Gaines receives Price Award
Each year, the Roy Bailey African American Museum and History Center celebrates the legacy of Negro League Baseball Players by honoring the Lebanon Clowns. The Rev. Dr. Charlie E. McAdoo was the guest speaker.Gaines, a recent graduate of Watertown High, helped lead the Purple Tigers to a record of 30-4 and the programs first trip to the TSSAA state tournament in 2013.In a 53-50 overtime loss to Lake County in the first round of the state, Gaines scored 16 points and pulled in 18 rebounds.Despite playing just one game in Murphy Center, Gaines was voted to the Class A all-tournament team.Along the way, the 5-11 guard was named All-State Class A by the Tennessee Sportswriters Association.He was also voted Most Valuable Player of District 8A and MVP of the District tournament as well as MVP of Region 4A.Watertown basketball coach Matt Bradshaw called Gaines, A coach on the floor. He was the one guy all the other players looked to when things got tight.Gaines will be continuing his education and basketball career this fall at Nashvilles Trevecca Nazarene University -- an NCAA Division III program.
Also recognized was Dalisha Kirkendoll, a rising sixth grader at Lebanon's Winfree-Bryant Middle School.