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Source: Dresden Enterprise

Gleason High School senior Chase Ezell (front, center) official signed to continue his football career at Bethel University recently. Those present for Ezell’s signing ceremony were (seated, from left) Barbara Farlow (mother), Gleason head football coach Noah Lampkins; (standing, from left) Bethel special teams coach Luke Roth; Gleason principal Trish Price; and Gleason athletic director/assistant principal Lee Lawrence. Source: Dresden Enterprise

Bulldog Ezell (Chase)s path, Signs with Bethel Football Team

By Kenneth Coker

Sports Editor

It has been said it isn’t the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog that matters. Those words are fitting for Gleason senior Chase Ezell. Listed generously as 5-foot-8 and 155 pounds on the Bulldog football roster during the fall, Ezell was certainly one of the smaller slot receiver/defensive backs in District 13A. However, Ezell’s athletic ability and explosiveness have afforded him the opportunity to take his game to the next level as the senior signed with Bethel University on Feb. 12.

“All my life, I’ve played a lot of sports,” Ezell said. “I knew I wanted to play something in college, but I didn’t know if it was going to be baseball or football. Once I got in high school, I started to love football more and more. It became one of my dreams my freshman year (of high school) to play at the next level.”

During his senior season at defensive back, Ezell totaled 37 tackles, three interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and gave up only one TD reception while playing mostly man coverage.

“Chase is a quick kid and it helps to make up for his lack of size,” said Gleason head coach Noah Lampkins. “He needs about one step to break on the ball and that’s something you can’t teach.

Chase definitely proves that size doesn’t matter. He wasn’t afraid to tangle with bigger wide receivers and go up for a jump ball. We weren’t afraid to put him on the other teams’ best receiver in any of our games, either.” “I believe Chase was by far the best defensive back in our district. I feel like I have a pretty good eye for the position having played it in college. Chase just has that natural ability to get to the football and break plays up. You can’t coach that at any position. I think I’ve only had one other player with a similar skill set during my time here.”

Offensively, Ezell – a three year starter and a three-time All-District 13A selection – rushed for 480 yards, averaging 9.2 yards per carry with nine touchdowns and three two-point conversions.

Ezell, who told he had been looked at as a possible wide receiver or slot candidate at Bethel, also caught 14 passes for 157 yards with four touchdowns. Through certainly the closest collegiate option for the Bulldog standout, Ezell told that location was not his final deciding factor.

“Being familiar with Bethel really wasn’t the deciding factor for me,” Ezell said. “What got me is I like all the coaches there. I connected with the Bethel coaches more than with any of the coaches at the other colleges.”

Bethel special teams coach Luke Roth, who attended Ezell’s signing ceremony, said the intangibles led to the pursuit of the Gleason star. “Chase’s explosiveness opened our eyes,” Roth said. “He makes smart cuts when he gets downfield and runs north and south well. Chase isn’t afraid to run into or over somebody. His grades were a factor, as well. “Chase has a 3.2 grade point average and is an intelligent individual. We believe that will translate well onto the field.”

Lampkins – who starred at Lambuth after his playing career with the Bulldogs – also believes Ezell’s style of play and smarts will benefit him at college although there will be some challenges.

”The biggest challenge for Chase that I know of is coming from a small school where he was the most athletic kid and into a situation where there will be more in his class like him,” Lampkins said. “He hasn’t had other players with a similar skill level pushing him here. Weathering the storm his first year and finding a niche he fits into is another task he must complete. I know he can do it, but he will have some challenges that he didn’t have here.” Source: Dresden Enterprise.

GHS 50-year Class Reunion - Class of 1963

The class of 1963 had their 50 year class reunion on Saturday, August 31, 2013.  Members of the class participated in the Tater Town Special parade by riding on  a "Class of 1963 ~ 50-year Reunion trailer. A member of the Class of  '63, the former Sandra Taylor who was the 1963 Miss. Gleason rode in a red 1963 Chevrolet Corvette owned and driven by Dale Nunnery, also a member of the Class of 63.

