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Summertown trio signs college scholarships

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Three Summertown athletes signed national letters of intent Wednesday as the NCAA fall recruiting period officially opened.

Claire Woods, a three-sport athlete for the Lady Eagles, inked a softball scholarship with Middle Tennessee State, while multi-sport classmates Hailey Jones and Kaley Campbell signed with North Alabama and Austin Peay, respectively — Jones for softball, Campbell for golf.

Summertown’s Claire Woods signed a softball scholarship Wednesday with Middle Tennessee State. (Courtesy photo)

Woods, a pitcher/third baseman, joins the Lady Raiders as the top-ranked signee in their fall recruiting class, listed at No. 117 overall in the Extra Inning Softball top 200. She is listed as the 64th-best pitcher in the country in the Extra Elite Player Rankings, making her No. 6 among Conference USA signees and second in Tennessee.

At the time of her verbal commitment, Scout Softball had Woods ranked as the third-best uncommitted pitcher in the nation.

Through three seasons at Summertown High School, Woods has a 1.10 ERA with 307 strikeouts in 255 innings pitched. In addition to her work in the circle, Woods boasts a .459 batting average with 14 homers. She was named All-District Pitcher of the Year as a freshman and District MVP as a sophomore. Woods qualified for the Small Class State Championships in cross country and also lettered in basketball for two years.

“We think she may be the best pitcher we’ve recruited here,” MTSU coach Jeff Breeden said in announcing his recruiting class, which also includes Siegel infielder Claire Czajkowski, Macon County utility player Abby Shoulders and Anyce Harvey, an outfielder from Hewitt-Trussville (Ala.).

“She throws in the mid-60s, and she’s thought in the travel ball circles to be in the top five percent of pitchers in America. We’ll give her an opportunity, and we’ll see how far she can take us.”

Summertown’s Hailey Jones signed a softball scholarship Wednesday with North Alabama. (Courtesy photo)

Jones started as a freshman on Summertown’s 2018 Class A state title team and was a starter on the 2019 team that finished as state runner-up. She’s also been a key performer on the Lady Eagles’ consecutive Class A state championship volleyball teams, and plays basketball as well.

Campbell earned four straight individual and team region golf titles, with Summertown taking home three Small Class state titles during her tenure. She claimed the 2018 Small Class individual title, shooting a two-day 148 to win by six strokes.

Summertown’s Kaley Campbell signed a golf scholarship Wednesday with Austin Peay State University. (Courtesy photo)

On the junior golf circuit, she was the 2019 SNEDS Junior Golf Tour Player of the Year in the Girls age 16-18 category, winning five of seven tour events in which she participated that summer. 

“Kaley is a consistent player that brings a calming presence to those around her,” APSU coach Jessica Combs said. “She never stops grinding on or off the golf course, whether it’s battling an injury or needing to birdie the last hole to win. We are so excited to have her on the team, and I’m looking forward to watching her improve during her time in Clarksville.”

In addition to being a four-time All-State performer on the course, she also helped lead the Lady Eagles to the 2018 Class A softball state title and a runner-up finish in 2019. She was selected as the 2018 Middle Tennessee Class A/Division II Miss Softball by the Tennessee Softball Coaches Association, and was a member of the 2018 Class A basketball state runner-up squad. Following a knee injury that cut her junior season short, she is expected to return to the court this season.

Summit’s Runk ready for state golf tournament this week

By Maurice Patton

How did Summit junior Claudette Runk prepare for this week’s TSSAA Large Class State Championships golf tournament?

By trying to hit a different ball.

Don’t worry, though. Heading into Tuesday’s opening round of the two-day event at WillowBrook in Manchester, Runk said her softball swing doesn’t impact her golf swing.

“It’s the other way around for me,” said Runk, a three-sport athlete who played in her first softball tourney of the fall this weekend and anticipates the start of preseason basketball practice shortly. “My golf swing messes with my softball swing. I swing the bat like a club.

“All my friends make fun of me for that.”

Though golf has been a secondary sport for Runk – behind softball – she said the friendships she’s made on the links have helped her enjoy it more.

Claudette Runk will represent Summit in this week’s Large Class State Championships golf tournament at Manchester’s WillowBrook Golf Club, after shooting a 79 in last week’s Region 6 tourney at GreyStone in Dickson. (Courtesy photo)

The success probably hasn’t hurt, either.

After qualifying for the state tournament as a freshman two years ago, she shot a first-day 81. That turned out to be her score for the tourney, as inclement weather forced cancellation of the final round. Last year, she did not advance out of Region 6, but she answered with a 79 last week at Dickson’s GreyStone to claim a berth after finishing third at the District 11 tournament with a 76.

