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DeBerry Competes in 100M Hurdles at TSSAA Spring Fling on Thursday

Taylor DeBerry prepares to leave the starting blocks in Thursday's 100M hurdle race at the TSSAA state track meet

Taylor DeBerry prepares to leave the starting blocks in Thursday’s 100M hurdle race at the TSSAA state track meet

Trailing the runner to her left, Taylor DeBerry clipped the top of the 7th hurdle killing her momentum and her chances of medaling in Thursday’s 100M hurdle race at the TSSAA Spring Fling.  DeBerry managed to maintain her balance enough to finish in 12th place with a time of 18.88 seconds.  “I should have kept my eyes forward and run my race” said DeBerry following the race as she sported a bloody left knee that stuck the top of the hurdle.  DeBerry, in her first trip ever to the state meet said the experience was exciting but intimidating.  “I wish I had more time to warm up, that kind of made me more nervous” added DeBerry.  “I could not be prouder of Taylor” said Coach Stan Jarrell “these conditions made it really tough” added Jarrell of the cold and windy conditions.

Taylor DeBerry clears the 5th hurdle in Thursday's 100M hurdle race at the TSSAA state track meet

Taylor DeBerry clears the 5th hurdle in Thursday’s 100M hurdle race at the TSSAA state track meet

DeBerry, who was overcome with emotion following the race, thanked her teammates.  “I am very appreciative of my teammates.  They helped make this a great senior season” as a smile crossed her face.  Speaking of her teammates, senior Kani Johnson will compete on Friday in the 110M hurdles in the 4 PM session of the TSSAA state track meet at MTSU.  Johnson, who also qualified for the 300M hurdles which is scheduled for later in the program, will return to Manchester for graduation ceremonies.

Watch the video of Taylor’s race at: http://tn.milesplit.com/meets/190304/videos?id=90842#.VV54yflViko

Coffee County Middle School Baseball Team to Hold Tryouts on Saturday

BaseballsThe Coffee County Middle School baseball team will hold tryouts for the 2015-16 school year on Saturday, May 23rd.  Any rising 8th graders will tryout from 9 AM to 10 AM and students entering the 6th or 7th grade will tryout from 10 to noon.    The tryouts will be held at the CCMS Field.  Students wishing to tryout need to remember to bring their own baseball equipment AND a current physical.  For more information, contact Coach Rodney Meeker at 409-6958.

CHS Athletic Department Adds 3 Administrators on Thursday

CHS LetterCoffee County Central High School athletic director Ryan Sulkowski announced additions to the athletic staff for the 2015-2016 school year. Sulkowski will be assisted by three peers to help the department run more efficiently. According to CHS principal, Dr. Joey Vaughn, (during the interview process) “it became apparent that we had some very talented candidates that could fill a variety of roles in our athletic department.” Rebecca Koger (Senior Woman Administrator), Mike Ray (Assistant Athletic Director) and Kandy Shemwell (Assistant Athletic Director) have been selected to serve in various roles in the department. Koger will serve as a Title IX and finance director while Ray and Shemwell will serve in game administration positions according to Vaughn. Shemwell and Ray will continue to serve as coaches on staff as Shemwell is an assistant soccer coach for the girl’s team, while Ray is the head golf and head tennis coach as well as an assistant swimming coach. Koger, a former tennis coach at CHS, will help manage budgets for all the of the CHS programs and oversee the women’s sports programs.

Spring Sports Teams Hold Post Season Banquets

The end of the spring sports season means end of year awards banquets as five spring sports teams have celebrated their seasons in the last few days.

 

Award winners from the Coffee County Middle School baseball team banquet

Award winners from the Coffee County Middle School baseball team banquet

The Coffee County Middle School baseball team met on Saturday night at Boskey’s Grill to pay tribute to the 2015 season. Head coach Rodney Meeker and assistant coaches Ryan Gilmer, Adam Floid and Todd Watkins heaped praise on the Red Raider team for a season of accomplishments. Letters of participation and team awards were presented for both the Varsity and JV teams. Winning awards for the Junior Varsity were:
Offensive MVP – Garrett Davis
Defensive Award – Dylan Koon
Most Improved – Trey Rogers
Most Improved – Braden Brown
King Of The Hill – Griffin Meeker
and All Academic( A’s for entire year) – Griffin Meeker, Trey Rogers and Braxton White

Varsity award winners were:
Offensive MVP – Tyler Surber
Defensive MVP – Colton Kerber
Most Improved – Trace Bryant
King Of The Hill – Harley Hinshaw
King Of The Hill – Scottie Duke
Team MVP – Colton Kerber
Mr. Red Raider – Harley Hinshaw
Most Christ-like – Hayden Skipper
Coffee Coaches Show MVP Award – Colton Kerber
and All Academic( A’s for entire year) – Harley Hinshaw and Gage Edwards

