Coffee County Volleyball Falls at Eagleville

Gracie Pippenger of CHS volleyball

For the 2nd day in a row, the Lady Raider volleyball team hit the road.  Taking on Eagleville in front of the Eagleville student body, Coffee County fell to the Lady Eagles in a non-district match-up.  The Lady Raiders lost by set scores of: 16-25, 18-25 and 18-25.

Coffee County was led at the net by Lexi Bryan who had 8 kills and a block.  Keri Munn and Keelie Hillis each finished with 4 kills and a block. Amanda Mukai offered up 8 assists while Hillis chipped in 3.   Gracie Pippenger led the team in the back as she had 5 digs.  Kiya Ferrell, Sarah West and Mukai each had 4.  Abigail Layne finished with 3 service aces.

Coffee County will travel again on Thursday when they head to Columbia for a district match at Columbia Central.  The Lady Raiders and Lady Lions will get underway at 6:30 PM.

Four Coffee County Alumni Honored at Martin Methodist

Katie Reid[Photo by Martin Methodist athletics]

The Martin Methodist University Athletic Department celebrated its commitment to character at its 18th annual Champions of Character Convocation Monday morning.   In one of the longest-standing traditions within the Athletic Department, the RedHawks handed out several pieces of hardware as they presented their annual Male and Female Student-Athlete of the Year Award, Team of the Year and Servant Leader of the Year awards.  And as to be expected, Coffee County Central High School alumni attending the Pulaski university were honored

Former RedHawk Women’s Soccer standout Katie Reid was honored as the Female Student-Athlete of the Year. Reid was a standout both on and off the pitch for the RedHawks and in the classroom. Reid scored goals at multiple national tournaments for the RedHawks and earned All-American status, but also earned NAIA Scholar-Athlete achievements and spoke as the Student-Athlete Academic Representative at the SSAC Women’s Soccer Awards Banquet last November.  Reid was a 4 year letterman for Coffee County and is the all-time leading goal scorer in Lady Raider history.  Reid was a member or the 2014 graduating class at CHS.

Kyle Johnson[Photo by Martin Methodist athletics]

Former RedHawk Men’s Golf member Kyle Johnson was honored as the Male Student-Athlete of the Year. Johnson accepted his award via previously recorded acceptance speech as he is currently enrolled in the Duncan School of Law at Lincoln Memorial University in Knoxville, Tennessee. As a RedHawk, Johnson captained a team that finished runner-up in the 2018 SSAC Men’s Golf Championship. Johnson also earned NAIA Scholar-Athlete distinction during his academic career.  Johnson was also a member or the 2014 graduating class at CHS.

The Martin Methodist Clay Target team was given the Team of the Year award for the team’s commitment to Sportsmanship, one of the “five core values” of the NAIA’s Champions of Character program.  Coffee County alumni Mikayla Dickson and Travis Dickson were members of the honored team.  The Dickson twins are 2014 graduates of Coffee County and each earned All-American honors during their prep career from the American Trapshooting Association(ATA).

Mikayla Dickson[Photo by Martin Methodist athletics]

“I received two independent pieces of correspondence about the character of our Clay Target team,” RedHawks Executive Director of Athletics Jeff Bain said. “The sportsmanship displayed by our program and head coach Chad Whittenburg was extremely impressive. While virtually every other team had already returned home after their performance, our young men and women stayed behind to show respect and sportsmanship to the eventual national champions. That composure under pressure is something we preach to our coaches, student-athletes and staff members on a daily basis. To see it play out on a national stage was truly impactful.”

Travis Dickson[Photo by Martin Methodist athletics]

The convocation came just days after Martin Methodist was named a Gold Champions of Character Institution by the NAIA for the first time in the department’s history. The distinction came as a byproduct of the NAIA’s Champions of Character Scorecard, which is filed annually.

Own Goal Sinks Nashville SC against Tampa Bay on Tuesday

Nashville SC returned to action for the first time in 10 days and dropped a back-and-forth affair 2-1 to the Tampa Bay Rowdies at First Tennessee Park on Tuesday.

Nashville owned over 56% of possession on the night but could not find a winner or an equalizer late in the match. Now, Nashville will turn its sights to Charleston on Saturday to keep pace in the USL Eastern Conference playoff race.

90 in a Nutshell

The opening minutes were not kind to Nashville SC. Just six minutes in, Matt Pickens committed a foul in the box and Tampa Bay’s Georgi Hristov converted the penalty to put the Rowdies up 1-0. From there, Nashville SC recovered and rebounded in a big way. The home side owned possession and finally found the back of the net in the 20’ minute. Kosuke Kimura chipped the ball from the wide area to Lebo Moloto, who knocked the ball in to equalize the match.

