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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

MCHS Wins at Hume Fogg & Goodpasture

By Misty Green
The Macon County High School Basketball teams hit the road last week to face Hume Fogg in a regular season game and Goodpasture Christian in District 9AA action.

On Tuesday, January 25, 2011, the MCHS Tigerettes defeated Hume Fogg by a score of 58-43. Tigerette Haley Harris found her three-point groove against Hume Fogg, nailing three 3-pointers to lead Macon County to victory with 14 points, followed by Kelsey Gregory with 11 points, Kailyn Brooks with nine points, Terra Pryor with seven points, and Katelyn Bean and Michaela Thompson with four points each.

The Tigers also claimed victory at Hume Fogg, winning by a final score of 63-37. Zack Billenstein led Macon County to victory with 13 points, followed by Dallas Grace with eleven, Shawn Kemp with eight, Trey McPherson with seven, Tyler Manning and Mic Wise with six points each, Andrew Kempf with four, Brantley Russell with three, Jacob McClard and Dalton Shrum with two points each, and Aaron Carter with one point.

On Friday, January 28, 2011, the Macon County teams traveled to Goodpasture Christian for their sixth District 9AA  challenge and returned home with two more victories.

The MCHS Tigerettes won by a final score of 59-48 and Tigers won by a final score of 70-44. These games will be published in next week’s edition of the Macon County Chronicle.


RBSHS Defeats Middle TN Heat

By Misty Green
The Red Boiling Springs High School Basketball teams hosted the players from Middle Tennessee Heat on Monday, January 24, 2011 for two regular season games. The Middle Tennessee Heat Basketball teams are comprised of home schooled students, in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee.

In the girls game... The RBS Lady Bulldogs gained a 23-3 advantage over the Lady Heat, and by halftime, the RBS Lady Bulldogs were up 42-13. After the last half of play, Red Boiling Springs improved their season record to 19-3 with a 76-28 victory.

Layce Colter recorded 24 points to lead RBS to victory, followed by Mackenzie Painter with 13 points, Morgan Burgener with 11 points, Marina Evans with eight points, Heather Jenkins with six points, Hannah Hollis and Mayson Burgener with five points, and Katie Hix with four points.

In the boys game... The RBS Bulldogs improved to 15-6 after outscoring the Middle TN Heat with a final score of 55-41.
The Bulldogs led the first quarter 14-8, and by halftime they had acquired a 23-13 advantage.

Red Boiling Springs continued to dominate their visitors, to claim a 55-41 victory by the final buzzer.

Wes Grace led the Bulldogs to victory with 27 points, followed by Jordan Meador with 12 points, Andrew Mullinix with nine points, David Williams with four points, and Erin Francis with three points. 


Watertown Pockets District 8A Wins from Red Boiling Springs

By Misty Green
The Red Boiling Springs High School Basketball teams traveled to Watertown for District 8A competition and returned home with two losses.

“We just didn’t play very well,” Lady Bulldogs Head Coach Larry White commented, after the Lady Bulldogs were defeated by Watertown, 54-44.

“We got out-hustled tonight, and out played,” he added. “We started the game 7-0 right off the bat and then we made about three mistakes that cost us baskets, when to be honest about it, should have been about 14-0.”

“I don’t want to take anything away from Watertown, they really did a good job with their offense and we didn’t do a very good job playing defense.”

“Here’s the deal, if we don’t  play any better than we played tonight, then we aren’t going to go anywhere, we aren’t going to do anything, and we aren’t going to beat very many people. We had this same thing last year, that we lost to Gordonsville and Friendship after beating them convincingly, and maybe that’s part my fault, I don’t know, but I hope I can find the answer.”
“I pointed this out to my girls tonight, as a team, we are a 72% free-throw shooting team. I’m going tomorrow and figure out what kind of percentage we are shooting when we’ve lost, and it’s going to be bad. Tonight... as poorly as we played, if we step to the foul line, we need to make those big shots. We didn’t make any big shots down the stretch tonight, and last year we were Mister Big Shot, and that’s what we have got to start doing again. We’ve also got to be more consistent, and playing more games in a row, I think that will help us.”

Layce Colter led the Lady Bulldogs in scoring with 18 points and two three’s, followed by Katie Hix with ten points and 11 rebounds, Morgan Burgener with five points, Mackenzie Painter and Heather Jenkins with four points each, and Marina Evans with three points.

In the boys game... The RBS Bulldogs held a 19-8 advantage over the Blue Devils after the first quarter of play, but before the halftime break, Watertown was able to sneak in a 27-25 shadow.

The Bulldogs kept the lead until the beginning of the fourth quarter, when Watertown took their first lead, breaking the 37-point tie.

