The TSSAA has officially canceled spring sports for the 2020 school year. With that comes the abrupt end for seniors across the county. Some will have the luxury of moving on to play college ball in their respective sports, but the harsh reality is that most kids will never get to play the game they grew up loving anymore.
We at Main Street Preps want to do something to honor these seniors. It is not much, but we are hopeful these senior spotlights will shed light on stellar careers enjoyed on the fields.
This article will focus on the Merrol Hyde Hawks soccer seniors Dane McBee, Camden Altepeter, Jack Condra, Drake Holcraft, Johann Liwag, Luke Martin, Travis Rettke and Matthew Sykes.
“I think this year was our best chance to win state,” Merrol Hyde coach Daniel Brooks said. “We were knocking on the door and I feel like this was one of our better teams. You do not get these teams all that often where you feel like you have a great chance to get to state, but this was one of those years.”
Brooks described each senior as one that showed great leadership, the ability to be coached and a class that always gave everything they had.
“Camden kept our defense together,” Brooks said. “As good of a player that he is, he is an even better person. He is a true leader. Drake is another unbelievable defender with great heart and a player that gives you his all. Johann is one of the hardest workers on the team and a true coach on the field. He was the heart of our team. Dane is one of the most decorated players to come out of Merrol Hyde. A natural goal scorer and a special talent. He is one of the best players in Sumner County. Jack is the hardest worker on the team and one you could always count on to give you 110 percent. Luke is one of the smartest players on the team and maybe the most improved player over the last four years that we have ever had. Travis is just a great kid, great field general and the best communicator on the team. While I only had him for a short amount of time, Matthew would have fit in and contributed big minutes for us this year. He is a very good kid and someone we enjoyed having around.”
Merrol Hyde will take their team to Gatlinburg in July to participate in a non-sanctioned TSSAA state tournament. Playing meaningful games for these seniors is what the trip to East Tennessee is all about.
“We are excited to play meaningful games and try to win state,” Brooks added. “I know it isn’t technically put on by the TSSAA, but we will play quality competition that we are sure we would have seen in Murfreesboro.”
Merrol Hyde will begin training for the tournament on June 3.