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DCHS boasts college signings

 

Hunter Price (Tusculum football)

Above, Hunter Price celebrated his signing with Tusculum College accompanied by his family and coaches.

By MARINA WATERS

Staff Writer

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David Crockett High School football player Hunter Price will trade brown and gold for orange and black next year at Tusculum College — but he’ll remain a Pioneer.

Price signed on Friday, March 16 to continue his academic and athletic career as a Tusculum Pioneer. But he officially announced his decision to accept Tusculum’s scholarship offer just a few days after first committing with Emory & Henry College in Emory, Virginia.

“A few days after I committed to Emory & Henry, Tusculum stated contacting me. It’s closer to the house. And they’re a D-2 (Division II) program in the SAC (South Atlantic Conference),” Price said. “That will be a lot of local competition and a great opportunity for me.”

Price said he plans to play offensive guard at Tusculum, but that the option is open for him to switch over to right tackles as well. While at Crockett, offensive line coach Brandon Qualls said Price switched between the two positions without hesitation and has been known as a reliable, hard worker.

“He’s transformed his body to get him to this point. If you’d have seen the picture of him last year compared to this year, you wouldn’t believe how much he’s worked to get to where he is,” Qualls said. “Hunter was there pushing every day no matter what was going on. He works hard and that’s what they need.”

That hard work is something Price said his team mates helped him to get through. And in thinking of all he’s achieved and has ahead, the David Crockett senior said it wouldn’t have been possible without his team of family and friends by his side.

“I just really love being around my teammates,” Price said. “They’ve helped me grind it out over the summer and through workouts. Football’s starting to be a year-round thing and my teammates have really helped push me to accomplish all my goals.

“With out my family and friends and all their support, I wouldn’t be standing here today. I want to thank God for giving me the ability to play this great sport of football — He’s allowed me to continue my football career.”

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Jordan Hensley (Bristol Prep Academy Basketball)

Above, Jordan Hensley (front middle) signs with Bristol Prep Academy alongside his family, friends and coaches.

David Crockett High School basketball player Jordan Hensley is looking for a little extra time on the court before he heads off to a college or university. And that’s what he said he was aiming to find when he signed his letter of intent with Bristol Prep Academy.

“I felt like it was a great opportunity for me to go build on my craft and possibly get a better scholarship,” Hensley said. “I felt like I needed another year of basketball. I only played two years in high school.”

Before Hensley jumped at his Bristol Prep opportunity, he said Crockett’s head basketball coach, John Good, was a big factor in becoming a Pioneer.

For Good, Hensley has been an asset to the Pioneer squad.

“Jordan is an outstanding shooter. He led us in percentage and in makes,” Good said. “He’s a shooter and hopefully he will continue to develop at Bristol Prep and get a college opportunity as well. We’re proud of Jordan.”

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Paul Arrowood (Milligan Basketball)

Above, Paul Arrowood (front middle) signed with Milligan College with his family by his side.

 

It wasn’t all that long ago that David Crockett High School basketball player and homeschool student Paul Arrowood’s sights weren’t at first set on playing high school basketball — but, like deciding to play on the hardwood in the first place, his vision shortly changed. And, if you were to ask the 6-foot-five forward, he’d say it was all for the better.

“Honestly, I had no interest in competitive basketball until after eighth grade. I started playing basketball for a homeschool team in Kingsport from eighth grade to my sophomore year and then I came here as a junior,” Arrowood said.

“I started working out with someone who was in contact with Coach Good and after that year, he asked me if I wanted to play high school basketball. I wasn’t sure at first, but I decided to.”

Maybe he didn’t exactly foresee his future as a Pioneer, but for Arrowood, who signed his letter of intent with Milligan College on Friday, Milligan has been on his radar for a while.

“Milligan’s always been my main option,” Arrowood said. “I’ve had the opportunity to play AAU the past couple of years, but playing open gyms and being in contact with the coaches at Milligan, I’ve been around them a lot since before my junior season.

“And I like the way their academics are and that it’s a small kind of tight-knit place. I think I’ll be a good fit there.”

Arrowood joined the Pioneer team two years ago and has been a leader on the court for the Crockett team that recently wrapped its season in the regional playoffs. Good said Arrowood has been a big factor in the team’s success. He also said he’s a kid who has always embraced his opportunities.

“(Arrowood) has been a great asset to our program,” Good said. “He came in here without knowing anybody, but he embraced himself in trying to meet people on the team and in the school, cheerleaders, administration — everything. He’s a very fine young man. Milligan is getting a good basketball player, but they’re getting a better person.”

He might have walked through the doors of David Crockett High School as a kid who knew next to no one at a school he didn’t attend, but for Arrowood, it’s been hard to not be a bit sad in finishing his senior season. Nonetheless, his opportunities ahead are something the senior basketball player said he is looking forward to both on the court and off.

“It’s been a great part of my life playing at Crockett. I’ve enjoyed it a lot and all the people here. It’s definitely very sad finishing the season knowing that it’s over. It took a while for it to even be sunk in, just watching people playing a week after we were finished,” Arrowood said.

“I’m sad about it, but I’m glad I’ve made the memories I have here.  I’m excited about college. I look forward to all of it, but I’m also excited to have a fresh start on my basketball career and get to work on my game and improve in any way.”