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Smith County High Quarterback Club 6th Annual Bass Tournament set for April 27, 2019

The Smith County High School Quarterback Club would like to invite you to participate in their 6th Annual Bass Tournament, which will be held on April 27, 2019, at the Defeated Creek Marina at Cordell Hull Lake. 

Blast off is at 6:30 a.m. and Weigh-In will take place at 3:00 p.m.

Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places, as well as Big Fish. 

The 1st place winner will receive $1000, and a $500 award will be given to the winner of the Big Fish competition.

Pre-Entry prices for the tournament are $50 per boat and $20 for the Big Fish competition. On the day of the tournament, entry prices will be $60 per boat and $25 for the Big Fish competition.

Please mail pre-entry payments to: 


232 Friendship Hollow Road

Pleasant Shade, TN 37145

If you have any questions about the bass tournament, please contact Matt Oldham at 615-735-7250, Chris Carlyle at 615-670-1658, or Rob Hord at 615-735-7796.

New coach appointed to lead Gordonsville High School boys basketball team

Coach Greg Bibb

It was announced this week that Greg Bibb will be the new head coach of the boys basketball team at Gordonsville High School for the 2019-2020 season.

Coach Bibb comes to the Gordonsville program with plenty of experience, having held coaching positions at Pickett County, Van Buren County, Stone Memorial High School, and Smith County High School.

Coach Bibb recently served as head coach of the Smith County Lady Owls basketball team during their 2018-2019 season.

“We are excited about Coach Bibb being our next coach. He has coached in this district before, and he knows how challenging it is, and he is looking forward to the challenge,” said Gordonsville High School principal Shane Vaden.

Coach Bibb will replace Coach Trey Sanders, who has held a coaching position at Gordonsville since 2006.

Coach Bibb expressed enthusiasm about beginning his new journey at Gordonsville.

“I’m excited to get started as the new coach at Gordonsville. While coaching at Pickett County, I always felt it would be one of the best coaching jobs in the region,” he said. “I’m appreciative for the opportunity and ready to get started working with the kids.” 

Smith County Recreational Fast Pitch Softball League tryout/signup information

Smith County Recreational Fast Pitch Softball League will be having live tryouts on March 9, 2019 and March 16, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Crump Paris Park in Carthage, Tennessee.

Please plan to attend the first date, if at all possible, in case of rain out.

Any child is eligible to play if they are 7 – 16 years of age as of January 1, 2019. All age groups will try out together.

Signups will begin at 9:00 a.m. sharp.  At 10:00 a.m., the girls will be placed on the field to be evaluated. They can be on the field warming up from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.

A $40 Entry Fee must be paid at time of sign-ups. Parents will complete the paperwork upon arrival.


Please make sure your child brings all equipment needed for tryouts: 

  • Helmet w/face mask
  • Glove
  • Bat (is she prefers her own)
  • Field Facemask (if you haven’t purchased one, we will have extra at the field to borrow for the tryout).

In case of rainout, all children are required to sign up.  In case of rain, signups will be held upstairs in the PressBox from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on both dates.

If you have further questions, please contact Slick Collins at 615-735-7661 or Ann Gregory at 615-670-9845.

Smith County Minor League and Little League baseball tryouts set for March 2 & 9, 2019

Tryouts for Smith County Minor League and Little League baseball will be held at Crump Paris Park in South Carthage on Saturday, March 2 and Saturday, March 9, 2019. 

Tryouts will begin at 9:00 a.m. on both days.

If your child has never played for Smith County Little League before, they will need to bring a birth certificate.

Minor League and Little League teams will be redrafted each year. All players of league age (7-12) must sign up and tryout.  

Little League consists of kids ages 10, 11, or 12 (only those 10-year-olds who are needed to fill Little League rosters). 

Minor League consists of kids ages 7, 8, 9, or 10 years old (only 10-year-olds who are not needed to fill Little League rosters).

For more information about Smith County Little League, call (615)735-0239, (615)735-7661, or (615)735-7926. 

You can also call those numbers if you are interested in coaching for Smith County Little League.

League Ages are as follows:

  • Age 7: 09-01-11 to 08-31-12
  • Age 8: 09-01-10 to 08-31-11
  • Age 9: 09-01-09 to 08-31-10
  • Age 10: 09-01-08 to 08-31-09
  • Age 11: 09-01-07 to 08-31-08
  • Age 12: 09-01-06 to 08-31-07

Smith County High School Football Alumni and Supporters Dinner set for February 28, 2019

Proud alumni and supporters of the Smith County High School football program will gather for a meal on the evening of Thursday, February 28, 2019, to fellowship and raise funds for the Smith County High School Quarterback Club.

The supporters dinner will be held inside the SCHS Cafeteria, located at 312 Fite Avenue East in Carthage. The event will begin with a meet-and-greet at 6:00 p.m., followed by a meal at 7:00 p.m. Each meal will include a steak, baked potato, salad, roll, drink, and dessert.

Guest speakers for the evening are Coach Gary Rankin and Dr. David McDonald. 

The cost to attend is $25, and everyone is welcome. All proceeds will go to the SCHS Quarterback Club. 

Smith County Insider spoke with SCHS head football Coach Murf Murray about the upcoming event. 

“It’s open to anyone. You don’t have to be alumni,” Coach Murray clarified. “That’s why we called it the alumni and supporters dinner.” 

Coach Murray imagines the event as a time for former SCHS players to talk, mingle, and interact with the esteemed guest speakers, as well as a time for those inside and outside of the county to show their support for the football program.

“We are very excited to be hosting this for the first time this year. We are hoping to have a very successful event. Once again, this is for our Quarterback Club, for our facilities, for our team. We wish that everyone would come out and support the football team,” Coach Murray concluded.

