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North Sports Report – State champions all over the place

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

A Victory Lap… or Four

With only two events remaining and a 42 point lead, the Pearl-Cohn Boys track team gathered behind the stands with Principal Sonia Stewart, Assistant Principal Brian Mells, several teachers, coaches and supporters. The penultimate event, the 3200m run, included no Firebird, so the only thing between the Firebirds and the state championship was the 4 x 400m Relay, basically a victory lap for the team state champion… well, more like four victory laps – four very fast victory laps.

To pass the time during the 3200m races, Mr. Mells began introducing the North Sports Report to members of the team: Darryl Harris, Jr. is the Valedictorian of the Class of 2015; Ke’Shawn Vaughn and Cameron Watkins donned their Fighting Illini hats; and Rontavius Groves will be one of the state’s top football players this fall. A member of Pearl-Cohn’s track team told me a few weeks ago that the Regional Meet is the time to set personal records, but the State Meet is all about the team. Visiting with these young gentlemen on the verge of a state championship, I understood. They were all about the team.

We took our place in the stands for the final race. It had been a year since the team had fallen a point and a half short of a state championship, and for a full year, everything pointed to this race. The Relay team did not disappoint, pulling away for the icing on the state championship cake and 96 total points, 44 more than second place.

It was thrilling!

That Championship Feeling

Earlier this month, the North Sports Report made its bold Spring Fling prediction for Metro schools – one team championship and six individual or relay championships. Did you snicker when you read that, knowing how much I underestimated the MNPS springability and flingability?

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Actual results:

Team
One team champion; one team runner-up; and six top-ten teams.

Relays
Four state champions; three runners-up; and one third place.

Individuals
Nine state championships (that’s right, nine individual state championships); nine runners-up; and four third place finishers.

Teams
Pearl-Cohn’s Boys Track team was phenomenal in winning the state title. Stratford’s Boys Track team finished 7th and Maplewood’s Boys Track team finished 8th.

East Nashville’s Girls Track team finished 2nd in the state, while Hume-Fogg and MLK’s Girls teams tied for 9th.

Relays
East Nashville’s Girls won the 4 x 400m Relay, and Hume-Fogg’s Girls finished 2nd in the 4 x 200m and the 4 x 400m relays. Pearl-Cohn’s Boys swept the sprint relays, winning state championships in the 4 x 100m, 4 x 200m, and 4 x400m relays. Stratford’s Boys finished 2nd in the 4 x 400m relay.

Individuals
Hillsboro’s Janel Pate won the 100m and 400m and finished 2nd in the Long Jump. Cane Ridge’s Maya Perry-Grimes won the state championship in the Triple Jump. East Nashville’s Grenetria Shell won the 100m Hurdles, 300m Hurdles and Pentathlon. McGavock’s Mikayla Thompson finished 2nd in the Discus. Hume-Fogg’s Stephanie Brown and MLK’s Denia Hill-Tate tied for 2nd in the High Jump. Stratford’s Jermesia Haynes finished 3rd in the 100m and 200m.

Pearl-Cohn’s Darryl Harris Jr. won state championships in the 400m and Long Jump and finished 2nd in the Decathlon. Pearl-Cohn’s Rontavius Groves won the 200m Dash. Pearl-Cohn’s Cameron Watkins finished 2nd in the 100m and Long Jump. Maplewood’s Ross Bagley finished 2nd in the 110m Hurdles. Maplewood’s T.J. Turner finished 2nd in the Triple Jump. Stratford’s Corey Simmons finished 3rd in the 100m and 200m.

Great performances!

A Bobcat among the Titans

Overton alumnus Dezmond Johnson earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Cultural Anthropology and a Masters Degree in Christian Ministries from Duke University. He was named Academic All ACC three times during his college career. Now, he is a member of the Tennessee Titans. Visit Overton’s online student newspaper to read an interview with the new Titan. Congratulations, and go Titans!

MNPS: The First Choice for Champions of Education

North Sports Report – November 6, 2014

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

State Champions!!!

The state championship cross-country meet at the Steeplechase course is a spectacle to behold. Schools set up their team tents; hundreds of student-athletes gather at the starting line; fans take short cuts across the course to cheer their favorites at different points in the race; and photo finishes are not uncommon.

Hume-Fogg’s Boys team won the state championship. In the long history of Hume-Fogg High School (the oldest public school in Nashville), it might be the school’s first boys’ team state championship. MNPS was well-represented in the team standings. In addition to Hume-Fogg’s championship, MLK’s boys team finished 3rd; Hume-Fogg’s girls finished 5th, and East Nashville’s girls finished 15th.

