Rhea County Golf

Senior golfer Ross Pendergrass, pictured above, shared medalist honors with teammate Kevin Rothwell in Thursday’s win at Stone Memorial.

Rhea Middle tennis drops opener to Lake Forest

Rhea Middle Tennis welcomed Lake Forest to the newly resurfaced Lil Andrews tennis courts at the Delaware Sports Complex for Monday’s season opener. Unfortunately for the locals, they were unable to re-open the courts in winning fashion as the Lady Eagles fell, 7-2, while the Golden Eagles dropped an 8-1 decision.

Sydney Hampton (def. Abby White, 6-4) provided the only singles victory for the Lady Eagles and she teamed up with Marrick Ballard in doubles to take down White and L’Angel Cook, 6-4.

On the boy’s side, Rhea’s Cooper Smith didn’t allow Lake Forest to have the clean sweep as he edged out Parker White, 6-4. Hank Logsdon and J.P. Brannen put up a pair of tough matches against Preston Henderson and Britton Carter, respectively. Both were also 6-4 decisions.

The locals will now prepare for a home tilt with Athens on Monday, Aug. 26 beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Dayton youth baseball registration

Fall Ball sign ups have been set for August 24 from 10a.m. until 1 p.m., Aug. 27 and 29 6 p.m. until 8  p.m. and Aug. 31st from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This year the league is providing free signups for all age groups.  This is the perfect opportunity if your child has never played before and would like to try it out.  The coaches will set practices once signups conclude. 

This is a non-competitive season.  This gives the players a chance to learn and improve their game. Teams may travel for tournaments on the weekends if they choose to do so.  For any questions, please contact Dustin Henderson 423- 208-5781 or Steven Roberts 423-618-2344.

Rhea golf edges Stone Memorial

The Rhea County High School golf team traveled to Crossville, Tenn. on Thursday to battle Stone Memorial at the Jack Nicklaus Bear Trace Course for a nine-hole match with the Panthers.

The Lady Eagle (2-1-1) and Golden Eagles (3-2) were both victorious in the road tilt. Becca Rogers (53) paced the Lady Eagles to victory with medalist honors while Lillee Hunt (54) was on her heels.  

Kevin Rothwell and Ross Pendergrass (43) shared medalist honors for the Golden Eagles who narrowly slipped past the Panthers, 177-178. Cooper Ruehling (44) and Blake Wheat (47) pitched in solid rounds in a match that came down to the wire.

“Every shot matters and it was great to see the team pull out a one-shot victory on the road. Cooper sank a 20-foot birdie on par three, number five and Ross poured in a birdie on par five, number four,” head coach Nathan Talley said.

Rhea’s linksters return to Dayton Golf and Country Club next Monday, Aug. 26, at 4 p.m. when they’ll host Stone Memorial and Harriman in a three-way match.

Free hunting day is Aug. 24

Tennessee residents are allowed to hunt without a license on Saturday, Aug. 24 which coincides with the opening day of squirrel season as well as being during the August private lands, archery only deer season.

Free Hunting Day is an event the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency annually provides in hopes of increasing interest in hunting. Squirrel hunting is one of Tennessee’s oldest and favorite traditions. The day serves as an excellent opportunity for people to experience the enjoyment of the sport.

The TWRA encourages regular hunters to introduce friends and family members (young and old) to the outdoor sport. It is also an excellent opportunity for people who have not been hunting in a while to be reintroduced to the sport.

On Free Hunting Day, state resident hunters are exempt from hunting licenses and WMA permit requirements. Many of the WMAs are open to hunters seeking public access on Aug. 24. Hunters are asked to check the information for particular WMAs in the 2019-20 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide. Sportsmen are reminded to ask for permission to hunt on private lands.

The TWRA offers a reminder that hunter education requirements are not waived for Free Hunting Day. Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1969 is required to have successfully completed a hunter education course. There is an exemption for hunter ed in the form of the apprentice license available for purchase.

Hunters are allowed to harvest up to 10 squirrels a day from the opening day of squirrel season through Feb. 29, 2020 with each hunting day beginning a half-hour before sunrise and ending a half-hour after sunset.

In addition to squirrels, those species that have a year-round season will be open as well. The year-round species include armadillos, beavers, coyotes, groundhogs, and striped skunks.

For more information about hunting in Tennessee, visit TWRA’s website at www.tnwildlife.org or contact your nearest TWRA regional office.

RC3 to host basketball camp

Coach Roy Pankey and Rhea County Community Center [Rc3] has announced an upcoming basketball camp for Aug. 24 from 5-9 p.m. at Rc3’s basketball gym.

Saturday Night Live Basketball camp is open for kids ages K through 8th grade and cost $30 per child, which includes a pizza dinner. However, no camper will be turned away due to inability to pay. For additional info, call rc3 at 423-775-0821.

Rhea Middle 5K fundraiser set for Saturday

Rhea Middle School has partnered with the Make A Wish foundation for a fundraiser run. The event will be held at Rhea Middle School track (Rhea County Fairgrounds area) on August 24, 2019. Day of sign ups and Pre-registered check-ins will start at 6 a.m. with the 5K race slated for 7:30 a.m.

An online registration form can be found at https://runsignup.com/Race/TN/Evensville/RheaCountyMakeAWish5k