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July 2020

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GHS Cheer Camp set for July 13, 14, & 16, 2020

The Gordonsville High School Cheerleaders plan to host a Cheer Camp this summer on July 13, 14, and 16 at New Middleton Elementary School. Camp will be held from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. each night. 

The cost to participate is $40, and the camp is open to students in kindergarten through 8th Grade. 

Each camper will receive a t-shirt. Camp is limited to 50 campers, so register today!

Instruction will be provided by the GHS Cheerleaders. 

If your child would like to attend the upcoming GHS Cheer Camp, please click here to complete the online form by Friday, July 3. 

UPDATE: Coach Bussell and Coach Jenkins Soccer Youth Skills Camp set for July 6-8, 2020 is canceled

Update: This event has been canceled.

This summer, Coach Bussell and Coach Jenkins, head coaches of the Smith County High School Soccer programs, will host a Soccer Youth Skills Camp on July 6, 7, and 8, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. each day.

The Youth Skills Camp is open to children in kindergarten through 8th grade for the 2020-2021 school year.

The cost to participate is $40, which includes a camp soccer ball. 

During the SCHS Soccer Youth Skills Camp…

  • Players will learn individual and team skills appropriate to their age and skill level. 
  • Players will learn in a fun environment with players in the same age group. 
  • Players will be given instruction to help them increase their skill level and
  • understanding of the game 
  • The camp will emphasize individual skills and how to apply them to the team
  • setting 
  • Parents are welcome to watch and talk to coaches about the game.

All players are required to wear shin guards and cleats at all times, and to bring a soccer ball.

Registration is due by Friday, June 19, 2020, to receive a camp soccer ball. 

If you have more than one child that would like to participate, please contact one of the coaches for more information to help with that.

Please contact Nicholus Bussell or Kit Jenkins at 615-735-9219 extension 2031. You can also email them at nicholus.bussell@smithcoedu.net or kit.jenkins@smithcoedu.net if you have any questions.

Please mail completed registration form and $40 payment to:

Nicholus Bussell or Kit Jenkins 

Attn: Nicholus Bussell & Kit Jenkins

380 Hogans Creek Road 

Carthage, TN 37030

Click here to download the registration form: Soccer Youth Skills Camp 2020.

Smith County Youth Football and Cheerleading Signup Information – May 2020

Smith County Youth Football and Cheerleading will be having signups in the parking lot of the Carthage City Park on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday, May 16, 2020 and Saturday, May 23, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., weather permitting.

We will have tables set up to come get paperwork and take it back to your vehicle to fill out. We will size each player individually and disinfect accordingly before sizing the next child. We will be following the Social Distancing guidelines during these signups until further notice.

Before the start of practice in July, we will need a copy of child’s birth certificate (no mother’s copy) and an up to date physical.

For more information, please visit the Smith County Youth Football Facebook page.

TSSAA cancels remaining events for current school year

This announcement was originally posted on the Smith County School System website. Click here to view it

With the Governor’s announcement of school closure for the remainder of the school year, all remaining TSSAA events for 2019-20, including all spring sports and the postponed BlueCross Basketball Championships, are cancelled.

This is an unprecedented time across our state and country, and we do not make this decision lightly. We thank all of the participants, their coaches, administrators, parents, and everyone else who has dedicated a tremendous amount of time, passion, and effort to high school athletics, especially these affected events.

To our senior participants – we thank you for everything you have done for your schools and communities and wish you the very best in your bright futures. This is difficult, but the lessons you’ve learned and friendships you’ve made through high school activities will last your lifetime. We look forward to the resumption of high school athletics during the 2020-21 school year, and will continue work on those events at this time. The TSSAA thanks everyone involved for their patience and understanding throughout this process.

Information will be given to member schools regarding summer athletic activities in regards to the sports calendar at a date in the near future.

Smith County High School football players commit to college teams, military service

L to R: Jaden Apple-Gibbs, John Ross Hord, Cameron Spivey, Kobe Williams, Joey Gantenbein, Chris Cunningham

Last month, the friends and family of six Smith County High School football players gathered in the Smith County High School gymnasium to celebrate the players’ accomplishments and future plans.

