Vol State men win first road game of year

By Jim Hayes

Winning their first road game of the year, the Volunteer State Community College Pioneers upset the Columbia Sate Community College 76-73 Wednesday night at Columbia State Community College.

The win marked the first time the Chargers had lost on their home court this year and left Vol State with a 4-13 conference record heading into last Saturday’s final game on the road at last place Jackson State Community College.

The win did not have any effect on the Pioneer’s seeding for the conference tournament which begins next week at Cleveland State Community College. Cleveland State is 6-10 in conference play as of Thursday. Continue reading

Harriman explodes for 24 off of bench; keys Vol State’s 74-66 win

By Jim Hayes

Sophomore guard Kelsey Harriman exploded for 24 points, including 7 of 9 3-point shots, to give the Volunteer State Community College Ladies basketball team a 74-66 win over the Southwest Tennessee Community College Saluqi’s Wednesday night in Pickel Fieldhouse.

Harriman, last year’s nation-leading 3-point shooter, had lost her starting position after a season long slump and illness.

“I’m so happy and proud of that kid,” said Pioneer Head Coach Otis Key. “She’s been struggling all year and got sick a little bit in the middle of the year and has been fighting like heck to get back.” Continue reading

Loss to Saluqis seals men’s tourney fate

By Jim Hayes

An ice-cold 30 percent shooting night from the field Wednesday night not only left the Volunteer State Community College Pioneer basketball team with an 61-56 home loss to the Southwest Tennessee State Community College Saluqis, but also sealed their conference tournament fate.

The loss left the Pioneers with a 3-12 conference record with just three games to play. They will host third place Dyersburg State Community College in the season’s final home game at Pickel Field house Saturday at 4 p.m. before finishing the season on the road with a 7:30 p.m. game at Columbia State Community College and a 4 p.m. game Saturday at Jackson State Community College.
Winning all three games would leave the Pioneers with a 6-12 conference record. Cleveland State Community College and Roane State Community College sport 6-9 and 6-10 conference records respectively as of Thursday afternoon. If Cleveland State and Roane State lose their remaining games, the Pioneers would be tied with them in the conference and would have to play on the tournament’s first day, March 1, at Cleveland State. Continue reading

Basketball squads trying to avoid having to play into conference tourneys

By Jim Hayes

Both the Volunteer State Community College Men’s and Women’s basketball squads are in jeopardy of having to win play-in games to make the Division VII conference tournament which begins March 1, at Cleveland State Community College.

As of now, the Lady Pioneers control their own destiny. With five games left in conference play, they sport a 4-7 record, pending the outcome of road games this weekend at Walters State and Roane State Community Colleges last Friday and Saturday.

The Lady Pioneers lost to Walters State, 78-50, Jan. 11, and beat Roan State 61-51, Jan. 12. Both of those games were on the Pioneers home court. The Lady Pioneers then will return home for a 5:30 p.m. game with Southwest Tennessee Community College. whom they lost to 67-50, January 18. Continue reading

Homecoming cancelled due to lack of “school spirit”

By Jim Hayes

Volunteer State Community College will not celebrate homecoming this year because, “nobody gets into it. We have a lot of lack of school support,” said Coordinator of Student Activities, Tabitha Sherrell. “ Our athletes don’t get into it. No one shows up for the games.”

While there will be no formal homecoming, the Pioneers last home appearance, a home double header in which both the men and women will play Dyersburg State beginning at 2 p.m., Feb. 16, in Pickel Fieldhouse, will feature some special attractions. Continue reading