Yellow Jacket boys defeat Pickett County, Westmoreland

Trousdale County concluded its basketball regular season last week with two nights of action on the hardwood.

The Jackets earned two victories but the Lady Jackets were saddled with a pair of losses.

On Feb. 5, the Jackets completed a regular-season sweep of Pickett County (11-14, 3-10 6-A) with a 68-45 home victory. The Jackets outscored the visitors 22-15 in the fourth quarter as they posted their fourth double-digit district win of the season.

“This was probably our most complete game as a team this season,” said TCHS coach Ryan Sleeper. “We still could have done better with a low-scoring third quarter, but the boys played very well overall and most importantly played well together as one.”

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Trousdale County’s Houston Stafford (11) applies defensive pressure against Westmoreland during a 70-42 win.

Sophomore Cameron Rankins poured in a career-high 20 points and senior Keyvont Baines was not far behind with 18. Senior Hayden Clark added eight points, junior Tarvaris Claiborne six and sophomore Landon Carver five. Senior Houston Stafford had four points, sophomore Trent Pharris three and freshman Andrew Ford two for the Jackets.

In the girls’ game, the Lady Jackets gave a spirited effort but fell 71-62 to the Lady Bobcats (10-4, 10-3 6-A), who are ranked in the top 10 in the state in Class A.

“I was really proud of the girls; we had a game plan and they came in and executed it very well,” said TCHS coach Jared Hawkins. “We rebounded, had great backside rotation on defense. We had a five-possession window in the third quarter without a score and that was the difference in the game.”

Senior Shelby Jane Petty led four Lady Jackets in double figures with 19 points while juniors Chloe Donoho and Tori Simmons had 13 each, as did freshman Kailen Donoho. Junior Josie Garrett and sophomore Claire Belcher each had two points.

On Friday at home against Westmoreland, the Jackets (13-15, 7-7 6A) outscored the Eagles (2-23) in every quarter and rolled to a 70-42 victory.

“We put together two good offensive games this week,” Sleeper said. “We have some momentum going into the tournament which is huge.

“I want to give a special shoutout to these seniors. I know 13-15 doesn’t sound great, but we started 1-8 and we dealt with having injuries early. The resilience of this group is tremendous and I’m proud of what they have accomplished. Now it’s time to take the next step in the tournament.”

Baines tossed in a game-high 23 points while Claiborne had 12 and Clark 11. Stafford netted six points, junior Kobe Ford four, Rankins and Pharris four each, Andrew Ford three and junior Brandon Ramsey three.

The Lady Jackets (14-14, 6-8 6-A) were hoping to break a 33-game losing streak against Westmoreland, but after seven turnovers and six fouls in the first quarter and only scoring six points, that dream was erased. The Lady Jackets trailed by 21 entering the final quarter before losing 71-57.

It was the eighth time this season the girls have allowed 70 or more points.

“You can’t dig a hole like we did in the first quarter and have anything good come from it,” Hawkins explained. “We had seven turnovers in the first quarter and got beat down the floor in transition.

“We settled down and played better offensively in the second half, but it was too little, too late.”

Simmons scored 20 points while Petty and Kailen Donoho each had 12. Chloe Donoho had eight points and sophomore Morgan White five.

The District 6-A quarterfinals were held earlier this week, with the girls playing Monday at Red Boiling Springs and the boys hosting Gordonsville on Tuesday. The winners will move on to White County High School for the semifinals with the girls playing Thursday and the boys Friday.

Larry Woody: Tennessee deer harvest down 12 percent

This past season’s deer harvest was down 12 percent below the past 10-year average, and wildlife officials are not sure why.

A total of 149,945 deer were checked in statewide, including bucks, does and antlerless males. That is a drastic decline from the record of almost 180,000 deer killed during the 2012-13 season.

One theory is that unseasonably hot weather during the early November muzzleloader season accounted for some of the decline during that hunt. However, the harvest from later seasons was also down.

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Many deer hunters had a successful season, but the harvest was down statewide.

Another theory is that more and more hunters are failing to report their kills online, unless they take them to a taxidermist or commercial processor – in other words, more deer were killed than were reported.

However, hunters in some areas reported seeing fewer deer last season.

Amid the decline is harvest numbers is a growing concern about the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease in Tennessee. Since the first cases of the fatal deer disease were reported two months ago, approximately 100 more have since been confirmed in four West Tennessee counties, and preliminary tests indicate CWD’s presence in two more.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency says it will not decide on any changes affecting this fall’s deer seasons until additional CWD data is compiled and analyzed.

Trap shoot: Walt West shot a round of 45 to win last week’s trap shoot at the Cedar City Gun Club.

License time: New hunting/fishing licenses go on sale Feb. 18 and can be purchased online at tnwildlife.org or at most outdoors outlets. Current licenses expire Feb. 28.

Anyone born after Jan. 1, 1969 must complete a hunter education class in order to obtain a license.

The standard hunting/fishing license for state residents costs $34.

Lifetime licenses cost from $200 to $1,154, based on age.

A wide range of special licenses and permits is available. Details about the various licenses and requirements are on the TWRA website and in the Tennessee Hunting & Trapping guide.

Friends of NRA: The Wilson County chapter of Friends of NRA will be presented an awards flag at the organization’s state convention in Nashville on Feb. 23. In recent years the local chapter has been among the most active in the nation.

Members who plan to attend can contact Lisa Kirkus (615-414-6120) for registration information.

NWTF convention: The 43rd annual National Wild Turkey Federation convention and sport show will be held at Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center from Feb. 13-17.

Over 750 booths will feature the latest in turkey hunting gear. There will be turkey-calling contests for national bragging rights, along with daily seminars, auctions, food and entertainment. Included in the latter will be a concert by Aaron Tippin, a top country singer and turkey hunter.

Lebanon’s Clarence and Laura Dies will assist the Tennessee Fur Harvesters booth, and some of Clarence’s hand-crafted Three Tracks Turkey Calls will be entered in a call-making contest.

