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Carrs Competing At Local Tracks
Pioneer Days Classic Held Recently
Stars Take National Championship

 

 

 

 

Carrs Competing At Local Tracks

Jeremy Carr took his first win of the season on June 3 at Tennessee Motor Speedway, winning in a field of 25 cars in the four-cylinder class. The win came after battling engine problems throughout the early season. On hand with him after his win are his mother, Vickie Carr, left, and his sister, April Carr, right.

 

 

 

April Carr finished third at Scenic Raceway in Scott County on Friday night after starting on the outside pole of the Limited Late Model Division. When the race started, she realized the brake setup was wrong for the track condition and had to adjust, causing her to fall to fifth. She quickly charged back, passing the fourth place car and soon began to battle for second, rubbing tires and metal along the way. Blocked out on the last lap, she took third. She will again compete at Scenic on Friday, July 28.

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Pioneer Days Classic Held Recently

The Annual Pioneer Days Softball Classic, sponsored by the Overton County Softball League, was held Friday, July 14, and Saturday, July 15.

The opening game saw West End Sports/Gary Maxwell Insurance defeat Berkline 21 to 0. West End Sports/Gary Maxwell Ins. was led by John Reagan, Mike Matthews, Mark Meadows, Brad Carr, and Eddie Dailey, who each went 3 for 3. Mark Lee went 2 for 2, and John Reagan added a home run.

Berkline was led by Shane Nivens, who went 2 for 2. Kelly Taylor went 1 for 1 and Jacob Cummings went 1 for 2. Huckeby Construction defeated D&R Paving 16 to 2 in the second game of the tournament.

Huckeby was led by Kenny Tayse, who went 3 for 3. Mickey Huckeby and Gerald Ferrell each hit 2 for 2. Waylon Ledbetter and Paul Hunt added a home run each.

D&R Paving was led by Scotty Cole, Barry Webb, Keith Miller, Scotty Beaty, and Andy Stafford with 1 hit each.

The third game saw Echo Valley Market come from behind to defeat West End Sports/Gary Maxwell Ins. 8 to 7. Echo Valley Market was led by Bill Roberts, who went 3 for 3 with a home run. John Jones, Buddy Hancock, Brent Hunter, and Marvin Stephens also added 2 hits each. Chris Hunter also hit a home run.

West End Sports/Gary Maxwell Ins. was led by Mike Matthews and Randy Wilson with 3 hits each, while John Reagan, Steve Boles, and Mark Lee added 2 hits each. John Reagan also had a home run.

The Pioneer Classic fourth game saw Jackson defeat Huckeby Construction 10 to 7. Jackson was led by Jeff Flowers with 5 hits, while David Jackson and David Bohannon added 4 hits each. David Bohannon and Rat Westmore-land also had a homerun each.

Huckeby was led by Terry Kingery and Greg Parsons with 3 hits each. Chris Story and Paul Hunt also had a home run each for Huckeby.

The fifth game of the tournament saw D&R Paving eliminated from the tournament with a 14 to 3 defeat by West End Sports/Gary Maxwell Ins. West End Sports/Gary Maxwell Ins. was led by John Brooks, Mike Matthews, John Reagan, Brad Carr, and Mark Lee with 3 hits each.

D&R Paving was led by Elliot Poston with 4 hits, while Scott Stowe, Andy Stafford, and Keith Miller added 3 hits each. Berkline was eliminated from the tournament when they forfeited to Huckeby Construction in the sixth game of the tournament.

The seventh game of the tournament saw Echo Valley Markey put Jackson in the losers bracket by a score of 13 to 12. Echo Valley Market was led by Brad Maxwell and Greg Anderson with 4 hits, while Bill Roberts, James Fondren, Chris Hunter, John Jones, and Mark Sutton added 3 hits each. Jackson was led by Jeff Flowers with 5 hits, while David Jackson, David Bohannon, Rat Westmoreland, Rodney Atkins, and Bert Jolley added 3 hits each. Bert Jolley hit a home run.

The eighth game saw West End Sports/Gary Maxwell Ins. eliminate Huckeby Construction by the score of 8 to 7. West End Sports/Gary Maxwell Ins. was led by David Moore with 3 hits, while Randy Wilson, John Brooks, Scott Barlow, John Reagan, Mark Meadows, Mark Lee, and Eddie Dailey added 2 hits each.

Huckeby was led by Andy Parsons, Kenny Tayse, Tracy Welch, Paul Hunt, Terry Kingery, Mark Neely, and Gerald Ferrell with 2 hits each. Kenny Tayse hit a home run.

Game nine saw West End Sports/Gary Maxwell Ins. eliminate Jackson by a score of 11 to 10. West End Sports/Gary Maxwell Ins. was led by John Brooks and Mike Matthews with 4 hits each, while Randy Wilson, John Reagan, Steve Boles, and Mark Lee added 3 hits each. John Reagan also hit a home run.

Jackson was led by David Jackson with 3 hits while Rat Westmoreland, Matt Jolley, Brandon Thomas, Bert Jolley, and Jeff Hammock had 2 hits each. Matt Jolley hit a home run.

The final game of the tournament saw Echo Valley Market win the tournament over West End Sports/Gary Maxwell Ins. by the score of 15 to 1. Echo Valley Market was led by Bill Roberts, James Fondren, Chris Hunter, John Jones, and Buddy Hancock with 3 hits each.

