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Hartsville’s Rob Atwood wins second AAU state wrestling title

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Hartsville’s Rob Atwood has again won a state championship in AAU wrestling.

On March 2, Atwood won the 189-pound middle school category in Knoxville despite weighing in at 171 pounds. Atwood won a 7-2 decision over Aidan Rhoton.

Atwood also won an AAU championship in 2017 at 140 pounds.

Atwood had a 17-2 record this season and recorded pins in 12 of those victories.

“Rob loves the sport and is very dedicated to it,” said his mother, Beverly Atwood. “He practices numerous hours and does CrossFit at Creekbank Fitness, giving credit for his toughest workouts to Mrs. Whitney Dillehay. He really looks up to Whitey and Dustin greatly; they have played a big part in his work ethic.”

Atwood wrestled under Wilson Central coaches John Kramer, Andy Fowler, Doug Griggs and Mike Eakes, with lots of help from Cumberland University coaches Nate Coley and James Hickman.

Rob has one more year of AAU eligibility and hopes to further his wrestling career in high school and college.

Atwood is the son of Robbie and Beverly Atwood and is a seventh-grader at Jim Satterfield Middle School.

Yellow Jackets kick off baseball, softball seasons

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Trousdale County’s Dyson Satterfield (21) scores the first run of the game during an 11-1 win over Mt. Juliet Christian.

Trousdale County is scheduled to start the District 6-A portion of its baseball schedule on Thursday with a trip to Clarkrange.

The Yellow Jackets will host Macon County on Friday at 6 p.m., and then host Clay County on Monday at 6. The Jackets will make the return trip to Celina on Tuesday.

The Jackets opened the 2019 season earlier this week with home games against East Nashville on Monday and Mt. Juliet Christian on Tuesday. Trousdale County defeated East Nashville 8-5 and beat Mt. Juliet Christian 11-1 in six innings.

Softball: Trousdale County’s Lady Jackets are scheduled to travel to Red Boiling Springs on Thursday, then host Clay County on Monday and Jackson County on Tuesday.

The Lady Jackets opened at Station Camp this week on Monday, then hosted Pickett County in a doubleheader on Tuesday. Trousdale fell 11-1 to the Lady Bison then swept the Lady Bobcats 12-1 and 20-0.

Larry Woody: Trappers show wares at Crossville show

The Tennessee Fur Harvesters Association held its annual sale last week in Crossville, with trappers from across the state bringing in their pelts to reap the rewards of a long winter of cold, back-breaking work.

Buyers representing companies from across the country were on hand to bid on the thousands of pelts, and as the auctioneer barked, the fur flew.

Long tables were loaded with bundles of pelts – mink, otter, beaver, bobcat, fox, muskrat, coyote, raccoon and an occasional possum – and as soon as one stack was sold, more were brought in.

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Watertown’s Bruce Carr, left, inspects a coyote pelt with retired TWRA officer Jerry Hedgecoth during a fur sale in Crossville.

Some of the pelts are bound for Europe and Asia and will end up on fashionable hats and coats. Some will go to U.S. furrier markets, and some will be tanned for use as home displays.

“That’s becoming more and more popular,” said Kelly Mills, who buys pelts exclusively for tanning and sale on the internet. “The furs are beautiful, and people like to hang them in their dens.”

One of the furriers on hand was Bruce Carr of Watertown. In addition to trapping, he collects pelts from other trappers and hunters. He collected the coyotes and bobcats killed during last month’s predator hunt at the Wilson County Coon Hunter’s Club.

Fur prices fluctuate annually, depending to a great extent on foreign markets where many of the pelts are purchased. A prime otter pelt that once brought $150 might now sell for $20.

The value of each pelt is based on size, fur quality, condition and coloring. For example, a bright-orange fox pelt is more valuable than a pale-orange one, and the more white on the belly of a bobcat pelt, the more it’s worth.

How the pelts are prepared also affects their price. It starts with the skinning, from nose to toes. One nick can devalue a pelt.

The hides have to be stretched, scraped and dried. Skinning a beaver, stretching the hide on a circular drying frame and fleshing (scraping off excess tissue) takes one to two hours, depending on the skill of the skinner. The pelt usually brings $10-15.

