Lady Eagle Soccer

Rhea County senior goalie and Lady Eagle basketball standout Mallory Hampton, pictured above recording a stop against Stone Memorial, tallied 14 saves in victories over Polk County (4-1) and White County (10-2) this week.

RCHS Bowling to host tournament

Rhea County High School Bowling will host a no tap shoot out on Sept. 22 beginning at 2 p.m. at Crystal Lanes Bowling Center. It will be a three-game no tap shoot out. Entry fee is $25 per person for the adult division and money will be paid out based on entries.

Youth division entry fee is $20 and division will be determined based on number of entries. Youth prizes include gift cards and new bowling balls. Those interested are asked to register as soon as possible by calling RCHS head bowling coach Steve Williams at 423-883-3041 or by visiting Crystal Lanes Bowling Center in Dayton.

Rhea County Volleyball bounces back

After a huge win over Soddy Daisy prior to defeating Warren County last week, Rhea County (15-9) had a rough weekend at the Choo Choo Classic in Chattanooga over the weekend. Without the services of Maddie Taylor and Brooklyn Conley--both nursing injuries--Rhea struggled to get going dropping matches to Jasper, Ala and Heritage.  

The skid continued this week with setbacks to both district foe Cookeville (25-13,25-12,25-13) and Bradley Central (25-21,25-18) in non-league play on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Rhea finally got back into the win column on Thursday however winning a best-of-three tilt against Hixson’s Lady Wildcats in Evensville by scores of 25-23,25-19 and 25-23.

Head coach Stephanie Burgiss was happy to see her squad pull out a much-needed win after a rough string of games following the big win over Soddy-Daisy.

“We had a rough weekend at the tournament with two of our players out so that really hurt us,” she said. “I knew Cookeville would be tough but, wow, they are just incredibly talented again this year. Overall I think we are still progressing well as a team and several of my key players are only sophomores this year. It was also promising to see our freshman team get the win against Cookeville on Tuesday so I like the potential of the program moving forward,” Burgiss added.

The Lady Eagles return to the court on Monday in a visit to Boyd-Buchanan before an immediate turnaround to play on the road at White County on Tuesday. Rhea swept the Warriorettes in three-straight sets in the home opener on Aug. 22

Rothwell finishes 14th at Chattanooga City Preps Tournament

Rhea County junior Kevin Rothwell placed 14th (tie) in Wednesday’s Chattanooga City Preps tournament at Bear Trace at Harrison Bay.  In the 72-par course, Rothwell fired a round of 76 with a birdie on hole number five and a string of six pars in a row. Head coach Nathan Talley said the course and tournament provided a Kevin a good test as he and his Eagle golf teammates prepare for the upcoming district and region tournaments.

Third time isn’t the charm for Lady Eagle soccer

After dropping tough matches to Ocoee both in the preseason and earlier in the regular season (4-3), Rhea Middle was hoping to deliver a dose of revenge to the Lady Colts on the turf of Bill Horton Field Thursday afternoon.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t in the cards this time either as an early score helped the visitors hold off Rhea Middle once again in a 3-2 victory.

Ocoee scored early in the first half but Rhea Middle found the equalizer on Emma Reeves’ PK with 20:34 remaining in the opening half of play. However, Ocoee would again pull ahead capitalizing on a three-on-one advantage just before halftime to carry a 2-1 lead into the break.

Another defensive lapse pushed the lead out to 3-1 in favor of Ocoee with 24:12 left in regulation. Rhea Middle was able to shave the lead when Kloe Reeves lured the goalkeeper into an attack. The shot attempt was blocked as both hit the turf but provided a nice follow through opportunity for Cammie Ruehling with nobody back in the net to defend.

Though Rhea was able to threaten a few times including a pair of key corner attempts in the final seven minutes, the locals ran out of time as the Lady Colts held on for the district win. Rhea falls to 2-2 on the year with both setbacks coming at the hands of Ocoee. The locals host CCS on Monday before welcoming Athens on Friday, the 13th. Both varsity matches are slated for a 5:30 p.m. kickoff.

Rhea Middle Tennis splits with McMinn

The Rhea Middle tennis teams were back at home on Tuesday hosting McMinn County and battled to a split with the Lady Eagles falling to the Cherokee, 9-0 and the Golden Eagles notching their first win of the season, 6-3.

It was a brutal day for the girls on the court as the Lady Cherokee swept them. Sydney Hampton (loss to Aubrey Gonzalez, 8-1); Marrick Ballard (loss to Lexie Myers, 8-0); Paige Smith (loss to Katie Elliot, 8-1); Meghan Brock (loss to Kim Chrisman, 8-0); Jessica Zheng (loss to Hannah Clark, 8-0) and Chloe Smith (loss to Katelyn Edmonds, 8-2) all suffered defeats in singles play.

Gonzalez/Elliot won an 8-4 decision over Hampton/Ballard, Chrisman/Myers fought to the 8-1 triumph over P. Smith/Brock and Clark/Edmonds carried an 8-0 doubles win back to Athens.

