Walker Valley Sweeps Soddy Daisy in High School Hoops


Soddy Daisy, TN-(WDEF-TV) The Walker Valley boys and girls basketball teams both posted road wins over Soddy Daisy on Tuesday night. The Lady Mustangs won 37-31, and the Walker Valley boys won 68-39.

The girls game was a homecoming for Walker Valley coach Drew Lyness, who used to coach at Soddy Daisy. The Lady Trojans tied the game at 30 with 1:30 to play on a bucket by Kayla Perez. Then Walker Valley’s Michelle Benson answered on the next series, and the Lady Mustangs went on to win by six.

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The boys contest was tight in the first half. Walker Valley was up ten at halftime before pulling away in the second half. Blake Campbell led the Mustangs with 20 points.


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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.