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The gym was packed, the student sections for both schools were raucous, and even though the games were non-district the rivalry was strong. Unfortunately for the home crowd, the Creek Wood basketball teams marched out of Kingston Springs with a doubleheader sweep over their arch-rivals the Harpeth Indians on Tuesday night.

The Lady Red Hawks had their hands full with Harpeth in the first quarter, as six Lady Indians scored in the frame and Harpeth led 14-13 at the end of one. Creek Wood retook the lead in the second with a 16-9 quarter, paced by Candace Meadows’ pair of threes, and the Lady Red Hawks led 29-23 at the half. Another four-player attack keyed a Harpeth rally in the third, but Arizona Harper and McKenzie Broadway added 2 buckets each while Meadows poured in a three and a free throw as Creek Wood turned back the rally 12-11. Senior Olivia Miniat took the Lady Indians on her back in the fourth, scoring 10 points herself including a three and a basket-and-one, but four Lady Red Hawks had a fourth quarter answer–three of them with 5 points or more. The fourth wound up a 19-19 wash, and Creek Wood held on for a 60-53 win and improved to 2-1 on the year.

Miniat led all scorers with 21 points, while Addi Moulton and Kailynn Beshears added 7 points each and 8 players scored in all for Harpeth. All five starters scored for Creek Wood in the road win, led by Meadows with 15 points and 4 threes, but Harper earned MVP honors as the nimble guard scored a second-best 13 points including 6 in the fourth quarter and 5 points in the game at the charity stripe. McKenzie Haislip poured in 2 threes and 12 points, while Broadway managed 11 points including 7 made free throws, and Brianna Spicer added 9 points.

The boys’ game was a slugfest, however, as both teams traded the lead in the first half while tight whistles led to foul trouble against the backdrop of two vocal student sections. Creek Wood survived the first quarter 10-9, then pulled away with a 19-10 second quarter for a 29-19 halftime lead. Adam Newton emerged for Harpeth with an 8 point second quarter, but Easton Aldridge came to life for Creek Wood with 9 points, physical post play, excellent rebounding, and intimidating defense. The tight whistles and competitive nature of the rivalry game clearly affected play, as Harpeth was called for its seventh foul in the first quarter, and the Red Hawks were in the double bonus for more than half of the second quarter as a result; six of Creek Wood’s 19 points in the frame would come on made free throws.

In the second half, the fouls went against the Red Hawks and the Indians made another rally, but 9 points from Ross Cummings keyed an 18-17 Creek Wood frame to keep the Red Hawks up 47-36 after three. Aston Hutchison scored 7 points for Harpeth in the fourth quarter as the Indians gave everything they could to the rally, but Cummings managed 6 more points before fouling out, and the Red Hawks would tally 9 times from the foul line in the fourth. Harpeth would win the quarter 19-15, but the Red Hawks would win the game 62-55.

Seven players would tally for the Indians, led by Hutchison with 14 and Newton with 10. Austin Williams and Zane Hutton would each add 9 for Harpeth. Ross Cummings would lead all scorers with 23 points to take MVP honors, but Aldridge added 13 points along with offensive and defensive rebounds and several authoritative blocks. Ross “Chico” Plunkett would also add 9 points for Creek Wood as 6 players scored in the win.

Creek Wood hosts Stewart County on Friday night for the district opener.

Coach Daniel Steps Down

Coach Chuck Daniel has stepped down as the head coach of the Creek Wood football team. Daniel, only the second coach in the school’s brief history, was hired after Creek Wood’s first coach Jackie Bledsoe returned to DCHS. No word yet on who will replace Coach Daniel, but the most popular name is Montgomery Central’s Coach Jeff Tomlinson. Tomlinson is currently the head coach of the Montgomery Central Indians but may be interested in returning to Creek Wood where he was Offensive coordinator under Coach Daniel and ran the Triple Option. This will be Athletic Director Andrew Williams first coaching search at Creek Wood.

Coach Daniel will join Amp Harrell and Robert Freeman on the RFC Sports Hour Wednesday night at 6pm to discuss his decision and to look back at this season.

