The Martin Methodist Men and Women’s Soccer and Volleyball programs officially arrived on campus earlier this week to begin their preseason training camps.
The RedHawk Women’s Soccer team was voted # 2 in the SSAC preseason poll and is expected to compete for another conference and national title this season. The RedHawks will host NCAA Division I MTSU Friday at Grissom Pitch here in Pulaski.
The RedHawk Men’s Soccer team was voted # 5 in the SSAC preseason poll. The RedHawks open their season later this month.
Finally, the RedHawk Volleyball team was voted # 4 in the SSAC preseason poll. The RedHawks finished with 21 victories last season and will look to improve when they begin later this month.
Albertville soccer standout Jesus Linarez recently chose to further his education and athletic career at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tennessee.
Linarez, who graduated from Albertville this past spring, said the coaches from Martin Methodist made it easy for him to sign and become a Redhawk.
“They have a really good program and play the way I like to play,” Linarez said. “The coaches are great people and I believe they love the sport just as much as I do.”
Linarez doesn’t plan to waste much time once he gets to Pulaski. Once he is enrolled and joins the team in the fall, he says he is ready to work hard, he hopes it pays off with a nice amount of playing time.
“I’m excited and nervous, and I can’t wait to get started with the next chapter of my life,” he said. “My goal is to make varsity my freshman year and just continue to grow both on the field and in the classroom.”
The monthly event, is held the first Wednesday of every month at Noon. The cost of the buffet will be $5 (excluding drink) and the RedHawks will pick up the balance of your buffet tab.
August’s guest speaker is Nat Harden, Senior Vice President of Youth Hockey for the NHL’s Nashville Predators. An “original Predator” who started with the franchise in 1997, Harden will speak to the community on the changes he has seen and witnessed during his 20-plus seasons with the organization.
In addition to the special guest each month the meeting will also feature a brief recap and preview of RedHawk Athletic and Martin Methodist College events. A prize giveaway will also be conducted near the end of each meeting.
Come join the RedHawks in the RedHawk Room at the Hickory House Restaurant for a social, fast-paced "power luncheon" with limited seating. The luncheon will conclude by 12:50 p.m.
Make your plans to attend the Ardmore Police and Fire Rodeo. This year, the event is August 3rd and 4th at John Barnes Park in Ardmore.
In addition to bareback riding, roping, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, cowgirl barrel racing and bull riding, local riders also get a chance to compete in the ranch bronc riding event. The rules for ranch bronc riding are more lax. Riders can use both hands instead of one and ride on the saddle of their choice.
This year the rodeo is sanctioned by the Southeastern Professional Rodeo Association.
Tickets to the rodeo can be purchased in advance at the Ardmore City Hall for $12 per adult ages 13 and older and $8 for children ages 5-12. Children under 5 get in free. Prices are higher at the gate.
Elkton Police Department will be hosting a co-ed softball tournament at the city park in Elkton, on Saturday, September 8th at 8 a.m. The proceeds for this event will go to Elkton Police Department and for renovation of the park.
They are still seeking teams to play and seeking sponsors for the event. It will be for ages 14 and up. If your group would like to enter a team in the softball tournament contact Officer Josh Davis of the Elkton Police Department. The Elkton Booster Club will be assisting with the project.
After finishing their careers on the hardwood in Pulaski, a pair of recent Martin Methodist Men’s Basketball graduates have already continued the first step of their coaching careers.
Jamaal Ahmad and LaMarcus Mosley both recently accepted assistant coaching positions back in their native West Tennessee. Mosley spent the last five seasons with the RedHawks, while Ahmad was a member of the squad for the last four years.
Ahmad is set to join the staff at Dyersburg High School in Dyersburg, Tennessee. The Trojans went 23-5 in 2017-18 under head coach Blaine Mahaffey.
Mosley is scheduled to join the staff at Ripley High School in Ripley, Tennessee. The Tigers posted a 16-13 record last season under head coach Adam Kirk.
Both Ahmad and Mosley came to Martin Methodist after standout careers at Dyer County High School in Dyersburg, Tennessee. Both were also members of the RedHawk program during the team’s 2014-15 season that culminated in an NAIA national tournament quarterfinal berth and the 2015 SSAC conference tournament title.
Most importantly, Ahmad and Mosley also earned their degrees as part of a program-record nine graduates in May 2018.