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Coffee County CHS Volleyball Team to Host Skills Camp

The Coffee County CHS volleyball team will be hosting the 2019 Little Lady Raiders Skills Camp.  The skills camp will be held on Monday, June 17th thru Wednesday, June 19th from 1 PM to 3 PM.  The camp is open to girls who will be in 3rd thru 8th grades and will be held at the Joe Frank Patch Memorial Gym.  Cost of the camp is $30 and there is a sibling discount.   If you have questions, contact head coach Andrew Taylor at 931-273-2863 or coach Jon Spears at 931-212-4264.  Coach Andrew Taylor will be a guest on Saturday’s Coffee Coaches Show to talk about the camp.  The Coffee Coaches Show is broadcast live each Saturday at 10 AM from the showroom of Al White Ford/Lincoln.  The Coffee Coaches Show is heard exclusively on Thunder Radio.

Savannah Quick Grabs 8th Place Finish at State Championship Tournament

Lady Raider golfer Savannah Quick during her high school career[file photo]

Former Coffee County CHS Lady Raider golfer Savannah Quick captured an 8th place finish on Thursday in the 87th Tennessee Women’s Amateur Championship.  The 54 hole event was contested at the Black Creek Club in Chattanooga.  Quick finished the tournament with a 3 day total of 4 over par score of 220.

Quick, a 2017 graduate of Coffee County, shot a 2 over par 74 on Thursday as she finished in a 2 way tie for 8th place.  Hanley Long of Clarksville won the event as she won by 1 stroke with a 5 under par 211.  Franklin County’s Malia Stovall finished in a tie for 2nd place.  Quick just completed her sophomore season at MTSU where she is a member of the Blue Raider golf team.

Local Soccer Team Qualifies for National Tournament

Members of the SEA soccer team. Top left Coach Kevin Smith, Israel Corona, Taiten Brunelle, Jose Barrera, Bradley Keasling, Daniel Eldridge, Peyton Pobanz, Coach Pete DeWolfe
Bottom left Juan Astello, Hunter Crosslin, Aidan Smith, Alex DeWolfe, Torin Van Zandbergen, Edwin Torres Hernandez, Eragon Stewart [Photo Provided]

The SEA (South Eastern Academy) soccer team recently competed at the Alabama State Games and came in third in their division with a record of 3 and 1.  SEA started off slow falling 2 nil in their first match.  They followed that up with match wins by scores of  6-2, 8-1, and 2-0.  The performance qualifies them to play in the State Games of America in Virginia.

SEA was one of three Tullahoma Action indoor teams to qualify.  SEA’s players are a mix of Tullahoma, Manchester and Winchester players born in the years of 2006 and 2007. SEA will be having tryouts this Saturday from 5-7 at the Manchester soccer fields across from J&G Pizza.  The tryout is for kids born in the years of 2006 through 2011.

Sounds Commit Four Errors in Loss to Las Vegas

Four errors cost the Nashville Sounds multiple runs in a 9-4 loss to the Las Vegas Aviators in front of a sellout crowd of 10,434 at First Tennessee Park Thursday night.

Nashville’s defense committed two errors in the first inning, helping Las Vegas to a 1-0 lead, and two more errors in the eighth inning as the Aviators extended their lead from 7-4 to 9-4. Las Vegas committed three errors in a sloppy contest.

Esmerling Vasquez started for Nashville and committed both miscues in the opening inning. Jorge Mateo reached safely on a throwing error to start the game, then moved up two bases on another throwing error by the right-hander. Mateo later scored on a sacrifice fly by Franklin Barreto.

Las Vegas built a 4-0 lead before Nashville scored three in the bottom of the third to make it a game. Las Vegas committed all three of their errors in the frame. Mixed in were run-scoring singles by Willie Calhoun and Matt Davidson. Calhoun joined Nashville on a Major League rehab assignment and went 1-for-3 with and RBI and run scored in five innings.

The Aviators offense never slowed down. They plated three more runs in the fifth and two more in the eighth to pull away. Barreto, Sheldon Neuse, Skye Bolt and Eric Campbell had hits in the three-run fifth. Las Vegas had 12 hits and went 5-for-18 with runners in scoring position.

