Cyclones getting ready for their own holiday tourney

Douglas Fritz • Dec 11, 2017 at 5:30 PM

Elizabethton moved up the dates for its Chick Fil-A Holiday Classic this year, so it won’t be going head to head with the Arby’s Classic.

It’s an eight-team basketball tournament with games scheduled Dec. 20-22 at Treadway Gymnasium.

“That is a down time usually in the high school basketball schedule,” said Cyclones’ athletic director Eddie Pless. “We just wanted to test the waters and see if the basketball purists wanted to come see quality basketball. And we won’t be butting heads with the Arby’s, which we know is established as the premier tournament in the area.”

Pless said this year’s field is a good one.

“I think this is the best we’ve had,” he said. “We’re looking forward to seeing the type of athletes coming into our gym, and the different styles we will get to see.”

Included in the mix is Ridgeway from the always tough Memphis area. Concord (N.C.) First Assembly and Antioch’s Lighthouse Academy are also strong, said Pless. University School of Nashville is also in the mix along with local teams Sullivan Central, Chuckey-Doak and Happy Valley.

“Concord has seven kids who are 6-foot-4 or taller,” said Pless. “They play in a league with Providence Day and Christ School. Lighthouse is a prep school that has a 6-foot-10 kid and a good guard that makes them go.”

The opening round on Dec. 20 will have Sullivan Central taking on University School of Nashville (3:30 p.m.), followed by Chuckey-Doak and Concord First Assembly (5). Elizabethton plays Lighthouse at 6:30, and Happy Valley battles Ridgeway at 8 p.m.

The championship is Dec. 22 at 8 p.m.

Pless said Elizabethton appreciates Chick Fil-A for being the main sponsor of the tournament.

Football all-star game

Science Hill’s Jaylan Adams helped the East squad earn a 16-10 win over the West in the Toyota East vs. West Tennessee All-Star Classic on Friday in Clarksville.

Adams had a 20-yard scoring run in the first quarter to give East a lead it would not relinquish. The Hilltoppers’ senior carried five times for 24 yards while also completing 2 of 6 passes for 63 yards.

Defensively for the East squad, Elizabethton’s Cameron Coleman had two tackles, one for loss.

Boys Games of the Week


Unicoi County at Science Hill

North Greene at University High


Elizabethton at Happy Valley

Unicoi County at Johnson County

Starting as strong as any team in the area, Unicoi County will get a test to see if it can hang with the area’s top-ranked team. …

Where does UH fit in the Watauga Valley hierarchy? The home game against the Huskies should provide some answers. …

Does Friday’s game between the Blue Devils and Longhorns have major Three Rivers Conference title implications?

Girls Games of the Week


Elizabethton at Happy Valley

Unicoi County at Johnson County

With both the Lady Cyclones and Lady Warriors standing 0-2 in league play, only one of them can escape the cellar and try to get a rough start ironed out. …

The Lady Longhorns have already opened some eyes. Can they take another unexpected step?

Wrestling update

Science Hill remained at No. 4 in this week’s state rankings. The Hilltoppers are still second among public schools.

Cleveland is No. 1, followed by Chattanooga McCallie and Memphis Christian Brothers. Chattanooga Baylor rounds out the top five.

Basketball rankings

Everything remained the same in this week’s Top 10:

Team (W-L) — Prv

1. Science Hill (8-2) — 1

2. David Crockett (6-2) — 2

3. Unicoi County (7-1) — 3

4. Daniel Boone (5-3) — 4

5. Dobyns-Bennett (5-4) — 5

6. Johnson County (8-4) — 6

7. Sullivan East (6-4) — 7

8. Sullivan Central (5-3) — 8

9. Cherokee (5-3) — 9

10. Tennessee High (2-4) — 10


After the top two teams, it’s a jumbled mess in the girls’ rankings. That has allowed Class A Cloudland to jump to No. 3, but there doesn’t appear to be a lot of distance between the Lady Highlanders and 10th-ranked teams Unicoi County and North Greene.

Team (W-L) — Prv

1. Daniel Boone (7-1) — 1

2. Science Hill (9-0) — 2

3. Cloudland (8-1) — 5

4. Cherokee (5-3) — 4

5. Dobyns-Bennett (4-5) — 8

6. Sullivan South (4-5) — NR

7. Sullivan Central (3-2) — 3

8. Unaka (7-3) — 6

9. Sullivan East (5-6) — 9

10. Unicoi County (4-3) — 7

(tie) North Greene (7-1) — 10

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