In the A-AA girls race, Anna Reside (MLK), Grenetria Shell (East Nashville) and Keleah Shell (East Nashville) finished in the top 50. In the A-AA boys race, Dominic Voehler (Hume-Fogg), Christopher Hornsby (MLK), David Tyus (Hume-Fogg), Jared Clark (MLK), Jack Forte (MLK), Baker Neenan (Hume-Fogg), and Jacob Gholson (Hume-Fogg) all finished in the top 30. In the AAA girls race, Abby McCulla (Hillsboro) ran a blistering 19:16.79 and finished 13th.

Congratulations to all the cross-country student-athletes!

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Royals Put Up Big Numbers in the Alley

Last week, two of MLK’s bowlers each rolled a game of 256 in their match against Whites Creek. Andre Rucker (256/640) and Kaitlin Cashion (256/593) are cruising down the lane toward the state tournament.

Football Playoff Time

Last week, the North Sports Report attended a rivalry match-up of two playoff teams as McGavock hosted Cane Ridge for the Wall Bowl Trophy. For me, the highlight might have been my introduction to McGavock’s new mascot Hopo (which stands for Hold On Persevere and Overcome) – a mascot with a message.

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This week, the TSAA playoffs start, and MNPS has six teams competing.

  • The North Sports Report will be at Pearl-Cohn as the #2 seed Firebirds host Greenbrier.
  • The undefeated and #1 seed Hillsboro Burros look to advance as they host Kenwood.
  • East Nashville Eagles play a rematch from last week (this time it’s at home) against Lipscomb.
  • Overton Bobcats host McGavock Raiders for the second time in the past two weeks, but this time it’s for a spot in the second round of the state playoffs.
  • Cane Ridge Ravens look to upset Blackman in Murfreesboro.

The MNPS home games this week are at Pearl-Cohn; at East Nashville (on the TPS campus); and at Overton. Go to a game!

MNPS: The First Choice for Champions – in the Classroom and Out

North Sports Report – May 22, 2014

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

Post-Event Interviews… Vocabulary and Sportsmanship

After every televised sporting event, some reporter approaches an exhausted, emotionally spent athlete and asks for an explanation of the result, next plans or the dreaded “how did it feel when you…” question. The athlete trained his or her entire life for the event that just ended with overwhelming victory or devastating defeat. Predictably, the interviews often digress to everything from a well-rehearsed commercial for a cartoon themed amusement park to lame excuses to the ranting of a mad man.

So, after the State championship in the Decathlon, what would you expect from MNPS student-athletes when approached by a reporter for The Tennessean? I hope you would expect the best, because that’s what you got.

Hume-Fogg junior Ben Brunson had just completed the event that crowns the state’s best all-around track athlete with a gold medal winning performance. Exhausted and thrilled, Ben faces the media with this quote: “I’m ecstatic for the win. Personally, I strive to be versatile, and nothing but the decathlon epitomizes that in a sport.” Read the quote again – ecstatic, strive, versatile, epitomizes – and you just added 3 points to your ACT score.

In the AAA Decathlon, McGavock’s Ben Johnson held a narrow lead over a student from Collierville after nine events with the most difficult part of the Decathlon remaining, the 1500m. After the race, Ben had lost his lead and earned the state’s silver medal. His interview with The Tennessean gave no excuses, and recognized his opponent’s outstanding effort. “I looked at his stats before I came into this, and I knew it was going to come down to this last race… That’s the best (1500-meter run) I’ve ever seen.”

Post-event interviews can shine a light on the character of the athlete. When the student-athletes’ character is marked by grace, class, brilliance and sportsmanship, it shows. Congratulations!

Great Performances from Spring Fling

Girls Tennis
Congratulations to the Hume-Fogg Lady Blue Knights Girls’ tennis team that went all the way to the State’s Final Four.

Soccer
The Overton Bobcats soccer team traveled to Mt. Juliet and prevailed in an overtime thriller to earn their way to the state quarterfinals to face a nationally ranked opponent. Congratulations on a great season.

Soccer
The Hume-Fogg Blue Knights soccer team beat Page at Rose Park to earn a trip to the state tournament. (Have you ever been to an event at Rose Park? The view is spectacular!). Then, the Blue Knights beat Jackson North Side to advance to the state semifinals, and a buzz rippled through Bridgestone Arena as four senior members arrived late to graduation after rushing in from Murfreesboro. Their undefeated streak ended in the state semifinals. Congratulations on a great season!

