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T.A. Dugger track and field Pole Vaulting

The T.A. Dugger track team hosted a conference meet on Tuesday at the Laporte Track facility at Elizabethton High School.

Lady Cyclones sweep Johnson Co. in TRC doubleheader Softball

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

Kira Dillard led off the bottom of the sixth with a double to left field. Autumn Hensley followed suit by lacing a single to put Lady Cyclones at second and third after taking advantage of a poor throw from the Lady Longhorn left fielder.

Dailey, Cyclones shut down Blue Devils pitcher

BY JEFF BIRCHFIELD, Johnson City Press

ERWIN — To say the Elizabethton baseball team is currently on a roll is an understatement.

Going to the woodshed…Cyclones smash Sullivan South in key TRC showdown, 16-1 Evan Carter

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

It has been a week that the Elizabethton Cyclones have been waiting on as something was going to have to give at the top of the Three Rivers Conference baseball race as every game from here on out is going to be huge to who gets the top seed when the district tournament rolls around.

Cyclones best Rebels for second straight night


KINGSPORT — The Elizabethton Cyclones baseball team took another Three Rivers conference clash from Sullivan South with a 9-0 victory over the Rebels.

Elizabethton's Russell Commits to Centre College Corey Russell

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

It looks like Elizabethton’s Mr. Do-It-All has pinpointed where he is going to play college football.

Lady Cyclones hold Central at bay in 12-9 final Kaylen Shell

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

The Elizabethton Lady Cyclones came out of the chute like gangbusters against the Sullivan Central Lady Cougars, but the Lady Cougars tried their best to sink their claws in down the stretch.

Elizabethton soccer moves to 5-0; Unaka baseball sweeps series against Cloudland Soccer

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

It was a busy evening of sports for Carter County teams Tuesday.

Cyclones take regular-season sweep over Johnson Co. with 10-4 win Baseball

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

One day removed from a 7-0 shutout over the Johnson County Longhorns, Elizabethton didn’t hold back the sticks and rode the arm of Matthew Dailey to a 10-4 win over the visiting ‘Horns Tuesday evening at Joe O’Brien Field.

Lady Cyclones seize win in late-inning rally over Happy Valley, 8-6 softball

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

JOHNSON CITY— There are some games where neither team deserves to lose, and that was the case when Elizabethton and Happy Valley locked horns in a classic softball contest at Metro Kiwanis Park in Johnson City.

Elizabethton blanks Hampton 8-0 soccer

BY BRYCE PHILLIP, Elizabethton Star

It’s still early in the season, but the Elizabethton Cyclones are rolling right along.

Lady Cyclones go 2-1 at Myrtle Beach Softball players

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star


This week, the Elizabethton High School Lady Cyclones made the trip down to Myrtle Beach to compete in the Grand Strand Softball Classic.

Elizabethton sweeps Happy Valley in double header Both Teams

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

On an evening where a battle more important than baseball was the highlight of the night, the Elizabethton Cyclones remained perfect in Three Rivers Conference play by taking a pair from Happy Valley after Monday night’s contest was washed out.

Brickey, Whitaker going strong at Walters State Brickey Whitaker

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

The Walters State Community College softball team has won 12 of its last 16 games and just ended a six-game win streak after losing to Volunteer State Community College, 6-4, Saturday.

Elizabethton’s Pilkton takes two first-place spots; Happy Valley’s Bahn speeds to first in 100-meters Lauren Pilkton

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

Even though the rain caused many of the events to be canceled Thursday, it was still a productive day for Elizabethton and Happy Valley athletes as the Cyclones hosted a meet at LaPorte Track.

Parents get greater access to school news, events with new Elizabethton City Schools mobile app Icon

News, events, and frequently visited web pages are now just a click away with the new Elizabethton City Schools mobile application.

Cyclones pick up wins in softball, baseball

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

It was a busy weekend on both the softball and baseball diamond over the weekend for Elizabethton as both teams picked up wins.

Youthful Lady Cyclones will be a work of patience in 2019 Team Photo

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

When a team loses four players of the caliber of two-time All-State player Lauren Brickey, pitcher Kellie Cunningham, homerun hitting centerfielder Maci West, and slick-fielding shortstop Macie Herrmann, a coach might be left scratching their head wondering what they were going to do.

Cyclones favored in Three Rivers baseball Evan Carter

BY DOUGLAS FRITZ, Johnson City Press

Carrying the momentum of an appearance in last year’s Class AA state baseball tournament, Elizabethton was the pick to win the Three Rivers title this season.