Nashville’s offense went quiet after the three-run third. They had two hits the rest of the way – a single by Adam Moore in the fourth and a single by Patrick Wisdom in the eighth.

The series finale between the two teams is Friday night at First Tennessee Park. Right-hander Seth Maness (4-1, 3.77) starts for Nashville against right-hander Paul Blackburn (6-1, 4.55) for Las Vegas. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Post-Game Notes

– With tonight’s 9-4 loss, the Sounds dropped to 26-40 on the season.

– First baseman Matt Davidson extended his on-base streak to 19 games with a single in the third inning.

– The four errors committed by Nashville matched a single-game high (5/6 vs. Memphis) in 2019.

– Willie Calhoun extended his hitting streak with the Sounds to 16 games with a single in the third inning.

– The 10,434 in attendance marked the eighth sellout of the season at First Tennessee Park.

The 2019 season is the 42nd in Nashville Sounds franchise history and first as the Triple-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. Single-game tickets are available now by calling (615) 690-4487 or by visiting www.nashvillesounds.com.

Pair of Lady Raider Softball Players Tabbed for Postseason Honors

Haley Richardson of CHS softball

A pair of Coffee County CHS softball players received postseason honors on Wednesday.  Seniors Katie Rutledge and Haley Richardson were honored by the members of the Tennessee Softball Coaches Association.  Rutledge was selected to the TSCA All Star Game representing Middle Tennessee.  Richardson was selected to the TSCA All-State Team.

Richardson finished the season batting .433 with 3 home runs and 30 RBI.  Richardson was 2nd on the team in singles and doubles with 33 and 8 respectively.  Richardson was also 2 and 2 on the year pitching for the Lady Raiders.  Richardson has signed to play college softball at Trevecca Nazarene University.

Katie Rutledge of CHS softball

Rutledge led the Lady Raiders in average(.468), hits(51) and runs scored(40).  Rutledge finished the year with a pitching record of 3 and 2 on the season.  Rutledge has signed to play college softball at Blue Mountain State in Mississippi.

Both Richardson and Rutledge will be honored at the TSCA All-Star Game on Thursday at Cumberland University in Lebanon.  The first All-Star Game will begin at 11 AM with the awards to be presented around 3 PM.

Sounds Hold Aviators to Two Hits in Shutout Win

Tim Dillard and a trio of Nashville Sounds relievers held the Las Vegas Aviators to two hits to help the Sounds to a 2-0 win in front of 8,994 fans at First Tennessee Park Wednesday night.

Dillard continued his strong 2019 campaign with 5 2/3 shutout innings. He held Las Vegas to just two hits and allowed three walks. The right-hander struck out a pair and earned his fifth win of the season.

Nashville got Dillard a run to work with in the fifth inning. Las Vegas starter Jake Buchanan was tough as well, holding the Sounds to two runs on four hits in six innings. Tyler Pill walked to start the bottom of the fifth and moved to second on a base hit by Carlos Tocci. Two batters later, Chase d’Arnaud’s sacrifice fly to center scored Pill to make it 1-0.

The Sounds were at it again in the sixth when Eli White started the frame with a booming home run to straightaway center field. White’s ninth home run of the season gave Nashville a 2-0 lead.

Dillard turned it over to Locke St. John in the sixth. Pitching at First Tennessee Park for the first time in his career, St. John retired all four batters he faced and struck out two.

Right-hander Jake Lemoine took the eighth inning and worked around a two-out walk to put up a zero. He handed it off to Josh Fields who tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning to earn his fifth save of the season.

Nashville pitchers benefited from several stellar defensive plays throughout the night. Andy Ibanez made a diving catch in the sixth inning and Tocci made a diving catch in the ninth.

Game two of the three-game series is scheduled for Thursday night at First Tennessee Park. Right-hander Esmerling Vasquez (1-0, 0.00) starts for the Sounds against left-hander Tyler Alexander (2-3, 6.24) for the Aviators. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Post-Game Notes

– With tonight’s 2-0 win, the Sounds improved to 26-39 on the season.