The Dragons and Tigers renewed their iconic, decades-long rivalry on Monday night in Dickson, as the two schools squared off in a middle school basketball doubleheader. The two games had extremely different results, however; the Charlotte Lady Tigers handed Dickson Middle its first loss of the year in girls’ basketball, while the DMS boys blew out the Tigers in a game that featured a running clock in the second half.

A slow start tripped up the Lady Dragons, as a Ryann Roberts basket was Dickson’s only first-quarter offense. Three players scored for the Lady Tigers in an 8-2 first, but Roberts and the Lady Dragons surged back with a 17-9 second quarter. Raegan Purvine poured in nine points in the frame, including a bucket with 32 seconds left to give DMS its first lead of the game, and Dickson led 19-17 at the half.

Charlotte again spread the offense around in the third as three Lady Tigers scored, but a Purvine bucket was the only answer Dickson had in another 8-2 Charlotte frame. Down 25-21 going into the fourth, the Lady Dragons managed a three from Roberts, but otherwise the DMS offense ran through Purvine. She managed 6 points in the fourth and 8 of the team’s 11 second-half points, but the Lady Tigers increased their lead with an 11-9 fourth, hanging on for a 36-30 win.

Purvine earned MVP honors with 17 points, while Ryann Roberts had 8 points and Caty Roberts 5. Raegan Hohl led the Lady Tigers with 13 points, while Madison Hayes and Allie Burgess chipped in 10 points. Autumn Burgess added 3 points in the CMS win.

The Dickson boys, on the other hand, rocked the Tigers with a 31-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Chase Edmisson managed a game-high 12 points and 2 threes in the first quarter alone, while MVP Darian Burns added 9 and at least 3 assists. As the second and third team filtered through, Dickson took the second quarter 9-7, with Jacob England supplying a free throw and a three and Cade Purvine adding another longball; Charlotte dented the scoreboard about a minute into the second quarter. Leading 40-7 at the break, Dickson ran the starters back through for a few minutes, with Kody Pardue adding 4 more points to ensure the mercy rule kept the clock moving, then the game proceeded as more of a junior varsity finish. Dickson took the third 5-2, but in the waning seconds of the fourth Charlotte got a special moment. Fifteenth-man Austin Lee got into the game, and the eighth grader got to drain a three for the final points of the game. Charlotte took the fourth 5-4, but Dickson won the game 49-14.

All five starters tallied for DMS, and nine players in all, led by Edmisson’s 12, Burns’ 9, and Pardue’s 8. Jacob England added 7 points in relief. Charlotte had four players score in the game–James Daugherty led the way with 6 points, while J. J. Higgins and Lee each had 3 and Hunter Plaster came off the bench for 2 points.

Dickson will be without a game for 8 days, before hosting the Siegel Middle Cavaliers from the north side of Murfreesboro the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.

The Creek Wood basketball programs both got stiff tests from the visiting Station Camp Bison and Lady Bison on Friday night, but Station Camp left Charlotte with a split as both games came down to the wire.

The Lady Bison offense started hot, building a 5-0 lead before Creek Wood could even score. Senior Kendrea Duke shredded the Lady Red Hawks on the post for 8 points and senior Alli Fulcher bombed in 2 threes as Station Camp controlled the first quarter 15-9. The Creek Wood defense cranked up after that, allowing just 3 points in the second quarter and no more than 10 in any other frame. Senior McKenzie Haislip added to her 4 first quarter points with a 3 in the second while junior McKenzie Broadway would add her only points of the night, a bucket and a three. The 8-3 second quarter helped Creek Wood trim the margin to 18-17 at the half, and a stubborn Lady Red Hawk defense would keep the game close for the rest of the way.

Senior Samantha Parker would key a 10-7 Station Camp third quarter with a bucket and her second of three longballs on the night, while freshman Jane Deason would also add a three. After managing 2 points in the first half and none in the second quarter, CWHS senior Candace Meadows would strike back in the third with a bucket and a three of her own to keep Creek Wood close.

