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Tigers bow out in Region Tournament semis

May 13, 2008

The DeKalb County High School Tiger baseball team was shut out at Goodpasture, 9-0, Monday afternoon in the semi-finals of the Region 4-AA Tournament. The loss ends the season for the Tigers, who finish with a 24-8 record.

The Cougars, the defending Class AA State Champions, scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning, and added another run in the bottom of the second. Goodpasture closed out the rout with two runs in each the fourth and fifth innings.

Trey Finley started the game and worked through the first four innings. Finley allowed seven runs, two earned, on six hits, struck out seven, walked three and hit a batter. A throwing error committed by the senior pitcher led to four unearned runs. The Tigers committed two errors in the game, after committing just one error in the past six games combined.

Bray Page took over on the mound in the fifth and closed out the game. Page allowed two earned runs on two hits, struck out four and walked one.

Eight Tigerettes make All-District; Two former players earn HOF status

May 10, 2008

Junior outfielder, Victoria Bennett, along with sophomore infielders, Jaylen Garrett and Kristina Stephens were named to the District 7-AA All-Tournament First Team, Friday in Baxter. DeKalb County had three of the nine district players represented on the First Team.

Meanwhile, sophomore shortstop, Cynthia Woodward, was named to the All-District Second Team, while Shay Sullivan, Brittney Armour, Morgan Page and Kayla Fish were Honorable Mention.

In other awards, Cannon County shortstop, Kenzie Patterson, was named District MVP, while Macon County coach, Kyla Creasy, was named Coach of the Year. Cannon County's Emily Sissom was named Freshman of the Year.

Three more honorees were also added to the District Softball Hall of Fame, including two from DeKalb County. Amy Barnes Randolph and Kim McCoy were selected from the Tigerette program, while Upperman coach, Judy Delk joined the ring of honor.

Tigerettes blank Lady Owls, 11-0, for District Championship

May 10, 2008

The DeKalb County High School fast-pitch softball team shut out the Smith County Lady Owls, 11-0, to win the District 7-AA Tournament Championship, Friday night, in Baxter. It marked the tenth time the Tigerettes had won the District Tournament in the program's 22-year history.

The sixth-seeded Lady Owls completed an improbable run to the District Tournament Championship game with a 4-3 victory, earlier in the day on Friday, against top-seeded Macon County, who had their season ended after winning the regular season with an 11-1 record.

But it was the Tigerettes who took command in their championship meeting, as the DC girls blew the game open with an eight-run third inning, and clinched victory with three runs in the bottom of the fifth, ending the game by virtue of the ten-run rule.

DCHS Tennis team members advance

May 20, 2008

DCHS Tiger tennis senior, Ryan Young, lost to Cannon County's Aaron Hollis, 6-3, 6-0, in the finals of the individual District Tennis Tournament at Tennessee Tech on Tuesday, but Young earned a berth into the individuals' Region Tournament, as did the Lady Tiger doubles team of Katie Herman and Jessica Harney, who won the District doubles title with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 win over Cannon County's Rachael Young and Cheri Fann.

The Regionals for individuals and doubles teams are scheduled for Monday, May 12th, at Hadley Park.

In the first round of the individuals' District Tournament at Tech on Monday, Candace Couch of Cannon County eliminated DeKalb County's Megan Merriman, 6-2, 6-4. Laken Ward of Clay County topped DeKalb's Megan Osborne, 6-3, 6-4. The doubles team of Jessica Walden and Whitney Gann from DCHS beat the team of Ciphers/Goad, 6-3, 6-1. Jessica Harney and Katie Herman of DeKalb beat the team of Poindexter/Hester from Clay County, 6-0, 6-2.

Tigers take second place in District Tournament

May 7, 2008

In a pair of unlikely finishes, the DeKalb County Tiger baseball team took second place in the District 7-AA Tournament in Baxter, Wednesday night.

The Tigers had to rally from two runs down in the bottom of the seventh inning to eliminate Smith County, 7-6, in the loser's bracket final. The DC boys then let a two-run lead slip away in the bottom of the seventh against top-seeded Upperman in the championship game, and lost, 3-2, in eight innings.

DeKalb County and Smith County played four scoreless innings with just hit between them in the first game. The Owls finally struck with a run in the top of the fifth inning, and the Tigers countered with two runs in the bottom of the inning.

Tigerettes advance to championship game

May 7, 2008

The DeKalb County High School Tigerette fast-pitch softball team will play for the District 7-AA Tournament title on Thursday (weather permitting), after knocking off tournament top-seed, Macon County, 5-2, in eight innings, Wednesday night in Baxter.

Morgan Page put the Tigerettes on the board with a solo home run in the top of the second inning. Macon County answered with a run in the bottom of the inning, as DC starter, Shay Sullivan, walked a batter with the bases loaded to bring in a run. The score, however, remained tied, 1-1, until the top of the eighth inning.

Tiger baseball team drops nail-biter to Upperman

May 6, 2008

The DeKalb County Tiger baseball team lost a bid to move on to the District 7-AA Tournament Championship game, Tuesday night, as the Upperman Bees rallied for a 5-4 win over the local team. The Tigers drop into the loser-s bracket, where they will face Smith County, Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. for the right to play for the championship.

Upperman took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, and carried it into the top of the fifth inning, where the Tigers tied it up with two runs of their own. DeKalb scored two more runs in the top of the sixth inning and took a 4-2 lead, but the Bees rallied for three runs in the bottom of the sixth, however, and held on for the one-run victory.

Tiger soccer team on to District Championship

May 6, 2008

The DeKalb County High School Tiger soccer team advanced on to the District 7-A/AA Tournament Championship for the third year in a row, after a 2-0 victory over the Cannon County Lions, Tuesday in Smithville. The Tigers will travel to top-seeded Livingston Academy on Thursday night, after the Wildcats knocked off York Institute, 7-0, in the other tournament semi-final.

The Tigers and Lions played scoreless through the first half, but DC struck with a pair of goals early in the second half. Brandon Puckett nailed the game's first goal on an assist by Zach Wilbur, in the 14th minute of the half, and Ryan Leiser tallied the second goal, just over a minute later, on another assist by Wilbur. The Tigers had a total of 17 shots on goal, while the Lions had seven shots, all turned away by DeKalb goal-keeper, Tyler Woods, including a penalty kick by Miguel Novoa, late in the second half.

Tigerettes crush York; meet Macon in winner's bracket final

May 6, 2008

Morgan Page pitched a six inning one-hitter, and the DeKalb County Tigerette bats awoke in the fourth inning, as the local fast-pitch softball team shut out upstart York Institute, 10-0, in the District 7-AA Tournament, Tuesday in Baxter. The seventh-seeded Dragonettes had upset sixth-seeded Smith County and third-seeded Livingston Academy in the first two rounds of the tournament on Monday, after winning only one district game in the regular season.

York held their own with the second-seeded Tigerettes for the game's first three innings. DeKalb County went down in order in the first two innings, but scratched out a pair of hits in the bottom of the third, on a single apiece by Shay Sullivan and Kayla Fish, with one out on the board. Both runners were left stranded, however, as York retired the following two hitters.

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