Jordan signs with Volunteer State

Friday, January 24, 2014
Photos by Anthony S. Puca Forrest's Sara Jordan, flanked by her parents Patrick and Cathey Jordan, signs a Letter of Intent to attend Volunteer State Community College on a softball scholarship next season. In the back row from left are FHS Athletic Director Scott Delk, Forrest assistant coach Dick Cheatham, head coach Becky Cheatham, Volunteers State assistant coach Jimmy Buckner, Forrest assistant coach Ricky Stinnett, and Team Worth '96' coach Scott Greer.

Forrest standout Sara Jordan, a three-time state tournament participant and two-time All-District 9-A selection for the Lady Rockets, recently signed a Letter of Intent to continue her softball Career at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin.

"It feels great," said Jordan. "It just feels like everything has paid off, all the hard work of all my family and myself that we have put into it."

Close to home

The short trip to Gallatin was important in Jordan's decision to play for the Lady Pioneers, who posted an impressive 47-9 record last season, competing in Region 7 of the National Junior College Athletic Association, along with defending national champion Walters State, Columbia State, and Motlow State.

"I had a certain radius around home and I didn't want to go too far my first two years, so when I met Coach Jimmy and Coach Lynn I knew it was a perfect fit for me, I just love them."

Head Coach Johnny Lynn and assistant Jimmy Buckner guided the Lady Pioneers to the national title in 2011and Buckner, who was present at the signing said, "Sara is one of a kind, she hits the ball really hard and that is what we like, we want someone to drive it out and hit homeruns. That is what she can do for us and hopefully she can lead us to the next level and take us to the national tournament."

'Good program'

Buckner talked about finding the talent in Class A to compete at the next level and the quality of the Lady Rockets' softball program that was important in recruiting Jordan.

"There is a lot of talent in Class A, you just have to pick the right programs, some programs are OK and some are really strong," said Buckner. "You just have to know the coach and know the program and Forrest is one of those programs that have good players and we hope they keep feeding them to us."

Besides earning varsity stripes for Forrest since eighth-grade, Jordan has spent many years honing her talents during the summer and fall travel ball seasons, most recently with Worth '96', coached by Scott Greer.

"I have made some of my best friends through travel ball and all that practice and experience has just been great for me," said Jordan. "Plus, Coach Scott has been great helping me."

Sara Jordan bashes a homerun for the Lady Rockets last season versus Eagleville.

State goal

Jordan still has some unfinished business at Forrest and believes that the Lady Rockets could make her fourth trip to the state tournament a special one.

"I think it's really going to be a good season, we only lost two people last year and I know the four seniors are going to put everything they got into it," said Jordan.

Forrest is coming off back-to-back state tournament appearances, posting a 21-9 record last season and the Lady Rockets are 98-32-1 and have won four consecutive District 9-A titles and one Region 5-A championship the last four years with Jordan in the lineup.

"Volunteer State has got a good one and I am excited for her and I am anxious to see her be successful at the next level," said Forrest head coach Becky Cheatham. "But like I told him (Buckner) and Sara this morning, her best is yet to come and we are not through yet, so I hope she is really going to shine for us this year and we will all be successful."

Jordan, who sports a stellar 3.8 G.P.A. and wants to study education at Volunteer Sate, gave credit to the Forrest program and coaching staff, saying, "Mrs. Cheatham is a great women, she has helped me so much, and Chief (Dick Cheatham) and Ricky (Stinnett) as well, they are awesome and have made me grow so much."