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15/16 year-old Senior League All-Stars to compete in Southeast region tournament

Front Row (L to R): Seth Bingham, Tanner Coleman, Ethan Young, Evin Graber, Kobe Jones, Ashton Phillips, Cody Antoniak
Back row (L to R): Barry Preston- Coach, Matther Jones, Layton Cripps, Cody Williams, Cole Huddleston, Robert Preston, Chris McClanahan- Manager, and Tracy Mofield- Coach

The 15/16 year-old Senior League All-Stars from Smith County are preparing to compete in the Southeast region tournament for the second year in a row. The tournament is set to be held in Safety Harbor, Florida, on July 20-25, 2018.

The All-Stars’ journey began when they won the District 2 tournament, which took place here in Smith County. They then travelled to Clarksville, Tennessee, for the state tournament, where they also emerged victorious. 

The scores of the state tournament games are as follows:

Game 1 (W)- 

Smith County: 8

Maryville: 4

Game 2 (L)- 

Smith County: 4

Lexington: 7

Game 3 (W)- 

Smith County: 23

Bluff City: 1

Game 4 (W) – 

Smith County: 7

Maryville: 1

Game 5 (W)- 

Smith County: 21

Jefferson City: 1

Game 6 (W)- 

Smith County: 4

Lexington: 3

Championship Game (W)- 

Smith County: 19

Lexington: 7 

The Smith County Senior-League All-Stars always appreciate donations, especially as they now prepare for regional play. To make a donation to the team, please contact Tracy Mofield at (615) 735-7926 or Chris McClanahan at (615) 489-9724.


Smith County High School Soccer Players receive District Awards

Left to Right: Rolando Cruz, Bo Broyles, Elijah Wright, Nathan Herd, Will Broyles and Wesley Kemp

Smith County High School had six players receive district honors for the 2018 boy’s soccer season.
Will Broyles was named most valuable player of the district. Elijah Wright, Nathan Herd and Wesley Kemp were all named to First Team All-District, with Rolando Cruz and Bo Broyles being named to the Second Team All-District.

Will Broyles

11th Annual “Drive for Sight” 2 Man Golf Scramble

The Southside Lions Club of Gordonsville is holding their  11th Annual “Drive for Sight” 2 Man Golf Scramble on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at the Southern Hills Golf Course in Baxter, Tennessee.

The scramble will begin at 8 am with a shotgun start.

Entry fee is $60 per man – bring your own team.

  • Free Lunch
  • Longest Drive Contest
  • Numerous Door Prizes
  • Gift Bag for Each Player
  • 50/50 Drawing
  • Closest to the Pin
  • Closest to the Line
  • Flights Established after play
  • Mulligans $5
  • Lucky Ball Drop

Call the club house to sign-up: (931) 432-5149

Proceeds go to the Southside Lions Club for community service and to help those with visual handicaps.


2018 National Safe Boating Week, May 19-25

NASHVILLE — The 2018 National Safe Boating Week is May 19-25 and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be participating to promote the wear of life jackets as the summer boating season starts in full force.

The Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day is Friday, May 18 with the goal of demonstrating how easy it is to wear a life jacket, even while at work.

On Saturday, May 19, Ready, Set, Wear It!, will enter its ninth year in trying to bring awareness on the importance of life jacket wear by holding a world record day. Participants will again be part of the attempt to break a world record for the most life jackets worn at one time. The worldwide event kicks off the start of National Safe Boating Week.

Both events help usher in National Safe Boating Week which is annually held the week prior to Memorial Day Weekend. Boating partners across the United States and Canada are teaming to promote safe boating practices, including the wear of life jackets for National Safe Boating Week and throughout the 2018 boating season.

The goal of National Safe Boating Week is to educate the public about the importance of safe boating practices and wearing life jackets while on the water.


2018 Spring Squirrel Season Opens May 12th

Tennessee’s 2018 spring hunting season for gray, fox and red squirrels opens Saturday, May 12 and will continue through Sunday, June 10. 

The daily bag limit is 10, the same for the fall/winter squirrel season, which is held from late August to the end of February.

There are five species of tree squirrels found in Tennessee. Two species, the southern flying squirrel and the northern flying squirrel, are not hunted. They are small, nocturnal and rarely seen.

For more information on Tennessee hunting seasons and license information, obtain a 2017-18 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide, available at TWRA Regional Offices and at hunting and fishing license agents or go online to TWRA’s website www.tnwildlife.org to view a copy of the guide.



Jennings Earns TSWA Pitcher of the Week Honors

Article courtesy of GoBlueRaiders.com

After a 2-1 weekend on the diamond, the Middle Tennessee softball team earned a Player of the Week honor from the Tennessee Sports Writers Association. Cori Jennings picked up MT’s first TSWA Pitcher of the Week accolade of the season.

