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Raider Baseball Player Signs To Play In College

(L-R) Jordan Day, Tyler Bradshaw and Taylor Hasty

(L-R) Jordan Day, Tyler Bradshaw and Taylor Hasty

On Thursday Coffee County senior baseball player Tyler Bradshaw signed to play ay Bryan College in Dayton, Tn. Bradshaw has played mostly at 3rd base but can play other positions. The Bryan Lions compete in the Appalachian Athletic Conference. Tyler said he was excited about signing with Lions and could not wait to go to work and prove what he can do.

Motlow Sweeps Doubleheader In Baseball

Motlow BucksThe Motlow Bucks wrapped up the home portion of their 2014 baseball schedule with an 8-0, 6-1 sweep of non-conference opponent Shorter College Wednesday at the Driver Baseball Complex.
The Bucks (34-18, 13-11) will complete the regular season with a trip to Memphis and a three-game series this weekend against Southwest Tennessee (12-25, 6-18). The TCCAA Tournament begins Apr. 25, and the Bucks are in position to either receive a first-round bye or host a first-round series, depending on how they do this weekend against the Saluqis.

Prep Sports On Wednesday April 16

Hunter Smithson gets one of his two hits on Wednesday. Smithson was the Gateway Tire player of the game.. Photo by Dennis Weaver

Hunter Smithson gets one of his two hits on Wednesday. Smithson was the Gateway Tire player of the game.. Photo by Dennis Weaver

Senior Kyle Douglas pitched a fantastic game Wednesday at Powers Field as Coffee County got past Lawrence County 2-1 in District 8-AAA baseball. Douglas struck out 13 Wildcat batters. Hunter Smithson was the hitting star for the Raiders as he had 2 hits, scored a run and had the game winning RBI. Smithson was named the Gateway Tire and Service Center player of the game.
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Coffee County improved to 11-12 overall and 5-4 in district play. The same two teams play again Thursday starting at 5:30pm in Lawrenceburg.

In high school softball Coffee County traveled to Lawrence County for district action. The Lady Raiders scored one run in 1st inning and two more in the 4th for 3-0 lead. That score would hold up behind the no-hit pitching from Brianna Jones as Coffee County defeated the Lady Wildcats 3-0. Jones had 13 strikeouts in her 4th no-hitter of the year.
Bethany Baker and Kaylee Skipper had 2 hits each.
The Lady Raiders at 15-7 on the year play in the Border Battle Thursday night in Lincoln County. Game one against Sale Creek at 5:30pm and they face Oakland at 7pm.

The Coffee County tennis team fell to Lincoln County on Wednesday. The boys lost 6-1 with the Kyle and Matt Johnson were the only winners in doubles action. The girls lost a heartbreaker 4 to 3. Abby Ferrell was a winner both in singles and then doubles action with Karlee Reed. Maddie Taylor was also a winner on the singles side.

Paco Barrera and Leo Botello worked the ball for Westwood soccer.. Photo by Dennis Weaver

Paco Barrera and Leo Botello worked the ball for Westwood soccer.. Photo by Dennis Weaver

The Westwood soccer team got hat tricks from Paco Barrera and Leo Botello each as the Rockets rolled up Cascade 8 to 0 on Wednesday night at Dyer Bouldin Field. Julio Guzman and Ethan Apblanalp each notched goals as Westwood won their first round game in the Duck River Valley Conference tournament. With the win, Westwood advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament on Monday being held in Fayetteville at Riverside Christian.

The Coffee Middle baseball team took on rival Tullahoma on Wednesday in a doubleheader at Tullahoma’s Greene Field. In Game 1, the Raiders were held to 5 hits, including a double by A.J. Rollman and 2 singles by Jacob Langham as they lost 2 to 0. Nathaniel Tate took the hard luck loss allowing only 1 hit. In Game 2, the Raiders bats woke up to notch a 5 to 2 win and improve their season record to 14 and 4. Alontae Taylor scattered 3 hits while striking out 13 Wildcats. Tate had a 2 run homer to cap off a four run 3rd inning for Coffee Middle. The Raiders will be back in action on Thursday afternoon at 4:30 as they play host to White County at Fred Deadman Park.

