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Jeff Aldridge

Rik Anderson

EHS grad coached Cloudland's girls to two substate appearances. Continues to be a successful coach at Happy Valley Middle. 234 victories at Cloudland. Team went 32-4 in 1990-91.


Logan Andrews

Holds record for most career starts at Hampton with 51. Started every game of his four-year Hampton career. First-team All-Mountain East Conference pick as a senior. Made all-county team as a junior.


Three-sport standout (football, baseball, basketball) for Unaka High. In football, gained more than 1,000 all-purpose yards in junior and senior seasons (1991-92). Voted All-Carter/Johnson County wide receiver as a senior. Honorable mention for All-Upper East Tennessee.

Jim Andrews


Tim Andrews

Rushed for 1,455 yards and 16 TDs in 1983, when Hampton made the Class AA state quarterfinals. Won the Watauga scoring championship that year (99 regular-season points) and was a Mr. Football finalist. Finishing his career with close to 2,900 yards on the ground, Andrews totaled 870 as a junior. Served as an assistant coach at HHS for more than a decade, making three trips to the Class 1A semifnals (2005-07). Also played basketball for the Bulldogs.

Made all-district in basketball in 1983-84. Benny Smith Award winner. Three-time All-Watauga honoree in track & field.
Co-head coach for Hampton Elementary football (3 titles)


Terry Arnold
(Unaka Basketball)

All-Appalachian Conference player and honorable mention all-state on Unaka's 1981-82 substate team. Also made district and regional all-tournament teams.

All-District tournament choice as a junior.


Lester Bailey

All State Track
All County Football & Basketball

Rusty Barnett

All-Watauga Conference LB on Hampton's record-setting defense of 1972.


Rikki Baughman
Honorable Mention All-American, Two year  all conference, AAc Freshman of the year, 1609 points at Milligan 938 rebounds.  Over 1000 points at Elizabethton High School.  Played in TSSAA State Tournament
Dakota Benfield

Cloudland Basketball

Over 800 career points. Senior on the Highlanders' first team to reach state tournament (1966).

Johnny Bennett
Hook Benton
Played for the Pennant for the Red Sox on 1937 and was an outstanding first baseman.  In 38 played in 92 games and hit 300 with 94 hits, 16 doubles and three triples.  Was labeled as one of the best first baseman in the league.

Kim Birchfield

Professional wrestler for 32 years. 
1979 Rookie of the year
1980 AAWA tag team Champion with Charlie Peters
1982 wrestler for TBS studios in Atlanta for Georgia Championship Wrestling
1983 World tag team Champs
1985 Log Chain Champ
1987 Dixie Championship Wretling Heavyweight Champion
1988 AWA World Heavyweight Champ
1992 Worked with Smokey Mountain and USA Wrestling
1994 Universal Heavyweight Champ
1997 Won 21 straight matches including Battle Royal Champion three times
1998 Tag team title
2001 Inducted into the Tennessee Wrestling Hall of Fame
2003 Inducted into the Kingsport Wrestling Hall of fame
2006 inducted into the Southern States Wrestling Hall of Fame


Matt Birchfield

More than 250 wins with four state tournament appearances coaching Cloudland High girls basketball.

Randall Birchfield

First-team All-Big 7 guard (football) in 1966. Moved on to play at East Tennessee State.

Randy Birchfield

Three-time 1,000-yard rusher at Cloudland. Former head basketball coach at the school. Coached the middle school football team to an undefeated season in 2011.


Dave Birkner

Bobbie Blevins
Average 23 points and 6 assist per game. 3 time all conference, 4 time all district, 3 time all regional, McDonald's classic all tournament, honorably mentioned all state as a Jr. 2nd team all state as a senior. member of the 1,000 point club as a junior. Finished high school career with 1,497 points in all varsity games.
King College. Started as a freshman at point guard, honorably mentioned as NAIA all freshman team (top 5 freshman of the league). Lead team in 3 point field goals made (2001-2002)
King college record book: 3rd all time 3-point goal percentage in a single year (2001-2002), 3rd all time in 3-point goal percentage in a career (2001-2005).
Five years of coaching included 4 conference championships, 4 district tournament championship, 1 conference runner-up and 1 district runner-up. Career win-loss stats of 76-18.
Started FCA (fellowship of Christian athletes) at Unaka Elementary school.


Tee Blevins


Joe Bowling
Sports write for the elizabethton Star for over 40 years, coached many ball teams  from little leagues to boys club teams.


Larry Bowling

All-state player for Elizabethton in 1962-63. Two-time all-conference pick. District tournament MVP in 1962. Later served as head coach for Unaka's Lady Rangers. Assistant coach on Unaka's 2004 state championship team (boys).

Eric Bowers

Was All Conference, district and region selection junior and senior year, honorable mention all state 1982, went on to play at Milligan College.

Frank Bowers


Hunter Bowers

He letter in the eighth grade as a
high school player. Played 5 years of high school football at Unaka.

(Unaka basketball)

Averaged nearly 12 points a game during his senior campaign (1969-70). Made All-Watauga and All-District Tournament teams. Second-team All-Watauga pick by Elizabethton Star.

Honorable mention All-Watauga as a junior.


Cara Bowling

Cara was named 2009-10 Player of the Year and 2007 Freshman of the Year … was also a three-time All-Conference member, while being tabbed All-District (2007-08) and District MVP in 2009 … Bowling was named Regional MVP in 2010-11 and named First Team All-State in 2011 … the Elizabethton, Tenn. product reached the 1,000-point club as a junior (1,250 total points), and compiled 367 rebounds, 246 assists, and 251 steals with the Cyclones … Bowling was a 42-percent 3-point and 82-percent free throw shooter in her high school career.

Mike Bowling: The Cyclone athlete finished third in the state two-mile run in 1974. He went on to run collegiately for Milligan.



Tony Bradley

Two-time all-conference basketball player at EHS (1976-77 and '77-78 seasons). Honorable mention all-state as a junior.


Elizabethton Basketball
Averaged 16.6 points as a sophomore, 20 points as a junior and 21 as a senior. Went on to play for East Tennessee State University.


Doug Buckles
Announcer at Unaka High football for over 40 years.  Coached jr. leagues in basketball and football.  Retired Fire Chief


Justin Buckles

One of Unaka's all-time great LBs. All-conference and honorable mention all-state as a senior (1991).played four years of football for Maryville College.



Scotty Bunton

Played Baseball, Football, and ran track at Hampton High School from 1966- 1970.  Selected to All Conference Baseball and football teams.  Won the Scholar-Athlete Award from the East Tennessee Chapter of the Hall of Fame in football in  1969-70.  Named Mr. Hampton High School in 1969-70.  Played running back, defensive back, and kicked for Hampton’s undefeated 1969 football team. Umpired high school and college baseball for 14 years with the TSSAA.  Played fast-pitch and slow-pitch softball for various local teams for 37 years.   Played on 5 state champion slow-pitch teams.  Named to three All -State and two All-American teams.  Coached and taught at Hampton High School 23 years.  Won 220 games in 22 years as head baseball coach.  Coached Hampton JV football to a 121-29 record and assisted the Bulldog varsity football team coaching offensive backs, defensive backs, and special teams.  Currently coaching with the First Tee program for beginning young golfers.


Casey  Burgess
all state  all region  all county  and  inducted  into the scholastic college hall of fame.


Mark Byrd
TSSAA 2003 Class A Mr. Football Back

3-Times TSWA Class A All-State
3-Times Associated Press All-State
2001 WCYB Player of the Year
Over 8,000 All-Purpose yards for his career
Starting Quarterback all four seasons
Led Cloudland to 2001 Class 1-A BlueCross Bowl game and 2002 Class 1-A Semi-final appearance, as well as school's first No. 1 ranking in AP Prep Poll

Senior Season
Had over 3,000 total yards (1,482 rushing, 963 passing, 605 return) with 25 rushing touchdowns, 7 passing touchdowns and 9 touchdowns on returns

Totaled 71 tackles, two sacks, an interception and fumble recovery

Unaka Football

All-conference defensive tackle on Rangers' 1955 Watauga championship squad. Honorable mention All-Watauga in 1954.


Todd Caldwell

3-sport star at Happy Valley (football, baseball, basketball). Played college baseball for ETSU and Milligan, winning a national gold glove with the Buffs.


J.R. Campbell
One of the sweetest success coaching stories you will ever read about.  His love for the game and to see kids play ball led him to a teaching/coaching career that would take him to be a principal of Little Milligan school.  Led Little Milligan to the schools first District and Regional titles.  Went on to coach at Johnson County High school. 



Tim Campbell
Played for the great J.R. Campbell at Little Milligan and at Hampton for Coach Jerry White. All-conference player at Hampton High. Now coaching girls basketball at Daniel Boone High School. More than 300 coaching victories and a state tournament appearance with the Daniel Boone girls basketball team.



Harley Carden

Captain of the Unaka High Basketball team.

