Crockett, Boone showdown ends in Lady Trailblazer victory

Daniel Boone High School senior Cora Baker was unstoppable last week in the Lady Trailblazers’ defeat over the David Crockett Lady Pioneers.
Baker struck out 15 batters to help lead Boone to a 7-0 victory over its county rival in the Big Eight Conference match up.
The win improved Baker to 3-1 on the season. It moved Boone to 3-1 in the conference and 4-1 overall. The team’s single loss comes from a game against Science Hill earlier in the season.
Boone recorded 12 hits in the game against Crockett.
Boone’s Natalie Sheffey batted 2 for 3 with three runs and a walk. She recorded three RBIs with a home run in the first inning and a two-run double in the fourth inning.
Meanwhile, Boone’s Jessie Wheelock earned three hits, two RBIs, a run and a stolen base during last week’s game.
Crockett freshman Gail Hooks pitched for the Lady Pioneers.
On Wednesday, Boone went on to another resounding victory over Sullivan South, winning 14-0.
Thursday, the Lady Trailblazers fell to Dobyns-Bennett by one run, losing 4-3.
This week, on Tuesday, Dobyns-Bennett hosts David Crockett, and Daniel Boone will travel to Sullivan Central.
Thursday’s games will David Crockett at Science Hill, at 4:30 p.m., and Daniel Boone at Tennessee High.
Beginning April 9 and continuing through April 11, the Eastman Invitational Tournament will take place.
Boone currently stands at 4-2 overall in the conference and 5-2 overall, ranked fourth out of the eight teams.
Crockett is in fifth, right behind Boone, at 2-3 in the conference and 2-4 overall.
Dobyns-Bennett leads the conference at 6-0, and 13-5 overall.

Crockett and Boone baseball travel to spring tournaments

Below is a weekly wrap-up of Daniel Boone and David Crockett High Schools’ baseball games.
On Monday, Science Hill’s baseball game against Daniel Boone was postponed to a later date.
On Tuesday, the Daniel Boone Trailblazers lost to Sullivan South 6-2. Boone’s Caleb Cochran was 2-for-3 with one RBI in the defeat.
The David Crockett Pioneers beat Tennessee High 9-4 in their Tuesday game.
The Pioneers scored six runs off five hits in the bottom of the sixth inning, ending the Vikings’ streak of 10 straight wins.
Aaron Blevins and Clinton Freeman both went 3-for-3 at the plate with three RBI.
Pitcher Chris Marti came away with the win, holding the Vikings to four runs, three earned, on six hits.
He had eight strikeouts and improved to 2-0.
Later in the week, from Thursday to Sunday, Crockett traveled to Murfreesboro, where they went 3-1 in the Warrior Spring Baseball Classic tournament.
In the tournament, they defeated Lavergne 9-5, and also beat Oakland 4-0. Crockett also inched out a victory against Henry County, 14-13, and took their only loss in the tournament in a 7-3 defeat by Dyer County.
Boone lost to Virginia High on Wednesday by a score of 11-1.
Boone also played in the Kevin Calia Invitational tournament from Thursday to Saturday in Oak Ridge, going up against Oak Ridge, Cocke County, and McCreary Central of Kentucky in their three tournament games.
This week, David Crockett hosts Science Hill at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, and Daniel Boone baseball travels to Volunteer for a 6 p.m. game.
Thursday, Crockett goes to Chuckey-Doak, and Friday, Daniel Boone goes to Unicoi County.
Currently, Daniel Boone stands at 1-3 in the Big Eight Conference and at 4-6 overall. They are in sixth place in the conference.
David Crockett stands at fourth out of the eight teams, being 3-1 in the conference and 8-2 overall.
Volunteer takes last place in the conference at 0-4, and 3-10 overall.
Tennessee High holds first place so far, at 4-1 in the conference and the 12-2 overall.

