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C-State wins nailbiter, Lady Chargers drop close one

Dyersburg State women 75, Columbia State 73

D 22 17 20 16 — 75
C 17 14 19 23 — 73

Dyersburg State (75) — A.G. Alton 6, A. Russel 1, G. Cole 7, C. Taylor 27, E. Singleton 13, C. Messer 21
Columbia State (73) — Mya Byrd 7, Nya Caruthers 15, Diamond Cannon 28, Emily Rominger 1, Denaj’za Jackson 16, Bri Brown 6
3-pointers — Dyersburg State 7 (Alton, Cole, Taylor 2, Singleton 3), Columbia State 5 (Byrd, Caruthers 3, Cannon)

Columbia State men 59, Dyersburg State 58

Dyersburg State (58) — K. Collier 2, A. Thomas 4, M. Edmond 3, C. Goodwin 3, F. Shields 6, D. Levellyn 16, T. Zeno 3, J. Iciano 21
Columbia State (59) — Chris McKnight 3, R.J. Abernathy 2, Amirion Joyce 16, Tarre’q Williams 8, Chris Nix 6, Tre Carlton 4, Xavier Griffith 5, Kamarie Coffey 3, Jamari Bostic 17
3-pointers — Dyersburg State 8 (Goodwin, Levellyn 4, Zeno, Iciano 2), Columbia State 5 (McKnight, Joyce 2, Griffith, Bostic)
Half — Dyersburg State 33, Columbia State 31

Courtesy photos by Buffy Holt

Chargers, Lady Chargers sweep Vol State at ‘The Web’

By Maurice Patton

COLUMBIA — With three double-digit scorers – including former local standout Tre Carlton – Columbia State extended its win streak to six games Tuesday night, defeating Volunteer State 94-72 at the Webster Athletic Center.

The Chargers (6-1) got 18 points from Chris Nix and 10 each from Carlton, who played his senior season at Centennial after previously playing at Summit, and fellow freshman Chris McKnight.

A total of 13 players scored for Columbia State.

“We have to be better on defense,” C-State coach Winston Neal said. “We got really sloppy, especially against their 3-point shooters. There were times we looked good defensively. That’s when we made our runs.”

Led by Zachary Morris’ 19 points, Volunteer State hit 10 treys. The Chargers had eight – none from returning all-conference selection Jamari Bostic.

“They faceguarded Jamari all night,” Neal said regarding the sophomore guard, who finished with four points. “They took him away. They took him away the last time we played, so we knew it was coming.

“The good thing is that we had other guys step up. Chris and Tre had five 3s combined. If they’re going to take something away, we have to make them pay.”

Lady Chargers exhibit offense: Diamond Cannon and Nya Caruthers combined for 49 points as Columbia State defeated visiting Volunteer State 73-57.

The hosts took control early, going on a 15-2 run to start the game, and had one of their better efforts according to second-year coach Gwen Burton.

“It’s about bringing the energy at the beginning of the game, maintaining it throughout the game and having it at the end of the game,” Burton said. “We had that 15-2 run in the first quarter, but we can’t allow teams to hang around. Once you give teams hope, it’s all over.

“When we execute, we’re fine.”

Cannon scored a game-high 26 points, with Caruthers adding 23 points and six 3s. Mya Byrd finished with another 14 points for the Lady Chargers (2-6).

Next up: Columbia State will face visiting Dyersburg State in a Thursday doubleheader at the Webster Athletic Center. The women’s game will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the men to follow at 7:30 p.m.

Columbia State women 73, Volunteer State 57

V 8 19 15 13 – 57
C 15 13 24 21 – 73

Volunteer State (57) – Malea Robertson 10, Haley Davis 4, Anaya Martin 14, Le-Vana Pridgen 10, Snowden Scott 6, Olivia Delk 13
Columbia State (73) – Mya Byrd 14, Nya Caruthers 23, Diamond Cannon 26, Emily Rominger 2, Jasmine Beard 1, Denaj’za Jackson 4, Bri Brown 3
3-pointers – Volunteer State 1 (Robertson), Columbia State 7 (Caruthers 6, Cannon)

