Co. A 278th Regiment holds Reunion at Etowah Depot

Veterans of Co. A, 278th Regiment of the Tennessee National Guard held their annual reunion at the Depot Park in Etowah. The gathering annually celebrates the Unit being nationalized Sept. 1, 1950 and their departure by train from the Etowah Depot to Fort Devens, Mass. Jimmy R. Williams, a unit member and president of AMVETS, Dept. of Tn., emceed the event. During the meeting there was a Memorial Service and roll call of former members who have passed away since last years’ meeting. The Memorial Service was followed by a playing of Taps.278th Depot
Attending the event this year were Jimmy Williams, Bill Stewart, Buddy Sneed, Bob Cooley, Gene Perry, Scott Green, Tom Champion, Les Cole, Glenden Miller, Carl Bearfield, Charlie Blair, Roy Trew, Hoyt Martin, Jerome Fain, Kenneth Stone, James Coleman, Rual Johnson, and Loyd Morgan.
Lunch was provided by Tellico Iron Works 2636, United Daughters of the Confederacy for the veterans, their families and friends. Group photos were taken of the attendees in front of the Memorial on the grounds of the Depot and the Depot itself. The depot was the departure point of the troop train that took the unit to their destinations.

Cougars lose to the Bears

The Copper Basin Cougars took on the Tellico Plains Bears this past Friday night at Tellico’s stadium. Weather became a factor right as the half time buzzer went off; the game was delayed due to lightening. After over an hour, they were cleared to start the third quarter.Copper Basin received the kickoff. Cougars scored on their first possession of the game, and moved the ball up and down the field from then on, but could never find the end zone again en route to a 20-6 loss at Tellico Plains on Friday, Sept. 11. Cougars head coach Patrick Daley said the effort of his players was outstanding, but mental mistakes doomed the team.

“They played hard, gave a great effort, and I’m proud of their intensity, but we also have to play with more intelligence,” Daley said. “We made the same mistake over and over on defense, just lined up wrong almost every play, but our effort was so great we stayed in the game and held them to just three scores.”
The Cougars moved the ball well in the game, led by senior quarterback Jackson Ledford and junior running back Peyton Sosebee. Sosebee was named the offensive player of the game by the coaching staff for his consistent effort running the ball. Senior lineman Ben Galloway was named the defensive player of the game, while senior tight end and punter Joey Sparks was named the special teams player of the week for the second week in a row. Sparks also scored the only touchdown of the game for the Cougars on a 20-yard pass catch from Ledford.
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Daley said that repeated delay of game penalties debilitated several Copper Basin drives. “We teach the quarterback to watch the back judge. His arm is straight up in the air at five seconds, and goes down a quarter of the way for every second until the play clock runs out,” Daley said. “At least three times they called delay of game on us and the back judge still had his hand straight up in the air.” Don’t get me wrong,” Daley added. “I don’t believe it was done on purpose. I believe it was just an error.” Regardless of the penalties, Daley said the overall number of mental mistakes was the reason the team lost. “But all of those lapses can be corrected this week,” Daley said. “And they had better be before South Pittsburg.”

The Cougars play new division opponent South Pittsburg in a rematch of the Class A quarterfinals game won by Copper Basin last season. Daley said the recipe for beating South Pittsburg consists of ball control and keeping the Pirates’ offense off the field. “They aren’t as big or as physical as Hayesville, but they are a lot faster,” Daley said of South Pittsburg. The coach added that two of the Pirates’ biggest weapons are a pair of juniors: Quarterback Hogan Holland and running back Joseph Lily III. “Holland is a big, tall guy and they like to run power formations and sneaks with him,” Daley said. “And Lilly is faster than anybody we’ve seen yet.” The Cougars and the Pirates will face off beginning at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 18 at Copper Basin High School.

