Tournaments abound for local youth teams in July
While the month of June brings all-star tournaments for many of the age groups in Cal Ripken and Dixie Boys age levels in baseball, once the calendar turns to July it becomes time for teams to play for state titles and, for some, regional and world series berths.
Newbern T-Ball All-Stars finish second at state tournament
The Newbern T-Ball All-Stars placed second in the Cal Ripken State Tournament in Huntingdon this past weekend, placing as runner-up in the nine-team field. Members of the team are (front, from left) Graham Travis, Eric Funderburk, Chase Cashion, Cayson Adams, Clark Ross; (middle, from left) Justin Watson, Jake Wenzler, Maddux Moore, Marquise Jones, Jarrett Luke Harrison, Connor Cogdell, Travin Robertson; (back, from left) coach Matt Ross, coach Rodney Travis, coach Stephen Moore, coach Jason Funderburk and coach Bobby Barker. Not pictured: head coach Joey Harrison.
Dyersburg's Jones named to TSWA All-State team
The postseason honors continue to roll in for Lady Trojan senior standout Paige Jones as the left-handed ace was named to the 2016 Tennessee Sports Writers Association Class AA All-State Team. The selection is Jones' second selection to the TSWA team after helping lead the Lady Trojans to the Class AA State Tournament for the second time in three seasons on the strength of a 30-win season.
Dyersburg Basketball Academy hosts camp
The Dyersburg Basketball Academy kicked off its annual camp on Tuesday morning as a group of 20 young players turned out to improve their skills at basketball at Dyersburg High School. The camp still has spots available and runs through Thursday. Above, DHS head coach Blaine Mahaffey goes over the rules to one of the drills with campers (from left) Thomas Sartin, Gray Tosh, J.R. Dykes, Evan Thompson and Eli Valentine; right, assistant coach Nathan Forsythe goes over the fundamentals of free throws with Evan Thompson.
DSCC hosts basketball skills camp
DSCC Lady Eagles held a skills and interest-building basketball camp from 8a.m. until 11 a.m. last week and will continue this week. Students entering grades 2-8 are welcome to attend. It's not too late to attend ($25 registration fee payable upon arrival). Right, Jay Jones, a sophomore from Bolton High School, and Macy Horner, a freshman from Obion County Central High School, alongside coach Charles Taylor led these aspiring ballers in several games and activities.
Local girl to compete in national 9-ball championships
With summer in full swing and many local athletes spending their summers on baseball and softball diamonds, a local 10-year-old pool player will get a chance to play at the national level as Newbern's Lana Keith will play in the Junior National 9-Ball Championships sponsored by the Billiard Education Foundation.
Dyersburg Dixie Darlings win District 1 Championship
The Dyersburg Dixie Darlings All-Star team competed in the 2016 District 1 All-Star Tournament last weekend in Maury City, Tenn. They competed for 5 days going undefeated to win the District 1 championship for the second consecutive year. They will be playing in the State Tournament in Ripley on July 8. Members of the team are (front, from left) Lily Kate Jones, Katelyn Bizzle, Jenna Taylor, McKenzie Duggan, Marlee Dozier, Evie Rogers; (middle, from left) Parker Work, Rylee Key, Emma Wray, Claire Erwin, Izzie Odom, Marissa Adams; (back, from left) coach Chris Odom, coach Josh Key, coach Joe Erwin and coach Scotty Rogers.
The dead period can be anything but dead for some
The final week in June can be one of the biggest weeks of the year for a number of reasons. For a lot of local governments, it can be the end of the fiscal year and will be time to get their ducks in a row for the upcoming year with budget meetings...
Newbern hosts Babe Ruth 8U State Tournament
The Newbern Babe Ruth softball field has been busy this week, hosting the 8U State Tournament with two teams from Newbern competing for a state championship.
Dyersburg High football team hosts annual youth camp
The Dyersburg High School football team is spending the next couple days getting to know some of the younger members of the program's feeder school as the DHS coaching staff and the Trojans are hosting their annual youth football camp which concludes this morning at J.C. Sawyers Stadium.
Jones, Caldwell have strong showings at TNSCA All-Star games
On the strength of their showings at this week's TNSCA All-Star games at Columbia State, Dyersburg's Paige Jones and Madison Caldwell were selected to play in the Kentucky/Tennessee All-Star Game next week in Kentucky.
Long journey brings former player back to face mentor
With many sports fans' attention being placed either on baseball or the upcoming football season, early summer is a time for high school basketball players to get in some offseason repetitions before the dead period next week as well as the preseason which will begin for them later this summer.
