Lady Eagle Whitney Gross Signs with TWC

Whitney Gross sits with family and coaches as she signs with Tennessee Wesleyan University.(Photo:GaryBolden/RheaReview)

Whitney Gross signs  to play soccer with Tennessee Wesleyan

December 2018

Evensville, TN —  Rhea County High School soccer player Whitney Gross will take her academic and athletic talents to Tennessee Wesleyan University next year.  The Senior Lady Eagle soccer player signed scholarship papers in front of friends, family, teammates, coaches and others.  

Whitney earned all district second time all district and earned first time all district her junior and senior years.  She was selected second time all region her senior year.  She is scheduled to play center-back at TWC as she did at Rhea County High School.

Whitney earned the necessary grade point average, ACT score and will graduate in May.  She loves criminal justice and will pursue that source of study at Tennessee Wesleyan.

Rhea County Athletic Director Micah Ruehling madde the presentation and spoke about Whitney and her time at Rhea County High School.  Micah said, “We are going to celebrate Whitney today.  The girl’s soccer senior class was 42-26-3 over the last four years(best ever at Rhea County High School) and had four consecutive winning seasons.  This was overall best record ever.”

“As I look back on Whitney and her career at Rhea County High School as Freshman to where she is now, it is unbelievable how far she has come and how far she has made it academically and athletically.  What I saw as she battled injury showed outstanding character.  I was very impressed about where you have been and where you are going.”

Head Coach Justin Smith said, “Whitney is a really good definition of what we want to happen when we have a player come through our program.  She has come so far since coming to us as freshman and she almost didn’t make the team because she was so feisty.  She is still very feisty.   We are very proud of her and she is really good representative of our program.  She is the kind of woman we want to send out into the world.  Her character had developed well.”

Rhea County Principal Messimer also spoke about Whitney.  Jessie said, “When Whitney came in, I had my doubts.  Change can happen.  This lady standing in front of you has made a change that is 180 degrees swap.  I am proud of her.  Whitney has a special place in my heart.”

Whitney talked about her decision to go to Tennessee Wesleyan.  She said, “One of my leaders went to Tennessee Wesleyan and I started looking into it.  they have a really good soccer team and I wanted to play on a really good soccer team.”

“They have a really good criminal justice program.  It is a really good school and great community, not too far from home.  When I went on the tour the guide was really nice.  I loved the atmosphere from the coach and team.”

She talked about her start in soccer.  “Second or third grade I began to play soccer.  I feel in love with it.”

“I wasn’t sure that I was going to play soccer in College.  My sophomore year I had hip surgery so I was going to be blown out after these four years.  I feel in love with the game and wanted to take it to the next level until push myself to do more until I can’t go anymore.”

“Coach Smith has been like a father figure to me.  He takes care of all the girls.  He is a great coach and listens to our suggestions.  He trusts us on the field.”

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