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expect of you down there. The school is smaller and it just seems like the best fit for me.” Millay’s mother, Kathi, said Kentucky Weslyan is an incredibly expensive school and the scholarship was also a big factor in T.J.’s signing. “Obviously, the scholarship had a lot to do with it,” she said. “That school probably would not have been our choice without a scholarship because it’s awfully expensive — about $22,000 per year. It’s a private institution and that’s why it’s so expensive, so the scholarship was really the deciding factor.” Ray’s mother, Michelle, said she was thrilled Levi was going to school with T.J. and a couple of other Meade County graduates from the class of 2006. “They have a couple of other buddies that already go there, Ryan Redmond and Keith Medley, and he really liked it there,” she said. Dunn chose the school farthest away from home out of the five and his father, Ed, who is soon leaving for the Sergeants Major Academy at Fort Bliss, Texas, said Upper Iowa was the best school for him. “A lot of kids aren’t prepared for college out of high school and this college is




the deal, Carmichael would begin getting his feet wet this season by driving 15 latemodel races with Mark Martin as his mentor. “I miss it, especially now that I’m gone, but these local races are not so bad and I’m really enjoying this level of racing,” Carmichael said. “There’s a lot of pressure here, but it’s different. It’s something new and it’s fun. That’s why I like this so much because it’s a new challenge for me. I’m just excited and thankful for the opportunity. It’s just going to be a long process. I’ve got a lot to learn.”




Benock signed with the Bulldogs with his parents, grandmother, former coaches and a mass of friends and former teammates in attendance in the high school media center. “I just want to thank for coming,” everyone Benock said. “I figured there would be a couple of people here but I didn’t expect this many. I just want to thank you all for caring, showing your support and being there for me.” Benock said it was difficult to renege on his verbal to play for William & Mary, but the chance to play in a power conference against the best college basketball has to offer was too much to pass up. “It was tough because I had already committed to William & Mary and I’ve never gone back on anything,” he said. “But this is a chance to play in the SEC and once you get that offer, it’s almost impossible to pass it up.” Benock is the first D-I signee out of MCHS since Bart Miller signed with Marquette in 1996. MCHS coach Jerry Garris said Miller is now an architect and, coincidently, is helping to design the new UofL basketball arena. Benock’s father, Tom, said he and his wife, Karen, are thrilled to now have two sons playing college basketball and more importantly, getting an education. Riley Benock’s older brother, Jordan, plays for Taylor Univer-

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designed for the kids to be successful as athletes and as students, so that was a big draw for Brandon,” he said. “It’s about 10 hours away. He is definitely looking forward to going off to college. My philosophy is for you to go out in life and try things and if you fail, your parents will be there to pick you up and get you back on the right path.” Brandon Dunn said one of the most exciting things about Upper Iowa are the prospects of playing under coach Mike Knoll, a former assistant at Miami under Jimmy Johnson. “The coach was straight up,” he said. “He said that I will graduate from there no matter what and they would put education before athletics. There is a mandatory tutoring program and 90 percent of the students that go there are athletes. The head coach was at Miami and he’s been to every single bowl game possible. He’s sent four or five guys to the NFL from Upper Iowa and he has a really good background. It really seems like he knows what he’s talking about.” While Brandon Dunn chose Upper Iowa partly because athletics are a religion there, Harris’s father, Tom, said Michael chose partly Campbellsville because it’s a school where religion is primary. “He chose Campbellsville one, because it’s close to

home, two, he liked the opportunity to play football and three, he likes it because it’s a Baptist school,” he said. “They also had a nice workout room and the coaches seemed really nice. We got to discuss how they run practice and how they enjoy the program and stuff like that. It was very intriguing.” Michael Harris said Meade County football has made him who he is today and that he thinks there’s an opportunity for him to get an education and do some damage on the field at Campbellsville, his new “house.” “I went down and visited about two months ago and I really like the campus and the coaches,” he said. “I liked the academic program they have there and I talked to coach Mofield about it and he said he thinks it will be a good fit for me. He said he thinks I’d be a good fullback up there, so it looks like a good opportunity for me.” Addesa’s father, Rocco Sr., said Morehead was a place for Rocco Jr. because they really went all out to convince him he was wanted. “He probably had four or five schools that initially approached him,” he said. “We made some tapes… and Morehead sent a letter back to him that said they liked what they saw and they wanted him to come down for a visit. “When we walked onto campus, we actually felt like

