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DCHS Get Road Wins at Bledsoe County

The DeKalb County High School Basketball Teams went to Pikeville Friday night and knocked off the Warriors and Lady Warriors in the Hall of Fame Classic.

The Lady Tigers of Coach Joe Pat Cope, are now 2-0 after beating the hosts 43 to 36 while the Tigers, under Coach Lynus Martin, are also 2-0 after getting a 66 to 47 victory.

In the girls game, Bledsoe County jumped out to a 13 to 8 lead by the end of the first quarter but DeKalb County took a 16 to 15 lead by halftime. Each team scored 13 points in the third period and the Lady Tigers held a 29 to 28 advantage at the end of the third period. The Lady Tigers expanded the lead in the fourth quarter and won 43 to 36.

Martha Webb led the Lady Tigers in scoring with 21 points followed by Alex Meadows with 6, Mercedes Luna 5, Brooke Hutchins 4, Kristina Stephens 4, Nikki Bass 2, and Morgan Page with 1 point. Lady Tiger starter Cynthia Woodward was out due to sickness.

DCHS Basketball Teams Sweep in Season Openers

The DeKalb County High School Tiger and Lady Tiger basketball teams swept at home Tuesday night beating Trousdale County in their first games of the regular season.

The Lady Tigers watched their big lead evaporate but they won it in a close one, 47 to 46 in head coach Joe Pat Cope's debut. The Tigers, meanwhile had a close battle in their game, and won 55 to 51

The games were played as part of the Hall of Fame Classic, which are games that can either count as regular season or pre-season games. Coaches have the option whether or not to count the contests on their win-loss record.

The DC girls opened up a 27 to 8 lead by the end of the first period, but Trousdale County had cut the Lady Tiger advantage to 10 by half time, 34 to 24. DeKalb County's lead dwindled to 3 by the end of the third quarter 35 to 32. Trousdale County took the lead with a little over three minutes left in the game but the Lady Tigers fought back and won 47 to 46.

Paul Rowland Named Coach of New Baseball Program

Paul Rowland has been named head coach of the new baseball program being organized at DeKalb West School.

Jeff McMillen, member of the booster group which made the selection, says Rowland will do a great job. "We have settled in on picking us a head coach, Paul Rowland. We had three good applicants for the baseball program. The board did select the coach which consists of myself, Jeff McMillen , Tim Davenport, Bennie Curtis, and Clark Oakley. There was a lot of time put into this selection. We all came to an agreement in the end as to what we thought was in the best interest of the school, the kids, and everybody involved. We feel like Paul will take this program forward. He'll have a winning program. We've got some guidelines we're trying to put together in a coach's handbook so he'll know what we expect from him, and what he is to expect from us. I think it will work great."

State Play-off Run Ends for Tigers

The state playoff run for the DeKalb County Tigers came to an end Friday night as the black and gold lost to the Maplewood Panthers 56 to 30.

The game was played at Hunter's Lane High School in Nashville.

The Tigers scored first on a 35 yard touchdown pass play from Quarterback Hunter Poteete to Abram Edwards. Zach Taylor converted on the P.A.T. and DeKalb County led 7-0 with 10:46 left in the first quarter.

Maplewood's Enrico Buchanan put the panthers on the board with 9:36 left in the first period on a 61 yard touchdown run. The P.A.T. attempt was no good and DeKalb County led 7-6.

LaDarius Van Lier scored on a 63 yard touchdown run with 4:23 left in the first period. The two point conversion by Stanley Hagan was good and Maplewood led 14-7. That was the score at the end of the first period.

The Tigers cut the Maplewood lead to 14-10 on a 34 yard field goal by Zach Taylor with 11:35 left in the second quarter.

Payne Denman Signs to Play Golf at Florida

Two time state high school golf champion Payne Denman officially signed scholarship papers Wednesday to play golf at the University of Florida.

The signing took place at DCHS with members of Denman's family, coach, and principal looking on.

Denman says he's proud of his high school accomplishments and is ready to move to the next level. "I've been looking forward to this for a long time. It's finally here and I'm really glad and ready to get on with my life and see what Florida holds for me. I mainly chose Florida because their tradition is really good. They've always been known to have a great golf team and with all the other great athletic achievements they have made me want to be a part of it."

Tigers Win 41-35 at Greenbrier in State Play-Offs

The DeKalb County Tigers will advance to the second round of the TSSAA football play-offs next week after defeating the Greenbrier Bobcats 41-35 Friday night on the road.

The Tigers got on the board early after recovering a Greenbrier fumble at the Bobcat 40 yard line and a few plays later, Quarterback Hunter Poteete threw a touchdown pass to Sonni Young covering 32 yards for the score. The P.A.T. by Zach Taylor was good and DeKalb County led 7-0 with 8:47 left in the first period. That was the only score in the first period.

Greenbrier pulled to within one with 6:50 left in the second period on a five yard touchdown run by Trevor Thaxton. The P.A.T. kick by Tyler West was no good and the Tigers clung to a 7-6 lead..

DeKalb County extended the lead with 6:11 left in the second period on a 46 yard touchdown run by Quarterback Hunter Poteete. The P.A.T. by Zach Taylor was good and the Tigers led 14-6.

Tigers Fall to Wildcats 35-14

The DeKalb County Tigers dropped their regular season finale to the Livingston Academy Wildcats Thursday night in Smithville 35 to 14 and will now wait to see if they will get a berth in the state play-offs which begin next week.

In the game Thursday night, Livingston Academy got on the board first on a 10 yard touchdown run by Paul Daniels. The P.A.T. by Jake Huitt was good and the Wildcats led 7-0 with 8:26 left in the first period.

The Wildcats extended the lead with 2:53 left in the first period on a 30 yard touchdown run by Quarterback Brannon McCoin. The P.A.T. by Jake Huitt was good and Livingston Academy led 14-0.

The Tigers scored their first touchdown of the night with 7:17 left in the second period on a four yard touchdown pass from Quarterback Hunter Poteete to Kevin Kijanski. The P.A.T. by Zach Taylor was good and the Tigers trailed 14-7.

Tigers Rally In Come From Behind Win over Upperman

The DeKalb County Tigers were held scoreless in the first half, but exploded for 33 points in the second half, even without their starting quarterback Hunter Poteete, in beating the Upperman Bees Saturday night at Tennessee Tech 33 to 14.

The win improves the Tiger record to 6-3 on the season and 3-1 in District 8 Double-A.

Poteete came out of the game early in the second quarter and did not return. He apparently had a tendon injury in his left ankle.

The only score in the first half came on the first play of the second quarter as Upperman Quarterback Mason Young took it into the endzone on a three yard run. The P.A.T. by Caleb Robishaub was good and the Bees led 7-0 with 11:57 left in the second period.

Upperman took the opening kick-off of the third period and scored on an 88 yard return by Mason Young. Caleb Robishaub converted on the P.A.T. and the Bees led 14-0 with 11:45 left in the third period.

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