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North Sports Report – Communities come together for sports

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

Can you Dig It? Yes, I Can
The North Sports Report attended the Middle School Volleyball Play Day at Overton last weekend and was blown away by the quality of play. The pre-season jamboree-type event is sponsored by the Bellevue Women’s Club and allows teams to work out the jitters before the season opener. From what the North Sports Report saw, the MNPS coaches have these teams in mid-season form already. It’s going to be a great season.

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Alumni Watch
The North Sports Report will be checking box scores and highlights for top performances from MNPS alumni. Just a few to watch include:

  • Overton’s Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox who is hitting .274 with 13 home runs this season;
  • Maplewood/Tennessee Tech’s Ladarius Vanlier has been named preseason All-American;
  • Hillsboro’s Joseph Occhipinti started his junior season for Western Kentucky at Vanderbilt last night;
  • Hillboro’s Kyle Phillips and Overton’s Justin Martin will see plenty of playing time in Tennessee’s opener at Nissan Stadium Saturday;
  • and one of Oregon’s football coaches called Overton’s Ugo Amadi a “blessing from God” and “one of the best mentally, as a freshmen, I’ve ever been around.”
  • …and many more.

Come Together for the Game
Friday night at Stratford High School features a huge community tailgate party, and everyone is there. The North Sports Report saw several Stratford alumni enjoying the game, including MNPS Sports Hall of Famers and former NFL players Joe Campbell and Cory Fleming. Nothing compares to the sense of community that surrounds Buster Boguskie Field each home game.

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Football Friday September 4
The Backyard Burger Bowl is back as the Maplewood Panthers will play Springfield at Vanderbilt Stadium in the 2nd Annual event hosted by the Backyard Burger restaurant chain. The football will be exciting and the concession stand will serve fresh Backyard Burgers. Yes sir, I will be there.

In other games:

  • Stratford Spartans host East Nashville Eagles for eastside bragging rights;
  • Hillsboro Burros welcome Station Camp;
  • Hunters Lane Warriors play at home against Gallatin;
  • McGavock Raiders host Lebanon;
  • Pearl-Cohn Firebirds welcome Macon County;
  • Antioch Bears travel to Wilson Central;
  • Cane Ridge Ravens look to stay unbeaten as the visit Hendersonville;
  • Glencliff Colts head to Sumner County to face Beech;
  • Hillwood Hilltoppers visit Kenwood;
  • Overton Bobcats travel to Franklin; and
  • Whites Creek has the night off.

The MNPS home games are at Stratford; at Hillsboro; at Hunters Lane; at McGavock; at Pearl-Cohn; and Maplewood plays at Vanderbilt. Go to a game!

MNPS: The First Choice for Cohesive Communities

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 – 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 – Sports are great. Scholarships are better.

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

Big Sports Week…and Graduations

Don the cap and gown, cue the Pomp and Circumstance march, grab the tissue… the culmination of years of hard, sometimes tedious, work receives its reward. They’ve been at this school thing since they were four or five years old, and now their grown and ready to cross that stage and flip that tassel. Graduation gets first billing: everything else is part of the journey. As important as sports can be to a student (and it might be the best dropout prevention program ever devised), the diploma dash – down the aisle and across the stage – will always be the most important run of the season. Congratulations to all the graduates!

That being said…let’s talk sports.

World Cup has Nothing on this One

The Middle School Soccer City Championship might go down in history as the most riveting match in MNPS history with McMurray edging Croft in a penalty kick shootout. The soccer world will talk about this one for years.

