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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 – 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!


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.


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


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 – 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 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.


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!


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 – 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.

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.

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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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.

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 – April 24, 2014

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

Middle School Track Extravaganza – April 24 & 26

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

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

Awards Season

Callee Brooks with her Moss-Oliver Award.

Callee Brooks with her Moss-Oliver Award.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Congratulations to all the Seniors!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MNPS: The First Choice for Heroes

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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