Raiders Compete In McMinnville Tournament

Jacque Crossland and Jacob Prater won the long drive competitions on Tuesday in McMinnville.

Jacque Crossland and Jacob Prater won the long drive competitions on Tuesday in McMinnville.

The Coffee County girl’s golf team finished 3rd in the Keith Maxwell tournament in McMinnville with a 178. Hollee Sadler led the way with a 78. Jacque Crossland won the long drive competition. The Lady Raiders’ record is now 58-3 on the year. In boys play Coffee County finished 10th with a score of 358. Jacob Prater won the long drive competition and had the low score for the Raiders with an 81.
Coffee County plays host to Lawrence County and Tullahoma on Thursday.

Lady Raiders Compete In Volleyball Tournament

Sara Brown preparing to receive serve in a recent match for Coffee County.. Photo by Dennis Weaver

Sara Brown preparing to receive serve in a recent match for Coffee County.. Photo by Dennis Weaver

The CHS Volleyball team put their perfect record on the line against some of the best volleyball teams in the state this past weekend in the Choo Choo Classic that was held at Red Bank.  And while the team may have picked a few losses from the trip to Chattanooga, they brought back a wealth of experience and progress according to head coach Andrew Taylor.  After a 0 and 3 Friday, the Lady Raiders managed a 2 and 2 record on Saturday as they gained some momentum.  Sara Brown continued her hot play as she led the team in digs for the weekend with 43 and tied for the team lead in kills with 17.  Cursten Vaughn also had 17 kills to go with 4 aces and 18 digs.  Cameron Davis led the team in aces with 15, and added 9 kills and 18 digs for the Lady Raiders.  Brittany Williams served up 26 assists to go with 9 digs and an ace.  The Lady Raiders travel to Tullahoma on Tuesday night for a district battle with the rival Wildcats.  That match will begin at 6.

Raiders Fall In Home Opener

Coach Ryan Sulkowski talks to his team on Friday night

Coach Ryan Sulkowski talks to his team on Friday night… Photo Barry West

Things were looking good for Coffee County on Friday night as the Red Raiders jumped to an early lead over Rhea County. In the home opener Coffee County got on the scoreboard first when Jimmy Hollandsworth connected with Cody Howes on a 71-yard TD pass to take a 6-0 advantage. The bad news, the Raiders would not score again falling 42-6 to the Eagles.
Rhea County returned almost all their starters from last year’s team that made it to the 2nd round of the playoffs. The run defense of Raiders played well and forced the Eagles to pass the ball and it worked out as Noel Patterson caught two touchdown passes. He also returned a punt for 53-yards for his 3rd TD.
Jimmy Hollandsworth led the Raiders offensively with 110 yards passing. On defense Thomas Buholzer had 8 tackles and a sack and that earned him the Gateway Tire & Service Center player of the game.
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Coffee County will be back in action this week as they host Columbia.

Thursday Prep Roundup

1970366_698327090220658_2426261804141430344_nThirteen was the unlucky number for the Westwood football team on Thursday night as they failed in getting their 13th consecutive win  falling to Forrest in Chapel Hill.  After an early Forrest score, Marcus Pendleton returned a punt 90 yards with 2 minutes remaining in the first quarter to tie the game at 6.  The Westwood defense had few answers for the home standing Forrest offense falling behind 22 to 6 in the 2nd quarter.  Jake Hollandsworth hooked up with Byron Sullivan on a 65 yard TD pass in the 2nd quarter, but Westwood still trailed 30 to 12 at the half.  Coach Chad Dyer’s Rockets got 2 touchdown runs from Sullivan in the second half from 54 yards and 12 yards respectively, and Leo Botello added a late score to trim the final margin the 44 to 30.  The Rockets fall to 3 and 1 on the season as they prepare for a pivotal game against Cascade next Thursday at 6:30 at Dyer-Bouldin Field.  Thunder Radio will carry the broadcast of that contest as part of our Hometown Tuesday series.  The pregame show will get underway at 6:20.

Soccer The CHS Lady Raider soccer team got their first win on the year as they dropped Lincoln County by a 3 to 1 score on Thursday night in Fayetteville.  Caitlyn Moore, Alex Ellison and Makenzie Anderson all had goals for the Lady Raiders as Maclay Brandon and Andrea Vasquez were credited with assists.  With the win, Coffee County improved its record to 1 and 3 on the year, but more importantly; then are 1 and 0 in District 8AAA play.  The Lady Raiders travel to McMinnville on Tuesday for a 7:00 PM match with Warren County


VolleyballsThe CHS Volleyball team stretched their winning streak to 5 matches with a straight set win over Lincoln County on Thursday night.  The Lady Raiders won with set scores of 23, 18 & 15 to improve to 2 and 0 in District 8AAA play.  Cameron Davis led the team in aces for the match while Brittany Williams continued her fine setting as she led the team in assists.  Cursten Vuaghn and Sydney Pearson led Coffee County in kills while Tyger Fenton and Sarah Brown led the Lady Raiders in digs.  The Lady Raiders travel to Chattanooga on Friday for the first round of the Choo Choo Classic.  Coffee County will take on Father Ryan at 5 PM(EDT) followed by Red Bank at 6 and Chattanooga Central at 9.  Friday’s results will set their matches for Saturday in this prestigious tournament.

