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Dake takes liking to Birmingham


It was festive at the Dake home June 19 when 2008 Farragut senior and Lady Admiral standout basketball post C.J.

Dake held her college signing ceremony. The destination is Birmingham-Southern College (Ala.), member of the NCAA Division III Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. “When I contacted coach [Brad] Hodge … I really liked his philosophies and I liked everything we talked about,” Dake said. “So when I went to visit I fell in love with the campus ... It felt right, basically.” An All-Region 2-AAA, All-District 4-AAA league and 4-AAA tourney honoree in 2008, Dake averaged 10.5 points, eight rebounds and 2.5 assists per game last season. The 5-foot-9 senior also was named “Most Versatile” among the 2007-08 Lady Admirals, and shared the “Lady Admiral Award” with Allison Bosse. Mike Driver, Dake’s head coach at FHS, labeled her “a versatile player, she could play the post for me, which she did most of the time, or she could play out on the wing at the three position. … They’ll probably play her out at wing in college. She’ll be able to handle the ball real well. Can shoot the three. Very coachable.” Several family members and friends, plus most of the FHS 2007-08 varsity team and coaches, were on hand to celebrate the event with fellowship and food. Seated alongside C.J. is her mother, Jayne, and sisters Catelyn, far left, and Cameron, far right. Standing left to right are Karlie Grubbs and her grandparents, Carroll Grubbs and husband, Bernard; Wes Edmonds, FHS assistant coach; Driver; Mary Elizabeth Hutson and her husband, Ralph, C.J.’s grandparents, and Glenn Dake, grandfather.

 

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