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Hometown Tuesday Returns For 2nd Season

sports action 2Thunder Radio’s commitment to “Live & Local” is more than just a slogan, it is prevalent in ALL of our programming! From local coverage of news and politics, local interest in professional sports with coverage of the Atlanta Braves, Nashville Predators and Tennessee Titans to our unparalleled coverage of high school sports. Well the commitment continues with the renewal of Hometown Tuesday, our fall broadcast coverage of middle school football, soccer and volleyball; along with high school soccer and volleyball broadcasts. The series is set to begin on Tuesday August 11th at 6:30 PM as the Coffee County Middle School football team hosts Whitwell. Over the 11 week series, we will bring you coverage of 13 different events every Tuesday night, with a couple of Thursdays thrown in for good measure. You have voted Thunder Radio your favorite radio station for the last 5 years and we want to continue to earn that honor in the years to come. “Live and Local” is more than lip service at Thunder Radio.

Complete Hometown Tuesday Schedule
Tuesday, August 11 – CCMS football vs. Whitwell – 6:30 PM
Thursday, August 13 – Westwood football vs. Fayetteville – 6:30 PM
Tuesday, August 18 – CCMS volleyball vs. Warren County – 4:30 PM
Tuesday, August 25 – CCMS soccer(girls) vs. White County – 5:30 PM
Thursday, August 27 – Westwood football vs. Forrest – 6:30
Tuesday, September 1 – Westwood soccer(girls) vs. Huntland – 5:30 PM
Tuesday, September 8 – CHS soccer(girls) vs. Warren County – 7:00 PM
Tuesday, September 15 – CHS volleyball vs. Tullahoma – 6:00 PM
Tuesday, September 22 – CCMS football vs. Warren County – 6:30 PM
Tuesday, September 29 – CHS volleyball vs. Franklin County – 6:00 PM
Tuesday, October 6 – CHS volleyball – District Tournament – TBA
Tuesday, October 13 – CHS soccer(girls) – District Tournament – TBA
Tuesday, October 20 – CHS soccer(girls) – Region Tournament – TBA

Titans Open Training Camp Friday

titans2The Titans are scheduled to begin training camp this week at Saint Thomas Sports Park in Nashville. Rookies and veterans report to camp on Thursday, July 30, and will practice for the first time the next day under the direction of head coach Ken Whisenhunt.

Fans of the Titans are invited to watch nine total training camp practices free of charge, beginning with the July 31 workout at 9:20 a.m. CDT. The remaining practices that are open to the public are scheduled for Aug. 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 11, 12 and 16. Training camp is the only time of the year that practices are open to the general public.

Free parking for training camp is available directly across the street from Saint Thomas Sports Park (460 Great Circle Road) at the CVS/Caremark corporate offices. Security is present to assist in crossing the street before, during and after practice.

Once inside the gates of the Titans complex, visitors can observe from the perimeter of the practice field, but onlookers should be prepared to stand in typical Middle Tennessee summer heat for the duration of their visit, as shade and seating are very limited.

A Titans Locker Room merchandise trailer is set up next to the practice field selling a wide selection of Titans apparel and even game-issued items. Cold non-alcoholic beverages also will be available to purchase.

On Monday, Aug. 3, fans are invited to the annual Academy Sports + Outdoors Night at Titans Training Camp. Spectators should arrive early for the scheduled 6:50 p.m. practice for giveaways and chances to win special prizes.

For an up-to-date camp schedule, fans can call the team’s training camp hotline at (615) 565-4190, or they can go to the team’s official website, TitansOnline.com/TrainingCamp. As always, you will be able to hear all Titans football games here on Thunder Radio.

CHS Golf Teams Open Season with Wins

Teagan Perry

CHS senior golfer Teagan Perry prepares to hit a tee shot in Tuesday’s win at Fayetteville. (Photo by Mike Ray)

The Coffee County CHS golf teams got their season off in winning fashion on Tuesday as they swept their match play in Fayetteville. The boys got a 15 stroke win over second place Fayetteville while Lincoln County came in a distant 3rd. Coffee County bested the Tigers 162 to 177 led by John Parriger and Austin Farris who each shot a 38 over the 9 hole match. Matt Hale carded a 41 while Josh Perry and Reid Lawrence each got around in 43 strokes. The Lady Raiders easily outdistanced Lincoln County 82 to 112. Sophie Vinson was low scorer for the Coffee County with a 39. Teagan Perry shot a 43 and Jordan Green carded a 48. The Raiders and Lady Raiders will be back in action on Monday as they host their first home match of the year. Coffee County will entertain Cookeville at Willowbrook with the shotgun start going off at 1:00 PM.

