RMS cross country competes at State meet

The Rhea Middle Eagles, coached by former RCHS & UTC cross country competitor Madalyn Garland Newby, ran in the TMSSA State Championship Meet on Saturday, Oct. 6 2018. The top runners from teams across the state competed for their place in the championship.

 Running for the Lady Eagles included Anastasia Holcomb, a steady eighth grade leader from Dayton City School. Holcomb capped her last two mile race of her middle school career with a time of 16:26 and earned 66th place out of 104 runners. Kylee Swearingen, a promising sixth grader of Rhea Middle, nipped at her teammate’s heels with a time of 16:47 for 73rd place. The girl’s team will look to her for leadership in the future. Both girls qualified to run in the State Meet by placing eighth (Holcomb) and tenth (Swearingen) in the Sectional Meet last Sept. 29.

 The biggest standout of the day was Devon Dunigan’s 17th place finish with a time of 12:40. Devon’s goal was to place top 20, which qualifies him to compete in the National’s race. He turned it on at the end of the race, passing two runners to ensure his spot at 17.

He looks forward to competing at a higher level and will be seen in high school action. His teammate, Elijah Hall, also ran a great race on the hilly course. His time placed him among the top 40 in the state. The leadership and competitiveness from the two will be greatly missed.

The entire Rhea Middle boy’s varsity team qualified for state by placing third in the Sectional Meet and had an impressive showing at the State Championship. For many of them, this was their first time competing at this level.

 Running for the Eagles included eighth grade leader and standout, Devon Dunigan [RMS]. He was trailed by Elijah Hall [Home school], David Schaeffer [RMS], Alvin Bishop [7, DCS], Jackson Myers [8, RMS], Ryan Sullivan [8, RMS] and Bryley Young [RMS]. The team finished in 12th place with all runners in the top 100. The Eagles will look to Alvin Bishop to lead next year’s team with the help of Avery Dunigan, who came to the State Meet as an alternate.

Rhea County youth hoops sign-ups end this week

Rhea County youth basketball will return this fall and is open for students in grades 2-5. Participants will be placed on teams with kids from their own school. There will be a 2nd-3rd grade division as well as a 4th-5th grade division. This week is the final week to register, forms are due Friday, Oct. 12.

This season will run from the last Saturday in November through January. All games will be played on Saturdays at Rhea County High School. Uniforms will be provided and practices take place at the team’s respective school at least once per week. Cost to participate is $40 per player and checks should be made payable to Rhea County Basketball.  Forms and payment can be mailed to Kelia Formont  885 Eagle Lane Evensville, 37332.

For additional information, sign-up forms or anyone interested in coaching should contact RCHS assistant basketball coach and Director of RCYB Keila Formont at formontk@rheacounty.org.

Muddy Pumpkin Run registration now open

The Care Center would like to invite you to join us for our annual Muddy Pumpkin Run 5K race in downtown Dayton, Tenn.

If you have never participated or this is something you plan your whole calendar around, The Care Center wants you to join us on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 9:30 a.m.You will have the chance to run, wade, and climb over obstacles all while getting very muddy.

·  Early-Bird Registration: September 3rd - September 30th - $40

·  Registration: October 1st - October 27th - $45

·  Group Discounts are available.

For more information on the event, or to register online, visit The Care Center “events” page at www.thecarecentertn.org. or call at 423-775-0019.

Serving Rhea County and surrounding areas for more than 30 years, The Care Center provides pregnancy testing, limited obstetrical ultrasound, parenting and material support, all at no cost, to women and men in an unexpected pregnancy situation.

Spring City hosts Oliver Springs Thursday night

 SCMS football will host Oliver Springs on Thursday night at 7 p.m. in the first round of the playoffs. A win over the Bobcats would send the Bulldogs into a round two showdown against Oneida next Thursday, Oct. 18.

Upward basketball and cheerleader sign-ups

First Baptist Church of Dayton recently announced sign-ups are underway for this year’s upward basketball and cheer season. Teams will be formed for ages K5 through 6th grade for girls and boys.

Cost is $60 per child to register with a deadline of November 3. Evaluations will be held Thursday, Nov. 1 from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the church gym.  For additional information, contact the church office at 775-0255.

Lady Eagle softball to host alumni game

Rhea County High School’s Lady Eagle softball team will host the first annual alumni green vs gold game on Dec 1 beginning at 12 p.m. at the RCHS softball field. All former players are welcome to attend and play in the game.

Cost to participate is $20 which covers the cost of a T-shirt with each respective player’s graduation year. For additional information, contact head coach Randy Mathis at 423-618-3169 or via email at mathisr@rheacounty.org.