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North Sports Report – Because football.

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

Because Football
Opening night of football season surprises me every year. It’s so much fun! I adjust my expectations accordingly, but each year it is more fun than I anticipate. The marching bands, cheerleaders, fans, mascots, face painting, concession stand vittles, and great football – all combine to create an atmosphere of joy and excitement beyond description. The double dipping of football fun (Friday at Antioch and Saturday for the game at Vanderbilt) left the North Sports Report ready for more. Looking for some fun? Go to a game!

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Middle School Jamborees
Saturday, August 29 is the unofficial start to Middle School sports with the football jamboree at Pearl-Cohn and the Volleyball Play Day at Overton. Good luck to all our players, cheerleaders, and coaches!

Spotlight: Royal Runners
Cross-Country season is getting revved up, and the MLK Boys team is ready to make some noise. Team Captain Jared Clark is a Two-Time All State runner; Team Captain Nolan Gross is a Top 50 Finisher in the State last year; and Will Carson returns as a Top 60 finisher in the State.

Their season includes five big meets at the Steeplechase Course:

  • September 12: AF Bridges Invitational
  • September 19: TN Classic Invitational
  • October 22: Metro Championship
  • October 29: Region Championship
  • November 7: State Championship

Good luck to the runnin’ Royals

Alumni Alert: Whites Creek Alum Honored
Whites Creek’s Frank Omiyale will be inducted into the Tennessee Tech Sports Hall of Fame in November. Omiyale started all four years for the Tech football team, was named All-OVC and All America his Senior year, was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons, and played eight years in the NFL for the Falcons, Panthers, Bears and Seahawks.

Football Friday: August 28
Week 2 is loaded with great games. The North Sports Report is headed to Stratford for a battle of undefeated teams as the 1-0 Spartans host the 1-0 Glencliff Colts.

In other action:

  • East Nashville Eagles host Maplewood Panthers at TPS;
  • Hunters Lane Warriors visit Hillwood Hilltoppers;
  • Whites Creek Cobras host Sycamore;
  • Overton Bobcats host Marshall County
  • McGavock Raiders play at home against Spring Hill;
  • Cane Ridge Ravens look to go 2-0 as they welcome Mt. Juliet;
  • Antioch Bears look to bounce back at home against LaVergne; and
  • Hillsboro Burros (#1 in the State in 5A according to the Associated Press) open their home schedule by hosting Oakland; and
  • Pearl-Cohn Firebirds travel to MBA.

The MNPS home games are at Stratford; at Hillwood; at Whites Creek; at Overton; at McGavock; at Cane Ridge; at Antioch; at Hillsboro; and at East Nashville (at TPS). Go to a game!

MNPS: The First Choice for Friday Fun

North Sports Report – Friday Night Lights Week 1

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

Don’t Miss It
How do you follow a banner year for MNPS sports? In 2014-15, every sports season featured a team state champion from MNPS: Fall – Hume-Fogg Boys Cross-Country; Winter – MLK Girls Basketball; and Spring – Pearl-Cohn Boys Track. Not to mention long playoff runs in football, soccer and volleyball for several teams including Hillsboro’s trip to the football state championship game in Cookeville.

Last year’s top college recruits are now MNPS alumni and Freshmen at UT, Oregon, Illinois, UT Martin, TSU, MTSU, Belmont, and other schools across the country. Don’t you love saying “I saw him/her play in high school” when talking about a local talent playing in college or in the pros. Well, MNPS is loaded with talent again this year. Don’t miss your chance to go to the games, support the schools and students, and see tremendous athletic performances.

The Fall season has started for Cross-Country, Volleyball, Golf, Girls Soccer, and Football. Go to the games. Seriously, go to the games and not just football. You will love it!

Titan Up Bobcat
Overton graduate Dezmond Johnson earned his degree from prestigious Duke University and was named to the Academic All-ACC team for his success in the classroom and on the field for the Blue Devils football team. Now, he has come home as a member of the Tennessee Titans.

Wait. Go back and read that again. Overton High School…Duke graduate…academic All-Conference…NFL player. Wow! Congratulations Dezmond Johnson!

