Kerrick Thorne Lifts Howard to Region Title Over Tyner

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East Ridge, TN-(WDEF-TV) Howard big man Kerrick Thorne scored 19 points to lead the Hustlin’ Tigers to a 66-58 victory over Tyner for the Region 3-AA title on Thursday at East Ridge high school. It was Howard’s first win over the Rams in four tries this season. Tyner enjoyed a one point lead at halftime even though they played the entire second quarter without stay player Kobe Smith, who was injured in the first quarter. Smith tried to enter the game in the third quarter, but went back to the bench. He gutted it out in the fourth quarter, and he helped lead a Rams comeback. Howard pushed their lead to 14 early in the fourth quarter. That’s when Kobe Smith went to work, as he hit three treys in the final quarter. Smith’s three with 1:40 to play cut Howard’s lead to five. But on the Hustlin’ Tigers next series, Meechie Bowen banked home a three pointer as Howard held on for the win.

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.