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Summertown’s Embrey headed to South Gibson

By Chris Yow

Catie Embrey wasn’t looking for a new job, but one was looking for her.

Fresh off a Class A state finals loss in March the Lawrence County native is headed to South Gibson High School in West Tennessee to take over the Lady Hornets program.

“I haven’t applied anywhere; I wasn’t looking for a job,” Embrey said. “This came out of nowhere, and it was something I couldn’t turn down.”

Summertown girls’ basketball coach Catie Embrey has taken a job at South Gibson High School. She leaves Summertown with a 79-18 record at the school with two trips to the state tournament and one finals appearance. (Photo by Chris Yow / SM-Tn Sports)

The former Lawrence County and Lipscomb University guard leaves for South Gibson after leading Summertown to the 2021 state title game following district and region crowns in a 26-8 campaign.

She won 79 games in three seasons at Summertown, and led the Lady Eagles to a pair of state tournament appearances. In six seasons, as a head coach, with prior stints at Columbia Academy and Dickson County, she’s compiled a 153-64 record.

Embrey said the chance to take over a program with a wealth of resources was a big part of her decision, but administration turnover also played a role.

“I’ve had a different administration every year I’ve been here,” she said. “There are so many factors that went into this decision, though.”

South Gibson is coming off a 15-14 season with a loss in the Region 7-AA quarterfinals. Just as Summertown will be moving up to Class AA for the upcoming classification period, the Lady Hornets are set to compete in District 12-AA next year.

Embrey replaces Carla Wyatt, who resigned at the end of the season.

TSWA All-State hoops listings include Richland’s Nicholson

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Daniel Nicholson, who averaged 17.7 points and 5.6 rebounds per game while helping Richland to its first Class A boys basketball state tournament berth in eight years, was named to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association’s all-state team that was released Wednesday.

The Raiders compiled a 26-2 record in a campaign that started with a 15-game winning streak and closed with a 56-55 loss to North Greene in the state tourney quarterfinals.

Other all-state honorees of area interest include Franklin’s Reed Kemp in Class AAA and Evan Eursher from Webb-Bell Buckle in Division II-A.

The teams in their entirety:

Class AAA – Davon Barnes, Collierville, Sr.; Keynan Cutlip, Science Hill, Jr.; Philip Dotson, Arlington, Jr.; Grant Hurst, Cleveland, Sr.; Reed Kemp, Franklin, Sr.; Amarr Knox, Bartlett, Jr.; Johnathan Lawson, Houston, Sr.; Brandon Miller, Cane Ridge, Jr.; Mason Miller, Houston, Sr.; Jonathan Milloway, Oak Ridge, Sr.; Ametri Moss, Northwest, Sr.; Matthew Schneider, Siegel, Sr.; Micah Simpson, Morristown East, Jr.; Grant Slatten, White Co., Sr.; John Windley, Brentwood, Sr.

Class AA – Dylan Bartley, Sullivan East, Jr.; Tylon Chatman, Haywood, So.; Dalton Colbert, Chester Co., Sr.; Gus Davenport, Cannon Co., Jr.; Jakobi Gillespie, Greeneville, Jr.; JaQuan Lax, Bolivar Central, Sr.; Brandon Maclin, South Side, Sr.; Trey Morrow, Scott, Jr.; Harper Neal, Kingston, Sr.; Colby Raymer, Kingston, Jr.; Alex Rush, Upperman, Sr.; Reid Satterfield, Greeneville, Jr.; Matthew Sells, Livingston Acad., Sr.; Kerrick Thorne, Howard, Sr.; Toris Woods, Bolivar Central, Sr.

Class A – Zach Amonett, Pickett Co., Jr.; Jalen Anglin, West Carroll, Jr.; Christian Ballard, Madison Academic, Sr.; Nathan Bowling, Oneida, Sr.; Trey Johnson, Cosby, Sr.; Cayden Jones, Monterey, Sr.; Demarkus Kee, Peabody, Jr.; Jordan McCullum, Harriman, Fr.; Kaleb Meredith, University High-Johnson City, Sr.; Daniel Nicholson, Richland, Sr.; Walter Peggs, Madison Academic, Sr.; Chriss Schutz, North Greene, Jr.; Grant Strong, Clay Co., Jr.; Dylan Woods, Memphis Acad. of Health Sciences, Sr.; Elijah Young, Gleason, Sr.

