By Thomas Sellers Jr.
Hired by Millington Central High School in June, Jessica Price got her agenda for the upcoming school year.
The Fayette Academy product would teach Physical Science and Biology. Also the newest arrival to MCHS would start August leading the Millington Lady Trojans into the upcoming volleyball season.
“I’m ready to help this volleyball team get off to a good start this volleyball season,” Price said. “I really love it here. I love everything about Millington. I think its a great school and has great parental involvement. I’m really impressed with Millington so far.”
Price grew up in nearby Fayette County near Somerville. Then she earned her bachelor’s degree from Lambuth University. Then after receiving her Master’s in education at Bethel, Price was ready to cross the county line into Shelby.
As a Lady Viking, she played all sports including volleyball. So when she was named the head coach of the Lady Trojans, Price was ready for the challenge.
“We’re doing a lot drills right now,” she noted. “We started practice the second week of July. We’ve been to the University of Memphis team camp practice. We played about four or five games Monday through Thursday night.
“We’re going to drill them and practice them,” Price continued. “We’re going to get everything down and try to work on our basics. Hopefully it will follow through in the game.”
In her few weeks in charge, Price has enough girls to form a junior varsity and varsity roster. Helping Price through the transition process is Assistant Coach Sarah Hoekstra from Illinois.
Taking the court this season for the Lady Trojan varsity team will be Ally Hall, Ashley Freeze, Haley Benham, Katie Dupree, Kara Fleming, Lindsey Harris, Kacee Hudson, Meghan Sands, Hannah Sherrill, Ariel Trice and Sierra Williams.
Players like Williams and Trice helped the 2012 Lady Trojans finish near the top of District 14-3A under Lisa Drumm. Now the Lady Trojans have to adjust after the departure of Drumm and players like Jaymie Chism, Tiera Ford, Sierra Ferguson, Lindsey Sailors and West Alabama signee Elizabeth Woodard.
Viewing the 2013 Lady Trojans in practice, the young players are working hard and Metro players like Williams and Fleming are shining verbally and physically. Williams
has improved over the years at Millington as a passer and scorer at the net.
Fleming, a senior, arrives to the Lady Trojans after being homeschooled. Hoekstra noted she has natural ability at the game. But Price said Williams and Fleming will be key pieces to a team effort this upcoming season.
“I don’t want two people playing,” she said. “I want six people playing. The people I put on the court, they better play. If they can’t I’ll take them out.”
With players still working into their positions and the team gelling, Price said she’s not going to look too far into the future. But she knows in order to have success this season, Millington will have to upset teams like the Arlington Lady Tigers and Bartlett Lady Panthers.
“During Fall Break, we’ll be at the District Tournament,” she concluded. “I do see that. Hopefully in the first week, we can make it out of districts. Hopefully we can make it through districts and make it to the final round. I would like to beat Bartlett, Arlington, I would like to beat everybody. All we can do is try.”