Stacy Carden

Smokey Mountain Conference Player of the year, averaged 22 points a game,9.5 rebounds and 2 blocked shots a game made Knoxville Journals All Upper East Tennessee Team, All district team,honorable mention state tournament squad,Mr. Unaka,National Honor society, Deans list,Senior class president at Tusculum, holds records at Tusculum for seasons best in two categories. Played in Omni in Atlanta at Tusculum


Kirby Carpenter
Rick Carriger
Jack Carter
PLayed pro ball for 2 years, with the Cubs in 49.  In 48 at Welch West Virginia he batted 96 times with 24 hits and 2 homeruns with a .260 batting average, In 49 at Elizabethton he batted 312 times with 13 doubles and three triples batting .250
Elizabethton Football
AP and TSWA All-State defensive back in 1987 (senior year). First team All-Big 10 Conference safety.
Honorable mention All-Big 9 as a junior. Also competed in track & field for EHS.
After high school, evolved into starting safety for East Tennessee State University.
Currently serves as athletic director at T.A. Dugger.



After serving as a basketball manager under coach John Treadway at Elizabethton High, Carver went on to play for Milligan College from 1971-72 to 1974-75. He still ranks as the school's all-time leading rebounder with 1,539.

Formerly a Cloudland head basketball coach, Carver spent the bulk of his coaching career as an assistant at Elizabethton - where he headed up the junior varsity program. Was on the bench for the Cyclones' run to the 1983 Class AAA state semifinals.

Matthew Cates

Three-year starter in basketball at Hampton, helping Bulldogs reach 1992 Class AA state semifinals. Member of school's 1,000-point club. Played collegiately for Gardner-Webb.


Drew Chambers
TSWA All State team 2010
JC Press Elite 11 team 2010
TriCities Sports.com All East Tennessee 1st team 2010
Kingsport Times All East TN. Team 2010
Watauga Valley Co- Conference player of the year 2010
JC Press Super 22 team 2008
TBCA Super sophomore team 2008 (TN. Baseball Coaches Association)
All Conference 2008, 2010
Eliz Star co-player of the year 2008
Baseball Senior season
Hit .480 48-100 (15 doubles) (13 Home runs) 60 RBI's.
Pitcher 4-2 LHP 3 saves
Jr. Season .351 ( 9 home runs) (30 RBI's) 5-3 pitching 2 saves
Soph Season .492 (6 home runs, (40 RBI's) 5-3 pitching 3 saves
Freshman Season 1-0 pitching  1 save
Participated in 2 state tournaments 2009 2007
Super 22 first team, All NE TN. Team. 29 career home runs. 125 Career RBIs. .451 BA. 

All Conference 2008, 2009, Tackle
All Conference 2010, All District 12 ppg game, 9 rebounds avg.

Kenneth Chambers
Coaching Records
Hunter Boys 5 (seasons)  116-13, 4 County Championships, 4 Regionals.
Hunter Girls  3 (seasons)  43-17 girls    1 County and Regional championship
Keenburg 43-12 1 county championship 1 regional championship
High School
Unaka  123-66 in 6 seasons
3 conference championship
1 state tournament appearance
200405 set a school record 30 wins in 2004-05
All conference 2 years at Unaka. Avg. 13 ppg Jr.  16 ppg Sr.


Rusty Chambers
Unaka State championship team 2004
TSWA All State, basketball 2004 and baseball 2003. AP All State basketball team 2004.


Tim Chambers

Ran for 1,007 yards as a senior for Hampton in 1976. Had outstanding baseball career for Bulldogs, went on to play baseball and basketball at Bristol College.



Roger Childers

Voted best defensive back for 1961 Cyclones. Led team in scoring that season, then went on to play collegiately at Lees-McRae. Longtime assistant football coach, and continues to work at Volunteer. Headed up Elizabethton's High first softball team, and also coached girls prep basketball.

  Wayne Christian

Wayne was a standout pitcher at Unaka High School. Graduated in 1958 were he set and held the Watauga Conference batting title for 22 years.

Dane Christman
2003 TSSAA Class A Mr. Football Lineman winner
2002 TSSAA Class A Mr. Football Lineman nominee

One of two TSSAA Mr. Football winners in county history (Byrd being the other) and one of two players in county history to be nominated for TSSAA Mr. Football award twice (Tim Clipse the other)

Tallied over 400 tackles in his career and led team his senior season with 142 tackles, 6 sacks, a pair of fumble recoveries and an interception with two rushing touchdowns from the fullback spot.


Tony Church
Cloudland's top scorer in the late seventies.  Probably would have averaged 40 per game if there would have been a three point line. Over 1,100 career points at Cloudland. Twice led team in scoring (1975-76 and '76-77). All-conference and honorable mention all-state both seasons.



Willie Church


Danny Clark

A former EHS baseball standout, Clark wound up having a solid career at East Tennessee State. Coached Morristown West and Milligan College. Currently the pitching coordinator for the Texas Rangers.


Monta Clark

Made All-Southern and all-state basketball teams following 1949-50 season. Was also state tournament MVP, helping the Warriors win it all.


Tim Clipse

Over 900 rushing yards as a sophomore at Cloudland, topped the 2,000-yard mark as a junior. Another 1,800 in senior season. Played at Lees-McRae.



Danette Coffey

Over 1,900 career points at EHS in early 1980s.


Dale Colbaugh

Played baseball at Unaka High School in the mid 70's. Was known as one of the best defensive outfielders in school history. Dale was also a TSSAA official. He coached for several years in the Babe Ruth Organization. He also was was one the founders of the Stoney Creek youth league.

  Joe Colbaugh
  Shag Cole
  Kim Collins

Great player for Siam Elementary. Scored over 1,200 career points for Hampton High.



Averaging 12.8 points per game as a senior (1974-75), finishing fourth in the Watauga Conference. Made All-Watauga, Elizabethton Star All-Watauga and All-District tournament teams.


Nathan Copeland
1994-95-96 All Conference
96 All District All Region All State
4-Yr. Letterman
All Conference -All State, 1996
1996-97 Clemson
1997-2001  E.T.S.U.
1st Team All-Southern Conference
2001 Atlanta Braves

Jamie Combs
Sports writer for the Elizabethton star for over 20 years,  Also sports writer for the Johnson City Press for a number of years.  Has written several sports books on area teams.


  David Crockett
  Luther Crumley


Happy Valley Basketball
Honorable mention All-Watauga on Warriors' 1974 state championship squad. Drove for the winning basket in the team's first victory, 27-26 over Maury City, at the state tournament.

Andy Curtis

4,000 career passing yards with 44 touchdowns. Passed for 2500 yds as a junior. Completing over 73% of passes. With 28 tds and 5 ints Scored 11 TDs of his own for the Cyclones. Played in 14 career playoff games. All state as a junior and senior Honorable mention all-state in 1999 and 2000. Was Conference Offensive Player of the year in 99 and 2000. He was honorable mention all-state for the AP team in his junior season (1999), but did make the sportswriters' all-state squad that year. Was honorable mention all-state as a senior.

Ryan Curtis

Former EHS quarterback was second-team all-conference choice in 2001 and '02. All-county pick in '01.

Rocky Davenport
Elizabethton High 1976 All Conference Shortstop and Honorable Mention All State and Made the Senior All Star team and All Upper East Tennessee. He Set a record for only striking out 4 times in 112 times at bat his senior year. He signed a Baseball Scholarship . Was Pitcher and Shortstop in College. Rocky has umpired as a NCAA AND NAIA College Umpire for 27 years working many tournaments including the championship game in the Super Region NAIA Tournament.  He has umpired 34 years in High School working 33 District and Regional Tournaments and many Sub State games and Umpired the State Tournament in 1998. Rocky also has coached many teams from Tee Ball winning the World Series to coaching the Tennessee Chiefs with some of the best players in the area.Worked a number of University of Tennessee Vols and ETSU games over the years. He also played many fast pitch games at short playing with the legend Jarfly Dugger!


Tommy Davenport

Ron  Davis

EHS football
1971 - All-Big 9 first team defensive end
1972 - First team All-State selection (AP)
All-Big 9 first-team defensive tackle
Starred at Virginia Tech
All-South Independent team (tackle) for Virginia Tech in 1975.


Tim Davis (Unaka)

All-Appalachian Athletic Conference end for Unaka in 1978. Honorable mention in '77,

All-Conference basketball player in 1978-79.

Tim Davis (Hampton)

Led Hampton in rushing three consecutive seasons (1977-79), finishing with more than 2,800 yards for his career. All-conference and honorable mention all-state as a senior, when the Bulldogs reached the Class A state quarterfinals. Was also one of Hampton's best basketball players as a junior and senior.


Wendall Davis

Aaron Dugger

Two-time All-Watauga Valley Conference player of the year during career at Unaka. Went on to star at Lees-McRae College. Also had a good baseball career for Rangers.


George Dugger

Started at quarterback and halfback on Cyclones' 1945 conference championship team. Scored nine touchdowns en route to a spot on the All-Big 5 team.

