Boone graduate overcomes to reach her dreams By MARINA WATERS

Baylor Padgett’s skills on the green are fueling her future.

By MARINA WATERS

Staff Writer

mwaters@heraldandtribune.com

If you had told recent Daniel Boone High School graduate Baylor Padgett years ago that she’d be heading to Emory & Henry to play golf, she might not have believed you.

“When I first started golf, I was not to the point where I thought I could play in college. I kind of just wrote it off and I didn’t think about it,” Padgett said. “But I started getting private lessons and working at it and I fell in love with it. When I finally got contacted by Emory & Henry. I was like, ‘Well I didn’t think I was good enough to play for anybody, but I’d love to.’ That’s when I guess I started thinking about it.”

Now, Padgett has signed to continue her academic and athletic career at Emory & Henry. But for the Boone Trailblazer, golf was more than just a ticket to college and playing at the next level; it’s also served as a place where real life problems can be left behind the moment she steps foot on the green.

“Golf was a big rescue for me,” Padgett said. “One of the things I do enjoy about golf is the numbers don’t lie. You can’t pick favorites. It doesn’t matter what you’re wearing or what kind of clubs you have, who your friends are or anything like that. It’s you and your hard work.”

Overcoming obstacles and working hard are two things that are far from foreign for the recent high school graduate.

Padgett said that up until age 13, she experienced abuse, living with birth parents who were both addicted to drugs and alcohol. The golfer said she was also homeless and battled bullying throughout school. But when she was 13, she was given the chance at a new life when she was adopted by her new family.

Left to right, Jean Couch (grandma), Kem Padgett (mom), Baylor Padgett and Tony Padgett (dad) celebrate Baylor’s success.

“It played a really big part in if something was tough or something was going on and I wasn’t working through it at practices or if I was having problems,” Padgett said. “I wouldn’t wanna quit because I had gone through so much growing up. So I kind of reflected that back on golf.”

As a way to never take an opportunity for granted, Padgett said she is dedicated to working hard and giving everything — on and off the golf course — her best shot.

“I’m super grateful for all that I have,” Padgett said. “I put in a lot of work into everything because not everyone gets the opportunities that I’ve gotten, so I want to do my best at everything I’ve been able to do. When someone gives you an opportunity, you don’t waste it. You’ve got to kind of make the most of it.”

Working hard isn’t the only thing Padgett strives to do, especially as she heads to Emory, Virginia to pursue a major in psychology and a minor in civic innovation to achieve her goal of becoming a social worker.

Padgett has been accepted as a Bonner Scholar, a program that offers four-year community service scholarships to 1,500 students each year. As part of the program, Bonner Scholars log volunteer hours within the community. For Padgett, that means she’ll get the chance to be placed with a social work agency where she will gain hands-on experience in helping kids.

Mostly, she said, she wants to serve as an advocate, much like the one she had leading up to her own adoption.

“What I really want to do is help as many kids as possible who are going through my situation,” Padgett said, “because I know when I was going through what I was, my social worker, when she actually placed me with my family and she came and talked to me, it was great. I loved having someone that I knew was there for me and was kind of biased and pulled out of the situation and would tell me honestly what she thought was going on and how things were going to work. I want to be that kind of person for someone else.”

Overall, Padgett said she will head to Emory with more than just a desire to help others; along the way, she said she’s also gained a plethora of life lessons that she will carry with her wherever she goes.

“You don’t know what’s going on in other people’s lives. You always just have to be nice to people, you have to always try to be kind and do to others what you would want them to do to you, “ Padgett said. “I think another thing for me is that I’m really super grateful for everything that I have. Six years ago if you would have told me I’d be driving my own car and going to college and having everything paid for, I would have basically called you crazy.”

In looking back, Padgett said she knew the exact advice she would have given herself during her childhood hardships — and it’s the same advice she said she’d give to any one else in the same spot she was in.

“Don’t ever give up on yourself. Other people may have. I know my biological parents did. I know a lot of teachers or my friends, they didn’t think I was going anywhere. But it’s not what their opinion is, it’s where you think you’re going to go or where your hard work is going to get you. So if you have a goal or have this dream that you want to achieve, it’s up to you to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and go for it because it doesn’t matter what anyone else says. It’s about what you think about yourself.”

Runners represent Boone at state track championship

From left to right, Maria Chellah, Patricia Chellah, Judy Chellah McCoy and Marley McCoy competed in the 8×400-meter relay at the state meet. The girls earned the third place spot at the meet.

From STAFF REPORTS

Daniel Boone had five runners compete in the state track championships on Thursday, May 24, at Middle Tennessee State University.

Caitlin Cutshall soars during the pole vault competition at the state championship meet.

Boone was represented by sophmore Judy Chellah, senior Maria Chellah, freshman Patricia Chellah, junior Caitlin Cutshall and junior Marley McCoy. The five athletes came away with all-state medals and honors. They also earned third place finishes at the meet and scored a total of 18 points to finish 14th overall in the team standings out of over 50 scoring teams

Caitlin Cutshall placed third in the pole vault at 10’ for her second consecutive all-state honor. Cutshall placed fourth at the 2017 meet.

Cutshall shows off her state medal after pole vaulting at the meet and placing third overall.

The girls 4×800-meter relay, comprised on the three Chellah sisters and McCoy, placed third in the relay clocking in at 9:36.

Maria Chellah, who recently signed to continue her academic and athletic career at Lincoln Memorial University, also placed third in the 800-meter race, clocking in at 2:17 for her second all-state honor of the day. Maria Chellah earned all-state last year with a fifth place in the 400 meters.

Boone runner sets sights on next level

Carson Walls (front middle) signs to continue his academic and athletic career at Tusculum College  at his signing day while joined by his family and coaches.

By MARINA WATERS

Staff Writer

mwaters@heraldandtribune.com

It’s almost been a year since Daniel Boone High School senior Carson Walls decided he wanted to run at the collegiate level.

With the help of his coaches, he realized his goal could be accomplished. And that goal was met when he officially signed with Tusculum College to continue his academic and athletic career.

“I didn’t really think (of running in college) until last summer really,” Walls said. “It’s always been a goal, but it’s not something I thought I’d ever actually do until then. My coaches told me if I kept working at it and kept getting my times down that it was a possible goal. But it was definitely a shock to me until this week.”

Walls said he was in middle school when he first decided to join the cross country team. After also talking to his father, who also ran when he was in school, Walls decided to give running a try. Little did he know, he’d fall in love with the sport.

“I thought I’d give it a shot,” Walls said. “I tried it out and I liked it pretty well in middle school and went on to do it in high school. But I didn’t really buy into the program until last summer. That’s when I really started seeing improvements. That’s when I really fell in love with the sport. This year I definitely fell in love with it.”

