CU women ranked 13th

Cumberland’s women, coming off back-to-back National Tournament appearances, are ranked 13th in the NAIA preseason basketball rankings released Wednesday.
The Lady Bulldogs were 14th in the final poll last season in which they finished with a 23-9 record.
Cumberland will open its season in the Lionbackers Classic at Freed-Hardeman this weekend. The Lady Bulldogs will take on Loyola at 2 p.m. Friday and Reinhardt at noon Saturday in Henderson.
Other TranSouth Athletic Conference teams in the opening poll are top-ranked Union, No. 7 Freed-Hardeman, No. 20 Trevecca Nazarene (coached by Mt. Juliet’s Gary VanAtta) and No. 25 Lambuth.

BHR teams travel to Texas

Bobby Hamilton Jr, coming off a top-10 finish at Atlanta, and teammate Chase Miller head for Texas and Friday’s Silverado 350K race.
As a Busch Series driver, Hamilton Jr. has a top-five and two top-10 finishes at the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway. He finished 25th in the spring Craftsman Truck Series race here.
“We almost won there in the Busch car,” Hamilton Jr. said. “It’s one of our favorite tracks. We’re looking forward to going there in the truck because it’s one of those wide-open racetracks. We’ll get the (No. 18) Fastenal Dodge low and get it driving good, and it ought to be fast.
“Texas is a really forgiving racetrack. You can get two or three wide there – at least the last time I was there you could. I don’t know if they’ve done anything different with tires. Overall it’s a real, real aggressive and fast racetrack, so it makes it fun to drive the truck there.”
Miller, who recently joined Mt. Juliet-based Bobby Hamilton Racing, qualified fourth at Atlanta before a wreck relegated him to a 33rd-place finish.
“My whole career, I’ve raced in traveling series,” Miller said of his early Truck Series success. “I never stayed at one place to run for a track championship like so many drivers do. I think that has helped me be much more competitive faster.
“In a way, it’s surprising we’re doing so well so early, but in the back of my mind, I expected this. I expect to go out and win races. It’s really nothing less than what I expect from myself.”
This is Miller’s first trip to the Texas track.
“So practice will be valuable to me,” Miller said. “I have talked to several drivers in the series and they say it’s a lot like Las Vegas and Atlanta. I qualified well at both of those tracks, but did not have the finishes I hoped for. You always have the ‘third time’s the charm’ and I am hoping that comes true with me this weekend.
“Our plan was to take our primary from Atlanta to Texas, but that went out the window when I wrecked. I have never raced this chassis before, but my crew chief (Marcus Richmond) tells me she is as good as Demon was. I guess we will wait and see.”
Qualifying is set for 7 p.m. Thursday with the race going green at 9 p.m. Friday. The 146-lapper will be televised live on Speed.

Pro Bowl West results

Just 4 Fun decisively claimed the high team series in the Monday Invitational with a 2001 and the next closest team was Family Ties with an 1870.
Family Ties did, however, claim the high team game with a 681. Mona Hatcher, bowling with Family Ties, had the women’s high scores with a 191 top game and 530 series.
Not surprisingly, more top individual scores were placed with Just 4 Fun. Kelly Overstreet had the high men’s game of 234 and finished with a 532. Jimbo Howard tied with Don Shepherd, The Odd Squad, with a 212 top game. Howard completed a 537 series. Shepherd finished with a 544 series, the men’s high series of the night. Jay Stetzel, This Is For You, fell one pin shy of Shepherd’s score and had a 543 series.
Bowling as one of Four Aces, Chad Corley had a 509 series.
The Wednesday Night Mixed League was pretty cut and dry for the main top scores. The Four Aces, a different team than Monday night, had the high team scores with a 683 game and 2020 series.
Margaret Moser claimed the women’s top honors, rolling a 166 game and 473 series.
Dick Oliver was the lead man with a top game of 258, a 210 game and a 629 series. Ronnie Woodall had the next high series with a 557 and a 201 game, just one pin ahead of Mike Chandler with a 556 series. Chandler scored a bit higher for game with a 216.
Tom Smitty headed the last few high scores with a 517 series. Fred Gilliam went home with a 509 series, just ahead of Johnie Sims with a 506 series and Jimbo Howard with a 502 series.
The Thursday Invitational also had a decisive winner for high team series and that was Four Deuces with a 2197.
Two more teams did score in the 2000s and they were Rabbit Hunters with a 2031 and 4 Havn Fun with a 2002.
Four Deuces also had the high game with a 778. With such high team scores, it is no wonder that all four bowlers with Four Deuces had top individual scores. Starting with Tom Russell, he had a 201 game and 565 series. William Eddings’ high game was a 240 with a 582 series. Tank Lea bowled a 539 series for the team and Eric Sarro, new to the team, had a 511 series.
The men’s high game just topped Eddings’ and was a 242 bowled by Corey Daniels with Rabbit Hunters. Daniels finished with a 576 series. On this same team, David Lee had a 215 game and 569 series.
Duck Hatfield had the men’s high series of 592 after bowling a pair of 203 games. He is on the team Funny Farm. Bowling with Hatfield, wife Vern Hatfield had the women’s high scores with a 198 game and 509 series.
Bill Weitzel had the high scores for his team Lucky Strikes after rolling a 205 game and 568 series.
Welcome back to Rooster Carver, who came and subbed for Rookies. He scored a 516 series for the team.
Rickey Norvil bowled a 541 series with his team 16-Pound [Bowling] Balls.
Jeff Hodge was the top bowler with 4 Havn Fun when he produced games of 223 and 200 on the way to a 576 series. Also contributing to the team effort was Jim Buisman with a 503 series.
Finally with Jack Rabbits, Kevin Stearman had a 552 series.
This concludes the high scores for this week so until next time, good luck and good bowling.

