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

Depleted men’s cagers lose two more

By Jim Hayes

Already reeling from the loss of four players who were ruled academically ineligible over Christmas, the Volunteer State Community College Men’s basketball team now must deal with two players who have left the team.

Sophomore Kevin Rimmer, a starter, and freshman Jayson Brown are no longer with the Pioneers. Rimmer missed four games with an injury to his throat and has elected not to return. Brown left for personal reasons. Continue reading

Vol State has “handshake agreement” to obtain land for Wilson County expansion

By Jim Hayes

Volunteer State Community College has begun the long and winding road to establishing a satellite campus somewhere in Wilson County.

Campus President Dr. Jerry Faulkner, announced that Vol State has a “handshake” agreement to acquire 10 acres of land in Wilson County at a faculty meeting last week.
During an interview with The Settler, he indicated that the current owner will donate 2.5 acres of that land, leaving the college to come up with funding for the other 7.5 acres.
Faulkner would not disclose the precise locatiohttp://settleronline.org/wp-admin/post-new.phpn of the land. Continue reading