Westwood Soccer Draws With Community

Westwood's Reyna Flores(#21) drills a goal past the Community keeper on THursday night in middle school soccer action.

Westwood’s Reyna Flores(#21) drills a goal past the Community keeper on THursday night in middle school soccer action.

The Lady Rockets soccer team fought to a 2 to 2 draw on Thursday evening at Dyer-Bouldin with visiting Community.  The Lady Rockets outshot the Vikqueens 11 to 4 on the match, and 5 to 1 in the last 15 minutes, but could never get the go-ahead goal.  The Lady Rockets got on the board first in the 7th minute as Reyna Flores sent a brilliant across the goal face past Community’s diving keeper.  Community tied it in the 18th minute and looked to seize the momentum, but the Lady Rockets rallied getting 2 great scoring chances that they were unable to convert sending the match to the half tied at 1.    Community took a 2 to 1 lead in the 35th on a toe punch from Anna Katherine Lemmons only to have Jessica Barrera tie it in the 40th minute on a great individual effort in front of the goal.  From that point on, Westwood controlled the tempo and time of possession but could not find the back of the net in the final 20 minutes.  With the draw, Westwood’s record stands at 1-1-2 on the season.  The Lady Rockets will play host to Fayetteville on Tuesday night in a 5:30 match at Dyer-Bouldin Field. Thunder Radio will broadcast the game live, as part of our Hometown Tuesday series beginning at 5:20 with the pregame show.

Raiders Host Golf Tournament

(L-R) Hollee Sadler, Jacque Crossland and Savannah Quick
(L-R) Hollee Sadler, Jacque Crossland and Savannah Quick


Wednesday at Willowbrook Golf Course the Coffee County golf teams hosted the Lawrence Family Motors Invitational. The Warren County Pioneers won both the boys and girls divisions. The Pioneer boys shot a team score of 298. The Coffee County boys finished in 5th place out of 16 teams. The Red Raiders are now 31-14 on the season. John Parrigger led Coffee County with a 77. Other scores for the Raiders were Jacob Prater 79 and Hayden Proffitt and Reed Lawrence each carded 82’s.
The Lady Raiders came into the tournament undefeated at 36-0 and finished the tournament at 49-1. Warren County got past Coffee County for the first time in 3 tries this season as they shot 148 to the Lady Raiders’ 151. Hollee Sadler led Coffee County with a 75 and Savannah Quick had a 76.
Both Raider teams are back in action on Tuesday playing in a tournament in McMinnville.

Coffee Middle Football Claims the Coffee Cup from Tullahoma

IMG_20140826_171634075The Coffee County Middle School football team got 3 touchdowns and an interception from Robert Brandon as they claimed a 38 to 14 win over Tullahoma in the annual Coffee Cup game.  Brandon had touchdown runs of 3 yards and 1 yard in the first half before Andrew Mahaffey hit a streaking Trace Bryant on the left sideline for a 39 yard TD pass to give the Raiders a quick 18 to 0 lead.  After a Tullahoma touchdown, Coffee Middle led 18 to 6 at halftime.  The 3rd quarter started out as a defensive struggle before Blanton Brown rumbled 5 yards for a score with 26 seconds to go in the quarter.  After forcing a turnover on downs, Tanner Hulvey ripped off a 39 yard TD gallop as the lead ballooned to 30 to 6 with 7 minutes remaining.  Tullahoma answered with a 70 yard kickoff return, but Coffee County took the ensuing possession down the field capped off by Robert Brandon’s 3rd TD run, a 12 yard scamper around the left end.  Hayden Skipper added the PAT run.  For his sparking effort, Robert Brandon was named the Gateway Tire and Service Center Player of the Game.
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The Raiders JV team will play on Monday at 6:30 as they host Harris Middle for a 6:30 game at Carden-Jarrell Field.  The CCMS varsity Raiders travel to Shelbyville on Tuesday night to face Harris.  That game will also kick off at 6:30 PM.

Tuesday (August 26) Prep Wrap-Up

The Westwood Lady Rockets

The Westwood Lady Rockets

The Westwood girls’ soccer team defeated Liberty Middle School by a final of 8 to 2 on Tuesday. Jessica Barrera had an incredible game as she scored 6 goals. Beatrice Barrera and Natalie Elzeer added a goal each.
The Lady Rockets will host Community on Thursday at Dyer-Bouldin Field.

