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North Sports Report - February 13, 2014

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

Playing for Keeps – Tournament Time

Like late night studying for a final exam, you can cram a season’s worth of watching basketball into this week. It’s that glorious time of the year when everyone’s season starts fresh with an eye toward a championship… It’s Tournament Time; aka the second season; aka do or die; aka win or go home; aka hoopapalooza for the fans.

The North Sports Report began the week at Pearl-Cohn High School for the Freshmen Basketball Metro Championship Games and saw some incredible hoops. Congratulations to East Nashville Lady Eagles and Overton Bobcats for their impressive victories. These stars of the future shone bright on championship night. The fans at the championship games included all-time greats like Glencliff’s Avery Patton; high school principals, teachers and coaches; supportive parents; and East Nashville superstar quarterback Isiah Upton.

This weekend and the early part of next week will be the hoops fan’s dream as the 12-AAA tournament tips off and runs through next Tuesday at Hillwood High School. Games start at 3:30 pm on Friday, the semifinals start at 1:00pm on Saturday, the consolation games are Monday evening and the championship is Tuesday at 6:00pm.

The 10-AA tournament heads to Maplewood High School on Friday night at 6:00pm with the semi-finals on Saturday beginning at 2:00pm. The consolation games are Monday and the Championship games tip-off at 6:00pm on Tuesday night.

Go to the games!

Everyday I’m Grapplin’

The Middle School Wrestling City Champions were crowned last week. Congratulations to City Champion Croft Middle School. The individual City Champions at the each weight classes included:

  • Bailey Rush, DuPont Tyler
  • De’Andre Bryant, Litton
  • Daryl Gardner, Oliver
  • Tyler Kimble, Croft
  • Jarin Thompson, J.T. Moore (also named Best Wrestler)
  • Jacob Moran, Antioch
  • Destin Megna, Brick Church
  • An Lam, Croft
  • Dominic McClain, DuPont Hadley
  • Lelan Wilhoite, Croft
  • Lukas Garrett, McMurray
  • Yadiel Hernandez, Apollo
  • Derick Jefferson, Croft
  • Lamonz Ezell, Bailey

The TSSAA High School State Tournament starts this weekend. 31 MNPS student-athletes from 11 high schools qualified for the state tournament:

  • 2 from Antioch
  • 5 from East Nashville
  • 2 from Glencliff
  • 2 from Hume-Fogg
  • 2 from Hunters Lane
  • 4 from McGavock
  • 2 from MLK
  • 6 from Overton
  • 1 from Pearl-Cohn
  • 4 from Stratford
  • 1 from Whites Creek

Good luck!

Strong Tradition – Bright Future

The Overton Bobcats football team won the district 12-AAA championship with an undefeated regular season, and they return one of the top college prospects in the state next year. After the retirement of longtime coach Terry Anderson, the only question: who will lead Ugo Amadi and the rest of the Bobcats into the 2014 season. The answer: Overton graduate Steve Williams will return to Nick Coutras Stadium as he was named head coach at Overton this week. Welcome home, Coach Williams!

Next year is shaping up to be a banner year for MNPS football!

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