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Coach Kemp Steps Down
Kemp will wrap up his McCallie coaching career at the end of the season. He will become a senior administrator at Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta.
“It’s a season-of-life kind of thing. I started off teaching in 1990 and when you step out of the classroom you never stop being a teacher. You just have a different platform to teach,” Kemp said. “I used to coach football. I was a football guy long before I was anything else. It was never about the sport I coach, it was about the kids I got to coach. As long as I have a platform to affect change and to serve young people, I’m happy. That’s what I feel is my calling.”
Kemp entered the 2018 season with a 308-117 career record and won eight championships in his career.
“I love McCallie and the amazing people who are connected to this institution. The thought of leaving has been agonizing to even contemplate,” Kemp told the Chattanoogan. “I’ve spent my whole adult life here, and Diane and I have raised our children here. Besides our own children, I feel like I have countless sons in the McCallie boys I’ve been fortunate enough to teach, coach, mentor and just do life with. The transition may be difficult, but I think it’s time for the next chapter in my life. I find peace in knowing I’ll always be a part of the McCallie family, even if I’m not physically here.”
Assistant coach Eamon Thornton will take over the Blue Tornado program.
For the Love of the Game
The West Virginia Gazette highlights Jerett Gaeger from George Washington (W.V.) and his dedication to pursuing lacrosse. The future Stevenson player scored a state-best 107 points last year and already has 62 this season.
“It’s the intensity of the game,” Gaeger told the Gazette. “It’s better than sitting over there on the baseball field. It’s a huge rush, a big adrenaline rush. The rush is what I fell in love with right off the bat.”
Gaeger knew that if he wanted to advance in the sport, he’d have to venture past the state’s boundaries. He began playing for the Lynchburg Select club team in Lynchburg, Virginia. That meant a four-hour one-way father-son drive on weekends for practice on top of the travel necessary for competitions.
This is What Its About
I hope to have more on this heart-warming story in a future notebook, but this video sums up what's great about sports.
Graham Schwartz became North Carolina’s all-time faceoff wins leader with a 10-for-12 game against Garner Magnet (N.C.) on April 12. The Middle Creek (N.C.) senior became the known leader in North Carolina history with 836 career wins. He breaks Peyton Smith’s record of 827. Schwartz, who will attend North Carolina and attempt to walk-on, went over 800 career faceoffs wins last week with an 18-for-23 performance against defending 3A/2A/1A state champion Weddington (N.C.).
A pair of Ardrey Kelly (N.C.) sophomores reached the 200 Club last week. Cade Caggiano is already up to 96 points this season after scoring 106 last year. He’s up to 202 points for his career. Teammate Jackson Price already has back-to-back 100-point seasons. Price has 100 points this season after scoring 102 last year. He’s up to 202 points on 103 goals and 99 assists.
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