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Lady Bulldogs beat  Greenfield 47-46 to win the District 13A championship

A big shout-out goes to Gleason after the Lady Bulldogs pulled off the upset by beating second-ranked Greenfield 47-46 to win the District 13A championship.

This is the first district title in five years for the Lady Bulldogs, who were led with 16 points by Alexis Anderson, 11 from Kenady Atkins and Lillie Freeman with seven rebounds and six points.

Greenfield's two Miss Basketball finalists, Chloe Moore and Tess had 20 and 19 points, respectively, for the Lady Yellowjackets, who lost for just the second time this season. Moore was named the district's Most Valuable Player and Greenfield head coach Willie Trevathan was named Coach of the Year at the conclusion of the tournament.

Gleason will play the No. 4 team out of District 14A, either Trenton or TCA at home in the first round of the Region 7A tournament and Greenfield will have the No. 3 team at home.

Dresden beat Union City 61-40 behind Mary Grace Davis' 16 points and 10 from Rachel Childress in the consolation game. The Lady Lions will play on the road at either Gibson County or Middleton in the opening round of the regional tournament.

Westview claimed yet another District 13AA crown after beating Dyersburg for the third time this season with the Lady Chargers on the winning end of a 46-36 final score.

Tournament and district MVP Tasia Jones led the way for the Lady Chargers with 23 points. Head coach Brian Haskins was named the district's Coach of the Year at the conclusion of the championship game.

Westview will play either Riverside or Lexington at home in the first round of the Region 7AA tournament. Source: Weakley County Press.

Lady ’Dawgs, Dresden girls, Lions pick up steam in season finale wins

 

Dresden closed out its regular season with back-to-back home sweeps against West Carroll and Halls.

 

The Lady Lions (17-7) beat the Lady War Eagles 72-21 Monday and won 58- 20 against the Lady Tigers Tuesday. The Lions scored 60 points in both of their games as they picked up a 60-39 win over West Carroll and beat Halls 60-43.

 

Monday marks the opening round of the girls’ District 13A tournament with the No. 2 Lady Lions playing at home against No. 7 seed Lake County.

 

The Lions (9-12) are the fourth seed in the boys’ tournament and they will play at home in the quarterfinals against South Fulton on Tuesday.

 

Gleason got some payback from an earlier loss to Union City as the Lady Bulldogs (19-9, 8-4) beat the Lady Tornadoes 61-54. The Tornadoes got a 29- point win in the nightcap by beating the Bulldogs 90-61.

 

The regular season is over for both Gleason teams. The Lady Bulldogs will enter the district tournament as the No. 3 seed and will play sixth-seeded Bradford Monday at home, while the Bulldogs play at Greenfield the following day in the boys’ first round.

 

GIRLS:

 

Dresden 72, WC 21

 

The Lady War Eagles played well for one quarter, then the Lady Lions took over and trounced their former district rivals.

 

One thing Dresden had in the first period was balanced scoring with seven players getting involved in the offense, while the Lady War Eagles relied on mostly one player for most of their production. That helped the Lady Lions take a 16-12 lead after one period.

 

Dresden was too much for the young Lady War Eagles the rest of the way as the Lady Lions outscored them 18-5 in the second period to lead 34- 17 at the half. The Lady Lions turned it up a notch on both ends of the floor in the third quarter as they went up 55-19.

 

Kaitlyn Gallimore was tops in points with 15, while Tinley Winn knocked down 11 and Mary Grace Davis scored eight points. Both Tristen Trevathan and Katie Washburn notched seven points, while Lakin Overton and Carson Tidwell each had six, followed by both Mikayla Peterson and Kellie Warren with five points, and Rachel Childress added two.

 

 Dresden 58, Halls 20

 

 It was over with by the time the Lady Lions scored their first bucket in the second period as they rolled out to a 20-10 lead in the opening quarter. Davis helped to push Dresden to a big lead with eight of her 15 points in the first quarter, while Overton scored three times for six points and Carson Johnson had five points in the frame.