Three players signed on with college teams, two shared their plans to join the military, and one committed to serving in the police force.

In a short ceremony, Smith County High School football coach Scott Murray commended his players for their character, work ethic, leadership skills, and academic performance. He described them as the “total package” as he expressed his pride.

Each student was given the opportunity to tell the audience about his future plans and express gratitude to the people who helped him along the way.

Jaden Apple-Gibbs signed on to play football at Greenville University in Greenville, Illinois.

John Ross Hord committed to play football at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky. 

Cameron Spivey will continue his football career at Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee. 

Kobe Williams plans to join the Air Force. 

Joey Gantenbein will enlist in the Navy. 

Chris Cunningham, whose injuries prevented him from joining the Army as he initially planned, will join the police force after he graduates.

Coach Murray also acknowledged Jared Grisham, who could not attend the ceremony because he was attending a military signing event on the same day.

Coach Murray told his players that he was glad to see that they have found their future homes, but he also reminded them that they will always have a special place in Owl Nation. “Your home will always be here,” Murray reassured the seniors.

Congratulations to these exceptional students! We look forward to seeing all the great things you will accomplish in the future.

Smith County Little League launches new website; activities suspended until April 11

Although Smith County Little League Baseball/Softball has suspended all activities until April 11, 2020, the new Little League website is up and running!

If you have any pictures of your player’s team in action last year, feel free to message Smith County Little League on Facebook so that your pictures can be added to the website. 

Smith County Little League would like to send a big thanks to Grok Gates for helping with the new site! Any feedback is appreciated. 

Click here to check out the Smith County Little League website!

Also, be sure to read the following important announcement:

Smith County Little League Baseball/Softball has suspended all activities until April 11th. The final tryout that was originally scheduled for Saturday, March 14th will now be held on April 11th. This will not affect the start of our LL season as it was set to begin April 19th. Please continue to sign up online if you have not signed up yet. This ruling was handed down from our district not from the local level. If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to any of the following people: 

  • Slick Collins – President (615)735-7661
  • Tracy Mofield -Vice President (615)735-7926
  • Michael Hughes – Sports Information Officer (615)418-5275

Click here to access the online sign up form: https://form.jotform.com/vols187/SmithCountyLLRegistration. 

Smith County High School Baseball and Softball Strikes Out Tobacco!

CARTHAGE, Tenn. – The Smith County High School Baseball and Softball teams recently made the pledge to “Strike Out Tobacco!”

Coach Connie Holder and Coach Lynus Martin and their teams each signed a pledge form promising not to use ANY tobacco or electronic cigarette (vape) products.

Once signed, the Tennessee Department of Health, in conjunction with TNSTRONG (a youth-led initiative to take down tobacco in Tennessee), sent both coaches and their teams a “We Struck out Tobacco” banner to be hung at the school.

As a reward for their tobacco-free leadership role, they will be receiving a TNSTRONG five- gallon bucket filled with practice baseballs and softballs.

Great job, Owls!

Registration for Jr. Pro Basketball at Defeated Elementary School now underway

Registration for Defeated Elementary School Jr. Pro Basketball for the 2019-2020 season is now underway!

The fee to participate in Jr. Pro Basketball is $40 per child.

Draft (coaches only) will be held on January 12, 2020. Practices start January 25, and games start February 22. The season will be over by March 21, 2020. No teams play every night. 

Only registration forms postmarked by January 3, 2020, will be accepted.

Click here to download the printable registration form.

Defeated Elementary School sponsors this program. All checks should be made payable to Defeated Elementary School. Mail to DES Jr. Pro, 451 Defeated Creek Highway, Carthage, TN 37030. 

For more information, please contact Meranda Cook at 615-744-3150, Brandon Rigsby at 615-744-3421 or email cookm4@smithcoedu.net.

GHS Cheer places in Smoky Mountain Mid-South Regional Cheerleading Competition, earns bid to compete nationally

1st Row (L to R)- Haylee Reece, Violet Gillilan | 2nd Row (L to R) Kelli Gregory, Madison Wolf, Kailee Barrett, Cassi Vaden | 3rd Row (L to R) Brylee Hunt, Alivia Schwan, Skye Manor, Jaycee Johnson, Megan Greenhaw

On December 7, 2019, the Gordonsville High School Varsity Cheerleading squad competed in the Smoky Mountain Mid-South Regional Cheerleading Competition.

