By CONNIE ESH
After several years of planning and construction, Hartmann Drive will become a complete bypass around the central portion of Lebanon as it opens officially on Thursday.
Drivers will be able to turn on to Hartmann Drive from Highway 231 just north of Hunter’s Point Golf Course and make a half circle back to Highway 231 at the south edge of Lebanon.
Semi trucks will no longer have to navigate the Public Square, at risk to their vehicles and other drivers visiting the downtown area.
15th ANNUAL EVENT SET MAY 23-25
By JENNIFER HORTON
It’s May, and you know what that means.It’s not only time for high school and college graduation ceremonies, it’s also time for the 15th Annual Slammin’ & Jammin’ car and truck show set for Friday through Sunday, May 23-25 at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon.
Depending on who you ask, there are positives and negatives associated with the annual event.For the past three or four years, Slammin’ & Jammin’ has been held the same night as graduation for Lebanon High School, a negative, some have said.
By TOMMY BRYAN
LEBANON -- Senior Nick Jiles ripped a three-run homer in the top of the eighth Wednesday to lift Cumberland University to a 10-9 victory over Union College in the first game of the NAIA South Central Super Region at Stockton Field.
CU (46-19) takes a 1-0 lead in the best of three series with the winner advancing to the 52nd annual AVISTA-NAIA World Series next week in Lewiston, Idaho.
Game 2 of the series is set for 2 p.m. Thursday. Live radio coverage is planned at www.cumberland.edu and on WCOR AM-1490.
LEBANON -- Bryant Alsup’s third-inning solo homer helped lead Friendship Christian to a 2-1 win over Monterey High Tuesday in the Region 4A championship game.
The Commanders (25-6) will be at home Friday at 4 p.m. for the TSSAA sectional -- one win away from a return trip to the Bluecross Spring Fling in Murfreesboro and a chance to defend their 2007 Class A state championship.
FCS will play the loser of Lookout Valley and Chattanooga Arts & Science.
The Commanders tacked on another run in the bottom of the fifth as Drew Robinson lifted a sacrifice fly to score Dylan Boyd from third.
Dennis Jordan (5-2) picked up the win for FCS, but exited with the bases loaded in the sixth. Jesse Coe slammed the door with two innings of perfect relief to notch the save.
SOFTBALL WINS 5-0 -- Friendship’s softball team improved to 29-7 on the season with a 5-0 win at Monterey Tuesday in the Region 4A championship game.
Hailey Rutledge threw a complete game two-hitter, striking out 12. Rutledge was working on a perfect game through six innings before the Lady Wildcats managed to reach her.
The first of the Lady Commanders’ five runs came in the top half of the opening inning.
A base hit by Rutledge (2-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI) to right field plated Sarah Huddleston (1-for-3, 2 runs) giving Friendship its first run of the contest.
A sacrifice fly by shortstop Lindsey Farmer (2-for-3, 1 RBI) brought home Rutledge, and after one inning the Lady Commanders led 2-0.
Friendship was able to add one more run in both the third and fourth innings, expanding upon their early lead for a 4-0 advantage.
FCS will host the loser out of the Chattanooga region Friday at 5 p.m.
Lebanon High will be sending 13 athletes to participate in the track and field competition at the Bluecross Spring Fling next week in Murfreesboro.
At Tuesday’s Sectionas finals Lebanon girls finished runner-up to host Red Bank.
GIRLS TEAM SCORES (18 teams scored) Red Bank 103.5; Lebanon 99.5; Tullahoma 94; Ooltewah 59; Coffee County 46 and Cleveland 45.
As expected, junior Icelyn Elie dominated -- qualifying in four events -- NOT counting the Pentathalon.
Elie took first place honors in the high hurdles (15.39), the high jump (5’), the long jump (17’4") and the triple jump (36’2").
Jasmin Brooks finished second in the 100m with a time of 12.97. Brooks also finished second in the 200m with a time of 26.81.
