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Two-sport duo raised the bar

By:  Tim Chambers

Tomahawk Sports Editor

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Johnson County doesn’t have any championships to show for its play on the football and baseball fields in 2016 but a pair of seniors will surely be missed in 2017. Nobody did it any better than Peyton Fenner and Samuel Icenhour.

The duo was selected to the Three Rivers Baseball All Conference team after earning those same honors in football. Fenner led East Tennessee in tackles as a linebacker and Icenhour was a standout on both sides of the ball where he rushed for over 700 yards and was one of the team’s top receivers.

Fenner was named The Tomahawk’s Defensive Player of the Year and Icenhour was a unanimous choice for the squad. That’s likely to be the case too when the All Johnson /Carter Baseball Team gets voted on. Fenner led the Longhorns in batting with a .522 batting average. He hit 12 doubles and drove in 37 runs. He had 48 hits in 92 official at-bats. Icenhour was second on the team with a .475 batting average. He had 46 hits in 97official at-bats and led the team in stolen bases (24) and runs scored (37).

Icenhour is headed to Milligan to major in engineering. Fenner is still undecided but will likely attend locally. Both have the ability to help some small college baseball team should they coming calling. And both are excellent students in the classroom.

Then and Now I am making plans to begin a weekly publication called “Then And Now.” The column will feature standout athletes from earlier years and will update our readers on their whereabouts. Please feel free to email me if you have someone who you would like to see considered. We want players that have been gone for a decade or longer. Little League Spotlight We will also be doing a weekly feature story called Little League Spotlight beginning today. This will be a hodgepodge of things taking place at Cunningham Park. Little League Spotlight will contain pictures and a little bit of everything. It’s going to be like potluck dinner. You don’t know what will be served up from one week until the next.

You may contact Tim by email at [email protected] concerning sports related matters.