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Coffee County Elementary Basketball Post Season Tournament Semifinals Held on Thursday

The semifinal round of the Coffee County Youth Basketball League took place on Thursday night at CHS.  The 4 semifinal teams in each division did battle looking to reach Saturday’s finals. 

In girls’ action, New Union grabbed a 28 to 19 win over North Coffee in the first semifinal.  Westwood raced past East Coffee in the nightcap 38 to 9. 

In boys’ action, North Coffee held off New Union 23 to 17 to advance to Saturday’s finals.  They will match up against College Street who rolled over Westwood 31 to 9

Saturday’s schedule at CHS is:
9:00 – North Coffee vs. East Coffee – Girls’ consolation
10:00 – New Union vs. Westwood – Boys’ consolation
11:00 – Cheerleading Exhibition
12:00 – New Union vs. Westwood – Girls’ championship
1:30 – North Coffee vs. College Street – Boys’ championship

Temple Baptist Christian School Basketball Gets Win in Home Opener

Mich Gloden of Temple basketball

The Temple Baptist Christian School Eagles hosted their first home basketball game of the year on Thursday night.  Welcoming in Dogwood Christian of Tunnel Hill, Georgia, the varsity Eagles got off to a hot start to grab a 52 to 41 win.

The Eagles jumped out to a 10 to 1 lead in the first 4 and a half minutes of the game to seize the momentum.  They stretched the lead to 15 at the half and carried a 16 point advantage into the 4th quarter.  Temple was led in scoring by Mich Gloden who had 19 points and 9 steals while adding 6 rebounds.  Alex Gloden finished with 17 points and 5 rebounds.  Sam Floyd also finished in double figures as he had 11 points. 

The Eagles hit the road on Friday as they travel to take on Shenandoah Baptist Academy.  The varsity/JV doubleheader will tip off at 4 PM EST in Cleveland, TN.

Preds Fall to Sabres in Buffalo

Nashville center Ryan Johansen

Ryan Johansen scored his second goal in as many games, but Victor Olofsson put the Sabres ahead for good in the third period, as Buffalo defeated Nashville, 4-3, on Thursday night. The result sees Nashville’s two-game winning streak come to an end, as they fell in Buffalo for the first time in their last nine trips to Western New York.

The contest was a back-and-forth affair at KeyBank Center. The Predators had their chances with 39 shots on goal, but they were unable to solve Linus Ullmark when they needed it the most late in the game.

“We had our chances, they had theirs, but we’re a team that prides ourselves on defense, and tonight it wasn’t good enough from our side,” Preds Associate Captain Ryan Ellis said. “And give them credit, they produced and scored on their chances.”

Matt Duchene didn’t even need a whole minute to put the Preds up 1-0, as he deked around Sabres goaltender Linus Ullmark and tucked the puck into the cage at 57 seconds of the first. Jimmy Vesey tied the game for Buffalo later in the opening period, but less than a minute after that – and with just one hand on his stick – Colton Sissons redirected a Ryan Ellis point shot into the twine to give the visitors a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes.

The Sabres took their first lead of the night in the second stanza when Jack Eichel beat Juuse Saros on two different occasions. But before the period was out, Johansen tallied his sixth of the season as he converted on a chance in front to even the score at 3-3 through two periods.

Only one goal came in the third, and it was off the stick of Olofsson to give the Preds just their second regulation loss in their last nine outings.

“We worked, we were competitive, but I think we can just be smarter with the puck,” Sissons said. “We get in trouble when we’re trying to be at bit too creative, and we can’t be when we have our chances. But at certain times, we have to be a little bit wiser with the puck.”

From here, Nashville returns home to host divisional rival Dallas on Saturday night (at 5:30 p.m. CT) for the first time since the two met last spring in the postseason. Plus, it’s the precursor to the NHL Winter Classic on New Year’s Day, and the Predators will be eager to make a statement against the Stars.

“We’ve been doing some good things lately,” Johansen said. “We’ve definitely been taking strides to be a consistent winning team, so taking a step back tonight is frustrating, but no need to get discouraged. We have another game Saturday, so we’ll be ready for that and take care of business at home before we go on another long road trip.”


Preds defenseman Mattias Ekholm skated in his 500th career game, logging three shots and one hit in 20:56 of time on ice.

