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Tigers Hoping to Bounce Back at Stone Memorial

August 31, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Tigers will hit the road tonight to face their first region opponent of the season at Crossville against the Stone Memorial Panthers.

The Tigers opened the season two weeks ago with a 19-14 win at home over Warren County but lost to Upperman 43 to 0 last week at home.

Stone Memorial is 2-0 with wins at East Ridge 21-7 two weeks ago and at home against Scott 28 to 13 last week.

Tiger Coach Steve Trapp said last week’s loss affected the team but he is hopeful they can shake it off and give a better performance tonight.

“After a win everything feels good but the losses affect me personally a whole lot more than the victories. The only positive that I can say about last week’s game is that I do believe it affected our team. Those guys hurt after that game. We have lost games in the past and you really didn’t see or feel that. We had guys who didn’t even step foot on the field that were affected by that loss. I just told them after the game that we knew how we felt after the Warren County game. We felt elation. We felt joy. Now we know how we felt after the Upperman game. I asked them which one do you want more? It is all about response. That is all I said to them. How are you going to respond. One thing I have said about this team is that they have responded through winter and spring workouts. If we saw something we didn’t like we have told them about it and they have responded. We will see how they handle it tonight. We will see if we get the response we are expecting,” said Coach Trapp.

Kick-off will be tonight at 7 p.m.

WJLE’s pre-game shows begin with “Coach to Coach” at 5 p.m. featuring former coaches Doug Matthews, Dave McGinnis, and broadcaster Larry Stone.

“Murphy’s Matchups” airs at 6 p.m. featuring the Guru of Tennessee High School Football Murphy Fair.

“Tiger Talk” begins at 6:30 p.m. featuring DCHS Coach Steve Trapp and Tiger Football Players Axel Aldino, Tre Ladet, and Zach Day. John Pryor, the Voice of the Tigers, is the host of the program.

WJLE’s “LIVE” play by play coverage starts at 7 p.m. with the Voice of the Tigers John Pryor and Luke Willoughby.

LISTEN LIVE ON WJLE and LIVE STREAMING at www.wjle.com




DCHS Students to Resume Work on Tiny House

August 30, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

Are you interested in purchasing a Tiny House?

Students in the DCHS Construction Technology (building trades) program began work last fall during school hours building their first Tiny House and it will be put up for sale to the public once it is completed later this year.

The 8’ x 24’ Tiny House stands up to 13 feet and 6 inches and sets on a modified trailer that can be anchored or moved from place to place.

Living accommodations in the Tiny House, although compact will include adequate living room, kitchenette, bathroom, and sleeping space.

Gary Caplinger, Construction Teacher at DCHS, said he had hoped to have the project finished before school was out for the summer but those plans didn’t pan out. Now that school is back in session, work will resume on the Tiny House after students finish a storage building currently under construction for a customer.

“The Tiny House is dried in and all the windows and doors are set. We haven’t started on the electrical yet but we have got the plumbing roughed in and it has been air tested. The next step is to get the siding on the outside, rough the electrical in, and then we will put some kind of heating and cooling system in it. Then its just a matter of putting the interior finish on it including whatever we put on the walls, the cabinetry, and that sort of thing. We’re hoping to build the cabinets here in the shop,” said Caplinger

“It has a sleeping loft and a living room/great room which opens to the kitchen where the sink is on one side and the cooking range will be on the other side. In the very back are the restrooms with a full three foot shower in it which should be comfortable and convenient to use. For space saving, we have a pocket door roughed in that doesn’t swing into the kitchen or restroom. It slides back into the wall. We build everything for space saving in a Tiny House,” added Caplinger

Once the Tiny House is completed, Caplinger said he would like to take it on the road to show it off at Tiny House venues before it is sold

“We’ve had a lot of interest in it. A lot of people have asked about it. We’re hoping this is something that catches on because if this one sells we would like to do another one,” said Caplinger.

Something that has caught on is storage buildings.

“We do a lot of storage buildings. We could stay busy all the time doing that. There’s always people wanting them. We’re real competitive in that. In fact we’re cheaper than you can go out and buy one. We just do a 10% mark up on materials,” Caplinger said.

“We have also done some furniture on rare occasions such as cabinet doors but we don’t do a lot of that because it is time consuming,” added Caplinger

If you are interested or would like more information about the Tiny House or a storage building contact Caplinger or Brad Leach, Career and Technical Education Director at DeKalb County High School.




DCHS Golfer Signs with Cumberland University

August 30, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

DCHS Senior Golfer Isaac Walker will be moving to the next level once his high school days are over.

Surrounded by his family, coach, and teammates, Walker signed a letter of intent Thursday at DCHS to play Golf for the Cumberland University Phoenix next year.

“He is a man of high character and a very good student. He is also one of the best kept secrets in the middle Tennessee area. I think he is what you would call in baseball a five-tool player. He doesn’t really seem to have any weaknesses at all. We’re very pleased that he has decided to come to Cumberland,” said Cumberland Men and Women Head Golf Coach Richard Williams.

Isaac said he chose Cumberland University because he likes Coach Williams and the school.

“Coach Williams has been nice to me. He came up and visited me this summer. It really meant a lot. He is a really great guy. He has really been nice the whole time. I like the campus and I like what he sees in the program and what his goals are,” said Isaac.

DCHS Tiger Golf Coach John Pryor said Isaac has played all four of his high school years and has become the top golfer in the program, having competed in the state tournament in two of those years.

“He has been the number one golfer here since his freshman year. It’s the culmination of a lot of hard work and he has a lot of talent. I’m really proud of Isaac,” said Coach Pryor.

Isaac said his goal is to return to the state tournament one more time.

“My junior year didn’t go over as well as I wanted to but making it to state my freshman and sophomore years was pretty good. My goal is to win the district and region and place at least in the top five in the state this year,” said Isaac.

Coach Williams is entering his sixth year as head coach of the Phoenix.

“We have won back to back conference championships and gone to back to back national championships. We are really headed in the right direction. Its attributed to having the quality kids we have in the program,” added Coach Williams.

Isaac was joined at the signing Thursday by his parents Misty and Scott, and sister Hannah Walker, his teammates, Coach Williams, and Coach Pryor.




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