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Monday (Sept. 22) Prep Roundup

sports actionVolleyball action on Monday night had Coffee County taking on Warren County at “The Patch” in Manchester. The Lady Raiders moved to 22-11 on the year with a 3 sets to zero win over the Lady Pioneers. Set scores were 25-22, 25-11 and 25-22.
Cursten Vaughn had 4 aces, Sydney Pearson did a great job with 9 kills and Brittany Williams contributed 18 assists.
Tuesday Coffee County will play host to the Lady Cats of Tullahoma. Match time is 6pm with the Thunder Radio broadcast starting at 5:50pm.

Monday night the Coffee County freshmen football team traveled to Shelbyville to battle the Golden Eagles. Shelbyville took a 27-14 lead into the dressing room at halftime and never looked back. The Golden Eagles scored two more times in the 2nd half and held the Raiders to just one score, picking up the 42-20 victory.
Cameron West had 2 touchdowns for Coffee County. The freshmen Raiders will play again Oct 2 at home against Pope John Paul II School.

It was a hard fought battle in high school soccer on Monday night in Columbia as Coffee County took on the Lady Lions.
Caitlyn Moore had the only goal for the Lady Raiders but that was enough to earn a tie on the road.
Coffee County will host Wilson Central Tuesday at 7pm.

Lady Raiders and Jacob Prater Head To TSSAA State Golf Championships

Front row  L-R Savannah Quick, Hollee Sadler and Jacque Crossland. Back row L-R Jacob Prater and Raider Head Coach Mike Ray... Photo by Tammy Prater

Front row L-R Savannah Quick, Hollee Sadler and Jacque Crossland. Back row L-R Jacob Prater and Raider Head Coach Mike Ray… Photo by Tammy Prater

The Coffee County Lady Raider golf team won the Region 4-AAA tournament Monday in Murfreesboro and earned their 2nd straight trip to the TSSAA State Championship. The tournament will held next week at Willowbrook in Manchester. This was the 2nd consecutive region championship for the Lady Raiders. Hollee Sadler and Savannah Quick led Coffee County in scoring on the day. Sadler and Quick each shot 75. Sadler finished 2nd and Quick 3rd after a playoff. Melia Stovall of Franklin County won the the individual championship. The 150 team score was good enough to slip past Riverdale by 19 shots.
In boys play Jacob Prater shot even-par 72 over the 18-holes at Indian Hills to earn an individual spot in next week’s state tournament. Prater’s 72 was his low round of his career, placing him 3rd overall. Tanner Owens from Blackman was the boys winner.

Very Good Weekend For Lady Raider Volleyball

Brittany Williams serves the ball for Coffee County... Photo by Dennis Weaver

Brittany Williams serves the ball for Coffee County… Photo by Dennis Weaver

The Lady Raider volleyball team rolled off 6 straight wins in the Warren County volleyball tournament this weekend to propel them to the tournament finals. Their semifinal win over Tullahoma set up a Coffee County – Grundy County rematch in the finals. The Lady Raiders were unable to overcome the Yellow Jackets as they suffered their only loss of the weekend in the finals. With their tournament performance, the Lady Raiders record now stands at 21 and 11 on the season as they open up a busy week. The Lady Raiders will play 4 games, all at home, this week. The Lady Raiders will host Warren County on Monday, Tullahoma on Tuesday, Eagleville on Wednesday and Lawrence County on Thursday. The Eagleville match on Wednesday is an “In-School game” and will get underway at 1:30. The other 3 will all start at 6:00 PM. Thunder Radio will broadcast the Tuesday evening game beginning with the pregame show around 5:50.

Titans Lose Former Teammate and Game

Rob Bironas kicking a field-goal as a Tennessee Titan. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Rob Bironas kicking a field-goal as a Tennessee Titan. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

The Cincinnati Bengals rolled to their third win against no defeats on Sunday at home as they beat the Tennessee Titans 33-7.
Before the game the Titans learned that former All-Pro Titan kicker Rob Bironas was killed in a car crash Saturday night in south Nashville.
The accident happened in the 800 block of Battery lane around 11 p.m.
The crash occurred about a mile from Bironas’ home where police believe he was heading.
He signed with the Titans in 2005 as an unrestricted free agent and was released by the team in March.
Bironas holds the NFL record for most field goals in a single game after he successfully converted eight field goals against the Houston Texans in October of 2007.
Bironas also holds the Titans’ franchise record of 11 game-winning kicks during his career, including a 60-yard game winning kick against the Indianapolis Colts that remains the team’s longest field goal in franchise history.
He was the named the AFC Player of the Month in October of 2007 and to the Pro Bowl in 2008.
He led the Titans in scoring in both 2005 and 2006.

