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Huntingdon Sweeps Gleason

BY BRAD SAM

brad@mckenziebanner.com

 

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, winning 65-25.

Huntingdon Fillies 53, Gleason Lady Bulldogs 51

The girls 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.

Gleason 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 led, 29-27.

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Huntingdon 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.

The 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 Gleason on a pair of threes. Anderson had four points, including a three-pointer, and Burton hit a free throw.

Huntingdon’s Adyn Swenson led all scorers with 20 points. Taylor Smith scored ten, including a pair of three-pointers.

Jayden Green 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

Huntingdon 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.

The Mustangs 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.

Gleason edged 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

had two points.

Mustang 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

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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 Banner.

 

 

Lady Bulldogs Rout Lady Lions, Bulldogs Fall to Tide

 

BY BRAD SAM

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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, 40-20.

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 pair. 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

 

 KENNETH COKER

Sports Editor

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 squads.

 

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 championship.”

 

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 (Green) Lindsey.

 

 

“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 decade ago.

 

“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 Mitchell Parham.

 

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 school.

 

“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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