Lady Wildcats Reach Double Figures

For the ninth consecutive year, the Polk County Lady Wildcat varsity volleyball team has reached double digits in wins. The 2015 edition of the Lady Cats won their eighth, ninth and tenth matches with wins over Tellico, Sequoyah, and Loudon. Their record is now ten wins against one loss in the 2015 campaign. The Lady Wildcat junior varsity picked up their sixth win of the year against only one loss with a straight set victory over the Tellico junior varsity, 25-15, 25-16.
In their first match of the week, the Polk varsity defeated the Tellico Lady Bears in straight sets, 25-15, 25-18, 25-15. “Tellico is a young, but improving team, and we have to play them three more times. I think as they get better, the challenge to us is going to be even greater.”, Coach Danny Rogers stated. The Lady Wildcats were led by junior Aubrie Bowman who had 4 kills. Bowman also had 3 blocks and was 10 for 11 in serving. Beth Wilson had a stellar night behind the service line, hitting on 25 of 26 serves. Shyanne Gray had 2 service aces for the Lady Wildcats.

Shyanne Gray hits a return in an earlier win. (Photo by Jim Caldwell)

Shyanne Gray hits a return in an earlier win. (Photo by Jim Caldwell)

Two nights later, the Lady Cats traveled to Sequoyah to take on the host school and Loudon in a tri-match. In the first match of the night, Polk dispatched Sequoyah in straight sets, 25-20, 25-18, “Both of those sets were tight until right at the last. This is another team that is improving as the season progresses, and I really don’t look forward to having to deal with them come tournament time.” Katrina Brackett and Riley Moats led Polk with 5 kills each, while Bowman had 2 blocks. Bracket also had 3 service aces to lead the Lady Cats. In the second match of the night, the Lady Wildcats romped over an under manned Loudon team 25-9, 25-7. “This was not the Loudon team that we are accustomed to competing against. They had 3 starters, including their libero, who were not there, and in volleyball that makes you a whole different team. They will be back to full strength when we go up there Tuesday, and I am betting they will be waiting to get revenge.” The Lady Cats had twenty-one kills, their high for the season so far. Riley Moats had 6 kills, while Aubrie Bowman and Katrina Brackett had 5 each, Sissy Waldroup had 3, and Catherine Tudisco had 2. Beth Wilson had a stellar performance from the service line, hitting 23 out of 24 services, with 3 service aces. Wilson also had 3 digs to lead the Lady Cats.

Central Downs Polk

Polk played the “take-away” game and scored on their first possession to take a 7-0 lead over McMinn Central but it was downhill from there in their September 11th loss to the Chargers. The ‘Cats also had their best scoring output for the season but it still wasn’t enough to overcome the Chargers in the 40-20 loss. Turnovers again were a big factor in the outcome of the game as Polk put the ball on the ground six times and Central recovered four of them thus limiting the ‘Cats’ scoring opportunities. There were some bright spots though. Polk had their best scoring game of the year with the three TDs with each score by a different player and there were some younger players again stepping up and playing key roles.

Kyle Dunn and Jake Carden put a hit on the Central ball carrier inducing a fumble that was recovered by Chandler Stafford and led to Polk's first score of the game. (Photo by Jim Caldwell)

Kyle Dunn and Jake Carden put a hit on the Central ball carrier inducing a fumble that was recovered by Chandler Stafford and led to Polk’s first score of the game. (Photo by Jim Caldwell)

Polk kicked off to start the game and recovered Central’s fumble to start their offensive series at the Charger 36 yard line. Kyle Dunn, a freshman, hit the ball carrier inducing the fumble and Chandler Stafford, another freshman, recovered to give the ball to the ‘Cats. Polk scored on the 6th play of the series on a QB sneak by Nate Waters, again a freshman, Reno Wimberley kicked the PAT, and Polk led 7-0 with 9:59 left in the first quarter. Central took the KO and drove 90 yards for a score and tied the game at 7-7. After the kickoff Wimberley picked up 18 yards on two carries but two plays later Polk returned the “fumble favor” and Central recovered, drove 47 yards for a TD and took the lead 13-7.

