ORHS boys basketball pancake breakfast is Saturday

The annual Oak Ridge High School boys basketball pancake breakfast is Saturday, September 5, at Applebee’s from 8-10 a.m.

Tickets are $5, and people can purchase them at the door.




Five Wildcats score goals in 7-1 win over Central

Oak Ridge Lady Wildcats Zoe Van Hook and Central Bobcats

Oak Ridge sophomore Zoe Van Hook (17) just before scoring her second goal against Central in Knoxville on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, giving the Wildcats a 7-1 lead with about 28:30 remaining in the game. (Photo by John Huotari/Oak Ridge Today)

 

Note: This story was last updated at 2:10 p.m. Sept. 2.

KNOXVILLE—Five Lady Wildcats scored goals in a 7-1 win over Central in Knoxville on Tuesday.

Oak Ridge dominated with 28 shots on goal, compared to three for the Lady Bobcats, and the Lady Wildcats kept the ball in the Central end of the field most of the game.

Sophomore Zoe Van Hook and freshman Kate Hausladen scored two goals each, and seniors Alex Allen and Macy Barclay each scored one and so did sophomore Chloe Nussbaum.

Van Hook, a midfielder, scored first for the Lady Wildcats (5-0), but forward Emily Wise quickly answered for Central (2-7), making the score 1-1 early in the game. The one goal for the Lady Bobcats ended a four-game shutout streak for Oak Ridge. [Read more…]

Oak Ridge No. 1 in latest football polls

Oak Ridge Wildcats Logo

Information from WYSH Radio

The latest high school football polls were released Monday, and Oak Ridge has found its way to the top of the Class 5A poll. After beating Dobyns-Bennett in Kingsport on Friday, the Wildcats jumped to Number 1 in the 5A poll.

Sevier County is ranked Number 4, with Rhea County Number 6, Knox West Number 7, and Morristown West Number 8.

In Class 6A, Maryville remains in the Number 1 spot after handling Fulton on Saturday, and Dobyns-Bennett fell to Number 10 after their loss to Oak Ridge. [Read more…]

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Dragons rally, hold off Hurricanes in 45-42 classic

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After a disastrous start that included two interceptions, one of which was returned for a score, and falling behind 21-0 after the first quarter, the Clinton Dragons staged a comeback that will be talked about for years to come as they rallied for a heart-pounding 45-42 triumph over the visiting Morristown East Hurricanes on Friday.

The Hurricanes dominated the first quarter, taking the first possession of the game the length of the field in a drive that lasted 5:05 and scoring on a one-yard Bryson Stephens plunge.

The next drive resulted in a rare mistake by senior quarterback Tyler Thackerson that resulted in an interception.

One play later, the Hurricanes’ Frank Rogers galloped 71 yards to give Morristown East a 14-0 lead. [Read more…]

Oak Ridge Fall Basketball League available for boys, girls grades 1-6

The Second Annual Oak Ridge Fall Basketball League is available for boys and girls from first to sixth grade.

Evaluations are Wednesday, September 16, or Saturday, September 19.

The Fall League starts October 31 and ends December 12.

The cost is $70 per player. [Read more…]

Appalachian Toyota Roundup is Sept. 4-7 at Windrock Park

Windrock Park

The Appalachian Toyota Round-Up will be held at Windrock Park on Labor Day weekend September 4-7.

Featuring the FJ Cruiser, Tacomo, 4Runner, and more, this event is open to all Toyota vehicles.

“There will be catered food, live music, and of course, wheeling,” a press release said.

The event kicks off Friday night with a meet and greet, along with dinner and live entertainment. [Read more…]

Man walking across America treks through Oak Ridge

Ryan Ray Walk Across America Oak Ridge Sign

Ryan Ray, left, is walking across America from Los Angeles to New York, and he passed through Oak Ridge on Monday. Pictured above with Ryan on Monday morning on North Illinois Avenue are Hazel Carroll, Jana Walker, and Carla Brooks, all of Wartburg. (Photo by John Huotari/Oak Ridge Today)

 

Note: This story was last updated at 6:21 p.m.

He’s walked more than 2,300 miles and posed for thousands of selfies with people he’s met along the way. On Monday, he passed through Oak Ridge, trekking from Oliver Springs to Powell.

Ryan Ray is walking across America from Los Angeles to New York City. It’s a 3,050-mile journey that will include a stop at the White House and is expected to end in Times Square on October 10.

Ray said he is following his passions: speaking, traveling, and writing.

“Follow your dreams,” he said during a 90-minute walk from a welcome sign at the north end of Oak Ridge on North Illinois Avenue to the intersection of South Illinois Avenue and Lafayette Drive on the south side of town. “Nothing is impossible.” [Read more…]

Roane State women’s basketball players earn academic honors

Kassidi Freeman

Kassidi Freeman

Roane State Community College sophomore basketball player Kassidi Freeman of Madisonville earned top academic honors in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association, or TCCAA.

