published Friday, December 7th, 2012

Broken wrist sidelines Bledsoe County's Collins

Broken wrist sidelines Collins

Bledsoe County sophomore Nathaniel Collins had surgery Thursday to repair a broken wrist suffered in a 4-wheeling accident during Thanksgiving break.

Basketball coach Mark Cagle said there was ligament damage on both sides of Collins' wrist and the surgery included inserting a screw and four pins. His return to the court is highly unlikely this season.

"It would take a miracle," Cagle said. "The pins won't come out until mid-January, and he'll have to have therapy when they do come out."

With the loss of the 6-foot-6 Collins, the Warriors will lean on Dylan Frechette, Chad Cagle and Connor Boynton to step up production.


Copeland tops 1,000

Bradley Central junior Brooke Copeland topped the 1,000-point mark in the Bearettes' District 5-AAA victory over Cleveland last week, and she was honored before the Soddy-Daisy game on Dec. 4.

Copeland has played in 73 games in her career and averaged 14 points per outing. This year the 6-foot-2 post is averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds per game, helping the team to a 5-0 start leading into a road game at White County tonight.


Woods finally honored

It took more than half a year, but Meigs County junior Levi Woods finally got recognized for scoring the 1,000th point in his high school career. He surpassed the plateau last season in the Tigers' final home game.

Coach Sammy Perkinson passed on holding a ceremony in Meigs County's opener this season against visiting Bledsoe County since it was a TSSAA Hall of Fame game. That meant having to wait through two road games and a Thanksgiving tournament at Oliver Springs before the next home game.

Finally, Woods was honored on Nov. 27 when the Tigers hosted and defeated neighboring McMinn County 61-51.

"We thought by doing it then it might give us a little more inspiration," Perkinson said. "And it did."

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