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DCHS Tiger Soccer Star Bill Miller Signs with Milligan College

Bill Miller, a senior at DCHS and a star Tiger soccer player signed a letter of intent with Milligan College on Monday to play collegiate soccer for the Buffaloes next season after he graduates in May.

Joining Miller for the signing were members of his family, coaches, and fellow players.

Milligan College, located near Johnson City, Tennessee, is one of the South’s premier Christian liberal arts colleges and offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees, and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.

The Buffaloes compete in the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) national affiliation.

“I am glad to see him going to a good school. It’s a Christian school and he will get a good quality education and play some soccer along the way and do what he loves doing so I am really excited for him,” said DCHS Soccer Coach Dylan Kleparek.

“I really like the school (Milligan). It has a very strong Christian base and in academics as well as soccer so I will get to improve my mind as well as my body,” said Miller.

“In addition to playing soccer, I am thinking about furthering my education in sports medicine. My grandfather is a doctor and my mom is a pharmacist so the medical field is something that has always interested me and this is a way of getting the best of both worlds,” Miller continued.

Although all DeKalb County sports have been temporarily halted with schools closed due to the coronavirus threat, Coach K said he will be counting on Bill once the season resumes.

“Bill is an excellent soccer player and an excellent kid. He plays at outside back. He is a left back now. He was a right back last year but I had to move him over. He usually faces the other team’s best players and he does a great job. They (opponents) usually try to pick on him but he shows them up. He is the kind of guy you want to have around your team. He is a quality individual with great character and a great leader. Bill is also a really hard worker. He came into the program a little smaller than everybody else and had to work really hard to get where he is at but he has put the time and effort in and has shown himself to be an outstanding person and an outstanding player. Bill means a lot to our team and to me. I have coached him since he was little through recreation league and on up,” said Coach Kleparek.

“I have a strong connection with my coach and other teammates and they have helped me to improve and grow, not just on the field but as a person. It is really nice to know that my teammates are behind me and support me on this journey,” said Miller.

Another highlight of his senior year would be for Bill to share the soccer field with his younger brother Cameron, who is also on the Tiger team as a freshman. Cameron, who was diagnosed with Leukemia last year underwent successful Car T cell treatment and a bone marrow transplant with his father being the donor.

“Cameron is getting stronger and hopefully he will be able to get back on the field again with us this year. This is our year to be able to play together and we’re still hoping to be able to do that toward the end of the season,” added Bill.




Bulldogs Fall to Prescott 7 to 2

The DeKalb West School Bulldogs fell behind early and couldn’t mount a comeback in a 7 to 2 loss to Prescott on Thursday.

Prescott scored 7 runs on 6 hits and made 1 error. The Bulldogs scored 2 runs on 1 hit and made 2 errors.

Prescott scored 2 runs in the 1st inning, 1 run in the 2nd, 2 runs in the 4th, and 2 runs in the 6th inning. The Bulldogs scored 2 runs in the 1st inning.

Ian Colwell, the losing pitcher, gave up 3 runs on 2 hits over 2 innings. He struck out 1. Jordan Parker and Tyler Jackson each came in relief for 2 innings.

Ty Webb had a hit for the Bulldogs.




DCHS Tigerette Softball Schedule

DCHS Tigerette Softball Schedule:

March 10: York Institute (DH)- Away: 4:30 p.m.
March 12: Watertown-Away: 5:00 p.m.
March 13: Gordonsville Tournament-Cane Creek: TBA
March 14: Gordonsville Tournament-Cane Creek: TBA
March 16: Central Magnet (JV)-Away: 5:30 p.m.
March 17: Livingston Academy-Home: 5:00 p.m.
March 19: Macon County-Away: 5:00 p.m.
March 23: Independence-Home: 5:00 p.m.
March 24: Cannon County-Away: 5:00 p.m.
March 27: Southern Warrior Classic-Murfreesboro: TBA
March 28: Southern Warrior Classic-Murfreesboro: TBA
March 30: White County-Away: 5:00 p.m.
March 31: Upperman-Home: 5:00 p.m.

April 1: Watertown-Home: 5:00 p.m.
April 6: Cookeville-Home: 5:00 p.m.
April 9: Macon County-Home: 5:00 p.m.
April 10: JV Play Day- Watertown: TBA
April 13: Smith County-Away: 4:30 p.m.
April 14: Livingston Academy-Away: 5:00 p.m.
April 16: Cannon County-Home: 5:00 p.m.
April 20: Cookeville-Away: 5:00 p.m.
April 21: Smith County-Home: 5:00 p.m.
April 23: Upperman-Away: 5:00 p.m.
April 24: Coffee County Classic-Away: TBA
April 25: Coffee County Classic-Away: TBA
April 28: White County-Home: 5:00 p.m.

May 1-7: District 8AA Tournament-TBA
May 11: Region Semi-Finals- TBA
May 13: Region Finals- TBA
May 15: Section Finals- TBA
May 19-22: State Tournament- Murfreesboro: TBA




Bulldogs Defeat Avery Trace 4-1

The DeKalb West School Bulldogs defeated Avery Trace 4 to 1 on Monday.

The Bulldogs scored 4 runs on 2 hits and made 1 error while Avery Trace scored 1 run on 1 hit and made 2 errors.

DeKalb West scored 3 runs in the 2nd inning and 1 run in the 4th. Avery Trace scored 1 run in the 1st inning on an error. Dallas Kirby and Ty Webb each had a hit for the Bulldogs.

Konner Young, the winning pitcher, gave up only 1 run on 1 hit through 5 innings. He struck out 9 and walked 1.




DCHS Baseball Season Kicks Off March 9

The 2020 DCHS Baseball Schedule has been announced.

DeKalb County native Tad Webb will begin his first season as head coach of the DCHS baseball team with the first game set for March 9 at 5 p.m. at home. Everyone is encouraged to come out and support Tiger Baseball.

This season’s schedule is as follows:
March 9: Grundy County-Home: 5:00 p.m.
March 13: Cumberland County Tournament-Kingston: 5:00 p.m.
March 14: Cumberland County Tournament-Cumberland: 10:30 a.m.
March 14: Cumberland County Tournament-Bledsoe: 1:00 p.m.
March 16: Smith County-Away: 4:00 p.m.
March 17: Smith County-Home: 5:00 p.m.
March 19: Cumberland County-Home: 5:00 p.m.
March 21: White County-Away: 12 Noon (JV after)
March 23: Warren County-Away: 6:00 p.m.
March 24: Grundy County-Away: 5:30 p.m.
March 30: Cannon County-Home: 5:00 p.m.
March 31: Cannon County-Away: 5:00 p.m.

April 1: Trousdale County-Home: 5:00 p.m.
April 2: Monterey-Away: 5:30 p.m.
April 6: Watertown-Home: 5:00 p.m. (JV after)
April 7: Watertown-Away: 5:00 p.m. (JV after)
April 9: Bledsoe County-Home: 5:00 p.m.
April 10: Central Magnet-Away: 5:00 p.m.
April 13: Upperman-Home: 5:00 p.m. (JV after)
April 14: York-Away: 5:00 p.m.
April 17: Stone Memorial-Home: 5:30 p.m. (JV after)
April 20: Livingston Academy-Home: 5:00 p.m.
April 21: Macon County-Away: 5:00 p.m. (JV after)
April 23: Trousdale County-Away: 5:00 p.m.
April 25: Central Magnet-Home: 11:00 a.m.
April 27: Stone Memorial-Away: 5:30 p.m. (JV after)
April 28: Monterey-Home: 5:30 p.m.

May 1-5: District Tournament-TBA




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