Crockett, Boone showdown ends in Pioneer victory

David Crockett High School proved it’s never over until the fat lady sings – or in the Pioneers’ case, until Clinton Freeman’s bat swings.
The Pioneers were five runs down against Daniel Boone High School up until the game’s sixth inning, when Freeman, who went 3-for-3 with 4 RBI, began a Crockett rally with a three-run home run.
Pioneer Sam Tarlton had the game-winning hit one inning later, racking up an RBI with a double to center. The final score was 10-9, Crockett.
Crockett began the scoring in Tuesday’s game in the first inning, when Tarlton eked out a hit to left center that got him to second base. Freeman brought him home to put Crockett up 1-0.
But Boone didn’t stay behind for long.
Trailblazer Hunter Saults, who went 2-for-4, with 2 RBI, hit a looping pop-up just over the shortstop’s head. Hayden Chandley was struck by pitcher Freeman and was able to take his base.
Caleb Cochran brought in Saults and Chandley with his hit in the middle of the second, leaving Boone up 2-1.
Crockett answered with a three-run homerun from Jacob Berry, making it 4-2, Crockett.
But Boone’s Saults came through again, with a double that tied the score at 4 runs each.
After an error prolonged the inning, Boone’s Kevin Connell brought in three runs with a home run.
By the end of that inning, it was 8-4 Boone after hits from Josh Starkey and Chris Goodman. The ‘Blazers added one more run in the top of the fifth inning.
But the Pioneers proved they weren’t down for the count, with Freeman beginning the comeback with a double to left field. Drue Deloach’s single brought Freeman into home.
A throwing error by Boone let pinch runner Dylan Day score.
The Blazers brought in Connell to attempt the save, but Freeman whacked Connell’s second pitch over the fence to tie the game.
The game ended 10-9, Crockett pulling out a win against county rivals Boone.
With the win over the Trailblazers, Crockett improved to 3-1 overall, and 2-1 in the Big Eight Conference.

Martin off to Milligan

Taylor Martin, a senior at Daniel Boone High School, signed last week to cheer for Milligan College starting this fall. Martin, 17, is the daughter of Jimmy and Amy Shipley. She is the granddaughter of Charles and Evelyn Martin, Bill and Betty Singleton, Joe Tolley, and Billy and Marjorie Shipley. Martin, who was the captain of the cheerleading squad at Boone for both the fall and winter seasons, was surrounded by family on Thursday as she signed her letter of intent to cheer for the Milligan Bucs. Martin is a member of the French Club, FCCLA and FCA at Boone. While at Milligan, Martin plans to study pre-med.

Batter up…

Daniel Boone High School’s Lady Trailblazers faced off against Volunteer High School in a softball game last Thursday and emerged with a win, finishing 7-2 over their opponent. Above, a Volunteer player tries to beat out a throw to first baseman Cora Baker, No. 13, a senior at Boone.
Also on Thursday, David Crockett’s Lady Pioneers were handed a loss from Tennessee High, losing 14-5 in softball.
In baseball action on Thursday, Boone’s boys lost to Unaka High School, 9-7. Crockett’s Pioneers came out victorious against West Greene in an 18-6 win.

Boone season ends at Sectionals

The Daniel Boone High School boys basketball team suffered a heartbreaking loss in sectional action in Knoxville Monday night, ending its season with a 83-60 loss to Bearden.
Boone fell behind early in the matchup, down by 10 points in just the first few minutes of the game. At the end of the first quarter, Bearden’s lead was down to 9 points, but increased significantly by half time when the score stood at 46-29.
Things only got worse for the Trailblazers in the second half, as Boone trailed by double digits for remainder of the game.
Boone players Jordan Gray, Travis Keever and Hayden Chandley each recorded 11 points in the loss while Austin Reppart added seven to the scoreboard and Taylor Johnson earned six points.
If the Trailblazers had won, it would have been the team’s first trip to the state tournament in more than a decade.
Still, the season wasn’t all gloom and doom for Boone, who managed to defeat Science Hill twice in post-season play, earned a District 1-AAA championship and competed in the Region 1-AAA championship game.
The successful season whereby Boone finished as one of 16 Class AAA teams in the state comes on the heels of a successful football season for the school that saw the Trailblazers make it into the Class 5A quarterfinals.

