Hoover talks THS golf, choir with Lions Club

Friday, September 30, 2016
Trumann golf coach Cannon Hoover (center) is flanked by Jana Morgan (left) and Hunter Montgomery, who both qualified for the 4A high school state golf tournament. They were guests of the Trumann Lions Club last Wednesday. (DT Photo/Anthony Cossey)

Cannon Hoover, Trumann High School Choral Director and Golf Coach, was the guest speaker at the Trumann Lions Club along with with special guests Hunter Montgomery and Jana Morgan, who both qualified for the 4A state golf tournament.

Hoover has taught choir for five years with this year being his first year at THS. "I get to do what I love to do, talk about the success of my students," Hoover said.

Trumann will have 66 kids trying out for all-district choir with 31 trying out from the junior high, and 35 will try out from the senior high. The junior high competition will be at Valley View while the senior high will compete at Nettleton. The first 20 chairs in the high school division will qualify to try out for all-state in February. "The kids can earn music scholarships even if they are not pursing a music degree, so making all-state is a pretty big deal," Hoover said. Hoover also told the group he is excited about the kids singing at the Capitol Hotel and Children's Hospital in Little Rock. "It touches my heart to see the smiles on the kids' faces at the hospital," Hoover said.

Hoover was excited to talk about the accomplishments of the golf team next. Hoover said the team started practice at the end of July in preparation for the season with six boys and four girls. The conference included Brookland, Cave City, Gosnell, Harrisburg, Highland, Pocahontas, and Westside. Trumann had ten matches during the season. "Our kids represented Trumann at the highest level on and off the course," Hoover said. Trumann beat Palestine-Wheatley and Newport during the year with several kids winning medals during the season.

On the boys side, Hunter Montgomery, who will be making his third straight trip to state tournament, won four gold, three silver and one bronze while shooting a low round of 36. His low round gave him a second place finish at the district tournament. Fowler Montgomery finished with two silver and three bronze with a low round of 40. Issac Haynie won a bronze medal with a low score of 48. Harleigh Hamilton won four medals with one gold, one silver and one bronze with her low score being a 53. Adrianna Patterson took home a gold and a silver medal with her lowest score being a 53.

Jana Morgan's low round of the year was a 48 as she captured a silver medal during the season. Olivia Greenwell also shot a low round of 48 while also winning a silver medal on the year. Morgan will the first ever female golfer from Trumann to play in the state tournament.

The boys' state tournament will be Oct. 4 and 5 at Stuttgart, and the girls' tournament was Sept. 27 in Maumelle. Hoover also told the group that Williams Baptist College has offered and golf scholarship to Hunter and have also showed interest in Morgan. Hoover also thanked all those that supported the Truamnn golf teams this season.

Trumann Mayor Barbara Lewallen gave the Lions a quick update on a couple things that are in the works. "The sales tax passed, and I want to thank all those that voted for the tax to make our community better," Lewallen said. Lewallen said all votes have been certified, and the tax will probably go into effect in January. She also told the group that some work has been done to city hall with monies from the bonds and that bids are being accepted for street resurfacing and the water tower renovation.

Lewallen also gave an update on the new water well. "The health department decides where the well will be located. Also, it may have to be placed on a one acre size piece of land per new requirements. There will also need to be a mixing tank along with pumps, so it may cost a bit more than the $450,000 we estimated on the price," Lewallen said.

The group was also reminded that the Duck Festival is Oct. 7 and 8, followed by the Lions Club BBQ on Nov. 5, so the club will be pretty busy the next two months.

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