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Football: Can’t Miss Showdowns Highlight Week 1
Week 1 features two nights of high school football this week for MNPS. Go to a game each night.

Saturday, August 22:

The place to be Saturday night is Vanderbilt University for the showdown between the Hillsboro Burros and the Pearl-Cohn Firebirds. Both teams have reloaded with talent and expect great seasons. The Associated Press ranks Hillsboro 3rd in the state for Division 5A and ranks Pearl-Cohn 4th in the state in 4A. They will be talking about this one for a long time – two of the best teams in the state playing on a Saturday night at the comfortable confines of Vanderbilt Stadium. Be there! I bet the place will be crawling with college coaches and recruiters.

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Friday, August 21, games include great season openers and rivalries:

  • The Antioch Bears host nearby rival Cane Ridge Ravens in the battle for southeast supremacy.
  • You can throw out the records when rivals Stratford Spartans and Maplewood Panthers meet. Since it’s the first game of the season, I guess it’s safe to disregard the records in all the games. Nevertheless, this is a hot rivalry hosted by Maplewood this year.

In other action:

  • Glencliff Colts travel to Whites Creek Cobras
  • Hunters Lane Warriors open at home against Clarksville Northwest
  • East Nashville Eagles travel to Rossview
  • McGavock Raiders head to Hendersonville
  • Overton Bobcats play at Stewarts Creek
  • Hillwood Hilltoppers visit Father Ryan

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The MNPS home games are at Antioch; at Hunters Lane; at Maplewood; and at Whites Creek on Friday; and at Vanderbilt on Saturday.

Go to a game each night!

MNPS: The First Choice for Year after Year Success

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 – October 31, 2014

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

When the End Comes…Taking it to the Next Level

The end of a student-athlete’s high school career arrives like a thief in the night. Whether the end comes with a sudden injury, the end of the regular season, a playoff loss, or a championship, the finality hangs over the field like a fog.

The North Sports Report attended Hume-Fogg’s state tournament soccer game yesterday, will attend a football finale tonight, will attend the state cross-country championship on Saturday, and heard news of East Nashville star quarterback Isiah Upton’s season ending injury and pondered that the end should never overshadow the journey. If you follow the old coach’s cliché and play every play like it is your last, the mark you leave is indelible no matter the ending. In life, the alternative cliché might be “treat everyone like it’s the last time you will see them before they give a reference at your job interview or speak at your funeral.”

Today, I attended the memorial service for Ronald Webb, the longtime teacher, coach and Principal who passed away this week at the age of 87. Mr. Webb started his career at Litton High School and became the first football coach for Stratford High when it opened. He later served as Principal of Wright Middle School and spent nearly thirty years as the Principal of McMurray Middle. The message was delivered eloquently by one of Mr. Webb’s former students at Stratford who also served on his faculty at McMurray. Brenda Haywood arrived at Stratford during a turbulent time. On the first day, as the first African-American student at Stratford, she was pelted with insults and rocks as she made her way to school. Upon entering the school, she encountered Mr. Webb for the first time standing like a guardian angel as if to say, “Be not afraid.” His care, concern and love for her, like that for all his students, lasted the rest of his life.

Thoughts and prayers to Mr. Webb’s family and gratitude to Mr. Webb for the love and support he showed his students and Nashville’s public schools.

Alumni Alert: NFL Veteran Picked up by Dallas Cowboys

Glencliff Colts alumnus Tim Dobbins is a 10 year NFL veteran and recently joined the Dallas Cowboys. Congratulations!

Cross-Country State Championship on Saturday

The state championship cross-country meet begins at 10:00am on Saturday November 1 at the Steeplechase Course. MNPS student-athletes and teams will be in the running for multiple championships.

Another State Tourney Run

Congratulations to Coach Tracey McClain and the Hume-Fogg girls soccer team for a great season and appearance in the state tournament. Hume-Fogg fell 1-0 in a tight, hard-fought quarterfinal match.

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Football Time

Last week…

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Trick or Treat! Games this week are played Thursday and Friday including some big games with playoff implications.