EHS student project yields new soccer locker room Community Improvement students (left to right) Maggie Johnson, Jaxton Holly, Nico Ashley, Evan Carter, and Kaylen Shell cut the ribbon on the new soccer locker room.

Elizabethton High School soccer players were elated Tuesday to tour their new locker room, which was the result of a student-led Community Improvement Class project. After several months of planning, fundraising, and working in the building, they cut the ribbon and opened the new facility.

Lady Cyclones swing a mean bat on way to 9-6 TRC win over Central Sliding into home base

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

There’s nothing better for a young ball team than to get wins under their belt and the youthful Elizabethton Lady Cyclones got exactly what they needed on Tuesday evening at Lady Cyclone Diamond after dropping a tough 9-7 decision to Grainger on Monday in their season-opener.

Cyclones make it two in a row over Patriots, 7-2

Ashton Williams came in relief to finish off the game for the Cyclones.

High School Roundup Softball/Baseball
Carter, Wagner hurl two-hit shutout over East to open 2019 campaign Evan Carter

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

Even though the evening temperature at the end of Monday night’s high school season-opening baseball game at Joe O’Brien Field was hovering around 41 degrees, the game itself was hotter than a bowl of sliced Jalapeno peppers doused with Texas Pete.

Enjoying the ride: Lady Cyclones shave Lady Panthers in regional opener, 49-32 Kaylen Shell

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

For most of the 2018-2019 basketball season, the Elizabethton Lady Cyclones were suffering one bump in the road after another, but the last five games have been like cruising the Pacific Coast Highway with the top down as the Lady Cyclones rolled to their fifth straight victory with a win over Cumberland Gap in the opening round of the Class AA Regional inside John Treadway Gym.

Lady Cyclones end season to Grainger Kaylen Shell

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

After a triumphant run through the district tournament, the Lady Cyclones fell to Grainger, 50-42, Monday night inside the Happy Valley High School.

Cyclones dunk Grainger in regional quarterfinals Nico Ashley

BY JOE AVENTO, Johnson City Press

ELIZABETHTON — Eric Wilson was surprised when Nico Ashley threw down a dunk that changed the momentum of the Region 1-AA basketball quarterfinals. He wasn’t as surprised at the dunk as he was at his own pass.

Elizabethton, Sullivan South fall in Region 1-AA girls semifinals Abbey Townsend

BY JEFF BIRCHFIELD, Johnson City Press

ELIZABETHTON — Grainger ended the first half on a flurry and ended Elizabethton's strong postseason run in the Region 1-AA girls basketball semifinals at Happy Valley High School.

Lady Cyclones team theme making postseason noise Morgan Headrick

BY DOUGLAS FRITZ, Johnson City Press

Elizabethton’s girls won a district basketball title and much of the buzz centered on the play of Kaitlin Bailey.

Lady Cyclones brush aside Cumberland Gap Torrie Roberts

BY GENE ROBERTS, Johnson City Press

ELIZABETHTON—The Lady Cyclones’ postseason spree continues.

Morton claims state title, Cyclones place six Team Photo with medals

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

When you are ranked at No. 1 there is usually a lot of weight on your shoulders.

It didn’t come easy: Cyclones claim District 1-AA in overtime thriller over South, 50-45 Team Photo

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

The game was worthy of a district championship as the Elizabethton Cyclones and Sullivan South Rebels exchanged volley for volley.

ECS tuition application: online for grades K-8, in person for grades 9-12

Parents interested in their children attending Elizabethton City Schools as new tuition students should apply online in the Cyclone Connection for grades K-8 or in person for grades 9-12. 

Elizabethton completes surprising district run with title Kaitlin Bailey

BY JOHNNY WILSON, Johnson City Press

ELIZABETHTON — After the way the last week or so had gone down, did anyone really think that upstart Elizabethton wouldn’t go ahead and win the District 1-AA girls basketball tournament Monday when it met Sullivan South?

Elizabethton teams advance to district championships

By Elizabethton Star

The Lady Cyclones are clicking at the right time.

Cyclones reach title game by beating Unicoi Evan Perkins

BY DOUGLAS FRITZ, Johnson City Press

ELIZABETHTON — Unicoi County had Elizabethton’s attention with its recent run of success, and the Cyclones also had a reminder of last year’s finish.

Lady Cyclones advance past Happy Valley Star Photo

BY ALLEN LAMOUNTAIN, Elizabethton Star

Elizabethton Lady Cyclones guard Torrie Roberts led a fourth-quarter charge that saw EHS push past Happy Valley in the District 1-AA quarterfinal at Bayless gym on Thursday night.

