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TSSAA’s Childress makes plea to fans: Comply with guidelines

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In a memo distributed Thursday to Tennessee high school and middle school administrators, TSSAA executive director Bernard Childress requested that efforts be redoubled to comply with COVID-19 guidelines established for attendance at athletic events:

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Childress

“First of all, we want to thank all of our administrators, coaches, and fans in our member schools who strive every day to make sure your athletic community is following the COVID-19 Guidelines approved by the TSSAA Board of Control.

“The purpose of this memo is to remind everyone that all of the guidelines put together by our staff in conjunction with the Governor’s Team must be taken seriously and enforced if we plan to continue having middle and high school sports in our state this school year.  

“We are asking every school administrator to review the TSSAA COVID-19 Guidelines and make sure that your school is in compliance at all times. We continue to get pictures and videos of crowds where gymnasiums are too full, individuals are not wearing masks as required, and physical distancing is not taking place. This is only hurting our kids, and each incident lessens the chance of us completing our Winter season and having a Spring season.

“Our entire organization was founded and built on the fact that we care for the future of young people, and we all want to set a positive example by doing things the right way. Now is the time for all of us to step up and do what the guidelines state. We cannot leave it to others and ignore our own if we want to safely navigate the remainder of the winter season and have a successful spring sports season.  

“We have come too far to let our guard down now!”

Sports upcoming

Monday
High school basketball

District 11-AAA Tournament
Boys play-in, Spring Hill (9) vs. Dickson Co. (8) at Franklin, 4:30 p.m.
Girls quarterfinal, Independence (9) at Brentwood (1), 5:30 p.m.
Girls quarterfinal, Dickson Co. (7) at Page (2), 5:30 p.m.
Girls quarterfinal, Ravenwood (5) at Summit (4), 7 p.m.
Girls quarterfinal, Franklin (6) at Spring Hill (3), 7 p.m.
Boys quarterfinal, Centennial (6) at Ravenwood (3), 7 p.m.
Boys quarterfinal, Spring Hill/Dickson Co. winner at Franklin (1), 7:30 p.m.
Boys quarterfinal, Independence (5) at Page (4), 7:30 p.m.
Boys quarterfinal, Summit (7) at Brentwood (2), 7:30 p.m.
District 8-AAA Tournament
Boys quarterfinal, Shelbyville (7) at Lincoln Co. (3), 6 p.m.
Boys quarterfinal, Lawrence Co. (5) at Tullahoma (4), 6 p.m.
Girls quarterfinal, Shelbyville (6) at Lawrence Co. (3), 6 p.m.
Girls quarterfinal, Lincoln Co. (5) at Columbia Central (4), 6 p.m.
District 10-A Tournament
Girls play-in, Mt. Pleasant (5) at Santa Fe (4), 6 p.m.
Boys play-in, Hampshire (5) at Mt. Pleasant (4), 6 p.m.

Junior college baseball

Jackson State at Columbia State, 12 noon (DH)

Junior college softball

Jackson State at Columbia State, 12 noon (DH)

Junior college basketball

Volunteer State at Columbia State, 5:30 p.m. (DH)

Tuesday
High school basketball

District 11-AAA Tournament
Girls semifinals at higher seeds
Boys semifinals at higher seeds
*5:30 p.m. (girls) and 7:30 p.m. (boys) tips if higher seed hosts both; 7 p.m. tip for single game
District 10-A Tournament
Girls semifinal, Mt. Pleasant/Santa Fe winner at Richland (1), 5:30 p.m.
Girls semifinal, Culleoka (3) at Hampshire (2), 6 p.m.
Boys semifinal, Culleoka (3) at Santa Fe (2), 6 p.m.
Boys semifinal, Hampshire/Mt. Pleasant winner at Richland (1), 7:30 p.m.
District 12-A Tournament
Girls quarterfinal, Perry Co. (5) at Collinwood (4), 4:30 p.m.
Girls quarterfinal, Frank Hughes (6) at Wayne Co. (3), 6 p.m.
Boys quarterfinal, Frank Hughes (5) at Wayne Co. (4), 7:30 p.m.
Boys quarterfinal, Collinwood (6) at Perry Co. (3), 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday
High school basketball

