By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
A new football season is just around the corner which gives me one last moment to reflect back on the 2014-15 athletic season. Johnson County didnt earn a team championship in any sport, yet there were several special moments which occurred.
This week marks my tenth month of being named sports editor at The Tomahawk. And like David Letterman, I want to reveal my top 10 list to commemorate 10 special sporting events.
1. There is nothing better than beating Elizabethton if youre a Longhorn fan. Johnson Countys 51-44 basketball win over the Cyclones is the top story.
The Longhorns overcame a 13-point deficit in the second quarter to win by seven. And they did it on the Cyclones home court.
Theyve got tough kids but I think ours are just as tough, said head coach Austin Atwood. It was a huge win for us.
It was a terrible loss for Elizabethton. It knocked them out of a first place tie with Sullivan South. They finished second in the league race.
Chase Phillips had 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead the way. He went on to be named conference Player of the Year.
2. Perhaps the biggest win was a 65-55 win over Big 7 conference kingpin David Crockett.
The Longhorns held sharpshooter Patrick Good to only two first half points. Jose Guzman led the way with 18 points. Phillips and Cody Bailie added 14 and 11 points respectively.
The Longhorns would hit 18-of-20 free throws in the game.
3. One of the biggest upsets occurred on the baseball diamond when Johnson County knocked off Sullivan East 3-2. And they did it in dramatic fashion.
They trailed 2-1 going into their final at-bat. Nick Whiteners sacrifice fly scored Samuel Icenhour for the game-winning run.
Daniel Livorsi had a big hit to lead off the inning and scored the tying run. Logan Sargent tossed a complete game four-hitter to earn the win.
Manager Pete Pavusek singled out the entire team for making plays and getting the timely hits. Peyton Fenner made a pair of good plays at short and drove in Johnson Countys first run.
Whitner and Livorsi had two hits apiece. Samuel Icenhour was 1-for-2 and scored twice.
4. The first ever All-Tri-County made up of players from Johnson, Carter and Unicoi Counties had a Longhorn flavor.
Chase Phillips was selected as Player of the Year in basketball and signed to play with Milligan College. Cindi Edington was Co-Player of the Year for girls softball and cast her lot to play at Emory & Henry.
Jake Bower was selected as the Defensive Player of the Year in football after racking up 118 tackles.
5. Andrew Matherlys special senior day certainly deserves to be in the top five. The faculty and staff at JCHS are to be commended. Brumit Sports of Elizabethton donated Andrew a varsity lettermans jacket with his name embroidered along with a trophy. They deserve a special high five for that.
Andrew went out and celebrated by showing off his shooting touch in the students/faculty game played in front of jam-packed Ray Shoun Gymnasium. It was deafening inside there after he sank his first shot of the game.
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