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Huntingdon Sweeps Gleason
(December 1) — Gleason hosted former district foes Huntingdon Friday
for a pair of basketball contests. The girls played a thrilling,
down to-the-wire game, with the Fillies getting the final edge,
53-51. The Mustangs dominated the nightcap from the opening tip,
Huntingdon Fillies 53, Gleason Lady Bulldogs 51
played the opening frame to an even 12-12. Huntingdon was led by
Taylor Smith and Adyn Swenson with five points each, Smith hitting a
three-pointer. Jasmine Dupree had a pair. Lady Bulldogs Shelbie
Burton and Alexis Anderson each scored five, and Mahlese McDonald
had two points.
pulled ahead with a 17-15 edge in the second quarter, led by Green
with nine, including a pair of three-pointers. Anderson had four
points, and Mc-Donald and Kenady Atkins each had two points. Tyasia
Reed led the Fillies with six, and Swenson scored another five.
Smith and Dupree each added a pair. At the half, the Lady Bulldogs
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came back to take the lead, outscoring Gleason 15 - 11 in the third.
Swenson scored six, and Marisa Belew had four points. Smith hit a
three-pointer, and Alli Jones scored two points. Green had five for
the Lady Bulldogs, McDonald scored four, and Burton added a pair.
Entering the final frame, the Fillies led, 42-40.
Huntingdon lead held after an 11-11 draw in the fourth. Belew
and Swenson led the Fillies with four each, Reed added a pair, and
McKenna Moody hit a free throw. Atkins scored six for
on a pair of threes. Anderson had four points, including a
three-pointer, and Burton hit a free throw.
Adyn Swenson led all scorers with 20 points. Taylor Smith scored
ten, including a pair of three-pointers.
led the Lady Bulldogs with 14, including a pair of threes. Alexis
Anderson scored 13, including a three-pointer.
McKenna Moody hits two free throws to take the
lead and seal the win for Huntingdon
Mustangs 65, Bulldogs 25
set the tone with a 23-7 lead after the first frame, led by Jeremiah
Pearson with seven points, including a pair of threes. Kaleel Bailey
scored five, including a three-pointer. Dallas Willis had four
points, Nikolas Bynum hit a three-pointer, and Tyrese Mebane and
DeJuan Raglin each had two points. Bulldog Hart McKenzie hit a
three-pointer, and Dawson Arnold and Peyton Stigall each had a pair.
outscored the Bulldogs, 19-4, in the second quarter, led by Bailey
with nine on a trio of threes. Mebane, Pearson, Willis, Raglin and
Hunter Ledsinger all had two points. Arnold scored all four for
Gleason. At the half, Huntingdon led, 42-11.
The third saw
a 14-4 Huntingdon advantage. Bailey scored five, including a three.
Pearson also hit a three-pointer, and Willis, Raglin and Ledsinger
each added a pair. Stigall had a pair for the Bulldogs, and Arnold
and Elijah Young each hit a free throw. Heading into the final
frame, the Mustangs led, 56-15.
a quick fourth, 10-9, led by Arnoldand Stigall with four points
each. Young added a pair. Ledsinger hit a three for Huntingdon, and
Bynum, Kieryen Jordan and Devontae Harris each
Kaleel Bailey led all scorers with 19, including five
three-pointers. Jeremiah Pearson had a dozen, including a trio of
threes. Dawson Arnold led Gleason with eleven points, and Peyton
Stigall scored eight. Story Source: McKenzie Banner.
Lady Bulldogs Pull Away Late, Rebels Cruise
BY BRAD SAM
McKENZIE (November 20) — The McKenzie High School
basketball teams hosted Gleason in their home opener Monday night.
The Lady Rebels hung close through three quarters, but the Lady
Bulldogs lit up the scoreboard in the fourth for a 55-32 win. The
Rebels pulled away in the opening minutes and rolled to a 66-27
victory over the Bulldogs.
Gleason Lady Bulldogs 55, McKenzie Lady Rebels 32
Gleason took an early edge, 10-7, after the opening
frame. Lady Bulldogs Jayden Green and Kenady Atkins each hit a
three-pointer, and Mahlese McDonald and Aubrey Wallace each had two
points. Lady Rebel Shelby Butler hit a three, and Macey Ognibene and
Whitley Smith each scored a pair.
