With the 2020 spring sports season being canceled prematurely due to the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, the high school careers of several Tennessee and Montgomery County athletes have been cut short.
Main Street Clarksville would like to shine a light on those seniors who will no longer be with their schools next season. Below is a list of Northwest High School spring sports seniors and information on them as provided by the school.
John Austin Hayes Biemesderfer. Son of John and Angie Biemesderfer. Position: Util/RHP Extracurricular Activities: HOSA (4 yrs), NHS, NTHS, NSHS. Plans to attend college with a major in health and human performance.
Advice: “Don’t change who you are and stay true to yourself and have a good work ethic. Baseball is much more than a sport and will teach you a lot about life. Cherish it because tomorrow is not promised and give all the glory to God.”
Jonathan Rakeem Dantzler. Son of Roy and Kimberly Dantzler. Positions: 3B/RHP. Extracurricular Activities: HOSA (2 yrs). Plans to become a physical therapist.
Advice: “If you want something, go get it; no matter the cost.”
Quentin Alexander Grom. Son of Tim Grom. Position: LHP. Plans to “serve the greatest country to ever exist in the U.S. Army.”
Advice: “Nothing is more important than the bond you have with your teammates so treat the next guy like family and be the best team y’all know you can be.”
Nolan Henry. Son of Steven and Rachel Henry. Position: 1B. Extracurricular Activities: FFA.
Cody Levi Kirkland. Son of Daniel and Grizel Kirkland Position: CF/LHP. Extracurricular Activities: National Junior Society (2 yrs). Plans to play baseball at the junior college level while figuring out what to study then transfer to a four-year school for a degree.
Advice: “Play every game like it’s your last and always enjoy the little things because before you know it your time will be up.”
Nicholas Ryan Myers. Son of Corey and Julie Myers. Positions: Util/RHP. Extracurricular Activities: Wrestling (4 yrs), FFA (2 yrs). Plans to attend Austin Peay State University and be successful.
Advice: “Everyone wishes they would’ve worked hard. No one wishes they didn’t work hard.”
Marcus A. Newsom. Son of Clinton and Maria Newsom. Position: Catcher. Extracurricular Activities: NHS, HOSA (4 yrs), ASG (2 yrs), Overall Student Government Secretary, Health Science Academy (4 yrs), CMCSS Student Advisory Council (3 yrs), Mainstream, Northwest Health Council, ASG Northwest Noise, Student 2 Student Club. Plans to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to major in psychology and minor in economics. Plans to use his degree to go into law school to become a prosecuting attorney or go to medical school to become a psychologist.
Advice: “Baseball is not only an amazing game, but a valuable tool that transforms boys into better men.”
Cooper Alan Palmieri. Son of Peter and Christa Palmieri. Position: OF/RHP. Extracurricular Activities: Wrestling (4 yrs), Cross Country, ROTC, NHS, Virtual Enterprise. Plans to attend the University of Wyoming and major in civil engineering while wrestling and “destroying my opponents.”
Advice: “It’s not how many home runs you hit, it’s how you carry yourself after you hit ‘em.”
John David Redden. Son of John Redden. Position: SS. Extracurricular Activities: Football.
Teodoro Lamonte Wade. Son of Sylvia Rosales. Position: RHP. Plans to attend Austin Peay State University and get a degree in Health and Human Performance.
Advice: “Do your best, do not give up, no matter what happens, always finish strong; you never know when it could be your last time playing the game.”
Tyrell Walker. Son of Anja Walker. Position: LHP. Plans to attend Nashville State to study psychology.
Advice: “Always work like it’s your last day and never take anything for granted. Always be the hardest worker.”
Donnell “Bobo” Winn. Son of Demetrius and Nichole Winn. Position: 2B.
Fernando Mulgado. Four year member, two year and current team captain. Signed with Bethel University.
Anthony Huggins. Four year member, two year and current varsity captain.
Jose Bedolla. Three year member, current varsity captain.
Alex Land. Three year member, current JV captain.
Seth Sumpter. Three year member.
Richard Alexander. Two year member.
Amina Abdulbarr. Daughter of Ronda Steward.Played tennis for one year. Plans to attend Tennessee State University to study Accounting/Finance.
Xavier Moise. “Excellent student. High grades, and member of the ASG for high school years; President of ASG senior year. Xavier Started as most of the players: a beginner who excelled, I am proud of him. Great sportsmanship. Great player. Great person.”