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Pentathlon
MNPS has three top ten finishers in this year’s Pentathlon: Paige Farrow-Davis (MLK) finished 2nd; Kayla Guthrie (Whites Creek) finished 7th; and Stephanie Brown (Hume-Fogg) finished 9th.

Decathlon
Ben Brunson ( Hume-Fogg) is the state champion in the A/AA Decathlon, and Cameron Watkins (Pearl-Cohn) finished 3rd. Ben Johnson (McGavock) finished 2nd in the AAA Decathlon.

The Girls’ Track Finals are Thursday, and the Boys’ finals are Friday in Murfreesboro

Spanning the Globe to Bring You the Constant Variety in Sport – Archery

The North Sports Report attended a middle school archery tournament hosted by the Oliver Middle Prep Archery Club. Established through the National Archery in Schools program, the Oliver Middle Prep Archery Club is thriving. Some things you should know when attending an archery tournament:

  1. This is not “suction cup” arrows with kiddie bows. It is a real archery competition, and it is awesome!
  2. The students/archers are cued by coded whistles to get their bows (2 whistle toots); begin (1 toot); and once everyone is finished, 3 toots to go get arrows.
  3. On the target, the yellow bull’s eye is 5 points, red is worth 4, blue is 3, black is 2, and the white area is worth 1 point.
  4. Needless to say, the “M-I-S-S, M-I-S-S: Miss It” cheer so prevalent during basketball free throws, is inappropriate during an archery tournament.
  5. MNPS middle school students can do anything, and MNPS middle school teachers and coaches inspire greatness! So, don’t be surprised if you are amazed.

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Middle School Spring Championships

Congratulations to the middle school team champions for the Spring Sports:

  • Croft Middle – Boys’ Soccer
  • Haynes Middle – Girls Track
  • Oliver Middle – Boys’ Track

Lessons from the Track: Your Competition is You

The North Sports Report witnessed some amazing performances at the Middle School City Track Championship at McGavock High School last week. Shawnta Shaw of H.G. Hill Middle Prep won the 100m, 200m, 400m and Long Jump while Job Blacksmith of East Nashville Magnet won the 100m, 200m, High Jump, and placed 3rd in the Shot Put. Amazing!

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But, judging the great performances might prove tricky from afar. While it’s easy to see who crosses the line first, jumps the farthest, and runs the fastest, the beauty of track competitions is recognizing that the race is against the clock – it is you versus your best. Can you top that? A middle school student-athlete grinds out a sprinting finish to the grueling 800m race – only to finish fourth, fifth, or eighth – and crosses the line with the joy of running his best time showing for everyone to see. Have you ever seen someone so happy to finish second in a basketball game? Track is different, and it is beautiful.

MNPS: The First Choice for Brilliant Sportsmanship

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 – February 27, 2014

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

The North Sports Report becomes a gym rat this time of year, watching tournament action night in and night out. Here’s a recap of some of the action:

Delay of Game: How Many Referees Does It Take to …?

During a girls’ district tournament game between Hume-Fogg and MLK at Maplewood, action stopped when the ball bounced high and came to rest on top of the backboard. A moment passed as everyone stared at the stuck ball and as I wondered if great leapers of yore David Thompson (N.C. State circa 1974) or Spencer Richardson (East High circa 1979) could save the day with a soaring rebound off the top of the glass. Finally, the referees called for another ball from the rack at the other end of the gym, stood in front of the free throw line, and threw the extra ball at the problem over and over with no success. The ball was still stuck on top of the backboard. The referee then moved behind the backboard and threw the extra ball up in an attempt to dislodge the game ball. Failure! The second ball joined the first and now we had two balls stuck atop the glass. Finally, PA announcer extraordinaire Scott Wallace retrieved the dust mop and the referee used it to poke both balls free from their glass perch, raining dust down from the mop. Hilarious!

Dominate and Advance: MLK’s Girls Win Region

The North Sports Report attended the Region 5-AA Girls Championship game at Maplewood and witnessed a dominant championship performance as the MLK Lady Royals earned their first Region title and will host the sub-state round on Saturday.

The MLK Royals are Region Champs - As the sign advises, they left it all on the court.

The MLK Royals are Region Champs – As the sign advises, they left it all on the court.

