Tennessee Sting Teams 2014 Fall Team Player List.

This is the latest names of girls who have made the teams so far.  Please read carefully.

12u LaRue

Morgan Grigsby
Elle Jackson
Lauren Ford
Vivian Boles
Briana Foreman
Faith Simpkins
Ashley Bowes
Kaitlyn Dibernardo
Caitlin Dixon

14u Styles

Katelyn Norris
Emalee McCord
Allie Dyke
Rayna Pendleton
Lauren Lawson
Lauren James
Anna Marie Stooksbury
Alana Collins
Kaci Tilley
Abrey Boling
Ashlyn Friel

14u Lamon

Molly Grubb
Madison Lamon
Destiny McSwain
Mikayla Miles
Mazee Minshall
MacKenzie Nichols
Kate Swafford
Amanda Weaver
Callie Piper
Amanda Howard

16u Sams -

Kendall White
Sarah Morgan
Abby Wall
Elena Schusterick
Emily Washam
Cameran McKenry
Kaylor Susong
Mackenzie Schmaltz
Malyn Nocera
Ashley Daniels 

18u Styles -

Still being picked. 

Updates as provided to me.  Stay tuned. 

Tennessee Sting 18u Qualify for ASA "A" Nationals in ASA State at Drakes Creek

Head Coach Courtland Styles and his 18u team qualified for the ASA "A" Nationals at the ASA State Tournament at Drakes Creek July 13th.  The Nationals will be held in Montgomery Alabama.  They 18u team put up large amounts of runs and allowed few en route to reaching the championship.  This is a huge accomplishment for a very young 18u team.  Congratulations young ladies on a huge tournament!  Way to Bring the Sting! 

Sting Player Alaeni Ray Commits to the Tennessee Volunteers

Tennessee Sting 16u-Sams Player Alaeni Ray has committed to play softball at the University of Tennessee.  Ray is an outstanding player from Bearden High School who hit .487 with 5HR and 39 RBI this past season. As a left-handed hitter Ray can slap and swing away with authority as well.  Once on the basepaths Ray has the ability to swipe a base at any time.  On the defensive side of the ball, Ray is one of the state's top play makers.  Playing thirdbase, shortstop and firstbase, the versatile Ray is an elite fielder.  Ray makes the most recent commitment from the Sting Organization in what has been a summer filled with player commitments and signings. Congratulations Alaeni on this huge decision!

Milligan College Showcase Tournament Dominated by Sting

Winged Deer Park in Johnson City Tennessee hosted the annual Milligan College Showcase, but it might as well have been a coming out party for Sting Teams.  The tournament which had age brackets of 14u, 16u, and 18u saw a Sting team in the Championship Game of EVERY AGE LEVEL.  Coach Courtland Styles 18u team demolished the Blue Blaze 11-0 en route to their Championship.  Coach Leonard Sam's 14u lost a heartbreaking extra inning Championship game to the UC Storm while Coach Christy Matthews 16u team lost a competitive game to Daniel Boone High School.  Three Championship games and 3 Sting Teams represented.  In addition, Coach Matthews 16u Sting team finished in third in the 16u bracket losing out to the other 16u Sting team in the semifinals.  Great job girls!  Way to Bring the Sting! 

Pair of Second Place Finishes Prove Sting's Depth as an Organization

Coach Harry Backhurst saw his 16u team finish second at the USSSA Tournament in Johnson City.  Coach Backhurst group of young 16s dealt with injuries and torrential rains to have a strong outing for the young team.  From a young 16 to simply young period, Coach Mitch Borden's 12u team had a strong second place finish at its tournament as well.  Congratulations girls!  Way to Bring the Sting!

Styles 18u Bring Home ASA Title

Coach Courtland Styles saw his highly talented 18u team make a trip to Johnson City and come back home with a well deserved 1st place trophy this weekend.  Run ruling several teams on the way to the Championship Game, Coach Styles watched as his squad took home the title Saturday night.

2014 First Annual Sting Spring Summer Skills Development Camp a Success

The 2014 Summer Skills Development Camp was a huge success.  More than 75 young ladies came out to Christian Academy of Knoxville to receive instruction from some of the areas top coaches including former University of Tennessee All-American Raven Chavanne, several former University of Tennessee Players, current CAK Coach Harry Backhurst, current Bearden Coach Leonard Sams, and Take It to the Limit Softball owners Brandon and Jaime Carr. 

