Yellow Jackets release 2019 football schedule

Trousdale County football coach Blake Satterfield has released the Yellow Jackets’ schedule for the 2019 season, which will feature just nine regular-season games.

Satterfield had been in talks with Lewis County’s Bobby Sharp about playing in Week 2, but the two were unable to come to an agreement.

According to Satterfield, he wanted to play a two-year, home-and-home series while Sharp wanted to play on a neutral site at Oakland High in Murfreesboro rather than come to Hartsville.

The two teams last met in 1993 when Sharp, now the longest tenured Class 2A coach in the state, brought his Panthers to the Creekbank and lost 28-0.

After hosting the 31st annual Tobacco Bowl Jamboree on Aug. 16 against an opponent to be determined, the Jackets will travel to Possum Town to face Friendship Christian in Week 1 with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff. It will be the first game on the Commanders’ new artificial turf field.

After a bye, the Jackets will open their Region 4-2A schedule with a Sept. 6 trip to Watertown in a game that should go a long way in determining the region winner.

Trousdale County will open the home portion of its schedule on Sept. 13 against the Gordonsville Tigers.

Another new opponent will appear on the schedule when the Jackets hit the road on Oct. 11 for a trip to Portland. The Jackets and Panthers have not played since 2004, when both were members of Region 4-3A.

The two rivals played five games from 2001-04 with the Jackets winning three of them, including an epic 17-14 upset of the Panthers in the 2001 quarterfinals that ended Portland’s 27-game winning streak.

“Our schedule is very challenging and will take a great summer of becoming more physical and getting in better shape to have a chance to be successful,” Satterfield said.

The Yellow Jackets will hold the first of three scrimmages on Aug. 2 at 6 p.m. as they test their skills against Class 1A power Lake County in a matchup that will be held at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville.

The Jackets are scheduled to scrimmage at home against Livingston Academy on Aug. 6 at 5:30 p.m. and at Upperman at 6 p.m. on Aug. 9.

Golf tournament: The annual Yellow Jackets Golf Scramble has been set for Saturday, July 20 at 8 a.m. at Long Hollow Golf Course in Gallatin.

The entry fee is $100 per player or $400 per team of four. For more information, call coach Blake Satterfield at 615-633-8544 or email blakesatterfield@tcschools.org.



Aug. 23            at Friendship

Sept. 6            at Watertown*

Sept. 13            Gordonsville

Sept. 20            Westmoreland*

Sept. 27            at Macon County

Oct. 4            East Robertson*

Oct. 11            at Portland

Oct. 18            Cascade*^

Nov. 1            Jackson County*#

* – Region game; ^ – Homecoming; # – Senior Night

Young racers driven to succeed at Highland Rim

The rabbits are chasing the fox at Highland Rim Speedway.

Eager young drivers Garrett Dies of Hartsville and Hunter Wright of Lebanon are pursuing wily veteran Mark Day in the track’s Pro 8 Late Model division, and although the season is in the early stages, they are hanging tough.

“Both young men are doing an excellent job,” says track owner Jerry Criswell.

“They have really come into their own. For many years Mark Day has been one of the best drivers around, not just locally but in the entire Southeast. He’s an extremely smart racer – I compare him to David Pearson – and when these young drivers a third his age can keep up with him, it shows how well they’re doing.”

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Hartsville’s Garrett Dies poses with sponsors Jackie Gaither, left, and Kevin Gaines.

As of June 15, Wright, 18, leads the division points standings. Day, 57, of Clarksville, is second and Dies, 17, is sixth.

“I like racing against Mark,” says Dies, a junior at Trousdale County High.

“But,” he adds with a laugh, “I don’t like getting beat by him.”

Wright, in addition to defending his Legends Series track championship this season, also is competing in Highland Rim’s more advanced Pro 8 Late Model division. He says getting an opportunity to race against veteran drivers such as Day will make him a better driver.

“I enjoy the competition,” he says. “That’s how you learn. I’m competitive, and I like the challenge.”

Dies is coming off a winless season in the track’s Late Model division. Although he didn’t win a feature race last year, he captured three heats and posted three top-ten finishes.

“It wasn’t a bad year,” he says, “but this year I want to win races.”

Young drivers sometimes have different viewpoints about racing against veterans who not only have an edge in experience, but also often have superior cars and equipment. On one hand it’s challenging, but on the other hand it can take a toll on a young racer’s confidence.

