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Friday, Apr. 18, 2014
DCHS cheerleaders to host Bunny Hop Color Run April 26 (04/17/14)
The Dyer County High School co-ed basketball cheerleading team will host a Bunny Hop Color Run on Saturday, April 26 at the high school, located at 1000 W. Main St., in Newbern. Participants have the choice of participating in a 5K run or a two-mile walk...
Hubbs stunned by coach's decision to leave Vols for California (04/16/14)
On Tuesday morning as he headed to a scheduled team meeting involving the Tennessee men's basketball squad, former Dyer County standout and current UT freshman Robert Hubbs III thought the day would be like any other. Once the meeting began, Hubbs knew quickly that the get-together was one far different than any other he had attended before...
Lady Trojans' Wilder set to continue softball career at Dyersburg State (04/16/14)
On Tuesday morning in front of family and friends, DHS senior Kinsey Wilder made the decision to stay close to home when picking where she would continue her education as well as softball career after her high school graduation. Wilder chose to play on a field very close in proximity to where she has enjoyed a stellar high school career when she signed a national letter of intent to attend Dyersburg State Community College...
Choctaws earn honor of being week's most impressive team (04/14/14)
While traveling to different sites on the lookout for impressive teams making the most of the better weather conditions, the thought of taking up this space with the most impressive team playing this week seemed like a cool thing to do. There were several nominees to consider in a variety of sports, but at the end of the week the winner by a landslide was without question the baseball team at DCHS...
Lee wins College Basketball Bracket Challenge (04/14/14)
Lee wins College Basketball Bracket Challenge At the conclusion of the State Gazette's College Basketball Bracket Challenge, Dyersburg resident James T. Lee outlasted the competition to win $200. As the winner, Lee stated that he planned to donate a portion of his winnings to cancer research. Presenting the check to Lee is Mike Smith, State Gazette sports editor...
Dyer County's Spain to continue hoops career at Three Rivers (04/14/14)
During his two years as part of the DCHS basketball team, Jemeereo Spain played a pivotal role in the success of the fast and furious Choctaw program. Spain's efforts on the hardwood didn't go unnoticed. During a holiday tournament held in Martin, Three Rivers College assistant coach Brian Bess saw plenty of positive attributes to Spain's game, so much so that the DCHS senior was offered a scholarship to continue his career at the collegiate level...
Choctaws start busy week with 4 straight wins (04/12/14)
The Dyer County baseball team began a busy week on Monday and Tuesday with a pair of impressive wins over Brighton, 11-0 and 12-2. On Wednesday the potent Choctaw lineup dismantled Gibson County 12-2 before rolling past Cape Central, Mo. on Thursday 11-1...
Trojans hold off late JCS rally, 10-8 (04/12/14)
After splitting district games with South Gibson, falling 5-1 on Tuesday before bouncing back with a 7-3 win on Wednesday, Dyersburg looked to win two straight when hosting JCS on Thursday at DHS. Though the visitors rallied from an 6-run deficit with four runs in the top of the sixth inning to make it 8-6, Dyersburg senior Will Bradshaw connected on a fastball that resulted in a towering, 2-run home run over the wall in left center. ...
Dyersburg's Riddick set to continue career at Bethel (04/12/14)
Over the past three seasons leading up to his senior campaign, Dyersburg's Lucas Riddick has played a pivotal role for the Trojan baseball team. Riddick's talents as a pitcher, outfielder as well as at the plate during his high school career have led to the right-hander committing to join Bethel University following graduation in May...
Late penalty kick lifts Cavaliers past Trojans, 2-1 (04/10/14)
In a District 13AA soccer showdown originally scheduled to be played at Crockett County, the site of the contest changed late Tuesday afternoon due to weather conditions and was moved to the turf field at DHS. As has been the case over the past several seasons, the intense battle between the Trojans and Cavaliers continued on Tuesday. ...
Dyersburg wins six straight games to capture Covington Invitational title (04/08/14)
The DHS softball team spent the weekend improving while competing in the annual Covington Invitational held on Friday and Saturday. The Lady Trojans also continued to build momentum. Dyersburg won twice on Friday before returning on Saturday to win four games, one by forfeit, ultimately capturing the tournament title with a 4-1 win over Munford in the championship game...
The passing of a dear friend is not the end, but simply the beginning (04/06/14)
Do not stand at my grave and weep, 
 I am not there, I do not sleep.
 I am a thousand winds that blow,
 I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain, 
I am the gentle autumn rain.

