The Gallatin track team saw home action this week in a meet that featured long time rival, Hendersonville and Wilson County neighbor, Mount Juliet. Throughout the meet, the overall lead would sway from Wave, Commando and then to Golden Bear. The unrelenting head wind down the home stretch produced slower times for each team’s runners. When the final gun had sounded and the overall points collected, it was Hendersonville that came away with both boy’s and girl’s wins.
Gallatin and Hendersonville will clash again next week. Tuesday, March 31st will feature the two rivals and will also see the Portland Panthers make the road trip to Gallatin. The meet is set to begin at 3:30 pm.
The Sumner County rivalry was reborn again Tuesday evening, as Gallatin and Hendersonville squared off on the tennis court. Gallatin collected two wins in the match, but dropped the overall contest, 2-7. It was a resounding win for the hosting Commandos.
Matt Setree, a sophomore, bested Scott Beeler 8-4 and a doubles match featuring Canton Phillips and Setree against Brock Yates and John Reynolds, 8-2.
Among the singles winners for Hendersonville were Max Burg, David Lee, Cliff Whitomb, Seth Caldwell, and Wesley Tyler. Collecting doubles wins for the Commandos were the team of Jeremy Huey and Beeler as well as Whitcomb and Caldwell.
The Beech Buccaneers quest for a state title came to an abrupt end on Thursday with a 49-45 loss to Memphis’ Raleigh Egypt High School.
Beech’s John Taylor led all scorers with 21 points, and Reece Chamberlain and Tyler Brown each finished with seven points in the contest.
Raleigh’s Ronald Brown and Anthony Jones each scored 13 points to help lead the Pharaohs to victory.
With Raleigh Egypt clinging to a narrow 40-38 lead heading into the final period of play, Beech managed to rally and take the lead.
After Raleigh scored to extend their lead to 42-38, the Bucs seven unanswered points and reclaimed the lead for the first time since the midway point of the opening quarter.
Chamberlain tied the game at 42 with just over six minutes left to play, and Brown put the Bucs back on top 44-42 at the 5:42 mark.
Raleigh Egypt tied the game back up at 44, but Taylor followed with a 1-of-2 trip to the charity stripe that gave the Bucs their last lead of the game at 45-44.
Despite the offensive surge early in the fourth quarter, the Bucs were unable to get a basket in the final five minutes of the game.
Raleigh closed out the game with a 5-0 run that secured their 49-45 victory and a spot in the next round of the tournament.
After Raleigh scored the opening basket of the game, Beech built a 9-7 lead in the opening period before Raleigh rallied to jump ahead 20-13 at the end of the period.
Taylor accounted for nine of the Bucs’ 13 first quarter points.
Beech managed to outscore Raleigh Egypt 10-8 in the second quarter of play.
Taylor led the Bucs with four second quarter points, and Chamberlain added three points to help keep the Bucs in the game.
Steven Dorse was good for two points in the second, and Matt Cowan added a free-throw.
Dorse finished with six points, and Cowan finished with four.
After going into the intermission trailing by five points, 28-23, the Bucs continued to chip away at the Raleigh lead in the opening period of the second half.
Beech outpaced Raleigh 15-12 in the third quarter scoring, and the Bucs managed to cut the deficit to just two points, 40-38, heading into the final period.
Taylor led the Bucs with seven third quarter points, and Cowan and Brown each hit a three-pointer to help get Beech back in the game.
Gallatin High School, Merrol Hyde and White House met on Tuesday in the first home meet of Gallatin’s 2009 track season. For Gallatin, the showing was one of impressive stature; taking home first place finishes in all but one boy’s event and three on the girl’s side.
Merrol Hyde managed to grab a win in the 4 x 200 relay. It was their only win of the meet. Merrol Hyde will travel to Gallatin once more on the 26th before the Sumner County Championships held at the same venue during the second week of April.
Gallatin, however, will be hosts to another meet next Tuesday, March 24th. Guests during this meet will be the Golden Bears of Mount Juliet, the Hendersonville Commandos and the White House Heritage Patriots. The meet of the 24th is set to begin at 3:30 pm.
Gallatin played host to rival Hendersonville this past Tuesday and set forth to the tennis courts. Hendersonville swept the Green and Gold in the boy’s division and dropped only one contest on the ladies’ side. The win for Hendersonville brought both the boy’s and girl’s team to an overall record of 3-1 on the season.
