Eagles and Eaglettes close out their seasons with wins

Posted on February 19, 2018 8:08 am by Andy Southard

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Van Buren High School senior boys

Van Buren High School senior girls

The Eagles and Eaglettes had their final tune-ups for the District 5A tournament when they wrapped up the regular season with a sweep of South Pittsburg.

On a night when Van Buren High School honored its senior players and cheerleaders, the elder classmen went out on high notes with a pair of wins. The Eaglettes, behind the 33 points of senior Mallory Christian, captured the 62-54 win. The Eagles knocked down 13 3’s in the first half on their way to the 81-40 win over South Pittsburg. Seniors Bo Walker and Austin Miller helped them, and … Read More


Warriorettes fall into the consolation game

Posted on February 19, 2018 8:08 am by Andy Southard

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Hannah Leftwich (left) and Gracie Dodgen (right) were honored, on Saturday night, for making the 6AAA Regular Season All-District Team.

The White County High School Warriorettes were hoping for a chance at winning a district championship, but Rhea   County made sure that didn’t happen, as they upended the Warriorettes, at Rhea County, in the semifinals.

A second scoring slump saw a solid start fall by the wayside and then battling back and taking the lead into the fourth quarter, but another slump in the fourth quarter saw the Lady Eagles (24-5) pull ahead and then hold on for the win. The win not only gave them a spot … Read More


Warriors earn spot in District 6AAA title game

Posted on February 19, 2018 8:08 am by Andy Southard

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Masyn Winningham goes up for a layup in Saturday’s game against Cookeville. Winningham finished the game with 21 points, but none were bigger than his layup as time expired in regulation to force overtime.

When two rivals meet, no one can ever predict the outcome.

That was definitely the case for the Warriors and Cavaliers basketball game, on Saturday night, at Rhea County High School. The Warriors came into the matchup as the number five seed but had won their last three games, and Cookeville came into the game as the number one seed. It took a full 32 minutes and an extra 4 minutes to decide a … Read More


Luna named AAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week

Posted on February 15, 2018 10:10 am by Andy Southard

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The 13th edition of the Appalachian Athletic Conference basketball players of the week award was announced by the league, on Monday, and Bryan College’s Deandra Luna (FR/Sparta) won the women’s award for her efforts from Feb. 5 through Feb. 10.

AAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week

Deandra Luna – Bryan – Fr. – Sparta, Tenn.

Averaged 21.0 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in helping Bryan to a 2-1 record.

One win was over Tennessee Wesleyan who is currently receiving votes in the NAIA Coaches’ top-25 poll.

Luna posted a double-double against Brenau with 22 points and 10 rebounds.

Had 16 assists on the week.

Had 4 … Read More



District 6A Tournament comes to Roy Sewell Gym

Posted on February 15, 2018 10:10 am by Andy Southard

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For all those basketball fanatics out there whose hoops appetite can’t be filed with just the District 6AAA tournament in which the Warriors and Warriorettes are playing, there are plenty more games in store.

This year, the District 6A tournament will make use of the neutral site venue.

Play begins Thursday, with two girls’ semifinal matchups. Then on Friday, there will be two boys’ semifinal contest.

On Monday, the girls’ consolation and championship contest will be played, and on Tuesday the boys’ consolation and championship contest will be play.

The girls’ portion of the tournament is not at a loss for top caliber teams. When the most recent … Read More


Mills and Christian named District 5A Player of the Year

Posted on February 15, 2018 10:10 am by Andy Southard

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Mallory Christian

Caden Mills

When the coach of District 5A got together last week to finalize plans for their district tournament and vote on the All-District Team, Van Buren County took home eight awards.

It came as no surprise to anyone that the top superlative honors came back to Spencer. Both Caden Mills and Mallory Christian have dominated games all season long and are the leading scorers on their respective teams that won their district.

While Mills and Christian both took home the top honors, there were plenty of Van Buren honors to go around.

Eagles Head Coach Dustin Sullivan won boys’ Coach of the Year. Sullivan led … Read More


District tournaments tip off Friday and run through Tuesday

Posted on February 15, 2018 10:10 am by Andy Southard

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The regular season is in the books, and now it gets down to what coaches consider the third season – the postseason.        The games that have been played to this point are just a buildup for what is to come. Seasons come and seasons go, but the truth of the matter is – teams are remembered for what they do in the postseason.

For the White County High School and Van Buren High School teams, that starts this week.

The District 6AAA tournament gets underway Friday and runs through Tuesday, at Rhea County High School.

For District 5A, their tournament starts Thursday night and runs through Saturday, at … Read More


All District teams selected

Posted on February 15, 2018 9:09 am by Andy Southard

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Masyn Winningham

Dyson Reece

Gracie Dodgen

Hannah Leftwich

As the district regular season came to an end, the coaches in District 6AAA gathered to finalize plans for the tournaments and select an All District Regular Season Squad for their districts.

The list of standout performers was dotted with names of White County High School players. There were four White County players that made the All-District Team, with two players making honorable mention.