“I’ve been practicing more,” Runk said as she explored her recent success. “I’ve definitely focused more on golf this year than normal. And my dad (David) has been a big help to me. He’s been very supportive.”

Sibling rivalries never hurt that development, either. Claudette’s older brother, Summit senior Alex, came up short of a region berth a couple of weeks ago.

“I definitely gave him a hard time,” she said.

Having played in less-than-ideal conditions at her initial state tournament and in the recent regional, Runk feels mentally prepared for her 9:50 a.m. tee time Tuesday.

“I just tried to stay focused the whole time. I had to not think about the conditions and play like I could play,” she said regarding the rain at GreyStone. “That’s how I have to go into state. Going as a freshman, I was extremely nervous, but I think it’ll help a little (now) with nerves — being there before, being used to the environment, knowing the course, knowing what to expect. It helps with the nerves.”

Coming off that 81 in 2018, focus doesn’t figure to be an issue this week.

“I wasn’t very satisfied with that,” she said. “I hope to be at 73 or under.

“I’m just happy it won’t be raining this year.”

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Monday
Volleyball

District 6-A Tournament at Community: semifinal, Culleoka vs. Eagleville, 6 p.m.
District 11-A Tournament at Collinwood: quarterfinals, Hampshire vs. Collinwood, 5 p.m.; Perry Co. vs. Loretto, 6 p.m.; Mt. Pleasant vs. Lewis Co., 7 p.m.
District 9-AA Tournament at Nolensville: semifinals, Spring Hill vs. Nolensville, 4 p.m.; Lawrence Co. vs. Murfreesboro Central, 5:30 p.m.; championship, 7 p.m.
District 12-AAA Tournament at Ravenwood: quarterfinal, Independence vs. Franklin, 7 p.m.

Tuesday
Golf

Summit girls at Large Class State Championships, 8 a.m. at WillowBrook GC, Manchester

Girls soccer

District 5-A Tournament at Richland: semifinals, East Hickman vs. Richland, 5 p.m.; Culleoka vs. Hickman Co., 7 p.m.
Shelbyville at Spring Hill, 7 p.m.
Summit at Page, 7 p.m.
Warren Co. at Independence, 7 p.m.

Volleyball

District 6-A Tournament at Community: championship, 6 p.m.
District 11-A Tournament at Hickman Co.: semifinal, Santa Fe vs. TBA, 4 p.m.; championship, 7 p.m.
District 11-A Tournament at Collinwood: semifinals, Hampshire/Collinwood winner vs. Perry Co./Loretto winner, 5 p.m.; Mt. Pleasant/Lewis Co. winner vs. Summertown, 6 p.m.; championship, 7 p.m.
District 12-AAA Tournament at Ravenwood: semifinals, Independence/Franklin winner vs. Brentwood, 5 p.m.; Summit vs. Ravenwood/Centennial winner, 7 p.m.

Wednesday
Golf

Summit girls at Large Class State Championships, 8 a.m. at WillowBrook GC, Manchester

Volleyball

District 12-AAA Tournament at Ravenwood: championship, 5 p.m.

Thursday
Girls soccer

Division II-A Middle Region Tournament: opening round, Columbia Acad. at TBA; Zion Chr. at TBA
District 5-A Tournament at Richland: championship, 6 p.m.
District 11-AA Tournament: quarterfinal, Giles Co. at Spring Hill, 6 p.m.
District 8-AAA Tournament: play-in, Lincoln Co. at Columbia Central, 6 p.m.

Volleyball

District 8-AAA Tournament at Columbia Central: semifinals, Shelbyville/Franklin Co. winner vs. Coffee Co., 4 p.m.; Columbia Central vs. Lincoln Co., 5:30 p.m.; championship, 7 p.m.

Fore? No, three; Summertown wins another girls golf title

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For the third time in as many years, Summertown’s girls left WillowBrook Golf Club in Manchester as the TSSAA Small Class state champions.

The Lady Eagles shot a second-day 142 Wednesday to finish the 36-hole event with a 289, 38 strokes better than second-place Adamsville.

“It’s amazing. It’s been an amazing run,” Summertown coach Jon Campbell. “I’m extremely proud, not only as a coach, but as an uncle and a father. We’ve gotten better as a team. We were 1-over (par) for two days as a team. I never thought we could get to that.”

Karlie Campbell and Lanie Campbell – the coach’s daughters — posted matching 1-under 71s Wednesday to place second and third individually for the tournament. Karlie finished at 143, five strokes behind Gordonsville’s Sophie Linder, and Lanie at 146.

