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.

Lady Jackets’ postseason run ends in sectionals

The Trousdale County Lady Jackets put together a softball season to remember, but it came to a close Saturday with a 5-0 loss at Cascade in the sectionals.

The Lady Jackets finished the 2019 season with an 18-9 record after winning the District 6-A regular season and tournament championships.

The final game was not an offensive masterpiece as the two teams combined for just six hits, but the Lady Champions had five of them. The only hit for TCHS was by sophomore Hannah Hailey.

In 22 at-bats, Trousdale struck out 14 times with every player in the lineup striking out at least once.

Freshman Alivia Boykin started the game on the mound and recorded one strikeout before Hailey came out to pitch four hitless innings while striking out three.

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TCHS coach Blake Satterfield waves Hannah Hailey toward home against South Pittsburg.

“Going into the game I told my girls that at the beginning of the season if you are playing in late May and you’re in the substate for a chance to win one ballgame to make it to the state tournament, that’s all you can ask for as a coach,” said TCHS coach Blake Satterfield. “Being so young and making it to the Sweet 16 of the state speaks greatly of this group of girls.

“I started eight sophomores and two freshmen in the biggest game in TCHS softball in a long time, and to go out and last seven innings with a state championship-caliber team didn’t leave a sour taste in our mouths.”

The Lady Jackets hosted both their region games, starting with a semifinal on May 13 against South Pittsburg. Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the second inning, Trousdale responded with a run and three more in the third to claim a 4-3 victory.

Hailey went 2-for-3 at the plate, as did sophomores Addison Gooch and Faith Winter. Senior Camyron Hurd, sophomore Kinley Brown and freshman Elyssa Chapman also had hits for the Lady Jackets.

“Facing a team that had made it to the sectionals in 2018 would have been a daunting task to most; however, the Lady Jackets were not intimidated,” Satterfield said. “We came out and played a great game offensively.”

Boykin pitched 4-2/3 innings, giving up four hits and two earned runs while striking out two batters. Hailey worked the final 2-1/3 innings and gave up four hits and an unearned run.

Trousdale County had less luck in the region championship against Whitwell on May 15, managing just three hits in a 13-0, four-inning loss.

Sophomore Kirsten Eversole went 2-for-2 and Gooch had the other hit.

“We knew coming in what Whitwell could do,” Satterfield said. “They are a solid team from the top of the lineup all the way to the bottom.”

The Lady Tigers collected 10 hits while also taking advantage of five errors by the Lady Jackets.

Trousdale County lost its last two games but still put together a seven-game winning streak to end the regular season, win the district tournament and punch its ticket to the sectionals.

“From myself, the coaching staff and the players, we would like to thank the community for their amazing support,” Satterfield said. “We hope to give them even more to cheer about in the 2020 season.”

Larry Woody: Don’t contribute to Asian carp growth by tossing bait

It’s the end of a long day on the lake, and as you get ready to head back to the boat ramp you empty the bait bucket over the side of the boat.

You’ve just broken the law.

As part of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s effort to halt the spread of Asian carp and other invasive species, it has enacted a regulation prohibiting releasing any live bait into any water.

There are also restrictions against transporting certain types of live bait species that resemble small Asian carp.

Complete details about the regulation, and photos of the various species causing concern, are available in the Tennessee Fishing Guide, available for free at most outdoors outlets.

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The TWRA reminds fishermen not to dispose of bait in the water.

The spread of Asian carp is a growing concern. In the past decade they have spread from the Mississippi River chain throughout waters in West Tennessee and into Middle Tennessee. They are now found in the Cumberland River and other tributaries, including Stones River.

They are in Old Hickory Lake, but not yet in numbers to cause concern, according to TWRA chief of fisheries Frank Fiss. So far they have not made their way past Percy Priest dam and into the lake.

Asian carp represent a serious threat to Kentucky Lake, one of the Southeast’s top fisheries. Steve McCadams, who has guided on the lake for 48 years, warns that if the carp are not brought under control, Kentucky Lake’s sport-fishing industry could be doomed.

