By Tim Chambers
A pair of local Little League players will shuttle off to Atlanta on Friday in preparation for Saturday’s hit, pitch and run competition sponsored by AquaFina and Major League Baseball.
Corey Russell and Karah Fields each won an opportunity to take part in Saturday’s Southeast Regional after winning at the sectional level last week. Both it and the local competition were held at Jim Ensor Field.
Russell won the 11-12 year old baseball event, while Fields took the 7-8 year old division on the softball side.
The pair competed with players from all across the state while participating in the regional division. They each had to compile a score in the top three against several other regional winners to earn a right to take part in the events on Saturday morning at Turner Field.
Both of them were rewarded for their high marks.
Russell is the son of Keith and Emily Russell of Roan Mountain. Karah is the daughter of Dean and Melinda Fields of Roan Mountain. Both are students at Cloudland and future Highlanders.
The coaching carousel continues throughout Northeast Tennessee after two icons have decided to hang it up.
Former Hampton High all conference player and Daniel Boone head coach Tim Campbell has called it quits after 23 seasons in the ranks.
Campbell, who also is the assistant principal, departs after compiling over 300 victories in his career. He took over has head coach in 1998 after serving as an assistant coach for the boys and girls.
In his first season he guided the Lady Trailblazers to the state tournament. He was named coach of the year four times and won four District championships. Campbell stated he wanted to devote more time to his assistant principal duties in addition to spending more time with his daughter and building on his relationship with God. He didn’t rule out the possibility of returning to the hardwood in the future.
Boone will also be looking for a boy’s assistant basketball coach.
Brandon Broyles was hired last Friday as the head boys basketball coach at North Greene replacing the legendary Ted Hensley. Hensley enjoyed several successful seasons at South Greene before spending the last four seasons on the Huskies bench.
Broyles was an assistant coach for seven seasons at Daniel Boone and also served as an assistant to Tony Wallingford at Milligan prior to that.
The new coach said he was excited about going to North Greene after watching Josh Edens and Tim Lady rebuild the football and baseball programs back into contenders. It might be a wait and see thing on the basketball side.
Cloudland, Hampton and Unaka return almost everyone from last season. University High must replace Milligan signee John Crowe, but figures to be always competitive.
In order to reach the mountaintop one must get out of the Watauga Valley.
Only time will tell for Broyles and his Huskies.
Lady Highlanders to get new diamond
The Lady Highlanders have likely played its last softball game at the old Cloudland Elementary School before next season.
Plans are underway to fix up the local park that already exits on 19-E just before you turn off onto Highway 143 toward Roan Mountain State Park according to head coach Kenneth Chambers.
The move would provide them plenty of parking plus the field is already equipped with a concession stand and bathrooms.
It’s a move that the players and parents will embrace because the current softball field also serves as a practice facility for the football field.
Chambers hopes that everything will be ready in time for spring practice which will take place in March. Parents and volunteers are the ones providing most of the manpower.
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Tim Chambers is a sportswriter for the Elizabethton Star and can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org