Rhea tennis advances to regionals

Pictured above is Brandon Newell, Maddie Smith, Sarah Edwards, MaleeKate Ballard and Kyle Shaver. Newell/Shaver and Smith/Ballard won the 2018 district 6-AAA doubles championship at Cookeville on Friday. Edwards fell short in her singles final match but all will advance to the region tournament next week at Cookeville.

Rhea tennis sweeps doubles finals

Rhea County tennis took home a pair of district titles in doubles on Friday as MaleeKate Ballard and Maddie Smith as well as Kyle Shaver and Brandon Newell were crowned 2018 District 6-AAA doubles champions.

Sarah Edwards was a Finalist in girls singles losing a long 3-setter to Cookeville’s Katie Ward.  All five players will advance to play in regionals on May 14 which will also be played at Cookeville High School in Putnam County.

Other Rhea Co. players in action were Bradley Clark and Coby Crump in addition to Madison Martin and Hannah Parker who competed in doubles.  Garrett Walker, Brody Murphy, Keylee Morgan competed in singles.  Martin/Parker lost in a closely contended three-setter to the eventual second-place team, while Walker and Morgan both reached the semifinals.  Murphy was stopped in the quarterfinals by the eventual boys runner-up.

Robert Gunter Family Benefit Tournament

The Dayton Bass Club along with the Rhea County High School/Rhea Middle School Golden Eagle Anglers will host the Robert Gunter family benefit fishing tournament on May 21 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Sign ups will begin at the Dayton Boat Dock at 4 p.m. with fishing time set for 5 p.m.  The cost is $20 per adult and $10 for high school or junior anglers. Each adult may have two high school or junior anglers.  All high school or junior anglers must have a boat captain and the captain is allowed to fish.

All proceeds will go directly to the family of Robert Gunter. There will be great prizes and gift bags for the top finishing teams. Donations will also be greatly appreciated.

Contact Mike Fitzgerald for any questions at 423-285-7467 or RCHS head angler coach Brian Derlak at 423-413-8831.

Rhea Middle golfers advance to regionals

The Rhea Middle boys and girls golf teams participated in the Cleveland area District Tournament held at Cleveland Country Club on Monday, May 7. 

The girls played 9 holes while the boys played 18 holes. The girls team placed second in the tournament behind Cleveland Middle (95) with a score of 115.

Becca Rogers shot a 54 while Kady Jenkins added a score of 61. Due to the number of girls teams, only one team got to advance to regions (Cleveland Middle), but Rhea’s Becca Rogers did qualify to go to the Regional Tournament as an individual golfer. 

 On the boys side, two teams advance to Regions.  Lake Forest Middle won with a score of 397.  Rhea Middle posted a 2nd place team score of 413, paced by Matthew Rothwell’s round of 83, good enough to win low-round medalist honors. The rest of team did their part as Owen McCosh, Blake Wheat, and Reagan Hinds shot a 107, 111, and 112, respectively.

 Rogers, Rothwell, McCosh, Wheat, Hinds and Nolan Purser will all play in the Region Tournament held at Champion’s Run golf course just outside Murfreesboro, Tenn. on May 14-15.  All players will play 36 holes over two days.  This is the highest level of competition in the TMSGA for middle school.

State high school fishing tourney recap

Rhea County’s Golden Eagle anglers sent a total of six boats onto the water on Friday and Saturday for the two-day state tournament on Old Hickory Lake.

While the locals didn’t have the results they were hoping for each team was able to bring something to the scales on the first day of weigh-ins.

Taking home first place was Walker Valley’s Ezra Smith and Devin Howard who bagged an impressive 32.73 pounds overall. The state champions also had the big fish of the day with a 5.82 largemouth to help carry them to glory at the scales.

Warren County’s Samuel and Matthew Vandagriff snagged 27.33 pounds for a second place finish.  Rhea County’s Austin Goins and Bryar Goins again posted the highest finish for the Golden Eagles at 23rd overall bagging a total of 17.93 pounds.

