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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 – October 23, 2014

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

Teachers are Always There

At halftime of the most exciting football game of the year, the North Sports Report ran into one of his former teachers. Rita Bradley taught me at Neely’s Bend Elementary School many years ago, taught all three of my children several years ago, and asked about each of them by name on Friday. It’s amazing how teachers remember all those students. So, why was a retired elementary school teacher at Vanderbilt Stadium for the East Nashville vs. Pearl-Cohn showdown? Well, she’s a big fan of East Nashville superstar running back Lennox McAfee, one of her former students at Neely’s Bend. When I got home from the game, I grabbed the old Neely’s Bend yearbooks from the shelf and did some investigative reporting. Sure enough, there’s Lennox McAfee alongside his kindergarten classmates.

As I reflected on the thrilling game, the talented student-athletes, the electric atmosphere, and the huge crowd, I kept coming back to the thought of Ms. Bradley and the beautiful notion that teachers become their students’ biggest fans.

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Football Polls

With two weeks left in the regular season, three MNPS teams are ranked in the Top 10 in the state. Hillsboro is undefeated and ranked 4th in 5A; East Nashville is undefeated and ranked 3rd in 3A; and Pearl-Cohn is ranked 9th in 4A.

Middle School City Champs Defying Gravity and Looking for the Sweep

Congratulations to the J.T. Moore Middle School Lady Matadors Soccer and Volleyball teams that both won City Championships this week.

Region Final: Girls Soccer

The Hume-Fogg Lady Blue Knights host White House at West End Middle School tonight for the girls soccer Region Championship. Hume-Fogg will play in the Sectionals on Saturday, looking for their second state tournament trip in four years.

Football Friday October 24, 2014

Only two regular season games remain, and the stakes keep getting higher as teams battle for playoff spots. This week, the North Sports Report will be at Nick Coutras Stadium on the Overton campus as the Overton Bobcats welcome the 7-1 McGavock Raiders with playoff position on the line.
In other action:

  • Antioch Bears travel to Hunters Lane Warriors in a key District 12AAA matchup;
  • Cane Ridge Ravens host Hillwood Hilltoppers;
  • Undefeated Hillsboro Burros play at home against Glencliff Colts;
  • Stratford Spartans host Marshall County;
  • East Nashville Eagles look to stay undefeated as they face Nashville Christian;
  • Pearl-Cohn Firebirds welcome FRA; and
  • Maplewood Panthers head to east Tennessee to play Alcoa.
  • Whites Creek Cobras have the week off.

MNPS home games are at Overton; at Cane Ridge; at Hillsboro; at Hunters Lane; at Pearl-Cohn; at East Nashville (on the TPS campus); and at Stratford. Go to a game!

MNPS: The First Choice for Lifelong Learners and Lifelong Fans

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 – August 21, 2014

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

A Community of Fans

After a football jamboree last week, as a team gathered on the high jump area of the track beyond the end zone for the post-game coach talk, the North Sports Report noticed a group gathering just outside the fence and around the track. It happens every game and in every sport. The group consists of the players’ families, friends, classmates, and well-wishers, waiting to congratulate or console, to take pictures and debrief about the game. The coaches’ families and friends are there too. The “waiting for the team” ritual displays one of the beautiful things about high school sports – the creation of a community. Sure, high school athletics help a school connect with the community at large and become a source of pride within each community. But the community of fans is more intimate – a combination of cheering section and support group, not just for the kids on the field but also for each other. It is a bond created out of a common interest and love for the players, the coaches, the team and the school. Everyone is welcome, and everyone can contribute and benefit from being a part of the community that wins and loses as a team and still holds true in their support for each other and for the school.

As the sun goes down, the teams warm up for football season.

As the sun goes down, the teams warm up for football season.

Volleyball: A Bumpin’, Settin’, High-fly Spikin’ Good Time

The North Sports report arrived for a volleyball match at Carlton Collier Gymnasium on the campus of Hunters Lane High School just in time to see the visiting Overton Lady Bobcats warm up. And, they put on a show! It was like watching the NBA dunk contest with graceful, gravity defying leaps and the crashing sound of the ball spiked to the floor. It was awesome! Once the match began, the teamwork, precision, and athleticism created an exciting, spectator-friendly sporting event. The North Sports report even got in on the action as the ball careened onto the balcony and right to me. I slowly and deliberately side-stepped the ball, waited for it to stop, and using my non-existent vertical leap, picked it up and gently tossed it back to the court. Seriously though, pick your favorite team and go to a volleyball match soon. You will not be disappointed. Oh, and get there in time to watch the warm-ups.

