2021 Sports Year in Review

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Jan. 7
Chester Co. falls to Crockett following Christmas break

Both the Eaglettes and Eagles fell to the Crocket County Cavaliers in their games after Christmas break.
The girls lost 51-37, and the guys lost 59-57.
Being down only by three points at halftime, 22-18, the Eaglettes were putting up a tough game.
However, the Eaglettes were not able to hit many shots in the third which caused them to fall behind 40-24 and eventually lose the game.
The Eagles battled for a win even though they did not come out on top.
They ended the first quarter being up 14-9 and went into halftime being up 32-22.
By the end of the third, it was tied at 40.
The Cavaliers scored just two more points than the Eagles in the fourth which gave them the win.

Jan. 14

Jan. 21
Eaglettes go on 3-0 winning streak/ Eagles pull off win against Adamsville

With victories over Lexington and Adamsville last week, the Eaglettes started this week with a 3-0 winning streak.
At Lexington on Jan. 12, they defeated the Tigers on their own court, 66-48.
Then, on Friday, Jan. 15, the Eaglettes defeated Adamsville by more than twice their own score; 63-30.
The Eagles played fairly close games last week against Lexington and Adamsville.
Though they lost the game against Lexington, 65-56, they came back out the next game with their minds and hearts ready to win which enabled them to clinch a win in the end against Adamsville.

Jan. 28
Eagles close out Riverside game with a win; fall to South Side

The Chester County Eagles put on an entertaining game for their fans on Tuesday, Jan. 19.
They kept themselves in the lead the majority of the first half, but the Riverside Panthers managed to tie it at 24 with 1:37 left in the half. Then, Riverside scored an additional two points which allowed them to go into halftime with the lead 26-24. The Panthers started to spread their lead some in the third, but the Eagles did not allow them to do it for long.
By the end of the third, Chester Co. was winning 45-37.
With 1:09 left and the Eagles only up 55-49, it kept fans on both sides on edge since there was still time for anything to happen, but the Eagles scored 9 more points before it ended giving them the win.
The final was 64-53.
Feats in the game include Dalton Colbert throwing up an alley for Evan Eads to dunk. Though it was missed, it was still a great moment for Eagles fans to enjoy.
The Eagles could not keep up with South Side for long though Friday night.

Feb. 4
Georgetown knocks off Lions

A tough second half for the Freed-Hardeman University Lions (11-7, 6-6 MSC) led to a 72-51 loss to Georgetown College (13-3, 10-3 MSC) on Monday Feb. 1 night.
FHU had a strong first half, forcing 11 turnovers by the Tigers and doing well in transition to only trail by two points at the break. But Georgetown came out of the locker room hot, forcing the Lions to turn it over 11 times themselves.
The Tigers outrebounded the Lions in the game 52-28, which led to the lopsided score as the game came to a close.

Feb. 11
Eaglettes pull off victory against Lexington/ Chester Co. falls to Scotts Hill

Chester Co. girls and boys both had a tough game last week on Feb. 4 against Scotts Hill with the girls losing 66-53 and the boys losing 78-71.
Lee Pipkin and her Eaglettes returned the next day on Feb. 5 to get a win against Lexington 57-46.
The Eaglettes went out on the court Monday, Feb. 8 and improved their winning percentage with a win against Adamsville 61-50.
The Eagles did get that win against Adamsville, but could not seal the win against Lexington.
After leading the majority of the game, the Eagles and their fans were heartbroken with the loss against the Tigers.

Feb. 18
Chester County basketball ends regular season

The Eagles finished their season fifth in the district after a victory against North Side on Friday, Feb. 12, and a loss against McNairy on Saturday, Feb. 13. Their final record was 6-8. The first quarter against the North Side Indians ended after the Eagles outscored them 24-9, and Carter Welch of the Eagles hit a three-pointer at the buzzer after receiving the ball with about two seconds left. The first game for the Eaglettes in the post season is versus Adamsville. From previous games, one can see that it is definitely a winnable game with the Chester County girls defeating them by 33 the first time they played against each other and by 11 the second time during the season.
“It’s going to be an emotionally charged game, but I think the girls are going to come out and do well,” Pipkin said.