Raiders Fall At Lawrence County

Cody #25 makes a cut to score a TD on Friday night... Photo by Barry West

Cody #25 makes a cut to score a TD on Friday night… Photo by Barry West

Lawrence County piled up 464 yards rushing on Friday night as the defeated Coffee County 41-21 in District 8-AAA high school football in Lawrenceburg.
The Raiders tied the game at 7 in the 1st quarter on an Alontae Taylor to Cody Howes TD pass. After that score the Wildcats went onto put up 28 points in a row before Coffee County could score again. Taylor would finally break the drought for the Raiders as he ran in from 6 yards out to make it 35-14. Lawrence County did not stop as they scored again to make 41-14.  With 5:51 left in the game Cody Howes who had a 90 yard kickoff return during the game took the ball into the end-zone for his second touchdown on the night from 11 yards out. Howes was named the Gateway Tire and Service Center player of the game.
This week is Homecoming for the (1-4) Raiders as the host Stone Memorial (3-2) Friday night at 7pm. A community pep rally will be held Thursday night at 6pm on the square in Manchester beginning at 6pm, everyone is invited.

Tough Night For Lady Raider Sports

soccerballThe Coffee County soccer team fought to a 1 to 1 draw with Franklin County on Thursday night in Winchester. The Lady Raiders got their lone goal from Caitlyn Moore off of an assist from Makenzie Anderson. The draw leaves the Lady Raiders with a district record of 2 wins, 2 losses and a draw. Coffee County will travel to Columbia on Monday for a 7 PM match with the Lady Lions.

volleyball5The Lincoln County Lady Falcons volleyball came to Manchester on Thursday night with revenge on their mind…..and they got it in a 4 set win over Coffee County. The Lady Raiders, who had not lost a District 8AAA game this year, committed 11 service errors and Lincoln County played tenacious defense as the Falcons won by set scores of 25-21, 18-25, 25-23 & 28-26. Senior setter Brittany Williams led Coffee County with 23 assists and chipped in 12 digs, many at the net, to earn the Gateway Tire and Service Center player of the game honors. Valiaina Barger led Coffee County in Blocks and kills with 3 blacks and 9 kills. Tyger Fenton had 17 digs and Peyton Nicoll added 4 aces. With the loss, Coffee County falls to 6 & 1 in District 8AAA play. Download the radio broadcast The Lady Raiders will travel to McMinnville for a weekend tournament. Coffee County will be back home on Tuesday as they host Tullahoma in a 6 PM match. Thunder Radio will bring you the action beginning with the pregame show at 5:55.

Westwood Drops Game On The Road

football_620x350The Westwood Rockets traveled Thursday to Liberty for middle school football. After Liberty took an 8-0 lead Byron Sullivan returned the kickoff over 80 yards for a Rocket touchdown to make the score 8-6. Liberty would score again and took a 14-6 lead at halftime. Liberty got the 3rd quarter started quickly with 62 yard TD run on the first play from scrimmage to up the advantage to 22-6. The team from Shelbyville would not let up, scoring again to make it 30-6 at the end of 3 quarters. In the 4th Westwood got the scoring going again when Jake Hollandsworth hit Marcus Pendleton with a 33 yard pass to cut the lead to 30-12. With 5:19 left in the game Liberty’s passing attack kept on working as they scored again and after the conversion it was 38-12. Later in the quarter Liberty picked off a pass and returned it 93 yards for a TD to grow the lead to 44-12. Liberty would recover the onside kick and score again to make it 52-12 after the conversion and believe or not Liberty would kick it onside again up by 40. That score would be the final.
The Rockets will play again on October 2 when they host Eagleville at Dyer-Bouldin Field beginning at 6:30pm.

Cross Country Meet Held In Manchester For The First Time In 30 Years

Andres Cavalie competes for Westwood’s cross country team during Tuesday’s meet... All photos by Dennis Weaver

Andres Cavalie competes for Westwood’s cross country team during Tuesday’s meet… All photos by Dennis Weaver

Manchester and Coffee County hosted its first cross country meet in approximately 30 years on Tuesday as the Coffee County High school cross country team hosted middle school and high school races at the site of the former Old Stone Fort Golf course.  In middle school action, the Westwood Rockets made a strong showing as the Westwood Varsity Boys took 1st place and the Westwood Varsity Girls took 2nd place overall for the meet.  For the Rockets, Andres Cavalie finished in second place with a time of 10:21 and Samuel Workman in third place with a time of 10:55.  Top runners for the Girls were M.E. Spradley in 9th place and Katharine Hills in 12th place.

Red Raider’ Andy Rossum competes during Tuesday’s cross country meet.

Red Raider’ Andy Rossum competes during Tuesday’s cross country meet.

In the high school races, Coffee County’s boys finished one point out of the top spot as they fell to Shelbyville 37 to 38.  The Raiders outdistanced 3rd place Tullahoma by 11 points.  Coffee County placed 3 runners in the Top 5 on the hilly course as Andy Rossom finished in 2nd place, Maxwell Nicoll came in 4th and Scott Randolph finished 5th.  Each of these runners had personal bests.  Also recording personal bests were Neil Slone, Aaron Buck and Trevor Reese.

