published Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Clint Steele to coach Soddy-Daisy boys' soccer

Soddy-Daisy High School has hired Clint Steele to head its boys' soccer program for the 2015 season.

A Soddy-Daisy graduate, Steele played for coach Richard Northcutt there and then played a couple of seasons at Bryan College before injuries cut his career short.

"He came to us highly recommended and is a really stand-up guy," Trojans assistant principal and athletic director Steve Henry said.

Steele is one of the directors of the Middle Valley Soccer Association and also coaches a 10-under select team. He also is a TSSAA referee.

Scruggs returning

Former East Hamilton volleyball player Kylie Scruggs, who now plays at Goodpasture Christian School in the Nashville area, will be back in Hamilton County this weekend competing with her Lady Cougars teammates in the 28th Choo Choo Classic. Goodpasture's first pool-play match is Friday against East Ridge at Red Bank at 6 p.m.

Scruggs, who as a freshman and sophomore was a member of Lady Hurricanes teams that advanced to the Class AA state tournament, is now a senior and the only returning starter from a Goodpasture team that went 48-0 and won the Class A state championship last season. The undefeated season was the first in Tennessee since Kirkman went unblemished in 1977.

The Lady Cougars took an 82-match winning streak into Monday's match against Christ Presbyterian Academy. Scruggs had eight kills, 11 aces and 15 digs last Thursday at Gordonsville -- the match that broke the all-time mark for consecutive TSSAA volleyball victories set by Kirkman from 1976 to '78.

Gordon Lee's big feat

It's not surprising any time the Gordon Lee softball team wins a game, but Saturday's 5-0 win over Class AAAA top-ranked Buford can be ranked up there with any the multi-time state champion Lady Trojans have achieved.

Pitcher Emily Armour pitched a 13-strikeout two-hitter against a lineup loaded with returners from the 2013 state-title team. Freshman outfielder Gracie Kruse had the big hit, a three-run triple, while one of Gordon Lee's few veterans, outfielder Tiffany Holland, added an RBI single.

"We played really well," coach Dana Mull said. "Emily was dominant and she really likes pitching in those big games. I went back and checked their lineup because I wanted to make sure they were playing their good kids, and six of the seven starters they had returning were in the lineup. It was a really nice win."

The game was part of an impressive lineup at Northwest Whitfield that also included the two-time champion Lady Bruins and 2013 Class AA titlist Calhoun. However, rain Saturday cut the day short and two of the games have been rescheduled for Oct. 2 at Northwest. Gordon Lee (5-1) and Calhoun will play at 5, followed by Northwest against Calhoun.

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