For Whitney Ford, wrestling like a girl means winning

From looking at Whitney Ford, you would never guess in a million years that this past year, in her first year as a competitive wrestler, she won the title in the 138-pound division at the State Wrestling Championship. She’s also the first female from Daniel Boone to win a state title.
“It’s an exciting sport,” said Ford, who plans to be a marine biologist. “I pray all the time before a match. I’m nervous, but I think that if I’m determined enough, I am going to be able to win.”
And win she has. Ford, a sophomore, transferred to Daniel Boone High School from Science Hill this past year, and while her former school had a wrestling team, she was in band and had no time for it.
Ford loves physical sports and even enjoyed being on the cheerleading squad, but said she was looking for a new sport when she got to Boone and decided to give wrestling a try.
“Our team has grown since I started – at first there was only one other girl, now there are two,” Ford said. “Practice is really hard. Sometimes you think you might not get through it, but it develops endurance.”
She credits the support of her family as a large part of her success. “My family has been really great,” Ford said. “Our coaches are supportive. They make us work hard so we will be better people and better wrestlers and better team members.”
Ford’s family shares her enthusiasm. “I’m ecstatic,” said Sam Ford, Whitney’s father. “I’m just as proud of her as I can possibly be, and so proud she won the state championship. I always tell her she’s like a mule. When she puts her mind to it, she can do anything.”
Ford’s advice to other young women interested in wrestling? “Work hard to win and achieve your goals, then be happy with what you do and don’t let anybody put you down about it.”

Boone’s Collins commits to play UVA-Wise football

Jesse Logan Collins, an 18-year-old senior at Daniel Boone High School, signed on March 11 to play wide receiver for the University of Virginia at Wise’s football team in the fall. Collins is the son of Sam and Linda Collins, and the grandson of D.C. and Barbara Simerly, and Barbara Collins and the late Jack Collins. Pictured above from left to right are Sam Collins, Jesse Collins, Linda Collins, and Sherwin Taylor, Collins’ sister. For more photos, see the Photo Gallery at

IT’S A WRAP: Crockett wrestling season over; team saw plenty of success

Another high school wrestling season has come and gone in Tennessee and the wrestlers and coaches at David Crockett High School had a season full of team and individual achievements.
Mother Nature played havoc with the schedules of winter sports teams all over the state, but despite losing two dates and four dual meets because the weather, the DCHS wrestlers put together a 15-6 dual meet record.
This includes a 5-2 mark in District 1-AAA, which was good for third place in the conference. The Pioneers went on to finish seventh in the expanded Region 1 individual tournament, qualifying four wrestlers for state competition in the process.
“Weather-wise, this was easily the roughest season I’ve ever had here,” Pioneers head coach Roger Hill said. “Scheduling practice was very difficult with all the snow days we had, but we managed to pull it together. This group of kids has been highly motivated and dedicated to the cause. Things worked out pretty well for us in the end, and we’re real excited about next year.”
The Pioneers will lose three seniors for the upcoming 2010-11 campaign — Tom Snyder, Tyler Rome, and Tyler Caldwell. Snyder completed an impressive career with a season record of 28-9 at the 112-pound weight class and a third place finish in the regional tournament. He is a two-time Region 1 tournament place winner and will leave behind a career mark of 87-34. Rome posted a 20-12 record at 140 pounds and Caldwell was 15-15 at 160.
The Pioneers are not left leaderless. A trio of junior state qualifiers has DCHS wrestling fans excited about next year’s prospects.
Matthew Thomas finished third in the regional tournament after posting a 32-10 mark at 125 pounds. Thomas will carry an 88-38 career record into his senior season. Rico Vaquero was 27-16 at 130 and finished fourth in the region. His career record stands at 49-34. And Dylan Bryant was very tough in the 215-pound class, compiling a 37-10 record and reaching the quarterfinals of the state tournament. Bryant was also the champion in his weight class in the T. Tom Riner Invitational tournament in Lebanon, Va., in January. His career record is currently 69-30. Thomas, Vaquero, and Bryant were also ferocious pinners; between them they recorded 70 falls this season.
Several other experienced wrestlers will return next season for the Pioneers. A sophomore, Jeremiah Rogers, posted a 34-8 record with 24 pins and made the All-District 1-AAA team at 152 pounds. Junior Phillip Kyker and freshman Allen Carter wrestled as needed between 112 and 125 pounds; Kyker finished the season at 11-18, while Carter recorded a 6-9 mark. Sophomore Zack Willis was 14-19 at 135, and missed qualifying for the state tournament by one match.
Catastrophe struck the team on Jan. 9 when promising freshman 103-pounder Logan Hensley suffered a broken leg at the Chattanooga Central Invitational and was lost for the season. Up to that time, Hensley had posted an 11-4 record and appeared to be one of the favorites in the region at that weight. Fellow freshman Jacob Anderson filled in and completed the season with a 9-14 record.
Other regular starters for the Pioneers were sophomore Blake Neurenberg (9-12 at 135); junior Andrew Acuna (7-27 at 145); junior Bradley Corby (9-19 at 171); freshman Gabe Hawley (4-12 at 189); and junior Josh Johnson (4-11 at 285). Also posting varsity records this season were junior Lucas McKee (1-2 at 152); freshman Dillon Rivait (1-6 at 171); and junior Christian Taylor (2-4 at 215).
Freshman Megan Canonizado competed for the Pioneers in the 148-pound weight class of the girls’ division. At the girls’ state tournament in February, she won two matches and came within one match of medalling, losing in the consolation semifinals.
The team held its annual awards banquet on Friday, March 5. Matthew Thomas, Jeremiah Rogers, and Dylan Bryant were named to the Pioneer Takedown Club (35+ takedowns in a season). Rogers was named Most Improved. Phillip Kyker won the Dedication Award, while Rico Vaquero was the recipient of the Coaches Award. Most Valuable was Thomas, and Bryant received the Leonard Bryant Award for Most Outstanding Wrestler.

