Red Raider Basketball to Host Team Camp on Thursday

The Coffee County Red Raider basketball team will close out their summer season on Thursday with a day of scrimmage games at the Joe Frank Patch Memorial Gym.  The Red Raiders will host 6 games, featuring 5 visiting teams beginning at 9 AM.  Coffee County will play in the 1st and last game of the day as they are scheduled to take on Cannon County at 9 AM and Fayetteville at 2 PM.  The complete schedule:

9 AM – Coffee Co vs. Cannon County

10 AM – Jackson County vs Grundy County

11 AM – Cannon County vs. Moore County

Noon – Jackson County vs. Fayetteville

1 PM – Grundy County vs. Moore County

2 PM – Coffee County vs. Fayetteville

Lady Raider Basketball Closes Summer with Pair of Wins at MTSU

Ellie Graham of Coffee County CHS basketball[file photo]

The Coffee County Lady Raider basketball team closed out their summer scrimmage schedule on Wednesday at MTSU.  The varsity Lady Raiders went 1 and 1 on the day.  The JV Lady Raiders got another lopsided win in their only contest.

Trailing Dickson County by 12 points with 4 minutes remaining, Coffee County mounted a huge comeback to tie the game and send it to overtime.  In overtime, the Lady Raiders got a 4 for 4 performance at the free throw line from Kasen Holt to grab a 47 to 43 win over the Lady Cougars who advanced to the Sectional Round of the playoffs in February.  Jalie Ruehling led the Lady Raiders in scoring with 15 points.  Jenna Garretson recovered from an injury on Tuesday to add 11 points.

In the day’s second game, Coffee County and Bearden engaged in a tough defensive battle.  The Lady Raiders played well but came up short by a final score of 33 to 27.  Kiya Ferrell led Coffee County in scoring with 8 points.  Olivia Swain, Ruehling and Emily Graham all added 6 points against a Bearden team that beat Riverdale on Tuesday.

The JV team concluded the 3 day team camp with a 40 point win over Lakeway Christian.   The JV Lady Raiders closed out a 4 and 0 week with a 58 to 18 win over the East Tennessee squad.  “I am really happy with how hard (the teams) played this week” said Lady Raider coach Joe Pat Cope.  “We played well today” he added noting that a lot of JV players got action as well at the varsity level.  The Lady Raiders will take off from now through the Dead Period.  They will resume team workouts in July.

Katie Rutledge Named to All-Midstate Softball Team

Katie Rutledge of CHS softball

Coffee County senior softball player Katie Rutledge was selected to the Tennessean All-Midstate Softball Team that was announced on Tuesday.  This is the second selection for Rutledge to the squad picked by the Nashville newspaper.  Rutledge was also selected in 2017 following her sophomore season.

Rutledge was selcted to the 2nd team All-Midstate squad as she joined Lincoln County’s Anna Marie Thornton as the only 2 members of District 8AAA selected.   Last week, Rutledge was selected to participate in the Tennessee Softball Coaches Association All Star Game.  Rutledge was also a 3 time all-district player for Coffee County.

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

Lady Raider Basketball Struggles at MTSU Camp on Tuesday

An injury depleted Lady Raider basketball team struggled on Day #2 of the MTSU Team Camp on Tuesday.  Missing three of their leading scorers, Coffee County’s varsity dropped both games to a pair of quality opponents.  The JV team won their only contest.

The varsity opened up with a hard fought loss to a strong Maryville.  The Lady Raiders cut the deficit to 2 points late in the game before falling by a final score of 62 to 48.  Marley Perry led Coffee County in scoring with 18 points.  In the second game, Coffee County took on perennial power South Greene.  The Lady Raiders fought hard before falling by a final score of 54 to 51.  Coffee County was led in scoring by Perry who had 23 points.  The rising sophomore hit twelve 3 point shots on the day.  The JV kept their unbeaten streak alive with a  40 to 14 win over Silverdale.

“I liked the way we competed” said Lady Raider coach Joe Pat Cope.  “The girls are giving 110%, we are just missing some key pieces” added Cope.  Coffee County will close out their summer season on Wednesday when they return to MTSU for the final day of the camp.  The varsity will play games at 1 PM against Dickson County before closing out with a 4 PM game against Bearden.  The JV team will take on Riverdale at 5 PM.

