All-Wesleys pinpoint best of best

By Wes Holtsclaw

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   Football season became officially over this past Friday night for this area, meaning the release of the All-Wesley Football Team. Each of the Carter County teams, as well as Johnson County are eligible for placement on this year's squad.
 
COACH OF THE YEAR: J.C. CAMPBELL, HAMPTON
   J.C. Campbell led the Hampton Bulldogs to a memorable 8-3 season, winning yet another Watauga Conference crown and earning a home playoff berth. Backed behind a great staff, Campbell unleashed his weapons in several close wins this season, as well as some dominant displays.
  
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: WALTER BROWN, ELIZABETHTON

   This football season was the 'Season of Brown' in Elizabethton. Walter had a great senior year, setting the record for most rushing yards by a Cyclone player as well as leading the team in scoring.
   He was a dominant player and was hard to handle all season long for the orange and black.
  
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: DANE CHRISTMAN, CLOUDLAND

   Christman achieved a high honor during his junior year with a Mr. Football nomination. Dane had 153 tackles, 12 sacks, two fumble recoveries and an interception for the Highlanders.
  
ALL-AROUND MVP: MARK BYRD, CLOUDLAND

   Byrd set a state record and led his team in scoring during a tremendous junior season. He had 1,658 total rushing yards for the Highlanders to go with 532 passing yards. He scored 23 times at tailback and accounted for 7 touchdown passes desipte missing two games.
   He scored 23 conversions with a PAT, totaled 10 interceptions with 20 deflections and two scores dedensively. And had 5 touchdowns in special teams play.
  
THE 2002 ALL-WESLEY TEAM

  
OFFENSE

   QB: Mitchell Morton, Hampton
   QB: Ryan Curtis, Elizabethton
   HB: Dakota Benfield, Cloudland
   HB: Michael Peterson, Hampton
   FB: Joey Parlier, Unaka
   FB: Mark Barnett, Cloudland
   WR: Lester Bailey, Elizabethton
   WR: Cole Gouge, Cloudland
   TE: Jason Poteet, Johnson County
   TE: Jordy Harrison, Happy Valley
   OL: Robby England, Hampton
   OL: Daniel Dover, Happy Valley
   OL: Jason Grant, Cloudland
   OL: Dale Baker, Cloudland
   OL: Chad Street, Elizabethton
  
DEFENSE
   DL: Nathaniel Baker, Cloudland
   DL: Jason Birchfield, Cloudland
   DL: Evan Lindauer, Elizabethton
   DL: Justin Bishop, Johnson County
   LB: Vince Redd, Elizabethton
   LB: Tim Whaley, Happy Valley
   LB: Cody Cannon, Happy Valley
   LB: Jimmy Sarrett, Hampton
   DB: Corey McKinney, Hampton
   DB: James Matherly, Happy Valley
   DB: Michael Porter, Elizabethton
   DB: Adam Johnson, Johnson County
   DB: Adam Turley, Elizabethton
  

BASKETBALL GAMES OF THE WEEK

BOYS:

ELIZABETHTON AT SULLIVAN NORTH

   This Friday, Elizabethton will begin its conference schedule en route to what should be a dominant season on the hardwood. Look for B.J. Miller and Jordan Lambert to be a big key in this contest, as Vince Redd slams it down all over the Golden Raiders. ELIZABETHTON 68-47
  
HAPPY VALLEY AT UNAKA

   This Tuesday night should provide a good match-up on Stoney Creek. The deciding factor in this ballgame will be inside play on the boards, as well as perimeter shooting. I look for Unaka's speed to prevail in this one. UNAKA 52-43
  
JOHNSON COUNTY AT SCIENCE HILL

   It's the one big test that will show Johnson County's legitimacy. Science Hill has some big weapons to hold down Matt Cornett and his game this week. I look for Mike Poe's Hilltoppers to dominate in this high-scoring contest. SCIENCE HILL 78-60

GIRLS:
  
UNICOI COUNTY AT CLOUDLAND

   Unicoi County had one of the top teams in the area this past summer after a surprising sub-state berth last season. Cloudland is looking to spring forward after a good Tip-Off Tournament with this game at Smith Gymnasium. CLOUDLAND 44-38
  
UNAKA AT SULLIVAN EAST

   The Lady Rangers are off to an amazing 3-0 start this season and will face a true test this Friday night in Bluff City. The Lady Patriots have been known for its tradition, and will bring a tough test to the game. SULLIVAN EAST 50-47
  
ELIZABETHTON AT SULLIVAN NORTH

   Elizabethton will be looking to bounce back after two losses in the Tip-Off tournament. I look for Valneesha Redd to be a big factor in this contest, as the Lady Cyclones will come out on top. ELIZABETHTON 43-35
  
BLUECROSS BOWL PREDICTIONS
  
Boyd-Buchanan 32, CPA 26
   David Lipscomb 34, Mitchell 14
   Fulton 28, Ridgeway 10
   Maryville 32, Hillsboro 22
   Brentwood 20, Riverdale 16