The Commandos will have a rematch of Gallatin on March 24th at 3:30 pm. The match is to take place at Drakes Creek. Black and Gold tennis faithful will look to have similar results and move to 4-1 on the season.
The weather cleared up enough this past Monday for the Station Camp tennis team to have their scheduled match with the Panthers of Portland. For Station Camp, their only lost came in doubles competition. Nonetheless, the Bison downed Portland, remained unbeaten and improved to 2-0 on the season. Station Camp took on Macon County Tuesday. Both teams, boys and girls, won respectively.
The Beech Buccaneer soccer team was forced to settle for a 2-2 tie when they hosted county rival White House Monday night.
With 17:00 remaining in the opening half of play, the Bucs took a 1-0 lead on an Alec Willett goal.
Willett shot slipped past White House goalkeeper James Turnage and found the top right corner of the Blue Devils’ goal.
Turnage finished with nine saves.
White House had a chance to tie the game at the 11:38 mark of the first half, but a Cole Elrod shot on the Bucs goal sailed just wide of the goal.
Beech’s Trey Scogin extended the Bucs’ lead to 2-0 with less than four minutes left to play in the first half with a long shot from the left side of an open Blue Devil net.
The Scogin goal and strong defense allowed the Bucs to carry a 2-0 lead into the intermission.
White House needed less than four minutes of play in the second half to cut into the Bucs’ lead.
“We possessed the ball really well in the first half,” said Beech coach P.A. Bowler. “And we put good pressure on their net.
“We would have liked to have scored more, but overall I am very pleased with the way we play.”
Storm Denson put the Blue Devils on the scoreboard with a goal off a deflection by Beech keeper Michael Ruck off a shot by Elrod.
Ruck finished the night with six saves.
“Anytime a team is down,” said Bowler. “They need to get a score as early as possible, and that can have a lot to do with what happens from that point on.”
The Beech Buccaneer baseball team managed to hold on for a 12-11 win over visiting Blackman on Monday evening.
In a game where the two teams combined for three lead changes and a total of 23 runs, the Bucs victory was secured with a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh and final inning.
“This was just one of those days where both teams wanted to play,” said Beech coach Greg Shelton. “We just needed to get on the field and play.
“I am really proud of the way we competed today,” added Shelton. “We got down early and competed and came back.”
The Bucs were clinging to an 11-10 lead as the two teams headed into the top of the seventh and final inning.
Blackman’s Zander Wiel led off the top of the seventh inning with a solo shot off of Beech’s Taylor Callis that cleared the left field fence to tie the game at 11 runs apiece.
After giving up a single to the next batter, Callis settled in and was able to get the Bucs out of the inning without any further damage.
After Brock Haley led off the bottom of the seventh with a ground ball out, Wilson Reece reached first base to represent the winning run after his hit glanced off the glove of Blackman pitcher Alex Vondohlen.
It was an all-star performance by Beech right-hander Robert Hansen last Tuesday night when he and the remaining Buccaneers came to Gallatin to take on the Green Wave. Pitching a complete game and holding the Green and Gold to no runs, Hansen collected the 4-0 win. Beech Head Coach Greg Shelton said of his starting pitcher, “Tonight, Robert was sharp. He was throwing all his pitches nicely. He had his breaking stuff working. It kept Gallatin off balance all night.”
Though Gallatin had defensive presence and the pitching that Head Coach Mike Hunt would later say, “It was everything that we as coaches could ask for,” the outcome stood in Beech’s favor.
The Hendersonville Lady Commandos picked up a 15-12 victory over East Robertson during round robin play in the 2009 Commando Classic at Drakes Creek Park on Tuesday.
“Defensively we did not play very good,” said Hendersonville coach Andy Griffin. “Both teams played a lot of young players, but I expect my young players to play better than they did.
“You never know when one of the younger players will be pushed into playing,” added Griffin. “So everyone has to be ready.”
Trailing 10-7, the Lady Indians tied the game at 10 in the bottom of the fourth inning.
East Robertson Brienna Buckman drove in two runs with a double to right field off of Hendersonville starter Jordan Tate to cut the Lady Commando’s lead to 10-9.
Kelsi Mason followed Buckman with a fly ball to center field that brought Halie Eden in to score the tying run.
Hendersonville’s Logan Olczac put the Lady Commandos back on top 11-10 with an infield ground ball in the top of the fourth inning.
Hailey Treloar scored on the Olczac sacrifice.
