About Jesse Smithey
BiographyJesse Smithey has served as preps editor and golf writer for the Knoxville News Sentinel since 2006. He is a May 2002 graduate of the University of Tennessee and was hired at the News Sentinel in August 2002.
Fulton girls' basketball settles for silver trophy after rally in state title game falls short
Published 03/09/2014 at 1:24 a.m.
MURFREESBORO — The Fulton High School girls’ basketball team found its form late in the Class AA state championship Saturday night.
Jefferson County, Oak Ridge to meet in Class AAA boys' basketball state quarterfinals
Published 03/08/2014 at 3:48 p.m.
MURFREESBORO — Jefferson County boys’ basketball coach Chris Poore grinned Saturday morning as he recalled sitting in a laundry room in November in the Bahamas talking shop with Oak Ridge assistant basketball coaches.
Having fun could be making history
Published 03/07/2014 at 10:34 p.m.
MURFREESBORO — Maybe Moneshia Thomas didn’t realize just what she had accomplished.
Fulton advances to first state title game, 45-41
Updated 03/07/2014 at 9:14 p.m.
MURFREESBORO — Junior guard Moneshia Thomas hit two clutch 3-pointers in overtime, and the Fulton High School girls’ basketball survived a Class AA state semifinal Friday night with a 45-41 win over Creek Wood.
Fulton wins first state tournament game, 67-49
Updated 03/06/2014 at 9:10 p.m.
MURFREESBORO — Tyanna Castle, a senior forward, could barely control her nerves Thursday.
Rossview eliminates Morristown West, 52-47, in OT
Published 03/05/2014 at 8:54 p.m.
MURFREESBORO — From his vantage point, on the opposite end of the court, the call with 7.4 seconds left was incorrect.
Mt. Juliet's 'team of giants' too much for Jefferson County
Published 03/05/2014 at 8:49 p.m.
MURFREESBORO — Sometimes there just aren’t enough inches.
Morristown West falls in overtime, 52-47, to Rossview
Updated 03/05/2014 at 2:42 p.m.
MURFREESBORO -- The Morristown West High School girls' basketball team overcame a 10-point, second-half deficit Wednesday in a Class AAA state quarterfinal at Middle Tennessee State's Murphy Center but fell 52-47 in overtime to tournament-rookie Rossview.
Jefferson County ends Powell, Ogan's run
Published 03/04/2014 at 11:41 p.m.
Powell wanted Tuesday to send its longtime boys’ basketball coach out with one final trip to the state tournament.
Five things to know about the girls' basketball state tournament
Published 03/04/2014 at 7:47 p.m.
The Division I girls’ basketball state tournament begins Wednesday in Murfreesboro, and three area teams — Fulton, Jefferson County and Morristown West — will vie for the first championship in their programs’ histories.
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