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Tiger baseball team crushes Smith County, 13-2

The DeKalb County High School Tiger baseball team pounded out 13 hits, and blasted the visiting Smith County Owls, 13-2, Monday afternoon, in Smithville. The win ran the Tigers' record to 6-1 overall, and to 3-0 in district play. The Tigers and Owls are slated to meet again, Tuesday evening, in Carthage.

The Owls got on the board first, as they scored on back-to-back doubles in the top of the first inning, but DeKalb County answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning on back-to-back RBI base hits by Tyler Kent and Tyler Caldwell. Kent ended up 3-for-3 on the day, with two doubles, a single and three RBI. Caldwell had two singles and a pair of RBI.

Tigerettes capture pair of no-hit wins over York

The DeKalb County Tigerette fast-pitch softball team swept a doubleheader with visiting York Institute, Tuesday, in Smithville. The Tigerettes rolled to a 17-0 victory in the first game, then took an 11-0 rout in game two. The wins were the first in district play, this season, for the DCHS girls.

Morgan Page pitched a five-inning, complete game no-hitter in the opener, while Olivia Norton and Kayla Self combined to keep the Lady Dragons hitless in the nightcap. The Tigerettes plated four runs in the second inning of the opener, as Kara Young and Brooke Hutchings each scored on throwing errors to make it a 2-0 score. Victoria Bennett made it a 3-0 game with an RBI single, then came on in to score herself, on a wild pitch. DeKalb County added four more runs in the third inning, then plated nine in the fourth.

Tigerettes open softball season with sweep of Stone Memorial

The DeKalb County High School Tigerette fast-pitch softball team opened their regular season on Tuesday, with a double-header sweep of visiting Stone Memorial. The DeKalb County girls won the pair of games, 3-1 in the opener, and 1-0 in the nightcap.

DeKalb County struck with three runs on four hits in the bottom of the first inning in game one. Victoria Bennett led off the inning with a double, and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Cynthia Woodward. Jaylen Garrett plated Bennett with an RBI single, while Kristina Stephens and Kara Young followed with back-to-back RBI triples to make it a 3-0 game.

Stone Memorial scored their only run on an error in the top of the second inning. DeKalb County managed just one more hit after the first inning, as Garrett ripped a third inning single.

Morgan Page worked the full five innings for the win, as she allowed one unearned run on two hits, struck out five, walked four and hit two batters.

Livingston Academy eliminates DCHS Tigers from Region Tourney, 68-41

March 3, 2009

District 7-AA Player of the Year, Chase Dunn, scored 15 points and led a balanced Livingston Academy team to a 68-41 rout of the DeKalb County Tigers in the semi-final round of the Region 4-AA Tournament at Upperman High School in Baxter, Tuesday night. The loss ended the season for the Tigers, who finished 19-12 for the year, and made their first appearance in the Region semis since the 2000-01 season. Livingston Academy, meanwhile, improves to 30-2 on the season, and will meet Upperman, Thursday night, for the Region Tournament championship. The Bees knocked off John Jenkins and the Station Camp Bison, 73-60, in Tuesday's other semi-final game.

DeKalb Middle School holds basketball banquet

February 27, 2009

The DeKalb Middle School basketball program held its basketball banquet, Thursday night, at the Smithville First United Methodist Church Christian Fellowship Center.

Eighth grade guard, Cody Puckett, was named the Most Valuable Player for the Saints, this past season, while eighth graders, Chelsea Lewis and Lydia Foutch, shared Co-MVP honors for the Lady Saints. Emily Webb, meanwhile, was named Most Valuable Cheerleader.

In addition to the MVP award, Puckett - who averaged 15.2 points per game for the Saints, this season - was also named Best Offensive Player, and was recognized with a trophy for earning All-Tournament honors at the James C. Haile State Invitational Tournament. Puckett started all but one game in his three-year career at DMS.

Other Saints awards were as follows:

Hardest Worker - Kalab Ferrell

Most Improved - Eli Lomas

Team Player - Alex Hall

Hustle Award - Dillan Reeder

Best Sixth Man - Braxton Howell & Lucas Phillips

Tigers claim third place in District Tournament

February 24, 2009

Payne Denman scored 18 points to lead four Tigers in double-figures, as the DeKalb County High School basketball team beat the Macon County Tigers in overtime, 72-66, Tuesday night, to take third place in the District 7-AA Tournament at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville. Meanwhile, the Livingston Academy Wildcats, the tournament's top overall seed, beat the second-seeded Upperman Bees, 70-61, to win the District crown.

Top-seeded Livingston sends Tigers to consolation game

February 21, 2009

The Livingston Academy Wildcats ended the DeKalb County Tigers' hopes of a District 7-AA Tournament championship, Saturday afternoon, as the top-seeded Wilcats handed the DC boys a 77-47 setback, putting the Tigers in Tuesday evening's consolation game against Macon County. Livingston led from start to finish, as the Wildcats beat DeKalb County for the third time this season.

Deven Ramsey scored 16 points and pulled down 15 rebounds, as Livingston Academy jumped on top, 18-12, at the end of the first period, and held a 34-25 edge at the half. The third period was the difference in the game, as the Wildcats turned up their defensive heat, and out-scored the Tigers, 24-7, to go ahead, 58-42. Livingston finished off the rout with a 19-15 score in the fourth period.

Tigers fend off Cannon County in District Tournament opener

February 20, 2009

Jeff Miller scored 19 points and Abram Edwards added 13 more as the fourth-seeded DeKalb County High School Tiger basketball team advanced to the semi-finals of the District 7-AA Tournament, with a 56-54 win over fifth-seeded Cannon County, Friday night at Tennessee Tech. The Tigers blew a 14-point first half lead, and had to fight back from a nine-point third period deficit to earn the win, and also claim a berth into next week's Region 4-AA Tournament in the process.

The Tigers got off to a hot start, hitting 4-of-7 three-point attempts in the first period, three of those coming from Miller, who had nine points in the quarter. DeKalb County led 16-9 at the end of the first, and owned a 25-11 lead, with 5:52 to go in the half. The Lions rallied, however, using a 15-0 run to go up, 26-25, with 1:08 to go in the half. The Tigers scored the last basket of the half, and took a 27--26 lead into the locker room at the intermission.

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