Today is Tuesday, August 4, 2015

MJ's Caleb Cotham gets the call MJ's Caleb Cotham gets the call

Yankees promote former Golden Bear
Caleb Cotham's long journey in the minor leagues took a big upturn Wednesday when the New York Yankees promoted the Wilson County native to the major leagues.

The Yankees purchased the right-handed reliever's contract from their Triple-A affiliate at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and at the same time designated veteran lefty Chris Capuano for assignment.

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  • MJ's Caleb Cotham gets the call MJ's Caleb Cotham gets the call

    Yankees promote former Golden Bear
    Caleb Cotham's long journey in the minor leagues took a big upturn Wednesday when the New York Yankees promoted the Wilson County native to the major leagues.

    The Yankees purchased the right-handed reliever's contract from their Triple-A affiliate at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and at the same time designated veteran lefty Chris Capuano for assignment.

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  • WC's Powell commits to TNU WC's Powell commits to TNU

    All-state softball player from WCHS --
    Wilson Central softball standout Morgan Powell has verbally committed to Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville. A member of the WCHS graduating Class of 2015, she will enroll at NCAA Division II Trevecca this fall.

    Powell helped lead the Lady Wildcats to a record of 41-7-1 overall and the Class AAA state championship earlier this year in Murfreesboro as a pitcher / hitter.

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  • CU SPORTS -- Hall of Fame inductees CU SPORTS -- Hall of Fame inductees

    Softball pitcher, '66 hoopsters --
    LEBANON -- Cumberland University Athletics announced its newest Sports Hall of Fame members Thursday, which include softball player Ashley Putman Serbin and the 1966 men's junior college basketball team, the first to ever reach the national tournament.

    Serbin and the 1966 team will be inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame the weekend of October 30-31 this year as part of Homecoming festivities at Cumberland.

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  • FOOTBALL - Heat takes a toll FOOTBALL - Heat takes a toll

    Wildcats move practice inside --
    In theory, high school football teams in Tennessee have donned "uppers", headgear and shoulder pads in order to acclimate the players to the oppressive heat and humidity that is our July weather.

    The only problem with this theory is the oppressive heat and humidity.

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  • FOOTBALL -- CU plans community events FOOTBALL -- CU plans community events

    Home opener is Sept. 5 --
    Cumberland University Director of Athletics Ron Pavan announced community events for the 2015 football season this week, which includes a canned food drive, opportunities for donations to The Next Step Resource Center and Goodwill as well as a Wilson County School Day sponsored by Coca-Cola and Chick-fil-A.

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FOOTBALL -- CU lands D1 transfer | Cumberland football, Brandon Byrd, Marshall University,
FOOTBALL -- CU lands D1 transfer | Cumberland football, Brandon Byrd, Marshall University,
Byrd
FOOTBALL -- CU lands D1 transfer

Marshall's Brandon Byrd --
Cumberland's football team picked up an offensive playmaker last week when transfer Brandon Byrd announced his commitment to the Bulldogs. Byrd will be eligible once he is admitted to school.

A native of Gibsonville, Fla., Byrd spent the last two seasons at NCAA Divison I Marshall University -- sitting out a redshirt in 2013 and playing behind three productive backs in 2014.

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Dowell to receive Price Award | Jameka Dowell, Loharrell Stevenson, Chris Price, Lebanon Clowns,
Dowell to receive Price Award | Jameka Dowell, Loharrell Stevenson, Chris Price, Lebanon Clowns,
Dowell
Dowell to receive Price Award

July 26 at Pickett-Rucker --
The Wilson County Black History Committee will host its annual tribute to the Lebanon Clowns Negro League baseball team 4 p.m. Sunday, July 26 at Pickett-Rucker United Methodist Church.

The team will be honored as well as Loharrell Stevenson, the first African-American to play sports at Lebanon High and a member of the inaugural class of the LHS Sports Hall of Fame.

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GOLF -- Early bird deadline extended | Cumberland University, Bulldogs & Birdies, golf, Pine Creek,
GOLF -- Early bird deadline extended

Cumberland's Bulldogs & Birdies --
The early-bird deadline for the Cumberland University golf tean fundraiser "Bulldogs & Birdies" has been extended to Aug. 1 for online entry to the Friday, Aug. 14 event at Windtree Golf Club in Mt. Juliet.