Banks Throws Personal Best In Track Meet

TrackHaley Banks of the Coffee County track team threw a personal best 36 feet 4 inches in the shot put in the Great 8 Invitational Meet on Tuesday night at Vanderbilt to finish in 2nd place. The 1st place finisher, Kennesha Nichols of Ensworth, also threw a personal best edging Haley out by 1 inch as Banks threw 8 inches further than her career best. Since 2000, the Great 8 meet has attracted the best High School Track and Field athletes in Middle Tennessee and pits them against each other at Vanderbiltʼs beautiful facilities. There is only one heat/section of each event, and so only the best eight performances in the midstate are accepted into the meet, along with the next 3 performances as alternates in those events. Banks was also selected as an alternate for the 100M hurdles but did not compete. Lexee Miller was invited as the 1st alternate for the Discus but did not compete. The CHS Track team will travel to Cookeville on Thursday for a meet at Cookeville High School. Field events begin at 3:00 PM.

Local Sports For Wednesday April 16

sports actionWednesday night is Youth Baseball recognition night at Powers Field!! The Coffee County Red Raiders play Lawrence Co. at 5:30. It is a BIG District 8-AAA baseball game for the Raiders. All youth players get in free if you wear your team’s jersey. Come support the Raiders and enjoy the fun!!! Thunder Radio will be broadcasting the game.

Coffee County softball plays at Lawrence County on Wednesday night beginning at 7pm. This is a make-up game that was postponed from last week.

Other action today has Coffee Middle playing at Tullahoma baseball in a DH (4:30pm). Westwood baseball will see play in their conference tournament against Fayetteville at Liberty (4pm).

Westwood soccer hosting Cascade in the DRVC tournament at 5pm.

Local Sports For Tuesday Morning April 15


Trevor Ivy-Bodman prepares to return a shot in his singles match at Tullahoma.. Photo by Dennis Weaver

Trevor Ivy-Bodman prepares to return a shot in his singles match at Tullahoma.. Photo by Dennis Weaver

Coffee County Central’s tennis teams traveled to Tullahoma to take on the Wildcats on Monday. The two teams split with Tullahoma each side winning 5 matches to 2. Winners for the boys were: Andy Stout & Andrew Henley in doubles play while Kyle Johnson, Trevor Ivey-Bodman & Andy Stout won their singles matches. In girls play, Maddie Taylor and Alex Crossland picked up singles wins. The netters travel to Fayetteville on Tuesday to take on Lincoln County. The match gets underway at 4:00 PM.

Two CHS track athletes received the honor of being selected to compete in the Great 8 Track Meet at Vanderbilt on Tuesday night. Haley Banks and Lexee Miller, as a result of their performances this season, have qualified and are invited to this prestigious event. The Top 8 performers and 3 alternates are chosen in each track event for ANY high school classification in Middle Tennessee and invited to compete. By virtue of their 2014 results, Haley Banks was chosen to compete in the Shot Put and is the 2nd alternate for 100M Hurdles. Lexee Miller has qualified as the 1st alternate for discus. The field events will start at 6 PM and we will keep you updated on their results. Congratulations on this selection!

Lady Bucks Pick Up TCCAA Wins

Motlow Lady BucksThe Motlow Lady Bucks hit five home runs, including two by Makenzie Hopkins, on their way to a four-game sweep of visiting Jackson State last weekend on the Moore County campus. The Lady Bucks then got swept by visiting Wallace State on Sunday.
Motlow (18-30, 12-20) is scheduled to travel to Pulaski for a non-conference doubleheader against the Martin Methodist JV squad on Tuesday, then visit Roane State for the final TCCAA series of the season on Thursday and Friday. The regular season ends Apr. 23, when the Lady Bucks host Gadsden State at 2 p.m.