“I won’t let losing to Mark discourage me,” Garrett says. “I know how good he is, and that losing to him is nothing to get down about. But it also makes me determined to beat him eventually. My goal every race is to finish ahead of the No. 8 (Day’s car). If I do that, I’m probably going to win the race.”

Garrett says Day is a gracious winner.

“Just about every time he wins, he comes over and tells me I ran a good race,” he says. “Coming from Mark Day it’s a real compliment. I’ve been a fan of his ever since my dad and I met him at Montgomery (Ala.) Speedway when I was six or seven.”

Garrett predicts some heated battles between himself and Hunter as they chase Day.

“Hunter is a great racer and we really go at it,” he says. “He is fun to race against.”

Garrett’s dad Roy, a former racer, is pleased with his son’s progress.

“He has done a good job,” says Roy, who over the years raced at Highland Rim Speedway, Fairgrounds Speedway and in Beech Bend, Ky. He competed from 1987-2001, and now devotes his time to working with his son’s team.

Reflecting on his own career, Roy says, “I get a bigger kick out of watching Garrett race than I did when I was racing myself.”

Garrett says his mom Ann shares their enthusiasm, although “she gets kinda nervous when she watches me race.”

Garrett got a big boost earlier this year when he secured a sponsorship from Lebanon-based Cumberland Reality. His car carries a “G-Team” logo in tribute to sponsors Jackie Gaither and Kevin Gaines.

“We’ve got a lot of good things going for us,” Garrett says. “I expect a good season.”

Larry Woody: Black bears making way across Tennessee

Tennessee’s black bears are growing in number and expanding their territory, becoming routinely sighted in Middle Tennessee.

If they are not already in Trousdale County, they soon will be.

With bears more abundant and on the move, and with more people involved in summertime outdoors activities, encounters are increasingly likely.

For that reason, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has issued a “bear advisory” about how to deal with the situation.

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Bears, such as this one in a backyard near Crossville, are becoming common sights in Middle Tennessee.

For starters, the TWRA warns against leaving any sort of food around a home or campsite that could attract a wandering bear. That includes pet food and garbage.

When camping, all food should be secured and stored in containers away from the campsite. Cooking grills should be as kept and clean and grease-free as possible, and all garbage disposed in bins.

Fish should never be cleaned around a campsite, and fish remains disposed of well away from the site.

The TWRA warns to never approach a bear that appears docile, because the animals are unpredictable. If one is feeding or has food stored in the area, it can be particularly dangerous. Bears are known to attack to protect a food source.

Be wary when hiking through an area in which berries are abundant. Berries are a primary food source in the summer, and bears gravitate to those areas.

When hiking, be aware of the surroundings, and if a feeding bear is encountered, give it a wide berth. Some hikers blow whistles when walking in bear country to make their presence known.

Also this time of year newborn cubs are starting to wander and explore their surroundings, and the mother bear is extremely protective. If a cub is encountered, depart the area immediately.

Never approach a cub or try to photograph one up-close; the action could be interpreted as threating by a nearby mother.

Although unprovoked black bear attacks are rare, they do occur, often with tragic results.

If a bear is spotted around a home, residents are advised to go indoors and contact local law enforcement officials. Neighbors should be alerted to the presence of the bear.

Bears are protected except during hunting season. Even in-season, a bear can be killed only in specified areas by a licensed hunter. Otherwise, it is illegal to harm a bear.

The only exception is if a bear presents a clear and obvious threat – which is rarely the case. Simply being frightened by the appearance of a bear is not considered a “threat,” and harming it can result in a citation, fine and court costs.

The only way to control the bear population is through regulated hunting. A record 759 bears were taken during Tennessee’s past hunting season.

Still, the number of bears continues to grow, due in part to TWRA management policies, including cracking down on poaching and the protection of cubs.

Ready or not, they are coming soon to a neighborhood near you.

Larry Woody: TWRA lakes offer family fun for all ages

For family fishing fun, especially for youngsters and the elderly who require easy access, it’s hard to beat one of the 15 TWRA-managed lakes scattered across the state and open year-round.

The lakes are stocked with catfish and other popular species, and have fishing piers and docks from which to fish, along with accessible bank fishing.

The TWRA lakes are ideal for kids and casual anglers who want to catch a few bluegills, catfish or an occasional bass or crappie.

They provide a good break-in fishing experience that might get a youngster hooked on the sport for the future.

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TWRA lakes such as Marrowbone offer accessible fishing.

