Lee softball coach Emily Russell has added another Chattanooga-area athlete to the 2010 roster. Hixson High School corner infielder Jenevieve Cena became the latest area player to sign before her senior season.
“I really liked the school atmosphere and the fact that it’s a Christian-based college,” Cena said Wednesday morning during a gathering at the high school to celebrate her signing.
“It’s not too big and not too small, and I really liked the players. And the coaches are awesome.”
Cena has a career batting average of .317 for the Lady Wildcats, after batting .348 with 20 RBIs in 24 games last year, and she plays summer travel ball for the Pines Thunder in southern Florida.
Lee coach John Maupin did not have to go far to sign his first recruit for the 2009-10 women’s golf season. Bradley Central High School’s Chelsea Rakestraw made it official by signing the scholarship papers on Thursday afternoon.
For years the name Rakestraw was automatically identified with football and wrestling at BCHS, but Chelsea, the No. 1 player on the Bearettes’ golf team for the past four years, has helped change all that.
She directed Bradley to a second-place finish in the district this past fall and made the state tournament field during her junior and senior seasons. “I’m gonna miss her,” said Jimmy Kibler, her high school coach over the past four years. “She’s a great kid. Lee will love her. Young people like Chelsea are the reason I coach. She hits the driver well and she always competes.
“Chelesa was the first girl to take me to the state,” said Kibler. “She needs to continue to work on her chipping and putting and her scores will drop. I expect her to do real well as a college golfer.”
Coach Maupin is excited about his first signing from Bradley Central. “Bringing Chelsea onto next year's team is a great addition for our program,” the coach, in his first full year at Lee stated. “She has had some good finishes in her district and regional tournaments, and she also has state tournament experience.
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Sunday, December 14, 2008