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CHS Volleyball Sweeps Franklin County on Senior Night

CHS Volleyball seniors(Left to Right) Aerial Williams, Elaine Srofe, Kaylee Skipper, Baylee Nester, Bailey Morgan, Sarah Hollis, Morgan Hickerson, Rachel Henley and Laneva Bell

CHS Volleyball seniors(Left to Right) Aerial Williams, Elaine Srofe, Kaylee Skipper, Baylee Nester, Bailey Morgan, Sarah Hollis, Morgan Hickerson, Rachel Henley and Laneva Bell

Celebrating Senior Night in the most appropriate manner, the CHS volleyball swept Franklin County on Tuesday night at the Joe Frank Patch Memorial Gym. The Lady Raiders used 35 kills and 21 aces to drop the Rebelettes 25-9, 25-17 and 25-20. The win improves Coffee County’s record to 19 and 13 overall and 8 and 3 in district play.
Senior Aerial Williams had another splendid performance as she had 7 kills to move into 2nd place all time in Lady Raider volleyball history for a career. The senior now has 325 kills. Williams also added a block to improve her career blocks record to 117. And if that was not enough, Williams added 5 aces. Kaylee Skipper led the Lady Raiders in aces with 6. Baylee Nester led Coffee County in both kills, with 10, and digs with 5. Bailey Morgan led Coffee County in assists with 22.
Coffee County will conclude the regular season at home on Thursday night when they take on Lawrence County at the Joe Frank Patch Memorial Gym. That district contest will get underway at 6 PM.
You can download the broadcast at: http://www.thunder1320.com/audio/HOMETOWN092716.mp3

Westwood Soccer Opens Conference Tournament with Shut Out Win

Faith Willoughby

Faith Willoughby

The Westwood soccer team opened play in the Central Tennessee Soccer Conference tournament on Tuesday night with a 3 to 0 win over Fayetteville at Dyer-Bouldin Field. With the win the Lady Rockets advance to Friday’s tournament semifinals.
Faith Willoughby opened the scoring for Westwood in the 27th minute with a goal to allow the Lady Rockets to go into the half ahead 1 to nothing. In the 2nd half, Diana Ramirez scored in the 44th minute to give Westwood some breathing room before Willoughby notched her second goal in the 54th minute to close out the scoring. Westwood keeper Anna Coker had 6 saves on the night.
With the win, the Lady Rockets advance to Friday’s semifinals at Huntland. Friday’s match will take place at 6 PM. A win on Friday would place the Lady Rockets in the conference finals on Saturday. The finals will also be held at Huntland.

CCMS Football Gets Win on 8th Grade Night

CCMS running back Marshall Haney(#12 in red) (Photo by John StClair - www.JohnStClairPhoto.com

CCMS running back Marshall Haney(#12 in red) (Photo by John StClair – www.JohnStClairPhoto.com

The Coffee County Middle School football team ended their season on a high note with a 30 to 26 win over White County on Tuesday night at Carden-Jarrell Field. The win also secured a win on 8th grade night as the Red Raiders closed out the season winning 2 of their last 3 games. Marshall Haney had 2 rushing touchdowns, 1 passing touchdown and three 2 point conversions to lead the Red Raiders.
After a scoreless 1st quarter, Haney scored from 10 yards out and added the PAT to give the Raiders an early 8 to 0 lead. After a White County score and missed PAT, Kyle Farless caught a 58 yard touchdown pass from Haney and Haney added the 2 point conversion. A late White County touchdown cut the margin to 16 to 12 at the half. In the 2nd half, Haney rushed for a 2 yard touchdown but the PAT was no good and Coffee County led 22 to 12 with 9 minutes remaining. A pair of White County touchdowns gave the visitors from Sparta a 26 to 22 lead with 7:14 left. But a resilient Coffee County team scored the winning touchdown on a 53 yard touchdown pass on 4th and 11 as Conner Shemwell hit Farless for the winning score. Haney added the 2 point conversion to put the Raiders on top for good with 5:45 remaining. The defense made the stops they needed in the final 5 minutes to earn the win and close out the season on a winning note.

