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  1. Due to unexpected circumstances, there is an opening slot in the Oliver Springs Thanksgiving Classic on Tuesday November 20th. If available, please contact Boys basketball coach Brian Channell. [email protected]
  2. And what a great player / person she is. Hope all is going well! The truth about west , middle and east tn basketball is that it is nearly all the same. When these teams get together during the summer at Shelbyville team camp for example.... you could toss them all in a hat and mix them up and nobody would ever be able to tell a difference. Good players are good players and their zip code has nothing to do with it. For those of us that really love basketball we love the challenge of stepping up and competing. Sometimes your the bug and sometimes your the windshield but the fun is in the experience.
  3. Coach Christopher is a real class act. Oliver Springs is lucky to have her. I am especially proud of this years team and their coach. A tradition of getting to the state tournament is difficult to establish and even harder to keep alive and this years team was no dissappointment. Thanks for a fun season.
  4. Thanks for all the compliments on the schedule... I really worked hard on it. But so that all of you might have something more to talk about than how T. Wright watered down the schedule.... This years schedule was made with the boys team in mind. We discussed the schedule a lot and Coach Wright made many concessions and agreed to play lesser teams so that the boys might be more competitive. He does not run from a challenge... he would seek it out if he had a chance. High school sports tend to cycle. Oliver Spirings girls are on a high - unmatched in school history (while their boys are on a low). Oak Ridge girls are on a low by their standards. This year would have been a great year for them to play. But let's look at history... the OS vs OR match-up would not be pretty year in and year out. It has not been good for Alcoa's girls (who by the way is even smaller then OS) but the game has a lot of history and is very competitive for the boy's. It just goes to show that scheduling is a lot more difficult than any fan could ever imagine. Congradulations to OS on their high ranking... it is an honor but it is otherwise meaningless. Games are won and lost on the court... players play, coaches coach and sometimes the media recognizes a team for the recent and past success. We have great kids at OS and I am really proud of them.... both the girls and our boys basketball teams. thumb
  5. 5 OT will help the Bobcats but 6'5" in the paint is a challenge. The cats can win this game but they must play together and execute. If the game becomes a hot shot competition the cats could be in trouble. Coach Ingram will be back on the bench tonight after serving a two game suspension for a bogus ejection during the Roane County Classic. He will have a game plan but it will be the players responcibility to get the job done. Good luck, boys. thumb
  6. Just a few comments.... #1 Thanks for the bulletin board material!!! #2 Why in the world would you think that AC could beat OS in Oliver Springs when they could not get the job done on their own court. If anybody has an advantage on the small court it has to be the team that plays there everyday. #3 Rod is a good player but she is not the best player in the district. She could be listed in the top 5 but I feel the district really has no best player right now but has several pretty darn good ones. #4 AC is much improved from a year ago and learing to win is very difficult even if you have new players... add to that the fact that the new players are not accustomed to winning either and there is no reasonable expectation that the new players will help you over the hump. They are better but like other teams in their situation... learning to win is hard. #5 Has AC played Loudon yet? Talk about a team that has had a major change in philosophy with new players... WOW, they are going to be good. If there is a team that could challenge OS for the top spot in the district... I would give the nod to Loudon right now. That is not to say that others are not potential upsets in the making but from what I have seen... Loudon has my respect. Great Job Coach Collins!!!!!
  7. I just have a few comments... First, it is not the coaching. I was not impressed with the ability of the Indian players. They had one kid that could really score but they did not defend with any intensity at all. I also thought that OS could have blown this game open early if there was more pressure because the Indians turned it over like crazy and a little pressure just made it worse. Just a few observations from an outsider. This is the only time I have seen them play and maybe my first impression is way off but from what I saw... I would get rid of the players not the coach.
  8. The answer is simple. The girls and fans from private schools have other things to do than sit - reading and posting threads on a board covering high school sports. Don't take this the wrong way... they have true fans that are interested in their athletic programs but the fans from public schools are much more likely to have a greater interest. Because of this... they (we) tend to spend time reading and posting on sites like CoachT.com. I hope I have not insulted anybody.
  9. Lauderdale... you were at the Loretto game and did not find me??? I am disappointed in you!!! Awesome post by the way - what is this about you not being a basketball coach? I seem to remember that as being a part of your resume. Thank you for keeping "my girls" in line for me. As should have been expected some people that maybe out of ignorance or just jealousy feel the need to run their mouth and create problems where there should be none. I am glad that Brooke is a strong person and will not let what idiots say effect her. I only wish I had her strength or character!!! But I am churlish and cannot help myself. If you can form an opinion about a player after only one game - you are better than the best recruiters in the country. I seem to remember that Seymour was in serious foul trouble in that game... Johnson had 4 in the first half if I remember correctly - that will effect how a player plays the game. I think she is a pretty darn good ball handler and passer - that is why I played her at the point guard position some when she was a freshman and sophomore. The fact that she shoots about 40% or so for a career from the 3 pt line would indicate that she is a fair shooter. The fact that she has scored over 2600 pts would indicate that she is a great scorer with very unselfish teammates. What makes Brooke the best player I have ever coached... 1. great hands 2. humility - she continues to work hard 3. good teamates Carson Newman got a steal. I am proud of Brooke and the rest of the Lady Eagles. I miss my girls but am proud of what they accomplished. Congradulations to Randy Moore and the rest of the Seymour Community. Lauderdale - don't be a stranger.