“If you add up the time spent setting traps, running the line, skinning the animal and preparing the hide, it wouldn’t come to minimum wage,” says Lebanon’s Clarence Dies, who with wife Laura are Tennessee Fur Harvesters officials, and assisted with last week’s sale.

“We don’t trap for the money,” adds Clarence, a volunteer instructor for the TWRA’s annual trapping classes. “We do it for the challenge and the enjoyment of trapping. It’s a great tradition and we hope future generations will keep it going.”

One of the sale’s most valuable pelts was a bobcat hide that brought $65. It was trapped by Matthew Rothwell, 11, of Pikeville.

Veteran trapper Donnie Glover sold 28 otters pelts. He trapped the otters in public wildlife areas around Percy Priest Lake. They brought from $15 to $35.

Every year sees more coyote pelts, with prime ones bringing $30-$40.

The market has dropped out of racoon pelts, some selling for as little as $1.25.

“We had a good turnout and, overall, the fur sold pretty well,” Dies said. “We’ll hang up our traps, thaw out, and get ready for next season.”

Trousdale baseball looks to build on momentum

Trousdale County’s baseball team will look to ride momentum from a strong finish into the 2019 season.

Last season, the Yellow Jackets had their first winning record in five seasons, placed second in the District 6-A Tournament and appeared in the region tournament.

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The umpire rules a Westmoreland runner out at third base after being tagged by Trousdale County’s Will Holder (11) during Saturday’s jamboree.

Junior Ben Chumley was an all-district player last season, while junior Kobe Pridemore and sophomore Eli Henderson were named to the all-tournament team.

The Jackets are also hoping for some help from three players who were not on the team last year in seniors Keyvont Baines and Houston Stafford, plus sophomore Cameron Rankins.

“We are excited about what the 2019 season has in store for us,” said coach Travis Humes. “The guys have worked extraordinarily hard.

“We have a lot of work ahead of us and if we stay on course and play for one another, we should be in store for another fun season.”

Humes is entering his fifth season as head coach of Trousdale County’s program. He will be assisted by Paul Pierson.

The Jackets will open their season on Monday at home against East Nashville at 6 p.m. On Tuesday, Trousdale County will also be at home against Mt. Juliet Christian at 6 p.m.

Lady Jackets have young, talented softball team

The Trousdale County Lady Jackets are working hard to prepare for their 2019 softball season.

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Sophomore pitcher Hannah Hailey was an all-district selection last season for the Lady Jackets.

With a team last year comprised of mostly freshmen, the Trousdale County girls went 11-8 in District 6-A play after winning just one district game the previous two years.

“We are a very young team with eight to 10 starters most likely being sophomores and one freshman,” said coach Blake Satterfield. “We have depth at pitcher if all are healthy, but two out of four are injured and their return doesn’t look good. We have speed in the outfield.”

Sophomore pitcher Hannah Hailey was a first-team all-district performer last year, while senior outfielder Camyron Hurd and sophomore catcher Faith Winter were named to the second team. Sophomore shortstop Makayla Crook was named to the all-tournament team.

Satterfield will coach up three seniors, one junior, 12 sophomores and eight freshmen in his second year as head coach. In addition to Hurd, other seniors are Kaitlyn Foret and Jerica Rieger.

“We just need to embrace the mindset of acting and thinking like a champion every day in everything we do,” Satterfield said. “We are making strides in the right direction.”

The Lady Jackets will start the regular season on Monday when they travel to Station Camp. On Tuesday, Trousdale will open district play by hosting the Pickett County Lady Bobcats.

Phillip White will serve as assistant coach.

Larry Woody: Predator hunt helps keep coyotes in check

There are 23 fewer coyotes prowling in and around Wilson County after the third annual Marc Larese Camoboy Outdoors Hunt held earlier this month.

That’s how many coyotes were killed, along with three bobcats, and each less predator means one less threat for other wildlife, livestock and domestic pets.

“Hunting is the only effective way to control the growing coyote population,” said Larese, the event organizer and pro staff member of FoxPro game calls. “And even hunting can’t really control them, because coyotes are so prolific. When a population is thinned out in a specific area, they start having larger litters.”

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Collin Lanchaster hoists a huge coyote killed in Trousdale County during a predator hunt.