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LOCAL BASEBALL - Tigers ink college deals | Cameron Jennings, Robert Caruthers, Watertown baseball, Cumberland baseball, Walters State Community College,
LOCAL BASEBALL - Tigers ink college deals

Jennings to CU, Caruthers to WSCC --
Two Watertown High baseball products will be playing at the college level this fall after signing scholarship papers last week.

Outfielder Cameron Jennings inked with Lebanon's Cumberland University Thursday, June 9 at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center while corner infielder Robert Caruthers signed with Walters State Community College Friday, June 10 at WHS.

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LHS seeking soccer coach | Kempess Villafana, Lebanon High soccer, University of the South, soccer,
LHS seeking soccer coach | Kempess Villafana, Lebanon High soccer, University of the South, soccer,
Villafana
LHS seeking soccer coach

Villafana takes college job --
Kempess Villafana has stepped down as the head coach of both the girls and boys soccer teams at Lebanon High.

A former soccer standout at Cumberland, Villafana was an educational assistant at LHS and had worked with both programs since the summer of 2013.

A native of Trinidad and Tobago, he has taken a position as an assistant coach with the women's program at the University of the South -- Sewanee.

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City Rec. to offer flag football | City of Lebanon, Lebanon Parks & Recreation, William Porter, flag football,
City Rec. to offer flag football

Co-ed league opens in fall --
Citing declining participation over the past several seasons, Lebanon Parks & Recreation has decided to no longer program tackle youth football in favor of co-ed flag football.

"This is something we've been looking at for a while," said Parks & Recreation Director William Porter. "Our numbers have been going down for the past several years and with the growth of the weekend travel football operation, there hasn't been enough interest for both leagues.

"We had three teams in each of our divisions for the last two seasons, and that's just not enough kids to fill out the rosters."

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Armstrong repeats as 500K winner | Greg Armstrong, Vol State 500K, ultra marathon,
Armstrong repeats as 500K winner | Greg Armstrong, Vol State 500K, ultra marathon,
Armstrong
Armstrong repeats as 500K winner

314 mile race ends in Georgia --
CASTLE ROCK, Ga. -- Friendship Christian teacher / coach and ultra marathon runner Greg Armstrong repeated as champion of "The Last Annual Vol State 500K" early Monday morning.

His time of 3 days 22 hours 05 minutes 23 seconds was the fourth fastest time in Vol State history.

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FOOTBALL -- CU hires Koester as OC | Klay Koester, Cumberland football, Eastern Kentucky football, Hal Mumme, Ryan Locke, Donnie Suber,
FOOTBALL -- CU hires Koester as OC | Klay Koester, Cumberland football, Eastern Kentucky football, Hal Mumme, Ryan Locke, Donnie Suber,
Koester
FOOTBALL -- CU hires Koester as OC

former WR coach at EKU --
Cumberland's head football coach Donnie Suber has hired Klay Koester away from Eastern Kentucky University as his new offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach.

Koester replaces Ryan Locke at the position. Locke resigned earlier this summer to take a high school teaching / coaching position in Alabama.

"Klay has worked with Hal Mumme, and he's worked in a Tony Franklin style scheme as well," Suber said Monday afternoon. "He wants to run kind of a simplified, fast-paced offense and having played the position at Eastern, he will be able to work on mechanics with our young guys."

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Wilson Co. sports in brief | Wilson Central golf, Atlanta Braves, Cumberland athletics, golf, Blue Devil basketball, Hunters Point, Pine Creek, Five Oaks,
Wilson Co. sports in brief

Blue Devil Golf Scramble
The fifth annual Lebanon Boys Basketball Scramble will be held Saturday, Aug. 22 at Hunters Point Golf Course.
Entry feel is $70 per player or $280 for a four-member scramble team. An 8 a.m. shotgun start is planned, with lunch included.
The field will be divided into two flights with three places awarded for each flight.
For more information, call Coach Jim McDowell at 615-347-2531 or email at jimmymac2111@hotmail.com.