District 11-AAA Tournament
Girls championship at higher seed
Girls consolation at higher seed
Boys championship at higher seed
Boys consolation at higher seed
*5:30 p.m. (girls) and 7:30 p.m. (boys) tips if higher seed hosts both; 7 p.m. tip for single game
District 8-AAA Tournament
Boys semifinal, Shelbyville/Lincoln Co. winner at Coffee Co. (2), 6 p.m.
Boys semifinal, Lawrence Co./Tullahoma winner at Columbia Central (1), 6 p.m.
Girls semifinal, Shelbyville/Lawrence Co. winner at Tullahoma (2), 6 p.m.
Girls semifinal, Lincoln Co./Columbia Central winner at Coffee Co. (1), 8:30 p.m.
District 10-A Tournament
Girls championship at higher seed, 6 p.m.
Girls consolation at higher seed, 6 p.m.

Junior college baseball

Motlow State at Columbia State, TBD

Junior college basketball

Dyersburg State at Columbia State, 5:30 p.m. (DH)

Thursday
High school basketball

District 10-A Tournament
Boys championship at higher seed, 6 p.m.
Boys consolation at higher seed, 6 p.m.

Friday
High school basketball

District 8-AAA Tournament
Girls championship at higher seed
Girls consolation at higher seed
Boys championship at higher seed
Boys consolation at higher seed
*game times to be determined

High school wrestling

Class AAA State Tournament, 8 a.m., Chattanooga Convention Center

Saturday
Junior college baseball

Southwest Tennessee at Columbia State, 12 noon (DH)

Junior college softball

Southwest Tennessee at Columbia State, 1 p.m. (DH)

Sports upcoming

Monday
High school basketball

Columbia Central at Lawrence Co.*
Frank Hughes at Hampshire
Houston Co. at Santa Fe
Independence boys at Franklin*
Independence girls at Summit*
McEwen at Culleoka
Middle Tenn. Chr. boys at Zion Chr.#
Spring Hill at Page*

Tuesday
High school basketball

Jackson Co. at Mt. Pleasant, 5 p.m.
Collinwood at Summertown
Columbia Acad. girls at Webb-Bell Buckle#
Dickson Co. at Independence*
Franklin at Summit*
Franklin Co. boys at Columbia Central*
Santa Fe boys at Culleoka*
Spring Hill at Centennial*

Wednesday
High school basketball

Brentwood at Summit*
Providence Chr. boys at Columbia Acad.#
Zion Chr./Middle Tenn. Chr. boys winner at Christ Presbyterian Acad.#

Junior college baseball

Columbia State at Chattanooga State, 1 p.m. (DH)

Junior college softball

Columbia State at Roane State, 1 p.m. (DH)

Thursday
High school basketball

Culleoka at Cornersville
Hampshire at Wayne Co.
Mt. Pleasant at Fayetteville
Santa Fe at East Hickman
Shelbyville at Columbia Central*
Summertown at Richland

Friday
High school basketball

Independence at Spring Hill*
Summit at Page*

High school wrestling

Region 7-AAA tournament at Independence

Saturday
High school basketball

Ravenwood girls at Spring Hill*

High school wrestling

Region 5-AAA tournament at Warren Co.
Region 7-AAA tournament at Independence

Junior college baseball

Chattanooga State at Columbia State, 12 noon (DH)

Junior college basketball

Jackson State at Columbia State, 2 p.m. (DH)

*district game
#Division II-A District 3 Tournament
All basketball games 6 p.m. start unless noted
Schedule subject to change without prior notice

Winter sports upcoming

Monday
Basketball

Grace Chr. boys at Columbia Acad.
Hampshire boys at Richland

Tuesday
Basketball

Columbia Acad. at Grace Chr.*
Columbia Central at Lincoln Co.*
Frank Hughes at Summertown*
Independence girls at Franklin*
McEwen at Santa Fe
Mt. Pleasant at Culleoka*
Richland at Hampshire*
Summit boys at Ravenwood*

Thursday
Basketball

Valor Collegiate boys at Columbia Acad.

