Girls basketball tournament re-named in honor of Jeff Craycraft


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The plaque for the tree planted at Clinton-Massie in honor of Jeff Craycraft, former coach at Clinton-Massie.

The plaque for the tree planted at Clinton-Massie in honor of Jeff Craycraft, former coach at Clinton-Massie.


Elizabeth Clark | News Journal

The Clinton-Massie girls basketball tournament is being named after Jeff Craycraft and will now be a rotating event with East Clinton High School.

The Jeff Craycraft Tip-off Classic tournament will begin the girls basketball season, next season at East Clinton and the following year back on Lebanon Road.

Craycraft, a Greeneview High School graduate, coached at Clinton-Massie two seasons, assisting Allen Wilkinson and Carlos Roberts during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons.

Craycraft was named head coach of the East Clinton girls program in 2017, after spending 16 seasons as an assistant.

Craycraft died unexpectedly in October 2020.

Clinton-Massie athletic director Bennie Carroll said a tree was planted in the school’s courtyard leading to the main entrance to the gymnasium.

“While he was a fierce competitor, Jeff always had the best interests of the athletes in mind,” said Carroll. “From the high he was a high school student, until the time of his passing, depending on the season, you could usually find Jeff on a baseball field, a football field or in a gym doing what he loved best, coaching young athletes.”

The plaque for the tree planted at Clinton-Massie in honor of Jeff Craycraft, former coach at Clinton-Massie.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/11/web1_GBK_craycrafttree.jpgThe plaque for the tree planted at Clinton-Massie in honor of Jeff Craycraft, former coach at Clinton-Massie. Elizabeth Clark | News Journal

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