Daily passes are $20 and can be purchased at nwtf.org/convention. NWTF members are admitted free, and other special discounts are available. Details are available on the website.

Cedar Roost banquet: The Cedar Roost Chapter of the NWTF will hold its annual banquet March 21 at 6 p.m. at the Wilson County Fairgrounds.

For reservations or other information call Jody Jenkins at 615-761-4793.

Blake Satterfield named as Trousdale County football coach

There is once again a Satterfield heading up the Trousdale County football program, as Blake Satterfield was named head coach of the Yellow Jackets on Monday afternoon.

Satterfield, 29, replaces Brad Waggoner, who left Trousdale County after two seasons for a job in Elbert County, Ga.

“Trousdale County has always had a rich football tradition and an amazing fan base. I am very fortunate to be able to lead our program, which is full of great young men. As the head coach, my goals are to get back to some traditions that have been lost over the years including: accountability, team identity, work ethic, skill development, toughness, and surrounding our student-athletes with good coaching as well as getting back to being recognized as one of the elite programs in Tennessee football,” Satterfield said in a press release.

Photo courtesy of Trousdale County Schools

Blake is the son of Director of Schools and former TCHS coach Clint Satterfield and the grandson of Jim Satterfield. He served as defensive coordinator during the 2018 season, in which the Yellow Jackets allowed 10.4 points per game, recorded four shutouts and forced 28 turnovers while advancing to the Class 2A BlueCross Bowl.

“This is my sixth year coaching… and I was fortunate enough this last year to be on the defensive side of the ball. Now this year stepping up and being the head coach on both sides.”

Asked if he had any hesitancy about taking the job because of the success of his father and grandfather, Blake said, “If someone in your family does something and you’re the next one in line, you’re kind of nervous about it. But my whole life I’ve embraced it… I’m not downplaying anything my grandfather or dad did. They’re both TSSAA Hall of Famers. I’m not worried about being in the Hall of Fame. I’m worried about getting these kids organized, improving our facilities and fundamentals and creating an identity for our football team.”

Blake met with team members at school on Monday prior to the official announcement coming from the school system.

“I’m anxious to get into the weight room and eventually to spring football.”

Satterfield did not comment on any potential staff moves, except to note that current assistants Davy Cothron, Matt Dyer and Paul Pierson will remain.

“I know who’s on staff now… No other spots have been assigned,” Satterfield said. “I want to surround these young men with quality coaches. It’s like a good teacher in a classroom.”

Blake is a 2007 graduate of Trousdale County High School, where he was a three-year starter while playing receiver and defensive back. He graduated with a Biology degree from the University of the South in 2011 and was a four-year letterman at Sewanee, playing offense and defense.

“We heard a lot in the community about the need to hire someone local who would provide stability and longevity to the program. Blake has done a great job both coaching and teaching for us. I am positive that he will do equally as well in his new assignment,” stated Clint Satterfield in a press release.

“I take pride in knowing that we have hired a young man who throughout his life has been immersed in the traditions of Yellow Jacket football. Blake knows our players and he has witnessed them evolve as both students and athletes over the past years,” added TCHS Principal Teresa Dickerson.

Blake Satterfield said he would continue as head softball coach for the upcoming 2019 season and that he planned to hold spring practice at the conclusion of softball/baseball season.

“I owe it to the girls. I’ve had this sophomore class since their seventh-grade year,” Blake said.

He added that the search continues for a 10th game for the 2019 football season, either in Week 2 or Week 10, but said the schedule has yet to be finalized.

Blake currently teaches seventh-graders at Jim Satterfield Middle School and said it had not been decided if he would remain in that teaching position. He was granted tenure by the School Board at its January meeting.

Reach Chris Gregory at 615-374-3556 or [email protected] Contributing: Staff reports

Hartsville youth claims tennis tournament championship

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Taylor Harper of Hartsville won a United States Tennis Association youth tournament last weekend in Murfreesboro, winning the Boys 10 division with a 4-1, 4-1 victory. Taylor, age 10, is a third-grader in Mrs. Pruitt’s class at Trousdale County Elementary School.

Taylor has been playing tennis since age 5 under the direction of his father, Marcus Harper, and plays at Trey Park and at Langform Farms in Old Hickory. The Murfreesboro tournament was his third win in as many tournaments after a pair of previous wins in Hendersonville. He is currently ranked No. 44 in the state of Tennessee in the Boys 10 division.

Shelby Jane Petty recognized for 1,000 career points

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Trousdale County senior Shelby Jane Petty was presented with a commemorative ball on Jan. 25 in recognition of scoring 1,000 career points.

Petty, who transferred from Mt. Juliet, is leading the Lady Jackets in scoring this season and has signed with Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

She is pictured with Lady Jackets coach Jared Hawkins.

Yellow Jackets sweep Jackson County; swept by RBS

Trousdale County had two nights of basketball action last week, winning both games at Jackson County but losing both at Red Boiling Springs.

At Jackson County on Jan. 28, the Jacket basketball teams each won – the first time that had ever occurred.

The Lady Jackets raced out to a 23-7 lead in the first quarter and cruised to a 69-31 win over the Lady Blue Devils (0-22, 0-12 6-A).

“I thought we played hard, pushed the ball well and flowed the game plan perfectly,” said TCHS coach Jared Hawkins.

Senior Shelby Jane Petty had a game-high 21 points, taking her to 1,145 for her career. Junior Tori Simmons chimed in with 17 points while freshman Kailen Donoho had 11 and junior Chloe Donoho 10. Sophomores Kinley Brown, Claire Belcher and Morgan White had five, three and two respectively, while junior Josie Garrett had one.

In the boys’ game, the Jackets built a double-digit lead in the third quarter but had to hold on in the fourth for a 62-61 win that was only secured after the Blue Devils (8-17, 2-10) missed two shots in the final seconds.

“Any win on the road in this district is a big win,” said TCHS coach Ryan Sleeper. “We tried some new things and played more into our bench and thought the guys handled it well. We will continue to practice on our new concepts heading into the district tournament.”