Luis Ortiz. “Consistent at the No. 2 singles position for the past three years, as well as No. 1 doubles with partner Warren Smith. Knowing him will bring you only pride. I have no doubt that he will succeed in life. I am proud of him.”
Quinţin Coates. “Walked on the courts during a summer practice and stayed. He went from watching to playing, to winning and gaining confidence in his own abilities. Consistent in the top four singles, and the number two doubles, his play showed his dedication to the sport, and through that, to his desire to succeed in life. I admire him, I am proud of him. I have no doubts that he will succeed in anything he chooses.”
Warren Smith. “Captain and No. 1 player for Northwest Tennis for the past three years, as well as No. 1 doubles with Luis Ortiz. Great grades. Great all-around guy. Good leadership. Extremely talented young man on and off the tennis courts. His future is certain to be positive, no matter what obstacles we all face now. I am proud of him.”
Libby Smith. “My future goals are to go to college at Austin Peay State University and work with sports medicine. The school organization I was in was a basketball cheerleader for two seasons. The funniest moment was when Coach Holli's shirt/jacket almost flew off at practice. I would like to say that I am going to miss high school and softball. (I) will come back and be our biggest helper/fan.”
Mackenzie Dixon. My future goal is to become a United States Air Force Nurse. I was on the softball team for two years. My (favorite) memory was our lock-in this season. I aspire to become a softball coach and teach girls everything I know about the sport that I love the most.
Olivia Randall. Played softball and volleyball for four years, cross country for two years. Involved in FFA, ASG, NHS, Spanish Club, and SNHS. Plans to attend University of Tennessee at Martin to study agricultural business.
“My funniest memory I have in softball is when everyone picked up worms from the tarp and I held them while we warmed up until Holli came into the dugout, and I tossed them at her and she freaked out.”
Juanita Jimenz. Daughter of Estella Jimenez. Ran middle distance for three years. Participated in JROTC and played soccer, cross country and wrestling. She was a member of NHS, SNHS, and International Club. Plans to attend Austin Peay State University for JROTC and seek a career as an officer in the U.S. Army.
Asia Patrice Hall. Daughter of VeRissa Valentine. Sprinted for three years. Plans to attend the University of Alabama and study athletic training. She was a member of Northwest Noise, FCA, HOSA and a basketball manager.
Ashley Dowlen. Daughter of Kimberly Ligon and Mark Dickerson. Sprinted for two years. Member of JROTC and is enlisting in the Army to study law.
Danae Traughber. Daughter of Pamela Deal. Threw for four years. Plans to attend Austin Peay State University to study nursing.
Madison King. Daughter of Trina and James King. First year track runner
Taylor Rickey. First year track runner.
Aliyah Jones. Daughter of Pamela and Michael Jones. Ran sprints. Member of JROTC for four years. Plans to attend Austin Peay State University to study nursing.
Amari Smith. First year track runner.
Ethan Jones. Son of Loraily Jones and Eric Jones. Sprinted and ran field events for four years. Four-year JROTC member and played football. Enlisted in the National Guard Reserves.
Austin Braden Freeman. Son of Loraily and Eric Jones. Ran middle distance for four years. Ran cross country and wrestled for one year. Joined the Navy.
Robert Baker. Son of Jessica Perry. Sprinted and ran field events for four years. Also played football for four years. Signed to play football at Maryville College.
La’Quailin Nickelson. Sprinted and ran field events for two years. Also played football for four years. Signed to play football for Kentucky State.
Michael Jacob Plunkett. Son of Michael Wayne Plunkett. Ran distance for four years. Ran cross country for two years and wrestled for four years. Plans to attend college to become a radio broadcaster.
Joey Christopher Kleinhans. Son of Christopher Kleinhans. Threw for four years. Wrestled for one year. Plans to attend Tennessee Tech to study mechanical engineering.
Dominic Giarratano. First year track runner.
Carson Quintard. First year track runner.
Elijah Cole Reed. Son of Ashley Zilliox. Sprinter and field athlete for four years and competed for four years. Played football and plans to run in college.
Richard Hamrick. Son of Judith Arnold. Sprinted for four years. Played football for three years. Plans to go to college and get a degree in music and marketing.
Isaiah Hall. Son of VeRissa Valentine.Hurdled, sprinted, and field event athlete for four years. Played football for four years. Member of FFA and FCA. Plans to attend college to pursue a degree in zoology and wildlife.
David Wyner. First year track runner.