White returns to Lynchburg; this time as Raider head football coach

MOORE COUNTY — Moore County High School’s new coach is their former coach.

Director of Schools Chad Moorehead announced this week that former Raider assistant coach Kris White would be returning to Moore County to lead the 2020 team … but this time as their head coach.

“We are very excited to have Coach White back,” Director Moorehead told The Times. “Coach White has been a part of multiple state championship teams and we expect that he will continue to build on the strong football tradition in Moore County.”

Kris, who is a native of Murfreesboro, is married to Moore County native Holly Dickey White, an outstanding coach in her own right. She left an MCHS coaching position in 2009 after leading the Raiderettes to a state runner-up finish.

Kris graduated from Riverdale High School and then attended Middle Tennessee State University. He played as a student athlete at both schools. He started his coaching career at Riverdale High School before heading to Moore County. He left the Raiders in 2009 to take an assistant position with Oakland High School. He is leaving his current position at Knoxville Catholic High School to return to Moore County.

This will be his first head coaching position. In addition to his wife, Holly, he’ll be returning to Moore County with his two sons: Kaden age 18 (an incoming high school senior) and Dawson, age 15 (an incoming freshman).•

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Dobbs resigns as Raider head football coach

MOORE COUNTY — This week MCHS joined eight other Tennessee high schools who are now on the hunt for a new head football. Jason Dobbs announced he’s leaving Lynchburg to return Murfreesboro.

Dobbs coached the Moore County varsity team for the past four year and led the Raiders to a 22-21 overall record. His Raider teams also made it to the TSSAA Class 1-A playoffs in 2017 and 2018. Last year Moore County finished with a 5-5 overall record and barely missed a playoff opportunity with an ugly season-ending game at Mount Pleasant. {Click here to read our coverage of that game.}

Dobbs is leaving Moore County to join coaching buddy, Oakland Head Coach Kevin Creasy. Dobbs will join Oakland as an assistant coach. Dobbs and Creasy coached together at Trousdale County from 2005-09. Dobbs also coached at Riverdale for six seasons.

When we reached out for comment, Moore County Director of Schools Chad Moorehead said, “We hate that Coach Dobbs is leaving. I have confidence that the high school administration will find a coach that will continue to build on a strong football tradition for our school. I wish Coach Dobbs and his sons well on their football careers. Moore County will be following them closely because once you are a Raider, you are always a Raider.”

According to Director Moorehead, the search for Coach Dobb’s replacement is underway.

According to the website TN High School Football, seven other schools are currently also looking for a head coach: Austin East, Fayette Ware, Sycamore, Whites Creek, The Webb School, West Grene, and Whitwell. •

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Brown named new MCHS varsity boy’s basketball coach

New MCHS Varsity Boy’s Basketball Coach Justin Brown

LYNCHBURG — Moore County Schools official announced today that Justin Brown will be the next Moore County High School varsity boy’s basketball coach.

Brown and his wife, Andrea, will relocated to Lynchburg from Memphis. A native of Sparta, Brown graduated from Tennessee Tech in 2010. He coached at Dyersburg High School from 2013-14 and then at Millington Central High School for two seasons as a assistant varsity boy’s coach. For the past four years, he coached varsity boy’s basketball at Southwind High School in Memphis.

During his career, he ‘s won 2017 TSSAA AAA State Runner-up, three District 15-AAA Championships, two District 15-AAA Tournament Championships, 2019 Shelby County Association Runner-up, and 2020 Shelby County Association Champions. During his time at Southwind High School, he helped his team achieve a record of 107-21 and an 80 percent winning percentage over four seasons.

Brown takes over for Heath Hardin who resigned the position in April, according to a letter supplied by Director of Schools Chad Moorehead. •

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Raiderettes fall to Lady Eagles in Region 4-A finals game

The Moore County Raiderettes placed second in the Region 4A Tournament on Wednesday night. Tournament officials named Moore County’s Carolyna Driver, Chloe Brazier and Olivia Richards to the All Region Team. {Photo Courtesy of Brenda Dye}

EAGLEVILLE — Throughout the District 8 and Region 4-A tournaments, the Raiderettes secrets to success had been simple. Play aggressive defense, rebound under the boards, and move the ball around the perimeter until a lane opens up in the paint. Wednesday night in the Regional Finals game against the Lady Eagles that strategy fell apart as Moore County’s usually hot perimeter shooters cooled and Eagleville’s defense muted the inside game.

