I try to keep tabs on as many former Williamson County athletes as possible – especially graduates over the last four or five years – and let’s just say, that’s a tall task (but a fun one!).
Over the past month, I've created a constantly growing list of former area stars and will check in on their performances as time allows. As part of a potential weekly notebook, I wanted to highlight a few of the former standouts from WillCo and their big performances over the past week.
Take a look, follow and feel free to submit other names you think had standout performances at the next level by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For now, here’s a look at five former area athletes who had big performances at the next level:
Kaela Massey, a former Brentwood volleyball star, guided East Tennessee State into the Southern Conference championship last week before falling to Samford in five sets in the title match. Massey, a senior, led ETSU with 18 kills on just 30 swings with no errors in her final match. She added six blocks and an ace. She finished with .353 hitting this season – the best in ETSU history. Her 397 career blocks and 342 block assists are good for fourth and third-best in program history. She also was a member of 94 wins at ETSU and exits as the all-time winningest player in Bucs history. “I want to thank Kaela for her contributions to the program,” ETSU coach Benavia Jenkins said in a release. “We made sure to send her off with unforgettable memories and growth in her life.”
With a .600 hitting percentage in the final match of her career, Kaela Massey brought her 2019 hitting percentage to .353, a new program best. Congratulations to @kaelamassey on this Zaxby's Record Breaking Moment. #ETSUTough pic.twitter.com/r6l17SkH0r— ETSU Volleyball (@ETSUVolleyball) November 24, 2019
Reese Glover, a former Franklin standout, scored a career-high 22 points in Missouri Western’s 94-92 loss in overtime at Colorado Mesa last Friday. The Griffon men trailed by 13 late, but rallied to force overtime. Glover hit 6-of-14 from 3-point range in the tight loss. The freshman, who led the Rebels to their first state basketball tournament berth in 30 years last season, is averaging 22.6 minutes per game at Missouri Western. His 8.8 points per game are fourth on the team and his 18 made 3-pointers are second. He’s shooting .383 from long range. Missouri Western opens Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association play Thursday against University of Central Missouri.
Holly Harris, another former Franklin star, scored a career-best 21 points last week to lead the University of Alabama in Huntsville to a 77-39 win against Auburn Montgomery. Harris, a sophomore, knocked down five triples and added three rebounds and three steals in the victory. She shot 7-of-11 from the floor in the win. Harris has started all seven games for the Chargers and averages 29.9 minutes per game. She’s second on the team in scoring, netting 12.9 points, to go with 3.6 rebounds per game. The former Lady Rebel is also second on the team in steals with 16. On Nov. 21, Harris scored nine points in a 66-65 win against Trevecca Nazarene and former rival Izzy Franco of Brentwood. UAH travels to play Martin Methodist on Saturday.
Grayson Murphy, who starred at Independence, helped guide Belmont to a 71-59 win at Middle Tennessee State on Saturday. The sophomore point guard collected five points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in the victory, which snapped a two-game slide for the Bruins. Murphy is the floor general for Belmont and leads the team in rebounds (9.1 per game), assists (5.6 per game) and minutes (29.6 per game). He’s also netting 9.9 points per outing on .471 shooting and is the team leader with 16 steals through eight games. Belmont battles rival Lipscomb Tuesday at the Curb Event Center on ESPN+.
Logan Eggleston with the pipe kill! Up 10-7 in the first pic.twitter.com/LSvhUfgdXS— Texas Volleyball (@TexasVolleyball) November 24, 2019
Logan Eggleston, a former Brentwood standout, helped lead the Texas volleyball team to a share of the Big 12 title and thanks to tie-breaker rules, the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Eggleston posted 15 kills, four aces and a career-high 15 digs in the Longhorns 3-1 win over Kansas on Nov. 23. The sophomore added eight kills in a 3-1 win at Iowa State to end the regular season Saturday. Eggleston, who guided Brentwood to three consecutive state volleyball titles before graduating a year early to play in college, is second on the team in kills (298) and has a team-best 47 aces. Texas boasts a 21-3 record and finished 15-1 in the Big 12.