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101st Airborne Division Task Force Strike: The Gun Raid

 

Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Northern, Iraq – Staff Sgt. Darryl “Gunny” Joseph leapt into the night of northern Iraq as the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter touched down, the dust from the rotary wash clouding his vision. His mission was simple: set up the landing zone and guide in the aircraft carrying the M777 artillery pieces to the raid site.

The process of setting up a landing zone, or sling load area, was not new to him. Back at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Joseph and the Soldiers from Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, “Task Force Strike,” practiced sling load operations many times before.

But this was not a training exercise; this was the real deal.

U.S Army Soldiers with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Strike, execute a fire mission in northern Iraq, Aug. 14 2016, during an operation to support the Iraqi army. Battery C is supporting the Iraqi security forces with indirect fires as retake territory from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. (1st Lt. Daniel I Johnson/Released)

U.S Army Soldiers with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Strike, execute a fire mission in northern Iraq, Aug. 14 2016, during an operation to support the Iraqi army. Battery C is supporting the Iraqi security forces with indirect fires as retake territory from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. (1st Lt. Daniel I Johnson/Released)

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Wright’s Free Throw Advances Northwest Vikings past West Creek Coyotes, 53-52, in District Tournament

 

Northwest High School VikingsClarksville, TN – The first round District 10-AAA tournament game between the #1 Northwest Vikings (17-10) and the #8 West Creek Coyotes (4-24) at Northwest High School Friday night came very close to being an upset. However, some last second defense and a clutch free throw made by Northwest senior center Marice Wright kept that from happening.

With five seconds left in the game, Wright made a free throw to give the Vikings the 53-52 win over the Coyotes and advance to the semifinals of the District 10-AAA tournament.

Northwest Boy's Basketball gets 53-52 win over West Creek in District Tournament.

Northwest Boy’s Basketball gets 53-52 win over West Creek in District Tournament.

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Rossview Hawks Cruise Past West Creek Coyotes, 49-40, For Second Straight District Win

 

Rossview High School HawksServall Termite & Pest ControlClarksville, TN – Since the holiday break, the Rossview Hawks (10-6, 2-5) have been soaring. Tuesday night their flight continued over the West Creek Coyotes at West Creek High School. The Hawks earned their second district win over the Coyotes, 49-40.

A strong Hawks defense added to miscues and poor offensive execution in the second and third quarters for the Coyotes. They scored just 10 points in the two quarters after scoring 10 points in the first quarter. This was only the third time this season they were held to 40 or less points.

Rossview Boy's Basketball gets 49-40 win over West Creek.

Rossview Boy’s Basketball gets 49-40 win over West Creek.

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Big fourth quarter powers Clarksville High Wildcats past West Creek Coyotes, 69-59

 

Clarksville High School WildcatsServall Termite & Pest ControlClarksville, TN – Clarksville High School’s boys basketball team outscored West Creek High School 20-11 in the fourth quarter, Tuesday, January 6th at William Workman Gymnasium, to pull away for a 69-59 victory and ending a three-game losing streak.

The Wildcats (6-8, 3-2 District 10-AAA) held a slim one-point lead, 49-48, over West Creek heading into the fourth quarter, but saw the Coyotes (3-14, 0-5 District 10-AAA) take their first lead since the opening quarter, 56-54, with 3:11 left in the game following a bucket by WCHS’s James Johnson.

Clarksville High Boy's Basketball beats West Creek Tuesday night. (Michael Rios/Clarksville Sports Network)

Clarksville High Boy’s Basketball beats West Creek Tuesday night. (Michael Rios/Clarksville Sports Network)

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Kenwood Knights Smite West Creek Coyotes, 66-49, remain Undefeated in District 10-AAA

 

Kenwood High SchoolServall Termite & Pest ControlClarksville, TN – The next chapter of the rivalry of the Peacher’s Mills Road Schools was written Friday night. In that chapter the Kenwood Knights tamed the West Creek Coyotes, 66-49.