The 4 X 200m relay team of Brooks, Aquarius Huddleston, Bryanna Payton and Deliesha Palmer finished third (1:47.82) to punch their ticket to Spring Fling. Their a X 100m effort fell short with a seventh place finish.
Senior Emile Dewaal will return to the state meet in the pole vault with a second place height of 8’.
Ninth grader Marissa Jennings qualifed in the high jump -- second place (4’10").
Lauren Jordan just missed out with a fifth place finish in the pole vault; Amanda Montgomery placed sixth in the 800m and the 4 X 400 relay team of Whitney Sloan, Jennings, Montgomery and Morgan Dodson placed seventh and did not qualify.
THE LHS BOYS TEAM finished fifth Tuesday in Chattanooga -- trailing fourth place Red Bank by one point 56-55.
Senior Drew Fairchild qualified with a third place finish in the 100m at 11.19. DeMarcuc McClain ran an 11.84 in the 100m and did not qualify. Fairchild missed out on the 200m with a seventh place finish.
Senior Michael Hollingsworth earned a berth with a second place finish in the high hurdles (15.10). Matthew Maynard placed sixth and did not qualify.
The LHS sprint relay team (4 X 100 & 4 X 200) consisting of William Benford, Fairchild, Caldron Williams and Adrian Woods, earned Spring Fling berths with a second place finish in the 4 X 100 (43.00) and third in the the 4 X 200 (1:30.90).
Robert Crauthers qualified for the Shot Put with a second place heave of 48’7 ¾".
Senior D.D. Lattimore missed out with a fifth place finish in the shot.
Jumper Xavier Smith was injured during warm-ups and did not compete in the long jump or high jump.
HENDERSONVILLE -- A screwball from Mt. Juliet’s Shelby Morris sailed inside and clipped Beech sophomore Rena Cothron with the bases loaded Tuesday giving the Lady Bucs a 3-2 win in the Region 5AAA softball finals at Veterans Park.
Beech (39-7) earned home-field advantage for Friday’s sectionals with its third win in seven days over Mt. Juliet (30-11).
The Lady Bears won both regular-season games over Beech, only to lose twice to the Lady Bucs in last week’s District 9AAA tournament.
Beech hosts the loser of today’s Brentwood-Ravenwood game. Mt. Juliet travels to face the winner.
Beech jumped on Morris for two runs in the first. Stacia Lee dove around the tag of Mt. Juliet catcher Hannah Irwin, scoring from second on Cothron’s double for the first run. Cothron later scored on Brooke Overbey’s groundout.
Mt. Juliet got to Beech starter Lauren Baker for two runs in the fifth. Consecutive RBI singles with two outs from Shelby Barrett and Caroline Mason tied the score 2-2.
BASEBALL -- Wes Robinson struck out six and threw a two-hitter to lead Beech to a 5-2 win at Mt. Juliet in the Region 5AAA championship Tuesday.
Beech’s John Wagnon added a two-run double in the sixth.
Mt. Juliet dropped to 30-7 with the loss and will be on the road for Friday’s sectional game at Franklin High School. Franklin (26-7) defeated Ravenwood 6-2 Tuesday.
Jake Harper (3-2) took the loss for the Golden Bears and Richie Hawkins ripped a two-run double for Mt. Juliet's only runs.
Two more wins, that’s all it will take to propel one of the NAIA South Central Super Region finalists into the 52nd annual AVISTA-NAIA World Series next week in Lewiston, Idaho.
Lebanon’s own Cumberland University (45-19) and Union College from Barbourville, KY (45-15) open their best-of-three series today at 2 p.m. at CU’s Ernest L. Stockton Field.
Both teams have overcome long odds to reach this point.
Cumberland, saddled with two seemingly devastating injuries in the preseason, has now won 11 straight games -- including sweeps of both the TranSouth Conference and Region XI tournaments.