Blueliner Yannick Weber re-entered the Nashville lineup in favor of Matt Irwin on Thursday. Yakov Trenin was also scratched for the Predators.

With the quick one-game trip complete, the Preds now head home for one of their own at Bridgestone Arena, as the Dallas Stars come to town on Saturday for a special 5:30 p.m. CT start.

Pete Weber’s Postgame Report

Thursday Sports Schedule

Thursday Prep Schedule
5:00 PM – TBCS Basketball HOSTS Dogwood Christian
6:00 PM – CCMS Basketball HOSTS North Franklin
6:00 PM – CHS Wrestling HOSTS Forrest and LaVergne

Thursday’s Coffee County Elementary Basketball League Postseason Tournament Semifinals at CHS
5:00 – New Union vs North Coffee – Girls
6:00 – North Coffee vs New Union – Boys
7:00 – East Coffee vs Westwood – Girls
8:00 – Westwood vs College Street – Boys

6:00 PM – Nashville Predators at Buffalo – Fifth Third Bank Nashville Predators Radio Network broadcast on Thunder Radio (brought to you by the law office of Burch and Lockhart)

Titans QB Ryan Tannehill Named AFC Offensive Player of the Week

Ryan Tannehill[Photo by Associated Press]

Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 14.

Tannehill completed 21-of-27 passes for 391 yards with three touchdown passes and a passer rating of 140.4 in the team’s 42-21 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

Tannehill joined Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (three games in 2011) as the only players to complete at least 75 percent of their passes with a passer rating of 130 or higher (minimum 10 attempts) in three consecutive games in a single season in NFL history.

Tannehill also joined Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (five games in 2015) as the only players with four consecutive games with at least two passing touchdowns and a passer rating of 125 or higher in NFL history.

Tannehill is now 6-1 since taking over as the team’s starting quarterback, and he’s posted a passer rating of 100-plus in six of those contests and 130-plus in four of those games.

The veteran quarterback continued to spread the ball around in Oakland, finding 10 different targets on the day.

The Titans face the Houston Texans on Sunday at Nissan Stadium.  That game is scheduled for a noon kickoff.  You will be able to hear the Titans Radio Network broadcast right here on Thunder Radio

Nashville Sounds Named Baseball America’s Triple-A Freitas Award Winner

The Nashville Sounds have been named the 2019 Triple-A winner of Baseball America’s Freitas Award. The Freitas Awards have been presented by Baseball America annually since 1989 and recognize franchises for their community involvement, long-term business success and consistent operational excellence. The award was presented on Monday to Sounds General Manager Adam Nuse at the Baseball Winter Meetings in San Diego.

“This is a tremendous honor from Baseball America for our organization,” said Nuse. “We strive to be the very best Minor League Baseball team in the country and share this award with our passionate fan base in Middle Tennessee. This would not be possible without their support and the support of the Texas Rangers. Minor League Baseball is alive and well in Nashville and we’re excited to continue moving forward with our loyal fans.”

The Sounds’ Remastered rebranding campaign kicked off the memorable year. Following weeks of teaser campaigns on social media, thousands of fans packed First Tennessee Park on November 15, 2018 to get the first look at the team’s complete overhaul of its uniforms, logos and marks. The Remastered event was a rousing success with Rangers ownership, Hall of Famer Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez and current Rangers players present at the highly anticipated reveal.

The 2019 season started in historic fashion for the Sounds and First Tennessee Park with the first Major League exhibition game in Nashville since 1999. The Sunday matinee game on March 24 drew a record-breaking crowd of 11,824.

Attendance at First Tennessee Park continued to surge into the regular season as 578,291 fans passed through the gates during the 2019 campaign. The Sounds drew 23 sellout crowds and finished with an average of 8,631 fans per game, the third-highest mark in Minor League Baseball.

“When picking Freitas Award winners, we are looking to honor clubs that provide excellence throughout the ballpark experience,” said Baseball America Executive Editor J.J. Cooper. “The Sounds organization has impressed with its ability to connect with fans in a variety of ways, while also connecting to the unique culture of Nashville. In a very competitive sports market, the Sounds have consistently lived up to very high expectations, which is why they were a logical choice to be our Triple-A Freitas Award winner for 2019.”

