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Tiger Coach John Sanders Sizes up 2020-21 Basketball Season (View video here)

The DeKalb County High School Basketball Teams will be ready to hit the court running Tuesday and Friday night with Hall of Fame action.

Whitehouse comes to town Tuesday night, November 17 with the girls game at 6 p.m. followed by the boys showdown at DCHS. The Tigers and Lady Tigers will then travel to Pickett County on Saturday night, November 21 starting with girls play at 5 p.m. followed by the boys.

Attendance will be limited in the gym due to COVID-19.

In a WJLE Tiger Talk video interview Friday , Tiger Coach John Sanders  talked about the upcoming season. (View video of Lady Tiger Coach Danny Fish in earlier post)

DCHS Tiger Basketball Coach John Sanders from dwayne page on Vimeo.

“The preparation has gone well. It was a little different for a while but the team has worked really hard in the off season and I have been proud of them. We have tried to follow all of the guidelines and do the best we can to make sure that we get to play as long as we can,” said Coach Sanders.

The Tigers are hoping to improve on last year’s 7-22 finish but will have to do it without the senior leadership of Dakota White, Dallas Cook, Michael Elswick, and Alan Munoz who have graduated.

Three seniors make up the Tiger roster this year in Luke Jenkins, Evan Jones, and Aidan Curtis.

“Luke and Evan are three year players who have played a lot the last couple of years so we are looking for them to be our anchors this year and give us a lot on both ends of the floor. Aidan is new but he brings athleticism and good size. He has a lot to learn but we are hoping he can come in and make a quick impact right away”.

“We have three juniors, Nathaniel Crook, Brayden Antoniak, and Jordan Young. Brayden and Jordan played a lot last year. We look for all three of them to play a lot this year. Jordan and Brayden will be starters and Nathaniel will come in off the bench. All three of them bring something different to the table and they will be big pieces to the puzzle,” Coach Sanders continued.

“Sophomores who we look to get playing time are Elishah Ramos who was Freshman of the Year in our district last year. He got to play a lot as a freshman so we will depend on him to get the ball up and down the floor for us as well as Jordan Young. We really look for him and Jordan to do some scoring for us and be playmakers. Robert Wheeler, another sophomore, didn’t get to play any last year due to a knee surgery he had in November so he hasn’t played since the summer of his freshman year but has made really good progress and is working hard. We are looking for big things out of him. Isaac Brown is another big sophomore. He got to play a lot of Junior Varsity last year. He is long and athletic. Both of those guys (Wheeler and Brown) have worked really hard all of the off season knowing they are going to get an opportunity to play this year so they are trying to be ready to make the most of it. Zack Birmingham is another sophomore and so is Stetson Agee. We expect them to come off the bench and get some playing time along with Conner Close, a freshman. He has had some really good practices early on and shown some signs of promise as well,” said Coach Sanders.

As for the district race, Coach Sanders said there are several contenders including Upperman.

“Upperman is projected to probably be number one again. They lost two seniors and they had one who left and went to Cookeville so they probably are not as deep as in the past but they will still be really good. They have four starters back and they will be tough. York Institute should be pretty good again. They lost three good players but they still have two good ones back from a team that won the region and went to state. Livingston Academy will be tough with Matthew Sells who is a really good scorer. Watertown lost quite a bit but they have some athletes coming back. Watertown has been near the top of the district the last three or four years since they have been in it so you can’t count them out. Cannon County lost a lot. They had a really good team last year but a lot of them graduated although Gus Davenport is coming back and he will be pretty tough. He is a long, athletic guard. Smith County, who finished 8th last year, should be better. They had a lot of young guys playing. I think they will contend in the middle as well as Macon County, who was also pretty young last year. They graduated one. It will be a tough district like it always is,” said Coach Sanders.

