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Dake up for double duty at C-N

It’ll be double-duty in college for Farragut High School student/athlete Catelyn Dake. The 18-year-old senior signed National Letter of Intent papers with Carson-Newman College of Jefferson City during a signing ceremony in the FHS Commons Friday, April 28. She will play basketball and run track at C-N. In addition to being one of the region’s top middle distance runners — specializing in the 400-meter run — Dake’s basketball skills have earned honors and praise. As a 5-foot-10 forward, Dake earned All-District 4-AAA regular season and tournament honors, then capped off her career by being named District 2-AAA Tournament most valuable player in leading FHS to its first-ever region title. As for why she chose C-N, “Really, the main reason is because I was going to be able to play basketball, which I knew I’d really miss it if I didn’t,” Dake said. “And I’m able to run track instead of cross country.”

Strongly considering Memphis, where her older sister, Mary Claire, is a junior cross country and track distance runner, “If I went to Memphis I was going to run track and cross country, and I wasn’t really interested in running cross country,” Dake said. “She [Mary Claire] definitely loves it there.” Dake said she expects to be a small forward for C-N hoops, and with the Lady Eagles’ track team, the 400 “and maybe the four-by-one-hundred and the eight-hundred.” Mike Driver, FHS girls basketball head coach, labeled his team’s top post scorer and second leading rebounder, “an extremely hard worker … her defensive skills are outstanding. I think she can get you a steal when you need one, she can get a rebound over taller girls.” Sitting alongside Dake are her parents, Jayne and David Dake. Standing, left to right, are David Ball, FHS track and field assistant coach; Scott McKenzie, FHS track and field head coach; Carroll Grubs, a family friend; younger sister Catheryn Jayne Dake, an FHS sophomore; Driver, and Wes Edmonds, FHS girls basketball assistant coach.


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