Feb, 25
Eagles and Eaglettes advance to regionals

The Eagles and Eaglettes both landed themselves a spot in the regional tournament after defeating their opponents Monday Feb. 22 in the first round of the district tournament.

March 4
Eaglettes make it to second round of Regionals

The Eaglettes had a good season with the ability to advance as far as the second round of Regionals.
The girls placed second in the district after a win against Scotts Hill (54-43) in the second round of the district.
No team played in the district finals, due to snow pushing the district behind schedule.
Then in round one of the regionals, the Eaglettes had a nice 12-point victory over Crockett County at home.
That game was close up to the third quarter.
At halftime, the teams entered the locker rooms with the score at 18-16 with the Eaglettes on top.
At the end of the third, Mia Hurst shot a three-pointer to give them a five-point lead, 34-29. Then good defense spread the lead further in the fourth.
The final score was 48-36.

March 11
CCJHS Baseball strikeout four teams before losing

Chester County Junior High’s Baseball team has been doing great this season thus far.
After playing five games, the Eagles sit at 4-1 with the loss against Hardeman County on March 8 being a good game.
Before that game, the Eagles won three shutouts and a blowout.
The scores against each team are as follows.
Chester Co. 3 – Decatur 0
Chester Co. 14 – Bolivar 0
Chester Co. 10 – Lexington Middle 0
Chester Co. 9 – Trinity 1

March 18
Junior Eagles Baseball continue to excel with victories over Adamsville and Hardin County

The Chester County Junior High School Eagles won against Adamsville 13-3 on Tuesday, March 9.
Dean Estes was an RBI machine that game, driving in five on three hits to lead Chester County past Adamsville 13-3 on Tuesday. Dean drove in runs on a groundout in the first, a double in the third, a double in the fourth, and a double in the fifth.

March 25
CCHS Baseball and Softball return to the diamonds

Once winter leaves and spring time begins, the baseball fans come out to watch the high school baseball players play.
After playing only a few games last year due to the start of the pandemic, these players have been eager to get back on the diamond -shaped fields.
The Eagles Baseball team and the Lady Eagles Softball team both return for their 2021 seasons on March 15.
The Eagles had a rough start of the season up until March 22.
Before that date they lost against Scotts Hill twice (0-8) and (1-2), lost against Madison (1-14) and lost against the University School of Jackson (9-2).
Chester County took their first win this year against their rival, the Lexington Tigers.
Chester County Softball has had a good turnout so far on the field with a record of 5-3 after they won a shut out game of 17-0 against Jackson North Side Monday night (March 22).
Other victories came against Dyer County (6-5), Tiptohn Rosemmark (11-10), Crockett (12-2) and Camden (5-1).
They lost against Riverside 15-5.
Then they lost against Jackson Christian twice (2-4) and (4-6).

April 1
G.R.I.T. and Jace help finish the race – CCJHS Eagles Baseball are victorious over Adamsville

“It’s hard to beat a team that never gives up.” – Babe Ruth. This was by far the most intense head to head battle to date for this season.
… the dugout with one goal in mind – “this is our field, and we are going to win.” With a walk off single by Jace Goff that would bring in Jaden Weaver, the Eagles accomplished this goal and were victorious with an ending score of 1-0.

