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North Sports Report – The ultimate track meet and a banner year for Metro Schools athletics

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

Super… Simply Super

Stronger than a locomotive, faster than a speeding bullet, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound… It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s MNPS student-athletes at the Middle Tennessee Middle School Track Invitational.

The performance of these middle school student-athletes was nothing short of superhuman.

  • Oliver’s Joe Honeysucker won the Shot Put for the second year in a row, topping his meet record by an astounding three feet. He also finished third in the 100m Dash.
  • Thurgood Marshall’s Jaden Harrison won the 100m Dash, won the High Jump, and finished second in the 200m Dash.
  • Madison’s Darius Hylick won the 110m Hurdles, and finished second in the Shot Put, and second in the Discus.
  • Race of the Day: Boys 200m – East Nashville’s Jashon Watkins closed fast and edged Jaden Harrison at the tape for a photo finish victory.
  • Race of the Day II: Girls 4 x 100m Relay: East Nashville held off Madison’s incredible final leg to win by .01 of a second.
  • Performance of the Meet: Remember this name because she is likely to be one of the best track athletes in the state throughout high school – Kia’onna Lawless won the discus with a meet record throw of 73-08. Her meet record time in the 100m (12.26) would have been fast enough to finish second in the 2014 class A-AA and Division II state high school meets. She won the 200m by more than a second over her nearest competition in a meet record time, and her leg of the 4 x100m Relay defies description except to say really, really fast.

This meet grows every year and will soon be the premiere middle school track and field event in the state. Plan to attend next year. You will be amazed.

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Spring Fling or Bust

It’s that time of year as teams and individuals work their way through district, region and sectional games, matches and meets, hoping for a trip to Murfreesboro and a shot at a state title. MNPS teams will be competitive for state championships in Baseball, Softball, Track, and Soccer. It has been a banner year for MNPS sports with team state championships in the Fall (Boys Cross-Country- Hume-Fogg) and Winter (Girls Basketball – MLK) and deep runs by teams in nearly every sport (e.g. Hillsboro played in the Football state championship game). We will finish the school year strong in Murfreesboro. Prediction: At least one team state championship and at least six individual or relay championships.

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National Recognition

Overton’s Gideon McKee earned MaxPreps/USA Baseball Southeast Player of the Week honors after earning two wins, striking out 17 and giving up no hits. That’s nine hitless innings with almost two strikeouts per inning. Uh…what’s the word?…oh yeah…WOW!

MNPS: The First Choice for Superhero Student-Athletes

North Sports Report – August 4, 2014

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

It’s Time to Fan Up
The North Sports Report is back to keep you up to date on Metro Schools athletics from a fan’s perspective. This is the place to find photos, stats, schedules and even reviews of concession stand cuisine. But the best way to follow the action is to become a fan and attend the games. You will not be disappointed.

Breaking News – Maplewood Football to Play at Vandy in Backyard Burger Bowl
Great things happen when schools partner with Nashville’s universities and corporate friends. Maplewood Principal Dr. Ron Woodard, Vanderbilt Vice-President for Athletics David Williams, and Backyard Burger Vice President Michael Kern reached an agreement to bring the Maplewood Panthers to Vanderbilt Stadium for a game each of the next three years. The Backyard Burger Bowl will be part of the Panthers’ regular season schedule. This year’s game will be September 5, 2014, and feature the Panthers vs. Lipscomb. Tickets will go on sale soon. Plan to join us at Vanderbilt Stadium that evening for a great celebration of high school athletics.

“Practice…We’re Talking About Practice” –Iverson
Even before school starts, the student-athletes and coaches are hard at work getting ready for the fall season. Discipline, teamwork, sacrifice, challenge, triumph! In the game and in the classroom, student-athletes will earn the payoff for putting in the work. Practice is beautiful!

