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2017 Lady Owls Soccer Team Schedule and Roster

2017-2018 Lady Owls Soccer Team

The 2017-2018 Lady Owls Soccer Team kicks off their regular season games on August 15, 2017. Below is the Lady Owls Soccer Team Roster and Schedule for the upcoming season. The head coach for this year’s team is Nicholus Bussell and two assistant coaches, Kit Jenkins and Hailey Randolph.


Katy Wright    #7 Senior
Dalia Rodriguez #10 Senior
Caitlin Griffin #13 Senior
Cayce Forrester #24 Senior
Chloe Kitchen #1 Junior
Piper Conditt #6 Junior
Logen Ferrell #8 Junior
Alyssa West #15 Junior
Delaney Eldred #20 Junior
Samantha Lewis   #21 Junior
Mia Harrelson #23 Junior
Shyenne Newton #25 Junior
Kristen Shoulders #32 Junior
Sarah Schaffers #34 Junior
Kayla Starling #55 Junior
Mallory Dillon #18 Sophomore
Kaytlin Patterson #19 Sophomore
Autumn McCrary #33 Sophomore
Becky Claywell #4 Freshmen
Hayley Murphy #12 Freshmen
Allexis West #14 Freshmen
Brennan Rigsby #16 Freshmen
Rebecca Tillman #22  #2 Freshmen


2017-2018  Lady Owls Soccer Team Schedule

Aug. 15, 2017 Tue

LEAD Academy

5:00 PM

Aug. 17, 2017 Thu

at Cumberland Co. High School

6:00 PM

Aug. 22, 2017 Tue

Mt. Juliet Christian Academy

7:00 PM

Aug. 24, 2017 Thu

Friendship Christian School

5:00 PM

Aug. 29, 2017 Tue

Stone Memorial High School

5:00 PM

Aug. 31, 2017 Thu

at White Co. High School

6:00 PM

Sep. 5, 2017 Tue

at Portland High School Richland Park

6:00 PM

Sep. 7, 2017 Thu

at Jackson Co. High School *

6:00 PM

Sep. 12, 2017 Tue

Alvin C. York Institute *

5:00 PM

Sep. 14, 2017 Thu

at Watertown High School *

6:00 PM

Sep. 18, 2017 Mon

Lebanon High School

6:00 PM

Sep. 21, 2017 Thu

Cannon Co. High School *

6:00 PM

Sep. 26, 2017 Tue

at Livingston Academy

6:00 PM

Sep. 28, 2017 Thu

Sycamore High School

7:00 PM

Oct. 3, 2017 Tue

at Wilson Central High School Senior Night

6:00 PM


Smith County’s Senior League All Stars representing Tennessee defeat Virginia and North Carolina in Southeast Regional Tournament

Game 1: Tennessee vs Virginia

SCLL All Stars Tennessee Seniors Defeat Virginia in pitcher’s duel. Both teams were strong on the mound Saturday, but Tennessee defeated Virginia 3-1.

Smith County (Tennessee) opened up with Virginia in the Southeast Regionals. After no score in the first inning, Smith Co. scored in the second, third and fourth to take a 3-0 lead, which helped propel Tennessee to victory. Virginia got one run in the sixth inning to make the final score 3 to 1. Hunter Mann pitched the first three innings followed by Nate Hate hall with one inning, Matthew Enoch 2.1 innings and Dustin Mimms 2/3 of an inning. They combined to throw a two-hitter. Layton Cripps and Jay Franklin had two hits a piece – Cripps one double and Franklin two singles. Nate Hall and Barrett Briggs both had one hit each – both singles. Bryson Neal had one hit and an RBI. Matthew Enoch had two sac flys for two RBIs. Winning pitcher: Hunter Mann

Game 2: Tennessee vs North Carolina

Four pitchers team up as Tennessee shuts out North Carolina 2-0 on Sunday as four pitchers combined to throw a shut out.

Smith County’s second game was against North Carolina. Dylan Hackett scored in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. Runs were at a premium until Layton Cripps came up and hit a solo homerun in the sixth inning to take a 2-0 lead. North Carolina had the bases loaded after two Smith Co. errors, but a fly ball to center field ended the game for Smith County to go 2-0 in the tournament. Mann, Hall, Enoch and Mimms allowed five scattered hits to keep North Carolina from scoring. Layton Cripps had one hit – a homerun. Campbell Gregory had an RBI. Nate Hall, Bryson Neal and Barrett Briggs all added one hit each. Winning pitcher: Hunter Mann

Team congratulates Layton after his solo HR that secured the win for TN 2-0 vs NC

Hunter Mann has started the pitching battle in both games. Along with TN pitchers Matt Enoch, Nathaniel Hall and Dustin Mimms they have held their Regional Opponents to just one run

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Smith County’s Junior League All Stars off to winning start in state tournament play, Colin Howell opens by pitching a perfect game.