Most of the lakes have on-site shops where bait and tackle can be bought, and permits purchased. (Residents 13 and over must have a lake permit in addition to a fishing license. Holders of Sportsman and Lifetime License are exempt.)

Some of the lakes also have vending machines and sell soft drinks and snacks, with shaded picnic areas adjacent to the water. That’s important when fishing with kids; when they get hot, tired and thirsty, it’s time to take a break. Overdoing it can spoil the trip and sour the youngsters on going again.

Marrowbone Lake in Joelton is a typical TWRA lake. The 60-acre impoundment is open to fishing all week, year-round, from sun-up to sun-down. Marrowbone has a fishing pier, along with several fish attractors that can be fished from the bank. Its more remote coves can be fished only from a boat.

Like other TWRA fishing lakes Marrowbone does not allow the operation of gas-powered boats, only electric trolling motors. Gas-powered boats can be launched and fished from, but the motor cannot be used.

Boats can be rented at the bait shop. Paddles, seat cushions and life jackets are included. Renting an electric motor costs extra.

Youngsters are required to wear a life jacket any time the boat is moving, including trolling or drifting.

Another reminder: the TWRA lakes have a five-fish limit on catfish, whereas there is no state-wide limit for cats under 34 inches. The reason for the lake limit is to better spread the stocked catfish among the anglers; the lakes are not intended to fill a freezer but rather to allow more fishermen an opportunity to catch fish.

Marrowbone is stocked with rainbow trout in the winter. A trout license is required to fish for them.

In addition to Marrowbone, other Middle Tennessee TWRA lakes are Coy Gaither near Shelbyville, Laurel Hill near Lawrenceburg, and a chain of four Williamsport Lakes in Columbia. One of the Williamsport Lakes, Whippoorwill, is for juvenile fishing only, with one exception: an adult can fish the lake when accompanying an angler 16 and under.

Detailed information about the lakes, including directions and bait-shop phone numbers, is posted in the Tennessee Fishing Guide. Most of the lakes also have individual websites.

There is a TWRA fishing lake within driving distance of every Tennessean and suited for anglers of all ages and abilities.

TCHS coaches to hold basketball camps July 8-9

The Trousdale County Yellow Jacket Round-up will be held on July 8-9 at the high school. This individual basketball camp will be conducted by Jackets coaches Ryan Sleeper and Jared Hawkins, along with their players.

Boys and girls entering grades 1-8 are invited to take part, with grades 1-4 receiving instruction each day from 9 a.m. to noon. Grades 5-8 will have the floor from 1-4 p.m.

The cost is $30 per camper, with discounts available for multiple campers in a family. Each camper will also receive a camp T-shirt.

For more information, contact Sleeper at 615-374-5311 or ryansleeper@tcschools.org, or Hawkins at 865-771-9974 or jaredhawkins@tcschools.org.

Golf tournament: The annual Yellow Jackets Golf Scramble has been set for Saturday, July 20 at 8 a.m. at Long Hollow Golf Course in Gallatin.

The entry fee is $100 per player or $400 per team of four. For more information, call coach Blake Satterfield at 615-633-8544 or email blakesatterfield@tcschools.org.

Trousdale football players show strength gains at Lift-a-thon

The Trousdale County Yellow Jackets held their annual Lift-a-thon on Friday night at Jim Satterfield Middle School.

While overall and award winners were not recognized as in years past, the football players displayed their strength with three lifts and also raised funds that will benefit the program.

“It was a great turnout of fans to come and support these young gentlemen,” said coach Blake Satterfield. “We had gains in all three categories (bench, squat, clean) from seniors all the way down to our new freshmen.

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“Thus far we have had an amazing spring practice followed by a great month in June. We still have much improving to do and we must realize that in order to get back to the level of play we want to be at, we must get better each and every day.

“I would like to thank our community for their support. These players will be asking for donations to our program in early July and we hope to have continued support from the community and fans!”

All football teams are currently in the mandatory summer dead period.

Golf tournament: The annual Yellow Jackets Golf Scramble has been set for Saturday, July 20 at 8 a.m. at Long Hollow Golf Course in Gallatin.

The entry fee is $100 per player or $400 per team of four. For more information, call coach Blake Satterfield at 615-633-8544 or email blakesatterfield@tcschools.org.

Larry Woody: Counties invited to participate in litter campaign

Trousdale County residents are invited to submit photos of outdoors trash and litter to the Tennessee Wildlife Federation, some of which will be posted on the TWF website as part of a statewide litter-awareness campaign.

