Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

May 23, 2013

OH GOOD GRIEF: There is big news off the field

By Ed Greif
Sports editor

CROSSVILLE — School is finally out, but the big news is off the field.

Congratulations to the Lady Jets 4x800 relay team (Jennifer Hedgecoth, Marissa Vincent, Anna Holt Shaw and Brianna Taylor), Kassidy Sommer and Taonna Miller for qualifying for the state meet in Murfreesboro this week.

Lady Jet tennis player Nithya Kanagasegar qualified for the second year in a row. Her first round opponent was Kenya Jones of White Station.

Jet senior Lee Presson will be playing tennis at Carson-Newman University this fall.

Sloane VanWinkle signed a scholarship with Martin Methodist Wednesday afternoon. More on that signing next week.

SMHS tennis player Ali Harris qualified for the state singles tennis in Class A/AA. Her first round opponent was Katie Delay of Boyd-Buchanan.

Makayla Kington qualified in the discus, and Justin Simmons qualified in the high jump.

Kington will be joining the track program at Tennessee Technological University, while Rachel Hutson signed with Carson-Newman University.

Also, Jason Moldenhauer and Luke Matthews were named to the All-District 4AA team. Jason was also District 4AA's Co-offensive Player of the Year.

SMHS has two job postings on the TSSAA website for a head baseball coach with endorsements in physical education, social studies (economics/social studies) and criminal justice and an assistant basketball coach with endorsements in physical education, social studies (economics/social studies) and criminal justice for the 2013-'14 school year.

CCHS also has openings for assistant football coaches with endorsements in math.

Cub Whitson will be coaching the Lady Jet freshman basketball team in 2013-'14, while Jeremy Conner (Homestead Elementary) will be taking over the Lady Jet soccer team in the fall.

It was amazing to see how much flood water was at Jet Stadium last weekend and to see some kayakers inside the stadium. There are eight drains on the field — one behind each goal post and three on each sideline.

It is very dangerous for anyone to be in there, as there is underground wiring for the the clock; however, there is wireless connections for the play clocks. Apparently, high water damaged the track. Repairs will have to be done before school resumes in the fall. The school has contacted its insurance carrier to survey the damage.

There are also electrical outlets located along the base of the bleachers.

Other work is planned for the stadium over the summer.

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New Chattanooga athletic director David Blackburn filled both basketball coaching vacancies. Former Vanderbilt and Ohio State Coach Jim Foster will take over the Lady Mocs program, replacing long-time coach Wes Moore who went to North Carolina State.

Former Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) assistant Will Wade will be the new Moc coach, replacing veteran coach John Shulman. Wade hired Wes Long as one of his assistant coaches.

Coach Russ Huesman's Moc football team opens the season Aug. 29 at home against UT-Martin. Their remaining home schedule is Austin Peay (Sept. 14), Western Carolina (Oct. 5), Furman (Oct. 12), The Citadel (Oct. 26) and Wofford (Nov. 9).

The Mocs end the 2013 season at national champion Alabama.

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(Ed Greif is the Chronicle sports editor and his column appears periodically.)