We are currently in need of game summaries for the Smith County Major League (12 yr old) All Stars playing in the state tournament in Columbia, Tennessee, and the Smith County Senior League (15 & 16 yr old) All Stars playing in the Southeast Regional Tournament in Tampa, Florida.  Summaries can be sent to  The summaries can be brief, such as what is written below, but details must be accurate.  Pictures are also great with captions (names, etc.) included.  Thank you.

Smith County: 4
Maryville: 0

Smith County began state tournament play against Maryville Saturday evening in Johnson City. Smith Co. took an early lead, scoring two runs in the first inning. Smith Co. scored two more runs in the third inning giving them a four-run lead, which would be unmatched by Maryville due to Colin Howell pitching a perfect game. Howell struck out 13, gave up no hits and had no walks or errors. Smith Co. was led in batting by Jake Taylor with three hits, Kevin Boles with two hits and Hayden Vance, Robert Preston and Colton Windham with one hit a piece.

Smith County: 12
Stewart County: 2

Smith County played Stewart County in their second game Sunday afternoon. Once again, Smith Co. took the lead early by scoring three runs at the top of the first inning. Stewart Co. answered back, scoring two runs to close out the first. It was all Smith Co. from the second inning, onward, with eight runs scored in the second followed by two runs in the third. Smith Co. maintained a 10-run lead through the fifth inning, which would be enough to secure the victory. Kevin Boles pitched two innings and Robert Preston pitched three. Tanner Coleman, Jake Taylor, Colin Howell, Cade Gregory, Trayson Davis and Eli Hix had one hit a piece.

With victories over Maryville and Stewart County, Smith County is one of only two undefeated teams at this point in tournament play with the other team being Morristown, who Smith Co. faces Monday. Whichever team wins Monday is guaranteed to play in the state championship game Wednesday. The losing team will play again Tuesday, with the winner of that game advancing to Wednesday’s championship.

Little League All-Stars Roadblock Fundraiser for State Tournament Expenses

The Smith County Little League 12u Allstars will be holding a Roadblock, this Saturday July 15th, in Carthage and in Gordonsville between the hours of 8am and Noon. Please help show your support for these young men, who are the Little League District 2 Champions, by making a donation to help with expenses as they get ready to play in the State Little League Tournament in Columbia Tennessee, starting July 22nd. Any donation made will be greatly appreciated!

Pittsburgh Pirates draft Steven Jennings in the 2nd Round of the MLB Draft

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The Pittsburgh Pirates Monday night selected Smith County native and former DeKalb County High School pitcher, Steven Jennings, in the Major League Baseball Draft as the 42nd overall pick and sixth into the second round.

“This has been a dream come true. This has been a dream of mine to play professional baseball since I was old enough to know really what baseball was. It is absolutely a dream come true to make that dream a reality. Its awesome. I can’t really describe how I am feeling. I can’t tell you how thankful and grateful I am to be in the position I am in right now,” Jennings told WJLE Monday night after his selection was announced.

Jennings was a two-sport star at DCHS in baseball and football, as he was named the offensive MVP of his high school district as a junior. But he tore his ACL during a football game last September, an injury that ended his football season. Still he was named the football team’s MVP his senior year. The torn ACL didn’t keep Jennings off the mound, however, as he kept pitching while wearing a knee brace.

Jennings’ fastball sits at 89-92 mph and touches 95 mph, and the 6-foot-2, 175-pounder could add more velocity as he develops. The athletic 18-year-old also throws a slider, curveball and changeup. Jennings posted a 0.54 ERA with 99 strikeouts in 51 2/3 innings for DCHS in his senior season.

Following his junior season, Jennings offered up a pledge to the Ole Miss Rebels and later signed a letter of intent, but with his selection in the draft he will now turn pro. ‘I am going to sign with the Pirates. We haven’t really worked out the details of when I am going to Pittsburgh to sign yet but we will probably work that out tomorrow or within the next couple of days for a time I can get up there and get all the paper work done,” Jennings told WJLE.

Jennings said he wasn’t surprised to have been taken so early in the second round. “We had said we thought it would be late in the first round or early in the second round so it was right around where we had pictured it being,” he continued.

His father Randy Jennings, said Steven will soon be leaving for Tampa, Florida to play his rookie ball. “Steven will get his orders probably later in the week as to when he is going to leave. They have told us it may be toward the end of the week. He will be going to their rookie ball league just outside of Tampa, Florida so he will be going there for the rest of the summer for his rookie ball,” said Randy Jennings.

As he celebrates reaching this important goal in his own life, Steven took a moment to offer up some words of encouragement for youngsters growing up in DeKalb County today.

“For any of the little boys or even little girls in DeKalb County, if you want to do something don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t do it. Just work really hard. Stay humble and take all the opportunities you can and make the most of them. Don’t take anything for granted. You only get so many opportunities to do what you want with your life and you can’t let them slip by. Work really hard and stay grateful for everything you have and try to accomplish your goals,” Jennings concluded.