Some areas have been especially plagued by litter bugs, including parks and recreational boating areas.

By posting photos of the unsightly sites, the TWF hopes to draw attention to the problem and hopefully encourage outdoors-people to stash their trash. Information about how to post photos is available on the Tennessee Wildlife Federation website.

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Fishermen are reminded to properly dispose of old fishing line.

Trash and litter not only spoil the natural beauty of an area, it can be harmful to wildlife and dangerous to humans.

Swimmers and water skiers can become tangled and injured by discarded fishing line, and broken glass and sharp metal presents hazards on the bottom of lakes, along shorelines, on walking trails and around camping areas.

Coils of line sometimes become snarled in boat props and can cause damage.

Special containers are placed at some boat ramps specifically for the disposal of used fishing line. An even simpler way to dispose of old line is to wad it up and drop it in a nearby trash cans, along with other litter.

A sight at area parks is unfortunately typical: trash cans are provided all around the park, yet litter is scattered around almost every receptible. Instead of lifting the can lid and tossing the trash inside, litter bugs toss it on the ground beside the trash can.

The threat of litter to wildlife is well documented. Foraging animals, attracted to plastic bags and containers that retain the smell of stored food, frequently die from ingesting the plastic.

One study found that approximately 100,000 marine animals die annually from ingesting plastic, along with over a million birds.

Shore birds are especially susceptible to getting tangled in discarded fishing line. A few years ago I came across a heron snarled in a tangle of line on the banks of Stones River. I encountered another heron similarly snagged in a cypress grove on Reelfoot Lake.

My fishing partner and I managed to free the Stones River heron, but were unable to reach the one on Reelfoot, forced to leave it to its grim fate.

A wildlife website posted a photo of a deer that had a bottomless plastic bucket stuck over its head. The deer apparently had been licking whatever was stored in the discarded bucket and got it stuck around its neck.

Around recreational areas and campsites, discarded plastic bottles and metal containers collect water and provide breeding grounds for mosquitoes, which are not only irritating pests, but also sometimes carry diseases.

Among all types of litter, plastic is especially a concern because it does not degrade for decades. Plastics strewn around today will still be eyesores for our grandchildren.

The Tennessee Wildlife Federation hopes to shame litter bugs into cleaning up their act.

Kirsten Eversole named to all-state softball team

Trousdale County sophomore Kirsten Eversole was named last week to the Tennessee Softball Coaches Association Class A All-State team.

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Kirsten Eversole, a sophomore, was named to the All-State team by the Tennessee Softball Coaches Association. Eversole is the first Trousdale County softball player ever to be named all-state.

Eversole joins Sydney Shoulders (2013) as Lady Jacket softball players to be named to an all-state team.

She finished her sophomore season batting .453 with 29 RBIs and four home runs, including a grand slam. She had an on-base percentage of .554 and a fielding percentage of .955 while playing shortstop and first base.

“Kirsten is the first all-state player I have had in softball,” said Lady Jackets coach Blake Satterfield. “As a coach it was a goal of mine to just get her on the field after an ankle injury in basketball. For just playing from spring break until sectionals and having the season she did says great things.”

Eversole helped lead the Lady Jackets to an 18-9 record, the District 6-A regular season and tournament championships and a spot in the Class A sectionals.

“We have many girls on our team I expect to be receiving awards in the future for TCHS softball,” Satterfield added.

Larry Woody: Be carefree, not careless this boating season

The peak boating and swimming season is barely underway, and already the grim statistics are mounting on area waters.

Two teenager swimmers and an adult have drowned in separate incidents, and a boater was killed in a collision with another craft.

At this rate, this could become the deadliest summer on record.

In a single weekend two 17-year-olds drowned. One of the fatalities occurred near Tracy City when a youngster was fishing with his father and their boat flipped. A second teen drowned in Franklin County while swimming, and an adult drowned after jumping from a pontoon boat near Gatlinburg.

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Summer means increased water recreation and the TWRA is reminding boaters and swimmers to take care on increasingly crowded waters.

During that same period, a boater died in a crash on Percy Priest and another was seriously injured when two boats collided. The accident occurred at night, near the Hobson Pike Bridge.

Those numbers don’t include a child that drowned in Cummings Falls when a group of swimmers was caught in flash-flood waters.

One reason for the increase in water-related accidents is simple: there is a huge increase in the number of people on the water, especially in and around rapidly growing Middle Tennessee.

