Tied at 30 at the half, things looked good for the Red Raiders of Coffee County in their opening round game against Baylor in the Red Raider Invitational on Saturday afternoon. The final 16 minutes saw the Raiders shooting touch go cold as Baylor outscored Coffee County 36 to 7 in the second half to take the 66 to 37 win. Coffee County was led in scoring by Peyton Talley who finished with 10 points while Tyrese McGee added 6 points off the bench to earn the Gateway Tire and Service Center player of the game honors. With the loss, the Raiders will play the 2:30 PM game on Monday as they will take on Holloway out of Murfreesboro.
Basketball is known as a game of match ups. Friday night, the Lady Raiders of Coffee County took on the Raptors of Ravenwood in the Central Magnet Christmas Tournament in Murfreesboro facing a serious size match up problem. Injuries and illness had limited the Lady Raider depth in the post, and 3 first half fouls on Cameron Davis led to a severe size disadvantage for the Lady Raiders as they fell by a final of 51 to 38. Davis and Sara Brown led Coffee County in scoring with 12 points each while Tyger Fenton added 9 points. Fenton played well on the defensive end and her all around game earned her the Gateway Tire and Service Center player of the game honors.
The Lady Raiders came back on Saturday morning to take on Kingwood Christian out of Huntsville, AL. The Lady Raiders roared out to a 20 point halftime lead and coasted to a 54 to 44 win. Sara Brown had 4 three point baskets in the game to finish with a team high 16 points. Tyger Fenton had 2 three’s to finish with 15 points and McKenzie Morgan netted 8 points. The Saturday morning win gave the Lady Raiders a 2 and 1 record in the tournament and improved their overall record to 8 and 7 on the season. The Lady Raiders will be off until January 2nd when they host Warren County at the Joe Frank Patch Memorial Gymnasium.
The Aaron’s Sales and Lease Student of the week for 19 December 2014 is Jason Tundidor. Jason is in fifth grade at North Coffee Elementary School in Coffee County. He is the son of proud parents Nancy and Jim. He was nominated for this award because he is helpful to his teachers and classmates and he is also a great student. Jason likes sports and plays basketball and football. Jason’s favorite subject is math because he says it’s fun. He plans to be a police officer when he gets older just like his parents. Jason was presented with a plaque
(courtesy of K&S Trophies of Tullahoma) and a set of tickets to an up-coming
Nashville Predators game. Congratulations to Jason Tundidor,
the Aaron’s Sales and Lease Student of the Week.
The Lady Raiders of Coffee County Central High School outscored Maplewood 36 to 9 in the “middle half” of the game to coast to a 57 to 21 win in the opening round of the Murfreesboro Central Magnet Christmas Tournament on Thursday night. The Lady Raiders continued their hot shooting as they nailed eight 3 pointers in the game while the tenacious Lady Raider defense held the Lady Panthers to 6 field goals in the game. Cameron Davis led the way for Coffee County as she drained four 3 pointers and finished with 15 points. Tyger Fenton and Sara Brown each finished with 8 points as 10 different Lady Raiders scored points in the game. The win is the second straight for Coffee County and improved Coffee County’s record to 7 and 6 on the season. The Lady Raiders will take on Ravenwood on Friday afternoon in Day #2 of the tournament. That game will tip off at 4:30 PM and will be played at the Central Magnet gym in Murfreesboro. Thunder Radio will have the broadcast of the contest beginning at 4:20 with the Lawrence Family Motors pregame report.
The Westwood Rockets and Lady Rockets welcomed Moore County to Joel Vinson Gym on Thursday night as they hosted a Teddy Bear Toss. The Lady Rockets outscored Moore County 12 to 2 in the 2nd quarter and held off a late Raiderette ally to win 41 to 32 in girls action. Morgan Jones and Ashley Starks led the Rockets on both ends of the floor as they forced 8 second quarter turnovers. Jones led all scorers with 17 points and Starks poured in 14 for Westwood. Kynleigh Fanning led Moore County with 14. With the win, Westwood improved to 9 and 7 on the year. Morgan Jones was named the Gateway Tire and Service Center Player of the Game.
In the boys contest, the Rockets held Moore County scoreless in the 1st quarter and to 2 points in the 3rd quarter in route to a 44 to 26 win in the nightcap. Marcus Pendleton led Westwood in scoring as he had 18 points to earn the Gateway Tire and Service Center Player of the Game award. Chase Simpkins added 10 points for Westwood while Julius Dixon of Moore County led all scorers with 21 points. With the win, the Rockets improved to 5 and 11 on the year.
At halftime of the boys game, Westwood hosted a Teddy Bear Toss to collect toys for the Manchester Fire and Police Departments. Nearly 150 bears were collected in the event as Leo Botello won a gift basket for tossing his stuffed animal closest to the center court circle. The stuffed animals will be used as “comfort bears” for children during times of loss or crisis by the fire and police departments with the remainder going to the Manchester Police Departments Toy Drive.