 

Dresden kept pouring it on in the second period as it outscored the Lady Tigers 18-5 to go into the break with a 44-15 lead. The Lady Lions ended up connecting on 23 shots near the basket and a pair of three-pointers, while going 6-for-11 at the free throw line.

 

Overton, Winn and Washburn all threw in eight points, while both Childress and Johnson scored six, Peterson had five and Warren tossed in two points.

 

Gleason 61, UC 54

 

The Lady Bulldogs used three players in double-figure scoring to offset the shooting of Union City’s Dymond Smith, who led the game with 23 points. Alexis Anderson drained four triples and went 5-for7 at the foul line to finish with 21 points for Gleason, while Jayden Green poured in 16 and Kenady Atkins notched 10 points.

 

Union City took control of the first half as it led 13- 10 at the end of one period and took a 24-16 lead at intermission. Gleason came back with 25 points in the third period to lead 41-37 with Atkins draining a pair of threes and Anderson canning one to help the Lady Bulldogs take the quarter. Free throw shooting in the fourth period enabled the Lady Bulldogs to pull out a win as they made 9-of-11 attempts and outscored the Lady Twisters 20-17.

 

Shelbie Burton had six points in the win, while Lillie Freeman added five and Aubrey Wallace tossed in a trey in the fourth period for her only points of the game.

 

BOYS

 

Dresden 60, WC 39

 

The boys’ game was much like the girls’ contest as West Carroll hung around for one period before the Lions put the game away. The opening quarter ended with the score knotted up at 15-all.

 

Zach Crawford, coming off a record-setting performance, scored 10 of his 22 points in the second period on a pair of threes, one field goal and he made all four of his free throw attempts as the Lions went up 32-22 at the half.

 

Crawford went 4-for-4 at the charity stripe in the third period, while Kobe Mitchell had six points and Drake Yates tossed in a pair of buckets as Dresden extended its lead to 49-29.

 

Yates finished with 11 points, while Mitchell scored 10, Jadon Jones had six and Kaleb Dilday added three points. Tyrone Jones, Divers Lockhart and Wade Moran all tossed in two points

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Dresden 60, Halls 43

 

The Lions did not let Tuesday’s opponent hang with them in the early going as they took control at the opening tipoff.

 

 Dresden jumped out to a 16-6 lead by the end of the first period and led 33-16 at the half behind Mitchell’s 14-point performance in the first 16 minutes. Mitchell finished his night with 18 points. Jadon Jones and Moran both notched four points in the third period as Dresden carried a 48- 24 lead into the final eight minutes of the game.

 

Halls did outscore Dresden 19-12 in the fourth period, but most of that was late in the quarter after Dresden emptied its bench.

 

Jadon Jones finished with 12 points, while Moran threw in 10, followed by Yates, Dilday and Isaac Davidson all with four points. Crawford added three points, while Trevor Moore and Spencer Giannoni each tossed in two and Lockhart scored one point.

 

UC 90, Gleason 61

 

The Bulldogs played surprisingly well against the seventh-ranked Tornadoes through the first half. The Bulldogs only trailed the Twisters 18-11 at the end of one period and 39-29 at the half.

 

Union City showed its supremacy in the third period as it scored 32 points while holding the Bulldogs to 20 as the Tornadoes led 71-49 going into the final quarter. Gleason ran out of steam as it was outscored 19-10 in the last period.

 

Dawson Arnold had one of his best games with 25 points, while Olen Reed knocked down 15 and Peyton Stigall scored 10 points. Elijah Young added four points, followed by Alex Sandoval with three and Hart McKenzie with two.

 

 

FINAL WINS

 

The Gleason girls and both Dresden teams won Tuesday night to end the regular season on a positive note. The Lady Bulldogs will enter the District 13A girls’ tournament with No. 3 seed, while the Lady Lions are the second seed and the Lions grabbed the fourth seed in the boys’ tournament. SOURCE: Weakley County Press.