Senior Keyvont Baines led all scorers with his 20 points, putting him at 1,055 for his career. Junior Kobe Ford followed with 11 points while junior Tarvaris Claiborne and sophomore Cameron Rankins each had nine. Senior Houston Stafford had eight points, junior Brandon Ramsey three and sophomore Landon Carver two.

On Friday at Red Boiling Springs, the Lady Jackets led by four after the first quarter but could not maintain the momentum, falling 46-40 to the Lady Bulldogs (20-8, 8-4).

“We played great defense, the zone we ran gave them trouble, but we didn’t get enough movement offensively,” Hawkins said. “Holding a team in the 40s is great, but we’ve got to keep cutting and move the ball on offense to score.”

Petty finished with 12 points while Kailen Donoho had nine and Chloe Donoho seven. Garrett had six points, Simmons four and Brown two.

The Lady Jackets got into foul trouble early in the game and both Chloe Donoho and Simmons fouled out during the fourth quarter.

The Jackets fell behind early in their game and went on to lose 67-52 to the Bulldogs (20-7, 7-5), who were looking for some revenge after losing by 30 in Hartsville back in January.

“They shot a lot better in their gym,” Sleeper said of RBS. “If their guards are hitting outside shots, it really is tough to pick your poison with them.

“I was proud of out effort. We did not quit and I’ll stand behind these young men with that attitude every day.”

Rankins matched his career high with 15 points, while Baines had 14 and Stafford a career-high 10. Senior Hayden Clark had four points and Carver three. Claiborne was held to a season-low two points, while sophomore Trent Pharris and freshman Andrew Ford each had two points.

Trousdale County will host Westmoreland on Friday for Senior Night to close out the regular season. District quarterfinal matchups will be played on Monday and Tuesday.

Larry Woody: February is miserable month for hunters

The only good thing you can say about February is that it’s short.

February signals winter’s stretch run, when Jack Frost takes his final pinches at our noses, fingers and toes. The end is in sight.

Meanwhile, it’s miserable.

In the old days it was about this time of the winter when snowed-in mountain men began to suffer from cabin fever. Restless and active by nature, and with no cable TV or home pizza delivery, you can imagine how hard it was on them.

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February can be challenging for outdoorsmen.

February was even more brutal for Indians, who called the late-winter period the “Starvation Moon.” Dried supplies from the fall were running low, hunting was almost impossible, and spring veggies and fishing was a long way off.

Nowadays we don’t have to worry about going stir-crazy or going hungry, but February is still a rotten month for outdoorsmen.

Deer season is a distant memory, and turkey season seems an eternity away.

Some small-game seasons are still open, but it’s hard to get in the mood to try to kick a shivering rabbit out of a brush pile or plink a half-frozen squirrel off an icy branch.

As for quail, they’ve become so scarce I don’t hunt them anymore. I’d rather hear one whistle in the spring than shoot one in the winter.

I never did much wintertime waterfowl hunting, but as a kid I once fell through the ice while running a trap-line. I figure that’s close to a duck-hunting experience.

Speaking of trapping, that’s how hunting buddy Clarence Dies combats the wintertime blahs. Clarence traps fur-bearing critters, and he’s so good at it he was named regional Trapper of the Year last year.

I went with him once to run his trapline. You should see his face light up at the sight of a frozen muskrat. But wading around in icy slush while reeking of beaver musk is not for everyone.

I suppose I could go sauger fishing – I’m almost thawed out from last February’s trip.

I went fishing with Lebanon guide Jim Duckworth one winter morning when it was so cold we had to use a pole to break the ice around the ramp to launch the boat.

We didn’t catch any sauger. I suspect the chattering of our teeth scared them off.

An old Army buddy who lives in northern Wisconsin enjoys ice fishing. They use an auger to drill a hole in the ice, then drop their bait down and hunker over the hole until they get a nibble or freeze solid, whichever comes first.

One of their favorite baits for ice fishing is maggots. They call them “meal worms,” but being a country boy, I know a maggot when I see one.

In order to protect their maggots from the cold and keep them frisky, some fishermen hold them in their mouths. That explains why ice fishermen rarely get a kiss from their wives when they come home from a trip.

Some fishermen wile away the long, dreary winter days by tying flies. I bought a fly-tying kit years ago and tried my hand at it. I ended up with gobs of fur and feathers that looked like something the cat hacked up.

I don’t think I ever caught a fish on one of my flies, but it’s just as well – I wouldn’t dare eat a fish that would eat something like that.

So here I sit, staring at the calendar. I’m tempted to rip February out and go straight to March. Guess that sounds nutty. Must be this cabin fever I’m running.

Trousdale County’s Keyvont Baines signs with Southwest Mississippi CC

Family, players and coaches celebrated Wednesday morning as Trousdale County senior Keyvont Baines signed a football scholarship with Southwest Mississippi Community College.

Baines, a four-year starter for the Yellow Jackets, helped lead Trousdale County to a runner-up finish in the Class 2A BlueCross Bowl. After missing the first seven games of the season because of a suspension, Baines finished with 739 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns on 118 carries (6.3 yards per carry), and was 21-of-40 passing with four touchdowns and three interceptions.

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Keyvont Baines, center, gets a hug from his grandmother, Jessica Harper, after signing Wednesday with Southwest Mississippi Community College. Also pictured from left are Baines’ godmother Baketia Gooch, mother Kimberly Tooley and godfather Greg Vaught.

On defense, Baines intercepted three passes and was named a consensus all-state performer at defensive back.

Baines also was an all-state selection as a junior after rushing for over 1,000 yards in 2017 and as a sophomore was the region’s Special Teams Player of the Year.

“It’s very exciting because some people don’t get to play at the next level,” Baines said. “I worked all my high school career to get to this level, so I’m very happy.”

Baines said he was recruited to play defense at Southwest Mississippi, which is located in Summit, Miss., about nine hours from Hartsville.