Down 28-24 after three quarters of play, the Lady Red Hawks would put together another rally. Meadows would duplicate her third quarter performance with another bucket and another longball, Haislip would find her second three of the night, and Arizona Harper would tally for the first time in the game with a bucket. Unfortunately, Deason and Parker would answer back with threes of their own in the frame, and decent field goal shooting would keep the Lady Bison afloat as well. Despite the Lady Red Hawks’ best efforts, Station Camp maintained their lead even when it was cut to a single point, and they survived a half-court buzzer-beater for the win from Haislip to win 37-35.

Meadows would be named MVP with 12 points, 10 of them coming in the second half as Creek Wood tried to rally; she and Haislip would each have a game best 12 points on the night. All five starters scored 2 or more points for CWHS along with reserve Caroline Edmondson. Station Camp was led by Parker with 11 and Duke with 10–but only 2 points after the first quarter.

The boys’ game, however, was an awkward, clumsy boxing match throughout. The referees called a tight game, despite Station Camp being big and physical, and the Bison’s maroon numbers on black jerseys were almost impossible to see from more than a few rows off the floor. Creek Wood took it to the Bison after a slow start, and led after the first 18-9. Starting power forward Yalen Reed and reserve center Kyle Anderton took over for Station Camp, however, and they answered back with a 15-12 second quarter to trail 30-24 at the half.

Coming out of the locker room, Reed and starting center Kody Eden caught fire while the big man Anderton hit from three. Station Camp stunned the Red Hawks 18-11 and took a 42-41 lead after three, and tried to cruise in the fourth. Ross Cummings and Ross “Chico” Plunkett would have none of it, however, and the game swung back and forth in the final minutes. Station Camp looked like they might escape with a win, but Plunkett stepped inside the arc on the left side and attempted a jumper to tie the game; his shot hit the side of the backboard and he drew the foul with 9.4 seconds left, hitting them both to tie the game. The Bison rushed the ball up the floor but with overtime nearly assured, Gabe Cummings leaped into the air and took the ball away from a Station Camp player around the left elbow on their end of the floor and got fouled with 1.5 seconds left. Due to the plentitude of whistles in the second half, both teams were in the double bonus, and Gabe hit one of his two free throws to give the Red Hawks the lead. a Bison secured the rebound and the coaches called two time outs, down just a point with one second left.

The baseball-style inbounds pass from the far end line was perfect, and got to Anderton just ahead of the left elbow. He launched the long two-point jump shot cleanly before time expired, but it banked off the window and clanked off the front rim. Creek Wood survived 62-61, escaping with a split in a double-header where both games came down to buzzer-beaters.

Ross Cummings earned MVP honors with an unofficial game-high 22 points, while Plunkett chipped in 18. Easton Aldridge, a senior who did not play on the team last year, had 9 points in his return, while Gabe Cummings and freshman Coulter Dotson each had 6 points. Senior Tyler Turpin managed one point on the night, as every starter and one reserve scored for Creek Wood. Isaac Edmondson did not dress out for Creek Wood; he will miss at least another week or so, recovering from an injury sustained during football season.

Creek Wood returns to action Tuesday night, visiting former district foe Harpeth.

DMS Sweeps At Wilson

Dickson Middle School’s basketball squads returned triumphant from one of their longest road trips of the year, getting the sweep in Mt. Juliet against longtime rival West Wilson. Both games were competitive, physical, back-and-forth, and were still up for grabs in the fourth quarter, but the Maroon and White teams found a way to grind out wins on the road, with the girls staying unbeaten and the boys recovering from their first loss of the year.

The Lady Dragons got off to a hot start, but when West Wilson went to the bench for size and physicality, the game evened out. Emma Palmer had 5 points off the bench in the first quarter, and the Lady Cats trailed DMS 10-7 after one. Dickson found some breathing room with an 11-5 second quarter, aided by Ryann Roberts’ 5 points including a 3, and Dickson led 21-12 at the break. The West Wilson defense ratcheted up in the second half, however, and Dickson would not manage another double-digit frame. The Lady Cats outscored DMS 6-4 in the third, led by reserve Aaliyah Frazier’s 4 points in the paint, and cut the lead to 25-18. The scrappy Lady Dragons would not be denied their fourth win of the season, however, as Roberts would score a bucket, connect on a free throw, and nail a 3, to negate West Wilson’s offense 6-6 in the fourth and help Dickson to a 31-24 win. Ryann Roberts would earn game MVP honors in the win with her game-high 15 points. Not only was she the only player for either team in double figures offensively, she accounted for all but two of Dickson’s second half points, with her younger sister Caty adding the other two on a third quarter bucket. Caty would finish with 5 points, while Raegan Purvine added 6. Three players finished with 6 points for the Lady Cats–Palmer, Frazier, and Martoia Buchanan.

