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Roundup: Baseball, softball, soccer recaps

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Baseball

Lawrence Co. 2, Coffee Co. 1: Lawrence County kept its season alive with a Luke Boswell single in the sixth that scored a run to edge Coffee County. The Wildcats managed just three hits in the game, but they were enough for the 8-AAA Pitcher of the Year Boswell to get the win. He went the distance, throwing just 87 pitches, striking out six.

Summertown 6, Loretto 2: Three hits for Summertown was plenty in Game 1 of the District 12-A tournament finals. Loretto took a 2-1 lead in the second inning, but a Lane Burleson homer in the fourth was the blast the Eagles needed. Summertown added a pair of runs when Drake Blackwood knocked a bases-loaded double and then Cory Francis drew a walk to bring in a run as well. Gavin Burleson got the win, going 6 2/3 innings and throwing 119 pitches. Francis recorded the final out of the game. Josh Porter was 3-for-3 with an RBI for Loretto, while Caleb Davis and Caden Porter had a pair of hits as well. The two teams will play a second game Wednesday.

Richland 12-4, Santa Fe 0-3: After the host Raiders forced a second District 10-A tournament title game with an early five-inning victory, they held on to edge the Wildcats for the title. Third-seeded Santa Fe advanced to the championship contest with a 9-8, 12-inning victory on Saturday.

CPA 7, Columbia Acad. 3: Kavares Tears went deep in the first inning, and Grant Wooldridge singled home a pair of runs to give CA an early 3-0 lead, but that was all the offense the Dawgs could muster in their seventh meeting with the Lions. Sophomore Braxton Orr shut down CA for the remainder of the game, giving up a total of five hits and three runs, striking out seven.

Softball

Mt. Pleasant 5, Culleoka 3: Culleoka scored three runs in the sixth inning, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the lead Mt. Pleasant built with two runs in the first, another in the third and two more in the fourth. Shelby McNeal led the way for Mt. Pleasant in the District 10-A tourney elimination game with a pair of RBIs on two hits. Kylie Brewer added two hits and an RBI as well. Katie Thomason went the distance for the Lady Tigers, giving up six hits and one earned run, while striking out six.

Boys soccer

Columbia Central 8, Lincoln Co. 0: A flurry of second-half netters added to an early Brewer Wall goal to advance Columbia Central in District 8-AAA tournament play. Wall was assisted by Victor Ramirez on his goal. Ramirez added a pair of goals himself as well. Other goals were scored by Collin Rowe, Alex Freyre, Brandon Carr, Benton Wall and Xavier Mora.

Page 2, Spring Hill 0: Spring Hill’s season came to a disappointing end in District 11-AA tourney play on the road Tuesday. The Raiders failed to find the net in a shutout loss at Page.

8-AAA all-district team named

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District 8-AAA boys soccer coaches recently selected their all-district team and superlative award winners, with regular-season champion Columbia Central taking a number of honors.

Lions sophomore goalie Dane Holley was named 8-AAA goalkeeper of the year, with juniors Victor Ramirez and Brewer Wall recognized as the league’s top midfielder and forward, respectively. Central’s Greg Szydlowski was honored as the district coach of the year.

The full list of selections follows:

All-District first team – Emilio Contreras, John Martinez (Coffee Co.); Brandon Carrascoza, Mason Hollandsworth, Kameron Smith (Columbia Central); Rylan Banks, Camden Eslick (Franklin Co.); Santana Carrillo, Sammy Gantes (Lincoln Co.); Yahir Cervantes, Dyson Collins, Cristian Ramos (Shelbyville).

All-District second team – Joseph Galindo, Bodey Todd (Coffee Co.); Randy Gray, Collin Rowe, Raul Sarabia (Columbia Central); Brad Simmons, Caleb Tubb (Franklin Co.); Damian Castaneda, John Sharp (Lincoln Co.); Edgar Solis, Ryan Tacuba, Pepe Vargas (Shelbyville).

Goalkeeper of the Year – Dane Holley, Columbia Central; Defender of the Year – Eduardo AJ, Shelbyville; Midfielder of the Year – Victor Ramirez, Columbia Central; Forward of the Year – Brewer Wall, Columbia Central; Freshman of the Year – Kolby Themm, Shelbyville; Coach of the Year – Greg Szydlowski, Columbia Central.

Jennings, Campbell, Weathers earn TSWA all-state honors

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Richland’s Jesse Jennings, Summertown’s Kaley Campbell and Loretto’s Karly Weathers were each named to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association’s Class A girls basketball all-state team, which was announced this week.

