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Longhorns' or 'Road Warriors?' You tell me

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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Johnson County might want to consider changing their nickname to “Road Warriors” during the 2015 football season. The TSSAA recently sent out its recommendation with seven schools (enrollment numbers included) slated to join Johnson County (675) in Region One 3A.
Chuckey-Doak (613), Claiborne County (800), Northview Academy (394), Pigeon Forge (697), West Greene (672), Unicoi County (789) and Elizabethton (792) will help form a new conference if it passes.
The eight-team league is a plus when it comes to scheduling but the travel could be a nightmare for fans.
Pigeon Forge High School is 148 miles away but it’s a great place to spend the night and shop if you can afford it.
Northview Academy is a 135-mile bus ride one way to Kodak, just minutes from Sevierville and Pigeon Forge.
Claiborne County High is the second longest trip at 143 miles one way. West Greene and Chuckey Doak are located 102 and 90 miles respectively from Johnson County.
Fans will welcome the 35-mile trip to Elizabethton and 46 miles one way over to Unicoi County. Hopefully some of Johnson County’s rivals like Hampton, Happy Valley, Cloudland and Sullivan East will fill those final three spots on the schedule.
Team moms might also want to consult with Yogi Bear about how to pack a picnic basket. It’s going to take several to feed these young men down and back.
And the three-hour bus rides can take its toll on a person and that’s no “Booboo.”

Jamboree or Not
They call it a Jamboree but it’s nothing more than a “glorified dress rehearsal.”
That’s my take on what took place at Sullivan East High School last Thursday.
Each of the eight teams in the Watauga Conference along with Hampton and Unaka took part playing one quarter apiece. The league teams also held their media day.
The intentions were good when this thing started but it’s now becoming a fiasco.
I like having all the coaches and players available to talk to in one place as a media person. But no player wants their team picture taken inside an opponent gymnasium with different school colors in the background.
For the fan hoping to get a sneak preview, don’t bother.
The majority of teams were still playing football. Some of the girl squads had just completed volleyball and soccer.
Sullivan South had all five of its starters still on the gridiron. The same could be said for many others.
Johnson County boys had taken part in a scrimmage earlier that day. They held out football players Chase Phillips and Cody Bailie along with point guard J.R. Speed.
Defending girls’ state champion, Elizabethton looked impressive in their win over Sullivan East.
It was hard gauging the Lady Longhorns who played Sullivan East’s junior varsity.
Micahla Cretsinger and Kourtney Tolley combined for seven and six points in Johnson County’s 18-5 showing.
Freshman Courtney Brooks had a basket and her twin sister, Brittney, nailed a three.
I guess the jamboree can be a great thing if you’re lacking experience and want to play in front of a crowd.
For me, I prefer to see more Hall of Fame games.

Hall of Fame Game Changes
The Hall of Fame games for Friday night have been moved to Thursday according to Johnson County boys’ head coach, Austin Atwood. This was done because some of the participating schools are playing football on Friday.
Here is a list of games on tap inside of Ray Shoun Gymnasium
Thursday (All Boys Games)
6:00 Science Hill vs Johnson County
7:30 Science Hill vs Avery County
9:00 Avery County vs. Johnson County

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