The boys’ game, however, was a plodding struggle, as two teams tried to play bruising, physical, “big man” basketball while trying to deny the other. The result was a sloppy, ugly contest filled with wacky and sometimes controversial fouls, blocks, turnovers, and awkward offense. Dickson started the game on a 4-0 run as Kody Pardue managed a bucket and Darian Burns chipped in two free throws. That all went out the window quickly, however, as the Wildcats scored 10 unanswered and ended the first up 10-4. The Dragons surged back, but after a couple of lead changes an 8-2 quarter meant a 12-12 halftime score. Business picked up in the third as DMS won the frame 15-10, with the teams scoring more points in that six minute span than in the entire first half. Pardue added two more buckets and a nifty assist on a pass to Burns, while Chase Edmisson added a basket and a three and Burns himself had 4 points. Dickson led 27-22 going into the final frame, but West Wilson threw nearly all they had at a comeback. DJ Stacy led the way for the Dragons in the fourth with a basket and a three, and luckily the Dragons’ nerves and turnovers didn’t result in Wildcat buckets; DMS allowed just two field goals in the fourth and outscored the home side 9-8, to escape with a 36-30 slugfest win.

Stacy tied for the game high of 10 with teammate Pardue. However, Pardue would earn MVP honors, as he was the only Dragon to score in every quarter, and he held a large and imposing post in check defensively; that post, Bryan Aiken, managed just 4 points and one made basket on the night. Burns managed 9 for the Dragons, and Edmisson rounded out the DMS scoring with 7 points. West Wilson was led by J. C. Crawford with 9 points including a first half three, and Mason Koester off the bench with 8.

Dickson opened on the road at Columbia and brought back a split with the Lady Cougars topping the Lady Lions 59-54 and the Cougars falling 62-50 to the Lions.

Emily Beard scored 20 points, helping the Lady Cougars notch a 59-54 victory. The Dickson got behind early in the game, trailing 30-26 by the half, only to come back strong in the final two quarters. The Lady Cougars took the lead in the third, scoring 20 points in the quarter on the back of a 12-2 run.
Beard led the Lady Cougars’s offense with 20 points, including seven during the second quarter. Peyton Grove also dropped double digits, scoring 17 points for the Lady Cougars and going 7 of 11 from the floor. Carlee Wilson notched two three-pointers and scored seven points total.  Columbia was led by their Old Dominion commit, Makayla Timmons who had 29 points to lead all scorers.

Despite Hunter Wolcott putting 14 points on the board, the Cougars still came up sort against Columbia. Dickson had a solid finish, cutting the lead to 9, and added 16 points in the final quarter. Wolcott and Tyreik Primm tapped out at double digits, to lead the Cougars. The Cougars also showed a strong defensive effort showing the type of hectic action Coach Jason Tigert is known for.

Both squads get back to work next week with West Creek at home on Tuesday and Beech at home on Friday. Both games can be heard on WDKN and The One FM.


Common sense on Tuesday night said the Dragons were in for a tight battle and the Lady Dragons were headed for a blowout loss. That’s why games are played on the court not on paper. The Lady Dragons took command early and held on for a stunning 42-35 victory over Oakland. Meanwhile the Dragons struggled to start the game and ultimately last 54-36 to the Chargers.

The Lady Dragons were paced by Caty Roberts with 13 points, going 5 for 8 from the floor. Raegan Purvine came up big defensively with multiple steals, two blocks, and ten total rebounds. The signature win for Coach Kelsey Hamilton Mullinicks moves the Lady Dragons to 3-0 on the year in just her second year with the program.