Boone falls short in regional championship game

The Daniel Boone High School boys’ basketball team fell short of a Region 1-AAA championship last week, losing to Dobyns-Bennett.
Boone defeated D-B in the District 1-AAA Tournament championship late last month, but couldn’t repeat the feat in the region championship, falling to the Indians, 76-72.
By half time, the Trailblazers were trailing 45-34, a deficit that only increased in the third quarter when D-B stretched its lead to 56-45.
Boone came back, though, getting the game within three points with just under four minutes remaining. With the score at 65-52, the Indians took advantage of a handful of free throws afforded to them, forcing the Trailblazers back into an 8-point deficit.
Trailblazers Kevin Connell and Travis Keever kept Boone in the game, each hitting a three-pointer followed by three successful free throws by Keever.
Keever ended the night with 23 points while Connell recorded 13 points in the loss.
To get to the Region 1-AAA championship game, Boone faced Science Hill in the region semifinals held in Morristown on March 2.
In that game, Boone proved its district tournament upset of the Johnson City school in late February wasn’t just a fluke, once again defeating the Hilltoppers — this time by a score of 66-62 — to move on to the championship game.
In that game, Keever racked up 11 points in the fourth quarter alone to help clinch the sectional berth and move on to the regional championship. Keever ended the night with 19 points. Other Boone scorers included senior Jordan Gray, who recorded 18 points, including 4 three-pointers; and Hayden Chandley, who put up 11 points.
Connell and freshman Ryan Gaitor each recorded 6 points in the win.
On Monday, Boone traveled to Knoxville to compete in a Sectional match up against Bearden. A win in that game would mark Boone’s first-ever appearance in the Class AAA state tournament. For full coverage of the game, visit

Boone loses to Bearden

From Staff Reports
The Daniel Boone High School boys basketball team suffered a heartbreaking loss in sectional action in Knoxville Monday night, ending its season with a 83-60 loss to Bearden.
Boone fell behind early in the match up, down by 10 points in just the first few minutes of the game. At the end of the first quarter, Bearden’s lead was down to 9 points, but increased significantly by half time when the score stood at 46-29.
Things only got worse for the Trailblazers in the second half, as Boone trailed by double digits for remainder of the game.
Boone players Jordan Gray, Travis Keever and Hayden Chandley each recorded 11 points in the loss while Austin Reppart added seven to the scoreboard and Taylor Johnson earned six points.
If the Trailblazers had won, it would have been the team’s first trip to the state tournament in more than a decade.
Still, the season wasn’t all gloom and doom for Boone, who managed to defeat Science Hill twice in post-season play, earned a District 1-AAA championship and competed in the Region 1-AAA championship game.
The successful season whereby Boone finished as one of 16 Class AAA teams in the state comes on the heels of a successful football season for the school that saw the Trailblazers make it into the Class 5A quarterfinals.

