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Big Year for Rebelnation

Friday night, McKenzie edged Martin-Westview to win the district soccer championship. Winning a district title is a big deal, of course, but hardly an unusual occurrence for McKenzie and Westview. These two teams have sort of established themselves as the Class of this area recently and, as a result, have developed a pretty good rivalry.…

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HOF Inductees a Different Breed

Having covered or been invited to many hall-of-fame ceremonies in my day, I’m often fascinated by the evolution each of the inductees took to attain their level of success. I imagine the day-to-day process each of them dealt with, for example, handling schoolwork, studying, managing their time between school, sport and personal life. For many…

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Thrasher to Take UTM Rodeo Helm

MARTIN (April 26) – The University of Tennessee at Martin athletic director Kurt McGuffin has tabbed Chase Thrasher as the fifth head rodeo coach in school history, effective July 1. Thrasher will succeed John Luthi, who in February announced his intent to retire after 25 years at the helm. “We are thrilled to hand over…

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Pundit Nails It on Baseball 

I’ve said for years that there are certain aspects of the evolution of baseball ruining the game. To fix those problems, MLB is just making the problem worse. For starters, strikeouts are no longer a stigma to hitters. It used to be a big deal when Raul Mondesi, formerly of the Dodgers, struck out 120…

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Weakley County Basketball Players Earn TSWA All-State Slots

NASHVILLE (April 29) – The Tennessee Sports Writers Association announced girls’ basketball all-state teams in four Division I and two Division II classes Thursday for the 2021-22 season. Among those are four basketball players from Weakley County and one from McKenzie. Chosen to the All-State teams were: Class 1A Alayna Anderson, Gleason, Sr. Savannah Davis,…

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Lions Lose Heartbreaker to McKenzie 

BY JIM STEELE Pressbox1@gmail.com McKenzie scored a run in the bottom of the ninth to squeeze past visiting Dresden Monday afternoon, 9-8. McKenzie was lucky to win, having committed nine errors. Dresden took an early 2-0 lead, only to watch the Rebels score eight unanswered runs through the first four innings. The Lions got busy…

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Dresden Runner Earns Full Ride to Bethel

Dresden High School senior Nick Skarsten (Seated, Center) has earned a full athletic scholarship to Bethel University, where he plans to attend in the fall and double major in business and music. Skarsten will trade his Lion for a Wildcat uniform as a cross-country runner for the university. He was joined by his current coaches…

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Softball, Football and Baseball 

Don’t look now, but Hollow Rock-Bruceton softball is building up a pretty impressive resume. Last week, the Lady Tigers took down Trinity Christian 8-7. This is the same TCA program that produced Lady Vols Ellen and Ivy Renfro. This team had quietly been surging through its schedule like the Allies through Baghdad. Oh, by the…

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Chargers Go on Road to Edge Rebels 

BY JIM STEELE Pressbox1@gmail.com MCKENZIE (April 21) – Host McKenzie held a 3-1 lead until the top of the sixth, when Westview scored two runs to tie the game, then scratched home a run in the seventh for a 5-4 victory Thursday. Garner Anderson’s home run in the seventh vaulted the Chargers in front for…

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