After several months of sitting on the sideline, Robertson County and White House athletes returned with flair, piling on exciting moments and historic accomplishments.
Here are 10 of the best sports moments from this school year:
1. East Robertson baseball runs table, brings home first baseball title
May 28, 2021
The Indians delivered the school its first state baseball title in spectacular fashion. They never lost in their 10 postseason games, and their arms shut opponents down.
In their four state tournament games, Van True, Peyton Clinton, Dylan Stroud, Alex Patterson and Peyton Smith allowed only one run.
Head coach Derek Wix and his team could not have imagined running through state the way they did, but as a former Indian himself, he was thrilled to bring home the title to Cross Plains.
“When I took the job over, I just wanted to make our town proud, our East Robertson community proud,” Wix said. “With the way that we play, win or lose, the way we go about our work in practice, we just wanted to make East Robertson proud.”
2. Cardiac Cats: Greenbrier baseball and softball come back three times in one day
May 26, 2021
Greenbrier’s spring sports each had memorable seasons. The boys soccer team won the most games in team history, and the baseball and softball teams ran through their district, regional and sectional matchups untouched, all on their home fields.
Their play on the diamonds was good enough to get them to the Spring Fling in Murfreesboro. After losing their first-round matchups, both the baseball and softball teams faced do-or-die games on Wednesday.
The Bobcats faced a 5-4 deficit with two outs in the bottom of the seventh and pulled through. Senior Gabe Matherley hit the walk-off RBI double.
At that same moment, the Lady Cats trailed 13-8 in the bottom of the seventh. Junior Kayla Doble rocked a grand slam to tie the game, and they won in the eighth inning.
The baseball team returned for their second game Wednesday and came back once again in the seventh inning to stay alive for another day.
Three games. Three wins. One day.
3. Jo Byrns boys basketball wins district title for first time since 2001
February 24, 2021
Jojo Northington has been a part of the last two district basketball titles at Jo Byrns. One as a player in 2001, the other as the head coach in 2021.
Led by seniors Jayden Caira, Bryce Cox and Logan Head, the Red Devils took the regular season District 9-A title and played for the tournament crown against Houston County.
They scored the game’s first 14 points en route to a dominant 68-41 win over Houston County.
“Once we got to our senior year, we said we have to get one,” Cox said. “This is our last chance we’ll ever get to get it in high school ever, so I guess we got it.”
The Red Devils advanced all the way to the sectional round in one of the best seasons in program history.
4. Springfield softball shocks Clarksville to win Region 5-AAA title
May 19, 2021
The Lady Jackets ran into the buzzsaw that was Clarksville and District 10-AAA MVP Sydney Weatherford six times throughout this season. The first five games all ended as losses.
The sixth was for the Region 5-AAA championship, and finally Springfield came out on top.
The Lady Jackets trailed 3-1 after three innings but scored the final nine runs to claim the victory and get home-field for their sectional game.
They ultimately came up one game short of the state tournament, but getting a victory over a stellar opponent that they had already suffered so much from had to feel good.
5. WH Heritage boys basketball earns District 9-AA title
February 24, 2021
The White House Heritage Patriots finished the regular season with a 11-1 District 9-AA record, good enough for the tournament’s No. 1 seed.
After their first-round bye, they defeated Cheatham County to advance to the championship game against Sycamore, the only district opponent they lost to.
The Patriots overcame Sycamore’s slow pace of play by a score of 51-40 to win their second district championship in the last three years.
Heritage was knocked out in the regional semifinal to finish their season, but there were still plenty of accomplishments to celebrate as eight seniors, including Ben Branlund and Damonate Teasley finished their careers.
6. White House baseball locks up District 9-AA with sweep of WH Heritage
April 26-27, 2021
The Blue Devils faced the Patriots twice in late April to decide who would be the No. 1 seed in the District 10-AA tournament. After winning the first game, the math for White House was simple.
If they won the second game, they would win the regular season title.
Heritage held all the momentum through the first six innings, holding a lead throughout, but it all changed in the seventh. The Blue Devils scored all four of their runs in the final inning to claim the district title.
Senior Dustin Palmer and sophomore Zane Brown did enough to give their team a chance, and they came through to win a district title on their rivals’ home field.
7. Jo Byrns softball dominates Houston County to win District 9-A
May 14, 2021
The Lady Devils faced Houston County twice during the regular season and came up short both times.
They faced each other twice in the district tournament with opposite results. Jo Byrns defeated the Fighting Irish 2-1 to advance to the regional tournament and faced them again two days later for the District 9-A crown.
Houston County threw their best pitcher to get to that point and rested her for the second game. The Lady Devils took advantage, exploding for a 16-0 victory.
District 9-A MVP Korey Harris helped guide them all the way to their first sectional appearance in program history.
8. Springfield football wins Region 5-4A championship over Creek Wood
October 30, 2020
After trailing 14-10 at halftime, the Yellow Jackets clinched their third consecutive regional championship with a 38-14 victory over Creek Wood.
Seniors Kevontez Hudson and Gabe Kelly both starred all season long for head coach Dustin Wilson. Hudson totaled 231 yards and four touchdowns on the night. Kelly had 56 receiving yards and a touchdown as well as a key interception on the defensive side of the ball.
The Yellow Jackets did not lose a Region 5-4A game and have only one such loss over the last three seasons.
For the senior class, the loss to Hardin County to end the season hurt, but three titles in that region is something they can always look back on.
9. Various accomplishments across the county
Trying to fit the best moments of the year into ten spots is impossible. There are so many more team-defining moments as well as individual accomplishments.
The Jo Byrns girls basketball team advanced to the sectional round. The White House girls basketball team made their first regional tournament since 2008. The White House Heritage girls soccer team advanced to sectionals the second year in a row.
Greenbrier’s golf team advanced to the state tournament where they placed fifth. Sophomore Tyler Williamson finished tied for fifth.
White House Heritage had six runners reach state, and Greenbrier’s Paxton Maness finished 13th in the state shot put.
Heritage also sent three wrestlers to the state tournament in the second year of the program, and Lucas Taylor finished second in the 152-lb. weight class.
Springfield native Isaiah West helped bring Goodpasture basketball a state title of their own.
10. WH Heritage boys soccer claims first district championship since 2014
May 12, 2021
The Patriots missed their first season with head coach Mark Redferrin last season but began building a culture that paid off this year.
They enjoyed a 14-game undefeated streak throughout most of their season and won every one of their district games.
They faced White House twice this year. The first meeting resulted in a 2-1 Patriots’ victory, the first over the Blue Devils since 2015.
The second meeting was Heritage’s 1-0 victory in the district championship, their first since 2014.
“I think it’s just validation to these players and to our fans and to our school community of what we’re trying to do here and what I’m trying to accomplish with our team,” Redferrin said.
There is not enough ink in the printer to write every sports achievement in the Robertson County-area, but what a blessing it is to be able to talk about a full sports year.
I want to say thank you to every athlete, coach and parent for giving us the memories.