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A.P. Boys State Final Basketball Rankings (Week #6)


The final A.P. Poll of the regular season saw Ridgeway move into the top spot in Class AAA with their victory over Southwind last week.


Here are the state rankings for all three classes and D2.


Class AAA

•1)      Ridgeway (26-1) (2)

•2)      Southwind (24-3) (1)

•3)      Science Hill (26-2) (3)

•4)      Dyer County (27-1) (4)

•5)      Northeast (26-2) (5)

•6)      Hunter's Lane (24-2) (6)

•7)      Oak Ridge (23-3) (8)

•8)      Melrose (23-8) (7)

•9)      Knoxville West (22-3) (9)

•10)  Ooltewah (22-3) (NR)

Others receiving votes:


Class AA

•1)      CPA (28-2) (1)

•2)      Bolivar Central (24-4) (3)

•3)      Liberty Tech (23-5) (2)

•4)      Spring Hill (23-1) (4)

•5)      Alcoa (25-4) (5)

•6)      East Literature (21-6) (7)

•7)      Jackson Southside (19-5) (8)

•8)      Unicoi County (24-4) (9)

•9)      Westview (22-5) (10)

•10)  Raleigh-Egypt (17-7) (6)

Others receiving votes:

Class A

1)  BTW (25-0) (1)

•2)      Perry County (23-3) (2)

•3)      Friendship Christian (20-2) (3)

•4)      McEwen (23-1) (4)

•5)      Mt. Pleasant (21-3) (5)

•6)      Middleton (20-7) (8)

•7)      Lake County (18-8) (6)

•8)      Grace Christian (22-4) (7)

•9)      Cloudland (16-10) (NR)

•10)  Dresden (21-8) (9)

Others Receiving Votes:



•1)      McCallie (22-2) (1)

•2)      Ensworth (20-6) (2)

•3)      Briarcrest (21-5) (3)

•4)      FRA (27-4) (4)

•5)      CBHS (21-6) (5)

•6)      USJ (20-4) (7)

•7)      MUS (17-8) (6)

•8)      St. George's (21-7) (9)

•9)      MBA (14-9) (8)

•10)  BGA (16-9) (10)

Others receiving votes:

Hoosier Shootout Very Good to Tennessee….Travelers Take Gold Crowns


The Hoosier Shootout has always been kind to the people from the Volunteer state. This year would prove to be no different as three teams, one in each age group managed to find their way into the title games and a couple other squads found themselves in the thick of things down the stretch as well.


Tennessee Travelers 17's (Gold Bracket Champions)

The Tennessee Travelers used 20 points from Jack Whitman (Kentucky) and 16 more from Justin Johnson (Kentucky) to put down Camp Darryl 71-52 in the Gold bracket title contest.

The Travelers got out to a big lead behind Whitman, Johnson and Burton "Big Money" Sampson (Knoxville Webb). Camp Darryl slowly kept creeping back but key hoops at timely moments from Brock Rowan (Stone Memorial), Devin Sibley (Karns) and Miles Rice (Kentucky) put the kibosh on their resurgence and the Travelers cruised to the crown.

Rob Marberry (FRA) and Alex "The Franchise" Fountain (Wartburg Central) were instrumental in the Travelers championship run.


Tennessee Travelers 16's (Gold Bracket Champions)

The Travelers used a balanced scoring attack and claimed their stake as the king of the event with a Gold Championship Game win over Blessed Sacrament of Canada. Cameron Justice (Kentucky) was the leading scorer throughout for the Travelers. Oterriah Lee (CAK) played his best basketball of the summer in this event. The dynamo quit his over-penetration and hit his wing shooters for huge buckets, including Justice and Clay Leatherwood (Gatlinburg-Pittman), when he was not draining the foul line jumper for himself.

Kelvin Jackson (Fulton) turned some heads with his athletic performance while Isaac Merion (Oak Ridge) used his exorbitant skill set to overwhelm bigger more physical inside guys.

Cody Hialstock (White Station) was lauded for his defensive effort while Ty Allen (Farragut) and Christian Thieneman (Kentucky) played solid inside and on the glass.