Low scoring first half

The first half of action felt like an unusually low scoring affair. Moore County’s Olivia Richards got the Raiderettes on the boards first with a three point shot that was nothing but net. The Lady Eagles then went on an eight point scoring run to make it 8-3 with just under two minutes remaining in the first period. Two quick scores by Carolyna Driver and Richards pulled Moore County to within one as time expired.

Things got a little testy in the second period. Referees called taunting on Lady Eagle Madelyn Moates and awarded Richards a technical free throw. She made it and tied the game, 8-8. Moore County and Eagleville then traded baskets to make it 13-13 at the half.

Momentum shifted in second half

In the third period, momentum slowly shifted Eagleville’s way. Moates and Anna Grace Clements got hot from the perimeter – swishing a pair of three point shots to help the Lady Eagles managed a 25-18 advantage with less than three minutes left in the period. Eagleville nudged their lead to nine points before Maecy Fletcher stole the ball and fed it to Richards, who scored to get them back within seven as time ended. The score at the end of three periods was 30-23.

The Lady Eagles started to pull way in the fourth period. At the buzzer, the Lady Eagle defeated Moore County in the Regional Final game by a score of 43-34. They’ll move on to play Pickett County on Saturday in a TSSAA Sectional game. The Raiderettes will play Region 3’s Clarkrange in a consolation game on Saturday. For those who plan to attend the GPS address is 5801 South York Highway in Clarkrange, TN 38553. Tip off is at 7 p.m. To see the complete Class A East Regional Girl’s Basketball Tournament Bracket, click here.

The Moore County Raiderettes placed second in the Region 4-A Tournament. Tournament officials named Raiderettes Carolyna Driver, Chloe Brazier and Olivia Richards to the All Region Team. •

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Raiderettes play Eagleville in region finals game on Wednesday

EAGLEVILLE — The Moore County Raiderettes season moves forward on Wednesday with a regional final game against tournament host Eagleville High School at 7 p.m. The Lady Eagles took out top seed Huntland in a 63-44 blow out win on Monday night – breaking the Lady Hornet’s perfect record against District 8-A opponents.

Against Fayetteville City on Monday, fierce defensive play and sold offensive play … especially by Raiderette post Chloe Brazier …  helped Moore County easily move past the Tigers for a 47-32 semifinal win.

Moore County pulled ahead early with a 18-8 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. Smart, disciplined defensive play helped the Raiderettes keep Fayetteville City off the scoreboard entirely in the second period. They went into the locker room with a 24-8 lead. In the third period, a pair of three point shots from Olivia Richards helped Moore County add to their lead while the Raiderette D stayed on point … only allowing the Tigers five buckets.

Against Eagleville, not only will the Raiderettes need to contend with a large, tournament host crowd but they’ll also need a plan against a dogged Eagleville defense that like to keep their opponents shooting from the perimeter. Against Huntland, the Lady Eagles also managed to take advantage of second-chance opportunities under the basket – managing an impressive plus-26 rebounding margin. The Raiderettes will also need to keep a close eye on senior point guard Haylee Ferguson who managed 17 first half points against the Lady Hornets.

The Raiderettes tip off against Eagleville at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. The game takes place in Eagleville or you can watch on the NFHS Network by clicking here. •

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Raiders travel for first round Regional Boys Tournament action

LOCAL NEWS — The Moore County High School Raiders (8-14, 1-3) will travel to Hendersonville on Saturday, February 29 to take on Merrol Hyde Magnet School in the first round of the TSSAA Region 4-A Boys Basketball Tournament. If they win, they’ll move on to play the winner of the Fayetteville vs. STEM Prep Academy game on March 3 at Eagleville High School.

Led by Head Coach Heath Hardin, the Raiders finished third in District 8 play. Fayetteville snagged first place with Eagleville edging out Moore County for second. The Raiders defeated Cascade 70-64 in overtime in the consolation game. In District 8 play, Brayden Cashion made the All Season and All District teams. Riley Hollman and Andrew Copeland both made the All Tournament team and Cashion was also named All Season.

The Merrol Hyde Hawks are led by four outstanding shooters: seniors Matthew Sykes and Asher Wolthers, as well as juniors Ethan Hansen and Kolton Garvon, who all tie for their season high scorers. Wolthers manages 68 percent from the field.

For Moore County, one interesting note is that senior Raider Ben Fletcher is currently tied for the Moore County record for most charges. Currently Wade Harder holds that record with 31.