Sweet Wrap Around Pass: Overton’s Girls Advance and Win Region

The Overton Lady Bobcats won a decisive victory over Franklin for the Region Championship on Wednesday, but Monday’s Semifinal game against Brentwood had the play of the year. Trailing by a point with less than a minute remaining, an Overton player drove into the crowded lane from the right side, spun and whipped a Magic Johnsonesque pass through a crowd. As my memory replays the pass, I know there is no way it should make it through the crowd, and it’s thrown so hard there should be no way to catch if somehow it makes it to its intended target. But, that is exactly what happened… a miracle pass, terrific catch and a lay-in to win the game. Overton went on to win the Region championship and will host the sub-state round on Saturday.

The End Comes Suddenly

The region semi-final round is the most pressure-packed, exciting basketball of the season. The remaining teams are really good, a win guarantees them a shot at the state tournament, and a loss ends not only the season but the high school careers of the seniors. High drama, indeed. The final horn in the Region semifinals marks the end and has a ring of finality that echoes through the gym “like the disappearing dreams of yesterday.” –Kristofferson

East Nashville Boys Soaring Ever Higher

The East Nashville Eagles are cruising through the tournament season and now face undefeated Cheatham County for the Region championship. This could be the game of the year in Middle Tennessee. Tip-off is 7:00pm Thursday night at Maplewood. The Eagles have already earned a trip to the sub-state round and would host the sub-state with a victory tonight.

Hunters Lane Earns Way into Sub-state Round

The Hunters Lane Warriors turned hot at the right time with a crushing second half performance over Franklin. The Warriors scored in the final second of the first half to take a six point lead and then unleashed a furious second half to win by 20 points in a game that was not as close as the score might indicate. The Warriors play for the region championship Thursday night. Tip-off is 7:00pm at Glencliff.

Hall of Famers in the Crowd

The North Sports Report noticed Barbara Frazier, JoAnne Tribue, and Melvin Black at the Region tournaments this week. All three are members of the MNPS Sports Hall of Fame and have made more of an impact on Metro Schools and on Nashville than can be described here.

Trip Down Memory Lane: The Glencliff Alumni Room

The North Sports Report enjoyed following Glencliff graduate and MNPS athletic director Roosevelt Sanders through the new Glencliff Alumni Room this week. We found Mr. Sanders’ senior picture in a class composite, and he has not changed a bit…hee, hee, hee.

The Glencliff Alumni room includes mementos from a Clinic Bowl appearance

The Glencliff Alumni room includes mementos from a Clinic Bowl appearance

MNPS: The First Choice for Soaring High with Success

North Sports Report – February 6, 2014

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

College Ready – National Signing Day

National Signing Day celebrates years of training, sacrifice, and discipline as student-athletes sign athletic scholarships to take their athletic skills and education to the next level. The North Sports Report attended several signing ceremonies this week and realized that more than the student-athlete deserves to celebrate. National Signing Day marks the culmination of years of work by parents, coaches, teammates and friends.

On Wednesday, the North Sports Report sat among the celebrants in Pearl-Cohn’s gymnasium to see eight student-athletes accept scholarships to continue their education:

  • Jeffrey Doss – Maryville College
  • Hayden Gregory – Hampton University
  • Carlos Johnson – MTSU
  • Eric Knight – Bethel University
  • Caleb McLamb – Hutchinson Kansas Community College
  • Terrell Nelson – Bethel University
  • Anthony Patrick – Tusculum College
  • Eric Reed – University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

The North Sports Report sprinted to the car and drove (at reasonable and law abiding speed) to Hillsboro’s library to catch Logan Burns and Porter Streator sign to continue their education at UT Martin.

The morning ended with a visit to McGavock’s Hall of Fame room where Dustin McAbee proudly donned his Tusculum College hat.

Wow, what a morning.

Wait, there’s more! The North Sports Report received a photo of the ceremony at Cane Ridge where nine – What? Did you say nine? Oh yes I did say nine – student-athletes signed to continue their studies and play football: Andrew Horton – UT Martin; Noah Hill – Bethel University; Rontez Cannon – Arkansas Baptist Community College; Joshua Avery – Arkansas Baptist Community College; Matthew Pendergrass – Arkansas Baptist Community College; Darren Pendergrass – Kentucky Christian; Kenneth Collins III – Kentucky Christian; Micah Kennedy – TSU; and Emmanuel Gyang – TSU.

