For the second time in the past seven years the Greater Tri-Cities Darting Association (GTCDA) has brought home a state championship.
On Saturday, Feb. 10, the GTCDA team of Tracy Rafalowski, Timmy Walker, Tony White, Don Wiggins and Jerome Light captured the 2007 Tennessee Team Darting Championship in Nashville. And it took overtime to decide the final outcome.
After 10 hours of round-robin competition, the GTCDA team was tied with the host Nashville Darting Association team.
Both teams had won 26 out of a possible 36 games played. The matches consisted of two out of three doubles 501, cricket and a four-man 801.
The playoff to decide the championship came down to a final game of 801. GTCDA jumped out to a comfortable lead and cruised home with the title.
"Beating Nashville on their home board made it that much sweeter," said Rafalowski, the local team's captain.
While the Greater Tri-Cities Darting Association consists of about 200 members, the larger associations like Chattanooga have as many as 1,000 players.
"Considering our size, it's a real feather in our cap to win a state championship in the team competition," Rafalowski said.
Besides bragging rights, GTCDA will host the 2008 Tennessee team championship.
"We're really looking forward to have the other teams in the state come to Tri-Cities next year," Rafalowski said.
The state individual darting championships will be in two weeks in Chattanooga.
The GTCDA has 30 teams that compete on Mondays and Tuesdays in league play.
‘Tri-Cities wins junior high titles
After winning the East Tennessee Christian Athletic Association regular season crowns, the Tri-Cities Christian boys and girls junior high basketball teams captured the ETCAA tournament titles at Seymour Christian Feb. 12-13.
The Eagles' Drew Davenport was named the boys MVP while Hannah Hayes earned the girls MVP honors.
Davenport, Jayden Cook and Benji Nunn made the boys all-tournament team for Tri-Cities. Joining Hayes on the girls all-tournament team were Lauren Miller and Carol Hensley.
John Rose coaches the Eagles' boys while Bob Anderson coaches the Lady Eagles.
‘Vandeventer wins golf tournament in Arizona
Jay Vandeventer from Bristol, Va., won the International Junior Golf Tour event played this past weekend at the Arizona State University golf course.
Vandeventer shot rounds of 68-69 for a 7-under-par total and a 4-shot victory.