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Smith County Lady Owls Soccer Team Won District Title

Back Row: Assistant Coach Hailey Randolph, Allyssa West, Avery Schoolfield, Kayla Starling, Sarah Schaffers, Brennan Rigsby, Assistant Kit Jenkins and Head Coach Nicholus Bussell.
Middle Row: Katy Wright, Kristen Shoulders, Samantha Lewis, Logen Ferrell, Mallory Dillon, and Caitlyn Griffin.
Front Row: Dalia Rodriguez, Shyenne Newton, Autumn McCrary, Rebecca Tillman, Hayley Murphy, Delaney Eldred, Kaytlin Patterson, Becky Claywell, and Allexis West.
Ground: Maija Harrelson and Cayce Forrester


Jackson County hosted the 7A District playoffs this year.  Smith County Lady Owls went in as the number one seed with a record of 4-0 in district play.  Tuesday night Smith County faced Cannon County.  Cannons goalie had impressively improved since their last meeting on Smith County’s Senior Night.  It still was not enough to hold off the Lady Owls.  Smith County would win the game 3-0, with goals by Delaney Eldred and Katy Wright in the first half.  Brennan Rigsby sealed the deal with her goal in the second half.  This win placed Smith COunty in the District Championship game.  Jackson County then beat York to find their place in the championship game as well.
Thursday night, Smith County and Jackson County were both excited about their district title hopes.  The first half was a defensive battle.  The Lady Owls dominated their territory but the strong showing of the Blue Devil goalie was not having it.  The half ended with a tie of 0-0.  With a district title handing in the balance, both teams went into the second half with purpose.  The breakthrough came when Katy Wright found her way through the Blue Devil defense and walked the ball to the net, then send it flying to the right beating the goalie.  This set the stage and pumped up the bench, the fans, and the squad on the pitch.  Maija Harrelson would be the next Lady Owl scorer.  Jacksons goalie came out to meet a shot, lost control of the ball and Maija rushed to connect with it, sending it into the back of the net uncontested.  Later Cayce Forrester kicked the ball into the heavens, it landed inches outside the net.  Before Mallory Dillon could kick it in the goalie, on the ground, twisted around to kick it clear.  Mallory battled with three Lady Blue Devils for control and finally was able to kick it out to Cayce. Cayce then fired it hard through traffic, under the diving goalie, to meet with the back of the net.  With less than ten minutes left in the game, Jackson County just could not recover.  With the final score of 3-0, the Smith County Lady Owls soccer team found themselves making history.  For the first time in SCHS history, the Lady Owls soccer team won the District Title!!
After the game District awards were handed out.  First-year head coach Nicholus Bussell earned District Coach of the Year.  Maija Harrelson earned District MVP  and we had six more make it onto the All-district team:  Cayce Forrester, Kayla Starling, Kaytlin Patterson, Samantha Lewis, Allyssa West and Kristen Shoulders.
The Lady Owls are now hosting the Regional Tournament for the first time which starts on Tuesday, October 17th at 6 pm,  The Lady Owls will face East Robertson Lady Indians.

J.M Insurance Agency presents High School Football’s Beast of the Week 2017 – Week 5 and 6

JM Insurance Agency presents High School Football’s Beast of the Week, Week 5 Selections:

Smith County High School: 

Chris Allen #7


12 tackles and one forced fumble in the intense victory over York

L to R: Seth Dillehay, Chris Allen

Gordonsville High School:

Matthew Thompson #36


6 total tackles with 3 tackles for loss in their win over Republic.

L to R: Ron Marshall, Matthew Thompson, Seth Dillehay

JM Insurance Agency presents High School Football’s Beast of the Week, Week 6 Selections:

Smith County High School:

Will Broyles #23


Will had 6 total tackles and 1 pass breakup during the season’s first loss to Livingston Academy.

L to R: Seth Dillehay, Will Broyles

Gordonsville High School: Bye Week


J.M Insurance Agency presents High School Football’s Beast of the Week 2017 – Week 3

JM Insurance Agency presents High School Football’s Beast of the Week, Week 3 Selections:

Smith County High School:

Austin Williams #68

Offensive Line/Defensive Line

Made 7 tackles and ½ sack on defense, and displayed great performance on O-line assignments in their win over Upperman High School Bees.

L to R: Mike Dickerson, Austin Williams, Seth Dillehay

Gordonsville High School:

Tristin Corthell #42


Made 7 tackles to help secure their win against the Red Boiling Springs Bulldogs

L to R: Ron Marshall, Tristin Corthell, Seth Dillehay


J.M Insurance Agency presents High School Football’s Beast of the Week 2017 – Week 2

JM Insurance Agency presents High School Football’s Beast of the Week, Week 2 Selections:

For Smith County High School:

Bryant Goolsby #24

Running Back/ Linebacker

Bryant had 16 carries for 76 yards and 1 touchdown, along with 12 tackles, in their win over Gordonsville High School.

For Gordonsville High School:

Dalton Stallings #9

Free Safety

Dalton led the Tigers in tackles and blocked two field goals in their tough loss against Smith County High School.

LtoR: Seth Dillehay, Dalton Stallings, Ron Marshall


J.M Insurance Agency presents High School Football’s Beast of the Week 2017 – Week 1

JM Insurance Agency presents High School Football’s Beast of the Week, Week 1 Selections:

For Smith County High School:

Chris Wray #76 Offensive Tackle

Graded out 89% on assignments and had four pancake blocks

Chris’s performance helped enhance the Owls running attack in their win over Macon County Tigers.

For Gordonsville High School:

Braxton Givens #28 Running Back

Had 91 total rushing yards

Braxton executed several hard nose running assignments despite their loss to Watertown.

Director of Schools, Barry Smith, Releases Statement Regarding Tuesday’s Soccer Game Controversy

Following a Smith County High School vs. Mt. Juliet Christian Academy soccer game on Tuesday afternoon, the Lebanon Democrat published an about the game entitled, “MJCA coach pulls team from field with storm approaching.” Click HERE to view article.

Smith County Director of Schools, Barry Smith, released the following statement regarding the article on Wednesday afternoon:

The Smith County Board of Education is committed first and foremost to student safety. I have investigated the incident involving the soccer game last night with Mt. Juliet Christian. After speaking with the principal and athletic director, I stand behind my coaches and administration. The game administrator and TSSAA officials were watching the weather closely. TSSAA protocol was followed at all times. At the time the MJCA coach removed his team from the match, the athletic director asked the head official if he (the official) was requesting a weather delay. The official replied, “No,” and to continue the game. 

I expect our coaches and administration to always keep safety a first priority and will always err on the side of caution in situations like this following the guidelines set forth by the TSSAA. In regard to the report from the Lebanon Democrat, I have been given conflicting information. The football team did practice, and their practice was not cancelled due to weather. We are unaware of two deputies that were at the game. To our knowledge, there was only one, the School Resource Officer (“SRO”). The SRO that was present stated that he did not request a game delay or cancellation. According to our administration and SRO, the MJCA team and fans left the complex without incident. In addition, we appreciate the media who chose to get statements from both parties in the investigation before reporting the incident.”


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.

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