In all the madness, there was a local story that largely fell through the cracks. You may not have heard about an outstanding area basketball player and student whose name you might not know—but you should. This story focuses on a private Christian school in Antioch, Tennessee, its star player and the special season they had.
Lighthouse Christian School girls’ basketball won a state championship. The boys’ team won a national championship, capturing the NACA Tournament at the end of February. Both squads were honored at the State Capitol on April 21. The Lions took home the Division 1A boys’ championship of the National Association of Christian Athletes by defeating Charlotte United 79-77. The leading scorer of the Lions is a young man named Thomas Leroy Davis III—or as everyone calls him, Tripp.
Tripp Davis scored over 2,000 points in his career at Lighthouse Christian, the first to accomplish that in school history. He will enroll at Tennessee State University on an academic scholarship playing for the Tigers as a preferred walk-on. He will major in business administration, with a concentration in ‘sports management.’ Tripp was also named to The Tennessean’s All-Midstate Second Team. Knowing the meaning of serving others as a member of Family Affairs Ministries Fellowship, he plans on coaching and mentoring disadvantaged children and youth in the inner city.
“I am very proud of my son and very happy that he is going to follow in the footsteps of his sister as well. I am very happy that he is going to be a part of the TSU Tiger basketball team as a preferred walk on,” Tripp’s father, TSU Professor Thomas L. Davis, said. Note that Professor Davis is pictured (click here) of this week’s edition, receiving special recognition for his 40 years of service in the Department of Music at TSU. Tripp’s sister will be receiving her degree in May in history with a concentration in Secondary Education. She plans on teaching at Whites Creek High School.
“Since a young age he has had a desire to play collegiately and has also had a desire to be a Tiger of TSU,” Tripp’s mother Vera Davis said.
Tripp is excited to play for TSU, having grown up around the campus and often dreaming of someday playing for TSU.
In winning the NACA championship, Lighthouse defeated New Hope Academy 63-33 in the Quarterfinal; Oak Hill Red, 54-53, in a tense Semifinal; and then Charlotte United in the final. Oak Hill Red is the second varsity team at the famed Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. Some of the collegiate and professional stars to come through Oak Hill include Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Rajon Rondo, and Jerry Stackhouse. They starred for the Oak Hill Gold squad, but it is still a place that knows about winning—instilling it into all of their teams. Any win over any team with Oak Hill in the name is impressive.
A truly outstanding young man, Davis has volunteered at the MD Walk for muscular dystrophy the past three years, planned and implemented worship and recreational activities at a nursing home, and has led Bible Study for 6th-8th grade boys at Lighthouse. Tripp Davis is a leader on and off the court, honing his hoops abilities with the Nashville Celtics and Team Nashville AAU squads. So all of these qualities make him a perfect fit at TSU, and someone whose name we will be seeing quite often in the future.