Big Weekend Of Sports

Austin Harmon and Deontae Williams talk in the on-deck circle before the bottom of the 7th... Photo by Dennis Weaver

Austin Harmon and Deontae Williams talk in the on-deck circle before the bottom of the 7th… Photo by Dennis Weaver

Westwood pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the 7th to defeat Huntland 4 to 3 on Saturday in the Play-In game of the Duck River Valley Conference Baseball Tournament. Carlos Medina pitched out of a jam in the top of the 7th with 2 strikeouts as Huntland had 2 runners in scoring position. In the bottom of the 7th, the Rockets got singles from Austin Harmon and Deontae Williams before Dakota Finchum drilled the 1st pitch he saw up the middle to score the speedy Harmon and lift the Rockets to victory. Jeremiah Franklin started the game on the bump for Westwood before Medina came in the 5th inning to get the win. Harmon finished the game 2 for 3 at the plate with 2 runs scored and Finchum was 1 for 2 with 2 RBI. Westwood will take on Fayetteville in the first round of the Duck River Valley Conference Baseball Tournament on Tuesday afternoon at 4:00 PM at Liberty Middle School in Shelbyville.

The CHS soccer team fought to a 1-1 draw on Friday night at Thompson, Alabama in game #2 of their spring break trip. Thompson got a first half goal before Pedro Hernandez punched in the equalizer in the second half off of an assist by Marcos Villegas. The Raiders are nursing some injuries having 2 starters miss most of the contest. The Raiders will return to district action on Tuesday as they will travel to take on Lawrence County for a 6 PM match.

Brianna Jones struck out 20 batters, but it wasn’t enough to carry the Coffee County Lady Raider softball team to a win on Saturday, as the Lady Raiders fell to Dickson County at home 4-2 in 11 innings.
Jones pitched all 11 innings and allowed no earned runs on five hits. Jones leads the state in strikeouts with 190 and she is 3rd in state in earned run average at 0.59. Her 190 K’s is 25th best in the nation.
Bethany Baker led Coffee County at the plate going 4 for 6 and knocked in a run. Jones added two hits.
The Lady Raiders tied the score in the 7th to send the game to extra innings. In the 11th Dickson County scored 3 runs on two Coffee County errors to take the lead. The Lady Raiders score one in the 11th but left the bases loaded. The Lady Raiders left 12 runners on base for the day.
Coffee County will host Lincoln County on Tuesday night at 7pm in a huge District 8-AAA game. You can hear the game live on Thunder Radio.

In Friday night high school baseball action, Central Magnet plated 5 runs in the 4th inning only to see Coffee County battle back to send it to extra innings and steal a road win 8 to 7 in 10 innings in Murfreesboro. Peyton Meeker started the comeback with a 5th inning grand slam and Coffee County added 2 runs in the 6th inning on a Tyler Cavender double. In extra innings, Coffee County pushed 2 runs across on a Cavender single that drove home Trace Freidlein and Meeker singled home Kyle Douglas in the top of the 10th. Douglas pitched the 10th inning in relief to get the win and complete the comeback. On the night, Meeker was 3 for 6 with 5 RBI and Cavender was 4 for 6 with 3 RBI.

John Reese Gilmer gets a hit in a recent game

John Reese Gilmer gets a hit in a recent game

The Coffee County Red Raider baseball team battled Wilson Central to a 1 to 1 tie thru 4 innings on Saturday at Powers Field, but the visitors plated 8 runs in the last 3 innings to send the Raiders to a 9 to 2 defeat. The Raiders banged out 7 hits on the night, but only 2 in the last 3 innings. Wilson Central roughed up the Coffee County pitchers for 14 hits, including 6 extra base hits. Coffee County was led in hitting by J.P. Duncan who was 3 for 3 on the afternoon. Duncan also recorded the Web Gem play of the day with a diving stop and throw to 1st base in the 2nd inning. The Raiders will travel to Lawrenceburg on Tuesday for a district game. First pitch will be at 5:30 PM.