Not only do the carp threaten native fish species, they sometimes leap from the water when disturbed by a boat motor, making them a hazard to boaters and water skiers. Serious injuries can result when one of the big fish collides with a fast-moving boater or skier.

The TWRA partners with commercial processing plants to encourage netting Asian carp on Kentucky Lake. Already this year over 700,000 pounds of the fish have been harvested.

The TWRA’s Fiss says the carp cannot be eradicated entirely, but if the current level of netting continues, the population can be controlled.

The harvested carp are processed for pet food and fertilizer, with other uses being studied, included human consumption.

Asian carp feed on algae and microorganisms, which make them impossible to catch on sport-fishing tackle, aside from grab-hooking. Netting is the only way to remove them in appreciable numbers.

The best solution to the Asian carp problem is to keep the fish from spreading into new waters. That’s the intent of the regulation prohibiting the release of live bait. Sometimes small carp could inadvertently get mixed in with other types of bait and released.

The TWRA instructs fishermen to dump leftover bait on the shore at the end of a trip. The amount of dumped bait is generally small, and will be quickly cleaned up by birds and other scavengers.

Granted, it’s not as convenient as simply emptying the minnow bucket over the side of the boat, but it’s better than putting the future of the lake at risk.

Lady Jackets claim district tournament championship

The Trousdale County Lady Jackets are the District 6-A tournament softball champions after claiming the title Friday night with an 8-7 come-from-behind victory over Gordonsville at Crump Farris Park in South Carthage.

The Lady Jackets trailed 4-0 after the first inning but and trailed 7-5 entering the bottom of the seventh to the defending tournament champions. But Trousdale County loaded the bases with two outs before sophomore Faith Winter smashed a line drive into right center that cleared the bases and brought the championship plaque to Hartsville for the first time in 19 years.

It was the Lady Jackets’ third consecutive win over the Lady Tigers following a 22-game losing streak in the series that Trousdale broke earlier this season.

“Being down 4-0 in a district championship game would rattle most; however, getting a slow start and finishing strong seems to be the storyline of the 2019 softball season,” said TCHS coach Blake Satterfield.

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Trousdale County softball players celebrate after winning the District 6-A Tournament championship.

“Addison Gooch and Camyron Hurd came up big for us, especially in the last inning getting on base. Then Faith Winter did the rest and made the most clutch hit I have seen up to this point in my coaching career.”

After falling behind 4-0, Trousdale’s girls scored one run in the first, one in the second and one in the fifth. They then added a pair of runs in the sixth to take a 5-4 lead.

Gordonsville did not go quietly though, as coach Jonathan Bush’s girls scored three runs in the top of the seventh – all with two outs – to go up 7-5 and make things uncomfortable for a large contingent of Trousdale County fans.

In the bottom of the seventh, Gooch was hit by a pitch, followed by a strikeout. Sophomore Kinley Brown hit a single, followed by another strikeout before Hurd, the team’s lone senior, singled to load the bases with two outs and set up Winter’s heroics. The sophomore drove a pitch into the right-center gap, easily driving in Gooch and Brown. Hurd used her speed to score the winning run as the celebration erupted by the Lady Jackets.

“When Gordonsville made their final run and went up two runs, it made it a challenge for us to score three runs in an inning both as a coach and as players,” Satterfield added. “Getting Addison Gooch back proved to be one of the differences in this game.”

Gooch, a transfer from Wilson Central, was playing her first game of the season after sitting out under TSSAA rules. The sophomore made several plays on defense at first base, including snaring a line drive to end a scoring threat.

Hurd finished the game 3-for-5 at the plate while Gooch and Winter had two hits each. Sophomores Makayla Croook and Brown added hits, as did freshman Elyssa Chapman.

Sophomore Hannah Hailey came on to pitch in the second inning and went the rest of the way to earn the win while recording five strikeouts.

On May 6, Winter and Hailey each had a pair of hits as the Lady Jackets caged Clay County 6-2. Brown had a hit as well, as did classmates Kirsten Eversole, Rebecca Chapman and Sidney Gregory.

Freshman Alivia Boykin pitched the first four inning and rang up five strikeouts before Hailey came on to finish, fanning four Clay County batters in the process.

