The Oak Ridge girls’ soccer team finished second in District 3-AAA, and the Lady Wildcats will play Farragut in a Region 2-AAA semifinal game today (Tuesday, October 17).
Today’s game is an elimination game, meaning the season is over for the loser. The winner will be guaranteed at least two more games, the Region 2-AAA championship and a Class AAA sectional game. The sectional games will determine which eight teams will play in the Class AAA state tournament.
The District 3-AAA tournament championship game was Thursday at Powell Middle School. Powell, the top seed in the district tournament, won 6-0. Oak Ridge was the number two seed.
It was the third year in a row that Oak Ridge (10-8-1, 3-1 District 3-AAA) and Powell (13-3-1, 4-0) played for the District 3-AAA championship—and the fourth time in five years. The Lady Wildcats won last year 2-0, and the Lady Panthers defeated Oak Ridge 1-0 in 2015.
Note: This story was last updated at 11 a.m.
Oak Ridge Coach Joe Gaddis got his 300th win as a football coach during a 42-6 win over Clinton on Friday.
Gaddis is only the seventh football coach in Tennessee to get 300 career wins, and he is one of only two active coaches with 300 wins, Oak Ridge school officials said. Gary Rankin of Alcoa is the other. Rankin was the first in Tennessee to win 400 games, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported in September.
Fans and players, parents and coaches, and students and school officials celebrated Gaddis’ milestone 300th win with a brief ceremony on Blankenship Field on Friday that included fireworks and photos, and signs and a football painted with the number 300 that was presented to Gaddis.
More than half of Gaddis’ wins have been at Oak Ridge, where he is 162-36. Gaddis first coached at Oak Ridge for 11 seasons, from 1988 to 1998, and he is in his fifth season back, after returning in 2013.
“I’m coaching at the best place there is to coach,” Gaddis said. “This is just a special place.” [Read more…]
The Oak Ridge Lady Wildcats volleyball team will play in the Region 2-AAA tournament at home today, and the girls’ soccer team will play in the District 3-AAA tournament, also at home.
The volleyball team (24-9) won the District 4-AAA championship on Tuesday, October 3. With a 6-0 district record, the girls were undefeated in District 4-AAA and the top seed in the district tournament.
Oak Ridge, the District 4 champion, will play Heritage, the District 3 runner-up, in a regional semifinal in Wildcat Arena at 5:30 p.m. today (Tuesday, October 10).
The two teams met twice during the regular season. The Lady Mountaineers won the first one 3-0 at Heritage on September 25. The Lady Wildcats won the second game 2-1 in the Courtside at Concord Tournament on September 30. [Read more…]
Oak Ridge won the District 4-AAA volleyball championship on Tuesday, sweeping Bearden in three straight sets. It’s the second year in a row the girls have won a district championship and the fourth district championship for Oak Ridge in five years.
The District 4-AAA tournament was played in Wildcat Arena at Oak Ridge High School on Tuesday. The Lady Wildcats (24-9, 6-0 District 4-AAA) advanced to the championship game by beating Halls in three straight semifinal sets.
The scores of the Oak Ridge-Halls semifinal sets were 25-14, 25-17, and 25-18.
The scores of the Oak Ridge-Bearden championship sets were 25-12, 25-23, and 25-17.
Lady Wildcat senior Olivia Milloway was named most valuable player of the district tournament. Seniors Emily Lawless and Reagan Dickens were named to the All District Tournament Team. [Read more…]
Here are photos by Luther Simmons of the Oak Ridge Wildcats student section, WildBand and Color Guard, and cheerleaders and fans at three recent football games. [Read more…]
Nine Oak Ridge Wildcats scored in a 49-3 rout of Karns in the homecoming football game on Blankenship Field on Friday.
Seven different Wildcats scored touchdowns, and two kickers added extra points.
It was the third region win for Oak Ridge (5-2, 3-0 Region 3-5A) and the third straight win for the Wildcats.
The three remaining regular-season games are all region games:
- Clinton (2-4, 0-2) at home on Friday, October 13;
- at Powell (5-2, 2-2) on Friday, October 20; and
- at Fulton (5-1, 2-0) on Friday, October 27.
The Wildcats do not play this coming week.
Oak Ridge finished with a season-high 324 yards rushing on 33 carries and five touchdowns on Friday. The previous high was 112 yards rushing against Farragut on September 8. That was the only other time this season that the Wildcats have had more than 100 yards rushing in a game. [Read more…]
Jeff Trombly has resigned as Oak Ridge boys’ and girls’ soccer coach.
The resignation was effective immediately, Oak Ridge High School Athletic Director Mike Mullins said Tuesday.
Assistant Coach Katrina Williams will be the interim girls’ soccer coach for the rest of the season, Mullins said.
A search for boys’ soccer coach will begin as soon as possible, Mullins said.
It’s not clear why Trombly resigned. Oak Ridge Today has not been able to reach Trombly for comment, but we will update this story when we can. [Read more…]
The Oak Ridge Wildcats improved to 4-2 for the season with a 30-14 win over Sevier County at home on Blankenship Field on Friday.
The Wildcats are now 2-0 in Region 3-5A. Their remaining four games are all region games.
After their season-opening win at home against Hardin Valley, the Wildcats:
- lost 28-25 in a non-region game at Dobyns-Bennett in Kingsport on August 25,
- won 17-15 in their first region game at Campbell County on September 1,
- were shut out 41-0 at Farraugt, a non-region opponent, on September 8, and
- won their second region game, 23-13, over West at home on September 15.
The win over Sevier County this past Friday night was the second straight win for the Wildcats.
Here are the four games remaining, all Region 3-5A games:
- at home against Karns (2-4, 0-3) on Friday, September 29;
- at home against Clinton (2-3, 0-1) on Friday, October 13;
- at Powell (5-1, 2-1) on Friday, October 20; and
- at Fulton (4-1, 2-0) on Friday, October 27.
All games start at 7:30 p.m.
Here are highlights of the season so far: [Read more…]
Note: This story was updated at 10 a.m. Sept. 25.
Here are photos of the Oak Ridge High School Wildcat Marching Band performing with the Pride of the Southland Band on Saturday at Neyland Stadium before and during the University of Tennessee and UMass football game.
The WildBand participated in the march to the stadium and the patriotic themed halftime performance.
Here are pictures by ORHS Counseling, Teresa Ledden, Ginger Meadows, Jutta Bangs, and Danny L. Weeks, along with a video by Kristin Hensley. [Read more…]
Here are photos by Luther Simmons from the Oak Ridge football game at home on Blankenship Field against West on Friday, September 15. Oak Ridge won 23-13. It was the third win of the season, out of five games total, and the second region win of two played. [Read more…]