Cleveland State Lady Cougars Take Game 1 Of Series With Dyersburg In Big Way

Sunday, March 9, 2014 - by Bryan Grisham
The Dyersburg State baseball team finally shoveled enough snow off the field on Sunday afternoon to get in a little baseball as Cleveland State made it's way to the far northwest corner of the State for a big Region VII Conference series.
 
The Cougars announced their presence with authority by pounding the Eagles into submission as they backed starting pitcher Bobby Towne with a 15 hit attack on their way to a 10-1 win.
 
The visitors collected all the runs they would need in their first turn at the plate in the top of the first inning with a six-run outburst.
A double by Evan Speicher and a pair of free passes to Jammer Strickland and Jake Wright loaded the bases for Dalton Rogers who singled in a pair of runs.
 
Zach Janes and Brock Johnson then plated another run each with a single apiece while a run crossed on an Eagle miscue and Janson Roberson capped the rally with an RBI single to put the Cougars on top 6-0.
 
Strickland singled in a run in the third to add to the Cougar lead, and the Eagles scratched out their only run of the afternoon in the bottom of the frame as Adam Wyse singled in the run.
 
The Cougars tacked on three insurance runs in their half of the eighth. Speicher added two more marks to his RBI totals with a ringing single and Janes ripped another single through the hole to plate Speicher to finish the scoring and secure the win.
 
Towne (4-1) turned in an outstanding performance on the mound for the Cougars (11-7, 4-3) tossing seven strong innings, scattering four hits and only one run to get the win. Raunel Perez and Matt Roueche' tossed a scoreless inning each in relief. Nolan Smith took the loss for the Eagles (11-7) while Cody Smith and Casey Pope pitched in relief.
 
The Cougars and Eagles will finish the three-game set with a doubleheader on Monday.

Lady Vols Overtake Florida Late, 74-70

A late run by Tennessee helped give the Lady Vols a 74-70 victory over the Florida Gators on Senior Night at Thompson-Boling Arena. Mercedes Russell led UT's offense, getting her 16th double-double of the season, with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Diamond DeShields just missed a triple-double, posting 15 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high nine assists. UT got a late push ... (click for more)

Lee Women Fall to West Florida 74-69

 After trailing by as many as 20 points in the first half the Lee women's basketball team saw its comeback effort come up just short in falling to West Florida, 74-69 on Thursday night. The win sealed the first ever Gulf South Conference regular-season championship for the No. 20 Argonauts as they improved to 22-5 and 17-4. The loss drops Lee into third place in the league ... (click for more)

Stubbs Arrested In Carjacking At Lakesite McDonald's

The Sheriff's Office has arrested Jonathan Casey Stubbs in connection with a Feb. 13 carjacking at the parking lot of the McDonald's in Lakesite. Stubbs, 28, who gave his address as Ringgold, is charged with carjacking, aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping, resisting arrest, unlawfully carrying a weapon and three counts of violating probation on prior aggravated burglary ... (click for more)

East Ridge Makes Needy Child Fund 501(C)(3); Considers Using Former Fire Hall For High School Field House; Approves New Sign Ordinance

East Ridge has operated a fund for decades, which helps the less fortunate residents of the city. Often, those working with The Needy Child Fund hear of people that need help through the schools or neighbors. The fund helps provide food, coats and clothing to families, especially around Christmas when it also gives gifts to children that are delivered by the police and fire departments. ... (click for more)

CVB Should Share Financials With The Home Folks

The recent debate over the Convention and Visitor's Bureau's funding and budget has gotten ugly. A Hamilton County commissioner has asked questions and made comments about the CVB. The director of the CVB has organized a campaign to dismiss the commissioner's questions and comments. The children on the playground are choosing sides and nothing useful seems to be happening. It's ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Haggling Must Stop

Far be it for me to suggest the Hamilton County Commission and the School Board need to spend more time at recess but it was obvious this week the two groups need to work at being better friends. We have nine county commissioners and just as many corresponding school board members to work together for the betterment of one entity – Hamilton County. Everybody who thinks that is happening ... (click for more)