Since he started running, Carson has been named an all-conference and all-region cross country runner who has also competed at state. And now, he’s ready to continue on that path at Tusculum, where he plans to pursue a degree in science.

“I’m just looking forward to having the opportunity to continue running,” Walls said. “I’m really looking forward to running at the collegiate level and seeing all the new challenges and races and new obstacles. And I would definitely say the opportunity to run at the next level and meeting new people and a new team (is exciting).”

But Walls had his share of obstacles as a high school runner; during his junior year, he grew six to seven inches taller and thus had growth plate issues when training.

“That was really frustrating,” Walls said. “That spring I missed a lot of workouts because when I’d run, they’d swell up and were killing me. I was really discouraged with that. But once that went away, I still grew a bit and finally got to that height. That really helped out.”

Now that he’s on to his college dream, and is finished growing, Walls is back at full speed, doing what he loves — and working towards his running goals.

“It’s just such a good feeling when you finish a race or set a a new time or record that you’ve worked so hard for,” he said. “It’s a really good feeling that comes over you when you finish a race. You feel like your hard work’s paid off.”

Player of the week

This week’s player of the week is Daniel Boone High School runners Maria Chellah, Judy Chellay, Patricia Chellah, Marley McCoy and Caitlin Cutshall. The five girls are headed to the state meet. Check back next week for our following New Peoples Bank Player of the Week.

Crockett softball tops off historic season

Crockett junior pitcher Kara Weems takes charge in the circle for the win against Cherokee for the district title.

By TREY WILLIAMS

H&T Correspondent

The David Crockett softball team’s historic season came to an end with a home loss to Morristown East in the Region 1-AAA semifinals Monday in Jonesborough.

The Pioneers were Big Seven Conference co-champions (with Daniel Boone), District 1-AAA champions and hosted a regional game for perhaps the first time since 1989. They finished the season with a 33-11 record, which is all but certain to be a program record for victories.

But they ultimately fell, 9-7, to the talented Hurricanes. Freshman Sarah King’s grand slam gave Morristown East (29-5) an 8-4 lead in the fifth and Crockett eventually faced a five-run deficit before battling back to make it interesting.

“Our girls all year long just fight, fight, fight till the very end,” Crockett coach Carla Weems said. “And even tonight in the last at-bat … Alyssa (Suits) hit a hard ground ball and Kara (Weems) hit a line-drive in the gap that the center fielder ran down. So I mean even until the bottom of the seventh they just kept fighting for me. That’s all I could ask.”

The Pioneers also rebounded from a 4-0 deficit to tie the score. Crockett’s four-run fourth was fueled by Suits’ RBI single, Weems’ two-run double and an RBI from Matty McKee that tied the score.

Kat Pfeifer was 2-for-2 with a walk in the Pioneers’ season finale. Seniors Reagan Miller and Lenzie Jenkins were each 2-for-4, as was Suits.

Miller and Jenkins, the respective shortstop and second baseman, are seniors. So is catcher-center fielder Sydney Fox, who led the team with a .455 batting average this season. Miller hit .444 and Jenkins batted .385.

“Sydney was over .450 for the season,” Weems said. “It was just remarkable the way she hit the ball this season. And Reagan was maybe a little bit below her, but not much. Both of ‘em had over 30 RBIs on the season. And Lenzie hit (around) .380. Top to bottom they played fantastic. Very few errors at shortstop or second or behind the plate. … Lenzie’s had a fantastic senior year.”

Miller and Fox have signed to play at Walters State.

Crockett senior and Walters State signee Reagan Miller proved to be a senior leader this season for the Lady Pioneers.

“Sydney’s been my best friend for a really long time and we went down to Walters State together (on a visit),” Miller said. “And I guess we just wanted to keep playing together.”

Junior Kara Weems pitched a shutout as Crockett defeated Cherokee, 4-0, in the district tournament championship game. Weems was named MVP. The victory came a day after Cherokee had forced an extra game with a 3-2 victory.

Crockett defeated rival Daniel Boone, 14-6, in the winners’ bracket final of the district. Freshman Riley Hope had three hits and four RBIs in that one.

“I think my favorite moment of the season was probably beating Boone in the winners’ bracket final,” Miller said. “That was just – that was great. My senior year was probably the best year yet, because we were just so close as a team. And that’s never happened before, really.”

Coach Weems said the season didn’t get any better than winning a district title, especially after Cherokee had won the previous day to force an extra game.

“Any time you beat Boone it’s a good thing,” Carla Weems said. “But when we lost that first game against Cherokee and my girls just, like, took a breather in between those games (winner’s bracket final and championship) – that second game they came back and Kara shut ‘em down on the mound and the girls came out hitting. Winning the district championship is a big deal.”

Crockett had an exceptional freshman class this season and its ace on the mound, Weems, will be a senior in 2019. Freshman Mackenzie Baldwin doubled and drove in two runs in the regional loss.

“Our freshman class was crazy good this year,” Miller said. “I was so impressed with them.”

So was Coach Weems, who noted Crockett piling up 11 hits against talented Morristown East pitcher Emma Frost.

“I don’t see any reason why we can’t repeat,” Carla Weems said. “For us to get 11 hits off of Frost and come up two runs short, I was just very proud of my girls.”

Crockett went to the state tournament when Weems was a junior in 1988 and returned to the sectional her senior year in ’89.

Boone runner reaches signing day finish line

Maria Chellah (front middle), surrounded by her family and coaches, signed with Lincoln memorial University to continue her running career.

By MARINA WATERS

Staff Writer

mwaters@heraldandtribune.com

When Daniel Boone Head Coach Len Jeffers and Coach Ray Jones pulled Maria Chellah aside one afternoon to talk about what she wanted out of her high school career with the Trailblazer track and cross country teams, she knew then that she wanted to compete at the next level.

“My freshman year, Coach Jeffers and Ray Jones came up to me and asked me what I wanted to do with my high school running career, “ Chellah recalled. “I said, ‘I want to run in college. That’s what I want to do.’ Ever since then, that’s been my goal.”

And on Wednesday, May 2, when Chellah inked her name to continue her academic and athletic career at Lincoln Memorial University, that goal became a reality.

“When I went on the visit there, it just seemed like it was the right fit for me,” Chellah said about signing with LMU. “It’s not very big of a school and they’re still growing their track and cross country team. I think I’ll be a great addition to their team and their school.”

The high school senior has set seven school records in four individual events and as a part of three record-setting relay teams throughout her career at Boone. She was also named an all-state runner six times in indoor and outdoor state meets. She’s also a two-time all-conference and one-time all-region cross country runner.

But she’ll be the first to tell you that running takes perseverance to keep going and that support is needed to keep pushing towards the finish line.

