Doling out a sports buffet…

Published 4:36 pm Thursday, May 14, 2020

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I have been writing sports in some capacity for the Elizabethton Star for many years whether as a correspondent or as the Sports Editor. 
One of the things that I have heard throughout the years from many of our faithful and loyal readers was that we did a great job of covering local sports whether it was youth league sports, high school sports, or college sports.
However, one of the complaints was that we never did a great job of covering national sports.
Whenever we recently announced that we were going to two print editions a week on Wednesday and Saturday, one of our goals was to give a complete sports section covering both local, regional and national sports via our AP wire service which is loaded each day with various types of sports.
I wanted to use this week’s Sports Chatter to encourage all of our readers to take advantage of our online edition at and check out all the daily articles and features that are being uploaded to our site as well as a full smorgasbord of national sports that I put online daily for all sports fans.
To date, I have placed everything from MLB, NFL, PGA, NBA, NCAA, EPL Soccer, NASCAR, UFC, Cricket, and everything in between on our site for our sports fans to have daily reading material until sports throughout the country get fully back up and running.
One thing that our team at the Star is wanting to do is make the Star one of the best papers in the state of Tennessee and in the process make our community proud of the product that we are putting out.
It’s evident that you, our reader, are seeing this as the paper is bulkier and comes with an array of local, state, and national news plus as always the best sports coverage locally and now we are putting the national sports in there as well.
It will be well worth your time to make a visit to our website and check out all the sports available there now or go to our Elizabethton Star Facebook page and select the stories which are available there as well.
Regional athletic directors and school directors from Johnson County to Morristown had a teleconference on Wednesday discussing ways to open prep sports back up in the region.
The school directors will take the information that was shared yesterday to their boards while consulting with their local health departments and come back with either a yes or no to allow athletes to return to workouts after the 2019-2020 school year ends on June 1, 2020.
There will be strict guidelines involved and coaches would be allowed to work on a nine-athlete-to-one-coach ratio.
Student-athletes would also be required to have their temperatures checked before working out.
One thing the plan would allow would be for the student-athletes and coaches to decide if they would want to participate in the workouts or not.
The vote is scheduled for next week.
Could one of this area’s best basketball players in recent history decide to transfer to Tennessee and become part of Rick Barnes Volunteer program?
Many Gate City fans along with many in the region would love to see Mac McClung make that decision after the former Georgetown Hoya placed his name in the transfer portal.
McClung will be a junior in the upcoming season and has been a highlight reel with his dunking ability after breaking Allen Iverson’s Virginia scoring record.
Tennessee fans, including yours truly, would love to see McClung follow in the footsteps of his sister who transferred to Tennessee from Florida State as a soccer player a few years back.
Several schools are chasing the athletic player who said he was transferring in part to find a home after some incidents at Georgetown over the last two seasons.

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