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Alumni Alert: Titans Face Two MNPS Alumni Saturday Night

Historically, the third preseason game is the most important for NFL teams, and they tend to treat it as a dress-rehearsal for the regular season. This Saturday night, the Tennessee Titans will travel to Atlanta and face the Falcons in a game televised locally on WKRN Channel 2 at 6:00pm. If you turn on the game, look for number 62 and number 52 for the Falcons. #62 is Maplewood superstar James Stone in his rookie year with the Falcons, and #52 is longtime NFL linebacker Tim Dobbins of Glencliff.

Friday Night Game of the Week August 22, 2014

The TSSAA calls the first week of the season “Week Zero” and Week Zero is made for rivalries. You can throw out the records when these teams meet. Since it’s the first game of the season, their identical 0-0 records can easily be tossed. Anyway, fierce rivals meet this week.

The North Sports Report will head to southeast Davidson County as the Antioch Bears host the Cane Ridge Ravens in a clash of next-door neighbors. There is always more on the line than just wins and losses when these two meet.

The Overton Bobcats travel to face archrival Father Ryan and continue one of Nashville’s longest running rivalries; and, the Dickerson Road Buffalo Bowl features familiar foes as the Maplewood Panthers take the short jaunt to face the Hunters Lane Warriors.

In other action:

  • East Nashville Eagles host Hillwood Hilltoppers at TPS;
  • Glencliff Colts welcome Pearl-Cohn Firebirds;
  • Hillsboro Burros start their season at home against Rossview;
  • McGavock Raiders trek to Tullahoma;
  • Stratford Spartans head to Sumner County to face John Paul II; and
  • Whites Creek Cobras travel to Sycamore.

The MNPS home games are at Antioch; at Hunters Lane; at East Nashville (at TPS on Foster Avenue); at Glencliff; and at Hillsboro. Go to a game. You will love it!

MNPS: The First Choice for Community

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

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 – November 21, 2013

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

Because It’s Fun

Are you looking for a reason to attend high school basketball games? Here it is – pure and simple… You will have fun! The North Sports Report attended this week’s game between the Hunters Lane Warriors and the Maplewood Panthers. The girls’ game went down to the wire with an electrifying finish, but even the little things were exciting, like the teams’ shoes – the Panthers donned the elegant maroon (actually, I call it Maplewood Red) shoes, and Hunters Lane’s fluorescent orange lit up the gym. The crowd was large and lively for a Tuesday night game and included a toddler who played peek-a-boo with the NSR during timeouts, and even a Gra-Mar Middle School cheerleader arrived to encourage the teams. Maplewood students painted bronze like statues with Maplewood Red lettering chanted “Defense!” along with Principal Woodard. The game presentation had the feel of an NBA game as the expert PA announcer – none other than Scott Wallace – introduced the new dance troupe: “Ladies and Gentlemen, the Pantherettes, the purrrr of east Nashville.” Fantastic!

Maplewood's spirit is... colorful.

Maplewood’s spirit is… colorful.

The Pantherettes, the purrrrrr of East Nashville.

The Pantherettes, the purrrrrr of East Nashville.

Think about it. When was the last time you just took the time to have some fun? Go to a game!

Signing Day – Tulane Green Wave Volleyball

Congratulations to Hume-Fogg’s Sarah Ray who signed this week to take her volleyball and education to the next level at Tulane University. Tulane’s head coach Sinisa Momic had high praise: “Sarah Ray can contribute to our team in many ways: she is a tall, athletic player who can be very good as a hitter/blocker, but also has a strong all-around game.” Congratulations!

East Nashville Magnet Stadium

Since the East Nashville Eagles resurrected their football program, they have played without an on-campus stadium. With some help from the community, that’s going to change. A group of East alumni and community leaders led by Junior Ward has started the push for a privately funded stadium on campus. For more information and to make a donation, contact Junior Ward via email at

Breaking News – Legend Retires

Overton head football coach Terry Anderson announced his retirement this week after a 40-year coaching career. The impact of his influence on the young men he coached will be felt throughout Nashville for generations. Thank you and congratulations!

See You In December

The NSR is off next week to celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday with lots of family, football and food – all with a spirit of gratitude for the opportunity to share the joy of public school athletics in Nashville.


MNPS: The First Choice for Fun Athletic Events

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.

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.

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.

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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