Football, girl teams led Lions in 2012-13
Posted: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 12:00 pm
By RANDY CAVIN
It was a fun year for Dresden High School sports with football making it to the Class AA state semifinals.
The Lions finished with an 11-2 record and fell to state runner-up Adamsville 28-7 in the semifinals. Dresden earned a first round bye in the playoffs and beat Trinity Christian Academy 35-22 to advance to the quarterfinals where the Lions beat Trenton Peabody 34-7.
Dresden entered the 2012 season ranked No. 6 in the state in Class AA and made it to the No. 2 ranking after a 17-7 win over Bruceton in Week Four of the season. The Lions had big wins over McKenzie, West Carroll and Gleason in District 13A. The setback in the district came during Week 10 with a 38-6 loss to Huntingdon.
The District 13A champs were led by record-setting and Weakley County Press Player of the Year Devan Raymer. He set school records in rushing yards with 2,008 and in touchdowns with 26. Raymer also had six interceptions on defense to add to his numbers.
Raymer was joined by offensive lineman Josh Turnbow on the Tennessee Sports Writers Association All-State team. This was the second time Turnbow has made the TSWA glitter squad as he helped to anchor a line to allow the Lions to rack up 3,990 total yards of offense.
The boys’ and girls’ basketball teams also had good seasons with the Lions going 17-9 and the Lady Lions 21-7. Both teams made it to the regional tournament before bowing out.
South Fulton ended the Lions’ season in the quarterfinals with a 49-43 score, while the Lady Lions lost the Greenfield 36-22 in the Region 7-A quarterfinals.
Dresden’s boys had both experience and youth on their side with Austin Daniels, Kaleb Houston, Austin Maxey and Kourtney Sawyer leading the way. Joey Caldwell, Brock Dilday and Raymer provided some needed punch to an already potent team.
Dresden made it to the semifinals in the District 13A tournament where it lost to McKenzie in a close 51-46 game.
The Lady Lions won the District 13A regular season title with a 14-2 and faced Gleason in the tournament finals, where the Lady Lions lost a heartbreaker to their archrivals 38-35 after leading 13-3 at the end of the first period. Dresden then went up against another county rival in regional play, where it lost in a low scoring game.
The Dresden girls were picked to finish in the back of pack, but Amy McAlpin, Carrie Hatchel and company surprised everyone by playing smart defense and taking every opportunity opposing teams gave them on offense.
Dresden baseball did not have the season it was hoping for in 2013 with an 8-16 record. The offense was not much of a problem as defense and pitching were. The Lions had ample opportunities to win more games, but not having a strikeout pitcher and committing errors cost the Lions some victories.
One of those losses came in the district tournament, where Bruceton eliminated Dresden 8-6 in game that the Lions had to play catch-up.
Dresden was led by its only two seniors, Logan Thomas and Zac Coleman. Nick Coleman was one of Dresden’s top pitchers, and Sawyer provided a big left-handed bat at the plate.
The softball team had another remarkable year with junior pitcher Abigail Lockhart leading the Lady Lions to a 21-12 season.
The Lady Lions lost out on a chance to make it to the regional tournament after some costly errors enabled Bruceton to come out with a 7-6 win.
Dresden committed six errors in that game after playing nearly flawlessly against Huntingdon in its previous game.
Lockhart finished with an 18-8 record with 178 strikeouts, 26 walks and a 1.63 earned run average. She also led the team with a .477 batting average.
Allie Randolph led the team with eight home runs and 39 runs batted in. Kayla Hayes was a surprise with her bat with a .388 average 30 RBIs. Hatchel led the Lady Lions in doubles with 12.
Payton Williams was Dresden’s top golfer and came close to making it to the state tournament after an excellent performance in the regional golf tournament that was played in not-so-friendly weather conditions. Williams was still named to the all-region team for his golfing efforts.
The cross country teams were also respectable as the girls made it to the Class A-AA State Meet.
The Lady Lions earned a berth in the state meet with a third place finish in the Region 7A-AA meet.
The girls were led by Catie Delany, Theresa Minisquero, Eve Woodson, Katelin Brown and Laura Bell.
The boys’ runners just missed the state meet with a fourth-place finish in the Region 7A-AA meet.
Donavan Davis earned his way to state with a sixth place finish as an individual.
Colten Delaney, Jon Goodlow, Maxey and Davis made up the boys’ cross country team.
Published in The WCP 6.4.13