Friday
Basketball

Columbia Acad. boys at Battle Ground Acad.*
Culleoka at Santa Fe*
Hampshire at Houston Co.
Independence boys at Summit*
Mt. Pleasant at Richland*
Page at Spring Hill*
Summertown at Loretto*
Tullahoma at Columbia Central*
Zion Chr. girls at Columbia Acad.*

Saturday
Basketball

Cascade at Richland
Houston Co. at Santa Fe

Wrestling

Class AAA state duals tournament at Centennial, Independence

Quarterfinals, 12 noon; semifinals, consolations, 2 p.m.; championship, consolation final, 5:30 p.m. (Independence)

Summit, Dobyns-Bennett, Science Hill, Cleveland, Bradley Central, Wilson Central, Oakland, Collierville

*district game
all basketball games 6 p.m. start unless otherwise noted
schedule subject to change without prior notice

South rises: Summit, Indy advance in dual wrestling

By Maurice Patton

BRENTWOOD – For Independence and first-year coach Bryan Youngsma, it wasn’t quite as simple as ‘once is enough’.

But once was enough – for now.

After both the Eagles and Summit won their District 14-AAA/Region 7-AAA duals tournament semifinal matches Tuesday night, Independence opted not to wrestle the championship contest.

With the decision, the Spartans clinched the region title and home mats for the upcoming sectional against the Region 8-AAA runner-up. Independence will travel for sectionals.

“We didn’t feel like there was anything in it, for either team,” Youngsma said. “We’re already down (wrestlers). Maybe we beat them, but maybe we lose another starter in the process.

“With COVID, with injuries – for one extra match, it didn’t make sense.”

The decision allows Independence to maintain some momentum as it continues the postseason, while avoiding a rematch of a 65-7 loss to Summit on Jan. 14.

In a 41-32 win over host Brentwood, the Eagles looked nothing like that team from nearly two weeks ago.

“Our guys wrestled at a pretty high level the whole time,” Youngsma said. “When our 120 (-pounder, Philip Shand) got up 9-0 and got pinned, I thought it was going to turn the other way. They rose to the occasion.

“All the credit goes to the wrestlers. We’ve got a great group of seniors and we rallied around them. We got hit really hard the last few days (with injuries), lost some guys, and Brentwood has, too. The matchups just fell our way.”

Following Shand’s loss to Walker Childs, Independence won three of the next four weight classes before running off consecutive wins at 160, 170, 182 and 195 to put the contest out of reach.

The tournament was a classic war of attrition, as all four semifinalists were nursing injuries and at less than full strength.

“Our 120 has a concussion; our 126 has a foot injury; our 160 broke his hand; we have no 285,” Brentwood coach Damon Smith said. “We came in with a bunch of Band-Aids. We knew it’d be hard. It was a winnable dual, but the ones we need to go our way went their way.

“When that happens, there’s not much you can do about it.”

Centennial, meanwhile, was without three starters as Summit won 53-20.

“Not having Ethan (Duck, senior 170-pounder, concussion) really hurt us,” Cougars coach Philip Pelkey said.

Pins by Jackson Masters (120), Justin Noll (126) and Landon Desselle (132) got Summit off to a flying start, and Austin Noll’s reversal with six seconds remaining gave him a 6-5 decision over Nathan Alcoch for a 21-0 Spartan advantage before Ceron Campbell finally got Centennial on the scoreboard with a major decision.

That was the only victory on the mat for the Cougars, who picked up a pair of forfeits and got a victory by disqualification when 285-pounder Duncan Frye sustained an elbow injury in his match against previously undefeated Ryan Smith.

“We wrestle hard,” Summit coach Pete Miller said. “(Smith) had no ill intentions. Our guys step up to a different level.

“It’s great when two teams from south Williamson County go 1-2. It’s always a knock-down, drag-out fight in Region 7.”

