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Low Scoring Contest Between Riverdale and Blackman

The Riverdale Warriors traveled to face off against the Blackman Blaze in week 6 of the high school football season. Riverdale got the scoring started...
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Murfreesboro Student Takes Part in Bank of America Leadership Program

Bank of America announced that the four Nashville-area high school graduates selected as Student Leaders (#BofAStudentLeaders) have started their paid summer internship experience of leadership, civic...
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6 Rutherford County Teams Prepare for TSSAA Football Playoffs

Six Rutherford County teams hope to start long runs in the TSSA football playoffs, which begin today, Friday Nov 2. Here's a look at...
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Oakland Topples Blackman in Battle for 3-6A

by Dale Krisle, tnhighschoolfootball.com The annual Blackman-Oakland rivalry game has become one of the most anticipated games of the midstate high school football calendar. An...

Teacher accused of being intoxicated on Blackman Middle School’s campus

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – A teacher at Blackman Middle School is accused of being drunk on campus Wednesday morning. According to Rutherford County Schools, the...
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Mother identifies second Blackman High School student killed in crash

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Family members have identified a second Blackman High School student killed Saturday morning in a crash along a rural...

Blackman High’s AP Receives State Honor

The Tennessee Association of Secondary School Principals has selected Rutherford County Schools' Dr. Amy Connifey-Marlin as the Assistant Principal of the Year. "We are excited...

Jennings Jumpstarts Momentum Shift—Helps Vols Beat Gators

Tennessee had not beaten Florida in eleven years. After several dropped passes and a 21-3 halftime deficit, it looked like the Gators would run...

Former Rutherford Football Standouts Receive Praise

The Tennessee Volunteers shook off a sluggish start to beat Virginia Tech 45-24 at Bristol Motor Speedway. The game, billed as the “biggest game...

An Interview With Blackman Basketball Coach Barry Wortman

by Wesley Talley TSSAA's Men's State Tournament gets under way at MTSU's Murphy Center today. The odds on favorite to win  this year’s gold ball are the undefeated Blaze from Blackman High School. Their head coach, Barry Wortman, took  some time out of his preparation to answer a few questions about the tournament. Coach my first question is, coming into this tournament what would you consider your team's two  biggest strengths?  Well no doubt our two biggest strengths are that our team is really together and really play for each other, committed to each other. So I really like our chemistry and I really think we have a nice level of toughness. Those two things   allow you to play in tournament basketball. When you get down to the eight best teams in the state you're going to  face some adversity, you're going to face tough times through the course of a game. So it's good to have a team that  plays for each other and that plays together, that has that nice level of toughness. If you could pick two weaknesses? With such a great season maybe looking past a few opponents  could be one?  Yeah, absolutely. Two weaknesses going into the tournament, there's no doubt we’ve been a team at times that has   relied on jump shooting. We want to make sure we don't settle. Obviously shoot open shots, but drive the basketball and get to the foul line. The key in any tournament play is, stay out of foul trouble. That's always a concern for a team. The next thing I want to ask is with all the attention Crystal Dangerfield received this season, do you think her getting so much spotlight took a little off your team? Allowing your guys to play a little  more loose, and in turn play better? Well we won it two years ago and we’ve been to five straight tournaments. So we’re the hunted, not the hunter. We  play with a big target on our backs. But our team and our basketball staff have so much love and respect  Dangerfield. Being around her, you pull for her so much and all her success, and what she's done for Blackman High School basketball. We’re not only excited for what she's done at Blackman, but what she's done for her future at  Connecticut. But to answer along those lines, all the success she's had we just try to feed off that with our basketball program. With my last question I want to know after having so much success this season and in prior seasons how do you keep it a “one game at a time mentality?” Obviously you all expect to be playing for championships, but how do you not overlook Science Hill?  Well first of all we have a huge respect for Science Hill. They're one of the premier programs in our state and they've won three state championships over the years. We have a ton of respect for their program and a real respect for their team this season. Our guys have bumped heads with theirs in camp settings over the summer so we know how tough they are and know what we're getting into. There won't be any looking over a Science Hill program as good as they  are. Coach Wortman and his Blackman Blaze open up tournament play at 1:15 today at the Murphy Center. For more  games this week you can visit TSSAA.org