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Raider duo sets college plans

By Maurice Patton

A pair of Spring Hill football seniors recently declared their collegiate destinations, as receiver Jaylan Rucker signed a scholarship Wednesday with Culver Stockton College after kicker Brett Hughes signed earlier with Lindsey Wilson College.

Rucker, a 6-6, 200-pound receiver, finished the Raiders’ 2020 season with 13 catches for 116 yards and one score – a 30-yarder in Spring Hill’s playoff loss at DeKalb County.

“I really felt more connected with them,” Rucker said regarding the staff at Culver Stockton, an NAIA school in Canton, Mo. “They like me on the outside, running good routes and using my speed.”

Spring Hill’s Jaylan Rucker (second from left) signed a college football scholarship Wednesday with Culver Stockton College. Pictured with Rucker are (left) sister Ciara Rucker, mother Nicole Declouet and brother Jayden Rucker. (Photo by Maurice Patton / SM-Tn Sports)

In signing with Culver Stockton, Rucker turned down scholarship offers from Defiance (Ohio) and McPherson (Kansas) colleges.

“He went for a visit at Carson-Newman. They invited him up, think he ran some routes,” Spring Hill coach Ben Martin said. “I think that’s what set the ball in motion.

“He’s always been a great kid. His aggressiveness came on, he got a little more confident, decided he could actually catch the ball and do something with it when he caught it.”

With his size and strength, particularly at the NAIA level, Martin expects Rucker to give the CSC coaching staff some options.

“He’s a strong kid – benching 285 (pounds), squatting 400, … You can’t coach 6-6,” Martin said. “He really showed some strides. I think what really helped him is, he was one of our better blockers on our team. He doesn’t mind getting physical. They think they can add about 40 pounds. If he’s able to hold weight and put his hand in the dirt, he could possibly be a tight end because he can block pretty well. He’s also a 4.65 (-second) 40 (-yard) guy, so he presents a lot of problems in the slot and he can run those routes. You get him matched up against a 5-10 cornerback, you kinda like that.”

Brett Hughes (center) recently signed a football scholarship with Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Ky. Pictured with Hughes are (left) Spring Hill assistant Matt Brown, parents Larissa and Chris Hughes and Raiders coach Ben Martin. (Courtesy photo)

Hughes handled punting, kicking and placement duties for the Raiders and will likely have an opportunity to do all three at Lindsey Wilson, an NAIA school in Columbia, Ky.

“They have a really good placekicker, but he’s a senior,” Martin said. “They think he has a shot to play early at punter. He’s probably stronger as a punter right now.

“He’s worked his tail off … It’s really paid off for him.”

Hughes also considered an offer from Culver Stockton College, as well as Kansas Wesleyan.

“Lindsey Wilson was the best out of the pack because they had the best football team and they offered me the most money to go there,” he said. “It’d be kinda ridiculous not to take it. I went on my visit and they showed me the rings they got for winning their conference. It’s pretty appealing.

“It’s close enough to home, but far enough from home.”

Area all-district hoops teams

Listed below are the all-district basketball teams for 8-AAA, 11-AAA, 10-A, 12-A and 3-Division II-A.

All-District 8-AAA

Boys: Coffee Co. – Trenton Scrivnor, Jaxon Vaughn; Columbia Central – Q Martin (MVP), Cam Johnson, Bubba Perkins; Franklin Co. – Kane Reed; Lawrence Co. – Luke Boswell, Alex Carr; Lincoln Co. – Jailen Brown; Shelbyville – Jai’lain Anderson, Jayshon Jones; Tullahoma – Krys Uselton

Girls: Coffee Co. – Bella Vinson (MVP), Elli Chumley, Chloe Gannon, Jalie Ruehling; Columbia Central – Josie Parks, Janiyha Riley; Lawrence Co. – Katie Criswell; Lincoln Co. – Annalise Malone, Amelia Kate Richardson; Tullahoma – Kailyn Farrell, Lucy Nutt

All-District 11-AAA

Boys first team: Brentwood – Griffin Burke, John Windley; Franklin — Reed Kemp (MVP), Aidan Smylie; Ravenwood – Nick Dang. Boys second team: Centennial – Patrick Garrett; Franklin – Matt Thurman; Page – Thomas Seaman; Ravenwood – Noah Clifford; Summit – Destin Wade. Honorable mention: Lincoln Aholt (Centennial); Taylor Spierto (Franklin); Cameron Bell , River Katina, Jett Montgomery (Independence); Grant Snider (Page); Jake Mulder (Ravenwood); Kai’Seanne Brashear (Spring Hill); Konata Werts (Summit). Coach of the Year: Jason Tigert, Franklin.