CHS Golf Season Tees Off on Tuesday

golf ballThe CHS golf teams open the regular season on Tuesday with a pair of matches in Fayetteville.  The Raiders and Lady Raiders will look to build off their performance from last Thursday as they open the season against district rival Lincoln County.   The Lady Raiders finished in 2nd place at the Lakewood Invitational preseason tournament on Thursday led by Savannah Quick.  Quick, who shot a 2 over par 74 on Thursday, is joined by senior captain Teagan Perry and Sophie Vinson as the favorites to try and qualify the Lady Raiders for  the state tournament for the 5th straight year.

On the boys side, senior captain Hayden Proffitt and junior John Parrigger lead a young Raider team.  Freshmen Austin Farris and Samuel Prater are also expected to contribute this season as the Red Raiders look to return a golfer to the state tournament for the 4th straight season.

Tuesday’s match will take place at the Fayetteville Country Club and is scheduled to tee off at 9:00 AM.  The Raiders will host their first home match of the year on Monday, August 3rd beginning at 1:00 PM.  The Raiders and Lady Raiders will play host to the always strong Cookeville teams at Willowbrook.  Mike Ray is the head coach for Coffee County as he begins his 8th season at the helm of the golf program.

CHS Lady Raider Soccer Team to Host Play Day Saturday

The Coffee County High School Lady Raider soccer team will host the annual preseason play day on Saturday at the Raider Soccer Field and Carden-Jarrell Field, both behind the Raider Academy. Both the Lady Raider varsity and junior varsity teams will be in action beginning at 9 AM. The varsity will play 3 games at Carden-Jarrell Field as they take on Warren County at 9 AM, Franklin County at 10:20 AM and Wilson Central at 2:20 PM. The Lady Raiders will also take on Smith County at 1:00 PM on the soccer field. The JV Lady Raiders will have 3 games on the soccer field beginning at 10:20 AM. The JV team will take on the Warren County JV at 10:20, the Shelbyville JV at 11:40 AM and the Franklin County JV at 1:40 PM.

CHS Lady Raider Play Day Schedule - August 1st

CHS Lady Raider Play Day Schedule – August 1st

Tori Raby-Gentry Steps Down as Motlow Softball Coach

former Motlow softball coach adn athletic director, Tori Raby-Gentry

former Motlow softball coach adn athletic director, Tori Raby-Gentry

After four years as head softball coach and faculty member and 18 months as athletic director, Tori Raby-Gentry has announced her resignation from Motlow College effective July 31, according to Jerry Tunstill, vice-president for student affairs.

“We appreciate Tori and the time and effort she has given to the college,” said Tunstill. “As a former player and an alumnus, Tori will always be a part of the Motlow family and we wish her well.”

Raby-Gentry was named head softball coach in June 2011 and compiled an 84-107-2 record during her four years leading the program. Her best season was 2015 when the Lady Bucks went 27-19-2 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the TCCAA/Region VII tournament. She played for Motlow in 1996-97 and was named the team’s most valuable player following her sophomore season.

“After four years of coaching at Motlow and 15 years of college coaching I have decided that it is time for a new direction,” said Raby-Gentry. “I am thankful for the opportunities I was given here at Motlow and I will miss the support and relationships built with our administration, faculty, staff, and of course the student athletes.”

The next Motlow softball coach will be the school’s sixth since the program began in 1995. Jackie Reavis and Mike Holt were co-head coaches during that first season, followed by Angela Tulley who stayed two years and compiled a 58-25 record.

Gary Barfield took the reins in 1998 and established the Lady Bucks as one of the premier junior/community college softball programs in the southeast, culminating in the school’s only state championship and national tournament appearance in 2009. Barfield left following the 2011 season and is now the head coach at Tullahoma High School.

Baseball Head Coach Dan McShea has been named interim athletic director. Motlow will immediately begin the process of searching for a new head softball coach. The new coach will inherit a quality roster with eight returning sophomores and a talented freshman class.