The Dragons struggled most of the night against the Chargers. Dickson fell behind 10-0 before getting there first points of the evening. A 23 point second quarter by Oakland seemingly put the game out of reach for Dickson and they trailed 33-10 at the half. A 19 point third quarter gave the Dragons life but the lead proved to big. Darian Burns finished with 11 and Kody Pardue had 9 in the 54-36 loss.

DMS is back in action against West Wilson on Friday night.

The post-Rachel Bell era for the Creek Wood Lady Red Hawks opened with a nailbiting defensive showdown and a 32-29 win on the road at Father Ryan on Tuesday night. Only the girls’ squads played in the season-opening Hall of Fame Classic in Nashville, and the Lady Red Hawks proved their defense will be a force to be reckoned with this season.

Brianna Spicer got Creek Wood in the scorebook first, connecting on a free throw to make it 1-0. Allison Proctor quickly hit a basket on the other end, drew a foul, and converted the free throw to give the Lady Irish a 3-1 lead, and the battle was on. The lead would see-saw back and forth, but the Lady Red Hawks would escape the quarter up 11-9 after threes from McKenzie Haislip and Candace Meadows. Creek Wood’s defense set the tone in the second as the offense woke up, winning the frame 12-4 despite Spicer getting in foul trouble and sitting out most of the second and third quarters.

Father Ryan found its defense in the third, outscoring the Lady Red Hawks 8-3 as Proctor continued the heavy lifting for the Lady Irish, and the home side finally took the lead back in the fourth. Proctor, Maggie Rider, and Audrey Burge would all score buckets in the final frame, but baskets from Meadows and Spicer kept Father Ryan from getting comfortable. Creek Wood managed a one point lead in the waning seconds, but neither side could put the game away until Arizona Harper was fouled with just over 7 seconds left. The junior from Charlotte went to the line for a 1-and-1 opportunity, and converted both to give the Lady Red Hawks a 3 point cushion. Father Ryan whipped the ball down the floor, but had to rush a long shot for the tie and missed. Creek Wood hung on for a 32-29 road win, and will look to the first doubleheader of the season Friday night against Station Camp.

Creek Wood was led by Meadows, whose 10 points and 2 threes gave her MVP honors. Haislip added 9 points all by threes, while Spicer managed 5 and both Harper and McKenzie Broadway added 4 points each. All five starters scored for CWHS, amounting for all of the Lady Red Hawks’ points. Father Ryan’s Proctor had a game-high 13, scoring at least a bucket in each quarter, while Rider and Burge each managed 6 points for the Lady Irish.

The Creek Wood Red Hawks got what many believed was a favorable matchup for the first round of the TSSAA Class 4A State Playoffs, travelling to White House to clash against the Blue Devils. The teams sported identical 6-4 records and similar rosters of big, physical kids. White House backed into the playoffs after a slow start, while Creek Wood ended the year on a 4-1 run, and many thought the well-established White House faithful would overlook the relative newcomers from Charlotte and White Bluff.

Unfortunately, things didn’t go as the Red Hawks had planned, and the host Blue Devils throttled the Red Hawks 35-0, ending Creek Wood’s football season with a disappointing loss.

The Red Hawk defense started strong, forcing a three and out, but the ensuing punt pinned them back deep in their own end. Creek Wood failed to convert on a third and one, and Ian Spence’s punt was blocked and recovered by White House at the 15. Two plays later, talented running back Trey Hyde punched it in from 5 yards out, and the Blue Devils took a 7-0 lead with about 9 minutes left in the first.

A couple of 7 yard rushes from Mathis Duncan and Derek Sutton gave Creek Wood its first first down of the game on the next drive, but the drive would then stall and the Red Hawks would have to punt. The Blue Devils used up just over 4 minutes to drive the ball 75 yards to make it 14-0 with just 31 seconds left in the first, capping it off with a 10 yard run by Hyde for the score. The Creek Wood defense would bend but not break in the second quarter, and White House would take a 14-0 lead into the locker room.

