Posted By Sparta Live | October 27, 2011 12:00 am
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 could send their first-ever team to the state.
Cross country is relatively new for me to cover. White County has fielded cross country teams on and off since the 70’s I believe. However, there was not a cross country team when I started covering sports for the Expositor in 1994. I got my first taste of cross country six years ago and my first region race was not exactly a pleasant one, as far as the weather went. I can only imagine what Markie Voyles was thinking.
She had lived in Sparta all of three months maybe. She had never experienced the fall in Tennessee. She had shown up to some of the cold football games without a coat and wearing flip flops (of course). After all, she has spent the first 15 years of her life in California.
The region race that year was in Columbia and let me tell you it wasn’t a beautiful October day. It was very cold that day. Of course, it wasn’t just cold. It was raining. Markie liked running in the rain, but I am not sure how she felt about running in the cold rain. It must have not been too bad, she of course, won the region and advanced on to the state and was happy as a lark on the long ride home. I was not quite as happy. I don’t do cold well especially a cold rain. However, looking back on it, I am so glad I went that day to that race. That was my first encounter with the region race. I won’t even get into my first experience with the state race. That’s another story.
Well after the cross country race on Thursday, the Warrior football team will be back at Warrior Stadium for the first time in over a month to host Cumberland County for senior night. Also on the line will be a chance at a spot in the playoffs. Several things will have to fall in place, but the first of those things is the Warriors have to beat the Jets.
If you haven’t seen the Warriors play since their last home game against Livingston Academy, then you really haven’t seen the current Warriors play. They have won three in a row despite suffering numerous injuries. A lot of that has to do with some changes in the offense. Devon Davidson will be starting his fourth straight game at quarterback. He and Blake Lynn have become thunder and lightning for the Warriors out of the backfield with both having rushed for more than a 100 yards in each of the last three games.
In fact, the two have combined for 16 touchdowns and 880 yards rushing in those three games. The best part about that is both will be back next year for WCHS.
I am still amazed at how fast time flies now. It seems like just a couple of weeks ago, we were in the middle of a blazing hot summer and I was sitting burning up at the Maryville College passing camp. Of course, I am hotter natured than some who thought the wind was a little cold on that day. Anyway, that’s another story as well. I was so anxiously awaiting the first game at Smith County and now here we are honoring our seniors at the final regular season game.
This is a big two-day span for a couple of our sports teams. Let’s support our young athletes in their endeavors.
Go Warriors and Warriorettes!