From the mid-season stride of basketball and wrestling season through the football playoffs, News & Neighbor was on hand to capture some of the year’s best moments in local sports. Two of the area’s premier sports photographers, longtime News & Neighbor contributor and award-winner Bart Nave, and newcomer Dakota Hamilton, helped capture it all – with occasional help from Jeff Keeling. We invite you to enjoy this look back at a year that included a state runner up finish for Science Hill’s boys soccer team, many competitive team playoff runs, and some high-level individual performances.
Daniel Boone’s Emily Sizemore dishes a pass Jan. 14 in a win over Dobyns-Bennett. Photo by Bart Nave
University High’s Miranda Honeycutt gathers in a shot to left field. Photo by Dakota Hamilton.
Crockett’s Ryan Burger makes a play at third base. Photo by Bart Nave
Science Hill defenders swarm toward a loose ball in the team’s homecoming game victory over Erwin (N.C.) Photo by Bart Nave
University High soccer players celebrate their overtime conference championship win over Elizabethton in October. Photo by Jeff Keeling
Science Hill’s Lauren Trent, right, fights for possession. Photo by Bart Nave.
Jessica Foister helped lead Grandview’s volleyball team to a county championship. Photo by Bart Nave.
David Crockett’s Dustin Day drives the lane Dec. 2.
Photo by Bart Nave.
Science Hill’s Kerina Macariola. Photo by Dakota Hamilton
Daniel Boone and Science Hill runners lead the pack in an early turn at Oct. 29’s regional cross country championships. Photo by Jeff Keeling
Khalil Bradley leans away from a fastball in a Johnson City National Little League game. Photo by Jeff Keeling
Science Hil’s Rob McDermott streaks down the left flank in a playoff win over Oak Ridge. Photo by Jeff Keeling
Science Hill quarterback Justin Bedard nearly scored against Maryville on this first quarter play, but also suffered a concussion that knocked him out of the game. Photo by Bart Nave.
Science Hill’s Emily Fabel nearly dislodges the ball from the goalkeeper’s grasp. Photo by Bart Nave.
Teammates on Little League champions Lightning celebrate a home run by Colin Blevins in the semifinal win over Spa Glow. Photo by Jeff Keeling
Tyrek Perkins of Science Hill hurdles a defender after a reception in an early season win over Elizabethton. Photo by Bart Nave.
Haley Grindstaff delivers a pitch for David Crockett.
Photo by Bart Nave. Photo galleries at: bart.ifp3.com
Harrison Barrett of Science Hill clears an obstacle in the steeplechase. Photo by Dakota Hamilton, docophotography.com
B.J. Edwards of city champions Lightning rips a line drive down the third base line during Lighting’s semifinal win over Spa Glow. Photo by Jeff Keeling
Spa Glow outfielder Khalil Bradley successfully runs down a line drive to center field in the city Little League semifinal. Photo by Jeff Keeling
Science Hill Junior Devin Fry tries to maneuver around a falling Tennessee High player in the ‘Toppers regional final victory. Photo by Bart Nave
ETSU quarterback Austin Herink operates in the pocket. Photo by Dakota Hamilton
James Garst, then a Daniel Boone senior and now an ETSU runer, competes last spring at Science Hill. Photo by Dakota Hamilton
David Crockett wide receiver Eric Day stretches full length as he attempts to catch a pass. Photo by Bart Nave
Lucas Altman helped lead Science Hill to the state final. Photo by Dakota Hamilton
Science Hill senior Alden Bailey, right, and Jones Country’s Torrez Finney size each other up early in their 195-pound match. Finney won by fall. Photo by Bart Nave
Sand flies as Brayden Orsburn of the Cardinals (Johnson City Major League) corrals a fastball. Photo by Jeff Keeling