Cannon County athletic teams roared to mixed success this past week, including some hard fought victories and tough losses.
CCHS Cross County- The Lions and Lionettes each won the individual varsity at the recent meet at St. Andrews- Sewanee on September 8. The girls won the overall with Hannah Whited coming in first, and Amanda Blanco and Isabella Russo coming in third and fourth respectively. While the boys completed the meet in third as Austin Duggin won the individual race.
"I thought we all ran pretty good and consistent like we have been doing," Duggin said. "We ran more together than we have been doing, too."
Blanco added, "I thought it was pretty good, and we worked really hard even through it was a tough course."
CCMG Cross County- The younger generation of runners also did well at the Milton Invitational in nearby Rutherford County on September 10 with the females finishing fifth and the males in seventh. The Lionettes results are in this week's column, while Tyler Southworth was 20th, Mason Tramel 35th, Jonathan Fann 41st, Kyler Bryson 50th and Gunter Pitts 51st in the boys' varsity race.
"We were pretty good overall, but we could have been better," Southworth said.
Tramel added about running in cooler, ideal temperatures, "I think it helped a lot, and I felt a whole lot better than the really hot races."
"I think we did pretty good considering that it was cooler but it was a challenging course," Lionette Kiley Hughes said.
CC Youth Football- After both the juniors and seniors' tough loss to start the season last week, they both bounced back on Sept. 10 with road wins at Baxter.
The seniors won 30-6, including touchdowns by Theo Winters, Tucker Kyne and DJ Turrentine and a fumble recovery by Bryant Robinson.
"Overall the defensive line played very aggressive and our linebackers and defensive backs were able to contain the edge for most of the game," Senior Lions head coach Peter Kyne said. "The offense was able to move the ball downfield and we also did extremely well blocking up front.
The Junior Lions blanked Baxter 32-0 as Landon Franklin rushed for five touchdowns and over 200 yards rushing in a total team effort win.
CCHS Golf- The Lions played a tri-match on Sept. 8 at Smithville Golf Club against Livingston Academy and a couple of players from Pickett County. CCHS fell 187 to 210 with Luke Jakes and Austin Taylor each shooting a 51 to led the home team.
CCHS Volleyball- The Lionettes lost two key district matches this past week at Macon County and at home against Livingston Academy. During the match versus LA on Sept. 15, the Lionettes fought hard during the first set only losing 25-14 as Shianne Ashford had a block and Maggie Cook recorded a kill. However, LA took control winning the last two sets by a comfortable margin, 25-3 and 25-9. Courtney Davenport and Leah Hyatt also converted a kill in a losing effort.
"I think they are doing much better," CCHS head coach Angela Hale said. "They are communicating and moving better, but we got to watch the tips and where the center is open."
CCHS Girls Soccer- The Lionettes played their best game of the season, according to head coach Dorinda Walker in a 5-0 loss to MTCS on Sept. 15 as they held their Rutherford County neighbors scoreless until eight minutes left in the opening half. The Lady Cougars pulled away in the second half for the win. Raquel Novoa had 14 saves in the loss.
A couple of days earlier, the Lionettes lost to Jackson County 7-1 as Ivy Vinson got on the score sheet for CCHS in the defeat.