Cyclones sending nine to state Back row, left to right, Kilroy Hill, Chris Taylor, Deuce Morton, Joseph Kechter, and Andrew Fontanez. Front row, left to right, Heath Owens, Holden Roaten, Tyesha Thomas, and Hunter Morrell.

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

It has been another productive year for the Elizabethton High School wrestling teams.

Lady Cyclones, Devils moving on to region


ELIZABETHTON—Prior to postseason play, Elizabethton had produced only seven victories. Win number eight vaulted the Lady Cyclones to a berth in the regional tournament.

Lady Cyclones upset Central on Lady Cougars Senior Night, 61-56 Basketball

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

BLOUNTVILLE—The Sullivan Central Lady Cougars had been perfect during their Three River’s Conference season and were looking to run the gauntlet against the Elizabethton Lady Cyclones on Friday night inside the Dickie Warren Dome.

Cyclones win over Central secures share of Three Rivers season title Basketball

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

BLOUNTVILLE— There was possibly more energy waiting for the outcome of the Johnson County-Sullivan South contest at the conclusion of the Elizabethton and Central game than during the nightcap inside the Dickie Warren Dome on Friday.

At the Next Level: Brickey hits the field at Walters State Lauren Brickey

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

The Walters State Lady Senators are five games into the 2019 season, and former Lady Cyclones standout Lauren Brickey is a part of the lineup.

District basketball tournament time is here

BY DOUGLAS FRITZ, Johnson City Press

With the 2018-19 regular season vanishing, postseason play begins Monday.

2019 Elizabethton Basketball Homecoming Queen Emily Peters

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

Elizabethton senior cheerleader Emily Peters was crowned the 2019 Elizabethton Basketball Homecoming Queen on Friday night January 25th at halftime of the boys game against visiting Happy Valley. Peters escort for the festivities was senior basketball player Eric Wilson. Last year’s queen, Camryn Koroma, crowned Peters.

Cyclones break out broom downing Science Hill in thriller, 69-65 Evan Perkins

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

JOHNSON CITY— It’s always special when you can take down your larger, neighboring city school, but when you can do it twice in a season it leaves a super-sweet taste in your mouth especially when they are in a classification above you.

Lady Cyclones play complete game to finish off Lady Blue Devils, 50-38 Morgan Headrick

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

Elizabethton head coach Lucas Andrews has been waiting all season for his Lady Cyclones to put together a complete 32-minutes of action as the team has squandered opportunities to pick up wins throughout the season by letting those games slip through their fingers.

Cyclones manage to escape snare of Unicoi Co. in Three Rivers action Photo by Ivan Sanders

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

The Unicoi County Blue Devils came in with a game plan that vexed the Elizabethton Cyclones who only wanted to honor their senior players on Senior Night 2019, but were forced to fight back the onslaught of a determined bunch of Blue Devils that had upset on their minds.

Cyclones' Jennings, Blue Devils' Strother join Division I ranks Students


Elizabethton’s Garrett Jennings and Unicoi County’s Brett Strother signed with NCAA Division I football programs Wednesday.

Thomas claims region title, turns attention to state tournament Tyesha

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

Elizabethton High School sophomore Tyesha Thomas is just in her second year as a wrestler for the Cyclones.

Two Carter County athletes commit to play collegiate ball

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

Both Elizabethton’s Carter Everett and Happy Valley’s Michael Harrah have chosen as to where they will compete in collegiate football.

Teachers of the Year announced!

Congratulations to all Elizabethton teachers of the year! 

Swat fest: Cyclones ride stellar defense to 67-51 win over South Press Photo

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

The way basketballs were being swatted inside John Treadway Gym Monday evening was more reminiscent of watching a pinball machine than a basketball game as Elizabethton’s Nico Ashley was doing much of the swatting with help from Corbin Montgomery.

Baseball auction could be source of basketball dream tickets for Vol fans

BY JOHN THOMPSON, Johnson City Press

ELIZABETHTON — With the University of Tennessee currently top ranked in the Associated Press men’s basketball poll, there are fans searching for tickets to the Final Four tournament.

Cyclones roll to 59-39 win over Happy Valley behind Ashley’s 23 Photo by Star

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

Even with all the beautiful young ladies and their escorts on hand for Homecoming 2019, the Elizabethton and Happy Valley basketball game didn’t exactly start out on a stunning note for either team as the distractions of the evening may have had something to play into it.

High school roundup: Cyclones down Warriors in Three Rivers battle  Elizabethton's Nico Ashley goes up for a jumper over Happy Valley's Bryce Carter in Friday's game.


ELIZABETHTON — Nico Ashley netted a game-high 23 points as Elizabethton used a big second half to pull away from Happy Valley for a 59-39 win in Three Rivers Conference action at Treadway Gymnasium.