  Ken Dugger


Lance Dugger



Dugger has coached varsity basketball for 24 seasons at Elizabethton High, guiding the girls and boys to a combined record of 510-242. His crowning achievement was leading the Lady Cyclones to their first state championship (Class AA) in 2014. Dugger took over the EHS boys program in 1979 and remained in that capacity through the 1995 campaign. His 1982-83 squad posted a 31-7 record and reached the Class AAA state semifinals. Resurfacing as coach of the Lady Cyclones in 2007, he has taken 'Betsy's girls to five state tournaments, reaching the semifinals or better in each of the last three years. He had to leave girls program eight games into the 2011-12 campaign to fill an unexpected vacancy for the boys' coaching job, then returned to the ladies the following year. 

Having gone 307-204 with the Cyclones, Dugger heads into the 2015-16 campaign with a 203-38 mark with the Lady Cyclones. He's captured seven regional titles (6 girls, 1 boys), six conference championships (5 girls, 1 boys), five district crowns (all girls) and gone 6-2 in substate play (5-1 girls, 1-1 boys). 

Dugger's varsity worksheet, 128-21 junior varsity mark and 61-7 record in freshman games brings his overall coaching record to 699-270.

As a player, Dugger starred for Hampton High and won the 1968-69 Watauga Conference scoring championship at 15 points per game. He would go on to play collegiately for Gardner-Webb and later returned to Hampton as an assistant coach.


Eddie Joe Eggers
3 year starter Quarterback @ Unaka and Pitcher on baseball team.


Harold Ellis
  Jarrod Ellis

Acie Ensor
Made  football all conference his jr & sr years and was honorable  mention all state senior year. He played 2 years in college, one - tn wesleyan & one at tusculum.
Coached baseball, 12 years 20 plus wins each year, all times wins leader at UHS. 12 conf. titles, 11 district titles , 10 regional titles ,10 sub state appearances ,7 substate or sectional titles , 7 state tournament appearances. Was11 time conference coach of the year. Two time super 22 coach of the year. Won over 500 games in his career


Donald Ensor

All-conference player on Unaka's first state tournament basketball team (1985). Coached the Rangers to three state tournaments, including the 2004 Class A championship.

Unaka Football

Lineman polished off senior year with spots on the coaches and Elizabethton Star All-Watauga teams (1961).


Johnny Ensor

Former all-conference player started on Unaka's 1988 state tournament squad. Helped the team reach three state tournaments, including the 2004 state title, as an assistant coach. Guided Unaka to a share of the Watauga Valley title in his one season as head coach.

Renee Ensor

Richard Ensor
won several regional district and league titles coaching at Keenburg.  Was assistant coach to Bobby Chambers and Dale Burns at Tennessee High.  Tournament director of the Arby's Classic


Holly Estep

Happy Valley
Two-time All-Carter/Johnson County defensive back (1997-98). Honorable mention All-State/All-NET both seasons. Picked off seven passes as a senior, leading to a spot on the All-Watauga Conference squad.
In basketball, averaged 11.7 and 3.3 steals a game in final season - helping Warriors win a share of the Watauga title. All-Conference and All-Carter/Johnson County pick.

Joel Etter
All State Honorable Mention, All Conference two years, All County 2 years Elite 11, Upper East Tennessee Offensive player of the year. Lettered four years at Happy Valley


Hampton Basketball

All-Watauga and honorable mention all-state as a senior (1981-82). Regional tournament MVP and member of All-District tournament team. Averaged close to 14 points a game.


Craig Fair

Two-time Watauga Conference scoring champ in basketball. Finished with more than 1,600 career points. Played at Milligan.


Donna Fair
One of Coach Ronnie Hicks strongest weapons.  At nearly 6 ft tall,   Probably Unaka's all time rebounding leader.  Won several Regional middle school titles. Made all-conference and all-district tournament teams as a senior (1980-81) for Unaka.



Justin Fair

Started on three state semifinal teams at EHS. 2-time all-stater in football ('98, '99).
State runner-up in wrestling as a junior, state champ as a senior. played football at Navy.


Bethany Forslund


Jack Fortner
Kenny Fortner
Mark French

French's accurate kicking played a key role in Elizabethton winning a share of the 1977 Big 7 title, and making the playoffs. French would go on to kick at Appalachian State.

Jerry Garland
Went to Hampton in the early 70's and played basketball.
Ross Garland
Detroit Tigers minor league 2000-2003, Walters State CC All American, All State HS football 1997 and 1998, All State baseball 1998, HM All State basketball 1998, Elite eleven JC Press, Super 22 JC Press Player of the Year, WJHL scholar athlete of the year, sportswriters player of the year region 1. 
Lettered in 3 sports all four years.
1998 All State Baseball, Upper East Tennessee player of the year, All Conference 96,97,98



Only coach in Elizabethon to win two Babe Ruth State Titles and advance to the southeast Regionals.  Two consective District and Regional, and State Championships.


Steve Gouge

Named defensive MVP in Hampton's 1966 Rhododendron Bowl victory over Greenback in 1966. Led Hampton in tackles the following season, making all-conference team.


Gabe Goulds



William "Bill" Greene


Sam Greenwell
Begin his high school coaching career at Unaka in 1976, took over the varsity in 77 before coaching JV ball at Elizabethton for several years.


Steve Grindstaff

Second-team Al-Big 7 tackle in 1966.


Between 1944 and '45, Hale was a two-time All-Southern, All-State, All-East Tennessee and All-Big Five Conference performer for the Cyclones. Easily topped the 1,000-yard rushing mark in '45. Stayed close to home to play collegiately, suiting up for Millligan.


Amy Hall
  Chris Hall

Excellent baseball player at Unaka. Won a national championship with Bristol College.


Jack Hampton


Michael Hardin

All conference track  lettered in three sports 


Official:  basketball, football 19-years... numerous championships  sub state and Arby's,   Playoffs in football  every year.  including substate games  (3)   Big 12 Camp twice..  camper of the year,, SEC camp   camper of the year.  Refereed small colleges.  Baseball  worked many district and regional finals.

Tara Hanson

Over 1,000 career points at Cloudland. Twice voted all-conference. Played at Virginia Intermont.


Averaged 11 points a game for Unaka in 1970-71. Voted to All-Watauga and All-District tournament teams.


Tony Hardin
552-450 record coaching elementary, freshman and high school varsity basketball.
Started coaching at Hunter Elementary in 1979. Led boys to 1984 Class AA state championship.
Won two District 1-AAA championships as EHS freshman coach
Took Elizabethton girls to first substate appearance (1994).
Led EHS boys to two Watauga Conference titles (28-0 league record) and the 2003 Class AA state quarterfinals (30-5 record).
Finished up career following 2011-12 season at Heritage High in Maryville. Played his high school ball at Unaka



Michael Hawkins

Quarterbacked Happy Valley to the 1977 Watauga title and its first playoff appearance.

  Ben Blink Hayes

Buddy Hazlewood
Ronnie Heaton

Ran track at Hampton High School.
1963 State Champion Cross Country. 1962 state runner champion cross country team event.


Mark Henry
Mark scored over 1700 points at Hampton.Two-time All-Watauga Conference player. Led Hampton to 1989 District 1-AA title, part of a surprise run to the substate round.


Hampton Basketball

Averaged 13 points and eight rebounds a game on Hampton's 1981 state-runner up squad. All-Watauga and All-District, Regional and State tournament teams. Averaged 9 points a game the year before. All-District.


Dana Hill

Grady Hill

1,498 career points at Cloudland. Led the Watauga Conference in 1973-74 campaign.

Cloudland football

Rushed for 3,880 career yards, wrapping up his career in 1985. Went for 1,870 yards and 23 touchdowns for 138 points (top 10 in state) as a junior. Added 1,360 yards, 12 TDs and 96 points in senior campaign.
Made the All-East Tennessee Independent Conference team three times.


Unaka Basketball

Topped the Watauga Conference in scoring (22.2 per game) in 1961-62, his senior year. Honorable mention all-state and all-district tournament. All-Watauga player as a junior and senior.


Ron Hodge
Ron begin refereeing basketball in 1979 and still calls football basketball, baseball and softball.  He has worked High school and middle school as well as youth leagues and boys club.  He has called many regional finals and district championships.


Daniel Holder


Johnny Holder
Born August 24, 1927, Johnny Holder would travel the world.  Johns memories go back to his days of playing sports on the head of Stoney Creek for Buledeen.  He played at Unaka High before entering the Navy.  He may have been the youngest man to serve in World War II.  He tried at 13 but was turned down only to joined the following year.
I was sent to Norfolk, Va for training.  They made me a radio operator.  When I went to sea I was placed aboard the U.S.S. Washington BB-56.  It was almost three football fields long.  I sailed to the North Sea, Iceland, and Scotland.  “I ate diner with King George the sixth and I got to speak with him about five minutes stated Holder.”  He served on was the U.S.S. Mervine DD-489. John Officiated sports for over 40 years.  In 1969 John was Man of the Year and traveled making speeches to Boys Clubs.  He was President of the TSSAA Association in the Tri-Cities.   He refereed basketball in the ACC and work the state tournaments in Tennessee.

