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New Coach Working Hard At Motlow

Dominic Tharpe

Dominic Tharpe

Former Motlow College basketball player and men’s assistant coach Dominic Tharpe is hard at work after being named the new head coach of the Lady Bucks’ program in early July.
His first order of business was to hold an open tryout on Saturday, July 19, at Copperweld Arena on the Motlow Moore County campus. He then appeared on the Sports Plus radio talk show recently on ‘The Ticket’ sports radio in Tullahoma (our sister station), Motlow’s flagship broadcast outlet, and expressed how happy he was to be back in southern Middle Tennessee.
With the start of classes at Motlow College still a month away, the roster that Tharpe inherits in his first season is still very fluid. It appears a majority of the sophomores who played last year will return for their second season. Tharpe is familiar with them and sees the potential for improvement.
Tharpe’s first Lady Bucks team will begin preseason workouts in late August, and then hit the Copperweld Arena floor for the official start of practice Oct. 1. Although Motlow’s 2014-15 basketball schedule has not yet been announced, the season traditionally begins the final week of October.

Outstanding Basketball Player Headed To Motlow

Jaylen Barford

Jaylen Barford

There has been a lot of excitement generated around the Motlow Bucks’ basketball program since last season ended with a one-point, double-overtime loss in the semifinals of the Region VII Tournament.
From the moment rising sophomore Dequon Miller, an All-American last season and the top-rated junior college point guard in the country, announced he would return to Moore County for a second year, the possibilities for a special season increased substantially.
Head Coach Matt Sligh has done his part in surrounding Miller, and the half-dozen other returning sophomores, with a talented group of incoming freshmen. The potential of the freshman class recently spiked again with the announcement that Jaylen Barford will join the Motlow roster for the coming season.
Barford is a 6’3” dynamic guard from South Side High School in Jackson, Tenn. All he did was lead his Hawks team to the Class AA state championship last season while averaging 22.5 points and seven rebounds per game. He is ranked by most recruiting services among the top ten high school players in the state.
Barford is the latest proven winner that Sligh has added to the Bucks’ basketball family. In leading South Side to its championship last season, he scored the game-winning basket in the state semifinals to beat defending champion Christ Presbyterian Academy; a team that had won 94 consecutive games against in-state opponents and had beaten South Side for the state championship the previous season. South Side then beat East Nashville, and fellow Motlow signee Terry Holt, 91-83 in double overtime for the school’s first basketball state championship. Barford scored 25 points for the Hawks in the title game while Holt had 26 for East Nashville.
The Bucks will soon assemble as a team in Lynchburg with the fall semester scheduled to begin Aug. 25. Official practice traditionally begins for National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) basketball teams on Oct. 1, with the regular season opening the final week of October.

Youth Sports Update

baseball 3The Manchester Blue, the 9&10 year-old all-star baseball team won the Tennessee Youth Baseball Association open division state championship on Sunday.

On Sunday in Manchester the local Elite Conditioning softball team won the SEAA softball World Series title at Dave King Park.

Manchester 11 & 12 Year-Old All-Stars Win State Championship

State Champions... Photo and story by Dennis Weaver

State Champions… Photo and story by Dennis Weaver

In the first year of the Manchester Youth Baseball League’s association with TYBA saw all 6 teams place in the Final 4 of the state tournament and was highlighted by a state championship for the 11 and 12 year old all-stars this past Sunday. The Manchester squad went undefeated on the week-end finishing with a record of 5 and 0.
Battling rain delays and wet fields on Friday and Saturday, the Red and Black got wins over Woodbury, Christiana and Murfreesboro to earn the number one seed in Sunday’s championship bracket. A rematch started the title run for Manchester on Sunday as they got a much anticipated rematch with Murfreesboro. Manchester banged out 12 hits in the first 2 innings and coasted to a 14 to 7 win over the Vandals of Murfreesboro. Jake Hollandsworth was 2 for 2 on the game with a home run and 4 RBI. Cody Eslinger had 2 hits and 3 RBI and got the win on the mound.
The Championship game saw Manchester take on the #2 seeded, and other unbeaten team, DeKalb County. DeKalb came out hot in the top of the 1st inning scoring a run as they banged out a pair of hits, but it was Manchester’s game from that point forward. The Red & Black scored 7 runs in the bottom of the first inning and the game was never close again as Manchester won 15 to 1. Augie Burch had 2 home runs and 5 RBI on the night to lead the Manchester hitting attack. Isaiah Owens got the start on the bump pitching 3 innings to get the win striking out 5.

Lady Raider Golfer Commits To Tennessee Tech

Sadler hitting a tee shot during the 2013 season

Sadler hitting a tee shot during the 2013 season

Coffee County High School senior golfer Hollee Sadler only started playing golf when she was a freshman and joined the Lady Raiders team as a sophomore. Sadler earned the right to play in the TSSAA state golf tournament as an individual as a sophomore and was joined by her teammates last season. Hollee has a lot on her mind as her senior season begins on Thursday with a tournament in Tullahoma. She would love to repeat as district and region champs and return to state. One thing Sadler will not have on her mind will be where she will attend college, as she has verbally committed to Tennessee Tech. Hollee wants to follow in her Dad’s footsteps by becoming an engineer.
Sadler will be the 11th Raider golfer to sign in just the past 6 years. Coach Mike Ray says he expects one more player to sign by the end of the year.

