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North Sports Report - September 26, 2013

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

Ode to the Middle School Goalkeeper

Team sports teach life lessons of discipline, overcoming pressure and adversity, teamwork, handling victory and defeat, and for some, the lesson of overcoming loneliness. What? Loneliness in a team sport? Yeah, that’s right. The NSR has discovered what must be the loneliest position in sports – the goalie on a very good middle school soccer team. Wearing hamburger helper gloves and an oxymoronic non-uniformed uniform and with the game action so far away it can only be seen with binoculars, you are more likely to find a four-leaf clover than give up a goal. While goalies on average teams face a barrage of shots, testing their skills among a throng of friends and foes alike, you, the goalie on a great team, spend most of the game at least 30 yards from any living soul eagerly awaiting the first close glimpse of the opponent in the post-game “good game” line.

I haven't seen my teammates since practice.

So, here’s to you great – yet bored – netminder. The playoffs start this week, so you can expect some company soon.

At the Ballgame

The sights and sounds of Friday night football never fail to entertain, and last Friday was no exception. In addition to a lively crowd of supporters, top-notch marching bands, and great football, Friday night treated the NSR to:

Plenty of Cheer for Fans of All Ages The Norman Binkley Elementary Cheer Club joined the Overton High Cheerleaders to rev up the Bobcat fans and even performed at halftime.

Cheers for all ages

Alumni Alert: Overton Alum Awarded Scholarship 2013 Overton graduate and Hume Award winner Brandon Orr received the Nick Coutras Scholarship at halftime. The $5,000 scholarship was presented by Overton alumni, including Coach Coutras’ son, Chris Coutras. Brandon has continued his studies at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Alumni Alert: Hall of Famer in the House The NSR ran into Joanne Tribue, one of the greatest high school athletes in Nashville history and a member of the MNPS Sports Hall of Fame. By the way, did you know that Coach Joanne Tribue had perfect attendance throughout school – all twelve years? It’s true!

The Burger Chef – Friday Night Fine Dining The NSR enjoyed two – count ‘em two – hamburgers Friday night…Grilled to perfection.

Keeping Bobcats happy and full.

Trailblazers Alumni from the very first class of Overton High School attended the game. They were first class in every sense.

Neely’s Bend Middle – Golden Anniversary

Speaking of firsts, members of the first football team in the history of Neely’s Bend Middle School were on hand to celebrate the school’s 50th anniversary. The teammates still enjoy the bond they have with the school and with each other after all these years.

Friday Night Football

The games get more important as the season progresses. This week, two powerhouses meet with their eyes toward the playoffs when the McGavock Raiders host the Antioch Bears.

In other action:

  • Cane Ridge Ravens travel to Green Hills to face Hillsboro Burros;
  • Hunters Lane Warriors welcome Glencliff Colts to Jerry Pigue Field;
  • Maplewood Panthers host Eastern Christian Academy from Elkton, Maryland;
  • Overton Bobcats look to crank up Nick Coutras stadium as Ravenwood visits;
  • Whites Creek Cobras host Lavergne
  • Pearl-Cohn Firebirds travel to Sumner County to play Station Camp;
  • Stratford Spartans invade Father Ryan; and
  • East Nashville Eagles – undefeated and flying high – travel to Ezell Harding.

Hillwood Hilltoppers have the week off.

MNPS home games are at McGavock; at Hillsboro; at Hunters Lane; at Maplewood; at Overton and at Whites Creek. Go to a game!

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