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Staff file photo by Troy Stolt / GPS sophomore Kennedy Ball (33) was a force registering 17 goals and 15 assists to help the Bruisers to a state runner-up finish this season.

Fourteen local soccer standouts were announced as all-state selections by the Tennessee High School Coaches Association on Monday.

GPS and East Hamilton led the way with three selections each after finishing as the state runner-up in Division II-AA and Class AA.

The star attacking trio of seniors Ashley Grant and Sydney Morris along with sophomore Kennedy Ball accounted for the majority of the Bruisers high-scoring attack that scored 60 goals in 15-1 season.

Grant powered her way to 20 goals and 17 assists, while Morris led the team with 18 assists to go with six goals. Ball showcased her elite play too scoring 17 goals and adding 15 assists.

Meanwhile, the Lady Hurricanes (14-4) became the first team in school history to play for a state championship behind the THSCA all-state trio of goalie Darci Zeh, forward Malia Drumeller and defender Alaina Fortune.

Zeh and Fortune helped lead a defense that allowed only 11 goals to propel a 14-4 season record. Zeh had 30 saves over three state tournament games. Drumeller led the team with 16 goals.

Baylor and McMinn County each had two all-state selections.

Junior forward Aliya Cooper led the Lady Red Raiders in scoring with 14 goals while adding four assists, while sophomore midfielder Zoey Mize was sharp with eight goals and 10 assists.

McMinn County junior forward Allison Hansford led all scorers in the area with 32 goals and added five assists. Sydnee Duncan had 18 goals and eight assists for the Lady Cherokees.

Other all-state selections included Walker Valley senior Ashley Eulo (14 goals, six assists), Silverdale Baptist Academy freshman midfielder Addie Chapman, Boyd Buchanan junior keeper Kaitlyn Pope (one goal allowed per game) and Notre Dame junior keeper Gracen Brewster.

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Staff file photo by Patrick MacCoon / East Hamilton senior Malia Drumeller scores during the first half of the TSSAA Class AA state championship game against Greeneville at the Richard Siegel Soccer Complex in Murfreesboro.

 

BOYS' BASKETBALL

McMinn County 55, White County 54: A fast start helped the Cherokees overcome a comeback attempt staged by Ole Miss signee Grant Slatten who scored 19 of his 30 points in the second half in Athens on Monday night. McMinn County hit five 3-pointers in a 21-point second quarter to build its halftime lead to 31-22. Ty Runyan was clutch to close the victory as he scored eight of his team-high 14 points in the fourth quarter and made all four free throw attempts. Davion Evans scored 12 and Andrew Beavers had 11 in the non-district win.

Saturday game

Ooltewah improved to 3-3 overall with a 73-44 victory over East Ridge at home in a non-district meeting. The Owls were sparked by Trey Laster who scored 11 points in a 26-point first quarter. Deleon Petty and Laster each scored a game-high 14 points in the win while the Pioneers were led by Cadion Harris' 11.

 

BOWLING

Notre Dame looks capable of defending its TSSAA Division II State Bowling championship from last season. The Irish have already qualified four bowlers for the individual state tournament after having two make it last year. Senior CJ Petrin leads the way with a 221 game average (280 season game-high).

Compiled by Patrick MacCoon. Contact him at pmaccoon@timesfreepress.com and follow him on Twitter @PMacCoon.

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