“I’m playing corner out there,” Baines said. “I would have like to play offense, but I think my better chances of making it somewhere bigger are to play corner.”

Trousdale County assistant coach Davy Cothron praised Baines’ work ethic and ability on the football field.

“His freakish, natural God-given ability has always been there. He was pretty easy to coach. You just help him make the right decisions on the field and let his natural instincts take over. He’s just a great athlete,” Cothron said.

Reach Chris Gregory at 615-374-3556 or [email protected]

Lady Jackets defeat Monterey in district matchup

Trousdale County had two nights of action on the hardwood last week, but could only secure one win in those four games.

At Clay County on Jan. 22, the Lady Jackets were even with the Lady Bulldogs (19-5, 6-1 6-A) after one quarter, but trailed by 19 at the half and went on to lose 81-48.

“We started strong, but gave up too many second-chance points in the second quarter and dug a hole we couldn’t get out of,” said TCHS coach Jared Hawkins.

Senior Shelby Jane Petty paced the visitors with 22 points and freshman Kailen Donoho had 10. Sophomore Claire Belcher had eight points, junior Chloe Donoho four, junior Josie Garrett three and sophomore Kinley Brown one. Junior Tori Simmons was held scoreless for only the second time in her career.

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Trousdale County’s Tarvaris Claiborne puts up a shot against Monterey.

Clay County was led by 26 points from senior Kenzie Arms as the Lady Bulldogs won their sixth in a row over Trousdale County.

In the boys’ game, the Jackets fell behind early 23-9 to the Bulldogs (21-2, 10-0) and went on to a 64-44 loss.

“Hats off to Coach Edwards and Clay County,” said TCHS coach Ryan Sleeper. “That’s a great team.

“We started off too slow. We played with them the rest of the way, but to beat a team like that you have to play four perfect quarters.”

Junior Tarvaris Claiborne scored 12 points and senior Keyvont Baines added 10. Junior Kobe Ford added nine points, sophomore Cameron Rankins five, senior Houston Stafford three, sophomore Landon Carver three and freshman Kane Burnley two. Senior Hayden Clark was held scoreless for the first time all season.

On Friday night, Trousdale County welcomed Monterey for homecoming and achieved a split of the two games.

The Lady Jackets got off to a slow start, trailing 19-12 after one quarter against the Lady Wildcats, who have just one win on the season. But Trousdale put together an 18-0 run to take over the game and go on to a 71-47 win.

“We started out slow, but I was super proud of the defensive effort in the second and third quarter,” Hawkins said. “We held them to six total points in those quarters and really used defense to create offense. Most importantly, we got another district win!”

Chloe Donoho scored 22 points while Petty had 21, Simmons 13 and Kailen Donoho 11. Brown had two points, Garrett one and sophomore Morgan White one.

The Lady Jackets entered this week with a 13-11 overall record and are now 5-6 in district play.

After losing by only five in Monterey earlier this season, the Jackets were looking forward to their rematch with the Wildcats (20-6, 9-2). But the home team was outscored 26-16 in the fourth quarter and lost 63-53.

“The boys played hard against a very solid Monterey squad,” Sleeper said. “We missed a lot of easy shots and that’s what really cost us the game.”

Rankins had a career-high 15 points while Claiborne had 11. Ford and Stafford had nine points each, Baines had eight and sophomore Trent Pharris one.

The loss left the Jackets with a 10-14 record, 5-6 in district.

Trousdale County will travel to Red Boiling Springs on Friday, then will host Pickett County on Tuesday.

Nineteen apply for Trousdale County football coach’s job

Nineteen applications were submitted for the vacant head football coach’s position at Trousdale County.

Director of Schools Clint Satterfield provided a list of applicants to The Vidette. Satterfield previously told the School Board he hoped to have a coach in place by Feb. 8. He told The Vidette that timeline is subject to change depending on how the interview process goes, but that he hopes to make a hire soon.

The 19 applicants are listed below with information on their coaching background, if available:

Jared Allen (unknown);

Jake Cabell (West Creek HS, former Tennessee State assistant);

John Carey (TCHS alumnus, currently on staff at DCA);

Joseph Carroll (unknown);

Matt Dyer (current TCHS assistant and interim head coach);

Joshua Hackett (Watertown assistant);

Stephen Harris (former Westmoreland coach);

Chris Harris (unknown);

Michael Head (former Antioch coach);

Stephen Jackson (Pell City, Ala.);

Aaron Nance (offensive coordinator at North Paulding, Ga.);

Paul Pierson (current TCHS assistant);

Paul Pitts (unknown);

Derek Rang (Gatlinburg-Pittman coach, won 2016 1A title at Dresden);

Richard Ross (former Marion County coach);

Blake Satterfield (current TCHS defensive coordinator);

Todd Scott (unknown);

Monroe “Tate” Thigpen (Glencliff coach);

Eric Vetetoe (TCHS alumnus, currently at Oakland).

Reach Chris Gregory at 615-374-3556 or [email protected]

Larry Woody: Boat & Fishing Expo launches this weekend

The Wilson County Expo Center will host the Tennessee Boat and Fishing Expo Feb. 1-3.

Last year the event was moved to Lebanon after being held for decades at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. The new site drew favorable reviews from visitors and vendors who said it was more specious and accessible than the former Nashville location.

The latest in hunting, fishing gear, boats and accessories, and other outdoors items will be on display for browsing or purchase. Daily seminars will we be conducted by area outdoors experts.

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An array of tackle will be part of the Feb. 1-3 outdoors Expo.

Show hours on Friday, Feb. 1: 1 p.m.-6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 2: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 3: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for military personnel and seniors, and youngsters 12 and under are admitted free.

For additional information and discount tickets visit the Tennessee Boat and Fishing Expo website.

Local chapter honored: The Wilson County chapter of Friends of NRA will be honored with an awards flag at the association’s state conference Feb. 23 in Nashville. In recent years the chapter has been among the most active in the country.

The Wilson County chapter’s annual banquet/fundraiser will be held in September.