Wes Grace answered with two-points, followed by a three from the Tigers. Grace added a lay-up, followed by a three point shot from Andrew Mullinix to lead 44-42 with 2:43 left in the game.

Watertown responded with two points with one minute left to play. Jordan Grace was then fouled, however the Tigers were under the foul-free-throw limit and no shots were taken.

Watertown added two points to their lead with a pair of free-throws to lead 48-44.

With just moments from the final buzzer sounding, Jordan Meador nailed a three-point shot, however the Bulldogs were short one point to tie the game, and was defeated by a final score of 48-47.

Wes Grace led the RBS Bulldogs with 19 points, followed by Andrew Mullinix with three 3-pointers for a total of nine points, Shelton Watson with eight points, David Williams with six points, and Jordan Meador with five points.

Jr. Pro Basketball League News PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, February 1, 2011

By David Phillips

We continued our league this past Saturday as we had 10 exciting basketball games taking place.  The 1st game was a 6-8 girls’ game and had Joey Wilkerson’s team defeating Matt Wilson’s team 25-2.  For Joey, Chloe Donoho had 16 points,Kennedy Fleming had 4, Keleigh Wilkerson and Victoria Dillon had 2 each and Allie Cliburn had 1.  For Matt, Kyndal Ludick had 2.

The 2nd game was a 6-8 girls’ game and had Nathan Gregory’s team winning over Chris Crowder’s team 24-0.  For Nathan, Abby Shoulders had 8, Jalynn Gregory and Allexis West had 6 each and Savannah Colvin and Mattie Butler had 2.

The 3rd game was a 6-8 boys’ game and had Donnie Crawford’s team defeating Wes Clayborne’s team 13-10.  For Donnie, Logan Whittemore had 9 and Tanner Gann had 4.  For Wes, Gavin Clayborne had 4 and Landon Colter, Carson Pedigo and Elliot McGuire had 2 each.

The 4th game was a 6-8 boys’ game and had Grace and Manning’s team winning over Greg Cline’s team 10-5.  For Grace and Manning, Connor Johnson had 7 and Alex Villanveva had 2.  For Greg, Lake Reid had 3 and Brody Clariday had 2.

The 5th game was a 6-8 boys’ game and had Derek Meador’s team defeating Brian Long’s team 33-5.  For Derek, Connor Trent had 17 points, Isaac Meador had 10 and Ryan Underwood had 6.  For Brian, Zach Long had 3 and Dennis West had 2.

The 6th game was a 9-12 girls’ game and had Shawn Carter’s team winning over Kylie Clark’s team 19-13.  For Shawn, Keeley Clariday had 8 points, Bailey Porter had 6, Keeley Carter had 3 and Morgan Carter had 2.  For Kylie, Cayley Tuck had 9 and Hannah Kemp and Bailey Morgan had 2 each.

The 7th game was a 9-12 girls’ game and had Chad Shoulders’ team defeating Anthony Bullington’s team 16-2.  For Chad, Mallory Owens had 9, McKaylee Mix, Olivia Belton and Kammie Yates had 2 each and Matteson Goolsby had 1.  For Anthony, Brooklyn Brawner had 2 points.

The 8th game was a 9-12 boys’ game and had Barry Polston’s team winning over Dewayne Cook’s team 19-18.  For Barry, Spencer Hogin had 10 points, Landon Polston had 4, Ben Burrow had 3 and Kade Allen had 2.  For Dewayne, Josh Hauskins had 6 points, Kelton Ballou and Owen Morgan had 5 each and Trent Cook had 2.

The 9th game was a 9-12 boys’ game and had Brian Long’s team defeating Joseph Cross’s team 41-20.  For Brian, Hunter Kirk had 14, Chase Long had 11, Michael Tirjan had 8, Josh Tirjan had 6 and Johnathan Pruitte had 2.  For Joseph, Carson Brawner had 10, Cameron Welch had 5, Brayden Miller had 3 and Hayden Wright had 2.

The 10th and final game was a 9-12 boys’ game and had Connie Shrum’s team winning over Donnie Crawford’s team 56-2.  For Connie, Cayden Shrum had 18, Kendrick Carter had 13, Heston King had 8, Cole Carnahan had 7 and Isaac Belton, Jared Hill, Dillon McFerrin, Corey Cramer and Seth Barber all had 2.  For Donnie, Ethan Wakefield had 2 points.

Also, for last week, our 9th game was left out and it was a 9-12 boys’ game and had Brian Long’s team winning over Donnie Crawford’s team 38-3.  For Brian, Chase Long had 24 points, Michael Tirjan had 8 and Hunter Kirk had 6.  For Donnie, Logan Thompson had 3 points.

We will continue our season next week with another 10 games of basketball action.  I want to invite the community to come out and show your support for all these young ladies and young men as they show off their basketball skills.  Until next week, keep shooting those hoops and see ya on the court!