The two sides went back and forth until the halftime whistle. In the second half, Tampa Bay got to the attack early and pressured towards goal, but Nashville kept the Rowdies from high-danger areas. Nashville had a good chance to take the lead off a Moloto header and a Liam Doyle free kick, but both were cleared. On an ensuing possession for Tampa Bay, a ball whipped into the box by Junior Flemmings ricocheted off of London Woodberry’s head and into the net for an own goal to give the Rowdies the 2-1 lead.

In the dying moments, Nashville had a golden chance to equalize. Brandon Allen had a neat deflection that Tampa Bay keeper Daniel Vega lunged to stop, and a rebound attempt by Moloto went high.


6’ TBR – Georgi Hristov (PK)

20’ NSH – Lebo Moloto (assisted by Kosuke Kimura)

69’ TBR – London Woodberry (Own Goal)


Nashville SC Head Coach Gary Smith

“There are too many moments that are squandered, and it’s really been a feature of our group all year. We’ve made enough moments throughout games. We’ve limited teams to enough moments at the other end. But, the big difference tonight was that they were clinical when it mattered, or we made a mistake, and they didn’t.”

Key Stat

300 – This was Pickens’ 300th professional appearance, and he was honored before the match, alongside Kimura, who played his 300th professional match 10 days ago at North Carolina FC.

Moloto Equalizer

Lebo Moloto’s first half equalizer was his seventh goal on the season for Nashville, tying Brandon Allen for most on the team in all competitions this season. It was the fourth time Nashville had equalized this season after falling behind.

Eastern Conference Update

There were no other USL teams in action Tuesday night, so Nashville SC remains locked in ninth place for now. Charlotte Independence can move within one point of Nashville SC in the standings with a win tomorrow night against Charleston Battery.  The loss is just Nashville’s third at home this season. It’s home record sits at 8-3-2 overall and 8-3-0 at First Tennessee Park.

Up Next

The Nashville SC homestand continues on Saturday when the club continues to battle for playoff position against the Charleston Battery. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 PM at First Tennessee Park.

Coffee County Middle School Football Shuts Out Warren County

Travis Martin of CCMS football [Photo courtesy of Dana Giltner & Shannon Smith – /]

Traveling to McMinnville for their final road game of the year, the Coffee County Middle School football team took on Warren County.  A pair of touchdowns from Travis Martin was all Coffee County needed on the night to capture a 14 to 0 win.

Martin ripped off a 45 yard scoring run in the 1st quarter to make it 6 to 0.  Martin added a 10 yard touchdown run and the 2 point conversion to give the Raiders a 14 to 0 halftime lead.  The Red Raider defense shut down Warren County to improve to 3 and 2 in the conference.

The Red Raiders will be back at home on Tuesday when play host to White County.  Thunder Radio will be on hand to bring you the broadcast as part of the 1st National Bank Hometown Sports Series.  Kickoff is set for 6:30 PM, our live coverage begins at 6:15.

Westwood Middle Football Falls to MTCS

Konnor Heaton of Westwood football

Celebrating Homecoming on Tuesday, the Westwood football team welcomed Middle Tennessee Christian to Dyer-Bouldin Field.  In a game you heard right here on Thunder Radio, a pair of 4th quarter touchdowns by the Cougars dropped the Rockets on homecoming.  Westwood lost by a final score of 22 to 8.

MTCS scored first late in the 2nd quarter to take a 6 to 0 lead into halftime.  After a scoreless 3rd quarter, the Cougars added a 2nd touchdown a minute into the 4th quarter.  Westwood answered with 3:25 left in the game when Konnor Heaton scored from 29 yards out.  Jayden Carter hit Heaton with a pass for the 2 point conversion.  The Cougars ended the rally with a touchdown with 3:12 left in the game.

Heaton led the Rockets in rushing with 84 yards on 11 carries.  Connor Smith added 64 yards on 13 carries while Ian Weldon added 17 yards on 9 carries.  Carter competed 2 passes and also rushed 3 times for 14 yards.

At halftime, Abby Clark and David Chew were named the homecoming queen and king.  Westwood will wrap up their season next Thursday, September 27th at Liberty.  That season finale will kick off at 6:30 PM.

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Coffee County Volleyball Falls to Lincoln County

Maddie Husted of CHS volleyball

Kicking off a brutal week of games, the Coffee County Central High volleyball team traveled to Fayetteville on Tuesday looking for revenge with Lincoln County.  Ten service errors and 15 hitting errors spelled doom as the Lady Raiders were dropped in straight sets.  Lincoln County won by set scores of 11-25, 19-25 and 9-25.

Kiya Ferrell led Coffee County in kills with 5 and had the Lady Raiders lone block of the match.  Maddie Husted had 6 digs to lead the team while Abigail Layne led in aces with 2.  Keelie Hillis led the Lady Raiders in assists with 5.