How widespread are coyotes in Middle Tennessee? In January one was discovered cowering in a restroom in the Music City Center in downtown Nashville.

The cunning, adaptable animals have become common sights in most suburban areas, and even in big cities. While they perform a service in preying on mice and rats, when that food source is not available they will take whatever prey is available, including domestic pets.

Surveys by wildlife biologists have found that coyotes kill as many as half of all newborn fawns in some areas, and also take a toll on small game and wild turkeys.

Bobcats are more secretive, and unlike coyotes are seldom seen, especially during the daytime. While bobcats prey mainly on rodents such as rabbits and squirrels, they also kill game birds, song birds, wild turkeys and domestic fowl.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency considers the state’s bobcat population viable enough to permit hunting and trapping.

“Wilson County is covered up with bobcats,” Larese says. “People just don’t see them.”

Bobcat pelts are valuable, as are coyote pelts to a lesser extent. That’s why Larese holds the predator hunt in the winter when the pelts are in their prime. A local furrier collects the animals killed during the hunt so the furs can be salvaged.

“They don’t go to waste,” Larese says. “We consider the hunt beneficial from all aspects. It helps control the predator population, it is a challenging outdoor activity, and the pelts of the animals represent an economic resource.”

The annual event is hosted by the Wilson County Coon Hunters club in Watertown.

Most of the hunts take place in and around Wilson County. This month’s hunt drew 133 hunters from as far away as Knoxville.

Prizes are awarded for total predators taken (ties broken by combined weight), and for the largest of each species. Prizes and awards of the recent hunt totaled $5,500.

Collin Lancaster of Hendersonville claimed the biggest coyote, killed on a farm in Hartsville. It weighed 41 pounds, 11 ounces.

This year’s tally of 23 coyotes and three bobcats was about average for the three hunts. The number of hunters participating has grown from 80 to 100 to 133.

“Predator hunting is becoming more popular every year,” Larese says. “The reason is, of course, the huge increase in predators. When hunters try it, they get hooked. There’s no greater outdoor challenge than trying to call in a coyote or bobcat.”

Lady Jackets end season with region tournament loss

The Trousdale County Lady Jackets showed great fight in their Region 3-A quarterfinal game at Whitwell on Friday night, but it wasn’t enough as they fell 60-58 to the Lady Tigers (24-7).

Trousdale County led for most of the first half, but was outscored 19-11 in the third quarter and trailed 43-38 entering the final period.

“It was a tough loss that is going to hurt for a while,” said TCHS coach Jared Hawkins. “To come down here and play well, but let little things keep you from moving further is tough. We missed seven free throws and eight layups. You hit those and we are still moving along. But it’s basketball and sometimes that doesn’t happen.”

The Lady Jackets had a 27-24 lead at halftime, but had to hit a last-second 3-pointer to get within two at the final buzzer.

Senior Shelby Jane Petty scored a game-high 21 points as she hit eight baskets (including four 3s) and a free throw. Petty finished her senior season by scoring 491 points, which may be a single-season record.

Freshman Kailen Donoho finished with 16 points and set a record by scoring 307 points in her first year at TCHS. Juniors Chloe Donoho and Tori Simmons each added nine points, and junior Josie Garrett had three.

Whitwell had three players in double figures, led by 19 points from junior Seneca Barnett.

The Lady Jackets finished their 2018-19 season with a 15-17 record, which is the most wins for the girls team in eight years.

Trousdale County finished fourth in District 6-A behind three teams that have each been ranked in the top 10 in the state. In the preseason district poll, Trousdale was picked last in the eight-team district.

“I couldn’t be more proud of this group of girls,” Hawkins said. “They came in the summer and really bought into what I wanted to do as a coach and we worked really hard to get better.

“I am super excited to have gotten to take a group to the region and to win a Christmas tournament. My hope is that this is the beginning of what Lady Jacket basketball will look like for years to come!”

The Lady Jackets will lose just one senior in Petty, who was a first team all-district selection. She finished her career with 1,231 points after playing two years at Oakland and one at Mt. Juliet. Petty led the Midstate in assists with seven per game while being one of the top rebounders in the district with seven per contest, along with averaging three steals per game.

