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Area high school athletes sign to play at next level

From staff reports • Feb 7, 2018 at 8:14 PM

Lyric Schmidt made it official Wednesday.

The female placekicker for the Sullivan South football team signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer for Western Kentucky next season. Schmidt, a multi-sport athlete, went 41-for-46 on extra-point attempts and 2-for-4 on field-goal attempts for the Rebels’ football team this past season.

After attending former Tennessee kicker James Wilhoit’s camp, many feel she could be a college kicker. Instead, she will play soccer, a sport where she is currently a forward for the FC Alliance Knoxville Club Team.

She was also a member of the South track team in 2017, when she ran the 100 and 200 meters and was a member of both the 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams.

Carson-Newman picked up four local football players with the Daniel Boone duo of Bailey Presnell and Zach Taylor, Hampton running back Hunter Davenport and Wise Central’s Dalton Mullins.

Presnell, a 6-foot-3, 305-pound lineman, was named to the Tennessee Football Coaches Association All-State team his senior season. He was also selected as the Mountain Lakes Conference Lineman of the Year for a second straight season.

Taylor was a 6-foot-2, 220-pound tight end for Daniel Boone on offense, but really shined as a defensive end where he ranked second among Northeast Tennessee players for tackles for a loss.

Presnell will be paving the way for Davenport, who had 1,618 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns and 252 receiving yards and five touchdowns. For his career, he had 3,762 rushing yards and 59 touchdowns and 800 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns.

Science Hill had six athletes sign to play college athletics, led by quarterback Jaylan Adams, who will go to The Citadel.

Two Science Hill girls’ soccer players, Tess Mrozek and Merrin Gilmer signed Division I letters of intent with ETSU and Samford, respectively. Others who signed included boys’ soccer player Braeden Elbers with Carson-Newman, baseball player Carson Lodge with Bryan College and softball player Mia Edwardson with Walters State.

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