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March 22, 2017

Sports

Grizzly baseball defeats Cumberland Gap in nail-biter

Elmer Smith Grainger Today Correspondent RUTLEDGE – The Grainger High School Grizzly baseball team opened its District 2-AA baseball season at home Monday night against the Panthers from Cumberland Gap. Grainger starting pitcher Justin Sales, who needed only six pitches to retire the Panthers in the first inning, continued an outstanding pitching performance as he

Pitching holds key for Pirate baseball success

Elmer Smith Grainger Today Correspondent WASHBURN – Washburn High School Pirate coach Duke Stratton has a big task for the upcoming season by replacing eight seniors that were instrumental in leading the team to the District 2-A tournament championship last year. Now it’s up to Coach Stratton to try to mold the returning players into

Lady Pioneer softball in a rebuilding year

Elmer Smith Grainger Today Correspondent RUTLEDGE – After sending eight players, six of whom were starters, to the high school team, Rutledge Middle School Lady Pioneer coach Deeann Stratton is in a rebuilding mode for the 2017 season. With a class of eight eighth-graders and five seventh-graders, Coach Stratton must plug quite a few holes

RMS baseball must win with hitting and defense

Elmer Smith Grainger Today Correspondent RUTLEDGE – Rutledge Middle School Coach Gray and his assistants, Toby Reagan and Garrett Yates, have a big task of replacing five or six starters from last year’s Pioneer team, as well as developing the depth that left when another six players moved on to high school baseball. “I’m still

Lady Pioneer softball demolishes Pigeon Forge

Elmer Smith Grainger Today Correspondent PIGEON FORGE – The Rutledge Middle School Lady Pioneer softball team kicked off its 2017 softball season with a resounding 19-2 victory on the road at Pigeon Forge. Tyrah White twirled a no-hitter and struck out 12 batters to account for all of the outs in the game that was

Lady Pirates ready for 2017 season

Elmer Smith Grainger Today Correspondent WASHBURN – The Washburn High School Lady Pirate softball team, which advanced to the region in postseason last year, was hit hard by the graduation of five of last year’s players, according to head coach Tanya Grooms. Now the head coach and her assistants, John Sewell and Karen Coffman, are

Young Lady Grizzlies ready to compete

Elmer Smith Grainger Today Correspondent RUTLEDGE – “This bunch is talented but inexperienced,” said Grainger High School softball coach Rusty Bishop of the 2017 Lady Grizzly softball team. Bishop is replacing six seniors with a talented crop of freshmen who lost only one game last season at Rutledge Middle School.  With the youth in mind,

Grainger baseball looks to senior leadership

Elmer Smith Grainger Today Correspondent RUTLEDGE – The production of the Grainger High School Grizzly baseball senior class of Justin Sales, Nick Conley, Tanner Collins, Landon Holt, Clint Bolin and Hunter Sykes on the mound, at the plate and in the field will have a major impact on the success of the 2017 season. Grainger

Grizzlies special season ends

Elmer Smith Grainger Today Correspondent KNOXVILLE – During summer work and the preseason, the Grainger High School Grizzly basketball team had set a goal of taking the next step and the team did just that by getting to the region finals and into a substate game. The Grizzly basketball team traveled to Knoxville, Monday night,

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