She has signed to play college basketball at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

The Lady Jackets will return a strong senior class next year led by Chloe Donoho, who has over 800 career points. Donoho was named to the district’s all-tournament team and was third team all-district in the regular season.

Other seniors next year will be Simmons, Garrett and Karissa Goss, who was slowed by an injury this season.

TCHS baseball, softball kick off this weekend

Trousdale County is set to kick off its baseball and softball schedules this weekend.

The baseball team is scheduled to host its annual jamboree on Saturday with games against Macon County and Westmoreland. Times were not immediately available.

The Yellow Jackets finished 17-13 last season under coach Travis Humes and advanced to the region tournament for the first time in five seasons.

The Lady Jackets are scheduled to play Saturday in the Play Day at Friendship Christian against an opponent to be determined.

Trousdale’s softball team returns its entire lineup from last year’s squad, which finished 11-12-1 and finished third in the district tournament under coach Blake Satterfield.

Satterfield was recently named head football coach but said he intends to continue with the softball team this season.

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

Larry Woody: Student’s duck painting earns $1K scholarship

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This painting won the state duck-stamp contest.

A high school senior’s painting of a pair of ducks won the annual Junior Duck Stamp contest and the $1,000 scholarship that goes with it.

Brienna Miller of Campbell Count High won the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency contest, which is open to youngsters across the state.

Information on how to enter the next contest is posted on tnwildlife.org.

License reminder: Hunting/fishing licenses expire Feb. 28. Licenses can be purchased on tnwildlife.org or at most outdoors outlets.

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

Details about the array of 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 was honored 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.

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.

Disease update: So far 185 deer out of 3,000 sampled have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease in three West Tennessee. Tests of deer in five adjacent counties are still being conducted.

The TWRA says the fatal, highly contagious disease represents the most serious threat to deer in the history of the state’s modern wildlife management.

Trapping class canceled: Due to flooding in West Tennessee, this week’s trapping class planned by the TWRA and Tennessee Fur Trappers Association was canceled. A second class is scheduled next month.

Jacket reminder: Although spring boating season is away off, TWRA officers will be checking boaters to make sure they comply with safety regulations. Points of emphasis continue to be Boating Under the Influence and having one life jacket per passenger about each boat.

Wearing a life jacket at all times is advised; most drowning fatalities occur when the victim is not wearing a flotation device.

Lady Jackets place fourth in district, advance to regionals

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Chloe Donoho, Tori Simmons and Shelby Jane Petty pose with a plaque after the Lady Jackets placed fourth in the District 6-A Tournament.

Trousdale County moved into the District 6-A basketball tournament last week and the Lady Jackets punched their ticket to the Region 3-A tournament.

The Lady Jackets had to travel to Red Boiling Springs for an elimination game on Feb. 11. After having lost both regular-season games to the Lady Bulldogs (20-11, 8-6), the Lady Jackets were looking for some revenge and to advance to the district semifinals.

Trousdale County raced out to a 17-0 first-quarter lead and held on in the closing seconds to claim a 45-44 victory.

The Lady Jackets took a five-point lead into the fourth quarter, but some shaky ball-handling and poor free-throw shooting gave the hosts a chance for the win as time expired. But the defense did not allow RBS to get a shot off and the Lady Jackets escaped with the win.

Junior Chloe Donoho scored 11 points and classmate Tori Simmons had 10. Senior Shelby Jane Petty and freshman Kailen Donoho had nine points each while junior Josie Garrett had six.

The Lady Jackets moved on to the district semifinals at White County, where they faced top-ranked Clarkrange (28-3, 13-1) on Feb. 14. Trousdale struggled from the opening tip, was outscored in every quarter and lost 74-40.

“We came out and handled the press fairly well, I thought, but we struggled to move the ball offensively and had no one go to the glass,” said TCHS coach Jared Hawkins. “We gave up 38 second-chance points and if you want to knock off a good team that cannot happen.”

Sophomore Claire Belcher paced the Lady Jackets with 13 points, 10 in the first half. Chloe Donoho had 11 points and Simmons had five. Kailen Donoho and Petty each had four points, sophomore Kinley Brown had two and sophomore Morgan White one.

The Lady Jackets have scored 40 or fewer points just four times this season, but two of those have come against Clarkrange.

