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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.


MCHS Tigers Name Two to Nera White All-Tournament Boys Team PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Tiger #10 Zack Billenstein and Tiger #22 Dallas Grace were named to the All-Tournament Basketball team during the previous Nera White Invitational Basketball Tournament. Congratulations Boys!

Zack Billenstein

Dallas Grace

Local Jr. High Teams Compete in Cumberland Rim Conference Basketball Tourney PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, January 25, 2011

By Misty Green

The local junior high school basketball teams from Macon County and Red Boiling Springs traveled to Clay County this past week to participate in the Cumberland Rim Conference Tournament.

RBS Jr. High Lady Bulldogs vs. Trousdale

The Red Boiling Springs Junior High School Lady Bulldog Basketball team opened the Cumberland Rim Conference Tournament play on Wednesday, January 19, 2011, against Jim Satterfield Middle School, and with one minute left in the game, RBS was trailing by a mere seven points.

The Lady Bulldogs tried hard to make a comeback before the game ended, however fell short by a final score of 27-18.

The RBS Lady Bulldogs had three players to score in this contest, with one in double figures. Olivia Atkins had ten points, Kristin Stacey had six points, and Emily Gregory had two points. The Lady Bulldogs ended the 2010-2011 basketball season, 4-11.

MC Jr. High Tigers vs. Jackson County

The Macon County Junior High School Tigers basketball team played Jackson County Middle School on Wednesday, January 19th and kept the score neck-in-neck throughout the contest to force an overtime period.

Macon County led the opening quarter 8-6, and held on to their lead throughout the halftime break with a 19-15 advantage. Jackson County returned in the third quarter to knot the game at 24 each.

During the fourth quarter of the game, each team gave their best effort to get ahead of their opponent. Jackson County nailed two points to open the scored board, which was answered with Matt Austin’s missed foul shout rebounded by Evan Perrigo, evening out the score once more at 26 each. The Blue Devils capitalized with a three-point play, followed by a lay-up to lead 31-26.

With 1:11 on the game clock, Macon County’s Brett Davis nailed a three-point shot to inch the Tigers closer 31-29. With 7.8 seconds left in regulation, Macon County’s Larkin Whittemore was able to re-tie the game at 31 each, before picking up his fifth personal foul. Jackson County missed their free-throw attempts, and an overtime period was put into play. In overtime, Jackson County added ten points to their score, allowing Macon County five, to claim a 41-36 win over the Tigers.

The Tigers had six players to achieve points in the game, with Brett Davis in double digits with 17 points. Evan Perrigo, Larkin Whittemore, Clay Carnahan, Alex Hill, and Sebastian Brawner. Also scored for Macon County during this game.

MC Tigerettes vs. Jackson County

The Macon County Jr. High School Tigerettes challenged Jackson County on Saturday, January 22, and improved to 15-0 after claiming a 43-24 victory over the Lady Blue Devils.

The Tigerettes held the lead from start to finish of this semi-final contest.

Tigerette Briley Driver led Macon County to victory with 18 points, followed by Reese Shrum with 11 points, Marissa Owens, Leah Anderson, and Emilee Harris with four points each, and Lyndsey Belton with two points. Also seeing playing time in the game, were Brooklyn McClard, Logan Hernandez, Kassidy Brooks, Abbi Welch, Jordan Shockley, Brandi Garmon, and Jordan Hauskin.

RBS Jr. High Bulldogs vs. Westmoreland

The Red Boiling Springs Junior High School Bulldogs played Westmoreland on Saturday for the second round of the CRC, and was defeated by a final score of 42-26. Scoring stats were unavailable as of press time.

The  CRC  championship and third place games have been scheduled to take place on Wednesday, January 26, 2011. The girls division championship game between Macon County and Westmoreland, and will be played at 7 p.m. The third place game between Jackson County and Jim Satterfield is scheduled to take place at 5 p.m. The boys division championship game between Jim Satterfield and Westmoreland will be played at 8 p.m., with the third place game between Red Boiling Springs and Jackson County to take place at 6 p.m.

The Championship game between the MCJHS Tigerettes and Westmoreland will air live on 102.1 FM at 7 p.m.,  and the Third-Place Game between the RBSJHS Bulldogs and Jackson County will air live at 6 p.m.

Go Teams!!!

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