The DeKalb County High School Tiger soccer team travelled to Crossville, Tuesday, for their season opener against the Cumberland County Jets. The Class AAA Jets took a 1-0 lead at intermission, then tacked on two more goals in the second to score a 3-0 victory over the Tigers.
The DeKalb County Tiger baseball team grabbed an early 2-0 lead, then relied on four innings of no-hit pitching from Bray Page before leaving Eagleville, Wednesday, with a 5-2 victory. The win pushes the Tiger record to 2-0 in the early portion of the baseball schedule.
After the Tigers had built the early advantage, the Eagles plated two runs off Tiger starter, Trey Finley, in the bottom of the third inning. Finley allowed the two earned runs on just one hit, struck out three, walked three and hit a batter through three full innings. Page took over on the mound in the fourth inning, struck out 10 of the 12 Eagleville batters he faced, and did not allow a single base-runner through the final four innings. The Tigers went ahead for good on Zack Rowland's RBI double in the top of the fifth inning. DeKalb led, 4-2, after the fifth, then tacked on an insurance run in the top of the sixth inning.
Roughly 60 high school softball teams from across the State of Tennessee will gather in Hendersonville, this Friday and Saturday, for the annual Commando Classic. Among those teams will be the DeKalb County High School Tigerettes, who will open play in the event Friday evening.
The DeKalb County High School Tigerette fast-pitch softball team travelled to Crossville to open their 2008 season, Tuesday afternoon, and swept a doubleheader from Stone Memorial High School. The Tigerettes won the first game, 5-1, then took the nightcap, 4-0.
The Tigerettes stormed out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning of the first game, as Jaylen Garrett and Kristina Stephens each plated a run. The Lady Panthers would close the gap to 2-1 with a solo homerun in the bottom of the inning, but DeKalb tacked on three more runs as pitcher, Morgan Page shut down the hosts the rest of the way.
Page earned the win in the pitcher's circle, as she worked the full five innings, allowed the one Panther run on three hits and struck out three. Both the Tigerettes and the Lady Panthers committed two errors in the field.
Zack Rowland and Colt Stewart each hit two-run home runs, and Rowland backed up the power surge with five innings of two-hit ball on the mound, as the DeKalb County High School Tiger baseball team routed the visiting Clay County Bulldogs, 10-0, in the season opener for both teams, Monday evening.
Rowland's shot came in the bottom of the first inning, and gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead, after Cody Atnip plated Destry Wiggins with the opening run on a sacrifice fly to center field. Stewart tallied his blast in the bottom of the third, which gave DeKalb County a 6-0 edge. Rowland, meanwhile, kept the Bulldogs quiet at the plate. The senior struck out nine, walked one, and allowed only three total base runners.
Page and John Malone each drove in a run in the bottom of the fourth inning, and the Tigers ended the game by virtue of the ten-run rule in the bottom of the fifth, closed out by Atnip's second sacrifice fly which plated the winning run.
The spring sports schedules for most DeKalb County teams will be starting soon.
The DeKalb County High School Tiger baseball team's regular season opener is set for Monday, March 10th, as Clay County comes to Smithville. The game is set to start at 5:00 p.m. at the DCHS Baseball Field.
The month of March will be busy for the Tigers, as they visit Eagleville on the 12th, Clay County on the 14th, open the district season against Cannon County, March 17th and 18th. The Tigers will visit Woodbury on the 17th, then host the Lions on the 18th. DeKalb will host Watertown on March 21st, then play a home-and-away against district foe, Upperman, on March 24th and 25th. Grundy County comes in for a visit on the 28th, and the Tigers will wrap uo the month of March in Jamestown against York Institute on Monday, March 31st.
Daniel Stanley and Andrew Atnip were named Co-Most Valuable Players for the 2007-08 DeKalb Middle School Saints basketball team, while Brooke Hutchings and Jessica Garrison earned Co-MVP honors for the Lady Saints. The honors were handed out Thursday night during the annual DMS basketball banquet at the Smithville First United Methodist Church Christian Fellowship Center. Meanwhile, Kidman Puckett was named Most Valuable Cheerleader for the past season.
Coaches Josh Agee and Joey Agee of the Saints and Lady Saints teams, along with cheerleading coach, Anita Puckett, gave out the awards to their respective teams at the banquet.
Stanley was also the recipient of the Best Offensive Player and Best Passer Awards, while Atnip claimed the Best Rebounder award. Other Saints team awards went to Alex Cripps, Best Sixth Man; Cody Puckett, Best Ball-Handler; Sebastian Phillips, Most Improved; and Wesley Mason, Best Defensive Player and the Hustle Award.
DeKalb County High School senior, Grant Goodwin, will continue his golf career on the collegiate level. On Thursday, Goodwin signed scholarship papers with Tennessee Wesleyan, an NAIA school located in Athens, Tennessee.
Goodwin won 83 matches in his four-year career at DCHS, which is the most of any golfer during the tenure of current golf coach, Chris Vance, who has guided the program since 2001. Goodwin also owns ten team records and ten individual records with the program. He becomes the third DCHS golfer in the last four years to move on to the collegiate level, joining Madison Denman and Tara Cantrell.
Goodwin helped lead the Tiger golf team to a program-high 49 match victories during the 2007 season. The team also won District and Region Tournament championships, and earned a berth to the TSSAA State Tournament, where they finished in third place. In Goodwin's four years on the squad, the Tigers were 156-61-5 (.720 winning percentage) as a team.
The York Institute Dragons blew open a close game in the fourth period, and ended the DeKalb County Tigers' basketball season, Friday night, in the quarterfinal round of the District 7-AA Tournament at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville. The Dragons out-scored the DeKalb boys 20-5 in the fourth period, and rolled to a 53-37 victory, which advanced York on to a Saturday semi-final showdown with top-seeded Livingston Academy.
Payne Denman hit a pair of free throws to end the first period, as the TIgers took an 8-6 advantage in the low-scoring affair. DeKalb County led by as many as four points in the second period, but the Dragons closed to within a point, at 20-19, at the half.
The Macon County Tigerettes ended the DeKalb County Lady Tigers' basketball season, Thursday night in Lafayette, with a 54-32 defeat of the local girls team in the play-in game of the District 7-AA Tournament.
Macon County scored the game's first five points, as the Lady Tigers never led in the game. By the end of the first period, the Tigerettes held a 10-2 advantage. The Macon lead grew to 23-11 at the half, and to 38-24 by the end of the third period. The Macon County victory sent the Tigerettes on to Tennessee Tech to play third-seeded, Livingston Academy, Friday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.
Cyntha Woodward scored 13 points to lead the Lady Tigers, followed by Katie Herman with eight. Kristina Stephens tallied five points, while Victoria Bennett, Morgan Page and Lauren Hansard each scored two points. Seniors, Herman and Hansard, played in their final games as Lady Tiger basketball players.
The Lady Tigers end the season with a final record of 5-21.