Fall Season 2014 –MNPS will Shine
Pay attention this Fall. High school sports include Cross-Country, Volleyball, Girls’ Soccer, Football, Cheerleading and Golf; and Metro Schools will feature some of the best student-athletes and teams in the state, including:

  • Cane Ridge’s Bailee Dean, the best cross-country athlete in Tennessee and defending state champion;
  • Hume-Fogg’s state runner-up volleyball team and middle blocker Delaney Gallagher (committed to play at MTSU);
  • Pearl-Cohn’s KeShawn Vaughn, the highest rated running back prospect in the state with scholarship offers from Vanderbilt, Cal Berkeley, Illinois, Arkansas State, and East Carolina;
  • Overton’s Ugo Amadi (committed to play in the SEC for Ole Miss);
  • East Nashville’s dual threat quarterback Isiah Upton (offers from SEC schools and Pac12 schools) and multi-talented Lennox McAfee (committed to play at Wofford);
  • Hillsboro will feature Kyle Phillips – perhaps the most heavily recruited football prospect in Tennessee with offers from all the top colleges – along with Michael Hughes (committed to play at Tennessee State) and Vincent Perry.

That’s just the short list. It is going to be a great year!

New Stadium for the Colts
Demolition of Glencliff’s old stadium will make room for a brand new football stadium. The Colts will play their football games with temporary bleachers this year awaiting a major renovation to their athletic complex. Congratulations to the Colts!

Alumni Alert: Fenway Park Phenom
Overton baseball star, Mookie Betts (Class of 2011) worked his way into the Boston Red Sox starting line-up last month. The Red Sox moved Betts, who started the season in the minor leagues as baseball’s top second base prospect, to the big leagues to play centerfield. His miraculous catch Friday night led the Red Sox to a victory over the Yankees and earned the No. 2 spot on ESPN’s Top 10. Betts is hitting .243 in 12 games with the Red Sox.

Middle School Sports to Include 6th Graders
MNPS middle school sports will include 6th graders for the first time this year. Interscholastic athletics is one of the best after school programs, and expanding those opportunities to more students is a great step by MNPS administration.

MNPS: The First Choice for Community Partnerships

North Sports Report – May 9, 2014

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

Hall of Fame Athlete and a Teacher of the Year

Coach Tribue - Teacher of the Year

Coach Tribue – Teacher of the Year

Coach Joanne Tribue was named Cane Ridge High School’s 2014 Teacher of the Year for her outstanding work throughout the school year and throughout her teaching career, but did you know she is one of the all-time greatest student-athletes in MNPS history? Or that she completed high school with 12 years of perfect attendance? Or that she held a national record in track? Or that she won the first ever state championship in the Pentathlon? Or that she held the Austin Peay State University school record for most blocked shots? Or that she was a collegiate all-American in Track?

Coach Tribue was inducted into the MNPS Sports Hall of Fame in 2007, and her Hall of Fame bio describes her astounding accomplishments.

Joanne Tribue graduated from Antioch High School in 1978 in the Top 10% of her class and with 12 years of perfect attendance. She served as class president every year in high school, was selected the “Optimist Award” winner, and won the “E.R. Harris Award” presented to the most outstanding senior. She participated in volleyball, basketball and track. In track, she was the state champion in 1977 in the 80-yard low hurdles and set a national record. She also won the first State Pentathlon Championship, was selected “Track woman of the Year” her senior year by The Tennessean and “Track Woman of the Year” her senior year by the Nashville Banner. She finished in the top five in the state in 10 different events. In basketball, Joanne was selected All-District, All-Region and All-NIL during her junior and senior years. After high school, Joanne attended Austin Peay State University, where she held the school record for most blocked shots in basketball. In track, she was selected “OVC Track Woman of the Year” twice and selected “All-American” in the hurdles. After college, she became a teacher and has won numerous awards as a high school coach.

Congratulations Coach Tribue!

Does “Love” Mean Nothing to You? District 12-AAA Tennis

Congratulations to District 12-AAA Tennis Players of the Year, Nicole Webb of Cane Ridge and Ben Demonbreun of Overton and Coaches of the Year, Adam Lightman of McGavock and Terry Strickland of Overton. For a full story, see the Overton online student newspaper.

