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1959 Tigerettes Finished Runner-Up in State Tournament 60 Years Ago. Tigers Also Made State Tournament Appearance

March 5, 2019
By: Dwayne Page

DeKalb County has cause to celebrate with the DCHS Lady Tigers preparing to make a state tournament run Wednesday but there is another reason to celebrate.

Sixty years ago the 1958-59 DeKalb County (Smithville High School) girls basketball team made it all the way to the State Championship game before losing to Porter 47 to 46 while the DeKalb County (Smithville High School) boys team advanced to the quarterfinals of the State Tournament before losing to Dobyns-Bennett 53 to 35.

The girls team finished the season 24-2.The two defeats included a 50-49 loss to Lebanon during the regular season and the loss to Porter in the state championship game.

DeKalb County’s 1959 run in the state tournament included wins over Centerville 49 to 34, Walland 32 to 28, and J. Northside 49 to 46, before falling to Porter 47 to 46 in the state title game.

For the boys, DeKalb County defeated Litton 42 to 40 and then lost to Dobyns Bennett 53 to 35 in the state tournament. The 1959 boys state champion was Alcoa. The DeKalb County Tigers finished the season at 18-5.

Members of the 1959 DeKalb County Tigerettes were Jimmie Taylor, Erma Puckett, Helen Faye Young, Kathleen Cantrell, Hilda Puckett, Joyce Wilson, Bessie Johnson, Evon Turner- Manager Linda Haas, Jackie Bing, Ellene Taylor, Lois Ann Vaughn, Jeanette Cripps, Doris Foster, and Cecil Thweatt. The coach was Everett Lee Mitchell.

The 1959 DeKalb County Tigers were Troy Jones, Jerry Hibdon, Harold Hale, Kenneth Hawkins, Ken Rayburn Adcock, Harold Luna, Grady Ray, Wayne Evans-Manager, Willie Walker-Manager, John Parker, Frank Herman, Donald Puckett, Terry Redmon, Bobby Wright, and Winfred Murphy. The coach was Everett Lee Mitchell.

DCHS Baseball Fans Enjoy Night of Food and Fellowship (VIEW VIDEO HERE)

March 4, 2019
By: Dwayne Page

DCHS baseball fans enjoyed a night of food and fellowship while supporting the program during the annual chili supper and LIVE auction held at the county complex auditorium Monday evening.

Mike Corn, the head baseball coach of the Columbia State Community College Chargers was the guest speaker.

Coach Corn admonished his audience to have a clear vision about “how you see your life” and “never let negative attitudes and bad habits cloud that vision”.

“We are all intertwined more than you can imagine. Everything you do and every chance you have to help someone else do it because you just don’t know how that may come back to you.” He said.

“Eliminate the I negatives. I can’t, I don’t have time and I know, but! There’s no such thing as I can’t. When you say I can’t you immediately put up an obstacle in your mind”.

“Do what you are supposed to do when you are supposed to do it to the best of your ability every single time whether you want to or not with a smile on your face. If you do that you will suddenly see things more clearly. If you want to feel love, you love. If you want to be better, you make people better around you,” Coach Corn continued.

“I often tell a story about my Uncle John who was a carpenter and built houses for a living for nearly 40 years until one day he went to his boss and said he wanted to retire. His boss pleaded with him to stay on to just build one more house. Although he was burned out, Uncle John agreed to build it but he had lost his focus and began to cut corners, contracted things out, and used cheaper materials trying to finish quickly. Finally he completed the house ahead of schedule. Not knowing that Uncle John had just finished the worst house he ever built, his boss handed him the keys to the home and said it’s yours. This is your reward for working so hard all those years”.

“The point is we must also live in the house we build whether it’s your house of faith, your financial house, baseball house, relationship house or whatever you are going to live in the house that you build, day by day, board by board, nail by nail. What I say is look around. Surround yourself with good neighbors and build wisely. Choose your materials and location well and don’t overlook a single day of your life because time is the most precious thing in the world on this earth. Build wisely,” said Coach Corn.

Caplinger voted MSC Pitcher of the Week

March 4, 2019

Cumberland’s Kayley Caplinger earned Mid-South Conference Pitcher of the Week honors Monday after recording three victories and allowing just two runs over 17.0 innings of work for the Phoenix.

The Auburntown, Tenn., native worked 4.0 scoreless innings versus Hiwassee College, giving up two hits with four strikeouts in an 8-0 CU victory. The sophomore righthander then won the second game of the doubleheader at 20th-ranked Truett-McConnell, tossing a four-hit shutout and allowing just four hits with six strikeouts.

Truett-McConnell managed only seven total baserunners in the contest, with Caplinger walking two and hitting another. The Bears had two runners in the same inning in the second and sixth innings, but she got a strikeout and lineout to end the second and a pop-out to finish the sixth.

Caplinger ended the week with 6.0 innings versus Bryan College, giving up two runs in the first inning and nothing after that. She scattered six hits, walked two and struck out one, running her season record to 4-1 with a 0.48 ERA over 29.0 innings with 23 strikeouts.

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