Girls first team: Brentwood — Amelia Osgood (MVP); Franklin — Kate O’Neil; Page — McKenzie Cochran; Ravenwood — Reghan Grimes; Spring Hill — Sierra Stedman. Girls second team: Brentwood — Sydney Ryan; Dickson Co. — Anna Claire (AC) Milam; Page — Lili Wilken; Ravenwood — Lexi Erickson; Summit — Delaney Noe. Honorable mention: Sophie Roston (Brentwood); Cristy Martinez (Independence); Ricole Alderson, Prairie Stedman (Spring Hill); Ellie Colson (Summit). Coach of the Year: Myles Thrash, Brentwood.

All-District 10-A

Boys: Culleoka – Landon Andrews, Erik Mick, Cooper Parks; Hampshire – Cameryn Bass; Mt. Pleasant – Kentra Frierson, Tip Marlow; Richland – Logan Helton, Trey Luna, Daniel Nicholson, Tyrell Randolph; Santa Fe – Will Monhollen, Andy Slaughter, Colton Steward

Girls: Culleoka – Breanna Dickson, Tyler Reischman; Hampshire – Karlee Rowland, Kortney Rowland, Kayla Stephens; Mt. Pleasant – Emily Crossman, Addison Workman; Richland – Gracie Braden, Allie Garner, Kristen Garner, Jesse Jennings; Santa Fe – Elise Adkison, Emmy Bates

All-District 12-A

Boys: Frank Hughes — Clayton Davis; Loretto — Shaler Hankins, Tabias Sirmones, Brendon Tipps, Xavier Young; Perry Co. — Tyler Dudley (MVP), Jackson Tatum; Summertown — Gavin Burleson, Grant Burleson, Grayson Burleson, Skyler Trousdale; Wayne Co. — Clay Baugus, Tyler Moser

Girls: Collinwood — A.C. Whitehead; Loretto — Karly Weathers (MVP), Autumn Buttrum, Kensey Weathers; Summertown – Jenna Brazier, Katie Burdette, Ansley Burleson, Kaley Campbell, Hailey Jones, Rylee Long; Wayne Co. — Lauren Bryant, Michaela Gallian, Savanna McClain

All-Division II-A District 3

Boys: Battle Ground Acad. – Sean Williams; Christ Presbyterian Acad. – Jake Dykstra, Braeden Moore, Evan Shiflet, Braden Zapp; Columbia Acad. – Tanner Ham; Franklin Road Acad. – R.J. Casey, Levi Cox; Grace Chr. – Will Beasley; Middle Tenn. Chr. – Andrew Adams; Providence Chr. – Max McMurry; Webb-Bell Buckle – Evan Eursher (MVP), Weston Coop, Jordan Jenkins. Coach of the Year: Drew Maddux, Christ Presbyterian Acad.

Girls: Battle Ground Acad. – Kearstyn Seay; Christ Presbyterian Acad. – Emmaline Bartlett, Virginia Glisson, Addie Zapp; Columbia Acad. – Madi Lewis; Franklin Road Acad. – Macie Medes; Middle Tenn. Chr. – Bre’Aria Cannon, Sydney Cooper, Sarah Wisniowski; Providence Chr. – Mariah Edmonds, A.C. Markham, Abby McFarland; Webb-Bell Buckle – Lashae Dwyer (MVP), Shanice Simpson, Lauren Vann. Coach of the Year – Becky LeGate, Christ Presbyterian Acad.

2020-21 Hardwood leaders

Boys scoring
(games, total points, points per game)

Andy Slaughter, Santa Fe1533522.3
Gavin Burleson, Summertown2344319.3
Daniel Nicholson, Richland2442517.7
Kai’Seanne Brashear, Spring Hill1526217.5
Destin Wade, Summit1320816.0
Q Martin, Columbia Central2844515.9
Trey Luna, Richland2438015.8
Cameryn Bass, Hampshire1929215.4
Landon Andrews, Culleoka1725815.2
Logan Helton, Richland2131014.8
Tanner Ham, Columbia Acad.2739714.7
Kentra Frierson, Mt. Pleasant2637714.5
Skyler Trousdale, Summertown2533013.2
Cameron Bell, Independence2024612.3
Jett Montgomery, Independence2024212.1

Boys 3-pointers
(games, total 3-pointers)

