Calhoun's Kemp signs with Carson-Newman

Calhoun's Kemp signs with Carson-Newman (Alex Farrer,

Calhoun High senior Carson Kemp (seated, second from right) signed a baseball scholarship with Carson-Newman University (Jefferson City, Tenn.) on Wednesday.

Kemp said of the signing: “This is a huge dream come true. Since I was 12 or 13 years old, this has been my goal. All those weekends playing and practicing baseball and all the things I’ve missed, this has made all that worth it. I really love the coaches at Carson-Newman. They stand for what I stand for and run a high-character program. With that and the school being in a rural area, that was exactly what I wanted. It made it an easy choice for me. When I sit back and think about starting college, I’m a little nervous, but I have no reason not to be excited too. I’m excited for my senior baseball season here at Calhoun, but I’m also ready to graduate and get started at Carson-Newman.”

Also attending the signing were: Mother Brandi Kemp (seated, from left), sister Maggie Kemp, father Brian Kemp, Calhoun High principal Peter Coombe (standing, from left), Calhoun High assistant baseball coach Josh Wiggins, Calhoun High athletic director Hal Lamb, Calhoun High head baseball coach Chip Henderson, Calhoun High assistant baseball coach Donny Robertson and Calhoun Middle head baseball coach Tony Lindsey.