– First baseman Matt Davidson extended his on-base streak to 18 games with a walk in the fourth inning.

– Starter Tim Dillard threw 5 2/3 shutout innings. Nashville starters in the month of June have compiled a 4-1 record with a 2.87 ERA (47.0 IP/15 ER).

– The shutout thrown by the Sounds was the second of the season by Nashville pitchers.

The 2019 season is the 42nd in Nashville Sounds franchise history and first as the Triple-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. Single-game tickets are available now by calling (615) 690-4487 or by visiting www.nashvillesounds.com.

Red Raider Basketball Ends MTSU Camp with Strong Showing

The Coffee County Red Raider basketball team wrapped up 2 days of competition in the MTSU team camp on Tuesday.  The varsity Raiders and JV Raiders each played 3 games on the day.   The varsity team finished the day with a win and 2 losses.  The JV team was unbeaten in their 3 games.

Coffee County opened the day on the main floor at the Murphy Center on Tuesday morning against Independence.  Coffee County came up short to the Eagles before bouncing back with a win over White House.  In the final game of the day, the Red Raiders lost to Harrison, GA.   The varsity squad ended the camp with a record of 4 and 2.  The JV scored wins on Tuesday over Perry County, Gilmer, GA and Clinton.  The JV finished the camp with a record of 6 and 0.

Coach Micah Williams was pleased with the chemistry of his team so far this summer.  “We need to keep on sharing the ball and get a little more consistent offensively.  We will also need to work on our transition defense” added Williams.

The Red Raiders will take some time to hit the practice floor before concluding their summer season next week.  Coffee County will host a team camp at the Joe Frank Patch Memorial Gym next Thursday.  That schedule will be posted next week.

Coffee County CHS Softball Hosts Awards Banquet

Coffee County Lady Raider seniors (Left to Right): Haley Miller, Erin Ferrell, Haley Richardson, Alexcia Barnes, Katie Rutledge and Lexi Holder

The Coffee County CHS softball team held their annual Awards Banquet on Monday night.  Celebrating their 2nd straight District 8AAA title, Coach Brandon McWhorter presided over the festivities.  District award winners and individual team award winners were announced.  The complete list of honorees is:

All-District: Haley Richardson, Katie Rutledge, Sarah West and Keri Munn;

Varsity Defensive MVP’s : Keri Munn and Ashley Evans;

JV Defensive MVP: Eliza Carden;

Varsity Offensive MVP’s : Sarah West and Katie Rutledge;

JV Offensive MVP: Kyla Craig

“Team First” Player of the Year: Lexi Holder;

Lady Raider Award: Haley Miller

Sounds Return Home Wednesday for Seven-Game Homestand

The Nashville Sounds Baseball Club returns home to First Tennessee Park on Wednesday, June 12 to begin a seven-game homestand, highlighted by the return of former Sounds Manager Fran Riordan. The Sounds welcome the Riordan-led Las Vegas Aviators for a three-game series from June 12-14. Following the series against Las Vegas, the Sounds host the Salt Lake Bees for a four-game set from June 15-18.

Below is a preview for the seven-game homestand:

Wednesday, June 12 vs. Las Vegas – 7:05 p.m.

– Gates open at 6:00 p.m.

– All fans win on Winning Wednesday presented by Pepsi at First Tennessee Park. The first 1,000 fans through the gates are guaranteed a free prize. Additionally, all fans are welcome to run the bases after the game if the Sounds win.

– Minor League Baseball’s Pride Night – MiLB and the Sounds will #StrikeOutHate and celebrate the LGBTQ community by promoting acceptance and inclusion for all members of Middle Tennessee communities at First Tennessee Park. Those interested must contact the Nashville Sounds sales team to receive a discount code.

Thursday, June 13 vs. Las Vegas – 7:05 p.m.

– Gates open at 6:00 p.m.

– Throwback Thursday presented by Budweiser – the Sounds will wear throwback uniforms to commemorate the team’s original uniform style from 1978. Fans can purchase Pepsi fountain soda and Budweiser products at a discounted rate.

Friday, June 14 vs. Las Vegas – 7:05 p.m.