The 50-year reunion was held at the First Baptist Church on Saturday evening. The festivities were also attended by several well wishers from other Gleason High School Classes from the early to mid 1960's. A good time was  had by all!

Below is a picture of those members of the Class who were in attendance.

Class members attending included, pictured from left to right are: Front Row: Carol (Tucker) Dycus, Delois (Boane) Shaw, Kaye (Billington) Owens, Sandra (Taylor) Johnson, Wanda (Hodges) Pritchett, Patricia (Reed) Segraves Back Row: Robert Smyth, Pat Dewberry, Bobbie Lou (Williams) Chandler, Janis (Hodges) Featherstone, Jean (Burrows) Cunningham, Dale Nunnery, LeRoy Segraves.

Click on the Above Link for all 50-year Reunion Pages

 

Gleason High School Class of 1962:

Follow-up to their 50th Reunion

Members of the Class of 1962 followed up on their last year's 2012 Tater Town 50-year reunion by having a get together on Saturday, August 31st at at Hig's Restaurant in McKenzie. All members of the Class of 1962 and other friends were invited.

As can be seen from the picture below, the turn out for this follow-up was great, with 16 Class of 62 members attending and having a good time interacting with old classmates and other friends from Gleason School.

Members of the Class of 1962 attending included, FRONT ROW: Joyce (Stewart) Jones, Ferrelin (Webb) Cassidy, Linda (Elinor) Boone, Joyce (Holland) Straughn, Linda (Ray) Bevis, Lynda (Travillian) Lankford, Barbara (Clement) White. BACK ROW: Terry Burnell, Curtis Mayo, Bobby Langly, Ronnie Parks, Coy Segraves, Pert Pritchitt, John Ozment, Jim Lawrence, Sammy Tilley. (Picture compliments of Linda Bevis).

 

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Leo Boss of Every Bulldog Hoopster

Turns out the new Gleason High School boys’ basketball coach was right under athletic director Lee Lawrence’s nose.

Chris Leo –a Dresden graduate who has served as the Gleason Junior High boys’ mentor the past two seasons –took over the reins of the high school Bulldogs last week.

In addition, Leo will continue with his duties as junior high boys’ basketball coach.

“Chris is the right guy for the job for a number of reasons,” said Lawrence. “He fit the bill of the type of person we were looking for and he has done a good job with the junior high program. Up until two years ago, we’d never had the high school and junior high programs split up with two different head coaches. At the end of the day, that experiment wasn’t a good or bad thing.

“Coach Leo did gain some head coaching experience from it, though, and it made him better prepared for this opportunity.”

Leo takes over a Gleason program that has went a combined 6-47 during the past two campaigns under Jamie Roney, who resigned the post in March.

The 26-year-old new coach admitted the path to competitiveness won’t be an easy one.

“The boys’ basketball culture needs to change at Gleason,” Leo said. “I’ve heard a lot of excuses since I’ve been here. I’ve heard that these boys have gotten used to getting beat in the district. Or that they live in the shadow of the girls.

“What it comes down to is working their tails off and putting in the time individually to become better basketball players.”

Lawrence, who knows Leo’s future plight all too well as a former Gleason boys’ coach, offered advice to the rookie boss.

“Coach Leo needs to stay confident,” Lawrence said. “Gleason has to ride out the highs of when we have a lot of kids playing and the lows of years with slim pickings. His job is about building character with these young men more than anything. If he can do a good job of that, the wins and losses will take care of themselves.”

In addition to his time as the junior high boys’ coach, Leo served as an assistant on the high school girls’ bench during the 2012-13 campaign.

“I think the experience he has gained on the girls’ bench will help,” Lawrence said. “Chris talks a lot with Coach (Joel) Ayers. I remember when he first came in and was helping me. Chris wanted to learn. He’s like a sponge, soaking up everything he can.

“He’s always asking or inquiring about different strategies and practice tips. That’s why I know he’ll do fine. A lot of young coaches don’t want to ask those types of questions. They want to sit in a corner and do things their way. Chris isn’t like that.”

