Cooksey signs with Motlow

Friday, June 3, 2016
Miranda Cooksey is flanked by her parents Raymond and Angie Cooksey as she signs her Letter of Intent to attend Motlow Community College on a softball scholarship. Back row from left is Cornersville Principal Brent Adcox, Cornersville head coach Eric Crabtree, Motlow softball coach Janice Morey, and Cornersville assistant coach Mike "Gumby" Wortham. Tribune photo by Mike Inglsbee

A good way to judge the success of a particular sports program is to look at how many players the team sends to play college ball after four years of being in a system. Cornersville softball then, should be considered extremely successful with the signing of Miranda Cooksey to Motlow State, as two of the Lady Dawgs three senior players (Carson Coble- Martin Methodist) have now signed to extend their playing careers on the college level.

Hard work

"The seniors have played ball together since they were eight years old," Cornersville coach Eric Crabtree said. "They have played softball every summer on various travel teams. They love softball and in turn have worked their way into scholarships. I'm very proud of them."

"Our program has been very lucky over the last decade to send several players to the next level to play ball," Crabtree added. "It takes an incredible amount of hard work and dedication from the parents, players and coaches to get them there. We are blessed to have had success from our former coaches like Connie Campbell and Spencer Mitchell, who through their hard work have put Cornersville High School on the map. I am truly blessed to be a part of this program."

Close to home

"The main reason I chose Motlow is because it's just enough distance from home," Cooksey said. "I've also played ball with a few of the remaining girls on the team for a very long time, so building a relationship with the rest of my teammates should come easy because we all have the same passion for the game."

Cooksey, a center fielder, was instrumental in leading the Lady Dawgs back to prominence during the 2016 season, helping Cornersville reach the region tournament for the first time in over five years and coming within three runs of a sectional berth.

"Miranda has always worked very hard on and off the field," Crabtree said. "She is the kinda player that stays after practice to hit a few more buckets of balls or catch a few more dozen fly balls. She always does extra work to get better."

Helpers

Being part of a squad that has been on the winning end of 52 games over the past four years and going on to play college softball does not come without its sacrifices and Cooksey has had a great amount of help to get to the point of suiting up for the Bucks in 2017.

"My biggest supporters since I started playing ball at the age of five until high school ended have been my parents and siblings (Raymond and Cheyenne Cooksey)," Cooksey noted. "But last and not least, Timmy Hopkins has influenced my softball career more than anyone will ever know."

"I have no doubt in my mind as I start this new chapter in of my life at Motlow State Community College the people I mentioned and several more will support me no matter the circumstances, whether it's softball or not."

About Motlow

Located a mere 44 miles from Cornersville in Lynchburg, Motlow State Community College plays host to more than 5,000 undergraduates looking to earn associate degrees before moving on to four-year colleges.

The Lady Bucks compete in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association and finished the 2016 with a 26-22 regular season record, tacking on two more postseason wins in the Region VII Tournament before falling to Chattanooga State to end the season with 28 wins.

Cooksey will follow in the footsteps Cornersville standout Taylor Wolaver, who finished her second season with the Bucks in 2016, but Cooksey will still team with former Marshall County High School stars Ashton Watkins and McKenzie Anderson for the upcoming 2017 season.

Good foundation

With so many former Lady Dawgs gracing the college ranks over the past decade, Cooksey believes the success of the 2016 Cornersville softball season and subsequent signings of herself and Coble, the foundation is well in place for the younger players to follow in the footsteps of the great Bulldog greats to come before them.

"I believe that our class was so successful not only because we both share the love of the game of softball but we have played together since we were five years old," Cooksey said. "I truly believe that our accomplishments will definitely impact the younger girls to continuously strive to improve their game so that they can continue on to play college softball."