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CHS receiver Boone Riddle looks for running room after hauling in a pass during a 7-on-7 game last week in Cookeville. (Staff photo by Ethan Willis)

PASSING INSPECTION: Raiders get work in 7-on-7

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 12:43 pm

By Ethan Willis, staff writer Thursday was about answering some questions for the Central High School Red Raider football team. Mission accomplished. CHS traveled to Cookeville to compete in six 7-on-7 passing games in a showcase of what the skill players have learned under first-year head coach Ryan Sulkowski. (Click here for a photo gallery from last week 7-on-7) “I think it went well,” Sulkowski said. “It’s the first time

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  • PERFECT PRACTICE: CCMS Raiders enjoy new practice field

    Posted on July 17, 2014 at 5:21 am

    Coffee County Middle School Red Raider football assistant coach Bryan Morgan, right, leads the team through drills to begin practice last week. (Staff photo by Ethan Willis)

    By Ethan Willis, staff writer With a new school comes the excitement of fresh interior and paint, new desks and furniture and the excitement of learning a new building. But easily forgotten at the new Coffee County Middle School are the new athletic fields located behind the school. And while the football team may not have a new game field, they have been given a brand new practice field to

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  • CHS FOOTBALL: Sulkowski finalizes staff with hire of defensive coordinator

    Posted on July 15, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    CHS head football coach Ryan Sulkowski puts his team through a workout in the black sand pit at CHS. (File photo)

    First-year Central High School head football coach Ryan Sulkowski Monday put the finishing touches on his staff for his first season, announcing the addition of Matt Mueller as the team’s new defensive coordinator. Mueller, who spent the past three seasons as Sulkowski’s defensive coordinator in Baker County, Florida, will also take the title of senior associate head coach. “He certainly knows what he is doing and he knows how I

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  • Coffee County grad Stottlemeyer focused on building wrestling program at MTSU

    Posted on July 9, 2014 at 5:23 am

    Former CHS wrestler and current MTSU wrestler Tori Stottlemeyer, right, is pictured with MTSU wrestling coach Steve Smith. (Photo provided)

    By Ethan Willis, staff writer Former Central High School Lady Raider wrestler Tori Stottlemeyer continues to pursue her wrestling passion at Middle Tennessee State University. The former CHS standout is helping the wrestling program at MTSU grow and, in the process, finished second in last year’s national tournament in Allen, Texas and was named an All-American. “I didn’t have very many matches before nationals this year because the program at

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  • Chris Elam returns to Red Raider sidelines as a coach

    Posted on July 8, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Chris Elam (no. 39) rushes the ball during one of his many carries in 1997. Elam, a 1998 graduate of Central High School, will return to the sidelines this fall to help coach the Red Raiders. (Photo provided by CHS yearbook, class of 1998)

    By Ethan Willis, staff writer Chris Elam. That name stands alone in Coffee County football lore. The 1998 CHS graduate, who led the Red Raiders to their first-ever TSSAA State Football Playoff appearance in the 1997 season, is returning to the field. Now as a coach. Elam has been added to new CHS head coach Ryan Sulkowski’s staff and will handle running backs – a position he is quite familiar

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  • Westwood to add cross country, tennis to available athletics

    Posted on July 1, 2014 at 8:37 am

    12, 13 - Westwood logo

    The Manchester Board of Education approved a motion Monday creating cross country and tennis athletic teams at Westwood Middle School. “I think that a lot of the coaches would be glad to see their players running in cross country,” said Chairman of the Board Lisa Gregory. Director of Schools Dr. Keith Brewer advised the board that the expected cost of the teams would be very minimal. Westwood Principal Chad Fletcher

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  • Raiders, Rockets working together for future of Coffee County football

    Posted on June 24, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Westwood Rocket wingback Byron Sullivan, an eighth-grader, gets a carry during the team’s workouts at Central High School Thursday morning. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

    Since arriving in Manchester over the winter, new Central High School head football coach Ryan Sulkowski has been faced with a tedious to-do list in an attempt to breathe life into a floundering high school football program. As he has been checking things off of his list one by one, he has also rolled out a welcome mat to the team’s feeder programs – Westwood Middle School and Coffee County

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  • Raiders finish third in 11th Hansert Tournament

    Posted on June 17, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    The 11th annual Crethan Hansert Memorial Baseball Tournament ended this past Sunday with the Coffee County Red Raiders ultimately finishing in third place and Marshall County finishing first. “We had 10 teams play and it went great. The weather was great. It wasn’t too hot or too cold and we were very blessed to not have rain,” Crethan’s father Scott Hansert said. “The parents were also really great helping with the

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  • Raider football working hard through summer

    Posted on June 17, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Red Raider Dalton Carter works during a tug-of-war competition last week at Central High School. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

    By Josh Peterson, editor For the Coffee County Central High School Red Raider football team, the path to a program turnaround is painfully slow. Literally. Under new head coach Ryan Sulkowski, the Red Raiders are taking things one repetition, one day at a time. “We just want to outwork people… We are going to outwork people,” said Sulkowski. During the month of June, the Raiders have been in the weight

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