Off the field, the Nashville Sounds Foundation and community relations department reached new heights in 2019. Once per month during the season, several Sounds players, along with Booster and front office members visited patients at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. On July 22, the Sounds hosted their fourth annual “Hope to Dream” event. The front office, along with several players, and representatives from Ashley HomeStore surprised 30 children from the Boys & Girls Club of Middle Tennessee with new bed sets.

Another rapidly growing program designed by the community relations department continued to develop. Throughout the season the community relations team visited five local elementary schools to play “Pop Up Baseball” games. Front office members, Sounds players and Booster “popped” up at schools with bases, balls and bats. Nashville Mayor David Briley joined the fun for one of the games.

In addition to teaching Nashville’s youth about baseball fundamentals, all supplies were donated to the school to further their experience with the game.

The 2020 season begins on Thursday, April 9 when the Sounds host the Iowa Cubs. 2020 season ticket memberships are on sale through the Nashville Sounds ticket office. For more information on membership packages, call 615-690-4487, or e-mail tickets@nashvillesounds.com.

Claybusters Make a Trophy Haul on Saturday

The Coffee County Claybusters traveled to Christiana on Saturday for their final shoot of the 2019 portion of their schedule.  With 4 teams competing, the Claybusters captured 3 team championships and 5 individual titles and 3 individual runner-up finishes. 

The Claybusters Team #1 the Junior Division, A & B Class with the High Overall score of 469.  Team members were: Hayden Jacobs(who shot 96 clays out of a possible 100), Landon Meadows(94), Logan Meadows(94), Turcker Carlton(93) and Victoria Majors(92).

Team #2 came in 2nd place in the Junior Division, C Class with a score of 417 which was 19 targets behind Riverdale.  Team members were:  Cody Warren(98), Braden Davenport(98), Maddux Sain(88), Emily Deford(73) and Hallie Jacobs(60).

Team #3 won the Sub-Junior Division, C & D Class with a score of 393.  Team members were: Aubrey Payne(91), Braden Davidson(88), James Goldston(87), Reagan Hershman(89) and Forrest Smith(44).

Team #4 won the Sub-Junior Division, A & B Class with the High Overall score of 455.  Team members were: Jonah Wyatt(98), Garrett Taylor(96), Riley Bellomy(90), Dylan Hickerson(89) and Jacob Anderson(82). 

Individually, Landon Meadows was the Junior Class A champion.  Hayden Jacobs was runner-up on a tiebreaker in the Junior Class B.  Cody Warren was the overall Junior champion defeating teammate Braden Davenport in a tiebreaker.  Jonah Wyatt was the Sub-Junior champion.  Teammate Garrett Taylor was the Sub-junior runner-up.  Taylor captured the championships in the Doubles and Handicap competition as well. 

The Claybusters return to the Big Springs on Saturday, January 4th.  Opening rounds will begin around 10 AM. 

Saros Stars in Playoff-Like Atmosphere as Preds Beat Sharks

Juuse Saros of the Nashville Predators

A playoff-like atmosphere brought the best out of the Predators.

Juuse Saros was stellar, and Ryan Johansen tallied what proved to be the game-winner on the power play, as Nashville defeated the San Jose Sharks by a 3-1 final on Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena. The result gives the Preds five out of a possible six points to conclude both their current homestand and their season series against the Sharks.

“It was a playoff game out there, it had that feel to it,” Preds Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. “It was hard fought, but not an up-and-down game that had a lot of chances, especially early on. I was really happy with the way we stuck to it and got back to it in the third. There was physicality, there was not a lot of room and it had that playoff feel to it.”

Even better, Nashville has points in seven of their last eight outings, and while the group still has work to do in the standings, the most recent stretch is helping them with the climb.

“It’s something we talked about,” Preds Captain Roman Josi said. “We are obviously not happy with where we are in the standings, and we need to put together some wins. We’ve done a good job lately.”

The game’s opening 40-plus minutes flew right by without a single goal, but less than five minutes into the third, Bonino took a beautiful feed from Mikael Granlund and wristed home his team-leading 12th goal of the season. Midway through the final frame, Saros stoned Barclay Goodrow on a penalty shot, and then minutes later, he robbed Timo Meier on another breakaway.

“The third was our best period,” Josi said. “We kept pushing, kept going forward and Bonino with a huge goal and then a huge power-play goal after. Things didn’t go the way we wanted the whole game, but you see how important a power-play goal is.”