Although COVID-19 is still a concern, Coach Sanders said he is hopeful the season can be played out with few if any interruptions

“Our girls team has been quarantined twice. We have been fortunate not to have to quarantine our whole team yet. We have had a few players who have had to quarantine and we are missing a few right now but we are hoping we can make it through the whole season without having to miss any games. Hopefully if we do miss some we can reschedule them but its so uncertain”.

As for game night attendance, “Unfortunately attendance will have to be limited. Based on our gym size I think we are going to allow and TSSAA recommends one third capacity so we will allow about 325 to 350 people in at the max. Tickets will go on sale the day of the games but they will not be sold at the gate so get your tickets early and come support us,” Coach Sanders concluded.

The 2020-21 DCHS Basketball Schedule is as follows:
(*) denotes District 8 AA games.
(^) denotes Region 4 AA games

Game times listed start with girls game followed by boys contest

Tuesday, November 17: White House (Hall of Fame)- Home- 6 p.m.
Saturday, November 21: Pickett County (Hall of Fame)-Away- 5 p.m.
Monday, November 23: Warren County-Away- 6 p.m.
Tuesday, November 24: Red Boiling Springs- Home- 6 p.m.
Saturday, November 28: ^Grundy County-Away- 6 p.m.
Monday, November 30: ^Sequatchie County-Home- 6 p.m.

Friday, December 4: *York Institute- Away- 6 p.m.
Tuesday, December 8: *Livingston Academy- Away- 6 p.m.
Friday, December 11: *Watertown- Home- 6 p.m.
Thursday, December 17-Saturday, December 19: Sonic Shootout (boys and girls)- Sparta- TBA

Tuesday, January 5: Warren County-Home- 6 p.m.
Friday, January 8: *Cannon County-Away- 6 p.m.
Saturday, January 9: ^Sequatchie County-Away- 6 p.m.
Tuesday, January 12: *Upperman-Home- 6 p.m.
Friday, January 15: *Macon County-Away- 6 p.m.
Tuesday, January 19: *Smith County-Home- 6 p.m.
Friday, January 22: *York Institute- Home- 6 p.m.
Tuesday, January 26: *Livingston Academy- Home-6 p.m.
Friday, January 29: *Watertown- Away- 6 p.m.
Saturday, January 30: ^Grundy County-Home- 6 p.m.

Tuesday, February 2: *Cannon County-Home- 6 p.m.
Friday, February 5: *Upperman- Away- 6 p.m.
Tuesday, February 9: *Macon County- Home- 6 p.m. (Senior Night)
Thursday, February 11: *Smith County- Away- 6 p.m.
Friday, February 12: Red Boiling Springs-Away-6 p.m.

Lady Tiger Roster:

Megan Cantrell- Guard- Senior

Ellie Cripps-Guard-Senior

Hannah Willingham-Guard-Senior

Grace Griffin-Forward-Senior

Kadee Ferrell-Forward-Junior

Kennedy Agee-Guard-Junior

Summer Crook-Forward-Junior

Natalie Snipes-Guard-Junior

Madison Martin-Forward-Sophomore

Xharia Lyons-Guard-Sophomore

Ella VanVranken-Guard-Freshman

Cadee Griffith-Guard-Freshman

Ella Hendrixson-Guard-Freshman

Tess Barton-Center-Freshman

Alyssa Crook-Center-Freshman

Camryn Branin-Forward-Freshman

Ally Fuller-Forward-Freshman

Makayla Scales-Forward-Freshman

Managers: Elisabeth Seber, Jenna Wright, Zoe Cripps, and Maleah Ruch. Assistant Coaches, Maddison Parsley and Hanah Panter. Head Coach Danny Fish.

