TBCA announces all-state baseball teams

The Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association announced its all-state teams on Monday, and 23 players from the PrepXtra coverage area, who are noted in bold, made the cut:

Class AAA


Donnie Everett, Clarksville
Alex Hicks, Collierville
Drew Pierce, Dobyns-Bennett
Will Neely, Hardin Valley
Patrick Raby, Farragut
Dylan King, Riverdale
Jonathan Davis, Columbia
Grant Williams, Hendersonville
Micah Kaczor, Ravenwood
Josh Smith, Bartlett
Will Heflin, Morristown West
Ethan Roberts, White County


Hunter Wolfe, Dobyns-Bennett
Landon Knack, Science Hill
Bryce Denton, Ravenwood
Deon Sanders, Centennial
Duncan Pence, Farragut
Zach Sears, Hardin Valley
Truman Brown, Rossview
Bradley Wilson, Rossview
Jack Kenley, Houston
Nick Woods, East Hamilton
Dillon Clift, Soddy-Daisy
Alex Webb, Columbia
Chas Hadden, Sevier County


Isaac Barkley, Davy Crockett
Justin Ammons, Bartlett
Devon Gardner, Heritage
David Beam, Bearden
Dylan Harris, Hardin Valley
Blake Benefield, Siegel
Landon Mosteller, Clarksville
Tyler Gentry, Arlington

Class AA


Ethan Small, Lexington
Zack King, Spring Hill
Winston Cannon, Upperman
David Bates, Christ Presbyterian
Ethan Elliott, Catholic
Sam Garner, Cascade
Grant Oliver, Westmoreland
Eric Ezell, Lipscomb Academy


Colton Norrod, CAK
Josh Johnson, CAK
Trey Cabbage, Grainger
Cooper Mayes, Hickman County
Darek Sargent, Central Magnet
Kyle Higgie, Creek Wood
Zac Akey, Gatlinburg-Pittman
Devin Davenport, Pigeon Forge
Alex Darras, Notre Dame
Kole Cottam, Catholic
Phillip Clark, Christ Presbyterian
John Elford, Crockett County
Tanner Barkley, Chuckey-Doak
Bryant Goolsby, Smith County


Jordan Jackson, Central Magnet
Bailey Baker, Sycamore
Jeremiah Nance, Crockett County
Hal Bishop, Fulton
Jesse Smallen, Loudon
Charlie McCann, Sullivan South

Class A


Drew Hall, Goodpasture
Tanner Fee, Grace Christian
Timmy Beard, Summertown
David Looney, Cornersville
Justin Castell, South Greene
Troy Hall, North Greene
Lane Eden, East Robertson
Kobe Foster, Huntland
Brandon Willingham, Boyd Buchanan
Matthew Pickard, Peabody


Alex Brewer, Forrest
Bryce Giles, Summertown
Chandler Adkins, Grace Christian
Cade Evans, Boyd Buchanan
Tyler Reed, South Pittsburg
Seth Price, Watertown
Hunter Hudson, Peabody
Tanner Sexton, Oneida
Justin Moore, Oakdale
Laderrick Means, Adamsville


Colby Morgan, Boyd Buchanan
Ben Clift, Huntingdon
Scott Lentz, Columbia Academy
Miles Humphreys, Jackson Christian

Division II A/AA


Connor Greene, St. George
Ryan Rollison, University School of Jackson
Jake Criswell, Harding Academy
Sam Fowles, Battle Ground Academy
James Muse, Christian Brothers
Ryan Victory, Brentwood Academy
Mason Hickman, John Paul II
Tyler Watson, Christian Brothers
Corbin Brooksbank, McCallie


Connor Sanders, Tipton-Rosemark
Sadler Goodwin, Evangelical Christian
Casey Queener, Franklin Road Academy
Ben Glass, St. George’s
Garrett Guyman, University School of Jackson
Bailey Wimberly, First Assembly Christian
Walker Grisanti, Christian Brothers
Tyler Payne, McCallie
Thomas Dillard, Briarcrest
Logan Stewart, Tipton-Rosemark
Von Watson, Briarcrest
Brock Beeler, Webb


Logan Carey, University School of Jackson
Alex Smith, Evangelical Christian
Logan Taylor, John Paul II


Rivalry Thursday football schedule

The 2015 “Rivalry Thursday” football television schedule. All games televised by MyVLT unless noted.