Division II-A – Alex Anderson, Tipton-Rosemark, Sr.; Dylan Arnold, Jackson Chr., Sr.; Tyler Byrd, Tipton-Rosemark, Jr.; R.J. Casey, Franklin Road Acad., Jr.; Daniel Egbuniwe, First Assembly Chr., Jr.; Evan Eursher, Webb-Bell Buckle, Jr.; Caden Johnson, Boyd Buchanan, So.; Kameron Jones, Evangelical Chr., Sr.; Braeden Moore, Christ Presbyterian Acad., Jr.; Jose Rodriguez, Concord Chr., Jr.; PJay Smith, Goodpasture, Sr.; Jaxon Toney, Harding Acad., Jr.; Lukas Walls, Knoxville Webb, So.; Isaiah West, Goodpasture, So.; Braden Zapp, Christ Presbyterian Acad., Sr.

Division II-AA – Blue Cain, Knoxville Catholic, So.; Malik Dia, Ensworth, Jr.; B.J. Edwards, Knoxville Catholic, Jr.; Jackson Francis, Montgomery Bell Acad., Jr.; Cooper Haynes, Briarcrest Chr., Fr.; Chandler Jackson, Christian Brothers, Jr.; Reese McMullen, Christian Brothers, Sr.; Trent McNair, Brentwood Acad., Jr.; Eric Rivers, McCallie; Handje Tamba, Knoxville Catholic, Jr.

Jennings, Campbell, Weathers earn TSWA all-state honors

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Richland’s Jesse Jennings, Summertown’s Kaley Campbell and Loretto’s Karly Weathers were each named to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association’s Class A girls basketball all-state team, which was announced this week.

Jennings, who signed a women’s basketball scholarship Monday with Alabama-Huntsville, led the area with a 23.6-point scoring average as the Lady Raiders advanced to the Region 5-A semifinals. She recently went into the TSSAA record books, listed fourth in career free throws made (631) and attempted (808).

Campbell, an Austin Peay golf scholarship signee, and Weathers each led their teams to the Class A state championship game — with Weathers earning tournament most valuable player honors as well as Miss Basketball following the Lady Mustangs’ victory. She has committed to the University of Alabama.

Coffee County’s Bella Vinson, a Lipscomb University signee, was appointed to the Class AAA squad, along with Brentwood’s Amelia Osgood, who’s headed to Princeton.

The teams in their entirety:

Class AAA — Gracie Dodgen, White Co., Sr.; Denae Fritz, Maryville, Sr.; Skyler Gill, Hardin Co., Sr.; Acacia Hayes, Riverdale, Jr.; Tessa Miller, Stone Memorial, Sr.; Khamari Mitchell-Steen, Oak Ridge, Sr.; Iyana Moore, Blackman, Sr.; Anna Muhonen, Bradley Central, Sr.; Amelia Osgood, Brentwood, Sr.; Addie Grace Porter, Lebanon, Sr.; Ta’Mia Scott, Northwest, Jr.; Carmen Taylor, Arlington, Sr.; Mallory Taylor, Collierville, Jr.; Avery Treadwell, Bearden, So.; Bella Vinson, Coffee Co., Sr.

Class AA — Lauren Bailey, Greeneville, So.; Sharneece Currie-Jelks, South Side, Jr.; Blaize Deere, Scotts Hill, Sr.; Jenna Hare, Sullivan East, So.; Jada Harrison, Westview, So.; Reagan Hurst, Upperman, Sr.; Jalynn Gregory, Macon Co., Sr.; Haylee Johnson, York Institute, Sr.; Olivia Koontz, Signal Mountain, Sr.; Lauren Longmire, Grainger, Sr.; LaRose Morrow, Maplewood, Sr.; Campbell Penland, Northview Acad., Sr.; Zoe Piller, Nolensville, Sr.; Tori Rutherford, Grainger, Sr.; Bre Yarber, Sullivan Central, Sr.

Class A — Brooklyn Anderson, North Greene, Jr.; Katie Arms, Clay Co.., Sr.; Kaley Campbell, Summertown, Sr.; Edie Darby, Greenfield, Jr.; Savannah Davis, McKenzie, Fr.; Madison Hart, Gibson Co., Jr.; Jesse Jennings, Richland, Sr.; CeCe Johnson, Peabody, Sr.; Bralyn McGaha, Cosby, Sr.; Kassie Monday, Clarkrange, Sr.; Kaylie Monday, Clarkrange, Sr.; Kelsey Pike, Oneida, So.; Lyndie Ramsey, Unaka, So.; Anna Stevenson, Huntland, Sr.; Karly Weathers, Loretto, Jr.