MNPS Sweeps the Middle Tennessee Middle School Track Invitational

The North Sports Report enjoyed two days of the best Middle School track event in the State last week as Antioch High School’s new track surface hosted 22 schools (public and private) from across Middle Tennessee. Congratulations to the Haynes Middle Design Center’s Girls Team and Apollo Middle School Boys Team for taking home the Championship trophy. East Nashville Middle’s girls and Oliver Middle’s boys finished runner-up – confirming once again that MNPS has the best Middle School student-athletes around. If you missed them this year, check out Middle School sports next Fall. You will be impressed!

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Post-Season Underway

The Spring Sports Regional tournaments, matches and meets are the next step toward State Championships. The North Sports Report will keep you up to date as MNPS student-athletes and teams progress through the brackets.

Post-Season Baseball and Softball.

MNPS: The First Choice for Teachers of the Year

North Sports Report – April 24, 2014

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

Middle School Track Extravaganza – April 24 & 26

IMAG1323The future is now as Middle School student-athletes from across Middle Tennessee converge on Antioch High School’s new track surface for the inaugural Middle Tennessee Middle School Track Invitational. The meet will introduce middle school athletes to a broader range of competition and prepare them for the big high school meets in their future. More than 22 schools will be represented including Antioch Middle; Apollo Middle; East Nashville Middle; Gra-Mar Middle; Haynes Middle; Jere Baxter Middle; John F. Kennedy Middle; KIPP Middle; Isaac Litton Middle; Meigs Middle; MLK Middle; Oliver Middle; public schools from Rutherford County, Sumner County, Williamson County, and Wilson County; and area private schools.

This is a great opportunity to support middle school student-athletes and coaches, so come to Antioch High School on Thursday and Saturday to enjoy the fun. The running events start at 6:00pm on Thursday evening April 24 (the shot put competition starts at 5:30pm) and 9:30am on Saturday morning. Admission is $5 each day.

Awards Season

Callee Brooks with her Moss-Oliver Award.

Callee Brooks with her Moss-Oliver Award.

Hume-Fogg’s Callee Brooks took home the prestigious Moss-Oliver Award after starring in the classroom and on the soccer, basketball, and softball teams.

The Tennessean named its All-Midstate teams for the winter sports:

  • Aaron Ruiz of Cane Ridge – First Team All-Midstate Bowling;
  • Terry Holt of East Nashville – First Team All-Midstate Basketball
  • Jordan Majors of MLK – 2nd Team All-Midstate Basketball
  • Clarence Mathis of Antioch – 2nd Team All-Midstate Wrestling
  • Chelsea Nelson of Overton – 3rd Team All-Midstate Basketball

Congratulations!

The Decision … “I’ll Be Taking My Talents to ____”

Life is a continuous series of future-altering choices. The path chosen at a fork in the road leads to another fork in the road which leads to another fork … and so on, et cetera, ad infinitum. Around this time each year, high school seniors reach a major intersection and decide where to continue their education. Yep, where to go to college is a biggie.

Last week, several MNPS student-athletes decided to continue their athletic pursuits and take their education to the next level.

  • At Hillsboro, four student-athletes signed to play Basketball in college: Ian Harrison at Rhodes College; Antorian Moore at Garden City CC; Juanya Smith at Vol State CC; and Kindravious Webster at Walters State CC.
  • At Overton, two student-athletes signed to play Volleyball and two signed to play Soccer: Gohdar Mohammed (Soccer) at Trevecca; Victor Tsado (Soccer) at Trevecca; Domynique Kloss (Volleyball) at Martin Methodist; and Arei Logoleo (Volleyball) at Alabama-Birmingham.
  • At Hume-Fogg, the signings cover schools from coast to coast: Kiersten Bell (Track) at Duke; Kyle Kmech (Soccer) at Otterbein; and Claudia Rodriguez (Track) at Pepperdine.

Congratulations to all the Seniors!

A Fitting Tribute: The MNPS Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2014

The North Sports Report loves attending the induction luncheon for the MNPS Sports Hall of Fame each year. Seeing the all-time great athletes and childhood heroes and hearing the stories of amazing feats… well, it’s like Disneyland for the public school sports fan. The influence for good on the Nashville community by this year’s inductees cannot be overstated.