Other final standings for the locals was Hunter Presley and Jacob Gardner in 61st place with 10.56 pounds; Noah and Nate Varner in 101st place with 6.19 pounds; Garrett White and Tanner McClain in 108th with 5.77 pounds; Macky McCrary and Dylan Orick took 121st with 4.83 pounds; Brandon Isles and Ridge Boofer rounded out the ticket for Rhea in 126th with 4.48 pounds.

Rhea County soccer camp set for June 4-7

The annual Rhea County summer soccer camp returns next month slated for June 4-7 at Eagle Stadium in Evensville. The camp is open for grades K-8 and cost is $50 per camper. The fee includes breakfast and lunches each day as well as a camp T-shirt.

Registration will be held on the first morning of camp on June 4, there will not be a pre-registration. A waiver must be singed for each camper to participate. Campers are asked to wear their camp shirt on Wednesday for the traditional group picture. 

Campers are asked to wear cleats and shin guards however it is not a requirement to attend and enjoy the camp. Thursday June 7th is designated as the annual water day with slip-and-slides set up for a day of fun in the sun. Camp organizers ask that attendees wear something that can get dirty for that day.

For more information, contact RCHS head soccer coach Justin Smith at smitj@rheacounty.org.

RCHS announces boy’s basketball camp

The Rhea County High School boy’s basketball program will host a youth camp May 30-June 1 from 10:00 a.m. until 12 p.m. Camp is for students entering the second grade ninth grade. The cost of the camp is $40 per athlete. Campers will receive a Rhea County Basketball t-shirt and fundamental instruction in offense, defense and shooting.

In addition, campers will compete each day in games with players from their respective age group. Head coach Daniel Curtis, his staff and team look forward to working with the future Golden Eagles and making the basketball program the best it can be.

To obtain a registration/medical release form, contact coach Curtis at curtisd@rheacounty.onmicrosoft.com.

RCHS Cheer Camp set for June 4-8

The annual Rhea County High School cheerleading camp will be held June 4-8 at the Rhea County High School gym 9 a.m. until noon daily. Cost to attend is $50 per person, which includes lunch and a T-shirt. The camp is open for children aged three and up. For additional info, contact head cheer coach Deana Arnold at arnoldd@rheacounty.org

DCS announces basketball tryouts

Dayton City School basketball tryouts for the 2018-2019 season are scheduled for May 9th 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. and are for one-day only for girls wanting to join the Lady Sweatbees. The boy’s team will hold tryouts for two days, May 9th 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. and May 10th 3 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Tryouts are open for current DCS students as well as incoming students that have already enrolled or plan on enrolling prior to the tryout dates. All players must have an updated physical before attending the tryout session. If a copy of the physical isn’t on file, the player can bring it with them on the day of tryouts.

Eagle baseball tryouts coming soon

Rhea County Baseball will hold tryouts for the 2019 team on May 24 at 4 p.m. and May 25 at 12 p.m. All participants must have an updated physical on file at RCHS or bring a copy with them to the first try-out.

Players are encouraged to bring their own baseball equipment, proper attire and drinks. The tryout sessions will be strenuous and participants are expected to be in shape and ready to compete. This will be the only official tryout. For more information, contact head coach Rusty Ray at 423-290-6099.

Dayton Rotary Club announces golf tournament

The Dayton Rotary Club will host a golf tournament at the Dayton Golf and Country Club on Wednesday, June 8. The tournament is a three-person scramble and $60 entry fee includes green and cart fees and lunch. Lunch will be provided at 11:30 a.m. prior to the shotgun start of the tournament at 1 p.m.

First place team will bring home $750 cash prize and prizes will also be available for closest to the pin, longest drive and best Rotarian score. In addition, a $25,000 grand prize will be presented to anyone who makes a hole-in-one on hole no. 7.

Hole sponsorships are available for $60 each and Elite Sponsorships are also available: Bronze ($500); Silver ($1,000) ; and Gold ($1,500). Mail entries to P.O. Box 481 Dayton, Tenn. 37321. Checks should be made payable to the Dayton Rotary Club.