 When you awaken in the morning's hush,
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Trojans extend winning streak to 8 games (04/06/14)
Dyersburg head coach Chris Messer felt prior to the start of the week, with six games on the schedule, that he would find out a lot about his baseball team by the end of the week. Once the final out was recorded on Saturday and the Trojans had secured an 8-2 win over Mayfield, Ky. in the final game of the Aaron Schuh Classic to extend the current winning streak to eight games, Messer was proud of what he saw from his squad...
Robles medals at powerlifting competition (04/06/14)
DCHS sophomore Hayden Robles, son of Scott and Brandy Langston of Dyersburg and Frank Robles of Ripley, recently competed in the NASA High School Nationals Powerlifting on March 30 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Robles ended the event with medals in three events as he competed in the 220-lb. weight class of Freshman/Sophomore division...
Choctaws overcome sluggish start, use 3-run inning to seal home opener (04/04/14)
One day after the scheduled home opener of the season was canceled in the top of the second inning due to inclement weather, Dyer County returned to action on Thursday in Newbern when hosting Napersville, Ill. Though things started off a bit shaky in the first inning for left-hander Trysten Barlow and his Choctaw teammates as the visitors took a quick 2-0 lead, the remainder of the contest leaned heavily in favor of Dyer County...
Dyersburg, Brighton battle to 2-2 deadlock (04/04/14)
For the first time in four years, the Dyersburg High School boys soccer program plays without the distinction of defending region champion. After three consecutive years as region champion, last year's squad fell in the final seconds of the region semifinal...
DC's Evans tosses 1-hitter in win over McKenzie (04/01/14)
When Dyer County senior Ali Evans throws like she did on Monday against visiting McKenzie, a little run support is all that's needed for the Lady Choctaws to end the contest with a victory. Against the Lady Rebels, Evans got more than enough. Dyer County broke open a scoreless game with five runs in the fifth before adding two more in the sixth to secure a 6-0 shutout...
Choctaws end NHSI tourney with 2-2 mark (03/31/14)
After starting the 2014 National High School Invitational by splitting the first two games, a 16-1 win over Aliso Niguel (California) before falling 2-0 to eventual champion The First Academy (Florida), Dyer County ended the event in identical fashion...
Clearing up a few wondering thoughts (03/31/14)
While the majority of the sports world is currently caught up in all the hoopla surrounding March Madness and which team will ultimately win the national championship, the time has come to get caught up on a few things going on locally. After taking a few days off a couple of weeks ago, last week's column was absent as yours truly was spending time with a paint brush in hand providing a facelift to the Smith residence. ...
Alumni games set for Saturday at DCHS (03/28/14)
The rosters are set, the cheerleaders are ready and the families to benefit have been selected. Though the high school basketball season is over, the time has arrived for the third annual alumni basketball games to be played. The contests, featuring former players at Dyer County High School and Dyersburg High School, are set to tip off on Saturday night with the ladies game at 6, followed by the men's game at 7...
Choctaws split first two games at High School Invitational (03/28/14)
Prior to the leaving for North Carolina and the 2014 National High School Invitational, Dyer County head coach Preston Ozment said his squad wasn't just going to compete in the event, he expected his team to be in the mix in win the entire tournament...
Bell raises over $1,000 for St.Jude (03/28/14)
Bell raises over $1,000 for St.Jude First State recently sponsored $100 for Gavin Bell in the St. Jude Hunt for a Cure Turkey Hunt on March 21-22. Gavin raised over $1000 in donations for St. Jude. Overall, the hunt raised $105,872 for St. Jude. Thanks to everyone who donated and participated in this event. Pictured (L to R): Roger Bell, father of Gavin and First State Mortgage, mortgage originator; Gavin Bell, and Duke Turnage, guide for the hunt...
Choctaws hold No.1 spot in first TBCA poll (03/27/14)
Over the course of the initial two weeks of the high school baseball season, Dyer County compiled an overall mark of 9-2. The wins included a victory over then-nationally ranked Collierville to start the season, while the two losses came in a 15-12 slugfest against Arlington as well as a 9-4 defeat to always-tough Christian Brothers...
Dyersburg tennis teams earn sweep over Obion County (03/27/14)
The Dyersburg High School tennis teams traveled to Obion County on Monday with both teams continuing their winning ways. The girls team had another dominate performance with all girls winning their matches and no girl lost more than 3 games in a set. ...
March madness (03/27/14)
Don't worry, I'm not doing an in-depth analysis of why your NCAA bracket is in shambles. If you want to know how to pick a perfect bracket, read the rest of the sports section, or follow my lead, and don't start filling it out until after the first few rounds are over! My "March Madness" is due to the fact that I am again writing a springtime column while the mercury in the old thermometer is plummeting. ...