Coffee County Track Competes on Thursday at State Track Meet

Macy Tabor clears 4’10” in the high jump on Thursday at the TSSAA State Track Meet

Six athletes from Coffee County Central High School competed on Thursday in the TSSAA Spring Fling state meet at MTSU’s Dean Hayes Track and Soccer Stadium in Murfreesboro.  Three Raider harriers competed in the field events in the morning session while the boys’ 4×400 relay team was in action in the running session on Thursday night.

The morning started strong for sophomore Lady Raider Macy Tabor in the high jump.  Coming in at a starting height of 4’8” was higher than Macy normally starts but she “felt good” clearing the first height on her 1st attempt.  “Maybe I should always start at that height” quipped Tabor after the event.  Tabor cleared 4’10” in her 1st attempt before scratching on all 3 attempts at 5’.  After reaching the state meet and medaling in middle school, Tabor admitted that the excitement and nerves were pretty high on Thursday.  “Normally I don’t get nervous, but today my heart was racing.  It sure was an experience” added Tabor.

Trace Bryant clears 10′ in the pole vault on Thursday at the TSSAA State Track Meet

While Tabor was high jumping, Trace Bryant was pole vaulting.  After picking up the event in his junior year, this was Bryant’s first exposure to the state meet in the pole vault.  After scratching on his 1st attempt, Bryant cleared 9’6” and then backed that up by clearing 10’ on his 1st attempt.  When attempting his personal record of 10’ 6”, Bryant scratched all 3 times to finish short of the medal stand.  “I definitely think I could have done a whole lot better” said Bryant.  “I definitely had an off day; but at the end of the day I made it to state….nothing to bad sad about that” added Bryant.

Chloe Haggard clears a new personal record best of 7′ in the pole vault on Thursday at the TSSAA state track meet

At high noon, the 2 week career of Chloe Haggard in the pole vault hit center stage at MTSU.  Haggard, who first trained for the pole vault earlier this month, entered the state meet short on experience but long on athleticism and determination.  After opening up with a clean jump at 6’, Haggard turned around and cleared her personal best of 6’6” a mere 3 minutes later.  Chloe followed that up with her 3rd straight successful jump of 7’ to set a new personal record.  Haggard scratched in all 3 attempts to clear 7’6” to end her senior season in 15th place in the state.  “It’s fun, really wished I could have (picked up the sport) sooner.  It is really fun and I enjoyed getting to come to state” said Haggard after the event.

Members of the Coffee County 4×400 Relay Team after Thursday’s race. From left to right: John Dobson, Kelvin Verge, Renata Garcia and Trace Bryant.

The boys’ 4×400 team of Trace Bryant, Renata Garcia, John Dobson and Kelvin Verge closed out the long day for the Raider harriers.  The quartet becomes the first Coffee County boys’ relay team to qualify for state in what is believed to be at least 8 years.  The group ran a new personal best time of 3:32.73 which was good enough for 15th place.

2019-2020 Prep Tryout Information(updated May 24th)

It is that time of the year when the local prep teams begin to schedule tryouts.  As always, Thunder Radio wants to pass along all the tryout information we have received for the local prep coaches.  Students should be prepared to participate in all the tryout sessions unless otherwise noted.  Student/athletes need to remember to bring along with them the signed and completed TSSAA Physical and Parental Consent forms with them when they arrive. That form can be downloaded at:

Coffee County CHS Girl’s Basketball
Date – Friday, May 24th and Saturday, May 25th
Time – 10 AM to noon(24th) and 11 AM to 1 PM(25th)
Location – CHS Gym
Coach – Joe Pat Cope
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Coffee County CHS Football(No tryouts)
Date – Tuesday, May 28th  – 1st Day incoming freshmen are expected to begin workouts
Time – 8:00 to 10:30 AM
Location – CHS Fieldhouse
Coach – Doug Greene
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Coffee County CHS Tennis
Date – Tuesday, May 28th
Time – 5:00 to 7:00 PM
Location – Tennis Courts at Coffee County Raider Academy
Coach – Josh Inzer
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Coffee County CHS Boys’ Basketball
Date – Tuesday, May 28th and Wednesday, May 29th
Time – 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Location – CHS Gym
Coach – Micah Williams
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Coffee County Middle School soccer
Dates – Tuesday, May 28th, Wednesday, May 29th and Thursday, May 30th
Times – 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location – CCMS Soccer Field