RBSHS 2011 Basketball Homecoming Victories! PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Lady Bulldogs Down The Lady Feet of Webb School 73-43, Bulldogs Win 63-46

By Misty Green

The Red Boiling Springs High School Basketball teams held their 2011 Basketball Homecoming Celebration on Friday, January 28, with two challenges against the Webb School from Bell Buckle, Tennessee.

In the girls game... The Red Boiling Springs Lady Bulldogs exploded the first quarter with a 19-5 advantage over the Lady Feet, and before the halftime break, RBS had acquired a 20-point lead, 42-22. RBS doubled their advantage in the third quarter by a score of 66-29. In the final round, the Lady Feet nailed three 3-point shots, before the RBS Lady Dawgs sent them back home with a 73-43 defeat.

Layce Colter scored 26 points and made five 3-pointers to lead Red Boiling Springs (20-4) past Webb (9-10), followed by Heather Jenkins with 14 points, Morgan Burgener with 13 points, Mackenzie Painter with seven points, Marina Evans and Katie Hix with four points each, Kelsey Jenkins with one 3-point shot, and Kaitlyn McCarter with two points.

In the boys game... The challenge was close throughout the first quarter, with RBS leading 17-13 over the Feet, and by the halftime break, the Bulldogs had acquired a 32-19 advantage. The Feet were unable to return in the last half of the game, with Red Boiling Springs dominating the third quarter 47-31, before winning their 17th game with a final score of 63-46.

Wes Grace led the team with 28 points, including four 3-pointers, followed by Andrew Mullinix with 11 points, including two 3-pointers, Jordan Meador with ten points including three 3-pointers, Shelton Watson with eight points, Jordan Grace with four points, and Aaron Francis with two points.

Red Boiling Springs will travel to Friendship Christian on February 1st, and will host the F.C. Commanders on Feb. 3 for two District 8A challenges. RBS is also scheduled to host Pickett County on Friday, Feb. 4, 2011.

MCHS Basketball Teams Split Wins With Sycamore PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Tigerettes Grab 63-39 District Victory, Tigers Lose 55-53 with Buzzer Lay-up

By Misty Green

The Macon County High School Basketball teams hosted the District 9AA rival Sycamore War Eagles on Monday, January 24, 2011 for two action-packed games.

Recovering from the recent loss to Westmoreland’s Lady Eagles, the MCHS Tigerettes were prepared to bring the intensity back to their game, opening the challenge against the Lady War Eagles 18-3 after the first quarter of play. Macon Co. led 29-10 before the halftime break.

The Macon County girls did not let down their guard in the last half of the contest, taking advantage of their opponent with full force to claim a 63-39 district win.

Katie Reid led the Tigerettes to victory with 20 points, followed by Katelyn Bean with 13 points, Kailyn Brooks with 11 points, Kelsey Gregory with 10 points, Macey Kemp with three points, and Haley Harris, Katie Beth Meador, and Terra Pryor with two points each.

The Tigerettes improved to 16-2, 4-1 for the season, and Sycamore fell to 10-9, 3-1.

In the boys game... The Tigers returned in the second quarter from a 14-10 trail to take a 28-25 lead before the halftime break.
Macon County held on to their advantage in the third quarter with a score of 43-34, however Tiger fouls set Trey McPherson on the bench with three minutes left in the game, and also had Tyler Manning and Andrew Kempf playing it safe with four fouls each.

The Tigers had a five point lead with two minutes left in the game, but Sycamore was able to knot the game at 53 each with 0.49 on the game clock.

Tigers Head Coach Jason Welch called for time with 11.8 seconds left in the fourth quarter, to set up a scoring strategy. Once on the court, Macon County missed their scoring attempt, and Sycamore grabbed the rebound and returned it for their final lay-up of the night.

With an unannounced time-out called, before the last shot was made, Referees placed 0.09 seconds back on the clock, and the ball in the Tigers possession at the other end of the court.

Dallas Grace in-bounded the ball to Tyler Manning at half court, who jumped high to catch the pass, and collided with a Eagle. Both players fell to the ground, as the buzzer sounded, and Sycamore claimed the win.

Dallas Grace led the Tigers with 17 points, followed by Trey McPherson with 14 points, Tyler Manning with 11 points, Shawn Kemp with four points, Zack Billenstein with three points, and Andrew Kempf and Brantley Russell with two points each.

The Macon County Tigers now stand at 13-7, 4-1 while Sycamore improved to 15-5, 4-0.

MCHS will host Greenbrier on February 1st, travel to Sycamore on Feb. 4, and host White House on Feb. 8 for their senior night games.