Tiger Roster:

Luke Jenkins-Senior

Aidan Curtis-Senior

Evan Jones-Senior

Jordan Young-Junior

Nathaniel Crook-Junior

Brayden Antoniak-Junior

Robert Wheeler-Sophomore

Elishah Ramos-Sophomore

Isaac Brown-Sophomore

Zack Birmingham-Sophomore

Stetson Agee-Sophomore

Conner Vance-Sophomore

Connor Paladino-Sophomore

Andrew Tramel-Sophomore

Ian Colwell-Freshman

Conner Close-Freshman

Kaleb Spears-Freshman

Alex Antoniak-Freshman

Jacob Hendrix-Freshman

Marquez Chalfant-Freshman

Managers- Aiden Whitman, Brayden Summers, Courtney London, and Summer Pedigo. Head Coach John Sanders. Assistant Coaches Logan Vance and Seth Hackett.

DCHS Basketball Cheerleaders

Presley Agee-Senior Captain

Makayla Cook-Junior Co-Captain

Evie Day-Junior

Chloe Hale-Junior

Kyleigh Hill-Junior

McKenzie Pack-Junior Co-Captain

Hannah Lohorn-Sophomore

Katherine Gassaway-Sophomore

Katie Patterson-Sophomore

Kortnee Skeen-Sophomore

Kenlee Taylor-Sophomore

Morgan Walker-Sophomore

Carlee West-Sophomore

Amelia Atnip-Sophomore

Hope Bain-Freshman

Zoi Hale-Freshman

Elaina Turner-Freshman

 




2020-21 DCHS Basketball Schedule

The 2020-21 DCHS Basketball Schedule is as follows:
(*) denotes District 8 AA games.
(^) denotes Region 4 AA games

Game times listed start with girls game followed by boys contest

Tuesday, November 17: White House (Hall of Fame)- Home- 6 p.m.
Saturday, November 21: Pickett County (Hall of Fame)-Away- 5 p.m.
Monday, November 23: Warren County-Away- 6 p.m.
Tuesday, November 24: Red Boiling Springs- Home- 6 p.m.
Saturday, November 28: ^Grundy County-Away- 6 p.m.
Monday, November 30: ^Sequatchie County-Home- 6 p.m.

Friday, December 4: *York Institute- Away- 6 p.m.
Tuesday, December 8: *Livingston Academy- Away- 6 p.m.
Friday, December 11: *Watertown- Home- 6 p.m.
Thursday, December 17-Saturday, December 19: Sonic Shootout (boys and girls)- Sparta- TBA

Tuesday, January 5: Warren County-Home- 6 p.m.
Friday, January 8: *Cannon County-Away- 6 p.m.
Saturday, January 9: ^Sequatchie County-Away- 6 p.m.
Tuesday, January 12: *Upperman-Home- 6 p.m.
Friday, January 15: *Macon County-Away- 6 p.m.
Tuesday, January 19: *Smith County-Home- 6 p.m.
Friday, January 22: *York Institute- Home- 6 p.m.
Tuesday, January 26: *Livingston Academy- Home-6 p.m.
Friday, January 29: *Watertown- Away- 6 p.m.
Saturday, January 30: ^Grundy County-Home- 6 p.m.

Tuesday, February 2: *Cannon County-Home- 6 p.m.
Friday, February 5: *Upperman- Away- 6 p.m.
Tuesday, February 9: *Macon County- Home- 6 p.m. (Senior Night)
Thursday, February 11: *Smith County- Away- 6 p.m.
Friday, February 12: Red Boiling Springs-Away-6 p.m.




Tigers State Playoff Run Ends with Loss to Nolensville

Although it was a much closer game than last year, the Nolensville Knights have again denied the DeKalb County Tigers from advancing in the TSSAA Class 4A Football Playoffs.

(Click Link Below to Hear the Last WJLE Football Tiger Talk Program)

https://www.wjle.com/tiger-talk-november-13/

The Knights won Friday night’s second round playoff game over the Tigers 24-17 in Smithville. A year ago the Knights beat the Tigers 42-6 in the quarterfinals of the playoffs at Nolensville.

The season ends for the Tigers at 7-5 although one of the losses was not on the field but a COVID-19 forfeit to Cumberland County. The 2020 Tigers made history by being the first DCHS football team to win a regular season region championship and the first to host back to back state playoff football games in Smithville.

