published Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Hixson High School senior Madeline Dupree headed to Tennessee Wesleyan College

Madeline Dupree
Madeline Dupree

Hixson High School senior Madeline Dupree signed scholarship papers Tuesday morning to continue her soccer career at Tennessee Wesleyan College.

Dupree, who has a 3.5 grade point average and wants to work in the medical field, said she liked the Athens school's relatively small size and close-yet-away location and the fact it has an established strong soccer program. A school counselor suggested TWC, and she and her parents checked it out.

Then she visited for a tryout, and coach Naomi Clarke offered her a scholarship.

"She's a good little player. She's quick and she's got good vision," Clarke said. "She just puts her head down and gets the job down."

Said Hixson coach Jeff Dean: "Madeline is just a steady, solid player. You may hear three words out of her in practice or in a game, but she knows what her job is and goes out and does it. She's very hard-nosed."

The Lady Wildcats went 8-6-4 this season.

Clarke's Lady Bulldogs are seeded second for the Appalachian Athletic Conference tournament and will host Point University in the quarterfinal round Saturday.

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