Reynolds signs with Presbyterian College
Jay Reynolds is so ready for this.
Four years ago, the Maryville High School senior was a project, one in which Rebel coach Mark Eldridge saw much promise. Last Wednesday, that promise reached fruition, with Reynolds signing a National Letter of Intent with Division I Presbyterian College.
“The coach has been there 23 years, and it’s a great fit for Jay,” Eldridge said. “It’s as good a fit as we could have found for Jay. They think he can play next year. He’s going to get better offensively, but what they need out of a big guy the next year or two, Jay is already there.”
Reynolds, a 6-foot-10 post player, averaged 14.9 points and 9.8 rebounds for the Rebels last season. Along with play on the hardwood, the Rebel center earned an academic letter at Maryville in chemistry. The All-District 4AAA selection capped his high school career with a 1,350 on his SATs.
Reynolds played a pivotal role in the Rebels run to the school’s lone state basketball championship two years ago, becoming more of focal point of the Maryville offense his junior and senior seasons. The approach will be much the same next season when he begins his career with the Blue Hose, he said. Playing time, he said, is not a big concern at this point.
“I just really liked the coaches and players,” Reynolds said. “I’ll definitely try to get in the weight room. I just want to help the team.”
Perhaps even more than the Blue Hose themselves know. Dominant around glass, Reynolds has been working on adding the 3-point shot.
“He’ll step out and shoot it,” Eldridge said, “and a lot of people don’t know that.”
Winders adds winning piece to MC puzzle
A dangerous passing game at Maryville College just got a little more dangerous.
Maryville High School senior Zane Winders committed to continue his football career with Scots during ceremonies at Maryville High last week. The Scots threw for 1,754 yards and 18 touchdowns last season, much it directed by sophomore quarterback Derek Hunt.
Winders was once one of Hunt’s favorite targets at Maryville High. Winders, a backup quarterback for the Rebels last season, is looking forward to the reunion.
“I think I’m going to play receiver,” Winders said. “With Derek over there, they’re set at quarterback. That was one of the major factors (in choosing MC), Derek being over there.”
Hunt threw for 1,129 yards and nine touchdowns, with sophomore Tim Conner adding another 576 yards and four scores, as the Scots drew painfully close to one of the best seasons in school history. The record at season’s end was 5-5, with three losses coming by less than a touchdown. The 2008 season included a landmark win over defending USA South Athletic Conference champion North Carolina Wesleyan.
Adding a player with a winning pedigree like the one Winders will bring to campus might prove just the edge in the close games the Scots have needed.
“I’ve only lost one game in high school,” Winders said, “six or seven in my entire life since I was 7 years old. Maryville College just seemed like home, and it’s on the rise.”
Winders caught 10 passes for 169 yards and three touchdowns for the Class 4A runners-up Rebels last season, adding two touchdowns passing, including one in the state championship game.
Lady Scots add Jenkins to talented roster
The Maryville College women’s volleyball team is bracing for a big year this fall.
The addition of Maryville High outside hitter Sarah Jenkins last week should only help that along.
The Lady Rebel leader committed to become a Lady Scot during ceremonies at the high school last week. Choosing MC was a matter of familiarity with a winning program, Jenkins said, along with a comfort level with a talented list of returning players, including former Lady Rebel Lindsy Little, a Lady Scot senior this fall, and club teammate Kristin Findley, a rising MC sophomore. Maryville finished 28-4 a year ago, claiming the Great South Athletic Conference championship en route.
“I knew a lot of girls on the team and I went to a lot of their games,” Jenkins said. “Our (Lady Rebel) senior class this year had seven girls, so we learned to really work well together.”
The same chemistry at Maryville College could lead to big things in 2009. Players like the 5-foot-10 Little and the 6-foot Findley can really power the down, Jenkins, 5-9, said. An All-District 4AAA selection last season, Jenkins doubled as a defensive specialist for the Lady Rebels during the 2008 season.
Walker signs with Hiwassee
Sarah Walker, a standout in her senior year at Greenback, has signed with Hiwassee College to play basketball. Sarah was joined at the signing ceremony by her parents, Kathy and Marvin Walker; aunt Pam Sparks; and grandmother, Violet Walker. Ed McCollum, Greenback Lady ‘Kees head basketball coach, and Teresa Cline, head girls’ coach at Hiwassee, were also at the school for the signing.
Walker played one year at Greenback, having transferred from William Blount High School. She was selected to the All Loudon County Team and All Region Team and was named to the Loudon County News-Herald All-County team.