Friday Night Lights are set to crank-up. Week one local games include…
Rogers, Alabama at Richland
Giles County at Lincoln County
Other games of note include…
Marshall County at Columbia Academy
Moore County at Cascade
Spring Hill at Columbia
Community at Cornersville
Hickman County at Lawrence County
Wayne County at Loretto
and Summertown at Mt. Pleasant
Martin Methodist Women's Soccer head coach Will Austin has officially announced the team's 2019 recruiting class.
The 13-member class features signees from three different countries and four different states. Three of the signees are transfers, while the other 10 are incoming freshmen.
"Replacing the level of players we lost is always going to be difficult," Austin said. "Four of them were All-Americans and one was our all-time leading scorer with 129 career goals. However, this program has competed in the top 10 nationally for 15 years consecutively so replacing high-quality players is an annual challenge we face”.
Among the signees are local student-athletes…
Tori Drocea, a 5'7" forward from Pulaski, Tennessee.
Grace Hlubb, a 5'5" defender from Pulaski, Tennessee.
Savannah Cox, a 5'7" defender from Fayetteville, Tennessee.
Martin Methodist Assistant Athletic Trainer Christine Lewis was named campus liaison to the newly formed Southern States Athletic Conference Women’s Leadership Committee Monday afternoon.
Lewis is one of 12 campus liaisons chosen by the conference to the committee that seeks to enrich professional experiences within the SSAC and collegiate athletics for women.
The committee held their first meeting on the campus of Faulkner (Ala.) in late May, where Lewis was chosen as Martin Methodist’s representative.
"I am very excited to see what this initiative can lead to,” SSAC Commissioner Mike Hall said. “We have many great female leaders, both in the coaching ranks and administrative areas in our conference”.
As Assistant Athletic Trainer, Lewis is responsible for the day-to-day activities of the Martin Methodist Sports Medicine department. Lewis directly works with all 18 varsity intercollegiate sports as well as the junior varsity programs.
Martin Methodist Men’s Basketball head coach Dugan Lyne recently announced the addition of Jason Laatsch as the program’s new assistant coach.
Laatsch arrives in Pulaski after spending the last seven years at the University of West Florida in Pensacola. Laatsch spent the previous two seasons as a graduate assistant, while spending the five prior seasons as a player on the men’s basketball team.
“We are delighted to have someone like Jason join our program,” Lyne said. “I think he will be a terrific fit with the Martin Methodist family and our program.”
During his five years as a player, Laatsch finished his career with a program-best 146 three-pointers. His name is etched elsewhere in the UWF record books as well, with Laatsch standing eighth with 238 career assists, ninth with 879 career points, and 11th in three-point percentage at 35.5 percent.
As the RedHawks chief assistant, Laatsch’s duties at MMC will include: recruiting, on-floor coaching, focusing on the development of players, coordinating team travel, and video scouting.
Laatsch holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from West Florida, graduating with a sport management degree in 2016 and a physical education degree in the spring of 2019.
NFL quarterback Philip Rivers held his second annual football camp Monday at St. Michael Catholic School in Fairhope, Alabama.
Rivers said even the little time he gives has a huge impact on kids and their school.
Rivers, originally from Athens, Alabama, has been the San Diego Chargers' starter since 2006.
More than 1,250 youth athletes, from middle school to college, participated in the 2019 Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program State Championships on June 18th through 23rd in Nashville.
State Championships spanned six full days of co-ed competition in three shotgun shooting sports disciplines, trap, skeet, and sporting clays, as well as doubles competitions. Individuals, and teams from all corners of the state competed for titles in more than 70 categories.
In the Collegiate Team-Doubles Trap competition the Giles County Clay Dusters (Giles Co.) finished second.
Three teams from Lawrence County High School made their presence known in the High School Fishing World Finals during the four-day event on Pickwick Lake with top-20 finishes
The team of Will Daniels and Kade Surratt finished third with 13 pounds, 3 ounces, just a little more than three pounds off the winning weight.
Daniels and Surratt won two $200 gift cards to Cabelas, a $90,000 scholarship offer to Kentucky Christian University, an $80,000 scholarship offer to Simpson University and two kayaks chosen from a range of prizes.
Lawrence County teammates JD Bedford and Walker Brown finished in fourth place at 12-10.
Lawrence County High School also added a 19th-place finish from Jared Gieske and Hunter Brewer.
The High School World Fishing Finals was a four-day tournament that concluded Saturday, with the field cut to the top 31 teams on the final day.
Local Angler Bobby Sharber won big in the 2019 Pickwick/Wilson Lake Big Bass Bash.
Sharber won $30,000 for the Biggest Bass in the tournament, an 8.26 pound monster.
Sharber, from Pulaski has been fishing for years and has been a regular on the regional tournament scene for a number of years.