Jennings, who signed a women’s basketball scholarship Monday with Alabama-Huntsville, led the area with a 23.6-point scoring average as the Lady Raiders advanced to the Region 5-A semifinals. She recently went into the TSSAA record books, listed fourth in career free throws made (631) and attempted (808).

Campbell, an Austin Peay golf scholarship signee, and Weathers each led their teams to the Class A state championship game — with Weathers earning tournament most valuable player honors as well as Miss Basketball following the Lady Mustangs’ victory. She has committed to the University of Alabama.

Coffee County’s Bella Vinson, a Lipscomb University signee, was appointed to the Class AAA squad, along with Brentwood’s Amelia Osgood, who’s headed to Princeton.

The teams in their entirety:

Class AAA — Gracie Dodgen, White Co., Sr.; Denae Fritz, Maryville, Sr.; Skyler Gill, Hardin Co., Sr.; Acacia Hayes, Riverdale, Jr.; Tessa Miller, Stone Memorial, Sr.; Khamari Mitchell-Steen, Oak Ridge, Sr.; Iyana Moore, Blackman, Sr.; Anna Muhonen, Bradley Central, Sr.; Amelia Osgood, Brentwood, Sr.; Addie Grace Porter, Lebanon, Sr.; Ta’Mia Scott, Northwest, Jr.; Carmen Taylor, Arlington, Sr.; Mallory Taylor, Collierville, Jr.; Avery Treadwell, Bearden, So.; Bella Vinson, Coffee Co., Sr.

Class AA — Lauren Bailey, Greeneville, So.; Sharneece Currie-Jelks, South Side, Jr.; Blaize Deere, Scotts Hill, Sr.; Jenna Hare, Sullivan East, So.; Jada Harrison, Westview, So.; Reagan Hurst, Upperman, Sr.; Jalynn Gregory, Macon Co., Sr.; Haylee Johnson, York Institute, Sr.; Olivia Koontz, Signal Mountain, Sr.; Lauren Longmire, Grainger, Sr.; LaRose Morrow, Maplewood, Sr.; Campbell Penland, Northview Acad., Sr.; Zoe Piller, Nolensville, Sr.; Tori Rutherford, Grainger, Sr.; Bre Yarber, Sullivan Central, Sr.

Class A — Brooklyn Anderson, North Greene, Jr.; Katie Arms, Clay Co.., Sr.; Kaley Campbell, Summertown, Sr.; Edie Darby, Greenfield, Jr.; Savannah Davis, McKenzie, Fr.; Madison Hart, Gibson Co., Jr.; Jesse Jennings, Richland, Sr.; CeCe Johnson, Peabody, Sr.; Bralyn McGaha, Cosby, Sr.; Kassie Monday, Clarkrange, Sr.; Kaylie Monday, Clarkrange, Sr.; Kelsey Pike, Oneida, So.; Lyndie Ramsey, Unaka, So.; Anna Stevenson, Huntland, Sr.; Karly Weathers, Loretto, Jr.

Division II-A — Diamond Bryant, Clarksville Acad., Sr.; LaShae Dwyer, Webb-Bell Buckle, Sr.; Mariah Edmonds, Providence Chr., Sr.; Tessa Gibson, Silverdale Baptist, Sr.; Brianna Hall, Tipton-Rosemark, Sr.; Catherine Hendershott, First Baptist Acad., Sr.; Jordaynia Ivie, Lakeway Chr., Sr.; Leah Jones, Northpoint Chr.; Olivia Jones, Univ. School of Jackson, Sr.; Madelyn Ladd, Knoxville Webb, So.; Olivia Lee, Trinity Chr., So.; Gracie Palmer, Berean Chr., Jr.; Maggie Vick, Lakeway Chr., Sr.; Julie Wagner, Univ. School of Jackson, Sr.; Hadleigh Wharton, Goodpasture Chr., So.

Division II-AA — Kaia Barnett, Hutchison, Sr.; Kennedy Cambridge, Ensworth, Jr.; Jaloni Cambridge, Ensworth, Fr.; Kayli Clarkson, Briarcrest Chr., So.; Raegyn Conley, Baylor, Sr.; Maxine Engel, Hutchison, Sr.; Jeila Greenlee, Knoxville Catholic, Sr.; Carmyn Harrison, Hutchison, Sr.; Jaila Lee, Brentwood Acad., Sr.; Sydney Mains, Knoxville Catholic, Fr.

Local products named to BCAT all-star twinbill Saturday

By Maurice Patton

Richland’s Jesse Jennings and Summit’s Delaney Noe have been selected to participate in the Basketball Coaches Association of Tennessee’s All-Star Games, set for Saturday at Blackman High School in Murfreesboro.