Trey Luna, Richland2471
Cam Johnson, Columbia Central2864
Tanner Ham, Columbia Acad.2757
Kentra Frierson, Mt. Pleasant2655
Gavin Burleson, Summertown2341
Will Jackson, Columbia Acad.     2541
Andy Slaughter, Santa Fe1537
Logan Helton, Richland2137
Skyler Trousdale, Summertown2537
Omari Franklin, Columbia Central2636

Girls scoring
(games, total points, points per game)

Jesse Jennings, Richland2354223.6
Sierra Stedman, Spring Hill2843715.6
Josie Parks, Columbia Central1742215.6
Madi Lewis, Columbia Acad.2233315.1
Prairie Stedman, Spring Hill2634513.3
Delaney Noe, Summit2329913.0
Janiyha Riley, Columbia Central2228412.9
Karlee Rowland, Hampshire2125212.0
Hailey Jones, Summertown2630611.8
Ellie Colson, Summit2629611.4
Kortney Rowland, Hampshire2122710.8
Ricole Alderson, Spring Hill2324210.5
Kaley Campbell, Summertown2626010.0
Rylee Long, Summertown2626010.0
Breanna Dickson, Culleoka2222010.0

Girls 3-pointers
(games, total 3-pointers)

Delaney Noe, Summit2354
Ansley Burleson, Summertown2652
Josie Parks, Columbia Central2750
Sierra Stedman, Spring Hill2843
Ryleigh Hamm, Columbia Central2943
Bergen Allee, Summit2839
Madi Lewis, Columbia Acad.2238
Averi Slaughter, Columbia Acad.2238
Kristen Garner, Richland1836
Kielee Bradley, Mt. Pleasant2432
Rylee Long, Summertown2632

*Statistical compilations based on submissions from area coaches or their designees

17 wrestlers, 11 medalists: local state tourney results

SM-Tn Sports

A total of 17 wrestlers from the Southern Middle Tennessee Sports coverage area qualified for the recent Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association state tournaments – four for the girls tourney, held on Feb. 25, and 13 for the boys Class AAA event that took place on Feb. 26 — at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

Here are the individual and team results:

Russell Ford, Independence, 106 — p. Gabriel Dietlin (AndCo), 1:40; p. James Grimes (Her), 1:09; lost by dec. to Bryson Terrell (BradCent) 4-0; p. Zach Ordonez (Bwd), 1:50; p. Colby Baltz (Hou), 1:30; 3rd place

Jarvis Little, Summit, 113 — tf. Evan Glass (Vol) 16-1; lost by md. to Bentley Ellison (Clv) 11-2; md. Roger Watkins (JefCo) 14-4; lost by dec. to Ethan Lipsey (BradCent) 11-0

Isaiah Brooks, Spring Hill, 120 — lost by p. to Thomas Borders (WilCent), 2:50; lost by p. to Keegan Perkins (Sey), 3:32

Jackson Masters, Summit, 120 — p. Zachary Teaster (Her), 4:50; lost by p. to Steven Dindl (Bart), 2:19; md. Gavin Armstrong (DB) 20-7; md. Grant Myers (Blk) 13-5; dec. Daniel James (BradCent) 5-2; dec. Dindl 6-4; 3rd place

Justin Noll, Summit, 126 — md. Connor Lyons (Far) 10-2; lost by dec. to Mason Sells (Blk) 6-2; p. Dylan Winchell (CkCo), 4:11; p. Ben Tucker (Vol), 0:26; lost by dec. to Easton Lipsey (BradCent) 6-2; lost by dec. to Sells 10-3; 6th place

Landon Desselle, Summit, 132 — p. Aubrey Thomeson (StMem), 3:16; lost by dec. to Brennan Watkins (DB) 3-2; md. Grant Hawkinson (Page) 18-6; p. Taron Patterson (BradCent), 2:53; lost by dec. to Samuel Shires (Rsv) 6-4; lost by dec. to Hunter Davis (Her) 5-3; 6th place

Austin Noll, Summit, 138 — p. Chad Washam (Sey), 2:47; lost by p. to Trae McDaniel (Clv), 1:29; tf. Clark Vaughn (Bwd) 19-2; lost by p. to Alan Fort (WilCent), 2:11; p. Jonathan Kizer (KHalls), 3:20; 5th place

Finley Jameson, Summit, 152 — lost by p. to Eli Clemmons (Leb), 3:02; p. Maclain Otting (EHam), 2:59; p. Hunter McKenna (CkCo), 5:00; md. Henry Tate (Hou) 13-2; lost by p. to Clemmons, 2:03; lost by dec. to Elijah Cowan (Tul) 4-0; 6th place