Trap shoot: Walt West posted the top score in last week’s trap shoot at the Cedar City Gun Club.

CWD spreading: After additional testing, a total of 91 cases of Chronic Wasting Disease have been confirmed in Hardeman and Fayette counties, and three other preliminary tests indicate the presence of the deadly disease in Chester and Shelby counties as well.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency calls CWD the biggest threat to deer management in the Agency’s history.

The TWRA continues to monitor the situation. There is no known cure for CWD, and the only way to deal with it is to try to contain its spread.

Turkey show: The 43rd annual National Wild Turkey Federation convention and sport show will be held at Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center Feb. 13-17.

Over 750 boots will feature the latest in turkey hunting gear. There will be turkey-calling contests for national bragging rights, along with daily seminars, auctions, food and entertainment. Included in the latter will be a concern by Aaron Tippin, a top country singer and dedicated turkey hunter.

Daily passes are $20 and can be purchased at nwtf.org/convention. NWTF members are admitted free, and other special discounts are available. Details are available on the website.

Lebanon turkey banquet: The Cedar Roost Chapter of the NWTF will hold its annual banquet March 21 at 6 p.m. at the Wilson County Fairgrounds.

For reservations or other information call Jody Jenkins at 615-761-4793.

Fish attractors: The TWRA, with assistance from the Tennessee Bass Nation Trail, has constructed 400 fish attractors on Percy Priest Lake.

On aging lakes such as Priest, much of the natural wooden cover has deteriorated over the decades, and man-made cover helps replace it. Fish of all species are attracted to the cover.

The new fish attractors should be holding fish by the prime springtime season.

Photos welcome: Caught a prize fish or bagged buck or a duck during the past season? Share your favorite outdoors photos with readers of The Hartsville Vidette by e-mailing them to [email protected]

Shelby Jane Petty signs with Shelton State (Ala.) CC

Trousdale County is sending a girls basketball player to the college level for what is believed to be the first time as Shelby Jane Petty signed Friday afternoon with Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Petty is playing her first season with the Lady Jackets after transferring in from Mt. Juliet. She was named Most Valuable Player of the Friendship Christmas Tournament after leading the Lady Jackets to the title.

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Shelby Jane Petty, front center, is shown with parents Shane and Jennifer Petty, TCHS coach Jared Hawkins, Shelton State coach Madonna Thompson and assistant Chris Sanford.

Shelton State is a consistent national contender in the junior college ranks. The team as of Friday was 20-3 and ranked 12th nationally.

“You’ve got to have players who understand the game, who work hard and are skilled,” said Shelton coach Madonna Thompson, a former Alabama star who has been at the school for 21 seasons. “(Shelby’s) ball-handling, passing and ability to shoot the ball attracted us to her.

“If she does her part and we do our part, I think in two years we’ll be doing this again.”

Petty said the coaches and atmosphere when she visited Shelton State made the offer too good to resist.

“The coaches were open and easy to talk to; the players were awesome,” Petty said. “I really felt at home there. How (Coach Thompson) runs her program and everything… She wins. I want to win too.”

Petty said she had one other offer from Lincoln Trail, a JUCO in Illinois, and had received interest from other JUCOs and smaller NCAA schools.

Thompson said current Riverdale coach Amy Josephson had put her onto Petty as a potential recruit through a mutual friend.

Trousdale County coach Jared Hawkins praised Petty’s work ethic and her willingness to be a team leader despite it being her first season in purple and gold.

“The great thing about Shelby is she’s been a positive role model on our younger girls and show them if you come in every day, work as hard as you can, you can get to where you want to go.

“There have been good basketball players who have been here who just haven’t went anywhere. I want to show the girls that we can be just as successful as any other team in this part of the state.”

Reach Chris Gregory at 615-374-3556 or [email protected]

Jackets defeat Clarkrange; Lady Jackets beat Gordonsville

Trousdale County had three nights of basketball action last week and came away with four victories.

On Jan. 15, the Jackets hosted Gordonsville and came away with a split of the two games.

The Lady Jackets had three players in double figures during a 69-44 win over the Tigerettes (8-11, 2-6 6-A). Junior Tori Simmons netted 23 points, senior Shelby Jane Petty 19 and freshman Kailen Donoho 15. Junior Chloe Donoho added four points, junior Josie Garrett three, sophomore Claire Belcher two and freshman Elyssa Chapman two.

It was the sixth consecutive win in the series for Trousdale’s girls.

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Trousdale County’s Tori Simmons scores two of her 23 points against Gordonsville.

“We started off slow, but once we switched defenses we were able to push the tempo and play our style,” said TCHS coach Jared Hawkins.

In the boys’ game, the Jackets were outscored in every quarter and were thumped 63-33 by the Tigers (12-7, 5-3).

“That’s the result when you give half effort against teams in this district; they make you pay,” said TCHS coach Ryan Sleeper. “Unacceptable performance. We have to learn from this loss.”

Trousdale County did not have a player in double figures for the first time this season as junior Tarvaris Claiborne led the Jackets with nine points. Sophomore Cameron Rankins had six points, senior Keyvont Baines had five and the Jackets got four points each from senior Hayden Clark, junior Kobe Ford and sophomore Trent Pharris. Freshman Kane Burnley had one point.

On Friday at Clarkrange, the Lady Jackets trailed 49-13 at halftime and it got no better as they lost 77-33 to the Lady Buffaloes (19-3, 8-1), ranked No. 4 in Class A.

“It’s hard to beat a great team when you turn the ball over 26 times,” Hawkins said. “We’ve got to let the game come to us and not force things.”

Simmons was the only Lady Jacket in double figures with 13 points. Kailen Donoho had seven, Petty six, sophomore Kinley Brown four and Garrett three. Chloe Donoho went scoreless for just the second time in her career.

In the boys’ matchup, Baines scored 20 to cross the 1,000-point mark for his career in leading the Jackets to a 58-44 win over the Buffaloes (10-12, 3-6). Claiborne added 12 points while Ford and Rankins had seven each. Clark and Pharris each added six points as the Jackets won their third in a row against the boys from Fentress County.

