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Former South Greene Football Coach Injured In Boating Accident

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The news reports that Former South Greene High School football and girls basketball coach Larry Neil Ricker was in a boating accident . The report reads as follows:


"The search continues for one of three men involved in a boating accident on Cherokee Lake near Russellville overnight which involved a local educator and his son. The accident occured shortly after 12:30 A.M. Reportedly Larry Neil Ricker and

his son were participating in a bass fishing tournament. Their boat apparently struck another boat pulling a disabled boat. Larry Ricker and the operator of the other boat were flown to the UT Medical Center with critical injuries. Two others on the boat which was struck were treated at Morristown Hamblen Hospital. Another passenger was not injured. A Morristown rescue squad said this afternoon that the younger Ricker (Neil) had not been located. Divers with sonar equipment was being used in the recovery efforts. Larry Ricker is a teacher at Camp Creek Elementary following a lengthy and successful coaching career at South Greene. Neil Ricker is a South Greene graduate. "


Neil had also helped Coach the South Greene football team even after his father had not been involved with the team.


Larry Neil is very well respected and admired as a coach an educator and as a friend. Neil is one of the nicest young men you would ever want to meet. Everyone please say a prayer for the Ricker family. I know that it would be greatly appreciated.



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Neil's body was found this evening about 100 yards from the accident site. Please remember this family!



I will keep him in my prayers. I went to school with Neil at ETSU and I just saw what happened on the news. He was a great guy, and we always discussed football before class would start. <_<

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