Demarco Moore, Sports Writer
MURFREESBORO, TN — Coffee County Central High School’s Lady Raider golf team — as planned — is onto the Class-AAA state tournament — but they’ll have to make room for two more Red Raiders.
The Lady Raiders completed their second four-peat of the week, capturing the Region 4 championship after shooting a 5-under-par 139 Thursday morning at Indian Hills. The win comes a week after CHS’ girls locked up their fourth straight District 8-AAA title. This qualifies the ladies for the state tournament Oct. 11-12 at Willowbrook Golf Course, where they’re sure to have home-course advantage.
CHS’ Ashley Gilliam won the second place individual medal in the region with a 3-under par 69, while Savannah Quick finished in third place, one shot behind Gilliam at 2-under. Gilliam and Quick are siblings – both supportive of one another through their journey.
“Whenever I would birdie one, I was like ‘come on Ashley you gotta’ make this one, you can do it,’” said Quick. “I think it’s a team and rival thing both.”
“We want to beat each other, because we’re just pushing each other to be better everytime,” Gilliam explained. “In the end we want to beat the other team, but we want to beat each other first.”
Senior Sophie Vinson fired a 78 for the Lady Raiders, who are now 54-3 on the year.
Samuel Prater and John Parigger clinch individual state berths
The Red Raider golf team’s season ended on Thursday after finishing as runner up to Region 4-AAA champion Tullahoma — but that didn’t stop Samuel Prater and John Parigger from qualifying individually.
“The driver was definitely a plus today,” said Prater, whose 4-over-par 76 secured the third of four state tournament spots. “I made a few putts that came in a little clutch and saved me. And knocked a few shots close to make birdie.”
Parigger entered the clubhouse with the first group — but had to wait until all the scores were tallied before finding out if his 77 would be good enough. The CHS senior tied with Oakland’s Tate Chumley, meaning that a playoff hole would take the final spot.
“I wasn’t sure that I was gonna’ be able to have a chance to make it,” said Parigger. “Then I found out I was gonna’ be in the playoff and I was really excited. I love playoffs because it’s just really fun, and all the excitement.”
Chumley and Parigger made it onto the green in three shots — but Chumley missed his putt to set Parigger up with a playoff-winning putt from about eight feet out.
“The hole got a lot bigger, because I was like now I can win if I make this,” Parigger explained. “It was one of those straight putts that’s kind of tricky because you think it has to break in some way.”
NEXT MATCH: Class-AAA State Tournament on Oct. 11-12 at Willowbrook Golf Course.
CCHS soccer dominates on senior night
An emotional senior night celebration followed the Lady Raiders’ 5-0 blowout win over Community Thursday night.
Eliza Masters heated up a chilly match behind the Raider Academy with a goal in the 4th minute assisted by Lexie Roberts. Masters then fed a wide open Jenna Garretson in the 13th minute to take a 2-0 lead over the ViQueens soccer team.
Caitlyn Moore added two goals separated by two minutes (32′,34′). Moore blasted the first into the net off a save by the Community goalie, and the second off Masters’ second assist of the night for a 4-0 lead before halftime.
Garretson second goal in the 43rd minute ricocheted off the top of the goal post into the net for the Lady Raiders, who finish the regular season 12-4-1 overall and 5-1 in district play.
NEXT MATCH: District 8-AAA tournament in Tullahoma Oct. 8 and 11.
CCHS cross country host final home meet
Coffee County’s cross country teams ran at the Raider Academy on Wednesday, Sept. 28 in their final home meet of the season.
In a small meet with St. Andrews School, the Red Raider high schoolers finished individually 1-4 (James Lynn – 18:45, Bradley Kishapugh – 18:47, Andrew Godwin – 18:58, Andres Cavalie – 19:10) and 7-10 (Larson Meltzer – 20:15, Reuben Chaput – 20:41, Renato Ayala – 20:41, Neil Stone – 22:11).
Sarah Pearson (22:10), Emily St. John (22:54), and Makenzie Webb(23:34) secured the top-3 spots for the Lady Raider high school runners.
On the middle school side, Coffee Middle’s Jacob Rutledge finished second (12:49), while Ethan Welch finished fifth (13:16). Lady Raiders Jasie Willis and Shelby Watkins crossed the finish line at the same time, capturing seventh and eighth with a time of 19:11.
NEXT MEET: The Red Raiders will run against SAS again on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at St. Andrews.
CCHS volleyball swept in final match
The Lady Raiders dropped their final regular season match three sets to none to District 8-AAA rival Lawrence County on Thursday at Joe Frank Patch Memorial Gym.
Lawrence County swept Coffee County 22-25, 24-26, 16-25 to take the season series 2-0.
Aerial Williams recorded nine kills with two aces, and Baylee Nester spiked five kills and dove for three digs. CCHS’ district record drops to 8-4, as they finish the season 18-14 overall.
NEXT MATCH: District 8-AAA Tournament Oct. 5-7 (TBA)
Westwood falls to Fayetteville
Westwood Middle School ended its football season in Fayetteville, losing 46-12 to the Tigers.
The Rockets trailed FMS 8-6 at the end of the first quarter after Reynaldo Ramirez raced 90 yards for a touchdown, but endured 16 unaswered points from the Tigers and trailed 24-6 at halftime.
Fayetteville continued the scoring outbreak in the second half, building a 46-6 lead before Will Partin added a late 50-yard touchdown for Westwood.
WMS finishes the season 3-6.
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