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DCHS Football Athlete Signs with Lindsey Wilson College

A 2017 DCHS football athlete plans to continue to his career on the college level.

Gage Delape, a senior, signed Wednesday to play at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky, the home of the Blue Raiders. Delape’s father Michael Delape; DCHS football coach Steve Trapp; assistant coaches Thomas Cagle, Justin Burum, and Tommy Hinch; and Delape’s fellow teammates joined him for the signing.

“I’ve got good friends up there that’s already playing football and its closer to home and I know a lot of my family and friends would want to watch me play. I just felt more comfortable there at Lindsey than anywhere else. They told me I would probably start out as an offensive tackle prospect but they might switch me around. I want to thank all my high school coaches and Coach Trapp especially. He has been a mentor since I was a freshman here. He has shown me how to be a better human being each and every day,” said Delape.

LWC is a private four-year college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The school currently offers associate degrees in 10 areas of study, bachelor’s degrees in 26 areas of study with Minors in 20 areas, and master’s degrees in counseling and human development, Education, and interactive design. Lindsey Wilson is a member of the Mid-South Conference of the NAIA.

“We are fortunate as the DCHS football program to watch another guy have the opportunity to play college football. Gage Delape is signing to play for Lindsey Wilson. We had a couple of guys go there last year so it seems we have a little pipeline with those guys and a good relationship and I feel like they are getting a very good football player,” said Coach Trapp.

“Gage has meant a lot to our program. He is one of those guys who has played a lot of football for us. He started as a sophomore and has played every position on the offensive line except for center and that’s one thing Lindsey Wilson likes. His versatility to play multiple positions. He is a big guy who has the ability to bend and move with long arms so he fits the profile. He has the potential to go up there and play some tackle or guard on the offensive line for them. I just think it’s a good fit for him and them especially with the guys from here who went down there last year so there is some familiarity there. I’m just excited again for DeKalb County Football to have somebody else go to the next level,” added Coach Trapp.

Delape was the 2017 team’s Offensive Lineman of the year and he was named to the 1st Team All-Region.




Tigers and Ladies Win at Carthage

The DCHS basketball teams swept the Smith County Owls and Owlettes Tuesday night at Carthage winning 32 to 25 in the girls game and 65 to 56 in the boys contest.

For the girls, DeKalb County led 11 to 5 after the 1st period, 19 to 14 at halftime, and 22 to 19 after the 3rd period before winning 32 to 25.

Emme Colwell scored 15. Lydia Brown 6. Mya Ruch 5. Kenzie France 4 and Megan Walker with 2.

In the boys game the Tigers led the Owls 18 to 9 after the 1st period, 40 to 19 at halftime, and 51 to 31 after the 3rd period before getting the 65 to 56 victory.

Nathan Atkins scored 23. Trey Jones and Tanner Poss each with 12. Marshal Evins 10. Austin Johnson 5 and Dallas Cook with 3.

DeKalb County will conclude the regular season at Macon County Thursday night, February 8 starting with the girls game at 6 p.m. followed by the boys game. WJLE plans LIVE coverage.




Tigerette Kristena Bain Signs with Cumberland to Play Softball

Another outstanding DCHS softball player has signed a letter of intent with Cumberland University of Lebanon to play collegiate ball after she graduates here.

17 year old Kristena Bain, a senior, put pen to paper Wednesday at the DCHS library. Members of Bain’s family, coaches, and fellow players joined her for the occasion.

Cumberland is a member of the Mid-South Conference affiliated with the NAIA.

“The reason I chose Cumberland University was because the school is local and they have a good athletic program and a good nursing program and that is what I plan to major in,” said Kristena.

“I believe Kristena is our fourth or fifth athlete from DeKalb County. We have always had good players from DeKalb County High School and we expect the same from her,” said Assistant Cumberland Varsity Coach and Head JV Coach, Stephanie Theall. Heather Stanfill is the Head Coach at Cumberland.

Tigerette Coach Danny Fish said he is very happy that Kristena will have a chance to play softball at the collegiate level.

