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BASKETBALL: CHS Lady Raiders, Raiders picked to be near top of District 9-4A at media day

Pictured at the 2023 basketball media day are, from left, sophomore Natalie Barnes, CHS girls head coach Joe Pat Cope, junior Olivia Vinson and junior Channah Gannon. -- Photo by Holly Peterson, THUNDER RADIO WMSR

Basketball season tips off in three weeks and Coffee County Central’s programs are expected to be among the tops in the newly formed District 9-4A – at least that is according to district media and coaches.

The Coffee County Lady Raiders were unanimously selected as the preseason favorite to win the league by district coaches and received 9 of 10 first place votes among media to claim the top spot at the District 9-4A Media Day hosted by Thunder Radio at Boskey’s Grille in Manchester Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Raider boys were selected as the preseason no. 2 by both the coaches and media.

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“This is a strong basketball district,” said Coffee County head girls coach Joe Pat Cope. “When you look at it top to bottom, 4 of these 6 teams were district champions last year in their respective district last year.”

Cope is speaking of his own team, who won District 6-4A tournament; Warren County, who was co-regular season champion of District 6-4A; Columbia, who won District 12-4A and Lincoln County, who won District 8-3A.

“When it comes to district contests, like (Shelbyville girls) coach (Kyle) Turnham said earlier, there is no match for the intensity and the competition each night,” said CHS head boys coach Andrew Taylor. “It will be a dog fight night in and night out when we get into it.”

PRESEASON POLL RESULTS BELOW:

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MEDIA PRESEASON POLLS DISTRICT 9-4A

Girls

1.Coffee County – 59pts

2. Lincoln County – 43pts

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3. Columbia – 40pts

4. Warren County – 33pts

5. Shelbyville – 24pts

6. Spring Hill – 11pts

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Boys

1. Warren County – 46pts

2. Coffee County – 43pts

3. Columbia – 41pts

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4. Shelbyville – 28pts

T5. Spring Hill – 26pts

T5. Lincoln County – 26pts

PRESEASON COACHES POLL

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Girls

1. Coffee County – 36

2. Lincoln County – 27

3. Columbia – 25

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4. Warren County – 17

5. Shelbyville – 13

6. Spring Hill – 8

Boys

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1. Columbia – 20

2. Coffee County – 17

3. Warren County – 14

T4. Lincoln County – 11

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T4. Shelbyville – 11

T4. Spring Hill – 11

Season tips off Nov. 14

Coffee County basketball season tips off Nov. 14 at home against Cane Ridge – girls at 6 p.m. with the boys to follow. Both games can be heard live on Thunder Radio WMSR AM 1320, 107.9 FM, 106.7 FM, Manchester Go app and thunder1320.com.

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Lady Raider basketball schedule 2023-2024. Cover art Channah Gannon (45) and Olivia Vinson (21).
Red Raider basketball schedule 2023-2024. Cover art Cooper Reed and Jackson Shemwell (5).
Pictured at 2023 basketball media day are, from left, senior Cooper Reed, CHS boys coach Andrew Taylor and senior Jackson Shemwell. — Photo by Holly Peterson, THUNDER RADIO WMSR

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