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2021 Sports Year in Review

Posted 12/28/21

January 5

Parents, School Teams, Officials Only At Ball Games

NASHVILLE — Governor Bill Lee Executive issued Order No. 70, effective immediately and remaining in effect through January 19, 2021. Because of the significant increase in the incidence of COVID-19 infections in Tennessee, additional restrictions on who may attend interscholastic athletic practices and contests are in place.

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2021 Sports Year in Review


January 5

Parents, School Teams, Officials Only At Ball Games
NASHVILLE — Governor Bill Lee Executive issued Order No. 70, effective immediately and remaining in effect through January 19, 2021. Because of the significant increase in the incidence of COVID-19 infections in Tennessee, additional restrictions on who may attend interscholastic athletic practices and contests are in place.
Unfortunately, large scale attendance by spectators and students must be curtailed. Doing so means bands, pep bands, cheerleaders, and dance teams may not attend athletic contests while these restrictions remain in place.
In accordance with the new Executive Order, the only attendees permitted at practices or games, in addition to the student-athletes on the team, are: players’ parents or guardians and immediate household members; first responders; coaching and team personnel; school, game and facility administrators; athletics officials; and media and athletic scouting personnel attending the event in their professional capacity.

January 19

Rebel Johnathan Moore Signs with Bethel University Golf
McKENZIE (January 14) — McKenzie High School senior golf standout Johnathan Moore signed with Bethel University Golf Thursday in a ceremony in the MHS theatre, joined by family, coaches, teammates and classmates.
Principal Kelly Spivey welcomed all and congratulated Moore on his decision and his accomplishments.

Lady Rebels, Mustangs Claim Rivalry Wins
HUNTINGDON (January 15) — Huntingdon High School hosted county and district rival McKenzie Friday for a pair of basketball contests. The Lady Rebels pulled away in the second quarter and coasted to an 84-59 victory. The boys’ game was back-and-forth. The Rebels jumped ahead early, but the Mustangs rallied to lead at the half. A McKenzie rally in the fourth came up just short, and Huntingdon claimed a 64-61 win.

January 26

Rebel Logan Lyles Attends Tennessee East-West All-Star Combine
MURFREESBORO (January 22) — McKenzie High School senior football standout Logan Lyles attended the Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association’s (T.A.C.A.) East-West All-Star Combine Saturday at Oakland High School.
Lyles is among just four MHS players to ever be invited to the East-West All-Star Football Classic game. Due to the pandemic, the annual contest was replaced with a one-day, NFL-style combine.

Bartholomew Named Huntingdon QB Club MVP at Banquet
Huntingdon High School celebrated its football team and cheerleaders after a stressful season due to COVID at the Carroll County Civic Center. The Mustangs, however, overcame a lot of obstacles and only lost one game to the virus and finished the season with a 9-3 record and advanced to the second round of the playoffs after winning the Region 6-1A crown and had two players named to all-state teams.
Grant Bartholomew, a senior running back, was named as the Huntingdon QB Club MVP for the 2020 season. Bartholomew also played safety on defense and earned all-state honors as a member of the TNFCA All-State team and was named to the Region 6-1A team. Johnny Pearson, QB Club President, described Bartholomew as a player who you could plug in anywhere and exemplified what it meant to be a Mustang.

February 2

Brent Dearmon Takes Over MTSU Offense
MURFREESBORO (January 28) — On Wednesday, it was confirmed former Bethel University Head Football Coach and university hall-of-fame quarterback, Brent Dearmon, was hired by Middle Tennessee State University. He will assume the role of offensive coordinator replacing Tony Franklin who retired at the end of the 2020 season.
For the last two seasons, Dearmon served as the offensive coordinator at the University of Kansas under Les Miles. Asked why he would leave a Big 12 Conference school for a Conference USA program, Dearmon commented, “it came down to family.” His parents live in Mobile, Alabama and his in-laws will be less than a two-hour drive away from Murfreesboro.

War Eagle Luke Moore Honored for Reaching 1,000 Points
ATWOOD (January 29) — West Carroll senior basketball standout Luke Moore was honored between Friday’s games against McKenzie for reaching 1,000 points. Moore was presented a commemorative basketball to mark the achievement. He reached the milestone on February 6, 2020 during a 79-56 home win over Greenfield.

February 9

Brooklyn Williams is the 2021 Huntingdon Homecoming Queen
Huntingdon High School Basketball Homecoming Queen is Brooklyn Williams, a basketball player for two years and a cross country runner for one year. She is the daughter of Kieshia Williams. She was crowned during halftime of the men’s Huntingdon and Clarksburg basketball game. It was the first night in the 2021 portion of the season that persons other than immediate family members, residing in the same household, could attend.

Coach David Wilkins Honored on 100th Career Win
HUNTINGDON — Huntingdon Fillies Head Coach David Wilkins was honored for his 100th career win as a coach. He earned the distinction on December 30, 2020 against Obion County.