Dr. L. Dale Beck (Howard, Class of 1949) was a two-time Hume Award winner, played football at Vanderbilt and baseball in the Yankees organization, and served as chief of the medical staff at two hospitals.

Joe Campbell (Stratford, Class of 1988) ended his high school career as the all-time leading rusher in MNPS history, was a two-time All-American in college, and played in the NFL before returning to Nashville to raise his six children.

Larry Cantrell (Goodlettsville, Class of 1985) won 10 individual state track championships and single-handedly won the team state track championship, was a two-time SEC champion and All-American in college at Alabama and now serves as a minister at the Nashville Inner City Ministry.

Coach Nick Coutras (Hillsboro, Class of 1953) turned down job offers from the Washington Redskins to stay at Overton and win a state championship in 1981, compile a record of 144-36-1, coach six Hume Award winners and influence countless young men.

Kenneth Duke (Litton, Class of 1949) is considered one of the greatest running backs in Nashville history, and went on to play at SMU before serving valiantly in the Marine Corps in Korea. When word that he had been killed in action reached Litton, his number 33 jersey was immediately retired.

Julie Brown Rollins (Madison, Class of 1962) was a four-time all-city basketball selection in high school, scoring 44 points in one game, coached high school basketball and compiled more than 650 wins, and has taught hundreds of children to swim.

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Congratulations!

MNPS: The First Choice for Heroes

North Sports Report – April 10, 2014

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

Inspiration – The Historical Role of Athletics

Did you follow The Tennessean’s series on women’s basketball and great local athletes during the Women’s Final Four? Journalists Mike Organ (DuPont High grad) and Jessica Bliss captured the amazing history of women’s sports in Middle Tennessee. The articles list some of the most influential athletes in history, including MNPS legends Marynell Meadors (Hillsboro); Carolyn Aldridge (Glencliff); Joanne Arnold Tribue (Antioch); Pam Chambers (Madison); and Ann Hutcheson Price (Hillsboro).

Tuesday’s front page article explained how athletic competition inspires ambition and creates better leaders. Sports columnist Christine Brennan is quoted, noting that it is more than a game: “It’s about creating better people.” The host committee for the Final Four organized a session to utilize the lessons of athletics to help girls “develop a vision and voice, become an ethical leader, promote wellness and health and turn their vision into action.” The lessons translate from the basketball court to real life and help inspire a generation of girls who will make a difference.

Walter Fisher Sr. helped coach Hillsboro to a victory in this year's Retro Classic in his first trip to the historic Litton Gym since scoring 35 points as a star for the Pearl High Tigers.

Walter Fisher Sr. helped coach Hillsboro to a victory in this year’s Retro Classic in his first trip to the historic Litton Gym since scoring 35 points as a star for the Pearl High Tigers.

And, there’s no need to wait for a seminar or big event to see inspiration in action. This basketball season, the North Sports Report had the good fortune to visit briefly with Walter Fisher Sr., an assistant coach for the Hillsboro boys basketball team. Mr. Fisher started for the 1966 Pearl High School team that is generally considered the best in Nashville’s history.

Playing during the first year of integrated competition and making their first trip into gyms of all-white schools, Mr. Fisher and his Pearl High teammates were not always treated with courtesy and respect. “Before the game, the crowd would call us all sorts of names, and then we would start dunking and everything got real quiet. By the end of the game, they were patting us on the back and telling us how good we were.” Sometimes, playing the game makes a statement and teaches a lesson beyond what any classroom can convey.

In January of this year, the Pearl-Cohn basketball team donned throwback Pearl High uniforms, and Mr. Fisher met with the players prior to the game. “He told them what it means to wear a Pearl uniform,” Pearl-Cohn Coach Raymond Pratcher succinctly explained. That’s a lesson we all should learn.

Alumni Alert – Hunters Lane Alum: A Tradition Unlike Any Other

The Masters at Augusta National is the most prestigious and tradition-filled golf tournament in the world. For the fifth year, sportscaster Grant Boone, a member of the very first class at Hunters Lane, will be a part of the CBS coverage and will anchor the 11th through 13th holes, famously dubbed “Amen Corner.”