Tennessee Panthers 16's (Gold Bracket Quarter-Finals)

The Panthers started off hot with a nice pool play victory over DB Hoops. Terry Holt (East Literature) led the way with 21 points following closely as always was Jacob McCullough (Hendersonville) with 15.

A last second shot cost the Panthers another pool win despite a big 31 markers for Kindrevious Webster (Hillsboro). Holt added 17 and McCullough pitched in with 16.

Holt was sensational from the field going 15 for 16 and 7 of 7 from the charity stripe to finish with 41 large in the bracket victory over Team One.

The Panthers came out of the gate slow but rallied to take a halftime lead before falling to the eventual runner-up Blessed Sacrament from Canada 62-54. Holt led the scoring brigade with 17 while Webster added 13 in the quarter-final defeat.


Tennessee Tigers 15's (Gold Division Runner-Up)

The Tennessee Tigers had a superb run lasting until the bitter end before falling to the Ohio Smac in the 15 and Under Gold Championship game.

The Tigers had supreme balance on both ends of the floor led by Mario Gordon (Pearl Cohn), Jordan Sandifer (Pearl Cohn) and Jaconus Blue (Columbia Central).

Antonie Jennings (Pearl Cohn), Michael Foreman (Pearl Cohn), Isiah Beatty (Cleveland) and Sterling Hewitt were all instrumental in the Tigers run to the title game.


Lawson Mania Leads Week #8 State Scoring List


Once again I have scoured the newspapers, faxes, face books and other forms of media that come to my attention compiling a list of the top scorers in the state for each week of the season.

If you know of some scoring exploits or a scoring milestone such as 1,000 point club or something of that nature please email me at andre@tnprephoops.com and I will get this added to the next week's story. 

College coaches have told me this is one of their favorite features as it helps them get an understanding on the pulse of the new season.

Weather affected the scheduling all around the state so this week's list is shorter than most have been thus far.  

Jalen Lindsey (CPA) achieved a true milestone becoming the all-time leading scorer in CPA history. The rising junior is standing on 2,135 points.    

Marcus Taylor (University) had an explosive week in upper East Tennessee. The rising senior guard erupted for 31 points in a victory over Happy Valley then closed the week adding another 30 spot against KACHEA.        

Kessler Bell (FRA) inked his name in the record books as the rising senior force surpassed the 1,000 point barrier for his career this past week.   

Lance Crismond (Coffee County) may not be a name everyone knows but if you've read the scoring leaders list before you surely recognize him. The rising senior guard had a special outing scoring 34 points against Cumberland County.     

Andrew Millsaps (Sequoyah) had his best week ever. The senior dropped 29 in a win over Carter early in the week then exploded for another 29 in a big upset victory over state ranked McMinn Central.  

Jake Allsmiller (CPA) keeps reigning threes on the hardwood and the junior wing made headlines this past week pushing past the 1,000 point barrier for his young career.    

Jonathan Starks (Munford) had a brilliant game scoring 25 points and leading the Cougars past state ranked Dyer County.

Dedric Lawson (Hamilton) and his brother, Keelon Lawson (Hamilton), have the Wildcats of Hamilton HS flying very high. They pushed themselves in the state rankings with sic efforts including Dedric's 41 against White Station, Keelon's 31 against Memphis East and Dedric's 26 in the same contest.



