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FOOTBALL -- CU hires Koester as OC FOOTBALL -- CU hires Koester as OC

former WR coach at EKU --
Cumberland's head football coach Donnie Suber has hired Klay Koester away from Eastern Kentucky University as his new offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach.

Koester replaces Ryan Locke at the position. Locke resigned earlier this summer to take a high school teaching / coaching position in Alabama.

"Klay has worked with Hal Mumme, and he's worked in a Tony Franklin style scheme as well," Suber said Monday afternoon. "He wants to run kind of a simplified, fast-paced offense and having played the position at Eastern, he will be able to work on mechanics with our young guys."

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  • FOOTBALL -- CU hires Koester as OC FOOTBALL -- CU hires Koester as OC

    former WR coach at EKU --
    Cumberland's head football coach Donnie Suber has hired Klay Koester away from Eastern Kentucky University as his new offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach.

    Koester replaces Ryan Locke at the position. Locke resigned earlier this summer to take a high school teaching / coaching position in Alabama.

    "Klay has worked with Hal Mumme, and he's worked in a Tony Franklin style scheme as well," Suber said Monday afternoon. "He wants to run kind of a simplified, fast-paced offense and having played the position at Eastern, he will be able to work on mechanics with our young guys."

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  • HOOPS - Chowbay leaves Belmont HOOPS - Chowbay leaves Belmont

    will enroll at Martin Methodist --
    Former Mt. Juliet High three-sport standout Caleb Chowbay will transfer from Belmont to Martin Methodist, an NAIA program in Pulaski.

    Chowbay, a two-time Academic All-Conference performer and a 6-2 guard during his time at Belmont, will have two years of eligibility for the RedHawks.

    He played in 28 games for Belmont this past season, averaging 2.5 ppg, as the Bruins finished 22-11 overall -- losing to Virginia in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.

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  • CU BASEBALL -- 'Dogs land Jay Feliciano CU BASEBALL -- 'Dogs land Jay Feliciano

    JuCo first team All-America OF --
    It's safe to say the rebuilding effort has started in earnest at Cumberland University.

    Coming off a 20-31 season in 2015, CU's Hall of Fame Coach Woody Hunt is hitting the recruiting trail with a vengeance.

    His first big signee for the 2016 season is Jay Feliciano, a power hitting outfielder from Southeastern Community College in West Burlington, Iowa.

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  • Reeves will run for Trevecca Reeves will run for Trevecca

    after signing in 2014 with TWC --
    It didn't take long for Lebanon's Anthony Reeves to change his higher education plans when he discovered Tennessee Wesleyan College cross country coach Shawn Jakubowski had resigned in late May.

    He had signed scholarship papers with TWC back in December, but the NAIA does not require a National Letter of Intent -- allowing Reeves the freedom to explore his options.

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  • Kittrell strikes gold in Oklahoma Kittrell strikes gold in Oklahoma

    Local aiming for 2016 National Team
    EDMOND, OK -- With his sights set on representing the United States internationally, Mt. Juliet's Andrew Kittrell brought home three goal medals from the 16th annual Endeavor Games hosted June 14-15 at the University of Central Oklahoma.

    An all-comers athletic competition for athletes with disabilities, the Endeavor Games serves as a one of several qualifying events for those hoping to compete at national and international events.

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Kittrell strikes gold in Oklahoma | Andrew Kittrell, Endeavor Games, Amniotic Band Syndrome, MJCA, Mt. Juliet Christian Academy,
Kittrell strikes gold in Oklahoma | Andrew Kittrell, Endeavor Games, Amniotic Band Syndrome, MJCA, Mt. Juliet Christian Academy,
Kittrell
Kittrell strikes gold in Oklahoma

Local aiming for 2016 National Team
EDMOND, OK -- With his sights set on representing the United States internationally, Mt. Juliet's Andrew Kittrell brought home three goal medals from the 16th annual Endeavor Games hosted June 14-15 at the University of Central Oklahoma.

An all-comers athletic competition for athletes with disabilities, the Endeavor Games serves as a one of several qualifying events for those hoping to compete at national and international events.

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SOFTBALL - Reeder moves up at WHS | Sarah Reeder, Watertown softball, Brandy Holcomb,
SOFTBALL - Reeder moves up at WHS | Sarah Reeder, Watertown softball, Brandy Holcomb,
Sarah Reeder
SOFTBALL - Reeder moves up at WHS

Holcomb to concentrate on volleyball
In the wake of Brandy Holcomb's resignation as coach of the Watertown softball program, WHS principal Jeff Luttrell has promoted Sarah Reeder to the head coaching position.