Cut down those nets: T.A. Dugger outlasts Unicoi Co. for Area One boys’ championship, 42-36 Group Photo by Star

By Elizabethton Star

KINGSPORT—Famous wrestler Ric Flair said on numerous occasions that to be the best you have to beat the best.

We are the champions—T. A. Dugger junior varsity girls capture conference championship Star Photo Girls JV Bball

By Elizabethton Star

It took two games and a lot of sweat, but the junior varsity girls of T.A. Dugger were up to the task and when the smoke cleared the Jr. Lady Cyclones stood alone at the top being crowned the conference champs after defeating Robinson by the score of 34-17 and then turning around to hand Liberty Bell the deciding defeat by a 23-17 score in the conference tournament.

ECS celebrates School Board Appreciation Week Jan. 20-26 Board PIcture

ELIZABETHTON - January 20-26, 2019 is School Board Appreciation Week in Tennessee. This week helps build awareness and understanding of the vital functions our locally elected boards of education play in our community. Elizabethton City Schools is joining public school districts from across the state to celebrate School Board Appreciation Week and honor local board members for their commitment to Elizabethton and its children.

Cyclones drop into tie with Longhorns following loss Photo by Ivan Sanders of boys basketball

By Ivan Sanders, Elizabethton Star

Even before Friday night’s contest against Johnson County, Elizabethton head coach Lucas Honeycutt would have been the first person to tell you that the Longhorns had a very good basketball team especially with a player like Blake Atwood leading the area in scoring at almost 25 points a clip.

Lady Cyclones get much-needed win over Johnson County in overtime Morgan Headrick

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

The Elizabethton Lady Cyclones have been feeling a little low as of late and were looking for something to give them a boost. And they got just what the doctor ordered when they managed to grab a much-needed win in overtime over the visiting Johnson County Lady Longhorns by a 55-54 margin.

Jr. Cyclones advance in tight contest with Greeneville

By Elizabethton Star

KINGSPORT— Basketball is a game where persistence pays off and if no one believes that, they can just ask the T.A. Dugger Jr. Cyclone boys’ basketball team as the Jr. Cyclones found themselves down 37-30 in the fourth quarter before battling back to take a heart-stopping 41-39 victory in Area One boys’ tournament action.

Jr. Lady Cyclones tame Lady Panthers

By Elizabethton Star

KINGSPORT—After a successful regular season, the T.A. Dugger Jr. Lady Cyclones were hoping to kick off their postseason on a strong foot and got the results they were seeking with a 40-24 win over the Jr. Lady Panthers of Church Hill.

Cyclones turn up defense to trap Cougars in TRC play Basketball photo by Ivan Sanders

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

There were Cougars on the prowl inside A.L. Treadway Gymnasium on Tuesday evening with a taste for some Cyclones as front running Elizabethton had another team looking to end the Cyclones perfect conference run.

T.A. Dugger rolls in girls’ play sinking Vance Photo by Elizabethton Star of basketball game

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

It was a pretty good night for the Jr. Lady Cyclones of T.A. Dugger as the girls took care of business by sinking the Jr. Lady Vikings of Vance in both junior varsity and varsity play.

Boys stats: Cyclones' Wilson performing well across the board Photo by JC Press

BY DOUGLAS FRITZ, Johnson City Press

Elizabethton’s Eric Wilson has been a standout this season while helping Elizabethton get off to an 11-3 start.

Cyclones overcome Science Hill Photo by Douglas Fritz

BY DOUGLAS FRITZ, Johnson City Press

ELIZABETHTON — It has been an impressive season for Elizabethton, and beating Science Hill added something a little extra to the mix.

Jr. Cyclones snare huge wins over Liberty Bell

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

The T.A. Dugger girls’ and boys’ basketball teams know that conference tournament time is right around the corner and on Thursday evening both teams sent a loud message to the rest of the conference with resounding wins against Liberty Bell.

Jr. Cyclone boys take one of two from Robinson

By Elizabethton Star

The T.A. Dugger boys’ varsity and junior varsity tangled with Ross Robinson on Monday evening in hardwood action with a mixed outcome as the Jr. Cyclone varsity took a 15-point win, 64-49 over Robinson while the junior varsity fell in a close 6-point defeat, 43-37.

Cyclones move to 5-0 in Three Rivers, Elizabethton drops contest to Lady Blue Devils

BY GENE RENFRO, Elizabethton Star

ERWIN – Elizabethton bested Unicoi County 52-31 Tuesday to keep perfect in Three Rivers Conference play.