Six additional players also received recognition for their academic performance.

Freeman had the highest grade-point average (3.83) of any women’s basketball player in the TCCAA. She was named a TCCAA Distinguished Scholar-Athlete.

Roane State sophomores Cayla Oglesby (Lake City) and Danielle Slack (Madisonville), and freshmen Haley Cornellison (Kingston), Madison Hampton (Dayton), Amber Hudgens (Sparta), and Sydney Marek (Cookeville), also received Distinguished Scholar-Athlete recognition.

“I’m very proud of how well our athletes performed academically,” Roane State head coach Monica Boles said. “Their hard work and dedication helped them excel both on the court and in the classroom.”

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Oak Ridge Wildcats Defense at Dobyns-Bennet Indians

The Oak Ridge defense stops Dobyns-Bennett quarterback Cole Maupin (6) during a 17-14 win for the Wildcats in Kingsport on Friday. Wildcats making the stop are Gavin Warrington (11), Jamalcolm Henderson (53), Kyndall Clark (54), and Adam Manookian (35). (Photo by Julio Culiat)

 

KINGSPORT—A tipped pass intercepted by the Oak Ridge defense at their own 11-yard line with less than three minutes to play saved a 17-14 win for the Wildcats at Dobyns-Bennett on Friday. See the story here.

Here are pictures by Julio Culiat and John Huotari.

Oak Ridge Wildcats Tee Higgins and Dobyns-Bennett

Oak Ridge junior receiver Tee Higgins (5) led all Wildcats in receiving with 136 yards on seven carries, four first downs, and one touchdown at Dobyns-Bennett in Kingsport on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. (Photo by Julio Culiat)

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Tipped, intercepted pass saves 17-14 win for Wildcats at Dobyns-Bennett

Oak Ridge Wildcats Defense at Dobyns-Bennet Indians

The Oak Ridge defense stops Dobyns-Bennett quarterback Cole Maupin (6) during a 17-14 win for the Wildcats in Kingsport on Friday. Wildcats making the stop are Gavin Warrington (11), Jamalcolm Henderson (53), Kyndall Clark (54), and Adam Manookian (35). (Photo by Julio Culiat)

 

Note: This story was last updated at 12 p.m. Aug. 29

KINGSPORT—A tipped pass intercepted by the Oak Ridge defense at their own 11-yard line with less than three minutes to play saved a 17-14 win for the Wildcats at Dobyns-Bennett on Friday.

Before the tipped pass and interception, the Indians had blocked a Wildcats punt at the Oak Ridge 33 and driven to the Oak Ridge 10. The Wildcats were ahead by three, but Dobyns-Bennett had a chance to tie the game or even take the lead.

But with 2:39 to play, Wildcats senior defensive end Alex Alcorn blocked a pass by Indians quarterback Cole Maupin, and senior linebacker Adam Manookian intercepted it, shifting the momentum from Dobyns-Bennett back to Oak Ridge.

After the interception, two big runs by senior quarterback Jordan Dunbar helped the Wildcats (2-0) get the football into Dobyns-Bennett territory, where Oak Ridge was able to let time run out at the end of the fourth quarter.

“It was definitely a nail-biter,” Manookian said. “They were so close to the end zone.” [Read more…]

Lady Wildcats have fourth shutout, Hausladen has eight goals in two games

Oak Ridge and Karns Soccer Leah Scudder and Ellie Brown

The Oak Ridge Lady Wildcats beat the Karns Lady Beavers 3-0 on Thursday. Among those pictured in red above are Wildcats Leah Scudder (22) and Ellie Brown (8). (Photo by Terri Blair)

 

The Lady Wildcats have four shutouts in their first four games, and freshman forward Kate Hausladen scored eight goals in two of them.

Oak Ridge beat Karns 3-0 on Thursday. Sophomore midfielder Zoe Van Hook scored two goals, and senior forward Macy Barclay scored one, Lady Wildcats Coach Jeff Trombly said.

He said Oak Ridge had most of the possession on Thursday and controlled most of the game.

“We were…very pleased with the results,” Trombly said.

The girls soccer team is now 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the district. [Read more…]

Higgins, Wildcats receiver, commits to play football at UT

Oak Ridge Wildcats Tee Higgins Clinton Dragons

Junior receiver Tee Higgins (5) celebrates his first touchdown catch for the Oak Ridge Wildcats against the Clinton Dragons on Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. Higgins had three catches for 57 yards and two touchdowns. Higgins announced on Monday that he has committed to play football for the University of Tennessee. (File photo by John Huotari/Oak Ridge Today)

 

Oak Ridge junior wide receiver Tee Higgins announced on Twitter on Monday that he has officially committed to play football at the University of Tennessee.

Higgins, who is a 6’4″ and 185 pounds, is the No. 1 Class of 2017 prospect in the state, according to 247Sports.

Higgins chose the Volunteers over scholarship offers from more than a dozen other teams, including Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma, and Ole Miss. [Read more…]