After more than two months of no activity due to the coronavirus outbreak, high school teams throughout Loudon County have been cleared to return to practice in a limited setting.

Memories of capturing Greenback School’s first state championship in baseball remain sweet for the Cherokees.

Jessica Spafford, Greenback School athletic director, announced May 15 that Shane Belcher will take over the boys basketball program effective immediately.

Greenback, Lenoir City and Loudon high schools and their respective athletic programs are working on plans to return to normal in time for the fall semester.

Thousands of senior athletes across the state will not have the opportunity to finish their final seasons, but the community and schools in Loudon County are finding creative ways to honor local student-athletes.

Before entering his senior season on the diamond at Greenback School, Kaden Necaise never expected to live out his dream of playing baseball at the next level.

The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association on April 15 officially announced the cancellation of all athletic events for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.

The 2020 National Football League virtual draft is set to kick off Thursday and to celebrate Loudon County’s football-rich tradition, News-Herald sports writer Nick Davis devised what a mock draft could look like that includes varsity football players from Greenback, Lenoir City and Loudon h…

The 2020 All-County Boys Basketball 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.

Many high school senior athletes’ seasons have been cut short, leaving a plethora of unanswered questions about the possibility of continuing athletics at the next level.

The All-County Girls Basketball 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.

Greenback School star quarterback Braden Carnes always dreamed of playing at the Division 1 level.

A handful of former Loudon County baseball stars have made immediate impacts on the diamond this spring for their respective schools.

The Greenback School Cherokees got off to a hot start to the season March 9 with a 20-run win over Fulton High School in their opening game but followed up with a disappointing 6-5 loss Thursday to cross-county foe Lenoir City High School.

The 2020 softball season is officially here, and the Greenback School Lady Cherokees are hoping to sweep through District 2-1A and potentially earn a state tournament berth.

Due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak and more confirmed cases in Tennessee, the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association will face some tough decisions the next several weeks regarding the 2020 spring sports calendar.

The Greenback School Cherokees baseball program is coming off the most successful season in school history that yielded a Class 1A state title and is favored to return to the Spring Fling for a fifth consecutive year.

Building an athletic program from scratch isn’t easy, but Greenback School head boys soccer coach Rob Fox is embracing the challenge as the Cherokees prepare for their third season.

Greenback School’s Colton Casto will continue soccer at the next level after signing his letter of intent Friday with the Tennessee Wesleyan University Bulldogs.

The Greenback School Lady Cherokees' postseason hopes were cut short Friday after falling 48-27 at home to the Unaka High School Lady Rangers in the Region 1-1A quarterfinals.

Greenback School announced Bryan Powers is stepping down as head boys basketball coach effective immediately following a seven-year stint.

Greenback School’s Alyssa McKinley will continue basketball for the next four years after signing her letter of intent Feb. 25 with the Bryan College Lady Lions.

The Greenback School Lady Cherokees' hopes of capturing the District 2-1A tournament title fell short Monday night in a 68-45 loss to the Cosby High School Lady Eagles.

Three members of the Greenback School wrestling team advanced out of regions and competed for gold Friday in the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association High School Class A-AA Wrestling Championships in Franklin.

The Greenback School Lady Cherokees were on the cusp of spoiling the District 2-1A top-ranked Cosby High School Lady Eagles' perfect district record after reclaiming a three-point lead midway through the fourth quarter.

Two Greenback School seniors will stay together at the next level after Hazen Carleton and Josiah Millsaps signed letters of intent to play football at Maryville College.

Holden Willis grew up dreaming of playing Division 1 football, and that dream came true Feb. 5 as he signed his letter of intent with the University of South Florida Bulls.

As the 2019-20 high school basketball regular season winds down, the Greenback School Cherokees and Lady Cherokees will look to close out with two District 2-1A tilts against Jellico and Cosby high schools.

The Greenback School Cherokees wrestling team is looking forward to hitting the mats this week following a weeklong break due to illness and school closings.

Coaches, teammates, family and friends filed into the Greenback School gymnasium Thursday to witness senior guard Anna Morris sign her basketball letter of intent with Cleveland State Community College.

The Greenback School Cherokees (2-6, District 2-1A) looked to snap a four-game losing streak Monday night but came up short in a 73-23 loss to the Tellico Plains High School Bears.

The Greenback School Lady Cherokees continue to build momentum in the second half of the season after notching their sixth District 2-1A win Friday with a 45-29 victory over the Hancock County High School Lady Indians.

The Greenback School Cherokees wrestling team continues to build momentum and is peaking at the right time with the Region 2A-AA tournament at the end of the month.

The Greenback School Lady Cherokees (7-8, 3-1 District 2-1A) snapped a four-game losing streak Friday by defeating the Jellico High School Lady Blue Devils 60-30.

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.

Following a tough 65-36 loss to the Cosby High School Eagles, Greenback School head boys basketball coach Bryan Powers hoped to see a better performance Monday night in a non-district contest against the Wartburg Central High School Bulldogs.

The Greenback School Cherokees basketball team (1-8, 1-2 District 2-1A) competed in a three-day Christmas tournament at Berean Christian School in Knoxville.

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 Greenback School boys and girls basketball teams saw mixed results last week with games against Loudon, Tennessee School for the Deaf and Wartburg Central high schools.

The Greenback School Cherokees wrestling team officially kicked off the 2019-20 season Thursday with a close loss to the William Blount High School Governors during an in-school match.

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Greenback School’s Holden Willis, center, receives an in-home visit Jan. 21 from University of South Florida tight ends coach Joey King, left, and head coach Jeff Scott. Willis signed his National Letter of Intent on Feb. 5 with USF.