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Congratulations to all the student-athletes, but also to the parents, teachers, coaches, school staff, friends, mentors and teammates who contributed to the success of these young men.

Date Night – North Sports Report Goes Romantic

Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year, and the North Sports Report can offer some advice on a most romantic evening. Last Friday, the North Sports Report and his bride enjoyed the perfect date night with a trip to Green Hills, a little dinner and a great show at Ed Hessey Gymnasium on the campus of Hillsboro High School. The Hillwood Hilltoppers were visiting the Burros and both games went down to the last second. Hillwood’s girls came from five points down in the last minute to win and the boys’ game wasn’t decided until the very end. With my date sitting close, we not only enjoyed the games but also the Homecoming type ceremony at halftime of the boys’ game and the crowning of the King. Two pre-school children – one on each side of the bleachers – had a dance-off during one timeout, and the cheerleaders would challenge each other with tumbling runs across the court. The radio broadcast was stationed right behind my seat, and the energy in the gym was palpable.

Hillwood vs. Hillsboro on a romantic Friday night.

Hillwood vs. Hillsboro on a romantic Friday night.

Now, that’s what the North Sports Report calls a great date night. Next Friday – February 14 – is the perfect night to treat your sweetie to an evening of high school basketball! If your sweetie doesn’t think a basketball game is a good date night, well…whatever.

Stratford Wrestling Goes In the National Record Books

The Stratford Spartans grappled their way into the record books this year when they scored 752 total takedowns in dual matches which ranks 5th in history – nationally! Longtime coach Doug Newman emphasizes – and his teams specialize – in takedowns. Now, when I say longtime coach, I mean loooongtime. In1990 (that’s 24 years ago) newspapers were reporting that Coach Newman was the “dean of Metro wrestling coaches.” His teams now hold three of the top five spots on the national list for takedowns in a season of dual matches (Hunters Lane 1990-91 team holds the record of 910, and the 1989-90 team ranks 3rd). He even had an individual wrestler, Tim Buchanan of Hunters Lane, who broke the national record for most takedowns in a season in 1994.

Proud Stratford Spartans!

Proud Stratford Spartans!

Congratulations to Coach Newman and the Stratford Wrestling team!

The Big Man’s in the House

The North Sports Report stood in a long line to enter the McGavock Gym last week. When I finally made it into the gym, I saw such celebrities (and avid North Sports Report readers) as McGavock Football Coach Jay Gore, McGavock Basketball Coach Paul Childress, Director of Schools Jesse Register, Congressman Jim Cooper, actress Ashley Judd, and …it seems like I’m forgetting someone… oh, yeah, the President of the United States! McGavock football co-captain Ronald Elliott introduced President Obama. Words fail to adequately describe how awesome Ronald’s introduction was. A proud day!

Waiting in line at McGavock to see Ronald Elliot... and the President.

Waiting in line at McGavock to see Ronald Elliot… and the President.

MNPS: The First Choice for the Rewards of Training, Sacrifice and Discipline

North Sports Report – November 7, 2013

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

State Championship – Record Breaking Performance

Cross-Country phenom Bailee Dean of Cane Ridge captured the state AAA Cross Country Championship, completing the 5k course in a record time of 18:08.40. To give you some idea of the total domination of Bailee’s performance, she finished 26.7 seconds in front of second place. Just look at your watch and wait for the second hand to count out 26.7 seconds. What? Your watch doesn’t have a second hand? In that case, keep reading as the NSR re-enacts the end of the race.

Bailee Dean crosses the finish line in record time … tick… tick… tick… tick… tick… tick… tick… tick… tick… tick… tick…tick… tick… tick… tick… tick… tick… tick… tick… tick… tick… tick… tick… tick… tick… tick… tick…
and there’s second place.

Congratulations to a truly remarkable champion!

In the A-AA cross-country meet, Hume-Fogg’s boys’ team finished second in the state, and MLK finished third. Hume-Fogg’s girls’ team also finished in the top ten. Congratulations to all our cross-country athletes!

Football State Playoffs – Brackets Loaded with Metro Teams

Eight MNPS schools earned their way into the field of the TSSAA Football Playoffs that kickoff Friday Night. What’s that you say? Yeah, you heard me. I said eight (8) teams made the playoffs. The brackets set up some dramatic first round match-ups.

The NSR will be at the TPS Field on Foster Avenue as the East Nashville Eagles, ranked 7th in the state, host Lipscomb in the first round of the 3A playoffs. The two teams played last Friday, and the TSSAA paired them again for the first round.