Cyclones storm from behind to top Rebels

BY GENE RENFRO, Johnson City Press

KINGSPORT — Elizabethton was definitely down, but the Cyclones blew back for a 58-54 basketball win at Sullivan South on Friday night.

Late rally keeps Cyclones in TRC driver’s seat

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

The Elizabethton Cyclones are finding that being the point man in the Three River’s Conference is a challenging spot to be in as night in and night out the bull’s eye is directly focused on taking the Cyclones down.

T.A. Dugger takes wins over Chuckey-Doak

By Elizabethton Star

The T.A. Dugger boys and girls’ varsity teams swept a pair of varsity wins in basketball action against the Jr. Black Knights of Chuckey-Doak.

High school basketball stat leaders

BY DOUGLAS FRITZ, Johnson City Press

Johnson County’s Blake Atwood is at the top for the first week of the high school basketball statistical leaders.

Cyclones, Bears tangle with mixed results

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

The Elizabethton Cyclones boarded the bus for Big Stone Gap, Virginia hoping to pick up a win before Christmas as they tangled with the Union Bears in roundball hoops play.

Jr. Cyclones roll to Pigeon Forge tournament title Team Photo


Late last week, the T.A. Dugger Jr. Cyclones made their way over to Pigeon Forge to compete in a Christmas break tournament.

Local athletes to compete in FCA All-Star Game Individual photos of athletes competing


Today, Carter County football players will get to lace up for some postseason action.

West Side’s Nave captures All-American status Arvella Nave

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

Westside Elementary third-grader Arvella Nave hasn’t been doing cross country long.

Elizabethton falls to Tennessee High Bounces back against Meigs County

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

Coming into Friday’s game with the Tennessee High Vikings at Science Hill, the Elizabethton Cyclones were looking to keep their five-game win streak alive.

Lady Patriots get ‘Shell-shocked’ by Elizabethton, 56-50 Kira Shell

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

While the Elizabethton Lady Cyclones have gone through a dry period as far as wins go, all the games against quality and larger opponents have been teaching lessons.

Cyclones topple Patriots to remain unbeaten, 61-57 Dribbling the ball

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

The game was everything it was billed to be and more as the Sullivan East Patriots entered Tuesday night’s contest at Treadway Gym tabbed as the pre-season number one team in the Three Rivers Conference, but the Elizabethton Cyclones were determined to prove that their name was worthy of consideration as well.
When the dust settled, the Cyclones owned a very competitive 61-57 win to stay unbeaten at 5-0 before a great crowd for high school basketball.

TAD Wrestling places 2nd at weekend match Wrestling team

Congratulations to TAD Wrestling team coached by Eddie Morrell. They placed 2nd over the weekend at the Panther Duals at Church Hill Middle School!

Cyclones, Patriots ready for December showdown Basketball last year

BY DOUGLAS FRITZ, Johnson City Press

When the boys basketball coaches talked at the Three Rivers media day, there was a consensus: Sullivan East was the league favorite, and Elizabethton was the clear-cut No. 2.

Elizabethton’s Fair signs with Cleveland State Fair

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

With one year left of high school ball left to go, Elizabethton senior softball player Haley Fair went ahead and made it official with her future collegiate home Wednesday.

TA Dugger snares three wins over Robinson

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

It was a busy night on the middle school hardwood as T.A. Dugger tangled with Robinson in four games with the Jr. Cyclones getting the upper hand in 3 of the 4 contests.

Cyclones tame Tigers in hardwood action, 56-43

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

PIGEON FORGE—While most people who were in Pigeon Forge on Thursday evening were taking in the millions of Christmas lights at Dollywood, the Elizabethton Cyclones were shooting the lights out at Pigeon Forge High School on the basketball hardwood.

Shell lifts Lady Cyclones over Cherokee, 52-50 Star Photo/Ivan Sanders Kaylen Shell of Elizabethton brings the ball into the front court while being guarded by Mataylin Goins.

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

ROGERSVILLE— It was the opening night of the 2018-19 basketball season, but with the way the Hall of Champions contest played out between the Elizabethton Lady Cyclones and the Cherokee Lady Chiefs one would have thought it was a game with playoff implications.

Cyclones defense turns tide in 52-39 win over Chiefs Star Photo/Ivan Sanders Christian Price works hard for a lay up against a pair of Cherokee defenders.

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

ROGERSVILLE— To say that Cyclone head coach Lucas Honeycutt wasn’t too happy after Elizabethton’s jamboree contest would be an understatement, but smiles abounded Tuesday night after his team responded in a big way after a sluggish opening quarter.