On May 8, Trousdale faced Gordonsville in a winners’ bracket final and put together another comeback, winning 6-5 to reach the tournament final.

The Lady Jackets trailed 5-3 in the sixth inning before plating three runs. Each team had six hits and Trousdale overcame five errors.

Hurd had two hits while Hailey, Eversole, Crook and Brown each had one.

Trousdale County defeated South Pittsburg 4-3 in the Region 3-A opener on Monday and was to host Whitwell on Wednesday in the region championship. A sectional game is set for Friday with the opponent and location dependent on Wednesday’s outcome.

Travis Humes resigns as Trousdale County baseball coach

After five season serving as head baseball coach at Trousdale County, Travis Humes has decided to step down and leave the school system in order to pursue another career opportunity.

“It’s been a tough couple of days,” Humes said. “I’ve been playing, coaching, teaching baseball in some form of fashion for 27 years. It’s been a part of what has shaped me as a man.

Photo courtesy of Trousdale County Schools

“I’ve seen many great triumphs, many defeats and for a long time I felt like my success and failure was based on wins and losses. I felt my identity was attached to it, but as I have told the guys many times over, baseball doesn’t define us, wins and losses don’t define us. It’s Christ in us who defines us.

“As tough as it is to coach my last game in a Yellow Jacket uniform with a loss, we saw greater victories over the last five years that are immeasurable.”

Humes finishes with a 63-78 overall record, 22-19 in district play. In 2018, the Jackets finished as runners-up in the district tournament before losing in a region semifinal at South Pittsburg.

“I’m thankful and have been blessed with such a support system. I thank my wife and children for being so supportive,” Humes added. “I’m thankful for Mrs. Dickerson, Coach Johnson, Dr. Satterfield, the Trousdale County Board of Education, the staff, parents, students and players. I love each of you and will continue to be a proud supporter of Trousdale County. My family and I will be praying for you guys daily.”

Baseball season ends with district tournament losses

Trousdale County’s baseball team was ousted from the District 6-A baseball tournament last week after going 1-2 with a pair of losses to top-seeded Monterey.

The Jackets went up against the tournament hosts on May 6 and let a five-run lead get away in a 6-5 loss.

The visitors built a five-run advantage with two runs in the third and three in the fifth. But the Wildcats put up four runs in the bottom of the fifth and one in the seventh to send the game to extra innings.

In the eighth, the Jackets failed to score and the Wildcats put up one run to take the win.

Trousdale County had six hits but also made three costly errors.

Junior Ben Chumley went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, while senior Keyvont Baines, junior Will Holder, junior Chandler Barton and sophomore Robert Butcher each had a hit.

The next day, the Jackets faced Jackson County for the second time in the tournament with this one an elimination game.

Trousdale responded with a 15-5 win in six innings as the Jackets took an 8-0 lead after three innings and tacked on seven more in the last inning to send the Blue Devils home.

Baines, Butcher and sophomore Eli Henderson each had a pair of hits while Chumley, Holder, Barton, senior Houston Stafford and sophomore Taylor Ellis each had one. Trousdale County earned its fifth straight win over Jackson County.

Holder tossed a complete game, allowing six hits and seven strikeouts while giving up just two earned runs.

After a short rest, the Jackets had to hit the field again to face Monterey. This time it was a rough go as Trousdale had five hits and eight errors in a 10-1 season-ending loss to the Wildcats.

Chumley had two hits while Henderson, Holder and senior Dyson Satterfield each had one.

Since being in the same district with Monterey, the Wildcats are the only team the Jackets have yet to defeat.

Trousdale County finished its season with an overall record of 13-18 and went 7-2 in district play, including a road win over Gordonsville.

Larry Woody: Even Aussies interested in eating squirrel

A young woman who hosts a PBS-type show in Australia emailed me awhile back requesting an interview about a column that ran in The Hartsville Vidette.

The subject: squirrel brains.

Ms. Bridget Northeast (you can check her out on Twitter) is planning a documentary about “unique customs around the world.” She Googled a column I wrote a few years ago about eating squirrel brains.

