College Street Archers Hit the Target at East Lincoln on Thursday

Showing off their ribbons from Thursday are the top 3 male & female archers for College Street with Coach Bill Bratner. Archers pictured are: Chayna Wright, Rylee Clark, Kirby Vandenbossche, Bill Bratner(rear) Ryder Alford, Colter Neel and Gabe Sanders

Hoping to improve their overall team score from this time last year, the College Street Cougar Archery team visited Tullahoma on Thursday afternoon for an elementary target archery friendly with East Lincoln Elementary.  “I thought we could get 2,800 points but we almost reached 2,900” said College Street coach Bill Bratner.  Combining the top 12 individual scores, the Cougars scored 2,898 points in the match in the 2nd year of the program.  The Cougars are building up to the state competition to be held in Murfreesboro on March 30th and 31st at the Miller Coliseum.

Coach Bratner brought archery to College Street last year as part of the National Archery in the Schools Program(NASP).  The program is managed by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and is in it’s 3rd year at East Lincoln under Jeff Hale.  Thursday’s friendly saw 16 College Street archers compete against 16 archers from East Lincoln at a range of 10 meters.   Each shooter fired 30 arrows at a target 10 meters down range.  Targets are marked with 10 evenly spaced concentric rings, which have score values from 1 through 10 assigned to them.  The smallest ring, or “bull’s eye”, is worth 10 points.

Colter Neel of College Street takes aim at East Lincoln on Thursday

Leading the way for the Cougars was Colter Neel on Thursday as he fired a 275.   That score was the top overall boys score and placed him in a 3rd place tie overall for individual honors.  Rounding out the top 3 shooters for College Street were Kirby Vandenbossche(score of 261) and Rylee Clark(257).  The top 3 male shooters for College Street were: Neel(275), Gabe Sanders(255) and Ryder Alford(229).  The top 3 female shooters for College Street were  Kirby Vandenbossche(261), Rylee Clark(257) and Chayna Wright(250).

Forsberg Scores Another Hat Trick, Preds Sweep Avs

Filip Forsberg

Fans of the Nashville Predators keep losing their lids.

Filip Forsberg tallied a hat trick for the second consecutive game, as the Predators completed the season sweep and topped the Colorado Avalanche by a 4-2 final on Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena. The victory gives Nashville 29 wins on the season – five of which came against the Avalanche – and 67 points overall, good for a tie with St. Louis for third in the Central Division.

And as for Forsberg? Just another night at the office.

“He’s definitely a gifted player,” Preds center Ryan Johansen said of Forsberg. “Every night is a privilege to play with those guys. He keeps impressing me, and I’m sure everyone else watching. He’s really an elite player, and he’s a huge part of this organization and this hockey club if we’re going to be successful.”

Viktor Arvidsson opened the scoring when he deposited a feed from Craig Smith for his 19th goal of the season, tying him with Filip Forsberg for the team lead. Colorado evened it up at 1-1 before the period was out off a tip in front by Jarome Iginla.

Colorado took a 2-1 lead early in the second, but then for the second consecutive game, Forsberg took over, tallying twice in the middle frame for his 20th and 21st markers of the season and a 3-2 Preds lead after 40 minutes.

After the Avalanche pushed to tie it in the third, Forsberg found an empty net from his own end at the 19:23 mark for his sixth goal in his last two games.

“I’ve just tried to [shoot from different angles] since I was a little kid,” Forsberg said. “I obviously love scoring goals. I watch a lot of video and just try to pick up as much as I can from other players.”

“I don’t know if he can sense an actual goal-scoring run, but visibly being in the building or behind the bench where I stand, you can sense when somebody is on their game,” Nashville Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. “I believe that players like Filip that have the ability to get the puck off their stick, can release it quickly and are good at what they do. It’s just a matter of time before they’re on top of their game.”

Hats Off to Fil:

What did Filip Forsberg do for an encore presentation 48 hours after recording his third career hat trick? Tally his fourth, of course.

Forsberg scored three of Nashville’s four goals on Thursday night against the Avalanche, completing his second hat trick in as many games. He’s the first player to record hat tricks in back-to-back games in more than seven years – Alexandre Burrows was the last to do it in January of 2010.

His teammates have almost run out of adjectives to describe the Swede, who now leads the team with 22 goals on the season, the first on the club to his the 20-goal mark in 2016-17.

Forsberg’s line, which also includes Ryan Johansen and Viktor Arvidsson, has been dominant at times since they’ve been together, with Arvidsson scoring Nashville’s first goal of the night and Johansen collected two helpers to give him points in six straight against Colorado.