Lawrence said that Tremaine Baltimore and Luke Hughes will return as assistants to Leo. Source: Dresden Enterprise.

Donation Made to Gleason School

Gleason High School Football Team and Gleason Library will now be able to better serve the community thanks to the support of local farmer, Eric Owen, and America’s Farmers Grow Communities.

Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, Grow Communities provides farmers in eligible counties the chance to win a $2,500 donation for a local nonprofit organization of their choice. To further support counties declared natural disaster areas by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) due to the drought this year, winning farmers in these counties were able to direct double donations, a total of $5,000 to local organizations.

Weakley was declared a disaster area by the USDA, giving Owen the opportunity to choose two organizations to receive $2,500 donations. Owen selected the Gleason High School Football Team and Gleason Library. New equipment will be purchased for the football team with the donation at Gleason High School.

The library will use the donation to purchase new books aimed toward youth.

“The library is a great resource for the children of Gleason,” Owen’s wife said. “The $2,500 donation will go a long way to our school library.” Source: Dresden Enterprise.

Gleason Elementary Citizens of the Six-Weeks

Several elementary students from Gleason School were recently recognized as “Citizens of the Six-Weeks” in three categories: High Achiever Award, Character Counts Award, and B. U. G. (Bringing Up Grades) Award. These students were selected by their teachers for their accomplishments during the fifth six-weeks grading period of the school year. Winners were announced at an elementary assembly, which was led by Principal Trish Price. Citizens of the Six-Weeks received a certificate and an American flag, donated by Woodmen of the World. Source: Dresden Enterprise.

Silver Award for Gleason School Cafeteria

Gleason School was recently presented a Silver Award by the Tennessee Department of Education for meeting criteria in making changes to serve healthier foods, providing students with nutrition education, and providing students with opportunities for physical activity.

There are about 100,000 schools in the United States, but only 5% of these schools have received bronze, silver, and gold awards with 868 schools being awarded silver in the nation. Tennessee has 43 schools in the state with silver, with only four schools in West Tennessee in this category. Two of the schools are in Weakley County.  These two schools are Gleason School and Dresden Elementary School. Source: Dresden Enterprise.

Gleason School Celebrates ‘Read Across America Day’

Gleason Assistant Principal, Lee Lawrence, and Gleason School Librarian, Amy Lawrence, recently teamed up with their five-year-old son, Luke, to celebrate “Read Across America Day” at Gleason School. The family of three dressed up as Thing 1, Thing 2, and the Cat in the Hat -characters from the famous Dr. Seuss book, “The Cat in the Hat” -to surprise elementary classes and distribute Dr. Seuss bookmarks. Students enjoyed innovative, educational, Dr. Seuss activities, designed by their classroom teachers, as well. Elementary grades also participated in a “Fox in Socks” dance party, where physical education teacher, Jason Stephens, served as the deejay. Mrs. Sandy’s high school “Child Life” classes generously volunteered to decorate the library door as a giant, life-sized “Cat in the Hat”. The celebration of reading culminated in a showing of “The Lorax.”

In March of each year, “Read Across America Day” is celebrated in schools across the nation to honor Dr. Seuss and to encourage a love of reading.

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Gleason HS Class of 1962 Celebrates 50th

GLEASON (September 1) Gleason High School Class of 1962 celebrated their 50th reunion during Tater Town festivities on September 1, 2012. Class members attending included, pictured from left: (front row) Barbara Clement White, Lynda Travillian Lankford, Kitty Wray Oliver, Lynda Elinor Boone, Joyce Stewart Jones, Linda Ray Bevins, Joyce Holland Straughan, Ferrellin Webb Cassidy and Wanda Dilday; (back row) John Ozment, Pert Pritchett, Curtis Mayo, Jim Lawrence, Coy Segraves, Terry Bunnell, Bobby Langley, Sam Tilley and Ronnie Parks.

 

 

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