In the United States, the sport of soccer can sometimes be a bit of an afterthought when compared to sports like football, basketball and baseball. In other nations like Italy, soccer is more than just a sport. It's the beautiful game, closer to a way of life than just something to do.
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Throughout the history of Central High School wrestling, the program had never featured one of its own in the NCAA. That changed on Wednesday, May 22, thanks to Rey Reyes.
Central High School track and field traveled to Murfreesboro on Thursday, May 23, to compete on day two of the TSSAA State Track and Field Championships. Six CHS athletes took part in the competition, with three field events and one relay team.
Central High School girls' basketball player Bella Vinson continued to garner more honors this week following a successful 2018-19 season. The rising junior was named to the Class AAA All-State team on Monday, May 20.
Central High School softball coach Brandon McWhorter had a four-year plan for facility upgrades when he took over the program in 2017. Al White Ford/Lincoln helped him get one step closer to that goal by hosting a Ford Drive 4 Ur School event on March 30.
The core of any competitive relay team is cohesion and speed. Central High School track and field found that in the boys' 4x400 relay this year. The team of Trace Bryant, John Dobson, Kelvin Verge and Renato Garcia earned the chance to represent CHS at this week's TSSAA state meet in Murfreesboro.
For 28 straight seasons, Central High School track and field has sent an athlete to the TSSAA state championship meet. This year, Chloe Haggard and Macy Tabor will represent the Lady Raiders in Murfreesboro for the first time.
Holli Hancock, Jalyn Case and Kaitlyn Davis represented Coffee County Middle School track and field Saturday, May 18, at the TMSAA State Meet in Clarksville. Held at Fontana Stadium at Austin Peay State University, Hancock was the only medalist for CMS with a sixth-place finish in shot put.
Trace Bryant wrapped up the first event of his 2019 state push for Central High School track and field Friday, May 17 at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville. The senior finished the two-day event in ninth place.
Summer weather may have returned, but Central High School football gave fans a taste of what's to come in the fall Friday, May 17. With 98 days until the season opener on August 23, the Red Raiders hosted an open practice and scrimmage to close out spring workouts.
Coffee County's Haley Hinshaw was recognized by Motlow State Community College as 2019 Outstanding Athlete Award for her work on the softball team.
Central High School baseball's Harley Hinshaw always wanted a chance to play college baseball. With graduation on the horizon, Hinshaw won't be leaving the diamond any time soon.
Hayden Skipper's 2019 high school season recently ended, but there's still plenty of baseball to play this summer. The rising senior was selected to join Team Tennessee for the upcoming Junior Sunbelt Classic in McAlester, Okla.
Coffee County Middle School track and field traveled to Tullahoma High School Monday, May 13, for the Central Tennessee Conference Championship. The Lady Raiders took first place with 123 points, followed by the Red Raiders' second-place finish with 99 points.
Much like the temperature, it was an uncommonly cold spring night for Central High School softball at the plate Monday, May 13. The Lady Raiders were held to five hits in a 2-1 home loss to Blackman in the Region 4-AAA tournament.
Benedict Edinger's postseason run came to a close Monday May, 13, at the region singles/doubles tournament in Murfreesboro. Edinger fell in straight sets to Siegel's Hussen Malik in a 0-2 match loss.
Spring and softball. More notably - spring and successful softball. To say winning is expected on the diamond each spring in Manchester is nothing but stating the obvious.
Central High School boys' tennis traveled to Murfreesboro Friday, May 10, to open Region Team Tournament action against Central Magnet. The Red Raiders were unable to pick up a win and had their season come to a close.
Central High School track and field traveled to Rhea County High School Friday, May 10, for the TSSAA Division 1 Section 2 Large meet. Six athletes made the cut and qualified for states.
Local golfer Ashley Gilliam had a strong finish last week at the U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball Championship. The Tullahoma High School graduate made it to the quarterfinals of the USGA event.
The Manchester Volleyball Club finished its inaugural season with a big victory near the end of last month. The team won the Bringing out the Beast Tournament on Tuesday, April 23 in Chattanooga.