Thursday:

  • Hillsboro Burros extended their unbeaten streak as they beat Hunters Lane Warriors (33-0) on the road Thursday
  • Maplewood Panthers lost to the Pearl-Cohn Firebirds (20-35) on the road Thursday in a huge district game where both teams were looking to improve their playoff positions
  • McGavock Raiders hosted the Cane Ridge Ravens Thursday in a huge showdown of married Principals (and 70-14 rout by the Raiders) #WallBowl
  • Hillwood Hilltoppers hosted Glencliff Colts in a 20-6 loss Thursday

Friday:

  • Overton Bobcats travel to Antioch Bears in a throwback rivalry renewal.
  • A big community celebration is planned on Friday at Stratford as the Spartans host Whites Creek Cobras;
  • East Nashville Eagles play at Lipscomb for the district championship on Friday.

The MNPS home games Thursday are at Hunters Lane; at Pearl-Cohn; at Antioch; at McGavock and at Hillwood. On Friday the MNPS home game is at Stratford. Go to a game!

MNPS: The First Choice for Inspirational Leaders

North Sports Report – October 16, 2014

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

Vanderbilt Stadium to Host Big Game

Friday night, October 17, the Pearl-Cohn Firebirds will visit the East Nashville Eagles in a showdown of epic proportion. The most anticipated football game of the year is so huge that it has been moved to Vanderbilt. The undefeated Eagles have given up only seven points all season, and the Firebirds are loaded with top college prospects, including Ke’Shawn Vaughn – scholarship offers from Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Purdue, Wisconsin, Louisville and Ohio State – Jimmy Farrell, Rontavius Groves, A.J. Morris, and more. East Nashville is led by MTSU commitment Isiah Upton, Wofford commitment Lennox McAfee, DeVarius Cortner, and more. College ready? Oh yeah!

Vanderbilt Stadium is the place to be Friday Night for the East Nashville vs. Pearl-Cohn football showcase

Vanderbilt Stadium is the place to be Friday Night for the East Nashville vs. Pearl-Cohn football showcase

Have you ever heard stories from old timers about the time they saw so-and-so play in high school or they were at the game when yada yada? Well, this is the game you will want to tell your grandkids about. Be there! Kickoff is at 7:00pm at Vanderbilt Stadium. Tickets are $8. Get there early and enjoy the excitement.

Tournament Time

Volleyball: Congratulations to the Overton Lady Bobcats for winning the District 12AAA Championship and to the Hume-Fogg Lady Blue Knights on their District 10AA Championship. Hume-Fogg plays tonight at Page for a return trip to next week’s state tournament.

Girls’ Soccer: The weather has wreaked havoc on the schedule, and district tournaments continue as teams inch toward the state tournament. Stay tuned for updates.

After a timeout for Fall Break, middle school soccer is heading toward the City Championship

After a timeout for Fall Break, middle school soccer is heading toward the City Championship

Cross-Country: The Steeplechase course will again host the state championship on November 1. MNPS has several individuals and teams vying for a state championship, including defending champion and course record holder Bailee Dean of Cane Ridge.

Football Friday October 17, 2014

Last week…

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In addition to the Pearl-Cohn vs. East Nashville game, MNPS has a slate of great games.

  • Overton Bobcats will honor the school’s first football coach, Solon Apple, prior to and at halftime of their game with the Hillwood Hilltoppers;
  • Maplewood Panthers welcome Stratford Spartans;
  • Cane Ridge Ravens host Riverdale from nearby Rutherford County;
  • Whites Creek Cobras host Lipscomb; and
  • Undefeated Hillsboro Burros travel to Franklin County.
  • Antioch Bears, Hunters Lane Warriors, McGavock Raiders, and Glencliff Colts are idle this week.

The MNPS home games are at Maplewood; at Overton; at Cane Ridge; at Whites Creek; and at Vanderbilt. Go to a game!