The Sharks got one late when Meier broke the shutout, but Calle Jarnkrok iced it with an empty-netter to give the Preds a 2-0-1 record to finish the season series with the Sharks.

“It was a bit of a weird game for a goalie – there wasn’t a lot of work in the first period, yet he had to make some really big saves in the second period to keep things even,” Laviolette said of Saros. “We were doing a pretty good job in the third period, then he found himself with a breakaway, a penalty shot and a partial breakaway, and then he made four really big saves just to keep them at bay. He seemed like he was in control the entire game.”

In the waning minutes of the second stanza, a low-event game to that point turned rather feisty, including a scrap that saw Austin Watson and Evander Kane go at it with two seconds to play in the period. That turn of events seemed to rally the Preds, and they came out flying in the third, getting one and then two goals.

“It got a little intense there,” Bonino said. “Watty stepped up and had a huge fight and got us going. We came out in the third, and I thought we played really well.”

“It’s two teams that are fighting to put some wins in the column and both of our groups are looking at the standings trying to make up some ground,” Johansen said. “It got a little intense. I guess for that reason.”

Those goals, coupled with a few bouts of larceny from Saros, sent the home crowd into a frenzy as the Predators to locked it down late to earn one of the more satisfying victories of the season – and their 800th overall in franchise history.

“It’s a great team win,” Johansen said. “They had their chances, Juice made some huge saves and we had a couple in the third and found a way to get some goals and close out the win.”


Mikael Granlund returned to the Nashville lineup on Tuesday after missing two games with a lower-body injury.

Yakov Trenin and Yannick Weber were scratched for the Preds against San Jose.

With their three-game homestand now complete, the Predators will head to Buffalo for a single game (at 6 p.m. CT) before returning to Bridgestone Arena to host the Dallas Stars (at 7 p.m.) for the only meeting between the two clubs prior to the Winter Classic on New Year’s Day.

Pete Weber’s Postgame Report

Ryan Tannehill, Derrick Henry Nominees for FedEx Air and Ground NFL Players of the Week

Derrick Henry [AP Photo/Mark Zaleski]

Quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo (49ers), Ryan Tannehill (Titans) and Philip Rivers (Chargers), and running backs Aaron Jones (Packers), Derrick Henry (Titans) and Nick Chubb (Browns) are the nominees for FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week for Week 14, the NFL announced today.

FedEx gives fans the opportunity to recognize top-performing quarterbacks and running backs through the FedEx Air & Ground Awards. Voting for this week’s nominees is open until Thursday at 3:00 p.m. ET at NFL.com/FedEx. Fans can also vote on Twitter using the NFL published polls.

As part of FedEx’s continued commitment to deliver support to service members and their families, FedEx will donate $2,000 to the USO on behalf of each winner through FedEx Cares. The $4,000 donation will support USO Pathfinder, which provides resources and personalized services to assist service members and military spouses in their transition back to civilian life.

Ryan Tannehill[Photo by Associated Press]


· Won for the sixth time in seven games as a starter for the Titans in 2019.

· Completed 21 of 27 passes for 391 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. His passer rating of 140.4 was the second-best single-game mark of his career in a contest in which he attempted at least 20 passes. He added 19 yards on four rushing attempts against the Raiders.

· With a 77.8 percent completion percentage and a 140.4 passer rating, he joined Aaron Rodgers (three games in 2011) as the only players in NFL history to complete at least 75 percent of their passes with a passer rating of 130 or higher (min. 10 attempts) in three consecutive games in a single season.

· Joined Russell Wilson (five games in 2015) as the only players with four consecutive games with at least two passing touchdowns and a passer rating of 125 or higher in NFL history.

· His three touchdown passes included strikes to wide receiver A.J. Brown of 91 yards and 16 yards in the second quarter and a 17-yarder to tight end Jonnu Smith in the fourth quarter.

· His 91-yard touchdown pass was the longest pass of his career. The longest previous pass of his career was an 80-yard touchdown at Arizona on Sept. 30, 2012 as a member of the Miami Dolphins.

· His 91-yard touchdown pass was the fourth-longest touchdown pass in franchise history and the longest since 1965. The only longer touchdown passes in team annals were a 98-yard strike from Jacky Lee to Willard Dewveall against the San Diego Chargers on Nov. 25, 1962; a 95-yard touchdown pass from George Blanda to Dick Compton against the Buffalo Bills on Dec. 5, 1965; and a 92-yarder from Lee to Bill Groman on Nov. 20, 1960.