Adamsville’s Karson Adkins placed fourth with a 71-78—149, with Summertown senior Kaley Campbell shooting an 80-75—155 for fifth place.

“Kaley’s been a true leader,” the coach said of his niece. “In four years, she finished third, first, third and fifth. That’s pretty amazing on her part. They’ve all put a lot of time and effort in. I’m just proud for them. Kaley finished fifth and we didn’t use her score either day. That’s where we’re lucky to have been.”

Summertown’s Karlie (left), Kaley and Lanie Campbell claimed the school’s third consecutive TSSAA Small Class girls state golf championship Wednesday, finishing one stroke over par for the 36-hole tournament. Karlie placed second individually, with Lanie placing third and Kaley fifth. (Courtesy photo)

Summertown’s boys, making their first state tournament appearance, finished fifth with a 700. Signal Mountain won the boys team competition with a 628, followed by Kingston (641), Stewart County (645) and North Greene (676).

Cole Campbell, tied for third through 18 holes, carded an 80 Wednesday to finish at 154 – good for 10th place – and lead the Eagles. Cascade’s Evan Woosley-Reed, with whom Campbell was tied, rallied for a second-day 69 to finish at 1-under 143 for the individual title.

“Up to (hole No.) 13 on the back, he was right there,” the coach regarding his son, an eighth-grader. “He was within two or three (strokes) of the lead. But he went out of bounds on 13 and 13, he bogeyed a couple coming in.

“The sky’s the limit for him. We’ll definitely build around him. It’s the first time they’ve gone as a team, and they didn’t fare as well as they wanted, but most of those guys are basketball, baseball guys. They got a taste of it.”

Eric Wilkinson shot a 178 to tie for 37th place, with Harrison Gobble a stroke back and tied for 40th. Drake Blackwood finished with a 193.

“The expectation for them will be the same as for the girls – you go every year, and you eventually get to winning it,” Jon Campbell said. “It’s the same thing we’ve told them the last two years: The season ended today; next year starts tomorrow. We’re going to rest a little and get back to work.”

Postseason golf in full swing

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Shelbyville’s River Bend Golf Club and the District 3 Division II-A tournament field took their toll on participants from Columbia Academy, but one local product moved on to regional competition.

CA junior Jenna Montgomery was among five individuals to move on next week’s DII-A Middle Region tourney at River Bend, finishing at 125.

“It shows a lot of improvement on her part,” coach Madison Smith said of Montgomery. “Last year she struggled pretty badly. She didn’t make it the full 18 holes and had to withdraw.

“Completing the tournament and advancing – I’m really proud of her. She’s worked hard.”

On the boys side, CA eighth-grader Seth Hulen finished at 90, with freshman Beckham Faulkner posting a 91 and sophomore Grant Woodridge shooting 113.

“I was pleased with how our eighth-grader and our freshman did, being so young,” Smith said. “It’s a tough group to battle against, with our district. I was very pleased with the scores they posted. I couldn’t have expected any more from them. They’ve worked very hard.”

Zion Christian senior Dylan Samuels shot a 98.

Zion Christian senior Dylan Samuel (left, with coach A.J. Long) competed in his first district tournament Monday at Shelbyville’s River Bend Golf Club. Samuel shot a 98. (Courtesy photo)

“He played well considering this was his first golf season,” Eagles coach A.J. Long said. “The course was fairly difficult, what with the weather conditions. He was middle of the pack amongst individual scores.”

Connor Brown of the host team, Webb-Bell Buckle, claimed low individual medalist honors with a 73 – one shot ahead of Grace Christian’s Pierce Holsinger. The Feet took the team title with a 316, with Battle Ground Academy (324) and Franklin Road Academy (328) also advancing to Monday’s regional. Individual qualifiers include Holsinger, Middle Tennessee Christian’s James Carr (78), Christ Presbyterian’s Christopher Hanson (78) and Elijah Moore (80) and Grace Christian’s Joshua Breland (80).

For the girls, Providence Christian (155), BGA (156) and FRA (163) advanced in team competition. Tzunami Polito of Franklin Road Academy was the low medalist with a 75, one stroke better than BGA’s Jackie Henderson and PCA’s Isabella Johnson. Individual qualifiers include Webb’s Kennedy Clarkson (97), Middle Tennessee Christian’s Morgan Winfree (98), CPA’s Laura Finley Hasenbank (124), Montgomery and CPA’s Madison Spann (139).