A prime example is Dale Hollow Lake. A few years ago the lake had relatively little boat traffic. Nowadays during the summer the lake is packed with houseboats, pontoon boats and other party boats, in addition to fishing boats.

As urban lakes like Percy Priest and Old Hickory become increasingly congested, more boaters are heading to relatively remote Cordell Hull, Dale Hollow and Center Hill.

The more boaters, the more chances of an accident, especially when alcohol is involved.

Boating Under the Influence (BUI) is a growing concern for Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officers who patrol the waters.

Speed is also a factor, especially for fast-moving boats during low visibility conditions or when the water is churned into huge wakes.

Carelessness is another contributor. My longtime fishing buddy Bob Sherborne almost drowned a few years ago on Old Hickory Lake because of a split-second mistake.

After dropping me off at the ramp to back down the boat trailer, Sherborne puttered out in the cove to adjust the outboard motor. When he leaned over, the motor revved, the boat spun and Sherborne was thrown overboard.

The unmanned boat speed away, leaving Sherborne struggling in the deep, cold water. He was hundreds of yards from shore, wearing heavy clothing, and not wearing a life jacket.

Just before he went under, a boat that happened to be nearby rushed to his rescue. It was the only boat in sight that cold, blustery morning. It saved Sherborne’s life.

Another fishing buddy, Bill Bethel, rescued a boater who fell overboard below Cheatham Dam. Bethel rushed over and threw the man a life preserver just before the surging current pulled him under.

He, like Sheborne, wasn’t wearing a life jacket, as required by law below the dam.

That’s two incidents in which fatalities would have occurred due to the lack of a life jacket (Sherborne always wears one now). Both also are examples of how quickly disaster can strike.

On the water an accident can happen in a heartbeat. Boaters and swimmers need to keep that constantly in mind. Sometimes there’s no second chance.

Larry Woody: Catching jackfish made for a magical summer

Growing up on the Plateau, I thrilled to tales old-timers told about catching jackfish.

The long, slender, toothy fish – a finny cousin of musky and Northern pike – lurked in deep, cold pools in the Obey River and Daddy’s Creek.

They were hard to hook and, once hooked, harder to land.

Catching a big jackfish would get your picture in the paper.

One of the Crossville Chronicle photos was of my Uncle Bud, proudly holding a big jackfish he wrestled out of Daddy’s Creek.

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Outdoors writer Larry Woody, right, and boyhood buddy Tom Thurman pose with a jackfish they caught in the summer of 1964.

I wanted to get my picture in the paper too someday, just like Uncle Bud.

First, I had to catch a jackfish.

That’s what boyhood buddy Tom Thurman and I set out to do one memorable morning in the lazy summer of ’64. It was our final footloose summer before going off to college.

We figured it could be our last chance to catch a jackfish.

To catch a jackfish you first have to catch the bait. We waded into a shallow riffle, dropped worm-baited hooks in the gurgling water, and jerked out a dozen 6-inch creek chubs – ideal jackfish bait.

With our chubs in the minnow bucket, we walked down a mossy trail that ran alongside the creek leading to a deep pool. We baited our hooks and cast the wriggling chubs into the emerald depths. Then we sat down to wait.

I had heard my uncles talk about waiting hours for a jackfish to take the bait. I figured Thurman and I were in for a long morning.

Instead, minutes later, my line gave a sudden tug and then began to move upstream. I had a bite. Thurman quickly reeled in to get his line out of the way. I carefully picked up my bait-casting rod, took in the slack, and set the hook.

The pool exploded.

A three-foot-long jackfish rocketed from the water, tail-danced across the surface, and plunged back into the depths.

The rod bowed and line screamed off the reel. I’d never hooked anything so big and powerful. I was accustomed to six-inch bluegills and stunted farm-pond bass.

Now I had a monster on the line.

The big fish raced up and down the pool, jumping and thrashing. After what seemed like an hour, but was probably closer to five minutes, the jackfish began tire and I led it toward the bank and Thurman netted it. Only half of it would fit in the little trout net.

My hands were shaking as I cut the line and put my fish on a rope stringer. Then we headed home. When you’ve caught the fish of a lifetime, it’s time to go.

Back in town we dropped by the Chronicle to show editor Donald Brookhart (for whom I would write one day) what we had caught. Donald snapped our picture and it ran on the front page a few days later.