“I thought the boys played a great game as a team and a lot of people contributed,” Sleeper said. “I’m also extremely proud of Keyvont achieving the 1,000-point milestone. He’s a special athlete and great kid.”

Trousdale County finished the week with a pair of victories at Smith County on Saturday night.

The Lady Jackets broke open a close game as they outscored the Owlettes (7-12) by 13 in the fourth quarter to claim a 59-45 victory.

“It was a good bounce-back win from Friday; it’s hard to get beat and turn around this quick,” Hawkins said. “I’m really proud of the girls’ effort and energy.”

Chloe Donoho scored a career-high 25 points, 16 of which came at the free-throw line.

Petty added 15 points and Simmons had 11. Garrett had four points, Kailen Donoho two and Brown two as the Lady Jackets improved to 12-10 on the season.

The Jackets achieved their fourth win in a row over the Owls, coming out with a 55-52 victory. Trousdale County led by double digits in the second half and held off a charge from a Smith County team looking for its first win of the season.

“I think we got caught looking ahead to Clay County in this game,” Sleeper said. “Give credit to Smith County for playing hard and knocking down shots.

“In the end, a win is a win and we got to play in a close, contested match. That should benefit us come tourney time.”

The Jackets are now 6-3 in games decided by five points or less.

Baines had 15 points and Rankins scored a career-best 12. Ford and Claiborne each had eight points, Clark had six, Pharris four and senior Houston Stafford two.

The Jackets raised their record to 10-12 on the season.

Trousdale County traveled to Clay County on Tuesday and will host Monterey for homecoming on Friday. The Jackets will travel to Jackson County next Tuesday.

Larry Woody: Boat & Fishing Expo returning to Lebanon

For decades the Tennessee Boat & Fishing Expo has been the equivalent of spring crocuses for Middle Tennessee outdoorsmen.

Every February when the outdoor show arrived, it meant we were entering winter’s stretch run. The annual show provided a proverbial light at the end of a long, dreary tunnel.

After being held for decades at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in Nashville, last year the show was moved to the Wilson County Expo Center, where it will make a return engagement from Feb. 1-3.

Last year’s inaugural event at the Lebanon site was a hit with show officials, vendors and visitors. Everyone I talked to was complimentary about the new venue’s spaciousness, cleanliness, helpful officials and easy access.

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The Lebanon outdoor show offers something for every outdoorsman.

The only glitch was due to the show’s overwhelming success: so many show-goers turned out that at times the paved parking lots over-flowed and some visitors had to park on the grass. That wouldn’t have been bad if the weather had been dry, but unfortunately the unpaved lots were wet and muddy. Hopefully that won’t be a problem this year, as thousands of area outdoorsmen make Lebanon an early February destination.

The show offers something for every outdoors interest, from the latest in new boats and motors to fishing gear and tackle, camping and food items.

Fishing guides will be booking trips ranging from Percy Priest crappie to Kentucky Lake bass and Canadian walleyes.

Some of my favorite stops is at the Canadian fishing booths. They feature mounted trophies, walls of photographs, and videos of spectacular Canadian sunsets and equally spectacular catches of walleye, smallmouth, pike and lake trout. Some of the videos include the mournful cry of loons and the spine-tingling howl of timber wolves.

For over 30 years several area friends and I made an annual trip to the Canadian wilds, and every trip was an adventure. Every fisherman owes it to himself or herself to make a visit. Trips can be booked at the show, usually at discount prices.

The same applies to fishing trips booked on area lakes to fish for every species from Percy Priest stripers to Dale Hollow smallmouth. Show discounts are usually available.

The newest tackle, lures and gadgets will be displayed, along with old favorites like the locally-produced Buckeye Shad that has been catching bass for over a half-century. There will also be a booth displaying antique tackle and gear.

Among the 2019 boat models will be the latest in kayaks, which are soaring in popularity among anglers and recreational paddlers.

Fishing seminars will be held daily by area experts such as Hugh McNaughten, host of the popular Southern Woods & Waters TV show. Chatting with the affable, fun-loving McNaughten is worth the price of admission.

The show schedule:

Friday, Feb. 1: 1 p.m.-6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 2: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 3: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and military, and free for youngsters 12 and under.

JSMS ends basketball season with pair of losses

Jim Satterfield Middle School completed its basketball season with two nights of action last week.

The Jr. Lady Jackets lost 43-32 at Carroll-Oakland on Jan. 14. Libby Clark had 13 points, Charlee Dixon eight, Eliseona Satterfield seven, Taren Simmons two and Miranda Kibler two.

At home on Jan. 17, the Jr. Lady Jackets fell 28-27 to Folks River.

Dixon netted 11 points and Clark five. Autumn Parrish and Simmons each added three points while Kibler and Satterfield had two each. Khaleah McCarver had one point.

Boys rally past Pickett County; girls smash Jackson County

Trousdale County’s Yellow Jackets pulled off a feat last week they had never before accomplished – winning a basketball game at Pickett County.

The two schools have not played often over the years, but Pickett has recently dominated the series against the Lady Jackets and Jackets. But on Friday night, Trousdale County (8-11, 4-3 6-A) rallied for a hard-fought 60-59 overtime victory over the Bobcats (9-10, 1-6) in Byrdstown.

Just sending the game to overtime was drama in itself as Trousdale found itself down by five in the final seconds of regulation. Junior Kobe Ford buried a 3-pointer from the right wing with 10 seconds left to cut the deficit to two. Senior Hayden Clark then deflected the inbounds pass, which was picked up and laid in the basket at the buzzer by classmate Houston Stafford to tie the game at 45.

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Trousdale County’s Shelby Jane Petty (52) blocks a shot against Jackson County.

Near the end of overtime, Clark sank one of two free throws to give the Jackets a four-point cushion they wound up needing, as Pickett sophomore John Parker Reagan hit a shot from beyond halfcourt at the buzzer for the 60-59 final.

