Roughly 60 high school softball teams from across the State of Tennessee will gather in Hendersonville, this Friday and Saturday, for the annual Commando Classic. Among those teams will be the DeKalb County High School Tigerettes, who will open play in the event Friday evening.
The Tigerettes will play in Pool M, which also features Smyrna, Harpeth and Unicoi County. DeKalb County will play three pool games - two Friday and one Saturday morning - then a single-elimination tournament will begin for the pool champions on Saturday afternoon.
DeKalb's first pool game will be Friday evening at 5:00 p.m., as the team will take on Smyrna on Field 13. The Tigerettes will then square off against Unicoi County at 8:00 p.m Friday night, also on Field 13. The last pool play game for DeKalb County will be against Harpeth, Saturday morning, at 9:30 a.m. at Veterans' Park Field V3.
The double-elimination portion of the tournament will begin around noon on Saturday.
The DeKalb County High School Tigerette fast-pitch softball team travelled to Crossville to open their 2008 season, Tuesday afternoon, and swept a doubleheader from Stone Memorial High School. The Tigerettes won the first game, 5-1, then took the nightcap, 4-0.
The Tigerettes stormed out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning of the first game, as Jaylen Garrett and Kristina Stephens each plated a run. The Lady Panthers would close the gap to 2-1 with a solo homerun in the bottom of the inning, but DeKalb tacked on three more runs as pitcher, Morgan Page shut down the hosts the rest of the way.
Page earned the win in the pitcher's circle, as she worked the full five innings, allowed the one Panther run on three hits and struck out three. Both the Tigerettes and the Lady Panthers committed two errors in the field.
Zack Rowland and Colt Stewart each hit two-run home runs, and Rowland backed up the power surge with five innings of two-hit ball on the mound, as the DeKalb County High School Tiger baseball team routed the visiting Clay County Bulldogs, 10-0, in the season opener for both teams, Monday evening.
Rowland's shot came in the bottom of the first inning, and gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead, after Cody Atnip plated Destry Wiggins with the opening run on a sacrifice fly to center field. Stewart tallied his blast in the bottom of the third, which gave DeKalb County a 6-0 edge. Rowland, meanwhile, kept the Bulldogs quiet at the plate. The senior struck out nine, walked one, and allowed only three total base runners.
Page and John Malone each drove in a run in the bottom of the fourth inning, and the Tigers ended the game by virtue of the ten-run rule in the bottom of the fifth, closed out by Atnip's second sacrifice fly which plated the winning run.
The spring sports schedules for most DeKalb County teams will be starting soon.
The DeKalb County High School Tiger baseball team's regular season opener is set for Monday, March 10th, as Clay County comes to Smithville. The game is set to start at 5:00 p.m. at the DCHS Baseball Field.
The month of March will be busy for the Tigers, as they visit Eagleville on the 12th, Clay County on the 14th, open the district season against Cannon County, March 17th and 18th. The Tigers will visit Woodbury on the 17th, then host the Lions on the 18th. DeKalb will host Watertown on March 21st, then play a home-and-away against district foe, Upperman, on March 24th and 25th. Grundy County comes in for a visit on the 28th, and the Tigers will wrap uo the month of March in Jamestown against York Institute on Monday, March 31st.
Daniel Stanley and Andrew Atnip were named Co-Most Valuable Players for the 2007-08 DeKalb Middle School Saints basketball team, while Brooke Hutchings and Jessica Garrison earned Co-MVP honors for the Lady Saints. The honors were handed out Thursday night during the annual DMS basketball banquet at the Smithville First United Methodist Church Christian Fellowship Center. Meanwhile, Kidman Puckett was named Most Valuable Cheerleader for the past season.
Coaches Josh Agee and Joey Agee of the Saints and Lady Saints teams, along with cheerleading coach, Anita Puckett, gave out the awards to their respective teams at the banquet.
Stanley was also the recipient of the Best Offensive Player and Best Passer Awards, while Atnip claimed the Best Rebounder award. Other Saints team awards went to Alex Cripps, Best Sixth Man; Cody Puckett, Best Ball-Handler; Sebastian Phillips, Most Improved; and Wesley Mason, Best Defensive Player and the Hustle Award.