Samantha Westcott, Elizabeth Holland and Destiny Paul also drove in runs for the Lady Commandos during the five run fourth inning.
Station Camp tennis took to the courts on Tuesday for their first match of the year against Sumner County foe, Beech High School. The match was a gender split victory for the Station Camp Bison, as the girls recorded only three wins. On the other hand, the boys managed to capture six wins while only losing three.
The Bison can be seen on the courts again this Friday. Playing at Volunteer State Community College and hosting the Macon County Tigers, the Bison will look to capture their first overall win of the season. Station Camp is also scheduled to host Portland on Monday, March 16th. The match against the Panthers will be played at Drakes Creek Park in Hendersonville. Both matches are set to begin at 3:30.
It was how the Station Camp Bison boy’s baseball team wanted to start their season Monday, as they up-ended the Sumner County team of Westmoreland. Station Camp Head Coach Jerry Ballard saw his team jump out to a huge lead and never look back, as the Maroon and Gray won their season opener by a score of 13-2.
The early lead was established as soon as Westmoreland was seated by a strong defensive front. During the bottom of the first inning, the Bison posted eight runs. The eight runs were then followed by a three run second inning. By the time the Eagles of Westmoreland caught their breath, the scoreboard reflected an 11-0 advantage for the hosting Station Camp Bison.
It was a 50-50 split for the varsity and junior varsity boy’s soccer teams of Station Camp this week. Though each faced different opponents, the scores reflected the same score as each ended with a 1-0 outcome. One however, was not as the Bison would have wished.
The junior varsity from Station Camp went against neighboring Hendersonville in a cross county match-up. Throughout the first half, there did not appear to be a favorite, as both Hendersonville and Station Camp battled on either side of the ball. At the halftime break, the score was still knotted at zero.
Not until the 23.33 mark of the second half was the tie broken. Hendersonville’s Maurice Marx found the back of the net for the go ahead score. The score proved to be all the Commando junior varsity would need. Hendersonville picked up an early season junior varsity win over the Bison of Station Camp, 1-0.
When the varsity soccer team wearing Maroon and Gray took the field a day later against the Blue Knights of Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet School, the season opener was on the line. Station Camp controlled most of the action in the first half, keeping the ball in Hume-Fogg territory. With 13.25 left in the first half, Cody Kammerzell found his way past the Blue Knight keeper for the go-ahead score. It pushed the score to the Bison favor, 1-0. The half would end with the same score.
Throughout the second half, the Bison showed discipline on the defensive end. The Blue Knights never found the back of the net. From Bison Field, Station Camp secured their season opener by a margin of 1-0 over visiting Hume-Fogg.
Up next for both the varsity and junior varsity squads of Station Camp is a road match against Rossview High School, Friday 13th. Junior varsity action is set to begin at 6 pm and the varsity is to follow at 7 pm. The junior varsity will face Mount Juliet Christian Academy the following Monday, March 16th at home.
The Beech Buccaneers came to Gallatin this past Monday and took care of business on the tennis court. Losing only three matches, two by forfeit, the Buccaneers won all matches in straight sets. For the Gallatin boys, however, youth was on their side. Four of the six who had matches, Conner Amos, Christian Ross, Canton Phillips and Matt Setree, were sophomores, while the other two were freshmen. On the girl’s side, youth outranked experience as well. Having only two seniors who played, Arianna Miller and Corae Smith, Gallatin relied on two juniors, a sophomore and a freshman.
The Beech Buccaneers punched their ticket to the 2008-2009 TSSAA basketball tournament with a 67-48 win over Franklin High School in the sectional round of the tournament at home on Monday night.
The Bucs have not made a tournament appearance since being eliminated in the first round in 1990.
“I was still a sophomore in college the last time we made it to the tournament,” said Beech coach Darrin Joines. “And the players were not even born yet.”
After falling behind 4-0 early in the game, the Bucs took an 11-9 lead on a Reece Chamberlain field goal with less than three minutes left in the opening period of play and never looked back.
Beech outscored Franklin 16-13 in the first quarter.
“Coach Joines told us to be ready to play tonight,” said Chamberlain. “We knew this was a big game, and we knew Franklin would come ready to play.
“We knew we needed to get a lead to be able to play our game.”
Chamberlain led all scorers with 22 points on the night.
The Bucs opened the second quarter with a 7-0 run, and built their lead to ten points, 23-13, before the Rebels scored their first point of the quarter at the 4:05 mark on a Michael Young free-throw.
