Monthly Archives: December 2008

Warriorettes defeat Dekalb Co. in semifinals

Posted on December 31, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Pushing it up the floor. Warriorette point guard, Heather Roberts, pushes the ball up the court during the second half of the semifinal win over DeKalb County.

Back in action. Lacy Yslas was back in action for the Warriorettes after missing the first game of the Sonic Shootout due to family holiday plans. Yslas tallied 11 off the bench to go along with 13 from Keshia Daniels to help WCHS to the 39-24 win over DeKalb County and a trip to the Sonic Shootout championship games.

    It may have not been the prettiest of victories, but the Warriorette basketball team found a way to win and is headed … Read More


NHC Christmas Parade 2008

Posted on December 31, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

NHC held a Christmas Parade complete with floats, presents and treats much to the delight of the residents who lined the “parade route”. Santa closed out the parade being pulled by a pair of the “strangest looking reindeer” (according to one resident) ever seen.


Warriors shoot their way into title game

Posted on December 31, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Competing for the title. Corey Johnson puts up a shot in the first half of the Warriors’ win over Loudon Monday. The Warriors shot their way into the title game knocking down 10 threes.

To the hoop. Warrior sophomore, David Sorrell, lays the ball up for two points during the 57-32 win over Loudon in Monday’s semifinal game.

   The way the three pointers have been flying during the past two WCHS boys’ basketball games, one might think they were watching a game from a year ago. 
    That’s not the case.  It’s still the 2008-09 season and this edition of the Warriors has heated up from three point range.  … Read More


Warriorettes capture Sonic Shootout girls’ title

Posted on December 31, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Third place girls - Clinton

More boys All Tournament - Nick Ross, David L. Haskins and Bradley Britt.

The Warriors finished runner-up in the Sonic Shootout.

More girls All tournament - Lailah Farmer, Cynthia Woodward and Amber Taylor.

The Warriorettes captured the Sonic Shootout championship with a narrow 45-43 win over Loudon.

Loudon took home second place in the girls' side of the tournament.

All Tournament team members - Janell Menard, Mardessa Hampton, Lacey Small, Tasha Delaney, Keshia Daniels, Heather Roberts and Lacy Yslas.

All Tournament team members - Dustin Baxter, Carrin Nash, Ethan Christian, Kelsey Hamlet, Josh Turner, Corey Johnson and Stewart Mitchell.

Third place boys -

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Virgil Ray Morgan

Posted on December 30, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Virgil Ray Morgan, 66, passed away Dec. 28, 2008, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Morgan was born Dec. 7, 1942, in White County, to Lester Joseph Morgan and Lorene Vida Rackley Morgan Perks.
Survivors include his daughter, Skyler Dawn Abaligh Morgan, of Quebeck; son, J.C. Morgan and wife Sara, of Cuba, Mo.; mother Lorene Vida Perks, of Quebeck; brothers, Joe Morgan and wife Lisa of Quebeck, Leroy Morgan, of Washington, Mo.; and one grandchild.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Dec. 31, 2008, at Thurman Funeral Home, with burial in Anderson Cemetery. Darrell Dodson will officiate. The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m., Dec. 30, at the funeral … Read More


Pedestrian seriously injured

Posted on December 30, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tom Hodge, 86, of Sparta, suffered serious injuries after being struck by a vehicle, on Tuesday, at approximately 9:30 a.m., as he walked across Maple Street, directly behind White County Courthouse.
According to Patrolman Brent Copeland, of Sparta Police Department, the driver of the vehicle, Sharon Pierce, of White County, was traveling east on Maple Street when she came into contact with Hodge, near South Main Street, where he was reportedly walking toward the courthouse. According to Copeland, Pierce was issued a citation for “failure to maintain lane.”
Hodge was transported to White County Community Hospital by ambulance and, then, flown by Life Force to Erlanger Hospital in … Read More


WCHS teams advance to Sonic Shootout championships

Posted on December 30, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Both the Warriors and Warriorettes will be in the championship games of the Sonic Shootout on Tuesday.