Revenge factor… Elizabethton ready to dish out payback for playoff defeat in 2017 File Photo/Ivan Sanders Cyclone head coach Shawn Witten talks with his players during a timeout against Tennessee High earlier in the season.

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

The Elizabethton Cyclones have been waking up and going to bed for the last 364 days thinking about what could have been, what should have been, and what happened at this same stage in the 2017 season on the road at Anderson County High School in the second round of the TSSAA football playoffs.

Lady Jr. Cyclones blow past Jr. Lady Warriors, 38-15 Mailey Guy and Happy Valley’s Keili Hall appear to give each other a high five on the opening tip between the two schools at Happy Valley Middle School on Tuesday evening.

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

It may have been only the third game of the young season for the T.A. Dugger Jr. Lady Cyclone basketball team, but the team continued to gain strength taking their third non-conference win in a row with a 38-15 triumph over the host Happy Valley Jr. Lady Warriors.

NHTSA Urges Motorists to Drive Safely Near School Zones and Bus Stops

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is urging motorists to exercise caution and follow State laws when approaching a school bus or school crossing.

Cyclones finally put away Howard Elizabethton’s Corey Russell applies a stiff arm to Howard’s Trevon Crutcher after a pass reception in Friday’s game.

BY DOUGLAS FRITZ, Johnson City Press

ELIZABETHTON — It was a vivid change of fortunes, and arguably the biggest reason Elizabethton will be playing football again next week.

Cyclones facing the unknown against Howard JC Press Photo by Doug Fritz

Elizabethton is a heavy favorite, but Chattanooga Howard is dangerous enough to gain the Cyclones’ attention.

Running with the big dogs: Pilkton eyes state meet Star Photo/Bryce Phillips Elizabethton senior Lauren Pilkton will compete in the TSSAA State Large Schools Meet this Satruday at the Percy Warner Park in Nashville. Pilkton, left, is picuted with EHS cross country coach Mark Newman.

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

It has been a season of goals for Elizabethton senior Lauren Pilkton.

Russell, Everett have made their mark for Cyclones Cyclones' quarterback Carter Everett and running back Corey Russell have combined for over 12,000 yards of total offense in their high school careers.

BY DOUGLAS FRITZ, Johnson City Press

Elevating Elizabethton’s football program into a state-title contender will be part of the legacy for Carter Everett and Corey Russell.

Cyclones celebrate senior night with 51-13 win over Central Football

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

It was a special night at Citizens Bank Stadium Thursday evening as all fall athletes, band, and choral ensemble were recognized in the final regular season game for 2018.

Board, Director reflect on school system’s record-breaking achievements at end of term Board Pic

Over the last four years, the Elizabethton Board of Education has supported some of the school system’s most distinguished achievements and programs. During this time, Elizabethton City Schools has achieved a record graduation rate, a Level 5 growth score, and a record composite ACT score while nearly doubling the number of students earning a 30 or higher.

Getting it done again

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

Cyclone JV roars back to topple Rebels in closing minute, 26-20

Lady Cyclones nab postseason honors Volleyball

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

After a season that saw the Lady Cyclones take second in a tough Three Rivers Conference and collect 24 wins, tying the program record, the Elizabethton volleyball program saw honors come its way.

Lady Cyclones move to district championship Star Photo/Larry N. Souders The Lady Cyclones Kaylen Shell (11) fires a centering shot toward the goal past Central’s Adeline Ensley (8) early in the first half.

BY ALLEN LAMOUNTAIN, Elizabethton Star

Needing a win to secure any more games this season, the Elizabethton Lady Cyclones soccer team came through with a gritty 3-1 win over Sullivan Central.

EHS Hall of Fame inducts three new members

BY LARRY N. SOUDERS, Elizabethton Star

Elizabethton High School inducted three new members into it’s Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday evening.

Cyclones lay shellacking on visiting Union, 54-13 Cyclones

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

While Disney’s Beauty and the Beast wasn’t being shown at Citizens Bank Stadium, the Elizabethton Cyclones were putting on their own version of the popular movie as the Cyclone football team was in beast mode on the field, and there was plenty of beauty present for Homecoming 2018.

Jr. Cyclones capture Big 8 championship with 44-12 win over Vance Star Photo/Ivan Sanders There was no where to go for a Viking running back as the Jr. Cyclones made a gang tackle on the play.

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

Much like closing the pages on a perfect novel, the T.A. Dugger Jr. Cyclones final game of the 2018 campaign ended with a spotless 8-0 season mark and being crowned as the Big 8 Conference champs after laying a whipping to the Vance Middle School Vikings by a 44-12 margin at Citizens Bank Stadium on Thursday evening.