West End Market/Gary Maxwell Ins. was led by Scott Barlow with 3 hits, while Randy Wilson, Mark Meadows, John Brooks, John Reagan, and Eddie Dailey added 2 hits each.

Echo Valley Market placed first in the tournament with second place going to West End Sports/Gary Maxwell Ins. and Jackson placing third.

All-tournament players were Terry Kingery of Huckeby Construction, Jeff Flowers of Jackson, Randy Wilson, Mike Matthews, and Mark Lee of West End Sports/Gary Maxwell Ins., and Bill Roberts, James Fondren, Chris Hunter, John Jones, and Greg Anderson of Echo Valley Market.

John Reagan, playing for West End Sports/Gary Maxwell Ins., took home both the Home Run trophy and the Most Valuable Player trophy.

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Stars Take National Championship


The Tennessee Stars, the nation's most successful AAU girls basketball program, won another national championship in Chattanooga on Saturday, July 15. The 16-under Stars squad downed the Oklahoma Air Sooners 75-64 to win the 2000 crown, the club's eleventh overall.

Tennessee Stars head coach Lynn Burkey remarked, "This was the finest group of shooters I have ever put together on one team. I will enjoy watching the tape of these games for a long time to come."

Veteran coach Burkey, of Oak Ridge High School, led his talent laden team into the 64-team tournament as a dark horse to win the title. Also in the Stars' four team pool, Pool M, were the Michigan Motor City Blazers, the Dayton Hoopstars, and the Maine Hurricanes.

The top two teams advance from each of 16 pools. Those 32 teams then complete double elimination bracket play for the championship.

The Tennessee Stars made short work of Michigan's Motor City Blazers 76-42 on Saturday morning, July 8 in a game played at Girls Preparatory School. Tennessee's defensive intensity and superior depth proved insurmountable for the Great Lakes State squad.

At a different site, Baylor School, later the same day, the Stars battled eighth seeded Dayton Hoopstars for Pool M supremacy. The advantage in depth again came into play as the Volunteer State team won down the stretch 83-73, with Memphis-Briarcrest's Ashley Earley totaling 29 points.

Sunday's game three in Pool M at Georgia's Dade County High matched the Stars against the Maine Hurricanes. Behind Earley's 25 points and Livingston Academy's Stephanie Sullivan's 7, the Stars marched on into bracket play with a 106-86 win.

After two days, the tournament field had been cut in half. Thirty-two teams now would contend for the crown.

The first round of bracket play found the Tennessee Stars matched with the Missouri champs, the Kansas City Dream Team. The Stars tandem of Earley and Bradley Central's Brittany Jackson became a nightmare for the Dream Team, as each totaled 17 in the lopsided 81-45 win at Hunter Middle School in Ooltewah.

Tennessee, famous for its long rifle marksmen, lived up to its reputation as the Stars bucketed 17 treys en route to a 107-71 victory over Indiana's Ft. Wayne Orthopaedics in Tuesday afternoon action in MacLellan Gymnasium on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Ashley Earley again led the assault with 27. Brittany Jackson scored 21 points, including five treys. Katie Sipe, the Coffee County gunner, scored 15 points, on five 3-point baskets. Stephanie Sullivan, the Livingston Academy center, tallied 6 in the win.

Playing for the first time in Site 1, the McKenzie Arena, the Tennessee Stars rolled over the Mohr Magic of Indiana 77-60. Earley again led the attack with 23 points. This win advanced the Stars into the Final Four winners bracket play.

On Thursday afternoon, July 13, the McKenzie Arena crowd saw the Tennessee Stars gain a measure of revenge over the Illinois Hustle, the team that eliminated the Stars in the 1999 championships. The Stars led 38-27 at half-time, and behind Ashley Earley's tournament high 38 points, held off the hard charging Hustle in the second half to win 76-71.

Friday morning's 10:30 tilt in the winners bracket finals at McKenzie Arena found the three-time defending champion Oklahoma Air Sooners putting their title on the line versus the deep, talented shooters of Tennessee. Concentrating on Earley, the Air Sooners forgot about Jackson, who torched them for a game-high 28 points. LA's Stephanie Sullivan came up big in her biggest game, knocking in 4 key points, playing super defense, and pulling down huge rebounds against the bigger Air Sooners, in particular, 6'3 center Lacy Mingee, and Lauren Selmon, daughter of former Oklahoma Sooner football star Dewey Selmon. The 83-82 squeaker catapulted the Stars into the national championship contest.

The Stars' opponent would come from one of three - the Maryland Lady Runnin' Rebels, the Illinois Hustle, or the Air Sooners of Oklahoma. In the losers bracket, the Lady Runnin' Rebels ousted the Hustle 59-40, after being beaten by the same team 75-57 two days earlier. This set up Friday night's losers bracket finals where the Oklahoma Air Sooners narrowly escaped the Lady Runnin' Rebels 51-50.

On Saturday morning, July 15, McKenzie Arena lacked the drama of the games of the previous day as the Tennessee Stars shone brightest by marching to their eleventh title with a 75-64 conquest of the Oklahoma Air Sooners.

Tennessee Stars standout Ashley Earley was named All-American and tournament Most Valuable Player. Earley has committed to Vanderbilt University. Also named to the All-American team was Brittany Jackson, who has committed to the University of Tennessee.

Oklahoma head coach Bob Pigg commented after the finals, "I saw them (Stars) earlier in the week and thought then they were the best team in the tournament. We just had our tank on E today when we tried to deny the ball late in the game."

 

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