High School Athletics in the Sequatchie Valley has been recovering from a postseason football high, so it’s natural to need a break from sports before picking them–and everything else in your life–up after the first of the year.
So, in the meantime, we’re here to keep you in the loop on the basketball and wrestling circuits. And we promise there’s something for everybody in this week’s rewind.
Whitwell Wrestling Impresses at Charger Invitational
Finishing 7th out of nearly 20 teams on Saturday, several wrestlers made their names known, including TD Argo, Will Carter, and Warner Ashworth. Argo picked up 3rd in the 220-pound weight class after falling by a 7-2 decsion in the semifinals against East Hamilton’s David Bohn. Argo then pinned Fulton’s Jose Galan in the second period before picking up a forfeit win over Sale Creek’s Kaleb Penny. A classification down, Will Carter wrestled his way to Runner-Up in the 195-pound weight class, falling by a one-point decision to Boyd-Buchanan’s Kell Stott. Ashworth got a 3rd place bid in the 170-pound class after making it to the semifinals and falling by a pin to Chattanooga Christian’s Alex Hundley, currently sits atop the Pin-TN State Rankings in that classification. In the consolation bracket, Ashworth picked up two pins in under a minute in the semis and 3rd place match. Both Ashworth and Carter will have to avenge their losses to pick up an individual state tournament berth later in the year. (Argo’s loss competes in the AAA classification and not the A/AA classification that Whitwell competes in.)
Marion Girls’ Hoops Splits Rhea Christmas Classic
After starting the season 3-0, The Lady Warriors picked up their first loss of the season Friday night against Triple-A opponent McMinn County. The Cherokees, though, hold a 7-5 record against an impressive slate of teams including wins over Meigs County and Rhea County. The Lady Warriors, though, picked up a win Saturday night over a 2-8 Ooltewah team while at the Rhea County Christmas Classic. Randy Ellis and company now sit at 4-1 on the season with their next contest on Tuesday, January 3 at Grace Baptist (Chattanooga). Marion County’s schedule, though, is very back-loaded and hectic as they were only play their first game after football’s championship run.
Indians Find Niche at Charger Mat Tourney
Jay Brock headlined the pack for Sequatchie County as they picked up the 2nd Most points of the teams with 6 or less wrestlers in the field. (Boyd-Buchanan picked up 4th overall with the same number of wrestlers on their roster.) After falling to Signal Mountain’s Joey Harig in the second round by a pin in the 1st period, Brock fought his way all the way to the 3rd place match, where he downed Harig, in a twist of irony, with 9-2 decision. With no byes for Cameron Weaver in the 152-pound weight class, he needed a win the first round to keep his placing hopes alive. Unfortunately, he would fall to Knoxville Grace’s Eric Beecham by a pin in the 2nd period. Weaver, though, wrestled four more matches on the night before falling to East Hamilton’s Kevin Siniard by pinfall in the 3rd-place match, leaving him with a fourth place spot in the weight class. No. 1 and No. 2 in the state in the weight class battled in the the championship, but Weaver was unable to face either in the tournament. Logan Silvers fell a match short of competing in the 3rd place match after claiming a 7-seed coming into the day.
Bledsoe Boys’ Hoops Splits at Sale Creek Tournament
The Warriors took their game to the Sale Creek Tournament Friday and Saturday as they faced both Grace Baptist and Loretto. On the hardwood, Bledsoe County took down the Golden Eagles 53-45 before falling to another Single-A program in Loretto. The Mustangs sit at 8-2 and were a sizeable opponent for the Warriors. The Warriors sit at 4-7 on the season with three of their wins coming in the last four games.
Indian Hoops Trumps South Pittsburg, Davis Nearing Win No. 1000
Both sides of the gender spectrum picked up wins on Friday night as they travelled down to The Pitt. The Boys took a 20-point, 77-57 victory while the girls trumped the Pirates 71-62. Girls’ hoops is still winless in district and has lost three of their last four, but head coach Ronnie Davis is on the cusp of a record. According to an online source in 2013, Davis had 945 wins before taking over the reigns in Dunlap, combining his stints on both sides of the gender spectrum. Since joining the Indians Davis has won 54 games and sits one shy of hitting 1000. In his next game, which will come in the Whitwell Christmas Tournament–and is thus far unannounced–Davis will have the chance to put No. 1000 on his resume as a basketball coach on either side of the spectrum.
More Christmas Tournaments Around the Corner
Van Buren County (Boys’ and Girls’) will be headed out to the Heritage Christmas Tournament in Maryville, Tennessee on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (December 19-21) to take on some quality teams as they get ready to slow things down for a holiday break out in Spencer. It is unannounced who the Eagles will pay at the tournament. Also in action, Bledsoe County (Girls) is getting ready to take on Clarkrange Tuesday at 2:00 PM as apart of the White County High School-based (Sparta, TN) Sonic Shootout Tournament. Their boys’ team competed at the Sale Creek Tournament this past weekend. Whitwell will be hosting a Christmas Tournament of its own the weekend after Christmas. It will feature Sequatchie County, Grundy County, and, of course, Whitwell, all on the both sides of the gender spectrum.