Manchester 7 & 8 Year Olds Finish 3rd In State Tournament

Jordan Robinson, of the 7&8 year all-stars attempts to sneak his hand around the tag of the Shelbyville 3rd baseman... Photo and story by Dennis Weaver

Jordan Robinson, of the 7&8 year all-stars attempts to sneak his hand around the tag of the Shelbyville 3rd baseman… Photo and story by Dennis Weaver

After going 2 and 1 in the pool play round of the 7&8 year old TYBA State Tournament on Friday and Saturday, the Manchester All-Stars looked to be primed for a long run in the championship bracket on Sunday. They opened the day with a 14 to 8 come-from-behind win over the Shelbyville Storm on Sunday morning to move into the semifinals.
The Red & Black got on the board first in the bottom of the first inning scoring 7 runs as they sent 10 batters to the plate.  Shelbyville battled back to take a short lived 8 to 7 lead before Manchester added 6 more runs in the 3rd to put the game away. Knox Wimberly was 3 for 3 with 3 runs scored for Manchester.
In the semifinals, they ran into a hot hitting Murfreesboro Storm team that eliminated them by a final score of 18 to 8. With the loss, the 7&8’s finished the tournament with a record of 3 and 2 and finished in 3rd place for the tournament.

Youth Baseball Tournament Is This Weekend

11&12 year old All-Star 1st baseman Cody Eslinger stretches to receive a throw in recent tournament action.

11&12 year old All-Star 1st baseman Cody Eslinger stretches to receive a throw in recent tournament action.

Two all-star teams from the Manchester Youth Baseball League (MYBL) will be in action this weekend in the Tennessee Youth Baseball Association (TYBA) state tournament being held in Murfreesboro. The tournament will begin on Friday afternoon and continue through Sunday. The event is being held at Barfield-Crescent Park on Veterans Parkway in Murfreesboro.
The 9&10 year old Coach Pitch All-Stars will be one of 10 teams competing for a state title. The team, coached by Shawn Trail, got a scrimmage win over Cannon County on Monday as they have concluded 3 weeks of preparation. They will begin play on Friday at 6 PM as they take on the Middle Tennessee Renegades. They come back on Saturday to take on Franklin at 11 AM and Unionville at 3 PM. The single elimination championship bracket begins on Sunday at 9 AM.
The 11&12 year old All-Stars will be one of 7 teams competing for the state recreational division title. The team, coached by Eric Burch, is coming off a 3rd place finish last weekend in the TYBA Open state tournament. They will begin play on Friday at 8 PM as they take on Christiana. They come back on Saturday to take on Shelbyville at 10:30 AM and Murfreesboro at 5 PM. The single elimination championship bracket begins on Sunday at 9 AM.

New Adult League Baseball In Manchester

baseballThe Manchester Youth Baseball League will premiere a new adult baseball league on Friday night. The new league is open to players from ages 17 to 45 and will feature 4 teams. The teams are populated with former Red Raider stars such as Bubba Vincent, Dallas Holmes, Clark Carden, Jason Crosslin and many more. The league will play doubleheaders on Friday nights at 6:00 and 8:30 PM and single games at 6:30 on Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 6:30. All games will be played on the Babe Ruth Field at Fred Deadman Park. Folks are encouraged to come out and relive some memories and enjoy some good baseball action.

New Coaches At Westwood

New Westwood coaches Donna Burdine and James Dobson appeared Saturday on WMSR’s Coffee Coaches Show... Photo and story by Dennis Weaver

New Westwood coaches Donna Burdine and James Dobson appeared Saturday on WMSR’s Coffee Coaches Show… Photo and story by Dennis Weaver

Westwood Middle School Athletic Director Jeff Johnson has announced that the Rockets will have 3 new coaches for their athletic teams, with two of those coaches taking over this fall. For girls’ soccer; Donna Burdine takes over for Jonathan Graf this fall. Graf, who will remain as the boy’s head coach, he will remain with the girl’s team as he will assist Coach Burdine. Coach Burdine is in her 3rd year at Westwood and is a math teacher. As we reported last week, Westwood also added 2 new sports for the coming school year. Taking over the new cross country program will be James Dobson. Dobson, a retired Army officer is a reading teacher at Westwood. Taking over the tennis program, which will field a team in the spring, will be Jim Winton. Winton, a Manchester native played his prep tennis at Coffee County and is also a teacher in the school system.

Swimmers Win Championships

Coach Shawn Daniels’ reaction to the long awaited announcement of winning the championships.

Coach Shawn Daniels’ reaction to the long awaited announcement of winning the championships.

The Manchester Recreation summer swim team, CATS (Coffee County and Tullahoma Swimming) won the 2014 Summer Swim League Championships Saturday, July 12th. This is the first time they have won overall championships since they started the summer team 7 years ago.
Some of the CATS swim team holding the 1st place trophy.

Some of the CATS swim team holding the 1st place trophy.

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