Walker Valley standout student-athletes signed athletic scholarships this week. Pictured from left, Whitney Kincaid, Zeke Westfield and Aly Grace Lemons. (Banner Photo: Patrick MacCoon)
A record-shattering wide receiver, a versatile force on the volleyball court and a standout on the links put the pen to paper to sign athletic scholarships at Walker Valley High School Wednesday afternoon.
For Zeke Westfield, Aly Grace Lemons and Whitney Kincaid, all three student-athletes left behind legacies on their respective playing surfaces.
Zeke Westfield (University of the Cumberlands)
One of the most dominant forces in the country on any given Friday night made a knack for Randy Moss-esque highlights.
Westfield led the entire state in receptions (105) and receiving yards (1,624), which ranked eighth and 21st respectively on the national level.
His legendary performance in a shocking 45-42 victory over Red Bank will be one to tell for years to come, as the 6-foot-5, 200-pound receiver hauled in 17 catches for 310 yards and three touchdowns.
The performance was good for the sixth most single game receiving yards in state history, which came from a quarterback who finished his career second in total yards.
Kolten Gibson and Westfield became the first two all-state players for Walker Valley, as they were named to the Class 5A all-state team by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association.
Westfield led the state as well with four games over 200 yards receiving to go with 11 catches going for 40 yards or more. The sure-handed target had five multi-score performances and 18 career touchdowns in just 17 games.
“I really enjoyed watching him do some amazing things out on the football field,” WVHS head coach Glen Ryan said. “Whether it was a short catch he turned into a big gain because of his speed and strength or it was going up and out-jumping people, he was just so much fun to watch. He wanted to leave a legacy behind and he did that.”
Westfield will be joined by teammate Isaiah Alston, who also play for the Patriots.
Aly Grace Lemons (Cleveland State Community College)
Whether stuffing an opponent’s smash in the middle or leaping for the unreturnable kill, Lemons was a stat sheet stuffer and unquestioned leader for the Lady Mustangs.
The graceful hitter and middle blocker created a historic night on her home floor with 21 kills to help beat Ooltewah for the first time since Aug. 28, 2012.
As part of a strong senior class, Lemons helped boost her team to district and region title appearances along with a sub-state one as well.
In her final season she boomed a team high 387 kills to go along with 305 overall points, 100 digs, 44 aces, 36 blocks and seven assists.
“Aly Grace really could play anywhere and displayed her versatility on so many levels,” WVHS head coach Judy Pruett said. “Whatever we asked of her she did to the best of her ability. She was a difference maker for our team and will be greatly missed.”
Whitney Kincaid (Montreat College)
The love of golf as well as knowledge for Kincaid grew immensely from a young age as she started playing with her grandfather Neil Parks.
With ever steady dedication her craft, Kincaid was a force for the Lady Mustangs helping the program win three of its 11 total district championships.
“Every year her game improved,” WVHS head golf coach Bob Williams said. “She is a really good golfer and it’s come with a lot of work. She’s put in as much time as any girl I ever have had. She loves this sport.”
Kincaid will play in the Appalachian Athletic Conference and will be the first Tennessee player on the roster for fourth year head coach John Sullivan.
Montreat is located just 15 miles outside of Asheville, North Carolina.