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DMS Cross Country Girls Earn All-State Honors

October 21, 2019

On a chilly and rainy afternoon, the DMS cross country teams spent Saturday, October 19th battling it out with 31 of the best  teams at the Tennessee State XC Middle School Championships.  The race was held at Victor Ashe Park in Knoxville, where over a field of 300 runners in each male and female division competed on the hilly and challenging 2.1 mile course.

This marks the second year in a row that both the DMS boys and girls teams qualified for the State Championship Meet.
Coming off of a 14th place team finish in 2018,  the Lady Saints fought hard for an overall and much deserving 5th place team finish this season which earned them All-State Honors.   Only the top 5 teams are awarded this.
The Saints boys team gave outstanding individual performances and placed 20th out of a field of 32 teams this season.  They edged out West Wilson and Macon Co Jr. who had beaten them at the Regional Meet the weekend before.
With her first season of running cross country as a middle schooler,  Ella Van Vranken led the Lady Saints with a 12th place overall finish and a time of 13:04, which landed her as a member of the All-State Individual Team.   Mya Ruch, now a senior at DCHS was the first DeKalb Middle runner to earn this honor back in 2014, and 2015.
With Van Vranken in the top 20, the Varsity girls showed outstanding performances from their top 5 with each one placing in the top 77 of the 306 runners.  Zoe Keys finishing 43rd 13:47,  Katherine Knowles 64th 14:07, Mylie Phillips 14:12, Madeline Martin 77th 14:13, Sydney Polk 252nd 1636, and Maleah Ruch 259th 16:46.
In the boys Varsity race,  Kaleb Spears led his team with a 61st place finish and a PR of 12:46, followed close behind by Caleb Gray 108th 13:13, Ian Colwell 124th 13:20, Cale Brown 246th 14:35, Dylan Cathey 280th 14:55, Sam Harris 314th 15:37, and Carson Tramel 329th 16:35.
In the JV race, the DMS boys and girls, some of them first time XC members, had some of their best times of the season.  In a field of 134 runners, Candice Rico placed 56th 17:27, Sylvia Evans 83rd 18:33, Sadie Moore 85th 18:34, Cadence Reynolds 103rd, 19:42.   The boys field consisted of 240 runners.  Evan Carmichael was 146th 16:51, Ethan Spears 181st 17:32, Jackson Hodges 190th 17:52, and Mason Taylor 213th 19:31.
“The competition keeps growing and growing each year.  This State Meet produced some of the fastest times that I’ve seen as a coach since 2014.  This group of student-athletes rose to the occasion and left it all out on the course,  It’s been amazing to watch how they mentally and physically have seen it through all season long.  I saw some awesome achievements this season from each one of these runners.”

Dr. Hunter Foutch receives Young Optometrist of the Year

October 21, 2019

Dr. Hunter Foutch of Liberty, TN is the 2019 recipient of the Young Optometrist of the Year award.  On October 11, 2019 the Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians met in Gatlinburg, TN for their 118th Annual Congress and presented the award to Dr. Foutch.  He is a 2017 graduate of Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN and completed a residency program in Ocular Disease Treatment and Management in 2018 at Southeast Eye Specialist in Chattanooga, TN.  Dr. Foutch currently practices in Smithville, TN with his father, Dr. David Foutch at Foutch Eyecare.

Dr. Mark Kapperman of Chattanooga, TN made the presentation on behalf of the Awards Committee consisting of Dr. Jeff Foster of Newport, TN, Dr. Stan Dickerson of Columbia, TN and Dr. Kapperman.

Dr. Foutch is the son of David and Kim Foutch, and the grandson of Joe and Mainell Foutch and the late Jim and Jan Eddins.

First Young Sportsman Deer Hunt October 26-27

October 20, 2019
By: Dwayne Page

The first of two Tennessee young sportsman deer hunts for the 2019-20 season will be held the weekend of Oct. 26-27.

Youth ages 6-16 years of age may participate. Participating youth can use gun, muzzleloader, and archery equipment.

Young sportsmen must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult, 21 or older who must remain in position to take immediate control of the hunting device. The adult must also comply with the fluorescent orange regulations as specified for legal hunters. Multiple youth may be accompanied by a single qualifying adult.

Archery season began in the state on Sept. 28 and the first segment ends Oct. 25, the day prior to the opening of the young sportsman hunt. The second segment of archery only season is Monday, Oct. 28 through Friday, Nov. 8. Muzzleloader/archery season starts Nov. 9.

The TWRA makes the recommendation that all hunters obtain a 2019-20 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide. The guide lists license requirements, the counties and bag limits for each of the different deer management units. The guide is available on the TWRA website., the TWRA App, and where hunting and fishing licenses are sold.

In 2018, youth hunters harvested a total 5,379 deer during the first weekend. The total included 2,700 bucks.

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