As for the finals that weren’t, Miller was realistic.

“You always want to wrestle the finals,” he said. “But, during a pandemic, we’re just happy to be wrestling.

“You’ve got to do what’s best for your team.”

“With any luck, we’ll see them at state,” Youngsma said.

Independence 41, Brentwood 32: 120 – Walker Childs (B) p. Philip Shand, 5:27; 126 – Brandon Lee (I) p. Owen Graves, 0:55; 132 – Spencer Kon (I) md. Andrew Donelson 12-4; 138 – Clark Vaughn (B) d. Timothy Ford 12-5; 145 – Chris Witt (I) p. Xander Smartt, 2:24; 152 – Dean Klueppelberg (B) p. Maverick Marmol, 5:22; 160 – Grant Campanali (I) d. Aiden Thomason 10-4; 170 – Tanner Willett (I) md. Jake Beightol 19-10; 182 – Cannon Roberts (I) p. William Dobbs, 2:29; 195 – Gabriel Hall (I) p. Hunter Meade, 1:22; 220 – Noah Dixon (B) by forfeit; 285 – Dylan Rogers (B) by forfeit; 106 – Russell Ford (I) p. Zach Ordonez, 1:57; 113 – Aiden Scruggs (B) by forfeit

Summit 53, Centennial 20: 120 – Jackson Masters (S) p. Elijah Weston, 3:18; 126 – Justin Noll (S) p. Sean Skinner, 3:35; 132 – Landon Desselle (S) p. Lane Lewis, 1:59; 138 – Austin Noll (S) d. Nathan Alcoch 6-5; 145 – Ceron Campbell (C) md. Davie Hackert 13-5; 152 – Alex Ables (C) by forfeit; 160 – Finley Jameson (S) p. William Clingan, 3:18; 170 – Luke Justice (S) p. Craig Sanford, 2:47; 182 – Jensen Schreiber (S) d. Barrett Scott 9-3; 195 – Maddox Reed (S) by forfeit; 220 – Ty Garber (S) p. Cole Stiles, 0:40; 285 – Duncan Frye (C) by disq. over Ryan Smith; 106 – Elijah Benefield (C) by forfeit; 113 – Jarvis Little (S) p. Judah Lind, 0:35

Photos by Charles Pulliam / Williamson Herald

Winter sports upcoming

Monday
Basketball

Columbia Central girls at Tullahoma*
Franklin Classical girls at Columbia Acad.
Franklin Road Acad. at Zion Chr.*

Tuesday
Basketball

Brentwood at Spring Hill*
Columbia Acad. at Franklin Road Acad.*
Hampshire at Mt. Pleasant*
Santa Fe at Richland*
Summertown at Perry Co.*
Summit at Centennial*
Zion Chr. at Battle Ground Acad.*

Wrestling

Rockvale at Spring Hill, 5:30 p.m.
Region 7-AAA Duals at Brentwood
Centennial vs. Summit, 6 p.m.
Independence vs. Brentwood, 6 p.m.
Championship, 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY
Basketball

Mt. Pleasant boys at Santa Fe*

Wrestling

Brentwood Acad., Sycamore at Spring Hill, 5:30 p.m.

Friday
Basketball

Brentwood at Summit*
Centennial at Independence*
Columbia Acad. at Middle Tenn. Chr.*
Franklin Co. at Columbia Central*
Richland at Culleoka*
Santa Fe at Hampshire*
Spring Hill at Ravenwood*
Wayne Co. at Summertown*
Webb-Bell Buckle at Zion Chr.*

Wrestling

Columbia Central, Independence, Spring Hill, Summit at Girls West Regional, Siegel H.S.

Saturday
Basketball

Middle Tenn. Chr. boys at Columbia Acad.*, 4 p.m.
Summertown boys at Mt. Pleasant
Zion Chr. boys at Franklin Road Acad.

Wrestling

Columbia Central, Independence, Spring Hill, Summit at Girls West Regional, Siegel H.S.

*district game
all basketball games 6 p.m. start unless otherwise noted
schedule subject to change without prior notice