NOTE – Cleats and shin guards are recommended
Coach – Travis O’Kelley
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Coffee County CHS volleyball
Date – Tuesday, May 28th and Wednesday, May 29th
Time – 1:00 to 3:00 PM
Location – CHS Gym
Coach – Andrew Taylor
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Coffee County CHS softball
Date – Tuesday, May 28th and Thursday, May 30th
Time – 4:00 to 7:00 PM
Location – Terry Floyd Field at CHS
Coach – Brandon McWhorter
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Coffee County CHS baseball
Date – Thursday, May 30th (for incoming freshmen) and Friday, May 31st (Grades 10 thru 12)
Time – 10:00 AM to Noon(30th) and 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM(31st)
Location – Powers Field at CHS
Coach – David Martin

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Coffee County CHS Girls’ Soccer
Date – Monday, June 3rd and Tuesday, June 4th
Time – 9 to 11 AM
Location – Raider Soccer Field behind Raider Academy
Coach – Lee Xixis
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Coffee County Middle School Baseball
Date – Monday, June 3rd and Monday, June 10th
Time – 5 PM

NOTE – Players only need to attend one session
Location – CCMS Baseball Field
Coach – Brock Freeze
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Coffee County Middle School football
Date – Tuesday, June 4th (Parent Meeting)
Time – 6:00 PM
Location – CCMS Football Fieldhouse
Coach – Bryan Morgan
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Coffee County CHS Golf
Date – Monday, June 10th
Time – 10:00 AM
Location – Willowbrook
Coach – Mike Ray
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Coffee County CHS Cross Country
Date – Monday, August 5th
Time – 3:00 to 5:00 PM
Location – Track at Carden-Jarrell Field
Coach – Nathan Wanuch
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Coffee County CHS Swim

Date – Friday, September 13th
Time – 3:30 PM
Location – Manchester Recreation Center
Coach – Becky Behrendorf
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Nashville SC Grabs Road Win at Birmingham

Daniel Rios of Nashville SC[Photo courtesy of]

There were few chances for either side on Wednesday night in Birmingham, but Nashville Soccer Club made the most of a penalty kick in the second half to pull out a 1-0 road victory over Birmingham Legion FC on national TV. Forward Daniel Ríos tallied his eighth goal of the season on the penalty kick to give Nashville SC its third road victory in six matches away from home this season.


63’ NSH – Daniel Ríos (PK)

First Win on National TV

Nashville SC has been unlucky when featured on the USL Game of the Week and national TV, going 0-3 before Wednesday night’s victory. The win over Birmingham tonight on ESPNews broke the streak and gave Nashville SC fans across the country three points to cheer for. There are currently no more national TV games on NSC’s schedule, but that could change later in the season.

Ríos Keeps Scoring

MLS-signed forward Daniel Ríos keeps finding the back of net for Nashville SC. His penalty kick goal in the 63’ minute was his eighth goal of the season, the second-most in the USL Championship, and by far the most on Nashville SC. In just 12 matches, Ríos is the third-highest scorer in Nashville SC history. He has three match-winning goals in 2019 and has converted both PKs he has taken this season.

Fifth Clean Sheet

Nashville SC had gone four consecutive matches without a clean sheet, but earned its fifth of the season on Wednesday night in the Magic City. Goalkeeper Matt Pickens made two saves to earn his third clean sheet of the season. Nashville’s five clean sheets are tied for the third-most in the USL Championship.

Jones Makes USL Debut for NSC

Nashville’s newest MLS signee, midfielder Derrick Jones, made his USL Championship debut for the club as a second half substitute. Jones subbed on in the 64’ minute and helped lock down the 1-0 win. He completed nearly 83 percent of his passes, the second-highest completion percentage on the team tonight.

Up Next

Nashville SC continues its torrid stretch of games with another road match on Saturday night. NSC will travel up I-65 to face Indy Eleven in a matchup of two of the Eastern Conference preseason favorites. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. and the game will be broadcast locally on MyTV30 and online at ESPN+.