Andrew Morgan (def. Tucker Swafford, 8-6); Hank Logsdon (def. Nic Giles, 8-2); J.P. Brannen (def. Andrew Brown, 8-3) and Ben Garrison (def. Jake Ramey, 8-3) in singles play.  McMinn’s Nicholas King survived against Jack Thedford, 9-7, and Gage Hester was the victor over Cooper Smith, 8-3.

McMinn’s Swaffrod/Giles edged Morgan/Logsdon (9-8) in a tough match but Brannen/Thedford squeaked by Brown/Hester,  8-6,  and Smith/Charlie Ives shutdown King/Ramey, 8-2. Amos Goins topped Gage Hester in JV play, 6-0.

RMS will host Ocoee on Monday at 4:30 p.m. before a trip to Athens’ Ingleside Courts on Tuesday.  

Middle School Football Recap

Without the services of quarterback Bryce Dupre who was sidelined after an injury suffered against Rockwood last week, the Sweatbees were unable to overcome the blow to their offense. DCS fought to the end but fell to Oneida on the road Thursday night, 14-8. The loss was Dayton’s first of the season, bringing the overall record to 3-1. DCS now refocuses on bouncing back in just the second home game of the year on Thursday, Sept. 12 when the Bees host Meigs County at 6 p.m.

Spring City continued to be dominant on the defensive side of the ball Thursday night as they shutout hosting Marion County in Jasper, 22-0. The Bulldogs (5-0) are on a roll and making noise in the Sequatchie Valley League. After opening the year with four straight home games, Spring City will now be road warriors preparing for a trip to South Pitt next Thursday at 7 p.m.

Rhea Middle (3-1) had the week off and is set to host McMinn County on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Lady Eagle soccer wins big at Polk, Sparta this week

Rhea County Lady Eagle soccer continued a solid start to the season Tuesday night with a 4-1 road victory over Polk County. The Lady Wildcats struck first but Rhea County scored four unanswered to take the win.

Sophomore Sophie White paced the locals with two goals and an assist, senior Tori Mitchell pitched in one goal and two assists and sophomore Michaela Reeves also found the back of the net. Freshman Shaylie Needham tallied one assist in the game as well.

In her first year on the Lady Eagle soccer team, senior goalkeeper Mallory Hampton was again a lock down force in the net with 10 saves. Head coach Katherine Bradley said she is very proud of the team’s hard work so far, overcoming the loss of two key seniors (Hannah Deakins and Mikinna Quick) in the preseason due to injury.

“We’re definitely missing them but I have been very impressed with Sophie and Tori rising to the challenge. They’ve had some great combos and are working well together,” she said.

Rhea County’s road warriors wrapped up a six-game set away from home on Thursday when the Lady Eagles visited White County and returned to Evensville with a resounding 10-2 district 6-AAA triumph over the Warriortettes. The locals posted 22 shots and overpowered Sparta from wire to wire.

White was again the fire-starter for her squad scoring Rhea’s first goal en route to a hat trick. Cassidy Robinson assisted her first goal and her second of the night was courtesy of Mitchell.

She then returned the favor for Rhea’s third and fourth goals, which were credited to sophomore Allison Prescott and freshman Shaylee Needham, respectively. White’s third goal of the night came off a deflection and Reeves joined in on the points party courtesy of Robinson’s second assist of the night. Reeves’ second net appearance of the night came on a free kick and Mitchell was the beneficiary of Kinsley Ervin’s assist.

Freshman Hallie Smith went unassisted for Rhea’s ninth goal of the night and senior Haley Cameron, also in her first year on the Lady Eagles soccer squad, posted the final Rhea County goal off of Needham’s assist.

Hampton posted four saves in the win. White County fell to 0-7 on the year while the Rhea (5-1-1) notched its third straight victory on the pitch. The ladies now prepare for a big district tilt with Cookevile’s Lady Cavs with action set to kickoff at Bill Horton Field at 7 p.m. in Evensville.

Two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass fishing tournament set for Watts Bar Lake Sept. 14

The T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Volunteer Division will wrap up their tournament season for anglers with a two-day BFL Super Tournament on Watts Bar Lake, Saturday, Sept. 14 and Sunday, Sept. 15. Up to 400 boaters and co-anglers will be competing for top awards of up to $11,000 and $4,500 respectively in the two-day event. Take off is set for 7:30 a.m. local time with weigh-ins to be held at 3:30 p.m at Tom Fuller Park located at 101 N. Chamberlain Road in Rockwood, Tennessee.

BFL Volunteer division competitors can expect a good day of fishing in this final regular-season tournament of the season. According to recent local reports, bass are still being found in their summertime patterns, with topwater baits, big worms, crankbaits and jigs being the most productive baits. Earlier this season, boater Jeffrey Mahaffey of Bristol, Tennessee won a BFL tournament on Watts Bar Lake targeting isolated laydowns with a spinnerbait. Fans should expect to see a two-day total of 10 bass nearing 32 to 34 pounds win this BFL Volunteer division finale.The full field will compete on the first day of competition, with the top 20-percent advancing to the second and final day of competition.