10th Annual “Drive for Sight” 2 Man Golf Scramble

The Southside Lions Club of Gordonsville is holding their  10th Annual “Drive for Sight” 2 Man Golf Scramble on Saturday, June 17, 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.

Local Athlete Named to 2017 America’s Qualifier Team for Wheelchair Basketball

Morgan Wood of Gordonsville, Tenn.

(Smith County Insider Press) Gordonsville, Tenn. – Gordonsville native, Morgon Wood, makes national headlines again by being selected as 1 of 12 athletes to represent United States at the 2017 International Wheelchair Basketball Federation America’s Zonal Qualifier. Wood also made headlines last March by helping her team, the Lady Movin’ Mavs, win the National Championship for Women’s Wheelchair Basketball. Below is a press release from National Wheelchair Basketball Association regarding Wood’s recent nomination:

Three returning U.S. Paralympic gold medalists will highlight the roster of 12 athletes that will represent the United States at the 2017 International Wheelchair Basketball Federation America’s Zonal Qualifier, set for Cali, Colombia, August 21-30. Leading the team is two-time Paralympian Desi Miller of Monroe, Washington, who was a significant contributor to the gold-medal performance in Rio. Miller, a three-time Para Pan American gold medalist, has also played on two World Championships teams, winning the gold in 2010. 

This is the first major event for Team USA as they start the roll towards the Tokyo Paralympic Games. Team USA must place in the top four at the America’s Qualifier, in order to compete at the 2018 World Championships in Hamburg, Germany. The 2019 Para Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru, is the other major event for Team USA.

Also making the America’s Zonal team, were Abby Dunkin of New Braunfels, Texas, and Vanessa Erskine of Kearney, Missouri. Dunkin a student-athlete at the University of Texas at Arlington, also was a member of the gold-medal winning 2015 Para Pan Am Games team. Erskine, a two-time College National Champion for the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, currently plays professional wheelchair basketball in Germany.

Dunkin will be joined by two other athletes who currently play for the University of Texas at Arlington. They are Josie Aslakson of Jordan, Minnesota; and Morgan Wood of Gordonsville, Tennessee.

The University of Alabama is represented by Emily Oberst of Brookefield, Wisconsin, and Brittany Gustafson of Monticello, Minnesota. Miller also graduated from the University of Alabama. Shelby Gruss of Ossian, Indiana, was selected and plays for the University of Illinois.

In addition to Erskine, Lindsay Zurbrugg of Portland, Oregon, has made the cut and attends the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater. Sarah Heinzl of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is on the roster of 12 and attends the University of Arizona.

The depth of women’s wheelchair basketball in the United States is prevalent as two high school athletes were selected: Riley Ljungdahl of Longmont, Colorado; and Zoe Voris of Crown Point, Indiana.

NWBA Hall of Famer Trooper Johnson of San Lorenzo, California, will serve as the U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach. Johnson, a 15-time U.S. Men’s National Team member and two-time Paralympic medalist, will be assisted by Amy Spangler of Madison, Wisconsin, and Adam Kramer of Northport, Alabama. Athletic Trainer Karla Wessels of Lexington, Kentucky, and Team Leader Kearstin Gehlhausen of Denver, Colorado, return for a second term.

The U.S. Women’s returned to the top of the podium at the Rio Paralympics, marking the third Paralympic gold medal in the last four Paralympics Games (2004, 2008, and 2016). The U.S. Women’s team dominated the field in Rio going undefeated, 7-0, and maintains the medal count lead with seven Paralympic medals, including four gold medals.

Last summer, Team USA led six statistical categories over the seven-game stretch at the Rio Paralympics. It is the third time that the United States has gone undefeated at the Paralympics, en route to the gold medal. Team USA led shooting percentage at 53.8 percent; points for at 505 points (72.1/game); assists with 178 (25.4/game); fouls with 55; and the least turnovers at 61 (8.7/game). The United States was second in points against with 42.3 per game.


Owl Basketball Camp Registration

You can now register online for OWL BASKETBALL CAMP!!! Please follow the link below to do so! We do not have online payment setup yet, so you will still have to mail your check in. We are going to have a great camp this summer!

Click here to register!


NCTV Interviews Owl Players and Coach about Buzzer-Beater Shot

A buzzer-beating shot by Jaylon Shepperson off a long pass by Carson Hackett propelled the Owls to a 60-58 win over DeKalb County Monday night, February 13, in the 8-AA District Tournament at Tennessee Tech.

The Owls would fall short of victory Wednesday night against Livingston, but not before that game-winning shot from Monday night could go viral.

Local news stations in Nashville showed footage of the incredible play during their sportscasts.

The play even caught the eye of ESPN’s Sports Center.

The SportsCenter Instagram account shared video of the shot, which has accumulated over one million views in less than 24 hours.

NCTV recently interviewed Coach John Sanders, Jaylon Shepperson, Carson Hackett, and the radio announcer, Terry Collins about the amazing shot and national attention. Watch below:

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