MTSU Softball to Visit Manchester on Saturday

[Graphic by Ray Uselton]

[Graphic by Ray Uselton]

The MTSU Softball team will be coming to Manchester on Saturday and local fans can come out to meet the team AND watch them play at Terry Floyd Field. The day begins at 10:15 at Al White Ford/Lincoln as there will be a Meet & Greet in the recently remodeled showroom. Fans can come out and get their picture made with the players and get autographs as Coach Jeff Breeden and the Lady Blue Raiders will be available to meet the public. At 10:45; Coach Breeden will be a guest on the Coffee Coaches Show, broadcast live from Al White Ford/Lincoln, to talk about their fall season and look ahead to the spring. And then at 2 PM, the Lady Blue Raiders will take on the Lady Bucks of Motlow College in a 10 inning scrimmage game. The public is invited to come out at Terry Floyd Field at Coffee County Central High School and watch as admission will be $3 for the day. Concessions will also be available and all proceeds will go to benefit the Coffee County Lady Raider softball team.

Lady Raider Golf Wins 4th Consecutive District Championship

The CHS Lady Raider golf team with their district tournament plaque. Left to right - Sophie Vinson, Savannah Quick and Ashley Gilliam [Photo provided]

The CHS Lady Raider golf team with their district tournament plaque. Left to right – Sophie Vinson, Savannah Quick and Ashley Gilliam [Photo provided]

Four in a row! For the 4th consecutive year, the Coffee County Central High School Lady Raider golf team captured the District 8AAA crown as they finished with 3 of the top 4 individual scores to outdistance their competitors by 36 strokes. The win advances them to Thursday’s Region 4AAA tournament in Murfreesboro. The Red Raiders finished in 2nd place behind Tullahoma which was still good enough to qualify them for Thursday’s Region tournament as well.
Ashley Gilliam fired a 1 over par score of 72 on the Bear Trace Course at Tims Ford to tie for the overall low round with Malia Stovall of Franklin County. Gilliam lost on the first playoff hole to finish in 2nd place. Savannah Quick fired a 78 to finish in 3rd place and Sophie Vinson carded an 83 to finish in 4th. The Lady Raiders finished the round with a team score of 150.  Franklin County came in 2nd at 186 and Shelbyville was 3rd at 206. The tournament win lifts the Lady Raiders season record to 49 and 3 on the year. The Lady Raiders will attempt to capture their 4th straight Region 4AAA title on Thursday at Murfreesboro’s Indian Hills Golf Course.

The CHS Red Raider golf team with their district tournament runner-up plaque. Left to right - Reid Lawrence, Austin Farris, John Parigger, Josh Perry and Samuel Prater [Photo provided]

The CHS Red Raider golf team with their district tournament runner-up plaque. Left to right – Reid Lawrence, Austin Farris, John Parigger, Josh Perry and Samuel Prater [Photo provided]

The Red Raiders got a 5th place individual finish from Samuel Prater to finish in 2nd place in the district behind Tullahoma. The Red Raiders fired a team score of 316 which placed them 7 strokes ahead of 3rd place Franklin County. Prater fired a 77 on the day followed by Austin Farris at 79 while Reid Lawrence and John Parigger each fired an 80. The tournament performance lifted the Red Raiders record on the season to 58 and 15 on the year.
The Red Raiders will join the Lady Raiders at Thursday’s Region 4AAA tournament at Indian Hills. The tournament is set to get underway at 9 AM.

CHS Soccer Rallies for District Win at Columbia on Monday

Jenna Garretson of CHS Soccer

Jenna Garretson of CHS Soccer

It took a pair of Lady Raider rallies, but the Coffee County Central High school soccer team escaped Columbia on Monday night with a 4 to 3 district win. Coffee County needed three 2nd half goals to hold off the Lions in a crucial battle for tournament seeding.
Columbia opened the scoring with a goal in the 6th minute. Coffee County leveled the score in the 30th minute when Caitlyn Moore scored after a corner kick feed from Allie Amado. That momentum was lost 3 minutes later as Columbia scored again to take a 2 to 1 lead into halftime. In the 2nd half, Columbia stretched their lead to 3 to 1 after a goal in the 49th minute to put Coffee County on the ropes. But the Lady Raiders responded in the 52nd minute on a goal by Amado, assisted by Sam Ellison. Five minutes later, Jenna Garretson was dragged down in the box and Karson Young converted on the penalty kick to level the match at 3 with 23 minutes remaining. Garretson added the game winner in the 74th minute on a breakaway to cap the dramatic comeback win.
The win improved Coffee County to 11-4-1 on the year and 5-1 in district play. It also assures the Lady Raiders of a 2nd place finish in the district regular season and an opportunity to host a possible 2 district tournament games at the Raider Soccer Field. The Lady Raiders are back at home on Thursday night when they play host to Community for Senior Night. That match is set to get underway at 7 PM, with Senior Night activities to start around 6:30.