Tanner Willett, Independence, 160 — did not compete; medical reasons

Luke Justice, Summit, 170 — lost by tf. to Matheson Meade (Bea) 17-1; p. Brody Huskins (Pow), 3:26; def. Luke Krepela (Arl) by injury default; d. Jashua Chew (Blk) 3-2; lost by md. to Anthony Pyron (MtJ) 10-2; lost by p. to Austin Cooley (McMCo). 1:39; 6th place

Gabriel Hall, Independence, 182 — lost by p. to Aiden Duarte (Bea), 3:09; lost by p. to Zachary Duessler (Rsv), 1:46

Maddox Reed, Summit, 195 — md. Jermyah Davis (Mun) 11-1; lost by p. to Dominic Love (GH), 5:06; p. Chase Rozell (Arl), 2:33; lost by dec. to Thomas Stadel (Mrvl) 7-4

Ryan Smith, Summit, 285 — p. Walker Funk (Arl), 0:51; lost by tf. to Joshua Cummins (AndCo) 21-6; p. Joseph Vanada (Her), 2:16; lost by p. to Jesse Richardson (WilCent), 3:41

Class AAA team scores — Cleveland 241.0; Wilson Central 147.5; Bradley Central 131.5; Dobyns-Bennett 98.5; Summit 96.0; Blackman 85.5; Beech 75.5; Jefferson Co. 67.0; Arlington 54.0; Knoxville Halls 41.0; Houston 39.0; Cookeville 37.5; Rossview 37.0; Walker Valley 35.5; Anderson Co. 34.5; Collierville 34.5; Maryville 31.5; Oakland 31.5; Page 31.0; Bearden 28.5; Green Hill 28.0; Heritage 27.5; Lebanon 27.0; Munford 25.0; Clarksville 24.5; Franklin 23.5; Bartlett 22.0; Independence 22.0; Siegel 22.0; McMinn Co. 21.5; David Crockett 21.0; Mt. Juliet 17.0; Cocke Co. 16.0; Tullahoma 15.0; East Hamilton 12.0; Science Hill 12.0; Brentwood 11.5; Warren Co. 11.0; Volunteer 7.0; Centennial 6.0; Coffee Co. 5.0; Morristown-Hamblen West 5.0; Hardin Valley Acad. 3.0; Hendersonville 3.0; Overton 3.0; Seymour 3.0; South-Doyle 3.0; Stewarts Creek 3.0; Farragut 2.0; Knoxville West 2.0; Clinton 0.0; Karns 0.0; Morristown-Hamblen East 0.0; Powell 0.0; Ravenwood 0.0; Rhea Co. 0.0; Sevier Co. 0.0; Shelbyville 0.0; Spring Hill 0.0; Stone Memorial 0.0

Nevaeh Brinson, Summit, 103 — d. Anna Fisher (Alc) 7-6; lost by p. to Ella’lina Gonzalez (Clks), 3:00; lost by md. to Rylee Lent (Ind) 10-2; d. Ella Rimer (ScH) 9-2; 5th place

Rylee Lent, Independence, 103 — lost by p. to Ella Rimer (ScH), 4:20; p. Haven Curtis (Seq), 2:00; md. Nevaeh Brinson (Sum) 10-2; d. Anna Fisher (Alc) 7-2; 3rd place

Baylee Peterson, Independence, 125 — p. Aeliyha Threed (StMem), 1:59; d. Katelynn Hernandez (NW) 7-3; lost by d. to Monteria Rigsby (Rdl) 3-1; 2nd place

Brooklyn Long, Independence, 140 — p. Hailey Robinson (SulE), 1:22; lost by md. to Jailynn Tindall (Car) 10-1; p. Morgan Cornelius (Grvl), 2:51; d. Brette Spink (NW) 5-0; 3rd place