In another rematch, the 5th ranked Pearl-Cohn Firebirds host the Maplewood Panthers in the 4A playoffs one week after they played in the regular season finale.

Two weeks after their regular season game, the 3rd ranked and undefeated Overton Bobcats welcome their District 12AAA rival McGavock Raiders to Nick Coutras Stadium to kickoff the 6A playoffs.

In other 6A playoff action, Antioch Bears will be at home against Siegel and the Cane Ridge Ravens travel to Ravenwood.

In a big 5A first round game, the Hillsboro Burros head out to Sumner County to face Beech.

The MNPS home playoffs games are at East Nashville (played at TPS), at Pearl-Cohn, at Overton, and at Antioch. Go to a game!

Middle School Volleyball – Champion Crowned

Congratulations to the J.T. Moore Matadors who captured the Middle School Volleyball City Championship!

Haynes vs. Two Rivers and East Nashville vs. H.G. Hill at the City Volleyball Tournament

Haynes vs. Two Rivers and East Nashville vs. H.G. Hill at the City Volleyball Tournament

Jump Ball – Get It Get It … Hoops Jamboree

The high school basketball season tips off with three nights of high-flying, slam-dunking, rim-rattling action at the 23rd Annual MNPS Basketball Jamboree. The Girls teams and Boys teams will each play a dress-rehearsal half of basketball! Check out the schedule and attend at least one night!

Thursday, November 7 at Stratford High School
East Nashville Eagles vs. NCS 5:00pm
Cane Ridge Ravens vs. Lipscomb 6:30pm
Stratford Spartans vs. Overton Bobcats 8:00pm

Friday, November 8 at Whites Creek High School
MLK Royals vs. Hunters Lane Warriors 5:00pm
Hume-Fogg Knights vs. Glencliff Colts 6:30pm
Whites Creek Cobras vs. Hillwood Hilltoppers 8:00pm

Saturday, November 9 at Pearl-Cohn High School
Maplewood Panthers vs. McGavock Raiders 6:00pm
Pearl-Cohn Firebirds vs. Antioch Bears 7:30pm

It is a great chance to preview the teams and pick your school to follow throughout the basketball season. Go to a game!

For the full varsity basketball schedule for the rest of the year, click here.

MNPS: The First Choice for Champions

North Sports Report – October 31, 2013

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

Championship Excitement: The Thrill of Victory and…Well, You Know

The North Sports Report attended one of the all-time best played, most riveting Middle School Soccer matches last week for the City Championship. The exceptionally talented Two Rivers Middle Lady Pirates and MLK Middle Lady Royals put on an extraordinary show. The stands were filled with rabid fans, including cheerleaders and a pep band section consisting of a single middle school bassoonist. Seriously, at each exciting moment of the game, the symphonic tone of a bassoon would echo across the historic MLK field. You can’t beat middle school spirit!

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Bowling Season is Rolling Along

Check the box scores in the newspaper each day to see the Bowling scores. Cane Ridge bowler Aaron Ruiz will contend for a state championship again this year.

In the immortal words of Allen Iverson: “We’re Talking About Practice”

High School basketball and wrestling practice started this week. Practice? The NSR is ready for the games! It is going to be a great winter sports season in MNPS!

Football Friday – November 1, 2013

The regular season wraps up this week with some huge games, including Senior Night for the home teams, playoff implications, and one spousal rivalry.

The NSR will be at Cane Ridge for the annual Wall Bowl as Principal Robbin Wall takes his McGavock Raiders over to face Principal Michel Sanchez-Wall’s Cane Ridge Ravens to determine the Wall family bragging rights for the year. This is serious!

The Antioch Bears take their hopes for a share of the District 12AAA championship to face the undefeated and 3rd ranked Overton Bobcats at Nick Coutras Stadium.

In other action:

  • Glencliff Colts host Hillwood Hilltoppers;
  • Hunters Lane Warriors invade Green Hills to challenge Hillsboro Burros;
  • Pearl-Cohn Firebirds, ranked 6th, travel to face the fierce Maplewood Panthers;
  • Whites Creek Cobras welcome Stratford Spartans; and
  • 10th ranked East Nashville Eagles host Lipscomb.

MNPS home games are at Cane Ridge; at Overton; at Glencliff; at Hillsboro; at Maplewood; at Whites Creek; and at East Nashville (played at TPS). Go to a game!

  

MNPS: The First Choice for School Spirit

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