MNPS: The First Choice for College Readiness

North Sports Report – September 18, 2014

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

It is No Walk in the Park

The North Sports Report strolled some of Nashville’s beautiful greenways last week. My walk with Mayor Dean at the ribbon cutting for the new trails at Peeler Park deep in Neely’s Bend – a quiet, slow, non-athletic, communing with nature kind of hike – contrasted my visit to Shelby Bottom as a spectator for the Cross-Country Meet. Understatement Alert: Cross-Country competition is no walk in the park. Over one hundred student-athletes gathered to run the course. MNPS cross-country student-athletes range from world class state champions like Cane Ridge’s Bailee Dean, to basketball players staying in shape for the upcoming season, to runners hoping to just finish the race, and everything in between. It is certainly a diverse field of competitors. Several races occur on the same day, the second race starts before the first one is completed, and the boys and girls compete at the same time on the same course. So, someone is running past you all the time. They start in one large mob, thin out through the course, and finish alone or in a small group sprinting to the finish line. Runners who finish early encourage their teammates as they approach the final stretch. It’s really exciting!

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If you get the chance, go to a Meet and encourage the runners for your favorite team.

Football Friday – The Perfect Date Night

Looking for something to do Friday night with that special someone? If your significant other enjoys musical productions, fine dining, community gatherings, fashion shows, or exciting sporting events, I have the perfect suggestion for an evening out. Last Friday, the North Sports Report and Mrs. NorthSportsReport spent date night at Hillsboro High School for the Burros’ game against the Overton Bobcats. It had everything! The gourmet dining included a perfectly grilled sandwich of ground beef adorned with tomato ketchup served with a side of corn chip Fritos from the Hillsboro Snack Shack; the production quality of the Overton and Hillsboro bands was extravagant; the fashion statement of new football uniforms was certainly a highlight; and we saw some old friends, a great football game and even a live animal show. Now that the weather is getting cooler, we could sit just a little bit closer. As I said…a perfect date night!

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Football Friday September 19, 2014

The North Sports Report will be at Buster Boguskie Field on the campus of Stratford High School to witness the eastside battle between the Stratford Spartans and the East Nashville Eagles. The Spartans look to blemish East Nashville’s record as the Eagles are the only team in the state that has not yet given up a point, outscoring opponents 167-0 in their first four games. It should be a barnburner!

Over at Hillsboro, two teams take undefeated records into Friday’s contest as the Hillsboro Burros host the McGavock Raiders in a game with playoff implications.

In other action:

  • Overton Bobcats travel to Cane Ridge Ravens in another huge district game;
  • Glencliff Colts host Antioch Bears;
  • Hillwood Hilltoppers travel to Jerry Pigue Field to face Hunters Lane Warriors;
  • Whites Creek Cobras play at home against Maplewood Panthers; and
  • Pearl-Cohn Firebirds travel to Lipscomb.

MNPS home games are at Stratford; at Hillsboro; at Cane Ridge; at Glencliff; at Hunters Lane; and at Whites Creek.

Kickoff is at 7:00pm. Go to a game!

MNPS: The First Choice for a Diverse Field of Competitors

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

Cane Ridge scholar-athlete wins statewide honor, is a finalist for national one

What a school year for Cane Ridge scholar-athlete Bailee Dean! First she won the state championship in cross country, now she’s been named one of the country’s top high school athletes by Gatorade and USA Today.

Bailee is the Gatorade Tennessee Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, which makes her a finalist for the NATIONAL Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year award.

She didn’t just earn this honor because she’s fast (although she is very fast), she’s also a great student. She carries a 3.71 GPA, is a member of FCA and HOSA, and volunteers in the community.

From Gatorade:

In its 29th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Bailee Dean of Cane Ridge High School as its 2013-14 Gatorade Tennessee Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year. Dean is the first Gatorade Tennessee Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year to be chosen from Cane Ridge High School.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the racecourse, distinguishes Dean as Tennessee’s best high school girls cross country runner. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year award to be announced in January, Dean joins an elite alumni association of past state awardwinners in 12 sports, including Ryan Hall (1999-00, 2000-01, Big Bear HS, Calif.), Derek Jeter (1991-92, Kalamazoo HS, Mich.), Candace Parker (2001-02, Naperville Central HS, Ill.), Abby Wambach (1997-98, Our Lady of Mercy, N.Y.) and Mark Sanchez (2004-05, Mission Viejo HS, Calif.).

The 5-foot-4 junior raced to the Class AAA individual state championship this past season with a time of 18:08.4. The 2013 Tennessean All-Midstate Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, Dean was the fastest Tennessee competitor at the 2013 Foot Locker South Regional championships, clocking a 17:51 to cross the line in 23rd place.