Jason Holly

All State QB at Eliz High
Also played baseball, basketball until deciding to concentrate on football fulltime.


J.D. 2000  (CUM LAUDE)Cumberland
Cumberland Law review
Associate Editor Cumberland Law Review Board
Scholar of Merit recipient for Property, Products Liability and Toxic Torts
Member of: Tenn,Alabama and American Bar Association
Eliz Boys and Girls Club Board of Dir
Pres carter Co Bar Assoc 2006-2010
member of Eliz Rotary Club
Board member of the Mission Safety International


Tommy Holly
All Conf football (fullback) and baseball player (catcher)  at EHS
Offered a try out with Eliz Twins. One of the greatest baseball players to ever wear the Orange and Black at EHS


Travis Holly
All Conf linebacker and guard leading Eliz in tackles and named Player of the Game for Eliz in playoff Sr. yr
played baseball as youth also


Member of :
US Dist Court Eastern Dist of Tn
US Dist Court Northern Dist of Alabama
US Dist Court for Middle Dist of Alabama
US Dist Court for Southern Dist of Alabama
US Bankruptcy Court for Northern Dist of Alabama
US Bankruptcy Court for Middle Dist of Alabama
Us Bankruptcy Court for Southern Dist of Alabama
UT Political Science Honor Society
UT Political Science Scholarship Winner
Cumberland SSchool of Law Review Board Research Editor
Cumberland School of Law Scholar of Merit Recipient for TORTS II
Member of :
Tenn Bar Assoc
Alabama Bar Assoc
American Bar Assoc
Tenn Trial Lawyers Assoc
Vice Pres. Eliz Boys and Girls Club board of Dir
Eliz Boys and Girls Club Board 2006- 2010
Treasurer of carter Co Bar Assoc
2006- 2010

John Holsclaw

Starred at quarterback at EHS, and has been longtime voice of the Cyclones for WBEJ. Does the play-by-play for basketball games throughout the county. Outstanding player on Elizabethton's 1959 state runner-up squad in baseball.



Johnny Honeycutt
Played basketball at middle school at Kenburg and high school at Elizabethton.  TSSAA Football, baseball, softball  and basketball referee and umpire.



Hampton Basketball

All-Watauga and Elizabethton Star All-Watauga as a senior in 1970-71. Averaged close to 13 points a game.

Later became a successful elementary basketball at Valley Forge.



*Power hitter who became Elizabethton first all-state player in softball.
*Finished with a .313 career average at King College. Set the school record for doubles in a season.
*Entered the EHS Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012.


Sonny Hunt
The Voice of Elizabethton football and basketball.


Curtis Huskins

John D Hyatt
1948-52  Hampton HS  Football-2 year letterman, starting QB senior year.  Basketball-3 year letterman, starting guard, won  22 straight games during senior year
1952-53  Les McRae College  Football, Basketball, Cross Country & Track went undefeated in Cross Country & Track, held school record in 1 mile: 4:24.8 & 2 mile 9:52
1966-71  Unaka HS   Boys Basketball Coach  96 wins in 5 seasons
1973-80  Happy Valley   Asst. Varsity Basketball Coach, State Champions in 74, helped coach East All Stars in 74
1982-83 Cloudland HS  Boys 8th Basketball Coach-Quad County Champions
1983-88 Cloudland HS  Boys Basketball Coach  75 wins in 4 seasons

John Hyatt Jr
71-72: Hunter Elementary, All County-7th,  All Tournament Selection @ Jonesboro Christmas Tournament; All County-8th
74-76: Happy Valley HS, 2 year letterman in Basketball-All Conference, All Region, Honorable Mention All State, 15pts, 12 rebs. per game, FT-91%, FG-45%
Senior year highlight: Holding Chris Gettlefinger of Knox Catholic(states leading scorer) to 6 pts, while scoring 15pts, myself. 2 year letterman in Track-All Conference
Track highlight: Beating Elizabethton in 4X880 relay at Civitan Relays in 75, 76-77: King College, 1 year letterman in Basketball
Basketball highlight: hitting 11-12 free throws vs Bluefield College
1 year letterman in Cross Country/Track
XC/Track highlight: 24:54 5 mile run, 4:20 1 mile run
77-81: Emory & Henry College, 3 year letterman in Track
Track highlight: :50 in 440, 1:57 in 880
81-91: Keenburg Elementary, Girls/Boys Basketball Coach, 400+ wins in 10 years, 2 Quad County Championships, 6 County Championships
94-95: Cloudland Elementary Boys Coach, 22 wins, 3rd in Quad County
95-present: Science Hill HS
97-03: Grils Cross Country Coach, 3 Conference Championships, 1 Regional Championship, 6 Team State Meet Appearances
2005-present: Girls/Boys Track Coach, USATF Level 1 Coach, USTA certified Coach, 4 Conference Championships, 1 Sectional Championship, 1 State Championship, In 8 years Coach Hyatt's athletes have set 22 school records, signed 22 college scholarships, 117 have made all state and 28 have been state champions


Mark Hyatt
Hampton High School Basetball 1976- 80. 1979-80 Conference Champs, District and Regional Champs, participated in TSSAA State Tournament, Track 1976-80 holds the record for the 2 mile relay, Cross Country 1976-80, Coached Girls Basketball @ Hunter 1984-85 Region 1 runner-up, Coached AAU Girls 1985, Coached Boys Basketball @ Hunter 1985-89. 1985-86 Conference Champs, 1988-89 Conference Champs and Region Champs, 2006-2008 Girls Twister Basketball Coach, TAD Girls 2008-2011. 2008-09 Sectional Tournament, 2009-10 2nd Place Wellmont Christmas Classic, 2010-11- 2nd in Wellmont Christmas Classic, Conference Champs, Conference Tournament Champs, Final Four in Sectional Tournament. TSSAA Basketball/Football Offical 1986- 1994.


Logan Hyatt

Elizabethton HS; 3 yr letterman in football, All Conference, All State OL, Lacy Lineman of the Year Winner; 2 yr letterman in track, All Conference UNC@ Pembroke: 3 yr letterman in football, OL, All Conference, team record as starter: 23-8, team has distinction of being fastest DII team to get in playoffs, 3rd year of football

Cloudland basketball

All-Smokey Mountain Conference performer as a senior (1987-88), when he averaged a team-high 16.4 points per game. Averaged 10.8 in his junior campaign. Finished with close to 900 career points for the Highlanders.


Elizabethton Football
Named Elizabethton Star All-Big 9 defensive tackle after senior season (1971). Second-team selection on coaches' all-conference squad. Played fullback on offense, finishing second on the team in scoring with 42 points (7 TDs). Posted a pair of 100-yard rushing games.


Hack Hyder
Hack, former Warrior and Cyclone Coach was born with a baseball bat in one hand and a football in the other.  He attended Jr. High and graduated from Elizabethton High School in 1957.  He attended Milligan College and played baseball for Deward Walker and Harold Stout.
Hack started teaching at Happy Valley Elementary, where Hyder was asked to form a Jr. High football program for the Warriors.    In the 1968-69 school season, Hack, formed the first Warrior Elementary football team.   In two years he moved up to the high school and helped coach football and took over the head coaching job in baseball.  He taught Physical Education and coached with Ted Maxwell and Don Verran.
    In 1978 he went to Elizabethton to assist in football and coach baseball.
Hampton Football
1972 (senior year): First team All-Watauga performer on coaches' and Johnson City Press teams. Second-team choice by Elizabethton Star. Playing on the defensive line, Hyder totaled more than 20 tackles in a win over David Crockett.



Hampton basketball

Averaged 14.4 points per game on the 1973-74 squad that achieved a No. 1 state ranking and finished 33-2. Made All-Watauga, Elizabethton Star All-Watauga and All-District Tournament teams.

Honorable mention All-Watauga as a junior, when he was part of Jerry White's first state tournament team as Hampton's coach.

David Irick


Jesse James
Jake Jenkins

First-team All-NET lineman (4-5A) as a senior (2003). Was first-team pick on all-conference and all-county teams.

Tommy Jenkins

Coached EHS in football from 2000 to '03. Three league titles (2 outright), four playoff berths and three playoff wins. All-conference player for Cyclones in 1960s.

Josh Jones

Ryan Kennedy

Football, Senior 1st Team All-state WR, Elite 11
1st Team All-conference WR, 1st Team All-NET
Co-Carter County Player of the year, All-Carter County
Junior, All-state Honorable Mention, 2nd Team All-NET
1st Team All-Conference, All-Carter County
Football: Senior , Rec - 66, Yds - 869, TD - 7
Career Gootball: Rec - 109, Yds - 1673, TD - 11

Baseball, Senior, 1st Team All-Region, Super 22
1st Team All-Conference, 1st Team All-district
All-Carter County, Junior, 2nd Team All-region
Super 22, 1st Team All-conference
All-Carter County, Senior AVG - .430, HR - 1, SB - 20
Junior, AVG - .532, SB - 23

(EHS Basketball)

Starting guard on 1983 Class AAA state semifinal team. Made all-state tournament squad and was third-team selection on Kingsport Times-News All-Upper East Tennessee team. Honorable mention All-Big 10.
The next season, as a senior, Kiser led the Cyclones in scoring and made the All-Big 9 squad.