That’s right, Hunters Lane Warrior Grant Boone will provide TV commentary at the Masters. You can watch each group navigate Amen Corner live on the CBS Sports website.

Next time you see Grant, ask him to tell the story of how his golf coach at Madison High School, the legendary Bill Brimm, helped him get started in broadcasting.

April Showers Bring …Rain Delays

Occasionally, the weather will interrupt an otherwise splendid plan to enjoy high school spring sports, leaving the North Sports Report at the ball field just hanging around, nothing to do but frown … cue The Carpenter’s.

(Editor’s note: omit link to the Carpenter’s classic hit “Rainy Days and Mondays” – it’s too sad.)

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No worries, I’ll make it back for the make-up.

(Editor’s note: omit link to the hilarious HR Pufnstuf scene where every time someone says “make-up,” Pufnstuf hits Witchiepoo with a giant powder puff – it’s too weird.)

Alumni Alert – NFL Draft Day Coming for 2010 Maplewood Grad

So, the NFL Draft is less than a month away, and 2010 Maplewood scholar-athlete James Stone will be ready for the call. NFL.com says that one of his strengths is “intelligence.” In perusing the various analysts’ predictions and mock drafts, the North Sports Report noticed one that had him going to Jacksonville and another to Cincinnati. Are you listening, Tennessee Titans?

MNPS: The First Choice for Inspirational Leaders

North Sports Report – March 27, 2014

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

Poise is Power – Eagles Take It to the Limit

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The crowd arrives as the East Nashville Eagles warm up for the state championship game.

Cool – that is the only way to describe the East Nashville Eagles boys basketball team. Those guys are flat out cool! The Eagles’ poise and composure during their march to a double overtime state championship game reflected the strong character of the team, its coaching staff and the school.

Let’s just start at the Region Championship game against undefeated Cheatham County. The Maplewood gym was crammed full with screaming fans – the Eagle fans packed one side of the gym and half of Ashland City was there. The game was [understatement alert] tense. Everyone in the gym was on edge with the emotion of the game… except the East Nashville basketball team and coaches. They were uncommonly cool, and a lot of the credit for their nerves of steel goes to Coach Jim Fey who had the team ready to face whatever came along.

Then, in the state championship game, Coach Fey goes down with an untimely illness, assistant coach Avery Patton steps in, and the coolness continues. Down by 10 points in the fourth quarter, and MTSU’s Murphy Center anticipating a blowout, the Eagles calmly clawed back to force two overtimes.

Were they talented? Sure. Were they well-coached with a good game plan? You bet. But what made the Eagles team great was the poise they showed under pressure. Congratulations to all our student-athletes who have learned to face adversity and pressure with the poise and composure of champions.

Holiday Spirit – Overton Goes Green

Check out this story about Overton’s St. Patrick’s Day seasonal baseball uniforms. It seems altogether appropriate for Johnny O’Baseball!

 

The UTC Women's Rugby Team includes two Hume-Fogg grads.

The UTC Women’s Rugby Team includes two Hume-Fogg grads.

Alumni Alert: College Rugby

While “spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sport – the human drama of athletic competition,” the North Sports Report attended a college rugby tournament last weekend and ran into 2010 Hume-Fogg graduates and senior ruggers for the UT Chattanooga Mocs Women’s Rugby team, Meagan Eatherly and Karly North. Rugby is rough, tough, and gracefully barbaric. Awesome!

