Speech: Two Devils at Nationals

White House High School sophomores Danielle Williams and Rebekah Langford are competing this week in the National Speech and Debate Tournament nationals in Dallas, on the trip along with speech sponsor and White House teacher Emily Higdon. Good luck ladies! #bdp

BSB: Worrell signs with Vol State

By Russell Vannozzi for The Robertson County Connection 

White House senior Aaron Worrell will be wearing a similar shade of blue next season.  

The 2019 District 9-AA Most Valuable Player recently signed a letter-of-intent to continue his baseball career at Volunteer State Community College.

Worrell hit .359 and led the Blue Devils with 27 RBI this year. He finished with 28 total hits and an on-base percentage of .474, while splitting time between second base, shortstop and third base.

“He’s worked extremely hard in the weight room and in the cages,” White House coach Seth Long said. “He’s been a real difference maker for us, and all the hard work he put in really showed this season.”

Worrell was on the wrestling team his first three years of high school, but he decided to give baseball his full attention this year.

That move paid dividends, and Worell improved significantly at the plate. 

“I had more time to focus on baseball stuff,” Worrell said. “I wasn’t focused on other things. I had all winter to fix my swing and to get to where I wanted to be.”

Besides being a utility infielder, Worrell also played in the outfield and pitched at various points during his high school career. He had a 3.20 ERA on the mound and struck out 25 batters this season.

“He’s a smart kid and he knows how to play everywhere,” Long said. “You always know you’ve going to get his competitive best any time he’s on the field, so you’re comfortable putting him wherever he’s needed.”

Worrell, who also considered Union (Ky.) College, eventually plans to transfer to a four-year school after spending his first two years at Vol State.

“That’s down the road,” he said. “I’m just hoping to play well these next two years and see where it takes me.”

He is the second White House baseball senior to sign after right-handed pitcher Michael Frye inked scholarship papers with Lindsey Wilson last December. Both players were recently named to the Main Street Preps 2019 All-Sumner County team.

Dance: 3rd Annual Dance Camp is June 17-21

The 3rd Annual White House High School Dance Camp is June 17-21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with guest choreographer Lauren Hart. The camp cost is $40 and lunch will be provided on Tuesday and Thursday.

Classes will be in the freshman annex gym and is open to all ages!

See info below. Click here for registration form.

Speech: WKU named 2019 NFA National Champions

Amanda Langford of White House High School is a freshman on the Western Kentucky University Forensics Team, which was named the 2019 NFA National Champions. Story and photos courtesy of Western Kentucky University on Facebook.

Seniors on the WKU Forensics Team signaled the team’s “4s Up” slogan at this spring’s 2019 NFA national tournament. After a change in final results, WKU has been named the national champions of the 2019 AFA National Individual Events Tournament.

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The WKU Forensics Team has been named the national champions of the 2019 American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament, after a two-month investigation found that two students of the original winning school had violated the league’s code of standards.

The WKU Forensics Team had been announced in April as second place, but this change makes WKU the AFA NIET team sweepstakes champions for the first time since 2015.

One of Bradley University’s national finalist teams in duo interpretation was retroactively disqualified, resulting in a reduction of the entire school’s team sweepstakes points that the duo interpretation ranking originally conferred. This dropped Bradley University’s team sweepstakes ranking to second place and moved WKU to the top.

This change may also affect rankings in individual sweepstakes, which is a measure of an individual’s success across multiple competition events at one tournament. The AFA NIET does not intend to finalize this decision, however, until November. If the league follows through, this may raise the individual sweepstakes ranks of one or more of the following WKU team members: graduating senior Casey Child (originally fifth), rising junior Derek Collins (originally sixth) and rising junior Rickey Williams (originally 16th). However, graduating senior Andrea Ambam’s Individual Sweepstakes National Championship remains unchanged.

The league opted to not re-rank the remainder of the duo interpretation finalists, though, so those ranks will stand as they were announced in April. WKU had two teams in that final round.

WKU sent 20 competitors with a total of 66 entries to the AFA national tournament. Of the 66 total entries, 36 advanced to quarterfinal rounds, 26 advanced to the semifinal round, and 12 events made it to the final rounds of competition. Last year, the team fielded 31 quarterfinalists, 21 semifinalists and 15 finalists.