Young Honored for 1,000-Point Career
GLEASON (February 5) — Gleason senior Elijah Young surpassed the 1000-point mark in his high school career. He was presented a commemorative game ball by Coach Riggs on Friday, February 5 for achieving the points achievement and for also achieving 1000 rebounds.
Elijah has averaged double figure points and double figure rebounds for the past three seasons

February 16

McKenzie Kickers Receives Prestigious Camp Invite
McKenzie Rebel kicker Zach Aird recently attended the Oberkrom Kicking Camp at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. At the conclusion of the camp, Aird received an invitation to attend the NKR Top 20 Invitational in May in New Orleans. The “by invitation only” camp will allow the sophomore kicker to compete against kickers from all over the nation. Aird is currently ranked in the top twenty for kickers of the 2023 class in the nation.

March 2

Lady Rebels, War Eagles Win District Championship
McKenzie Lady Rebels and the West Carroll War Eagles are the 2021 women’s and men’s District 11A champions, respectively. Both entered the tournaments on Monday, February 22 as top seed and retained that position to the end of district play. McKenzie Lady Rebels defeated the Huntingdon Fillies 68-47 in the championship game at McKenzie. West Carroll War Eagles defeated the Huntingdon Mustangs 79 to 69.

March 9

Brooklyn Williams Signs with Bethel Lady Wildcats
HUNTINGDON — Huntingdon senior Brooklyn Williams agreed to be a Lady Wildcat on the Bethel University Basketball Team. In her senior year, she averaged 9 points per game, 4 steals, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists.
She was named to the all-district team and earned academic honors.

War Eagles Claim Region Title with Win Over Loretto
ATWOOD (March 4) — The West Carroll War Eagles claimed the Region 6A Boys Basketball Championship with a 55-41 win over Loretto Thursday. With the win, the War Eagles earned a home Sectional contest against Region 5A runner-up Jo Byrns High School Monday night for a chance to advance to the state tournament.

March 23

War Eagles’ Historic Run Ends with First-Round Loss to MAHS
MURFREESBORO (March 17) — The West Carroll War Eagles ended a historic season Wednesday with a 56-52 loss to Memphis Academy of Health Sciences in the first round of the TSSAA Class A State Boys’ Basketball Tournament.
The War Eagles end the year with a 21-9 record. The state tournament loss ended a 12-game winning streak for the team dating back to February 1. MAHS would advance to the title game, where they were defeated 62-52 by Class A state champion Clay County.

April 27

Young, Anglin Named to Class 1A All-State Team
West Carroll junior basketball player Jalen Anglin and Gleason senior Elijah Young were named to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association All-State team.

Davis Named to Class 1A All-State Team
McKenzie Lady Rebel freshman basketball standout Savannah Davis was named to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association All-State Team.

McKenzie’s Bennett Signs with Jackson State Softball
McKENZIE (April 19) — McKenzie High School senior Lilly Bennett signed Monday to join the Jackson State Community College Greenjays softball team, joined in the MHS Theatre by family, coaches, teammates and classmates.
Attending the ceremony were Jackson State Head Coach Taylor Schubert and Assistant Coach Beth Barcroft. Barcroft is an MHS alum.

Warman Signs Track Scholarship with Bethel
HUNTINGDON (April 21) — Carson Warman, a senior of Huntingdon High School, signed to run Track and Field and Cross Country with Bethel University of McKenzie.

May 11

Surber’s Last Home At-Bat One to Remember
Baseball fans will always recall Ted Williams’s last at-bat at Fenway Park for the Red Sox in 1960. The ‘Splendid Splinter” hit a homer in his last at-bat capping off his Hall-of-Fame career. Fans will always remember Derek Jeter’s last at bat at Yankee Stadium. Although it was not a homer, “The Captain” drove in the winning run with a RBI single to right in his last at bat at Yankee Stadium in 2014. Surber’s last at-bat at the Kahlden Complex came in the seventh inning Friday night against Cumberland University in the best of a three-game MSC Tournament set. After the Wildcats had won game one all Bethel needed was another win to advance in the tournament. With the Wildcats trailing 5-4, the left-handed Wildcat standout delivered with a two-run dramatic shot to give the Wildcats a 6-5 lead. Fellow senior Giovannie Nieves followed shutting down the Phoenix in the eighth and ninth to pick up the save.

May 18

Mustangs Claim Title with 6-3 Win Over Rebels
HUNTINGDON (May 12) — The Huntingdon Mustangs claimed the District 11A Baseball Championship with a 6-3 win Wednesday over the McKenzie Rebels.

Lady Rebels Claim Title with 10-2 Win Over Fillies
HUNTINGDON (May 11) — The McKenzie Lady Rebels claimed the District 11A Softball Championship with a 10-2 win Tuesday over the tournament host Huntingdon Fillies.

June 22

Clayton Morris is West Carroll Football Coach
Coach Clayton Morris comes to West Carroll from Murray High School, where he has been the defensive coordinator for the last five years. During this time, his defense assisted the Tigers with playoff runs each year, including two quarterfinal appearances and one semifinal appearance. Before Murray, Coach Morris was the defensive coordinator at both Gibson County High School and Greenfield High School.

West Carroll High School Announces Boys’ Head Basketball Coach
Coach Ryan Mansfield, a 2013 graduate from West Carroll High School, was announced June 14 as the West Carroll War Eagles’ high school boys’ basketball head coach for the 2021-2022 season.


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