Speaking Out... Unsportsmanlike Conduct Should Be Dealt With in Future Games PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, January 25, 2011

An Opinion Column
By Misty Green

In today’s world, violence is never condoned, and neither are racial slurs, but if both coincide within one situation, then where do we draw the line to which one is worse?

News has rapidly spread about the January 14, 2011 high school basketball game between Red Boiling Springs and Clay County, however the actual contest between the two rival schools was not the main topic of discussion.

For a moment, step back inside the mind of your past, and recall what it was like to interact with children while going through school. Every child can attest to feeling different in someway, but, try to remember how those often picked on would react after being taunted for their differences, over a period of time.

With changing world views and hate crimes on the rise, larger schools have felt the need to equip their school entrance way with metal detectors and security personnel, to try and deter students from carrying weapons on school campus.

Ever ponder the reasons why a student might feel the need to protect themselves?

For six years, the family of Isaiah Washington has resided in Red Boiling Springs, and for all of those years, they have come to love their hometown community.

“Isaiah was immediately accepted by the kids at Red Boiling Springs,” Isaiah’s mother, Helen Washington said, “with never a problem concerning the color of his skin. However, I can remember several games, where people have said very ugly things, and it seems to be getting worse,” Miss Washington added.

According to RBS Head Coach Michael Owens, Isaiah has never given him any kind of trouble, which is why his actions after this particular game, shocked a lot of people.

“I never dreamed Isaiah would have been the one to fight,” Coach Owens commented last Monday, recalling he knew that emotions were flaring from his two players which, according to him, were indeed being tagged with racial slurs during the game.

“I do not condone fighting,” Helen Washington said, “fighting is never the answer, and it completely shocked me, because my son has never even been involved with a fight.”

“I feel torn, because I believe with my whole heart that fighting is wrong. But even the wild protect their children when they are in danger, and if I heard someone calling my son something like that repeatedly, I’m not sure what I would do.”

After talking with several people who were at the game that night, and who witnessed the negative actions from both sides of the crowd, it seems there should be some kind of rule about unsportsmanlike conduct to be enforced in future games across the state.

 If the alleged racial slurs were being said during the game, and referees were indeed asked to interveine, the situation should have been controlled by the adults present.

“It breaks my heart that all this happened,” Helen said, adding, “the RBS kids put up with so much, being at the lower part of the ladder, and they have worked hard to come along way. I don’t like it when we go up against other schools that use obscene language and try to make it where these kids can’t have fun playing the game.”

“Because the unsportsmanlike conduct and racial slurs weren’t nipped in the bud, and stopped when it first started taking place, it escalated to the point where Isaiah became provoked to stand up for himself. If handled, I know it would not have gotten out of hand like that,” she continued.

“It’s not the first time for the heckling and the name calling, because it has happened in years past, but this time, I guess it went too far.”

“I also feel terrible that the boys had to loose their position on the team as ball players, which they so loved,” Helen commented.

“All Isaiah does is play sports. When we lived in New York, he never played sports, but when we came here, he started playing sports and just really loved it.”

When asked if given the chance to do it over, would Isaiah make the same choice, Helen paused and said, “It was done in the heat of the moment, and I know if he was faced with the same situation, he would think about it this time.”

“I’m just sorry it happened,” she added.

“If he had done this in the past, you could see them banning him from ever playing again, but this is the first time this has ever happened, and I don’t agree with the punishment that was given. I think the punishment was too harsh, considering the circumstances surrounding the fight, and the fact that Coach Owens asked the referees to control the crowd, and the slurring was allowed to continue,” she added.

On a side note: Clay County Principal John Denton called the Macon County Chronicle, saying that he disagreed with the comment published in the January 18th edition, which stated... “The way I understand it, the administration of the school, nor the School Resource Officers, nor the Law Enforcement present did one thing to prevent what was going on,” RBS Principal Don Jones commented.

After speaking to Clay County Principal John Denton last week, he stated that he, nor his assistant principal, security guard, or his two coaches were ever made aware that there were any racial slurs going on.

“It was never brought to our attention, “Principal Denton said, “and believe me, if we had known that anything like that was going on, we would have put a stop to it,”

“Me and my assistant principal both made some rounds down in that corner, and I know some people, especially from over there, are going to feel like they were out of control, but I never really thought that,” Denton recalled.

According to Principal Denton, “Mr. Owens said he reported it to the referees with a few minutes left in the game, but the referees never mentioned it to any of us, if that was the case. I can tell you, I would not tolerate that kind of behavior, not from our crowd or anybody else’s crowd either,” he asserted.

When asked if he heard the racial slurs coming from the fans, he replied, “I didn’t hear any, but, I’m not going to say that something couldn’t have happened. If we were made aware of it, we would have done something about it.”

It is up to officials to forbid all forms of unsportsmanlike conduct during school sport games, either coming from the team, coaches, or attending crowd.


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