Malcolm Kress

Hampton basketball

Scored a team-best 577 points (16.5 avg.) on 1973-74 squad that rose to No. 1 in the state polls and finished 33-2. Named to All-Watauga, Elizabethton Star All-Watauga, All-District and All-Regional teams. Honorable mention all-state.

All-Watauga and Elizabethton Star honorable mention All-Watauga as a junior, when Hampton reached its first state tournament with Jerry White as coach



Clarence Lewis
Hampton Basketball

A 6-11 center, Long averaged 12.3 points and 15 rebounds a game as a senior (1969-70). All-Watauga, Elizabethton Star All-Watauga and All-Regional tournament.


Dawn Lowe
Raymond Lowe

Arguably Unaka's best-ever receiver. Between 1950 and 1952, Lowe scored 17 touchdowns for the Rangers - with 15 coming through the air. Made the All-Watauga Conference team in '51 and '52.

Mike Lunsford

164 wins in 18 years coaching Cloudland or Hampton. Took Cloudland to the 2001 Class A state title game, and the semifinals the year afterward.

Michael Lunsford

School's leading career passer. Two-time All-Mountain East Conference pick.


*Holds Hampton High's single-season records for most receptions (32), receiving yards (776), receiving touchdowns (13) and interceptions (10). Each mark was recorded in 2006, when Lyons, in his senior year, helped the Bulldogs to a 12-1 mark and appearance in Class 1A state semifinals.
*Lyons led the Bulldogs in touchdowns (19) and points (114) as a senior. Was voted to TSWA Class 1A All-State team as a defensive back.
*Lyons intercepted four passes as a junior, turning three into touchdowns.
*Went on to play collegiately for Tusculum.


Hampton basketball

Poured in more than 1,200 career points, leading the team in scoring as a junior (1975-76) at 15 points per game. Averaged 17 a game during senior year, third best in the Watauga Conference.

Two-time All-Watauga, All-District 2-AA Tournament and honorable mention all-state. District MVP and All-Regional Tournament as a senior.

Hampton basketball

Key player on 1983 state runner-up squad. Was District 1-A tournament MVP, then made the Region 1-A and Class A state all-tournament teams.


Cobb Marlowe
Cloudland's biggest fan ever.  If they lost he was the first one to blame it on the ref's.  One of the kindest men in Roan Mountain.  Cobb kept the score clocks for basketball and football until his passing.  Each year a Cloudland football player is awarded the Cobb Marlowe award


Hampton basketball

Elizabethton Star All-Watauga choice on 1973-74 Hampton team that finished 33-2 (No. 1 in state for a while). Honorable mention on coaches' All-Watauga team. Honorable mention on both squads as a junior.

Known as a defensive stopper and complementary scorer.


Mike Matheson

1,000-point career scorer at Hampton. Helped key Bulldogs to 1983 Class A state championsihip game.


Ted Maxwell

Super multi-sport athlete at Happy Valley. 1965-66 Watauga Conference coach of the year in basketball (Unaka).

Tyler McCann
Tyler played on the 2004 Unaka State championship team and was MVP in the state that year.  They also won the conference district and regional along with beating Cosby in the substate game


Bob McClain

Two-time All-Watauga Conference linebacker for Hampton in late 1960s. Member of 10-0 team of 1969.


Danny McClain

1988 Watauga Conference player of the year in football. Played quarterback and defensive back for Hampton. Two-year starter at Lenoir-Rhyne College as a wide receiver.


Hampton basketball

Averaged close to 18 points per game as a senior (1994-95), scoring 35 in one game vs. West Greene. First-team All-Carter/Johnson County. Also landed on All-Watauga and All-McDonald's Invitational squads.

Poured in 14 points a game as a junior. Sophomore year saw McClain average 10 points a tilt and make All-District and All-McDonald's Invitational teams.

Totaled over 1,100 career points before playing collegiately at Tusculum. Coached the Hampton High boys for three seasons.


Samantha McClay's collegiate career:Milligan College soccer (2007-08): Topped the Lady Buffs with eight goals in 2007, then co-led the 2008 team with seven goals (she also recorded two assists in ’08). … Second-team All-Appalachian Athletic Conference pick in 2007, third-team choice in 2008. … Made All-AAC academic team in final year.



Member of Elizabethton's school-record 4x800 relay team (10:14.89).

David McDaniel

Member of Elizabethton's school-record 4x800 relay team (10:14.89).
Dennis McKesson

Led Cyclones in scoring his senior season (1971-72), averaging 15.9 points per game. Made all-conference team.



Steve "Pink" McKinney
Mr. McKinney is a 1974 graduate of Elizabethton High School and a 1980 graduate of Tennessee Weslyen which he attended on a basketball and baseball Scholarship. Coach McKinney started his teaching career as a teaching principal at Doe Valley Elementary School in Johnson County.  From there he accepted a position at Johnson County Middle School where he was the head basketball and football coach.  He was also the assistant football coach at Johnson County High School.  Coach McKinney then accepted the head coaching job at Unaka High School where he served as baseball coach and football coach for two years.  He was assistant coach to Ronnie Snaverly in basketball.  In 1987 McKinney took a position at Elizabethton High School as assistant freshman football and girls basketball coach.  He was also boys tennis, freshman basketball and boys varsity offensive coach under Coach Dave Rider

Ted McKeehan
Cheri McNeil   

All State 1995-96 basketball, played basketball for Walters State and Coastal Carolina.



Frank McNeil
Frank pitched professionally for seven years all with different teams.  His best season he finished 19-13 in 1953.



Glenn McQueen
Supplied all elementary and high school uniforms, shoes, trophies. In the sports field with Brumits sports for over 40 years.


Hampton High football (2004-07)
*Holds school record for career interceptions with 20.
*Shares school record for most touchdown receptions in a game (3).
*Voted to All-Mountain East Conference team and Johnson City Press Elite 11 squad as a senior.
*Intercepted nine passes, scored 13 touchdowns and totaled more than 1,200 all-purpose yards during senior season. 
*Started on three Class 1A state semifinal squads (2005-07).


Shelby Miller
Was selected as TSSAA Athletic District 1 Official of the Year 2003 – 2004. Shelby has been a TSSAA Official for 48 years,  basketball referee for 25 years before retiring in 1990.  He officiated 16 district tournaments, 15 regional tournaments, 11 sub-state games and 2 state tournaments and official in 4 state football championships. 

He is an Eagle Scout, past president of the Elizabethton Lions Club, past president of the Elizabethton, Shrine Club, past board member of the Elizabethton Carter County Chamber of Commerce, and a member of Gideons International.


Hampton Basketball

All-Watauga Conference player in senior season (1976-77). Voted to All-District 2-AA tournament team.


Terry "Monk" Montgomery
2-time All-Watauga Conference player. Played halfback and defensive back. 1967 league scoring champ.
Jerry Moore
All Big 9 in JR & SR in both Football & Baseball
All State in Baseball. Played on Lynn Goddard 1st 3 teams at EHS.

Ernie Morrell

Ryann Musick


Hunter Bo Nave
TSSAA basketball and football referee, NWA Professional wrestling referee for 25 years.
Cotton Nave
Kyle Nidifer
Terry Nidifer
Terry played for the REd Sox in 41 went into service until 69.  He played basketball for Mule Brown at Elizabethton High and attended LMU


Joe O'brien



*Warriors head coach for 10 seasons (1997-2006).

*Led the 1997 team to the greatest year in school history, with the Warriors recording a 12-1 record - including a 10-0 regular season. Team beat Oliver Springs and Rockwood to reach Class 2A state quarterfinals. Was voted Watauga Conference and Johnson City Press Elite 11 Coach of the Year. Co-Coach of the Year for Northeast Tennessee (Class 1-3A) and Carter/Johnson County.

Finished with 44-17 career conference record, winning the '97 league title and posting five runner-up finishes. Went 65-46 overall, making him the all-time wins leader in HV history.

Presently serves as defensive coordinator for Elizabethton High.

Gayle Oliver
Jerald Oliver
Supplied the county with uniforms for over thirty years.. Coached in youth leagues and help in girls programs, and begun the Twister tournament.


John Pansock
1968 Third-team All-East Tennessee

All-Big 7

Big 7 scoring champ (73 points)

1969 All-State (TSWA, 1st-team AP, 2nd-team UPI)

All-East Tennessee team (1st team)

Big 7 scoring champ, 10th in state (138 points)

More than 1,300 yards on the ground

Scored three touchdowns in a 31-19 win over Kingsport in 1969

Don Parkey

Joey Parlier

Alice Peters
Alice Peters played on nine straight Regional championship teams, starting in the fourth grade at Unaka, Alice played varsity basketball, where she is the leading scorer at Unaka Elementary.  She also played at Hampton High winning three district and four Regional Championships.  Played in three state tournaments. She was also voted homecoming queen her Sophomore year at Hampton.  Alice played four years at Lee's McRae College in North Carolina.