East Tennessee

Xavier Howard (Harriman) 33pts vs. Wartburg Central

Devin Sibley (Karns) 32pts vs. Knoxville Halls

Alex Fountain (Wartburg Central) 32pts vs. Harriman

Marcus Taylor (University) 31pts vs. Happy Valley

Steffan Schroeder (Gatlinburg-Pittman) 30pts vs. Pigeon Forge

Marcus Taylor (University) 30pts vs. KACHEA

Devin Sibley (Karns) 29pts vs. Oak Ridge

Andrew Millsaps (Sequoyah) 29pts vs. McMinn Central

Andrew Millsaps (Sequoyah) 29pts vs. Carter

Devin Schmidt (Sevier County) 27pts vs. Jefferson County

Micah Goss (Fulton) 25pts vs. Union County

Hunter Hopson (Gibbs) 25pts vs. Gatlinburg-Pittman


Middle Tennessee

Brock McCoin (Livingston Academy) 34pts vs. Clarkrange

Lance Crismond (Coffee County) 34pts vs. Cookeville

Jared Phillips (Monterey) 30pts vs. Gordonsville

Jachin Almon (West Creek) 29pts vs. Springfield

Austin Howard (Giles County) 29pts vs. Lincoln County

Luke Primm (Community) 28pts vs. Fayetteville

Kade Crosland (White County) 28pts vs. Cumberland County

Michael Battle (Pearl Cohn) 27pts vs. East Nashville

Hunter Bennefield (Page) 27pts vs. Lewis County

Terry Holt (East Nashville) 26pts vs. Pearl Cohn

C.J. McEwen (McGavock) 26pts vs. Hillwood

Andrew Fleming (Ensworth) 26pts vs. Father Ryan

Matt Pond (Centennial) 26pts vs. Independence

Jequan Lewis (Dickson County) 25pts vs. Henry County

Corn Elder (Ensworth) 25pts vs. McCallie

Andy Schumpert (Brentwood) 25pts vs. Franklin

Liam Nash (USN) 25pts vs. Franklin Classical

David Sheehan (Hendersonville) 25pts vs. Wilson Central

Ivan Alsup (Nashville Overton) 25pts vs. McGavock

Hayden Lightfoot (Hampshire) 25pts vs. Columbia Academy


West Tennessee

Dedric Lawson (Hamilton) 41pts vs. White Station

Zamarlus Griffin (BTW) 35pts vs. MBA

Lucas Pyron (JCS) 34pts vs. Tipton-Rosemark

Terrell Jones (Northside) 33pts vs. KIPP

Zach Phillips (Chester County) 33pts vs. Madison

Nick King (Memphis East) 33pts vs. Hamilton

Lagerald Vick (Douglass) 32pts vs. Trezevant

Keelon Lawson (Hamilton) 31pts vs. Memphis East

C.J. Barnes (McNairy Central) 31pts vs. JCM

Kelvin Pruitt (MAHS) 31pts vs. City University

Zamarlus Griffin (BTW) 30pts vs. Middle College

Zay Coleman (Lake County) 29pts vs. Halls

Austin Nichols (Braircrest) 28pts vs. Harding

Clayton Wright (City University) 28pts vs. Power Center Academy

Leron Black (White Station) 27pts vs. Melrose

Demetrius Dyson (Covington) 27pts vs. Brighton

Toderick Davis (Sheffield) 27pts vs. Carver

Markeiston Bostic (Dyer County) 27pts vs. Munford

Dedric Lawson (Hamilton) 26pts vs. Memphis East

Courtney Givhan (Frayser) 26pts vs. Raleigh-Egypt

Marlon Hunter (Melrose) 26pts vs. Whitehaven

Freddie Williams (Douglass) 26pts vs. Trezevant

Tadarious Neely (Trezevant) 25pts vs. Douglass

Jake Miller (Germantown) 25pts vs. Southwind

Jonathan Starks (Munford) 25pts vs. Dyer County

Antonie Williams (Jackson Northside) 25pts vs. Brighton

Holiday Classic Results from Around the State


Holiday classics dotted the frozen landscape the past week; here are some of the results for the tourneys we could ascertain.



Memphis/Atlanta Classic

Southwind finished a perfect 3-0 with wins over Tucker (65-45), Chamblee (87-59) and SW DeKalb (76-48), with Darrian Gray (Southwind)  scoring 24, 21 and 21 again in the three victories.


Ridgeway also captured a couple of nice wins, 60-54 over Westlake with Marterrace Brock (Ridgeway) netting 15 and Kris Brewer (Ridgeway) adding 14 and 71-57 over Fayette County behind 17 from Brewer and 15 from Brock.