Reeder, a 2008 Watertown graduate, has worked with the program for the past three seasons.

Holcomb, a teacher and coach at Watertown for more than a decade, will still coach volleyball.

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HOOPS - Fox is coming home | Julia Fox, Cumberland basketball, Murray State, Lebanon Devilettes,
HOOPS - Fox is coming home | Julia Fox, Cumberland basketball, Murray State, Lebanon Devilettes,
Julia Fox
HOOPS - Fox is coming home

Former LHS standout headed to CU --
Cumberland University women's basketball coaches Jeremy Lewis announced the signing of Murray State transfer and Lebanon native Julia Fox this week to scholarship papers for the 2015-16 season. Fox has two years of eligibility remaining.

The 5-foot-8 guard spent the last two seasons at Murray State, averaging 7.6 points as a freshman and 4.5 points while shooting 40 percent from 3-pint range this past year.

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WC's Smith commits to MTSU | Claire Smith, Wilson Central softball, MTSU softball,
WC's Smith commits to MTSU | Claire Smith, Wilson Central softball, MTSU softball,
Claire Smith
WC's Smith commits to MTSU

rising junior 2nd baseman
Claire Smith, leadoff hitter and "spark plug" for Wilson Central's Class AAA state championship softball team, has verbally committed to Middle Tennessee State University following an on-campus visit earlier this week.

Having just completed her sophomore year at Wilson Central, Smith hit .449 at the top of the Lady Wildcat lineup with 66 hits.

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SOFTBALL -- LaFevor resigns at LHS | John LaFevor, Lebanon High softball, Smyrna softball, Darian Brown, Lady Devils,
SOFTBALL -- LaFevor resigns at LHS | John LaFevor, Lebanon High softball, Smyrna softball, Darian Brown, Lady Devils,
LaFevor
SOFTBALL -- LaFevor resigns at LHS

accepts position at Smyrna --
Lebanon High teacher / head softball coach John Lafevor has resigned to take an assistant coaching position at Smyrna High in Rutherford County.

Coach of the Lady Devils for the past two seasons, LaFevor compiled a record of 27-30 during his tenure.

LHS loses just two seniors to graduation -- Megan Brown and Brittany Nagelout.

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Local sports in brief | summer camps, Cumberland baseball, volleyball, soccer, Wilson Central wrestling,
Local sports in brief

CU baseball camps
Cumberland University's baseball camps will crank up Monday, June 8 through Thursday, June 11 with two sessions of the popular hitting camp.
The morning session for players ages 6-9 starts at 9 a.m. and runs until 12 Noon. The afternoon session for players 10-12 runs between the hours of 1 - 4 p.m. Cost is $95 per player and includes a t-shirt as well as instruction from Cumberland coaches and players.
The all day fundamental camp for ages 9 through 14 will be held the week of June 15-18 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Cost is $175 per player. Visit gocumberlandathletics.com/campsclinics.

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Central's Brian Howard resigns | Brian Howard, Anthony Ford, Mike Bartlett, Wilson Central baseball, Stewarts Creek baseball,
Central's Brian Howard resigns | Brian Howard, Anthony Ford, Mike Bartlett, Wilson Central baseball, Stewarts Creek baseball,
Howard
Central's Brian Howard resigns

takes job in Rutherford Co.
Longtime Wilson Central teacher and coach Brian Howard couldn't wait any longer.

Howard, an assistant to Wildcat baseball coach Anthony Ford for over a decade and the WCHS golf coach, has resigned to take a higher paying position near his Rutherford County home.

Following a two-year courtship Howard finally gave in and accepted a faculty spot at Stewarts Creek High -- a relatively new Class AAA school in Smyrna.

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CU's Alford honored by NAIA | Tyler Alford, Cumberland baseball, Bulldogs, CoSIDA,
CU's Alford honored by NAIA | Tyler Alford, Cumberland baseball, Bulldogs, CoSIDA,
Alford
CU's Alford honored by NAIA

2nd team Academic All-America
Cumberland University senior catcher Tyler Alford has been voted Second Team Capitol One Academic All-America by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

A graduate of Knoxville Powell High, Alford batted .331 with 11 doubles, two home runs and 24 RBIs during his senior campaign.

