2021 Sports Year in Review Part 2

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July 8
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July 15
1978 CC Ponytails named World Series Champions
The 1978 Chester County Dixie Ponytails were given the title of the 1978 Ponytails Champions on Friday, July 9 due to their opponents cheating by using older players. Dixie Softball President Obie Evans shared the full story of how everything has played out over the 43 years.

July 22
Chester County Belles head to World Series

The Chester County Belles were able to win each of their state tournament games in shutout fashion and became state champions.
The smallest victory they had was a 15-0 win.
“We always ask the girls to give 110 percent, to have a good attitude, and be a team player,” said Head Coach Casey Martin. “These girls have more than done that. They put in a ton of work through the long hot practices even when kids usually get bored with the repetitiveness they continue to push themselves. So when you get to play the games and all of that work gets recognized and rewarded it makes you extremely proud to see all the time and work payoff for the girls.”

July 29
Sweetees win state tourney to play World Series – Belles play for World Series Championship

After battling it out in two games against Madison Central, the Chester County Sweetees won the State Sweetees Dixie Tournament last Tuesday. This gives them the opportunity to play at the Sweetees World Series that starts July 31 at Alexandria, Louisiana.
“The girls took a loss to the start of the tournament, but didn’t let that get them down,” said Coach Kayla Lott.
Now this Tuesday, July 27, at the time of printing, the Chester County Belles were playing for the Belles World Series Championship.
On Saturday, the Belles defeated Alabama (4-1).
On Sunday, they wiped out Moncks Corner, South Carolina (10-0).
Monday featured a one run win against North Carolina, (6-5) and a loss against Louisiana (12-5).
Nontheless, they came back and defeated North Carolina (10-9) when they met with them again.
During the championship, they had to play against Louisiana again.

August 5
Chester County Belles win World Series

With a record of 9-1, the Chester County Belles were able to take home the gold after they were declared 2021 Belles World Series Champions.
The night before the championship, Chester County won a close game against North Carolina (6-5), but lost to Louisiana 12-5.
Being a double-elimination tournament though, Chester County was still in it.
During the day of the championship, they advanced past North Carolina to be able to get a rematch against Louisiana for the Championship title and won (9-5).

August 12
Chester County Sweetees win World Series

After going from chanting “We are CC” to chanting “We are Tennessee,” the Chester Sweetees can now chant “We are champions” because they won the Dixie Sweetees X-Play World Series last Tuesday night after defeating Alabama’s team 19-15.

August 19
Eagles Volleyball falls short versus Trojans

On Monday, August 16, the Chester County Eagles Volleyball team started their 2021 season against the Dyersburg Trojans.
It ended up being a contested match up.
After taking turns winning sets and the game tied 2-2, Dyersburg took control in the last set and won 15-5 during that set for the win.

August 26
Eagles lose by a feather against Fayette-Ware

The Chester County Eagles put on quite the show in their first game of the 2021 season.
Chester County and Fayette-Ware had a scoring shootout that, unfortunately, did not end in the favor of the Eagles.
With the Eagles down by eight, 47-39, Chester County receiver Chad Barham fought off the defensive backs to not only catch the pass thrown by Tony Washington, but fight for the few yards needed to get into the endzone.
That left it down to the two-point conversion to tie it, but the Eagles were not able to cross the goal line.
Thus, the final score was Eagles 45 Wildcats 47.

September 2
Weaver gets kick return for touchdown; Pick 6

The Chester County Junior Eagles once again shut out their opponent 38-6 when they defeated Hardin County on Thursday, August 26.
The game started with some fire as Jaden Weaver received the ball on the opening kickoff and took it straight to the house for a 67-yard kick return.
Eventually, Weaver read the Tigers’ offense and put himself in position to get a 91-yard pick 6 for the last Eagle touchdown of the evening.