April 8
All or Nothing – CCJHS Boys Soccer come from behind for a win
After a long stretch of warmer days, Chester County Junior High Soccer got out and played against Henderson County in some extremely, chilly weather on Thursday, April 1.
The Eagles struggled the first half and gave up two goals to their opponents.
In the last 10 minutes in the first half, the Eagles managed to pick up their game some, which opened up some opportunities to take shots, but they could not score.
In the second half, Chester County got hot. With the score 2-0, the boys got on the field and gave it their all with an all or nothing mentality.
With 18:30 left in the second half, Number 10, Silas McManus, put up a great corner kick for a score.
Then, it seemed the Eagles were going to tie with a header by Number 8 Tanner Melugin, but he missed contact with the ball by inches.
Nonetheless, he still got the tie for his team during a penalty kick.
Though time was still left after the score with the chance for either team to still score a goal, it expired putting the game into overtime.
With 27.5 second left in overtime, McManus once again put up a great ball, this time it was for an assist that Number 18, Ryan Trammell, headed past the goalkeeper for the win.

April 15
Salvador’s slam seals victory

The Lady Eagles Softball team had an exciting game against Riverside.
It started rough for the Chester County girls as the Riverside Panthers scored four runs in just the top of the first.
Then, following two pop ups for outs, Tori Trice stepped up to the plate and hit a homerun that soared just inside the foul post.
In the bottom of the second, Chester Co. then tied it at four runs.
The panthers responded within the top of the third by scoring another run on a bunt, and they scored again in the fifth making the score 6-4.
In the bottom of the fifth, Lana Rowland found a way to send a runner home with a double on a hit that went between outfielders. Folllowing that, a bunt by Heather McMahan sendtanother run home for the tie and barely made it safely to first after the Riverside first baseman dropped the catch for the out.
In the last inning, the Lady Eagles played the defense necessary to keep the score 6-6 in the top of the seventh.
In the bottom of the inning, Trice got out, and Aja Stovall managed to get on the bags.
Then, Kara Pipkin got out.
With the game tied 6-6 with two outs Leslie Salvador stepped in the batter’s box with a homer over the fence to win the game.
To top it all off, the lady Eagles won by two runs when they only needed one due to Salvador getting the RBI as well.

April 22
Can anyone stop them? CCHS Tennis remains undefeated

Chester County High School Tennis keeps serving it up on the tennis courts as both the guys and girls remain undefeated at 8-0 each. Recently they have defeated the teams of Liberty, Bolivar, McNairy Central and Hardin County. On top of that, there are some players who have not lost any matches. Those players are Addison Summars, Emma Grace Miller, Evan Eads, Ethan Mullins, Clayton Austin and Cecily Davis. Then, doubles teams of Rilee Kat Vest paired with Madelyn Wilson and Mullins paired with Colby King also remain undefeated. Pictured are Rilee Kat Vest to the right and Madelyn Wilson below during their doubles match against Liberty on April 19.

April 29
Victory over Lexington gives Eagles first place in district

After a 3-0 win against Lexington last week, the Chester County Eagles Soccer team earned themselves first place in the district with a record of 6-0-2.
CCHS Soccer Coach Bobby Helton says all the success thus far is from the players’ hardwork.
“This year has been all about the kids working everyday to get better and continue to improve,” he said. “They have the best work ethic in practice and games of any team that I have ever coached.”
So now with a couple of non-district games left to be played in the regular season, the Eagles’ success in the district tournament, that starts the week of May 10, looks bright.

May 6
Eagles Soccer ends regular season undefeated

The Chester County High School Eagles Soccer team has soared past every team in their district and has remained undefeated. On Friday, April 30, they played against Adamsville in the last game of the regular season and defeated them 1-0.
In the matchup, the Eagles player, Cade Thompson scored with 27:30 left in the first half, and that was good enough for the win.
The rest of the game consisted of the Eagles keeping possession of the ball and getting in the position of where they can score, but they could not get it in the net again. Nonetheless, the Eagles did not let the Cardinals score let alone get near the goal much.

May 13
Lions win 14-inning game to advance to MSC Tournament Finals; fall in MSC championship

The Lions baseball team (26-22) knocked off Georgetown (35-28) 7-6 on Saturday night in dramatic fashion thanks to a Von Watson walk-off single in the bottom of the 14th, advancing the Lions to the Mid-South Conference Tournament Championship game and earning them a bid into the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round.