CCMS Volleyball Sweeps Eagleville on Monday

Maci Head of CCMS Volleyball

Maci Head of CCMS Volleyball

The Coffee County Middle School volleyball team stayed hot on Monday night as they got a straight set win at Eagleville. The Lady Raiders won by set scores of 25-15 and 25-14. Coffee County’s Maci Head led Coffee County at the service line as she served 8 aces on the match. Kiya Ferrell added 3 aces to help the Lady Raiders earn the season sweep over the Lady Eagles.
The win improves Coffee County’s record to 7 and 4 overall as they remain 4 and 3 in conference play after the non-conference win. Coffee County is back at home on Wednesday night for a 4:30 PM game with North Franklin. Immediately following that match, and before the JV match, the Lady Raider 8th graders will be recognized and honored. Coffee County will close out the season on Saturday with a tournament at Warren County. Thunder Radio will post that schedule later in the week.

Red Raiders Blanked by Oakland

Byron Sullivan(right) takes the handoff from QB Colton Prater(left) during Friday night's game with Oakland[Photo by John St.Clair - JohnStClairPhoto.com]

Byron Sullivan(right) takes the handoff from QB Colton Prater(left) during Friday night’s game with Oakland[Photo by John St.Clair – JohnStClairPhoto.com]

The Oakland Patriots scored touchdowns on a blocked field goal, a punt return and a kickoff return as the visitors from Murfreesboro blanked a shorthanded Coffee County Red Raider football team 62 to 0 on Friday night. Missing several starters, including Tennessee commitment Alontae Taylor, put Coffee County at a severe matchup disadvantage in the region matchup.
A strong Oakland defense held Coffee County to 3 first downs and 59 total yards of offense on the night. Byron Sullivan led the Red Raiders with 48 yards rushing on 24 carries to be named the Thunder Radio/Crazy Daisies Player of the game. Colton Prater was 2 for 3 passing for 11 yards. Freshman Tanner Hulvey came off the bench to rush one time for 21 yards.
The Raiders will be back at home on Friday night as Cookeville visits Carden-Jarrell Field for homecoming. Homecoming festivities for the community will kick off on Thursday night with Homecoming on the Square. The Homecoming on the Square is open to the public and begins at 5:30 PM. Come out and enjoy food, a parade, the football team, the band, dancers and cheerleaders including a Pep Rally. The game on Friday night kicks off at 7 PM, Thunder Radio begins live pregame coverage at 6 PM with the Friday Night Thunder pregame show.

CHS Cross Country Sweeps Meet at Sewanee

James Lynn of Coffee County CHS XC(Photo by Pascal Randolph)

James Lynn of Coffee County CHS XC(Photo by Pascal Randolph)

The Coffee Central High School cross country teams swept the top 3 places in the boys and girls races in winning both divisions of Mountain Lion Invitational on Friday in Sewanee. The Red Raiders placed 5 runners in the top 10 while the Lady Raiders placed 6 runners in the top 10.
Sarah Pearson won the girls’ race followed by Emily St.John in 2nd and Makenzie Webb in 3rd place. Byanka Woods finished 6th while Chiara Gisinti was 9th and Keisheal Norton was 10th. Shyanna Rader was 14th and Ping Srisuk was 16th.
James Lynn won the boys race followed by Bradley Kishpaugh in 2nd and Andrew Godwin in 3rd. Andres Cavalie finished 4th and Reuben Chaput was the 9th place finisher. Other Raider finishers were: Larson Meltzer in 13th , Neil Slone in 17th , Samuel Workman in 18th, Aiden Stowe in 19th, Eric Randolph in 20th and Nick Johnson in 21st.
The Coffee County Middle School runners had another strong showing in the middle school division races. Jacob Rutledge finished in 3rd place in the boys’ race followed by Ethan Welch in 4th place. In the girls’ race, Jasie Willis and Shelby Watkins crossed the finish line together to tie for 9th place.
The Raider cross country teams will be back in action on Tuesday when they host a home meet beginning at 4 PM. That meet will be held behind Carden-Jarrell Field on the campus of the Raider Academy.

CHS Soccer Falls in Saturday Match

eliza-masters

CHS Soccer’s Eliza Masters

Despite outshooting Central Magnet 14 to 12 on Saturday morning, the Coffee County Lady Raider soccer team fell 5 to 2 in the non-district game. Eliza Masters and Holli Smithson each scored unassisted goals for the Lady Raiders. The loss drops the Lady Raiders record to 10-4-1 on the year. The Lady Raiders return to district action on Monday when they travel to Columbia to take on the Lady Lions. That match will kick off at 7 PM.

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