The Station Camp Lady Bison captured a 1-0 win over Sycamore in the Commando Classic on Tuesday at Drakes Creek Park.
“They are not used to being put in this situation,” said Station Camp coach Ken Crook. “It is good that they get to experience close games early in the season.”
After beginning the day with a narrow 5-4 win over Siegel, the Lady Bison needed a bunt from Maren Angus on a squeeze play to take the one run win over the Lady Eagles.
It may have taken four years of blood, sweat, and tears for senior Ellyn Unger to surpass the 2000 point mark and become the leading scorer in Station Camp Lady Bison history, but the 5’9” guard has been making shots all her life. Her mother Karen Unger said, “Ever since the first grade when she first picked up a basketball and then on to AAU basketball was something she loved. She has really worked hard at getting better over the years.”
As early as fifth grade, it was apparent that Ellyn would be a contending factor onto whichever hardwood she stepped. Routinely the leading scorer for her AAU team, Unger was one of the youngest on her team. Mrs. Unger said, “Ellyn’s birthday fell into a slot wherein she was always playing up in age groups. It has really helped her. By the time she was playing seventh grade ball, she had already adjusted to the courts.”
Unger ended her high school career with 2047 points. Unger is the second leading scorer in the state, sitting only twenty-six points behind Northeast’s Kamiko Williams. A 21.3 point per game average is best in the state after recently surpassing the 6’ 8” Smith County standout Kayci Ferris. Unger rests within the top ten three point shooters state wide, having made fifty-nine from behind the arch in her senior campaign.
The career of the nation’s leading scorer along with the season of Station Camp ended last night at the hands of the Upperman High School Bees in the Region 4-AA semifinals. Though Station Camp led at halftime, a 19-6 to open the third quarter by the Bees was the eventual thrawarting device to end the Bison season. From Upperman High School gymnasium the scoreboard reflected a thirteen-point loss for the Station Camp Bison, 73-60.
It did not start in such fashion however, and Station Camp managed a solid five-point advantage after the first period. The first period also saw a Maroon and Gray defense hold its opposition to seven points. The seven points quarter was the lowest producing quarter of the night.
Upperman followed the first period seven-point production with a nineteen point second quarter. On the other hand, Station Camp had a fifteen point second period and combined with their first period, maintained a one-point advantage as they walked into the halftime locker room, 27-26.
The third period did not bode well for the Maroon and Gray. Upperman came out of the break and managed a 19-6 run. Before the third period had sounded, the Bees had placed twenty-four points on the board to the Station Camp fourteen. It was enough to establish a commanding lead heading into the fourth and final period.
Though the Bison managed to cut the Upperman lead to six in the fourth period, Upperman proved to have the upper card on this night. The Bees stepped away with a 73-60 win over the Bison of Station Camp. Station Camp had eighteen turnovers on the night, seven of which came in the third period.
In his last performance as a Station Camp Bison, John Jenkins went fourteen of twenty-eight from the field, ten of fourteen from the line and finished with a game high forty points. The Vanderbilt signee also stepped behind the arch for two made three-pointers. Scoring seven points on the night and also making two three-pointers was junior guard Blake Kirby. Freshman Donya Burnett stepped in and was good for four points. Bryce Kohler stepped behind the arch and made a bucket to finish with three points. Senior Austin Piercey and sophomore Matt Gray each had two points from the field. Fellow seniors Matthew Johnson and Michael Payne placed one point on the board for the Station Camp Bison.
Despite having an eleven point lead at halftime, the Station Camp Lady Bison Basketball season came to an end last night against a very talented Livingston Academy Wildcats team in the TSSAA Region 4-AA Tournament held at Upperman High School. The loss, a nine point loss, 66-57, came in part by the Wildcat third quarter twenty-five-point surge. It was the second time the two had met in the year.
January 3rd Livingston Academy came to Bison gymnasium and fell by sixteen, 83-67. The contest Monday night was seemingly set to fall along the same lines as the Lady Bison jumped out to a four point lead after the first period, 16-12. The Maroon and Gray proceeded to hold the Wildcats to a ten point second quarter. On the other hand, they scored seventeen to establish a comfortable eleven-point lead headed into the halftime locker room.
The second half was not as favorable. Livingston Academy jolted out of the locker room with a twenty-five point third period while holding the Lady Bison to a ten-point quarter of their own. At the end of three, the score stood in Wildcat favor by four, 47-43.
