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Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
Balanced attack propels Lady Choctaws to 10-0 (12/17/14)
MILAN -- The Dyer County Lady Choctaws continued their unbeaten ways on Tuesday night, getting a balanced effort to take a 74-44 win over the Lady Bulldogs at Milan High School in non-district action. The win moves the Dyer County girls to 10-0 on the year (1-0 in District 13-AAA)...
2014 DHS Football Banquet award winners (12/17/14)
Senior members of the 2014 DHS Trojan football team earning awards at the annual banquet held on Tuesday night were, (l-r) Jonathan 'JT' Thomas - District 13-AA 1st team, Offensive Player of the Year; Malik Johnson - District 13-AA 1st team, Bill Yates - J.C. Sawyers Award, District 13-AA 1st team, La'Darious Rogan - District 13-AA 1st team, Terran Dysart - District 13-AA 1st team, Captian's Award, Omar Leon - District 13-AA 1st team, Chase Boehms - District 13-AA 1st team, Captain's Award, Andrew Collier - Kicker of the Year, District 13-AA 1st team; not pictured - Shahid Nelson - District 13-AA 1st team, Ben Tucker - 'Hit Somebody' Award.
Dyersburg goes into break with sweep (12/16/14)
The Dyersburg Middle School Lady Trojans gained some momentum going into the break, as well as some retribution, as they defeated the Humboldt Lady Vikings 29-24 on Monday night at Dyersburg Middle School. "We played this team at Humboldt about three weeks ago and they beat us by 21 points," Dyersburg head coach Eric Ellerbrook said. "For us to come back and play the way we did, this was a big game for us to win by five points."...
Choctaw baseball helps out Kiwanis Goodfellows project (12/16/14)
With the holiday season approaching, the members of the Dyer County Choctaw baseball team reached out to the community, building boxes for the Dyersburg Kiwanis Goodfellows project on Monday afternoon at the Dyer County Fairgrounds. The Dr. William F. ...
Dyer County bests Munford in 2OT thriller (12/13/14)
NEWBERN - The expectations were high for the showdown between the Lady Choctaws and Munford on Friday night at Dyer County High School, giving the showdown between District 13-AAA rivals a "game of the week" feel before tipoff. But, by the time the final horn sounded nearly two hours later, the orange-and-white girls and their visitors had given the crowd a viable candidate for game of the year as the Lady Choctaws took a 53-50 win after four quarters and two overtimes of back-and-forth action, moving Dyer County to 9-0 on the year (1-0 in district play).. ...
Choctaws top Munford to open District 13-AAA slate (12/13/14)
NEWBERN -- In a rematch of last season's 13-AAA title game, the Choctaws dominated early and never trailed, defeating the Cougars 54-40 on Friday night at Dyer County High School in the district opener. "The key to beating Munford is you've got to be patient," Choctaw head coach Derek McCord said. "Shot selection is real important. Thought we were real patient in the first half and moved the ball well...
Lessons learned from a thriller (12/13/14)
With one full week now under my belt here at the Gazette, I have to say that if they are all like this I will not be eager to (in the words of Eagle drummer Don Henley) "throw off my contentment and beg for something more." Since taking the reigns of the sports section here on Dec. 5, I have seen all but one team play here in the county and the excitement I entered this position with has only increased...
Three Oaks avenges loss to Lake County (12/12/14)
The Lady Choctaws got some payback on Thursday night, dominating the Lake County Lady Falcons for a 51-34 win at Three Oaks Middle School while the Choctaws defeated the Falcons 25-19 in boys' action. Three Oaks returns to action Monday night when the teams travel to Northview for a battle of Choctaw squads beginning at 6 p.m...
Dyersburg loses one of the best to Rebels (12/11/14)
Riding down the road on Wednesday morning, the phone rang and when the name Paul Decker appeared on the screen, I already knew what the call was concerning. A couple of weeks ago, while speaking with Decker about the head coach opening at Obion County Central, it didn't take long to understand the man was interested in the position...
Dyer County holds annual football banquet (12/10/14)
Members of the football team receiving individual defensive awards were (from left) Logan Lee (Back Award), James Dean Mallard (Offensive Line Award) and Travis Parker (Wide Receiver, Record Setter and Most Valuable Player awards).
Trojans 2015 schedule released (12/10/14)
With the ending of the 2014 season only a few weeks ago, coach Bart Stowe and the Dyersburg Trojan football team have already begun their preparations for the 2015 season. "We always play a challenging schedule at Dyersburg," Trojan head coach Bart Stowe said. "I am excited about playing in this region."...
Fourth quarters the difference in Northview sweep (12/09/14)
NEWBERN - Last-second shots to end one quarter can lead into a change in momentum the following frame, and both Northview squads proved that on Monday night as shots at the end of each third quarter propelled the orange and white squads to victories over Union City...