“She has been a very hard worker over her career here playing for the Tigerettes. She has come a long way. I can remember hitting with her when she was in the sixth grade and it was a goal of hers to be where she is at today. She is a very goal oriented athlete. She has been behind the plate for us the last three years and she will be back there again this year. We expect good things out of her. She is a very charismatic leader and she really puts everything she has in what she does. Offensively, she swings the bat pretty well but we’re going to ask her to step up her game this year. We want her to get a lot more at bats. Defensively behind the plate we thought we would have a problem when Dani Meadows graduated but she (Kristena) has really slipped into that (role) and been a relentless worker and teammate and because of that we are here today. I am very happy for her. This is a good moment for Kristena,” said Coach Fish.

Before she heads off to college, Kristena has one more high school season in front of her and she is looking forward to it.

“I hope to put in some big hits this season and score some runs and I hope our pitching game steps up and we all hit the way we are supposed to,” said Kristena.

Coach Fish said the DCHS Tigerette softball season begins March 12. “We open up with district play right away and then we will jump into a tournament. We have a really tough schedule this year. We’re going down to Gulf Shores during spring break. It should be an interesting year. We graduated a lot of seniors last year and all of them are playing at the college level now so we have big shoes to fill but our seniors know what it takes to win and I am hoping they will lead the team by example and that we will have a chance to be back where we normally are at the state tournament,” said Coach Fish.

Kristena was joined at the signing by her parents, Bobby Rader and Ann Rader; DCHS Tigerette head coach Danny Fish and assistants Melissa Ruch and Tim Jared, Cumberland Assistant Coach Stephanie Theall; Randy Farnsworth, Kristena’s summer travel league ball coach, along with her brothers and fellow Tigerette teammates.




Upperman Wins in Smithville

The Upperman Bees and Ladies came to Smithville Friday night and left with victories over DeKalb County winning 85 to 39 in the girls game and 56 to 52 for the boys.

In the girls game, Upperman led 31 to 10 after the 1st period, 52 to 27 at halftime, and 72 to 35 after the 3rd period before taking the win 85 to 39.
Emme Colwell scored 14. Lydia Brown 11. Kenzie France, Mya Ruch, and Megan Walker each with 4 and Mallorie Hart had 2 points.

The Bees led 11 to 9 after the 1st period of the boys game. The Tigers grabbed a 27 to 21 lead by halftime and held a 37 to 36 edge after the 3rd period but fell behind in the 4th period and lost 56 to 52.

Trey Jones and Marshal Evins each scored 11. Tanner Poss and Austin Johnson each had 9. Nathan Atkins with 7. Colter Norris with 3 and Dallas Cook with 2 points.

DeKalb County will conclude the regular season next week with trips to Smith County on Tuesday, February 6 and at Macon County on Thursday, February 8. Action begins each night with the girls games at 6 p.m. WJLE plans LIVE coverage.




Lady Tigers Upend Livingston Academy, Tigers Lose

The DCHS Lady Tigers upended the Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats 36 to 25 Tuesday night on the road. The Tigers lost to the Wildcats 80 to 56.

In the girls game, the Lady Tigers led 14 to 4 after the 1st period, 18 to 11 at halftime, and 29 to 21 after the 3rd period before going on to win 36 to 25.
Lydia Brown scored 15. Emme Colwell 13. Mya Ruch 4. Madison Parsley 3 and Kenzie France with 1 point.

The Tigers led the Wildcats 19 to 13 after the 1st period and 36 to 25 at halftime but fell behind 55 to 50 after the 3rd period and lost 80 to 56.

Evins scored 23 for the Tigers. Austin Johnson 9. Tanner Poss and Nathan Atkins each with 6. Colter Norris 4. Trey Jones 3. Noah Martin and Dallas Cook each with 2 points and Alan Munoz with 1.

DeKalb County will host Upperman Friday night, February 2 starting with the girls game at 6 p.m. followed by the boys game. WJLE will have LIVE coverage.




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