Spring Fling – State Track Meet, May 18-22

The state track meet is a spectacle to behold! MNPS athletes competing with the best the rest of the state has to offer. Check out the schedule at tssaa.org and head to Murfreesboro to check out the action. MNPS has several teams that will be in the hunt (some might say favored) to win the state championship. Athletes to watch:

  • Hillsboro’s Janel Pate is the top sprinter in the state
  • Hume-Fogg’s Ben Brunson is the defending Decathlon champion and the state’s top qualifier

In the A-AA Pentathlon, the top four qualifiers in the state are all MNPS student-athletes:

  • Grenetria Shell, East Nashville (3,294 points);
  • Kayla Guthrie, Whites Creek (2,723 points);
  • Darreon Sawyers, MLK (2,648 points); and
  • Micquana Webster, East Nashville (2,617 points)

And many more…

Track: Middle School City Championship

The North Sports Report spent the evening at Cane Ridge High School for the City Championship Track Meet. The place was packed with fans, and these athletes are truly spectacular. Last week, I compared the middle school track athletes to comic book super heroes. This week – photographic proof. The Flash (or is it East Nashville’s Jashon Watkins?) is a blur as he makes the turn in the 200m.

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The Flash

Congratulations to all the student-athletes and coaches!

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Soccer: Middle School City Championship

McMurray and Croft will take to the pitch for the Soccer Middle School City Championship on Friday at Croft. The pool of great Boys Soccer teams in MNPS high school continues to grow deeper, (see the success of Stratford, Glencliff, Antioch, MLK, Overton, Hume-Fogg and others), and the same is true at the Middle School level. Check out this game Friday afternoon. You will be amazed!

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Celebrate! with Stratford STEM soccer

 

Scholarships in the Community

Stratford football and basketball player Chazz Simpson and Pearl-Cohn track athlete George Johnson were awarded a total of $3,000 in scholarships this week from the Madison Kiwanis Club. Chazz will attend Western Kentucky University and George will attend the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. The scholarships are based on academics, character and service to the community. Congratulations!

MNPS: The First Choice for College and Career Ready Graduates

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

Meet the 2015 inductees into the MNPS Sports Hall of Fame

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

Hall of Fame – Honoring the Greats

Awestruck: that’s the best way to describe the North Sports Report as the superstars of the past entered the West Club at LP Field to celebrate five new inductees to the MNPS Sports Hall of Fame. This luncheon is like Disneyland for the North Sports Report! “There’s the great…” or “Look, there’s the legendary…”, or “Here comes the incomparable…” each time another hall of famer arrived.

Those in attendance included the incomparable Barbara Frazier (Pearl High, Class of 1981), Larry Schmittou (Cohn High, Class of 1958), and Bob Dudley Smith (West High, Class of 1948); the legendary Coach Charlie Anderson (Cohn High, Class of 1952); Walter Overton (Pearl High, Class of 1970), and Joe Casey (North High, Class of 1946); and the great Joanne Arnold Tribue (Antioch High, Class of 1978), Porter Williams (Pearl High, Class of 1969), and Jinx Cockerham (Hillsboro High, Class of 1966).

MNPS Sports Hall of Fame 2015 Inductees

MNPS Sports Hall of Fame 2015 Inductees

This year’s class adds five extraordinary athletes to the MNPS Sports Hall of Fame:

    • Coach Joe Allen led Donelson High and McGavock High to basketball state championships; his teams won more than 500 games; he coached nine All-State players, including NBA champion Charles Davis; and he was named Coach of the Year in 1964, 1972, and 1974. The McGavock High School gym floor is named in his honor.
    • Preston Brown (Maplewood, Class of 1976) is considered by many to be the best running back in Nashville prep football history. When his high school career ended, he held the single season and career rushing records, was named All-State and All-America in football and was named the NIL Athlete of the Year. In track, he led Maplewood to the state championship, winning the 100 yard dash and 220 yard dash and anchoring the state champion 440 yard relay team. He went on to star at Vanderbilt (led the SEC in receiving) and still holds the school record for longest kickoff return. He was drafted by the New England Patriots and played four seasons in the NFL.
    • John Henderson (Pearl-Cohn, Class of 1997) is included in any discussion of the greatest football players in Nashville history. He played defensive tackle and tight end on two state championship teams. A consensus All-America in high school, Henderson was ranked the top player in the state and 7th best player in the country. He played at the University of Tennessee and again was a consensus All-America, played on the National Championship team, and won the Outland Trophy for being the best lineman in college football. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 1st round and played 11 seasons in the NFL including two Pro Bowl appearances.
    • Mike Jackson (Stratford, Class of 1973) was All-State, Metro Player of the Year, honorable mention All-America, and MVP of the Tennessee All-Star game during his stellar high school basketball career. At the University of Tennessee, Jackson started and served as captain on one of the most storied basketball teams in SEC history, teaming with Bernard King and Ernie Grunfeld on Coach Ray Mears’ “Ernie and Bernie” teams of the 1970’s. His sweet, smooth jump shot and 14.3 per game scoring average convinced the NBA’s Buffalo Braves (now the Los Angeles Clipper) to draft him, and he later played professionally in Europe.
    • Frank Pillow, Jr. (Whites Creek, Class of 1983) was a two sport star for the Cobras in the 1980’s, winning the state championship in the long jump and anchoring the mile relay team to a state record time and a team state championship. He was named All-American in the long jump and earned a scholarship to play football at TSU. As a receiver, he led the team in receptions and broke the school record for most receptions and receiving yards in a game with a 12 reception, 242 yard performance during a game his senior year. Pillow was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and had 22 receptions for 420 yards and 2 touchdowns his rookie season. His professional football career included playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Detroit Lions, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL, and the Indianapolis Colts.

The program from the MNPS Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is a treasure trove of information about some of Nashville’s most influential people and greatest student-athletes. The North Sports Report suggests that a copy be available at every high school library.

MNPS: The First Choice for Great, Legendary and Incomparable Students

North Sports Report – Signing Day, swimming & tournament time

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

Sign, Sign, Everywhere Sign

The cheer of teammates, the tweets of college fan clubs and recruiting experts, the proud families, the cameras and interviews…it all adds up to the spectacle that is signing day. The North Sports Report reveled in the excitement of five signing ceremonies as student-athletes and their parents signed scholarship papers. These signings are media events, team events, school events, but mostly they are family events, and watching them is a thrill. From the lobby of Pearl-Cohn to the Hillsboro auditorium to McGavock’s hall of fame room, to Overton’s auditorium and ending at East Nashville’s auditorium… what a day!

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The best part is the proud realization that these students are college ready for the academics as well as athletics, and most importantly they have a foundation of character and work ethic that will serve them well throughout their lives.

Bowling State Tournament

Congratulations to Austin York of Hunters Lane who finished 10th in the state; to Kaitlin Cashion of NSA (bowling for MLK) who finished 13th in the state; and to Shamika White of McGavock who finished 14th in the state.

The View from Poolside

The North Sports Report attended its first high school Region Swim Meet at the Centennial Sportsplex. The place was packed with swimmers and spectators, and two races were going on at the same time – one in the “Deep Pool” and one in the “Shallow Pool.” The organization of the event is nothing short of miraculous. I bet there were close to a bazillion swimmers there, and somehow they all knew where to be and when to swim. Congratulations to all our swimmers on a great season!

Hume-Fogg relay team enters the water at the Region Swim Meet.

Hume-Fogg relay team enters the water at the Region Swim Meet.

Banner Night

At halftime of a recent basketball game, East Nashville recognized the state champion 4 X 400 meter relay team of Melvyn Wells, Christian Washington, DeAndre Kpana-Quamon and Isaiah Olige with the unveiling of the banner to hang on the gymnasium wall. Each member of the relay team received a small replica of the banner.

Banner ceremony at East Nashville for state champion relay team.

Banner ceremony at East Nashville for state champion relay team.