CHS Baseball Camp Postponed Until Wednesday


### UPDATE – 7:22 AM – Wednesday’s CHS baseball camp has been postponed until Friday. ###


The Coffee County CHS baseball skills clinic on Tuesday at Powers Field was postponed due to wet field conditions.  The camp will conclude on Wednesday, weather permitting.  In case of rain on Wednesday, the final day of the camp will be held on Friday.  The camp is open to ages 5 to 17 years of age. The camp will run from 9 AM to 12 noon.

Campers will work with Head Coach David Martin, his high school staff (which includes Matthew Shepherd who pitched in San Diego Padres organization and J.V. Head Coach Parker Gunn), and some varsity players. Each camper will receive age appropriate hands on instruction in all aspects of the game.  The camp is open to players of all ability and skill levels.

Campers will need to bring with them: Bat, Glove, Tennis Shoes, Cleats, Hat and Batting Helmet. Players will utilize the facilities at Powers Field and the Crethan Hansert Hitting Facility on the campus of Coffee County Central High School.  Please contact David Martin ( or 931-743-2279 with any questions.

Lady Raider Basketball Wins 3 of 4 at MTSU Team Camp on Monday

The Coffee County Lady Raider basketball team opened up play in the MTSU Team Camp on Monday.  Both the varsity and JV Lady Raider teams played a pair of games each.   The varsity team was 1 and 1 on the day while the JV won both of their games.

The varsity team struggled in the day’s opener against Lebanon being held scoreless for a 10 minute stretch.  Coffee County fell behind early before losing 52 to 36.  Marley Perry led the Lady Raiders in scoring with 7 points.  Coffee County bounced back in the nightcap to claim a 39 to 37 win over Stewarts Creek.  Jenna Garretson was the high scorer for Coffee County with 11 points.  Olivia Swain added 8.

The JV team rolled to a pair of convincing wins.  They opened the day crushing Cascade 77 to 14.  Jalie Reuhling led the Lady Raiders in scoring with 25 points.  The JV closed out the day with a 50 to 23 win over Gibson County.  Marley Perry led Coffee County in scoring with 19 points.

On Tuesday, the varsity team opens up play at 4 PM taking on Maryville.  They close out the day at 6 versus South Greene.  The JV team will play at 7 PM.  The team camp ends on Wednesday.

Nashville SC Rallies for Father’s Day Win in Hartford

Cameron Lancaster of Nashville SC

On a rainy Father’s Day among the rolling hills of Connecticut, Nashville Soccer Club’s newest father and soon-to-be father stepped up to lead the club to a 3-2 comeback victory over Hartford Athletic.

Lebo Moloto, who became a father last year, scored a much-needed equalizing goal in the second half. Cameron Lancaster, who is due to become a father later this year, scored the match-winning goal in the final minutes of the match on a screaming shot that kissed the crossbar on its way into the net.

For Moloto, who scored twice on Mother’s Day last year, Sunday’s equalizing goal meant a lot to him on Father’s Day.

“It is special,” Moloto said. “I remember last year I scored on Mother’s Day. This year it’s on Father’s Day. I’d be happy if it were Mother’s Day or Father’s Day every weekend. Maybe that way I would bang goals every weekend.”

While Moloto’s goal was a well-placed shot and an important equalizing goal, Lancaster’s goal was as stunning as they come in professional soccer. It was the second goal in as many matches for the forward since he returned from injury. Minutes after having a free kick narrowly saved, Lancaster got the ball near the top of the box, cut towards the middle and fired a shot towards the top right corner that went in off the crossbar.

He also felt the impact of scoring on Father’s Day, but he was mainly happy to continue his good form as he gets back into the squad.

“After being out injured, it’s always nice to hit the ground running, get some goals in the bones, and get the confidence up,” Lancaster said. “I’m happy I was able to come on, get a goal and help the team get three points.”

For Head Coach Gary Smith, having Lancaster back in his arsenal of forwards is a massive boon to an offense that has been producing at a high clip during this six-match unbeaten streak in league play.

