Lanett seniors show their Iron Bowl spirit – Valley Times-News

Lanett seniors show off their Iron Bowl spirit

Published Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at 8:30 am

LANETT – It’s Iron Bowl week in the state of Alabama. On Monday, Lanett’s Senior Center participants got into the mood of the week by wearing their favorite school colors. There were Roll Tide and War Eagle shirts, but some proclaimed loyalty to Alabama A&M, Lanett High, and Valley High.

Arguably the proudest man in the room wore an orange and blue sweatshirt for the Carson-Newman Eagles.

Tracy Abner is the father of Travaunta “Trey” Abner, the former Lanett High Panther who now plays tight end for Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tennessee. Trey’s mother is Renae Abner, who works for the senior center.

Trey was the guest speaker ahead of Monday’s communal meal at the center. He brought with him something he is extremely proud of – two state championships as he played for the Panthers in championship games in 2017 and 2019. He had a big game against Mars Hill Bible in the 2019 state championship game played at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn . He had 79 yards of pass receptions and had a TD catch. Game MVP Kristian “Ken Ken” Story finished with 249 yards passing and 110 yards rushing in Lanett’s 41-30 win.

Abner said Monday it was very exciting to be a part of two state championships and credits head coach Clifford Story with keeping him focused on being the best he could be in track and field and in class.

Trey comes from a large family with three brothers and three sisters. The family attends Ebenezer Baptist Church in Lanett. Trey was tall for his age growing up and has always been good at soccer, but basketball was his first love.

“I’ve always played both sports, but in high school I thought about giving up football to focus on basketball,” said Abner. “Coach Story talked me out of it. He told me that with my size (6-3, 230) I would be a big part of the offense either on the tight end or fullback. I decided to stick to two sports.”

Lanett High won state championships in both sports during Abner’s high school years.

“Coach Story pushed me to be the best I could be in football, basketball and in the classroom, and I’m glad he did,” said Abner. “He told me if I kept up my grades I could keep playing in college. His motivation plays a big part in playing college football.

Abner played community college football at Kansas before moving to Carson-Newman.

“I’m thankful to be with Carson-Newman,” he said. “It is a Christian school. Being there helped me strengthen my character, learn to speak in front of groups of people, and talk about my love for Christ. I am so happy to be here.”

He currently averages 2.5 points on a 3-point scale and is a regular on the Dean list.

“I didn’t get good grades when I was younger, but when Coach Story talked to me about how important it was to do well in class, it changed me,” said Abner.

He was an honor student at Lanett High and was voted Mr. LHS by his classmates during his senior year.

“When I get a chance to talk to younger students, I tell them to be yourself, chase your dreams, and don’t be afraid to take risks if it can improve your life,” he said.

Recreation director Trent McCants said he is proud of Abner.

“He is an excellent example of a very fine young man,” he said. “We love him in the town of Lanett. There are so many fine, sincere young people coming out of Lanett High and Springwood High. We are proud of what Springwood has done this year, all the way to the state championship.

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