Columbia State men 94, Volunteer State 72

Volunteer State (72) – Terrance Cross 11, Antuan Rhodes-Williams 13, Bobo Hodges 14, Jaylen Singh 2, James Anderson 2, Zachary Morris 19, Peyton West 9, Jared Carter 2
Columbia State (94) – Chris McKnight 10, R.J. Abernathy 5, Amirion Joyce 4, Tarre’q Williams 7, Chris Nix 18, Thomas Poore 2, Trevon Harris 8, Tre Carlton 11, Xavier Griffith 5, Kamarie Coffey 8, Darius Rozier 4, Jamari Bostic 4, Malique Oates 8
3-pointers – Volunteer State 10 (Cross 2, Rhodes-Williams 3, Hodges 2, Morris 3), Columbia State 8 (McKnight 2, Abernathy, Harris, Carlton 3, Coffey)
Half – Columbia State 48, Volunteer State 29

22nd-ranked Chargers down Roane State in home opener

Columbia State men 73, Roane State 63

Roane State (63) — Nate Spivey 12, Jacob Naylor 12, Micah Fallin 3, Jawaun Moore 2, Elijah Cobb 7, Matt Veen 8, Alec Kegler 10, Jaylon McCullum 9
Columbia State (73) — R.J. Abernathy 5, Amirion Joyce 6, Tarre’q Williams 4, Chris Nix 15, Thomas Poore 4, Trevon Harris 2, Tre Carlton 7, Xavier Griffith 1, Janias Passam 2, Jamari Bostic 17, Malique Oates 10,
3-pointers — Roane State 9 (Spivey 2, Naylor 3, Cobb, Veen 2, McCullum), Columbia State 6 (Nix, Carlton, Bostic 4)
Half — Roane State 39, Columbia State 27
Records — Roane State 1-1, Columbia State 1-1

Roane State women 66, Columbia State 59

R 18 20 15 13 — 66
C 14 9 17 19 — 59

Roane State (66) — Maria Roges 13, Tyasia Reed 17, Brooke Christian 11, Anna Grace Sissom 4, Naomi Jefferson 10, Chloe Roark 2, Kirby Brown 8
Columbia State (59) — Mya Byrd 18, Diamond Cannon 23, Jasmine Beard 5, Nya Caruthers 6, Emily Rominger 3, Jaletha Clark 2, Brittany Lawless-Sherrill 2
3-pointers — Roane State 3 (Roges, Reed 2), Columbia State 8 (Byrd, Cannon 4, Caruthers 2, Rominger)
Records — Roane State 2-0, Columbia State 0-2

Small-school hoops crowns won by Culleoka, Santa Fe

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In a day of big individual efforts, Culleoka’s girls and Santa Fe’s boys claimed Maury County Middle School Small Class tournament titles Saturday at Culleoka.

Auden Slaughter’s chase of the 1,000-point career mark was successful, as the Wildcat eighth-grader scored a game-high 34 points to push his team past Mt. Pleasant 57-33. Slaughter completed his middle school career with 1,010 points.

Santa Fe won the Maury County Middle School boys small-class tournament title, defeating Mt. Pleasant 57-33 Saturday. (Courtesy photo)

Slaughter and Macon Adkison scored nine points each in the opening period as Santa Fe seized a 23-12 lead. The Tigers trailed 42-19 at intermission and never recovered. Adkison added 14 points, including four 3-pointers, for Santa Fe, with Ryan Benderman scoring eight points to lead Mt. Pleasant.

Kendall Reischman scored 14 of her game-high 20 points in the first half Saturday as the host Lady Warriors defeated Mt. Pleasant 32-26 in the girls.

Culleoka won the Maury County Middle School girls small-class tournament title Saturday, defeating Mt. Pleasant 32-26. (Courtesy photo)

Lilly Dodge countered with 19 points for Mt. Pleasant — 14 in the final two quarters, as the Lady Tigers tried to rally from a 20-8 halftime deficit.

The county’s large middle schools – Battle Creek, E.A. Cox, Spring Hill and Whitthorne – opted to not hold their tournament, according to MCPS athletics director Chris Poynter, and the county’s “Final Four” that debuted last year, matching the large-school and small-school finalists, will not take place.

Santa Fe boys 57, Mt. Pleasant 33

MP 12 7 10 4 — 33
SF 23 19 13 2 – 57

Mt. Pleasant (33) – Jayden McClure 7, Ryan Benderman 8, Knox Brooks 3, J.P. Easterling 6, Hunter Holt 7, JoJo Robertson 2

Santa Fe (57) – Macon Adkison 14, Andrew Graves 5, Kaleb Hazlett 2, Colby Adams 2, Auden Slaughter 34

3-pointers – Mt. Pleasant 3 (Benderman, Brooks, Holt), Santa Fe 6 (Adkison 4, Graves, Slaughter)

Culleoka girls 32, Mt. Pleasant 26

M 4 4 8 10 — 26
C 10 10 4 8 — 32

Mt. Pleasant (26) – Lilly Dodge 19, Addison Sensat 4, Ashley Turner 3

Culleoka (32) – Andee Kelly 10, Kendall Reischman 20, Izzy Hargrove 2

3-pointers – none

Ex-Indy staffer returns to collegiate alma mater

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Caleb Chowbay, a former two-sport standout at Mt. Juliet who spent the 2018-19 basketball season as an assistant under Doug Keil at Independence, has been named to the men’s coaching staff at Martin Methodist College.

