Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

This may be the first time in career as a sports editor/sports writer I've had two columns in the same issue. First of all, I want to say the annual Fall Sports Preview is finished. A lot of people are involved in putting out this section (Section C of the paper), and I used what information and resources I have available.

Every coach at both high schools and the elementary schools were given a questionnaire to supply information about his or her team for the preview stories in the special section. I learned some coaches are more detailed than others.

In some cases, I went back into last season's stories which were still archived on the Chronicle Web site or in the bound volumes.

I do appreciate everyone's help, especially SMHS Athletic Director Scott Maddux and CCHS AD Jon Hall for their help, too.

Also, Walt Riches will again be taking photos at both CCHS and SMHS athletic events this season. Thanks to Irv Kemp for supplying information on the Lady Jet soccer matches.

•Kudos go to Rick Dockham of Rick's Pizza on Miller Ave. for coming up with the "King of the Mountain" trophy to go the winner of the CCHS-SMHS football game. The winner gets to hold the trophy for one year. Last year, Stone posted a 22-20 victory on Panther Field.

The Panthers finished 8-2 last season, while CCHS was 0-10.

•The Cumberland County elementary football league will be having its first championship game on Oct. 2 at SMHS. The league has been divided into two divisions — the CCHS division (South, Brown, Martin and Pleasant Hill), which I'm going call the Blue and Gold Division, and the SMHS division (Homestead, Crab Orchard, North, Pine View and Stone), which will be the Black and Gold Division.

The Black and Gold Division will make my colleague Jim Butler happy, as those are the Vanderbilt Commodores colors.

Elementary softball is currently under way at Crossville Centennial Park. I want to thank Doug Loveday for submitting the standings last week.

•Congratulations to former Lady Jet Alex Kimbrell for signing to play softball at Tusculum College in Greeneville, TN, and to Andrew Houston for signing with ETSU to run track. Houston's former teammates, Stuart Bowen and Justin Kerley, are also at ETSU to run track, since the Johnson City school as no football program.

Kudos to Lauren Brown for continuing her softball career at Tennessee Wesleyan. She joins former Lady Jets Ginny Swearengen and sister, Lindsey Brown, at the Athens, TN school. Former Lady Jet Cyndi Gilpin is an assistant coach at TWC.

Ed Greif is the Chronicle sports editor and his column appears periodically. He can be reached at

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