DeKalb County High School senior, Grant Goodwin, will continue his golf career on the collegiate level. On Thursday, Goodwin signed scholarship papers with Tennessee Wesleyan, an NAIA school located in Athens, Tennessee.
Goodwin won 83 matches in his four-year career at DCHS, which is the most of any golfer during the tenure of current golf coach, Chris Vance, who has guided the program since 2001. Goodwin also owns ten team records and ten individual records with the program. He becomes the third DCHS golfer in the last four years to move on to the collegiate level, joining Madison Denman and Tara Cantrell.
Goodwin helped lead the Tiger golf team to a program-high 49 match victories during the 2007 season. The team also won District and Region Tournament championships, and earned a berth to the TSSAA State Tournament, where they finished in third place. In Goodwin's four years on the squad, the Tigers were 156-61-5 (.720 winning percentage) as a team.
The York Institute Dragons blew open a close game in the fourth period, and ended the DeKalb County Tigers' basketball season, Friday night, in the quarterfinal round of the District 7-AA Tournament at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville. The Dragons out-scored the DeKalb boys 20-5 in the fourth period, and rolled to a 53-37 victory, which advanced York on to a Saturday semi-final showdown with top-seeded Livingston Academy.
Payne Denman hit a pair of free throws to end the first period, as the TIgers took an 8-6 advantage in the low-scoring affair. DeKalb County led by as many as four points in the second period, but the Dragons closed to within a point, at 20-19, at the half.
The Macon County Tigerettes ended the DeKalb County Lady Tigers' basketball season, Thursday night in Lafayette, with a 54-32 defeat of the local girls team in the play-in game of the District 7-AA Tournament.
Macon County scored the game's first five points, as the Lady Tigers never led in the game. By the end of the first period, the Tigerettes held a 10-2 advantage. The Macon lead grew to 23-11 at the half, and to 38-24 by the end of the third period. The Macon County victory sent the Tigerettes on to Tennessee Tech to play third-seeded, Livingston Academy, Friday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.
Cyntha Woodward scored 13 points to lead the Lady Tigers, followed by Katie Herman with eight. Kristina Stephens tallied five points, while Victoria Bennett, Morgan Page and Lauren Hansard each scored two points. Seniors, Herman and Hansard, played in their final games as Lady Tiger basketball players.
The Lady Tigers end the season with a final record of 5-21.
The DeKalb County High School basketball teams will open District Tournament play, later this week. The Lady Tigers, seeded seventh in the girls' bracket, will travel to Lafayette to play sixth-seeded Macon County in the tournament's play-in game, Thursday at 6:00 p.m. The winner of that game will advance on to the tournament at Tennessee Tech, which starts Friday. Awaiting the winner of the play-in game will be third-seeded Livingston Academy, who will take on either DeKalb or Macon County, Friday at 4:00 p.m.
The Tigers, meanwhile, will open tournament play, Friday, at 8:30 p.m. at Tech against fifth-seeded York Institute. DeKalb County is the number four seed in the boys' bracket. The winner of that game will clinch a berth in next week's Region 4-AA Tournament, and will match up with top-seeded Livingston Academy in the next round, which will be played Saturday night at 8:30 p.m.
Six DeKalb County High School basketball players earned All-District honors, Monday, at the annual District 7-AA coaches' meeting in Cookeville.
Tiger senior, Travis Woodward, was named to the boys' All-District First Team, and was also named to the All-Defensive Team. Woodward finished fifth in the voting for Most Valuable Player, which went to Livingston Academy junior, Chase Dunn, for the second year in a row.
Meanwhile, sophomore, Payne Denman, was named to the All-District Second Team, while senior, Zack Rowland, earned a Third Team nomination. Senior, John Malone, rouned out the Tiger award winners as he was named among the Honorable Mentions.
On the girls' side, Lady Tiger senior, Katie Herman, and sophomore, Cynthia Woodward, were chosen among the Honorable Mentions. Upperman's LaShay Davis, last year's runner-up for MVP, was selected for the top honor, this season.
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