By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
Elizabethton and Hampton are Johnson Countys biggest rivals in football and basketball. The same can be said when it comes to baseball and softball with Happy Valley and Unicoi County.
But the perfect rival game is only 30 minutes away on the other side of Backbone Rock if they could find a way to schedule it. Holston High School has an outstanding high school softball program. So it would only be fitting for the two neighboring schools to work out a deal to play each other next season.
Lisa Blackburn is the head softball coach at Holston High School. Her Lady Cavaliers reached the semi-finals of the VHSL in 1A before losing to Parry McCluer 11-7.
Holston ended its season at 25-5. They return six starters next season.
Blackburn said that replacing senior starters Chelsey Wampler, Rachel Frost and Caitlyn Deel would be hard. She should try walking in Johnson Countys shoes.
The Horns must replace Emory & Henrys Cindi Edington. They must also deal with the losses of Hope Nelson, Abby Reece, Meghan Walters, Kalli Sluder and Demi Blevins.
They return starters Kelsey Duperry, Jayme Jennings, Brianna Snyder and Michala Cretsinger. Eden Fenner and Morgan Eggers are another pair of players who contributed nicely.
Game on? Not yet.
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