Award winners from the Coffee County Central High School tennis team banquet

Award winners from the Coffee County Central High School tennis team banquet. Photo by John StClair (www.JohnStClairPhotos.com)

The Coffee County Central High School tennis team honored their men’s and women’s teams with a banquet at the Hickerson Station Church of Christ on Monday night. Coach Mike ray and assistant coach Audra Brown presented the district doubles runner up plaques to Alex Crossland and Savannah Hodge as well as varsity letters to both teams in addition to team awards. Team award winners were:
Newcomer of the Year – Shilp Patel
Most Improved Player – Easton Mai
Most Improved Player – Savannah Hodge
Coaches Award – Trevor Ivey-Bodman
Coaches Award – Ali Shelton
Coaches Award – Kayla Wright
Gateway Tire & Service Center Horizon Award – Alex Crossland
Gateway Tire & Service Center MVP- Maddie Taylor
Captain’s Award- Karlee Reed

 

Award winners from the Coffee County Central High School soccer team banquet

Award winners from the Coffee County Central High School soccer team banquet

The Coffee County Central High School soccer team celebrated their region tournament appearance with a banquet on Tuesday night at Forrest Mill Church of Christ. Head coach Robert Harper and assistant coaches Andy Escue and Nick Hibdon presented varsity letters along with recognizing the all-district players and the presentation of team awards. Additionally, a TSSAA Distinguished Scholastic Achievement Award was given to each team member. This award was presented to the Red Raiders because the cumulative grade point average (GPA) for the team was higher than 3.25 for the 2014-2015 school year. Additionally, 17 Red Raiders received the TSSAA Student-Athlete Award of Merit for maintaining a 3.5 GPA for the school year. Those 17 student-athletes had a 3.84 GPA with 7 students having a perfect 4.0 including CHS’ valedictorian, Krishna Patel. The TSSAA Student-Athlete Award of Merit winners are: Mason Boals, Ben Reid, Abelen Barrera, C.J. Frazier, Ethan Abplanalp, Ernesto Gomez, Samuel Brown, Miguel Mendoza, Max Nicoll, Paco Barrera, John Parigger, Sergio Iriondo, Krishna Patel, Scott Randolph, Cody Howes, Christian Parks and Tyler Walker

Members of the All-District Team:
1st Team – Breyer Taylor, Cole Hawkins and Lafredo Ramirez
2nd Team – Ernesto Gomez, Abelen Barrera and Cody Howes
District 8AAA Freshman of the Year – Ben Reid

Team Award winners were:
Freshman of the Year – Paco Barrera
Defensive MVP – Lafredo Ramirez
Midfield MVP – Abelen Barrera
Offensive MVP – Breyer Taylor
Team MVP – Cole Hawkins
Red Raider Award – Scott Randolph

Award winners from the Coffee County Central High School baseball team banquet

Award winners from the Coffee County Central High School baseball team banquet. Photo Provided

The Coffee County Central High School baseball team held their end of year banquet at Farrar Hill Farms on Tuesday night as the 9 members of the senior class were honored as well as all of the varisty and junior varsity players. Head coach Jon Spears and assistant coach Jeff Hinshaw presented varsity letters along with recognizing the all-district players and the presentation of team awards.
Named to the District 8AAA All-District Team was Trace Friedlein
Team award winners were:
Raider Award – Stanton Keele
Co-pitchers of the year – JP Duncan and Trace Friedlein
Offensive Player of the Year – Peyton Booth

 

 

Award winners from the Coffee County Middle School softball team banquet

Award winners from the Coffee County Middle School softball team banquet

The Coffee County Middle School softball team met at Boskey’s Grill on Wednesday night to celebrate their Central Tennessee Conference Championship and honor the 2015 Lady Raiders. Head coach Lana Creek and assistant coach Linda Cooper handed out a certificate of participation for each player along with a CTC Championship medallion. Also recognized were the 4 members of the CTC All-Conference team. All-Conference team members are: Gracie Pippenger, Erin Ferrell, Haley Richardson and Amanda Mukai.
Team award winners were:
Pitching Ace – Haley Richardson
Golden Glove – Ashley Evans
Slugger Award – Gracie Pippenger
Lady Raider Award – Shannah Frame
Most Improved – Amanda Mukai
Team MVP – Haley Richardson
Strongest Link Award Winners – Erin Ferrell and Gracie Pippenger

Breaking News!! Floyd Resigns As Lady Raider Softball Coach

Terry Floyd resigned as head softball coach on Wednesday.