“Running is a mental sport. You have to be mentally tough to compete and to be even in practice every day,” Chellah said. “The dedication it takes is hard. Sometimes I do want to quit and stop, but having a supportive family, teammates, and I go to church and am very active in my church, so having church members support me as well and supportive coaches who push me to do my very best, I think that all contributes in to me loving to run — that and seeing the whole community support the Daniel Boone team as well.”

Chellah doesn’t just have family support rooting her on from the sidelines; two of Daniel Boone’s runners are also Chellah’s sisters, Judy, a sophomore, and Patricia, a freshman.

Though the Chellah sisters are all there to support one another, Chellah said that Judy and Patricia also create a competitiveness that only a sibling can draw out.

“I love running with my sisters. They push me to be better because we’re very competitive with each other,” Chellah said. “I’m the oldest and of course I want to stay the fastest. We’ve always been competitive sisters and we push each other. It’s amazing. I want to see them grow with the sport and academically mature. I’m excited with where they’re going with their future.”

As for Chellah’s future, she’s most looking forward to growing on a relatively young LMU team.

“I’m looking to be able to grow more,” Chellah said. “I have so much more that I can learn in the sport and I’m looking to see people who are older than me and have been competing for a while. They are also younger, so most of them are freshman right now, but I want to hear what they learned as freshmen and not knowing anyone and coming from so many different places throughout the United States. It’ll be fun to experience that.”

Chellah said that in getting to signing day, her biggest obstacle has been one that few Daniel Boone High School students typically face; Chellah was born in Zambia, which is located in southern Africa. She was almost 2 years old when her family relocated to the United States in 2001, so now, she holds a visa status, which can make going through the college application process a bit tricky.

“Something that I guess you could say effected my whole family is I was born in Africa, in Zambia. I’ve been here for basically all my life and through the college application process, it’s been hard,” Chellah said. “I’m not a U.S. citizen. All of this application process has been hard because being accepted into college isn’t a difficult process, but my personal process of entering into school because of my visa status has been. Sending my application to immigration and having them go through that for me to start school in the fall has been a real pressure for me.

“So to sign to Lincoln Memorial has been a true blessing, and to have them back me up and all those other people who have backed me up along the way. That’s been pretty hard on us.”

Now, with the support of LMU along with her family and community, Chellah is ready get to that next level. She said she plans to major in exercise science in order to become a physical therapist. But all her goals, she said, might not have come true if it hadn’t been for her support system — including those at Boone.

“I would just like to give God all the glory for seeing me through my task of running and school and just giving me this opportunity to run at the next level,” Chellah said.

“I definitely will miss this. Building all of my friendships and relationships that I have through my teachers and my friends, I will miss it. I will miss being a Trailblazer.”

Player of the week

This week’s player of the week is David Crockett High School Softball’s Sydney Fox. Sydney has been a leader for the Lady Pioneers on the diamond and she’s been an offensive driving force for the Crockett team who will compete for the District title against Cherokee High School this afternoon. Check back next week for our following player of the week.

Boone, Crockett name girls basketball head coaches

From STAFF REPORTS

Washington County Schools now has two new head girls basketball coaches.

Beau Hauldren has been named as the new head coach at Daniel Boone High School.

“Beau has been with us for several years at Daniel Boone as an assistant coach in many sports,” Director of Schools Kimber Halliburton said. “We are happy to provide him the opportunity to become the head women’s basketball coach because we know he will do a fantastic job.”

Hauldren is a native of Kingsport and is a high school graduate of Sullivan South High School. He graduated from East Tennessee State University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education.  He also has a Master’s degree from Union College (2016).

Hauldren was the boy’s head basketball coach at Colonial Heights Middle School from 2008 to 2011. Upon graduating from ETSU, he was offered a position at Daniel Boone High School to be the boy’s head JV basketball coach and boy’s assistant varsity coach. He has also coached freshman baseball and been an assistant football coach for Jeremy Jenkins for the past five years.

And at David Crockett High School, Tony Gordon will now serve as the head coach for the Lady Pioneers.

“Tony Gordon has been a valuable member of our staff for several years and a great asset to our sports programs at David Crockett,” Halliburton said. “We are excited to have him take over our women’s basketball program.”

Gordon has been a part of Boys Basketball Head Coach John Good’s coaching staff at David Crockett where the program experienced historical success including its first ever state tournament berth.

Before landing at Crockett, Gordon graduated as a student athlete from Western Carolina University with a degree in Physical Education. For the first nine years of his coaching career, he coached basketball, baseball and football at both the middle and high school levels winning local championships in all three sports. 

In August of 1998, he accepted the head boys basketball coaching position at University High in Johnson City, where he coached for eight years. During that time, he led the Buccaneers to two region championships, three sub-state appearances and a state tournament victory while earning two conference coach of the year honors and an East Tennessee Sports Writers Coach of the Year award.  Gordon then accepted the head boys basketball position at Morristown West High School where he led the Trojans to three consecutive Region 1AAA appearances. Gordon then spent a year and a half as Head Boys Basketball Coach at Elizabethton High School. Gordon possesses an overall varsity coaching record of 212 wins and 156 losses.

Boone upsets Crockett for conference title split

Boone’s Megan Ackerman earned the “w” in the circle for the Lady Trailblazers who defeated The Lady Pioneers for the top conference seed.

By TREY WILLIAMS

H&T Correspondent

Just when it appeared David Crockett’s softball team was sewing up the Big Seven Conference title and the District 1-AAA tournament’s No. 1 seed, things unraveled against rival Daniel Boone last Tuesday in Gray.

The Trailblazers rallied from a late 2-0 deficit for a 3-2 victory to earn the district tournament’s top seed and a share of the regular season title with co-champion Crockett.

The Pioneers were their own worst enemy. Two errors and a walk led to three unearned runs for Boone in the bottom of the sixth. That was enough for Megan Ackerman, who pitched a complete game for the win.

“It feels great,” Ackerman said. “We were hyped about it, pumped up all day and we knew we just had to come out here and play our best. … I was ready to come out and play, but I mean once they got ahead, obviously, I got a little nervous. But the team came back and we battled.”

Savannah Russell’s sacrifice fly scored Dannah Persinger with what proved to be the winning run. Russell missed a month with an ankle injury and had been back in the lineup less than a week.

“Savannah struggled a little bit with her injury,,” Ackerman said. “It’s hard to sit on the sidelines and watch your team play. But I’m glad she’s back; everybody is. I mean that’s all you can ask right there is for somebody to come off an injury, come up to bat and get a great hit that helps you win the game, or does win the game.”

Ackerman reached on an error to lead off the bottom of the sixth. Ensuing batter Ashley Starnes walked and Kayla Hubbard’s bloop single over the shortstop produced Boone’s first run.

