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Nothing better than youngsters reaching for the stars

Sunday, October 21, 2012

The past week has sure been full of a lot of ups and very few downs.

While the entire space today could be filled with criticism over the lack of effort witnessed Friday night in Newbern at the DC football game against Trezevant, staying positive is what appears to be the right thing to do.

Kicking a group of kids that are already licking their wounds and feeling pretty low seems ridiculous, so I'll look seven miles south for some positive energy.

During the week of travels to various hot spots covering postseason tournaments, it was sure good to see some local squads continuing to reach for the stars. By far, the athletic programs currently competing on the field of play at DHS are surging ahead without hesitation.

On Tuesday, the Lady Trojan volleyball team secured the region championship at Chester County. In doing so, though there was a sectional contest to be played on Thursday, the squad basically punched their ticket to the state tournament for the fourth straight year.

After making quick work of Fairley on Thursday, the Lady Trojans advanced to the big dance. While the game to get to the dance was a laugher, now the easy ones are over and the real work begins.

Reaching the state tourney is an amazing feat, and doing it four years in a row has got to be a special feeling for seniors Sydney Coffman, Daisy Liljenquist, Jessica Thompson and Claire White.

The state tournament is a different animal though, and after quick exits the past three seasons, hopefully the team will have a better understanding on Wednesday of what it takes to advance.

The same day the volleyball team secured a spot in Murfreesboro, the DHS soccer team advanced to the Region 7 A-AA championship game on Tuesday against rival Westview. I remember seeing the Lady Trojans in a scrimmage before the season began and didn't think there was any way for the team to be in the position they are today.

Loads of credit should be given to first-year coach Lisa Clifft along with soccer guru Greg Stapleton and new assistant Musa Manneh for their efforts to bring the team to where they are today.

With a 5-0 win over Obion County, the squad has secured a berth in the sectionals. The only question still unanswered is whether the team will travel or host for the right to get to the state tourney. Should be a great weather day on Tuesday when the Lady Trojans and Lady Chargers take the field. Get out and support these young ladies because they've earned it.

Last but certainly not least, what about those football Trojans?

On Friday night the squad pummeled Ripley 42-7 in a game that certainly had my attention, though listening by radio while in Newbern. The Black and Gold are rolling and with one game left it appears a 9-1 overall record is in the cards if the Trojans can get past Obion County, and I can't wait to walk the sideline during the regular-season finale.

This time next week, the football playoff brackets will be released. I'm as nervous as a cat in a hen house over that one, but all we can do is hold our breath with anticipation of fairness.

Though not wanting to be critical of the selection process, if things go crazy as they have in the past when it comes to the way the TSSAA places the respective teams, we'll definitely discuss the this and that of everything in this space next week.

Until then, keep winning, boys and girls. You've given us plenty to cheer about and even more to look forward to and for that, on behalf of sports fans everywhere I say thank you!

Whether it's volleyball, soccer or football, there is something for everyone, and kids playing that are striving to be the best.

There's nothing to criticize about that.

See you on the sideline.

Your comments are welcome at msmith@ stategazette.com

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