Manchester Baseball Team Claims TYBA State Title

Devin Taylor of the 11 and 12 year old Wild Bunch from Manchester won the TYBA home run derby this past weekend at the TYBA state tournament.  (Photo provided by TYBA)

Devin Taylor of the 11 and 12 year old Wild Bunch from Manchester won the TYBA home run derby this past weekend at the TYBA state tournament. (Photo provided by TYBA)

The 9 and 10 year old Raiders of Manchester won the Tennessee Youth Baseball Association State Recreation Championship on Sunday. The Raiders finished off the day on Sunday with 3 wins, including a victory over the DeKalb County All Stars in the championship game. The win capped the 3rd state title for a Manchester team in this year’s TYBA state tournaments. The 11& 12 year old Wild Bunch of Manchester also had a good week-end, highlighted by a home run derby winner. Devin Taylor of the Wild Bunch crushed a grand slam home run this weekend to claim the home run derby crown.

Prep Schedule for The Week

sports actionMonday marks the beginning of full contact fall football practice for prep teams in Tennessee. Teams from Westwood Middle, Coffee County Middle, as well as Coffee County Central High School will look to add this physical element to their practice schedules as they prepare for preseason scrimmages and jamborees. The Rockets of Westwood Middle will be the first local team to get in a fall scrimmage on Thursday night with their annual Blue & White Game scheduled for a 7 PM kickoff at Dyer-Bouldin Field. The Rockets follow that up with a Friday Jamboree game at Cascade at 6:30 PM against Mt. Pleasant. The Raiders of Coffee County Middle School will hold their first scrimmage of the preseason on Friday night as they travel to Smyrna to take on Rock Springs. The Coffee County CHS Red Raiders will travel to Grundy County on Friday, August 7th.

The CHS golf team opens their regular season on Tuesday as they travel to Fayetteville to take on Lincoln County. Both boys and girls teams will tee off at 9 AM.

The CHS volleyball team will hold their annual Alumni Game on Friday, July 31st beginning at 6:00 PM at the Joe Frank Patch Memorial Gym. The Lady Raiders will return to action on Saturday, August 1st as the travel to Chattanooga for a scrimmage play day. The volleyball team will also hold signups on Friday beginning at 5:00 PM for girls in grades 4th thru 6th for their youth volleyball league. The final day for signups is Saturday, August 8th.

The Coffee County CHS girls soccer team will host a scrimmage playday on Saturday, August 1st at the Raider soccer field behind the Raider Academy.  Games will begin early on Saturday morning and continue all day.  Thunder Radio will update the schedule for the playday later in the week.

The Coffee County Middle School softball team will hold tryouts on July 27th and 28th at the CCMS Field. 6th and 7th graders will tryout on both dates from 4:30 to 6:00 PM. Any 8th graders wishing to try out will only need to attend the July 28th session, also from 4:30 to 6:00 PM. Students wishing to tryout should bring their own softball gear and a copy of their current physical. Parents will need to be prepared to drop off their kids, and then pick them up again at 6:00 PM as this will be a closed tryout session.

The Coffee County Central High School softball team will hold MAKE UP tryouts on July 28th & 29th at Terry Floyd Field. Time for both sessions is 7 PM to – 9 PM. Student athletes will to bring with them their own softball equipment plus the completed & signed physical/consent forms are REQUIRED.
For more information, contact Steve Wilder at: 731-445-4896.

The CHS Cross Country team will hold their first practice of the year on Monday, beginning at 5:00 PM at the former Old Stone Fort Golf Course. Students wishing to run cross country should show up with their physical form. If you need more information about the cross country team, contact Robert Harper via email at: harperr@k12coffee.net

Garcia’s First Homer Helps Braves Stop Cardinals

Braves5A go-ahead home run by Adonis Garcia helped the Braves halt the Cardinals’ five-game winning streak and avoid a three-game sweep with a 3-2 win at Busch Stadium on Sunday.

Having lost an early two-run lead, the Braves got a jolt when Garcia connected for his first home run in his fourth career game. Cardinals starter Michael Wacha (11-4) served up the blast in the final inning of his six-inning start.
“To drive a ball out of the ballpark, especially in this ballpark, which is a fair ballpark, into the right-field bullpen, that’s some pop,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.
Ryan Lavarnway and Cameron Maybin tallied RBI singles off Wacha in the second.

“Early on, I was just having a little trouble finding the strike zone, leaving some balls up in the zone,” Wacha said. “[I] gave up an 0-2 hit [to Maybin] that drove in a run. I’ve got to do a better job with those counts and being able to put them away and not give those up.”
Braves starter Matt Wisler picked up his fifth win in seven career starts by limiting the Cardinals to two runs over seven innings. The Cards peppered the rookie for seven hits, but they had three innings end with a runner stranded at third.

After a weekend full of offensive frustration, the Braves cobbled together a pair of second-inning runs. Lavarnway doubled home Eury Perez, then Maybin singled home Lavarnway, who has hit safely in all seven games he’s played in since the Braves acquired him from Baltimore in June. Atlanta also benefited from a pair of walks in the second.

“That was nice to kind of break the ice there,” Gonzalez said. “We had some nice at-bats against Wacha. … He kind of settled in a little bit and gave his team an opportunity to win the game, but we had some good at-bats. We really did.”
Wacha wobbly: Though he did last long enough to throw six innings for the 14th time this season, Wacha labored early. He threw 51 pitches over the first two innings and allowed eight baserunners (three via walks) in the first three. Over his last three starts (17 innings), Wacha has allowed 13 runs.

“There were a couple things that happened today that would have made that look radically different,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. “Some of those are outside his control. That’s pitching, too. You’re going to have plays not happen. You’re going to have calls not go your way. You have to figure out a way to get through it.”
When the Braves called up Garcia on Saturday, Gonzalez admitted he knew little more about the 30-year-old Cuban than that he wielded a potent bat. Atlanta was in need of one, having just traded Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe, and Garcia came through with his first career home run to put the Braves ahead 3-2 in the sixth.

“I’m twice as happy now that I hit a home run,” Garcia said through a translator. “I accomplished my dream by getting up here to the big leagues, and I’m just happy that I was able to help the team win as well.”  The Cardinals tied the game in the fifth with a pair of doubles. Kolten Wong stretched a single into a two-base hit to lead off the inning, then moved to third on a groundout and scored easily when Matt Holliday sliced a double into the right-field corner. The Cards rank second in the National League with 174 doubles.

In his first start since injuring his wrist on June 17, Braves All-Star first baseman Freddie Freeman went 1-for-4 with a broken-bat single in the third inning.

Former Baltimore outfielder Nick Markakis and the Braves continue a 10-game road trip when they open a three-game set on Monday night against the Orioles at 6:05 CT, with left-hander Alex Wood on the mound.  Thunder Radio will bring you the broadcast beginning at 6:00 PM.

Sounds Lose Slugfest 9-6

Sounds6Nashville struck first but the New Orleans’ bats responded, swiftly defeating the home team 9-6 at First Tennessee Park on Sunday night.

With Sounds primary leadoff hitter Craig Gentry given the night off, Joey Wendle stepped into the tone-setter role in the first inning and performed admirably, tripling to start the game. Next batter Andy Parrino drove Wendle in and the next two batters – Ryan Roberts and Jason Pridie – followed suit loading the bases with no outs. Parrino then scored on a wild pitch and the other runners moved into scoring position. Roberts would score on a Dayan Viciedo sacrifice fly and the Sounds led 3-0 after one.

That lead would not hold however, as New Orleans batted around in the fourth inning springing for five runs off Nashville starter Nate Long (2-3), ending his day after 3 2/3 innings pitched. Aaron Kurcz came in out of the Nashville ‘pen to retire the final out of the frame.

Isaac Galloway continued to be a thorn in Nashville’s side collecting a two-out, two-run single off Kurcz the following inning. The outfielder entered the series hitting just .235 this season, but has at least one hit and one RBI in each of the three games (5-for-12, 6 RBI) in the series.

Phil Coke relieved Kurcz pitching a scoreless sixth before surrendering an RBI single to Jhonatan Solano in the 7th inning. Galloway then came around to score on a wild pitch by Coke, extending the New Orleans lead to 9-3.

Nate Freiman attempted to spark some momentum for the Sounds, leading off the 7th with a solo homer off former Sounds pitcher Chris Narveson. Two batters later, Wendle hit a ground-rule double. He then scored when an innocuous fly ball off the bat of Roberts fell between the Zephyrs second baseman and right fielder.

Carson Blair duplicated Freiman’s effort to start the ninth inning, taking Lay Batista’s offering over the wall in left to make the game 9-6. Nashville could not capitalize on the momentum however, falling by the same score.

Looking to avoid the sweep, the Sounds will send Barry Zito (6-7, 3.54) to the mound Monday night. He will be opposed by impressive Marlins’ prospect Jose Urena (6-1, 2.44). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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