The following hitter, Greyson Stevens, reached on an error after bunting. The throwing error enabled Starnes to score the tying run and courtesy runner Persinger advanced from first base to third on the play. Weems then got a ground-out that kept Persinger at third, but Russell lifted a fly-ball fairly deep to left field which allowed Persinger to tag and score.

Turnabout was fair play for Boone, which squandered a 5-0 lead in a 7-5 loss at Crockett in the teams’ first meeting this season.

“I was proud of the effort of our girls to come back against them – to play a quality team,” Boone coach Jeremy Jenkins said. “Our league is a tough league and to come out on top and be the one seed – that was our goal going in and to reach that the last game of the year, you know, I’m just really happy for our girls. They really showed the toughness that we wanted them to show.”

Maddie McKee’s one-out, two-run single gave Crockett a 2-0 lead in the top of the fifth. The Pioneers had visions of a bigger frame, but Sydney Fox wasn’t awarded a walk due to confusion over the count and flew out one pitch after what should’ve been a walk.

Crockett coach Carla Weems was also less than ecstatic about the call on a 6-4-3 double play to end the sixth – not that she credited the loss to umpiring.

“We just had errors in that sixth inning,” Weems said. “We had a routine ground ball … and we had a routine bunt. … You can’t do that against good teams.”

Crockett pitcher Kara Weems walked five, hit a batter and struck out four.

“Kara’s beating herself up, but she pitched a great game,” Carla Weems said. “I can’t take nothing away from her. Yeah, she walked a few, but there were a few calls in there that were close. We weren’t getting the corners again today, you know, and that’s frustrating for a pitcher. But she did a good job.”

The defensive highlights for Boone included shortstop Jaycie Jenkins’ diving catch on a pop-up in the first inning and Jenkins and McKenna Dance turning the 6-4-3 double play to end the top of the sixth.

Crockett (30-10) and Boone (31-14) were set to meet again Tuesday in the winner’s bracket final of the district tournament at Metro Kiwanis Park in Johnson City. (This game was after press time for the Herald & Tribune.)

Crockett beat Volunteer 5-0 in the first round and defeated Dobyns-Bennett 4-0 in its second game. Weems struck out 11 while two-hitting the Indians.

Boone, which received a bye, edged Cherokee, 1-0, on Monday. Ackerman struck out nine while pitching a two-hitter against the Chiefs. Freshman McKenna Dietz’s home run was the difference.

Pioneer football coach looks to build team, relationships

Hayden Chandley is ready to lead the Crockett program as the newly named Pioneer head coach.

By MARINA WATERS

Staff Writer

mwaters@heraldandtribune.com

When the David Crockett High School football team rushes onto the field this season, it’ll be with the new Pioneer head coach, Hayden Chandley, leading the charge.

For Chandley, donning brown and gold might be an adjustment, seeing as how he graduated from Daniel Boone High School in 2011 where he played under Head Football Coach Jeremy Jenkins. But now, he sees his new role in the south end of the county as a blessing — as well as a sort of homecoming.

“My little brother was here and all four of my grandparents were here for the announcement. I’m so blessed to have that,” Chandley said. “It’s just cool to get to share that with them and meet everyone. I’m still meeting the faculty and everyone in the community, but they’ve all been so welcoming. It just feels like a family here.”

If he didn’t already realize his alma mater was lingering at the bottom of the Pioneer’s upcoming football schedule, he’s sure been reminded of the match up since he landed the head coaching job in Jonesborough on April 6.

But Chandley said the rivalry game, like every other gridiron face-off listed on the newly released schedule, will be just that — another game.

“I had a good four years at Boone,” Chandley said. “But we’re going to approach that game just like we would any other. It’s at the end of the season so it does have potential to have a lot riding on it. But we’re just going to stay focused and take it one game at a time.”

Now, the head coach is ready to instill his one-game-at-a-time approach in the Crockett program, not only as his own coaching mantra, but the team’s as well.

“When I met with the team, I asked them, ‘Do you think you have to be the best team in the state to win a championship?’ And they said, ‘no,’” Chandley said. “I didn’t expect that. I thought they’d say yes. But I told them they’re exactly right. The team that wins is the team that plays the best in that stadium on that night. That’s what we’re going to try to do every time. We’re going to do things the right way. And we’re going to be fast, physical and disciplined.”

After graduating from Boone, Chandley was a lineman at the University of Virginia at Wise and, after graduating, signed on as the UVA-Wise linebackers coach. Chandley later received a coaching opportunity at Bluefield College in Bluefield, Virginia where he was an offensive coach. Now, he said he’s ready to combine the knowledge he gained from coaching both sides of the ball under Head Coach Dewey Lusk and Associate Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator Dino Kaklis.

“It really was one of the changing points in my life. It was a really good experience,” he said. “Coach Lusk is an offensive guru. Kaklis played at Purdue and was at the Division I level. He was really good to learn under and was a good example to our players.”

Before joining the Bluefield coaching staff — and coaching the college team that went 6-5 in a season after going 5-50 throughout the past five years — Chandley applied for the Crockett head coaching job which was awarded to former NFLer Gerald Sensabaugh. But he counts that time and experience as a blessing he’s ready to utilize in his new role.

“I just feel extremely blessed,” Chandley said. “I applied for the job last time but I was fortunate to get the job at Bluefield a few months later. I’ve been able to learn under two of the brightest minds in all small college football. I can honestly say that. They’ve won multiple championships and made it to the national semifinals, coached all-Americans. I was with them every single day, learning their schemes and what they like to do — and how to handle kids and parents.”

For Chandley, his one-game-at-a-time mindset also translates into the whole of being the head coach at Crockett; after a whirlwind year of two interim coaches to finish out the Pioneers’ 2017 season following the suspension and eventual termination of former head coach Gerald Sensabaugh, the high school saw its share of media attention surrounding the coaching debacle.

But Chandley said a clear focus — in addition to some advice from a legendary Boone football coach — is the way in which the new head coach plans to move the program forward.

“I got a phone call after I got the job. It was Bobby Snyder, one of the best coaches in this area,” Chandley said. “He said, ‘Everything that happened before, that’s just water under the bridge. You just have to focus on football.’”

But what Chandley is most looking forward to doesn’t completely revolve around time on the field; the new head coach said he’s ready to focus on the other task at hand — which is being present in the lives of these high school students.

And in doing so, Chandley chose a former Pioneer with connections to the team to join his coaching staff.

The new head coach said he’s still finalizing his staff, but when Chandley was announced as the new Pioneer head coach, he had already decided that former Crockett quarterback Ryan Burger would be making his way back to the Pioneer field as a coach.

“Ryan Burger is a kid we tried to recruit when I was (coaching) at Wise,” Chandley said. “We didn’t get him, but what a guy. He’s a family friend and he already has a relationship with a lot of these kids here. And he knows the offense as well.”

