Road to Spring Fling begins for Division I athletes

May. 01, 2014 @ 04:01 PM

The last two months have all built up to this.

The postseason is finally here for spring sports across Sevier County. The journey to the Tennessee Secondary School AthleticAssociation’s Spring Fling began Thursday night with defending AA state baseball champion Pigeon Forge opening the District 3-AA tournament along with rival Gatlinburg-Pittman. 

All the county’s teams are trying to reach Murfreesboro and the festival of state championships May 19-23.

It’s my favorite time of year,” said Sevier County co-athletic director and soccer coach Bryan Atchley. “It’s tournament time. It means a lot. You win or you go home basically. Starting next Monday we win or we go home. Some people think it’s nerve-wracking. I enjoy it. I like the pressure. You find out a lot about teams, a lot about kids.”

District 2-AAA baseball kicks off tonight at Sevier County High School. The Smoky Bears will play Morristown East at 5:30 p.m. followed by Seymour and Cherokee at 8 p.m. 

Pigeon Forge and Sevierville are also home to tennis action today. The Tigers will host the 3-AA individual tournament today and tomorrow. Meanwhile, Seymour, unbeaten in boys District 2-AAA play, hosts the district boy team tennis final at 4 p.m. at Sevierville City Park.

Softball and soccer fans in 3-A/AA, 3-AA and 2-AAA will have to wait until Monday for those tournaments. Seymour and Sevier County are expected to meet in both softball and soccer that night. The softball game is 7:30 p.m. at Seymour while the county soccer showdown is 7 p.m. at the Sevier County Soccer Complex barring any upsets this weekend. 

The District 3-AA softball tournament will open that same night at Pigeon Forge with Fulton and Gatlinburg-Pittman playing at 4:30 p.m. The host Tigers and Union County play at 6 p.m. Both Pigeon Forge and G-P are expected to have home games Monday in the 3-A/AA soccer tournament.

Track championships begin this weekend with the District 2-AAA meet in Morristown. Seymour and Sevier County will travel to Science Hill for the AAA regional meet on May 10. Gatlinburg-Pittman, Pigeon Forge and Northview will be at the A/AA sub-sectionals next Tuesday in Greeneville. Those who advance will try to qualify for state at the A/AA sectionals at Christian Academy of Knoxville on May 15.