On the first offensive series of the 2nd quarter Polk came up an inch short on a 4th and four turning over the ball to Central at their 38. Central then scored on a 75-yard pass-run play for a 20-7 lead. Polk’s next series was cut short on a fumble on a punt attempt, Central recovered and scored on their first play on a 42 yard run for a 27-7 lead, still in the first half.

The game encountered a one hour weather delay because of a lightning infused downpour with 3:58 left in the quarter. After play resumed Polk began at Central’s 45 and scored on the 4th play of the series. The score occurred when Ben Norwood took a pitch from Waters and completed a 43-yard pass-run to Dunn, Wimberley kicked the PAT and Polk cut the lead to 27-14.

 Reno Wimberley carries the ball to the Central one-yard line setting up Nate Waters' sneak for a Polk TD. (Photo by Jim Caldwell)

Reno Wimberley carries the ball to the Central one-yard line setting up Nate Waters’ sneak for a Polk TD. (Photo by Jim Caldwell)

Polk had the ball to start the 2nd half but fumbled on the 2nd play, Central recovered and ran it in for a TD and took a 34-14 lead with 11:03 left in the 3rd quarter. Central scored their final TD of the game on their 1st possession of the final quarter for a 40-14 lead. Polk took the KO and drove 45 yards for a score on Norwood’s surge from the four for the final 40-20 score. Polk recovered a Charger fumble with 1:58 left in the game but couldn’t score.
Norwood led the Polk offensive effort with 88 yards on 18 carries, scored a TD and also had the one pass completion for a TD. Wimberley had 32 yards on 16 carries, Dunn had his best game of the season with 31 yards rushing on 4 carries and caught the TD pass, Teddy Mealor gained 11 yards on 6 carries, and Waters had 2 carries for 5 yards and a touchdown. Polk will play host to Bledsoe County Friday night with the game starting at 8:00PM.

Copper Basin Golf getting underway

By Courtney Montgomery

The Copper Basin High School Golf Teams played Silverdale Baptist Academy on Sept. 1st at the Copper Basin Golf Course. This was the second match between the two teams.

The Copper Basin Girls Team took the team win with a 119. The top two scorers for the Copper Basin Girls Team were Emma Wood with a 56 and Kaitlynn Cribbs with a 59. The Copper Basin Boys Team had a combined score of 222. Silverdale won the match with a 209. The top scorers for Copper Basin were Logan Hutcheson with a 54, Cole Fowler with a 57, Robert Waters with a 55, and Austin Collis with a 56. The teams will play Meigs County on September 10th.s-basin golf

Other individual CBHS scores were as follows:
Jacob Smith 59
Kristen Jack 60
Alaura Rollins 61
Alex Hook 61
Emma Dillard 59
Gracie Hedden 60

Ducktown City Commission notes for September

By Joe Gaskill

The Ducktown City Commission met Thursday September 7th 2015 with all members present. Items on the agenda included the BMX yearly lease renewal, the McMillian property, and issues with the city’s park. The first item of new business was the renewal of the lease on the BMX Park. Commissioner Cearly motioned to renew the lease and Commissioner Trentham Seconded and final approval followed. In other business the commission shortly discussed purchasing the McMillian property after the owner offered to sell to the city. The Commission also discussed several issues going on at the City’s park including theft and the dumping of animals. After some short discussion a Motion was made by Commissioner Cearly to update the cameras at the park and the Motion was Seconded by Commissioner Trentham with approval following. The Commission also heard reports from City Manager Talley. Manager Talley said the red light materials should be delivered by October 7th and hopefully up and running by mid-October. Manager Talley also reported that letters had been sent out to property owners in the city addressing overgrowth and structural code violations. With no further business on the agenda the meeting was adjourned with Mayor Collins motioning and Commissioner Cearly Seconding.