The Pioneer head coach may be the helm of the Crockett program, but he said he’s ready to be alongside these student athletes in facing life outside of football as well. For Chandley, he said, it’s more than a goal — it’s a calling.

“I’m starting to build relationships with these kids,” he said. “I feel led to be here with these kids. I’m ready to be here for them and get to know them better.

“There are things they’re going to be dealing with, as I told all my previous players. I want to be there for them.

Boone softball ready to defend title

Daniel Boone High School Softball’s Nickolette Ferguson took the victory in the pitcher’s circle against conference opponent Science Hill on Wednesday. (Photo: Doug Fritz / Johnson City Press)

By TREY WILLIAMS

H&T Correspondent

Avenging a loss to rival David Crockett won’t be the primary motivation when Daniel Boone’s softball team hosts the Pioneers on Wednesday.

The Trailblazers (9-2, 29-13), despite tarnishing an impressive win at Science Hill on April 25 with a loss to Cherokee on Monday, can still defend their Big Seven Conference title with a win against Crockett.

“We could tie for the league with a win on Wednesday,” Boone coach Jeremy Jenkins said. “That would be huge for the upcoming district tourney because the No. 1 seed gets the first round bye.”

As disappointing as the 4-1 home loss to Cherokee was, a 10-3 victory that spoiled Senior Day at Science Hill last week gave Boone some margin for error. The Trailblazers fell behind 2-0 thanks to slugger Mia Edwardson’s two-run home run in the first inning, but answered with three runs in the fourth and, after Science Hill tied the score, 3-3, in the fifth, blew the game open with a seven-run sixth.

“To hit around in that inning says a lot for our kids and the approach they took up there,” Jenkins said.

“I thought all of our kids had some really good at-bats, grinded some at-bats out. I thought Kayla Hubbard had two really good at-bats for us. Megan (Ackerman) stayed hot for us.”

Boone scored three runs in the fourth thanks to an RBI single from Kayla Hubbard and a two-out, two-run home run from Greyson Stevens    her fifth of the season.

“I’ve been struggling a little bit,” Stevens said. “So I was shaken up. I took time to regroup myself. Then it was coming in slow motion, so I swung as hard as I possibly could. The bat did the rest. I can never really tell if it’s gone, but it did feel very, very good.”

Ackerman’s two-run double and Matherly’s two-run single highlighted the sixth.

Nickolette Ferguson  pitched a complete-game victory against the Hilltoppers.

“Nickolette is a fantastic pitcher,” Stevens said, “and she always pulls through when we need her.”

Ferguson gave up seven hits, walked two and struck out three – an impressive outing after Science Hill’s first three batters of the game all hit the ball hard.

“They jumped on the first pitch,” Jenkins said. “After that I thought that she kind of settled down. She got her change-up going today and had it going pretty good. After the first inning, I thought she settled down and threw really well against a good, quality team and the wind blowing out up here — and it being Senior Day and Mia’s as good a player as there is in this area.

“I’m proud of her. She’s had a little tough luck here the last couple times out.”

Stevens went 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBIs.

“She’ll tell you she’s been struggling in the conference and been taking too many pitches,” Jenkins said. “We want her driving in runs and today she drove in three – with a big home run.

“If we can get her going behind our others, I like our lineup.”

Ackerman was 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs. Hubbard was also 2-for-3 and Jaycie Jenkins and Ferguson were each 2-for-4.

Seven of Boone’s 11 hits came during the sixth.

“We were punching each other in the mouth for five innings,” Science Hill manager Bob Dempsey said. “and then they just got out there and started squaring it up. I mean anything we threw in there they hit it. And we hadn’t been hit like that all year long. Sometimes you just tip your hat to ‘em and say, ‘Okay, you did a great job.’”

Boone’s defense was also impressive. Jenkins, a sophomore shortstop, made a backhanded pickup on a sharply hit ball by Powell look easy before making a strong, accurate throw for the assist.

“I thought our kids really played well,” Jenkins said, “and came back against a good ball club.”

The ‘Blazers recorded wins over the weekend in the Tiny Day tournament against Sullivan East (4-0), West Greene (9-1), Johnson County (1-0) and Hampton (12-0). Ackerman pitched a two-hit shutout against East and Ferguson pitched a three-hit shutout against Johnson County.

Savannah Russell returned from an ankle injury to get the win against West Greene, a game that included a three-run double from Stevens. Russell’s return helps on the mound and even more, in the short run, at the plate.

“Savannah had some mound time this past weekend,” Jenkins said, “but the most important thing is we are trying to get her timing back at the plate.”

Ackerman was 2-for-2 with three RBIs against Hampton.

Through 35 games, Ferguson was leading Boone with a .404 average. Ackerman (.380), Ashley Starnes (.372) and Jenkins (.363) were also among the top four.

Ackerman (29) and Ferguson (28) were Nos. 1 and 2 in RBIs, and Ackerman had a team-high six home runs.

Ferguson was 13-5 on the mound with a 1.48 ERA. Ackerman was 9-5 with a 2.43 ERA.

Lady Pioneers grab conference lead

David Crockett High School’s Lenzie Jenkins adds to the Lady Pioneer offense that overcame conference opponent Science Hill in the 5-4 win for the Washington County team.

By TREY WILLIAMS

H&T Correspondent

Kara Weems pitched a complete game, right fielder Maddie Roy threw a runner out at the plate to help thwart a sixth-inning rally and David Crockett’s softball team held on to defeat Science Hill 5-4 and avenge its lone Big Seven Conference loss Thursday at David Crockett.

The victory assured Crockett (7-1, 22-7) control of its own destiny in the race for a league title. Science Hill had beaten Crockett 2-1 on March 19 thanks to a two-run, walk-off home run.

It was the Pioneers that had to overcome a one-run deficit in the rematch. They tied the score in the fourth and took a 4-1 lead with a three-run sixth – a frame that included two critical throwing errors by Hilltoppers infielders.

Crockett added an invaluable insurance run in the sixth when Sydney Fox followed Mackenzie Blankenship’s one-out double with a one-out RBI double. Otherwise, Science Hill would’ve tied the score on Mia Edwardson’s two-out, two-run home run in the seventh.

Sydney Fox was a leader for the Lady Pioneers during their victory against Science Hill on Thursday.

“We definitely knew that we were gonna have a fight coming in, and we were ready for it today,” said Fox, who went 3-for-4 with two doubles. “Science Hill’s a good team, but we’re right there with them. And we were ready to do the work to be first in the conference.”

Weems, a junior right-hander, allowed eight hits, walked one and struck out four en route to the complete-game victory.

“Science Hill has a good team,” Crockett coach Carla Weems said. “I think she was hitting her spots today.”

