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Both teams made the Region 5AAA round this year!!
Girls play Henry County tonight at 7pm
This is single elimination – lose and you are out for the first two rounds of region play.
Semifinal game is March 2 at Springfield HS at 7:30pm
FInals – March 4 at 7pm
Boys play at Clarksville HS tomorrow (Sat 2/29) at 7pm
Single elimination – first two rounds of region
Semfinal game is March 3 at 6pm
Finals – March 5 at 7pm
FRANKLIN – Juniors Trey Bates and Mason Smith of Beech High School are wearing new hardware after finishing first at the TSSAA individual state wrestling championships last weekend.
Bates defeated Jackson Bradford of Cleveland, 6-1 in the 120-pound finals to win his second state championship in three years.
“After I beat (Luke) Belcher on day two, I knew it was my tournament,” Bates said. “In my mind, it was in the bag because the guy I was wrestling in the finals lost to Belcher.”
Bates opened the tournament on Thursday with wins over Parker Sams and Tyler South by a combined score of 35-6.
It was safe to say the already state champion was there to leave his mark.
“I was trying to get prepared for my first match because I knew it was going to be tough,” Bates said of his match with Luke Belcher.
Bates then beat Jackson Bradford of Cleveland 6-1 in the 120-pound finals to win the state championship.
“It felt good to be back on top because I didn’t get to wrestle last year,” Bates said. “I’m very thankful.”
Bates ends his season at 44-2.
After not placing as a sophomore, Mason Smith won both matches on day one and two before winning his final match on Saturday.
Smith ends his season at 31-1 overall with wins over Ethan McWilliams, Anthony Lynn, Joseph Frye, and Amange Abdurrahman, and Levi Stone at the state tournament.
“It all comes back to your training and the hard work you put in,” Smith said. “After my second match on Friday (Anthony Lynn), when I pinned him in under one minute, I was feeling good and could start to see the end of the road.”
Wrestling Wilson Central’s Levi Stone for a third time this season, Smith took down his fellow Region 6 foe in overtime for the 5-3 victory.
Going into the third period losing 3-0, Smith took down Stone to tie the match with 30 seconds remaining.
“Once we got to overtime, I saw that he was tired, so I just wanted to dig deep and go get him,” Smith added.
Smith won the match just four seconds into the extra period for his first state title.
“I look up and see coach (Jeff) Roberts and Coach (Quantres) Bates and I say ’I’m a state champ!’,” Smith added. “I’m thinking about my family and how good it feels. I’m thinking about God and Jesus blessing me. It’s a great feeling, and I’m very thankful.”
The two state championships brought home by the Bucs are the program’s ninth in the last five years.
“That is because the kids buy into the program we put in place for them,” Beech head coach Jeff Roberts said. “Each one of those state champions put in a tremendous amount of work in both the offseason and during the season. Whether it was lifting in the summer, camps, techniques conditioning they did what it took to get the job done. Having a youth program helps greatly.”
Other Beech wrestlers Blake Palmer (106), Coen Myers (113), and Ben Scalera (195) won one match at state.
Palmer defeated Isaac Carpenter, 4-2, in round one before losing his next two matches.
Myers downed Anthony Berg of Clinton, 2-0 in round one before falling in his next two bouts.
Scalera lost his opening round match to Connor Milhorn of Siegel, 10-3, but bounced back to take down Jadin Weatherspoon, 7-0 in the consolation round. Doug Howe of Stone Memorial ended Scalera’s season 2-1 in the consolation bracket.
Donavon Rich (170) lost his first bout, 13-10, but rebounded to beat Jacob Knight and James Robinson in the consolation bracket before falling to Zach Brezna of Cleveland.
Story by Zack Womble
LEBANON – For the first time in District 9-AAA tournament history, the Lebanon Devilettes are champions.
Lebanon defeated defending champion and regular-season champion, Beech, 49-46 Monday night at Wilson Central.
The back-and-forth game saw seven lead changes in the first half and four more lead changes in the second half.
Both teams carried big leads in the first half, but it was the Devilettes who took a 25-22 lead into the locker room thanks in large part to a 13-3 run that brought Lebanon back from down nine with four minutes left in the second quarter.
Lebanon started the third quarter right where they left off the second quarte, racing out to a 34-25 advantage with just 1:40 left in the third quarter.
Until that point, the only scoring threat for the Lady Bucs was senior guard Deshiya Hoosier, who had 14 of the Lady Bucs’ 25 total points.
“I thought Deshiya played well, but we just got to get other people to do as well as she did,” Beech head coach Kristi Utley said.
Her team responded over the next minute-plus, outscoring Lebanon 6-0 on a Mia Dean 3-pointer and a Jana Claire Swafford old-fashioned three-point play.
“The resiliency to battle back after being down like that I am proud of them for,” Utley added. “It was a possession game tonight, and unfortunately, we ran out of possessions.”
Trailing 34-31 to start the fourth quarter, Beech battled back to tie the game at 36, and then took the lead 39-38 when Dean sank her second and third 3-pointer of the game with just over five minutes remaining.
The one-point lead was the Lady Bucs’ first lead of the game since they led 19-18 in the second quarter.
Over the next two minutes, the game saw two ties and two lead changes, but it was Anne Heidebrecht’s clutch 3-point shooting that made the difference down the stretch.
Tied at 44, Heidebrecht caught and fired, making her fourth 3-pointer of the game for a lead Lebanon would not surrender.