Aug. 20: West at Hardin Valley
27: Sevier County at West
29: Fulton at Maryville (WVLT)
Sept. 3: Northview at Pigeon Forge
10: Campbell County at Grace Christian
17: Carter at Central
24: Oak Ridge at Sevier County
Oct. 1: Dobyns-Bennett at Maryville
8: Clinton at CAK
15: TBA
22: Farragut at South-Doyle
29: TBA

Kyle Koeneman named Seymour baseball coach

Kyle Koeneman has been hired as Seymour High School’s baseball coach.

Koeneman, a former standout for the Eagles who earned Class AA all-state honors as a first baseman in 2007,  announced his hiring on his Twitter account late Tuesday.

Seymour athletic director Gary Householder then confirmed the hire in a text message to the News Sentinel.

Koeneman replaces Scott Norman, who retired from coaching after 16 seasons on May 6. Koeneman established himself as one of Tennessee’s premier power hitters under Norman’s tutelage at Seymour from 2004-07, hitting 50 career homers, including a state-high 18 as a freshman.

Koeneman signed with Walters State out of high school, before transferring to LSU for one season and finishing his college career at Carson-Newman, where he earned All-America honors. Koeneman signed a minor-league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2012, playing one season for Rookie-affiliate Missoula.

Five-star Oak Ridge WR Tee Higgins offered by Auburn basketball

Tee Higgins, a five-star junior wide receiver prospect from Oak Ridge High School, has been offered by Auburn basketball, according to a post on his Twitter account on Tuesday.

It’s the second basketball offer Higgins, along with Middle Tennessee State, but by far the most intriguing. The combo guard also holds offers from many of the nation’s top football programs, including Alabama and Ohio State.

Tennessee also has offered Higgins, a 6-foot-4, 175-pound athlete.

Higgins garnered all-state honors in both football and basketball this past season, and was named PrepXtra Boys Basketball Sophomore of the Year after helping Oak Ridge reach the Class AAA state tournament. He led the Wildcats in scoring, averaging 13.9 points, six rebounds and three assists per game.

Auburn (15-20, 4-14 SEC) finished 13th in the SEC this past season, Bruce Pearl’s first with the program. Pearl coached at Tennessee for six seasons (2005-11).

Alabama offers Catholic sophomore OL Cade Mays

Rising Catholic sophomore offensive lineman Cade Mays has picked up a scholarship offer from Alabama.

Mays, who attended an Alabama football camp in Tuscaloosa this week, revealed the news on his Twitter account on Tuesday. Mays also holds offers from Tennessee, Florida State, Clemson, Ole Miss and Texas A&M, among others.


The 6-foot-5, 305-pound Mays garnered All-PrepXtra second-team and MaxPreps Freshman All-American honors last season after helping the Irish average more than 400 yards per game.

His father, Kevin Mays, played for Tennessee from 1991-94, and was an All-SEC offensive guard for the Vols during his senior season.

My top moments from the 2014-15 high school sports seasons

It’s been eight months — eight months and one day, to be exact — since I returned to Knoxville, dropping in during the thick of football season.
There’s been plenty to keep me busy, but now that I’ve had a chance to catch my breath, here are six items I’ll remember from this past school year:

Rankin’s Reign: Alcoa High School football coach Gary Rankin established himself as the state’s standard for coaching success last season, when he became Tennessee’s all-time wins leader after the Tornadoes’ 28-19 Class 3A state semifinal win over Chattanooga Notre Dame on Nov. 28.
Rankin, who is 369-71 all-time, owns 10 state championships, including four at Riverdale and six at Alcoa.