The CHS track teams competed at the District 8 meet at Tullahoma on Thursday. The Lady Raiders brought home a first place finish as they got points from 10 different athletes.

Top finishers for the girls were:

Heather Fox: 1st – 1600M, 2nd – 800M, 3rd – Triple Jump

Lexee Miller: 1st – Discus, 3rd – High Jump, 4th Long Jump

Taylor Deberry : 1st- 300M Hurdles

Haley Banks: 1st – Shot Put

Karson Young: 2nd- 400M, 2nd – Long Jump, 2nd – Triple Jump

Cameron Davis: 2nd – Discus

Cursten Vaughn: 3rd-200M

Sarah Hollis: 3rd – 800M

McKenzie Anderson: 3rd – 300M Hurdles,

Aerial Williams: 4th – High Jump

Team relays: 4×400 – 1st, 4×200 – 3rd

Top finishers for the boys were:

Anthony Jackson: 1st – High Jump, 2nd – 800M

David Keith: 3rd – High Jump, 3rd-Long Jump, 4th – 400M,

Ben Myers: 5th – 800M

Andrew Rosson: 3rd – 1600M

Parker Smith: 4th – Discus, 5th – Shot Put

Prep Roundup For April 10

soccer-playerThe Red Raider soccer team kicked off their 2 day spring break trip on Thursday at Mountain Brook Alabama falling by a final score of 5 to 2. Mountain Brook jumped out to a 3 to 0 lead in the first half, but Coffee County battled them even in the 2nd half. The Raiders got goals from Breyer Taylor and Cole Hawkins in the 2nd period and an assist from Abelen Barrera. The Raiders conclude their spring break trip on Friday as they take on Thompson in a match that will kick off at 7 PM.

Anna Spellings had a big night for the Lady Raiders as they defeated Franklin County 6-0 in Winchester on Thursday night in District 8-AAA play. The Coffee County senior right fielder knocked in 3 runs on two hits including her 3rd homer of the year. Brianna Jones continued her great pitching, throwing one-hitter against the Lady Rebels. That is the only hit she has allowed in her last 3 starts. Jones who leads the state in strikeouts mowed down 14 Franklin County batters.
The 14-6 Lady Raiders will host Dickson County on Saturday beginning at 1:30pm.

The Coffee Middle baseball team traveled to Woodbury on Thursday and tamed the Lions by a final score of 18 to 2. The Raiders won their 9th game in a row as they got 14 runs in the 3rd inning sending 19 batters to the plate. Coffee County pounded out 15 hits on the night helping Austin Tensfield get the win for the Raiders. Tensfield finished the night with 13 strikeouts. Alontae Taylor was 3 for 5 with 2 doubles with 4 RBI. Nathaniel Tate was 3 for 5 with a triple and 2 RBI and Grey Riddle was 2 for 4. The Red Raiders travel to Tullahoma for a game Monday. 1st pitch is scheduled for 5:00 PM.

Big Weekend For Motlow Baseball

Motlow BucksThe Motlow Bucks have a great opportunity to strengthen their position in the top half of the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) standings when they host conference rival and current leader Columbia State in a three-game series this weekend.
The opening game between the Bucks and the Chargers (28-9, 18-3) is scheduled for Friday at 2 p.m. at the Driver Complex on the Moore County campus. Game one will be a nine-inning contest. Saturday, the two squads will play a doubleheader beginning at noon.
All Motlow College athletic contests are free.
The showdown will give the Bucks (31-16, 12-9) a chance to regain ground in the conference standings after slipping last weekend when they dropped two out of three against Cleveland State in Cleveland.