Jr. Cyclone JV clinches Big 8 championship with 26-14 win Star Photo/Ivan Sanders Jr. Cyclone running back Luke Whaley tries to break free from the grasp of a Vance defender.

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

It doesn’t matter if one is blood brothers or just a band of brothers with one goal, it can be said that a little brother wants to make sure that their feet fit firmly in the footprints of their bigger brothers.

Record-setting Lady Cyclones top Crockett Elizabethton Cami Davison, left, and Kaylen Shell each had hatricks during Thursday's soccer match at David Crockett.

BY ALLEN LAMOUNTAIN, Elizabethton Star

JONESBOROUGH – Juniors Kaylen Shell and Cami Davison each had a three-goal hat trick, and the Elizabethton Lady Cyclones set a few school records on Thursday evening in their 6-nil whitewashing of David Crockett in girls soccer at Pioneer Stadium.

Cyclone Senior Spotlight—Jared Grindstaff Jared Grindstaff

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

The Elizabethton Cyclones took a week off after rolling to a 6-0 ledger and will be back in action Friday night when they host Union for Homecoming 2018.

Lady Cyclones take down Sullivan Central; Win No. 24 earns Elizabethton region berth, championship match Star Photo/Bryce Phillips The Lady Cyclones Kallista DePrimo, Mattie Davis, and Morgan Smith celebrate after topping Sullivan Central, 3-1, during Tuesday's District 1-AA semifinals at Sullivan East High School.

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

BLUFF CITY—In the early stages of Tuesday night’s semifinals against Sullivan Central, it seemed that the Lady Cyclones’ storm was slowly dissipating.

Lady Cyclones down Chuckey-Doak Star Photo/Bryce Phillips Elizabethton's Josie Lyons serves up the ball during Monday's District 1-AA Tournament at Sullivan East. During the second set, Lyons had eight straight serves go in.

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

BLUFF CITY—The Lady Cyclones got District 1-AA Tournament play started out on a good note Monday.

South meets Elizabethton for District 1-AA crown Photo by Tanner Cook. Elizabethton’s Sydney Goodsell spikes the ball over two Sullivan Central defenders.

BY TANNER COOK, Johnson City Press

BLUFF CITY — The finals are set for the District 1-AA volleyball tournament as Sullivan South advanced with a hard-fought win over Sullivan East and Elizabethton came from behind to best Sullivan Central.

One for the scrapbook: Jr. Cyclones storm back for a 28-14 win over Liberty Bell to go 7-0 on season Star Photo/Ivan Sanders Jr. Cyclone running back Nate Stephens shakes and bakes his way around a couple of Liberty Bell defenders.

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

JOHNSON CITY—While several beautiful young ladies awaited the opportunity to potentially be crowned as the Liberty Bell homecoming queen at Kermit-Tipton Stadium, the T.A. Dugger Jr. Cyclones took full advantage of its own opportunity and turned an ugly first-half of action into a thing of beauty rallying from a 14-0 first-half deficit to a 28-14 victory.

Star of the Week—Corey Russell, Elizabethton Corey Russell

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

During the Cyclones 32-21 win over Tennessee High, Russell had 23 carries for 82 yards and two rushing touchdowns, went 6-of-9 through the air for 166 yards and two touchdowns, and hauled in seven passes for 111 yards and a score.

Lady Cyclones soccer in action since ’97 start During the Elizabethton girls soccer program's first ever victory in 1997, former Lady Cyclone Mimi Tarr takes a kick. The Lady Cyclone topped Jeff County 2-1 that year.

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

There has been a lot of excitement around the Lady Cyclone soccer team this season as Elizabethton currently sits in second in the Three Rivers Conference.

Elizabethton downs pesty Longhorns Star Photo/Bryce Phillips Elizabethon junior Morgan Smith watches as her shot goes in for a kill during Tuesday night's match against Johnson County.

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

It wasn’t as dominant as the Lady Cyclones wanted, but Elizabethton took a 3-0  victory over Johnson County Tuesday evening.

Big Aspirations: Goodsell looks to future at UT Volleyball

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

Elizabethton senior Sydney Goodsell has big dreams for the future.

Cyclones remain unbeaten with 35-21 win over Vikings BY IVAN SANDERS

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

Elizabethton was looking to make it a clean run through Class 5A competition this season when they played host to the Tennessee High Vikings at Citizens Bank Stadium Friday night before a full house.

