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From the July 5, 2012 edition

AHS’ Darby Congiardo named Girls Tennis Player of the Year

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Adamsville’s Darby Congiardo in tennis action this past season.

Adamsville junior Darby Congiardo was named last week as the Jackson Sun’s All-West Tennessee “Girls Tennis Player of the Year.”
Congiardo was the first female in AHS tennis history to advance to the state tournament. She won the Region 8A-AA singles title and was also the District 15A-AA Runner-up in singles. She also helped her team reach the District 15A-AA title game where they fell to TCA.
“It was a great experience playing in the state tournament and I’m going to work hard to go back next season,” said Congiardo. “I would also like for my teammates to be able to go with me. We were runners-up this season and we have everyone back so we have a chance. I know my strengths and I know what I need to work on in the off-season, which is my serve. I’m going to work to get better.”
Congratulations Darby on being named as the West Tennessee Female Tennis Player of the Year.

MCHS’ Brian Franks named Coach of the Year
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McNairy Central baseball coach Brian Franks being interviewed by WBBJ-TV7 and the Jackson Sun following the Bobcats’ sub-state win.
McNairy Central baseball coach Brian Franks has been named as the Jackson Sun’s All-West Tennessee Baseball Coach of the Year. Franks, who just finished his fourth season as head coach of the Bobcats, led the Cats to their best record in school history, their first region championship, their first state tournament appearance, and their first district title in 25 years.
The Bobcats won 30 games this season, the most in school history.
“We had some great seniors in Blake Chandler, Dakota Roden, Austin Gafford, Craig Mullins, and Brady Dancer,” said Franks. “They displayed great leadership, desire and drive. They worked at helping to lead the younger guys and they were great at it.”
Just four years ago the Bobcats only won 7 games, so it has been quite a turnaround for MCHS since Franks’ arrival.
“It’s a great honor to be chosen as the Jackson Sun’s Coach of the Year,” said Franks. “I want to thank all my players for their hard work and thank all the parents and fans who supported us this season.”
Franks, a graduate of Adamsville High School where he played baseball for the legendary Joe Bridges, also coaches basketball and football at Bethel.
Congratulations to Coach Franks on being named as “Coach of the Year.”

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•Friday Night Lights
Don’t miss the first ever soccer games under the lights at the Adamsville soccer field on July 27th. There will be an AHS alumni vs current AHS soccer game. Also games with junior soccer teams. Any AHS alumni that would like to play can call Dick White at 731-439-6521 or Bubba Martin at 610-2093, or Wayne Mast at 439-0652. Adamsville recently installed new lights and this will be the first ever games played under the new lights. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the games.

•MCHS Volleyball Practice & Tryouts
The MCHS Volleyball team will practice and have Tryouts on July 30th & 31st at 9:00 a.m. til 11:00 a.m. in MCHS Gym. If anyone has any questions please contact Melody Price at 662-415-6110.

•Lady Bobcat Soccer Camp
The McNairy Central Lady Bobcats are hosting a 3-on-3 soccer camp on Saturday, July 14th and Monday, July 16th. Girls high school teams from Scotts Hill, Chester County, Adamsville and Sacred Heart will be participating. It will start at 9:00 a.m. and end by 3:00 p.m. at Selmer Middle School.

•Adamsville Football Twilight Golf Tournament
The Adamsville Cardinal Football Team will host their 7th Annual Twilight Golf Tournament at the Shiloh Golf Course on July 27th. There will be a 5 p.m. shotgun start. The entry fee is $250 per 4-man team and individuals can enter for $62.50 There will be putting contests and dinner will be served. Cash prizes will be awarded. Businesses can sponsor a hole for $25. For more information, contact Coach Brandon Gray, or any member of the Cardinal coaching staff.

•Basketball Never Stops Camp
Former MCHS basketball players Jermael Bingham, Ken Bingham, Logan Chappell, and Christopher Whitten will host a “Basketball Never Stops” Camp on July 16th – 20th at the Selmer Community Center. The camp is for boys entering grades 2 – 8. The cost is $35. For more information contact Jermael Bingham at 731-439-7713 or Sybil Dancer at 645-3866 or by email at

•Adamsville Jr. High Football Meeting
All boys entering grades 7 and 8 in the fall that are interested in playing football at Adamsville Junior High are asked to attend a very important meeting on Thursday July 19th at 5:30 p.m. at the AHS field house. Parents of the players are also asked to attend. For more info call Coach Michael Harvill at 731-239-2434.

•Golf Lessons
PGA professional Jim Merry is now offering classes at Fox Chase Golf Course near Counce.  Juniors of all ages and abilities are encouraged to join in and learn the FUNdamentals of golf.  Contact Jim at 731-925-0439 for details and registration information.