The second quarter was a 12-12 draw. Lady Rebel Lilly
Bennett scored five, including a three-pointer. Camille Travis also
hit a three, and Ognibene and Brooke Hobson each had a pair.
McDonald scored five for Gleason, including a three. Shelbie Burton
had four points, Green added a pair, and Alexis Anderson hit a free
throw. At the half, the Lady Bulldogs led, 22-19.
Gleason widened the gap with an 11-6 advantage in the
third, led by McDonald with seven points, including another
three-pointer. Atkins scored four points. Ognibene and Hobson each
added a pair for McKenzie, and Bennett and Butler each hit a
freebie. Entering the final frame, Gleason led 33-25.
The Lady Bulldogs used hot shooting to outscore the
Lady Rebels, 22-7, in the fourth. Anderson led the way with nine
points on a trio of threes, and Wallace scored five. Green, Burton,
Atkins and Veronica Rosa each had a pair. Anna Callahan scored three
for McKenzie, and Hobson and Jacey Davis each had a pair.
Lady Bulldog Mahlese Mc-Donald led all scorers with
14 points, including a pair of three-pointers.
Alexis Anderson scored ten, including a trio
of threes. Kenady Atkins had nine points, also with a three. Lilly
Bennett scored six for McKenzie, including a three-pointer. Macey
Ognibene and Brooke Hobson also scored six points.
Gleason led the contest 2821 in rebounds, led by
Shelbie Burton with seven. Mahlese McDonald had six boards, and
Alexis Anderson had five.
Whitley Smith led the Lady Rebels with six rebounds,
and Anna Callahan had five.
Rebels 66, Bulldogs 27
McKenzie opened the nightcap with a 17-2 advantage in
the first frame, led by Lazarick Hill and Ben Austin with four
points each. Micah Austin hit a three-pointer, and Lucas King, Nate
Whitsell and Lane Horton each scored two points. Bulldog Dawson
Arnold had a pair.
The Rebel lead grew in a 2211 second quarter. King
scored nine, including a three-pointer, and Austin and Horton each
had four points. Brandon Hobson hit a three, and Whitsell added a
pair. Olen Reed led Gleason with seven points, and Elijah Young
scored four. At the half, McKenzie led, 39- 13.
McKenzie outscored the Bulldogs, 21-4, in the third.
King again scored nine, again with a three. Chase Colotta scored six
on a pair of threes, and Whitsell scored three points. Austin added
a pair, and Hill hit a freebie. Reed and Young each had a pair for
Gleason. Heading into the final frame, the Rebels led, 60- 17.
Gleason led the fourth, 106, to close the final
deficit slightly. Young and Jamison Lifsey each scored four, and
Reed added a pair. Hill scored all six points for McKenzie.
Rebel Lucas King led all scorers with 20 points,
including a pair of threes. Lazarick Hill scored eleven, and Ben
Austin had ten points.
Olen Reed led Gleason with eleven points, and
Elijah Young had ten.
McKenzie led in rebounding, 31-19. In all, 14 Rebels
had at least one board, led by Ben Austin with ten. Bulldogs Elijah
Young and Jamison Lifsey each had four rebounds. Source: McKenzie
Lady Bulldogs Rout Lady Lions, Bulldogs Fall to Tide
GLEASON (November 18) — Gleason High School hosted
several preseason Hall of Fame basketball games Saturday. Among
those games was one between the host Lady Bulldogs and the Camden
Lady Lions. Gleason ran away with that contest, 73-32. The Bulldogs
played the Trenton-Peabody Golden Tide, falling, 73-30.
GLEASON LADY BULLDOGS 73, CAMDEN LADY LIONS 32
The Lady Bulldogs took quick control to lead the Lady
Lions, 25-7, after the opening frame. Mahlese McDonald led Gleason
with eight points, including a pair of three-pointers. Shelbie
Burton scored six, and Jayden Green had four points. Kenady Atkins
hit a three, and Aubrey Wallace and Lillie Freeman each hit a pair
of free throws. Paige Hampton scored five for Camden, including a
three-pointer. Payton Hunt had two points.