The Coffee Middle Lady Raiders soccer team picked up a win yesterday over White County, 6-1. Goals were scored by Sam Ellison (2), Bailey Sherrell, Allie Amado, Meagan Jones and Lindsey Perry. The JV team won as well, 7-0. Goals by Jenna Garretson (2), Julia Duncan (2), Ellie Graham, Claire Bryant and Baylee Haithcock.

On the mountain in Sewanee the Red Raider boys’ golf team improved their record to 20-10 with a victory over Grundy County by a score of 179 to 194. Jacob Prater had the low score with a 40 over 9-holes.
The Lady Raiders remain undefeated at 36-0 on the season with a 98-118 win over the Lady Jackets. Sophie Vinson led Coffee County with a 48.
The golf teams will host the Lawrence Family Motors Invitational on Wednesday at Willowbrook.

The Coffee County High School volleyball team won in straight sets last night over Columbia. Cameron Davis and Valiana Barger had 5 kills each for the Lady Raiders. 25-15, 25-18 and 25-23. Cameron Davis and Valiana Barger had 5 kills each for the Lady Raiders.
The ladies are now 4-0 on the year and will travel to Fayetteville on Thursday to take on Lincoln County.

The Coffee County Middle School volleyball team got a straight set win over South Lincoln on Tuesday night.  Kierstyn Prater had 3 kills to go with an ace and an assist to lead the Lady Raiders.  Skylar Bell added 3 aces as Coffee Middle improved to 7 and 3 on the season.  The Lady Raiders will be back in action on Tuesday as they travel to Shelbyville to take on Harris.  That match is set to begin at 5:00 PM.  The JV team dropped a 3 set decision to South Lincoln.  Keelie Hillis had 4 aces and a kill to lead the JV team.

The CHS Soccer team traveled to Cookeville on Tuesday night as they took on their 3rd strong non-district foe in a row.  The Lady Raiders gave up 4 goals in the first 13 minutes falling by a final score of 4 to 1.  Alex Ellison had 5 shots on goal for the Lady Raiders notching the lone goal for Coffee County.  After the shaky start, Holli Smithson was brought in as keeper and had 5 saves for the Lady Raiders.  The Lady Raiders open district play on Thursday night in Fayetteville as they take on Lincoln County.  Kickoff is set for 5:30 PM.


Prep Roundup For Monday (August 25)

sports actionCoffee County Middle School soccer girls traveled to Tullahoma on Monday for a conference match. The Lady Raiders remain undefeated at 5-0 on the season after a 4-2 win over the Lady Cats. Jenna Garretson and Morgan Henley scored first half goals to help Coffee Middle to a 2-1 advantage at halftime. Sam Ellison kicked in the two 2nd half goals.  The Lady Raiders travel to Sparta on Tuesday for a conference match with White County at 5 PM.  The Lady Raiders will be at home on Thursday as they host Algood beginning at 5:30pm.

In middle school volleyball action on Monday the Coffee Middle Lady Raiders split a Varsity/JV doubleheader on their home floor with Warren County.  The Lady Raider varsity fell 25-15 and 25-17 while the JV Raiders won their match 25-20 and 25-23.  The Lady Raiders will be back on the court today (Tuesday) as they host South Lincoln at 6pm.

In freshman football the Raider Academy took on Tullahoma. At the end of the 1st quarter it was beginning to look like a high scoring game as the Cats led 14-8. In the 2nd the Raider offence would get it rolling taking a 28-20 lead at halftime. In the 3rd the Raider freshmen upped their lead by scoring twice to make the score 42-20 going into the 4th. The scoring just kept on coming as Coffee County added 2 more TD’s and two more 2-point conversion and walked away with a 58-20 win over Tullahoma.
The next game for the freshmen Raiders will be September 14 at Cookeville.

Tonight (Tuesday) the Coffee Middle Raiders will take on Tullahoma in the annual “Coffee Cup” game at Carden-Jarrell Field in Manchester. Thunder Radio will have the broadcast with Dennis Weaver beginning at 6:20pm with kickoff set for 6:30pm.

Basketball Skills Clinic, Bucks Meet and Greet scheduled at Motlow College Aug. 30

Motlow BucksMotlow College men’s head basketball coach Matt Sligh is inviting basketball hopefuls throughout the area to learn basic hoops fundamentals and meet the 2014-15 Bucks’ team during a skills clinic on Saturday, Aug. 30, at Nisbett Center on the Moore County campus. Registration is scheduled for 8:30 a.m., with the clinic to begin at 9 a.m. and end at noon. Following the clinic, participants will have the option of purchasing lunch and watching the Bucks perform drills and compete in contests on the Copperweld Arena floor. The clinic is open to boys and girls from age kindergarten through high school seniors. The cost is $25 per child or $40 for families with two children attending. The optional lunch cost is $5. To register for the skills clinic, visit the Motlow College athletics web site, and print the registration form, fill it out, and mail it to the address provided on the form. Registration can also be completed by emailing Coach Sligh (

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