One week after the Falcon Academic Team managed an eighth-place finish in the team’s eighth consecutive appearance at the Tennessee State Academic Coaches’ state championship, held at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, the team competed in a final open tournament at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on March 31.
While the team remains the highest-ranked non-private, non-magnet high school team in Tennessee, at UTC’s tournament, they also competed well against teams from Georgia. The varsity players, led by captain Keaton Stamps, who is also the LCHS valedictorian, finished in a three-way tie for first in their bracket. The varsity team lost only to Webb School, before falling to eventual runner-up Farragut A in the playoffs.
The junior varsity team, led by LCHS sophomore Constance Hawley, grabbed the second-place trophy in the JV division, narrowly missing the first place to the JV team from Farragut High School in the Oak Ridge area of Knoxville.
Individual players Keaton Stamps, an LCHS senior, placed second in overall individual score in the varsity division, and Quinton Hill, playing with the JV team as its sole Ninth Grade Academy player this year, also placed second individually in the junior varsity division. Constance Hawley placed sixth overall in the JV division out of a total of 90 players.
“This was a very strong finish for our re-building year after last summer’s trip to nationals,” said volunteer Coach Kay Campbell. “Although we’ll lose Keaton to graduation, we have strong talent in the remaining players who, with some work over the summer, should make 2013 an exciting year.”
“And even more than how well the students competed, once again, both in Cookeville and Chattanooga, this team added to Lincoln County’s reputation as home to players who treat others with courtesy and play with good sportsmanship,” said Laura Peterson, LCHS math teacher and team co-coach. “The many contributors in Fayetteville who make our team possible can be very proud of them.”