Baseball pair, lacrosse star sign at CAK Nov. 13

KNOXVILLE — Austen Jaslove is a native Californian, but he’s always wanted to be a Tennessee Baseball Vol — and so it will be.

Jaslove, a All-Division II-A East Region District 1 honoree and three-year starter at Christian Academy of Knoxville, signed National Letter of Intent papers during a ceremony in the CAK cafeteria Wednesday, Nov. 13. “This is a great day. I’m super excited,” said Jaslove, who contributed to three straight Warriors state titles.

Teammate Connor Jurek, an All-region and All-district honoree, and team Offensive Player of the Year in 2019, signed with the University of South Carolina-Upstate. “I just loved the campus, and they have a new coaching staff,” he said.

Lady Warriors lacrosse star Hailey Carroll, two-time First Team All-Region honoree and three-time team Offensive Player of the Year, signed with Gardner-Webb (North Carolina). “It’s small. I liked the size of the school, and I liked the Christian aspect of the school,” she said.

Jurek has spent all three of his previous season with CAK on the varsity squad.

He is also a three-time state champion. and he was an all-district and all-region standout last season.

He chose to play for the Spartans because the school is relatively close to home and because USC-Upstate has a new coaching staff.

and I’m looking forward to going there,” Jurek said. “It’s close to home, or a lot closer than some of my other options.

“It’s less than three hours away from Knoxville and I wanted to be close enough where I could come home on a weekend, see my family and go to a UT football game.”

Carroll, meanwhile, said that she chose to play at Gardner-Webb because it was a small Christian School.

“It’s three-and-a-half hours away and I wanted to be fairly close to home, but I wanted to be far enough away, so I could have my freedom.”

Carroll has been a varsity starter since she arrived on the high school campus at CAK and she was the Lady Warriors’ Offensive Player of the year as a freshman, sophomore and junior. She’s a standout as well as a four-year player for the TNLAX Travel Team.

She’s also a two-year member of the TN National Lacrosse Team.