 

Greenfield Sweeps Gleason In Pair Of District Wins

 

BRAD SAM

News Writer

 

Gleason High School hosted Greenfield Thursday for a pair of district contests. The girls had fans at a fever pitch with a defensive battle for the ages. The Lady Yellowjackets broke a 25-25 tie with a minute left, hitting vital free throws and stifling the Lady Bulldogs for a 31-25 victory. The Yellowjackets pulled away from the Bulldogs early, cruising to a 62-32 win.

 

Greenfield Lady Yellowjackets 31, Gleason Lady Bulldogs 25

 

The Lady Yellowjackets had a 5-4 edge at the end of the opening frame on a three-pointer by Kinleigh Harris and two points from Chloe Moore. Lady Bulldogs Jayden Green and Lillie Freeman each had a pair.

 

Green and Lady Yellowjacket Bentley Gordon each scored early in the second quarter to make the score 7-6 as Gleason took a timeout with 4:35 seconds on the clock. The Lady Bulldogs advanced the ball past half-court, and the Greenfield defense hung back. Gleason held the ball uncontested to the discontent of the visiting crowd until just ten seconds remained. The Lady Bulldogs made a few quick passes, and Mahlese McDonald drove down the baseline to score with just under six seconds left. The home fans erupted as the half ended with the score 8-7.

 

Greenfield began the third on an 8-0 run as Moore scored six and Tess Darby had two points. Green answered with a pair late, and the Lady Yellowjackets led 15-10 entering the final frame.

 

A relative outburt of offense made for an intense, back-and- forth fourth quarter. With one minute remaining, the score was tied at 25-25. Moore stormed down the court on a fast break, scoring and drawing contact for an old-fashioned three-point play. Gleason was forced to foul from that point but failed to score in response. Moore hit three more shots from the line to finish out the game. She scored a dozen in the frame, and Darby had four points. Freeman and Alexis Anderson each had four for the Lady Bulldogs, and McDonald scored three points. Green and Kenady Atkins each had two points.

 

Lady Yellowjacket Chloe Moore led all scorers with 20 points. Jayden Green led Gleason with eight points.

 

Yellowjackets 62, Bulldogs 32

 

Greenfield led 17-11 after the first frame, 40-19 at the break, 54-25 after three quarters, and edged the fourth 8-7.

 

Yellowjacket Levi Dees led all scorers with 15 points, including a trio of three-pointers. Josh Floyd scored 14 with a pair of threes, and Jackson Crouse had eight, also with a pair of threes. Kamron Shane scored seven, and Jared Anderson and Jacob Floyd each had four. Ross Northcutt hit a three-pointer, and Brandon Tuttle, Blake Holliman and Nathan Rush each had a pair. Peyton Cooper hit a free throw.

 

Dawson Arnold and Elijah Young led Gleason with eight points each, Arnold with a pair of threes. Peyton Stigall scored four points, Hart McKenzie hit a three, and Olen Reed also had three points. Alex Sandoval and Jon Roland each had a pair, and Nick Oatsvall and Isaac Denton each hit a free throw. Source: Dresden Enterprise

 

 

Huntingdon Sweeps Gleason

BY BRAD SAM

brad@mckenziebanner.com

 

GLEASON (December 1) — Gleason hosted former district foes Huntingdon Friday for a pair of basketball contests. The girls played a thrilling, down to-the-wire game, with the Fillies getting the final edge, 53-51. The Mustangs dominated the nightcap from the opening tip, winning 65-25.

Huntingdon Fillies 53, Gleason Lady Bulldogs 51

The girls played the opening frame to an even 12-12. Huntingdon was led by Taylor Smith and Adyn Swenson with five points each, Smith hitting a three-pointer. Jasmine Dupree had a pair. Lady Bulldogs Shelbie Burton and Alexis Anderson each scored five, and Mahlese McDonald had two points.

Gleason pulled ahead with a 17-15 edge in the second quarter, led by Green with nine, including a pair of three-pointers. Anderson had four points, and Mc-Donald and Kenady Atkins each had two points. Tyasia Reed led the Fillies with six, and Swenson scored another five. Smith and Dupree each added a pair. At the half, the Lady Bulldogs led, 29-27.

