Science Hill volleyball earns state berth


The Science Hill volleyball team captured the Region 1-AAA title last week and won the subsequent home sectional match against Farragut to wrap up the schools first state tournament berth since 2007.

Sara Whynot hammered the clinching kill to the court to put the wraps on a 15-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-23 victory in the sectional round, triggering a wild celebration. Earlier in the week, the Lady Hilltoppers swept past Dobyns-Bennett in the Region 1-AAA championship match to earn their home sectional match.

The Science Hill girls’ soccer team also wrapped up a championship last week, taking home the District 1-AAA title with a 4-0 win over Dobyns-Bennett. The final score was familiar for both sides as Science Hill had swept two regular-season matches by the same score. 

Sophia Youngman put the Lady Hilltoppers (15-2-1) ahead early with a goal in the opening minutes of the first half. The floodgates finally opened late in the match when Maggie Powell, Megan Burleson and Taylor Jones put the match out of reach.

Powell was named the tournament MVP and was joined on the all-tournament team by Youngman, Jones, Burleson, Ellie Luna, Sarah Luna, Cayden Norris, Kinley Thompson. Burleson, Jones, Noris, Sarah Luna and Claire Roundtree were all named to the all-conference team.

Meanwhile, Jenna Hutchins continued her hot start to the cross country season by winning her fourth race in as many starts and posting her fourth straight sub-17-minute time. Hutchins won the girls’ title against a strong field of runners at the Coach Wood Invitational in Georgia by posting a time of 16:39.06 on the 5K course.

On the gridiron, David Crockett and Daniel Boone were both victorious while Science Hill enjoyed a bye week in advance of their clash against Dobyns-Bennett this Friday night.

In Bristol, Prince Kollie hauled in a crucial catch that set up a game-winning, 38-yard field goal by Edison Gouge that lifted Crockett to a 24-22 win over Tennessee High. Crockett (6-2, 4-0) sprinted out to a 21-0 lead before Tennessee High stormed back to take a 24-22 lead with 1:28 left in the game. But when Crockett got the ball back, Kollie went high in the air to snatch a long pass from Mason Britton to set up the winning kick.

Down in Newport, the drama drained out of the game early when Daniel Boone jumped out to a 38-0 lead at the half en route to a 59-0 victory over Cocke County. Brennan Blair ran for 131 yards and two scores in limited action while Hagen Edwards added a pair of touchdown runs for the Trailblazers (4-3, 3-1).


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