Runk returns to state: Ravenwood’s boys and girls teams will represent Region 6 in next week’s Large Class State Championships after winning Monday at GreyStone in Dickson. Summit junior Claudette Runk tied for third overall with a 79 to clinch her second berth in the state field in three years, while Independence’s Piper Davis finished at 81 – two strokes short of advancing.

Summit’s Claudette Runk displays her third-place medal from Monday’s Region 6-Large Class golf tournament. Runk will advance to next week’s state tourney, making her second appearance, after shooting a 79 at GreyStone in Dickson. (Courtesy photo)

Ravenwood’s Shelly Jang shot 2-under 70 for low medalist honors, with Franklin’s Sophie DiPaolo carding a 76. Runk and Brentwood’s Brooke Brummett each finished at 79.

The Lady Spartans, with Runk, Maddie Combiths and Hannah Sundberg, finished third at 186 – behind Ravenwood (154) and Franklin (167).

The region championship team and the top three individuals not on the winning squad advance to state competition, which is set for Oct. 6-7 at WillowBrook in Manchester.

Summertown tee times set: Boys and girls play at the Small Class State Championships begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning at WillowBrook.

With Summertown playing for a third consecutive girls title, senior Kaley Campbell will tee off at 9:20 on hole No. 1, followed by freshman Karlie Campbell at 9:30 and junior Lanie Campbell at 9:40. Freshman Max Johns will go off at 8 a.m. on No. 10 for the boys, making their first state tourney appearance, followed by senior Drake Blackwood at 8:10, junior Eric Wilkinson at 8:20, junior Harrison Gobble 8:30 and eighth-grader Cole Campbell at 8:40.

At the net: In District 3-II-A volleyball tournament action Monday, both Columbia Academy and Zion Christian saw their seasons come to an end.

CA lost in straight sets (26-24, 25-19, 25-19) at Franklin Road Academy, while Zion Christian won a play-in match against Webb-Bell Buckle in four sets before falling to host Battle Ground Academy 25-9, 25-17, 25-5.

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This week’s area high school sports schedule (times, venues where available):

Monday
Golf

Independence girls, Summit girls at Region 6-Large Class Tournament, 8:30 a.m. at GreyStone GC, Dickson
Columbia Acad., Zion Chr. at District 3-II-A Tournament, 9 a.m. at River Bend GC, Shelbyville

Girls soccer

Columbia Central at Giles Co., 4:30 p.m.
Christ Presbyterian Acad. at Zion Chr., TBA

Volleyball

Columbia Central at Hickman Co., 5 p.m.
Loretto at Mt. Pleasant, 5:30 p.m.
Giles Co. at Culleoka, 6 p.m.
Summertown at Perry Co., 6 p.m.

District 3-II-A Tournament

Zion Chr. vs. Webb-Bell Buckle at Battle Ground Acad., 4:30 p.m.
Columbia Acad. at Franklin Road Acad., 5 p.m.
Zion Chr./Webb-Bell Buckle winner at Battle Ground Acad., 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday
Golf

Summertown boys, girls at Small Class State Championships, 8 a.m. at WillowBrook GC, Manchester

Girls soccer

Columbia Acad. at Giles Co., 5 p.m.
Columbia Central at Spring Hill, 6 p.m.
Culleoka at Hickman Co., 6 p.m.
Richland at Community, 6 p.m.
Nolensville at Summit, 7 p.m.

Volleyball

Lewis Co. at Mt. Pleasant, 5:30 p.m.
Columbia Central at Culleoka, 6 p.m.
Hampshire at Summertown, 6 p.m.
Summit at Brentwood, 6 p.m.

Cross country

Summertown, Zion Chr. at Community HS, Unionville

Wednesday
Golf

Summertown boys, girls at Small Class State Championships, 8 a.m. at WillowBrook GC, Manchester

Volleyball

Summit at Independence, 6 p.m.

Thursday
Girls soccer

Spring Hill at Tullahoma, 6 p.m.
Franklin at Independence, 7 p.m.
Shelbyville at Columbia Central, 7 p.m.
Summit at Brentwood, 7 p.m.
Franklin Road Acad. at Zion Chr., TBA

Volleyball

Mt. Pleasant at Fayetteville, 5:30 p.m.
Columbia Central at Summertown, 6 p.m.
Hampshire at Culleoka, 6 p.m.
Independence at Brentwood, 6 p.m.

Friday
Volleyball

Hampshire at Santa Fe, 6 p.m.

Saturday
Cross country

Columbia Acad., Columbia Central, Independence, Summit at Jesse Owens Classic, Oakville, Ala.

Schedules subject to change. Please submit updated schedules and game results to sports@sm-tnsports.com.