Carbondale Holiday Invitational

Bartlett bested University High-Chicago 51-39 to capture the crown behind 17 points from Anthlon Bell (Bartlett) and 13 from Marquarius Boddie (Bartlett).


Beech Christmas Tournament

Nick Ross (Red Bank) sank 22 and Kelvin Clay (Red Bank) added 20 to lift Red Bank past Bolton 65-63 in the championship game of the Beech Christmas Tournament. Johnny Dunavent (Bolton) took game high honors with 25 and had an outstanding tournament all around. Dunavent scored 26 in a victory over the host school including a game winner. Drew Hildreth (Bolton) added 12.



Lenoir City Christmas Classic

Tyler Hood (Lenoir City) scored 18 points and the Panthers staved off a determined Hardin Valley squad to capture the crown at their own tourney with a 59-50 victory. Hood, who has signed with Samford, was absolutely outstanding the entire tourney, scoring a school record 46 in the opener and a nice 34 point effort in the semi-final. Dylan Powers (Lenoir City) added 13 and Jared Hilton (Lenoir City) chipped in with 11. Dominic Ratliff (Hardin Valley) scored a game high 20 points as his squad scored two big wins to get to the title game. Those wins incidentally were the first two wins in the new schools history, so congrats to the staff and players at Hardin Valley, you are now officially on your way.



New Peoples Bank Holiday Classic

Sam Tarlton (David Crockett) abused the nets for 32 markers and led his squad to the crown with a 63-49 win over Hampton. Ty Shipley (David Crockett) and Joe Barger (David Crockett) added 12 each in the win. Nathaniel Hughes (Hampton) led his team with 12.



Friendship Christian Holiday Tourney

Ryan Gentle (FRA) scored 19 points as FRA got past Cascade 58-43 to capture the Friendship Christian Holiday Classic crown. Tate Tarvaglini (FRA) added 14 in the win. Matt Henderson (Cascade) and Jared Carkuff (Cascade) finished with 11 and 10 respectively for Cascade.



Rock Holiday Classic (Orlando, FL.)

Holden Mobley (MBA) led the charge with 17 points as MBA bested Cleveland 66-63 to snag the Rock Island Classic crown in the home of the giant mouse. Austin Blackwell (MBA) added 12 in the win.



Mike Kehoe Great 8 Tournament (Jefferson City, MO.)

Jarnell Stokes (Memphis Central) dangled 17 points and helped Central get past Midwest City (OK.) 75-59 and capture the title in the Mike Kehoe Great 8 Tournament in Missouri. Alan Farmer (Memphis Central) added 14, while Cameron Clear (Memphis Central) chipped in with 12 and Andre Applewhite (Memphis Central) finished with 11.



Alcorn Central Holiday Tournament (Corinth, MS.)

A.J. Cunningham (Cordova) made his presence felt in the Magnolia state scoring 24 points leading Cordova to a 66-48 victory over Center Hill in the Alcorn Central Holiday Classic.



Martin Lion's Club Tournament

Five players scored in double digits as the Choctaws made short work of the host team besting them 99-67 to capture the crown at the Martin Lion's Club Holiday Tourney. Ty Kennedy (Dyer County) led the scoring brigade with 17, followed by Cedric Janes (Dyer County) with 15, Fred Yarbrough (Dyer County) added 13, finally John Hudson (Dyer County) and Cedarius Taylor (Dyer County) both finished with 10.



Overton Christmas Classic

Mookie Betts (Overton) led a foursome of double digit scorers as Overton captured their home holiday event with a 75-64 victory over David Lipscomb. Betts, who would finish with 21 was joined in the scoring column by classmate Justin Perry (Overton) with 18 and gridiron star Dezmond Johnson (Overton) with 14. Blake Bell (Lipscomb) almost single handedly kept Lipsomb in the contest with a game high 31 markers.



JCS Holiday Classic

Daniel Sears (JCS) led a very balanced attack as JCS gained the crown in their own holiday classic with a 52-48 win over Wayne County. Tyler Rice (Wayne County) led all scorers with 18.



