NELSON NAMED DISTRICT COACH OF THE YEAR: Tesa Nelson, Salem High School Softball Head Coach was named the 2A-2 District Softball Coach of the Year last week. Nelson is a Salem alumna and was a Lady Greyhound herself. Tesa, husband Robert, and daughter Reece, live in Camp. Her leadership is inspirational. Nelson, Assistant Coach Lena Smith and the softball team made it to the State Tournament #together. The Lady ‘Hounds ended the 2017 season with an overall record of 23-5; a 19 game winning streak. They were Co-Conference Champions, District Tournament Champions and undefeated at home. Nelson will continue to teach her skills and love of the game at Salem.


ADVANCING THE RUNNER: Lady Greyhound #5 Emily Pate lays down a bunt to advance the Salem runner on first base during their season opener on Friday, March 3 at home against the Highland Lady Rebels. The Lady ‘Hounds won, 15-4. See additional photos in this week’s edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/C.Johnson


LETTERS OF INTENT: Highland High School senior Jacey Ann Oakes signed two letters of intent on Tuesday, February 7 to play softball and volleyball for Crowley’s Ridge College, CRC, located in Paragould. Currently, Jessica Sellers is her softball coach and Kolby King coached her in volleyball at Highland. Jacey is the very first athlete from Highland to sign a letter of intent to play volleyball, and the very first female athlete to play two sports in college. Jacey is the daughter of Richie and Dana Hepler of Cherokee Village, and Jason Oakes of Hardy. Pictured (l to r) Richie and Dana Hepler, Jacey, CRC’s head softball coach Jordan Malone, CRC’s assistant softball coach Kourtney Brown, and CRC’s head volleyball coach Barry Wheeler. Photo/C.Johnson