Talk Radio 102.3, Sport Talk and BodyArmor want to spotlight amazing senior athletes and students who are losing part of their senior year. Whether it is the valedictorian who will not get to give their graduation speech or the star athlete whose senior season was cut short. These kids deserve their spotlight and we are going to feature as many of them as we can on Sport Talk.
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Every Wednesday @ 4:30 and Friday re-play @ 6:35 at on Sport Talk we turn the spotlight on a senior and showcase their many accomplishments. We will feature these students live on the air and will share their stories on-line and on our social media.
CHANDLER HARTMAN/Soddy Daisy High School, Soccer/Football
Accomplishments: Chandler began his soccer career at the age of 3 following in the footsteps of his father and uncle. On the pitch Chandler helped lead the Trojans to a victory against Rhea County
in a game that finished with penalty kicks. He credits the closeness of the SD community with some of his favorite memories of his time at SDHS. When he’s not kicking field goals or scoring goals, Chandler
can be found running, being outdoors or exploring his love of travel.
College: Chandler will continue his playing career at Tennessee Wesleyan joining two former Soddy teammates. He’s still deciding between a professional career in Nursing or Education.
CARRASON POE/Ooltewah High School, Football
Accomplishments: Carrason attended Grace Academy to begin his career and finished his playing career for the Owls. His size and skill put him in front of a number of college scouts
ultimately leading to over multiple offers to continue his playing career. Carrason credits the coaching at Ooltewah for much of the improvement that led to those offers.
College: Carrason will continue his work on the gridiron at Kentucky Christian University where he’ll study Sports Management.
JAYDA WOOD/Dade County High School, Basketball/Tennis
Accomplishments: Jayda led the team to back to back state playoff appearances and named 2nd team All-state under the watch of coach Regina Logan. In Tennis, Jayda advanced to state in both her senior and sophomore years. Despite facing adversities, she enjoyed the small town feel and family atmosphere of Dade County.
College: Jayda will continue her education at Berry College where she will play hoops and study Nursing.
JAMICHAEL MCGOY/Boyd Buchanan High School, Football/Track
Accomplishments: JaMichael plays football and runs track at Boyd. During his football career he was the team MVP in 2020 and went on to play in the Blue-Grey Game in Dallas where scored a TD on a 91 yard reception. On the track JaMichael’s speed shines. His 4.35 40 yard dash is among the fastest in the state and he continues to excel at the 100 meters. JaMichael started at Boyd in Kindergarten and loves the atmosphere and the opportunities he’s gotten from being a part of the Boyd family.
College: JaMicheal has signed to play football in college at UT-Martin where he plans to major in Business Administration.
CAROLINE HEMPHILL/Ringgold High School, Softball/Basketball
Accomplishments: Caroline starred on the diamond and on the court during her time at RHS. While playing 2nd base in softball she helped bring home back to back state titles under the guidance of Coach Daniel Hackett. In the classroom, Caroline credits teachers like Miss Fleming for helping to make connections and classtime more enjoyable.
College: Caroline will continue her education, and her softball career, at The University of the Cumberlands where she plans to major in Accounting.
CJ PETRIN/Notre Dame High School, Bowling/Golf
Accomplishments: CJ has contributed to the Notre Dame community both in athletics and in academics. In the classroom, he credits Ms. Fisher for guiding him through Math as a sophomore and preparing him to succeed. CJ accomplished a number of honors during his 4 years at ND. He brought home a state title in bowling as a senior and was a big part of 2 team titles won by the Irish. As a golfer, CJ has contributed since the 8th grade under the watchful eye of Coach Mike Jenkins.
College: CJ has accepted a scholarship to further his studies and compete on the bowling lanes at Oklahoma Christian.
COOPER RULING/Rhea Co. High School, Basketball/Golf/Soccer
Accomplishments: Over his career at RCHS Cooper was a 3 sport standout. The family atmosphere and special bonds made over 4 years are what Cooper will remember most. Athletically, Cooper’s favorite moment was a double overtime win against Cleveland on the soccer pitch.
College: Cooper has chosen to stay close to home and play soccer for Bryan College.
SKYLAR SHERIDAN/Silverdale Baptist Academy, Softball
Accomplishments: Skylar grew up playing multiple sports. She is a multi-sport athlete that at an early age found her love on the softball field. Whether at third base or behind the plate, Skylar made an impact on the field. She also contribute to SBA off the field, making lifelong connections with teachers and friends.
College: Skylar will continue here education and playing career at Austin Peay in the fall as an Occupational Therapist major.
PAST SPOTLIGHT ATHLETES
JAKE WRIGHT/Gordon Lee High School, Baseball
Accomplishments: GL was 8-2 before the season ended their run at a 3rd straight 1A State Championship. Jake made 4 appearances and pitched 13 innings of scoreless baseball. Allowing only only 4 walks and 6 hits, while compiling 13 strikeouts.
College: Jake has committed to play baseball at Carson Newman
MADISON HAYES/East Hamilton High School, Basketball
Accomplishments: During her Senior campaign Madison averaged 25 points, 11 rebounds with 14 double doubles in 21 games. Madison is the All-Time leading scorer and rebounder in Hurricane history for both girls AND boys. She was also named Miss Basketball for Tennessee and named to the 2020 McDonald’s All American team.
