———Elizabethton’s girls are coming off a Class AA state semifinal appearance, and the momentum seemed to carry over to the summer.After getting off to a slow start with twin standouts Kayla and Kelci Marosites not available, the Lady Cyclones went to MTSU and stood toe to toe with two-time defending Class AAA state champion Murfreesboro Riverdale.Elizabethton was down by five points with 2:28 left in the game when Kayla Marosites drove to the basket and scored on a layup. However, she was called for a charge, and Riverdale’s Alexa Middleton drained a 3-pointer on the next possession for basically a six-point swing. The Lady Warriors eventually won by nine points.“The thing that impressed me was the way we competed,” said Lady Cyclones’ head coach Len Dugger.That was especially true of the twins, who didn’t back down against Middleton — who has committed to play at the University of Tennessee.“Kelci pulled a quad and was playing on one leg, but those two played extremely well,” said Dugger. “At the start of the game it went: Middleton 3-pointer, Kayla three, Middleton three, and Kelci three.”Overall this summer, Dugger said he was really impressed with post player Sarah Robinson.“I felt she had the potential all along,” said Dugger. “She rebounded so well in traffic. That was the surprise. She ran the floor extremely well.”Dugger said he also got good post efforts from Emily Schubert, Shy Bowers, and Megan Pietrowski. Already loaded at the guard positions, solid post play could make the Lady Cyclones a state tournament threat once again.“Pietrowski and Schubert both played well in the post, and Sarah Bradley was unreal at the point guard position,” said Dugger.Miranda Isaacs and Melinda Perry also made good contributions, said Dugger.The Lady Cyclones were whipped by Morristown West early in the summer without the Marosites. Dugger said the Lady Trojans should have a very good team this season.Overall, Dugger said he’s looking forward to the 2013-14 season.“I’m excited about the potential and the possibility of them coming together in January and tournament time and being a really special team,” he said.
———Tennessee High chose Preston Roberts as its new head baseball coach Monday. Roberts had been as assistant coach with the Vikings for the last seven years.In a press release from the school, Roberts said, “I am very humbled and excited to have the opportunity to be the head baseball coach at Tennessee High. The baseball program, as well as the athletic program, has a great tradition of which I am very proud to be a part of. I am very appreciative for this opportunity.”