Wrestling State Tournament

In the Wrestling Dual Tournament (i.e. team tournament), McGavock and MLK advanced all the way to the state quarterfinals. The individual State Championships start today at the Williamson County Ag Expo Arena, and MNPS has 34 wrestlers vying for state championships:

  • Antioch: Nathan Manivong, Miguel Ruiz, Ishmael Arnold, Yadiel Hernandez, and Bryce Bush. Cane Ridge: Deion Boyd and Gabby Neal.
  • East Nashville: Johnathan Hill and Joseph Cartwright.
  • Glencliff: Akol Madut, Terrell Pinkerton, and Deby Cardona.
  • Hume-Fogg: David Veltheim and John Robinson.
  • Hunters Lane: Kemale Strong, DeShawn Hooper, and Marcus Ball.
  • McGavock: Mason Dobbs, Hunter Jackson, Matthew Smith, Darius Rutland, and Erik Moreno.
  • MLK: Sevaughn Orr.
  • Overton: SoMu Ou, Rowan Mizoury, Kue Htoo, Shad Haji, Dwain Jackson, and James Parker.
  • Pearl-Cohn: Montez Booker.
  • Stratford: Eric Foster, James Hughes, and Steven Rose.
  • Whites Creek: Keyangela Baker.

Good luck to our grapplers!

MLK displays its Wrestling Regional Championship Trophy.

MLK displays its Wrestling Regional Championship Trophy.

Middle School Wrestling

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Congratulations to J.T. Moore for winning the Wrestling City Championship.

Freshmen Basketball Champions

Congratulations to the Cane Ridge Lady Ravens on winning the girls Freshmen City Championship and to the East Nashville Eagles on winning the boys Freshman City Championship.

MNPS: The First Choice for College-Ready Character and Work Ethic

College Ready: Taking National Signing Day to the next level

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

A great year for MNPS athletics gets even better on Wednesday February 4, as family, friends and coaches gather to celebrate National Signing Day – the day student-athletes choose a college and finalize athletic scholarships. The class of 2015 might be the deepest and most talented group of student-athletes MNPS has produced in many years and includes some of the nation’s top recruits.

The years of hard work and sacrifice pay off for student-athletes and their parents with the signing of college scholarship papers. The North Sports Report will follow the action of the day and attend as many of the celebrations across the district as I can. Nothing is final until the ink hits the dotted line, so the anticipation is building. Things can change right up to the last minute.

Here is the schedule for Wednesday:

  • 9:00am – Pearl-Cohn will have eight (that’s right, I said eight) student-athletes sign scholarship papers. Firebird running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn – Mr. Football, Hume Award winner, and Gatorade Tennessee Player of the Year – has listed his top choices as Illinois, Purdue, West Virginia and Louisville. His choice is the most eagerly anticipated of the day.
  • 10:00am – At Hillsboro, Vincent Perry is expected to join to play for Coach Butch Jones and the Tennessee Volunteers on the hill in Knoxville, and Juwan Davis is expected to sign with the Austin Peay Governors.
  • 11:00am – At McGavock, Damien Starks will sign to continue his studies and football at Cumberland University, and Chris Claybrooks will sign with Fort Scott Community College in Kansas.
  • 1:40pm – At Overton, DeAngelo Holt is expected to take his sack attack to Johnson City and join the East Tennessee State Buccaneers.
  • 2:30pm – At East Nashville, dual threat quarterback Isiah Upton is expected to be a wide receiver at the next level and will sign with the MTSU Blue Raiders. Lennox McAfee will take his talents to the Southern Conference as he signs with the Wofford Terriers.
  • Cane Ridge will host a celebration for the incomparable Track and Cross-Country star Bailee Dean who has signed to run for the Belmont Bruins.

Several other student-athletes signed earlier in the school year, including Hillsboro track star Janel Pate (Alabama). Other members of the class of 2015 graduated early and are enrolled in college, including some of the top recruits in the nation. Overton’s Ugo Amadi is at the University of Oregon and will play for the Ducks this fall; Hillsboro’s Michael Hughes is already continuing his education at TSU and will play for the Big Blue Tigers this fall; and Hillsboro’s Kyle Phillips has started his first college semester at UT and will a part of a top ten recruiting class.

Congratulations to the student-athletes and their families.

