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.

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!

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