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Sanders named head coach of SCHS boys basketball team

Coach Trey Sanders will take over as head coach of the SCHS boys basketball team.

Trey Sanders has been appointed head coach of the Smith County High School boys basketball team. 

Sanders comes to the Smith County High School program following a 12-season coaching stint at Gordonsville High School. 

Coach Sanders led the Tigers to a 17-14 overall record last season.

“We are pleased to announce Trey Sanders is the new head coach of the Smith County High School boys basketball program,” said SCHS principal Tim Towns. “Coach Sanders is well known and respected in the Smith County community and in the basketball coaching profession.”

“We feel he is a good fit for our school and will be an excellent influence on the young men in our program,” Towns remarked.

“I am so excited to have the opportunity to return to SCHS,” Coach Sanders told Smith County Insider. “I would like to thank Mr. Towns and Mr. Apple for giving me the opportunity to continue to coach. I had the opportunity to meet with the team and those who are interested in playing, and I am looking forward to working with them and getting to know them.”

Sanders will begin leading the Owls during the 2019-2020 season.

SCHS Soccer Youth Skills Camp set for June 3-5, 2019

This summer, Smith County High School Soccer will host a Soccer Youth Skills Camp on June 3, 4, and, 5, 2019, 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 2019-2020 school year.

The cost to participate is $40, which includes a camp t-shirt.

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. 

Concessions will be offered each day of camp. Most items will be $1. 

Registration is due by May 17, 2019 in order to receive a t-shirt. You may turn in registration the first day of camp but will not receive a t-shirt. 

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: 

Smith County High School Soccer 
Attn: Nicholus Bussell & Kit Jenkins 
312 Fite Avenue East
Carthage, TN 37030 

You can download the registration form by clicking hereSCHS Youth Skills Camp.

Gordonsville Youth Football and Cheer Sign-ups to take place April 12 & 13, 2019

This year’s Gordonsville Youth Football & Cheer Sign-ups will take place at Ivy Agee Park on Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13, 2019. 

Sign-ups will be held on Friday from 3:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

There will be a Football Fee of $80 for ages 8-12 as of April 1, 2019.

The Flag Football Fee will be $50 for ages 5-7 only.

7 year olds may be allowed to play with 8-9 year olds. This will be parents and coach discretion.

Please bring your player and a copy the player’s birth certificate with you to sign-ups.

There will be a Cheer Fee of $60 for ages 6-12 as of April 1, 2019. This fee does not include the cost of uniform.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact…

  • President: Jason Lankford – (615) 585-8001
  • Vice President: Sydney Scurlock – (615) 489-7748
  • Cheer: Leann Slatton – (615) 418-6629

2019 Statewide Spring Turkey Hunting Season Opens March 30

NASHVILLE — Tennessee’s 2019 spring turkey season opens in all 95 counties on Saturday, March 30 and continues through Sunday, May 13.

“Turkey hunting in Tennessee is fantastic,” said Ed Carter, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s executive director.  “We have abundant public land, one of the longest seasons in the southeast and one of the biggest bag limits and plenty of turkeys.  It’s a great way to experience the outdoors, especially this time of year.”

Spring turkey harvest numbers have been consistent for years in Tennessee. And this year is looking to be even better than last year with more favorable conditions than last spring when harvest numbers slipped below 30,000 for the first time in 16 seasons. Bag limit is one bearded turkey per day, up to four per season. A hunting and fishing combination (Type 001), plus a supplemental big game license, or a sportsman license is required. Don’t forget to check game when you harvest a gobbler. Turkey harvest can be checked online at GoOutdoorsTennessee.com or through the TWRA On The Go App (report capable with or without cell service).

The Middle Tennessee area is again expected to be a hot spot. Nine out of the top 10 county harvests came from mid-state. Maury County led the way though East Tennessee’s Greene County had a productive year finishing second overall in the state. Dickson County was third.

Hunting hours are 30 minutes prior to legal sunrise until legal sunset (times found based on your location in the TWRA On the Go app). Legal hunting equipment includes shotguns using ammunition loaded with No. 4 shot or smaller, longbows, recurve bows, compound bows, and crossbows.

Firearms and archery equipment may have sighting devices except those devices utilizing an artificial light capable of locating wildlife.

More information on the 2019 spring turkey season can be found in the 2018-19 Tennessee Hunting & Trapping Guide. The guide is online at www.tnwildlife.org and also available at TWRA offices and license agents.

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: 

SCHS QB Club

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.

ALL GIRLS WILL BE CHOSEN ON A TEAM. NO CHILD WILL BE CUT.

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!

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