Blackmon Shines on Big Stage: Maybe it’s all that good voodoo Maryville has accrued over the years, but the Rebels have a knack for prevailing on high school football’s biggest stage, regardless the odds.
It can thank sophomore linebacker T.D. Blackmon for delivering the good vibes in 2014.
Blackmon helped Maryville win its 15th state championship by blocking a kick to force overtime and intercepting Cole Brown’s 2-point pass moments later to cap the Rebels’ thrilling 35-34 win over Ravenwood in the Class 6A title game at Tennessee Tech’s Tucker Stadium in December.
Blackmon forced overtime when he blocked Crews Holt’s 35-yard field goal attempt as time expired in regulation. The Rebels trailed 20-7 after the first quarter, before rallying to tie it by the end of the third. West also won a state title (its first in Class 5A), and Fulton and Webb three-peated, but no game titled the drama meter as much as Maryville-Ravenwood.

Hardin Valley’s Crescendo: Hardin Valley Academy’s baseball team might have been new to the Class AAA state tournament party, but it capped its debut in style. The Hawks scored eight ninth-inning runs to stun reigning champion and District 4-AAA rival Farragut 10-2 in Murfreesboro last month, securing their first championship.
HVA had never previously advanced past the Region 2-AAA tournament, despite some regular-season success in district play. Grace Christian Academy baseball (Class A)  and Greeneville softball (Class AA) also won state title for the first time.

Coaching Carousels: Scott Cummings ended his 13-year run as West High’s football coach with his most memorable triumph: a 23-6 win over Nashville Hillsboro in the Class 5A title game on Dec. 5. Cummings resigned a month later for the Cleveland High football job, and has since been replaced by Loudon’s Jeff Harig in one of several marquee shifts in the PrepXtra landscape in the past eight months. Others include:

  • Shadowens Lands at WB: Few hires were as big as William Blount landing Philip Shadowens, a two-time state champion coach who resigned as Murfreeboro Blackman’s football coach before resurfacing with the Governors.
  • Culbreth Retires: Farragut boys soccer coach Wallie Culbreth retired after 14 seasons. Culbreth coached the Admirals to four of their five state championships, along with a national championship in 2004 and national runner-up finish in 2003. He earned multiple PrepXtra coach of the year honors, and was named national high school coach of the year by ESPN in 2010.
  • Boydstone Returns to Georgia: Joby Boydstone resigned as Carter’s boys basketball coach after two fast-paced — and successful — seasons, opting to return to Georgia, his former state where he spent more than 30 years before coming to Knoxville in 2013. The Hornets returned to old form under Boydstone, making consecutive trips to the Class AA state tournament. Boydstone, who cited a “tremendous job opportunity” for his wife as the reason for his exit, now is the boys basketball coach at  East Paulding High School in Dallas, Ga.
  • Other Exits: Jim Gaylor was fired as Maryville’s baseball coach, but chose to stay on as defensive coordinator for the football team. … Mike McLean, who built Hardin Valley’s soccer program from the ground up, resigned after coaching the Hawks to the Class AAA state semifinals this season. McLean is moving to Atlanta.  … Scott Norman resigned as Seymour’s baseball coach after 16 seasons.

Eleven in Basketball State Tournament: Eleven teams from the PrepXtra coverage area advanced to the basketball state tournament this year, including six girls programs (Webb, Bearden, Morristown West, McMinn Central, Grainger and Oliver Springs) and five boys (Oak Ridge, Maryville, Fulton, Carter and Grace Christian).  The grouping produced one state champion (Webb, Division II-A), three finalists (Webb, McMinn Central and Fulton) and eight semifinalists. Oak Ridge and Maryville were the only teams not to advance past the first round.

Snowed In: Consistent waves of wintry precipitation disrupted the basketball postseason, and forced the TSSAA into action. Only a handful of district tournaments were completed in the PrepXtra coverage area due to ice and snow, and region tournaments were postponed long enough for the TSSAA to move back its state sectional deadline, nixing the draw for the state tournament.