The White County High School Warriors and Warriorettes will both be vying for Sonic Shootout titles in the respective championship games on Tuesday night at Roy Sewell Gymnaisum.
The Warriorettes will take on Loudon at 6 p.m.  The WCHS girls advanced to the title game with a 39-24 victory over DeKalb County.  Keshia Daniels paced the Warriorettes with 13 points followed by Lacy Yslas with 11.
The Warriors made their way to the title game with a 57-32 victory over Loudon.  Stewart Mitchell stayed hot from long distance knocking down six … Read More


Warriors hold on for overtime win

Posted on December 29, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

New record. Stewart Mitchell shown here laying the ball in for two of his 24 points in the contest, did most of his damage beyond the arc. The senior guard hit seven threes in the contest which is a new boys’ record at WCHS. The Warriors won 88-85 in overtime over McMinn County and will now face Loudon in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Monday.

    The White County High School Warriors ran the myriad of situations in their first round game of the Sonic Shootout before finishing with the 88-85 win over McMinn County. 
    WCHS led by as many as 18 in the second half, trailed by one … Read More


Don’t burn them out!

Posted on December 29, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

    Did anyone happen to watch the Heisman trophy presentation back a few weeks ago? 
    Well, I didn’t, but someone told me they thought it would be something I was interested in so with the help of youtube.com, I went back and located it.  It indeed was something I found interesting.  In addition to that, I have another story that will kind of go hand in hand with it. 
    In case you missed it, I just happen to be about to impart to you what happened.  I know that if you are reading this in the sports section, you probably are a sports fan and already know that … Read More


Top 10 local sports stories of 2008

Posted on December 29, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Gone too soon. The tragic news of the untimely passing of track star Markie Voyles in an automobile accident was the leading sports news of 2008 in White County.

Top Story No. 5. The Warrior baseball team stunned top seeded Cookeville in the opening round of the District 7AAA tournament back in May.

Top Story No. 2. The Warrior basketball team celebrates as the final seconds tick off the clock in the win over Oakland in the region semifinals in February. That win sent the Warriors to the substate for the second consecutive year.

    Often times big games, victories and winning streaks are the news items that garner … Read More


Warriorettes overcome slow start for 12th win

Posted on December 29, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

On the move. Whitney Randolph puts the ball on the floor and drives around a McMinn County defender during the Warriorettes’ opening round game of the Sonic Shootout Saturday night. The Warriorettes won 50-25 to improve to 12-1 on the season. They take on DeKalb County at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the semifinals.

    The Warriorettes overcame a sluggish start, but a strong third quarter put the game away as they finished off the 50-25 victory over McMinn County (5-7) for their 12th win of the season against only one loss.  That equals their best start since 2002-03. 
    Jessica Wilson, who has had a few starts this season, stepped … Read More


Retails sales lagging

Posted on December 29, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Recent figures released from Upper Cumberland Development District indicate White County is at the top of the list in the area for a decrease in state sales tax.
According to the information from UCDD, which is derived from Tennessee Department of Revenue, White County was lagging at a minus 12.5 percent, with Putnam County falling directly behind with a minus 11.1 percent. Jackson County, with a much smaller population than either White of Putnam counties, was the area’s highest-rated increase, at 6.5 percent.
With a look back at the retail sales figures for White County in 2007 and through June 2008, the itemized categories indicated where sales are … Read More


Sonic Shootout works overtime on Saturday

Posted on December 29, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Checking out the defense. Josh Turner keeps an eye on the defense as he pushes the ball up the court in the win over McMinn County.

    The Sonic Shootout got underway at Roy Sewell Gymnasium Saturday with eight games hitting the hardwood.
    The bookends for the day were overtime games with a little bit of everything in between.  The tournament opened with an overtime win by the Loudon girls over Oakland and ended with an overtime win by the home standing Warriors over McMinn County.  In between, there was a little bit of everything.
    There were decisive wins, close wins, come-from-behind wins and teams that built big leads … Read More


Mary Elizabeth Randolph

Posted on December 29, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Mary Elizabeth Randolph, 91, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 27, 2008, at NHC of Cookeville.
Randolph was born March 18, 1917, in Smithville.
Survivors include her sons, Frank A. Pedigo, of Ohio, Paul D. Pedigo, of Massachusetts; daughter, Betty Golden, of Ohio; stepdaughters, Pauline Gilliland, Clara Purivs, both of Arizona; 14 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Dec. 30, 2008, at Thurman Funeral Home, with burial in Lower Cherry Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m., Dec. 29, at the funeral home.
Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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