Despite the wealth of coaching experience on display, it was the recently signed Sting players who seemed to get the best feedback.  The girls loved working with 18u Sting Players - Shannon Plese, Courtney Styles, and Delaney Brown.  Courtney Styles was even shocked to find several young players wanted her autograph.

Thanks to all those who attended and who helped! 

More Sting Players Sign Scholarships: Congratulations Sam Ely and Chloe Grayson! 

18u Teammates Sam Ely from Lee County Virginia and Chloe Grayson from Meigs County Tennessee signed with their respective colleges recently.  Ely signed with Emmanuel College and Grayson signed with Walters State.  Both players will be playing for Coach Courtland Styles this summer and look to take the 18u Sting to the Nationals.  Congratulations to both these exceptional players!  Way to Bring the Sting! 

12u Champions in Chattanooga!  - Lamon's 12u Brings home the goods!

Coach Mike Lamon's 12u team went down to Chattanooga and came back with a championship trophy.  Playing in Warner Park, Lamon's team road some hotting pitching and timely hitting to a 6-0 win over the Team Nitro in the championship game.  Congratulations to the 12u team.  Way to Bring the Sting girls!

More Hardware

The Tennessee Sting Organization was in play last weekend as numerous teams took to the diamond.  Mike Lamon's 12u played in Knoxville, Charles Matthews' Spring Sting played in Chatsworth Georgia, Landon Potter's 14u played in Morristown, and Leonard Sams 14u played in Johnson City.  It was a late night indeed for Potter's 14u, Sams' 14u and Matthews' Spring Sting team as each team made it to Championship play.  Both 14u teams brought home second place finishes at their respective tournaments while the Spring Sting 16u team brought home 3rd in an ASA 18u tournament.  Congratulations girls on bringing home more hardware!  Way to Bring the Sting.


The Tennessee Sting organization doubled its pleasure Saturday April 5, 2014 in Crossville, TN by finishing 1st and 2nd in the 14u division of the King of the Mountain ISA WSQ Tournament.  14u-Sams and 14u-Potter easily dispatched of all challengers en route to meeting each other.  14u-Sams defeated 14u-Potter 6-2 in the initial meeting, with Meredith Garrett out dueling Alyssa Dye for the win.  Undeterred, 14u-Potter rolled through the loser's bracket by hammering the Crush 15-0 en route to a rematch of the two Sting teams in the Championship Series.  Once in the championship, 14u-Potter won the rematch 4-2 with Alyssa Dye getting the win over Baylee Stewart.  This set up a deciding final game between the two.  14u-Sams pulled out the victory in the final 5-0 with Meredith Garrett again frustrating 14u-Potter's hitters.  Alyssa Dye and Riley Reese combined to pitch the game for the 14u-Potter team. 

Congratulations girls on flexing the muscle of the organization by taking the top two spots!!!  Way to BRING THE STING!

STING Partners with Sylvan to provide FREE ACT TRAINING!!

The Tennessee Sting is extremely excited to announce that as of 3/26/2014 it has reached an agreement with Sylvan Learning Center to provide FREE ACT Training to the Sting's junior and senior players!  The players will be responsible for taking a Pre-ACT at the Knoxville Sylvan Learning Center location.  From this test, Sylvan will diagnose the areas of greatest need and provide a study course to address those needs.  Sylvan will then provide FREE online courses for the girls for a period of 30 days.  In addition, Sylvan will offer discounted in person training classes for the players if needed as well.  As president of the Tennessee Sting I would like to thank Sylvan Learning Center for their partnership and for their aid in helping our girls realize their dreams.  Thanks for helping Bring the Sting!

Eligible players can enroll TODAY!!  They need to email or text either myself or their head coach for instructions on enrolling. 

The Tennessee Sting and the Tennessee Vols - they just seem to fit.

Look closely and you will see the Tennessee Sting is participating in fundraising efforts with the Big Orange this year.  Sting players and parents will be working concessions at numerous Vol events this coming year from the Orange and White Game this spring to the fall football games at Neyland Stadium.  The Tennessee Sting is very appreciative of this opportunity that the University of Tennessee has afforded us.  We will do our very best to represent the University in a manner that reflects our respect for the tremendous institution.  We will Bring the Sting in all of our efforts!  Go Sting!  Go Vols!