Girls team scores — Northwest 70.0; Clarksville 63.0; Tullahoma 62.0; Rossview 51.0; Collierville 50.0; Independence 48.0; Creek Wood 43.0; Greeneville 31.0; Hardin Valley 26.0; Montgomery Central 26.0; Farragut 25.5; Bartlett 25.0; Carter 25.0; Dickson Co. 25.0; Heritage 24.0; Jefferson Co. 24.0; Riverdale 24.0; Clarksville Acad. 22.0; Alcoa 21.0; Cane Ridge 20.0; McGavock 20.0; Sale Creek 20.0; Gibbs 19.0; LaVergne 18.0; Hillsboro 16.0; Brentwood 14.0; Siegel 14.0; Union Co. 14.0; Bearden 13.0; David Crockett 13.0; Sevier Co. 13.0; Cheatham Co. 12.0; Coffee Co. 11.0; Stone Memorial 11.0; Northeast 9.0; Science Hill 7.0; Sullivan East 7.0; Summit 7.0; Chuckey-Doak 6.0; Chattanooga Central 4.0; Fairview 4.0; Baylor 0.0; Bradley Central 0.0; East Nashville 0.0; Sequatchie Co. 0.0; Seymour 0.0; West Greene 0.0; William Blount 0.0

Photos by Charles Pulliam / Williamson Herald

Lady Raiders fall in Region 6-AAA tourney opening round

By Ian Kayanja

ANTIOCH — Cane Ridge junior guard Jada Anthony ended Spring Hill’s season Friday night, dropping 29 points to lead the Lady Ravens to a 61-54 win in the Region 6-AAA quarterfinals Friday night. 

“Jada’s a baller,” Cane Ridge coach JoAnn Tribue said after the game. “She’s carried us all year. She was our district MVP last year, she’s our MVP this year. It’s amazing the things she can do. She’s an all-around player.” 

Anthony’s all-around abilities were on full display all night. She shot 12-26 (46 percent) from the floor and 2-7 (28 percent) from 3-point range. Her ballhandling ability allowed her to penetrate Spring Hill’s matchup zone defense, and get open looks at the basket throughout the game. 

“We let her play her ballgame, and gave her plays in the midst,” Tribue said. 

Anthony scored a bevy of baskets off steals and Spring Hill turnovers. She disrupted the passing lanes and found comfort in the open floor, scoring six straight points off steals that led to fast-break layups in the third quarter. She ended the game with six steals total. 

Tribue credited it to her “natural instincts” as she made life difficult for the Raiders on both the offensive and defensive sides of the floor. 

Yet in Spring Hill’s case, coach Matt Horton attributed the difficult loss not just to Anthony’s sensational play, but also the constant foul trouble that plagued the Raiders throughout the game. 

“We got into foul trouble and we ended up having to play some people in positions they do not normally play, “ Horton said. “I felt good going into the second half, but we got in a bit of foul trouble and that is just hard to overcome.” 

“We were in the bonus both halves and that is so hard to overcome.” 

The Lady Raiders’ leading scorer, senior guard Sierra Stedman, ended her night with 22 points on 9-15 shooting from the field. And if not for early foul trouble that forced Stedman to the bench, things may have gone differently for Spring Hill. 

When Stedman went to the bench late in the first quarter with two fouls, Spring hill led 8-6. With her off the floor, the Raiders were outscored 8-3. And by the end of the first quarter, Spring Hill trailed in the game 14-11. 

“It’s hard to get into offense because we had people out there that didn’t normally play together,” Horton said. 

Offensive difficulties followed Spring Hill into the second quarter as the Raiders were outscored 16-10 in the frame. At the half, Spring Hill trailed by nine, 30-21. The third quarter was more of the same, and heading into the fourth Spring Hill trailed by 12, 44-32. 

Stedman came to life in the last frame of action as she attempted to will her team back into the game. She scored 12 of her 22 in the quarter, as she gave Spring Hill a fighting chance to pull out a win. 

In the end, the Cane Ridge lead was too much to overcome for Spring Hill. A valiant comeback effort was thwarted just seven points short. 

Despite the loss, Horton after the game could not say enough about Stedman’s impact on his team throughout the year. 

“I can’t say enough good things about her,” Horton said. “The progress she’s made from her junior year to her senior year is huge. There is no doubt she can play. I think some college will be ridiculous to not take a chance on her.”

Cane Ridge girls 61, Spring Hill 54

SH 11 10 11 22 — 54
CR 14 16 14 17 — 61

Spring Hill (54) — Sierra Stedman 22, Prairie Stedman 10, Belle Brashear 8, Ricole Alderson 8, Kat Carter 3, Jayce Brashear 3
Cane Ridge (61) — Jada Anthony 29, Jeremanish McGlaughy 7, A’ Niya Young 7, Charlee Gloyd 6, Zoe Kerr 6, Jasamine Greer 6
3-pointers — Spring Hill 7 (S. Stedman 4, B. Brashear 2, J. Brashear) Cane Ridge 2 (Anthony 2)

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)