The Tigers got the first points of the game on 2 yard touchdown run by Desmond Nokes with 3:38 left in the 1st period capping a 98 yard drive. Jasper Kleparek came on for the extra point and DeKalb County led 7-0.

Nolensville answered on an 11 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ryder Galardi to Parker Price with 11:52 left in the 2nd period. Reese Miller added the extra point and the game was tied at 7-7.

DeKalb County reclaimed the lead on a 20 yard field goal by Kleparek with 5:55 left in the 2nd period. The score was 10-7 in favor of the Tigers.

After an interception by Isaac Knowles, DC took over on offense and extended its lead on a touchdown pass from quarterback Axel Aldino to Isaac Knowles covering 47 yards for the score. Kleparek tacked on the extra point and DeKalb County held a 17-7 advantage with 3:21 left in the first half.

The Knights pulled to within 3 with 40 seconds to go before halftime on a 14 yard touchdown run by Samson Johnson. Miller converted the extra point and Nolensville cut the Tiger lead to 17-14.

Nolensville tied the game at 17-17 on a 34 yard field goal by Miller with 6 minutes left in the 3rd period and then scored the go ahead touchdown with 8:21 left in the 4th period on a 24 yard pass from Galardi to Chance Fitzgerald. Miller added the extra point and the Knights went on to win 24-17.

The Tigers threatened late in the game but Desmond Nokes was stopped 2 yards short of the goal line on a 4th down pass.

Nolensville will travel to Tullahoma next Friday night for the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. Tullahoma is unbeaten at 12-0 and ranked #2 in the state. The Wildcats eliminated Marshall County 35-7 Friday night.




Trapp Earns Region Football Coach of Year Honors While Aldino Named MVP

Seventeen DCHS Football players have earned 2020 All-Region honors including Tiger Quarterback Axel Aldino who has been named Most Valuable Player in Region 3, Class 4A.

Aldino is joined by Tiger Wide Receiver Desmond Nokes, the region’s Co-Offensive MVP with Macon County’s Running Back Ethan Jenkins, and Tiger Linebacker Isaiah Harrington, the Defensive MVP.

Tiger Coach Steve Trapp is the Region’s Coach of the Year while members of his staff earned the following region honors: Offensive Assistant Coach Michael Shaw, Defensive Assistant Coach Thomas Cagle, and Special Teams Coach Corey Rathbone.

Other Tiger players with Region honors are as follows:
Most Outstanding Defensive Back: Isaac Knowles
Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman: Caven Ponder
Most Outstanding Wide Receiver: TJ Alexander
Most Outstanding Kicker: Jasper Kleparek

All Region 1st Team: Evan Jones, Peyton Leaf, Diego Coronado, Bryan Portillo, Ean Jones, and Aiden Curtis

All Region 2nd Team: Colby Barnes, Josh May, Antwon McCoy, and Wil Ferris.




Tigers Cleared to Play Football

Disappointment has turned to delight for DCHS Tiger football coaches, players, and fans as the team has been cleared to compete in the first round of the TSSAA play-offs next Friday night, November 6 at home against Spring Hill.

The announcement came Friday.

“The Board of Education is allowing us to contact trace within the football program the same way that contact tracing is done within the school and now we are cleared to start back practice on Monday, November 2,” said Tiger Coach Steve Trapp.

Earlier in the week, the Tigers learned that the season would have to prematurely end due to a COVID-19 case within the program.

The game against Cumberland County Friday night, which would have been senior night, had to be canceled due to the earlier decision.

While Coach Trapp is happy to be able to resume play, he is stressing that the safety of everyone is of utmost importance. “If everybody had not been comfortable with everybody being safe then we would not be doing this,” he said.

As the Region 3 champs from Class 4A, the Tigers (6-3, 3-0) will play host to Spring Hill (3-7, 2-3), the 4th place team in Region 4. Kick-off will be at 7 p.m. and WJLE plans LIVE coverage




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