MNPS Sports Hall of Fame to Welcome New Members

The MNPS Sports Hall of Fame will hold its induction ceremony and luncheon on April 15 at LP Field as we celebrate great student-athletes and coaches of the past. The new members of the Hall of Fame are:

  • two-time Hume Award winner Dr. L. Dale Beck (Howard, 1949)
  • All-America running back Joe Campbell (Stratford, 1988)
  • track superstar Larry Cantrell (Goodlettsville, 1985)
  • Overton football coaching legend Nick Coutras (Hillsboro, 1953)
  • great football player and war hero Kenneth Duke (Litton, 1949)
  • basketball phenom Julie Brown Rollins (Madison, 1962)

MNPS: The First Choice for Grace, Poise and Composure

North Sports Report – January 23, 2014

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

Super Bowl[ing] Week

Years of spending “spare” time hanging out in the “alley” and keeping their mind out of the “gutter” culminate in a jaunt down championship “lane” this week as ten MNPS student-athletes compete for the TSSAA Bowling State Championship in Smyrna. Qualifiers include:

  • Kaitlin Cahsion, MLK
  • Kelsie Holland, McGavock
  • Matt Holland, McGavock
  • Lexi Livingston, Cane Ridge
  • Leroy Nguyen, Overton
  • Austin Owen, Maplewood
  • Alysa Pace, Overton
  • Aaron Ruiz, Cane Ridge
  • Sula Vetter, Antioch
  • Amanda Wells, Hume-Fogg

Cane Ridge’s Aaron Ruiz enters the Championship tournament with an amazing average of 230.00 and is one of the favorites to take home the individual championship. The tournament starts today and runs through Saturday. Follow the action online at www.tssaa.org.

Alumni Alert: Baseball – Overton Grad Named MLB Top Prospect

Overton alum Mookie Betts enters spring training as the third best second base prospect in baseball according to MLB.com. After hitting .509 and stealing 30 bases for Overton, Betts was drafted in the 5th round by the Boston Red Sox in 2011 and continues to impress as he makes his way up the Red Sox organization toward the Major Leagues. Betts was named Red Sox Minor League Offensive Player of the Year and the Arizona Fall League Rising Star in 2013.

Mookie with the Lowell Spinners, minor league affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. Photo used from lowellspinners.com

Mookie with the Lowell Spinners, minor league affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. Photo used from lowellspinners.com.

Alumni Alert II: Basketball – Overton Grad Named National Player of the Week

The Tennessean reports that former Overton Bobcat Cameron Lewis, a junior at Fisk, was named NAIA National Player of the Week and is 10th in the nation in scoring, 5th in the nation in assists and 5th in steals. Congratulations!

Sad News: The Passing of Coach Jim Wilson

Our deepest condolences to Glencliff Principal Clint Wilson on the passing of his father, former Glencliff and East Nashville football coach Jim Wilson. Coach Wilson is the epitome of a great and honorable leader of young men. He guided Glencliff to the state championship game in 1999 and helped lay the foundation for the continued success at East Nashville. Our thoughts are with Coach Wilson’s wife Gail, and the rest of his family.

Former Glencliff and East Nashville football Coach Jim Wilson, with his son and Glencliff Principal Clint Wilson, with official Ronnie Perkins before the Glencliff vs. East Nashville football game last fall. Coach Wilson passed away this week.

Former Glencliff and East Nashville football Coach Jim Wilson, with his son and Glencliff Principal Clint Wilson, with official Ronnie Perkins before the Glencliff vs. East Nashville football game last fall. Coach Wilson passed away this week.

Coach, thank you for your friendship and for the light of compassion and integrity your life shone for the young people of Nashville.

Hancock-Nipper Awards

Overton Coach Terry Anderson was named coach of the year at the A.D. Hancock-Walter Nipper Awards ceremony hosted by the Nashville Civitan Club. Also receiving Hancock-Nipper Awards were Pearl-Cohn’s Hayden Gregory and Overton’s Charles Nartey. Congratulations!

Antioch Addition to the 1,000 Point Club

Congratulations to Antioch Lady Bears hoopster D’Toria Fowler who scored her 1,000 point earlier this season and was presented with a basketball in a ceremony Friday night to commemorate the feat. Congratulations!

MNPS: The First Choice for Great and Honorable Leaders

Dr. Register to fire off first pitch for the Nashville Sounds and Simon Youth

Dr. Register & OzzieJust because school is starting back doesn’t mean that summer’s favorite game has gone away. Come out to Greer Stadium to share one last summer night with your favorite local baseball team and help a few Metro Schools in the process.