I still have the faded clipping from over a half-century ago: two serious-looking kids holding a big jackfish.

The jackfish are gone now, victims of poaching and pollution and a vanishing habitat. Daddy’s Creek is about dried up, and the few pools that remain are no longer big enough to hold a jackfish, even if one still existed.

It’s sad, but it also makes our fish special because there will never be another one like it. Just as there never be another magical summer day like that one, so very long ago.

Friendship putting artificial turf on football field

If all goes according to plan, Friendship Christian’s Pirtle Field will be Wilson County’s first artificial turf football field when the Commanders kick off their season in August.

School president Jon Shoulders made the announcement in an e-mail sent to the FCS community, but signs of a change to the 41-year-old field have been evident for weeks as the goal posts, sideline fences and end zone shrubs have been removed in preparation for the project.

The Commanders are scheduled to open their season at home Aug. 23 against Trousdale County.

“They’re saying it can be done by then, barring weather,” said FCS football coach/athletic director John McNeal.

Pirtle Field, which hosted its first game in 1978, is the latest high school facility in Tennessee to make the transformation to turf. Numerous private schools have turf as well as several public school districts. Almost all Williamson County schools have it and Rutherford County’s Blackman High just had it installed this spring.

Shoulders wrote in the e-mail no tuition money would be spent on the field. The project will be funded by sponsorships from families and businesses connected to the school.

Proponents of turf say it can be used in wet weather and utilized in many ways other than for football. Friendship’s turf will be lined for football and soccer, making night home matches possible for the first time.

“People are going to say it’s a football decision,” McNeal said. “It’s not. If it was strictly for football, we wouldn’t have gotten it. I wouldn’t have wanted it.”

Yellow Jackets participate in summer basketball camps

Trousdale County’s basketball teams have been working on their skills by participating in summer camps.

The Yellow Jacket boys have made trips to Watertown, Portland and DeKalb County where they have gone 5-7 in varsity play and 6-2 in junior varsity action.

“We have been inconsistent so far, but I’m playing a ton of young guys right now,” said coach Ryan Sleeper. “They are showing growth and developing some experience against great competition. We are also putting in a whole new offensive system so it’s a process.”

The Jackets were to play games at Gallatin on Wednesday and Thursday, then play in a tournament Saturday at Ravenwood to end their summer session.

The Lady Jackets made the long trip to Wayne County last week, where they played 15 varsity games in three days. Trousdale went 6-9 in those games, but was 5-3 over the last two days.

“We really showed signs of improvement,” said coach Jared Hawkins. “We played some very tough competition, only two Class A teams and four teams that were in the state tournament last year.

“We went down there for the competition and we never played a team that didn’t press and I felt like that was worth its weight in gold. To have success in our district you have to be able to handle the press.”

The Lady Jackets will travel to Tennessee State University on Friday and Saturday to play games against Springfield, Sycamore and Pearl-Cohn.

Mason Basford selected to participate in Blue-Grey All-American Combine

Trousdale County’s Mason Basford will try his mettle against some of the top high school football talent in the country next week.

Basford, an offensive/defensive lineman who just finished his sophomore year, has been invited to take part in one of five Blue-Grey National All-American Super Combines. Basford will head to Canton, Ohio, for a two-day event on June 9-10.

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Trousdale County’s Mason Basford has been invited to take part in one of five Blue-Grey National All-American Super Combines.

Basford qualified for the national combine after competing at a regional event at Pope John Paul II in Hendersonville.

“Someone had to nominate you to go to the regionals; I don’t know who that was,” Basford said. “Obviously I’m glad they did.”

At the regional, Basford ran a 5.36 40-yard dash and had 31 reps of bench pressing 185 pounds.

“There were a lot of good ballplayers there. I think I held up well,” Basford said of the regional event. “I’m expecting even more at the All-American Combine.”

College recruiters also attend the national combines. Basford said he had been invited to multiple camps, including Tennessee Tech, Austin Peay, Kennesaw State and Sewanee.

Basford said he looked forward to representing Trousdale County and testing himself against “the best in the nation.”

He also said he was looking forward to Trousdale County’s upcoming football season, saying spring practice was extremely physical.

“I love what we’re doing here. We’re getting back to being the physical team we should be,” he said.

Basford’s mother, Misty Butler, said she was extremely proud of her son’s accomplishments on the gridiron.

“I’m proud of him. He works hard for it and earns it,” she said.

Reach Chris Gregory at 615-374-3556 or cgregory@hartsvillevidette.com.

