|Lady Rebel hoop progam takes a hit with Reedy relocation |
|Posted: Wednesday, July 9, 2008 6:46 pm |
|What Chuck Reedy says is best for his family is anything but that for the Obion Central girls’ basketball program. |
The Reedy family — including third-daughter Aubrey — will be relocating to Gibson County soon, taking with them a rising star on the Lady Rebel hoop team to District 13AA rival GCHS.
The loss of the 5-11 two-year starter is considered a major blow to a Central club that won 52 games over those two seasons in a rugged league that regularly produces state-ranked teams and title contenders.
In addition to weakening the Lady Rebel future prospects, the Reedy family’s imminent move also is sure to strengthen a Gibson County program that returns several players from last year’s Class 2A state tournament team.
Reedy averaged 10.2 points and four rebounds per-game while shooting 55 percent from the field and 82 percent from the free throw line during her sophomore season.
She is currently playing on a 15-and-under AAU team in Cincinnati where her mates include three or more of her future Gibson County companions.
Provided that the Reedy family establishes a legitimate residence in the county — something they claim is in the works at this time — and all transfer requirements with the TSSAA are met, Aubrey will be eligible to practice and play for the Lady Pioneers immediately.
She will play at GCHS for head coach Kevin McMillan, whose staff consists of his wife, Paige, a former Gibson County star herself, as well as rural West Tennessee coaching legend David Russell.
Chuck Reedy said the decision for his family to change addresses and school systems for the third of his four basketball-playing daughters was not an easy one — but the best nonetheless.
“It’s just what’s right for us right now as a family,” the elder Reedy told The Messenger on Tuesday. “It’s not an easy one, but it’s the best one when you look at the big picture.
“Overall, I just think that the personal vision that I have for the Obion Central girls’ basketball program as a native of this county is a lot different from the vision of the people who are making some of the decisions and who are not from here. It’s certainly no reflection on Coach (Eddie) Suiter or the current Lady Rebel basketball program.”
Reedy was quick to squelch the natural recruiting allegations in the decision-making process, adamant in that there had been no inappropriate contact by anyone from Gibson County High School with he or Aubrey.
“This is not a case where either myself or Aubrey has been talked to or encouraged to make this move by anybody from Gibson County,” he claimed. “We’ve not been approached by any coach or any administrator. It’s just a decision I’ve made that’s in Aubrey’s and our family’s best interest. You always want the best for your children, and I think this is it.
“Gibson County is the best fit for us. We know people from there, and I know the program has great tradition and their kids have an outstanding work ethic. The coaches are demanding, but everybody is on the same page and pulls in the same direction.”
For his part, Suiter lamented the loss of his promising post player, but had nothing but kind words for her father, who was a fixture in the program’s landscape in various unpaid capacities since his graduation from OCCHS in 1983.
“I appreciate all that Chuck has done for our program, be it as a booster, a bus driver, a sounding board, or the many other things he’s done for us since I’ve been here,” Suiter said. “He and his family have been a big part of our program.
“I hate to see him make this decision and go, and of course, I hate to see Aubrey go — especially to a team in our district.”
Chuck Reedy, a 24-year employee of Goodyear, has indeed been a staunch supporter of the Lady Rebel hoop fortunes in a variety of roles over the years from coaching lower level and AAU teams, to driving the team bus and helping out with the high school program.
His wife, Maria, (Hogg) is also an OCCHS graduate, and that side of the family has long been involved in the Central athletic scene.
Oldest daughter Abby was a Central graduate and The Messenger Prep Player of the Year in her senior campaign in 2006, while No. 2 sibling Gentry was a 1,000-point scorer in a career that ended last year.
Tori, the youngest of the basketball-playing Reedy girls, will be an eighth grader at Hillcrest this fall.
Maybe, or maybe not.
Her father said ideally, Tori will finish her middle school education and playing days in Obion County before then moving to GCHS.
Depending on his conversations regarding the transfer with Gibson County and TSSAA officials, that could indeed change, Chuck Reedy claimed.
Sports editor Mike Hutchens can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.