Mikalee Martin

Mikalee Martin looks to pass out of a double team in the Lady Cats’ win over Polk County last season.

Some big recruiting news, for two separate athletes, hit Sweetwater High School this past week.

Mikalee Martin, senior on the Lady Wildcats basketball team, announced her commitment to Tennessee Wesleyan University on Friday, Sept. 6. She posted the news on her Twitter account.

“I am super excited and incredibly blessed to announce that after much prayer and thought,” Martin wrote in a tweet, “I will be committing to Tennessee Wesleyan University to further my academic and athletic career.”

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 collegiate programs, including Oglethorpe University and William Peace University, also extended offers to Martin. But it was ultimately the NAIA Lady Bulldogs that secured Martin’s services for her college career.

TWU women’s basketball is led by longtime head coach Jeff Rice and notched a 22-9 record last season.

“I want to thank God for blessing me and allowing me to have this amazing opportunity,” Martin wrote, “my family for being my biggest support system and teaching me how to be the best I can be, and my coaches for everything they’ve taught me over the years.

“I couldn’t have gotten to this point without any of them. I’m excited to see what the future holds.”

While Martin was the only recent commitment, junior Mari Robbins also had a stout week of her own, with the Lady Wildcats softball player picking up an offer from MTSU.

She also announced the news in a tweet.

“I am honored to have received an official offer to play softball at MTSU,” Robbins wrote in the tweet. “Thank you, Coach Breeden, Coach Foti and Coach Hawkins. I am blessed beyond all measure.”

Mari Robbins

Mari Robbins snags a ball during Sweetwater’s game against Sequatchie County last season.

After just two seasons, Robbins is already a star in Monroe County high school softball. She was named the 2019 All-County Co-MVP after finishing her sophomore season with a .616 batting average, 11 home runs and 41 RBIs.

And if Robbins ends up joining the Blue Raiders, she wouldn’t be the first from her hometown.

MTSU, a Division I program, is coached by Sweetwater native Jeff Breeden, who rose through the coaching ranks to notch a legendary career at Riverdale High School before taking the head coach job with the Blue Raiders.

MTSU softball finished last season with a 29-30 record, but went 39-22 and made it to the NCAA Regionals in 2018 after winning the Conference-USA championship.

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