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Twin two-run blasts propel Tigers past Clay Co.

March 10, 2008

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.

DeKalb Spring Sports Set to Start

March 4, 2008

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.

Five earn MVP honors at DMS basketball banquet

February 21, 2008

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.

Goodwin inks scholarship papers with TN Wesleyan

February 21, 2008

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.

Dragons end Tigers' season in District Tournament

February 15, 2008

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.

Lady Tigers' season ends in Play-In game

February 14, 2008

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.

DeKalb opens District Tournament play Thursday & Friday

February 11, 2008

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 DCHS players earn All-District honors

February 11, 2008

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.

DeKalb spoils Warren County's Senior Night

February 9, 2008

The DeKalb County High School basketball teams played spoiler for Warren County's Senior Night, Saturday night in McMinnville. The Lady Tigers snapped a 12-game losing streak and beat Warren County for the first time since January, 2000, with a 49-45 win in the girls' contest. The Tigers, meanwhile, beat the Pioneers for the fourth straight time, rallying from an early five-point deficit for a 55-44 victory.

The Lady Tigers fell behind 7-0 within the game's first two minutes, and never led in the first half. Warren County owned a 7-6 edge after a sloppy first period, and carried a 21-19 advantage into the locker room at halftime. Kristina Stephens scored four straight points to open the second half, which gave DeKalb County their first lead of the night. The Lady Tigers extended the margin to seven points, late in the third, but the Lady Pioneers came back to within two, at 30-28, by the end of the period.

DCHS splits district finales

February 8, 2008

The DeKalb County High School basketball teams split their reguar season district finales, Friday night, at Smith County. The Lady Tigers suffered a 65-34 setback at the hands of the Owlettes, while the Tigers escaped Carthage with a 56-52 win in the nightcap.

The Lady Tigers led only once in the girls' contest, as they grabbed a 1-0 lead on Kristina Stephens' free throw to open the game. By the end of the opening period, Smith County had a 14-7 lead, and the Owlettes upped the advantage to 28-11 by halftime, led by 6-foot-8 sophomore post, Kayci Ferriss, who had 21 points at the break.

Ferriss went to the bench with foul trouble in the third period, but DeKalb County could not take advantage. The Owlettes pushed the lead to 20, with two and a half minutes to go in the third, and led 46-26 at the end of the period. The Lady Tigers drew no closer than 16 points in the fourth, as the Owlettes pulled away for the big Senior Night win.

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