The two guards have been named to the ‘Middle South’ team, which will be coached by Summit’s John Wild along with Upperman’s Dana McWilliams.

“It’s a humbling experience to be thought of in that capacity,” Wild said. “To be a part of an organization like BCAT and to be able to coach kids of this caliber, it’s going to be fun and something I look forward to, and working alongside someone I really respect. Dana’s done a lot for basketball over the last 20 years in the Upper Cumberland area.”

Jennings, a recent Alabama-Huntsville commit, finished her five-year Lady Raider career with 2,345 points and led the SM-Tn Sports coverage area this season in scoring (23.6 ppg). Noe averaged a team-high 13 points per game this season for the Lady Spartans with 54 3-pointers; she is set to sign with Berry College in Rome, Ga.

“They’re all really good players or they wouldn’t have been selected,” Wild said. “I’ve coached against a lot of them, seen a lot of them either as a spectator or on Hudl. It’ll be really unique in I’ll be looking for ways to help Amelia (Osgood, from Brentwood) score the ball instead of trying to stop her.

“I think finding ways to help her will be easier than finding ways to stop her.”

Also on the Middle South roster is Fayetteville forward Zanaria Robinson, who signed with Arkansas-Little Rock during the November recruiting period. Coffee County forward Bella Vinson, a Lipscomb signee, will play for the Middle North squad that will be coached by White County’s Michael Dodgen and the Lady Raiders’ Joe Pat Cope.

Games will take place in the main gym and auxillary gym at Blackman with girls semifinal contests (West vs. Middle North; Middle South vs. East) at 11:15 a.m., boys semifinals (East vs. Memphis, Middle vs. West) at 12:30 p.m., girls finals and consolations at 2 p.m. and boys finals and consolations at 3:30 p.m.

“We started doing that four or five years ago, just to get more kids involved,” BCAT executive director Bruce Slatten said regarding the expanded schedule. “We had a few of the colleges, junior colleges and NAIAs, ask ‘why don’t you bring in more kids?’ I’ve already had two or three schools tell me they’re coming over Saturday.

“That was the biggest thing, to get more involvement. The other part (was), we found out the cost for two more teams was not that much more than what we were already doing. Four teams in boys and girls will help our crowd a little bit, give kids from Knoxville and Memphis a little more incentive to come and play two games instead of one. We were having such a hard time getting kids to commit to play. It’s helped with that.”

Of the 42 girls set to participate, 28 have signed or committed to sign collegiate scholarships – 19 at the NCAA Division I level. On the boys side, 13 of 50 are signed or have committed, two to DI schools.

The games will be open to the general public. Admission is $10 and Rutherford County Schools guidelines for COVID-19 will be observed; social distancing is required, temperature checks will be conducted, masks are required for entry and all non-participants will be expected to wear them.

Girls

West Tennessee – Kaia Barnett, Hutchison; Maxine Engle, Hutchison; Anandi Farrell-Rousseau, Collierville; Felia Fayne, Covington; Skylar Gill, Hardin Co. (North Alabama); Briana Hall, Tipton-Rosemark; Jordan Hall, Tipton-Rosemark; Carmyn Harrison, Hutchison (Georgia Tech); Kalynn Howard, Covington; Brooklyn King, Dyer Co.; Miaya Reed, Munford; Daniyasia Robinson, Covington. Coaches – Ron Burnham, Hardin Co.; Thomas Jones, Hutchison

Middle South – Tori Brooks, Upperman; Lashae Dwyer, Webb-Bell Buckle (Miami, Fla.); Reagan Hurst, Upperman (Tennessee Tech); Jesse Jennings, Richland (Ala.-Huntsville); Jaila Lee, Brentwood Acad. (St. Francis); Iyana Moore, Blackman (Vanderbilt); Delaney Noe, Summit (Berry); Amelia Osgood, Brentwood (Princeton); Victoria Page, Blackman (Dartmouth); Zanaria Robinson, Fayetteville (Ark.-Little Rock); Zhordan Shannon, Stewarts Creek (Alabama A&M). Coaches – John Wild, Summit; Dana McWilliams, Upperman

East Tennessee – Mattie Buck, Stone Memorial*; Denae Fritz, Maryville (Iowa State); Jordaynia Ivie, Lakeview Chr. (UNC-Asheville); Tessa Miller, Stone Memorial (Belmont); Campbell Penland, Northview Acad. (Carson-Newman); Maci Pitner, Seymour (Bryan); Tori Rutherford, Grainger (Carson-Newman); Aliyah Vananda, Maryville (East Tennessee State); Maggie Vick, Lakeway Chr. (Iowa State). Coaches – Mike Buck, Stone Memorial; Scott West, Maryville