If you wish to attend the Smith County High School Football Alumni and Supporters Dinner, you can purchase a ticket by contacting Coach Murray or any member of the SCHS Quarterback Club directly, or by visiting the SCHS Football Facebook page.

You can also complete the form below and submit it to the following businesses in Carthage: Sav-Way, Exit Realty, or Powell and Meadows Insurance.

GHS Cheerleaders place in regional cheer competition, earn bid to compete at national level

On Saturday, December 1, 2018, the Gordonsville High School Cheerleaders competed in the UCA Smoky Mountain Championship Cheer Competition at the Sevierville Convention Center in Sevierville, Tennessee. The team competed in the Game Day Competition division and placed 2nd out of seven teams.

Front Row: Captains: Skyler Brock, Kailee Barrett | Middle row: Haylee Reece, Hannah Ortego, Nikki Sanders, Brylee Hunt, Beth Woodard | Back row: Kelli Gregory, Megan Greenhaw, Nyce Robinson, Madison Wolf, Alivia Schwan, Violet Gillian

The team rankings for the competition are as follows:

  • 1st Place  – Beech High School (Hendersonville, TN)
  • 2nd Place – Gordonsville High School (Gordonsville, TN)
  • 3rd Place – Creekwood High School (North Charlotte, TN)
  • 4th Place – Richland High School (Lynnville, TN)
  • 5th Place – Watertown High School (Watertown, TN)
  • 6th Place – Hardin Valley School (Knoxville, TN)
  • 7th Place – Gallatin High School (Gallatin, TN)

As a result of their 2nd place standing in the Smoky Mountain competition, the Gordonsville High School Cheerleaders have earned a bid to compete in the National High School Cheer Championship, which will be held at Walt Disney World in February 2019.

This was the team’s first time competing in a regional cheer competition.

The Gordonsville High School Cheerleaders are led by head coach Mary Baker and assistant coaches Chandra Gillian and Allison Wolf.

Congratulations to all the Gordonsville High School Cheerleaders and coaches!

Gordonsville Tigers fall to South Pittsburg in Second Round

The Gordonsville Tigers lost to the South Pittsburg Pirates 27-14 in the second round of the playoffs.

Gordonsville’s first offensive drive saw them throw an interception, but the Tigers were able to force a three and out. Both teams were able to lock down on defense in the first quarter, but the Tigers took a long 10 minute drive that resulted in an eight yard touchdown by Matthew Thompson. The touchdown gave Gordonsville a 7-0 lead with 2:32 left in the half. The Tigers defense was able to make it to the half without allowing a score.

The Tigers were able to create a turnover in the second half, but an interception gave the Pirates momentum to drive down and tie the game back at 7-7.

Gordonsville couldn’t get anything going on the next drive and was forced to punt the ball back to the Pirates.

South Pittsburg was able to break off a long run to take a 14-7 lead with just under five minutes in the third quarter.

The Tigers were driving the ball, but an interception gave the Pirates the ball back to start the fourth quarter.

South Pittsburg took the ball downfield and scored to take a 21-7 lead with 11 minutes left in the game.

The Tigers weren’t able to get the offense going, being forced to punt and an interception on their next two drives. The Pirates scored to extend their lead to 27-7 with 4:07 left in the game.

Gordonsville was able to score to narrow the gap to 27-14 off of a two yard Taylor Thaxton to Wyatt Pemberton touchdown.

The Tigers were unable to recover the onside, and the Pirates were able to wind down the clock.

Smith County Owls lose first round matchup against Red Bank

The Owls lost to the #3 ranked 3A Red Bank Lions in the first round of the playoffs.

The Lions jumped to an early lead, scoring  on their first two possessions to take an early 14-0 lead. The Owls offense was not able to get going, but the defense was able to get a few stops before the Lions extended their lead to 28-0 going into the half.

Red Bank scored first in the second half to extend their lead to 35-0, but the Owls were able to get on the scoreboard with a 55 yard Cameron Spivey rushing touchdown to make the score 35-7.

The Lions scored two more touchdowns to put the Owls down 49-7, but Colton Windham was able to score a touchdown in the fourth quarter to wrap up the scoring at 49-13.

Gordonsville Tigers beat Sale Creek to advance to Second Round

The Tigers won their first round matchup against the Sale Creek Panthers, 35-0.

Gordonsville was able to strike first halfway into the first quarter off of a one yard Braxton Swicegood touchdown run to take a 7-0 lead.

The Tigers were able to score again before the end of the half with a 25 yard Skyshn Washer touchdown rush to take a 14-0 lead into halftime.

The Tigers scored first in the third quarter to extend their lead to 21-0 off of a 4 yard Matthew Thompson touchdown. The Tigers were able to tack on two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Thaxton was able to find the back of the end zone to put the Tigers up 28-0, followed by a Jalen Brown touchdown with three minutes left in the game to wrap up the scoring at 35-0.

What’s next?

The Tigers will host their second round matchup next Friday night.

J.M. Insurance Agency presents High School Football’s Beast of the Week 2018 – Week 11

Here are J.M. Insurance Agency’s picks for High School Football’s “Beast of the Week” for Week 11:

Smith County:

Greg Bass and Seth Dillehey

Greg Bass

Center | #78

Greg displayed consistency in sub-par playing condition, only missing one snap, resulting in a 90% grade out during the Owl’s victory over Grundy County.



Mac Petty, Taylor Thaxton, and Seth Dillehey

Taylor Thaxton

QB | #12

Taylor went 11/14, throwing for 152 yards with 1 Touchdown, and had 15 carries that went for 93 yards with 2 touchdowns during the Tigers’ win over Clay County.


J.M. Insurance Agency would like to congratulate all the 2018 Beast of the Week recipients, and they look forward to representing the students in the 2019 football season!

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