Rey Reyes Signs College Wrestling Scholarship

Rey Reyes(center) signs his National Letter of Intent surrounded by family and coaches. Front row(left to right) Edna Reyes, mother; Rey Reyes; Alex Reyes, brother. Back Row: Roger Barlow, CHS head wrestling coach and Randall Jennings, assistant wrestling coach.

Coffee County Central High School senior Rey Reyes made history on Wednesday.   The Red Raider became the first to sign a college scholarship to compete as a wrestler at the collegiate level.  Surrounded by family, coaches and former and current teammates; Reyes signed his National Letter of Intent to attend Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

Reyes competed at the TSSAA state tournament in February posting a 2 and 2 record in the 182 pound class.  At the collegiate level, Reyes says that the coaches want him to compete in either the 174 or 165 pound class.  When asked about the significance of being the first Red Raider to receive a college scholarship, Reyes humbly remarked that he is proud and a little surprised.  “I am just a small part (of this program)” said Reyes.  Reyes was impressed with the small school feel at Ouachita and “the facilities are amazing” added Reyes.

Raider coach Roger Barlow was exceptionally proud of Reyes and sees his success as vindication for the hard work of everyone in the program.  “Rey has bought in to what we are doing and has done everything we have asked him to do.  But in the end, this is all about his hard work.”  Barlow called out Reyes for his strong work ethic.  “Rey is gonna work his tail off because he is not afraid of hard work.  He has been the heart and soul of this team and we are like family” added Barlow.

Reyes caught the attention of the Ouachita coaches at a recent Greco-Roman wrestling tournament.  “We have found that the work we are doing in the off-season is crucial to the growth of our program” said Barlow.  “(The Ouachita coaches) were impressed with how he performed against high quality competition” added Barlow.

The Ouachita wrestling team has excelled since its inaugural season in 2010.  The Tigers have finished in the top-25 six times in the past nine seasons.  Ouachita competes in the Great Lakes Valley Conference at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)’s Division II level.  The Tigers are coached by head coach Kevin Crutchmer.

Coffee County Baseball Hands Out Postseason Awards

The Red Raiders held their 2019 Baseball banquet on Tuesday night to celebrate the season and recognize its players. Head coach David Martin with assistant coaches Matt Shepherd, Parker Gunn and Steve Wilder presided over the event. Below is a list of the night’s award recipients:

Varsity MVP – Hayden Skipper
Varsity Offensive POY – Skylar Bratcher
Varsity Co-Defensive POY – Bryson Hullet
Varsity Co-Defensive POY – Lane Spry
Varsity Pitcher of the Year – Harley Hinshaw
Red Raider Leadership Award – Kael McCall

2019 All District 8 AAA Team – Hayden Skipper, Skylar Bratcher

JV MVP – Trey Rogers
JV Offensive POY – Wyatt Nugent
JV Defensive POY – Luke Beachboard
JV Pitcher of the Year – Jacob Sherrill
JV Player Most Improved – Caleb Brewer

Bella Vinson Selected For All-State Squad

Bella Vinson of Coffee County CHS basketball

Coffee County’s Bella Vinson picked up the first All-State award of her career on Monday.  Tim Lownsdale of The TN Report named the team in the absence of an Associated Press All-State team this year.  Vinson was the only selection from District 8AAA and was joined on the All-State team by Aislynn and Alasia Hayes of Riverdale as the only 3 selections from Region 4AAAA.

The rising junior guard/forward led the Coffee County Lady Raider basketball team in scoring and was among the leaders in assists and rebounds as well this past season.  Bella was crowned the District 8AAA Most Valuable Player in a vote by district coaches.  She was also selected to the District 8AAA All-District Tournament team.

Coffee County CHS Releases 2019-2020 Basketball Schedule

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The Coffee County Central High School basketball teams released their 2019-2020 schedules on Monday.  The season is set to begin on November 22nd and 23rd with 2 days of Hall of Champions games at the Joe Frank Patch Memorial Gym.  The regular season is set to wrap up with a home game against Tullahoma on February 13th.  This year’s district tournament will take place at Lincoln County High School

In addition the normal district opponents(Tullahoma, Shelbyville, Franklin County, Columbia, Lincoln County and Lawrence County), the upcoming schedule features the addition of some familiar non-district opponents from years past.  Coffee County will take on White County in a home and home series.  The Lady Raiders will play Riverdale in a single game at home and Baylor in a single game on the road in the upcoming season.  Both teams will also travel to Grundy County on December 9th and Warren County is once again on the schedule for a home and home series.

