In the year 2003, a lot of things were different in the world.

In the year 2003, a lot of things were different in the world. 

Arnold Schwarzenegger was in office in the state of California, iTunes had just become a popular method of downloading music, and the Dickson Comets were riding high as district champions.

Fast forward 14 years, a lot of things have changed in the world, but something which has remained the same now as it did then, the Comets are once again district champions of baseball.

This season, head coach Lee Mays and his squad managed to do what some felt Dickson wasn’t capable of doing. They not only won the program’s first district title in more than a decade, they did it on the road against Comanche in two straight contests.

“This season was a great experience to be apart of,” Mays said. “We started to see a shift in our mindset and a change in culture around us where we expected good things to happen. In early September we talked about planting a seed for this season. At the base of that was working hard and working on fundamentals. Our kids believed if we focused on the root of our planting, then we would see some good fruit in the spring.”

Not only did the Comets provide a harvest which was more than bountiful for its fan base, but head coach Lee Mays can also add one more prize to his haul this season: 2017 All-Ardmoreite Coach of the Year.

“All the credit for this award goes to the organization as a whole,” Mays said. “We have a great booster club who always made sure the field was looking great for us. We had some great senior leadership this season. I had an excellent coaching staff with Mike Word as my pitching coordinator and Todd Larkin as my assistant coach along with all the great trainers and statisticians. Everyone worked together and served us so well. All of us had a vision of coming together and having a commitment to excellence.”

“This is a great honor for me personally,” Mays added. “I’ve been coaching in some capacity since 1998. Overtime I’ve had the privilege to coach I’ve learned something new from my fellow coaches. It’s always important to have a growth mindset and elevate others. Ultimately we’re here to serve, mentor, love and encourage young people.” 

With solid players like Jacob Reams, Rusty Beard, Justin Rutledge, and many others leading the way this season, the Comets were always a force to be reckoned with when they took the field.

Mays believes it was the heart and spirit of his squad which really set them apart this season.

“These kids just had a relentless spirit, and always believed they were capable of competing,” he said. “The seniors were special this season and really took extreme ownership of this team.”