January

  • Sweetwater’s Wildcats and Lady Cats defeat Loudon to earn a district sweep.
  • Tellico Plains’ Caitlyn Morgan signs with Tennessee Wesleyan in softball.
  • Alabama beats Georgia in overtime to claim the national championship in football.
  • Tellico Plains’ Callie Kirkpatrick reaches a new career mark in scoring with 29 against Maryville Christian.
  • Former Sequoyah standout Hunter Simpson reaches 1,000 point mark at TWU.
  • Sequoyah’s Trace Benson represented Monroe County in the Border War game against Kentucky all-stars.
  • One free throw by Mallorie Harrell lifts Sequoyah over rival Sweetwater in final seconds.

February

  • Sequoyah Chiefs and Lady Chiefs sweep Loudon in district play.
  • The Philadelphia Eagles win the Super Bowl behind quarterback Nick Foles.
  • Abbey Borden beat the buzzer to lift Sequoyah over rival Tellico Plains.
  • Sweetwater earns a sweep at Polk County.
  • Rural Vale girls and Tellico Plains boys win the middle school basketball tournament.
  • Sequoyah’s Trace Benson and Sweetwater’s Zac Perian sign to play football at Carson-Newman.
  • Tennessee Volunteers basketball earns regular season sweep of Kentucky.
  • Tellico Plains’ Josiah Millsaps honored for being named to the Tennessee Sports Writers’ All-State football team for the previous season.
  • Tellico’s Chloe Yearwood breaks a 34-year old record for steals with 119.
  • Tellico Plains Bears and Lady Bears are crowned district champions at the same time for the first time ever.
  • Sweetwater Wildcats win by two over Sequoyah in the district tournament to advance to the title game.
  • Tellico’s Samantha Proulx signs with Hiwassee College in soccer.
  • Sweetwater’s Lady Cats upset Red Bank in the first round of the region tournament.
  • Tellico Plains’ Lady Bears earn record 29th win in advancing to substate.

March

  • Signal Mountain ends Sweetwater’s postseason dream in region tournament.
  • Hiwassee baseball takes first series of the season over Alice Lloyd.
  • Hiwassee women’s basketball secures a bid to the national tournament in Indiana.
  • Tellico Plains’ Lady Bears fall to Unaka in a substate game, falling one win short of the state tournament.
  • Tennessee Vols basketball wins a share of the Southeastern Conference regular season title, splitting it with Auburn.
  • Samantha Russell named Monroe County Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
  • Dominique Oggs named Monroe County Boys Basketball Player of the Year.
  • Gary Tucker (girls) and Brent Burns (boys) take home Coach of the Year honors.
  • Sweetwater softball run-rules Tellico Plains to open the softball season.
  • Sweetwater baseball opens the season with a win over Midway.
  • Sequoyah soccer opens the season with a 10-0 rout of county rival Tellico Plains.
  • Tennessee basketball falls to Loyola-Chicago in the NCAA Tournament to end the season.
  • Sequoyah baseball run-rules Tellico Plains in a county rivalry.
  • David Tucker is named the new head coach of Tellico Plains boys’ basketball.
  • Hiwassee women’s basketball finishes the season ranked sixth in the nation.
  • Tyler Hall’s grand slam lifts Sweetwater baseball to win over Polk County.
  • Sweetwater’s Riley Turpeinen signs with Vol State in baseball.

April

  • Sweetwater softball routs county rival Sequoyah.
  • Sweetwater baseball hits three-game skid after hot start.
  • Sweetwater baseball gets revenge for earlier loss and tops Sequoyah.
  • Tellico Plains softball beats county rival Sequoyah.
  • Sweetwater’s Andru Alfonso signs with Hiwassee College in baseball.
  • Sweetwater’s Dylan Ridgell and Ethan Holley sign with TWU in track.
  • Sequoyah soccer earns the soccer “county cup” by defeating Sweetwater.
  • Tellico Plains tops Sequoyah thanks to stellar pitching by Jesse Lambert.
  • Tellico Plains softball starts undefeated in district play.
  • Sweetwater’s Alec Bloomer signs in cross country with Cleveland State.
  • Sweetwater’s Meechie Oggs signs in basketball with TWU.
  • Allyson Mason Bowers named as the new head coach of the Lady Chiefs basketball team, replacing Spencer Beaty.
  • Andy Pennington is named as the new head coach of the Chiefs basketball team, replacing Josh Graves.
  • Sweetwater’s Brandon Bishop signs to play football at Carson-Newman.
  • Addie Lowe pitches no-hitter for Sweetwater in win over Loudon.
  • Sweetwater’s Sarah Wilson signed to continue her education and softball career at Chattanooga State.
  • Tellico Plains’ Lucas Pilkey and David Crace sign with Hiwassee to play golf.

May

  • Sequoyah’s Matthew Jump takes first place in the high jump in region competition.
  • Sweetwater’s Jacob Morrow signs with Carson-Newman in football.
  • Sequoyah softball’s Ashlyn Smith signs with Hiwassee College.
  • Sweetwater baseball qualifies for the region tournament.
  • Sweetwater alum Mallory Gruenenfelder returns to the Lady Cats as soccer head coach.
  • Undefeated Sequoyah soccer claims district title.
  • Sweetwater soccer wins district championship.
  • Lady Bears and Lady Cats softball finish as district-runners up.
  • Signal Mountain ends Sweetwater’s baseball season in regionals.
  • Sequoyah soccer secures first ever substate berth.
  • Lady Bears and Lady Cats softball finish as region runners-up and secure a place in substate.
  • Sweetwater softball beats DeKalb County to advance to the state tournament.
  • Tellico Plains softball falls just short of the state tourney, losing on the road at Unaka..
  • Tellico Plains’ Logan Watkins signed to play soccer at Hiwassee College.
  • The Lady Cats of Sweetwater fall to Dyersburg in the state tournament, ending the season.