North Sports Report – December 11, 2014

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

Wet…Cold…Ooh look, a Donut

The North Sports Report followed the Hillsboro Burros down I-40 to Cookeville for the state championship football game last week. After a great season, the Burros faced a blustery cold rain and gale force winds, and the weather was definitely a factor in the game. It is tough to play in those conditions, and it is grueling on the fans. So, a shout out to the Burros on a great season and to the good crowd of Burros Nation that made the trek to Cookeville. The atmosphere and excitement at a state championship game is unlike anything else in high school sports, the weather notwithstanding.

Of course, the North Sports Report prepped for the game with a stop at Cookeville hot spot Ralph’s Do-Nut Shop for two (yes, I said two) butter twists and a milk before the game, and then warmed my bones with two (yes, I said two again) butter twists and a coffee for the drive home. After a tough game as a fan, somehow donuts make things okay.

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I Love These Schools

In the midst of a tough week for two middle schools, their basketball teams met on the court for some hoops as the Madison Rams made the short drive to their neighborhood rival Neely’s Bend Beavers. This is not the appropriate forum for a political discussion, so just know that the North Sports Report loves these two schools and everyone associated with them.

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Awards Night for Metro Football

The Metro Nashville Football Coaches Association held its 30th annual Awards Banquet last week at the State Fairgrounds and inducted three legends into their Hall of Fame. Sports writer Mike Organ, longtime assistant coach Dorris Armstrong, and administrator Mike Tribue were inducted to rousing applause. The influence these three had on Metro sports over the years cannot be overstated.

The Defensive Player of the Year is Hillsboro’s Kyle Phillips, the Offensive Player of the Year is Pearl-Cohn’s Ke’Shawn Vaughn, and McGavock’s Jay Gore is the Coach of the Year. The All City teams are loaded with talent as this season was one of the best for MNPS football in recent memory.

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Offense

  • QB – Isiah Upton, East Nashville
  • TE – Austin Sherman, Hillwood
  • QB – Michael Hughes, Hillsboro
  • OL – Edgar Rosas, Antioch
  • RB – Lennox McAfee, East Nashville
  • OL – Joseph Cartwright, East Nashville
  • RB – Vincent Perry, Hillsboro
  • OL – Immanuel Newsom, Maplewood
  • RB – Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Pearl-Cohn
  • OL – John Orr, Overton
  • WR – Jay King, Hillsboro
  • OL De’Marqueze Douglas, Pearl-Cohn
  • WR – Antwon Edmondson, Maplewood
  • K – Hayden Hilt, Hillsboro
  • WR – Rontavius Groves, Pearl-Cohn
  • Ath – Chris Claybrooks, McGavock

Defense

  • DL – Kyle Phillips, Hillsboro
  • LB – James Hughes, Stratford
  • DL – Justin Ignacio, Hunters Lane
  • DB – DeVarius Cortner, East Nashville
  • DL – Malik Harris, Maplewood
  • DB – Shandon Mayes, Hillsboro
  • DL – DeAngelo Holt, Overton
  • DB – Ugo Amadi, Overton
  • LB – Lamonte Roberts, Antioch
  • DB – Michael Bullard, Whites Creek
  • LB – Gage Smith, Maplewood
  • LB – Koreyon Jordan, Pearl-Cohn
  • Ath – Walter Holmes, McGavock

Congratulations to all MNPS student-athletes, coaches, and supporters on a great season!

Retro Classic is Back to the Future

The FANS Retro Classic is headed to a new location on the west side of town as high school hoopsters wear throwback uniforms from bygone schools. This year’s event is Saturday January 3, 2015 at the historic Cohn High Gym, 4805 Park Avenue. Games start at 2:00pm. Don’t miss the action as McGavock faces MLK; Hillwood takes on Pearl-Cohn; and East Nashville plays Hunters Lane. You will want to be there for a special appearance by the Madison Rams in the famed polka dot uniforms. Tickets are available at the door for $6 and proceeds benefit The Foundation for Athletics in Nashville Schools.

MNPS: The First Choice for Devoted Fans

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