“That was one of the most impressive wins I’ve experienced coaching here,” said TCHS coach Ryan Sleeper. “We could’ve easily given up when we were down in the first half and fouls were 9-1, and we could’ve laid down when there were 15 seconds left and we were down five with no timeouts. The heart and determination they displayed was really encouraging.”

Ford tossed in a game-high 21 points, including 15 in the second half. Junior Tarvaris Claiborne added 12 points, senior Keyvont Baines 11 and Clark 10. Sophomore Cameron Rankins had four points and Stafford two.

The win was the fifth in a row for the Yellow Jackets.

The Lady Jackets were not so fortunate, suffering their most lopsided loss of the season in a 100-56 defeat by the Lady Bobcats (15-2, 6-1).

Trousdale trailed by 11 at 50-39 at halftime but was outscored 50-17 in the second half.

“I thought we played incredible for two quarters and then we just ran out of gas and had nothing left in the second half,” said TCHS coach Jared Hawkins.

The Lady Jackets were whistled for 26 fouls compared to just 11 for Pickett. Senior Shelby Jane Petty fouled out with 5:44 left in the third quarter and finished with a season-low six points.

Juniors Tori Simmons and Chloe Donoho had 18 and 12 points respectively. Freshman Kailen Donoho added seven points, sophomore Claire Belcher five, junior Josie Garrett four and sophomore Kinley Brown four.

On Jan. 8, the Yellow Jacket teams swept Jackson County at home. It was the boys’ first win over Jackson at home since the school relocated in 2004, and was the girls’ first win in the series since Dec. 18, 1992.

The Lady Jackets got off to an 8-0 start and allowed just nine points in the second half of a 64-29 win over the Lady Blue Devils (0-16, 0-6).

“We started out slow, but once we got into the second half we played our style of basketball and got rolling,” Hawkins said.

Chloe Donoho and Simmons each had 18 points while Kailen Donoho had 15. Petty finished with nine points, sophomore Morgan White three and Belcher one.

In the boys’ game, the Jackets used a 17-7 third quarter to break away from the Blue Devils (7-12, 1-5) and went on to a 58-44 victory.

Baines and Claiborne led all scorers with 18 points each as the Jackets broke a six-game losing streak to Jackson County.

Ford added 12 points, Rankins five, Clark four and sophomore Trent Pharris one.

“We started off pretty slow, but the guys did a good job of waking up once we went man and finished the job,” Sleeper said. “We need to do a better job of starting games with more energy or it will cost us soon.”

Trousdale County will travel to Clarkrange on Friday, to Smith County on Saturday and to Clay County on Tuesday. The games at Smith County have been moved from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

All games can be heard live on WTNK 93.5-FM/1090-AM and online at funradiotn.com.

JSMS: Jim Satterfield Middle School will host its final games of the season on Jan. 24 against Folks River.

Baseball fundraiser: The Trousdale County baseball team will hold a reverse raffle and chili supper on Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. at TCHS. The chili supper is $5 while raffle tickets are $20 each. One raffle winner will win $1,000. Tickets can be purchased from any TCHS baseball player.

Larry Woody: More cases of CWD found in Tennessee deer

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has reported eleven more confirmed cases of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in the West Tennessee counties of Hardeman and Fayette.

Those are the two counties in which 13 cases of the dreaded disease were discovered earlier in the month.

The eleven most recent positive tests came from a total of 140 harvested deer that were checked in between Dec. 5-16 and inspected by Agency biologists. Six of the CWD-infected deer were males and five were females.

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More cases of CWD-infected deer have been reported.

An Agency spokesman said additional positive results are expected as more tests are conducted.

In the wake of the CWD outbreak the WRA extended deer season in Hardeman, Fayette and adjacent McNairy counties through Jan. 31 in order to obtain more samples of harvested animals.

CWD is highly contagious and always fatal to an infected animal. It affects only deer, elk and moose, and is not dangerous to humans or domestic animals.

CWD was first discovered some 40 years ago among Western deer and over the years spread gradually into 25 states. It had steadily crept closer to Tennessee and now it has arrived.

The disease can decimate a deer herd in a specific area. The only known way to cope with it is to try to contain it to the areas in which it exists.

With this year’s deer season concluding, the Agency will decide how to plan the 2019-20 season.

Tackle show: The Percy Priest Hybrid & Striper Club’s fifth annual tackle swap meet will be held Saturday, Jan. 26 at Charlie Daniels Park in Mt. Juliet. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

An array of new and used hunting, fishing and boating gear will be available at bargain prices.

A $5 donation is requested. Kids 12 and under are admitted free. Proceeds go to buying fish food to support the TWRA’s hatchery program.

For information about reserving a booth call 615-449-5431.

Top shot: Kerry Hale overcame high winds to hit 45 of 50 shots and win last week’s trap shoot at the Cedar City Gun Club.

Almost license time: Hunting/fishing licenses for the 2019-20 season go on Feb. 18. The current license is good through Feb. 28, when small-game seasons end.

Licenses can be purchased on-line through the TWRA website (tnwildlife.org) or at most outdoors outlets.

Photo contest: Entries are being accepted for the TWRA’s annual photo contest. Selected phots will appear in the next TWRA calendar. Details about the submission procedure are available at tnwildlife.org.

Photos welcome: Caught a prize fish or bagged buck or a duck? Share your favorite outdoors photos with readers of The Hartsville Vidette by e-mailing them to [email protected]

Brad Waggoner leaving Trousdale County for Elbert County (GA) job

Trousdale County is once again in the market for a head football coach as Brad Waggoner has accepted a position at Elbert County (GA) Comprehensive High School.

Waggoner just completed his second season at Trousdale County, finishing 11-4 and leading the Yellow Jackets to a runner-up finish in the Class 2A BlueCross Bowl. He leaves Trousdale County with a 19-8 record in two seasons.

“I am very thankful for the opportunity I have had to lead the Yellow Jackets Football Program for the last two years. I will never forget our run to the 2018 state game this past year!” Waggoner said.

