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Sports Update April 20th includes spring sports, hoops awards, more

Here is a look at the scoreboard from Tuesday’s local sports.

On the baseball diamond, Clinton completed its sweep of Campbell County with an 8-2 win on the road. Halls earned a split of their two games this week with Anderson County, beating the visting Mavericks 8-2 on Tuesday. Oak Ridge also salvaged a split with Karns with 4-3 win on Tuesday. Powell rounded out the District 3AAA action by whooping Central 12-1.

In other area baseball action, Wartburg nipped Oliver Springs 6-5; Grace Christian took two from Harriman, winning 3-0 and 4-3; Greenback thumped Midway 10-1; Rockwood doubled up Tellico Plains 6-3; Union County routed Gatlinburg-Pittman 11-1; Coalfield got by Oakdale 5-2 and Oneida clobbered Sunbright 18-0.

In local softball action, Powell drubbed Clinton 21-0; Gibbs handled Anderson County 6-1; Oliver Springs beat Wartburg 10-3; Grace Christian blanked Rockwood 3-0; Meigs County throttled harriman 17-5 and Kingston beat Alcoa 11-3.

On the soccer pitch, Rockwood defeated Union County 5-1.

The News-Sentinel released its All-PrepXtra Basketball teams this morning and there are several honorees from right here in our listening area.

On the girls’ side, Oak Ridge head coach Paige Green was named Girls’ Coach of the Year after leading a Lady Wildcat team made up primarily of freshmen and sophomores all the way to the state championship game in her first season on the Oak Ridge bench. Oak Ridge’s Jada Guinn was voted on to the All-PrepXtra First team, joined on the Second Team by Lady Wildcat teammate Mykia Dowdell (who also earned Sophomore of the Year honors) and Union County’s Madison Brantley. The Third team included Harriman’s Madison Duncan.

On the boys’ side, Oak Ridge super-junior Tee Higgins earned Player of the year honors. Fulton Coach Jody Wright, an Anderson County native, was named Boys’ Coach of the year for a second straight year after leading the Falcons to a AA state championship.

Oak Ridge’s Taijon Jones was named Second team All-PrepXtra, while his Wildcat teammate E.J. Bush earned Third team honors as did Powell’s Conley Hamilton.

The Tennessee Smokies knocked off Montgomery 9-3 on Tuesday. That series continues through Thursday at Smokies Stadium.

In the NBA, the Memphis Grizzlies were blown out for the second time in as many games Tuesday, falling to San Antonio 94-68. The Spurs lead the series 2-0 headed back to Memphis for games three and four.

In the NHL, the Anaheim Ducks handed the Nashville Predators a 3-0 defeat in Nashville, to draw within 2-1 in the series, which continues Thursday in the Music City.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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