“It’s probably why he has two hat tricks in the last two games – you just try to get him the puck as much as you can,” Johansen said. “The way he’s shooting it – he’s shooting it hard and quick. That faceoff where I had it behind me, he is on his opposite side, not even his strong side, and he’s able to corral it and get it off in half a second. It’s been a heck of a couple games for that kid. It’s been a lot of fun.”

“They deserve all the credit I can give them,” Forsberg said. “They’re truly tremendous players. Arvidsson has been unreal for us all year with his speed. And I don’t know if there’s any better passer than Johansen. I just try to get open.”

But it was Forsberg who stole the show once more. And the month of “Filbruary” isn’t over quite yet.

“Everyone wants to contribute and help the team win,” Forsberg said. “I can’t expect myself to score a hat trick every game, but I just try to work hard. And if I can score, I’ll take that as well.”


Forward Harry Zolnierczyk entered the Nashville lineup on Thursday night in place of Colton Sisson who was a healthy scratch.

The Preds have won six consecutive games against the Avalanche and are 11-3-1 in their last 15 home games against Colorado. Nashville has scored three or more goals in 15 of those contests and have never been shut out at home by Colorado in 36 meetings.

Nashville concludes their four-game home stand this weekend with a back-to-back set as they host Washington on Saturday and Edmonton on Sunday. Both games begin at 4 p.m. CT.

Pete Weber’s Post Game Report

Motlow Bucks Open Home Stand This Week Preparing for TCCAA Opener

The Motlow Bucks are scheduled to play nine baseball games over a 10-day span beginning this Friday as they make final preparations for their Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) opener, scheduled for March 3, at the Driver Baseball Complex on Motlow’s Moore County campus.

TCCAA play opens the following weekend, with Chattanooga State the visitor for a three-game series. Friday, March 3, the two teams will meet at 1 p.m. for a nine-inning contest, then get back together on Saturday at noon for a pair of seven-inning games.

The Bucks faced stiff competition in Florida, falling to Northwest Florida State 7-3 on Friday, Feb. 17, before turning around and beating Andrew College 7-5 later that afternoon. The following day Motlow faced the same two teams, dropping a 13-3 decision to NWFS before falling 4-3 to Andrew College.

Bryan Rosario (1-2) took the mound in Friday’s opener and went the distance, allowing only four hits and five earned runs with six strikeouts and six walks. Jacob Freeland had two hits for Motlow and C.J. Brown drove in a pair of runs.

The Bucks got a home run and three RBI from Marlon Nava, and solid pitching from Jake Fossick and Matt Westberry, to get the win late Friday afternoon. Motlow scored twice in the bottom of the first inning but Andrew scored the same to tie the score in the top of the second.

The Bucks came back with two in the third before Andrew closed the gap to 4-3 with a run in the fourth. Motlow extended its lead to 7-3 with three runs in the fifth inning, and Andrew fought back with two in the seventh before Westberry closed the door.

Fossick (2-0) went five innings and allowed only two hits and one earned run with five walks and four strikeouts. Westberry pitched the final two innings to get his first save of the season, allowing four hits and two earned runs with a pair of strikeouts. In addition to Nava’s first homer of the season, the Bucks got RBI from Colin Guscoff, Brown, Kirby Smith and D’Marcus Guillory.

Northwest Florida came out swinging their bats on Saturday, scoring nine runs in the bottom of the second inning and three more in the third. Motlow managed only two hits, one by Nava and one by Brown. Tyler Zak (0-2) took the loss on the mound, pitching two innings and allowing eight hits and four earned runs. Chandler Hardiman pitched the final 2.1 innings, giving up five hits and one earned run.

In Saturday’s finale, Andrew College jumped on Motlow starter Jase Carvell for three runs in the bottom of the second inning. Motlow tied the score with a run in the third and two more in the fourth inning before Andrew broke the tie and scored the winning run in the bottom of the fourth.

Luke Allison had a pair of hits and drove in one of Motlow’s runs, with RBI also coming from Lane Whitesell and Smith. Carvell pitched two innings and allowed three runs before Camron Harper (0-4) came on to pitch the final four innings and took the loss, despite pitching very well by allowing only four hits and one run with seven strikeouts.

CHS Softball to Host Jamboree to Benefit Terry Floyd

An emotional Terry Floyd (L) views the banner that officially names the field in his honor. Athletic Director Ryan Sulkowski (R) makes the presentation in this file photo for the ceremony on June 19, 2015. [Photo by Barry West]

In one of the final tune-ups before the regular season begins, the Coffee County Central High School softball team will be hosting a softball jamboree on March 7th.  Ten high school softball teams will take part in the one night jamboree with the games held at Terry Floyd Field at CHS and at Tullahoma’s home field at East Middle School.   More importantly, the money raised will go to benefit retired Coffee County softball coach Terry Floyd.