September 9
CC Eagles get first win of season over Bobcats

Excitement took over Chester County fans after the Eagles defeated McNairy on Friday night.
The Eagles’ special teams played a big part of the game.
Chester Co. kicker Colston Callis got the first points of the game with a field goal. Then on the kickoff, Callis kicks the ball perfectly in front of the goalline and his teammates swarmed down the field to tackle the return man in the endzone for a safety.
After that, the Eagles just controlled the game for the win.
Throughout the game, it seemed as if McNairy were no match for Chester County.
The Eagles were able to score their 25 points before the Bobcats even managed to get their one and only touchdown in the fourth quarter.

September 16
CCHS Eagles defeat Adamsville Cardinals

The Chester County Eagles Football team became 2-2 after taking over Adamsville’s field with a win of 41-14.
The Chester County defense did well.
Player of the Week Alex Lowe had 13 total tackles with 11 of them being solos, two tackles for a loss and 1 forced fumble. Additionally, the Eagles defense snatched two interceptions during the game. One of them being by Jaylen Edgeston and the other one caught by Dean Estes.

September 23
Chester Co. High School Band places third in
competition

This past weekend, the Chester County High School Band started their marching season at a competition at Hendersonville High School, and it turned out to be a great start.
The CCHS Band won Third Place in their class.
Additionally, in the small band divisions, CCHS was fourth overall.
The CCHS Color Guard was able to return home as the Best Color Guard in their class.

September 31
Chester Co. Boys Golf wins Regionals

The Chester County Boys Golf team will now be advancing to state after coming home with the first place Regionals plaque that they won on Monday Sept. 27. The team placed first in the Region sending them to state at Sevierville Golf Club next Thursday and Friday to compete for the state title.

October 7
CCJHS Girls Soccer earns fourth in region

On Saturday October 2, the Chester County Junior High Lady Eagles soccer team competed in the regional tournament, and earned fourth place out of 20 teams. On top of that, they went undefeated in their conference and had a 10-2 overall. “I’m proud of how hard they work, and I believe we will be one of the top teams next year,” Head Coach Trent McManus said.

October 14
CCHS Boys Golf team places seventh at state

The Chester County Boys Golf team may have not won it all, but they still broke a Chester County High School record as the first Boys Golf team to make it to the state tournament according to CCHS Head Coach Colby Brown.
“This group will always hold the title of first CCHS golf team to make it to state but the boys are eager to set the bar even higher in the future,” Brown said.
The team placed seventh at the Boys Golf State Tournament Friday at the Sevierville golf club.
Colton Owen placed T17 in individuals out of 64 golfers. On day two Austin Ketchum shot a career low 75 leading the eagles to a day two charge.

October 21
CCJHS Cross Country athletes to compete at State

Eighth graders Silas McManus, Cooper Thompson and Bella Lamb of Chester County Junior High are making their marks in Tennessee athletics.
The three of them this past weekend sealed spots in the state tournament race after making great finishes in the West Tennessee Regional Qualifier at Shelby Farms.
McManus placed fifth in the West TN Regional Qualifier at Shelby Farms with a time of 11:42; Thompson placed 31st with a time of 12:39; and Lamb placed 30th with a time of 14:22.
The junior high cross country team is just three years old, and Chester County already is seeing runners being capable of running at the state level with these three athletes being the first ones to reach the state race.

October 28
Chester County Eagles win Homecoming 24-14

The Eagles did not disappoint their fans Friday night. They were able to win this year’s homecoming game against Bolivar Central 24-14.

November 4
Chester Co. Cross Country runs toward State

The boys cross country team punched their ticket to the state meet winning the Region 7 A/AA race this past Tuesday. This is the fourth consecutive regional championship for the Eagles. They were led by Tucker Allen with a second place finish followed by Carter Welch in fourth, Garrett Robison in 14th, Cade Thompson in 27th, and Josh Roberts in 28th. Brooks Johnson and Ben Clayton will join those five at the state meet on November 5 at Sanders Ferry Park in Hendersonville.

