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

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

Super… Simply Super

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

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

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

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

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Spring Fling or Bust

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

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National Recognition

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

MNPS: The First Choice for Superhero Student-Athletes

North Sports Report – May 9, 2014

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

Hall of Fame Athlete and a Teacher of the Year

Coach Tribue - Teacher of the Year

Coach Tribue – Teacher of the Year

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

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

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

Congratulations Coach Tribue!

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

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

MNPS Sweeps the Middle Tennessee Middle School Track Invitational

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

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Post-Season Underway

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

Post-Season Baseball and Softball.

MNPS: The First Choice for Teachers of the Year

North Sports Report – January 9, 2014

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

R-E-S-P-E-C-T Never Goes Out of Style

Did you see the stories about The Retro Classic? Last Saturday, the North Sports Report attended a unique and nostalgic high school basketball event at the beautiful historic Litton High Gym. They don’t make gyms like that anymore, and oldies music like Aretha Franklin blaring from the sound system enhanced the atmosphere. The high school teams wore throwback uniforms designed to honor by-gone Nashville High Schools all of which closed long before these players were born. The uniforms included the famed fashion faux pas polka dots designed by Madison High Coach Bill Brimm. Thankfully, the throwback uniforms were not so authentic to include belted, silky short shorts.

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In attendance were members of the last West High basketball team, the last Madison High basketball team, the first Hunters Lane basketball team, and Carlton Collier, the first Hunters Lane basketball coach. Enjoying the hoops action from his seat on the front row at mid-court was Ronald Webb, who might be the longest tenured MNPS employee in history. Before serving as Principal at Wright Middle and McMurray Middle, Mr. Webb taught and coached at Litton High. When Stratford High School opened, Mr. Webb became its first football coach. Now that’s a history lesson.

The highlight for the North Sports Report came during player introductions for the last game of the day. East Nashville Principal Steve Ball’s booming voice introduced the first starter for Coach Barry Mangrum’s Stratford Spartans. Instead of the flying chest bump or intricately choreographed high-five so common during introductions, the player jogged directly across the court and greeted Mr. Webb with a respectful and appreciative handshake, as did each member of the Spartan team… mutual respect from and for generations of dedicated educators and a generation of grateful student-athletes.


Cross-Country: Cane Ridge junior Bailee Dean was named the 2013 Gatorade Cross-Country Runner of the Year in Tennessee. Congratulations!

Volleyball: Hume-Fogg’s Sarah Ray was named First-Team All State by the TSWA. Congratulations!

Football: The TSWA All-State Football team includes: Justin Martin and Ugo Amadi of Overton; Keshawn Vaughn, Carlos Johnson and Hayden Gregory of Pearl-Cohn; and Isiah Upton of East Nashville. Congratulations!

2013 Brag Sheet

The North Sports Report received a very impressive end of the year list of accomplishments for MLK student-athletes. Check it out here. This is a great idea for every school!

Track 2013 accomplishments:

  • Justice Wooten 2012 and 2013 State Champion 300m Hurdles
  • Sam Klockenkemper 2012 and 2013 State Champion 1600m
  • Boys Team Track State Champions 2013
  • Boys Team Track State Runner-Up 2012
  • Sam Klockenkemper 2011 and 2012 Cross Country State Champion
  • Boys Cross Country Team State Runner-Up 2012
  • Paige Fairrow-Davis 2013 State Champion 400m Dash
  • Girls 4x400m Relay 2013 State Champions (Emani Jenkins, Audrey Hale, Terri Cunningham, Paige Fairrow-Davis)
  • Girls Team Track State Champions 2010, 2011, 2012

Girls Basketball 2012 – 2013

  • Sydney Sims – Class of 2013 – First Girls Basketball player to sign and athletic scholarship letter of intent to play. Sydney will be playing at Chattanooga State in the fall.
  • Molly Kafader & Sydney Sims – Voted to the District 9AA All –Tournament Team
  • Jordan Majors, Sydney Sims, & Briana Smith – Voted to the District 9AA ALL- Regular Season Team
  • Jordan Majors – Class of 2015- Received the Coca Cola All Metro Team Award


  • Andre’ Rucker finished the 2012-13 with an 188 avg. ( top team average boys)
  • Qualifier in the state tournament
  • Kaitlyn Cashion (NSA) finished with a 156 avg. girls. ( top team average girls)
  • Qualifier in the state tournament.
  • Finished top 21st in the state.


