RCHS Angler Dylan Pritchett signs with Bryan College

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Eagle Angler Dylan Pritchett signs with Bryan College. Pictured Back Row from Left: Eagle Angler Coach Brian Derlak, Bryan College Angler Coach Mike Keen, Brandon Pritchett (brother) and Rhea County High School Athletic Director Micah Ruehling. Front from Left: Larry Pritchett (father), Dylan Pritchett, Cindy Pritchett(mother) and Denzel Dyer(grandfather). (photo: Gary Bolden)

April 11, 2014

Evensville, TN — On Friday, Dylan Pritchett of the Rhea County High School Eagle Anglers signed a letter of intent to attend Bryan College and be part of their newly formed Lions Angler team. School Board members, Angler Coach Brian Derlak, Athletic Director Micah Ruehling, Dylan Pritchett, his family, friends and members of the Rhea County High School Angler team were on hand for the event.

Eagle Angler Dylan Pritchett gets support from entire Eagle Angler Squad as he signs with Bryan College
Eagle Angler Dylan Pritchett gets support from entire Eagle Angler Squad as he signs with Bryan College

Micah Ruehling began the process and said, “Its an exciting day for us and we celebrate when good things happen.  We have the signing in the conference area for a reason.  We like everybody walking through, including those changing classes to see something positive going on.  We congratulate Dylan and his family.”

Micah turned the signing over to Angler Coach Brian Derlak.  Coach Derlak said, “Its a big day for Dylan and his family, the Eagle Anglers, and Bryan College.  It is a privilege to pass Dylan on to Coach Keen and Bryan College.  I know Dylan will represent the Eagle Fishing team well.  What made this day possible is what he did in the classroom.”

The next speaker was recently appointed Angler Coach at Bryan College, Mike Keen.  Keen says, “Your grades and test scores have a great deal to do with what you do after High School.  Dylan is not only coming to Bryan College as a fisherman but as a student.  Rhea County has the best fishing program I have seen yet.”

Then came the signing by Dylan as Coaches and family looked on.  Then Dylan and his family were joined by the Rhea County High School Anglers, friends and School Board members for pictures.

After the signing, I spoke with Coach Derlak about the Angler team and Dylan.  Coach Derlak talked about how Dylan had been on the team for three years and how he had displayed integrity and character and how he had worked very hard in the classroom.  He said,”Anyone who worked hard in the classroom and had a passion for fishing  and access to a boat would be good candidates for the Angler team.”  The Angler team began four years ago and gives a chance for kids who might not be interested in traditional sports to be involved in sports.

About a year ago Bryan College began talking about beginning an Angler team.  Mike Keen said, “Fishing has become one of the fastest growing sports in the Country and we are on the banks of one of the hottest lakes in the South.”

I began fishing around 14 and it quickly grew into something more, and it took me to Bryan College.
Eagle Angler Dylan Pritchett

Dylan says, “I began fishing around 14 and it quickly grew into something more, and it took me to Bryan College.  Mr. Keen has always been nice and in October called and told me Bryan College was beginning a Fishing Team.  It is a school with high academics.  I was taught that if you work hard enough in K through 12, you can go wherever you want to go for school.  I plan on beginning Bryan in the fall, majoring in Environmental Science and hopefully becoming a TWRA officer.”

Dylan’s father, Larry Pritchett, was very proud of his son’s accomplishments saying, “Dylan came home from school one day and said Dad they are starting a fishing team up at school and I want to take part in it.  Since then he has been crazy about fishing.”

Dylan is also on the Eagle Varsity Baseball team and had a big hit in the recent comeback win by the Eagles over Soddy Daisy on Thursday.

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