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Huntingdon came back to take the lead, outscoring Gleason 15 - 11 in the third. Swenson scored six, and Marisa Belew had four points. Smith hit a three-pointer, and Alli Jones scored two points. Green had five for the Lady Bulldogs, McDonald scored four, and Burton added a pair. Entering the final frame, the Fillies led, 42-40.

The Huntingdon lead held after an 11-11 draw in the fourth. Belew and Swenson led the Fillies with four each, Reed added a pair, and McKenna Moody hit a free throw. Atkins scored six for Gleason on a pair of threes. Anderson had four points, including a three-pointer, and Burton hit a free throw.

Huntingdon’s Adyn Swenson led all scorers with 20 points. Taylor Smith scored ten, including a pair of three-pointers.

Jayden Green led the Lady Bulldogs with 14, including a pair of threes. Alexis Anderson scored 13, including a three-pointer.

McKenna Moody hits two free throws to take the lead and seal the win for Huntingdon

Mustangs 65, Bulldogs 25

Huntingdon set the tone with a 23-7 lead after the first frame, led by Jeremiah Pearson with seven points, including a pair of threes. Kaleel Bailey scored five, including a three-pointer. Dallas Willis had four points, Nikolas Bynum hit a three-pointer, and Tyrese Mebane and DeJuan Raglin each had two points. Bulldog Hart McKenzie hit a three-pointer, and Dawson Arnold and Peyton Stigall each had a pair.

The Mustangs outscored the Bulldogs, 19-4, in the second quarter, led by Bailey with nine on a trio of threes. Mebane, Pearson, Willis, Raglin and Hunter Ledsinger all had two points. Arnold scored all four for Gleason. At the half, Huntingdon led, 42-11.

The third saw a 14-4 Huntingdon advantage. Bailey scored five, including a three. Pearson also hit a three-pointer, and Willis, Raglin and Ledsinger each added a pair. Stigall had a pair for the Bulldogs, and Arnold and Elijah Young each hit a free throw. Heading into the final frame, the Mustangs led, 56-15.

Gleason edged a quick fourth, 10-9, led by Arnoldand Stigall with four points each. Young added a pair. Ledsinger hit a three for Huntingdon, and Bynum, Kieryen Jordan and Devontae Harris each

had two points.

Mustang Kaleel Bailey led all scorers with 19, including five three-pointers. Jeremiah Pearson had a dozen, including a trio of threes. Dawson Arnold led Gleason with eleven points, and Peyton Stigall scored eight. Story Source: McKenzie Banner.

 

Lady Bulldogs Pull Away Late, Rebels Cruise

 

BY BRAD SAM

brad@mckenziebanner.com

 

McKENZIE (November 20) — The McKenzie High School basketball teams hosted Gleason in their home opener Monday night. The Lady Rebels hung close through three quarters, but the Lady Bulldogs lit up the scoreboard in the fourth for a 55-32 win. The Rebels pulled away in the opening minutes and rolled to a 66-27 victory over the Bulldogs.

Gleason Lady Bulldogs 55, McKenzie Lady Rebels 32

Gleason took an early edge, 10-7, after the opening frame. Lady Bulldogs Jayden Green and Kenady Atkins each hit a three-pointer, and Mahlese McDonald and Aubrey Wallace each had two points. Lady Rebel Shelby Butler hit a three, and Macey Ognibene and Whitley Smith each scored a pair.

The second quarter was a 12-12 draw. Lady Rebel Lilly Bennett scored five, including a three-pointer. Camille Travis also hit a three, and Ognibene and Brooke Hobson each had a pair. McDonald scored five for Gleason, including a three. Shelbie Burton had four points, Green added a pair, and Alexis Anderson hit a free throw. At the half, the Lady Bulldogs led, 22-19.

Gleason widened the gap with an 11-6 advantage in the third, led by McDonald with seven points, including another three-pointer. Atkins scored four points. Ognibene and Hobson each added a pair for McKenzie, and Bennett and Butler each hit a freebie. Entering the final frame, Gleason led 33-25.

