Des Mahoney named a top golf instructor in Tennessee

A local golf pro was once again named as one of the 12 top instructors in Tennessee by Golf Digest.

Des Mahoney of Centennial Golf Academy was one of only three golf instructors in East Tennessee to be named to the prestigious list — golf’s most comprehensive nationwide ranking.

“I’ve always enjoyed golf and teaching it. I’m always able to go to seminars and I’m always working to get better and better with my teaching. I can help anyone looking to improve their game,” Mahoney said.

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Bad fourth quarter costs Lady Mavs

The Anderson County Lady Mavericks dropped a non-district game at Oliver Springs last Friday night, falling by a score of 49-39.

The Lady Mavs took a 10-9 lead in the first quarter as Brooklin McCoy, Callie Bowling, and Hannah Freeman each scored for Anderson County.

The Lady Mavs took a modest 22-19 lead at the half as Mollie Longmire joined in scoring in the second quarter.

Both teams played an even third quarter with Anderson County clinging to a 34-31 lead as Tea` Hickson and Juliann Smith put points on the board for the Lady Mavs.

The fourth quarter was all Lady Bobcats as they outscored Anderson County 18-5 and took the win.

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Dragons top Mountaineers, Eagles

The Clinton Dragons won a nail-biter last Tuesday when they beat visiting Heritage in overtime by a score of 63-61.

The Dragons took the early 17-13 lead in the first quarter and extended their lead to 31-22 at the half as Daraon Jones, Tony Harris, Evan Winchester, Trevon Hill, and Luke Harrison scored to give Clinton the lead.

The Mountaineers managed to shave a point off of the Dragon’s lead in the third quarter, making it a 45-37 Clinton lead.

Heritage came out on fire in the fourth quarter and slowly but surely, the eight-point lead dissipated. The Mountaineers outscored the Dragons 20-8 in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 57-57 and force overtime.

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Four Mavs named to TFCA All-State Team

Four members of the Anderson County High School Mavericks were named to the Class 4A All-State Team last week.

Among those named to the team are:

• Stanton Martin, quarterback — Martin who was previously named to the Tennessee Sportswriters Association All-State team was also a finalist for Tennessee Titans’ Class 4A Mr. Football as well being All-Region and Region 2-4A MVP.

He threw for 3,683 yards and 46 touchdowns as a junior.

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Lady Dragons beat Gibbs

The three game winning streak of the Clinton Lady Dragons was snapped by visiting Heritage last Tuesday evening.

The final score was 52-44.

The Lady Mountaineers eased into a 13-10 first quarter lead and extended it to 25-16 at halftime as the Lady Dragons struggled to score in the second quarter.

The Clinton offense started to click a little better in the third quarter as they knocked a point off the Heritage lead at 36-28.

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Owens to get Lifetime Achievement Award

In his or her career, a coach — especially one with longevity — impacts the lives of a staggering number of young people.

Those coaches who do not seek the limelight but instead are satisfied to develop not only athletes but also solid citizens, too often go unrecognized.

In a coaching career that spanned 29 years, Gene Owens never sought attention or personal glory. His focus was on his players and he gladly shared credit with his fellow coaches. Whether he sought credit or not, his peers recognized his contributions by voting him into the East Tennessee Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame and he is also part of the Clinton High School Wall of Fame.

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