Hickman County Holiday Classic

Telvin James (Clarksville Northeast) continues the torrid start to his senior campaign scoring 20 points and keeping his squad unblemished on the season with a 68-44 victory over CPA for the Hickman County crown. James was joined in the scoring column by sophomore sensation Alex Poythress (Clarksville Northeast) with 13. Matt Zelenik (CPA) led CPA with 16. Class of 2014 future phenom Jalen Lindsey (CPA) added 12.



USN Holiday Classic

Meiko Lyles (USN) proved to a man among boys, scoring 38 points and leading USN past Nashville Central Christian 57-53.



Father Ryan Christmas Classic

The word is finally out, yes Jamal Hughes (Oakland) can play. The Oakland senior netted 28 points and helped lift Oakland past Centennial 61-50 to garner the Father Ryan Christmas Classic crown. Ryan Bristol (Centennial) also scored 28 in the loss.



Quick note: Jason Steele (Johnson County) was named to the All-Tournament squad at the Bluffton Bobcat Classic as his squad took fourth. Steele scored 22 in the final game.

Lester Wilson (Carter) proved to be the toast of South Carolina scoring 36, 31 and 25 points in his three games at the Christmas in the Corner event in Mouncks.

Tyler Vittetoe (Union County) was a scoring sensation dropping 29 against the Chattanooga Patriots and leading his squad to a 3-0 run at the Union County Discount Pharmacy Classic.


Cleveland Rocky Top League Rosters


Cleveland Rocky Top High

School Fall League Rosters

Tennessee (A1)

Antonio Jackson (Ooltewah)

Nick Ross (Red Bank)

Nick Ellis (Notre Dame)

Dalton Kepley (McMinn Central)

Jarad Rhodes (Cleveland)

Ronzeal Robinson (Cleveland)

Ryan Henry (Meigs County)

Vanderbilt (A2)

Stephen Record (Grace Baptist)

Caleb Johns (Meigs County)

Hunter Chastain (Bradley Central)

Chris Akina (Rhea County) 

Jervon Johnson (Ooltewah)

Tevin Rutledge (Cleveland)

Clayton McMasters (Grace Baptist)

Florida (A3)

Cory Smith (McMinn Central)

John Shoot (Meigs County)

Jalen Smith (Rhea County)

Tim Webb (McMinn Central)

Robert Vandervolt (Tellico Plains)

Preston Russell (Tellico Plains)

Logan Brewer (Polk County)

Auburn (A4)

Steadmon Ford (Notre Dame)

D.J. Bowles (Notre Dame)

Stevie Sharp (Rhea County)

Andrew Eastman (Rhea County)

Spencer Crabtree (Meigs County)

Josh Coleman (Rhea County)

Syracuse (B1)

Marcus Stevenson (Meigs County)

Caleb Hiddleston (Cleveland)

Luke Matthews (Stone Memorial)

Lee Gooch (Tellico Plains)

Rondez Mee  (Cleveland)

Wesley Richey (Ooltewah)

Taylor Rhodes (Cleveland)

Connecticut (B2)

Mack Singh (Rhea County)

Kendrick Thompson (Cleveland)

Dillon Johnson (Bradley Central)

Trey Upton (Cleveland)

Bradley Ward (McMinn Central)

Brett Barton (Cleveland)

Hunter Daniels (Rhea County)

Louisville (B3)

Darien Johnson (Bradley Central)

Levi Woods (Meigs County)

Rashawn Avery (Notre Dame)

Stewart Gunter (Notre Dame)

Drew Zaleta (Walker Valley)

Max Miller (McMinn Central)

Gerardo Contreras (Bradley Central)

Marquette (B4)

Macay Hedrick (Rhea County)

Cameron Colvard (Bledsoe County)

Jamal Worthington (Bledsoe County)

Tyler Skidmore (Meigs County)

Carter Clark (Rhea County)

Dylan Swilley (McMinn Central)

Seth Shearman (Meigs County)


Week#1 Schedule

9:00 Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt

10:00 Florida vs. Auburn

11:00 Syracuse vs. UConn

12:00 Louisville vs. Marquette