Monthly Archives: April 2009

Warriors pick up second straight shut out

Posted on April 13, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Conor Sparkman dives back into first avoiding the pick off attempt during the WCHS baseball team's victory over DeKalb County.

Brown delivers. Jordan Brown pitched the Warriors to a shutout win over DeKalb County on Thursday. The senior allowed just four hits while striking out seven batters as the Warriors picked up their sixth win of the season.

Coming off an emotional victory over Oakland on Wednesday night, the Warrior baseball team found a way to get back up and followed with a second straight victory.
The Warriors opened the Highland Rim Easter Invitational with a 6-0 win over the visiting DeKalb County Tigers. Jordan Brown went the … CONTINUED

Cookeville nets win over WCHS on courts

Posted on April 13, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Working the net. Lauren Cannon moves to make a play on the ball near the net in Thursday’s match.

Serving it up. Warrior senior tennis player, J.T. Randolph, serves during the match against Siegel on Thursday at WCHS. No results were available from that match at press time. Randolph was the lone singles winner in the match against Cookeville on Wednesday.

    The White County High School tennis teams ran into a juggernaut when they traveled to Cookeville on Wednesday for a 7AAA match against their neighbors.
    The Cookeville squads showed why they are both currently undefeated in district play with a pair of dominating wins over the WCHS … CONTINUED

Track team breaks more records

Posted on April 13, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

One of the benefits of being part of a relatively new or reestablished sports program is that participating athletes have plenty of opportunities to set new records.
The White County High School track team, in its second year of resurrection since the early 90’s, has been breaking records this season. Several of those records were broken or set Thursday in a nine team meet at Stone Memorial.
The WCHS boys’, with 79 points, finished third behind Cookeville (103) and Stone Memorial (167). The WCHS girls’ finished in fourth place with 78.5 points. Cookeville swept the meet with a first place girls’ finish (175.5). Stone Memorial took second place … CONTINUED

Funnel clouds spotted

Posted on April 10, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

After several hours of severe weather warnings on Friday and constant updates on Nashville TV stations about the status of the fast-moving storms, White County was placed under a tornado warning.

As storms moved through the county, at least three sightings of funnel clouds were reported to E-911.   
At approximately 2:12 p.m., dispatchers received a call from Capt. Jason Sparks, of Sparta Fire Department, who said he had spotted “rotation” northwest of the North Spring Street fire hall.
At approximately 2:29 p.m., Deputy Nathan Blaylock reported he had seen a funnel cloud in the southwest end of White County.
At approximately 3:10 p.m., Deputy Rusty Bafford notified E-911dispatchers

‘Rumbling’ noise surprise to drivers

Posted on April 9, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Safety. Rumble stripes have been installed on Highway 84 to help keep drivers alert on the curvy stretch of roadway.

Drivers on what most White Countians refer to as River Road have recently begun to notice a somewhat strange sound emanating from the centerline.
Tennessee Department of Transportation has installed “rumble stripes” on approximately 10 miles of roadway on Highway 84, in White County. Most drivers are familiar with these safety devices that are normally installed on the edges of the highway. However, these rumble stripes are positioned on top of the centerline. The stripes begin at Oakwood Drive, on Highway 84, and end at the White-Putnam county … CONTINUED

Suspect turns himself in

Posted on April 9, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jack Huffman Jr.

Jack Huffman Jr., 45, of Baxter, turned himself into authorities April 2 in response to a warrant for his arrest.
According to Detective Chris Isom with White County Sheriff Department, Huffman was allegedly involved in the robbery of Doyle Alderman James Yates. An armed robber reportedly attacked Yates as he returned to his home Mar. 29.
Huffman’s alleged accomplice, Garry D. Tucker, 46, of Cookeville, was arrested and reportedly gave a confession to his involvement in the incident.
Huffman faces a charge of aggravated robbery.

Golden leaves legacy of ‘giving back’

Posted on April 9, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ruth Golden

A woman who befriended thousands of White Countians during her lifetime will be laid to rest this afternoon alongside the man with whom she shared her love and her life.
Ruth Lee Golden succumbed to a lingering illness on April 6. She and her husband Dr. Charles Golden had been active members of the community and dedicated their personal energies and financial resources to helping improve the lives of countless individuals.
Mrs. Golden was a member of Findlay United Methodist Church where she served as church treasurer and member of the pastor parish relations committee. She retired from USDA Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service, in 1987. … CONTINUED

Patriots outlast Warriors

Posted on April 9, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Observing the warm-up. Warrior infielders (l to r), Josh Peterson, Roggie Haston, Jaylen Qualls and Seth McDonald, take a break while Joseph Johnson warms up to come in to pitch during the Oakland game.

Joseph Johnson makes the throw to first to get the runner after hopping off the mound to field the ball.

Family ties. Warrior centerfielder, Zack Jolly, hauls in a fly ball during Tuesday’s 4-1 loss at Oakland. Providing assistance is right fielder, Conor Sparkman. The two outfielders are not only teammates, but also cousins. The loss dropped WCHS to 4-7 on the season.

The White County and Oakland baseball team battled the wind, cold … CONTINUED

Warriors end their losing streak to Oakland

Posted on April 9, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Zack Jolly stirs up dust as he slides safely into third base way ahead of the ball. The Warriors ended a 16-year losing streak to the Patriots with a 3-0 victory Wednesday.

For 16 years, the Oakland Patriot baseball team has had a hold over their Warrior counterparts.
The Warriors have not beaten Oakland since 1993. That streak came to an end Wednesday on Sparta’s home field. The 3-0 shut out win over the Patriots was the first District 7AAA win of the season for the Warriors.
Several times this season and in season’s past, the Warriors have been on the verge of victories in key district contests. … CONTINUED

WCHS soccer drops fourth straight

Posted on April 9, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

All alone in control. Warrior senior soccer player, Zack Saylors, moves with the ball during a recent game. The Warriors were defeated 3-1 by St. Andrews-Sewanee on Tuesday falling to 3-5 on the season.

The cold, windy day didn’t stop the WCHS soccer team from taking the field, but they weren’t able to stop their losing skid on the road Tuesday.
The Warriors hit the road to take on St. Andrews-Sewanee despite temperatures that were below normal for April. The Warriors couldn’t overcome the cold or the hosts.
In an outcome that was the exact opposite of the first battle between the two when they squared off in … CONTINUED

WCHS diamond teams in tournaments this weekend

Posted on April 9, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

White County High School’s diamond teams, baseball and softball, will both be involved in tournament action this weekend.
The Warrior baseball team will play host to their annual invitational event, the Highland Rim Easter Invitational, while the Warriorette softball team will head east up Bon Air Mountain to Crossville to compete in the Plateau Invitational.
Six teams will be competing in the baseball invitational in Sparta Thursday through Saturday. The event is a classic format instead of an actual tournament. That means that there will be no winner named. The match-ups are set prior to start of the tournament and no play-offs are planned.
The Warriors, who are … CONTINUED

Markie’s Run set for Saturday, May 2nd

Posted on April 9, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Markie's Run, in memory of Markie Voyles, will be held Saturday, May 2nd at the WCHS track.

Markie Voyles was a runner and a member of the White County High School Class of 2009.
Those two things made it a given what the Project Graduation committee wanted to do as one of their final fundraisers for the 2009 school year.
Markie’s Run, a 5k and one-mile walk, will be held for Project Graduation on Saturday, May 2nd. The event will be held in memory of Voyles, who lost her life in an automobile accident on October 25th. The prolific high school runner had just qualified for her fourth … CONTINUED

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