For complete details and updated information visit For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League on FLW’s social media outlets at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Crossville Rotary Club to host 2nd Annual “Loop the Lake”

The 2nd annual Crossville Rotary Club “Loop the Lake” Falls Run at lake Tansi Village Thunderbird Recreation Center is scheduled for Saturday Sept. 28 beginning at 7:30 a.m. (CST) The center is located at 106 Deer Run, Crossville, Tenn. 38572.

There will be an 8.2 mile run that loops Lake Tansi along with a 5k (3.1 miles) run adjacent to the Lake and a 1.1 mile fun run/walk. Starting times will be staggered with the 8.2 mile run beginning at 7:30 a.m.; the 5K beginning at 8 a.m.; and the fun run/walk at 8:15 a.m. Please note all times are CST.

All proceeds will be used to support local Rotary projects including scholarships for graduating seniors, Christmas food boxes and more.

Individual entry fees are $30 and long-sleeve T-shirts will be given to all runners registered on or before Sept. 15. Shirts will be made available to late registrants only while supplies last.  Those interested can register online at

For additional information, contact Steve Douglas at 931-200-2741 or by email at

Crystal Lanes Bowling Results

Sparetime - 08/26/19

 (1) Team 3           14-2

 (2) Near Sighted     8-8

 (3) Ladies Choice    8-8

 (4) The Mountain Cla 7-9

 (5) Four Of A Kind   7-9

 (6) Gladys & The Boy 4-12

Men’s high game sc. - Dale Gunderman (279); high game hdcp. - Dale Gunderman (291); high series sc. - Dale Gunderman (704); high series hdcp. - Larry Owings (785)

Women’s high game sc. - Wanda Mitchell (189); high game hdcp. - Wanda Mitchell (278); high series sc. - Wanda Mitchell (470); high series hdcp. - Wanda Mitchell (737)

Wednesday Classics - 08/28/19

 (1) 3 Men & A Lady   12-4

 (2) Country Boys     11.5- 4.5

 (3) Tail Draggers    10.5- 5.5

 (4) No Spare Time    10-6

 (5) Losers           8-8

 (6) Split Happens    6-10

 (7) Vacant           4-12

 (8) Shamlessy Namele 2-14

Men’s high game sc. - Toby Carter (258); high game hdcp. - Rob Frailing (295); high series sc. - Toby Carter (712); high series hdcp. - Rick Clark (799)

Women’s high game sc. - Marie Wines (176); high game hdcp. - Patti Fitzgerald (267); high series sc. - Mary Mcclay (515); high series hdcp. - Kristine Frailing (715)

Bryan College - 08/29/19

 (1) X Men            2-1

 (2) Brittany Spares  2-1

 (3) Bowling For Cere 1-2

 (4) Big Bowler Brand 1-2

 (5) The Lady Striker 0-3

 (6) Bcb              0-3

Men’s high game sc. - Jordan Self (151); high game hdcp. - Jordan Self (218); high series sc. - Jordan Self (292); high series hdcp. - Andrew Biddle (426)

Women’s high game sc. - Anna Sanders (124); high game hdcp. - Anna Sanders (231); high series sc. - Kie Bright (244); high series hdcp. - Anna Sanders (438)

Vols-bomber - 08/29/19

 (1) Balls Out        11-5

 (2) Nosey Wanda’s Te 11-5

 (3) Alley Cats       10-6

 (4) Got 2 B Kidding  7-9

 (5) Hell I Don’t Kno 6-10

 (6) Team 6           3-13

Men’s high game sc. - Jeremy Bishop (246); high game hdcp. - Vic Taylor (275); high series sc. - Mike Harvey (667); high series hdcp. - Dale Gravett (755)

Women’s high game sc. - Jamie Morgan (220); high game hdcp. - Wanda Mitchell (267); high series sc. - Jamie Morgan (537); high series hdcp. - Wanda Mitchell (712)

Friday Live - 08/30/19

 (1) Slopmasters      15-1

 (2) Rays Rollers     12-4

 (3) Ny Jets          10-6

 (4) Vagabons         10-6

 (5) Junk Yard Dogs   9-7

 (6) Scared Splitless 9-7

 (7) X Men            4-12

 (8) Pain Management  4-12

 (9) Just Do It       3-13

(10) Vacant           0-16

Men’s high game sc. - Chris Neal (279); high game hdcp. - Dale Gunderman (289); high series sc. - Chris Neal (771); high series hdcp. - Chris Neal (795)

Women’s high game sc. - Jamie Morgan (184); high game hdcp. - Brenda Finley (239); high series sc. - Jamie Morgan (497); high series hdcp. - Donna Moyle (664)