Charles Peters is Hunter Elementary's all time leading scoring.  Peters scored 1103 points (avg 25.3) for three years and averaged 16 rebounds per game. Hunter won three league titles including a perfect season, while at Hunter they finished 64-5.  He was selected seventh grade MVP in his sixth and seventh grade years.  He also won the eighth grade MVP his seventh and eight grade years.  He average 19.7 points his seventh grade year.  In football, eighth grade, he scored 12 touchdowns and was the leading rusher. He was the centerfield on two State Tournament Championship Babe Ruth teams.  In high school he was a four year letterman in Football and basketball winning the A.L. Treadway the Niles Brown Award and voted Best all around 2003-2006.  He played on the Elizabethton basketball state tournament team.  Charles attended the University of Tennessee, played baseball for King College and will graduate with his doctrine at E.T.S.U in 2013.  Peters was selected the mvp by the city of Elizabethton parks and rec.

Charlie C.Y, Peters
----Pro Wrestler 32 Years
1978 Rookie of the Year
1980 AAWA World Tag Team Champion with Kim Birchfield
1982 Wrestler for TBS Studios in Atlanta Ga. for Georgia Championship Wrestling
1983 World tag Team Champion after a win over the Super Destroyer and Masked Superstar
1985 Worked for USA and Continental Champioship Wrestling
Late 80's to mid 90's won multiple Tag Team Titles with Kim Birchfield over 50 times
1987 AWA Champion and tag team champ with Kim Birchfield
1989 Became King in of the Ring with a 21-man battle royal win
1994 Multiple Battle royal and Championship titles
1995 Multiple Tag and Singles Titles
1997 Won Tag Titles with Kim Birchfield multiple times
1998 US TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS with Kim Birchfield
2001 Inducted into the Tennessee Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame
2002 Inducted into Tn Pro Wrestling hall of Fame Kingsport Tn
Wrestled with Georgia Championship Wrestling, Dixie Championship Wrestling, USA Wrestling, Smokey Mountain Wrestling, former tagteam partner of Don Wright and won Southeastern Champiomship with B.B. Lewis
Played on the first team to win the mult-county Regional Championship for Unaka.  Lettered in Football and basketball made All conference in football and basketball senior year.  Retired with 30 years as TSSAA football, baseball and basketball official.
Fathered Five Children who all won Middle School Regional championsips and three played in the TSSAA State Tournaments in Murfreesboro
Managed the Elizabethton 12 yr olds to the Dizzy Dean World Series, 13-year old USSSA World Tournament.  Won the Amateur Youth World Series twice.  Managed the 16-year old Dizzy Dean that won the State Tournament and went to the World Series.  Was coach on back to back Babe Ruth State championship teams and two Southeast Regional Appearences.  Coached the 18U World Series managed by Rocky Davenport

East tennessee sports writer for over 30 years, with Elizabethton Star, Double Play Sports and Piney Bluff Gazette, Washington County Gazette


Jeffery Peters
played on three regional championships teams at Unaka Elementary was selected seventh grade MVP twice, and eighth grade MVP twice, All county and regional team three years.  Unaka Elementary's all time leading scorer with over 1500 points.  Stuck out 13 batters in the sub-state game to help lead Unaka to the Baseball state tournament.  Lettered in three sports, football, baseball and basketball at Unaka.  Played in two state tournaments. Hit 21 free throws in the AAU state tournament while winning the MVP. Played in two World Series, won several big games as a pitcher for the Elizabethton Jr. Babe Ruth and Elizabethton Dizzy Dean teams.  Threw a no-hitter in the opening game of his 14 year old World Series Tournament.


Shirley Peters


Terry Peters


Josh Peterson

Barry Phillips
All Conference 1973 basketball, baseball and football
All-State Basketball, Honorable Menton All-State Football
  Lisa Phipps

golf state champion

Phil Pierce
1979 - All Big 7 Conference
- All-State Baseball - District All Tourney
- Big 7 Conference Player of the Year
- Honorable mention All-American

1980 - All Big 7 Conference
- All-State Baseball - District All Tourney
- Signed Baseball scholarship with ETSU

High School ----- Basketball
1979 - All Big 7 Conference
- 19 point ave. scoring - Hon. Mention All-State

1980 - All Big 7 Conference
- District All Tourney - 21 point ave. scoring
- Hon. Mention All-State - scored 1107 career points
- scored double figures in 43 straight games

ETSU - 1981-84
4 yr starting pitcher
- highlighted by 10-4 record, 2.69 era -sophomore yr.
- No.1 pitcher on staff 3 yrs.
- finished with career 22-14 record
- pitched ETSU to regional tournament victory in 1981
- 1982 All Southern Conference

Sonny Pierce
Unaka football

1953 Watauga Conference scoring champion with 99 points, which included 14 touchdown runs. Had three scoring throws that season, which saw Pierce earn recognition as Watauga Player of the Year by the Johnson City Press. Made coaches' and Elizabethton Star All-Watauga teams as well. Did the only scoring in team's 7-0 win over Jonesboro in Rayon Bowl.

As a senior (1954), Pierce ran for eight touchdowns and 10 conversions, adding seven scores as a passer. All-Watauga on coaches' Johnson City Press and Elizabethton Star teams. Ran for 205 yards vs. Hampton.

Scored 23 career touchdowns and passed for 10.


Brandon Pike
Tennis star
Brandon moved to Elizabethton in 1995 living in the Quail Hollow community for his freshman year at Elizabethton High School. While a Cyclone, Pike won two Regional Championships and in 1999 was a Class AAA finalist. He was the last Cyclone to advanced to the Class AAA state tournament before reclassification moved them down to Class AA. Pike went on to be All-Conference at Virginia Intermont and at the time they were one of the top NAIA programs in the country. Pike was inducted into the Elizabethton High School Hall of Fame in 2010.


Eddie Pless

coached Elizabethton to state playoffs in 2004 and '05. Reached 4A quarterfinals in '04. Named All-Big 9 quarterback at EHS in 1976. Was second-team all-conference punter in '75. Was also a standout in Baseball, Track and in Tennis at EHS. Kicked collegiately for East Tennessee State and Carson-Newman. Converted seven field goals for the Eagles as a senior.

Jon Potter

Fullback ran for more than 700 yards in back-to-back seasons (2004-05). Also totaled more than 70 tackles in each of those years.



Jeff Reed 
Jeff Reed is entering  his twelfth season with the Elizabethton Twins. Reed, a first round pick (12th overall), by the Twins in 1980, spent 17 seasons with the Twins (1984-86) before moving on to the Montreal Expos (1987-88), Cincinnati Reds (1988-92), San Francisco Giants (1993-95), Colorado Rockies (1996-98) and Chicago Cubs (1999-2000). As a member of the 1990 World Series Champions, the Cincinnati Reds


Mike Rambo
Won the State tournament at Midway, Played on Unaka's first state tournament team.  Was selected All State, All conference all 4 years and All Regional Soph and Jr. years .
Voted Best Team defense all four years in football. Honorable mention All-State Jr. year


Tommy Range: As an all-conference player for Elizabethton High in 1974, Range captured the Big Nine batting title with a .429 average.
  Jackie Range

Elizabethton High


*2002 state champion in long jump.
*Hold school records in long jump (18-3 3/4) and triple jump (36-6).
*Also stood out as a basketball player, contributing greatly to Elizabethton's first trip to the girls state tournament.
*Entered the EHS Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012.



Vince Redd

Redd attended Elizabethton High School in Elizabethton, Tennessee, and was listed as the No. 12 defensive end nationally. He was named to the Orlando Sentinel All-Southern team after he tallied 104 tackles in his career. Redd was also a standout on the basketball team and also lettered in track and finished fourth in the state championship in the shot put as a junior. He played college football at Virginia and Liberty.

Redd has also been a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, Calgary Stampeders and Hartford Colonials.

Redd was signed by the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent on May 1, 2008 following the 2008 NFL Draft.



Dickie Renfro
Retired this year for the Carter County School System.  Was the longest running Jv coach Carter County History.  Was assistant to Charlie Bayles through four decades.



VOICE OF Milligan and King college for years. Sport writer, announcer.



Mark Revis


Andrew  Rhinehart

Ran for more than 1,800 yards as a senior at EHS (1999). All-conference and All-NET selection.



Kim Richardson
Kim piled up 3,807 career rushing yards. He had 162 yards per game average, junior and senior seasons. Watauga Conference Scoring Champion 1973. All Watauga Conference 1972 & 1973.  Camp Lejeune All-Stars - Running Back/Linebackker 1975. Went on to play at E.T.S.U.


