SportsJCHS golf team takes third in match

The JCHS golf team continued to have success in their second week of matches, despite rain and scheduling conflicts. Reduced down to just two days of play, the Longhorns were still able to come out on top against talented teams like Elizabethton and Happy Valley. Once again a trio of amazingly talented players led Sullivan South to carry the overall match at Tri-Cities Golf Course but Johnson County was still able to pull off a fairly close third place ranking just behind Sullivan East.

“It’s all about practice, practice, practice,” Coach Steve Arnold said about trying to improve enough to take the top spot. “We have not played our best golf yet. Our biggest enemy right now is mother nature. If we can play at least three matches a week, our scores will improve. South and Tennessee High play well because they are on the course seven days a week playing or practicing. You have to get into a rhythm to play good golf.”

Despite the challenge, most of the key players in Johnson County’s top four spots were still able to pull out in the low to mid 40s. Senior Nathan Timbs was back with the lowest stroke count at 42, but teammates Morgan Eggers and Isaiah Penley were right on Timbs heels at 43.  More...

Horns come up short in final scrimmage before season

Johnson County played in their third and final scrimmage of the pre-season early last week, taking to the road against the Daniel Boone High School Trailblazers in what largely became a skills contest. Unlike earlier scrimmages against Cherokee and Volunteer, the match-up against Daniel Boone was much less formal, only going a few plays at a time and involving numerous switches in the lineup between varsity and JV players. Ultimately coming up short two touchdowns to one, Coach Don Kerley seemed glad that his team remained competitive throughout the evening but attributed the loss to the relative inconsistency.

“It was a controlled scrimmage and we didn’t really go by yard markers,” Kerley said.  “We went 10 plays. They turned it over two or three times. I think that even though they got us 2-1 on the score, if we were playing a regular game with the yard markers and everything else, that it might have been different.” More...

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