Three-pointers were raining down Thursday night in the heated rivalry between the Lenoir City High School Lady Panthers and the Loudon High School Lady Redskins.

Nine months have passed since the Loudon High School Redskins last took the field, and the team is itching to lace up the cleats and don the Power L.

Spring is just around the corner, which means the Loudon High School track and field team is preparing for the new season and hoping to return to the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association Spring Fling state championships in May.

Despite downpours of rain and hazardous conditions Monday night, fans packed into the Sweetwater High School gymnasium to watch two longtime rivals battle for seeding position in the District 5-2A tournament.

The Loudon High School Lady Redskins trailed the Sweetwater High School Lady Wildcats by 17 points at halftime Monday after being held scoreless in the second quarter but quickly bounced back in the second half with an opportunity to win the game.

Coaches, family and friends gathered in the Loudon High School auditorium Feb. 5 to witness Emerson Tripp sign his letter of intent to play football at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky.

“Once a Redskin, always a Redskin” is a common refrain in the Loudon community, but for Loudon High School head boys basketball coach Josh Graves, it carries special meaning.

The Loudon High School Redskins (13-8, 6-3 District 5-2A) came out firing on all cylinders and never looked back Thursday en route to an 81-26 win over cross-county rival Greenback School to complete a season sweep of the Cherokees (2-17, 2-6 District 2-1A).

The Loudon High School Lady Redskins (6-15, 1-8 District 5-2A) snapped a five-game losing streak in convincing fashion Thursday with a 57-45 win over the Greenback School Lady Cherokees (9-13, 6-2 District 2-1A).

The Loudon High School Redskins (11-8, 5-3 District 5-2A) ran away with a 69-50 win Friday over the McMinn Central High School Chargers to complete a three-game sweep last week.

Coaches, players and staff, as well as parents and guests from the community, gathered Sunday afternoon at Loudon High School to celebrate the Redskins’ historic 13-1 season.

The Loudon High School Redskins were mired in another tight, physical game Friday on the road at Polk County High School, and hopes of extending a four-game win streak came to a halt thanks to a late push by the Wildcats.

Loudon High School head boys basketball coach Josh Graves was all smiles Thursday night following a 49-35 win over the Sequoyah High School Chiefs in a crucial District 5-2A matchup.

Loudon County was well-represented this year on the gridiron with seven players named last week to the 2019 Tennessee Sports Writers Association All-State Football Team.

The Loudon High School girls basketball team (4-7, 0-2 District 5-2A) joined the boys team and competed last weekend in the Under Armour Classic at Cleveland High School.

The Loudon High School Redskins (5-6, 0-2 District 5-2A) returned to action last week and ended up 1-2 against some of the top teams in the state in the Under Armour Classic at Cleveland High School.

Following a series of close losses to end the 2019 portion of the schedule, the Loudon High School Redskins basketball team is looking to start fresh.

The All-County Football 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 Loudon High School boys and girls basketball teams wrapped up a three-game week Friday night, looking to pick up a non-district win on the road at Karns High School.

As the 2019 high school football season closed for most seniors in Loudon County, the recruiting process heated up for National Signing Day.

The Loudon High School Redskins basketball team (3-2, 0-1 District 5-2A) rallied from a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter Friday but fell short in the waning seconds against the Polk County High School Wildcats in the first District 5-2A game of the season.

Loudon High School was well-represented Friday when senior running back Drew Jackson participated in the 13th annual Tennessee East-West All-Star Classic at Austin Peay State University.

After starting the season with a tough 72-41 loss to Anderson County High School, the Loudon High School Redskins basketball team is beginning to heat up in time for District 5-2A play.

The 2019 football season came to an end Friday for the Loudon High School Redskins, and coaches, players and fans can now look back on the Redskins’ historic success.

The All-County Girls Soccer 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 Loudon High School Redskins’ hopes of advancing to Cookeville fell short Friday night when the Alcoa High School Tornadoes dominated all three phases of the game en route to a 56-0 win in the Class 3A semifinals.

The Loudon High School boys and girls basketball teams were behind on the scoreboard most of Thursday night but managed to rally late in thrilling fashion to sweep Maryville Christian School on the road.

For the first time, the Greenback School Cherokees (11-2) and Loudon High School Redskins (13-0) will simultaneously play in the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association playoff semifinals.

Fans and students flooded Dukes Field when the clock struck zero Friday night to celebrate the Loudon High School Redskins’ dominant 33-14 victory over the Red Bank High School Lions.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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Loudon High School’s Emerson Tripp, center, signs his letter of intent Feb. 5 to continue playing football at the University of the Cumberlands. He is joined, front row, by parents Rebekah and Jerome Tripp; back row, LHS offensive line coach Dennis Stewart and head coach Jeff Harig.

Coaches, family and friends gathered in the Loudon High School auditorium Feb. 5 to witness Emerson Tripp sign his letter of intent to play football at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky.