Coffee County and Cookeville Split Basketball Doubleheader at “The Patch”

Bella Vinson of Coffee County CHS basketball

In a pair of games decided at the free throw line, Coffee County welcomed Cookeville to the Joe Frank Patch Memorial Gym on Saturday night.  A huge crowd witnessed the Lady Raiders hit 3 of 4 free throws in the final 5 seconds to claim a 45 to 41 win.  The Cookeville Cavaliers hit 9 of 10 free throws late in the 4th quarter to hold off a Raider rally and win 56 to 39.

The Lady Cavaliers used stout defensive pressure to keep the Lady Raiders out of rhythm for most of the game.  Coffee County was held to 4 points in the 2nd quarter as they trailed at the half 23 to 18.  The Lady Raiders cut the lead to 1 in the 3rd before Cookeville went on a 5 to 0 run.  In the 4th quarter, Bella Vinson keyed a huge Coffee County rally as she scored 10 points in the frame to give the Lady Raiders a 42 to 41 lead in the final seconds.  A defensive stop by the Lady Raiders resulted in a Cookeville foul and a technical foul on the Cookeville bench. With 3 seconds on the clock, Coffee County drained 3 of 4 free throws  to run their record to 11 and 0.  Vinson led the Lady Raiders in scoring with 18 points as she was named the Crazy Daisies player of the game.  Jacey Vaughn added 13 points and Abby Morgan notched 5 points.

Darius Rozier of Coffee County CHS basketball

The Red Raiders started out red hot as they built a 7 to 0 lead over the Cavaliers.  But Cookeville found their range from 3 point land as they hit a trio of 1st quarter 3 pointers to take a 1 point lead into the half.  Leading by 3 points with 6 minutes remaining, Cookeville finished the game on a 15 to 1 run to hand Coffee County their second straight loss.  Darius Rozier was the leading scorer for the Red Raiders as he had 19 points to claim the Crazy Daisies player of the game award.  Kyle Farless came off the bench to add 9 points and Harley Hinshaw netted 5.

The Raiders and Lady Raiders return to the hardwood on Friday night when they travel to Cookeville for a rematch with the Cavaliers.  The girls’ game will tip off at 6 PM, Thunder Radio will begin live coverage with the Powers Storage Pregame Show at 5:50.

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Coffee County Elementary Basketball Opens Postseason Tournament

The Coffee County Elementary Basketball League opened up their postseason tournament on Saturday at the Joe Frank Patch Memorial Gym.  The quarterfinal round saw 4 boys’ games and 3 girls’ games on the day.  The winners from Saturday punched their ticket to the semifinal rounds which will be held this week at CHS.  The girls’ semifinal will be played on Monday with the boys’ semifinal to follow on Thursday night.  The tournament finals and consolation rounds will be held on Saturday.

Girls’ finals from Saturday:

East Coffee 10, College Street 7

New Union 21, Deerfield 6

Westwood 21, Hillsboro 1

Boys’ finals from Saturday:

Westwood 36, New Union 24

North Coffee 19, Hillsboro 12

Deerfield 21, East Coffee 4

College Street 29, Hickerson 14

Semifinal and Finals schedules

Monday, December 10, 2018 Girls’ Tournament Semifinals at CHS
6:00 Westwood vs New Union 6:00
7:00 North Coffee vs East Coffee 7:00
Thursday, December 13, 2018 Boys’ Tournament Semifinals at CHS
6:00 Deerfield vs North Coffee 6:00
7:00 College St. vs Westwood 7:00
Saturday, December 15, 2018 Tournament Finals and Consolation at CHS
9:00 vs 9:00 Girls
10:00 vs 10:00 Boys
11:00 Cheerleading Exhibition 11:00
12:00 vs 12:00 Girls
1:00 vs 1:00 Boys

Coffee County Wrestlers Battle in Tullahoma’s Garner-Dyer Invitational

Jesse Smith(top) of Coffee County CHS wrestling

The Coffee County wrestling team traveled to Tullahoma on Saturday to compete in the Garner-Dyer Individual Tournament.  The Red Raiders and Lady Raiders were both in action in the one day tournament.  The Red Raiders finished in 10th place out of 18 teams ahead of region rivals Tullahoma, Warren County, Franklin Co, Siegel and Shelbyville. The Lady Raiders finished in 6th place out of 12 teams.

For the Red Raiders, Jesse Smith was the top finisher as he finished in 2nd place in the 145 pound weight class.  Smith lost in the finals via a pin to finish the day with a record of 3 and 1.  Brett Francis(at 120 pounds) finished in 4th place in his weight class with a record of 3 and 2.  Reynaldo Reyes(182) finished with a record of 3 and 1 as he just missed a top 4 finish.  Finishing with records of 3 and 2 were Jonathan Cable(138), and Dakota Chalker(160).  Christopher Speagle(220) finished with a record of 2 and 2.  Devin Judge(152), Nicolas Martinez(195), Jacob Phillips(170), Cardin Stump(285) and Hunter Waring all finished at 1 and 2.  Hunter Massey(126) went 0 and 2 on the day.

For the Lady Raiders, Andrea Hickman and Mary Anne Walker each grabbed 3rd place finishes as each had 3 and 1 records on the day.  Anna Takao went 2 and 2 and finished in 4th place while Mary Wolfrum and Lyra Leftwich each battled to 1 and 2 records.

Coffee County hits the road on Tuesday when they travel to Lawrenceburg for a tri-match with Lawrence County and Huntsville High School.  The first match will get underway at 6.

Coffee County Bass Club Fights Tough Conditions at Normandy in Saturday Tournament

The Coffee County Youth Bass Club was in action on Saturday at Normandy Lake in the South Central Tennessee Region BASS Nation High School Tournament.  Fighting cold, rainy and windy conditions, five boats of Raider anglers braved the elements to compete in the high school division.  In the junior division, the boat of Kylan Mantooth and Lance Marcom were in action.

In the high school tournament, 3 Raider boats finished in the top 10.  The team of Colby Thurmond and Jacob Garms were the top finisher for Coffee County as they a 5 fish stringer weighing 5.74 pounds to finish in 5th place.  Branson and Dawson Wells came in 8th place with 3 fish totaling 5.15 pounds.  Curtis Tudor and Sawyer Banks caught 2 fish for a total of 4.78 pounds to finish 10th.  Isaiah Owens and Garrett Davis finished in 19th place with 1 finish tipping the scales at 2.67 pounds.  The boat of Adam Petty and Jayden Yates came home in 29th place.

For the high school region standings, Coffee County remains in the hunt for a 2nd straight region title.  The Raider anglers have 3 boats in the Top 8 led by Dawson and Branson Wells in 4th place.  Defending region champs Isaiah Owens and Garrett David are close behind in 7th place while Colby Thurmond and Jacob Garms sit in 8th place.

In the junior division on Saturday, the boat of Kylan Mantooth and Lance Marcom landed one fish weighing 1.11 pounds.  In the horrible conditions, that was good enough for a 3rd place finish.  Mantooth and Marcom enter the holiday break in 2nd place in the region in the junior division just 1 point behind the region leader.

The Bass Club will now be off February when they return to action in a tournament at Percy Priest.

Westwood Basketball Boys End Season in Conference Tourney Loss

Konor Heaton of Westwood basketball

The Westwood Rockets basketball season came to a close on Saturday night in the opening round of the Duck River Valley Conference Tournament.  Taking on the Rockets of Forrest, the Westwood Rockets came up short by a final score of 46 to 26.

Trailing by 7 at the half, Westwood’s offense stalled in the 2nd half in the season-ending loss.  Konor Heaton was the leading scorer for the Rockets as he finished with 8 points.

The Westwood Lady Rockets will open Duck River Valley Conference tournament play on Monday night.  The Lady Rockets will square off against Middle Tennessee Christian at 5:30 PM.  That game will be played at Eagleville.

Preds Finish Western Canada Trip with Loss to Flames

In his first start since Nov. 23, Juuse Saros gave the Predators a chance to win in Calgary, but a perfect redirection in the third period led the Flames to score the game’s final three goals on their way to a 5-2 victory.

Craig Smith wired a wrister that eluded Flames’ netminder Mike Smith to tie the game, 2-2, early in the final frame, but Calgary answered, and answered quickly, with Garnet Hathaway scoring at 6:03, Alan Quine finding twine at 12:12 and Elias Lindholm adding the empty-netter at 17:00.

The result makes injury-riddled Nashville winless in their last six road (0-5-1) outings and sees their season series against the Flames finish at 1-2-0.

“They wanted it more,” Preds defenseman Ryan Ellis said. “At times, we played well and at times they outplayed us, so it’s just about getting back to basics. We’ve obviously been hit with the injury bug, and when that happens, you have to simplify your game and play very predictable for your teammates.”

With the top spot in the Western Conference on the line, a Predators’ team – missing four of its star players – fought deep into the third period in a tie game, but saw the Flames’ speed force several turnovers, which were then converted for goals. Nashville now cedes the top spot in the West for the first time in several days.

It took defenseman Oliver Kylington less than two minutes into the contest to pot his first career goal and give the Flames a 1-0 lead, but with 53 seconds to play in the opening period, Roman Josi fed Colton Sissons, and the Preds forward directed a shot past Smith for his second tally in as many games.

In the middle frame, Sean Monahan beat Saros and scored his team-leading 18th of the season to give Calgary a one-goal lead after 40 minutes.

The Predators evened it up once more just 54 seconds into the third period when Smith potted his eighth of the season, but Hathaway’s redirection less than five minutes later gave Calgary their third and final lead of the night.

“We just gave them too many [chances],” Smith said of Nashville’s play. “[Saros] is a good goalie, but we give them too much like we did, and I thought they capitalized on a lot of quick turnovers. We’re going to have to go back and look at the tape and make some adjustments again and correct it.”

Preds Head Coach Peter Laviolette liked his team’s compete level more than what he saw in Vancouver two nights ago in a 5-3 loss to the Canucks, but the bench boss pointed to Calgary’s third goal as a turning point on the night.

“Especially in the first period, I thought we came out really strong defensively, and it’s a 2-1 game going into the third period,” Laviolette said. “We tied it up, so that was a big goal at that point, but they get that redirection goal…and we couldn’t catch it from there.”

From here, the Predators will head back to home for a three-game set back in their own building, a chance to correct what went wrong in Western Canada.

“This team is good at staying within the day,” Smith said. “We’ve done a great job of not looking in the rearview mirror… But the results in the last couple of games, especially our road games, is not where we want it. We’ll take ownership of it and make the right corrections.”


Zac Rinaldo and Anthony Bitetto re-entered the Nashville lineup on Saturday, while Eeli Tolvanen and Matt Irwin were healthy scratches.

The Preds will now return to Tennessee for their final homestand before the Christmas break, beginning on Tuesday night with the Ottawa Senators in town.

Coffee County Basketball Gets Split at Columbia on Friday Night

Kiya Ferrell of Coffee County CHS basketball

Putting their perfect records on the line on, the Coffee County CHS basketball teams traveled to Columbia on Friday night.  The Lady Raiders raced out to a huge lead and coasted home with an 85 to 19 win.  The Red Raiders could not keep pace with the hot outside shooting of Columbia as they fell 79 to 65.

In the girls’ game, Coffee County forced 18 first half turnovers and scored the first 22 points of the game as they cruised to their 10th straight win.  All 13 players that dressed for Coffee County scored in the game as the subs got more minutes than the starters.  Jacey Vaughn led Coffee County in scoring with 13 points while Kiya Ferrell added 12.  Ferrell and Vaughn were named the Crazy Daisies co-players of the game.  Abby Morgan also finished with 13 points and Bella Vinson added 10 points as Coffee County improved to 10 and 0 on the year and 2 and 0 in district play.

Shawn Anderson of Coffee County CHS basketball

In the boys’ game, Columbia hit ten 3 point baskets and used their quickness to neutralize the Raiders height advantage.  Shawn Anderson came off the bench for Coffee County to score 17 points to lead the Raider attack.  For his efforts, Anderson was named the Crazy Daisies player of the game.  Darius Rozier led Coffee County in rebounding and added 15 points.  Jaxon Vaughn chipped in 11 for Coffee County as the Raiders record falls to 5 and 1 overall and 1 and 1 in district play.

The Raiders and Lady Raiders return to the hardwood on Saturday night when they welcome non-district foe Cookeville to “The Patch.”  The girls’ game will tip off at 6 PM, Thunder Radio will begin live coverage with the Powers Storage Pregame Show at 5:50.

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Claybusters Post Strong Numbers on Saturday

Fighting windy and raw weather conditions, the Coffee County Claybusters were in action at Big Springs on Saturday, December 1st.  In their final shoot prior to the Christmas holidays, the Claybusters captured the lion’s share of top finishes.

