Siegel's Clark signs with Austin Peay

Siegel's Clark signs with Austin Peay


Siegel's Clark signs with Austin Peay



Damien Clark was part of a dominating defensive line at Siegel during the 2012 season.

Now, the senior defensive end has become the third player off the starting defensive front to sign a football scholarship.

Clark (6-5, 205) signed with Austin Peay this past week, joining defensive end John A. Simpson (Brown) and Jamison Frazier (University of the Cumberlands) as signees off the defensive front. Clark is the fifth football senior to sign a football scholarship off Siegel’s 2012 Class 6A state semifinalist team.

“Their defensive line coach (Pat Donohoe) and I had a good connection,” Clark said. “He talked to me about getting in there and getting playing time about playing as a freshman.”

Clark and Simpson, who also is 6-5, were defensive bookends for the Stars’ defense. Their length gave opposing quarterbacks fits during the season.

Clark is the sixth from Siegel’s 13-1 team last year to sign a football scholarship.

“Damien worked hard last year to improve himself,” Siegel coach Greg Wyant said. “He did a very good job this last year. I’m very proud of where he’s come.”

Austin Peay, which went 2-9 in 2012, is currently without a head coach after coach Rick Christophel resigned to take an NFL assistant position with the Arizona Cardinals. That bothered Clark at first.

“After talking to the rest of the coaches, they all told me they will have a good coach coming in,” Clark said.

MTCS’ Smith inks

MTCS senior Megan Smith recently signed with the University of Virginia’s College at Wise to play basketball.

Smith averaged 13.0 points and 5.7 rebounds this past season for the Lady Cougars.

UVA-Wise currently competes in NAIA and is a branch of the University of Virginia. The school will be a Division II school in September.

“They contacted me and said they were interested, and I just followed up,” Smith said. “It’s a really pretty campus. It’s a smaller school, but it’s a perfect size.”

7-AAA tournament team

Riverdale senior Tyisha Petty was named the District 7-AAA girls basketball tournament MVP this past week after helping lead Riverdale to its second straight tournament title. Joining Petty from Riverdale were Alexa Middleton and Tiffany Lewis. District 7-AAA runner-up Blackman placed Crystal Dangerfield and Alex Johnson on the all-tournament team. And Oakland freshman Shelby Gibson also was named to the team.

Blackman senior Darius Thompson was named the District 7-AAA boys basketball tournament MVP. Teammates Quindell Cousin and Justin Coleman joined him on the team. Siegel’s Charles Clark and Ryan Jones were named to the team along with Oakland’s Dontae Lippert.


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