Dean has maintained a 3.71 GPA in the classroom. A member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Health Occupations Students of America, she has volunteered locally at an area nursing home and as a junior ambassador at her school’s Academy of Health Management.

“Bailee Dean is a unique individual who can amaze you with what she is capable of achieving both academically and athletically,” said Cane Ridge High head coach Corene Minchin. “Her determination for success is among the top one percent of anyone I have ever met, yet she is still humble.”

Dean will begin her senior year of high school this fall.

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade high school sports leadership team in partnership with USA TODAY High School Sports, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.

Dean joins Gatorade Tennessee Girls Cross Country Runners of the Year Barbara Lee Ball (2012-13, Lipscomb Academy), Haley Ward (2011-12, McMinn County High School), Joanna Thompson (2010-11, Knoxville Catholic High School), Megan Ferowich (2009-10, Knoxville Catholic), and Kathy Kroeger (2008-09 & 2007-08, Independence) as athletes who have won the cross country award since its inception in 2007.

To keep up to date on the latest happenings, become a fan of Gatorade Player of the Year on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. For more on the Gatorade Player of the Year program, including nomination information, a complete list of past winners and the announcement of the Gatorade National Player of the Year, visit www.gatorade.com/poy.

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 21, 2013

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

Tournament Time – Winding Toward State Championships

It’s tournament time. Time to survive and advance … or dominate and advance … or look back on a successful season as it comes to an abrupt end. The pressure mounts as mere games transform into winner-take-all/win-or-go-home affairs. Here is an update on the tournament schedules.

Cross-Country
The State Cross-Country Championships are Saturday November 2 at the Steeplechase Course here in Nashville. Cane Ridge phenom Bailee Dean smoked the competition and crushed the meet record at the Metro Cross Country Championship last week as she finished approximately ½ a light year ahead of the competition.

The schedule for the state meet on November 2:
Bailee Dean and the AAA Girls will run at 10:00am; the AAA Boys will run at 10:45am; the A-AA Girls start at 1:40pm; and the A-AA Boys start at 2:20pm. MNPS will have team and individual contenders in all four races.

Volleyball
The State Volleyball Tournament starts October 23 at several sites in Murfreesboro, primarily at MTSU. The Hume-Fogg Lady Blue Knights captured the District 10AA and Region 5AA Championships and dominated CPA in the sectionals on Thursday and play in the state tournament on Wednesday October 23 at 9:00am at the Murphy Center on the campus of MTSU. Congratulations and good luck in the state tournament!

Hume-Fogg Volleyball 2013 (2)

The Overton Lady Bobcats finished the regular season undefeated and won the 12AAA District Championship before their season ended in the Region Semifinals. Congratulations to all our Volleyball student-athletes.

Soccer
The State Girls Soccer Tournament runs October 30 through November 2 in Murfreesboro. The Cane Ridge Lady Ravens won District 12AAA, and the Hume-Fogg Lady Blue Knights won District 10A-AA. Each plays at home Tuesday in the Regional semifinals. The Overton Lady Bobcats (runner-up in District 12AAA) travel to Franklin Tuesday for their Regional semifinal game.

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Freshman Football

Congratulations to the Cane Ridge Ravens for capturing the 9th Grade City Championship!

Alumni Alert: Moc Blocks Punt

The North Sports Report was in attendance at the Chattanooga Mocs homecoming game against Furman on Saturday when 2011 Hume-Fogg graduate and former Hillwood football star A.J. Hampton slashed through the line, extended his arms and blocked a punt. The NSR was seated beside A.J.’s sister as A.J. not only blocked the punt but also recovered it. Needless to say, it was a very exciting moment in the NSR section of the stadium!

A.J.'s former football home.

A.J.’s former football home: Hillwood.

Alumni Alert: Hilltopping Burro Kicks up his Heels on National TV

Did you see 2013 Hillsboro graduate Joseph Occhipinti on ESPN2 last week kicking and punting for the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers? Awesome!

Go, Joseph!

Go, Joseph!

  

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