By Joe Williams, Sports Editor
|Ravenwood softball player Raygan Greer was a member of the District 11-AAA All District Team and Pitcher of the Year last year. Submitted
Ravenwood softball all-star Raygan Greer and Franklin’s state champion the classroom and community.
“Raygan Greer is the staple of what hard work looks like,” said her head coach C.J. Pangallo in her nomination. “She puts in more hours to perfect skill than any other teammate. She commands the field as our starting (pitcher) due to her college-ready pitching ability and mental strength.”
With the start of softball competition literally around the corner, any improvement over last year could make Greer almost untouchable. She threw 144 innings last season, striking out 231 while giving up only 80 hits and 26 walks with a 0.78 earned run average. A more staggering stat is that while throwing over 2,100 pitches during the season she threw zero wild pitches.
It is Greer’s determination that drives her in all aspects of her life, according to Pangallo. And that determination shows.
Not only was Greer a member of the District 11-AAA All District Team and Pitcher of the Year last year, she was named to both the Middle Tennessee Softball Coaches Association’s All Mid-State Team for her performance on the field and to the MTSCA’s All Academic team for her classroom work.
Her recognition for academics is well earned. Greer carries a 4.451 gpa and is a member of three different honor societies, including the National Honor Society where she serves as vice-president. And even with all that she finds time to stay active in her church youth group and serve as a counselor at Oak Hill Summer Day Camp.
“When Raygan sets her mind to something she is whole-heartedly committed to giving it everything she has,” says Pangallo. “She is the leading force-on and off the field.”
Patrick Dooley ended the 2014 wrestling season the way every competitor wants one to end: as a state champion. The Franklin Rebel, son of John and Jamie Dooley of Franklin, took the 160-pound title in a classic battle with his rival Robin Klingensmith, 9-6. That bout came just two weeks after the same pair met at the regional championships with the same result, a competition that was named best match of the tournament.
But Dooley is not unfamiliar with the pressures of winning
wrestling events. Coming into his senior season with a 96-34 record, Dooley posted a 50-1 varsity record in his last season, winning the state title and the Derby Classic. He also won the Father Ryan Invitational , where he was named Outstanding Wrestler and the G.P. West/Brentwood Bruin Invitational where he also captured the Best Match Award.
“Patrick is an extremely hard worker,” said his wrestling coach, Frank Barbarie. “He is willing to dedicate the time and energy needed to accomplish goals as a student-athlete. He excels not only in his honors course work in the classroom but also in leadership and school activities and his church.”
Dooley is a member of Youth Leadership Franklin, serves on the Executive Committee of United Way’s Youth Advisory Committee. That organization honored him with an Excellence in Leadership Award. Even his Franklin peers recognize Dooley’s commitment to the community by voting him Most Dependable.
He is also active in leadership positions within his church, serving as a leader for the United Methodist Youth Fellowship and working on community service projects benefiting Graceworks, Fanny Battle Day Care in Nashville and Room in the Inn.
“I have a tremendous amount of respect for Patrick as an individual,” said Barbarie. “I have firsthand knowledge of his tireless work ethic and dedication to succeed.”
Franklin’s Patrick Dooley ended the last wrestling season as a state champion. Submitted
Posted on: 2/27/2014