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NET softball teams face impediments on road to Murfreesboro

Douglas Fritz • Apr 24, 2018 at 8:30 PM

Here’s the rundown for what Northeast Tennessee teams might be facing as they try to navigate the softball road to Murfreesboro for the Spring Fling.

Big 7 Conference

First things first, Daniel Boone and David Crockett have to settle the issue for first place in the league. The showdown in Gray should have a big say in how things are decided. Science Hill is also hanging around, and the Lady Hilltoppers should help make the district tournament an interesting event.

Region outlook — Morristown East likely presents a problem for whoever comes out of District 1. The Lady Hurricanes are 25-2, although one of those losses was a 1-0 decision against Daniel Boone. Jefferson County and Morristown West are also in the mix.

Sectional view — Powell appears to be the biggest challenge for Region 1 advancers. Other top squads include (in order): Farragut, William Blount and Hardin Valley.

Three Rivers Conference

Elizabethton has pretty much wrapped up the league title with its two wins over Unicoi County. The Lady Blue Devils and Sullivan East are battling for a No. 2 finish.

Region outlook — Grainger appears to be at the head of the class from District 2. Greeneville is probably the best bet to join the Lady Grizzlies with Claiborne also in the mix.

Sectional view — It’s all about Gibbs once again. The perennial state title-chasing Lady Eagles were in Class AAA for a few years but have slipped back to torment Class AA teams once again. They are 27-6 with their losses coming against out-of-state teams or Class AAA squads, including a recent 5-0 loss to Powell. The other main threats include Kingston and Alcoa.

Watauga Valley Conference

There’s Unaka and then there is a big gap. The Lady Rangers are head and shoulders above their league opponents this year.

Region outlook — Cosby and Greenback look like the best bets to reach the region, but neither of them figures to be able to stand strong against Unaka.

Sectional view — Sale Creek (22-4) is certainly among the front-runners. Tellico Plains owns a recent win over Sale Creek. Coalfield is also in view.

College signings

Science Hill tennis standout Chris Morton has made his college choice. He will sign Friday to play at Covenant College in Georgia. The event will be held in the Science Hill gym at 3 p.m. ... Five Tennessee High athletes made their college choices last week: Rose Rosser (tennis, East Tennessee State), Bodhi Baker (baseball, King), McKenzie Grady (tennis, Milligan), Jason Ries (football, Taylor University) and Jason Vanhoy (baseball, King).

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