JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – We were all a lot younger when the Campbell County Cougars played for a district tournament championship in 2009. That drought is over. However, Cougar fans are still thirsting for Campbell’s first district tournament championship win in nearly three decades. But come Tuesday night, Campbell has a chance to win the tourney title for the first time since 1996 after Saturday’s win over Karns. Watch the Campbell win HERE on demand.

Saturday night on Brown Court, Campbell spotted Karns six points and then came back scoring 15 of the next 19 points to lead 15-10 at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Cougars shot their way to a 31-23 lead, largest of the game to that point. Karns clawed back to take a 34-31 lead at intermission on the heels of 11 unanswered points.

It wasn’t until there was 2:20 remaining in the third quarter before Campbell regained the lead. A Zac Brady bucket did it making it 43-42. Little did fans know, but Brady put the Cougars ahead for good aside from a lot of last minute nail biting. Campbell held a 50-45 edge after three.

The opening play of the fourth quarter was a Brady and one as number 15 scored a field goal and converted his free throw after being fouled. John Long’s soft jumper from six-feet away in front of the basket pushed the Cougars to their largest lead at 55-45, and that soon ballooned to 12 before Karns began carving into the Campbell advantage.

The final four minutes were frantic as Campbell clung to small leads making a basket or a free throw when it needed one most. Nate Walden, 10-11 at the stripe in the second half, was fouled with seven seconds to go and iced the game for the Cougars by draining two free throws giving his team a 74-69 win and a trip to the title game on Tuesday at 7:30. Campbell hosts Oak Ridge.

Oak Ridge, the District 3-AAAA regular season champions, were 10 & 0 in the league and are 22 & 5 overall entering the big game. The Wildcats blitzed West in Saturday night’s first game 92-65.

“We came together when we needed to, and I’m very proud of these young men,” said Campbell Head Coach Ernie Mac Clawson. Clawson went on to say that “we’ve made it to where we wanted to; the district championship game.”

Nate Walden was tops in the game with 23 points as Zac Brady posted 18 with 14 coming after halftime. Spencer Boshears and John Long each had 15 while Devin Jones chipped in two and Bryson Horton added one.

“The crowd was great tonight. We need our community to come out and support these young men on Tuesday night. They need the energy,” said Clawson. “Oak Ridge is well coached, and they’re gonna play hard,” added Coach Clawson.

Campbell is 14 & 12 finishing second in the regular season district race at 6 & 4. One source lists Campbell’s schedule as the 6th toughest in AAAA basketball.

Join Josh Parker and Company for all the live radio and television coverage of Campbell and Oak Ridge on Tuesday beginning at 7:30pm over the WLAF – Doyle’s Tire Shop Sports Network. Listen to the game over AM 1450 and FM 100.9. Watch the game televised live over 1450wlaf.com, WLAF-TV 12, Roku TV, Facebook, Amazon Firestick and YouTube.

All games will be played at Campbell County High School.
All games will be played at Campbell County High School.

Class 4A Region 2 District 3 (Halls and Clinton left the district and West is added)

Campbell Co. High School (Jacksboro, TN)

Karns High School (Knoxville, TN)

Knoxville Central High School (Knoxville, TN)

Oak Ridge High School (Oak Ridge, TN)

Powell High School (Powell, TN)

West High School (Knoxville, TN)

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CCHS 2021-2022 Basketball Schedule

Date School Site JV 
November 16 Claiborne Girls W 56-37…Boys W 90-59Tazewell JVs W 47-31JVB 
November 26 Union Tourney Girls W 56-34 (Gibbs)…Boys L 77-55 (Scott)Maynardville —- 
November 27 Union Tourney Girls W 47-24 (Union)…Boys L 71-70 (Union)Maynardville—-  
November 29 Oneida Girls L 45-42…Boys W 71-50Brown Gym  —-  
December 3 Grainger Girls W 41-39…Boys L 85-78 OTBrown Gym  JVB 
December 7 *West Girls W 57-12…Boys L 79-77Knoxville—- 
December 10 *Karns Girls W 61-46…Boys L 91-64Karns  JVB 
December 13 Oneida Girls W 49-34..Boys W 59-48Oneida —- 
December 14 Scott  Girls W 41-33..Boys L 55-54Huntsville JVB 
December 17 South-Doyle Girls W 44-30..Boys L 61-44Knoxville JVG 
December 18-21Anderson Christmas Classic (Girls-Sat, Mon & Tue) 
W 42-40 (William Blount) L 53-48 (Stone Memorial) L 39-32 (Maryville)
Clinton —-  
December 28-30 Sevier Winterfest Shootout (Boys) 
W 71-66 (Concord Christian) W 56-55 (Sevier County) W 64-59 (Section, AL)
January 4 Scott Girls W 50-38..Boys L 72-60Brown GymJVG 
January 7 *Central POSTPONED to Sat., Jan. 29 from Jan. 7Fountain City – –
January 11 *Powell  Girls L 38-34..Boys W 93-89 (2 OTs)Brown Gym JVB 
January 14 *Oak Ridge Girls L 57-35..Boys L 82-57Brown GymJVB 
January 18 *Karns POSTPONED to Mon., Jan. 24 from Jan. 18Brown Gym– – –
January 21 *West POSTPONED to Thu., Feb. 3Brown Gym JVB 
January 24
January 25 
*Karns Girls W 63-36..Boys W 79-70
*Central Girls W 38-32..Boys W 79-63
Brown Gym
Brown Gym
– –
January 28 *Powell  Girls L 67-29..Boys W 63-62Powell JVB 
January 29  *Central POSTPONED to Mon., Feb. 7Fountain City —- 
February 1 February 3
February 4 
*Oak Ridge Girls L 36-30..Boys L 70-63
*West Girls W 59-36..Boys W 76-64
South-Doyle HOMECOMING Girls W 36-34..Boys L 79-65
Oak Ridge
Brown Gym
Brown Gym  
February 7
February 7

Knoxville Ambassadors (Boys only) POSTPONED
Central (twice postponed) at Fountain City – NO JV game
Girls W 40-37..Boys W 71-55
February 8  Union  Girls W 61-21..Boys W 81-65Brown GymJVB 
February 10 Bell (Girls only) Girls L 50-37Pineville, Kentucky JVG 
February 11 Grainger  Girls L 60-22..Boys L 79-75RutledgeJVG 
February 16-22 District 3 AAAA Tournament Brown Gym—-  

*Denotes District Games 

Wed., Feb. 16 Lady Cougars 60 West 27 District 3-AAAA Tournament Quarterfinals (Brown Gym)

Fri., Feb. 18 Powell 50 Lady Cougars 38 District 3-AAAA Tournament Semifinals (Brown Gym)

Sat., Feb. 19 Cougars 74 Karns 69 District 3-AAAA Tournament Semifinals (Brown Gym)

Boys’Head Coach: Ernie Clawson Girls’ Head Coach: Jason Kitts 

Co-Head Coach: Brandon Clawson Assistants: Ryan Browning, Adam Assistant Coaches: Don Atherton, Jake Lane Ellison, Brooke Kitts 

(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 02/19/2022-10PM)