Postseason hopes for the Greenback School Cherokees and Loudon High School Redskins remain intact after both teams cruised through their second-round matchups to advance to the quarterfinals of the playoffs.

The sounds of whistles and shoes squeaking echoed in the Sequoyah High School gymnasium Thursday when several District 5-2A teams unofficially tipped off the season in jamboree action.

The high school basketball season is officially here, but Greenback School boys head coach Bryan Powers will have to wait until next week to field his team in regular-season action.

The All-County Volleyball Team is chosen through a combination of statistics, personal observation and coaching suggestions. Final decisions are made by News-Herald sports writer Nick Davis. He can be contacted at 865-635-0841 or nick.davis@news-herald.net.

The Greenback School Lady Cherokees basketball team stayed late Thursday night conditioning, putting up shots and working on offensive schemes to prepare for the season.

Greenback School wanted to duplicate the quick start experienced in a mid-season win over Coalfield High School when Braden Carnes and Duke Stinnett combined for a touchdown pass on the Cherokees’ second offensive play.

After suffering a narrow one-point loss to the Smith County High School Owls two years ago in the second round of the Class 3A playoffs, the Loudon High School Redskins exacted revenge Friday night with a 41-7 win to advance to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2014.

All four Lenoir City Youth Football Organization teams competed Saturday in the Sequoyah Youth Conference League championship, and one walked away with gold hardware.

Cheers echoed to a deafening roar inside the Lenoir City Pool bubble Thursday night when the Lenoir City High School Panthers swim team competed in a unique mid-week meet against Webb School of Knoxville.

The Lenoir City High School Bass Club yielded its best result of the season Saturday in a Southeast Tennessee Bass Nation High School tournament trail on Nickajack Lake.

The Lenoir City High School Panthers’ season came to a bitter end Friday in a 60-14 defeat at the hands of the Powell High School Panthers in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs.

After putting together one of the most successful seasons in program history last year, second-year Loudon High School boys basketball coach Josh Graves is wanting to carry that momentum into 2019-20.

The North Middle School boys and girls basketball teams got off to a strong start for their seasons Monday night with a clean sweep of Rockwood Middle School.

The Loudon Parks and Recreation Department is offering an adult basketball league, with games beginning Jan. 12 at Fort Loudoun Middle School.

Two Loudon County high school football teams remain alive in the postseason, with the Greenback School Cherokees and Loudon High School Redskins entering the second round of the playoffs.

The ball kept bouncing the way of the Cherokees Friday night as Greenback School defeated Unaka School, 51-6.

Despite frigid temperatures Friday night, the Loudon High School Redskins caught fire early and never looked back in a 49-14 rout of the Alvin C. York Institute Dragons in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs.

Team Region Overall Loudon5-012-0Red Bank4-110-1Sweetwater3-27-4Signal Mountain2-34-7Brainerd1-41-9McMinn Central0-53-7

Team Region Overall Greenback6-010-2Oliver Springs5-110-2Coalfield4-28-4Harriman3-33-8Midway2-45-5Sunbright1-53-7Oakdale0-61-9

Team Region Overall Soddy Daisy3-06-5Rhea County2-19-3Walker Valley1-24-7Lenoir City0-31-10

For the first time in program history, all four teams in the Lenoir City Youth Football Organization will compete for a Sequoyah Youth Conference League championship.

The Lenoir City High School Panthers swim team is off to a great start, picking up their third straight win Saturday in a 142-100 decision.

The Lenoir City High School Panthers (1-9, 0-3 Region 4-5A) fell victim to penalties and turnovers Friday in a 42-0 regular season finale loss at home to the William Blount High School Governors.

Brent Burns is entering his second year as the boys basketball head coach at Lenoir City High School, and his anticipation has grown.

The sounds of whistles blowing and shoes scuffling echoed in the Lenoir City High School gym Monday afternoon as the LCHS Lady Panthers basketball team took to the court for their first official practice of the 2019 season.

The 2019 high school football regular season has come to a close and for a third consecutive year all three Loudon County high school teams will play in the first round of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association playoffs.

As the seconds winded down on the scoreboard Friday night, Loudon High School Redskins fans gave a standing ovation as the football team rushed the field to celebrate a 24-7 victory over the Red Bank High School Lions.

The Greenback School Cherokees took home a Region 2-A victory Friday night over the Oakdale High School Eagles.

The Lenoir City High School swim team kicked off the 2019 season Saturday in convincing fashion, capturing wins against Grace Christian Academy and Knox Central High School 159-89-48.

Since falling to Sweetwater High School in the first round of the District 5-2A tournament in February, Loudon High School girls basketball coach Josh Brannon knew he had to wait another nine months before stepping on the court again.

The Loudon Quarterback Club Mustangs’ promising season came to a bitter end Saturday following a 28-6 loss to the Bradley Youth Football League Cutters in the first round of the Sequoyah Youth Conference League playoffs.

The final week of the 2019 regular season is here, and all three Loudon County high school football teams are looking to secure one more win to springboard into the first round of the playoffs next week.

Driving rain and a strong secondary performance from Midway High School slowed Greenback School’s potent passing attack, but the Cherokees showed enough offensive variety and leaned on a stout defense to shut out the Green Wave 33-0 Friday.

The Lenoir City High School Panthers hoped to snap an eight-game losing streak heading into Friday, but ultimately came up short in a 35-13 loss to the Seymour High School Eagles.

The Loudon High School Redskins’ week was cut short after school officials Wednesday afternoon decided to push the game to Thursday night because of the threat of Friday rain.

Hundreds of fans packed Bruce Wilkerson Field on Saturday to watch an energetic season finale rivalry between the Lenoir City Youth Football Organization and the Loudon Quarterback Club.

As she crossed the finish line Saturday, North Middle School seventh-grader Sawyer Grace Simmons was welcomed by loud applause from family, friends and teammates.

After three overtime periods Thursday, fans, players and coaches waited anxiously for the game-deciding kick to determine the 2019 District 4-1A tournament champion.

For the first time in program history, a member of the Greenback School softball team was named to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association All-State Softball Team.

With two games remaining in the regular season, all three Loudon County high school football teams will look to spark momentum heading into the playoffs.

The Lenoir City High School Panthers put together a promising performance in the first half Friday against Gibbs High School, but fell apart in the second en route to a 56-21 loss to the Eagles.

Greenback School didn’t know what to expect from Harriman High School’s defense Friday night, but all that did was prove it probably didn’t matter.

Loudon High School head football coach Jeff Harig wanted to send a message to the Sweetwater High School Wildcats on Friday night in a key region bout with playoff implications on the line.

A group of runners from the North Panthers cross country team, which combines North Middle and Lenoir City Intermediate/Middle schools, will compete for gold this weekend in the Knoxville Youth Athletics Tennessee State Middle School Cross Country Championships.