George Richmond

Cobb Riddle
Volunteer Coach and boxer 53 years and still coaching.
Coached Taylor Mixers Little league baseball team, also Coached Elizabethton Boys Club J. I. Cornet Minor League baseball team, Coached National All Stars. Trained Olympic boxer Bernard Taylor. In 2008,  He attended the Elite coach's boxing clinic at Olympic Training Camp in Colorado Springs Colorado. Coached Gary Sandman Stallworth Co Main event Madison Square Garden televised fight. Cobb worked in corners on HBO boxing and ESPN Sports Boxing, and Coached Peyton Mannings Frat at the University Tennessee. He organized and coached Boxing teams in Rhea County Tennessee,and Spring City Tennessee, building champions in both towns, before moved back home to Betsy and opened another boxing team a boxing gym in his home for our team to train, later moved to Parks and Rec. Coached Jason Brewer National Lightheavy Champion,sevearl other champs also. Riddle was Middleweight Quarterfinalist in 1965 Kansas City Golden Gloves and won the Tony Zale Award presented to him by Middleweight Champion Tony Zale for outstanding boxer and sportsmanship. He was ranked 3rd in the US. write up in Ringside magazine fighters to watch for, Riddle was 6 time East Tennesse golden gloves champ and won 2 southern championships. He  won the AAU Middleweight championship in Knoxville and was co captain of Tennessee boxers versus Wisconsin. He still does a couple coach's clinic's each year at no charge for the Johnson City Athletic Club, and Team Oxendine's MMA gym, Dustin Walden's MMA gym. His Foscus now is the "Cob" and Deacon Bowers ClassicI He started boxing at age 15 in 1959. His Coach was the late Don Marshal


Mo Riddle
Was the Elizabethton Twins strongest fan for many years,  Consider as the strength of the team and followed them through many Appalachian Championships.


  Mousy Riddle

Scott Rider

EHS football, Four-time all-conference player (1977-80): made second team as a freshman, first team final three years.

3-time All-Upper East Tennessee pick (first team, 1978-80)
Second-team all-state (Sportswriters team) as a senior. 3,583 career yards in total offense

Started at wide receiver for Virginia Tech. Played in 1984 Independence Bowl.


Carl Roberts

Jessica Robinson
Earl Sams
From 1929 until 1933, in the early days of ETSU athletics, Earl Sams showcased himself as a versatile three-sport star in baseball, basketball and football. In addition to athletics, Sams served ETSU as student body president in 1933 and a member of the T-Club. After ETSU, Sams went on to coach baseball, basketball and football at Happy Valley High School and Elizabethton Middle School for 15 years and later became the principal of Elizabethton High School. Sams became an ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame member in 1984.

Tammy Sams

Scored more than 1,000 points for Lady Cyclones, twice making the All-Big 10 team.

Gene Sanchez

Led Hampton in receiving as a senior (2004). Played baseball basketball and football.

Dino Senesi, Jr.

Carter County Sports Statistics 1967-1981


Hampton High School 1974-1977

Year       AB          R             H             AVG

1974       33           13           9              .273

1975       47           24           20           .424

1976       50           19           23           .460

1977       47           15           23           .489

Total      177         71           75           .424       


·         4 Year Letterman

·         1975 15 Extra Base Hits in a Row

·         1976   Third Leading Hitter in Watauga Conference

·         1977 All Watauga Conference, Watauga Conference Batting Champion; Upper East Tennessee High School All-Star


Milligan College 1978-1981

Year       AB          R             H             AVG       RBI

1978       126         23           34           .270        18

1979       62           13           20           .323        7

1980       137         35           46           .336        41

1981       109         22           36           .330        22

Total      434         93           136         313         98


·         Career: 33 SB, 21 Doubles, 4 Triples, 7 HR

·         District 24 Championship Team -1980

·         Tied Record for Most Runs Scored in a Game 1980 (5)



Hampton High School 1974-1977

3 Year Letterman        

1976 -38 points (6 TDs, 1 two-point conversion).

Honorable mention All-Watauga Conference


1977-  68 points (9 TDs, 10 PATs, 2 two-point conversions)
All-Watauga Conference and honorable mention all-state as a senior.


Year       AB          R             H             AVG

1974       33           13           9              .273

1975       47           24           20           .424

1976       50           19           23           .460

1977       47           15           23           .489

Total      177         71           75           .424       


Alan Scalf
Kebo Scalf
Larry Scalf

Mark Schaff

All-state lineman on Elizabethton's 1982 conference championship squad. Played at Kentucky.


Roger Shaw
Unaka Football

Leading rusher on Unaka's first playoff squad (1985). All-conference performer.

Howard Sheffield
Robert Sluder
Dolly Smith

Danny Smith
Baseball- all conference 66,67,68. Board Certified Sports Physical Therapist. Cared for Carter County Athletes since 1977. Member Northeast Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, Member National Sports Physical Therapy Hall of Fame. Winner Ron Peyton Award (highest award given by the Sports Physical Therapy Section) Winner Turner A. Blackburn Lifetime achievement Award- Sports Physical Therapy Section


Fred Smith

Gary Smith
Valley Forge basketball coach and teacher for many years.

Played on Hampton's 1966 state semifinal team. Honorable mention All-Watauga. Currently serves as an assistant coach for the school's girls basketball team.


Jimmy Smith

Unaka 1959 last Unaka team to win conference


Missy Smith
Ned Smith

Starting point guard on Hampton's 1992 Class AA state semifinal club. Made all-conference team, then played at Milligan. Coached Cloudland to three state tournaments. Is now the head coach at Hampton.


Elizabethton Football
1972 (junior year): Made Elizabethton Star and Bristol Herald-Courier All-Big 9 teams at defensive end.
1973: Honorable mention all-state. Elizabethton Star and Johnson City Press All-Big 9 Conference end.

Ronnie Snavely

Coached Unaka to its first two state tournament appearances in basketball (1985, '88). Gym is named in his honor.

Albert Stocton


Barry Stocton

Tallied over 1,000 career points for the Highlanders on the hardwood. Starred at tailback on football field.

Roger Stocton
Bobby Stout
  Kari Stout

Topped the 1,100-point career mark at Hampton. Two-time all-conference performer. All-NET as a senior. Starred at Milligan.


Mark Street



Marty Street

1,194 career points at HV, and senior on 1974 state championship squad. Led Milligan in scoring in 1978-79 (511 points). Coached University High, David Crockett and Elizabethton.


Ronnie Street


Randy Swearingen
One of Unaka's Great pitchers. Randy led the Rangers to two State Tournament appearences.  He played on two Jr. Babe Ruth State Championship teams and in three Southeast Regional Tournament games.
Unaka football

Class A all-state defensive lineman in 1990, helping the Rangers achieve their second-ever playoff berth. Totaled 156 tackles (101 primary stops), was named Smokey Mountain Conference Lineman of the Year and made the Elizabethton Star All-City/County team.

One of the top contributors on Unaka's 1991 baseball team, which advanced to the regional tournament.

Hampton Basketball

All-State player on Hampton's 1991-92 state semifinal team. Region 1-AA tournament MVP, plus All-Watauga and All-District tournament.

All-Watauga in football in 1991. Played tailback and flanker.


Dwayne Taylor

Led Unaka in scoring in 1984-85. All-Smoky Mountain Conference pick and regional tournament MVP.



Mickey Taylor
Coached Unaka to several successful seasons in baseball, and three playoff appearances in football. His 1991 football team went 7-4, one of only two Unaka squads in the last 50-plus years to win at least 7 games.
3-time all-conference player (sophomore through senior seasons) in baseball at Unaka.

Freshman season: .385 batting avg., 16 RBIs.
Sophomore: .472, 6 HRs, 19 RBIs.
Junior: .560, 9 HRs, 18 RBIs.
Senior: .614, 8 HRs, 26 RBIs.

Notes: 8 pitching wins before catching full time as a junior and senior. Only two bases stolen off of him in his senior year. Set


Javy Taylor
Coached Unaka's Lady Rangers to three consecutive 20-win seasons, from 1982-93 to 1984-85, and a pair of substate appearances.

John Taylor

Jordan Taylor

All-Watauga Conference selection in basketball in 1967-68.

Lou Taylor

Marsha Taylor

1,428 points, 740 career rebounds at Unaka. All-state as a junior. East Tennessee player of the year as a senior.



All-Watauga Conference basketball player for Unaka in 1961-62. Also made All-District tournament team.


Terry Taylor
Lynn Tipton


Andrea Tinsman


Charlie Tolley

Hampton basketball

Class A state tournament MVP on Hampton's 1983 state runner-up squad. Averaged 15.2 points per game as a senior, earning All-Watauga and All-District/Regional Tournament honors. Was second-team selection All-Upper East Tennessee team chosen by Kingsport Times-News.

Has been successful as a coach, first on the elementary level at Little Milligan at Hampton. On the high school level, Tolley has guided Hampton to a pair of state tournaments (2009, 20013) - including the 2009 Class A semifinals.