Both teams came out running and gunning in the first period, setting a fast pace where both teams scored double digit points. But when the pace slowed in the second period, the Knights offense executed in the half court while the Coyotes offense stalled. The Knights outscored the Coyotes 15-5 in the second period, taking over the game and never relinquishing control.

Kenwood Boy's Basketball gets 66-49 win over Kenwood.

Kenwood Boy’s Basketball gets 66-49 win over Kenwood.

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Mo Pressley leads West Creek High School past Springfield in Consolation Game of the District 10-AAA Tournament

 

West Creek High School Coyotes - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – West Creek High School’s Mo Pressley scored 13 of his game-high 19 points in the third quarter, February 18th at Rossview High School, to lead the Coyotes past the Springfield Yellowjackets 54-42 to take the consolation game of the District 10-AAA tournament.

Both teams will advance to the Region 5-AAA tournament, February 22nd, with Springfield traveling to Mt. Juliet High School and West Creek heading to Hendersonville play Beech High School.

West Creek boy's basketball defeats Springfield in 10-AAA Tournament. (Michael Rios-Clarksville Sports Network)

West Creek boy’s basketball defeats Springfield in 10-AAA Tournament. (Michael Rios-Clarksville Sports Network)

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West Creek Coyotes Ground Northeast Eagles 60-50 in District 10-AAA Tournament Quarterfinals

 

West Creek High School Coyotes - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – For the West Creek Coyotes, the District 10-AAA Boys Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal match up against the Northeast Eagles Friday Night at home was a tale of two halves.

After scoring only 15 points in the first half, the West Creek Coyotes exploded for a 20-point third period, and went on to outscore the Eagles 45 to 29 in the second half to get the win, 60-50.

West Creek boys basketball downs Northeast in District action. (Michael Rios-Clarksville Sports Network)

West Creek boys basketball downs Northeast in District action. (Michael Rios-Clarksville Sports Network)

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Clarksville High Wildcats outlast West Creek in overtime for 73-72 District 10-AAA victory

 

Clarksville High School WildcatsClarksville, TN – Two late free throws by Tyriek Cheatham gave Clarksville High School a one-point lead, January 7th, but it wasn’t until a miss at the buzzer by West Creek High School that the Wildcats were able to seal away a 73-72 District 10-AAA overtime victory over the Coyotes.

Cheatham’s free throws with 19.2 seconds left gave Clarksville High (6-10, 2-3 District 10-AAA) the lead in the overtime period after West Creek had led by as many as three points in the extra stanza following a bucket by Jachin Almon, with 1:41 left.

Clarksville High Boys Basketball defeats West Creek

Clarksville High Boys Basketball defeats West Creek

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Kenwood High School Knights Basketball remains unbeaten with 70-48 victory over West Creek

 

Kenwood High SchoolClarksville, TN – In a matchup between the final two boys teams that were undefeated in District 10-AAA play, Kenwood High School came out on top, December 13th, as the Knights pulled away over the final three quarters for a 70-48 victory over West Creek High.

Ranked eighth in the Midstate Top 10 Boys Basketball Poll, Kenwood (7-1, 3-0 District 10-AAA) was tied with West Creek, 13-13, after the first quarter.

Kenwood Boys Basketball defeats West Creek.

Kenwood Boys Basketball defeats West Creek.

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West Creek High School Coyotes run away from Rossview Hawks at CMCSS Basketball Jamboree 37-18

 

West Creek High School Coyotes - Clarksville, TNRossview High School HawksClarksville, TN – West Creek High School broke open a three-point game versus Rossview High School, November 7th at the Dunn Center, in the Clarksville Montgomery County School System (CMCSS) Basketball Jamboree by closing out the contest with a 16-0 run for a 37-18 victory.

The Coyotes led 21-17 at the end of the first quarter, before seeing the Hawks score the first point of the second period – on 1-of-2 free throws by Cannon Campbell — at the 7:31 mark to cut the deficit to three.

West Creek High School defeats Rossview High School

West Creek High School defeats Rossview High School

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