June

  • Former Sweetwater standout Aaron Green returns to Monroe County to hold a basketball camp in Vonore.
  • Hiwassee baseball makes its third straight world series appearance.
  • Sweetwater basketball’s Brent Burns leaves the Wildcats to become head coach at Lenoir City.
  • Golden State Warriors win NBA title over Cleveland Cavaliers.
  • Members of Sweetwater High School’s 1993 Class-AA State Championship winning football team reunited on their old stomping grounds to reminisce about that magical season.
  • Brandon Cerezola takes the reigns of Hiwassee womens’ basketball, replacing Meagan Price.
  • Sweetwater promotes Jeremy Henderson to coach the boys’ basketball team.

July

  • Help from boxer Jamey Ellison keeps the Monroe County Boxing gym doors open during the heat of the summer.
  • Football teams kick off preseason action with 7-on-7 games.
  • Tellico Plains and Sequoyah football get experience at Maryville College Passing Day.
  • Sweetwater’s gym floor is refinished as the gym gets a face lift.
  • Sequoyah Fishing had eight fishermen qualify for the 2018 Bassmasters High School National Championship.

August

  • Football teams begin full scrimmages.
  • Sequoyah’s Hunter Smith and Bryce Bowers sign with Brevard College in baseball.
  • Sequoyah’s Jerron Henry signs with Bryan College in baseball.
  • I-75 Racetrack honors the real warriors as part of Armed Forces Night.
  • The Jack Slayton Memorial Jamboree at McMinn Central High School kicks off football season in Monroe County.
  • Sequoyah races past county rival Tellico Plains in the first game of the football season for both teams.
  • Sweetwater High School sophomore Jacob Davidson hit a hole-in-one the par 3, 175-yard 14th hole at Rarity Bay.
  • John-Douglas Wiggins sets all-time passing touchdown record at Sequoyah.
  • Ivey Merrell opens Sequoyah football games with a horseback spear throw.

September

  • Sequoyah volleyball continues good start with win over rival McMinn Central on the road.
  • Tellico Plains soccer continues to build under coach Jarrod Johnson.
  • Sweetwater football earns first win of the season over McMinn Central on a night honoring the 1993 state championship team.
  • Tellico Plains volleyball earns a district sweep over Copper Basin at home.
  • Sequoyah soccer continues an undefeated start to the season with a win over East Hamilton.
  • Tellico Plains football earns its first shutout in seven years with a 27-0 win over Copper Basin.
  • Sequoyah tops Tellico Plains in soccer.
  • Sequoyah football recovers four fumbles in first region win of the season.
  • Sequoyah soccer claims the ‘county cup’ of soccer with a win over Sweetwater.
  • Sweetwater golfer Tatum Amos sets her sights on region competition.
  • Sequoyah football defeats Sweetwater to earn the County Cup for the first time in three years.

October

  • Tellico Plains volleyball’s season ends in the district tournament at CGLA.
  • Sequoyah volleyball advances to region play with a runner-up finish in the district tournament.
  • Sweetwater High School’s Sarah Laurence signs to run cross-country at Tennessee Wesleyan University.
  • Sequoyah football hits a losing skid after a hot start to the season.
  • Sequoyah’s Hannah Collins named district volleyball MVP.
  • A season to remember for Sequoyah soccer ends in the district tournament against McMinn Central.
  • A loss to East Ridge drops Sequoyah out of postseason contention.
  • Sweetwater football’s postseason hopes are crushed by a loss to Loudon.
  • Quarterback Austin Long propels Sweetwater to Senior Night win over Tellico Plains.
  • Tellico Plains cross-country qualifies for the state meet.
  • Sweetwater football coach Ethan Edmiston resigns following the end of the season.

November

  • Tellico Plains football coach John Mullinax announces his retirement after a long and distinguished coaching career at various stops around the region.
  • Hiwassee’s Lady Tigers roar past Warren Wilson to continue their hot start to the season.
  • Jamboree action at Loudon High School kicks off the high school basketball season.
  • Local teams bring home a record number of championships in Sequoyah Youth Football Conference championship games.
  • Sweetwater principal Eric Weaver announces athletic director Mike Martin as the next head football coach of the Wildcats.
  • Tellico Plains basketball sweeps Wartburg on the road.
  • Tellico Plains’ Samantha Russell signs with Young-Harris College in basketball.
  • Sweetwater boys, Tellico Plains girls win in rivalry split.

December

  • Tellico Plains’ Lady Bears overcome early deficit to top Sequoyah.
  • Joe Grant leads Sequoyah over Tellico Plains in rivalry action.
  • Sweetwater Wildcats earn first district win over Meigs County, led by Dominique Oggs’ double-double.
  • Sweetwater’s Lady Cats secure their first win over Polk County.
  • Sequoyah’s Lady Chiefs beat rival Sweetwater on a last-second shot by Mallorie Harrell.
  • Sweetwater Wildcats remain among the state’s best teams with a win over Sequoyah.
  • Tellico Plains girls survive upset bid at Sweetwater while the boys fall to the Wildcats.
  • Tellico Plains basketball sweeps Lookout Valley in a road district matchup.
  • Josiah Millsaps is named Monroe County Football Defensive Player of the Year.
  • John-Douglas Wiggins is named Monroe County Football Offensive Player of the Year.
  • Sweetwater’s Wildcats and Lady Cats, as well as the Tellico Bears, pick up some impressive wins in the Jim Cordell Christmas Classic in Harriman.

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