Extensive coverage of
Tennessee High School Basketball
by Andre Whitehead

Archive for 2007

Demonte Dominates…….Bearden Super 16 Champs

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A performance for the ages.

For the second time in a two week span two of K-Town's top squads met on the hardwood. Bearden squeaked by Fulton the first time in overtime, this game would have more at stake with the championship of the Super 16 the prize for the winner.

Bearden behind a superb effort from junior big Demonte Simpson (Bearden) strolled past Fulton 70-62 and captured the hardware for the home team.

Simpson had the biggest game of his young career at the best time dropping 33 points and snaring 22 rebounds on his way to MVP honors.

It seemed as though every Fulton rally was counteracted by a tough Simpson bucket on a nice dish from an unselfish teammates or a crafty offensive board and putback.

The Bulldogs got 14 markers from all-tournament selection Gabriel Campbell (Bearden) and 12 from all-tourney member Blake Jenkins (Bearden). The Bulldog glue Nathan "Stat-Man" Parker (Bearden) lived up to his moniker despite only scoring 5 points he grabbed 9 boards, dished 2 assists and had two timely blocked shots.

Fulton got 15 from sophomore Jalen Steele (Fulton) and all-tourney selection Will Bryant (Fulton). Junior James Gallman (Fulton) finished with 11 and garnered all-tournament hardware as well.


Arby’s Classic…25 Years and Still Going

The 25th running of the Arby's Classic gets underway today in spacious Viking Hall on the campus of Tennessee High School.

This special anniversary features some very talented squads from all corners of the Earth. Representing Tennessee are local favorites Kingsport Dobyns Bennett, Greeneville, Sullivan East, Science Hill,Volunteer and the host school Tennessee High. Top players from these schools include:

Justin Sylvester-Dobyns Bennett

Corey Young-Tennessee High

Jordan Short-Greeneville

Isaac Snapp-Sullivan East

Keith Cradic-Volunteer

Tremaine Gash-Greenville

Dionte Grey-Science Hill

Also representing the Volunteer state will be Braircrest Christian who boast a roster full of talented college prospects including: Leslie McDonald, Gregg Wooten Johnny Williams and Elgin Lee.

From out of state the Arby's people have collected a very solid group of talented squads:

Archbishop Carroll (Washington D.C.)

Kris Joseph (Syracuse Commit)

Charlotte High (Punta Gorda, Fl.)

Columbia High (Decatur, Ga.)

Darrius Morrow (South Carolina Commit)

Dorsey High (Los Angeles, Ca.)

Gate City High (Gate City, Va.)

Iolani School (Honolulu, Hi.)

Northview High (Duluth, Ga.)

Ralph Sampson Jr. (Minnesota Commit)

Pine Castle Christian (Orlando, Fl.)


From out of the country:

Urspring School (Ulm , Germany)

Tabernacle Baptist (Freeport, Bahamas)

Father Henry Carr (Toronto, Canada)


The event will run tonight continue on Thursday and Friday with the championships held on Monday.

Bearden Super 16….A Knoxville Tradition

First of all Merry Christmas to everyone, I hope you had a joyous time with friends and family.

The holiday season brings Hoops to the masses and Knoxville is the site for one of the best events in East Tennessee.

The Super 16 event makes it's annual pilgrammage at Bearden High School and action begins on Thursday with four games.

4:30 Baylor vs. Morristown East

Game one features high scoring Zane Gibson (Baylor) and his friends from Chattanooga opening the action against first year coach Mike Wright and the Hurricanes from Morristown East. East is led by junior banger Walker Bullington.

6:00 Jefferson County vs. Loudon

Fresh off a huge win at Austin East, the Redskins of Loudon wish to continue their holiday success against the Patriots of Jefferson County. Loudon is led by a trio of seniors with point man Grant Gasper, athletic Lamar Colvin and deep shooting Drew Eller. The Pats will seek scoring from Tyler Stepp and Derrick Lindsey.

7:30 Bearden vs. Carter

The host school tackles one of Knoxville's upstarts in athletic Carter. Bearden features a veritible poutpourii of talent including Demonte Simspon, Blake Jenkins, Dustin Craig, Gabriel Campbell and Nathan "Stat-Man" Parker. Carter is led by a pair of talented guards in shooter Landry Stanton and playmaker G'Metrik Caldwell. Inside the Hornets feature big junior Joe Meady and talented freshman Lester Wilson.

9:00 Farragut vs. Fulton

Great climax to a solid evening of hoops has the AAA Admirals taking on the ever tough Fulton Flacons. Farragut gets a balanced inside/outside game featuring Riley Hunley, Kyle Binder and Jonathan Moore. Fulton will come with both barrels blazing. Jalen Steele, James Gallman and Dominique Minor will be called upon to score early and often. Key to Fulton;s success will be inside threat, senior Will Bryant.

Hunter Miller Heads Week #5 Scorers

It was one of those once in a lifetime games.

Hunter Miller (CPA) scored a career high 46 points leading CPA to the victory over Harpeth. Ironically Miller outscored the entire Harpeth team with his outburst.

Miller leads the scoring brigade for the abbreviated holiday schedule.