Terry Floyd resigned as head softball coach on Wednesday.

Coffee County Head Softball Coach Terry Floyd has decided to resign his position effective July 1st. Coach Floyd has been dealing with some health issues for the last couple of years and he says that it is time that he gets those under control as well as spending more time with his family. Athletic Director Richard Skipper said, “Coach Floyd will be greatly missed by everyone that has had the privilege to work with him at CCCHS”. Skipper added, “We wish Coach Floyd a complete recovery and want to thank him for all that he has done to promote our student athletes and Lady Raider Softball over that last 20 years”.
Floyd has been head coach for 12 years and before that was an assistant under Jeff Breeden. As the head coach, Floyd leaves the program as the all-time winningest coach with 351 victories, several district and region championships and two state tournament berths.
Floyd said Wednesday afternoon was a sad time because he told the players that he would not be returning, but added that this was the right time for him to step down as head coach.
Coach Floyd said the players are what makes the job so enjoyable, saying they are the ones that do the hard work. Floyd said that the parents of current and past players are to be commended for what they do and have done for the Lady Raider softball program. He went on to say that the community has been fantastic to work with and he would like to thank everyone for their support. Floyd said he wanted to also thank the previous and current administration for having the confidence in him to put a winning program on the field.
Incoming Athletic Director Ryan Sulkowski and Principal Dr. Joey Vaughn will start the process soon of hiring a new coach.

Former Lady Buck Sabrina Jackson will continue her career at Kentucky State

Former Motlow College women’s basketball player Sabrina Jackson recently announced that she will continue her career as a student-athlete at Kentucky State University in Frankfort.

Former Motlow Lady Buck Sabrina Jackson will continue her career at Kentucky State University. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.

Former Motlow Lady Buck Sabrina Jackson will continue her career at Kentucky State University. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.

Jackson, a 6-1 forward who came to Lynchburg from Seneca High School in Louisville, Ky., spent two seasons as a Lady Buck before graduating from Motlow May 9. She averaged 12 points, eight rebounds, two assists and three blocked shots per game during her sophomore season after averaging 6.5 points and five rebounds her freshman year.

She had a career high of 19 points in last year’s season-opening 96-90 overtime loss to Snead State. She also scored 11 points with eight rebounds and dished out eight assists in perhaps the Lady Bucks’ biggest win of her career, a 90-74 rout of visiting Chattanooga State on January 31.

The Kentucky State Thorobrettes participate in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) and are coming off an outstanding 2014-15 season when they finished with a 22-6 record and received an at-large bid to the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Championship.

It was only the third national tournament trip in school history and the best won/loss record since 1996-97. KSU dropped a 66-56 decision to Nova Southeastern University in the opening round.

The Thorobrettes are coached by Serena King-Coleman, who has a 75-62 overall record in five seasons at KSU.

Visit the official website of Motlow Athletics at <www.motlowsports.com> for rosters, schedules, stats and more. Interact with Motlow Athletics at <Facebook/MotlowSports> and <Twitter@MotlowSports>.

Motlow basketball’s Chloe Neil will play at West Georgia

Former Motlow Lady Buck basketball player Chloe Neil recently announced she will continue her career as a student-athlete at West Georgia University in Carrollton, Ga., after graduating from Motlow May 9.

Motlow graduate Chloe Neil will continue her student-athlete career at West Georgia University. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.

Motlow graduate Chloe Neil will continue her student-athlete career at West Georgia University. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.

Neil came to Lynchburg in the fall of 2013 as a three-point shooting specialist from Tennessee High School in Bristol, where she earned all-district honors during her senior season.

She averaged eight points and three rebounds per game during her sophomore season at Motlow after averaging four points and 1.5 rebounds her freshman year.

Neil put her name into Motlow’s record book by connecting on six 3-pointers in her final game; a 71-65 loss to Roane State in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association tournament on March 3. Only four players have hit more 3-pointers during a single game in Motlow women’s basketball history.

The West Georgia Wolves compete on the NCAA Division II level in the Gulf South Conference, where they went 19-11 overall and 13-9 in conference play during the 2014-15 season.

Visit the official website of Motlow Athletics at <www.motlowsports.com> for rosters, schedules, stats and more. Interact with Motlow Athletics at <Facebook/MotlowSports> and <Twitter@MotlowSports>.