  • Shon Jordan was named the District 10-AA co-MVP for the 2013 softball season

Hockey is Back

Last month, the North Sports Report shared the fun of high school hockey. Well, the Hume-Fogg vs. MLK rematch is set for Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday January 15 at 7:30pm. Did you say Bridgestone Arena, like the home of the Nashville Predators? Oh yeah! Here is your chance to enjoy the excitement of high school hockey with the amenities of an NHL arena. Don’t miss it!

MNPS: The First Choice for Generations of Dedicated Educators

North Sports Report – Year-end Wrap Up

Graduation: It’s All About the Walk

The North Sports Report attended several graduations last month and was thrilled at the number of student-athletes I recognized as they received diplomas.  I witnessed amazing athletic performances and thrilling competitions this year, but nothing compares to seeing the scholars, decked out in their caps and gowns, stroll across the stage for that diploma.  Preparation and hard work lead to that all important walk for the sheepskin! Priceless!

Track:  State Champions

The North Sports Report attended the state track championships in Murfreesboro as MNPS athletes brought home the gold.

Boys’ Track

Team: MLK’s Boys Track Team won the State Championship, and six MNPS schools finished in the top twenty in the state.

  • 1. MLK; 7. Pearl-Cohn; 11. Whites Creek; 14. Maplewood; 16. Hume-Fogg; 20. East Nashville.


  • 1600m – Sam Klockenkemper, MLK – State Champion
  • 300m Hurdles – Justice Wooten, MLK – State Champion

Girls’ Track

Team:  Six MNPS schools finished in the top ten in the state.

  • AAA: 3. Antioch; 8. Hillsboro
  • A-AA: 3. MLK; 6. Hume-Fogg; 8. Maplewood; 9. East Nashville


  • 4X100m Relay – Antioch – State Champion
  • 4X400m Relay – Antioch – State Champion (AAA)
  • 4X400m Relay – MLK – State Champion (A-AA)
  • 3200m – Bailee Dean, Cane Ridge – State Champion
  • Pentathlon – Jada Curbeam, East Nashville – State Champion
  • 100m Hurdles – T’Kesha Hagens, Maplewood – State Champion
  • 300m Hurdles – T’Kesha Hagens, Maplewood – State Champion
  • 400m – Paige Farrow-Davis, MLK – State Champion

Alumni Alert: Mychelle Cumings of Hunters Lane – All-American

2011 Hunters Lane graduate Mychelle Cumings, a sophomore at Liberty University, earned All-American honors and is one of only 24 athletes to qualify for the NCAA National Championships in the discus. By the way, she can throw a discus farther than I can throw a Frisbee.

Read the blog post about Mychelle by the Tennessean’s Maurice Patton.

Alumni Alert: Dominique Hannah of Overton – National Player of the Year

Overton alumnus Dominique Hannah, a sophomore left fielder for the Lee University softball team, was named NAIA National Player of the Year after batting .482, hitting 9 Home Runs and driving in 56 runs.

Hold on… I want to be sure you read that right…I said “National Player of the Year.”

Read the blog post about Dominique by the Tennessean’s Maurice Patton.

History:  Records Still Stand for Track Greats

While studying for the state track meet, the North Sports Report snuck a peek at the state track & field records according to the TSSAA website. Here is some of what I learned:

  • Whites Creek’s Jeff Powell set the state record in the 110m Hurdles in 1981, and that record still stands.  I think 1981 was the first year the TSAA measured the races in meters rather than yards.  If so, Jeff Powell’s record has stood since the beginning of time!
  • Goodlettsville’s Larry Cantrell holds the state record in the 100m Dash (10.40 seconds) and the 400m Dash (46.6 seconds).  He won the state championship three years in a row in the 100m, 200m, and 400m from 1983-1985 and his time improved each year. In 1984, his junior year, he also won the long jump.  He was the only athlete from his school entered in the state track meet and single-handedly won the Team state championship. Larry Cantrell now serves as a minister for the Nashville Inner City Ministry.
  • Hillwood’s Ralph Thompson still holds the 300m Hurdles state record (36.58 seconds) he set in 1990.
  • The Hillsboro 4X800m Relay team (1982) and the Antioch 4X200m Relay team (2006) hold their respective state records.

When you know history, the next step is to make history. Now you know!


MNPS: The First Choice for Making History

The North Sports Report – April 9, 2013

Spring Has Sprung

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

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Philadelphia Bound: Antioch Girls Track Team Headed to Penn Relays

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

All Mid-State Teams – Winter Sports

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

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

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

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

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

Congratulations to all our student-athletes!

Hall of Fame Adds Eight Greats

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

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

Congratulations to all the inductees!

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MNPS: The First Choice for Scholars and Honors

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