“It is all about getting a run of games, or minutes, and staying healthy,” Smith said. “He’s had a very frustrating time and it’s great to see him back on the field. That’s now two in two games. Even in that short 20-25 minute window, we can see the real intensity of his place in and around the penalty area. The free kick, he was slightly offside for another opportunity, he really could have had a couple of goals barring some terrific goalkeeping. In the end, the strike to win the game is worth of winning any game. I am so pleased.”

Sunday’s win was another notch in the belt of a Nashville team that has now gone unbeaten in six consecutive matches and has scored at least three goals in three of those six matches. Nashville SC also put up 32 shots in this match, shattering the single-match club record. The victory was the club’s first-ever second-half comeback win and first win after conceding two goals. Finally, the Boys in Gold also won their fifth road match of the season, beating last season’s total of four.

Moloto credits the club’s ability to come from behind and ability to win on the road to a mettle built over nearly two seasons together and a strong influx of fresh talent this season.

“We have a strong group of guys and have added up a couple of players who we can interchange playing at home and away,” Moloto said. “There’s been a little bit of rotation. We managed to play well overall. We told ourselves that it doesn’t matter if we are up [or down] 2-1, and we told ourselves that it doesn’t matter if we are playing at home or away. That’s been pretty good in terms of confidence.”

Nashville SC will put its six-match unbeaten run to the test this Saturday as it returns home for a rematch against Ottawa Fury FC.

Sounds and Bees Postponed at First Tennessee Park

Monday’s game between the Nashville Sounds and Salt Lake Bees was postponed due to incoming inclement weather at First Tennessee Park. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Tuesday, June 18 set to begin at 5:00 p.m. The doubleheader will be two seven-inning games. Gates to First Tennessee Park will open at 4:30 p.m.

Fans who had a ticket for Monday night’s game can exchange it at the First Tennessee Park ticket office for any 2019 regular season game for a ticket of equal or lesser value, subject to availability. As per the Nashville Sounds rain policy, the team will not give any cash refunds.

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

Coffee County Claybusters Capture State Team Title and Individual Championships

The Coffee County Claybusters continued to grab titles last week in the Amateur Trapshooting Association AIM State Championship at Nashville Gun Club.  The Claybusters Team #1 captured the state title in the Junior Division.  The Claybusters Team #2 finished in 2nd place in the Sub-Junior category.

Team #1 outdistanced 2nd place Cannon County in the Junior Division(doubles) by 11 targets.  The Claybusters were led by Hayden Jacobs and Colter Smith who hit each 194 out of 200 possible targets.  Tucker Carlton and Victoria Majors each shattered 191 clays.  Cheyenne Martin dropped 174 to give the Claybusters a team score of 944.

Team #2 finished 10 targets behind Tennessee Smoke in the Sub-Junior Division(doubles) by 10 clays.  The Sub-Junior team was led by Logan Meadows who scored 191 out of a possible 200.  Emma Mathews dropped 189 clays while Landon Meadows shattered 187.  Jonah Wyatt finished with a final score of 173 just ahead of teammate Aubrey Payne who scored 172.

Individually, Hayden Jacobs 194 score was good enough for the individual class championship in the Junior AA Class.  Victoria Majors captured the Junior Lady’s championship.  Landon Meadows won the Subjunior Doubles Championship and Jacob Anderson won the Pre-Sub Class A championship.  A pair of Claybusters captured 5th place finishes as well.  Colter Smith, in the Junior singles(200 shot) class and Emma Mathews in the Subjunior Handicap class.

The Claybusters return to the Nashville on Tuesday for the Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program(SCTP) Championships.   The SCTP Championships run through Saturday.  The SCTP Championships will be contested at the Nashville Gun Club.

Lady Raider Basketball Opens Team Camp on Monday

The Coffee County Lady Raider basketball team will open the final 3 days of their summer schedule on Monday in Murfreesboro.   Competing in the MTSU Team Camp, the varsity and JV Lady Raider teams will both be in action.  Each team will play a pair of games each day.

On Monday, the varsity team opens up play at noon in the Alumni Memorial Gym taking on Lebanon.  They close out the day at the Recreation Center at 3 PM taking on Stewarts Creek.  The JV will play both of their games in the Murphy Center Auxiliary Gyms.  They open up at 10 AM taking on Cascade in Gym #1.  They close out the day at 1 PM in Gym #2 against Gibson County.

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