Making the team on the girls’ side was senior Hannah Leftwich and freshman Gracie Dodgen, and on the honorable mention was Mia Murray and Kendreah Reeves.

On the Warriors’ side, Dyson Reece and Masyn Winningham were … Read More


Cantrell looking to continue his brother’s legacy at Tusculum

Posted on February 12, 2018 8:08 am by Andy Southard

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All across the United States, high school football players signed their name on the dotted line during Wednesday’s National Signing Day for college football.

The first Wednesday of February starts the signing period, and most players take advantage of the first day to make their announcements official.

Senior Warrior football player Andrew Cantrell was part of that big day in high school football when he signed his letter of intent to continue his career at the college level.

Cantrell followed in the footsteps of his brother, Hunter Cantrell, and signed on the line for NCAA Division II’s Tusculum College, which is in Greenville, Tennessee.

Andrew Cantrell, like his … Read More


VBHS closes out their week winning three out of four

Posted on February 12, 2018 7:07 am by Andy Southard

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The Van Buren County High School basketball teams had a busy end to their week last week. The Eagles and Eaglettes both had games on Thursday night and Friday night.

On Thursday night, VBHS pulled off a sweep, when they traveled to Monterey High School to take on the Wildcats and Lady Wildcats. On Friday night, the VBHS split with Clay County.

On Thursday night, the Eaglettes used a strong second and third quarter to pull away from the Lady Wildcats and pick up the 49-33 win.

In the boy’s game, the Eagles and Wildcats battled it out for four quarters, with neither team ever able to gain … Read More


Warriorettes close out their regular season with a win

Posted on February 12, 2018 7:07 am by Andy Southard

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Megan Anderson goes up for a layup in Friday’s game against Warren County. Anderson finished with 6 points. (Photo by ANDY SOUTHARD)

Gracie Dodgen goes up for a layup in Friday night’s game against Warren County. Dodgen helped lead the Warriorettes to the win finishing with 16 points. (Photo by ANDY SOUTHARD)

The Warriorettes had their final District 6AAA game, on Friday night, and their last game before the District 6AAA when they wrapped up the regular season with a win against the visiting Warren County Lady Pioneers.

On a night when White County High School honored it senior Warriors, Warriorettes, and cheerleaders, the Senior Warriorettes went out … Read More


Warriors avenge early losses to Warren Pioneers

Posted on February 12, 2018 7:07 am by Andy Southard

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Final year. Kendall Barker closed out his final regular season game scoring the final 2 points of the game on Friday night. Barker, a senior, tore his ACL before the season and was unable to dress out until Friday night. (Photo by ANDY SOUTHARD)

Masyn Winningham takes a 3 from the top of the key in Friday night’s game against Warren County. Winningham finished the game with 13 points. (Photo by ANDY SOUTHARD)

As the old saying goes, “It’s hard to beat a team three times in a row.” Well, on Friday night, the Warriors proved that saying true, as they pulled out a 63-45 win over the … Read More


Van Buren High School teams sweep Whitwell

Posted on February 8, 2018 9:09 am by Andy Southard

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Caden Mills goes up for a shot, on Tuesday night. It was on this shot that he scored his 3,000th career point. (Photo by STEPHANIE SULLIVAN)

On Tuesday night, the Van Buren County High School basketball teams hosted Whitwell in a key District 5A matchup. Going into the game, the Eaglettes trailed the Whitewell Lady Tigers by one game in the district standings, but the Eaglettes would use a big first half and would hold on late to pick up a 51-45 win over the Lady Tigers and put themselves in a tie for first place in the District.

In the boys’ game, the Eagles used a big … Read More


Home is where the heart is

Posted on February 8, 2018 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Photos by Thomas Corhern, TTU Sports Information / Tony Marable

By Thomas Corhern – TTU Sports Information

The saying goes ‘Home is where the heart is.’

It makes sense – that’s where your family resides, that’s where your memories are made, it can be where friendships are kindled.

That certainly stands true for sophomore Cade Crosland and senior Mason Ramsey.

With their experiences growing up in Livingston and Sparta, the Upper Cumberland region has definitely been home to them, and they wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

The funny thing about basketball in the Upper Cumberland though is that it is a family. With the surrounding counties and … Read More


Warriorettes pick up a vital district win over Rhea County

Posted on February 8, 2018 9:09 am by Andy Southard

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Kendreah Reeves takes a 3 in Tuesday night’s game. Reeves finished the game with 15 points and knocked down three 3’s. (Photo by ANDY SOUTHARD)

Even after losing to Rhea County early in the season, the Warriorettes 76-65 win over the Lady Eagles, on Tuesday, night keeps them right where they want to be – in the thick of the district race.

The Warriorettes’ win secured that they can finish no lower than third place, which ensures their spot in the Regionals, but it also means they can still finish in a tie for second place, with a Rhea County loss to Stone Memorial and a Warriorettes’ win … Read More


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