Ex-CU linebacker leads Storm defense

NASHVILLE — Former Cumberland linebacker Justin Ely helped lead the Nashville Storm’s defense to a 10-7 win over the Asheville Grizzlies in the NAFL Southern Conference championship game Saturday at McGavock High School.
Ely and fellow linebackers Nathaniel Claybrooks (who played at Middle Tennessee State) and Antuian Bradford (Vanderbilt) helped limit Asheville to 138 yards total offense as Nashville (12-1 in NAFL play) advanced to the NAFL semifinals in Camden, N.J. this coming Saturday against the South Jersey Lynx (13-0).
Former Lebanon High tailback Antwan Ross is also a member of the Storm.

K.C. joins dad’s team

She had opportunities from several NCAA Division schools, but Mt. Juliet senior K.C. VanAtta has chosen to stay with family for her college basketball career.
The Lady Bear forward will sign on the dotted line with NAIA power Trevecca Nazarene, coached by her father, Gary, at 11 a.m. this morning at MJHS. She picked the Lady Trojans over D-I schools Samford and George Washington.
In addition to playing for her father, VanAtta will be reunited with a pair of former Lady Bear teammates, guard Christian Gibson and center Paige McFarlin, who are beginning their freshman seasons with the Nashville-based school.
VanAtta, an outside sharpshooter, averaged 10.3 points per game on 51-percent shooting from the floor, 38 percent from three-point range and 84 percent from the free-throw line during the Lady Bears’ 25-4 regular season as a junior.
Because she’s going to an NAIA school, she doesn’t have to wait until the NCAA’s early signing period which begins Nov. 8. Wilson Central senior forward Tierney Jenkins is expected to sign with Alabama then while Mt. Juliet pitcher Taylor Hill is due to make his commitment to Vanderbilt baseball final at that time.
Sports Editor Andy Reed can be reached at 444-3952 ext. 17 or by e-mail at andy.reed@lebanondemocrat.com.

Middle school basketball

Carroll-Oakland’s boys exceeded their scoring output of the first three quarters in the fourth Monday night as the Eagles soared past visiting Watertown 40-28.
Earlier, Carroll-Oakland’s girls led from start to finish in a 37-17 victory.
The Eagles trailed 22-19 entering the fourth quarter before outscoring the Purple Tigers 21-6 to drop Watertown to 1-2.
Guard Dakota Reeves knocked down nine of his 15 points in the fourth quarter for Carroll-Oakland. Cody Yarbrough tossed in two three-pointers on his way to eight while Marty Bottoms finished with four; Patrick Dedman, Zach Hicks and Eli White three each and Justin Johnson and Cale Trisdale two apiece.
Andrew Jennings notched nine points for the Purple Tigers while Dustin Murphy scored six, Ethan Holden four, DeAnDre Bates three and Anthony Jordan, Cody Hamlet and William Fennell two each.
In the girls game, Carroll-Oakland led 17-8 following the first quarter, 21-13 at halftime and 26-15 through three periods as the Lady Eagles moved to 2-0.
Kayla Williams fired in 15 points from the post for Carroll-Oakland while Paige Porter scored seven, Nikki Hudson and Tori Brewington six each and Lacey Heller three.
The teams will get together in a rematch next Monday at Watertown with the girls tipping off at 6:30 p.m. But first, Carroll-Oakland will travel to Hartsville to take on Satterfield at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
Carroll-Oakland’s girls will also play in the Best of the West finals Saturday after dispatching host DeKalb West 34-12 last Thursday.
Williams led the Lady Eagles with 11 points while Hudson scored seven, Kayla Crowder five, Taylor Moss three; Porter, Brewington and Casey Teel two each and Heller and Shelby Leech a free throw apiece.
The Lady Eagles, who led 20-3 at halftime, will face Smith County for the championship Saturday.