The two teams traded free throws over the next minute-plus, but Lebanon’s inability to sink clutch free throws at the end of the game gave Beech one more opportunity to keep the game alive with seven seconds remaining.
“We wanted to run an elevator screen on the other side, but when they doubled us, I was just hoping Mia (Dean) would get a shot off,” Utley said of the last play.
Looking for Swafford in the corner, JC could not get a clean look at the basket as her shot went out of bounds as time expired, giving Lebanon the victory and the number one seed for the Region 5-AAA tournament.
The loss means that Beech will host Henry County on Friday, February 28, at 7 p.m.
Friday’s meeting between the Lady Bucs and the Lady Patriots will be the two team’s first meeting since 2003 when they played to a 56-42 Lady Buc victory.
Lebanon (49): Anne Heidebrecht 15, Addie Porter 12, Avery Harris 7, Meioshe Mason 6, Allissa Mulaski 5, Rebecca Brown 4.
Beech (46): Deshiya Hooser 21, Mia Dean 10, JC Swafford 9, Riley Long 3, Bri Ellis 2, Natasia Jones 1.
Story by Zack Womble
LEBANON – The Beech Buccaneers stole more than just the show Tuesday night at Wilson Central as the No. 2 seeded Bucs defeated No. 5 seed Gallatin, 47-39.
Beech stole 13 Green Wave passes, converting the turnovers into 18 fast break points.
“We just wanted to guard as good as we could, and I thought we played great defense tonight,” Beech head coach Kip Brown said. “Having nearly half of our points come on fast break is huge. That was the difference in the game.”
The two teams battled for much of the first quarter seeing three lead changes and two ties, but it was the Bucs who came out on top after the first eight minutes, 13-8, thanks in part to two 3-pointers from Sam McClendon and Jyquale Matthews.
The second quarter was a much different story for the two teams.
Beech routinely found themselves in Gallatin passing lanes and converted turnovers into quick offense as they raced out to a double-digit lead just four minutes into the quarter.
Leading 24-13, Kaleb Powell stole back-to-back Gallatin passes, converting them into layups for the 28-16 lead – a lead Beech carried into the locker room.
“The message at the half was all about finishing,” Brown added. “We wanted to come out and win the third quarter, and we knew if we did that, we would have a good chance at closing it out.”
Neither team dominated the third frame offensively, but the Bucs did win the quarter, 8-6, to carry a 36-22 lead into the final quarter.
The Wave never quit attitude brought the score closer than the game was, as the green and gold nailed three 3-pointers in the final minute. But, the damage had already taken place as the Bucs ran out the time scoring the eight-point win.
The victory means Beech will travel to play Clarksville High School in the Region 5-AAA quarterfinals. It is the first region game for the Bucs since 2016.
“I’d say this is a special year because we made it back to regions,” Brown said. “I’m proud to finish second in a solid district in the regular season, then turn around and finish third in the tournament and still be playing. Starting two juniors and two sophomores, we are thrilled with what we have done so far. That said, yes, it’s a good season, but we want more.”
In total, nine different players scored for the Bucs, led by Kaleb Powell and Kristian Shaw, who each scored nine.
Tip-off on Saturday at Clarksville High School is 7 p.m.
Gallatin will travel to Clarksville Northeast for their opening round region game at 7 p.m.
Beech (47): Kaleb Powell 9, Kristian Shaw 9, Jyquale Matthews 7, Drew Paige 7, Jackson Long 4, Luke Fleming 4, Sam McClendon 3, Braden Brinkley 2, Adrian Johnson 2.
Gallatin (39): Beljwok Adaing 13, Cade Martin 8, Montez Banks 6, Noah Ring 4, Charlie Hale 3, Jack Robinson 3, Isaiah Ellis 2.
Story and pic by John Decker
Hendersonville – The game started out like most 9-AAA contests. The intensity was there, both teams were playing hard but Beech was having trouble getting shots to drop and fell behind 16-9 at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter opened with three consecutive 3 point goals for the Bears and the route was on. The Mt. Juliet defense fed off the offense and made it darn near impossible for the Bucs to get a decent shot. Meanwhile, the Bears missed 3 shots the entire second quarter, dominated the rebounding and scored 29 points to take a 45-22 halftime lead.
“We really came out ready to play tonight. The shots were falling and sure makes it easy when that happens,” said Mt. Juliet coach Troy Allen. “We played great defense and Isaac Thompson did a tremendous job on Kaleb Powell tonight.”
In the end Beech just couldn’t get shots to drop and the Bears couldn’t miss for most of the night. “You have to give Mt. Juliet credit, they were fantastic tonight,” said Beech coach Kip Brown. “We will learn from this and get better.”
“Beech has a good team and they have been playing very well lately. It was a great win, that 3 was number twenty and we clinched the regular season title so that’s good,” added Allen.
Beech (55) – Jyquale Matthews 5, Bradley Wheeler 3, Luke Fleming 10, Tyler Preston 3, Kaleb Powell 13, Kenny Miller 2, Drew Paige 12, Kristian Shaw 3, Jackson Long 1, Josh Jordan 2, Adrian Johnson 2
Mt.Juliet (76) – Will Pruitt 38, Riggs Abner 5, Charles Clark 13, Isaac Thompson 4, Gage Wells 11, Griffin Thorneberry 1, Jacob Burge 5, Kyle Taylor 2