Chowbay, a 2017 Martin Methodist graduate, played his final two seasons with the RedHawks after initially signing with Belmont University, where he spent three years.

“I could not be more thrilled to return to a place where I have such special memories,” Chowbay said. “Martin Methodist and the city of Pulaski are places I truly love. I always wanted to be able to give back and this opportunity seems like the perfect fit.

Caleb Chowbay, a football and basketball standout at Mt. Juliet before pursuing a college basketball career at Belmont and Martin Methodist, has joined the RedHawk program as an assistant. Chowbay earned NAIA all-America honors his senior year at the Pulaski school. (Martin Methodist Athletic Communications)

“I want to thank Dr. Mark La Branche, Mr. Jeff Bain and coach Dugan Lyne for giving me this opportunity. I am so excited and cannot wait to get things started.”

Chowbay served as an assistant last season at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C.

In his two years as a player at Martin Methodist, Chowbay averaged 15.3 points, helping the RedHawks to an NAIA national tournament appearance and earning all-American honors his senior year, when he averaged 16.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists.

Prior to transferring, Chowbay played in 36 games during the 2014-15 season at Belmont.

“We are excited to have Caleb join the coaching side of our program,” Lyne said. “Caleb returns to a program that he has been an enormous part of since he stepped on campus back in the fall of 2015.

“Caleb has a great feel for the game, will excel in player development, and will continue to help build our culture.”

Chargers’ Johnson commits to Ole Miss

By Maurice Patton

Over a twisting and turning path from the Tuscaloosa, Ala., high school ranks to a baseball scholarship at Ole Miss, Brandon Johnson’s faith has been at the forefront – particularly as he contemplated his next move after a shortened 2020 campaign at Columbia State.

“I’m a religious guy. I prayed a lot about it,” Johnson said this weekend after announcing his commitment via Twitter. “I’ve learned through my long journey of recruitment that relationships are one of the most important things, if not the most important.

“If you can find a right fit for yourself, you can be confident and comfortable with where you’re going. That’s the ultimate decision-maker.”

With the Chargers’ season – and all of college baseball – halted as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Ole Miss coaches were unable to see Johnson in live action this spring and vice versa. Still, he felt secure in tabbing the Rebels over Southeastern Conference rivals Alabama and Kentucky as well as Purdue and Jacksonville State.

“Before everything went down with the coronavirus, they were recruiting me,” Johnson said. “They were supposed to come see me the weekend (March 13-14, at Jackson State) that everything got canceled. But they relied on video and reports from different coaches.

“I really liked the coaching staff, and the atmosphere. And right now, they’re on a 16-game win streak. So, recent history, they’re right up there with the best in the SEC. I couldn’t turn it down.”

After opening the season with a Valentine’s Day loss to Louisville, Ole Miss had won 16 straight heading into their scheduled SEC opener against LSU before play was stopped.

Johnson, a 6-foot, 185-pound right-hander who initially signed with Alabama-Huntsville out of Brookwood High School, was similarly hot this spring. In his first two outings, he worked seven innings – striking out 20 with two walks to earn National Junior College Athletic Association Pitcher of the Week honors.

He continued his good work over the Chargers’ 9-15 (3-3 TCCAA) schedule, posting a 5-0 record with a 2.48 earned run average and 51 strikeouts in 29 innings.

“After my redshirt freshman year, we had our exit meetings after the (TCCAA tournament) loss to Dyersburg State,” Johnson said. “Coach (Mike) Corn told me if I had a good offseason, worked on some things, I had a good chance to play (NCAA Division I) Power 5 or even SEC ball. I got to the spring, and it all just clicked together.”

On an upward trajectory after going 3-0 with a save, a 3.31 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 51.2 innings in his first year at C-State, Johnson is ready for whatever role is in store for him at Ole Miss.

“They expect to lose two or three guys to the (Major League Baseball) draft,” he said. “Hopefully I can be of help to them. But it depends on the fall and getting everybody lined up.

“They’ll put me in the place that best benefits them.”