On Monday night, the Lady Jackets faced Pickett County in the district consolation game and lost 61-50.

A rash of first-quarter turnovers led to an early deficit and the Lady Jackets were outscored by six in the final quarter in dropping their 14th consecutive game to the Lady Bobcats (22-5, 11-3).

“We turned the ball over too much in the first quarter, but settled down and started rolling in the second and third quarters,” Hawkins said. “We fell behind by four and had to foul to get the ball back, and they started holding the ball.”

The Lady Jackets got 11 points from Simmons and 10 from Kailen Donoho. Petty and Garrett each added nine points, Belcher had six, Brown three and Chloe Donoho two.

The Lady Jackets will travel to Whitwell on Friday for a Region 3-A quarterfinal. Whitwell enters the game with a 23-7 record on the season.

Yellow Jackets end season with district loss to Gordonsville

Trousdale County moved into the District 6-A basketball tournament last week, but the Jackets were unable to extend their season.

The Jackets were able to host their district quarterfinal against Gordonsville, but saw their season come to a close as they lost 56-51 to the Tigers (15-12, 6-8). Trousdale scored the first eight points of the game but then gave up 13 straight to the visitors.

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Trousdale County’s Keyvont Baines (14) slams the ball home against Gordonsville.

The biggest difference in the game came at the free-throw line, where Trousdale hit six of nine attempts while Gordonsville hit 13 of 17.

“It was not the way you want to end the season, but this district is brutal and that’s how it goes sometimes,” said TCHS coach Ryan Sleeper. “Hats off to Trey and the Gordonsville boys. They had our number this year.”

Senior Keyvont Baines tossed in a game-high 23 points despite missing several minutes in the third quarter after suffering an ankle injury. Baines finishes his Yellow Jacket career with 1,132 total points.

Junior Kobe Ford was the only other Jacket in double figures with his 10 points. Junior Tarvaris Claiborne added six points while senior Hayden Clark and sophomore Trent Pharris had four each. Sophomore Cameron Rankins had three points and senior Houston Stafford two.

“I feel like we took a huge step forward this season,” Sleeper added. “We will continue to improve each year and get where we need to be.”

The Jackets finished with a 13-16 record and were 7-7 in district play this season after winning just nine games last year. They have not had a winning season since 2009.

“I would like to thank the entire community for the love and support they have shown this season,” Sleeper said. “It’s been tremendous and makes me want to work that much harder for next season.”

Larry Woody: Expect to see increase in boat registration fees

A slight increase in boat-registration fees was recently passed by the Tennessee Fish & Wildlife Commission, but it could be some time before it goes into effect.

The increase will not take place before July 1 at the earliest, and could be even later because any fee increases must be approved by the new governor’s administration.

Boat registration fees have not gone up in a decade, and the new ones will be modest, increasing from $13 to $15 for boats 16 feet or shorter, and from $25 to $29 for bigger boats. Boats can be registered from one to three years per registration.

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Boat registration fees are likely going up.

Details about how to register a boat and other regulations can be found on tnwildlife.org or in the Tennessee Boating Guide. Information will be posted on the website prior to the proposed fees going into effect.

Any vessel powered by gas engines, electric motors or sails must be registered. Vessels powered solely by padding, such as canoes, kayaks and rafts need no registration.

Funds from registration fees go primarily toward the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s boating safety and enforcement programs.

Approximately 250,000 boats are registered in Tennessee.

Top shot: Danny Shaw hit 49 of 50 shots to win last week’s trap shoot at the Cedar City Gun Club.

Trapper training: Lebanon’s Clarence Dies is among the instructors at two upcoming West Tennessee trapping training camps conducted by the Tennessee Fur Harvesters and TWRA.

The three-day camps teach the fundamentals of trapping, and are open to all ages. For registration information visit tnwildlife.org

License time: Hunting/fishing licenses expire Feb. 28. Licenses can be purchased on-line at tnwildlife.org or at most outdoors outlets.

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 vary from $200 to $1,154, based on age. A wide range of special licenses and permits are available.

Details about licenses and requirements are available 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 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.

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.

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 cgregory@hartsvillevidette.com. 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 cgregory@hartsvillevidette.com.