Trailblazers win district tourney, beat Cocke County in quarterfinals

Thanks to Kevin Connell’s double-barreled double digit shooting on Tuesday, Feb. 23, against the Dobyns Bennett Indians, the Trailblazers took care of their Kingsport rival in a thrilling comeback with Boone on top, 61-57.
The Blazers won its first district tournament title since winning a Class AA tournament in 1997.
Connell was also responsible for 14 rebounds in the game, making him the tournament’s MVP.
Boone point guard Travis Keever brought 10 points and was joined by other leading scorers for the night, Ryan Gaitor, Hayden Chandley, and Jordan Gray, who each scored seven points each.
Then, on Saturday, the Trailblazers focused their energies on Cocke County’s Fighting Cocks.
The visiting team apparently didn’t bring enough fight with them to overcome a very physical Boone team, who won 87-73, securing a win in the 1-AAA quarterfinals, that will take them to the semifinals in Morristown.
It was Chandley’s night to shine, as he pumped in 22 points for Boone.
Keever kept busy, scoring 15 points and getting 12 assists. Jordan Gray had a successful night with 12 and Reppart brought in 10 points.
Chandley, Reppart and Connell had seven rebounds each and Gaiter, a freshman guard, scored eight points and had five assists.
Saturday’s win sets the stage for tonight’s match-up between Boone and the Science Hill Hilltoppers at Morristown East in a semifinal game, set for 6 p.m.

Bowman signs to play at Brevard

Daniel Boone High School senior Isaac Brent Bowman signed a letter of intent last week to play football at Brevard College in the fall.
Bowman, surrounded by his family at left, is the son of Kevin and Beth Bowman and the grandson of Carol Chapman and James and Eva Bowman.
A second team all conference player, Bowman is planning to major in criminal justice.

Crockett bows out in first round

The homestanding Pioneers lost in the opening round of the District 1-AAA tournament on Wednesday, falling to the top-seeded Science Hill ‘Toppers 79-63.
No. 8 David Crockett had the ‘Toppers on the ropes at halftime, leading Science Hill 32-36 after opening the game with the first seven points. The Pioneers led the first quarter as well, 13-12.
But the ‘Toppers rebounded back with 53 points in the second half, including 24 from one player, sophomore Jaylen Allen.
Even after losing the lead, David Crockett’s Pioneers till rallied to stay close to the Hilltoppers. The score was 51-46 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, with Science Hill holding a slim 5-point lead.
But the ‘Toppers were able to put the Pioneers down once and for all by swinging out to a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter.
Zack Garland led Crockett’s scorers with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Sam Tarlton added 15 points.

Lady Pioneers, ‘Blazers, fall in first round action

Both Daniel Boone and David Crockett High School girls’ basketball teams lost in their first games of the District 1-AAA tournament, hosted at David Crockett in Jonesborough.
On Monday, Crockett’s Lady Pioneers suffered a drubbing at the hands of the top-seeded Science Hill High School Lady ‘Toppers, 72-31.
While Crockett attempted to stay close to Science Hill – they were only down by one point, trailing 9-8, during the first quarter, the Lady ‘Toppers proved why they came in as the No. 1 seed in the district tournament.
Science Hill began by leading by 21-14 in the second quarter, but then shut down Crockett defensively and outscored the Lady Pioneers 22-3 until the half.
Leah Rose led Crockett with 10 points overall. Brittany Ward scored eight points.
In Tuesday’s District 1-AAA tournament action, the Boone Lady Trailblazers fell to the Tennessee High Lady Vikings in a close battle to the finish. The Vikings started out leading 19-6 after a 13-0 scoring run, and ended up leading 29-19 at the half.
Both Boone and Tennessee High had runs of 16 points each during the game, Boone’s at the end of the third quarter to take a 41-36 lead.
However, the Lady Vikings answered with 16 points in the fourth quarter to win 57-45.
Courtney Baskett led the Trailblazers with 23 points. Twenty-one of those points were from three-pointers. Kim Bacon contributed 12 points.