  10. Does anybody else see the irony of the Lady Bobcats from OZ playing the Cyclones. It may just be the fact that I have a 5 year old daughter and we watch too much TV or we just might have to look behind the curtain tonight and see who the wizzard really is. I wonder if we we will see the horse of a different color or maybe the munchins????
  11. There are many things in life that need to just be ignored... the comment by OS91 is one of them. OS palys Alcoa next - the biggest game of the year. Seymour plays Kingston next - in their biggest game of the year. Wednesday night excitement in Oliver Springs gym #2. Good luck to all of the participants.
  12. I guess I can jump on the band wagon now. I have already written myself a note to buy some butter on my way home... just in case there is another one of those rolls that everybody seems to like so much. As far as Sliger goes... he is awesome - free throws were not his department. That responsibility fell directly on the head coach. If he would have done a better job of preparing his kids then we would not have lost. I guess the wednesday night game will be a western with the redskins chasing the herd. Be careful don't get scalped... it hurts.
  13. Chill..... get a life. The only people on coach T this early in the morning are those thar are celebrating their teams victory and the rest of us drowing in our sorrow!!! Shouldn't you be doing something productive right about now like...... teaching or something???
  14. People that think that a good record is the measure of a quality team obviously know nothing about competition. I guess the year the Lady Vols lost more than 10 games and won the national championship... they stunk?!! Foolish people do not realized that in an honest high school program - there will be cycles of success. There will be years where there is no talent or the best players may be freshman. It is those situations that bring out the best in coaches. Anybody can coach talented teams... good coaches can make weak teams competitive. Usually ignorant "fans" or a parent of a upperclassman that gets passed by that cannot realize when a coach is doing a great job making a team competitive. People that are not biased know better. Coaches do there best to avoid these teams come tournament time because they are playing with fire and could likely get burned.
  15. I have been to a few games at Seymour and can tell you without a doubt it is not the environment but the players that made the difference. Seymour is a player friendly gym... plenty of space, not to loud, etc. Seymour at Heritage more than likely was mental. Confidence breeds success and success breeds confidence. Congradulations to the Lady Eagles for making a huge step... continue to dream and work to achieve.
  16. Do you think it might be the 6'4" kid in the post????? Maybe it is the 5'4" kid on the wing!!!! I am not sure which one but it is definately one of those two players. Call me kookie but that's just my opinion.
  17. Caton's Chapel is in the Hills between Gatlinburg and Townsend. What a great place to work - super principal and staff. They usually do not have one of the stronger middle school basketball programs in Sevier County... but I could not tell you anything about this years team. Good Luck OS.
  18. I do not know how Wartburg originally got its name but I do know that those Vespie kids could shoot a wart off a frog from about 19 ft 6 inches. They are talented kids. And what about daddy Vespie... is there anything that man does not do in Wartburg? He produces that players, officiates the JV game and then does the announcing for the varsity. Talk about a jack of all trades... good luck to the bulldogs the rest of the journey.
  19. I don't know but I have heard that the pizza really flows following a home game at AC. Thanks for the kind words... By the way OS won in a blowout. Kingston tried the diamond and 1. Laura Hall had only 2 pts but the team was awesome. They shared the ball and everybody laid it on thick. Congrates to the Lady Bobcats.
  20. I realize that there may not be a lot of people that really care about teams that are not having great seasons but... Who are the best teams with the worst records? Many teams have growing pains and get better as the season progresses. In my opionion the best of the worst records may be Loudon. Coach Mitchell has done an awesome job bringing those kids along this season. They have a good mixture of young players and at least one very valuable returner in Curtis. Kudos go to big E and the Redskins...
  21. I did not enjoy the last visit to the No Chance Hotel. The accomadations were terrible. It seems like everybody there got FREE PIZZA exept for me. The only thing I got free was my tail kicked. I need to ask Coach Wright if he has a frequent traveler card for the No Chance Hotel chain.... maybe that is why he always receives such good hospitality everytime he goes on the road.
  22. Now we are talking!!!! The best concession in East TN has to be at Lenior City. It makes the trip worth wild and is definately the place to do all scouting if at all possible.
  23. Word on the street is that today is the day for your annual 25th birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I do not know which Roane County game you are planning to cover tonight but I hope you have a great day and even a better weekend. Thank you for all that you do in covering the area high school sports. We all appreciate you very much.
  24. Great game. I thought the Redskins were going to really challenge AC and they had them sweating through the first half. Great coaching by Eldridge... calling a TO with 6 seconds in the quarter and getting a big 3 at the buzzer and getting the ball back to begin the quarter to score again... that was the real beginning of the end of the game. Good players make plays but that was just a great example good game managment by the coach!!! Well done!!!
  25. Not to take anythng away from Seymour - Lord knows I love those girls to death - but... a friend of mine was at the game and said that some of the vital Sevier County players were sick and even throwing up in the trash can at the end of the bench during the game. Having said that... the win for Seymour was big. The fact that Heritage also beat Sevier County that week is not suprising because Heritage is also very good and Sevier County is still probabaly still a little under the weather. Nothing has been decided about anything during the last week of basketball other than teams have played games and somebody always wins and somebody always loses. Seymour plays Sevier County and Heritage later during the year. They will have yet another chance at both of them again and the team that plays better that night will win. With a little luck, Oliver Springs will play Seymour again later during the region tournament and the better team on that night will win that game also. With yet a little more luck, there is a chance that both Seymour and Oliver Springs will be in the state tournament and the same game will be played again. I hope Sevier Co and Heritage also have the same opprotunities as Seymour and Heritage. I do not know of many other teams that deserve it more than the ones mentioned above.
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