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CU FOOTBALL -- Locke leaves for prep job | Ryan Locke, Cumberland football, Donnie Suber, offensive coordinator,
CU FOOTBALL -- Locke leaves for prep job

Suber interviewing for new OC --
Cumberland University football coach Donnie Suber is looking to fill a vacancy on his staff with the recent resignation of offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Ryan Locke. Locke is leaving CU to take a teaching / coaching position at Northridge High -- a 6A school in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

A native of Alexander City, Alabama, Locke spent the past four seasons at Cumberland -- the last two as Suber's offensive coordinator. He is a graduate of Troy University.

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TSCA all-state teams announced | TSCA, Friendship Christian softball, Wilson Central softball, Courtney Miles, Morgan Powell, Tana Whited, Claire Smith,
TSCA all-state teams announced

Local players, coaches recognized
Several Wilson County softball standouts and two coaches were honored earlier this week by the Tennessee Softball Coaches Association. TSCA announced all-state selections in four divisions as well as all-star game rosters and Miss Softball Awards on Wednesday.

Four locals from District 9-AAA were named to the Class AAA all-state team, including Morgan Powell, Hannah Bodenhorn and Claire Smith from state champion Wilson Central and Mt. Juliet High's Savannah Sanders.

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SPRING FLING XXII -- Track & field results | Spring Fling, TSSAA, track and field, Mark Britt
SPRING FLING XXII -- Track & field results | Spring Fling, TSSAA, track and field, Mark Britt
Mark Britt
SPRING FLING XXII -- Track & field results

MURFREESBORO -- Lebanon High senior Mark Britt ran a 9:32.83 to bring home a fifth place finish in the 3200M (two mile) Friday evening in the TSSAA Class AAA track and field championships at Dean A. Hayes Stadium.

The UT-Chattanooga signee had the top finish of all Wilson Countians participating in the 22nd annual Spring Fling running / jumping / thowing events.

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Lady 'Cats hang on for title | Katie Eakes, Morgan Powell, Michael Shepard, Wilson Central softball, TSSAA, Spring Fling,
Lady 'Cats hang on for title | Katie Eakes, Morgan Powell, Michael Shepard, Wilson Central softball, TSSAA, Spring Fling,
Claire Smith
Lady 'Cats hang on for title

Wilson Central 6, Dickson Co. 5
MURFREESBORO -- Wilson Central led 6-0 early and held on for a 6-5 victory over defending state champion Dickson County Friday afternoon to win the TSSAA Class AAA softball title at Starplex.

The Lady Wildcats weathered the Cougar storm to end the season 41-7-1 while Dickson County went home 43-6.

"Dickson County is such a good team," Central coach Michael Shepard said. "We knew we'd have to score some runs. They've been coming from behind all week.

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FCS does it the hard way | Tana Whited, Courtney Petty, Jordan Burton, Friendship Christian softball, Spring Fling, TSSAA, Starplex,
FCS does it the hard way | Tana Whited, Courtney Petty, Jordan Burton, Friendship Christian softball, Spring Fling, TSSAA, Starplex,
Petty HR
FCS does it the hard way

Two walk-off wins in DII-A finals
MURFREESBORO -- Friendship Christian's Lady Commanders endured two gut-wrenching wins in the Division II-A softball finals to wrestle the 2015 state championship away from The King's Academy Friday afternoon at Starplex.

Courtney Petty led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a walk-off solo home run to lift her team to a 3-2 victory over the Lady Lions Friday morning in the first game of the finals and forced the "if necessary" game later that day.

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FCS softball moves to loser's bracket | Friendship Christian softball, Courtney Miles
FCS softball moves to loser's bracket

King's Acd. 10, Friendship 0
MURFREESBORO -- Friendship Christian dropped into the loser's bracket of the Division II-A state softball tournament following Thursday morning's 10-0 loss to The King's Academy in the finals of the winner's bracket.

The Lady Commanders fell to 34-9 on the season and will play a loser-out game Thursday afternoon at Starplex.

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Lady 'Cats chalk up wins | Katie Eakes, Wilson Central softball, Michael Shepard,
Lady 'Cats chalk up wins

WCHS vs. Ooltewah at 5:30
MURFREESBORO -- Peaking at the perfect time of the year, Wilson Central opened the 2015 TSSAA Class AAA state softball tournament with two wins, including a 10-5 victory over hometown Siegel Wednesday at the McKnight Complex.

The Lady Wildcats improved to 39-7-1 and are scheduled to play Ooltewah (40-8) Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the finals of the winner's bracket. Win or lose Thursday, Coach Michael Shepard's team will be in action Friday -- either in finals at 3 p.m. or in the loser's bracket at 9 a.m.

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