Adam Townsend

Holds Hampton's single-season record for rushing yards in a season (2,079). All-state in 2005. Played a year at Carson-Newman, and is now a professional in Mixed Martial Arts.

William Trammell
Holds EHS high jump record at 6-11 (1979). Good backcourt player on Cyclone basketball team.


Tim Troutman

Ashley Stocton Turbyfill

Member of Cloudland's 1,000-point club. Helped the Lady Highlanders win the District 1-A tournament championship and reach the substate round as a senior. Played collegiately for King. Watauga Valley Co-Player of the year in 2000-01. Two-time all-county performer.

Robbie Turbyfill

All State 1996
Mr Football Finalist 1996
MVP Conference 1996
Tied TSSAA record 14 interceptions in 1 season


Keith Turner

Major contributor on Elizabethton's 1983 Class AAA state semifinal squad. Went on to play for Tennessee Tech. Successful head coach at Unicoi County. Is currently the athletic director at Science Hill. 1983 Region 1-AAA tournament MVP.

Doug Verble

Happy Valley big man scored more than 1,200 career points. Two-time All-Watauga pick.


Senior center on Bulldogs' 1992 state semifinal squad. All-Watauga Conference, District 1-AA tournament MVP and All-Regional tournament selection. Honorable mention all-state.

Was all-conference and All-City/County player as a junior, when Hampton reached the substate.

Buff Walker

Gary Walker
Played basketball for two years at Happy Valley for Coach Charlie Bayless and baseball for Coach Hack Hyder with a career batting average of .345 and a pitching record of 20-3.  Played 4 years at Milligan College under Harold Stout.
Most homeruns by a freshman, most home runs in single game (3), most home runs career, longest home run hit in college baseball April 6, 1978 @ Mars Hill 485 feet, most rbi's season, most rbi's career, most at bats single game, most triples career, most grand slams (4), most runs scored single season, most runs scored career, and highest career batting average .452, MVP sophomore and junior years, All conference 3 years, all District 2 years, All Area 5 team, All-American senior year, Captain of Milligan baseball junior and senior year.  Coached baseball at Mary Hughes for 20 years. 



Tony Walker

All-state basketball player for Happy Valley in 1975-76. Twice an All-Watauga player and district tournament MVP. Regional tournament MVP in 1975.


Elizabethton Football
1995 (senior year): Honorable mention all-state and first-team All-Mountain Lakes. Offensive Player of the Year and quarterback on All-Carter/Johnson County team. Totaled more than 1,600 yards in combined passing and rushing.
Played safety for East Tennessee State's 1996 national quarterfinal team.



John Walton

He was selected as a football All-American in 1969, during his stay at ETSU from 1965 to 1970, was voted as a two-time All-Ohio Valley Conference selection and captain of the undefeated Grantland Rice Bowl Championship team. Walton was elected Carter County General Sessions Judge in 1998 and in 2002, was inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame.



Josh Wandell


Kevin Ward

Twice voted to All-Watauga Conference team. Second-team All-East Tennessee selection as a senior (1978-79).

Hampton Basketball

Topped the Bulldogs in scoring in 1949-50 and 1950-51. Had a 41-point game vs. Fall Branch as a senior ('50-51). Went on to become a high school basketball coach in Northeast Tennessee.

Hampton basketball

Led the 1973-74 team, which made it to No. 1 in the state polls and went 33-2, in scoring average (16.8). All-state performer who also made All-Watauga, Elizabethton Star All-Watauga, All-Distirct (MVP) and All-Regional teams.

Averaged 12.2 points a contest as a junior (second best on team). Voted to All-District, All-Regional and Elizabethton Star All-Watauga teams. Honorable mention on coaches' All-Watauga list.

Scored 1,065 career points.

  Ted Weaver
  Ronnie Welch



Tim Whaley
  Ginny White

Starred at point guard for the Lady Bulldogs. Was a member of three state tournament teams (1998, 2000, 2001). Two-time all-county pick. Selected to all-conference team as a senior.


  Lanny White
4 year varsity starter in football, basketball, and baseball At Unaka High School.


Larry White
  Norman White
Coached Unaka Elementarys first Regional Championship team, Won Many county and district titles

Bud Whitehead
He was inducted  into the National Slow Pitch Hall of Fame, Mason for 49 years, a Shriner for 47 years. He is a past member of the Elizabethton Lion’s Club and has served on the Carter County Election Commission for eight years.
He played baseball for the Air Force team at Cambley, France. The base team played in France, Germany and England.

He played baseball for the Air Force team at Cambley, France. The base team played in France, Germany and England.

After he rotated back to the States, Whitehead switched sports. He played on the post team at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in 1958 and 1959.

He played for the Chattanooga Choo Choos in 1998 and 1999. In 2000 and 2001 he played for the Georgia Peaches and since 2002 he has played for the Georgia Nuggets.

During the past 25 years he has played on nine national and world championship teams, played in two world senior games in St. George, Utah, and has garnered six most valuable player awards and many all tournament awards.


Hampton Basketball

Top scorer, rebounder and shot blocker on Bulldogs' 1981 state runner-up team. Made All-District, Regional (MVP) and State tournament teams. All-Watauga and honorable mention all-state in, this, his senior campaign.

All-County and All-Regional tournament player as a junior.

Played collegiately for Milligan.


Unaka Basketball

Four-time all-conference performer (three times in Smokey Mountain, once in Watauga Valley). Point guard averaged 11.1 points per game over course of his career.

1995-96 (sophomore): Most Promising Underclassman on Elizabethton Star's All-Carter/Johnson County team.

1996-97: All-District Tournament.

1997-98: All-East Tennessee, Watauga Valley Player of Year, Carter/Johnson County Co-Player of the Year, District Tournament MVP, All-Region Tournament.


(Unaka quarterback)

All-Watauga selection as a senior (1972). Was second-team All-Watauga pick on Johnson City Press and Elizabethton Star teams. Totaled 10 touchdown passes and ran for three more that year.

Honorable mention on Elizabethton Star All-Watauga team as a junior. Four-year varsity player who racked up 22 career TD throws.


  Larry Wilson


Jack "Junior" Wilson
Captain of Football, Basketball & Baseball teams for Cloudland class of 1949. Football quarterback, basketball guard & baseball shortsop. Voted Most Athletic. On Cloudland Yearbook Committee. Coached VFW In Little League & won Sportsman of the Year Award twice.


Jeff Wilson

No. 3 scorer in Big Seven during 1977-78 season. per game for Elizabethton. Second-team all-state selection.

1977-78 1st team all conf. Basketball. Avg. 16.8 pts per game (3rd in conf). Second team all state.

1st team all conf. baseball 1978

Attended Lees McRae College(1978-80) & Radford University(1980-82). 4 year starter Basketball. Graduated with BS in Business Adm.




Mike Wilson


Richard Wilson

Elizabethton Football
1994 (senior year): First-team All-Big 7 and All-Carter/Johnson County. Johnson City Press All-Tough Guy team captain. Finished second on the team in solo tackles.
1993: Second team All-City/County.
Later served as head coach for John Battle High in Virginia.

Shawn Witten

A four-year starter at EHS. Is school's all-time leader in interceptions. 2-time all-stater ('97, '98).

Made two Class 4A semifinal games (1997-98) before making it as a receiver at Virginia Tech. Played in a national championship game with the Hokies. Witten has led Elizabethton to a pair of state semifinals as head coach.

Bill Wilkins
Played two seasons for the Elizabethton Cubs, hitting .298 in 1947 and .307 with 11 home runs in 1948. He later served as Science Hill's head basketball coach, then became a familair sports voice for WBEJ.

Dallas Williams

Topped Unaka basketball in scoring (1964-65, 1965-66). Two-time All-Watauga Conference player. Went on to play for Lees-McRae.


  Katie Williams

2002 all state track

Kent Williams

Led the Rangers' basketball team in scoring during the 1966-77 campaign. Made the All-Watauga Conference team.


  Melissa Williams
   Tim "Cowboy" Williams
  Ted Wingfield

Pitched six years in the big leagues, appearing in 123 games (57 starts). Played two years with Washington and four with Boston. Helped Elizabethton gain a professional franchise in baseball.

Lee Woodby
Commissioner of Keenburg Youth Club for 10 Years Coaching many of those years building a great program. Presently the President of Carter County American Little League for the past 5 years taking the program from 6 Little League teams. To a total of 41 Teams this past season and adding not only boys baseball but girls softball with the help of others. Served on The Watauga Volunteer Fire Dept for 8 years.
Rick Younce

Bernie young

Earned all-conference honors in football, basketball and baseball for his high school. 

He was a four-year starter at quarterback, he made the all-state team and was selected to play in the Shrine Bowl. He was a three-year starter at forward on the basketball squad. 

He played shortstop and pitcher on the baseball team all four years. His performance on the diamond earned him a place on the baseball all-state team.


1974 Happy Valley Basketball Team


1950 HV Basketball TEAM