If you plan to go, tip off will be at 7 p.m. The school is located at 128 Township Drive in Hendersonville. You can also watch a live broadcast on the NFHS Network. •

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Raiderettes kick off Regional Quarterfinal in Lynchburg on Friday

LOCAL NEWSFill the gym, is the refrain echoing out of Moore County High School this week as our MCHS Raiderettes prepare to battle it out at home for the first game of the Regional Tournament.

The MCHS Raiderettes pieced together a 18-13 (6-4) record to earn themselves a spot in the TSSAA 2020 Class A East Regional Girls’ Basketball Tournament as one of 32 teams. They enter the tournament ranked #2 in District 8 and face off against STEM Prep Academy in the first round on Friday.

The STEM Chargers are led by top shooters sophomores Andranique Voorhies and Andrian Voorhies, as well as senior Ndidi Morgan.

Two points shy of district top spot

Last week, the Raiderettes lost to Huntland in Franklin County, 56-54, narrowly missing out on the district’s top spot. It was a fierce match up that saw four lead changes in the final two minutes. Lady Hornet Mikaylie Edwards swished a mid-range jumper with 30 second remaining to give Huntland the go-ahead lead.

The Raiderettes will look to season leaders like sophomores Olivia Richards, Erica Clifton, and Chloe Brazier as well as senior Carolyna Driver to keep the season momentum moving. If they win this first game, they’ll take on the winner of the LEAD Academy versus Fayetteville game on Monday, March 2 at Eagleville High School.

Friday night’s tip off is at 7 p.m. and the MCHS Gym will open at 6 p.m. You can also watch a live broadcast on the NFHS Network. •

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Youth Raider Baseball plans fundraising golf event

LOCAL NEWS — Larry David once famously said that golf and dating don’t mix. But you know what is a winning combination? … golf and fundraising.

On March 21, the local 10 and Under Moore County Raiders youth baseball team will host Birdies Fore Baseball to help fund their upcoming season. The four man select shot scramble will start at 12 p.m. with a lunch and silent auction. The golf scramble will tee off at 1 p.m.

There will be cash prizes for first, second, seventh, and eleventh place (assuming 15 team) plus prizes for longest drive and closest to the pin on all par 3 tees. The cost to play is $75 per player, which includes lunch. Birdies Fore Baseball will take place at WillowBrook Golf Club in Manchester located at 6751 McMinnville Highway. •

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Breaking: John Hynes named Preds head coach

On Tuesday, the Nashville Predators named John Hynes as their third head coach in the franchise history. The preds are currently two games behind the St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche in Central Division play. {Photo Courtesy of the Nashville Predators.}

STATE NEWS | Nashville — The Nashville Predators announced on Tuesday, that John Hynes will be named the next head coach. The third head coach in the franchises history, Hynes brings more than 10 season f AHL and NHL experience to the job.

“John Hynes is a bright young coach and great leader who has a track record of both effectively developing young players and successfully motivating veterans,” Preds General Manager David Poile said. “We love his coaching resume and are confident that he has learned from every stop during his career, and has the best skill set to get the maximum potential out of our team.”

Hynes comes to the Preds with a 150-159-45 record as a head coach. He previously coached at the New Jerswy Devils. For the complete Pred’s press release, click here.

On Monday, the Preds became one of six National Hockey League (NHL) teams to decide to make a coaching change as they announced that head coach Peter Laviolette and associate coach Kevin McCarthy would not be returning. Laviolette coach the Preds for over five seasons and under his reign Nashville’s popular hockey team reached post-season play in five consecutive seasons, including the Stanley Cup final in the 2016-17 season.

His firing was a bit of surprise considering that the Preds are in the middle of the 2019-20 season. The night before the announcement, the Preds lost to the Anaheim Ducks 5-4 in California. Tonight, they play Boston at home at 7 p.m. •

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Lynchburg Youth Baseball sign ups happen in January

LOCAL NEWS | Sports — Lynchburg Youth Baseball sign ups will happen on both January 11 and January 18 at the Moore County Junior Pro Games and again on January 22 at Woodard’s Market.

Tryout will be on Saturday, March 7. There will also be a mandatory meeting for all coaches, assistant coaches, team moms and dads, dugout moms and dads, team volunteers, scorekeepers, and umpires on Sunday, March 8 from 2-4 p.m. at the Moore County Building. If you can not attend the local meeting, several other area meetings will take place between February 20 and March 26. For a complete list, click here.

Lynchburg Youth Baseball is part of the Tennessee Youth Baseball Association. For more information, contact Derrick Reese at 931-307-9045. •

{The Lynchburg Times is an independently owned and operated newspaper that publishes new stories every morning. Covering Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}