This is Jenning’s second Player of the Week award of the season, she earned a C-USA Pitcher of the Week nod on Feb. 19, after throwing a no-hitter against UT-Martin.

Jocelynn De La Cruz got MT’s TSWA first Player of the Week honor back on Feb. 19.

Jennings registered a win and a save in three appearances for the Blue Raiders, giving up just two runs on eight hits in 13.0 innings. The Brush Creek, Tenn., native got the final two outs for a save against Belmont, walking one and striking out one versus the Bruins.

The senior tossed a complete game in the first contest of a doubleheader against Florida Atlantic, giving up one run on four hits with five strikeouts. She allowed one run on four hits with three strikeouts in 5.1 innings in the second contest.

She is now 15-8 with two saves and a 2.23 ERA in 138.0 innings this season, striking out 83 in 28 appearances.

De La Cruz’s TSWA honor came following MT’s 4-1 outing during the Madeira Beach Spring Invitational II.

De La Cruz batted .389 (7-for-18) with three doubles, one home run, 11 RBIs and three runs scored in five games for the Blue Raiders. The Lake Elsinore, Calif., native singled, drove in two runs and scored another versus McNeese State and collected two hits with a double and three RBIs against Eastern Michigan.

She hit a three-run homer versus Kent State and was 3-for-4 with a double, three RBIs and a run scored against Marist.

Jennings award is MT’s second all-time TSWA Pitcher of the Week award while De La Cruz’s is Middle’s fourth all-time TSWA Player of the Week award.

14th Annual Rotary Golf Tournament

The 14th Annual Rotary Golf Tournament will take place on May 19th at the Golden Eagle Golf Club, with tee off set for 9:00am.The format for the tournament will be a four man scramble. The golf course is located at 1500 Country Club Road, Cookeville, TN 38501.

Cash prizes will be given as follows: 1st place – $400, 2nd place – $300 and 3rd – 200. There will also be closest to the pin prizes.

  • The entry fee for the tournament is $200 per team of four. Entry forms can be picked up at the Wilson Bank and Trust’s Carthage office, and forms should be submitted by May 12. Checks and entry forms should be sent to:
  • Carthage Rotary Club
  • ATTN: Andy West
  • P.O. Box 100
  • Carthage, TN 37030

Dress code does apply (collared shirt and no denim) and a free box lunch and drink will provided.


SCI Spotlight: Amanda Maggart Finds Love at Race Track

Article courtesy of IWMA Nation News

Amanda Maggart

Amanda Maggart grew up in Carthage, TN just east of Nashville. She graduated from Cumber- land University in 2009 and began her degree in Dental Hygiene, graduating from Remington College in 2012. Soon after she started working a full-time job, she was glad most dentist offices worked 4 days a week, so she could have Friday to get to all the race tracks.

Amanda is an only childand not spoiled one bit! She owes all she has to her parents, Ronnie and Tammy Maggart, who she says without whom she wouldn’t be the person she is today.

She grew up traveling so much for racing that her favorite vacations were spent at drag strips around the country, and she says it’s always a plus if the beach is close by. She has met some of her best friends at the track and sharing this passion only makes their friendship stronger.

Outside of racing she loves working out especially boxing at the local Title Boxing Club. She recently got engaged to a fellow racer, PJ North. They met at the race track, got engaged at the race track, and are getting married in Vegas at the end of a long race week! She says, “April 22nd, 2018 can’t get here fast enough!” Best wishes to you on your wedding and marriage!

Amanda has always lived by the following saying, “Never listen to thedoubters who say you can’tdo something, that only makes me work harder toprove them wrong!” Amanda has been a dental hygienist for 6 years and absolutely loves herjob! Her co-workers at first thought she was like Dale Earnhardt, but after some education and many videos they at least know she goes in a straight line and they ask her every Monday, “Did you win?”

Amanda’s patients all call her Shirley Muldowney once they find out she races. It’s the greatest ice breaker, and they love to hear the stories and always give her encouragement. Racing has been in her family her whole life. “Myracing story started in 1996 when I was 8 years old and I received a red jegster jr dragster from my parents. Best birthday of my life! The first thing it got was
a Hoosier purple paint job and new shoes! I remember before we even took it to our home track, we took it down a backroad and a neighbor boy broke his bicycle trying to race me. That’s when I knew I had something for these boys! Now I am 29, and still have the same dreams. I drive a 94’ GMC Sonoma Race Truck aka “nasty noma”, that my dad and me put together as a dad/daughter project in 2014 and this past year I made my maiden voyage in my fiancé’s 88 Cutlass in Stock eliminator. I now can truly confirm “stockers are way cool”.

