Tennessee moves up in national all-sports rankings

By Steve Williams Rome wasn’t built in a day, nor will the University of Tennessee’s athletics program be quickly rebuilt, but Phillip Fulmer is off to a good start. Fulmer, in just his second year as UT’s athletic director, has to be smiling today. On the heels of Tennessee’s women taking top honors in this […]

A Jack of all trades and a master of all

By Steve Williams Jack Tate had on a short sleeve plaid shirt with stripes of Maroon, White and Grey running through it when I met him for a recent interview. That wasn’t surprising. Jack has been Bearden High through and through for parts of five decades. Tate and other retiring Bearden teachers were recognized at […]

A champion runner and a champion teammate

By Steve Williams When Jake Renfree crossed the finish line far ahead of the other Region 2 cross country runners last fall, he didn’t stop running. He immediately made a 180 degree right turn and headed back from where he came. It was an unusual sight at first, but Knoxville Catholic High Coach Sean O’Neil […]

A busy week in sports … and hoping Kellie comes home

By Steve Williams This may be the busiest sports week of the year. Coming on the heels of Sunday’s NASCAR race at Bristol and the NCAA women’s basketball finals will be the men’s title game Monday night. The Tennessee Smokies also wrap up their first home baseball series of the season Monday. Of course, major […]

Smotherman: a TSSAA state tourney fixture since 1960

By Steve Williams If you have a question about past TSSAA state basketball tournaments – like final scores of games, who the champions were or how far a team advanced in the bracket – Nelson Smotherman will have the answer. Starting in 1960 and every season since, he has worked the state tournament in some […]

On the First Day of Madness, my True Team gave to me …

By Steve Williams As we fill out our tournament brackets and look ahead to the start of the NCAA’s Big Dance this week, I’ve composed a little jingle you Tennessee basketball fans may like to sing. The tune goes just like The 12 Days of Christmas. A one and a two …   On the […]

It’s really good to see A-E and Brainerd make it to state

By Steve Williams When I walked into Clifford Ross Gymnasium at Austin-East High School last Wednesday afternoon, boys basketball head coach Marcus Stanton was finishing up a practice session. He didn’t see me enter the gym at first, as he was observing a drill on the far end of the court and getting his players […]

The elimination games are the best at tournament time

  By Steve Williams The region semifinal game. For years it has been my favorite high school basketball game to watch at tournament time. Why that one you ask? The finality of it, something the region finals doesn’t have. Lose in the region finals and you still have a berth in the Sectionals and a […]