TOP PHOTO: Uncles Rick Lay (left) and Keith Lay (right) were on hand with Riley Faulkner and his father, Jack, on Riley’s signing day.

JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – “It’s easy to find a really good fisherman out there. However, finding a really good fisherman with the character, morals and the work ethic of a Riley Faulkner is not easy,” said Carson-Newman Coach Hunter “Joey” Sales.

Similar comments came from others gathered in the auditorium at Campbell High on Tuesday morning ahead of Faulkner signing to continue his fishing career at Carson-Newman University of Jefferson City. “There’s a reason he was voted in as Mr. Campbell County High School,” said CCHS Tennis Coach Josh Parker. Parker noted that the teachers vote on that honor. “He’s a model student, and I am so excited for him,” Parker added.

“I’m looking forward to hearing the stories and learning about the accomplishments of Riley here in five to 10 years,” said CCHS Principal Ben Foust. “He’ll represent his school well,” Foust stated.

Faulkner’s high school coach, Gabe Keen, calls Riley a good kid who has worked hard. “The time he invests on his own will help him do well at Carson-Newman. I speak for everyone in saying that we’re proud of Riley,” said Keen.

Campbell County High School Director of Athletics Justin Price opened the scholarship signing ceremony by saying that “anytime a student-athlete can sign scholarship papers, it’s special.” “Riley will represent his school and community well,” said Price. “Our fishing team is one of the most decorated sports we have, and Riley has been the leader,” Price pointed out.

“Riley’s integrity is at the highest level,” said Coach Sales. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 03/15/2022-11AM)