In lieu of admission, donations will be accepted at the gate and a special offering will be taken during the games as the Lady Raiders will “pass the hat.”  Coffee County head coach Steve Wilder is expecting a huge show of support as evidenced by the number of teams involved.  “Terry’s former coaching contacts were quick to want to help which is why we were forced to use 2 fields” said Wilder.   There will also be alumni booths selling everything from food to t-shirts with all proceeds going to help offset the medical expenses for Coach Floyd.

As many of you local sports fans know, former Coffee County Central High School softball coach Terry Floyd has battled serious health issues for the last several years. Currently, Coach Floyd is experiencing liver failure and is anxiously awaiting a liver transplant. His condition has forced him to stop working due to poor health and hospital visits. His current treatments take place in Birmingham at the University of Alabama-Birmingham Hospital and involve considerable expense in time and travel.

Games begin at 6 PM on March 7th as Coffee County hosts DeKalb County at Terry Floyd Field and Lincoln County will take on Grundy County at Tullahoma.  At 7 PM, Franklin County will take on Warren County at Terry Floyd Field and Tullahoma takes on Cascade at Tullahoma.  The nightcap will be played at 8 PM at Terry Floyd Field as Shelbyville will play Oakland at Terry Floyd Field.  Coffee County’s game will feature a heartwarming angle as Coach Floyd’s former team will take on a DeKalb County team coached by his son-in-law Danny Fish.

Additionally, a special account has been set up at Coffee County Bank to help support Terry and his family during this tough stretch. The savings account is under the name “Terry Floyd Benefit Fund” and all the money collected will be used for utilities, mortgage and traveling to hospital visits.

CHS Baseball Announces Camp and Alumni Game

The Coffee County baseball team will be hosting a pair of events coming up on March 11th at Powers Field.  The activities begin at 9:30 AM as Red Raider coaches and players will be hosting a players’ clinic.  The clinic is for kids between the ages of 8 to 15 and each camper will receive age appropriate hands on instruction in all aspects of the game.  The clinic will be on Powers Field and in the Crethan Hansert Hitting Facility at Coffee County Central High School.  The camp will run from 9:30 AM to 1 PM.

Campers are asked to bring a bat, glove, tennis shoes, cleats, hat and a batting helmet to the camp.  Cost is $20 per camper in advance and $25 the day of the camp.  Any sibling that wants to also attend can get in at half price.  Concessions will be available on the day of the camp.  To register, print out the form below and mail it to: Coffee County Central High School Baseball Boosters, PO Box 496, Manchester, TN 37349 BEFORE March 3rd.   If you have questions, please contact Chris Langham at or 931.247.2629 with any questions.

Click to register on the link HERE =========> Red Raider Baseball Spring Clinic

The Coffee County Central High School baseball team will be holding an Alumni Game on March 11th at Powers Field at 2:30 PM.  Any former Coffee County player is encouraged to sign up to participate.  Each former player is asked to register online at:

Cost to participate is $10 which will cover the cost of the t-shirts.  Any additional money raised will go to benefit the Williams J Myers Foundation.  Members of the Williams J. Myers foundation will also be on hand so sign up to register at the link given.

Franklin County Soccer Standout Bailee Walls Signs with Motlow

Franklin County High School soccer standout Bailee Walls recently signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her career as a student-athlete at Motlow State Community College. Joining Bailee for the ceremony, seated from left: Jeff Walls (father), Bailee and Michelle Walls (mother). Standing from left: Kent Bean, Franklin County head coach and Andy Lyon, Motlow head coach. [Motlow State photo]

A 20/20 Vision of Character

CHS Basketball coaches Herb Horton(left) and Micah Williams(right)

2017 will not be remembered as the year that both Coffee County Central High School teams won state titles after unbeaten seasons.  What it will be remembered for as being the best season in a generation for basketball fans of the Red Raiders and Lady Raiders.  Each team eclipsed the 20 win mark and each team spent a considerable amount of time in contention for a regular season district championship.  And if you think no one outside of little ole Manchester paid any attention, think again.  The basketball coaches of the rival District 8AAA programs selected Herb Horton and Micah Williams as the district coaches of the year.