Sevier County’s Chas Hadden commits to Belmont

Former Sevier County baseball standout Chas Hadden has committed to Belmont University, according to a post on his Twitter account on Saturday.

Hadden, who transferred from Morristown West prior to his senior year, helped the Smoky Bears reach the Region 1-AAA tournament as a senior this past season.

All-District 4-AAA soccer teams announced

District 4-AAA soccer teams

MVP: Cam Schneider, Hardin Valley
Forward: Dami Omitaomu, Farragut
Midfielder: Shawn Foster, Hardin Valley
Defender: Logan Kington, Hardin Valley
Goalkeeper: Dez Thompson, West
Coach: Wallie Culbreth, Farragut

First Team
Hardin Valley: Kai Zhao, Sean Ryan, Trent Walker, Jeremy Wise
Farragut: Alex Schupp, John Totten, Ethan Snow, Paul Calkins, Paul Hopson
Maryville: Jason Phillips, Chris Fernandez, Alex Rigatti, Matt Hulihan, Luke Orren
Bearden: Gabe Alvarez, Kelvin Garcia, Michael Tarantino, Ian Schamer
Lenoir City: Marcus Serato

Second Team
Hardin Valley: Andrew Foster, Jacob Helterbridle
Farragut: Brad Baker, Austin Foy
West: Mason Harrison; James Hodge
William Blount: Emmanis Howser, Eddie Medrano
Bearden: Cole Hilton
Maryville: Will Barham
Heritage: Collin McBurenett
Lenoir City: Hunter Hale

TSCA announces all-state, all-star teams and Miss Softball Awards

The Tennessee Softball Coaches Association announced all-state selections, all-star game rosters and Miss Softball Awards on Wednesday:


Class A
Diana Ratcliffe, Coalfield
Tori Malone, Coalfield
Kassidy Burks, Gibson County
Justice White, Gibson County
Madelyn Dycus, Goodpasture Christian
Robin Ann Hoard, Gordonsville
Cheyenne Childress, Huntingdon
Jessica Webb, Grace Christian
Aubrey Reed, Meigs County
Payton Kelly, Midway
Courtney Jones, Oliver Springs
McKenna Morgan, Sale Creek

Class AA
Neely Glenn, Covington
Treasurary Pointdexter, Covington
Dani Meadows, DeKalb County
Kaylee Caplinger, DeKalb County
Paige Jones, Dyersburg
Madison Caldwell, Dyersburg
Mary Beth Brumit, Giles County
Ashlyn Hodge, Grainger
Kalee Johnson, Happy Valley
Beth Reece, Happy Valley
Meghan Manes, Lexington
Samantha McDaniel, Lexington
Hannah Triplett, Polk County
Aly Walker, South Gibson
Kaitlyn Martin, South Gibson
Kelsey Gray, Stewart County
Andi Smith, Union County

Class AAA
Jordon Spicer, Beech
Alicia Veltri, Clarksville NE
Kendra Phillips, Clarksville, NW
Haley Bearden, Clarksville
Tori Bell, Coffee County
Abbey Stratton, Dobyns-Bennett
Lexee Lamoree, Farragut
Leah Sohm, Gibbs
Katie Corum, Halls
Kaleigh Wynne, Hardin Valley
Mary Collins, Houston
Katie Robards, Kenwood
Caylan Arnold, Maryville
Savannah Sanders, Mt. Juliet
Morgan Marshall, Volunteer
Ashlyn Cooper, William Blount
Claire Smith, Wilson Central
Hannah Bodenhorn, Wilson Central
Morgan Powell, Wilson Central

Division II
Rebekah Moffatt, Fayette Academy
Courtney Petty, Friendship Christian
Tana Whited, Friendship Christian
Kayley Underwood, Harding Academy
Kaylyn Graham, Nashville Christian
Rachel Whitley, Tipton-Rosemark
Taylor Beasley, Tipton-Rosemark
Addison Dunn, University School of Jackson
Anna Pearson, University School of Jackson

