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Head Coach Blake Swords instructs his players during warm-up drills. “I’ve been blessed the past four or five years to coach a lot of great kids.”  Staff Photo.

Head Coach Blake Swords instructs his players during warm-up drills. “I’ve been blessed the past four or five years to coach a lot of great kids.” Staff Photo.

For the past decade, from the first Monday in July until the first week of November, Arlington 8th Grade Grey-Y Football Coach Blake Swords has been on the field four or five days a week.

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The Arlington Middle School Boys Basketball Team hosts their season opener on October 27 at 4:30 pm against Schilling Farms.

Coach Lang Wiseman, in his fifth year with the Bobcats, hopes to compete again for a District title. Last year’s team went undefeated in regular season and district play, clinching the District and County Championships before falling in in the state semifinals.

“We have plenty of size and athleticism to be able to compete with anyone we play,” Wiseman commented. “We’re short on experience, though, so the season will be a work in progress.” Wiseman also credits the dedication of his assistant coaches, DJ Daughtery and Rod Davis, for the program’s success.

A key player returning to the team is point guard Sam Wiseman,who earned All-District Tournament Team honors in 2014. Wiseman was the leading scorer in last Saturday’s Jamboree matchup with Collierville with 12 points. The Bobcats defeated the Dragons 18-16.

The Arlington Middle School Girls Basketball team will then take on last year’s Regional Champs when they host Schilling Farms after the boys’ game.

With only one returning starter–5’11” Morgan Richardson–Coach Annette Jeter says that the team’s inexperience is its weakness in defending their 2014 District title. Jeter adds that though young, the team is eager to play hard through a tough schedule against experienced foes.

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Jack Oliver with a blue-ribbon winner. Photo courtesy of Oliver family.

Lakeland resident Jack Oliver is not your typical businessman, but he has a lifetime of experience growing and selling prize-winning pumpkins. Of course, he is also 12 years old and a 6th grader at Briarcrest Christian School.

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Players of the Week vs. Collierville: Ryan Flack, Special Teams; Tate Kolwyck, Offense and First Citizens National Bank Player of the Game; Ben Evans, Defense. Staff Photo.

Players of the Week vs. Collierville: Ryan Flack, Special Teams; Tate Kolwyck, Offense and First Citizens National Bank Player of the Game; Ben Evans, Defense. Staff Photo.

The Arlington High School Tigers Players of the Week for the August 29 game against Collierville were recognized today at a team meeting before tonight’s trip to take on the undefeated Bartlett Panthers in the first district match up of the season.

The Special Teams Player of the Week, Senior defensive back Ryan Flack (#34) was named for his performance on the Tigers’ kickoff team. Flack had one solo tackle, one assist, and Tigers Head Coach Chris Wiley added, “several key special teams plays.”  Freshman quarterback Tate Kolwyck (# 17) received offensive player of the week and First Citizens National Bank Player of the Week honors for throwing three touchdowns and going 22/30 for 227 yards with one interception.  Senior defensive end Ben Evans (#43), the defensive player of the week, tallied up seven tackles, one sack, and forced a fumble against the CHS Dragons.

 

Players of the week: Cameron Durley, Jonathoan Mabone, Keelon Webber, Coach Wiley. Staff photo/

Players of the week: Cameron Durley, Special Teams; Jonathon Mabone, Defense and First Citizens National Bank Player of the Game; Keelon Webber, Offensive. Coach Wiley. Staff photo.

Arlington Tigers Players of the week for the August 22 game against Kirby High School were recognized at a team meeting before tonight’s matchup with the Collierville Dragons.

The defensive player of the week, senior linebacker Jonathon Mabone (#6) had 16 tackles and one sack last week. Mabone was also named the First Citizens National Bank Player of the Game. Junior running back Keelon Webber (#10), scored all three touchdowns in last Friday’s victory over Kirby; senior kicker Cameron Durley (#22) scored a field goal in the second half and was named special teams player of the week.