Cougars Claw Panthers

By Courtney Montgomery

Cougars coming on the field with lots of spirit. (Photo by Courtney Montgomery)

Cougars coming on the field with lots of spirit. (Photo by Courtney Montgomery)

Copper Basin High School played Sale Creek High School this past Friday night, September 4th. This was the first time that the two teams met. The Sale Creek Panthers just started its football program in 2013 and hoped to gain their second win Friday night after a big win the week before. The Cougars had other plans though.

Cougars won the toss and elected to receive. Junior Peyton Sosebee fielded the kick and got Basin good field position. It was time for the offense to take the field and that they did, it was quick. Senior Jackson Ledford handed off to Sosebee and he took the ball 30 yards into the end zone for a Cougar touchdown. With a missed field goal, the extra point was no good. Senior Tyler Miller kicked off to the Panthers and they started their drive. The Panther couldn’t move the markers though and were forced to punt. With one minute left on the clock in the first quarter, a short punt put basin on the 37 yard line. Copper Basin had no problem driving the ball down field for another touchdown run by Sosebee and then a two point conversion by Junior Tristian Padgett put the Cougars back at 14-0.
Basin kicked off with 20 seconds on the clock and Sale Creek got on the field with enough time for one big play. Sale Creek drops back and throws right into Copper Basin’s Tyler Miller’s hands. He took the interception 15 yards and set the Cougars up on the 5 yard line. That would end the first quarter and Copper Basin would now go down to the opposite end zone and set up for the start of the second quarter. Again #44 Sosebee took the ball in for his third touchdown of the night, and with a good extra point the score was now 21-0. Multiple Cougars got their chance to score Friday night, Senior Dustin Brown scored on a short three yard run and Senior Joey Sparks caught a deep 35 yard pass from quarterback Jackson Ledford for a Copper Basin touchdown.

Cougar Senior #32 Dustin Brown on the carry.

Cougar Senior #32 Dustin Brown on the carry.

At the end of the half, Copper Basin suffered a loss. Starting Junior full back Tristian Padgett had to leave the game due to injuries and would not return, freshman Austin Montgomery would take his place. In the beginning of the third, the Panthers put together a drive but were stopped short of the end zone. The cougars had the ball at the 50 yard line, with a big block by Montgomery, Peyton Sosebee would run the ball all the way down for 6, the extra point was not good and that put the Cougars up 41-0. Early in the 4th quarter, Sale creek would finally score on a pass route to the outside but that wouldn’t do it. The Cougars took the win, 41-7.

‘Cats Trumped by Tyner

In spite of their loss to Tyner September 4th, there were some good things that occurred in the game for Polk. One of the best positives was the performance by Ben Norwood who led all ball carriers with 92 yards rushing and had the longest run of the night, a 54 yard gain that gave Polk a scoring opportunity at the Tyner 4 yard line. Another series of positives were the contributions of some of the younger players on the squad. Nick Burger, a freshman, steeped up big returning kicks and getting some PT on offense, Chandler Stafford, another freshman, handle the punting chores during the second quarter, and Trevor Cheatham, Teddy Mealor, and Kyle Dunn were involved in a number of plays on both sides of the ball.

Trent Ledford pulls down a Rams ball carrier after a short gain. Moving in to help is Jake Carden. (Photo by Jim Caldwell)

Trent Ledford pulls down a Rams ball carrier after a short gain. Moving in to help is Jake Carden. (Photo by Jim Caldwell)

Tyner got on the board with 9:14 to go in the first quarter when they recovered a Polk fumble at their 15 yard line and scored on the second play from scrimmage. They scored again with 4:23 left in the quarter to up their lead to 14-0. The Rams added two more TDs in the second quarter, taking a 28-0 lead into the locker room at half time. The Wildcats started the second half with a kickoff return by Reno Wimberley from the 15 to the 40 and then a six play drive that ended with a Tyner interception at the four yard line on a 4th and goal play. The key play during Polk’s drive was a 54-yard gainer by Norwood who broke 3 tackles during the run. Polk got the ball back when Mealor recovered a Rams’ fumble on their first play giving Polk another opportunity at the nine yard line. Again, this drive ended on an incomplete pass on 4th and goal at the four.
 Nick Burger follows his blockers on a kick return. Leading the interference are Reno Wimberley, Ben Norwood, Trevor Cheatham, Teddy Mealor, and Kyle Dunn. (Photo by Jim Caldwell)

