Heat forces Trojans into gym
With the heat index staying above 105 degrees on Tuesday, the Dyersburg Middle School Trojans spent their second day of workouts in the much cooler confines of the DMS gymnasium. Above, Dyersburg Middle School head coach Trey Vernon goes over stance technique with his linemen.
The pads pop as preseason preparation continues
With the kickoff of the 2015 football jamborees just a fortnight from Friday, both local high schools are participating in full-pad workouts for the first time in the preseason, beginning with practices on Monday. Dyer County opened its full-pad practice on Monday evening. The Choctaws will complete their week at home this Friday when they host Liberty in scrimmage action...
Dyersburg's Banita Simmons heads to AAU Nationals in three events
A decorated summer with the Memphis Thoroughbreds AAU team for Dyersburg track standout Banita Simmons will continue next weekend as the rising senior will compete in three events at the AAU Junior Olympic Games at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Va...
Tomorrow the sound of pads popping will fill the Tennessee air
One thing the end of July means is that on the week that includes the first day of August, players, coaches, fans and media will finally get to hear a sound we have been waiting to hear since around November. Beginning tomorrow, around the state and here at Dyersburg and Dyer County High School, the sounds of the pads popping will fill the air as our two high school teams accelerate toward the jamborees and, more importantly, the start of the 2015 high school football season...
Dyersburg Municipal to host benefit for Cali Cupples DeSpain
The Dyersburg Municipal Golf Course will host a four-man scramble to benefit Cali Cupples DeSpain on Saturday, Aug. 8. Proceeds from the scramble will help alleviate medical expenses for DeSpain in her battle with Hodgkins Lymphoma. At the event, lunch will be provided at noon and tee time for the scramble is at 1 p.m...
TSSAA Legislative Council President Dan Black explains his vote on public/private split
Last Thursday in Murfreesboro, the legislative council of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association narrowly rejected a proposal completing a split of public and private schools in the state's high school athletic group by a vote of 5-4. One of the five dissenting votes was cast by Legislative Council President Dan Black, who represents the Eighth Athletic District. ...
Middle school Choctaws air it out during 7-on-7 action at Three Oaks
Northview and Three Oaks middle schools got some snaps in during 7-on-7 action on Tuesday afternoon at Three Oaks, along with Halls and Munford. Above, Three Oaks defender Elijah Crews goes up to tip a pass during action against Munford.
Tribe closes week with 7-on-7 at Halls
The Dyer County Choctaws closed their last week before donning their shoulder pads on Monday evening when the Tribe traveled to Halls for 7-on-7 action with the Tigers. "We performed well," Dyer County head coach Barry Kendall said. "We did a lot of one-one drills."...
Proposed split's defeat will not be end of public vs. private debate
You can always tell the subjects that someone is passionate about by the amount of time they spend either talking about the matter or, in the case of people like myself, writing about it. Then there are subjects that people, once they get them in their craw, it will seem close to impossible to get them to stop talking about it...
TSSAA rejects proposal to shift all private schools to Division II
A proposal to completely split the state's private schools from their public schools throughout the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association's sports failed on Thursday, as it was defeated 5-4 by the TSSAA Legislative Council. The proposal would have shifted the remaining non-public schools in Division I to Division II beginning with the 2017-18 school year...
Trojans close out 7-on-7 and lineman competition
With jamboree action now just under a month away, the Trojans got their first tastes of competition against other teams as Dyersburg hosted its annual 7-on-7 and lineman competition on Tuesday and Wednesday. "It's just exciting to see football get going," Dyersburg head coach Bart Stowe said. "It's fun to see all these players and coaches out here working. And, everybody's working to get better."...
Trojan football hosts 7-on-7 and Lineman Challenge
Teams from all over West Tennessee converged on J.C. Sawyers Stadium on Tuesday for the start of the Dyersburg Trojan Football 7-on-7 and Lineman Challenge event. The event continues today beginning at 9 a.m. Above, Deashun Fields eyes the ball before making a catch against Waverly.
Dyersburg All-Stars rally late to defeat Ashland City in state title game
The Dyersburg American League All-Stars, playing in their third game on Monday, found themselves trailing by four with six outs left to go in the 2015 Dixie Boys State Tournament at the Ed Wright Baseball Complex. But, four runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh put the hosting team over the top, giving them a 9-7 win over Ashland City...
Dixie Juniors win two on tourney's opening day
The Dyersburg All-Stars started their journey through the Tennessee Junior Boys State Tournament at the Ed Wright Baseball Complex in Dyersburg with a pair of wins, but in different fashions. After rallying to take an 8-7 win in the tournament's first game on Friday morning, the Dyersburg team returned in the afternoon contest to dominate Greenbrier 11-2 to advance to Saturday's semifinal game...
Team names should be about unity, not controversy
I have been thinking a lot this week about the significance of mascot names when it comes to team sports. A couple of years back, the Dyer County School System opted to change the names of their school mascots across the board to the Choctaws...
Ashland City dominates Nationals
The Dyersburg Dixie Boys National League All-Stars suffered a tough 12-0 loss to Ashland City on the opening afternoon of the tournament. Above, Conner DeSpain sends a pitch plateward during the loss.
New DHS softball coach Shearon meets players
The Dyersburg Lady Trojan softball players, just three weeks removed from former head coach Steve Wilder's resignation, were introduced to new head coach Matthew Shearon during a meeting on Tuesday afternoon in the Dyersburg High School Commons. Shearon, who was named the new Lady Trojan skipper last week, told the girls that he was leaving a talented group behind at Covington, but felt humbled when the call came from DHS to offer him the head coaching job for the Lady Trojans...
Dyersburg's Caldwell named to TSWA AA All-State Team
An offseason of honors continued for one Dyersburg Lady Trojan as rising senior softball player Madison Caldwell was named to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association All-State Team for Class AA. "It is very well-deserved," former Lady Trojan head coach Steve Wilder said...
Local teams gear up after dead period
The July 4th holiday is seen by many as the mid-point of the summer. But, for high school football teams in Tennessee, the week in which our nation's birthday falls signals that it is almost time for the preseason preparation to step up as that week marks the end of the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association's two-week dead period...
Dyersburg set to host two Dixie Boys state tournaments this weekend
The Ed Wright Baseball Complex will be busy this weekend as Dyersburg will host a pair of state tournaments beginning on Friday, July 10. The 2015 Tennessee Dixie Boys State Tournament will kick off the busy weekend as the brackets for that tournament of 13- and 14-year-old players will begin at 8 a.m. with action on two fields...
July means one half of the year down, one half to go
One of the most significant times of the year in sports, especially at the prep level is July. Think about it, not only do you have several district and state tournaments going on in all-star competition here locally and around the state, but you also have the TSSAA dead period coming to an end. ...
Matthew Shearon named DHS softball coach
Just a little over two weeks removed from the former head coach's resignation, Dyersburg High School's softball program has a new leader as the school has hired Covington's Matthew Shearon to replace Steve Wilder who stepped down earlier this month...