Football Lift-a-thon rescheduled for June 21

Trousdale County’s football team has rescheduled its annual Lift-a-thon for Friday, June 21 at 6 p.m. at Jim Satterfield Middle School.

The event had originally been scheduled for May 18 but had to be postponed because of scheduling conflicts.

Also, the annual Yellow Jackets Golf Scramble has been set for Saturday, July 20 at 8 a.m. at Long Hollow Golf Course in Gallatin.

The entry fee is $100 per player or $400 per team of four. For more information, call Jerry Richmond at 615-633-1937 or email jrichmond.2@netzero.net.

Houston Stafford to play in MidTN Senior Baseball Classic

Trousdale County’s Houston Stafford has been selected to play in the eighth annual Warner’s Athletic Construction MidTN Senior All-Star Classic presented by TopTenn Baseball.

Stafford will be part of the Class A/AA squad, which will take on the Division II team at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 8 at Drakes Creek Park in Hendersonville. The Class AAA West and East teams will play at 2:30 p.m.

The games are moving to Hendersonville after having been played the last couple of years at Vanderbilt’s Hawkins Field, which was unavailable as the Commodores will host an NCAA Super Regional this weekend.

Stafford hit .443 with a pair of home runs and 18 RBIs in his final season with the Yellow Jackets.

“From what I have gathered, Stafford had a great 2019 season and is very deserving to be selected to represent and add to the list of former Trousdale County Yellow Jackets who have been selected to this event,” said event president Davy Cothron. “His past 18 months have been full of ups and downs and a normal human would have probably given up. He missed his entire junior season due to shoulder surgery only to come back, hit well over .400 and be a great ambassador for Trousdale County High School and the Hartsville community.”

Admission to the MidTN Senior All-Star Classic will be $5 for school age and up.

“It’s another opportunity to watch good talent and it’s even more special to provide one more opportunity for these guys to represent their families, school and community,” Cothron added.

County music artist Payton Taylor is scheduled to sing the national anthem.

Five Trousdale players named to all-district baseball squad

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Trousdale County’s baseball team had five players named to the All District 6-A squad and four to the all-tournament team.

All-District players (top photo) were, from left: Houston Stafford, Ben Chumley, Kobe Pridemore, Eli Henderson and Taylor Ellis.

All-tournament selections (bottom photo) were, from left: Will Holder, Ben Chumley, Henderson and Robert Butcher.

Larry Woody: State launches anti-litter campaign

The Tennessee Wildlife Federation is launching a statewide anti-litter campaign to raise awareness of the problem, and invites the public to submit photos of littered areas in their counties and communities.

The photos will be posted on the TWF website.

Information about the campaign and a link for photo submissions can be found at tnwf.org/litter.

Top shot: Ricky Bounds shot the top round of 47 in last week’s trap shoot at the Cedar City Gun Club.

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An anti-litter campaign is underway.

BUI arrests: TWRA officers made 21 Boating Under the Influence (BUI) arrests over the Memorial Day weekend, 10 more than for the period last year. Eight of the arrests were made on Middle Tennessee waters.

CWD unit set: The Tennessee Fish & Wildlife Commission has approved a special deer hunting unit for eight West Tennessee counties in which Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has been confirmed, or are within a 10-mile radius of such counties.

Details about the special seasons and regulations are posted on tnwildlife.org. No Middle Tennessee counties are affected.

So far the only confirmed cases of CWD have been in a few West Tennessee counties, but wildlife officials fear it could be just a matter of time until the highly contagious and always fatal disease spreads into areas of the state.

The TWRA says CWD is the biggest threat to deer management in the state’s history.

Successful seasons: The TFWC announced a harvest of over 31,193 turkeys killed during the spring season, up 11 percent from last season, but still down from the 10-year average.

In 2018 the harvest was slightly below 30,000.

Despite the increased kill this spring, turkeys remain scarce in many areas of the state, including parts of Wilson County. The TWRA and UT are partners in a program attempting to find the cause and correct the problem.

The TWFC at a recent meeting also announced a slight increase in the deer harvest during the 2018-19 season, with 147,762 deer were killed.

The bear season was also a success, with a record 762 tagged.

In recent years bears have been migrating into Middle Tennessee in increasing numbers from their traditional East Tennessee habitat.

Wildlife officials remind the public that bears are protected except during hunting seasons in designated areas. Unless a bear presents a clear and immediate threat – which is rare – it is illegal to harm it.

