Carrs Competing At Local Tracks
Pioneer Days Classic
Take National Championship
At Local Tracks
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.
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
The Annual Pioneer Days Softball Classic, sponsored by the Overton
County Softball League, was held Friday, July 14, and Saturday,
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, 6'3Ó
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
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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