Gleason had a 15-13 edge in the second quarter, led
by Green with six points, including a three. Atkins hit another
three-pointer, and Wallace, Freeman and Alexis Anderson each had a
pair. Hunt led Camden with seven, Abby Berry scored four, and
Brittney Minor added a pair. At the half, the Lady Bulldogs led,
Gleason blew out Camden again in the third,
27-8.Chasney Brawner scored six on a pair of threes,and Green also
had six points. McDonald scoredfive, including
another three-pointer, and Freeman also scored five. Atkins again
hit a three, andWallace added a pair. Lady Lions Rylee Pafford
and Brenna Caldwell each hit a three, and Hampton
added a pair. Entering the final frame, the Gleason led, 67-32.
The Lady Bulldogs edged a quick fourth, 6-4. Brawner
and Martha Nichols each scored a pair, and Veronica Rosa and Keicha
Shafer each hit a free throw. Pafford hit another three for Camden,
and Brittney Fox hit a free throw.
Eleven players scored for Gleason, led by Jayden
Green with 16 points, including a three-pointer. Mahlese McDonald
scored 13, including a trio of threes. Kenady Atkins and Lillie
Freeman each had nine points, Atkins all on threes.
Eight scored for Camden, led by Payton Hunt with nine
points. Paige Hampton scored seven, including a three-pointer.
TRENTON-PEABODY GOLDEN TIDE 74, GLEASON BULLDOGS 30
Peabody ran away with the opening frame, 28-6, led by
Jadarius Harris with seven points. Cameron Luten and Keyonta Ross
each scored six. Davonta Lyles had four points, Timothy Fields hit a
three-pointer, and Cameron Porter added a pair. Bulldogs Dawson
Arnold and Elijah Young each scored three points.
The Golden Tide had a similar advantage, 33-8, in the
second. Harris scored 14, including a pair of threes. Lyles had
seven points, including a three. Luten scored six, Fields had four,
and Khance Hill hit a freebie. Bulldog Olen Reed scored five, Young
added a pair, and Hart McKenzie hit a free throw. At the half,
Peabody led, 61-14.
Each team scored seven in the third. Young ledGleason
with five, and Jamison Lifsey added a
Xavier Williams hit a three
for the Tide, and Porter and Nigel Brooks each scored two points.
Entering the final frame, Peabody led, 68-21.
Gleason narrowed the final tally by outscoring the
Tide, 9-6, in the fourth. Reed led the Bulldogs with five points,
and Arnold and Noah Anderson each had a pair. Williams hit another
three for Peabody, and Brooks also scored three points.
Peabody’s Jadarius Harris led all scorers with 21,
including a pair of three-pointers. Cameron Luten and Davonta Lyles
each had a dozen, Lyles with a pair of threes.
Bulldogs Olen Reed and Elijah Young each scored ten,
Reed with a three-pointer. Source: McKenzie Banner
Gleason Championship Squads Reunite
The Dresden Enterprise
The clock was turned back inside the Gleason High School gym on Friday
evening. Members of both the 1992 and 2007 Class A State Championship girls’
basketball teams reunited at their alma mater for a presentation and recognition
of the squads in between games featuring the current Gleason and Greenfield
To begin the ceremony, the 1992 and 2007 state championship trophies were
wheeled out onto the floor by current members of the Lady Bulldog basketball
program moments after Gleason claimed a 57-50 triumph over G’field.
Then, the 1992 squad was introduced and presented with medals commemorating the
reunion by current members of the Lady Bulldog team. Three of the current
Gleason girls have direct ties to the 1992 squad. Current Lady Bulldog junior
Aubrey Wallace is the daughter of 1992 senior Cristi (Wallace) Sawyers.
Gleason’s Lillian and Martha Nichols are the nieces of Camille (Connell) Legins,
who was a sophomore on the ’92 state champion team.
“Although it’s been 25 years, I still remember winning the state tournament just
like it was yesterday,” Sawyers said. “Seeing all the girls tonight from both
teams as well as Coach (Randy) Frazier, Coach (Joel) Ayers) and Mr. (Mitchell)
Parham brought back some of the best moments of my life. However, the highlight
of it was my daughter handing me the memento from the evening. That brought
tears to my eyes and will be something I cherish forever. I’m so proud to be a
part of the Lady Bulldog team and hope that we will soon have a fourth state
All but five members of the 1992 girls’ state champion team were on hand at
Friday’s celebration, including Becky (Crowe) Padgett.