CHS Athletics Looking to Fill Positions

CHS Principal Dr. Joey Vaughn

CHS Principal Dr. Joey Vaughn

Coffee County Central High School principal Dr. Joey Vaughn, along with new athletic director Ryan Sulkowski, are spending this week looking to fill 3 positions in the athletic department.   While interviews for 2 assistant athletic directors and a new head baseball coach are occurring concurrently, Dr. Vaughn hopes to fill the vacant assistant athletic director positions this week.  CHS is expanding the assistant athletic director responsibilities from 1 position to 2 positions to allow for greater flexibility.  Four finalists for the 2 positions have been selected and interviews are nearing completion.

According to Dr. Vaughn, more than 30 applicants applied for the head baseball coach position and nine applicants have been selected for an interview.  Vaughn, without giving specifics, was satisfied with the number, diversity and quality of applicants for the vacant position.  Initial interviews are expected to conclude by Friday with a preliminary decision to follow soon after the interviews.  Background checks and candidate vetting will take place prior to a final recommendation being forwarded to schools director Dr. LaDonna McFall for a final approval.  Vaughn says that he anticipates the position to be filled in the early summer.

Pearson Medals in State Pentathlon on Monday

Sarah Pearson shows off her 7th place medal following Monday's State Pentathlon

Sarah Pearson shows off her 7th place medal following Monday’s State Pentathlon

Tying a personal best on the high jump and setting new personal bests in the remaining 4 events was enough to earn Sarah Pearson a 7th place finish in the state pentathlon on Monday in the TSSAA Spring Fling. Pearson, the only freshman in the field of 12, came in as the 12th seeded qualifier but finished no lower than 9th place in any individual event. Her consistency proved to be the edge as she became the first freshman in Coffee County track history to finish with a medal in the pentathlon.

Sarah Pearson clears the bar in the high jump in Monday's State Pentathlon

Sarah Pearson clears the bar in the high jump in Monday’s State Pentathlon

CHS track coach Stan Jarrell was impressed with Pearson’s composure as this was only her 2nd attempt in the pentathlon. “I thought Sarah handled the pressure extremely well. Our goal was to improve in every discipline from the sectional meet and she did that” said Jarrell. Pearson was happy with the 7th place finish, but was already making plans to return in 2016.
“I am very happy right now and proud of my improvements(over her sectional scores)” gushed Pearson as she stared at her medal. “I was very intimidated coming in(to the event) but now my goal is to come back. Today helped show me what I need to work on to get back here next year” added Pearson.
Sarah ran a personal best in the 100M hurdles at 17.73 seconds, jumped a personal best 14′ 9 1/4″ in the long jump, threw the shot a personal best 25′ 2 1/2″ and ran the 800M in a personal best 2:38. In the high jump,

Sarah Pearson poses with her CHS Track coaches following Monday's State Pentathlon.  From left: Phil Bonham, Pearson, Stan Jarrell and Samantha Amis

Sarah Pearson poses with her CHS Track coaches following Monday’s State Pentathlon. From left: Phil Bonham, Pearson, Stan Jarrell and Samantha Amis

Pearson tied her meet best height of 4′ 8″ to tie her for 5th place in that event.
Taylor DeBerry and Kani Johnson have both qualified in the hurdles finals coming up on Thursday and Friday respectively. DeBerry will run the 100M hurdles final at 3:00 PM on Thursday at the Dean Hayes Track at MTSU. Johnson will compete on Friday as he qualified for the 110M hurdles along with the 300M hurdles. The boys running event finals get underway on Friday beginning at 4:00 PM.

Season Ends In Tough Loss For Lady Raider Softball

Haley Hinshaw swings the bat against Ooltewah. Hinshaw homered in the game... Photo by Barry West

Haley Hinshaw swings the bat against Ooltewah. Hinshaw homered in the game… Photo by Barry West

On Friday night in Ooltewah the Coffee County Lady Raiders were playing in their 6th straight sectional game. The winner would move on to the TSSAA Spring Fling and compete for a state title.
The game started off in a fantastic way for the Lady Raiders as Haley Hinshaw hit the second pitch of the game over the leftfield fence to give Coffee County the 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the first Lady Owl pitcher Kayla Boseman hit a 2-run homer to give Ooltewah the lead. The advantage held up the whole game as the Lady Owls defeated the Lady Raiders 2-1. Coffee County had a chance in the third to tie the game after Taylor Barnes doubled and was sacrificed to third by Shelby Giles, Hinshaw hit a deep fly ball to centerfield and as Barnes was running home she fell on the somewhat muddy infield. Barnes was able to get up, but the throw was on time and she was tagged out.
The Chattanooga area received a heavy rain shower about three hours before the game, causing the field to be slippery around first base and third.
The Gateway Tire and Service Center player of the game was Haley Hinshaw as she had two of the Lady Raiders’ 3 hits, including her homerun.
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With the loss Coffee County finishes the season with a still impressive record of 30-8-1.

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