· His 391 passing yards amounted to the third-highest total of his career. His 391 passing yards ranked sixth for the team in the “Titans era” (since 1999) and were the most by a Titans player since Ryan Fitzpatrick’s 402-yard passing day against the Arizona Cardinals on Dec. 15, 2013.

· Recorded his 19th career 300-yard passing game and his third 300-yard game of 2019.

· Registered his fourth consecutive game with at least two touchdown passes.

· With 263 passing yards in the first half, he recorded the highest total by a Titans passer in the first half since Billy Volek’s 282 yards at Oakland on Dec. 19, 2004.


Totaled 103 yards and two touchdowns on 18 rushing attempts.

· Improved his season totals to 1,243 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns on 250 rushing attempts (5.0 avg.). He has set career highs in all three categories. He also has 18 receptions for 206 yards and two touchdowns.

· Scored a pair of touchdowns—first on a 12-yard run in the first quarter and then on a 10-yard run in the third quarter. It marked his seventh career game with at least two rushing touchdowns and his third game of the season with two rushing touchdowns—all three coming within the last four contests.

· Passed Steve McNair (3,439 career rushing yards) for sixth place on the team’s all-time rushing list and later passed Hoyle Granger (3,514) for fifth place on the team’s all-time rushing list. Henry now has 3,536 career rushing yards.

· Became the second player in franchise history to record consecutive seasons with 12 or more rushing touchdowns, joining Earl Campbell (1978–1980).

· On a four-yard run in the third quarter, he moved past 1,200 yards on the season. He joined Chris Johnson (2009), Earl Campbell (1978–1980, 1983) and Eddie George (2000) as the only players in franchise history with 1,200 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns in a season.

· Went over 100 rushing yards on a 24-yard carry in the third quarter. He notched his fourth consecutive 100-yard rushing game, his fifth 100-yard rushing game of 2019 and his 10th career 100-yard rushing game, including playoffs. He is the first Titans player with four consecutive 100-yard rushing games since Chris Johnson (12) from 2009-10.

· In passing 750 career rushing attempts, he reached the minimum number of carries to qualify for franchise and NFL career rushing average records. With his current career rushing average of 4.71 yards per carry (3,536 yards on 751 attempts), he took over first place in franchise history (Chris Johnson, 4.57) and first place among all active NFL running backs (Adrian Peterson, 4.69).

· Tied for fifth in franchise history with 13 rushing touchdowns in a single season.

· Tied for fifth in franchise history with 15 scrimmage touchdowns in a single season.

Coffee County Basketball Cruises to Pair to Wins at Grundy County

Jenna Garretson of CHS basketball

The Coffee County Central High School basketball teams traveled to Grundy County on Monday night.  The Lady Raiders got a runaway bounce back win as they stung Grundy County 66 to 31.  The Red Raiders got their 2nd straight easy win as they dumped the Yellow Jackets 70 to 35.

The Lady Raiders jumped out to an early lead as they led 13 to 0 before Grundy County could score and 25 to 6 after 1 quarter.  Coffee County stretched the lead to 36 after 3 quarters to get a running clock for the entire 4th quarter.  Bella Vinson finished the game with a team high 14 points.  Ellie Graham added 12 points and Jenna Garretson netted 10 points as she earned the Stone Fort Mortgage player of the game honor. 

Kyle Farless of CHS basketball

The Red Raiders started out sloppy as they saw Grundy County forge a 5 point lead heading to the 2nd quarter.  In the 2nd quarter, Coffee County outscored the Yellow Jackets 22 to 7 effectively ending Grundy’s upset hopes.  Coffee County opened the 2nd half on a 16 to 0 run and coasted to the Mercy Rule win.  Kyle Farless led the Raiders in scoring with 24 points as he was named the Stone Fort Mortgage player of the game.  Rod Brinkley came off the bench to net 12 points.  Jaylon Wooten tallied 10 for Coffee County. 

The Raiders are back in action on Tuesday night when they welcome Columbia to the Joe Frank Patch Memorial Gym for their first district game of the year.  Thunder Radio will be on hand to bring you the varsity game.  Out live coverage will begin with the Char-El Apartment and Home Rental Pregame Show at 5:50.

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