May 20
Chester Co. Boys Tennis become regional champions

The Chester County High School Boys Tennis team continues to strive for greatness.
Last Thursday, the team was victorious and earned the title of regional champions.
Then, in the individuals regional tournament, partners Carter Welch and Evan Eads managed to become the regional champs in doubles.
The duo will play a team from Maryville, Tenn. in the first round of state at noon on May 27.
Coach Mike Showers said that these two players are good athletes to show Eagle Pride at state.
“They are great representatives of Chester County to have at the State tournamennt. I am so proud to have gotten to watch them develop this season. Their hardwork and dedication to their goals have paid huge dividends for them,” Showers said.

May 27
Three CCHS students to compete at Spring Fling

Chester County fans should cheer on three Chester County High School students as they compete in Murfreesboro for the State Championships in their respective sports.
Chester County track athlete, Tucker Allen, will be representing Chester County in the 1600 meter run and the 3200 meter run today, Thursday, May 27.
Allen has been leaving his tracks in Chester County Track and Field history. This year he has won first place 12 times and set a new school record for the 1600 at four minutes and 23 seconds.
Then, we have the dynamic Duo of Evan Eads and Carter Welch will be serving it up on the tennis courts as they compete in doubles competition on Thursday as well.
The two guys have been undefeated in doubles this year so far.

June 3
Local athletes represent Chester Co. at Spring Fling- Allen places in two races at state

Three Chester County athletes finished their spring sports at Spring Fling this year.
Tennis players Carter Welch and Evan Eads left it all on the court, and Track runner Tucker Allen left it all on the track.
All of the boys competed on Thursday, May 27.
Welch and Eads were matched up against athletes from Maryville in the Division I Large Class Doubles State Championship Tournament.
Though they fought hard, they could not make it past the first round after losing 2-0 with game scores being 6-0 and 6-1.
Later in the day, Tucker Allen ran the 1600 meter race and the 3200 meter race in the the Division I Large Class Track and Field Championship.
With each race having 16 runners, Allen managed to get himself on the podium and earn medals in each.
In the 1600 meter run he earned fifth place with a time of 4:25, and in the 3200 meter race he earned seventh place with a time of 9:36:73.
Any runner who made the top 8 placed and earned medals.

June 10
Dixie Youth ends regular season

Last week marked the end of the regular season of Dixie Youth softball and baseball.

June 17
CCHS Cheer earns multiple awards

With summer camps back in session, Chester County High School Cheerleaders were able to go back to cheer camp to compete against other cheer squads.
They returned to their annual cheer camp June 5-8, which was hosted by the Universal Cheerleading Association at The University of Tennessee at Martin.
The atmosphere and experience at cheer camp is important and cannot be replaced according to Diane Stewart, CCHS Basketball Cheer Coach.
During the camp, the girls definitely showed what they were made of. The off-year due to COVID-19 did not set back their pep and skills, because they came back with fire to bring back multiple cheer awards to Chester County.
They earned all Blue Ribbon evaluations each day, in addition to winning the following awards in the Large Varsity Division during the final day’s competition: First Place in Cheer, First Place in Camp Routine, Second Place in Overall Game Day, Third Place in Sideline Cheer and lastly, the Leadership Award.
CCHS Football Cheer Coach Starla Teague mentioned how the Leadership Award is voted on by all the other cheer teams at camp, which makes it a tremendous honor.
Additionally, a few cheerleaders won individual awards.
Senior cheerleaders Emmy Melton, Presleigh Hatch and Tatum Readhimer competed against girls from all other area cheer teams in the annual UCA All-American Tryout and were named to the UCA All-American Team. That honor gives them the opportunity to travel and perform with hundreds of All-American cheerleaders from all over the country in several major spirit/holiday events over the next year.
Emmy Melton was also awarded the Pin it Forward Award from the UCA staff. Pins are given to a select number of cheerleaders each day in recognition of their outstanding sportsmanship.

Read the second half of the Chester County Independent Sports Year in Review in next week’s newspaper.

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