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Gore Pirates – 2021 – Presented By Gore Drug



Coach James Bliss

20-21 Record: 6-14

With a game plan to include an up-tempo offensive attack, the Pirates will use the athleticism and physical mindset of four returning starters to employ multiple defensive sets to limit opponents scoring chances.  Seniors Brady Thomas (6-0) and Ty Bliss (5-11) will set the example while coach James Bliss looks to Ben Kirkpatrick (6-0, Jr.) to provide offensive firepower from the perimeter. Journey Shells (6-2, So.) and Aidan Dickerson (6-3, Jr.) provide size and strength on the front line while Keigan Reid (6-0, Jr.), Noah Cooper (6-0, So.) and Jackson Duke (5-9, Jr.) keep the pace of play at a high level. 


Coach: Staci Simeroth 

20-21 Record: 9-11

Determined to prove the value of hard work, the Lady Pirates return only one starter from last year; but coach Staci Simeroth cautions opponents not to overlook this year’s squad.  “We’re young but we have a tremendous amount of heart and desire,” exclaimed the Lady Pirates mentor. “I believe we’re a diamond in the rough that will shine once we get all our puzzle pieces together.” Leading the expectations for success will be Ralea Brooksher (5-3, Sr.) will be counted upon to lead the offensive and defensive efforts along with Kenzi Terrell (5-4, Sr.). The youthful and jet quick skills of Rikki Huckbay (5-2, Fr.) along with  Oaklie Thornton (5-3, So.) will bolster the ball handling duties while Andi Summerlin (6-0, So.) gives the Lady Pirates a tall presence in the paint. Sophomores Natalie Castell (5-5) and Kaydance Moore (5-3) will also play vital roles to the winning expectations of the Lady Pirates.


With an experience lineup to open the year, the Pirates earned statewide recognition by racing through the regular season undefeated to capture the Class A-8 district championship and advance to the second round of the Class A playoffs. Altogether, the Pirates averaged 38.7 points per game while the smothering Gore defense posted four shutouts and limited eight opponents to just one score. The efforts resulted in a sweep of All-District honors.  The Pirates have begun mapping their road to a championship in 2022. #SailtheShip

A-8 All-District Honors

Most Valuable Player – Gunner Dozier

Offensive Player of the Year – Zane Craighead

Offensive Lineman of the Year: Gabe Dozier

Defensive Lineman of the Year: Garrett Douthit

Linebacker of the Year: Dayne Perryman

Defensive Back of the Year: Jackson Duke

All-District Receiver: Ben Kirkpatrick, Blew Steward, Journey Shells, Liam Edwards

All-District Offensive Linemen: Nick Wolf, Cas Moore, Layne Ward

All-District Defensive Linemen: Wyatt Marrel, Gage Grant

All-District Linebacker: Alex Hallum

All-District Defensive Back: Tyler Lane, Keigan Reid

Honorable Mention: Mike McAlister, Blaine Barnes


Gore senior Ty Bliss completed a top-level season by winning six events in cross-country competition and the Pirates senior raced his way to a silver medal in the Class 2A cross-country state championship thanks to posting a time of 16 minutes, 48.53 seconds. After a stress fracture kept Bliss off the trails as a junior, Bliss returned in the spring track season to win the Class 2A 3200m gold medal at state while claiming a second place finish in the 1600m run.  

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