The Nashville Sounds are hosting “Simon Youth Foundation Night at the Ballpark” next Thursday, August 1 (yes it’s the first day of school, but you don’t have to go to school the next day!). It’s a good welcome back for our families and $4 of every $12 ticket bought through our group will go to the Simon Youth Foundation, the organization behind our Academies at Old Cockrill, Opry Mills and Hickory Hollow. That money will serve to fund student scholarships and programs at our local SYF schools.

As a bonus, Dr. Jesse Register will throw out the first pitch AND you get $2 food and drinks! You know you don’t want to miss that!

To buy tickets, visit this special ticketing link and use the username and password below:

  • USER: SYF15
  • PASS: 10000GRADS

The Academy schools have graduated more than 1,500 students in the three years of their existence. They do it through a non-traditional approach where students work to earn the eight or fewer credits they need to finish a diploma. Visit their websites to learn more:

From SYF:

For 15 years, Simon Youth Foundation® has partnered with public school districts and communities across the nation to help at-risk students achieve their high school diplomas and pursue their dreams of post-secondary education.

In celebration of these achievements and to kick-off another successful school year, please join Simon Youth Foundation, Metro Nashville Public Schools and the Nashville Sounds for SYF Night at the Ballpark, Thursday, August 1, 2013 as the Las Vegas 51s take on the Nashville Sounds at Greer Stadium. The game starts at 7:05 P.M. Dr. Jesse Register, MNPS Director of Schools, will throw out the first pitch!

The North Sports Report – April 9, 2013

Spring Has Sprung

Spring Sports are in full swing with Tennis, Track, Soccer, Baseball and Softball. Enjoy the good weather and support our student-athletes by attending a game, match or meet soon.

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Philadelphia Bound: Antioch Girls Track Team Headed to Penn Relays

The Antioch Girls’ track team dominated the relay events at last year’s state track meet. We know that good news travels fast, but do you know how far fast news travels? Well, apparently the news of the speed of the Antioch Lady Bears traveled at least as far as Philadelphia, because the organizers of the prestigious Penn Relays, impressed by the speed of the returning Antioch relay teams, invited the Lady Bears to compete with the nation’s best later this month. The City of Brotherly Love will catch only a fleeting glimpse of a blue blur as the Lady Bears fly around the track!


All Mid-State Teams – Winter Sports

The North Sports Report perused Sunday’s edition of the Tennessean and found the All Mid-State teams for winter sports.

Bowling: Cane Ridge Junior Aaron Ruiz made his third straight All Mid-state first team.

Girls Basketball: Hillsboro Senior Nicole Bowers earned a spot on the All Mid-state first team as she prepares to continue her studies at Eastern Kentucky University.

Boys Basketball: Hillsboro Senior Jamontae Davis will take his talents to the Gentry Center and hoop for TSU next year following an outstanding senior season that earned him first team All Mid-state honors. East Nashville Junior Terry Holt attracted attention from college scouts as he played his way to second team All Mid-state honors.

Wrestling: Hillwood Senior Jahmare Anthony pinned down second team All Mid-state honors with an extraordinary season.

Congratulations to all our student-athletes!


Hall of Fame Adds Eight Greats

The Metro Nashville Public Schools Sports Hall of Fame inducted its class of 2013 at a gala luncheon on today in the West Club at LP Field. This year, the inductees include:

  • former NFL receiver Randolph Williamson (Pearl)
  • multi-sport star and one of Nashville’s all-time fastest athletes Jerry Ballou (Litton)
  • the career leader in interceptions at TSU Sonny Lyons (Pearl)
  • Baseball great Michael Coleman (Stratford)
  • Coach Chuck Lewis attended Madison High and coached Hillsboro and Hunters Lane to a combined seven state championships in track
  • Pearl High legend Reginald Hayden
  • professional basketball coaching legend Marynell Meadors (Hillsboro) was one of the original coaches in the WNBA and an assistant coach for the gold medal winning 2012 Olympic U.S. Women’s Basketball team
  • and honoring the immeasurable contributions of Melvin Black (Pearl).

Congratulations to all the inductees!

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MNPS: The First Choice for Scholars and Honors

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