– Gates open at 6:00 p.m.

– FOX 17 News postgame fireworks presented by Koorsen Fire & Security.

Saturday, June 15 vs. Salt Lake – 6:15 p.m.

– Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

– 615 Night – The first 2,000 fans receive the 615 Hat Giveaway presented by First Tennessee.

– Enjoy Saturday at the Park with visits to The Band Box and our Family Fun Zone in the right field corner.

Sunday, June 16 vs. Salt Lake – 2:05 p.m.

– Gates open at 1:00 p.m.

– Bringing Dad to the game for Father’s Day? Gift him with a pair of custom Nashville Sounds socks. The socks are an exclusive add-on option when purchasing tickets online.

– Middle Tennessee Hyundai Dealers pre-game autograph session with select Sounds players from 1:00 to 1:15 p.m.

– Postgame Kids (12 & under) and Dads Run the Bases presented by First Tennessee.

– Postgame Family Catch on the Field.

– All fans receive one pack of Martin’s Potato Rolls upon exiting First Tennessee Park.

Monday, June 17 vs. Salt Lake – 7:05 p.m.

– Gates open at 6:00 p.m.

– Kroger Plus Monday – Score a “Family 4-Pack” that includes 4 Select section tickets, 4 hot dogs & 4 fountain sodas for $44 when fans show their Kroger Plus card at the Sounds Ticket Office. Offer is subject to availability.

Tuesday, June 18 vs. Salt Lake – 7:05 p.m.

– Gates open at 6:00 p.m.

– Tito’s Tail Waggin’ Tuesday – Fans can bring their four-legged friend to First Tennessee Park every Tuesday in 2019. Tickets start at $25 ($20 for humans; $5 for dog). Proceeds from all dog tickets will benefit The Ryan Animal Rescue Foundation. Limit of one dog per human. Please note all dogs must enter through the Right Field Gate on 5th Avenue. The Vanderbilt Health Picnic Place will be reserved for all dogs and owners in attendance. All dog owners are required to sign a waiver and present proof of updated rabies vaccination.

– Ceremonial first pitch thrown by Logan Ryan – Tennessee Titans cornerback and founder of The Ryan Animal Rescue Foundation.

Seniors and Military families can enjoy a $2.00 discount on single-game ticket prices at First Tennessee Park. The offer is valid for any reserved seat section on Sunday through Wednesday games – subject to availability. Offer valid for up to four (4) tickets per I.D. (Seniors 55 +, government-issued military I.D. required at ticket office; no phone orders).

The 2019 season is the 42nd in Nashville Sounds franchise history and first as the Triple-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. Single-game tickets are available now by calling (615) 690-4487 or by visiting www.nashvillesounds.com.

Red Raider Basketball Opens MTSU Camp with Monday Sweep

The Coffee County Red Raider basketball team opened up play on Monday in the MTSU team camp in Murfreesboro.  Both the varsity and JV teams were perfect on the day.  The Red Raider varsity went 3 and 0 on the day while the JV Red Raiders posted an identical 3 and 0 record.

The varsity squad opened the day with a win over 2019 Indiana semi-finalist Bosse High School on the main floor of the MTSU Murphy Center.  They closed out the day with wins over Christian Academy of Louisville and Section, Alabama.  Coach Micah Williams was proud of the balanced effort from his squad.  “All 12 guys played extremely well.  I’m very pleased with how well our chemistry is coming along and how we are sharing the ball on the offensive end and how well we are communicating and rebounding on the defensive end.”  The JV team captured wins over Kingston, Gilmer, GA and Middle Tennessee Christian.

Coffee County will close out the MTSU camp on Tuesday as both the varsity and JV will play a trio of games.  The varsity hit the court on the main floor at the Murphy Center at 11 when they take on Independence.  They move to the auxiliary gym at 4 to tangle with White House before closing out the day at the MTSU Rec Center at 6 against Harrison, IN.  The JV will spend all day in the Murphy Center auxiliary gym.  They open the day at 2 PM versus Perry County before a 5 PM rematch with Gilmer, GA.  Their final game is at 8 PM against Clinton.

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