As the spring sports season comes to a close for the 2019 season at the annual Spring Fling event in Murfreesboro, Tenn., athletes throughout the state are earning recognition for their efforts throughout the year.
In the Cocke County area alone, over 20 high school athletes have been recognized at the local district and region levels for their performances this past season.
Between three sports, Cosby boasted 13 selections to All-District and All-Region teams for the 2019 campaign. Cosby softball, which went on to claim a seventh consecutive District 2-A crown and compete in the Class A Sectional round of the tournament after earning a Region 1-A Championship game berth, held the most Eagles on a postseason list with seven selections between district and region lists.
Among those seven, senior Allie Dyke boasted the best resume come season’s end with her All-District 2-A accolade to go along with her District 2-A Tournament MVP honor after securing the winning run to give the program it’s seventh-straight district title.
Fellow Cosby seniors Rylee Grooms and Laney Hurley joined Dyke as fellow All-postseason selections. Grooms, a 2018 All-State selection, was named to the All-District Tournament team, while Hurley landed on the All-Region Tournament team in Region 1-A. The senior trio was accompanied by sophomores Leia Groat, Daycee Weeks and Lauren Ford, as well as junior Maggie Humphrey.
The area also held a pair of coach of the year honors, as Cocke County softball’s Nicole Chrisman and Cosby baseball’s Justin Hite each secured those honors within their respective district’s
District 2-AAA softball coach of the year, Chrisman, led the Lady Red to a top-3 finish in both the regular season and postseason in just her second year with the program. Hite, the District 2-A baseball coach of the year, was able to do the same with the Eagles in just his first year with Cosby baseball.
Along with their own honors, Chrisman and Hite each saw their fair share of players earn recognition, as well.
All three of Chrisman’s seniors — Mallory Clevenger, Ariel Holt and Jarica Ensley — were tabbed to the All-District 2-AAA softball team for 2019. Hite had a pair of seniors in Seth Arrowood and Chase Williamson who were named to the All-District 2-A baseball team.
Underclassmen in freshman Dominic Cowles and sophomore Trestan Packwood joined the senior duo of Williamson and Arrowood on the All-District 2-A list at season’s end.
Cocke County baseball placed a pair of names on the All-District 2-AAA regular season and postseason lists.
Senior Alec McCampbell led the Fighting Cocks with both regular season and postseason accolades after being named to the All-District and All-District Tournament teams within District 2-AAA.
Fellow senior Evan Nease joined McCampbell on the All-District team, while freshman newcomer Kameron Wheeler broke the mold with a selection to the All-Tournament team in District 2-AAA.
Both Cosby and Cocke County soccer programs held three selections to their respective All-District lists.
Along with a team accolade of being named a qualifier for the TSSAA Team Academic Achievement Award with a team GPA of 3.72, the Cocke County Fighting Cocks had a trio of sophomores in Tyler Boyle, Kanan Wise and Jose Faustino named to a competitive All-District 2-AA boys’ soccer team in 2019.
For Cosby, junior striker Eduardo Gonzalez led a trio of Eagles en route to being tabbed to the All-District 2-A team. Senior Ethan Shults and sophomore Caleb Allen also landed on the list by season’s end.
In tennis, CCHS boasted two players on both the boys’ and girls’ All-IMAC lists for the 2019 season.
The boys’ team had a pair of seniors in Dylan Runions and Devin Hall make the All-Conference list. The girls’ team was led by senior Madison Hall and sophomore Halle Hommell.
Cocke County track and field didn’t have an All-District medalist at the annual IMAC meet at Morristown West High School, however the team did send three athletes to the Section 1 Large School meet with a chance to get to the Spring Fling.
Juniors Caroline Brawley and Emma Mullen, along with senior Mackenzie Souder each qualified for the sectional meet before wrapping up their season in 2019.