Surgoinsville, Rogersville runners honored for making state meet

Jeff Bobo • Nov 29, 2019 at 3:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — Earlier this month the Hawkins County Board of Education honored several students including three members of Surgoinsville Middle School's Cross Country team who distinguished themselves at the state meet on Oct. 5.

During the Nov. 12 BOE meeting, SMS cross country coach Brian Fletcher introduced his stars from the 2019 season to the board including Jacie Begley, Roman Borghetti-Metz, and Sabella Borghetti-Metz.

“It takes hard work and dedication to achieve the success they achieved this year, because not only did they run cross country, they participated in football, cheerleading and volleyball at the same time, Fletcher said. “Eighth-grader Jacie Begley would practice volleyball with her team, and do most of her running on her own time. Seventh grader Sabella Borghetti-Metz would practice with the cheerleaders, and then run afterwards. Seventh grader Roman Borghetti-Metz would run with us, and then go practice with the football team.”

Fletcher said that extra effort paid off at the state qualifier in Greeneville when all three qualified as individuals in the two mile run for the state meet in Clarksville on Oct. 5.

Out of 105 girls, Begley finished 15th at state, while Sabella Borghetti-Metz placed 14th. They both had a time of 13:49 with Sabella edging out Jacie by 0.59 of a second. It was an improvement for Sabella who competed at state last year and placed 38th.

Out of 120 boy runners Roman Borghetti-Metz placed 4th earning himself a medal and All State honors with a time of 11:26. Of the top-8 finishers in the astate, Roman was also the only 7th grader.

Rogersville City School Cross Country

In related news, at its Nov. 19 meeting the Rogersville City School Board of education honored its Warriors boys cross country team which placed 3rd out of 20 teams in the TMSAA Northeast Small School Sectional Meet that was held in Greeneville on Sept. 24.

Top finishers for the Warriors were Jayden Ward in 4th place, Connor Armstrong 12th, and Adonis Kincaid 18th.

The boys cross country team capped off a successful season with a trip to the Oct. 5 TMSAA Cross Country Championship in Clarksville where they placed placed 11th as a team.

Top individual finishers in the two mile were Jayden Ward who finished 21st, and and Connor Armstrong who was 50th.

Ward was also First Team All Conference and All Region. Armstrong was Second Team All Conference and All Region.

This was first time in RCS history a cross country team went to State. There have been individuals qualify for State, but never the team.

Other team mambers honored by the RCS BOE were Brayden Albright, Aryan Buchanan, Adonis Kincaid, Holden Sattler and Clay Wagoner.

Mount Carmel fire poster winners

During the Nov. 12 Hawkins County BOE meeting, the board also honored the Mount Carmel Fire Department fire poster winners.

The Mount Carmel Fire Department asked MCES students to submit fire safety posters, and on Oct. 9 the fire department went to the school and talked to all of our students about fire safety.

Each poster contest winner received a trophy for their efforts and the overall winner received a brand new bike.

The winners for each grade included: Kindergarten, Kinley Sluss; First Grade, Harper Shafer; Second Grade, Josie Ragle; Third Grade, Isaac Boyd; and the overall winner was fourth grader Cooper Parsons

Surgoionsville Middle football

Also during Nov. 12 Hawkins BOE meeting, the board honored the Surgoinsville Middle School football team for earning the Big 3A Conference championship

The coaches are head coach Mike Roberts, and assistants Stephen Wells, Isaiah Spivey, and Jeff Klepper.

Roberts told the BOE: “We told them in July that we were going to put them through the hardest thing that they had experienced to date. We also told them that if they rose to the challenge, everything else would take care of itself. … The attributes we stressed all season long were dedication, sportsmanship, personal responsibility, an extremely good work ethic, and a never quit attitude regardless of the situation faced.”

En route to a 9-1 record the SMS Eagles scored 327 points, while allowing only 86 points.