Both teams would trade three-and-out possessions to start the second half, but Spence was intercepted on a third and five in his own end. White House took over at the Creek Wood 40, and needed just nine seconds to pad their lead. Steven Rankin found Caleb Huffines for a 40 yard passing touchdown to make it 21-0. On Creek Wood’s next offensive play after the kickoff, the Red Hawks would fumble the football away, and the Blue Devils took over at the Creek Wood 21. Four plays later, quarterback Rankin called his own number from a yard out, and rushed for the score to put it away 28-0, with more than 6 minutes left in the third.

Tempers would flare throughout the second half, and penalties hampered both offenses in the final 18 minutes, but with about 8 minutes to go sophomore Ronald Honeycutt would rub salt in the Red Hawks’ wounds with a 23 yard touchdown run to make it 35-0 White House, and trigger the running clock under the mercy rule.

Creek Wood finished the year 6-5, while White House advanced to take on Giles County. The 8-seed Giles County will travel to White House on Friday, after the Bobcats upset #1 seed Marshall County 38-35.

The Dickson Middle School varsity basketball teams had a bit of difficulty finding the Whitthorne Middle School campus on Thursday night. A GPS search would send a person to the mailing address, at the back of the school and the front of nearby Columbia Central High School, instead of the physical address on another street.

Other than that and an egregious amount of fouls, Dickson would have no trouble with its trip to Columbia as both squads rolled to lopsided wins.

The Lady Dragons rolled to a 27-0 lead at the end of the first, buoyed by 12 points from Ryann Roberts and 9 from Raegan Purvine, and Dickson cruised to a 42-2 win over Whitthorne in the opener. A lone free throw from Rolanda Edwards with just a couple of minutes left in the first half put the Lady Tigers on the board, and another by Maddie Fraser late in the half would wrap up the scoring for the home side. The DMS defense would shut out the Lady Tigers in the first, third, and fourth, and would not allow a single made field goal in the 42-2 rout; after a 35-2 halftime lead, the Lady Dragons would score again in the third to trigger the mercy rule, and would manage 5 points in the third and two in the fourth in the win. Game MVP Roberts would finish with 14 points, while Purvine would be the only other player in the game in double figures with 12.

The boys’ game was marred by a constant stream of fouls throughout that slowed down play to a crawl, and affected play by not only taking out several key players for both sides but also potentially causing more fouls as young players were forced to think too much instead of reacting. All of the fouls detracted from the solid performance by the Dragons, who owned every quarter but the fourth offensively.

Darian Burns was limited early, as his up-tempo, physical style of play led to three quick fouls in the first quarter, and extended time on the bench. In his stead, Chase Edmisson stepped up with 11 points in the first quarter alone, including 2 threes and an and-one conversion as DMS won the frame 21-9. Whitthorne big man Bruce Mangrum chipped in 5 points in the first, but foul trouble trimmed his minutes and his effectiveness until the fourth quarter as well. Kody Pardue overcame early issues to carry the Dragons in the second quarter, coming alive on the post and netting 10 of his 12 points in the 20-7 second quarter as Dickson led 41-16 at the break.

Dickson did its heavy lifting in the middle quarters, not allowing a field goal in the second before shutting out the Tigers 15-0 in the third. Normally with the score 56-16 after three with the mercy rule already in effect both teams would empty the benches, but considering the foul situation most of the reserves had already logged consistent minutes, and for Whitthorne their bench only consisted of 4 members. By re-inserting their embattled center Mangrum and finding some success with other players like fellow starter Arcavius Goodman against second and third team defensive units for the Dragons, Columbia-Whitthorne had an impressive 9-0 run to close out the contest, but Dickson won the day 56-25.

Goodman was the only Tiger in double figures with 11, while Mangrum finished with 11. Dickson had 8 players score a point in the game, led by Edmisson’s 14 points and Pardue’s 12. Ethan England and D. J. Stacy each added 7. Consequently only 3 of Dickson’s 14 players finished the game without a foul, while four players had 3 or more fouls on the night.

Dickson Middle hosts Murfreesboro-Oakland Tuesday night, while the Creek Wood Lady Red Hawks open their season Tuesday night at Father Ryan.

Also of note, the Charlotte Middle School girls bear Waverly Junior High 47-14 on Thursday night as well.