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SES Superhero Family Engagement Night a Huge Success!

October 9, 2022
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Smithville Elementary students and families had a SUPER time at the Superhero Stream Family Engagement night on Thursday, October 6. The building was decorated throughout with superheroes and AMAZING student work. There were a variety of activities for the families to participate in, as well as a variety of community heroes that set up tables with information and goodies to share with the students and their families. Students were encouraged to dress as their favorite superhero for this fun, educational event.

Students had a wide selection of activities to participate in throughout the night, in addition to being able to visit the Scholastic book fair in the library, which was also open for family night. Some of the activities that students were able to choose from included bat spray art, a book walk, playing in spiderman slime, making a superhero fly, and building skyscrapers. Students also enjoyed choosing their own fruit to create a fruit cup snack, and climbing the wall like Spiderman in the gym. Students were able to make guesses at the estimation station, with the closest guess in several categories winning a prize.

Smithville Elementary would like to thank the following community heroes for coming out to make this event a success: Smithville Police Department, Dekalb County Sheriff Department, Smithville City Fire Department, TWRA, First Bank, Dekalb EMS, April McCormick, Elise Driver. SES would also like to thank the Smithville Church of Christ for letting them borrow tables.




DeKalb Junior Pro Pee Wee Tigers Win Super Bowl Championship

October 9, 2022
By: Dwayne Page

Champions!

The DeKalb County Junior Pro Football Pee Wee Tigers (ages 6 &7) completed an undefeated 9-0 season Saturday defeating the Fentress County Bulldogs 19-18 in double overtime to claim the Championship of the Middle Tennessee Youth Football Conference.

This Junior Pro “Super Bowl” Conference Classic was played at York Institute in Jamestown.

The game remained scoreless until the 3rd period when Fentress County got on the board with a touchdown to take a 6-0 lead. Kayden Hunt answered for DeKalb County with a game tying touchdown in the 4th period.

In the first overtime, each team got the ball on the 10-yard line with a chance to score and Fentress County cashed in to take a 12-6 lead but the DeKalb Pee Wee Tigers also scored when it came their turn on another touchdown run by Kayden Hunt and the game was tied at 12-12.

Fentress County again scored in the double overtime to take an 18-12 advantage but the DeKalb Pee Wee Tigers answered with another game tying touchdown by Colton Hutchings and then converted the extra point on a running play by Arian Wiggins to earn the 19-18 victory and conference title.

The DeKalb Pee Wee Tigers (8-0) went undefeated during their six-game regular season and beat both of their play-off opponents to win the western division of the conference. Fentress County (5-3) won the eastern division.

During the regular season the DeKalb Junior Pro Pee Wee Tigers defeated the Overton County Outlaws 31-13, the Monterey Wildcats 26-20, the Junior Panthers of Stone Memorial 27-0, the White County Warriors 48-26, the Junior Jets of Cumberland County 31-0, and the Upperman Stingers 14-6. In the western conference playoffs the Pee Wee Tigers took down the White County Warriors 36-0 and the Upperman Stingers 14-7

The DeKalb County Junior Pro Football Program is made up of three age groups of players, the Pee Wee Tigers, Junior Tigers, and Senior Tigers and they compete as part of the Middle Tennessee Youth Football Conference which has an east and west division. The Junior and Senior Tigers have already completed their seasons for this year.

Nathan Shepherd, DeKalb Pee Wee Tigers Head Coach, is assisted in coaching by Brent Collier, Cole Parsley, Cody Atnip, Will Key, and Jeremy Ashburn.

Members of the DeKalb Pee Wee Tigers are Arian Wiggins, Baylin Wiggins, Camden Grandstaff, Gunner Shepherd, Wesley Bowen, Kayden Hunt, Rhett Davis, Sandler Sutton, Braxton Poss, Colton Hutchings, Alejandro Bravo, Easton Hoke, Titus Stone, Lincoln Holmes, Maddux Hale, Haven Patterson, Kohen Skinner, Jeb Culwell, Grayson Neal, Thomas Brelje, Knox Bowen, Liam Key, Xavier Billings, Rusty Chapman, Marsed Caldwell, Payton Bullard, Brody Odom, Nolan Martin, Liam Taylor, Landon Collier, Liam Collier, Raylin Ashburn, Dyllan Bates, Bentlee Shepherd, Tucker Stanfield, and Conner Redmon.




