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Young Baseball All-Stars Headed To State

The Campbell County 6 and Under All-Stars have achieved a rare feat. They are only the second team in their age category in our little league baseball system to advance to the All-Star State Tournament. They did this by placing high enough in the Regional Tournament to earn a berth. In fact they did so well that their only loss came at the hands of Kingston. They play in a district that includes teams such as Harriman, Rockwood, Rocky Top, Kingston and others.

Now the team will be traveling to Springfield, TN for a chance to bring home a state championship during a four day tournament. The downside is that this trip is not cheap. The team is currently seeking sponsorship to help cover the roughly $4,500 that it is estimated to cover the trip for the team. If any business or individual would like to make a donation to the team it can be dropped off to Jason at Martin Wilson Funeral Home

Former Players Speak Out On Dismissal Of Popular Soccer Coach

Earlier this week Daniel Lasley was terminated as soccer coach for both the Cougars and Lady Cougars. Reasons such as the very vague “too many complaints” were given for the dismissal. As of Thursday night all comments on The Volunteer Times various social media platforms were all positive and in support of Coach Lasley.
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Lasley had many high points since taking the program over. The program saw a better start than volleyball did when it was first brought to the high school several years ago. Several players on both the boys and girls side signed to play soccer on the college level. Lasley,along with several parents and assistant coaches, put in hours of sweat equity to establish an actual home soccer facility on the campus of CCHS. In spite of all this the administration at CCHS felt the program need to go in a different direction.

Several alumni submitted statements about how Lasley impacted their lives.

Recently graduated Ryan Rodderick said, ” I just graduated and played for Daniel,and I have to say he was an amazing coach. He always tried to do the right thing and from what I have been told he was fired for to many complaints, but Daniel has been one of the best coaches I have played for, and I think the other soccer players would agree 100%. He is a great coach and the team really needs him as a coach to go farther in what they love especially in the correct manner. We have had some amazing seasons because of him, this past year wasn’t as successful because we lost so many good senior but it definitely had nothing to do with “bad” coaching.He really deserves that job for being that good of the coach. The rebuilding stage we started with will just set the up coming team back without Daniel. Again I think Daniel is an amazing coach and he should have never been fired!”

Stacy Morton,who went on to play softball for the University of the Cumberlands said, “As a former player, and student athlete, he is one of those coaches who has left an everlasting impression on me. He has always pushed each and every player but was never disrespectful to any of them but something I will say Daniel never did was choose one player over another just because of who you were and your background with any sport he was associated with, which was several. A good coach can change the game, but a great coach can change the life’s of their players and that is exactly what Daniel Lasley has done to so many athletes. Daniel was there when I had happy tears and Daniel was there when I had sad tears and would always tell me he would be there if I EVER needed him. Even though I went to college on a softball scholarship, I have to say I am blessed that Daniel was a part of making me the athlete that I have become. As everyone has said he has left an ever lasting impression on everyone he has been around.”

Cameron Yeatman said, “As a former player for the high school. I can honestly say that Coach was nothing a but a good influence on me and my life on and off the field. Wether it was putting 100% effort in to the games we loved as a team every time we stepped for on to our field.
Or just seeing him after I graduated and realize that I wasn’t where I should be in my life and that just seeing him and having to tell him I wasn’t where we. Expected me to be after I graduated. Made me rethink how I was living and what my goals were.
There’s no other coach in this world that I would have wanted to play for for my years on that team than him. Because he was more than a coach. He was a example of what we as young men should strive to be when we grown in to adults.”

Finally a current soccer player made a statement on the condition of anonymity out of fear of retaliation by the administration said, “I feel like they are doing this to get back at Coach Lasley for some things that happened with the Top Ten Students and the Middle College Students this year. I am actually undecided about playing this year because of this but I also know Coach would not want me to quit after the work I put in.”

A group of former players are organizing to approach the school board at their June 14th meeting.

Pat’s Place: A Decision So Stupid It Makes Me Squint

Ok it has been a while since I have written an angry Pat’s Place so I guess I was due. Gonna go a head and warn you that this is not for the weak and it may make you mad. That is ok I do not fear the consequences of writing this and I actually encourage the powers that be to say something to me.

Yesterday, in what has to be one of the more baffling coaching moves of all time,Daniel Lasley was fired as boys and girls soccer coach at CCHS. The purported reason appears to be “too many complaints. Yes you read that right too many complaints. Gonna touch a few things here.

As I have stated on social media I am pretty plugged into the local sports world. I hear things. I have heard complaints about basketball, basketball parents are the worst by the way. The fact that there are people that complain about Coach Brad Honeycutt baffle me as he is having success on a high level. I hear complaints about baseball, about softball, I have even heard complaints about football. The one sport I have heard no complaints about is soccer, I am not saying there were not any but they certainly were not vocal like the above mentioned.

What is worse is that people actually listen to such complaints. I can understand if the complaints are about a coach getting physically abusive but I can not imagine this is the case. I have a feeling it is some weakling parent who sees their child as the next superstar but has no idea how things actually go in practice.

But here is my more important issue. It is that you have attacked a good friend of mine. I have known Daniel Lasley since high school. We coached together at Jacksboro Middle School. He is someone I consider life long friend. You can take my bias in these next several words as you want, I do not care if you get butt hurt about it so be it this is an opinion piece.

Daniel Lasley is what is good and right in the coaching world. I have seen him coach on all levels and he always goes about it the same way. He starts with a base of fundamentals that he teaches about what ever sport he happens to be coaching. If you do not have fundamentals then you will eventually fail as a coach because you have not prepared your players with the most basic knowledge. I have seen him do this in every sport on every level.

He works with all of his players to improve them, not just his starters. I saw this when we coached together and it apparently rings true today as recently graduated Cougar soccer player Kyler Monday pointed out on Twitter about his own experience under Coach Lasley.

I also know Coach Lasley off the field and have seen him be a good influence and positive light to his players in that aspect. I know that he has opened up his heart and home to many players in need and that is a rare trait these days.

Basically all that was done by firing Coach Lasley was hurting a good man and the kids he coached. I feel it was a stupid decision by the powers that be. I actively encourage you all to call both Campbell County High School and the Central Office and complain.

Also I welcome anyone who wants to debate this in a civil manner with me. But also understand I welcome confrontation as well and I will not back down on this. You hurt kids, you hurt a good man, and most importantly to me you hurt my friend. Come at me.

Cougar Basketball To Host Annual Camp

Shouse Takes State Runner Up in Decathalon

There is no more grueling athletic competition in the states as the decathlon. Over a two day period the best track athletes in the state compete in a series of events that range the entire track and field spectrum. This year Campbell County junior Christian Shouse put on an outstanding performance on his way to becoming the state runner up in the event. He did so well that after day one he was actually the leading competitor.

Shouse placed 1st in a quartet of the events. He was the top athlete in the discus , the shot put, the 100m dash and the 400m dash.

He had a throw of 133′-11″ in the discus. A throw of 43′-5″ in the shot put. A time of 11.22 in the 100m. A time of 49.92 in the 400m.

He was second in the high jump with a leap of 6’4″. in the long jump he was 4th with a distance of 21′ 2″. The triple jump saw him take 5th with a distance of 40′ 4.25″. He was also 5th in pole vault with a 10′ vault. He finished 6th in the 110m hurdles running a time of 16.90. the 1500m distance run saw him place 7th with a time of 5:22.00