The Lady Bulldogs used hot shooting to outscore the Lady Rebels, 22-7, in the fourth. Anderson led the way with nine points on a trio of threes, and Wallace scored five. Green, Burton, Atkins and Veronica Rosa each had a pair. Anna Callahan scored three for McKenzie, and Hobson and Jacey Davis each had a pair.

Lady Bulldog Mahlese Mc-Donald led all scorers with 14 points, including a pair of three-pointers. Alexis Anderson scored ten, including a trio of threes. Kenady Atkins had nine points, also with a three. Lilly Bennett scored six for McKenzie, including a three-pointer. Macey Ognibene and Brooke Hobson also scored six points.

Gleason led the contest 2821 in rebounds, led by Shelbie Burton with seven. Mahlese McDonald had six boards, and Alexis Anderson had five.

Whitley Smith led the Lady Rebels with six rebounds, and Anna Callahan had five.

Rebels 66, Bulldogs 27

McKenzie opened the nightcap with a 17-2 advantage in the first frame, led by Lazarick Hill and Ben Austin with four points each. Micah Austin hit a three-pointer, and Lucas King, Nate Whitsell and Lane Horton each scored two points. Bulldog Dawson Arnold had a pair.

The Rebel lead grew in a 2211 second quarter. King scored nine, including a three-pointer, and Austin and Horton each had four points. Brandon Hobson hit a three, and Whitsell added a pair. Olen Reed led Gleason with seven points, and Elijah Young scored four. At the half, McKenzie led, 39- 13.

McKenzie outscored the Bulldogs, 21-4, in the third. King again scored nine, again with a three. Chase Colotta scored six on a pair of threes, and Whitsell scored three points. Austin added a pair, and Hill hit a freebie. Reed and Young each had a pair for Gleason. Heading into the final frame, the Rebels led, 60- 17.

Gleason led the fourth, 106, to close the final deficit slightly. Young and Jamison Lifsey each scored four, and Reed added a pair. Hill scored all six points for McKenzie.

Rebel Lucas King led all scorers with 20 points, including a pair of threes. Lazarick Hill scored eleven, and Ben Austin had ten points.

Olen Reed led Gleason with eleven points, and Elijah Young had ten.

McKenzie led in rebounding, 31-19. In all, 14 Rebels had at least one board, led by Ben Austin with ten. Bulldogs Elijah Young and Jamison Lifsey each had four rebounds. Source: McKenzie Banner.

 

 

Lady Bulldogs Rout Lady Lions, Bulldogs Fall to Tide

 

BY BRAD SAM

brad@mckenziebanner.com

 

GLEASON (November 18) — Gleason High School hosted several preseason Hall of Fame basketball games Saturday. Among those games was one between the host Lady Bulldogs and the Camden Lady Lions. Gleason ran away with that contest, 73-32. The Bulldogs played the Trenton-Peabody Golden Tide, falling, 73-30.

GLEASON LADY BULLDOGS 73, CAMDEN LADY LIONS 32

The Lady Bulldogs took quick control to lead the Lady Lions, 25-7, after the opening frame. Mahlese McDonald led Gleason with eight points, including a pair of three-pointers. Shelbie Burton scored six, and Jayden Green had four points. Kenady Atkins hit a three, and Aubrey Wallace and Lillie Freeman each hit a pair of free throws. Paige Hampton scored five for Camden, including a three-pointer. Payton Hunt had two points.

Gleason had a 15-13 edge in the second quarter, led by Green with six points, including a three. Atkins hit another three-pointer, and Wallace, Freeman and Alexis Anderson each had a pair. Hunt led Camden with seven, Abby Berry scored four, and Brittney Minor added a pair. At the half, the Lady Bulldogs led, 40-20.