WKU Forensics Team’s results from the 42nd Annual American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament are as follows:

  • Andrea Ambam, a senior from Peculiar, Missouri, national champion in individual sweepstakes, second in persuasive speaking, second in after-dinner speaking, second in poetry interpretation, third in programmed oral interpretation, fourth in informative speaking and fifth in prose interpretation.
  • Derek Collins, a sophomore from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, national champion in informative speaking, national champion in communication analysis, third in duo interpretation (with Emma Warnecke), sixth in individual sweepstakes and quarterfinalist in persuasive speaking.
  • Casey Child, a senior from Taylor Mill, fifth in individual sweepstakes, semifinalist in dramatic interpretation, semifinalist in prose interpretation, semifinalist in informative speaking, semifinalist in duo interpretation (with Tayland Ratliff) and quarterfinalist in duo interpretation (with Reese Johnson).
  • Emma Warnecke, a sophomore from West Bloomfield, Michigan, third in duo interpretation (with Derek Collins), semifinalist in poetry interpretation and semifinalist in programmed oral interpretation.
  • Rickey Williams, a sophomore from Minneapolis, Minnesota, fifth in poetry interpretation, 16th in individual sweepstakes, semifinalist in duo interpretation (with Ryan Gosling) and quarterfinalist in communication analysis.
  • Faith LoPiccolo, a junior from Lexington, fifth in after-dinner speaking and semifinalist in prose interpretation.
  • Reese Johnson, a freshman from Burnsville, Minnesota, sixth in duo interpretation (with Matt Wisenden) and quarterfinalist in duo interpretation (with Casey Child).
  • Matt Wisenden, a senior from Moorhead, Minnesota, sixth in duo interpretation (with Reese Johnson) and quarterfinalist in informative speaking.
  • Lane Hedrick, a senior from Morehead, semifinalist in informative speaking and semifinalist in extemporaneous speaking.
  • Ryan Gosling, a sophomore from West Palm Beach, Florida, semifinalist in duo interpretation (with Rickey Williams) and quarterfinalist in duo interpretation (with Corey Newsome).
  • Tayland Ratliff, a sophomore from Youngsville, Louisiana, semifinalist in duo interpretation (with Casey Child).
  • Brian Anderson, a senior from Hodgenville, semifinalist in impromptu speaking.
  • Sal Tinajero Jr., a junior from Santa Ana, California, quarterfinalist in after-dinner speaking and quarterfinalist in duo interpretation (with Sabas Del Toro).
  • Sabas Del Toro, a senior from El Paso, Texas, quarterfinalist in programmed oral interpretation and quarterfinalist in duo interpretation (with Sal Tinajero Jr.).
  • Natalie Hedberg, a senior from Chaska, Minnesota, quarterfinalist in informative speaking.
  • Kelly Lingen, a freshman from Lakeville, Minnesota, semifinalist in poetry interpretation.
  • Corey Newsome, a sophomore from Morehead, quarterfinalist in duo interpretation (with Ryan Gosling).
  • Zakkiyah Sanders, a sophomore from Apple Valley, Minnesota, quarterfinalist in after-dinner speaking.
  • Bradley Wascher, a junior from Montgomery, Alabama, quarterfinalist in impromptu speaking.

More: Check out the WKU Forensics Facebook page or follow @wkuforensics on Twitter.

Contact: Ganer Newman, (270) 745-6340

WBB: Team building at Ocoee River

The White House Lady Devils basketball team traveled to the Ocoee River on Thursday for a team building trip and white water rafting. The weather was beautiful and it was an amazing day!

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SB: Four Devils named All-County

Four White House Lady Devils were named to the 2019 Main Street Media All-County Team including Mallory Gut (first team), Kate Tobin (second team), Sydnee Frakes (third team) and Miranda Cain (honorable mention).

By Zach Womble for The Gallatin News and Main Street Media

Westmoreland coach Kyla White headlines the 2019 Main Street Preps All-Sumner County softball team as Coach of the Year after leading her Eagles to a 25-19 record, a Class AA sectional runner-up finish as well as runners-up in the Region 5AA and District 9AA Tournaments.