14u - Potter Qualify for USFA World Series with Strong Showing in Ringgold

3/8/14 - Tennessee Sting 14u - Potter continued their excellent play this weekend by taking the Runner's Up at the USFA World Series Qualifier in Ringgold, GA.  Playing in a field of top level competition, the Sting recorded wins over the Georgia Flames, the Georgia Storm, and the Georgia Force Elite before losing to the East Cobb Bullets in the Championship.  The team fought through several injuries to key players including the loss of power hitter Demi DeBusk in the semi-final game to an apparent knee injury.  A very gutsy performance for the Sting qualifies them for the USFA World Series.  The team has been on a roll all year long as it continues to prove it is one of the top 14u teams in Tennessee.  Congratulations ladies!  Way to "BRING THE STING!"

14u - Potter - Champions Again!  Vinci Takes Notice....

3/1/14 - Congratulations to Coach Landon Potter's 14u Tennessee Sting team on its tournament title this past weekend in Knoxville.  The Sting rolled through the tournament en route to a 9-2 victory in the Championship game over the Knoxville Explosion. 

After the game, Coach Chris West along with Vinci Custom Gloves announced that the entire team would be receiving custom Vinci Gloves to wear in their trip to the Nationals this year.  Thanks to Coach West and to Vinci!  Congratulations girls way to "BRING THE STING!"

Sting Spring Team Kicking Off Soon - Still Openings

The Tennessee Sting will be one of the few organizations around that will have a Spring Time team for those girls who go to schools without softball teams, or are from Georgia, or whose teams are not serious about winning quality softball.  We have our coaches in place and a roster that includes several all-state players.  We are still seeking a few players.  We need one more pitcher and potentially a few other players.  We will play primarily in Georgia this spring.  Contact us at tnsting@rocketmail.com or at 865-405-5127.

Legacy Bound

The Tennessee Sting has been accepted into the prestigious Atlanta Legacy Tournament.  Congratulations ladies!  Now go Bring the Sting!

Sting 14u Potter Qualifies for Northern ASA "A" Nationals 2014

Talk about quick, Sting 14u Potter qualified for the Northern ASA "A" Nationals in their first tournament this past weekend in Owensboro KY.  The early qualification will allow the team to turn its focus toward the Southern ASA Nationals and to showcase tournaments around the region.  Congratulations girls way to Bring the Sting!

ssee Sting and Team America Join Forces

Congratulations to Tennessee Sting 18u Head Coach Courtland Styles for being chosen as a coach with Team America.  Coach Styles will represent the United States this summer in Europe.  In addition to Coach Styles, 3 Sting players will get to play for Team USA in Europe as well.  Team America seeks to exemplify American character and sportsmanship abroad.  It also acts as a wonderful educational tool by bringing together players of different cultures and customs. The Tennessee Sting Organization representing Team USA - the Red, White and Blue joining forces with the Black and Yellow - it doesn't get much better than that!  Go Sting!

Stinging the Competition in Savannah

The Tennessee Sting 16u Gold team concluded a very strong fall season by having the top record of the 16u teams at the Under Armour College Exposure Tournament in Savannah Georgia.  The Sting Gold went 5-1 before losing in a winner's bracket exhibition game against the 18u Tampa Storm (A) in the overall championship game.  Congratulations on another very good tournament young ladies.

Ho-Hum - - Another College Showcase Another Championship Round

The Tennessee Sting 16u advanced to the Championship Round in yet another tournament November 3, after working their way through their pool at the Scenic City 16 College Showcase.  The Scenic City 16 Tournament was the 5th of the last 6 college showcases wherein the 16u Gold has advanced from their pool to Championship play.  Along the way, the 16u Gold team was able to defeat Team Knoxville, the Georgia Venom, the Georgia Fire 97, and the Louisville Stunners before bowing out in the Championship Round to the Georgia Fire 96.  Congratulations ladies on another very strong showing and congratulations on several girls picking up scholarship offers and drawing college interest.

Tennessee Sting 16u Gold Proves ELITE at Heartland Eastern Elite

The Tennessee Sting 16u Gold team went to Chattanooga October 25-27 and came back as tournament runners up.  The Sting team defeated the Easton Elite, the Georgia Flames, the Kentucky Stealth and the Nashville Tennessee Xplosion in route to the championship game.  With time expired in the game and the score 0-0, the Chattanooga Fury were able to plate the winning runs.  Congratulations to the Tennessee Sting 16u Gold for their strong performance in the National College Showcase.  The 16u team has played in 5 college showcase tournaments this fall and has won their pool in 4 of the 5 tournaments including 2 second place finishes.  Way to go Sting!