Coming into the District 8-AAA title game on Thursday, May 9, Central High School soccer's run came to a close in a 1-0 road loss to Shelbyville.
Central High School softball returned to Shelbyville Wednesday, May 8, with a chance to clinch the District 8-AAA title. Taking on Lincoln County, the girls kept ahead in a tight match to win 7-5 and secure the tournament for the second straight season.
For the last four years, Central High School soccer's Briggs Haithcock has been making a name for himself on the pitch. Despite graduation, the senior's soccer career is far from over.
Central High School boys' soccer was back in action on Tuesday, May 8, for the next round of the District 8-AAA tournament. Facing off against regular-season district champion Columbia, the Red Raiders persevered through 19 minutes of extra time to secure a 1-0 victory.
Central High School boys' tennis traveled to Lewisburg Tuesday, May 7, with a perfect season and a District 8-AAA Championship on the table. The Red Raiders beat Marshall County 4-3 to secure the title.
It took an extra inning on Tuesday, May 7 in Shelbyville, but Central High School softball punched its ticket to play for the District 8-AAA Crown. The Lady Raiders held off a late push from Lawrence County and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth to win 3-2.
Newly-hired Central High School football coach Doug Greene is no stranger to Coffee County. Officially on the job since April 15, Greene spent some of his earlier professional years on the Red Raider coaching staff.
Central High School boys' soccer kicked off the District 8-AAA tournament on Sunday, May 5, at home against Franklin County. The Raiders shot ahead with four goals in the second to win 4-0.
Central High School track and field kicked off the postseason Friday, May 3, with the District 4 sub-sectional meet at Tullahoma. Both the girls' and boys' teams posted high results to secure the District 8-AAA title.
For the University of Tennessee's Alontae Taylor, giving back to his community is an important part of what makes him the man he is. The current Volunteer cornerback and former Red Raider returned to Coffee County Middle School to speak with members of the football team on Thursday, May 2.
Westwood Middle School tennis traveled to Columbia on Thursday, May 3, for the team's final match of the 2019 season. The Lady Rockets held on for a 4-3 victory, while the Rockets closed the season with a 3-4 loss.
A rain delay didn't stop Central High School softball from starting the postseason strong Thursday, May 2 at Shelbyville Central High School. The Lady Raiders brought a storm of their own with a 7-1 win over Lincoln County in the District 8-AAA tournament.
The last time Central High School baseball traveled to Tullahoma's Grider Stadium, the Raiders won a 7-6 thriller. CHS was unable to repeat the magic at the District 8-AAA play-in game Wednesday, May 1, in a 13-1 loss to the Wildcats.
Central High School baseball made the journey to Cookeville Tuesday, April 30 to close out the regular season against the Cavaliers. The Red Raiders briefly held the lead in the top of the first before falling behind for an 11-1 loss in five innings.
Central High School baseball was back on the road Monday, April 29, traveling to Murfreesboro to take on Riverdale. After sitting in a 2-0 hole through the first three innings, the Red Raiders took off for six runs in the fourth inning to seal a 6-4 victory.
Central High School softball returned home to Terry Floyd Field Sunday, April 28, for a district showdown with Lawrence County. The first-place Lady Raiders struggled to get on the board in a 5-0 loss to the second-place Lady Cats.
Westwood Middle School softball didn't want to wait any longer than it needed to hoist the Duck River Valley Conference trophy. Taking on Moore County, the Lady Rockets blanked the Raiderettes 10-0 at home to win the DRVC tournament in six innings.
Coffee Middle softball went into the Central Tennessee Conference championship game Saturday, April 27 with an undefeated record on the line. Taking on Warren County, the Lady Raiders went down early but bounced back in the second inning to seal a 7-4 victory and a conference title.
Central High School baseball was back at Powers Field Saturday, April 27, for the team's final home game of the season. Taking on Central Magnet, the Red Raiders broke away midway through the game for a 4-1 senior night victory.
Central High School volleyball's Abigail Layne always dreamed of getting to play the sport she loves at the college level. Now, the senior will get that chance. On Wednesday, April 24, Layne signed a letter of intent to play for Berea College starting in the fall of 2019.