The Red Raiders will once again host their Christmas Classic Tournament.  The Lady Raiders will play in the Cannon County Tournament on Thanksgiving weekend and the Riverdale Christmas Tournament.  Both Raider teams are looking to improve on regular season District 8AAA championships and Region 4AAA tournament appearances.

Coach Joe Pat Cope will be a guest on Saturday’s Coffee Coaches Show to talk about the upcoming season.  The Coffee Coaches Show is broadcast each Saturday morning at 10 AM LIVE from the showroom of Al White Ford/Lincoln.  The Coffee Coaches Show is heard exclusively on Thunder Radio.

Coffee County Football Closes Spring Practice in Front of Big Crowd

A big crowd turned out on Friday to see the CHS football team wrap up spring practice at the Raiders football practice field.  Coach Doug Greene was pleased with the crowd and the improvement through the spring session.  “I was pleased, I thought it went well and we were pleased with the crowd” said Greene.   “In fact, some of the people said they enjoyed being able to be that close and I know the kids enjoyed the atmosphere.”

With 50+ kids dressed out, but his quarterbacks limited due to injury, Greene was able to implement many team situations.  The full contact session had “no contact” rules in place for each quarterback, nonetheless, the scrimmage featured “improved tackling and opportunities for decision making for my QB’s” added Greene.  When asked about his impressions, Greene remarked that the players have improved a lot during spring drills.  “Our goals were to have the kids learn how to practice and begin to get a feel for who belonged in what position(during spring practice) and we accomplished those things” said Greene.  He went on to say “there were times where we executed well and times where we didn’t but effort is not a problem with these kids.”

The Raiders will now take off until Tuesday, May 28th when they return to work with the incoming freshmen as part of the team.  “June will be critical for us.  We will be concentrating on installing our (offensive and defensive) systems and getting stronger” said Greene.  Workouts will begin at 8 AM on Tuesday and conclude each day around noon.  The football team will work out Monday thru Thursday until the dead period.  Greene will be a guest on Saturday’s Coffee Coaches Show to talk about spring and summer workouts.  The Coffee Coaches Show is hear live each Saturday beginning at 10 AM from the showroom of Al White Ford/Lincoln.

Claybusters Shoot Well on Saturday

Jacob Anderson of Coffee County Claybusters

The Coffee County Claybusters traveled to Nashville on Saturday to take part in a 200 shot singles event at the Nashville Gun Club.  Seventeen different shooters took part in the events and once again, the Claybusters brought home an impressive array of titles.

Logan Meadows won the overall event championship as he shot 197 out of 200.  Landon Meadows won the subjunior championship shooting 194 out of 200.  Colter Smith won the class A championship shooting 193 out of 200.  Additionally, Jacob Anderson shot his very first 25 straight.

The Claybusters will return to the Nashville Gun Club on Saturday, June 1st for the Scholastic Clay Target Program(SCTP) regional championship.


Coffee County Softball Teams Up with Al White for Fund Raising Event

Members of the CHS softball team get the proceeds frm their recent test drive event hosted by Al White Ford-Lincoln. Pictured from left are CHS softball players Lexi Holder, Alexcia Barnes & Haley Richardson, CHS coach Brandon McWhorter, Baxter White of Al White Ford-Lincoln and softball players Haidyn Campbell, Brianna Shelton and Haley Miller. [Photo provided]

Al White Ford/Lincoln, in conjunction with Ford Motor Company, hosted a Drive 4 Ur School Event to benefit the Coffee County Central High School softball team.  The event, which was held in March, earned $8,000 for the Lady Raiders.  A check was presented to the team at a ceremony in the Al White showroom on Monday.

Coach Brandon McWhorter was appreciative of Al White’s help.  “We would like to thank Al White for their continued support of our community and sports programs. This is a great event that will help fund some needs in our program.”

Al White Ford/Lincoln raised over $65,000 this school year for schools and teams through test drive events like this one with both Ford and Lincoln.  Over the past 4 years, Al White has helped raise well over a quarter of a million dollars for the community through these events.  Al White’s test drive program concluded for this school year on Saturday in an event at Westwood to benefit the boys’ soccer team and girls’ volleyball.

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