Boone to play in championship game at tourney

The Daniel Boone Trailblazers ended a 10-year streak on Saturday night – by beating the top-seeded Science Hill ‘Toppers 55-52 in the District 1-AAA tournament semifinals.
Boone will face Dobyns-Bennett in the championship game tonight at 7:30 p.m.
Led by Kevin Connell with 18 points, the Blazers stunned the Toppers, who came in as the No. 1 seed.
The teams’ scores remained close through the game, with Science Hill gaining its biggest lead, 40-34, with about three minutes left in the third quarter.
The game stayed close, and the teams kept it interesting, with Science Hill turning the ball over three times in the final nine seconds, and Boone missing three of five clutch free throws. But Boone managed to pull out the win by three points in the end.
Boone’s road to the tournament began with a win in the first round against Sullivan South, 65-60 on Wednesday.
For the first time in six years, the Trailblazers made it to the semifinals by beating the Rebels in a close-fought game, winning 65-60.
In that game, Boone hit 60 percent from the field.
Jordan Gray was the leading scorer for Boone with 20 points, and Connell contributed 17 points. Travis Keever also helped in the winning effort with 12 points and five assists.

Boys, Girls district tournament underway at Crockett this week

The 2010 District 1-AAA basketball tournament is now underway at David Crockett High School.
Featuring Big Eight Conference games for both boys and girls, the tournament is expected to last one week, with championship games taking place Monday, Feb. 22 for the girls and Tuesday, Feb. 23 for the boys.
Daniel Boone High School’s boys’ team, the No. 5 seed, takes on No. 4 seed Sullivan South at 6 p.m. Wednesday to kick off the boys’ side of the tournament.
Following that game, Crockett’s boys’ team, the No. 8 seed, is scheduled to take on No. 1 Seed Science Hill High School at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Other first-round games in the boys’ bracket will take place Thursday, Feb. 18 with No. 3 seed Tennessee High taking on No. 6 seed Volunteer followed by No. 2 seed Dobyns-Bennett against No. 7 seed Sullivan Central.
Round Two of the boys’ tournament is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 20. The championship game is set for 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23.
On the girls’ side of the tournament, games were scheduled to start Monday night with Science Hill, the No. 1 seed, facing Crockett, the No. 8 seed, and No. 4 seed Sullivan Central taking on No. 5 seed Sullivan South.
Today, Boone’s Lady Trailblazers, the No. 6 seed, will take on Tennessee High, the No. 3 seed. Following that game, No. 2 seed Dobyns-Bennett will go up against No. 7 seed Volunteer.
The second round of tournament play for the girls’ teams will take place Friday, Feb. 19 with the championship game scheduled to take place Monday, Feb. 22.
At a tournament breakfast last week, Washington County Athletic Director Josh Kite put in place a back up plan in case of another round of inclement weather.
“It’s been a disaster this year,” Kite said. “If we get more snow, we’ll push everything back a day and we’ll finish on Wednesday.”
Immediately following the tournament breakfast, coaches for the Big Eight Conference boys’ and girls’ teams held meetings to select players to the All-Conference teams.