“Friday night’s 25-year reunion brought back so many special memories like the
love and support of our Gleason community, the bond between teammates, the
admiration and respect for Coach Frazier and Mrs. Terry (Frazier) and the pride
of what it meant to wear orange and represent the Lady Bulldogs,” said Padgett.
“I was overwhelmed by Gleason High School’s warm welcome and hospitality.”
Aside from Sawyer and Padgett, other members of the 1992 squad – which went 33-3
en route to the state championship – present for the reunion were Selena (Dilday)
Hodges, Heather (Lehmkuhl) Leach, Kristy (Freeman) O’Connor, Tonya (Parham)
Lutz, Camille (Connell) Legons, Stacy (Stewart) Cook, Kristy (McKee) Dunn, and
Holly (Crowe) Adams. Lisa (Wallace) Palmer, Ashley (Hopper) Flint, Brandy
(Wiseman) Horler, Olivia (Lowe) Gilliam, Nicki (Stephens) Pace and LeAnn (Bell)
Smith were not present.
Following the introduction of the 1992 state champion team, the 2007 squad was
welcomed back for its 10-year reunion.
A decade ago, Gleason posted a 35-1 worksheet en route to the program’s third
state crown. As was the case with the 1992 squad, the 2007 team’s medal ceremony
had family ties. Current Lady Bulldog Jayden Green – who scored a dozen points
during the win over Greenfield – is the niece of 2007 team member Candace
“It was great seeing everyone again and catching up like old times,” Green said.
“I got a little emotional when my name was called and when Mr. P came out to do
his chant, but I guess that’s expected when you’re nine months pregnant. I’m
very proud of my niece Jayden and it’s an honor to know all those people were
able to watch her win a big game.”
2007 Class A Miss Basketball award winner Kayla (Hudson) Irvin – the current
girls’ coach at Crockett County and a second cousin to current Gleason player
Kenady Atkins – was also on hand to take a bow alongside her teammates from a
“It was such an honor to stand beside the girls I went to battle with 10 years
ago,” Irvin said. “That team became my family. The wins and championships are
fun, but it’s the relationships that make the journey worth it. Those ladies I
love so much are now great wives and mothers. The lessons we learned on the
court permeate into so many other areas of life. I was just so humbled and
grateful to get to reminisce and experience that with them again.
“As a coach myself, I am now aware of the time and preparation our coaches put
in to making us into a team that could succeed at that level. I see with clear
vision that “whys” behind every drill and mental toughness challenge our coaches
put us in. I am so grateful for the opportunity to play for coaches who expected
excellence in all areas. It is my prayer that I am able to teach these same
lessons to my team.”
Along with Irwin and Lindsey, numerous other members of the 2007 Class A state
champion squad (35-1) were on hand on Friday including Ashley Coble, Camille
(Cooper) Legens, Erica (Morgan) Stahr), Sara (Hensley) Webb, Elizabeth (Terrell)
Cunningham, Kim (Edenfield) Marcus, Breanna (Wallace) Nerie, Jenna (Frazier)
Verdell, Taylor Stout, Tiffany Coble, Riley (Auvenshine) Laster and Kim
(Reynolds) Healy along with assistant coach Joel Ayers. Members of the 2007
squad not present were Becca Hodges, Alexis Tipton and Maggie Lowrance.
Following the team introductions, current Weakley County Director of Schools
Randy Frazier – who served as the head coach for both of the honored Lady
Bulldog state champion squads – briefly shared his memories of the two teams
before turning over the festivities to former athletic director/ principal
Parham led the home section of the crowd in a Gleason chant - a staple of
postseason basketball pep rallies and games during his long tenure at the
“It was great to be back in Gleason for the reunion of the 1992 and 2007 state
championship teams,” Parham said. “I enjoyed seeing all the former players as it
brought back very good memories. I also enjoyed talking with many of the great
Gleason Bulldog fans, who are the best. Thanks to Gleason High School for
getting this together and I was honored to be invited to join in with the
celebration. It was great.” Source: The Dresden Enterprise.
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