The fourth period saw the Wildcat continue to pour on the offense while maintaining a solid defense. Station Camp managed only a fourteen point final period. Livingston outscored the Lady Bison by five, 19-14. The final from Upperman High School read 66-57 in favor of the Livingston Academy Wildcats.
The loss ended the season for the Lady Bison. Ellyn Unger posted a game high nineteen points performance. The nineteen points brought Unger’s scoring on the season to 678. Kayla Buchanan followed Unger in scoring. The senior netted ten points. Senior Paige Carrigan and Junior Heather Hughes each had two made three pointers and a total of eight points apiece. Cheyenne North netted six points on the night. Chelsea Parker had five points while Katelin Rose ended her senior campaign with one point.
Station Camp looses four seniors. Kayla Buchanan, Katelin Rose, Ellyn Unger and Paige Carrigan have brought a tradition to Bison territory that will be followed for years to come.
The Hendersonville Lady Commandos season came to an end with a 44-27 loss to Smyrna in the opening round of the district 9AAA tournament last Thursday.
“This was the best we have ever executed a game plan,” said Hendersonville coach Clancy Hall. “But it is just sad you have to lose to such a good team.”
After the first half came to a close with Smyrna leading by ten points, 21-11, the Lady Bulldogs opened the second half with a 10-0 in the opening moments of the third quarter.Hendersonville’s Amy Duke brought an end to the Lady Bulldog run when she scored Hendersonville’s first points of the second, nearly four minutes into the third quarter.
Duke led the Hendersonville offense with 11 points on the night.
Trailing 34-18 heading into the final period of play, the Lady Commandos were able to battle back and force a 9-9 tie in fourth quarter scoring.
Dymon Raynor led the Lady Bulldogs down the stretch with seven fourth quarter points.
Raynor led all scorers with 16 points on the night.
The Hendersonville Commandos basketball season came to an end Friday night in the opening round of the district 9AAA tournament with a 59-43 loss to Mt. Juliet at Mt. Juliet High School.
Teraes Clemmons led all scorers with 23 points on the night, and Ethan Gross pitched in 13 points to help the lead the Bears to the 16 point victory.
Zach Delk also scored in double digits for the Golden Bears adding 10 points on the night.
After the two teams battled to a 12-12 tie at the end of the opening period of play, the Bears outpaced the Commandos 18-4 in the second quarter to take control of the game.
The Commandos regrouped in the second half, but they were never able to overcome the second quarter letdown.
Hendersonville held Mt. Juliet to a 17-15 scoring advantage in the opening period of the second half, and matched the Bears point for point in the final period.
Both teams scored 12 points in the final quarter.
Brandon Hall led the Commandos offense with 11 points on the night, and Hendersonville had a total of 10 players break into the scoring column.
Troy Dye and Wes Kell each scored six points, and Reece Hayes added five points on the night.
Jeff Long scored four, and Trey Tarpley finished with three points.
Four Commandos, Colton Mansfield, Josh Murdock, Seth Owens and Daniel Tucker contributed two points in the loss.
Hendersonville ends its year with a record of 3-23.
The Beech Lady Buccaneer’s season came to an abrupt end with a 53-42 loss to LaVergne at LaVergne High School on Thursday night in the opening round of the district 9AAA tournament.
The Lady Bucs finished the 2008-2009 season with a record of 11-17.
LaVergne’s LaQuinta Jefferson led the Lady Wolverines to victory with a game high 19 points.
Jasmine Dale scored 14 points, and Alex Swope poured in 10 points to help lead the Lady Wolverines to victory.
Senior Katora Fleming led the Lady Bucs with 12 points in her final game, and junior Kat Banks scored 11 points for the Lady Bucs.
Ginny Carroll added eight points, and Kaylee Shackleford contributed six points to the Lady Bucs’ total for the night.
Alex Banks with three points and Jule Kranz with two points closed out the scoring for Beech on the night.
The Lady Wolverines claimed an early 17-10 lead in the opening period of play, but the Lady Bucs battled back in the second quarter.
Beech outscored LaVergne 14-9 in the second quarter to cut the Lady Wolverines’ lead to just two points, 26-24, heading into the intermission.
Beech continued to fight to stay in the game in the opening period of the second half, and held LaVergne to a 17-13 advantage in third quarter scoring.
Unfortunately for the Lady Bucs, LaVergne was able to outscore Beech 10-5 in the final period, and the Lady Bucs were not able to extend their season.
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