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HOOPS - Chowbay leaves Belmont | Caleb Chowbay, Martin Methodist, Mt. Juliet High School, Belmont Bruins,
HOOPS - Chowbay leaves Belmont | Caleb Chowbay, Martin Methodist, Mt. Juliet High School, Belmont Bruins,
Chowbay
HOOPS - Chowbay leaves Belmont

will enroll at Martin Methodist --
Former Mt. Juliet High three-sport standout Caleb Chowbay will transfer from Belmont to Martin Methodist, an NAIA program in Pulaski.

Chowbay, a two-time Academic All-Conference performer and a 6-2 guard during his time at Belmont, will have two years of eligibility for the RedHawks.

He played in 28 games for Belmont this past season, averaging 2.5 ppg, as the Bruins finished 22-11 overall -- losing to Virginia in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.

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Reeves will run for Trevecca | Anthony Reeves, Trevecca Nazarene University, Lebanon High School, Spring Fling, Tennessee Wesleyan,
Reeves will run for Trevecca | Anthony Reeves, Trevecca Nazarene University, Lebanon High School, Spring Fling, Tennessee Wesleyan,
Reeves
Reeves will run for Trevecca

after signing in 2014 with TWC --
It didn't take long for Lebanon's Anthony Reeves to change his higher education plans when he discovered Tennessee Wesleyan College cross country coach Shawn Jakubowski had resigned in late May.

He had signed scholarship papers with TWC back in December, but the NAIA does not require a National Letter of Intent -- allowing Reeves the freedom to explore his options.

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Kittrell strikes gold in Oklahoma | Andrew Kittrell, Endeavor Games, Amniotic Band Syndrome, MJCA, Mt. Juliet Christian Academy,
Kittrell strikes gold in Oklahoma | Andrew Kittrell, Endeavor Games, Amniotic Band Syndrome, MJCA, Mt. Juliet Christian Academy,
Kittrell
Kittrell strikes gold in Oklahoma

Local aiming for 2016 National Team
EDMOND, OK -- With his sights set on representing the United States internationally, Mt. Juliet's Andrew Kittrell brought home three goal medals from the 16th annual Endeavor Games hosted June 14-15 at the University of Central Oklahoma.

An all-comers athletic competition for athletes with disabilities, the Endeavor Games serves as a one of several qualifying events for those hoping to compete at national and international events.

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SOFTBALL - Reeder moves up at WHS | Sarah Reeder, Watertown softball, Brandy Holcomb,
SOFTBALL - Reeder moves up at WHS | Sarah Reeder, Watertown softball, Brandy Holcomb,
Sarah Reeder
SOFTBALL - Reeder moves up at WHS

Holcomb to concentrate on volleyball
In the wake of Brandy Holcomb's resignation as coach of the Watertown softball program, WHS principal Jeff Luttrell has promoted Sarah Reeder to the head coaching position.

Reeder, a 2008 Watertown graduate, has worked with the program for the past three seasons.

Holcomb, a teacher and coach at Watertown for more than a decade, will still coach volleyball.

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HOOPS - Fox is coming home | Julia Fox, Cumberland basketball, Murray State, Lebanon Devilettes,
HOOPS - Fox is coming home | Julia Fox, Cumberland basketball, Murray State, Lebanon Devilettes,
Julia Fox
HOOPS - Fox is coming home

Former LHS standout headed to CU --
Cumberland University women's basketball coaches Jeremy Lewis announced the signing of Murray State transfer and Lebanon native Julia Fox this week to scholarship papers for the 2015-16 season. Fox has two years of eligibility remaining.

The 5-foot-8 guard spent the last two seasons at Murray State, averaging 7.6 points as a freshman and 4.5 points while shooting 40 percent from 3-pint range this past year.

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WC's Smith commits to MTSU | Claire Smith, Wilson Central softball, MTSU softball,
WC's Smith commits to MTSU | Claire Smith, Wilson Central softball, MTSU softball,
Claire Smith
WC's Smith commits to MTSU

rising junior 2nd baseman
Claire Smith, leadoff hitter and "spark plug" for Wilson Central's Class AAA state championship softball team, has verbally committed to Middle Tennessee State University following an on-campus visit earlier this week.

Having just completed her sophomore year at Wilson Central, Smith hit .449 at the top of the Lady Wildcat lineup with 66 hits.

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