Gleason blew out Camden again in the third, 27-8.Chasney Brawner scored six on a pair of threes,and Green also had six points. McDonald scoredfive, including another three-pointer, and Freeman also scored five. Atkins again hit a three, andWallace added a pair. Lady Lions Rylee Pafford and Brenna Caldwell each hit a three, and Hampton added a pair. Entering the final frame, the Gleason led, 67-32.

The Lady Bulldogs edged a quick fourth, 6-4. Brawner and Martha Nichols each scored a pair, and Veronica Rosa and Keicha Shafer each hit a free throw. Pafford hit another three for Camden, and Brittney Fox hit a free throw.

Eleven players scored for Gleason, led by Jayden Green with 16 points, including a three-pointer. Mahlese McDonald scored 13, including a trio of threes. Kenady Atkins and Lillie Freeman each had nine points, Atkins all on threes.

Eight scored for Camden, led by Payton Hunt with nine points. Paige Hampton scored seven, including a three-pointer.

TRENTON-PEABODY GOLDEN TIDE 74, GLEASON BULLDOGS 30

Peabody ran away with the opening frame, 28-6, led by Jadarius Harris with seven points. Cameron Luten and Keyonta Ross each scored six. Davonta Lyles had four points, Timothy Fields hit a three-pointer, and Cameron Porter added a pair. Bulldogs Dawson Arnold and Elijah Young each scored three points.

The Golden Tide had a similar advantage, 33-8, in the second. Harris scored 14, including a pair of threes. Lyles had seven points, including a three. Luten scored six, Fields had four, and Khance Hill hit a freebie. Bulldog Olen Reed scored five, Young added a pair, and Hart McKenzie hit a free throw. At the half, Peabody led, 61-14.

Each team scored seven in the third. Young ledGleason with five, and Jamison Lifsey added a pair. Xavier Williams hit a three for the Tide, and Porter and Nigel Brooks each scored two points. Entering the final frame, Peabody led, 68-21.

Gleason narrowed the final tally by outscoring the Tide, 9-6, in the fourth. Reed led the Bulldogs with five points, and Arnold and Noah Anderson each had a pair. Williams hit another three for Peabody, and Brooks also scored three points.

Peabody’s Jadarius Harris led all scorers with 21, including a pair of three-pointers. Cameron Luten and Davonta Lyles each had a dozen, Lyles with a pair of threes.

Bulldogs Olen Reed and Elijah Young each scored ten, Reed with a three-pointer. Source: McKenzie Banner

 

 

 

Gleason Championship Squads Reunite

 

 KENNETH COKER

Sports Editor

The Dresden Enterprise

 

The clock was turned back inside the Gleason High School gym on Friday evening. Members of both the 1992 and 2007 Class A State Championship girls’ basketball teams reunited at their alma mater for a presentation and recognition of the squads in between games featuring the current Gleason and Greenfield squads.

 

To begin the ceremony, the 1992 and 2007 state championship trophies were wheeled out onto the floor by current members of the Lady Bulldog basketball program moments after Gleason claimed a 57-50 triumph over G’field.

 

Then, the 1992 squad was introduced and presented with medals commemorating the reunion by current members of the Lady Bulldog team. Three of the current Gleason girls have direct ties to the 1992 squad. Current Lady Bulldog junior Aubrey Wallace is the daughter of 1992 senior Cristi (Wallace) Sawyers. Gleason’s Lillian and Martha Nichols are the nieces of Camille (Connell) Legins, who was a sophomore on the ’92 state champion team.

 

 

“Although it’s been 25 years, I still remember winning the state tournament just like it was yesterday,” Sawyers said. “Seeing all the girls tonight from both teams as well as Coach (Randy) Frazier, Coach (Joel) Ayers) and Mr. (Mitchell) Parham brought back some of the best moments of my life. However, the highlight of it was my daughter handing me the memento from the evening. That brought tears to my eyes and will be something I cherish forever. I’m so proud to be a part of the Lady Bulldog team and hope that we will soon have a fourth state championship.”

 

All but five members of the 1992 girls’ state champion team were on hand at Friday’s celebration, including Becky (Crowe) Padgett.