DeKalb Junior Pro Pee Wee Tigers In the Super Bowl Today (Saturday) at Jamestown

October 8, 2022
By: Dwayne Page

A trip to the Super Bowl!

The undefeated DeKalb County Junior Pro Football Pee Wee Tigers (ages 6-7) will be in Jamestown today (Saturday) to face the Fentress County Bulldogs hoping to bring back the Championship of the Middle Tennessee Youth Football Conference. Kick-Off of this Junior Pro “Super Bowl” Conference Classic will be at 10 a.m. at York Institute, 701 North Main Street, Jamestown.

The DeKalb Pee Wee Tigers (8-0) went undefeated during their six-game regular season and beat both of their play-off opponents to win the western division of the conference. Fentress County (5-3) won the eastern division.

Nathan Shepherd, DeKalb Pee Wee Tigers Head Coach, said this year’s team is loaded with many talented players.

“We can throw and run the ball. Throwing the ball is one of our secret weapons. You don’t expect a small team of 6 & 7 year olds to be able to throw the ball but it has helped us win some games. With smaller teams everybody usually blitzes and rushes in for the quarterback, fullback or halfback to stop the outside run but once they do that and crash in against us a receiver or tight end will go out for a pass and he will be wide open. Of course, our run game is very strong too,” said Coach Shepherd.

“Our quarterback is my son Gunner Shepherd and his throwing is awesome but he is a very strong runner too,” said Coach Shepherd. “We also have two good receivers that can catch really well, Ariann Wiggins and Kayden Hunt and they help make up our run game. Another player, Titus Stone can also catch and he made one of our first passing touchdowns this year but we moved him to the line because he is a critical asset to us there”.

“On defense Liam Key, a defensive tackle, is a leader for us and a real freight train. He can tear up anyone in front of him. I believe he stands about 5’1 or 5’ 2 and weighs 146 pounds and he is only 8 years old. He has a lot of fire in him,” Coach Shepherd continued.

During the regular season the DeKalb Junior Pro Pee Wee Tigers defeated the Overton County Outlaws 31-13, the Monterey Wildcats 26-20, the Junior Panthers of Stone Memorial 27-0, the White County Warriors 48-26, the Junior Jets of Cumberland County 31-0, and the Upperman Stingers 14-6. In the western conference playoffs the Pee Wee Tigers took down the White County Warriors 36-0 and the Upperman Stingers 14-7

The DeKalb County Junior Pro Football Program is made up of three age groups of players, the Pee Wee Tigers, Junior Tigers, and Senior Tigers and they compete as part of the Middle Tennessee Youth Football Conference which has an east and west division. The Junior and Senior Tigers have already completed their seasons for this year.

Coach Shepherd is assisted in coaching by Brent Collier, Cole Parsley, Cody Atnip, Will Key, and Jeremy Ashburn.

Members of the DeKalb Pee Wee Tigers are Arian Wiggins, Baylin Wiggins, Camden Grandstaff, Gunner Shepherd, Wesley Bowen, Kayden Hunt, Rhett Davis, Sandler Sutton, Braxton Poss, Colton Hutchings, Alejandro Bravo, Easton Hoke, Titus Stone, Lincoln Holmes, Maddux Hale, Haven Patterson, Kohen Skinner, Jeb Culwell, Grayson Neal, Thomas Brelje, Knox Bowen, Liam Key, Xavier Billings, Rusty Chapman, Marsed Caldwell, Payton Bullard, Brody Odom, Nolan Martin, Liam Taylor, Landon Collier, Liam Collier, Raylin Ashburn, Dyllan Bates, Bentlee Shepherd, Tucker Stanfield, and Conner Redmon.

Tim Wilson, President of the DeKalb Junior Pro Football League, said the success of this program is due to the commitment of the coaches and players

“They put in some phenomenal work  at practice,” said Wilson. “I talked to a parent the other day who said he was very impressed with the skill set that these kids have at this age. He said it blew my mind. I said that’s why we are undefeated. They put in the work and it shows on the field,” said Wilson.

Coach Shepherd said he feels optimistic about the outcome of today’s title game.

“This is a team (Fentress County) we haven’t played this year. We played them last year our very first game and we beat them but it may be a very different team this year. Still, I believe we will come back with a championship ring,” he said.




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