriots runfest.
Sams, who also tripled and scored four times in a 3-for-3 effort, now has 16 homers on the season — tying the East record set by Madeline Standbridge in 2014.
Batting 3 for 4 with a double, three runs and three RBIs was Emma Timbs. Cayden Bawgus (2 for 3, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs), Emily Watkins (2 for 4, 2 RBIs) and Katelyne Loudy (2 for 4, 2 runs), who pitched a complete game, were other multi-hit performers for the Pats.
Kylee Wolfe homered, scored twice and generated three RBIs. Autumn Moore produced a single, three walks and four runs.
Topping the Lady Cougars was Jasmine Sheffield at 3 for 4 with a double, two runs and two RBIs. Sydney Snapp (2 for 3, double, 3 RBIs) and Courtney Willis (2 for 4, double, 3 runs) were additional brights spots for Central.
Sullivan North 13-12, Hampton 3-2
Pitcher Brooklyn Robinson batted 2 for 3 with three RBIs as the Lady Golden Raiders topped Hampton 13-3 in the first of two five-inning contests.
Alexis Clark and Kendall Nash each went 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs, Makayla Estep was also 2 for 3 and Kaitlyn Lemmons doubled and drove in two runs.
Hampton’s Bailey Andrews was 2 for 2 while Sara Orr (double), Reagan Baker and Shae Maslin all produced 2-for-3 showings.
The second game, a 12-2 North win, included Nash going 2 for 2 with a double and three RBIs. Accounting for a double, Alexis Lipoma drove in two runs in support of pitcher Gracie Monk, who tallied eight strikeouts.
Orr and Katie Grindstaff each went 2 for 3 to top the Lady Bulldogs.