Crockett, Boone meet on the hardwood

Washington County’s two high schools met on the hardwood last week where they took part in a hard fought battle that’s victor was anyone’s guess up until the final few minutes of play.
In the end it was the Daniel Boone High School Trailblazers who came out on top, handing David Crockett High School another Big Eight Conference loss.
Crockett’s 7-foot junior Zack Garland came out on fire defensively, racking up two impressive blocks within the first two minutes of the game. Still, Boone was able to outscore Crockett in the first quarter of play, 12-10.
Boone had trouble offensively in the second quarter, as the Pioneers repeatedly shut down the Trailblazers efforts to put points on the board. Offensively, Crockett put up 16 points in the second quarter, taking a 26-21 lead into the half.
The Pioneers came out strong in the second half, scoring a three-pointer to give them a 8 point lead over their county rival.
But Boone refused to lay down.
Hayden Chandley led the Trailblazer comeback, scoring a three-pointer and then sinking four free throws to put Boone ahead, 32-30.
The game was knotted at 38 going into the fourth quarter, a period of play that saw several lead changes.
Crockett’s Jacob Berry made two key baskets for the Pioneers to give them a 45-40 lead, but Boone’s Austin Reppart answered in a big way. Reppart went on a 10-point shooting spree that included two three-pointers and ultimately helped put Boone in the lead, 54-41.
With just three minutes remaining, the Pioneers had a chance to catch up, but failed to make their free throws.
The final score was Boone 60 and Crockett, 51.
Leading scorers for Boone were Reppart with 17 and Chandley with 15.
The Pioneers were led offensively by Berry with 11 points on the night and Sam Tarlton and Joe Ganger, who each put up 10 points.
In other games last week, Boone fell to Tennessee High 48-47 on Thursday, and Crockett defeated University High 62-58 on Friday.

Lady Trailblazers, Lady Pioneers face off

The Daniel Boone Lady Trailblazers faced their county rival last week and came out on top while the David Crockett Lady Pioneers fell to 0-14 in conference play.
Boone controlled the pace of the game for most of the match up, defensively smothering Crockett on the Pioneers’ home court.
Boone forced 10 turnovers in the first quarter alone, helping to put them up 11-0 within minutes. At the end of the first quarter, Boone led 15-6.
Crockett failed to find a rhythm in the second quarter, scoring only one basket — a three-pointer by senior Candace Pharris.
At the half, Boone led 30-13 and continued their winning ways in the second half of the game. Opening the third quarter with a 8-0 run, Boone didn’t bother looking back as they went on to defeat Crockett 51-28.
Leading scorers for the Lady Trailblazers were Jessie Wheelock and Natalie Sheffey, who each scored 7 points. For Crockett, Pharris and Leah Rose each earned 8 points.
In other games, Boone defeated Volunteer on Feb. 8 by a score of 47-42 then lost to Tennessee High on Thursday, 54-23. Crockett lost 52-47 to University High on Friday.

Duncan, Shropshire to continue playing football in college

Two Daniel Boone High School seniors signed on the dotted line last week, committing to playing football at the college level starting this fall.
“It feels like Christmas for me,” said Matt Duncan, after signing his letter of intent to play football at the University of Charleston. “They gave me the best deal and I felt it was the right school for me.”
According to Duncan, coaches for the college have said he will serve as an inside linebacker, but could be moved to the outside because of his speed.
Off the field, Duncan plans to study sports medicine. At Boone, Duncan has earned a 3.5 grade point average.
Duncan is the son of Donna and Michael Duncan and the grandson of Norman Duncan. During his time playing for Boone, Duncan earned the title of Northeast Tennessee defensive player of the year and Big Eight Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He was also named to the First Team All Conference.
Shropshire said he chose Carson Newman College because of the program’s “winning tradition.” He said he also liked the school’s facilities and the fact that it was “close to home.” Shropshire will be serving as an outside linebacker and defensive end for Carson Newman.
“I’m going to have to work for (playing time),” Shropshire said, pointing out how his experiences at Boone have prepared him to do so. “I’ve learned here to work hard and always play with my heart.”
Shropshire is the son of Larry and Alisa Shropshire. His grandparents are Hobe and Sue William and Jim and Bobby Guthrie.
On the field at Boone, Shropshire earned a place in the Tri-Cities Elite 11, was named a First Team All Conference linebacker as well as Team MVP.
Academically, Shropshire said he’s not sure exactly what he plans to do, but knows it will be in the medical field. While at Boone, Shropshire has earned a 3.9 grade point average.
Jeremy Jenkins, Boone football’s head coach, called it a “big day” for Boone, while he and Athletic Director Danny Good emphasized what “great young men” the colleges would be getting in Duncan and Shropshire.
“They’re prime examples of what a student-athlete should be,” Good said. “Not only are they great athletes, they are great young men.”