Portland junior pitcher Mac Fitzgerald earned Player of the Year honors for her play at the plate and in the circle, while Beech senior Carly Sperlich was named Hitter of the Year.

The All-Sumner County softball team is comprised of the eight Sumner County high schools including: Beech, Gallatin, Hendersonville, Pope John Paul II, Portland, Station Camp, Westmoreland and White House.

Nominations and stats were sent in by each respective high school coach with the Main Street Preps sports staff making the final decision on awards. The full team is listed below.

Coach of the Year: Kyla White, Westmoreland 

Record: 25-19, Class AA sectional runner-up, Region 5AA runner-up, District 9AA runner-up

Most Valuable Player: Mac Fitzgerald, Portland 

Hitting stats: .489 AVG, .511 OBP, 51 RBIs, 27 SB, 8 HR, 5 3B, 18 2B, 64 H

Pitching stats: 2.90 ERA, 67 Ks, 127 IP

Hitter of the Year: Carly Sperlich, Beech

Stats: .486 AVG, .552 OBP, .944 SLG, 57 RBIs, 26 R, 11 HR, 52 H, 12 2B, 2 3B

1st Team 

P – Robyn Atkins, Beech

Stats: 11-7, 115.2 IP, 65 Ks, 3.99 4ERA, 1.720 WHIP

IF – Aubree Presley, Westmoreland 

Stats: 60 H, 15 2B, 1 3B, 6 HR, 50 RBIs, 40 R, .462 AVG, .500 OBP, .731 SLG

IF – Ella Rhodes, Station Camp

Stats: .357 AVG, 27 R, 8 2B, 7 HRs, 41 RBIs, .403 OBP, .609 SLG

IF – Gabriella Sarabia, Station Camp

Stats: .500 AVG, 33 R, 9 2B, 10 HRs, 47 RBIs, .527 OBP, .868 SLG

IF – Avery Morris, Westmoreland

Stats: 61 H, 10 2B, 6 3B, 5 HR, 31 RBIs, 55 R, .436 AVG, .484 OBP

OF – Jessica Arrington, Beech

Stats: .344 AVG, .438 OBP, .441 SLG, 21 RBIs, 26 R, 1 HR, 32 H, 4 2B, .978 FP

OF – Kemiah Michel, Gallatin 

Stats: .436 AVG, 20 RBIs, 2 2B, 7 3B, 1 HR, .500 OBP, 46 SB, 39 R, .906 FP

OF – Kailey Brown, Beech 

Stats: .422 AVG, .480 OBP, .611 SLG, 22 RBI, 30 R, 38 H, 8 2B, 3 HR, .913 FP

C – Addie Lange, Station Camp 

Stats: .472 AVG, 54 R, 8 2B, 2 3B, 10 HR, 33 RBIs, .530 OBP, .823 SLG, 15 SB

DH – Mallory Gut, White House 

Stats: .444 AVG, .496 OBP, 7 2B, 1 3B, 8 HR, 30 R, 38 RBIs

2nd Team

P – Madison Croxford, Station Camp

Stats: 8-3, 53 IP, 39 Ks, 3.03 ERA

IF – Leah Kendall, Westmoreland

Stats: 51 H, 1 2B, 8 3B, 26 RBIs, 47 R, .415 AVG, .452 OBP, .553 SLG

IF – Tinsley Thompson, Station Camp

Stats: .404 AVG, 43 R, 13 2B, 2 3B, 10 HR, 40 RBIs, .424 OBP, .752 SLG

IF – Claire McDonnell, Beech

Stats: .396 AVG, .437 OBP, .547 SLG, 31 RBIs, 20 R, 3 HR, 42 H, 7 2B, .930 FP

IF – Kiersten Mesler, Gallatin 

Stats: .449 AVG, 2 HR, 32 RBIs, 15 2B, .467 OBP

OF – Lily Jarvis, Station Camp

Stats: .357 AVG, 26 R, 4 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 20 RBIs, .395 OBP, .509 SLG

OF – Kate Tobin, White House

Stats: .333 AVG, .400 OBP, 9 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 22 R, 22 RBIs