Newbern T-Ball All-Stars win district; head to state next week
The Newbern T-Ball All-Stars went undefeated on their way to winning the Southwest District title last week. The team will now advance to the state tournament in Huntingdon next week. Members of the team are (front, from left) Jake Wenzler, Graham Travis, Eric Funderburk, Chase Cashion, Clark Ross, Cayson Adams; (middle row, left to right) Marquies Jones, Connor Cogdell, Jarrett Luke Harrison, Justin Watson, Maddux Moore, Travin Robertson; (back, from left) head coach Joey Harrison, coach Jason Funderburk, coach Stephen Moore, coach Bobby Barker, coach Rodney Travis and coach Matt Ross.
Dyersburg's Bevis tops Stafford in playoff for Sned Tour win at The Farms
For the second straight week, a pair of local golfers found themselves atop the leaderboard at a Sned Tour event in Dyersburg. This time, the regulation holes were not enough to decide the winner as it took a playoff hole before Cole Bevis bested Cayden Stafford -- both of Dyersburg -- by one stroke to win the Boys 10-13 Tour event at The Farms on Monday afternoon.
Team REED enjoys success at Title National Championships
Local boxers had a great showing recently at the Title National Championships in Hot Springs, Ark. Eight boxers brought home titles from the event which saw Team REED members win 13 of their 14 bouts during the tournaments. Members of the team are (front, from left) Braden Reed, Ismael Espada, Roman Shelby, Teagan Reed; (back, from left) coach Terance Reed, Daniel Gates, Jahiem Brown, KeVon Brown, Destiny Shelby and coach Amber Reed.
Local players get new experiences on Chicago trip
With summer leagues and travel baseball in full swing this month, members of the Dyersburg High School baseball team got a unique experience recently as the team made a trip into northern Illinois not only to play the game, but to get to visit some of Chicago's baseball landmarks.
Summer is here, but I could do without the heat
Summer arrives tomorrow on the calendar, but, in reality it showed up while I was on vacation in Metropolis last week. Yes, folks, I went to Metropolis and the Superman Celebration for vacation. Where else would a nerd like me go for a vacation than to the official home of Superman...
Local bowler inducted into USBC Hall of Fame
A local bowler recently received one of the highest honors in the sport as he was inducted into the United States Bowling Council Hall of Fame in St. Louis after spending the last two decades as a bowler in multiple leagues at Dyersburg's J.C. Lanes...
Titans' GM Robinson speaks at annual FCA Classic
With a little over five months under his belt and some major moves already made during his tenure, new Tennessee Titans General Manager John Robinson, a Union City native, was the guest speaker at the annual Fellowship of Christian Athletes Golf Classic held at the Farms on Thursday afternoon.
Whittle sees progress as dead period nears
With the dead period coming up on June 26, the Dyer County Choctaws are getting ready for their final week of workouts before taking the two weeks off that surround the July 4 holiday and first-year head coach David Whittle has seen progress from his players' efforts. "They're working hard," Whittle said. "We're getting in better shape. We weren't in very good shape. So, we've been doing more running than what they're used to doing so it's been a progress."
Stowe, Trojan players attend Michigan satellite camp at Oakland High School
With satellite camps making national sports headlines in recent weeks, Dyersburg High School head coach Bart Stowe and about a dozen of his players spent a long day on the road and in Murfreesboro attending the satellite camp held by University of Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh for both exposure and to improve personal skills.
BU Bowling inks Dyer County's Deanna Frealy
The Bethel University women's bowling program signed Dyer County High School standout Deanna Frealy Monday. Deanna is the daughter of Troy Frealy and Natacha Cathey of Dyersburg, Tennessee and will major in physical therapy. She had an average of 180 in the state individual singles in 2015. ...
Three Lady Trojans named to TNSCA All-State Team
A trio of Dyersburg Lady Trojans were recently honored by the Tennessee Softball Coaches Association with All-State honors being handed out last week. Leading the way, Lady Trojan senior ace Paige Jones was named the TNSCA Miss Softball for Class AA in West Tennessee.
DHS Lady Trojan softball team honored at annual banquet
Dyersburg High School honored members of the Lady Trojan softball team this past Saturday night during its annual softball banquet at Dyersburg High School. Above, members of the Lady Trojans receiving individual honors were (from left) Sarah Putman (Golden Glove), Mackenzie Caldwell (Golden Glove), Paige Jones (Silver Slugger, Golden Glove, Team Captain), Madison Caldwell (Silver Slugger, Golden Glove), Taylor Hopper (Silver Slugger, Golden Glove), Shelby Hopper (Golden Glove) and DHS head coach Matthew Shearon.
Lady Choctaw softball award winners
Dyer County High School recently honored members of its baseball and softball teams with its annual banquet held at DCHS. Members of the softball team receiving individual awards were (from left) Jenna Robbins (Coaches' Award - "Mr. Clean"), Madison Garner (Rookie of the Year), Kaylee Luckett (Co-MVP and Offensive Leader), Hailey Mullins (Co-MVP) and Laura Beth Enochs (Defensive Leader, Coaches' Award - "Rolex" and Coaches' Award - "Sugar Shaker").