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Injury doesn’t stop DePriest from pursuing next level

Daniel Boone’s Tyler DePriest signed with Milligan College for baseball. He is joined by front row, left to right: father, Scott; mother, Aimee. Back row, left to right; Milligan baseball coach Nathan Meade and Daniel Boone baseball coach Rob Hoover.
Daniel Boone’s Tyler DePriest signed with Milligan College for baseball. He is joined by front row, left to right: father, Scott; mother, Aimee. Back row, left to right; Milligan baseball coach Nathan Meade and Daniel Boone baseball coach Rob Hoover.

By COLLIN BROOKS

Staff Writer

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Daniel Boone’s Tyler DePriest wasn’t sure he would be able to play again, after an elbow injury kept him out for his senior season. However, when Milligan College came calling for his services, he didn’t have to take long to say yes.

“When I got hurt, I didn’t know what was going to happen, if I was going to still play or not, and to still be able to play and for that game against Science HIll not to be my last game, it’s a really good feeling,” DePriest said.

The Daniel Boone senior signed with Milligan on Tuesday, May 17.

During his junior year, DePriest tossed a no-hitter against Oak Ridge and went deep into a close loss to Science Hill in the District 1-AAA tournament. But during a game at Morristown West this season, he experienced his elbow injury.

While he is still two months from being able to throw a ball, the future Milligan Buffalo said he he will continue to pursue his chance to get back on the field.

“I’m still trying to find stuff to help it, but the only thing that really helps is rest,” DePriest said.

While he got plenty of rest during the season, it didn’t stop him from cheering on his team and being an integral leader for the Blazers.

“I hated that he didn’t get to play his senior season, but he is one of the most team oriented guys that I have ever been around,” Hoover said. “He was always encouraging guys and he never let the injury affect his attitude toward his team. That is something I will always remember about him.”

DePriest plans on majoring in occupational therapy and is happy that he will be able to attend Milligan.

“It is really faith-based and that is a really big thing for me and it has a good program of what I am wanting to go into,” Depriest said. “It’s a great school for academics and I really think it can help me in my future career.”