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Pat SummittTennessee Volunteer fans from around the country are expressing their best wishes and prayers to former legendary coach Pat Summitt after a family spokesman reported Sunday morning that her health is failing. Trending on Twitter at #PrayForPat

Statement Concerning the Condition of Pat Summitt

“On behalf of Pat Summitt’s family, we acknowledge the past few days have been difficult for Pat as her early onset dementia, ‘Alzheimer’s Type,’ progresses. She is surrounded by those who mean the most to her and during this time, we ask for prayers for Pat and her family and friends, as well as your utmost respect and privacy. Thank you.”

Erin Freeman, on behalf of the Pat Summitt family

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KnoxNews.com reported a source Sunday morning, former University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt is “struggling” and those close to her are “preparing for the worst,” a source involved in the situation confirmed Sunday morning.

“I don’t think anybody knows whether she will last a day, a month, or a year,” the source said.

 

DSC09105Sophomore Kara Brewer of Lawrenceburg has been awarded the NJCAA Marucci Elite Hitter Award. Brewer joined her teammate Gretchen Greer on the TCCAA Region VII 1st Team rankings and received the TCCAA Player of the Year award for her efforts as an outfielder. The sophomore was one of the leading hitters in the NJCAA all season long before finishing the year with a .537 batting average, the second highest in school history. The NJCAA Marucci Elite Hitter Award is given to the All-American nominee with the highest batting average in each district. Brewer’s .537 mark ranked third highest among all award winners.

Brewer experienced one of the most successful careers as a Lady Charger. In the 2014-15 season Brewer finished with a .384 batting average and greatly improved on that total in her second season. In her freshman year Brewer recorded 58 hits (230th), including 11 doubles (225th) and 1 triple (301st). As all coaches like to see from year to year Brewer made big strides in 2016. The numbers jumped drastically. With a batting average of.537 Brewer also rose in hitting -95 (21st)  including 18 DSC09283doubles (70th) and 2 triples (216th). She was also perfect on defense with a 1.000 fielding
percentage.

Kara had several schools looking to make her part of their team next year and she selected Western Kentucky University.

 

DSC09013Sophomore pitcher Gretchen Greer of Columbia State Community College has been named to the national list of All-Americans selected by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). In her final year as a Lady Charger Gretchen inked her name into the record books, and the accolades are rolling in.

She surpassed the strikeout record fanning 291 which was also an astonishing 2nd  in the nation. Greer ranked 4th nationally with 9.68 strikeouts per game.

The former Collinwood standout also recorded an ERA of 1.26 ranking her with the 5th best in the country. Greer also had a record year with wins. She finished the 2016 season with a 28-5 record. Her wins number also ranked 7th in the NJCAA National rankings.  Gretchen also recorded 11 shutouts, third best in the country. And was ranked 14th with 24 complete games. On defense Greer recorded a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage (#1) topping the nations best.DSC09062

Gretchen told @TSNSports she was honored to be chosen, “It is an honor to have been chosen for the NJCAA All-American team. The two years I spent at CSCC were a great time of learning for me and the success I experienced there was due in large part to the team and coaches I had behind me. I’m thankful for all the recognition I’ve received and for all the many people who’ve mentored and supported me.”

Like a lot of Columbia State players Gretchen Greer had several four-year schools courting her services at their school, in the end,  she chose Middle Tennessee State University to continue her career and studies. TSN would like to extend a big congratulations to Gretchen on her All-American selection, her successes and all the best to your future at MTSU.

 

SoftballThis year’s Tennessee Softball Coaches Association 2016 All-Stars will be playing a series of games on Eddie Campbell Field at Columbia State Community College on Tuesday June 21st.

The state’s best seniors will take the field for their last high school games before, for most, heading off to their new college team. Here is a list of the players coming to CSCC:

 

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Middle Senior All Stars

Serenity Whitaker– Northeast
Lakelyn Reed– Collinwood
Chealsey Pridgen– Northeast
Jordon Wertz– Waverly
Kaylie McIllwain–Waverly
Sydney Diehl– Greenbrier
Ashley Scott– Dickson County
Brooklin Lee– Dickson County
Courtney Petty– Friendship
Courtney Miles–Friendship
Ansley Pasold– Lewis County
Katelyn Ray– Gordonsville
Abbie Vaughn– Beech
Kelsey Gray– Stewart County
Reagan Hannah– Summertown

Middle TN All Star Coaches
Stephen Webb Waverly Central
Greg Burlison Summertown
Shane Buchanan Dickson County

EAST ALL STARS

McKenna Morgan Sale Creek
Diana Ratcliffe Coalfield
Kaleigh Wynne Hardin Valley
Courtney Pharris William Blount
Niki Slone Farragut
Kimberlyn Thomoson Grainger County
Mary Claire Coyne Farragut
Kallie Sohm Midway
Raygn Hall Midway
Abby Bertram Midway
Erin Hill William Blount
Brooke Wyrosdick Grace Christian Academy
Jamie Wilson Livingston Academy

COACHES EAST TENNESSEE
Travis Malone Coalfield High School
Megan Arndts Midway High School

WEST TENNESSEE ALL STARS
Sara Florence Camden High School
Sara Ann Davidson Ripley High School
Taylor Beasley Tipton-Rosemark Academy
Sara Beth Hayes Huntingdon High School
Madison Ellis Obion County Central
Madison Caldwell Dyersburg High School
Paige Jones Dyersburg High School
Celie Hudson Henry County High School
Alexus Jimmerson Madison Academic
Addison Dunn University School of Jackson
Ally McFarland University School of Jackson
Kristen Pickens University School of Jackson
Treasury Poindexter Covington High School
Kaitlyn Martin South Gibson County

West Tennessee All Star Coaches
Matthew Shearon Dyersburg High School
Jay Lowery Huntingdon High School
Brian Dunn University School of Jackson

Kentucky/Tennessee All Star Game will be held on June 28th in Kentucky with June 29th as the rain date. This event is where the top seniors from Tennessee play the top seniors from Kentucky in a two out of three series. Location has not been released.

The Vanderbilt Commodores will take the field Friday night for the opening game in the 2016 NCAA Baseball Regionals. They’ll do this with heavy hearts after freshman teammate 19-year old Donny Everett of Clarksville passed away from drowning in a lake in Coffee County.

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Donny Everett 1997-2016

The 2015 Gatorade Tennessee Player of the Year at Clarksville High, Everett along with friends were fishing when he entered the water. According to those with him he attempted to swim across some water to a different area, when he reached the halfway mark and began asking for help. According to authorities, the four friends thought Everett was “just joking around” because he was smiling and did not seem to be in distress. One of the friends was reportedly able to reach him and pull Everett several feet but stated he is not a good swimmer and was struggling to stay afloat. The friend then said that when he looked back, Everett had gone under and did not resurface.

Vanderbilt University is scheduled to play Xavier Friday in the NCAA Regional at Vanderbilt. Coach Tim Corbin and NCAA officials met Friday morning and made the decision to continue in the tournament as scheduled. Commodore fans going to the game are asked to wear black.