End of a sports era

Posted on April 22, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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With the retirement of Pat Summitt from her position as the head coach of the Lady Vol basketball program, it is definitely the end of an era.
I don’t just mean the end of an era at the University of Tennessee, I mean the end of an era for women’s basketball all across the country. Let’s take it even further. The end of an era in basketball period.
Pat Summitt took women’s basketball where it had never been before. Games are shown nationally on television now because Pat Summitt pushed for it to happen. The growth of women’s basketball began with Pat Summitt. Like her or not, there … CONTINUED

Sports legends

Posted on January 26, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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It is with a heavy heart that I write this edition of Pistol’s Points.
Being a sports writer, a sports nut and the ultimate Maroon Maniac, it has been a very sad start to the week in this small town.
Stan Mitchell and Ken Jolly are two of the greatest athletes that WCHS has produced through the years and that is saying a lot. Even though, this is a small town, there are some great ones who have come through this town.
You can read about some of their accomplishments in an accompanying article, but this is my column and what I want to tell you is that … CONTINUED

Former Warrior

Posted on November 7, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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In these pages of the local sports section, the articles are all centered on local athletes and local teams for the most part.
Many times, these pages are used to tell of the success that is attained by our athletes that grew up in Sparta and White County after they move on to the adult phases of their careers. Some go on to play at the collegiate level and some become coaches.
I am now going to brag about one of our former athletes that is making such a difference, but it is not in the sports world.
In March of 1998, the Warriors were putting the finishing … CONTINUED

Important outings

Posted on October 27, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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Thursday and Friday are a pair of important days in local high school sports and the kids involved need the support of their fans.
State meet berths and a spot in the playoffs are up for grabs.
It all begins Thursday when all the Region 3AAA teams descend upon Sparta and more specifically, the Voyles’ farm in Cassville for the region race. This is the big one that does one of two things – end the high school season or advances them on to the state. White County has been a familiar face at the state meet for the past six years with individuals qualifying. This year, they … CONTINUED

Heroes among us

Posted on October 3, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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In the world today, we are all guilty of making heroes of those who maybe don’t fit the guidelines of such distinction.
Athletes, movie stars, billionaires, musicians – should they really be construed as heroes?
Yes, they make lots of money and are good at what they do, at least most of the time, anyway. But are they really the ones who make our lives better whom without their services life, as we know it would no longer go on?
I am as guilty as anyone of putting too much into what these people do or become when others do more to affect our everyday lives positively.

Let’s go Warriors

Posted on September 22, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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I really hadn’t planned on writing a Pistol’s Points for this edition, but after a little chat I had with one of the senior football players, I decided I wanted to talk about something.
This conversation was with one of the players just in passing and got me to thinking about something.
It is homecoming week for White County High School, which brings along a little added pressure to win. The student body is more invested in what is going on this week and let me commend first year principal, Grant Swallows, on his efforts to restore more school spirit with the students. It seems to have fallen … CONTINUED

Sports are not a right

Posted on September 19, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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Okay, I have been trying my best to stay off my soap box, but here’s something I have been holding on to and thinking about writing for a while.
I think is the world today that it is sometimes forgotten that participating in sports is not a right, it is a privilege. Our professional athletes often forget and are reminded with suspensions, cuts in pay or even being cut from the team. College athletes are constantly being reminded. Check out the headlines and see how many get reminded of that by being booted from their teams or at least suspended from action.
I think that not only our … CONTINUED

Long-time fans

Posted on September 12, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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The WCHS sports program lost a pair of long-time tried and true supporters this past week.
Arlin Stults and Morris Puckett both passed away this week and will be sorely missed especially when basketball season rolls around.
Stults began as a referee and after retiring from that position, he became the official clock keeper at WCHS basketball games. When he turned the reins of that job over to someone else, he could often be found in his reserved front row seats at the home ball games.
Stults was inducted as one of the honorary members of the school’s Hall of Fame a few years ago for his contribution … CONTINUED

The week

Posted on September 1, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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Some call it the Battle of 111, I just simply call it Sparta/Cookeville week.
That’s what it has always been and guess it always will be for me. I guess because I started following the rivalry before Highway 111 existed. I think I get as pumped up for this game as the players if not more.
You see, in case you didn’t know it, my blood runs just a little darker than red. It’s maroon with a little hint of gray in it. I try my best to be an unbiased sports writer doing my job, but it’s really really hard for me. I’ll be honest I pout … CONTINUED

Football time in Sparta!

Posted on August 15, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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It’s officially game week and I am so excited.
This week kicks off football season in White County. The Warrior high school team travels to Smith County Friday night and the middle school team opens up at Avery Trace Tuesday.
Being on the sidelines Friday night at the jamboree has me even more excited about the start of football season.
Obviously, I love all sports and get excited about the start of the new season, but there is just something special about Friday nights and football. Movies have been made about it and songs wrote about it. Friday night football is just a part of the American sports … CONTINUED

In my thoughts

Posted on March 10, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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Every now and then we get a reminder, or in this case reminders, that no matter what your sport of preference, it’s still just a game.
We as sports fans get really excited over wins and really sad over losses and rightly so. I think everyone knows how I feel about sports and the teams I follow. Not just teams, but athletes in my fantasy teams. But in the end, we must keep it all in perspective. It’s a game. Even though some are blessed to get to play a game or coach a game for a living, it’s still small in the overall scheme of things.

Another year of thanks

Posted on November 24, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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Time certainly flies, doesn’t it?
It seems like no time ago that I was writing my annual Thanksgiving column and here it is time for it again.
Each year at this time, in addition to the Thanksgiving holidays, it is also my mom’s birthday sometime around Turkey Day each year. Let me take this opportunity to wish her a belated birthday. (It’s only belated in the paper. I did wish her a happy birthday on her actual birthday.)
Looking back over the year, I’ve had a lot of things for which to be thankful. As is the case again, I really think that I have an awesome job. … CONTINUED

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