Covenant Christian pitcher Kayla Kennamore hasn’t been playing softball as long as many of her peers, but she’s developed quickly enough as a player to earn a playing opportunity at NAIA Martin Methodist college in Pulaski, Tennessee.

She took up the sport as a 7th grader who had transferred to Covenant Christian hopeful of making friends but not expecting to contribute much.


Over the last three years Kennamore has totaled 35 wins with a 3.53 ERA according to coach Matt Johnson.


Kennamore wants to study bio-chemistry. Part of a 22-person senior class, Kennamore liked that Martin Methodist is a small school. She attended a camp there this past summer, met some of the members of the team and looks forward to joining them next year.


Kennamore wanted to thank head coach Matt Johnson and assistant Craig Black for letting her realize college softball was an option and pushing her to be better.


“They’ve never given up on me,” she said. “They deserve more recognition than I do.”

 

In Friday night’s Toyota East/West All-Star Classic at Austin Peay’s Fortera Stadium The West lost to the East squad 16-10.


The West committed a couple of early turnovers and trailed 10-0 at the end of the opening quarter, and never really put together a sustained offensive drive until early in the fourth period.


A blocked punt put the West in business at the East 38 with five minutes remaining, and Giles County’s John Bachus capped the short drive with a 5-yard scoring pass to Germantown’s Jacolby Hewitt.


Bachus tallied 144 passing yards and a TD and Cane Ridge’s Jashun Bryant had three total tackles, two for loss and a blocked punt. The duo were the West’s offensive and defensive players of the game.

 

Martin Methodist junior outside hitter Sabrie Sirmones, a 2015 Loretto High School graduate, was named to the 2017 All-Region list by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.


The junior was one of 14 ladies named to the All-Northeast Region list. RedHawk teammate and senior Belen Albertos Acensio was named Honorable Mention.


Sirmones led the RedHawks in kills this season with 403 total finishes – nearly double that of the next highest RedHawk attacker.


Sirmones becomes the first AVCA All-Region performer for the RedHawks since 2009.

 

Tomorrow is the big day for a couple of Giles County Bobcats. Giles County will be well represented in tomorrow’s Toyota East/West Football All-Star Classic at Austin Peay’s Fortera Stadium, with two local players on the West squad.


Bobcats participating in the contest include Giles County quarterback John Bachus defensive tackle Davonte Murphy.


Marshall County offensive tackle Dave Roberts and defensive end Tavi McLean will also participate as will players from Spring Hill and Columbia.


Players and coaches landed in Clarksville on Tuesday for daily practices.


Kickoff is set for 7pm, tomorrow December 8th and the game will be shown live on ESPN3.

 

The Martin Methodist Women’s Basketball team checked in at # 19 in first edition of the NAIA Women’s Basketball Top 25 poll released yesterday.


The RedHawks are 9-3 through their first 12 games and already own three wins over ranked opponents. The RedHawks hung on for a 43-42 victory over then # 11 Bethel University this past Saturday in the Curry Christian Life Center.


RedHawks head coach Kyle Bent also recently became the winningest coach in program history. Bent picked up his 76th victory when the RedHawks defeated Fisk University November 28th.


The RedHawks have two contests this week, highlighted by an exhibition contest versus NCAA Division I foe Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

 

On the hardwoods this weekend….


The Giles County Bobcats and Lady’Cats will take on Franklin in a rare Saturday contest.


The Richland Raiders and Lady Raiders will square-off against Wayne County tonight live on AM-1420 and 100.9-FM beginning with pre-game around 5:45pm.

 

Despite a last-gasp equalizer in regulation, the Martin Methodist Women’s Soccer team saw its season come to an end in heartbreaking fashion as it was eliminated from the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship in a penalty kick shootout yesterday.


The RedHawks were unlucky in the decisive shootout in Wednesday’s quarterfinal versus the Ravens as the Ravens converted on all five shot attempts while the RedHawks missed their third attempt and fell by a 5-3 margin in the shootout.


With the loss, the RedHawks say farewell to three seniors, Sabrina Gonzalez, Caroline Ladaga, and Katie Reid.


“We are devastated to see our three seniors depart like this. They will be sorely missed. We are so proud of our team and their effort this season. We had hoped for a different result, but it just was not meant to be today.” RedHawks head coach Will Austin said.

 

Former Giles County Lady Bobcat and current University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior Keiana Gilbert was selected the Women's Basketball Player of the Week by the Southern Conference, the league office announced yesterday.


Gilbert finished the week with a total of 41 points and 20 rebounds as the Mocs claimed the Challenge in Music City title, defeating Northwestern, Georgetown and Auburn over the course of three days. Gilbert was named the tournament MVP for her performance, as she averaged 37.7 minutes per game and 13.7 points per game and shot 53 percent from the floor. This is the first weekly award of her career.

 

In High School Hoops last night…The Richland Lady Raiders lost to Cornersville…51 to 40. Jessie Jennings led the way for the Lady Raiders with 18 points.


In the nightcap…The Raiders evened the slate on the night with a 48 to 36 win over the Bulldogs. Hunter Inman lead the way with 23 points on the night.

 

Giles County had a twinbill against Lincoln County last night…No score was reported in the Girls contest.


In the Boys game…Lincoln County topped the Bobcats 57 to 50.

 

The Martin Methodist Women’s Soccer team dug deep and found a way to survive and advance as it won a penalty kick shootout after a 2-2 draw over # 16 Marian University to advance to the national quarterfinal.


The RedHawks and Knights played to a stalemate after 90 minutes thanks to a flurry of late goals.


The RedHawks were gifted a break at the start of the shootout as the Knights missed their first attempt off the crossbar. Sophomore midfielder Riko Sagara sent her attempt into the back of the net and gave the RedHawks an early lead.


Hikaru Nakamura and Millene Cabral converted the second and third penalties, to put the RedHawks ahead 3-1 after three full rounds.


Marian converted their fourth round attempt, then freshman defender Ashlyn Wiggins delivered under pressure with a shot that slipped into the back of the net and sent the RedHawks back to the national quarterfinal.


The RedHawks advanced to their eighth all-time quarterfinal and their third in the last four seasons.


The RedHawks will meet either # 8 seed University of Mobile or # 9 seed Benedictine University in Wednesday’s quarterfinal.


Kickoff in Wednesday’s matchup is set for 11 a.m. at the Orange Beach SportsPlex.