Talk Radio 102.3, Sport Talk and BodyArmor want to spotlight amazing senior athletes from around the Tennessee Valley. 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.
KANE JOHNSON/Hixson High School,
Accomplishments: Kane grew up playing baseball, basketball and football, but found his passion on the diamond. A walk off homer to knock of Central in the district tournament was a big moment in his career. He also was the District POY in 2022 and a Best of Preps in 2021. In the classroom, Kane enjoyed the Hixson experience crediting Principal Zeigler for the positivity and hands on approach from teachers and staff.
College: Kane has chosen to attend MTSU as a Business Finance major. He’ll attempt to walk on for the Blue Raiders.
CJ POLK/Girls Preparatory School,
Accomplishments: CJ was a senior starter on the varsity basketball and lacrosse teams at GPS, and she was selected as an all-region player in both sports last year. She was a team captain on the lacrosse team with 23 goals and seven assists through our first 14 games. CJ marks beating Baylor at Baylor in basketball along with being around friends at daily practices as her favorite memories of GPS.
College: CJ will attend Loyola University in Chicago
KAITLYN POPE/Boyd-Buchanan HS,
Accomplishments: Kaitlyn was a 5 year starter for Boyd, getting her first action as an 8th grader. She learned goalkeeping from Coach Randolph and credits her Pre-Calculus teacher Ms. Brewer for making school fun and adding game details into the class lessons. She lists the toughest game of her career as the PK victory against Notre Dame in the District Championship
College: Kaitlyn will continue to play soccer at Johnson University
ELLIS OTTING/East Hamilton HS,
Accomplishments: A strong student and championship wrestler, Ellis has spent his four years at East Hamilton making an impact. His 3.8 GPA showcases the work he put in in the classroom, while his 4th place state finish and 99 career wins shows the effort he made on the mat. For Ellis East Hamilton was, “where he needed to be, coaches pushed, loved the comradery with teammates, everything you looked for in a school.”
College: Ellis will continue wrestling at Cumberland University
KYLE WHITE/Ringgold HS, Football/Power Lifting
Accomplishments: Kyle played all sports growing up. He decided to focus on football and power lifting in high school. He recently won the Georgia State Championship for power lifting in the 182lb weight class. He credits Ms. Boone as making a big impact saying, ” She cared more about kids and how they were doing individually, as opposed to just grades.”
College: Kyle has chosen to continue power lifting in college at West Georgia College.
KENZIE CAMPBELL/Notre Dame HS, Soccer/Basketball
Accomplishments: Kenzie has excelled at NDHS and has enjoyed her 4 years as a member of the Irish family. When asked what made NDHS so special she said, “Teachers and students really are a family support system, very supportive and invested in our lives” Kenzie served as captain of both the Soccer and Basketball teams as a junior and senior.
College: Kenzie has signed with Milligan College to continue her basketball career.
CONNOR DELASHMITT/Silverdale Baptist Academy, Track/Football
Accomplishments: Connor is a standout performer for SBA on both the football field and on the track. He was able to showcase his talents in 2 all-star games. His accomplishments on the the gridiron include rushing for over 1000 yards in consecutive seasons and over 3500 yards for his career.
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.