Five stellar graduates to be inducted -
Wilson Central High has planned a Monday, May 22 banquet to induct five graduates into its inaugural Sports Hall of Fame class.
The five include: former girls basketball standouts Jasmine Hassell (Class of 2009) and Tierney Jenkins (2007), left-handed pitcher James Adkins (2004), former quarterback / safety Connor McChurch (2008) and boys basketball standout Nathan Thomas (2005).
The five will be recognized during a 6:30 p.m. dinner at the Wilson County Expo Center, and will coincide with an all-sports senior night.
A steak dinner, catered by Sammy B's, will begin the festivities followed by remarks from Cameron Newbauer, the women's basketball coach at the University of Florida.
Hassell, a two-time Class AAA state champion for the Lady Wildcats, was also a two-time Class AAA Miss Basketball selection and helped lead her team to a 2006 state title. A McDonald's All-American, Hassell went on to play at the University of Georgia where she scored over 1,000 career points, was a first team All-SEC pick and was drafted into the WNBA.
Jenkins helped lead the Lady Wildcats to a Class AAA State Championship in 2008. Twice she was named TSWA all-state and went on to play at the University of Alabama where she scored over 1,000 career points. She was a first team All-SEC selection and played professional basketball overseas.
Adkins, a left-handed pitcher, is Wilson Central's career strikeout leader and was a vital cog in the baseball program's first ever district championship. He signed with the University of Tennessee and was named Freshman All-American. Adkins ended his career as Tennessee's all-time career strikeout leader and was a supplemental draft pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Thomas, a 6-6 post player, twice led the Wildcats to the TSSAA Class AAA state tournaments teams, reaching the semifinals as a junior. He played college basketball at the University of Auburn-Montgomery where he was the program's all-time shot block leader and ended his career as an NAIA All-American. Thomas became Wilson Central's first basketball player to play professionally.
McChurch played both ways on the 2007 Wilson Central football team -- a squad that finished 8-4 and lost in the third round of the playoffs to eventual state champion Smyrna. He signed at Tennessee Tech as freshman and eventually transferred to Cumberland University where he was named All Mid-South Conference on both sides of the football. McChurch closed out his CU career as a linebacker, after having played QB and receiver earlier in his career.
Tickets for the dinner be purchased at the Wilson Central front office for $25 each.
Table sponsorships are available starting at $250.
Contact David Jennings at 615-477-3433 for sponsorship opportunities and questions.