Indeed, after counterpart Sejal Neas led off the second inning with a home run to open the game’s scoring, Weems had retired 13 of 14 batters prior to Edwardson’s one-out flare single in the sixth.

Ensuing batter Mackenzie Powell was hit by a 3-2 pitch, and Makenzie Smith followed with a sharply hit single through the right side of the infield that appeared certain it would score Edwardson from second base. But Roy made a long, accurate throw from right field to retire a sliding Edwardson thanks, in part, to a quick tag from Fox.

It looked like the ‘Toppers would be trailing 4-2 with one out and runners at second and third. Instead, Roy preserved the three-run lead with an impressive assist for the second out of the inning.

“That was an awesome play,” Carla Weems said. “And it could have been a tied ballgame had she not made that great throw.”

Science Hill interim manager Bob Dempsey (head coach Jerry Higgins has missed a significant portion of the season due to his wife’s illness) said Roy’s throw, as well as two errant ones from his players, were the keys of the game.

“It was a huge play (by Roy),” Dempsey said. “She made a great play – great play.”

Crockett scored a run in the fourth to tie the score. Weems led off the frame with an infield single, and after speedy courtesy runner Maddie McKee stole second and third base on back-to-back pitches, Roy scored her with a one-out single.

The Pioneers added three unearned runs in the fifth. A frame that included the pair of Science Hill throwing errors was also fueled by hits from Baldwin, Roy and Reagan Miller, and stolen bases by Lenzie Jenkins, Miller and Baldwin.

“It took us a little while to get going, but once we started hitting the ball and getting the momentum behind them I think we were okay,” Carla Weems said.

“We didn’t hit it as good as we have been. Sydney hit it good today, but my (Nos.) 2, 3 and 4 didn’t hit it as good as they have been hitting it. It took us a little while to get going, but I was proud of them for their effort. They did a good job.”

Roy was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Baldwin was 2-for-3 with two runs.

“Mackenzie (Baldwin) is a freshman,” Fox said, “and she’s really stepped up for our team.”

Jenkins went 2-for-4 with a run and two stolen bases. She also bounced up quickly from two jarring collisions.

“She is tough,” Carla Weems said. “I’ve got a bunch of tough girls.”

Crockett went 3-2 in the Wayne Hodge State Farm Classic in Elizabethton. It suffered one-run losses to Sullivan East and Sullivan South on Friday, and defeated Happy Valley (12-4), South (11-4) and East (3-1) on Saturday. Intensity might’ve ebbed a bit between the win against Science Hill and an April 24 first-place showdown at Daniel Boone.

“We struggled Friday night after the big win over Science Hill,” Weems said. “But we settled back down and won three straight on Saturday. I really like the way the girls are playing right now.”

Fox is leading the Pioneers with a .462 batting average. She’s second on the team with 26 RBIs and is tied for the team lead with fellow Walters State signee Reagan Miller, the shortstop, with three home runs. Miller has 27 RBIs and is hitting .411.

McKee, a freshman, is hitting .432 and has established herself as the No. 2 pitcher. The ace, Weems, is 17-3 with a 1.66 ERA.

Player of the week

This week’s player of the week is Crockett Baseball’s Luke Larkins. Luke has been a force on the mound and at the plate for the Pioneers. Check back for next week’s New Peoples Bank Player of the Week.

Player of the week

Our recent Player of the week is Daniel Boone High School runner Katie Cutshall. Katie recently placed first in the pole vault event for the Trailblazers while also landing a new school record.

Crockett baseballer ready to continue the work

 

Pioneer baseball player Brodie Fox (front, middle) signs with Milligan in the company of his mother Amy Fox (front left), his father Royce Fox (front right), DCHS Coach Nick Lingerfelt (back left), sister Ashlin Fox (back middle) and Milligan Coach Steve McMillan.

By MARINA WATERS

Staff Writer

mwaters@heraldandtribune.com

For David Crockett High School b[Baseball’s Brodie Fox, Wednesday, April 11 was a dream fulfilled as he signed to continue his academic and athletic career at Milligan College.

“Always as a kid that’s what everybody dreams for,” Fox said. “You know, you think of the bottom of the ninth and coming up big — you just want to play in college and at that next level.”

Fox was surrounded by his teammates on his signing day.

Fox is a senior outfielder for the Pioneers and plans to join the Milligan Buffalo team in the fall. Though he said it’s been a dream of his to play at the collegiate level, more specifically, he said the team’s potential future is what prompted him to take the college offer and join the Johnson City team.

“Opportunities,” Fox said, “Everyone’s seen all the guys we’ve got. We’re going to be good.”

If you were to ask DCHS Baseball Head Coach Nick Lingerfelt what set Fox apart to compete at the next level, his answer would be simple; it’s all that extra hard work.

“We do a lot of talking about what it’s going to take to get this program to the next level,” Lingerfelt said, “and anytime I leave here, I see people in the building hitting or sneaking into the girls softball cages to hit. I’d say there’s times when his parents are like, ‘where in the world is he at?’ but he’s in the cages, in the barn hitting. That’s what it takes. He’s a leader on this team by his actions. And I’m just really excited for him.”

Though Fox will be trading brown and gold for orange and black come the fall, for now, he’s focused on his final season as a Crockett Pioneer.

The boys in brown recently clinched their first conference win of the season the day before Fox’s signing where they claimed the 13-12 win against Cherokee High School in the sixth inning. And that win is one Fox is hoping the team can feed off of as they continue their season.

“Right now we’ve just got to get things going,” Fox said. “We got that big conference win last night. We’ve just got to capitalize on that.”

But it hasn’t only taken a team mentality and work in the cages for Fox to get to his signing day; it’s also taken patience.

When asked what obstacles he’s had to overcome to get to signing day, the senior outfielder quickly said the ankle injury that put him on the sideline was a roadblock.

“That injury that happened, I had to sit out for I don’t know how long,” Fox said. “It just killed me. It was a really, really bad ankle sprain. I pulled some tendons in my ankle and couldn’t do anything. I wasn’t completely back until like a month and a half. It was a while.”

But now, Fox is ready to continue the work and wrap up his senior season with his team before joining his fellow Milligan Buffaloes, which are days that, according to his Crockett head coach, will be his best yet.

“Brodie is always here and working to improve,” Lingerfelt said. “But Brodie’s best baseball days I think are ahead of him.”

Crockett softball eyes conference lead

The David Crockett High School Lady Pioneers are tied for the conference lead so far this season. Junior pitcher Kara Weems (back middle) has also thrown no-hitters against two conference opponents so far this year.

By TREY WILLIAMS

H&T Correspondent

Dealing rival Daniel Boone its first Big Seven Conference defeat in dramatic comeback fashion last week provided a thrill second to none thus far for David Crockett’s softball team, but a home win Thursday against Science Hill would produce a first-rate result.

