Martin Methodist Assistant Athletic Trainer Christine Lewis was named campus liaison to the newly formed Southern States Athletic Conference Women’s Leadership Committee Monday afternoon.
Lewis is one of 12 campus liaisons chosen by the conference to the committee that seeks to enrich professional experiences within the SSAC and collegiate athletics for women.
The committee held their first meeting on the campus of Faulkner (Ala.) in late May, where Lewis was chosen as Martin Methodist’s representative.
"I am very excited to see what this initiative can lead to,” SSAC Commissioner Mike Hall said. “We have many great female leaders, both in the coaching ranks and administrative areas in our conference”.
As Assistant Athletic Trainer, Lewis is responsible for the day-to-day activities of the Martin Methodist Sports Medicine department. Lewis directly works with all 18 varsity intercollegiate sports as well as the junior varsity programs.
Martin Methodist Men’s Basketball head coach Dugan Lyne recently announced the addition of Jason Laatsch as the program’s new assistant coach.
Laatsch arrives in Pulaski after spending the last seven years at the University of West Florida in Pensacola. Laatsch spent the previous two seasons as a graduate assistant, while spending the five prior seasons as a player on the men’s basketball team.
“We are delighted to have someone like Jason join our program,” Lyne said. “I think he will be a terrific fit with the Martin Methodist family and our program.”
During his five years as a player, Laatsch finished his career with a program-best 146 three-pointers. His name is etched elsewhere in the UWF record books as well, with Laatsch standing eighth with 238 career assists, ninth with 879 career points, and 11th in three-point percentage at 35.5 percent.
As the RedHawks chief assistant, Laatsch’s duties at MMC will include: recruiting, on-floor coaching, focusing on the development of players, coordinating team travel, and video scouting.
Laatsch holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from West Florida, graduating with a sport management degree in 2016 and a physical education degree in the spring of 2019.
NFL quarterback Philip Rivers held his second annual football camp Monday at St. Michael Catholic School in Fairhope, Alabama.
Rivers said even the little time he gives has a huge impact on kids and their school.
Rivers, originally from Athens, Alabama, has been the San Diego Chargers' starter since 2006.
More than 1,250 youth athletes, from middle school to college, participated in the 2019 Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program State Championships on June 18th through 23rd in Nashville.
State Championships spanned six full days of co-ed competition in three shotgun shooting sports disciplines, trap, skeet, and sporting clays, as well as doubles competitions. Individuals, and teams from all corners of the state competed for titles in more than 70 categories.
In the Collegiate Team-Doubles Trap competition the Giles County Clay Dusters (Giles Co.) finished second.
Three teams from Lawrence County High School made their presence known in the High School Fishing World Finals during the four-day event on Pickwick Lake with top-20 finishes
The team of Will Daniels and Kade Surratt finished third with 13 pounds, 3 ounces, just a little more than three pounds off the winning weight.
Daniels and Surratt won two $200 gift cards to Cabelas, a $90,000 scholarship offer to Kentucky Christian University, an $80,000 scholarship offer to Simpson University and two kayaks chosen from a range of prizes.
Lawrence County teammates JD Bedford and Walker Brown finished in fourth place at 12-10.
Lawrence County High School also added a 19th-place finish from Jared Gieske and Hunter Brewer.
The High School World Fishing Finals was a four-day tournament that concluded Saturday, with the field cut to the top 31 teams on the final day.
Local Angler Bobby Sharber won big in the 2019 Pickwick/Wilson Lake Big Bass Bash.
Sharber won $30,000 for the Biggest Bass in the tournament, an 8.26 pound monster.
Sharber, from Pulaski has been fishing for years and has been a regular on the regional tournament scene for a number of years.
Tennessee’s 2019 spring turkey season harvest is up 11 percent from the previous year, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency reports.
The total harvest for the 2019 season is 31,193. In 2018, the harvest fell below the 30,000-mark for the first time in 15 seasons. The 2019 harvest number is down 3 percent from the previous 5-year average.
Maury County was the top county with a harvest of 1,034, up 97 turkeys from the 2018 season. Dickson County was second with 837, followed by Greene 810, Giles 672, and Montgomery 638 for the top five.
Giles County had the sharpest increase with 164 more birds harvested this spring. Dickson County saw an increase of 142.
The Martin Methodist Aquatics program has announced its annual summer swimming lessons.
The lessons are primarily targeted towards the youth of Giles and surrounding counties, but are open to all ages.
The lessons span of two weeks, with the first round beginning June 3-6 and June 10-13. Additional lessons will be offered June 17-20 and June 24-27. Lessons are also available in the month of July.
Costs for the lessons are $70 per child for Martin Methodist Health Club members. Non members will pay a fee of $80 per child. Private lessons are available for $100 per child.