They competed in the game day division which highlights the aspects of traditional cheerleading. Each squad performed a routine consisting of two band dances and two crowd leading cheers.

The GHS cheerleaders came in 4th overall and earned an invitation to compete at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Florida in the National High School Cheerleading Championships in February 2020. 

The competition standings are as follows:

Smoky Mountain Mid-South Regional Championships – Game Day Varsity Non Tumbling Division

  1. Baylor School (Private)
  2. Creek Wood High School (4A)
  3. Bartlett High School (6A)
  4. Gordonsville High School (1A)
  5. Upperman High School (3A)
  6. Fultondale High School (4A)
  7. Oliver Springs High School (1A)
  8. Overton High School (5A)
  9. Jellico High School (1A)

Congratulations, GHS Cheer!

Smith County’s John Ross Hord named DTC Communications “Player of the Year”

The following article first appeared on the DTC3 website. Click here to see the original article.

DTC Communications “Player of the Year” John Ross Hord

Each season, DTC Sports selects an outstanding player from the DTC service area for the DTC Communications Player of the Year. This year, the honor went to Smith County High School senior, John Ross Hord.

Hord was chosen based on his outstanding performance throughout the 2019 regular season. He was twice named DTC Sports Player of the Game during the season, for his performance against the Gordonsville Tigers in Week 2, and again in Week 7, as the Owls won an important Region 4-3A game over Sequatchie County.

Offensively, throughout the ten games of the regular season, Hord rushed for 1,048 yards on 156 carries – an average of 6.7 yards per carry – and scored 18 rushing touchdowns. Additionally, Hord caught 14 passes for another 123 yards and added another score. In total, on offense, Hord tallied 1,171 total yards and 19 touchdowns, good enough to score 114 of the Owls’ 294 total points this season.

Hord was equally as important on the defensive side of the ball for Smith County, as he registered 90 total tackles – which ranked second on the team – logged six tackles for loss, had one interception and a fumble recovery from his linebacker position. Hord’s efforts helped the Owls earn a 6-4 overall record, a 4-1 record in Region 4-3A – good enough for a second-place finish – and a first-round home playoff game against Sweetwater on Friday night, November 8.

Hord finished his career at SCHS with 2,361 rushing yards on 487 carries (4.8 YPC) and scored 37 TD. He also caught 45 passes for an additional 447 yards and 3 TD. Hord was also among the team leaders in tackles on defense during all four years of his tenure. His career stats put Hord among the best players to ever suit up for the Smith County Owl football program.

In addition to Hord’s individual award, DTC Communications also presented Smith County High School head football coach Scott Murray, and the Smith County High School Football Program, a check for $500 for having this year’s DTC Communications Player of the Year. Tom Duggin of DTC Sports made the presentations to Hord and Coach Murray during a pep rally at the school, Friday afternoon, before the playoff game with Sweetwater.

“DTC Communications is proud to be a community partner with the local schools in our service area, and we are equally proud to recognize the accomplishments of the outstanding student-athletes within the area,” said Chris Townson, CEO of DTC Communications. “I want to personally congratulate both John Ross Hord and the Smith County High School football team for their remarkable accomplishments throughout the 2019 high school football season.”

Hord becomes the third Smith County Owl to win the DTC Player of the Year Award, joining Jalen Manning (2013), and Carson Hackett (2017). Other past winners include Lucas Phillips (2012) and Steven Jennings (2014, 2015) of DeKalb County, and Seth Price (2016) and Deramus Carey (2018) of Watertown.

DTC Sports and DTC Communications are proud to recognize Smith County High School senior running back/linebacker John Ross Hord as the DTC Communications Player of the Year, and proudly congratulate both he and the Smith County High School football team for their outstanding accomplishments in 2019.

DTC Communications is proud to continue their long-standing support of its communities and the athletic programs within these communities.

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