Mikalee Martin

Mikalee Martin signed with TWU women’s basketball on Thursday, Oct. 3, surrounded by her family, Sweetwater head girls basketball coach Heather Jaramillo, Principal Eric Weaver and TWU coach Jeff Rice.

Mikalee Martin put it in ink.

The Sweetwater senior signed with the Tennessee Wesleyan women’s basketball program on Thursday, surrounded by her family, Sweetwater head girls basketball coach Heather Jaramillo, Principal Eric Weaver and TWU coach Jeff Rice.

Martin had been verbally committed to the Lady Bulldogs since Sept. 6.

“I’m so blessed to have this opportunity and I’m excited to finish up my senior year here at SHS with the Lady Cats,” Martin said. “I’m ready to go out with a bang and leave it all on the court. I’m just very excited to see where God leads me in this next chapter of my life and I know that Wesleyan will be a good fit for me.”

Martin has been named All-County each of her three years playing for the Lady Wildcats. She also plays for the East Tennessee Air AAU team and is the daughter of Sweetwater athletic director, assistant principal and head football coach Mike Martin.

Several other schools, including Oglethorpe University and William Peace University, extended offers to Martin as well.

“Mikalee’s ability to play in all positions makes her hard to guard,” Jaramillo said. “She can play big inside or can hit outside shots. She is a leader by example. She never complains and just gets it done. I love that about her.

“As far as college goes, I believe Mikalee has a bright future ahead of her. Her ability to play all positions is huge and to top it off she is driven, dedicated and loves the game.”

TWU women’s basketball is led by longtime head coach Rice. The Lady Bulldogs notched a 22-9 record last season. TWU competes in the NAIA’s Appalachian Athletic Conference.

Many local athletes have signed with TWU over the years, including Sweetwater’s standout boys basketball trio of Dominique Oggs, Matthew Kile and Kobe Billingsley. They joined the Bulldogs this offseason after helping lead the Wildcats to a strong 2018-2019 season.

Before she joins the Lady Bulldogs, though, Martin will return to the Lady Wildcats for her senior season.

Sweetwater’s girls basketball team finished the 2018-2019 season with a 13-18 overall record. The Lady Wildcats, though, advanced to the Region 3-AA quarterfinal game, in which they were eliminated by Red Bank.

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