OF – Taylor Nix, Beech

Stats: .330 AVG, .418 OBP, .406 SLG, 35 H, 5 2B, 1 HR, 13 RBIs, 32 R, .925FP

C – Scarlett Shetters, Portland

Stats: 23 H, 11 RBIs, 123 Putouts, .923 FP, 9 Assists, 222.2 Innings Caught, .232 OBA, .303 OBP

DH – Lillie Van Metre, Pope John Paul II 

Stats: .538 AVG, 1.096 SLG, 27 RBIs, 5 HR, 28 H, 6 2B, 4 3B

3rd Team

P – Kendall Collier, Station Camp

Stats: 6-7, 73 IP, 49 Ks, 4.58 ERA

IF – Montana Ray, Hendersonville 

Stats: .361 BA, .583 SLG

IF – Jordan Bandy, Westmoreland 

Stats: 46 H, 7 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 32 RBIs, 27 R, .357 AVG, .384 OBP, .519 SLG

IF – Natalie Yarbrough, Pope John Paul II 

Stats: 18 H, 7 2B, 1 3B, 18 RBIs, .545 AVG, .818 SLG, .667 OBP

IF – Sydnee Frakes, White House 

Stats: .379 AVG, .429 OBP, 8 2B, 3 HR, 20 R, 20 RBIs

OF – Morgan Barnes, Gallatin 

Stats: .316 AVG, 6 2B, 13 RBIs, 13 R, .381 OBP, .789 FP

OF – Olivia Ellis, Station Camp 

Stats: .342 AVG, 13 R, 10 2B, 2 HR, 15 RBIs, .358 OBP, .544 SLG

C – A’Niya Boone, Gallatin

Stats: .406 AVG, 21 RBIs, 9 2B, 1 3B, 22 R, .463 OBP, .913 FP

DH – Zoey Fuller, Westmoreland 

Stats: 41 H, 10 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 36 RBIs, 20 R, .342 AVG, .385 OBP, .467 SLG

Honorable Mention 

Ella Bishop, Beech 

Stats: .348 AVG, .416 OBP, .420 SLG, 11 RBIs, 21 R, 24 H, 3 2B, .949 FP

Anna Herrera, Portland

Stats: 34 H, 20 RBIs, 41 R, .243 AVG, .325 OBP, .944 FP, 7 DP, 51Putouts, 86 assists

Miranda Cain, White House 

Stats: .342 AVG, .379 OBP, 6 2B, 24 R, 18 RBIs

Marlecia Grigsby, Station Camp

Stats: .301 AVG, 13 R, 2 2B, 10 RBIs, .363 OBP, .323 SLG

Anna McCarthy, Hendersonville 

Stats: .341 AVG, .583 SLG

Sunnie Jett, Beech 

Stats: .200 AVG, .459 OBP, .991 FP, 94 putouts, 14 assists

MBB: Team building at Braves game

The White House High School boys basketball team spent Friday evening at SunTrust Park in Atlanta, GA, to watch the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies. The Braves won the game on a walk-off base hit by Brian McCann to extend an eight-game winning streak.

TEN:WH Youth Camp is June 18-22

The White House High School tennis camp is June 18-22 at White House City Park for students entering grades second through eighth. The cost is $100 per camper, but there are discounts available for return campers ($80) and additional siblings ($60).

The camp is 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. each day and will feature skills instruction from the White House High School tennis team and coaching staff. Saturday’s final day will be a quick recap and then allow tournament play for parents to watch.

To sign up, bring this form filled out (one per camper) to the camp at the tennis courts of White House City Park. Water is provided for free and snacks will be available for an additional charge.

For more information, contact tennis coach Bill Rappuhn at william.rappuhn@sumnerschools.org

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Chorus: Vendor Applications for Blue Devil Bazaar now open

Join us for our first Blue Devil Bazaar at White House High School! We are now accepting vendor applications for this awesome event. We are planning for over 45 vendors and will have a silent auction to benefit the WHHS Vocal Music Program. To submit an application, please visit https://forms.gle/vqhXxJZvnJVAZkUn7

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Photos: WBB at Columbia Central

Photos by Noel Miller. White House Lady Devils basketball at Columbia Central on Thursday, June 13, 2019. #bdp

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