Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Sports Columns

March 8, 2012

Oh Good Grief: SMHS makes history with state tourney appearances

CROSSVILLE — For the first time in Cumberland County history, both Stone Memorial basketball teams are in the state basketball tournament in the same year.

The Lady Panthers defeated Waverly Central Wednesday afternoon in the Class AA bracket to advance into today's semifinal round at 11:30 a.m. against Obion County, while the Panthers will open play next Wednesday in the boys state tournament.

The boys draw is Saturday morning in Murfreesboro.

This is the Lady Panthers third trip to the state tournament in six years, and the Panthers second straight appearance.

Over the years, both CCHS teams have made it into the substate, but never to the  state tournament. The last time that happened was in 2004-'05, when the Jets lost at Siegel and the Lady Jets were beatent at Oakland.

Stone Memorial isn't the only school with both teams in the state tournament this year. Cloudland and Wartburg qualified in Class A, while Livingston and CPA represent Class AA and Memphis Central, Clarksville and Science Hill are from Class AAA.

There was great support for the Class AA games. SMHS, CPA, Livingston, Loudon and Waverly had excellent contingents Wednesday. The Riverdale-Mt. Juliet crowd was large, as the two Middle Tennessee teams tangled in the tough Class AAA bracket. Riverdale came away with the victory, and played Memphis Overton in today's semifinals.

Coach Radhika Miller and members of the Lady Jet basketball team attended Wednesday's session, as well.

If this isn't "March Madness," what is?


Speaking of "March Madness," the SEC men's tournament kicked off Thursday in New Orleans, with Kentucky, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Florida the top four seeds.

Thursday's opening SEC games wee LSU vs. Arkansas, Alabama vs. South Carolina, Ole Miss vs. Auburn and Mississippi State vs. Georgia.

Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Florida should have NCAA bids Sunday evening. Tennessee needs to do some damage in the SEC Tournament to secure a NCAA bid. An NIT bid is not out of the question.

The ACC, Conference USA, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 tournaments are also under way this week. Belmont won the Atlantic Sun, and Murray State won the OVC.

The Lady Vols won the Women's SEC championship Sunday afternoon and will receive an automatic bid into the NCAA women's tournament. Kentucky, South Carolina and Vanderbilt should all get at-large bids.

Is this going to be Coach Pat Summitt's last harrah? She has a chance to win UT's ninth national championship and win her 1,100th victory over the next three weeks.

It will be a tough decision to remain head coach or step down. There will be a lot of people involved from UT Athletic Director Dave Hart to son, Tyler, and Chancellor Jimmy Cheek.


Former Vol Peyton Manning is looking for a new team, as he was released by the Indianapolis Colts Wednesday. He was released rather being paid a $28 million bonus.

Where will the former four-time MVP go? There will be several teams bidding on the services of the former Vol quarterback. He is been rumored going to Arizona, Miami, Seattle, Tennessee, Washington and the New York Jets.

I still predict Manning will wind up at UT as an assistant coach and maybe one day become head coach.

We will be hearing a lot about this for several months.


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


Text Only
Sports Columns
  • Better police needed for college teams enticed to cheat

    Cheating has been part of college athletics probably for as long as people have bothered to keep score.

    July 24, 2014

  • Rocky Top Beat: Vols begin preparations for season opener in eight days

    The start of fall practice is only a mere eight days away. Coach Butch Jones has to be ready to get Team #118 on the field and to start preparations for Utah State.

    July 24, 2014

  • Expectations too high for a rehabbing Woods

    Even when Tiger Woods finished just a few strokes from last place at the British Open, he was one of the  featured topics in stories coming out of Royal Liverpool Golf Club.

    July 23, 2014

  • Rocky Top Beat: Vols focused on Utah

    The SEC media days have come and gone with no real news being generated. A successful media days appearance is usually defined as leaving Hoover, AL without giving a future opponent bulletin board material. Using that criteria, Tennessee left without any major gaffs.

    July 17, 2014

  • Oh Good Greif: Good things must come to an end

    The Dr. Pepper Classic, a long-time tradition at McKenzie Arena, affectively-known as the Round House, will seize, as a couple of teams dropped out, leaving the university in a "lurch," according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press Tuesday morning. Teams wanted a cash guarantee to play, which couldn't be provided (at this time).

    July 10, 2014

  • Rocky Top Beat: Majors Invitational tees off Sunday at Lake Tansi

    It is the second weekend in July and that means Johnny Majors is at Lake Tansi this weekend to host his annual golf tournament. It is always a treat for the local UT fans to interact with those that have been a part of the Vol football program. They come to the plateau each year to renew old acquaintances and share the stories of gridiron prowess from past years. By the way, the stories sure seem to get better with time.

    July 10, 2014

  • Oh Good Greif: 'Dores make history with CWS win

    History was made at the College World Series in Omaha, NE, this week, as the Vanderbilt Commodores baseball team won the school's  first national championship in any sport since the Vandy women's bowling team won the 2007 national crown.

    June 26, 2014

  • Rocky Top Beat: Tyndall hire closes the book on Martin era

    The University of Tennessee was able to close the books on the Cuonzo Martin era of Vol basketball earlier this week when they hired Donnie Tyndall to lead their program. Athletic Director Dave Hart, who conducted the search and the hiring on his own, appears to have found the right coach for this team at the right time.

    April 24, 2014

  • ROCKY TOP BEAT: You never know what will happen next with TN sports

    When you cover UT sports, you never know what is going to happen next. The past two weeks were no exception as they were filled with "the good, the bad and the ugly."

    April 17, 2014

  • Oh Good Greif: Spring in full swing with Masters under way

    With "March Madness" over and the Masters golf tournament under way in Augusta, GA, you know spring has sprung.

    April 10, 2014

Marketplace Marquee
Must Read
Section Teases
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Obama Seeks Limits on US Company Mergers Abroad Large Family to Share NJ Lottery Winnings U.S. Flights to Israel Resume After Ban Lifted Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires Raw: Ukraine's Donetsk Residents Flee Senators Push to End Hamas Threat in Cease-Fire A Young Victim's Premonition, Hug Before MH17 Raw: Deadly Storm Hits Virginia Campground Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Weather Radar
2014 Readers' Choice
Graduation 2014