Ted Wilson ushered in the 1990s by leading Dobyns-Bennett to 28 wins and just five losses in his final three years as head coach.
“I’m just trying to beat the odds, just trying to prove everybody wrong. I feel like I’m always playing with a chip on my shoulder.”
Through toughness, Mark Palmer starred on the football field at Ervinton. He also has used that toughness in his coaching career to help him rebuild struggling programs.
The 1980s started slowly for Dobyns-Bennett football, but there was lot of success before the decade was over.
The first edition of the Times News All-Decade team comes from the 1970s. With Tom Pugh and Fred Walton as coaches, the Indians posted five seasons of nine wins or better.
Mike Locke is stepping down while stepping up.
Quay Holmes has always seemed mature beyond his years, so his actions during the coronavirus pandemic shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Offers keep rolling in, and 6-foot-2, 192-pound David Crockett junior Prince Kollie is trying to stay grounded and humble.
If Frank Hare played a game of “6 degrees of separation” with most Northeast Tennessee folks, it would likely be hard to trump his collection. From Pennsylvania to Arizona to Milligan to Bluff City, he can share more than a handful of good stories.
Don’t ask Gary Thompson about his favorite Appalachia or Union game. He’s seen too many to narrow it to just one or two. After all, the 1975 graduate of Appalachia started working basketball games even before he got out of high school.
Corey Sanchez remembers the results of most Washington Redskins games played in his 29 years. But there is one above all the rest that sticks out in his mind.
Coach Randy Sanders was expecting to be spending this time evaluating his players and seeing what pieces he’d have at his disposal to solve the puzzle when fall camp begins in August.
The Dobyns-Bennett athletic director was a sophomore at Furman when the Paladins defeated Georgia Southern 17-12 in the national championship game. It wasn’t the culmination of DeBusk’s playing career, but definitely his greatest highlight.
I like to experience a lot of different sports and I love seeing historic moments. That makes the game that much better knowing that you can say: “I remember that because I was there.”
VHSL Hall of Famer Phil Robbins is coordinator of the Backpack Lunch Project, which provides weekend food for Union Primary students.