Adrian Williamson (Hume Fogg) 25pts vs. Ezell Harding

Chase Dunn (Livingston Academy) 30pts vs. Independence

Hunter Osborne (Marshall County) 31pts vs. Loretto

Shawn Kennedy (FRA) 27pts vs. Station Camp

Cameron Miller (Unicoi County) 30pts vs. Volunteer

Steven Bennett (David Crockett) 25pts vs. Morristown East

Tobias Murden (Middleton) 29pts vs. Moore County

Leslie McDonald (Briarcrest Christian) 25pts vs. Ridgeway

Keith Cradic (Volunteer) 38pts vs. Unicoi County

John Jenkins (Station Camp) 31pts vs. FRA

David Vaughn (Milan) 27pts vs. Peabody

Thomas Greer (West Carroll) 35pts vs. Dresden

Blake Burke (Huntingdon) 33pts vs. Bradford

Gary Pope (Ensworth) 26pts vs. Columbia

Michael Young (Franklin) 25pts vs. BGA

Chase Dunn (Livingston Academy) 30pts vs. Brentwood Academy

Michael Young (Riverdale) 25pts vs. Sycamore

Justin Tate (Cordova) 25pts vs. Fulton City (Ky.)

Justin Blake (Dyer County) 28pts vs. Franklin County

Tyson Wright (Dresden) 25pts vs. Huntingdon

Jacob Stallings (Brentwood Academy) 29pts vs. Haywood County

Zaccheus Mason (CPA) 25pts vs. Lipscomb

Kevin Holzer (Gatlinburg-Pittman) 41pts vs. out of state

Kenyan Torry (Mitchell) 28pts vs. Trezevant

Joe Jackson (White Station) 28pts vs. McClure North (Il.)

Carrin Nash (Upperman) 25pts vs. Clarkrange

David Woodard (East Robertson) 26pts vs. Clarksville Academy

Tyler Huston (Pleasant View) 29pts vs. FRC

Dan Schultz (Oliver Springs) 26pts vs. Jackson County

Dustin Murrell (Clinch) 30pts vs. Cosby

Chris Armstrong (Gibbs) 30pts vs. Knoxville Central

Josh Wilkerson (Memphis Catholic) 28pts vs. Millington

Justin Allen (Beech) 29pts vs. Oliver Springs

Jalen Steele (Fulton) 26pts vs. Bearden  

Steve Kerr (Millington) 26pts vs. Memphis Catholic

Dan Schultz (Oliver Springs) 28pts vs. Beech

Thomas Greer (West Carroll) 29pts vs. Greenfield

Wes Long (Summertown) 26pts vs. Lewis County

Grant Gasper (Loudon) 28pts vs. Austin East

Matt Perkins (Bradley Central) 29pts vs. Powell

Jacob Munsey (Union County) 35pts vs. Hancock County

Zane Gibson (Baylor) 26pts vs. Walker Valley

Caldwell Starnes (CBHS) 26pts vs. Memphis Catholic

Steve Kerr (Millington) 25pts vs. Fort Worth (Ga.)

Michael Campbell (Oakhaven) 28pts vs. Frayser

Justin Bentley (Hampton) 26pts vs. Johnson County

Tremaine Gash (Greeneville) 26pts vs. Elizabethton

Jeremy Fason (JCM) 25pts vs. Chester County

Cortez Wilder (Ripley) 31pts vs. Dyer County



Brown Leads Union City to Battle Championship

M.J. Brown (Union City) wants to make this a memorable senior campaign.

As much as the defending Mr. Basketball in Class A would like to add another trophy to his burgeoning case at home. M. J. Brown wants to lead Union City to the state title in March.

Let's take a look at what we call the first step.

Union City unleashed it's patented running game and dispatched of a fiesty Livingston Academy squad 72-61 to capture the second annual Battle for the State Classic at Lipscomb University in Nashville.

Tourney MVP M.J. Brown finished with 18 points leading the Golden Tornadoes. Lavan Mosley and Andre Coby (Union City) added 13 and 12 respectively.

Chase Dunn (Livingston Academy) after back to back 30 point efforts finished with 16 to lead his Wildcats. Clint West (Livingston Academy) added 12 in the defeat.

Joining Brown on the All-Tournament squad were:

Michael Young (Riverdale)

Bryce Cardin (Independence)

T.J. Smith (Livingston Academy)

Jacob Stallings (Brentwood Academy)

Pat Polk (Union City)

Travis Dempsey (Sycamore)

Nik Brooks (Union City)

Casey Cosliglio (Independence)

Chase Dunn (Livingston Academy)


In the third place game Independence ran away from Sycamore 68-49 behind 20 markers from All-Tourney selection Casey Consiglio. The Eagles also got 13 from Travis Edington and 10 from Blake Cardin. Shane Staggs led Sycamore with 14.


In the fifth place game Jacob Stallings stroked a buzzer beater and finished with a game high 20 points leading his Brentwood Academy Eagles to a hard fought 52-50 victory over a tough Riverdale squad. Rob Murphy (Brentwood Academy) had a nice game hitting 16 points. All-Tourney selection Michael Young (Riverdale) led the Warriors with 14.