The Claybusters #1 team won the Junior Division, A&B Class with a score of 439(out of a possible 500) and earned the high overall team score in the division.  The Claybusters #2 team also grabbed high overall honors as they shot a 405 in the Sub-Junior Division A&B Class.  The Claybusters Team #4 won the Sub-Junior C & D Class with a score of 379.

Individually, Cheyenne Martin was the overall B Class champion as she broke 89 clays.  Tucker Carlton was runner-up(after a tiebreaker) in the Junior division with a score of 94.  Hayden Jacobs finished in 3rd place with a score of 92.  The Claybusters swept the medal stand in the Su-Junior Division as Landon Meadows finished 1st(with 88 clays), Dylan Hickerson was 2nd(86) and Aubrey Payne was 3rd(83).  Emma Matthews won the Lady Championship as she shot down 92 clays.

The Claybusters will return to action in January when they visit the Highland Rim Shooters Club in Tullahoma for an individual shoot.

Coffee County Wrestlers Fight to a Split in Rutherford County on Thursday Night

Brett Francis of Coffee County CHS wrestling

Taking on 2 of the top teams in the region, the Coffee County wrestling team visited Smyrna to tangle with Stewarts Creek and Blackman on Thursday night.  The Red Raiders came up short to Blackman 47 to 24.  The Red Raiders got a come from behind win over Stewarts Creek 39 to 38.  The Lady Raider grapplers blanked Blackman 18 to 0.

The Lady Raiders won all 3 of their matches by pinfall wins.  Andrea Hickman(fighting in the 112 class), Mary Anne Walker(125) and Lyra Leftwich(132) all pinned their Lady Blaze opponent to gain the shutout win.

The Red Raiders fought gamely against the number 9 ranked team in the state in Blackman.  The Blaze picked up wins in the 5 largest weight classes to come from behind to hold off the Raiders.  Coffee County captured pinfall wins from Brett Francis(120), Hunter Waring(132) and Jesse Smith(145).   The Raiders also nabbed decision wins from Devin Judge(152) and Dakota Chalker(160) as they fell 47 to 24.

Against Stewarts Creek, the Raiders found themselves in a 27 to 6 hole after the first 7 matches to the Red Hawks.  But the Coffee County big men redeemed themselves winning 5 of the last 6 matches to grab the 39 to 38 team win.  Brett Francis(126), Dakota Chalker(160), Reynaldo Reyes(182), Nick Martinez(195), Christopher Speagle(220) and Cardin Stump(285) all captured important pinfall wins.  Jonathan Cable added a 4 to 3 decision win in the 138 pound weight class.

The Raider grapplers are back in action on Saturday when they travel to Tullahoma to take part in the Tullahoma Invitational.  All the action will take place at the Tullahoma High School gym.  Matches are set to begin at 10 AM.

Westwood Basketball Drops Regular Season Finale at Huntland

Anna Johnson of Westwood basketball

Ending the regular season in Huntland, the Westwood basketball teams hit the road on Thursday night.  With tournament seeding still undecided, the Rockets and Lady Rockets were hoping to improve their match ups for the upcoming Duck River Valley Conference Tournament to be held in Eagleville.  Both Westwood teams came up short as the Lady Rockets fell 29 to 17 and the Rockets lost a 47 to 23 decision.

In the girls’ game, the Lady Rockets were ice cold in the 2nd half as they were held to 2 points in each quarter.  The Lady Rockets, who only trailed by 7 at the half, held Huntland to 9 second half points but could not muster the come-from-behind win.  Anna Johnson led the Lady Rockets in scoring with 9 points.  Leonor Moreno added 4 points for Westwood.

Konor Heaton of Westwood basketball

In the boys’ contest, the Hornets held the Rockets to single digits in each quarter in the Westwood loss.   Andrew Thompson and Konor Heaton were the leading scorers for Westwood as each netted 5 points.  Cayden Trail added 4 free throws and Jayden Carter also finished with 4 points.

The Duck River Valley Conference tournament is set to begin on Saturday in Eagleville.  First round matchups for the Rockets and Lady Rockets were announced on Friday.  The Rockets are set to open up tournament play on Saturday at 5:45 taking on Community. The Lady Rockets open tournament play on Monday at 5:30 PM against MTCS. All tournament games will be held at Eagleville.

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