Crockett (5-1, 17-5) and Science Hill (5-1, 20-7) entered Wednesday tied for first place. The Pioneers’ lone league loss was a 2-1 setback at Science Hill on March 19, and the Pioneers led 1-0 before Kasey Bennett spoiled Kara Weems’ shutout with a one-out, walk-off home run.

“We pitched to Kasey Bennett,” Crockett coach Carla Weems said. “She’s a really good hitter and Kara threw her way outside and she went and got it. Our girls are really excited to play Science Hill, because they feel like they should’ve won that game and didn’t finish it.”

Indeed, Crockett had the bases loaded in the top of the seventh with veteran hitters Sydney Fox, Reagan Miller and Lenzie Jenkins coming up.

“We go to Science Hill and it always seems like something happens in the last few innings and we don’t pull through,” Weems said. “We’ve had the bases loaded several times and weren’t able to come through. We had the bases loaded in the top of the seventh with three freshmen and we had Sydney, Reagan and Lenzie – my three seniors – coming up with no outs. And we didn’t score. It was just one of those things.”

It was Crockett that snatched victory from defeat at home against Boone on April 11. The Pioneers trailed 5-0 in the bottom of the fourth, but answered with a run in the fourth and six in the fifth for a 7-5 victory.

Weems, who went the distance on the mound for the victory, was beginning to lose faith while Boone created the five-run deficit that included a two-run home run from Nickolette Ferguson. But she settled down on the mound and delivered a one-out two-run single during the decisive six-run frame — which included a game-tying RBI single from Kat Pfiefer and a two-run, two-out single from Maddie Roy that capped the game’s scoring.

“Maddie had hit the ball hard all day long,” Carla Weems said. “So I was excited for her. Every time she came up I was expecting her to get a hit because she’d just hit it so well.”

Erasing a five-run deficit against an archrival is about as good as it gets.

Kara Weems

“It was Boone and we were down 5-nothing and thought that it was over,” Kara Weems said. “But we rallied behind each other and we finally got one hit. Then we kept cheering and chanting and it obviously boosted us to get more hits and runs. … It was all a blur after we won. I was excited.”

Weems, a junior, is 12-2 with a 1.28 ERA. She’s added an offspeed curveball this year to complement her low-60s velocity. She no-hit Dobyns-Bennett last week after no-hitting Cherokee earlier in the season.

“She was really good against D-B,” Carla Weems said. “She was working the corners and getting those close calls that she gets a lot of times. Also, D-B is more of a go-up-there-and-try-to-hit-the-ball kind of team. She threw it close enough to ‘em where they were swinging, whereas Boone wasn’t swinging at her pitches that might be a little bit outside.”

Unlike last season, Weems doesn’t have to shoulder the entire load thanks to freshmen Maddie McKee and Mackenzie Baldwin, who have pitched 39 and nine innings, respectively. McKee is 3-2 with a 2.51 ERA.

“Coming into this year I was more confident because I knew we had some freshmen coming up that could back me up,” Kara Weems said. “And just having the seniors that we have this year stepping up to be leaders helps a lot with me on the mound, because I know I have the defense that I need behind me to win games.”

Miller (.486) and Fox (.448), each of whom has signed with Walters State, lead the Pioneers in hitting. Miller leads the team with three home runs and 23 RBIs. Weems is hitting .362 and tied for the team lead with five doubles.

Riley Hope is second in home runs (two) and RBIs (17). Hope, McKee and Baldwin help comprise a promising freshmen class. Baldwin is third on the team in hitting (.382) and is tied for the team lead with five doubles.

“I was expecting Riley Hope to come in and be a really good hitter and outfielder,” Carla Weems said. “Of course, she is – and she’s done a great job. But Mackenzie – I don’t know how many chances she’s had at third base and she only has five errors the whole year. And she has took shot after shot down that third base line and made play after play. And she’s batting over .360 right now. … I expected her to do well, but I didn’t expect her to do as well as she has. It’s really made me happy, to say the least.

“Maddie McKee is another one that’s kind of surprised me. She’s come along and done very well for us, kept people off the bases. In the Eastman tournament she gave Kara some breaks and she did a great job. It’s nice that Kara knows there’s somebody else that can come out there and hold her own. She throws pretty hard and she’s got a real pretty knuckleball that most girls don’t throw. It has a lot of movement and it’s a lot slower than her fastball.”

Another freshman, Alyssa Suits, is contributing at catcher. In fact, her smooth transition has allowed Fox, who has caught Weems since they were eight years old, to spend more time in center field.

“Sydney’s a really good leader out there in the outfield,” Kara Weems said.

Indeed, Weems added, this Pioneer squad has an abundance of leadership, as evidenced in the comeback win against Daniel Boone.

“I think that with the team that we have and how we’ve been playing,” Kara Weems said, “that we could definitely make it to substate (sectional), and hopefully even to state.”

Her mother sees the potential for a special season shaping up as well.

“I’ve been very pleased with the way we’ve been playing,” Carla Weems said. “Even when we’ve fell behind like we did in the Boone game, they’ve found a way to scrap their way back. We did it against Unicoi over at the Eastman tournament.

“They’re just not wanting to give up, and that’s a good thing.”

Crockett is scheduled to host Science Hill on Thursday, April 19 at 4:30 p.m.

Player of the week

This week’s player of the week is David Crockett High School Soccer’s Gio Ortiz. Gio has led the Pioneers this season on the field. Check back next week or the following New People’s Bank Player of the Week.

DCHS Pioneers name new head football coach

Hayden Chandley has been named the new head football coach at David Crockett High School.

From STAFF REPORTS

Washington County Director of Schools Kimber Halliburton announced the hiring of Hayden Chandley as the new Head Football Coach at David Crockett High School. 

“We are excited to announce the appointment of Coach Chandley as our Head Football coach at DCHS,” Halliburton said. “ Besides being an excellent football coach, Hayden is an outstanding young man and will be a great role model for our students and our athletes.” 

Principal Peggy Wright said, “we want our faculty, our students and our community to know that we have selected the best possible candidate for our school and our football players. Hayden brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to our program which the students and faculty will love.  We are excited to know we have found a great coach for our football team!”

Chandley graduated from Daniel Boone High School in 2011, where he played football, baseball and basketball. He attended UVA-Wise on a football scholarship to play linebacker for three years. He served as a student assistant, coaching linebackers, during his final year as a student at UVA-Wise. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management, he was offered a part-time position on staff to continue coaching linebackers in the fall of 2015 along with being a special team’s assistant. In December of 2015, he enlisted in the United States Air Force National Guard. He graduated Basic Training and Technical School Training and returned home in November of 2016. Chandley was then offered a position at Bluefield College by Head Coach Dewey Lusk in February of 2017 where he coached running backs, fullbacks, tight ends, and was co-special team’s coordinator.  A few of his hobbies include hunting, fishing, and playing golf. 