Division II-A — Diamond Bryant, Clarksville Acad., Sr.; LaShae Dwyer, Webb-Bell Buckle, Sr.; Mariah Edmonds, Providence Chr., Sr.; Tessa Gibson, Silverdale Baptist, Sr.; Brianna Hall, Tipton-Rosemark, Sr.; Catherine Hendershott, First Baptist Acad., Sr.; Jordaynia Ivie, Lakeway Chr., Sr.; Leah Jones, Northpoint Chr.; Olivia Jones, Univ. School of Jackson, Sr.; Madelyn Ladd, Knoxville Webb, So.; Olivia Lee, Trinity Chr., So.; Gracie Palmer, Berean Chr., Jr.; Maggie Vick, Lakeway Chr., Sr.; Julie Wagner, Univ. School of Jackson, Sr.; Hadleigh Wharton, Goodpasture Chr., So.

Division II-AA — Kaia Barnett, Hutchison, Sr.; Kennedy Cambridge, Ensworth, Jr.; Jaloni Cambridge, Ensworth, Fr.; Kayli Clarkson, Briarcrest Chr., So.; Raegyn Conley, Baylor, Sr.; Maxine Engel, Hutchison, Sr.; Jeila Greenlee, Knoxville Catholic, Sr.; Carmyn Harrison, Hutchison, Sr.; Jaila Lee, Brentwood Acad., Sr.; Sydney Mains, Knoxville Catholic, Fr.

The Rundown: April 19, 2021

Friday results
Baseball
Grundy County 13, Franklin County 3
Ravenwood 17, Columbia Central 4
Lincoln County 11, Huntland 4
Lawrence County 4, Summertown 3
Riverdale 6, Tullahoma 2
Eagleville 6, Mt. Pleasant 2
Eagleville 13, Mt. Pleasant 9
Fayetteville 8, Giles County 7
Santa Fe 13, Houston County 4
Grace Chr. 15, Harpeth 4
Columbia Acad. 15, Harpeth 0
Lebanon 3, Centennial 2
Cornersville 10, Culleoka 2
Brentwood 8, Nolensville 4
Hickman County 13, Hampshire 6
Page 8, Smyrna 5
Forrest 5, Moore County 1

Softball
Cannon County 4, Zion Chr. 3 (Walking Horse Classic)
East Hickman 10, Zion Chr. 8 (WHC)
Gallatin 6, Richland 1 (Border Battle)
Frank Hughes 4, Mt. Pleasant 3
Columbia Central 15, Independence 5
Bama Bash
Loretto 11, Cherokee (AL) 0
West Morgan (AL) 5, Loretto 1
Lawrence County 11, Murfreesboro Central 2 
Columbia Acad. 16, CPA 2

Boys soccer
Columbia Central 6, Summit 1
Adamsville 1, Loretto 0

Saturday results
Baseball
Coffee County 12, LaVergne 0
Franklin County 2, Grundy 1
Lincoln County 7, Page 5
Stewart’s Creek 14, Shelbyville 4
Tullahoma 5 Rockvale 4
Community 10, Wilson Central 7
Forrest 4, Columbia Central 2
Centennial 10, MBA 0
Columbia Acad. 7, CPA 3
Grace Chr. 11, John Overton 0
Zion Chr. 7, Univ. School Nashville 5
Softball
Walking Horse Classic
Culleoka 5, Fayetteville 1
Mt. Pleasant 11, Fayetteville 10
Culleoka 1, East Hickman 0
East Hickman 4, Mt. Pleasant 3
East Hickman 9, Culleoka 7
Community 7, Mt. Pleasant 1
Community 12, Culleoka 2
Bama Bash
Loretto 16, Lexington 1
Lawrence County (AL) 7, Loretto 1

Border Battle
Lincoln County 15, Gallatin 1
Gallatin 6, Giles County 0
Gallatin 7, Marshall County 6

Ex-Mt. Pleasant coach headed home for Camden girls post

By Maurice Patton

At one of Chris Carney’s previous coaching stops, a seed was planted.

That seed blossomed Friday, as Carney – dismissed on April 1 as boys basketball coach at Mt. Pleasant – accepted the girls basketball coaching position at his alma mater, Camden Central.

“I’d been thinking about it, contemplating it for a few years,” Carney said about the crossover. “I had the privilege of coaching with John Wild at Wilson Central. He’d gone from boys to girls. He made some good points about the differences.

“He made me think my style of coaching would work well with the girls.”

And when Wild – current girls coach at Summit, and one of just three coaches to win Tennessee boys and girls basketball state championships – says it, it’s worth considering.

“I just think his attention to detail,” Wild said in explaining his assessment. “I think he’s consumed with all the little things, the fundamentals, the importance of developing a ‘more than basketball’ relationship that goes beyond the court, the intangibles that I think you’ve got to have when it comes to coaching girls.