‘It is all about the kids.’  In today’s society, those words seem cliché almost to the point of being insincere.  When you meet Coach Herb Horton and Coach Micah Williams, you quickly get a feel for a pair of men who speak this sentiment in actions much louder than in words.  After contacting both coaches last week to do a story about them being coach of the year, Thunder Radio was told by both men to hold off until after the district tournament so as not to take attention away from their respective teams.  In conversations with them, words such as “character”, “loyalty”, “hard work” and “respect” are woven into every aspect of what they hope to achieve with their teams, both on the court and off.

When asked about an overall vision for the athletic department, CHS principal Dr. Joey Vaughn said “athletics instill expectations, discipline, ownership, commitment and a sense of belonging for our students. Coach Horton and Coach Williams embody the type of person we want working with our young people.  Both are of men of high moral character.”

“I just want to have a basketball team that the good Lord is proud of” said Horton.  “My expectation is for them to work hard, do the right things and represent their school, families, teammates, parents and community in a positive manner at all times and this year’s team continues to do that” added Horton.  “I have high expectations of myself; a drive to do well in all aspects of my life.  I am blessed to be a part(of a team) that accepted that challenge for themselves” said Horton.

“These guys were such a hard-working group who gave 100% night in and night out” said Williams.  In just his second season, Williams had a group of seniors who started the year having 3 coaches in their first 3 years of high school ball.  “These kids are just so resilient.  They have been through a lot but never let(those circumstances) be an excuse.  They expected to win and that was crucial to our success” added Williams.

In a manner of speaking, the class of 2017 basketball players will be known for setting a foundation.  Coach Herb Horton took over when the Class of 2017 were freshmen and Coach Williams first coaching experience was coaching the members of the Class of 2017 in freshman basketball.  “It is great to see each team have such successful seasons; both are long overdue” said Williams.  “I developed a closeness with this group that was special” said Horton who speaks glowing words of his 4 seniors.

When asked about his coaches, there was no way to conceal the pride in the voice of Dr. Vaughn.  “Coach Horton did a wonderful job of working with his young ladies this year. He took a mixture of experience and youth and made them gel into a cohesive unit.  His experience and knowledge of the game paid off for the program” said Vaughn.  “I am very proud of the work Coach Williams has done this year.   He took a team that no one expected to succeed and had a tremendous season.   I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds for that program” added Vaughn.

At the core of their success exsisits a common bond of a strong spiritual nature.  “Micah has been wonderful to work with.  He is a man of faith which means volumes to me” said Horton.  “It is a breath of fresh air to be able to share a common faith and know you work alongside a person of faith like Herb” said Williams.  “In fact, when we get opportunities to talk, rarely do we talk basketball” said Williams further emphasizing the balance with which each aims to achieve and maintain with their personal and professional lives.

“This school and community have been very supportive of me and my girls” said Horton.  “Dr. Vaughn and the administrators have been a pleasure to work with and I could not ask for better support from my fellow teachers” added Horton.  “For the coaches of District 8AAA to pick me as coach of the year is a very humbling experience” said Horton.

“My family has been so supportive especially my wife this year with the birth of our son.  She has been unbelievably understanding and I owe all this to her” said Williams.  “My staff has also been remarkable as they are great coaches but even better men” added Williams.  “My coach of the year plague would need to be huge to hold the names of all the people who helped get me to this point” said Williams.  He went on to say that he was “humbled that the coaches in District 8AAA selected him and it is a blessing and honor to represent this district.”

Red Raiders Capture All-District Honors

Coach Micah Williams(far left) and the Red Raider members of the 2017 District 8AAA All-District team(left to right) Grant Sadler, Tyrese McGee & Garrett Eldridge

A trio of Coffee County Red Raider basketball players and CHS basketball coach Micah Williams captured District 8AAA honors of Tuesday night.  Immediately following the conclusion of the boys’ District 8AAA championship, Grant Sadler, Tyrese McGee and Garrett Eldridge were honored for their selection as members of the District 8AAA All-District team.  Additionally, Micah Williams was selected as the District 8AAA cach of the year.  Coffee County finished the season with a record of 21 and 8.

Forsberg’s Hat Trick Not Enough, Preds Fall to Flames

Filip Forsberg recorded his third career hat trick, but it wasn’t enough as the Calgary Flames defeated the Nashville Predators in overtime by a 6-5 final on Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena. The result gives the Preds one more point in the standings – 65 in total – but one short of what was available.

The Predators were down 4-1 in the second period and stormed back to take a 5-4 lead before the second period was out, but the Flames tied it in the third and then won it less than a minute into the extra session.

“I’m pretty honest – if I thought the effort wasn’t right, or if things weren’t the way they were supposed to be, I’d admit it,” Preds Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. “I’d tell them, and I’d tell you the same thing. But I don’t think that was the case tonight. I think that Calgary is a good hockey team. They’re fighting for the playoffs, but I thought our guys showed up and were ready to go to work in the first period. It just didn’t bounce our way.”

