The following former Blackman High School athletes were inducted into the school's Hall of Fame on Nov. 9: From left, David Price (parents Bonnie and Debbie accepting), I'Tavius Mathers (with David Meadows), Nathan Stephens (sister Lauren, parents Henry & DeeAnn Stephens accepting with John McCreery) and Lindsay Sisco (with Mary Dayton). SUBMITTED PHOTOS
Blackman inducts four new members into Hall of Fame
The inaugural class of the Blackman High School Athletic Hall of Fame included the following four distinguished alumni: David Price, I’Tavius Mathers, Lindsay Sisco, and Nathan Stephens.
A private ceremony and reception was held at the school on Nov. 9 for the inductees, their families and honored guests. The Hall of Fame display is located in the main gym lobby and will be available for campus visitors to view during events held in the gymnasium or auditorium.
The following athletes are the newest members of the Blackman Hall of Fame:
David Price – Price was a two-sport athlete at Blackman High School. A record-setting basketball player, David is best known for his legendary career as a pitcher. A four-year starter, David’s career stats include a 0.43 ERA and 151 strikeouts.
After high school, David pitched for Vanderbilt University and was named as SEC Pitcher of the Year and Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Year.
In 2007, David became the first baseball player to win all four of the top collegiate awards: Brooks Wallace Award, Roger Clemens Award, Dick Howser Trophy, and the Golden Spikes Award. The Tampa Bay Rays drafted David with the first overall pick in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft.
In 2012, David was named the American League Cy Young Award winner and won the 2018 World Series with the Boston Red Sox. A noted philanthropist through Project One Four, Price has continued to give back to the community by partnering with local officials to construct the Murfreesboro Miracle Field providing a baseball and playground facility for children with special needs.
I’Tavius Mathers – Mathers was a running back for the Blackman Blaze from 2008-2012. Known for his humble spirit and electrifying play, Mathers earned state-wide recognition in 2010, being named the Tennessee Gatorade Player of the Year.
During his junior and senior years, Mathers rushed for 4,867 yards and 56 touchdowns. After graduating in 2012, he played football for the University of Mississippi and transferred back home to play at MTSU during his senior year. In one year at MTSU, Mathers became the first player in NCAA FBS history to have 1,500 rushing yards, 500 receiving yards and 60 catches in the same season.
Mathers set MTSU single season records for rushing yards (1,561), all-purpose yards (2,194), and receptions for a running back (66).
Signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2017, Mathers professional football career was cut short due to injuries. He is currently giving back to the game he loves by coaching high school football in the Middle Tennessee area.
Lindsay Sisco – The many accolades of Blackman High School athletics can be traced back to a few exceptional athletes who set a high standard in the years after the school first opened.
One of those athletes was Sisco. In her high school career, she totaled 1,719 kills and 418 blocks. In her senior year alone, Sisco recorded 691 kills, 461 digs, 129 blocks and 79 aces.
As a sophomore in 2001, she was named District Most Valuable Player. Sisco was the Region Most Valuable Player in 2002 and 2003. She was named to the All-District Team in 2001, 2002 and 2003 and the All-State Volleyball team and the Tennessee Sports Writers All-State first team in 2002 and 2003.
In her senior year, she earned the honors of state tournament Most Valuable Player and Tennessee Gatorade Player of the Year. After graduation, Sisco played volleyball at MTSU.
Nathan Stephens – Stephens came to Blackman as a sophomore when the school opened in 2000. He was a three-year starter on the basketball team, but his greatest contributions were off the court.
Stephens was known by students and teachers alike for his strong character, love for his teammates, servant leadership, diligent work ethic and academic achievement.
In 2007 while attending the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Stephens tragically passed away playing the game that he loved. In his honor, a memorial scholarship was founded to recognize future Blackman athletes who exemplify his outstanding character.
Stephens was inducted as the first honorary member of the Blackman High School Athletic Hall of Fame.