November 11
CCHS Boys Cross Country places fourth at state

On November 5, the Chester County Boys Cross Country team ran at the A/AA State meet at Sanders Ferry Park in Hendersonville. Out of 31 teams, the boys placed fourth with a team score of 164, just one point behind the third place team. Individually, Tucker Allen and Carter Welch both made the podium placing in the top 15: Allen in third and Welch in eighth. Garrett Robison placed 24th, Cade Thompson placed 71st, and Josh Roberts was 101st out of 251 runners. Brooks Johnson and Ben Clayton also joined the top five both setting personal records. This is the highest placement Chester County has ever placed at state and was a great ending to their season.

November 18
Lions baseball schedule forces tough test in 2022

The Lions baseball team released its 2022 schedule on Thursday, and it features a tough non-conference slate along with matchups against the toughest teams in the Mid-South Conference, as the program enters its second year in the league.
The Lions were picked to finish second in the MSC Preseason Poll, and they are currently receiving votes in the national poll.

November 25
Chester Co. High returns to the nets

Once the weather starts to get cold, that means it is time to hop back indoors to watch the Chester County basketball teams take to the courts.
The Eagles started out the season with some intensity and, at the time of printing, holds a record of 2-0 with victories over Trinity Christian Academy (75-64) and Dyer County (67-60).
The Chester County Eaglettes played a great ball game that was going back and fourth and stayed close until the fourth period.
It was then, that the Eaglettes fell behind and lost their game against TCA, 67-55.
On Friday, they lost against Dyer County 66-44.

December 2
Chester Co. teams 2-2 after Thanksgiving week games

The County High School Eaglettes basketball team showed their abilities on the court last week to get themselves a winning percentage of 50 percent after wins over Bolivar and Dyersburg.
Unfortunately though, the two games against Bolivar and Dyersburg dropped the Eagles’ winning percentage to 50 percent when they were 2-0 before the games.
The Eagles fell behind early in the Dyersburg match-up and never caught up. The final was 67-45.
During the Bolivar game, the boys were in the game until the end of the second period in which they fell behind.
That game resulted in a Chester County Eagles loss of 69-59.

December 9
Eaglettes dominate Cougars Eagles lose to JCM in hard loss

On Monday, the Eaglettes completely dominated the Jackson Central Merry Cougars.
With control of the game from start to end, it led the Chester County girls to a great W making their record 3-4.
The win was needed since they just had a tough loss versus Crockett County on Dec. 3, 62-35.
The Chester County Boys had control of their game against Crockett up until the end of the third quarter, but lost control and were never able to comeback.
The final score was 66-52.
The Eagles versus JCM Cougars game on Monday was wild at the end.
The Eagles dug themselves in a hole early on in the game, but were able to make a comeback at the end.
With under 30 seconds left, Quardarius Gains ties the game at 67 after hitting two free throws.
Nonetheless, the Cougars were able to score again to take the lead.
With about seven seconds to get down court, Chad Barham found Tony Washington under the basket for a layup, but he missed the shot and the fans questioned why the referee did not call a foul on the Cougars during Washington’s shot attempt.
The game ended in an uproar as the Eagles lost, 69-67.

Dec. 16
Robinson retires from coaching CCHS Football

Chester County Football Coach Steve Robinson announced last week that he is retiring from coaching football.
He said that he made the decision to resign to take care of health issues and spend more time with his family.

Dec. 23
CCJHS Eaglettes Basketball place as Runner-up in Best of West tournament

The Chester County Junior High Eaglettes Basketball team and their Head Coach Wes Murphy advanced to the Best of West Championship last week after defeating Decatur County, however, during the championship game, they lost to Hardin County. Murphy said he was proud with how the girls progressed over the season. “The girls made me proud playing hard all season long. They improved so much and played amazing defense in the tournament.”

Dec. 30
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