“Friday night’s 25-year reunion brought back so many special memories like the love and support of our Gleason community, the bond between teammates, the admiration and respect for Coach Frazier and Mrs. Terry (Frazier) and the pride of what it meant to wear orange and represent the Lady Bulldogs,” said Padgett. “I was overwhelmed by Gleason High School’s warm welcome and hospitality.”

 

Aside from Sawyer and Padgett, other members of the 1992 squad – which went 33-3 en route to the state championship – present for the reunion were Selena (Dilday) Hodges, Heather (Lehmkuhl) Leach, Kristy (Freeman) O’Connor, Tonya (Parham) Lutz, Camille (Connell) Legons, Stacy (Stewart) Cook, Kristy (McKee) Dunn, and Holly (Crowe) Adams. Lisa (Wallace) Palmer, Ashley (Hopper) Flint, Brandy (Wiseman) Horler, Olivia (Lowe) Gilliam, Nicki (Stephens) Pace and LeAnn (Bell) Smith were not present.

 

Following the introduction of the 1992 state champion team, the 2007 squad was welcomed back for its 10-year reunion.

 

A decade ago, Gleason posted a 35-1 worksheet en route to the program’s third state crown. As was the case with the 1992 squad, the 2007 team’s medal ceremony had family ties. Current Lady Bulldog Jayden Green – who scored a dozen points during the win over Greenfield – is the niece of 2007 team member Candace (Green) Lindsey.

 

 

“It was great seeing everyone again and catching up like old times,” Green said. “I got a little emotional when my name was called and when Mr. P came out to do his chant, but I guess that’s expected when you’re nine months pregnant. I’m very proud of my niece Jayden and it’s an honor to know all those people were able to watch her win a big game.”

 

2007 Class A Miss Basketball award winner Kayla (Hudson) Irvin – the current girls’ coach at Crockett County and a second cousin to current Gleason player Kenady Atkins – was also on hand to take a bow alongside her teammates from a decade ago.

 

“It was such an honor to stand beside the girls I went to battle with 10 years ago,” Irvin said. “That team became my family. The wins and championships are fun, but it’s the relationships that make the journey worth it. Those ladies I love so much are now great wives and mothers. The lessons we learned on the court permeate into so many other areas of life. I was just so humbled and grateful to get to reminisce and experience that with them again.

 

“As a coach myself, I am now aware of the time and preparation our coaches put in to making us into a team that could succeed at that level. I see with clear vision that “whys” behind every drill and mental toughness challenge our coaches put us in. I am so grateful for the opportunity to play for coaches who expected excellence in all areas. It is my prayer that I am able to teach these same lessons to my team.”

 

Along with Irwin and Lindsey, numerous other members of the 2007 Class A state champion squad (35-1) were on hand on Friday including Ashley Coble, Camille (Cooper) Legens, Erica (Morgan) Stahr), Sara (Hensley) Webb, Elizabeth (Terrell) Cunningham, Kim (Edenfield) Marcus, Breanna (Wallace) Nerie, Jenna (Frazier) Verdell, Taylor Stout, Tiffany Coble, Riley (Auvenshine) Laster and Kim (Reynolds) Healy along with assistant coach Joel Ayers. Members of the 2007 squad not present were Becca Hodges, Alexis Tipton and Maggie Lowrance.

 

Following the team introductions, current Weakley County Director of Schools Randy Frazier – who served as the head coach for both of the honored Lady Bulldog state champion squads – briefly shared his memories of the two teams before turning over the festivities to former athletic director/ principal Mitchell Parham.

 

Parham led the home section of the crowd in a Gleason chant - a staple of postseason basketball pep rallies and games during his long tenure at the school.

 

“It was great to be back in Gleason for the reunion of the 1992 and 2007 state championship teams,” Parham said. “I enjoyed seeing all the former players as it brought back very good memories. I also enjoyed talking with many of the great Gleason Bulldog fans, who are the best. Thanks to Gleason High School for getting this together and I was honored to be invited to join in with the celebration. It was great.” Source: The Dresden Enterprise.

 

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