Saints soar into West finals
LIBERTY — Southside’s boys breezed into the Best of the (DeKalb) West finals Saturday with a 42-16 drubbing of DeKalb Middle in a battle of the Saints.
Southside led 7-0 following the first quarter and 19-4 at halftime as Coach Mike Presley’s team moved into Saturday’s final against Gordonsville. Game time is tentatively set for 4 p.m.
Case Sloan tossed in 10 points from the post for Southside while Aaron Simonis notched nine, Devin Fish eight, Nathan Corn seven, Clint Martin four and Nate Gilley and Dylan Snodgrass two each.
Justin France fired in 10 points from the wing for DeKalb.

Cumberland JV volleyball

Cumberland’s junior-varsity volleyball team won its tournament at the Dallas Floyd Center on Saturday.
The Volleydawgs won four matches Saturday, bringing their season record to 6-0. They were also undefeated last season.
Cumberland defeated Hiwassee 25-7, 25-18; St. Catherine 25-2, 25-17; Covenant 25-18, 25-10 and Pikeville 25-19, 25-18.
Wilson Central-graduates Amber Derryberry and Amanda Twomey are members of the Cumberland JV, along with Amanda Adcock, Amanda Gilliam, Samantha Bellar, Danielle Spencer, Shauna Holman and Laurel Conrey.
Cumberland will take on University of the Cumberlands at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Floyd Center prior to the 6 p.m. varsity match between the schools. The Volleydawgs will take on Lindsey Wilson at 4 p.m. Nov. 7.

FCS falls from No. 1

Friendship Christian’s bid to go wire to wire as Class 1A’s top-ranked team in the Associated Press poll fell short by one mere point.
Jo Byrns snatched the top spot in the final poll released Monday with 109 points. The Red Devils had three first-place votes to Friendship’s six. Both teams, as well as No. 3 Temple and No. 4 Coalfield, enter this week’s playoffs at 10-0.
Voters may have been swayed by Jo Byrns’ 35-7 win at previously-unbeaten Cascade, which slipped from fifth to ninth, last Friday.
Friendship had held the top spot in the poll, the first such ranking in school history, since the beginning of the season.
But unlike college football, high school polls mean nothing in the playoffs, where teams are seeded based on their standing in the regions. The Commanders are the top seed from Region 4-1A and will play at Pirtle Field for as long as they remain alive for up to four rounds until the Dec. 1 BlueCross Bowl in Murfreesboro. It starts this week with Grace Baptist (6-4) of Chattanooga coming to Coles Ferry Pike this Friday with the winner meeting the Gordonsville-South Pittsburg survivor Nov. 10.
Incidentally, Friendship could host Temple in a battle of unbeatens in the quarterfinals Nov. 17, followed by another possible battle of 13-0 teams with Coalfield in the semifinals Nov. 24. A 1-vs.-2 battle with Jo Byrns wouldn’t happen until the BlueCross Bowl.
Lebanon and Mt. Juliet are nowhere to be found in the AP rankings. But both are also preparing for postseason play. The Blue Devils will travel to face former LHS player and coach Louis Thompson’s Lincoln County team in Fayetteville on Friday. The Blue Devils (6-4) and Falcons (7-3) are familiar foes in postseason play with Lincoln County holding a 2-1 lead since 1982. LHS won the last playoff meeting in 1992 in overtime at The Pit, site of this week’s game.
The winner will face the Warren County-Riverdale survivor with Riverdale hosting, if victorious.
In his first year at Mt. Juliet, veteran coach Roger Perry has the Golden Bears in the playoffs, and at home no less, for the first time since 2000. MJ has reeled off four straight wins to finish second in Region 6-4A with a 6-4 record. The Bears will host Tullahoma (7-3) at Elzie Patton Stadium. The Wildcats will make their first visit to Wilson County since they knocked Lebanon out of the 1987 playoffs at LHS.
The winner will face the Rossview-Hillsboro survivor with Hillsboro hosting, if victorious.
All playoff games kick off at 7 p.m. local time.
Watertown missed the playoffs after suffering a 20-17 overtime loss to Monterey last Friday. At 6-4, the Purple Tigers are eligible for a bowl game. But Coach Gavin Webster said Monday no one had contacted him about possibly playing an 11th game.
Sports Editor Andy Reed can be reached at 444-3952 ext. 17 or by e-mail at andy.reed@lebanondemocrat.com.