Cyclones shave Grizzlies in one-sided contest, 56-6 Football player

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

RUTLEDGE—With the remaining remnants of Hurricane Florence continuing to hammer the Southeast, there should have been a Cyclone warning issued around the campus of Grainger County High School as the state’s No. 3 Class 4A Elizabethton Cyclones hit early and often laying waste to the Grizzlies in taking a 56-6 conference win.

Jr. Cyclones bloody nose of Greeneville, 28-14 photo by ivan sanders. pictured cade russell

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

There are three things certain in life—birth, death, and smash-mouth football when any team from Greeneville tangles with a team from Elizabethton.

Elizabethton Cyclones quarterback Carter Everett named TV-11 player of the week Carter Everett


Elizabethton - Daniel Boone and Elizabethton squared off on the gridiron Friday night and in a battle of unbeaten squads, the Cyclones made a statement.

Lady Cyclones get measure of revenge against South Star Photo/Bryce Phillips Elizabethton's Kaylen Shell competes to get the ball past a Sullivan South player.

BY ALLEN LAMOUNTAIN, Elizabethton Star

There are some matches that you circle on the calendar and this was one of them for the Elizabethton Lady Cyclones soccer squad.

All roads led Forrest Holt back to Elizabethton as Athletic Director Forrest Holt

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

As Forrest Holt was finishing up his senior season at Happy Valley High School in 2002 as a member of the football, baseball, and track teams, little did he know what his future held and how the roads that lay ahead would all intertwine and bring him full circle back to Carter County into a job at a rival school.

Cyclones' second half foils Boone Football player


With the return of sophomore running back Devon White in the third quarter, it looked like a Daniel Boone comeback might be in the offing.

EHS blanks David Crockett Star Photo/Bryce Phillips Elizabethton's Tessa Lambs pushes the ball past defenders while teammate Kaylen Shell races up during Tuesday's match at Citizens Bank Stadium.

BY ALLEN LAMOUNTAIN, Elizabethton Star

Bouncing back from a shutout loss to Dobyns-Bennett last week the Elizabethton Lady Cyclones rebounded with a strong statement on Tuesday evening at Citizens Bank Stadium.

Cyclones leave little doubt in 63-0 drubbing of Patriots

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

While the Sullivan East Patriots were firing off nothing but duds from their arsenal on Friday at Citizens Bank Stadium, the Elizabethton Cyclones were shooting like a Howitzer tank as the Cyclones rolled to a 49-0 halftime advantage and never looked back in taking a 63-0 conference win over their visitors from Bluff City.

Shell’s five-goal performance propels Lady Cyclones past Volunteer Kaylen Shell

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

The Cyclones started off conference play on the right foot Monday night at Volunteer.

Elizabethton JV rolls past David Crockett Football

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

The Elizabethton junior varsity squad made easy work of the visiting David Crockett Pioneers Monday at Citizens Bank Stadium.

Davis racks up nine aces; Lady Cyclones dispatch Unicoi, 3-1 Sydney Goodsell

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

Elizabethton, behind a 9-ace performance from freshman Mattie Davis, topped Unicoi 3-1 for a conference victory inside John Treadway Gym Tuesday.

Townsend leads Lady Cyclones past Central Abbey Townsend

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

The Lady Cyclones moved to 2-0 in the conference Tuesday after topping the Lady Cougars, 4-0, at Sullivan Central.

Cyclone Senior Spotlight—Nicholas Miller Nick Miller

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

The Elizabethton Cyclones are off to a 2-0 start on the young season, and a large part of that is due to a large senior class.

Evan Perkins named 2018 Play of the Week Winner Week 1 - WJHL

After collecting nearly 2,200 of the over 4,000 votes, Elizabethton's Evan Perkins wins the first 2018 Play of the Week.

T. A. Dugger storms past Sevier Student Athletes

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

KINGSPORT—The T.A. Dugger Junior Cyclones were firing on all cylinders Thursday as they visited conference foe John Sevier to open the season

Student athletes take part in 3rd annual tobacco cessation campaign Athletes

BY CURTIS CARDEN, Elizabethton Star

Whether its a fourth-and-goal play on the 1-yard line or a last-second 3-pointer with time expiring, you have to have the right focus and attitude to handle the pressure.

Cyclones pull away from stubborn South Greene


ELIZABETHTON — A much tougher battle than most anticipated came about on Friday night at Citizens Bank Stadium as Elizabethton’s football team held off a strong challenge from South Greene, 45-6.

Cyclones and Hilltoppers: A rivalry the way it should be Corey Russell

BY DOUGLAS FRITZ, Johnson City Press

Cyclones, Hampton top list of decade's best Football player

BY DOUGLAS FRITZ, Johnson City Press

Over the past decade, several area football teams have been consistent winners.