TSCA All-Star Games

At Columbia State
June 15
East Roster

Coaches: Bob Fortel, Greeneville; Dewayne Hunt, Grace Christian; Jeff Davis, Meigs County; Jon Massey, Ooltewah; Clifford Kirk, Sale Creek (will not attend).
Roster: Haile Williamson, Boyd Buchanan; Lexie Needham, Gibbs; Rachel Farmer, Gibbs; Kaylee Smith, Grainger; Jordan Fortel, Greeneville; Nadalynn Sauceman, Greeneville; Katie Corum, Halls; Jessica Webb, Grace; Bethany Hunt, Grace; Courtney Jones, Oliver Springs; Emily Griffith, Oliver Springs; Rachel Griffith, Oliver Springs; Vanessa Elliott, Science Hill; Allie Jones, Ooltewah; Mollie Cohee, University High.

Middle Roster
Coaches: Danny Bond, DeKalb County; Mike Shepard, Wilson Central; Jody Atwood, Friendship Christian
Roster: Kayla Bradley, Clarksville NE; Michelle Donner, Clarksville NE; Kendra Phillips, Clarksville NW; Brianna Jones, Coffee County; Cokie Young, Columbia Central; Adi Stephens, East Hickman; Kelsey Dickey, Friendship Christian; Tana Whited, Friendship Christian; Mary Beth Brumit, Giles County; Taylor Hargrove, Greenbrier; Olivia Brewer, Lewis County; Savannah Sanders, Mt. Juliet; Ashley Threat, Stewart County; Tyler Townes, Waynesboro; Shelby Woodard, Wilson Central; Morgan Powell, Wilson Central.

West Roster
Coaches: Matthew Parker, Houston; Ronnie Burk, Lexington; Rory Hinson, South Gibson; Brian Dunn, University School of Jackson.
Roster: Alexis Bonnano, Briarcrest; Maddie Lane, Covington; Kali Decker, Dyersburg; Kyndal Riddick, Dyersburg; Rebekah Moffatt, Fayette Academy; Grace Thurmond, Harding Academy; Jenna Cotter, Houston; Katheryn Patterson, Houston; Mary Collins, Houston; Alaina Moors, Lexington; Brooklyn Hays, Lexington; Iesha Kizer, Lexington; Austin Brewer, Trinity Christian; Samantha Sullivan, University School of Jackson.

Miss Softball

Class A
West: Lydia Hayes, Huntingdon
East: Bethany Hunt, Grace Christian
Class AA
West: Kaitlin Kelly, Lexington
Middle: Caitlin Turner, Greenbrier
East: Jordan Fortel, Greeneville
Class AAA
West: Seeley Layne, Brighton
Middle: Brianna Jones, Coffee County
East: Kayla Bosman, Ooltewah
Division II
West: Ally McFarland, University School of Jackson
Middle: Courtney Miles, Friendship Christian





Hardin Valley, Grace Christian ranked No. 1 in final TBCA rankings

Final state baseball rankings by the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association for the 2015 season:

Class AAA
1. Hardin Valley
2. Farragut
3. Bartlett
4. Houston
5. Ravenwood
6. Soddy-Daisy
7. Hendersonville
8. East Hamilton
9. Sevier County
10. Columbia

Class AA
1. Christ Presbyterian
2. Catholic
3. Cascade
4. Crockett County
5. Lexington
6. Loudon
7. Sullivan South
8. CAK
9. Murfreesboro Central
10. Pigeon Forge

Class A
1. Grace Christian
2. Summertown
3. Trenton Peabody
4. Boyd Buchanan
5. Goodpasture
6. Cornersville
7. Huntingdon
8. Oneida
9. Jackson Christian School
10. Forrest

Division II-A
1. Christian Brothers
2. Briarcrest
3. McCallie
4. Pope John Paul II
5. St. Benedict

Division II-AA
1. St. George
2. Franklin Road Academy
3. Evangelical Christian School
4. University School of Jackson
5. Webb