“Guys are like, let’s practice a little and go play. With girls, there’s that emotional piece there. I think girls will build a lot of trust in him.”

In two years at Mt. Pleasant, Carney posted a 30-27 record, taking the Tigers to the Region 5-A semifinals in his first season before finishing 9-17 in a pandemic-impacted 2020-21 campaign.

Before arriving at the Maury County school, Carney had spent three years at Wilson Central and four at Portland, compiling a 67-130 mark.

The 2005 Camden graduate went on to play collegiately at Maryville College and spent two seasons as an assistant at Kenwood before embarking on his head coaching career.

“I still have a lot of people, a few of my best friends, raising their kids in the community,” he said. “When the position came open, it was definitely something that interested me.

“I met the girls Friday, and one of the girls that’s going to be a sophomore said ‘my uncle played with you’, which was pretty wild. I’ve been gone through college and different stops coaching. I’d still kept up with the community, but as far as staying connected with everybody, there’s some people I haven’t talked to in 10 or 15 years.”

Carney replaces Renee Sutton – “she started when I was a player,” he said – and was hired by Camden principal Shawn McDowell, who was the school’s baseball coach during Carney’s days as a student.

“Your administration is everything,” he said. “To be going home to people that were my teachers, some of my coaches, that loyalty is something that’s nice to have.”

Mt. Pleasant has yet to announce a successor to Carney or to girls basketball coach Amy Odom, who was also dismissed after two seasons. Columbia Central and Culleoka also have ongoing girls basketball coaching searches.

Photos by Ric Beu / SM-Tn Sports

Veteran high school, college coach to take Indy girls helm

By Maurice Patton

After achieving record-setting success during a previous Williamson County stint, Tony Hill is set to return as girls basketball coach at Independence.

Hill will be the fourth different coach at the helm of the Lady Eagles in as many seasons. He succeeds Mary Beth White, who led the program on an interim basis in 2020-21 after Bryan Glasner – who took over for Whitney Baird at the end of the ’18-19 campaign – was unavailable and eventually resigned in February.

“We are very excited to welcome Tony Hill to ‘Indy Nation’,” Independence principal Niki Patton said in a prepared statement. “Coach Hill brings a tremendous amount of basketball experience from both the high school and college levels, and we believe his coaching skillset brings our girls basketball program what it needs to take that next step in becoming a championship caliber team.

“He is passionate about the game of basketball, but more importantly, he is passionate about facilitating success for our girls in both athletics and academics. We are thrilled that Coach Hill will be joining our school community and look forward to the future success of our program.”

Most recently a member of the girls basketball coaching staff at Riverdale, Hill led Centennial to a four-year record of 55-48 from 2013-17, with the Lady Cougars posting their first winning record (18-8) in 2015-16 followed by a 19-win performance a year later. That season saw the program’s first district tournament victory, its first district finals appearance, first region tourney berth, first region finals and first state sectional.

Two months later, Hill resigned to take over the girls program at Portland. He’s since spent a season at Huntland and the last two at Riverdale.

Tony Hill, announced Wednesday as girls basketball coach at Independence, meets with his new team. (Courtesy photo)

“I’ve always had an eye on Independence,” Hill said. “I think that’s a job that’s a diamond in the rough, so to speak. I’ve always felt like you can win there. The pieces are in place – a great administration, a strong feeder program, … a lot of support from the community. I feel that’s a great place to coach girls basketball.

“With the realignment as it is now, you hope you can put yourself in a position to get to region play and make a run in the region tournament. When the opportunity presented itself, I reached out and was very excited to get the opportunity to be there. I’ve known a lot of those coaches for a long time. I can’t wait to work with them.”

Independence will compete for the next two seasons in District 12-AAAA, a five-team league with Columbia Central, Summit, Ravenwood and Nolensville. Presumably, the top four district tourney finishers will advance to regional play.

Hill said he intends to speak with assistants Jack Harlow and Dominique St. Louis and gauge their interest in continuing in those roles.

“We’re going to have a conversation and see where everybody’s head is. Certainly that’s a consideration,” Hill said regarding the return of Harlow, a Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association Hall of Fame inductee after winning 564 games at Franklin County, Columbia Central and Bradley Central. “I had the pleasure of meeting him at the State Farm Classic. He’s a great basketball guy, done a lot of great things.

“I would definitely want to sit down with him and Coach St. Louis and see if they’re interested in coming back.”.  

Prior to his 2013 arrival in Middle Tennessee, Hill had served as girls coach at Milan in West Tennessee, following collegiate head coaching stints at Lambuth University in Jackson – where he was named Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year in 2010 — and at Rose-Hulman in Terre Haute, Ind.