The Carson-Newman football team completed another week of practice with a scrimmage on Saturday at Burke-Tarr Stadium. C-N head coach Ken Sparks likes what he has witnessed from his team thus far.
“The biggest thing is we are receiving great effort from our team,” Sparks said. “They are coming along as today was our tenth practice out of 15 and we are making progress. We are a very young team and we need to start correcting some mistakes in the next five practices and eliminate some of the mental mistakes that we are having. We are stopping and thinking about plays and when that happens, we don’t play very well. It just needs to come naturally and that will come.”
“We have come a long way and the team gave us great effort again today. We are a little banged up with injuries since we have gone six straight days in practice. That is kind of testing the limits but they have responded well. Another thing I am impressed with is the fact Carson-Newman has a great coaching staff. Coach (Mike)Turner and the offensive staff have accomplished a great deal with a young team in such a short time. Coach (Kevin) Ramsey has to be one of the best of the coaches in the country to do what he has with that defense in a short time.”
The Eagles will hold another scrimmage next Saturday in conjunction with the Sports Belle/Carson-Newman Championship Football Clinic in Pigeon Forge. For more information on the clinic, contact the C-N Football Office at 865-471-3466.
Hollifield collects 700th win
After 20 years and numerous awards and accolades, Carson-Newman head softball coach Vickee Hollifield is still going strong.
Hollifield picked up her 700th career win on Feb. 24 when the Lady Eagles defeated Limestone 4-0. The Lady Eagles are off to a 7-1 overall start and are ranked #14 in the nation.
The Lady Eagles have become a national perennial powerhouse. Hollifield has turned the Lady Eagle program into one that has yet to see a losing season and seeks to reach new heights each season. With a career record of 700-208, the nine-time South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year has guided her teams to 12 South Atlantic Conference championships (1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2005). She has also guided C-N to seven SAC Tournament titles (1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998 and 2005), two NAIA District 24 titles (1988 and 1989), two NAIA District 26 crowns (1991 and 1992) and six national tournament berths (1991, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2001 and 2005).
Her winning ways are among the best in all of Division II. She is eighth in winning percentage at the beginning of the 2006 season and 12th in total wins.
The 1983 C-N graduate has been involved in athletics at Carson-Newman for over 20 years. The successful association began as she starred for the Lady Eagle basketball team after leading the Tennessee prep ranks in scoring as a high school senior. Her name still appears in the C-N record book several times, and she was named to the Lady Eagle Basketball Team of the Century in 1995. In addition to her coaching duties, she serves as the Senior Woman Administrator at C-N.
Hollifield holds a bachelor’s degree from Carson-Newman and a master’s degree from the University of Tennessee. She and her husband Matt live in Jefferson City.