Middle North – Gracie Dodgen, White Co. (Middle Tennessee State); Jalynn Gregory, Macon Co. (Middle Tennessee State); Haylee Johnson, York Inst. (Lee); Anna Mohonen, Bradley Central (Lee); Kailie Monday, Clarkrange (Univ. of the Cumberlands); Kassie Monday, Clarkrange (Univ. of the Cumberlands); Jeremia Montgomery, Gallatin (Christian Brothers); Addie Grace Porter, Lebanon; Sydnee Richetto, Green Hill (Wofford); Bella Vinson, Coffee Co. (Lipscomb). Coaches – Michael Dodgen, White Co.; Joe Pat Cope, Coffee Co.

Boys

Memphis – Davon Barnes, Collierville; Luke Bridges, Bartlett (Lyon); Eli Federman, Christian Brothers; Will Farris, Bartlett; Tadarius Jacobs, Bartlett; Isaiah Jones, Arlington; Kam Jones, Bartlett; Jordan Jenkins, Collierville; Harrison Kelly, Christian Brothers; Reese McMullen, Christian Brothers (Penn). Coaches – Bubba Luckett, Christian Brothers; Brad Luckett, Christian Brothers

West Tennessee – Jailen Anderson, Jackson South Side; Christian Ballard, Madison Academic; Clydrell Foster, Halls; Kewan Hubbard, Dyersburg; Semaj King, Henry Co.; Jequan Lax, Bolivar; Brandon Macklin, Jackson South Side; Ben McMillan, Union City; Walter Peggs, Madison Academic; Toris Woods, Bolivar. Coach – Damon Fuller, Jackson South Side

Middle Tennessee – Riggs Abner, Green Hill; Raymon Adams, Lipscomb Acad.; Isaiah Farrior, Northeast; Reed Kemp, Franklin (Missouri Western); J.P. Pegues, Hillsboro; Kaleb Powell, Beech; Mathew Schneider, Siegel (Missouri Western); Grant Slatten, White Co.* (Ole Miss); P.J. Smith, Goodpasture (Lee); Dee Spates, Warren Co.; Sam Specht, Pope John Paul II; Donte Stringer, Blackman; Zion Swader, Siegel (Missouri Western); Miles Versa, Montgomery Bell Acad. (Kenyon); John Windley, Brentwood (Johns Hopkins); Braden Zapp, Christ Presbyterian Acad. (Trevecca). Coaches – Troy Allen, Green Hill; Jeremy Moore, Centennial

East Tennessee – Jack Brown, Maryville; Riley Cooper, York Inst.; Colin Gore, Upperman (Bryan); Grant Hurst, Cleveland; Jackson Kuberka, Sequoyah; Marcus Long, East Hamilton; Kley McGowan, Cleveland; Jeremy Miller, Oak Ridge; Greg Moore, Knoxville Central; Harper Neal, Kingston; Darwin Randolph II, East Hamilton; Tony Sapp, South-Doyle; Matthew Sells, Livingston Acad. (Lincoln Memorial); Johnathan Zhao, Sevier Co. (Carson-Newman). Coaches – Mark Eldridge, Maryville; Gary Barnes, Powell

* injured


Bats break loose for Central; Coffee Co. quiets Lions’ roar

By Maurice Patton

Even as one of them didn’t get the desired result, Mark Pickle and Hannah Cole agreed that weather wasn’t going to prevent Columbia Central’s baseball and softball seasons from starting Monday.

“We were going to do whatever it took to get this game in, after last year,” Pickle said after the Lions dropped a 6-0 decision – in no-hit fashion – to visiting District 8-AAA rival Coffee County. “These kids deserved it.”

Both the veteran coach Pickle and Cole, making her coaching debut after previously serving as an assistant, were mindful of spring sports being shut down a year ago because of the COVID-19 pandemic after the majority of teams across the state managed just a handful of contests at most.

“We worked really hard to make sure we played,” said Cole, whose Lady Lions highlighted their effort against visiting Independence with a six-run fifth inning en route to a 10-2 victory. “Thankfully, the rain moved out, the sun came out, the wind blew and here we are.”

Monday’s forecast for the last few days had called for rain throughout, creating concern across the Midstate, but the precipitation had subsided by mid-afternoon, clearing the deck for both contests.

Against a league foe, Central started four freshmen – ordinarily a dangerous mix, but perhaps less so under the circumstances, according to Pickle.