In girls action, CHS’s newest runner Nadja Hansen, a foreign exchange student, paced the Lady Raiders with a 4thplace finish.  Makenzie Morgan finished in 6th place.  Both these ladies recorded personal bests for the 5K run as did Lady Raider runners Kayla McCormick and Claire Spellings.  Coach David Muckle was pleased with the large turnout and the great volunteer help that helped make the first meet a success. Westwood’s next meet will be September 30th at Lincoln County High School.  The next meet for Coffee County comes on Tuesday as they travel to Arrowhead Ranch in Normandy.

CCCHS foreign exchange student Nadja Hansen competes during Tuesday’s cross country meet at Old Stone Fort

CCCHS foreign exchange student Nadja Hansen competes during Tuesday’s cross country meet at Old Stone Fort

Tuesday Prep Roundup

Holli Smithson

CHS sophomore Holli Smithson fires a shot past the Lawrence County keeper in Coffee County’s win Tuesday night Photo by John St.Clair (http://www.johnstclairphoto.com)

The CHS Soccer team exploded for 5 second half goals to dispatch Lawrence County and celebrate a homecoming, of sorts, for the soccer program.  Competing on their still unfinished home field for the first time in nearly 2 years, the Lady Raiders were able to finish strong as they netted 4 goals in the final 20 minutes for the 5 to 1 win.  The Lady Raiders controlled the match from the onset as they held Lawrence County to only 2 shots on the match.  The Lady Raiders were able to fire off 27 shots as nine different Lady Raiders were able to get shots on frame.  Holli Smithson netted 2 goals for Coffee County to earn the Gateway Tire and Service Center player of the game honors.  Coffee County also got goals from Maclay Brandon, Lexie Roberts and Caitlyn Moore.  The Lady Raiders evened their district record at 2 & 2 with the win as they won their 4th match in the last five.  The Lady Raiders travel to Franklin County on Thursday to take on the Rebels.  That match will kick off at 7:00 PM.

 

Coffee County Middle School head coach Brock Freeze talks to his team following their 18 to 6 win over North Franklin on Tuesday night

Coffee County Middle School head coach Brock Freeze talks to his team following their 18 to 6 win over North Franklin on Tuesday night

The CCMS football team celebrated homecoming in grand style on Tuesday night as they outlasted North Franklin 18 to 6.  With injuries in the Red Raider backfield, Josh Sanders stepped up in a big way scoring a touchdown and a 2 point conversion to lead Coffee County.  Weston Hargrove added a one yard TD run and a 2 point conversion of his own.  The Red Raiders added a safety in the first half as North Franklin muffed a snap while in punting formation.  The Raiders improved to 5 and 1 on the season and 3 and 1 in conference play.  The Raiders will travel to McMinnville on Tuesday for a noon game with Warren County for their “In-School” game.

It took 5 sets, but the CHS volleyball teams kept their district record perfect on Tuesday night at Columbia.  After dropping the first set 25 to 19, the Lady Raiders rallied for 2 set wins, 17 & 18, before an epic 27 to 25 loss in the 4th set setting up a deciding 5th game.  Despite the previous set loss, the Lady Raiders rallied for the deciding 15 to 11 set win to drop the defending district champion Lions on their home floor.  Making the victory even sweeter was a 2 sets to 1 victory for the JV Raiders over Columbia as well.  The Lady Raiders will return to the Joe Frank Patch Gym on Thursday as they play host to District 8AAA rival Lincoln County.  That match will begin at 6 and Thunder Radio will bring you the broadcast beginning at 5:50.

The CCMS Volleyball team traveled to Lincoln County on Tuesday to take on South Lincoln in volleyball action on Tuesday.  The Lady Raiders could never get on track offensively falling in straight sets 25-20 and 25-17.  The loss was the first for the Lady Raiders since August as the Lady Raiders record stands at 10 and 4 on the year.  The Lady Raiders will be off until Thursday, September 25th when they play host to Harris Middle.

 

Lady Raiders and Crossland Win District Golf Championships

L-R Hollee Sadler, John Parrigger, Jacque Crossland, Jacob Prater and Savannah Quick.

L-R Hollee Sadler, John Parrigger, Jacque Crossland, Jacob Prater and Savannah Quick.

Freshman Jacque Crossland of Coffee County High School won the girls District 8-AAA individual golf championship Tuesday at Riverbend Country Club in Shelbyville. Crossland won the championship by one shot over teammates Hollee Sadler and Savannah Quick along with Malaya Stovall of Franklin County. After a playoff Stovall finished 2nd, Quick 3rd and Sadler finished 4th. The Lady Raiders won the team championship with a score of 153. This was the Lady Raider’s 2nd consecutive district championship. They will defend their 2013 Region 4-AAA trophy next week at Indian Hills in Murfreesboro with an overall record of 69-3.
Jacob Prater and John Parrigger of the boy’s team qualified for the region tournament. Prater shot 80 and Parrigger carded an 82. The boy’s team missed out playing in the region as a group by only 1 shot.

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