Nick Burger follows his blockers on a kick return. Leading the interference are Reno Wimberley, Ben Norwood, Trevor Cheatham, Teddy Mealor, and Kyle Dunn. (Photo by Jim Caldwell)

Tyner scored with 17 second left in the third quarter and finished their scoring with two more TDs in a twelve second span mid-way through the 4th quarter to complete the 49-0 win. The second score came when a Tyner defender took the ball away from a Polk runner on the kickoff return after the first TD and ran it into the end zone.

Lady Wildcats Win Three, Now 7-1

Week three of the 2015 volleyball season saw the Polk County Lady Wildcat varsity winning three matches to extend their record to 7 wins and 1 loss. The Polk junior varsity had two wins to make their record 5 wins against 1 loss. The Lady Wildcat varsity opened the week with a home win against Brainerd 25-7, 25-21, 25-2. “We had the opportunity to play a lot of people tonight, and all my players got some playing time“, Coach Rogers commented. Beth Wilson was the serving star against Brainerd hitting on 28 serves on 29 attempts with 2 service aces. Katrina Brackett and Lauren Stone also had two aces. The second outing for the Lady Wildcats involved a trip to Tyner Academy where Polk varsity defeated Tyner 3 sets to 1. Tyner won the first set 25-21, but the Lady Cats bounced back to take the next three sets, 25-18, 25-19, 25-16. “Tyner’s unusual style of play caught us off guard a little bit, but once we adjusted to them getting the ball back on our side on the first hit, we settled down and took care of business.” Aubrie Bowman and Riley Moats led Polk with 5 kills each, while Moats had 4 service aces. Catherine Tudisco was a perfect 9 for 9 in serving, Beth Wilson and Dakota Prince had 3 digs each. The preliminary match saw the Lady Wildcat junior varsity also drop the first set 23-25, but rally to win and next two sets and the match 25-14, 15-9. Savannah Moore had 2 kills for the Polk JV, while Bailey Moses was a perfect 9 for 9 in serving, and Lauren Stone had 2 digs.

Beth Wilson serves one of her many Aces during the match with Brainerd. (Photo by Jim Caldwell)

Beth Wilson serves one of her many Aces during the match with Brainerd. (Photo by Jim Caldwell)

The final match of the week had the home standing Lady Cats playing host to district rival Sequoyah. In the junior varsity match, Polk defeated the Lady Chief JV in straight sets, 25-13, 25-15. “I have seventeen players on the junior varsity and it takes some magic to get them all playing time, but so far I have managed to do so, and the JV has had a good early season,” Coach Rogers commented. “Our setters did a very good job in this match and made it easier for our front row players to get the ball into the other court.” Emily Casteel had 10 good sets for the Lady Cats while Angel Wilson had 8. Vanessa Morales had a perfect serving night, going 6 for 6. The varsity match saw Polk match the junior varsity effort as they took straight sets from Sequoyah, 25-18, 25-14, 25-21. The win was Coach Rogers 200th in his volleyball coaching career. “This win was a very special one, but it was largely a tribute to all the very fine young ladies that have played for me in the last 12 years, and the quality assistant coaches that have taught me so much about the game. They are really the ones who deserve the credit.” Beth Wilson continued her red-hot serving going 16 for 17 with 3 service aces. Catherine Tudisco was 7 for 7 and sophomore Shyanne Gray was 6 for 6. Gray also had 30 good sets, while Cecilia Waldroup had 28 good sets and a block.