Deuces Wild - Sting's 16u and 18u both place second in Heartland Elite

October 25-27 Tennessee Sting 16u and 18u teams plowed through the competition en route to second places finishes respectively in the ASA College Showcase event.  The 16u team lost 3-0 in the championship game to the Chattanooga Fury.  The 18u team lost 3-1 in their championship game to the Birmingham Vipers 18u.  Along the way both teams pounded the ball with 16u players - Dee Smith, Haley Keesler, and Sam Ely (twice) going yard.  The 18u team also did their own yardwork, with Alyssa Mabe, Elisa Carrasco and Courtney Styles pounding homeruns.  Congratulations girls on bringing the sting!

Sting Player Named Under Armour All-American and Invited to USA Junior Nationals

Tennessee Sting 18u Gold player Courtney Styles has been named an Under Armour All American and has been invited to tryout for the USA Junior National Team.  Styles is a Tennessee Sports Writer Association All-State player who plays third base for the Tennessee Sting 18u team.  Congratulations Courtney!  That is an amazing honor.

Sting is Honored to Announce Partnership with All-American Raven Chavanne!

The Tennessee Sting is very proud to announce that former All-SEC, All-American, Team USA player Raven Chavanne will be working with some of our girls on hitting lessons.  The 2013 Capital One Softball Player of the Year will begin working with Sting players next week.

No Practice, No Tournaments, No Problem

The Tennessee Sting 14 Black kicked off its season this past weekend by finishing 2nd to the White Lightning in Knoxville.  Despite not having practiced one time together and never having played together the team showed its talent by falling one run short in extra innings in the Championship.  All and all a very good start to the fall season by the 14 Black team and its head coach Landon Potter.  Congratulations girls!

14U Wins Title

14U Wins Title
- Congratulations to the Tennessee Sting 14u team for winning the Dixie Classic in Fountain City on June 8th!  The Sting 14u was undefeated in bracket play and downed a very classy and well coached Kentucky Jinx team in the Championship.  Way to Bring the Sting girls!

14U Qualifies for ASA Nationals!  - Congratulations are in order for the Tennessee Sting 14U team for placing second in the "high school" bracket of the the ASA National Qualifier in Cleveland, Tennessee on May 18th.  Playing against 16U and 18U teams, the 14U managed to place second defeating a game Cobra team before losing to a strong AFC team in the Championship game.  By placing in the tournament the 14U team stamped its ticket for the ASA Nationals.  Congratulations girls!

Welcome to Tennessee Sting Softball Inc.  We are a nonprofit softball organization in East Tennessee. Our teams play exclusively "A" level ball with the goal of getting our girls college scholarships.  We have very proven coaches including several state championship caliber High School Coaches as well as former college coaches.  Thus far in 2014 our 18u competed in ASA "A" Nationals and our 14u qualified for the ASA "A" Southern and Norther Nationals.  This year we will be seeking to qualify our 12u, 14u, 16u, and 18u for ASA Nationals.  All in all we have won over 20 championships in 2014.

But for us it is more than just winning and losing.  We want to take the top talent in the area and develop it further by coaching it the correct way and helping the girls develop their talent.  We do not seek to bring in new players every week like some organizations.  That being said, we are highly selective at our tryouts. 

It is our mission to provide all the tools necessary to develop our young ladies into excellent softball players and individuals of strong character.  We offer sponsored hitting lessons with some of the areas top hitting instructors and pitching lessons with some of the areas top pitching instructors. 

We take it a step further in trying to get the girls scholarships by looking to develop our player's academics and character as well.  We are proudly partnered with Sylvan Learning Center to help with ACT Training which is fully sponsored and discounted tutoring if needed.  We also do community service events to help build character. 

We attempt to minimize costs to the parents (our fees are much lower than the other "A" teams in Tennessee) thanks to our wonderful sponsors who make Tennessee Sting Softball the top softball organization in East Tennessee.  We also provide scholarships for those unable to afford to play.  It is our goal to get away from the "daddy ball" and make a positive difference as an organization in the lives or our players.  Come check us out in person and help us "Bring the Sting!"
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