She wanted to pick my brain on the subject.

Bridget said, in a delightful Aussie accent, she “laughed throughout the column.”

She hoped to make the interview “equally amusing.”

I emailed her back and said sure.

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Cooking squirrels stirs interest.

I gave her my number and we scheduled an interview for the next evening.

She called right on schedule and, halfway around the world, introduced me to her Aussie audience as a “squirrel hunter in the States.”

Bridget wanted to know what squirrel brains tasted like. I said they tasted kinda like kangaroo.

She asked why people “over there” eat them. I said they ate them because they were hungry.

I went on to explain – in a more serious vein – that food was often scarce in the mountains where I grew up. A lot of folks didn’t hunt for sport, they hunted for subsistence.

Why squirrels specifically?

Because the mountains were covered in hardwood trees, which meant they were hopping with squirrels.

Squirrels were not only plentiful, but inexpensive to hunt. A .22 cartridge cost a penny when I was a kid. You could bring home a mess of squirrels for a few cents.

Squirrels were abundant, easy and economical to harvest, and tasted good. That’s why they were often on the menu.

Why eat the brains?

In those lean, hungry times, nothing was wasted. Every scrap of wild game was eaten.

And not just wild game, either. When a chicken was killed, everything was cooked but the cackle. Same with a hog. It was consumed from snout to tail and all in-between. Including the brains.

“You ate hog brains,” Bridget asked?

Yep, ate ‘em with relish. Hog brains and scrambled eggs was considered a delicacy.

And how did they taste?

I’d compare them favorably to wallaby.

“My, my,” said Bridget.

I went on to explain that few folks nowadays in our squeamish, urbanized society eat squirrel brains – or any other part of the rodent. That included my wife, a city girl. She refused to cook squirrels with their heads attached. She said she couldn’t cook something while it stared at her.

Bridget hopes to bring a camera crew to the States to film a squirrel hunt. She wants to include a segment on cooking and eating the noggins.

I told her I can arrange it. And once they’re cooked, she gets first bite.

Yellow Jackets kick off spring football workouts

Trousdale County began spring football workouts Monday afternoon under new head coach Blake Satterfield.

Satterfield, who served as defensive coordinator last season, replaced Brad Waggoner, who left for a job in Elbert County, Georgia.

The Yellow Jackets are coming off a runner-up finish in the Class 2A BlueCross Bowl but have some holes to fill before the start of the 2019 season.

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Linemen go through blocking drills during the first day of Trousdale County’s spring football practice.

Finding a replacement at quarterback for all-state performer Keyvont Baines ranks as a priority, Satterfield said.

“We’ve got Cameron (Rankins), we’ve got Jayden (Hicks), and we also have Keenan Burnley,” Satterfield said. “I’m trying to get a quarterback in every grade. We’re also going to work Ben Chumley at quarterback.

“The main thing is, we’re putting in some new stuff so we’ve got to see who does it the way you want, their execution.”

Hicks and Burnley saw extensive work Monday at quarterback. Rankins and Chumley are still playing baseball and were not available just yet.

Offensive line is another position where the Jackets need to identify starters, with four of last year’s starting five set to graduate next week.

“We lost some amazing guys,” Satterfield said, “but we’ve got some big guys. We’ve got Trent Pharris who’s coming out, Taydrian Hicks, Colin Hamady, and some guys in baseball right now that we’re going to rely heavily on.”

Satterfield said he was impressed with the physicality the team showed in the first day of workouts and said being physical was something he wanted to carry over into the season.

“The main thing I want to find out in the spring is who’s not afraid of contact,” Satterfield said. “Who’s going to be that guy in the fourth quarter who can hang onto a football and who wants to be in that spot.

“We’ve got to find an identity. That’s what this spring is about – finding an identity and executing it.”

Lift-a-thon: The Trousdale County Yellow Jacket football team will hold their annual Lift-a-thon fundraiser on Saturday, May 18 at 6 p.m. in the gym at Jim Satterfield Middle School.

Contributing: Jerry Richmond, Sports Staff Writer