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Demarco Moore, Sports Writer
WINCHESTER, Tenn. — Since 2013, the Coffee County Central High School boys’ golf team has been knocking at the District 8-AAA tournament’s door, and can now call itself champion once again.
The Red Raiders cleared the first leg of the postseason on Monday at Bear Trace Golf Course, claiming the coveted District 8-AAA championship plaque for just the third time in school history.
The top finish also qualifies the Red Raiders for next week’s Region 4-AAA tournament, which will also be held at Bear Trace with a berth in the TSSAA Class AAA State Tournament on the line.
The District 8-AAA title had become elusive for Coffee County (45-3 overall) in the three seasons since they had last won it, but not in 2017.
“We can’t be more pleased than this,” said CCHS head coach Mike Ray.
“This was one of our goals, one of the things we had checked on our list this year.”
The team of Reid Lawrence, Samuel Prater, Austin Farris, Josh Perry and Matthew Hale shot a combined score of 303 to beat out cross-county rival Tullahoma (315), which had won the past two district championships and even kept the Red Raiders out of the region tournament back in 2014.
Shelbyville Central finished third with a team score of 326 to earn the final qualifying spot in next week’s region tournament.
“This is a great bunch of kids,” added Ray.
“They have earned everything that they got today, but I think they will all tell you they’ve got one more they definitely want to get next week.”
Three of the five region spots reserved for individuals went to Lawrence, Farris and Prater. However, a tie for second-through-fifth place would force all three Red Raiders into a playoff, with Lawrence and Farris squaring off with Tullahoma’s Hayden Blair for second-through-fourth, and Prater battling Jonathan Liggett of Franklin County for fifth.
“We played seven holes and I’m soaked in sweat,” said Lawrence after circling back to the club house for the award presentations.
Blair edged out second place, while Lawrence and Farris finished third and fourth respectively. Prater defeated Liggett in their playoff hole for the fifth and final spot.
“I probably had four clutch opportunities, took two of them, but couldn’t close it out – couldn’t make one to win it. [Hayden Blair] ended up making a really good putt to close it out,” Lawrence added.
REGION 4-AAA TOURNAMENT: Monday, Sept. 25 at Bear Trace Golf Course (TBA)
HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL: Coffee County drops Riverdale in straight sets
The Coffee County Central High School volleyball took care of business on Monday against Riverdale, downing the visiting Lady Warriors in straight sets.
Coffee County (12-13 overall; 5-0 District 8-AAA) dropped its Region 4-AAA rivals from District 7-AAA by set scores of 25-17, 27-25, 25-22.
Sophomore Amanda Mukai and Tyana Fenton tied for the team lead in aces with four, while sophomore Keelie Hillis recorded four kills.
NEXT MATCH: Home versus Lincoln County on Tuesday, Sept. 19 (6 p.m.)
HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER: Lady Raiders escape Columbia with important district victory
After Saturday night’s exciting District 8-AAA match in Manchester ended in a draw, the Coffee County Central High School and Columbia Central High School girls’ soccer teams swapped venues on Monday to play their second match against each other in three days.
The Lady Raiders edged out the Lady Lions 3-2, with Emilee Roberson netting the match-winning goal in the 69th minute.
The two teams traded goals in the early going, as Reyna Flores’ unassisted goal in the ninth minute helped Coffee County (5-1-2 overall; 3-0-1 District 8-AAA) strike first. Columbia answered with a goal before Allie Amado gave the Lady Raiders the lead at halftime off an assist from Flores coming in the 40th minute.
The Lady Lions were again able to find the back of the net, tying the match at two in the 67th minute.
But Reagan Ellison found Roberson, whose goal in the 69th minute ended the back-and-forth scoring, as the Lady Raiders held on for the series’ only win by either team this season.
NEXT MATCH: at Franklin County on Tuesday, Sept. 19 (7 p.m.)
MIDDLE SCHOOL SOCCER: Lady Raiders, Lady Rocket pick up blowout wins
The sun shined on Monday over the Coffee County Middle School soccer field, but the Lady Raiders shined brighter in an 8-0 win over White County.
The win ended a string of three-consecutive losses for the Lady Raiders (3-4 overall), who got goals from six different players, including a pair scored by Jayda Wright and Katie Cotten and single goals from Alexis Rayman, Ellie Fann, Kelsey Brantley and Caitlyn Garrett.
Ariana Hansen, Lindsey Grimes, Anna Amado and Cotten all recorded assists as well.
Lady Rockets 9, Liberty 0
Diana Ramirez was a one-woman scoring machine for the Westwood Middle School girls’ soccer team, which defeated Liberty 9-0 for its first win of the season on Monday in Shelbyville.
Ramirez scored six — count them — goals for the Lady Rockets (1-4 overall), all of which came in the first half.
Ramirez also assisted on a goal in the second half by Luz Maria Basurto, while the others came from Anna Johnson and Patricia Barrera. Alana Coker also made five saves at goalkeeper.
NEXT MATCH: 8th grade day on Wednesday, Sept. 20 versus Fayetteville at Dyer-Bouldin Field (5:30 p.m.)
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