ROGERSVILLE — Cherokee didn’t miss its probability to ring the bell for good performances in athletics. High notes got here in soccer and girls bowling.
The soccer group reached the TSSAA Class 5A playoffs and the bowling group discovered the best groove to succeed in the state match.
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Coming off a one-win season, the Chiefs entered 2019 somewhat quietly. Within two weeks, they had been making big-time noise.
Cherokee’s 32-30 win over Sullivan South in Week 2 sounded the alarm for a unique yr. The Chiefs finally gained 5 in a row earlier than dropping to eventual Class 4A champion Elizabethton.
A win over Cocke County assured an above-.500 end, however the Chiefs couldn’t crack the win column once more — together with a 41-Three loss to South Doyle within the first spherical of the Class 5A playoffs.
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The Lady Chiefs stunned their opponents for an ideal run to the state match, successful all 10 of their matches.
But within the state match in Smyrna, they had been unable to deal with Stewarts Creek within the quarterfinals — regardless of receiving three stable video games from Laura Andrews.
In the person occasion, Shelbie Garrison completed fourth after a 190-149 loss to state runner-up Kyleigh Husted of White House.
Cherokee’s Austin Kirkpatrick certified for the state championships and turned in a time of 16.51.41, ending within the No. 36 spot.
Wins had been laborious to come back by on the courtroom for the Chiefs. They carried out nicely in their very own inaugural Big H BBQ Christmas Bash, dropping by two factors to South Greene within the championship sport.
Cherokee picked up simply three wins after the Christmas break and bowed out of the district match with a troublesome 62-57 time beyond regulation loss to rival Volunteer.
The girls additionally performed their finest ball through the faculty’s Christmas match. They picked up 4 of the season’s seven wins, beating Kentucky’s Betsy Layne 32-30 within the championship contest.
The season ended with a 30-22 loss to Tennessee High within the opening spherical of the district match.