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Monday night at Carden-Jarrell Field District 8-AAA’s top team, Columbia, used a goal off a deflected save in the fifth minute to claim a 1-0 win over the Central High School Red Raiders. CHS had several shots on goal from point-blank range in the game but couldn’t find the net.
“That is the number one team in the district and that game could have gone either way,” said CHS head coach Robert Harper. “We had three or four outstanding opportunities; we just couldn’t put the ball in the net.”
Raider goalie Lafredo Ramirez had three saves in goal, giving his squad a chance to comeback after the early Lion goal.
“I knew this was going to be a tough game but I know we can beat them,” said Ramirez. “We are a good team and I try to do my best to make my team better, I want to win the district and we can.”
The Raiders were without a key member of the defense in the loss but Harper said a tweak to the lineup helped.
Lady Raider Brittany Williams hit a shot to deep left field scoring Abby Woods in the top of the sixth inning to give the Central High School Lady Raider softball team a 1-0 win over Tullahoma Monday night in Tullahoma.
With the district win the Lady Raiders currently own a half-game lead in the district standings with league games against Columbia, Shelbyville and Lincoln County set to close out the regular season district schedule this week.
“We control our own destiny,” said CHS head coach Terry Floyd. “We have to win the rest of our district games and we took the first step tonight. [Tuesday] we will focus on Columbia. We have to take it one game at a time.”
Floyd said Williams had been in a slump at the plate before coming through in the clutch against the Lady Wildcats.
“Brittany had been struggling a little bit hitting… I let her hit tonight and she made contact every time she was at the plate and when we really needed her she hit a shot,” explained Floyd.
Brianna Jones earned the win for CHS in the circle, striking out 14 and surrendering just one hit, which came in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Hayley Banks reached personal bests in the shot put, long jump and 800 meter run to finish in second place in the sectional pentathlon Monday afternoon at Riverdale. Her second place finish qualifies her for the TSSAA Spring Fling state track meet as she compiled 2,694 points. Banks threw 37’5” in the shot put, jumped 14’ 8” in the long jump and ran the 800 meter in 2:48. Karson Young finished in eighth place while Lexee Miller finished in 13 th. In total 25 athletes competed in the event.
For the third straight season the Westwood Middle School Rocket soccer team will be playing for the Duck River Valley Conference championship.
The Rockets dispatched Fayetteville 5-0 Monday afternoon in the semi-finals of the conference tournament at Riverside Christian to advance to the title game.
Paco Barrera led the way for the Rockets, netting two goals while Tyler Walker, Leo Botello and Julio Guzman netted the other three goals for the squad.
“We wanted to put pressure on them early. We wanted to knock the wind out of them and keep our foot on the gas because they had some players who could hurt us and we did that,” said Westwood head coach Johnathan Graf. “We started out with a penalty kick and didn’t let up from then on. we executed the game plan and played a great game.”
The CCMS baseball team advanced in the Central Tennessee Conference tournament with a 10-0 win over White County Monday night in Winchester.
Alontae Taylor tossed a five-inning no-hitter and the Raiders scored seven runs in the third inning in the win.
Wednesday at 5 p.m. the Raiders will play the winner of the North Franklin vs. South Franklin game in Winchester.
The CHS tennis squad swept Stewarts Creek Monday on the road. The boys won 5-4 with singles wins from Kyle Johnson, Andrew Henley, Andy Stout and Trevor Ivey-Bodman. The girls won 9-0 with singles and doubles wins by Karlee Reed, Abby Ferrell, Alex Crossland, Maddie Taylor, Audra Shaffer and Kristen Shelton.
CCMS softball defeated Siegel 3-1.
Westwood softball swept Eagleville 12-2 and 12-8.