they were recruiting him. We went into the locker room and they had a locker with his nameplate on it and a jersey with his high school number in the locker. I think that right there proved to him that they really wanted him there.” Adessa Jr. said it didn’t take long and he was ready to commit. “I was really pleased with the facilities and the coaching staff was awesome,” he said. “They put on a pretty good presentation there and it didn’t take much. I really think that the program is going somewhere, it’s close to home and it’s really convenient for us because I can come home on the weekends.” Addesa Jr. said playing football for the Greenwave has opened doors for him he never could have imagined. “Oh gosh, it means a lot to me,” he said about Meade County football. “I remember when I first moved here, I was in middle school and we used to see the varsity team come over there and I said, ‘What do I have to do to get on that team?’ “And years later, here I am. We used to play intramurals back in seventh grade and out of all the kids that were out there, I never thought I’d be one that would end up going to college down the road. Meade County football has really done a lot for me and it’s a big part of my life.”

A month ago — with Martin on hand — he made his late model debut at North Florida Speedway in Lake City. A flat tire ruined the evening for Carmichael but he was right back at it — without Martin — this past weekend at New Smyrna Speedway. After logging a top-10 qualifying time, Carmichael finished seventh in a 50-lap feature. Next year, he is to run 25 races and by 2009 he should be running for a Busch Series championship in a 35-race deal. “The biggest thing you can take away is just the racing part of it. I’m a racer and I love competition and I love doing battle, so that’s kind of what you carry over from motorcycles to stock car rac-

ing,” Carmichael said. “Learning where the limit is. There’s a big difference from running an 18-flat to running a 17.7. Every time I get behind the wheel I’m going faster and faster and that comfort level is coming.” The wheels were set in motion for Carmichael’s newest career a couple of years ago when Kasey Kahne and Carmichael, both Oakley endorsed, were chatting. Kahne set up a test with Evernham Motorsports, which led to a test with Joe Gibbs Racing. Team owner Bobby Ginn knew Carmichael’s manager and of the motocross superstar’s desire to race cars and he signed Carmichael to the deal, while appointing Martin as his mentor.

“(Martin’s) not quiet around me or his son Matt. It’s a jackpot deal for me. I really like the guy. I was watching him when I was younger and the guy’s a legend. He knows the right things to say and when to say it,” Carmichael said. “I grew up racing with Clint Bowyer, we raced motorcycles together. That kind of inspired me. “The great name that motocross gave me opened up some avenues and I went to a few tests here and there and ended up landing a ride with Ginn.”

sity in Upland, Ind. “Fortunate,” he said about the way he and his wife feel. “It really doesn’t get a whole lot better. They’re both good students and individuals. As a parent, you always think your child can do anything. We’ve always told him never to sell his self short and we’ve always tried to instill that in him.” Riley Benock was named the 3rd Region Player of the Year and second-team AllState by state high school coaches after averaging 17.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.7 blocks per game. He finished his prep career as one of the best to ever play for MCHS. In three years as a varsity starter, he amassed totals of 1,159 points, 517 rebounds, 427 assists, 236 steals, 113 blocks, and shot 43 percent from the perimeter. Riley Benock connected on about 44 percent of his threepoint attempts this season and, not surprisingly, Stansbury said shooting was one of his biggest strengths along with his versatility, but he needs to work on his ball handling and overall physical strength. “His strength is his ability to shoot the rock and he’s so unselfish,” he said. “He needs to be able to put the ball on the floor better but he has all the intangible abilities and he can play three positions.” Stansbury said there was a chance Riley Benock could red-shirt next year. “We won’t make that decision until November,” he said. “We want him to work as hard as he can with Jamont

Mississippi State 2008 projected roster Name Class Pos. Billy Begley Sr. G Sr. F/C *Charles Rhodes C/F Jr. Vernon Goodridge Jamont Gordon Jr. G/F Brian Johnson Jr. F/C So. G Barry Stewart Joe Iupe So. G G So. Ben Hansbrough G So. Phil Turner Riley Benock Fr. G Fr. F Kodi Augustus F Fr. Elgin Bailey Ravern Johnson Fr. F

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Boys soccer player signs with Campbellsville Meade County High School senior Vince Hazelwood signed on to play soccer for Campbellsville University. Coach Matt Pollock said in an e-mail message that Hazelwood was one of the co-captains for the Greenwave team that went 13-8 this year before losing to

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