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...
Five years is long enough, let them play
There's really no gentle way into this, so I am just going to get straight to the point. One of the main questions I have been asked since returning to both the area I grew up in and the newspaper where I paid some of my dues is "who would win?" My opinion on this was asked by both sides -- mainly during basketball season -- as our teams were racking up victories during the regular season. ...
Former Choctaw Hudson sees Italy while training, studying in BAT program
While college athletes spend their summer working out in preparation for the upcoming season and some of their non-athlete classmates travel abroad during their time away from school, former Dyer County High School standout John Hudson got to experience both over the last month thanks to a program offered by Harding University...
Team REED boxing brings home two gold, one silver from Junior Olympic Nationals
Team REED's boxers had a successful week at the Junior National Olympic Boxing Tournament last week, as two local fighters brought home gold medals and No. 1 rankings while a third brought home a silver from the event in Charleston, West Virginia. "This is one of the biggest tournaments we have ever been to," Team REED coach Amber Reed said. "We definitely showed up, that's for sure."...
Wilder leaves a well-stocked cupboard behind
When you're in a job situation like I am here at the State Gazette -- that being, following someone who was not only successful at what they did, but is also still around to learn directly from them as you grow into the job -- you take advantage of that...
Wilder steps down at DHS to take over program at Coffee County Central
After five years as head coach of the Lady Trojan softball team at Dyersburg High School, Steve Wilder has informed school officials of his decision to step down in order to fill the head coaching vacancy at Coffee County Central High School located in Manchester...
Ayers brings experience from multiple levels
Throughout a decade on the benches at every level from middle school through the Southeastern Conference, new Lady Trojan assistant coach Ashley Ayers has kept the philosophy that both her and husband head coach Joel Ayers will be using during their time at Dyersburg High School...
Trojans, Choctaws add to gridiron coaching staffs
There will be some new faces on the sidelines this fall on both Dyer County and Dyersburg's football staffs, as both have added two new assistant coaches for the 2015 season. With the departure of Paul Decker and Lance Estes, the Trojans have hired Zane Mathis and Carey Craig to fill those positions...
Something to think about on a long drive
Beginning where I left off last week, let me again say that it can be very hard to change my mind about something. It may have been a month or so ago that the subject of local leagues vs. traveling teams was covered here in this column. While I am not going to come out and say that I have been completely converted on this subject, traveling baseball and softball teams are -- to borrow a line from the X-Men movie franchise -- the next step in the evolution of how our young people learn to play the game and improve as well.. ...
12U and 17U softball season continues
The older divisions of the Dyersburg Recreation Center Youth Softball League took center stage on Thursday even as teams battled it out on two fields. Above, Gibbons Auto Sales catcher Chloye Stephens (left) talks to pitcher Katie Braden (right) between pitches during 12-and-under action; inset, McCoy Medical pitcher Lauren Brown goes through her windup during 17-and-under action.
Local bowler Larry Bryant makes USBC Hall of Fame
A local bowler recently received an award with national significance for his 32-year career and sportsmanship as Larry Bryant will be inducted into the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame from the Greater Dyersburg area. "It's a great honor," Bryant said. "I've been bowling for more than 30 years. The pro bowlers are in this hall of fame, too."...
DHS Trojans host youth training camp at J.C. Sawyers Stadium
The Dyersburg High School football program hosted a one-day youth training camp for grades 3-8 on Thursday at J.C. Sawyers Stadium. Above, Dyersburg assistant coach Josh Rogers watches as Bryson Jones goes through his form during the kickoff competition; inset, Trojan assistant coach Brandon Estes (right) talks to Colton Hayes (left) about his form during passing competition.
Rec Center softball season continues
The softball girls of the Dyersburg Recreation Center League continued their season this week. Above, Hillshire's Addison Arender eyes throwing a runner out at first, but, instead, turned and ran down a runner going to third during 9U action on Tuesday night; inset, Rick Hill's Avery Coleman makes contact with the ball during softball action this week.