College: Madison has committed to play at Mississippi State
JARRETT CLIFT/Silverdale Baptist Academy, Baseball
Accomplishments: After a successful Junior campaign that saw him bat over .340, Jarrett was on pace for an impressive Senior season before it was cut short. Jarrett’s team leadership qualities were on full display as he stepped in to guide younger players through difficult times.
College: Jarrett will continue his education at Samford University in Birmingham as a double major.
MAKAYLA PACKER/Baylor School, Softball
Accomplishments: Makayla is one of the most talented athletes to ever come through Baylor, she is a standout not only on the softball field but also on the track. Makayla’s softball career as a Red Raider has been extremely impressive, a .398 batting average with 18 home runs, 84 RBIs, and 102 runs scored.
College: Makayla will play softball at Auburn University in the fall.
MACY ANN McKNIGHT/Baylor School, Softball
Accomplishments: Before the season was ended early, Macy Ann was on pace to win FIVE state championships for Baylor
(She joined the high school team as an 8th grader). Inside the circle she accounted for 49 wins and 240 strikeouts. Macy Ann’s presence at the plate was just as lethal. Over her career she compiled a .338 batting average with 17 home runs, 95 RBIs.
College: Macy Ann will continue her softball career at West Georgia College.
JACOB ROBINSON/Ooltewah High School, Baseball
Accomplishments: Jacob was a standout for the Owls, a player able to play almost any position on the field. Unknowingly, Jacob made a lifetime memory this season as he homered in his final at bat. Some of the things Jacob says he’ll miss the most are having fun with the boys, going out to eat, practice, just the comrade of hanging out.
College: Jacob remains undecided on his college choice
GABRIEL RAINS/Lookout Valley High School, Soccer
Accomplishments: Gabriel is a standout on the soccer pitch for LV. He played goalie and forward for Coach Dan Basler. Gabriel also competed on the mat for Howard’s wrestling program and Coach Mike Parker. Gabriel considers being a finalist for FCA athlete of the year as the highlight of his high school sports career.
College: Gabriel is headed to ETSU to attend Physical therapy school
SYDNEY PITTMAN/Ringgold High School, Volleyball/Tennis/Basketball
Accomplishments: Sydney is a standout athlete at Ringgold. Her time as a Tiger has seen her contribute to the Volleyball, Basketball and Tennis teams. Sydney was 4 matches into her Senior year on the courts before her season was cut short. She lists one of her biggest achievements as having her team advance to the Elite 8 in basketball. She was also named Homecoming Queen at Ringgold.
College: Sydney has signed to play volleyball at Chattanooga State and play for Coach Janet Tate
LAURA BETH TURNER/Chattanooga Christian School, Soccer
Accomplishments: Laura Beth’s season didn’t even get started before the shutdown due to Covid-19. Previous to that she was a well decorated athlete having won state titles as a Freshman and Sophomore as a part of the 4×200 relay team for CCS. Laura Beth also was a member of the Chargers soccer team. She also shined in the classroom as the Valedictorian of her graduating class.
College: Laura Beth plans to attend UT-Knoxville as a chemical engineering major
ROSS PENDERGRASS/Rhea County High School, Baseball/Golf
Accomplishments: Ross was a two sport stand out while playing for Rhea County. The time spent on the diamond and on the course allowed Ross to build lifelong friendships.
College: Ross will continue his baseball career at Motlow State Community College
EMILY “DUCK” HIGGINS/Soddy Daisy High, Softball
Accomplishments: Emily was a key contributor to the SD softball team. While starring on the diamond she was voted team captain as a Senior. She also cracked down in the classroom as she was on the Honor Roll all 4 years of high school. She also gave back to her community by coaching youth softball.
College: Emily will continue her softball career at Roane State.
LOGAN WORKMAN/Lee University, Baseball
Accomplishments: Logan is a Soddy Daisy High School graduate and current Lee University stand out. He got his start behind the plate for the Trojans before moving to the mound his senior year of high school. Logan has expressed that the challenge by coaches to step up and lead the team by example pushed him to improve. With a fastball that has been clocked in the mid 90s, Logan is hoping to be selected in this year’s MLB draft.
College: Logan majored in Physical Therapy at Lee
JARED DOVE/Hixson High School, Soccer/Bowling
Accomplishments: Jared’s soccer career saw him play for FOUR different coaches in his 4 year high school career, most recently Mark Lumberg. Despite the instability, Jared was still excited about the prospects of a successful season in 2020. He also sites choir teacher Ashley Cisto and his bowling coach Travis Clem as big influences. Jared expressed his gratitude to his parents that “took me to the moon and back to play select team soccer growing up”.
College: Jared will attend ETSU in the fall and study pre-Physical Therapy. He hopes to walk on for the Bucs.
LUKE BURROWS/Polk Co. High School, Baseball/Basketball
Accomplishments: Luke’s talents shined on the court and on the diamond for Polk Co. On the hardwood he ranks 2nd on the list of career scorers with 1689. He was also named Mr. Polk Co. High School in his senior year.
College: Luke has signed on to play baseball at Tennessee Wesleyan in the fall and will major in Education. He also plans to coach when his playing career ends.
DREW ROGERS/Silverdale Baptist Academy, Basketball/Golf
Accomplishments: Drew’s talents showed up on both the hardwood and on the links for SBA. As a golfer, Drew was named SBA Golfer of the year and went to 3 region finals and advanced to state in one of those years. Drew’s also stood out on the basketball court, so much so that he received a scholarship offer from Bryan College.
College: Drew will play basketball at Bryan College and major in Communications
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