“We had some freshmen that hadn’t played, but we had a couple of sophomores that had never played, a couple of juniors that had never played, a couple of seniors … With COVID, everybody’s young.

“It’s not necessarily a concern that we’re young, playing a lot of young kids. Everybody’s in the same boat.”

Still, though, the Red Raiders’ pitching combination of Jacob Holder and Braden Brown held down Columbia Central’s offense, and the visitors got all the runs they’d need when they scored three – all with two outs – off freshman starter Luke Uselton in the top of the second inning.

“Early season is tough to say the least,” Pickle said. “We haven’t had scrimmages, those at-bats (to get ready). This would be one of those times to get no-hit. And their guy threw it pretty well. We took some good swings. We just came up empty.

“Hopefully, with 100 ABs, we’re catching up to 85 (mile-an-hour velocity) and hitting that.”

Holder struck out nine over six innings, with Brown striking out the side to close out the victory.

Offense was no issue for the Lady Lions, who scored in four different innings to support Kiraonte Buchanan’s effort in the circle.

“Hitting is something we’ve worked really hard on, and we’ve gotten to work on it a lot,” Cole said. “We missed the first week (of outdoor practice) when we got snow, and it was still wet out the second week. But we’ve got some strong hitters. I feel we should continue to be strong throughout the season.”

The attack starts with freshman centerfielder Saviya Morgan, who reached base in all four of her plate appearances – going 1-for-2 with a single, an error and two walks – and scored three runs. Samaira Davis also scored a pair of runs and drove one in, while Buchanan struck out four in the complete-game decision.

“I’m really proud of her,” Cole said of Buchanan, who will continue to handle the bulk of the Central pitching duties with Summer Hooten still hampered by a preseason knee injury.

“Summer should be back by next week, but we told ‘Wiggy’ – it’s you. I’m very proud, very impressed with how she performed.”

Both the Columbia Central baseball and softball teams will continue play Tuesday at Coffee County. The Lions are scheduled for a 4 p.m. start, with the Lady Lions set to begin at 5:15.

Courtesy photos by Buffy Holt

Wednesday on the hardwood

Summit girls 60, Spring Hill 45

Su 8 22 20 10 — 60
SH 13 9 9 14 — 45

Summit (60) — Myah Kratzig 4, Delaney Noe 11, Kayla Northrup 2, Bergen Allee 12, Claudette Runk 10, Ellie Colson 14, Nicole Rizane 7
Spring Hill (45) — Kat Carter 8, Prairie Stedman 10, Belle Brashear 8, Sierra Stedman 9, Jayce Brashear 8, Keyivory Scales 2
3-pointers — Summit 7 (Noe 3, Allee 3, Runk), Spring Hill 4 (B. Brashear 2, S. Stedman, J. Brashear)

Culleoka girls 51, Santa Fe 29

S 7 9 2 11 — 29
C 12 11 12 16 — 51

Santa Fe (29) — Elise Adkison 10, Emmy Bates 5, Aniston Slaughter 10, Hattie Hedrick 4
Culleoka (51) — Tyler Reischman 16, Alex Skinner 9, Hannah Collins 5, Breanna Dickson 7, Maci McKennon 8, Kylie Thomas 2, Karlie Jones 4
3-pointers — Santa Fe 3 (Bates, Slaughter 2), Culleoka 4 (Reischman, Skinner, Collins, Dickson)

Richland girls 55, Hampshire 38

H 9 7 8 14 — 38
R 16 14 10 15 — 55

Hampshire (38) — Kortney Rowland 7, Ansley Stoner 6, Kayla Stephens 3, Kadence Stoner 6, Karlee Rowland 16
Richland (55) — Gracie Braden 10, Katie Garner 5, Jesse Jennings 26, Kristen Garner 5, Allie Garner 6, Danica Bridgers 1, Halle Braden 1, Shelby Higgins 1
3-pointers — Hampshire 3 (A. Stoner 2, Stephens), Richland 5 (G. Braden 2, Ka. Garner, Jennings, Kr. Garner)

Coffee Co. girls 74, Columbia Central 23

Col 4 12 2 5 — 23
Cof 20 19 22 13 — 74

Columbia Central (23) — Maddie Davis 3, Jenice Bailey 7, Emma Hughes 1, Josie Parks 12
Coffee Co. (74) — Miranda Medley 3, Jalie Ruehling 15, Emma Fulks 4, Alivia Reel 2, Bella Vinson 20, Elli Chumley 5, Chloe Gannon 25
3-pointers — Columbia Central 3 (Davis, Parks 2), Coffee Co. 5 (Medley, Ruehling 4)