Lady Trojans fly past Chester County, 55-36 (12/06/14)
HENDERSON --Though it was not the best-looking win of the Dyersburg girls campaign, the Lady Trojans overcame sloppy play and foul trouble to take a 55-36 decision over the Chester County Eaglettes on Friday night. "I thought we played a little sloppy," Dyersburg head coach Randy Coffman said. "We have got to play better on the road than we did tonight."...
Second-quarter dominance leads to Trojan victory
 (12/06/14)
HENDERSON -- The Trojans proved that one quarter can make a difference on Friday night, as a 22-point second stanza propelled the DHS boys to a 60-39 road victory over the Chester County Eagles. "I liked our intensity early on," Dyersburg head coach Blaine Mahaffey said. "The kids have been playing hard. Its good to see them end the week this way."...
Lady Choctaws too much for Rector, 78-39 (12/06/14)
RECTOR, Ark. -- The Dyer County Lady Choctaws continued their winning ways on Friday afternoon, traveling across the state line into Arkansas and returning from Rector with a 78-39 victory over the hosting Lady Cougars. "It's a good event they do there," Dyer County head coach Derek McCord said. "My father went to Rector, that's why I do this event. I had a lot of family there."...
And ... finally, I'm back home (12/06/14)
To quote Charles Xavier from this past summer's "X-Men: Days of Future Past," please bare with me, these are muscles I have not stretched in a long time. It has been nearly a decade and a half since I have had my name on a byline here at the State Gazette, but I have to say that it feels really good to be home...
Senior players from DHS, DCHS selected to compete in 2014 SportsPlus West Tennessee All-Star game (12/05/14)
Though their final high school seasons ended weeks ago, a total of five players from Dyersburg High School and Dyer County High School have been selected to compete in the third annual SportsPlus West Tennessee All-Star game. The contest will be held at Liberty Tech High School in Jackson on Dec.12, with kickoff scheduled for 6 p.m...
Dyersburg's Clifft earns All-State honor for second straight year (12/04/14)
Dyersburg High School junior Rachel Clifft was recently named to the Tennessee High School Coaches Association A-AA All-State team. The selection of the talented Lady Trojan mid-fielder is the second straight season Clifft has earned the prestigious honor...
Lady Choctaws remain undefeated; Choctaws suffer second loss (12/03/14)
After solid outings over the Thanksgiving holiday playing in the Martin Shootout, the Dyer County squads returned to the friendly confines of DCHS on Tuesday night looking to continue to build on the momentum gained over the weekend. The Lady Choctaws, off to a speedy 6-0 start prior to tipoff against visiting Westview, remained undefeated by overcoming a somewhat slow start to cruise past the Lady Chargers, 56-40...
DHS students hear consequences of one bad decision (11/29/14)
As a young man Blake McMeans had it all, including a bright future as a tennis player. During his high school career, McMeans worked his way, through hard work and dedication, to becoming one of the Top 10 tennis players in the entire country. As a highly touted tennis player at Webb School of Knoxville, universities from all across the nation heavily recruited McMeans for his ability on the court. ...
2014 Choctaw All-District Selections (11/25/14)
Members of the 2014 DCHS Choctaw football team earning 1st Team All-District honors were, (l-r) Jacob Stewart, Travis Parker, Josh Turner, Dylan Parker, James Dean Mallard.
Dyersburg earns sweep over Memphis Metro (11/25/14)
The Trojan and Lady Trojan basketball squads took on the Memphis Metro Mustangs on Monday for the second time this season. Going into the game with confidence, both teams knew what they needed to do to get the job done. The Lady Trojans took the court first and took charge, finishing the first quarter on top 20-8. ...
Hoops season arrives just in time for basketball fans (11/22/14)
When the local football season comes to a close, attention quickly turns to hoops and questions wondering how the respective squads at both DCHS and DHS will fare. Both schools have successful teams and all four enter the season with high expectations. While most are very supportive of each program, every year it seems one or two squads rise to the top and surge ahead with realistic goals of making serious postseason runs...
Dyer County's Halterman signs to continue career at Christian Brothers (11/19/14)
During his three years with the Dyer County baseball program, Christian Halterman spent respective springs earning his keep at the plate as well as playing multiple positions in the field for the Choctaws. As a student, with a 4.0 GPA as well as scoring a 31 on the ACT, Halterman had plenty of opportunities for scholarships academically while also garnering interests from college programs for his baseball heroics...
DHS inducts former players into Hall of Fame (11/18/14)
On Monday night at DHS, as the Lady Trojan and Trojan squads were set to face off against visiting Brighton, it also was a night where former standouts Sherelle Warren and Don Mann were to be inducted into the DHS Hall of Fame. While both games were played, with the Lady Trojans drubbing the Lady Cardinals 66-22 before the Trojans squandered a 10-point lead at the half before falling to Brighton 59-46, the night was a special one for all involved...