Director of Schools Clint Satterfield said a coaches’ meeting was held Monday morning with principals and that middle school coach Matt Dyer would serve as interim head coach until a permanent hire is made.

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Trousdale County coach Brad Waggoner has accepted a position at Elbert County (GA).

Posts on the Elbert County School District’s website and Facebook page announced Waggoner’s decision to leave.

The post on the Elbert County website stated:

“The Elbert County School District is pleased to announce that Trousdale County High School (TN) Head Football Coach Brad Waggoner has been approved to become the new head football coach at Elbert County Comprehensive High School. The Board of Education held a called meeting at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, January 11 to act on the recommendation from Superintendent Chuck Bell.

For the past 21 years, Coach Waggoner has had notable experience at the high school and college levels. Most recently, as Head Coach/Athletic Director at Trousdale, he led the Yellow Jackets to the 2018 Class AA State Championship Game. Waggoner also served as the Associate Director of Player Personnel and Offensive Analyst for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets from 2014-2017.

Coach Waggoner was raised in Fayetteville, Georgia and attended Landmark Christian High School. As a player, Waggoner was a linebacker at Georgia Tech and a two-year letterman at Liberty University.”

Elbert County Superintendent Chuck Bell told The Vidette that Waggoner would make $100,436 annually in the Elbert head coaching job. He was earning $65,431 in Trousdale County, including a coaching stipend, according to Satterfield.

“We wanted to make sure we were searching for the three Cs: competency, connectedness and character. Brad brings a very high level of football competency, he’s proven his ability to connect and inspire high school students… and he’s a high character guy,” Bell said. “Brad came out of the process and we’re excited to have him.”

Waggoner met with Yellow Jacket team members last week to inform them of what he said at the time was the possibility he would leave.

“I want to thank Dr. Satterfield and Mrs. (Teresa) Dickerson for all they have done for me and my family, and I want to thank these players that have worked tirelessly and giving everything they have for me the past two years. I also want to thank the assistant coaches for all their hard work. We would not have achieved the success we did without those guys. I want to thank this community and for their support and welcoming my family here. I know my little boy loved every second of it. Lastly, I will always be pulling for the Jackets! Thank you!”

Satterfield told The Vidette he had not yet received an official letter of resignation from Waggoner, but that the Trousdale position had been posted and applications would be accepted through Jan. 25.

Reach Chris Gregory at 615-374-3556 or [email protected]

Four Yellow Jackets named to all-state football teams

Four members of the Trousdale County Yellow Jackets have been recognized on a pair of all-state football teams.

Seniors Keyvont Baines and Jake Gregory, along with junior Tarvaris Claiborne, were named to both the Tennessee Sports Writers Association and Tennessee Football Coaches Association all-state teams. Junior Jay’dynn Hayward was selected to the coaches’ team.

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From left: Jake Gregory, Keyvont Baines, Tarvaris Claiborne, Jay’dynn Hayward

Baines was named as a defensive back after ranking second on the team with three interceptions. In eight games, he also ran for 739 yards and 10 touchdowns while completing 21 of 39 passes for 323 yards and four TDs.

Gregory was named all-state for the third year after accounting for 75 tackles (24 for loss), 8½ sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery from his defensive line position.

Claiborne, named as a linebacker, finished the season with 80 tackles, 12 for loss, two sacks, an interception, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. On offense, he also had 13 receptions for 294 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for a touchdown as well.

Hayward was the Yellow Jackets’ leading tackler from his linebacker position with 85 tackles, (24 for loss), four sacks, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries.

The foursome helped lead the Yellow Jackets to an 11-4 record and a runner-up finish in the Class 2A BlueCross Bowl.

Yellow Jackets put hammer down on RBS

The Trousdale County Yellow Jackets produced perhaps their most impressive win in recent years Friday night as they put a 67-37 beatdown on the Red Boiling Springs Bulldogs.

RBS had entered the game with a 15-3 record, a 3-1 district mark and the leading scorer in the district.

“We came in with a game plan and the boys executed it perfectly,” said TCHS coach Ryan Sleeper. “We are finally getting into basketball shape and we are seeing the results.”

The Jackets trailed by one at 13-12 after the first quarter but outscored the visitors 55-24 the remainder of the way.

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Trousdale County’s Kobe Ford lays in a basket against Jackson County on Tuesday. The boys won 58-44.

Senior Keyvont Baines scored a game-high 25 points and junior Kobe Ford added 22. Junior Tarvaris Claiborne and sophomore Cameron Rankins each had six points while providing solid defense around the basket. Senior Hayden Clark scored just three points but was a force defensively with eight blocked shots. Freshman Kane Burnley scored three points and Brandon Ramsey had two.

Red Boiling Springs’ Dalton Marsh, a 6-7 junior averaging 27 points per game, was held to just 14.

The win put the Yellow Jackets at 6-11 overall, 2-3 in District 6-A.

“If we continue to work hard, stay humble and buy in then the sky is the limit with this group,” Sleeper added. “I am very proud of their effort. Time to keep it rolling.”

Trousdale County has now won five of its last six games against RBS.

In the girls’ game, the Lady Jackets lost 58-54 as they could not contain RBS junior Kennedy Fleming, who finished with 28 points, and were outhustled throughout the game.

“We lost a close one, we had a lead for one quarter, but we let some small things beat us,” said TCHS coach Jared Hawkins. “We missed some boxouts and some hustle plays, and when you play a good team you have to limit mistakes and we just didn’t do that.”

Freshman Kailen Donoho led the Lady Jackets with 16 points while junior Tori Simmons had 14 and senior Shelby Jane Petty 10. Junior Chloe Donoho was scoreless for the first three quarters but finished with eight points, while sophomores Claire Belcher and Kinley Brown had three each.

The loss left the Lady Jackets at 9-8 overall and 2-3 in District 6-A.

Trousdale County was to host Jackson County on Tuesday night, then will take its longest trip of the regular season when the Jackets play at Pickett County on Friday. TCHS will host Gordonsville next Tuesday.