Free fishing: June 8 is Free Fishing Day across the state, when residents can fish without a license. There are also fishing events scheduled for youngsters at many sites.

For details consult tnwildlife.org or the Tennessee Fishing Guide.

Defeated Creek closed: The Defeated Creek Recreation Area was temporarily closed due to high levels of bacteria in the water.

The site was reopened last weekend, according to the park’s Facebook page. Users are advised to check for updates before planning a trip there, and plan an alternate site.

No details were provided about the source of the bacteria.

Trousdale County sets 2019-20 basketball schedules

Trousdale County basketball coaches Ryan Sleeper and Jared Hawkins have finalized their schedules for the 2019-20 season.

All the District 6-A opponents will return, with the addition of a home game against Watertown and road trips to Ezell-Harding and Nashville Christian. Games with Station Camp and Eagleville were not renewed.

“I’m glad we were able to backload most of the games past November,” Sleeper said. “This will allow our football boys to play more games and give us a chance at a more fair record with our full team participating.”

The Lady Jackets will return to the Friendship Christmas Tournament, where they will be the defending champions, and the Jackets will again take part in the Nera White Christmas Tournament in Lafayette.

“I love that we have Watertown back on there,” Hawkins added. “I think that gives us another rivalry-type atmosphere game.”

The coaches will also be conducting their youth basketball camps in July for students entering grades 1-8.

Camps will be held July 8-9 in the high school gym from 9 a.m.-noon for grades 1-4 and 1-4 p.m. for grades 5-8. The cost is $30 with discounts for multiple participants in a family. Campers will receive a T-shirt and instruction from TCHS coaches and players.

For more information, contact Sleeper (615-374-5311, ryansleeper@tcschools.org) or Hawkins (865-771-9974, jaredhawkins@tcschools.org).

Larry Woody: Creeks offer cool fishing fun

The little emerald pool at the end of the sparking riffle wasn’t much bigger than a dinner table, but as soon as I flipped a worm into it, I felt a tug on the line.

I raised the rod tip and a 10-inch smallmouth bass shattered the surface.

I realize a 10-inch bass is normally nothing to write home about (or text home about, for the younger generation) but it makes a big splash in a small pool.

I brought the fish in, released it, and waded on downstream.

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Small streams offer cool summer fishing.

It was summertime and the little creek was almost dry in places, which meant the fish were congregated in a few deeper pools. The wading was easy, the setting was tranquil, and the water was cool and refreshing.

The fish were just a bonus.

I’ve always enjoyed creek fishing. That’s how most of us started out – including Bill Dance, the state’s most famous fisherman.

Bill caught his first fish in Lynchburg’s Mulberry Creek while spending a summer with his grandparents. His Lynchburg boyhood fishing buddies included future UT football coach Johnny Majors.

If you’re after big fish, small creeks aren’t for you. Most of the fish are sunfish – bream and pumpkinseeds — with an occasional rock bass (red-eye) black bass or creek chub mixed in.

Occasionally you’ll find a bigger fish. I once caught a four-pound largemouth in Otter Creek on the Cumberland Plateau, in stretch of water less than two feet deep.

The fun of creek fishing is not so much the fish, but the fishing.

For starters, small creeks and streams tend to be secluded. You don’t have to dodge kayakers and rafters while you fish. (I have no objection to kayakers and rafters – they have the same right to the water as anyone — but it’s hard to share a fishing hole with them.) The solitude is part of the charm of creeks.

There is also the natural beauty. No boat ramps, docks, marinas, bait shops and concession stands.

It’s just you and the dragonflies, with scarlet Indian Paint Brushes splashed among the green ferns that nod on shaded banks.

Creeks teem with wildlife: little orange salamanders, crawdads, yellow daces darting in the clear water, box turtles on the bank and mud turtles floating on the water.

And snakes. Expect to see snakes.

During the hot, dry summer months, cool creeks and shady banks are vacation resorts for snakes of all species. Most are harmless. The occasional venomous species – copperhead, cottonmouth and rattlesnake – won’t bother you if you don’t bother them. Just watch where you step and you’ll be OK.

The same goes for poison ivy, which is profuse along creeks in Middle Tennessee. Learn to identify it (leaves of three, let it be), steer clear of it, and you won’t have any problem.

Don’t expect to fill the freezer or catch a trophy for the wall when you go creek fishing. Fishing small creeks is just for fun – which is what fishing is supposed to be about.