The Lady Raiders travel to Eagleville on Wednesday for an in-school game.  The Lady Raiders will take on the Lady Eagles beginning at 1:30.

Coffee County Soccer Falls to Lincoln County

Kyleigh Harner of CHS soccer

Hosting district leading Lincoln County on Tuesday, the Coffee County CHS soccer team welcomed the Lady Falcons to the Raider Soccer Field.  After fighting to a draw down in Fayetteville earlier in the season, Coffee County dropped their first district match of the year at home 3 to 1.

Lincoln County scored in the 22nd minute and made that 1 nil lead hold up until halftime.  In the second half, Lincoln County scored on a penalty kick in the 45th minute before Kyleigh Harner scored an unassisted goal in the 46th minute.  Lincoln County closed out the scoring in the 62nd minute with the final goal of the night.  Coffee County was outshot 11 to 7 in the match.  Lady Raider keeper Lucy Riddle finished with 5 saves for Coffee County.

The Lady Raider JV will take part in a tournament on Saturday at Franklin County.  The varsity Lady Raiders are back at home on Monday when they host Central Magnet for Senior Night.  Thunder Radio will be on hand to bring you the broadcast as part of the 1st National Bank Hometown Sports Series.  Kickoff is set for 6:00 PM, our live coverage begins at 5:45 PM.

Westwood Middle Volleyball Falls to South Lincoln

Maddie Sullivan of Westwood volleyball

Hosting their final home game of the year, the Westwood volleyball team welcomed South Lincoln to the Joel Vinson Gym on Tuesday.  The Lady Rockets fell to the talented South Lincoln team in straight sets.  Westwood lost by set scores of 6-25 and 12-25.

Maddie Sullivan led Westwood in assists with 3.  The Lady Rockets got 8 digs from Abby Clark, and 4 digs each from Sullivan and Zowee Dillard.

The JV Lady Rockets fell in straight sets 6-25 and 13-25.  Cassie Douglas led the team with 3 digs.  Katie Lawrence and Hanna Brimhall each added 2 digs.

The Lady Rockets will close out their first full season on Saturday when they travel to Warren County for a tournament.  Fielding 2 teams, Westwood will begin tournament play at 9 AM at the Warren County Middle School.

CCMS Volleyball Falls to Warren County

Hitting the road on Tuesday for their final road match of the year, the Coffee County Middle School volleyball team traveled to Warren County.  The young Lady Raiders could not match up with the experienced Lady Pioneers.  Coffee County fell in straight sets, 10-25 and 16-25.

The Lady Raiders will play their final regular season match of the year on Monday.  Coffee Middle will play host to North Franklin at 5 PM at the CCMS gym.

Coffee County Golf Wins Region Title, State Bound

Coaches and team members for the 2018 region champion Coffee County golf team. Left to Right: coach Lucky Knott, Logan Hale, Austin Farris, Josh Perry, Samuel Prater, Matthew Hale and head coach Mike Ray[Photo provided]

For the 2nd straight year, the Coffee County Central High School golf team won the region tournament and punched their ticket to the 2018 TSSAA State Tournament.  Entering the region tournament as the District 8 champion, the Red Raiders were considered the pre-tournament favorite.  The Red Raiders clawed out a hard-fought victory over district rival Tullahoma by 2 strokes to advance to the state tournament for the second time in school history.

Senior Austin Farris played his best round of the year with a 1 under 71 on the day which landed him as the second medalist on the day. Senior Samuel Prater followed right behind with an even par 72 which tied Jacob Uehlein from Tullahoma for third medalist. Prater finished third based on a scorecard playoff. Josh Perry also came up big for the team with a 4 over 76. Matthew Hale finished the day with a 91 to round out the scoring for the Raiders.

Coach Ray stated after the match “they had me sweating there until the very end and the numbers went up on the board.  We are thrilled to be going back to state tournament again with an opportunity to compete for state championship on our home course.”  Ray went on to say “before the year began we discussed as a group what we wanted as our main goal and we were pretty determined that anything less than the state tournament for our team was going to be a disappointment.  I’m so happy for these young men because they have worked hard and deserve to be there next week.”

The win pushes the Raiders’ season record to a school record 75-5.  2018 is the 6th straight year for a Red Raider state qualifier for the state tournament.   The state tournament is a 36 hole event which will tee off at 9 AM on Tuesday, September 25th at Willowbrook.  The 2nd 18 holes will be played on Wednesday.

Spectators are welcome to attend the state tournament at WIllowbrook and admission each round is $8 per person.  A select number of golf carts will be available to rent for spectators who meet ADA requirements with prior approval.  Thunder Radio will keep you updated on results daily during the tournament.

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