Calgary got out in front less than a minute in when Micheal Ferland fired a shot past Pekka Rinne for a 1-0 lead. P.K Subban evened the score with a slapper from the right point, which was initially waved off due to incidental contact with the goaltender, but eventually overturned to give the defenseman his ninth of the season.

The Flames registered two more before the opening frame was out, however, courtesy of Mikael Backlund and then a second from Ferland. Dougie Hamilton made it 4-1 early in the second, spelling the end of Rinne’s night in favor of Juuse Saros in net – and then the comeback was on.

Led by a second-period hat trick from Forsberg and a power-play goal from Colin Wilson, Nashville roared back to score four straight before the stanza concluded, giving them a 5-4 advantage after 40 minutes. The effort was good enough to put Forsberg in first place among all Preds with 19 goals on the season. His last two hat tricks have both come in the second period alone.

“I thought we played pretty good in the first, even though the score was a little downhill,” Forsberg said. “The start of the second wasn’t great, but we knew we had it. We know we have what it takes to come back in games, and we showed ourselves that again but it only gave us one point.”

“That was huge, that was an unbelievable period,” Captain Mike Fisher said. “We didn’t feel bad about our first period, we just had bad breaks. I think all along we knew we could come back; Fil and his line did a great job coming back. Sometimes, in the third, you know they’re going to push back. I think we should’ve been a little bit better in the third and get them on their heels a little bit more, but we let them back in.”

Midway through the final frame, Backlund’s second tied the game and then Mark Giordano got credit for the overtime winner when his centering feed deflected into the net, ending Nashville’s hopes of another home comeback.

“Well, we’ve done it in the past; it was just a huge game we kind of let slip,” Fisher said. “You have a surge like that and you let it slip away is really disappointing, and you know you kind of had them. It just wasn’t our night tonight, and we came back and got a point, and we’re going to have to swallow not getting two.”


P.K. Subban extended his point streak to four games, matching his season high. He has nine points (1g-8a) in his last six games.

Nashville has earned at least one point in 10 of their last 11 home games against the Flames (5-1-5).

The Predators continue their four-game home stand on Thursday when the Colorado Avalanche come to town. Nashville then hosts a back-to-back set this weekend with Washington on Saturday and Edmonton on Sunday

Pete Weber’s Postgame Report

Lady Raider Basketball Defeats Franklin County; Finishes 3rd in District Tournament

Coffee County winners of District 8AAA postseason honors. Left to Right – Aerial Williams & Abby Morgan, All-District team; Holli Smithson – All-District Tournament team; Herb Horton – District 8AAA Coach of the year

Despite being outscored 11 to 3 in the 4th quarter, despite missing two free throws in the final minute, in spite of not scoring in the last 5:43 of the game; the Lady Raider basketball team held off Franklin County for a 39 to 38 win in the District 8AAA consolation game.  The win gives Coffee County a 3rd place finish in the district and sets them up for a region meeting with Stewarts Creek on Friday night in Smyrna.

“Never give up” is how coach Herb Horton described his team’s performance this season and an incredible defensive stand in Franklin County’s last possession proved this point.  Not having a foul to give and having lost sophomore sparkplug Abby Morgan to a knee injury moments earlier, the Lady Raiders knocked the ball from Franklin County’s hands.  The ensuing scrum on the floor saw senior Holli Smithson dive onto the floor to force a held ball as the clock counted down to 8 tenths of a second remaining.  The Rebelettes owned the possession arrow but not enough time to get an effective shot off as Coffee County held on for the win.

Holli Smithson led Coffee County in scoring with 9 points.  For her all around amazing performance, Smithson was named the Crazy Daisies player of the game and a member of the All-Tournament team.  Abby Morgan finished with 8 points as she was named to the All-District team.  Alliyah Williams finished with 7 points and Aerial Williams added 6 points as she also was named to the All-District team.  Additionally, Lady Raider head coach Herb Horton was named the District 8AAA Coach of the Year.

Coffee County now advances to the Region 4AAA Tournament hosted by Siegel.  The quarterfinal games will all be held at 7 PM on Friday at the sites of the higher seeds.  Coffee County will travel to Smyrna to take on Stewarts Creek in the opening round matchup.  The game will tip-off at 7 PM, Thunder Radio will begin live coverage with the Char-El Apartments and Home Rental pregame show at 6:50.


2017 Dist 8AAA Basketball Tournament bracket (updated 2/20/17)


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