The Saturday Six “Athletics” Edition – March 10, 2018

KCS students demonstrate their incredible abilities in a wide variety of ways… in the classroom, playing an instrument, creating an artistic masterpiece, or through service to others.  Hundreds of student athletes also display their talents through a variety of sports and activities.  Their commitment to developing a strong work ethic, dedication to team building, and quest for excellence is inspiring and exciting to see.

This week, the Saturday Six takes a look at what has been happening athletically across Kingsport during the winter, as well as looking forward to this Spring’s sports season.

  1. The Dobyns-Bennett Girls and Boys Basketball teams both had outstanding campaigns, totaling 53 varsity wins and appearances in the Region 1-AAA tournament.  The Lady Indians finished 24-10 and were Big 7 Conference runners-up, while the Boys wrapped up the year at 29-8, winning the District 1-AAA title and finishing 2nd in the region.  With great talent returning next season, the future looks incredibly bright for both squads!
  2. The D-B Swimming and Diving team had another successful campaign, with many athletes progressing to the state championships in Knoxville in February.  Four athletes placed in the top 16 at state, including Kynadi Lane, who finished 5th in the 1 meter diving competition!
  3. The D-B Wrestling team capped a phenomenal season by progressing all the way to the TSSAA Class AAA State Dual Wrestling Championships.  Individually, D-B Senior Cade Salyers finished 6th in the state in the 285 lb. weight class.  Outstanding!
  4. At the middle school level, both Sevier and Robinson Middle Schools had tremendously successful winter campaigns.  These programs form the foundation of our athletics programs, and both the Girls and Boys Basketball teams, Swimming, and Wrestling teams made great strides in both in-competition success and player development this year.
  5. Perhaps the biggest recent news involving KCS athletics is the announced retirement of D-B’s Hall of Fame Head Football Coach Graham Clark.  Coach Clark ends his 25-year tenure leading the Tribe as the winningest coach in school history, with not only an incredible list of accolades, but having positively touched the lives of hundreds of individuals.  Click here to see the full story regarding Coach Clark’s retirement.
  6. Spring sports have already begun!  Softball, Baseball, Boys Soccer, Track & Field, and Tennis are already underway.  Don’t forget that a one-stop-shop for all information and news regarding KCS Athletics can be found at https://athletics.k12k.com/.  This website contains photos, schedules, information, and records for all of KCS athletics programs.  You can also follow along on Twitter at https://twitter.com/KCS__Athletics.

Next week in the Saturday Six:  Have you found the We Are KCS Video Blog yet?  This innovative communication method highlights the people and programs of KCS and has seen some significant updates during this school year.  We’ll take a look at several of the new blog videos that shine a spotlight on some incredible students and programs.

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