The Daily News Journal’s softball pitcher and position player of the year picked up more honors this past week during the District 7-AAA softball tournament.
Smyrna High junior pitcher Makenzie Prince was named the district’s pitcher of the year while Riverdale sophomore Sarah Higgins was tabbed the league’s MVP.
Riverdale’s Caylee Porter was named the 7-AAA top offensive player while Siegel’s KaraLynne Levi earned the top defensive player award.
Also making the all-star list from Smyrna were Kristin Crumpler, Kelsey Russell, Veronica Westfall and Kristin Hunsicker.
Paige Byram, Kristin Uselton, Brooklyn Pendergrast and Madison Woodruff all were honored from Riverdale.
Siegel’s Leah Newsome, Jensen McElroy and Savannah Hughes were named all-district. Oakland’s Abby Sargent, Aubrey Crowell and Chelsey Kirby were honored. Teonicka Baugh and Kristen Givens were also included from La Vergne.
And Blackman’s Jessica Bell and Kirstyn Cuccia were rounded out the all-district squad.
Graalman, Boles 7-AAA top tennis players
Taylor Graalman and Ashlee Boles swept District 7-AAA singles MVP honors.
Graalman, the Stars’ No. 1 boys player, went undefeated in 7-AAA play and won the District 7-AAA singles tournament title. Boles, who will play at Tennessee in the fall, hasn’t lost a 7-AAA singles match in her four seasons at Siegel.
Boles and teammate Marissa Kovach were named the 7-AAA girls doubles MVPs. Oakland’s Charley Myers and teammate Mitch Burnham earned the boys doubles MVPs.
Also being honored for all-district boys singles include: Charley Myers, Ben Godwin and Sam Myers from Oakland, Siegel’s Michael Jacobs and Mohammed Al-Zubaidi, La Vergne’s Omar Barajas and Jared Prater, Riverdale’s Jesse Boles and Austin McKissack and Blackman’s Austin Thornbury.
Joining Charley Myers and Burnham in doubles are Graalman and Jacobs from Siegel, Al-Zubaidi and Andrew Stem from Siegel, Manaf Al-Kaissi and Drake Parker from Riverdale and Boles and McKissack from Riverdale.
Joining Boles in girls singles all-district include Oakland’s Hannah Waggoner and Makenzie Ferrell, Siegel’s Kovach, Jacquelyn Leeman and Ragen White, Riverdale’s Taylor Nelson and Natalie Musselman, Blackman’s Aya Melham and Christina McNulty and Smyrna’s Sommer Blumhoefer.
In doubles, Leeman and White were honored from Siegel. Also honored included Melham and McNulty from Blackman, Waggoner and Ellen Riggins from Oakland and Makenzie Ferrell and Kendall Ferrell from Oakland.
Buckner, Bonabi awarded 9-A superlatives
Middle Tennessee Christian School’s Peyton Buckner and teammate Philip Bonabi each were awarded with District 9-A superlatives recently.
Buckner was named the District 9-A pitcher of the year. Bonabi was named the District 9-A regular season and tournament MVP.
Also being listed among the all-district team were Kyle Howard, Austin Melton, Lawson Pitts, Lucas Smith and Justin Winn.
Eagleville’s Darin Knox, Britt Roberts and Logan Hartsock were named to the all-district team.
Thirteen Rutherford County middle school football players have been named to the Kentucky vs. Tennessee Future Stars All-Stars game.
The game is scheduled for June 15 at Knoxville Catholic.
Rockvale’s Dontavious Claybrooks, Corry Rankins and Jerry Van and Ibrahim Qadir were named to the seventh grade Tennessee team. Oakland’s DeAndre Litaker, Brendan Crowell and Mason Loupe join them. A total of 185 players participated in the tryout for the team.
Oakland’s Chris Batey and Jackson Cauthen, Stewarts Creek’s Deylon Williams, Christiana’s La’Zarius Patterson, Rock Springs’ Shyree Robinson and La Vergne’s Keytaveis Bradley were all named to the Tennessee eighth-grade team. A total of 269 players auditioned for the all-star game.
La Vergne names 2 new coaches
La Vergne High has promoted assistant Christine Schumacker to volleyball head coach. She replaces Shawn Robinson. Shayne Martin has been named the school’s golf coach.
However, the school recently loss Tim Moore, who was the school’s defensive coordinator for the football team. Moore has been named the South Pittsburg football coach. Moore is a former South Pitt standout player.
Central Magnet soccer players honored
Central Magnet recently had several players named All-District 8-A/AA. Luke Duross, Ryan Cornelison, Ben Meyer and Zavior Phillips all were named to first team honors.
Kris Dobson, Tanner Grazier and Jeremiah Petty all were named to the all-district second team.
Region tennis individual tourney on Monday
The Region 4-AAA tennis tournament will be held on Monday beginning at 9 a.m. The finals will be at 1 p.m.
Region champions clinch berths in the TSSAA’s BlueCross Spring Fling.
* Blackman rising senior Antonio Allen, a linebacker and fullback, recently picked up an offer from Middle Tennessee State University.
* Oakland rising senior Austin Barrett, a lineman for the Patriots, has picked up offers from Furman and Youngstown State.
* Oakland rising senior Caleb Yates has picked up an offer from Western Kentucky.