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Gilliam claims tourney title

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 5:44 pm

Manchester resident Ashley Gilliam, 13, recently bested the field at the Tennessee Golf Association Tournament of Champions with a two-day total of 149. Gilliam scorched the course with a 71 on the first day and cruised to a four-stroke victory at The Golf Club of Tennessee in Kingston Springs. Winning three of the five tournaments she entered this season, Gilliam was named the Player of the Year as she was

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  • Central Lady Golfers roll past Murfreesboro Oakland

    Posted on July 31, 2014 at 10:40 pm


    Central High School Lady Raider sophomore Savannah Quick shot a 74 and senior Hollee Sadler recorded a 75 as the Lady Red Raiders beat Murfreesboro Oakland, 149-207, Thursday at WillowBrook Golf Club. The scores from Jacque Crossland (81) and Sophie Vinson (82) did not count in the dual match, but were good enough to have won if they had been needed. Sadler won the Lakewood Invitational last week at Tullahoma,

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  • Rockets focus on fundamentals day 1; Blue-White game is Thursday

    Posted on July 30, 2014 at 11:09 am

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    By Josh Peterson, editor With the annual Blue-White game fast approaching and the start of the regular season one week after that, Westwood Middle School’s Rockets wasted little time during their quick practice session Monday morning. The Rockets took care of the little things first, like center-quarterback exchanges, carrying out fakes, form tackling and holding onto the football. “It was a typical first day in full pads,” said WMS head

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  • First day in full pads ‘good day’ for Raiders

    Posted on July 29, 2014 at 9:04 am

    CHS football coach Ryan Sulkowski speaks to the Red Raiders after the team's first practice in full pads Monday. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

    Monday was just another step in the process for the Central High School Red Raider football program. Coffee County slipped on full pads for the first official start of fall practice under new head coach Ryan Sulkowski – the intensity was palpable. “I think we had a pretty good day out here,” said Sulkowski. “With the changes in Tennessee rules where we can go with shoulder pads and helmets before

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

    Posted on July 22, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    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)

    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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