The Pioneers will head into next season with a new head football coach.

Coach Chandley has three overarching goals for his football team:  “One, we will do things the right way and will conduct ourselves in a respectable manner on and off the field. Two, we will pride ourselves on playing fast, physical, and being extremely disciplined. Three, we will work extremely hard and we will respect our opponent.” 

Chandley is also excited to announce that former DCHS quarterback Ryan Burger will be joining his staff. 

Halliburton said she would like to thank the following members of the interview and selection committee for recommending Hayden Chandley for the Head Football Coach position: Peggy Wright, Principal at DCHS; Jarrod Adams, Special Projects Manager for Washington County Schools; Josh Kite, athletic director at DCHS; Cody Patterson, Assistant Principal at DCHS; John Good, Head Men’s Basketball Coach at DCHS, Sharon Clark, teacher at DCHS, and Lauren Murr, teacher at DCHS. 

A press conference was held after this edition of the Herald & Tribune went to press. The event was held in the library of David Crockett High School on Tuesday April 10 1:30 pm. to formally introduce Coach Chandley.

Boone baseball sweeps Pioneers

Boone hurler Matt Cox takes on the next David Crockett hitter.

By TREY WILLIAMS

H&T Correspondent

Effective starting pitching and timely hitting propelled Daniel Boone to a two-game home-and-home sweep of rival David Crockett last week.

Matt Cox scattered six hits and walked one while striking out nine en route to a complete-game victory in Boone’s 2-1 triumph at Clarence Mabe Field on Monday. Hunter Adams pitched 5 2/3 innings for the victory in Boone’s 6-3 win at Warren Miller Field on Tuesday.

“Matt and Hunter pitched well … and saved some arms,” Boone coach Rob Hoover said. “Any time our starters can go six or seven innings is great.”

Cox outdueled Crockett’s Devin Foster, who was a hard-luck loser for the second straight week after tossing a gem in a 1-0 loss to Dobyns-Bennett.

“It was a good battle,” Hoover said. “Both of those guys changed speeds really well. Foster – the week before – got beat 1-0 by Dobyns-Bennett. So he knows how to pitch.

“I thought we could’ve done a little bit better job of staying back and changing our approach hitting a little bit. But to his credit he continued to throw a changeup and worked us away. He never gave us anything good over the middle to hit.”

Boone’s Eric “Doc” Rigsby, who recently committed to Carson-Newman, led the Trailblazers in the county rivalry game.

Daniel Boone senior Eric “Doc” Rigsby went 3-for-3 with a double, triple, two runs and two RBIs in the 6-3 victory. Rigsby, who announced his commitment to Carson-Newman last week, is the lone ‘Blazer batting better than .400 on the season.

“He had some great at-bats at Crockett,” Hoover said. “I think it was the second one where he may have fouled off eight or nine balls. And he ended up with three hits.

“He’s seeing the ball well. That’s kind of what we expect from him and he’s gonna have to continue to do that for us to score.”

Sophomore Cade Elliott had a pair of RBI doubles in the 6-3 win. Senior Zach Taylor was the man of the hour in the 2-1 victory. Taylor doubled and scored on Brody Goodman’s single to tie the score, 1-1, in the fifth and followed Rigsby’s double with a game-winning RBI single in the sixth.

“We hit it just enough,” Hoover said. “We left some runners out there again. But we swung the bats better Tuesday than we did Monday. We’re looking for other guys (besides Rigsby) to step up and swing the bats better than we have the last two weeks, for sure.”

Crockett’s Foster allowed six hits, walked four and struck out six in six innings. Senior southpaw Tanner Treadway struck out eight in six innings in the Pioneers’ 6-3 loss.

“Seven of our last 11 games have been decided by three runs or less,” Crockett first-year coach Nick Lingerfelt said. “Our pitching coach, Coach (Dustin) Clawson, has done a great job with our pitchers. We’ve got them throwing strikes and our defense is playing well. We just haven’t come up with that timely hit.

Crockett’s Tanner Treadway prepares for the pitch during the Washington County match up.

“The last two outings for Devin have been really good against Kingsport and Boone. Tanner Treadway’s thrown well. He threw well against Oceanside down in Charleston (S.C.) and he threw well against Boone. Cade Larkins has come on and been throwing well and throwing strikes. Luke Adams, a junior left-hander, has given us some good innings.”

Crockett catcher Will Long (Tennessee Tech) went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and an RBI in the 2-1 setback. Long has needed patience while being pitched carefully this season.

“They’re pitching Will like you normally would a good hitter,” Lingerfelt said. “He’s made some adjustments. He led off the other night with a home run in the top of the first against a really quality pitcher. He’s coming along. I’ve gotta give him kudos, because he was struggling early on.”

The Pioneers’ Landon Quillen hit a 3-2 pitch for a three-run double in the sixth inning of the 6-3 loss.

“We’ve been struggling with runners on base,” Lingerfelt said. “Quillen’s hit was our first in five or six games with runners in scoring position. It was a big hit for him. There’s a lot of potential for him there.”

The Pioneers (0-8, 1-15) will host Wolcott (Conn.) on Saturday at 4 p.m. Wolcott is coached by Pioneers great Tary Scott, who will be in town on a day when Crockett recognizes its 1978 state tournament team, which included Scott’s older brother Dale.

Tary played in a JUCO World Series for Walters State and Dale played in the JUCO World Series while at Roane State.

Daniel Boone (5-3, 9-5) is scheduled to play at Sevier County on Friday at 6 p.m.

Daniel Boone runners shine during indoor state meet

The boys distance relay team took the top spot.

 

From STAFF REPORTS

Daniel Boone High School athletes competed in the state indoor track championships at Vanderbilt on Sunday, Feb. 25.

Jeremiah Sullivan won the 25-pound weight throw. Meanwhile, Boone’s boys distance medley relay team, comprised of Matt Huff, Joe Jones, Austin Galloway and Chance Bowman took first in their relay race.

The girls distance relay team set a new school record and placed third.

The girls distance medley relay team, comprised of Maria Chellah, Patricia Chellah, Judy Chellah and Grace Murray, placed third and set a new school record. The girls also placed fourth in the 400 meter relay.

Meanwhile, Maria Chellah placed third in the 800 meter run — she now holds the new Daniel Boone High School record for the event.

Katie Cutshall placed sixth in the pole vault while Alanna Cloud competed in the two-mile run with a personal best time.

The boys team placed fourth overall and the girls placed seventh as a team out of over 40 scoring teams. All of these athletes were named all-state in their respective events.

Maria Chellah placed third in the 800 meter run and was a part of the girls distance team.

Jeremiah Sullivan won the 25-pound weight throw for Boone at the meet.