Thursday night at Coffee County High School the annual football awards banquet was held. Two of the many awards handed out were the Raider Award, an annual award presented by Thunder Radio and the Gateway Tire and Service Center/WMSR MVP. The Raider award is given to a player that not only excels on the field, but also in the classroom and or contributes time and energy to community projects. This year’s winner was Junior Mill Harner. He was an outstanding RB/LB and also holds a 4.0 GPA. On a side note Mill took the ACT exam as an 8th grader and scored an amazing 27.
The MVP was given to Freshman Alontae Taylor. He led all freshmen in the nation during the regular season with over 1,600 yards rushing. The Gateway Tire “Horizion” award was given to Senior Justin Flowers. The award is presented to a player who overcome difficult adversities in their life.
Congratulations to winners at last night’s Red Raider football banquet.
Tuesday night high school basketball action had Coffee County traveling to Fayetteville. The Lady Raiders had a difficult time in the first half falling behind 27-17 at the break. After halftime Coffee County found their shooting touch and was able to come from behind and defeat Fayetteville, 47-41. Cameron Davis and Sara Brown were named Co-Gateway Tire and Service Center players of the game. Davis finished with 16 points, 12 in the 2nd half and Brown had all 9 of her points in the 2nd half. Holli Smithson added 12.
The Lady Raiders will play Thursday-Saturday in a tournament at Murfreesboro Hollaway School.
The boy’s game did not go well for the Raiders and they fell behind in after one quarter 21-6 and trailed 49-17 at the half. Fayetteville’s Nicholas Hopkins had 30 points in the first two quarters.
In half number 2 Fayetteville continued its onslaught walking away with a 72-37 win.
Addison Carter led Coffee County with 11 points and was named the player of the game. Hopkins, who only played 4 minutes of the 2nd half finished with 35 for Fayetteville.
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The Raiders will host a 3-day tournament on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday at the Joe Frank Patch Gymnasium.
Last night at Willowbrook golf course, Coffee County senior Jacob Prater signed a scholarship to continue his academic and golf career at Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens, TN. Prater was a captain on this year’s Raider golf team and was named All-District and earned a berth in the TSSAA state championship tournament in October of this year.
Tennessee Wesleyan competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics or NAIA. The Bulldogs are the pre-season 20th ranked team in the nation and under the direction of 8th year Head Coach Mike Poe. Tennessee Wesleyan finished 10th in nation last season.
Prater received other offers but thought this was the best fit for him.
The CHS Wrestling team traveled to Murfreesboro on Monday to take on Siegel and Franklin County in a pair of dual matches at the Siegel High School gym. Against the host Stars, the Red Raiders got off to a rocky start losing their 1st four matches by pin fall and their 5th by a decision. Owen Teague(wrestling at 132) got a win in the 6th match followed by a David Tate(138) pin in 65 seconds to give the red and black some momentum but the deeper Siegel team prevailed by a score of 61 to 18. Matthew DeLong(160) had the other pin for Coffee County.
Trailing 30 to 21 in the match against Franklin County, the Raiders closed out with 4 straight wins to earn the 45 to 30 win. Austin Payne(182) got the late rally started as he pinned his opponent in 39 seconds to start the winning charge for Coffee County. Joshua Tobitt(195) followed that up with a 48 second pin and Dustin Seals sealed the win with a pin in 75 seconds. Brandon Baumstein(113), Joel Singleton(126), Jose Ruiz(145) and Trenton Garner(220) each got forfeit wins for Coffee County. Owen Teague(132) got a 4 to 3 decision in his match to round out the scoring for the Raiders.
The Raiders will now break for the holidays as their next match will take place on January 3rd. The Raiders travel to Stewarts Creek for the Redhawk Rampage. Matches arescheduled to begin at 8 AM.
Trailing by 7 points at the half and 4 points entering the 4th quarter, the Lady Raiders of Coffee Middle needed to play a nearly flawless 4th quarter to claim an important CTC conference win on Monday night at home. Offensively, the Lady Raiders outscored the Lady Pioneers 13 to 3 in the final frame to claim the dramatic 43 to 37 win. The game was won at the free throw line as Warren County hit only 2 of their 17 second half free throws while the Lady Raiders converted 11 of 22 2nd half free throws to improve to 12 and 1 on the season. Alisha Jennings was high scorer for the Lady Raiders as she finished with 14 points. Julia Duncan netter 11 points and Lindsey Perry tallied 8 points.
The Raiders battled the visiting Pioneers neck and neck throughout the first half trailing 26 to 22 at intermission. As Warren County cranked up the defensive pressure in the 2nd half, the Raiders lost their scoring touch finishing with only 2 second half field goals as they fell by a final score of 45 to 29. Andrew Mahaffey was the leading scorer for Coffee County as he finished with 10 points while Weston Hargrove netted 7. Briggs Haithcock and Chay Chumley each had 1st quarter 3 point baskets for Coffee County. The Raiders and Lady Raiders will be off for Christmas break until January 5th when they host White County for a 6 PM doubleheader at the Coffee County Middle School Gym.