Amanda’s marketing partners are Maggart’s Speciality Sales (MSS), Hoosier Tire, and VP Racing Fuel. Amanda’s dad is her racing hero. She grew up watching him race at their local tracks, as well as travel all over for IHRA and NHRA events. She was always his biggest cheerleader and as soon as she was old enough, she was promoted to his crew chief. She and her dad share a bond no one could ever tear apart. They always went racing together as a family and still do. Growing up at the race track and making friends from all over the world made her only want to start racing herself, so she could start chasing her own dream.

When she was 10 years old she met “The First Lady in Drag Racing” Shirley Muldowney and wanted to be just like her. She still has a poster with her autograph to remind her of those dreams!

She has a great support team that include her Dad, Ronnie Maggart aka “The Hoosier Tire guy”. He can do anything on a race car! Her fiancé PJ North makes sure she isready for every round, and her mom Tammy Maggart is her #1 cheerleader every time she goes down the track!

Her best finishes were the Semi-finals in two classes in one day at Beech Bend Raceway Park. She mostly races at Beech Bend Raceway Park and Buffalo Valley Dragway, but when the wheels are rolling to a race track she’s all in!

She races a ‘94 GMC Sonoma, and currently stealing her fiancé’s 88 Olds Cutlass stocker! She runs in the Pro, Super Pro, and L/SA Stock Eliminator.

Her first time driving her fiancé’s stocker in Greer South Carolina, after they had already lost the first round at Atlanta in 3 different classes, they wanted more. So they loaded up and found the nearest track that was racing that night and she finished “hurting” the
motor. They were losing parts on the track they didn’t even know existed. The fact that he still lets her drive it is a miracle. She learned a whole lot more than how to shift that weekend and now he can’t get her out of the driver’s seat!

“It’s weekends like that with our family and friends and not winning a round that makes us know we truly love racing and I wouldn’t be who I am without it!”

Her goal is to win an NHRA divisional! It’s all about that Wally! “I want to always grow as a racer and push outside my comfort zone and take chances to always be the best I can be.”

On race day she always takes a deep breath before she pre-stages. She feels it calms her and helps her focus on the race ahead. And she always chews a whole pack of gum on race day.

“One of my favorite moments since I have been racing is when I see little girls walk by and say I want to race like her one day! I remember being that little girl and having those dreams and now I am making them a reality and loving every minute of the journey!”

SCI Spotlight: Morgan Wood, Women’s Wheelchair Basketball National Champion

Morgan Wood

Smith County Insider recently had the chance to sit down with Gordonsville native, Morgan Wood, and discuss her second NWBA Intercollegiate National Championship win. See interview below.

A birth defect left Wood partially paralyzed, but she knew she had athletic strength and began her wheelchair basketball career in high school. After graduation, she started her college career at the University of Memphis. Wood later attended a summer wheelchair basketball camp at the powerhouse, University of Texas-Arlington, and fell in love with the school and program so much that she decided to transfer after her freshmen year. In the fall of 2013 is when Wood made her move to Texas. She was asked by the School Director to help her coach, Jason Nelms, form a women’s wheelchair basketball program at UT Arlington. In just under three years, Wood has helped her team recruit multiple players, which ultimately lead to two National Championship wins.

Wood was recently selected to be 1 of 12 athletes to make the cut for the U.S. Women’s World Championships Wheelchair Basketball Team that will compete in the 2018 IWBF World Championships in Hamburg, Germany, in August.

3rd Annual 2 Man Golf Scramble Hosted by Carthage Masonic Lodge

The Carthage Benevolent Lodge #14 will be hosting its 3rd annual 2 Man Golf Scramble on May 12, 2018. Proceeds from the scramble will go towards assisting the Carthage Lodge with several charities, including the “Widows and Orphans Fund”, Local Angel Tree Donations, Shriners Hospitals, and many more! 

The scramble will be held at Southern Hills Golf & Country Club, located off of Baxter exit at 4770 Jared Rd, Cookeville, TN 38506. The event will begin at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start. 

  • • $50 per player
  • • Bring your own team
  • • 3 flights of prize money will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd
  • • Meal Provided – Meat & 3
  • • Closest to the hole competition
  • • Straightest drive competition
  • • Tons of door prizes
  • • Mulligans
  • • 50/50 drawing
  • • Lucky Ball

Please call the Club House at 931-432-5149 or Colby McKinney at 615-489-0572 to register or send an email to CarthageLodgeGolf@gmail.com

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