North Sports Report - March 7, 2014
by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc
Red Carpet Treatment – Kick-off for Awards Season
Flash bulbs popping, snazzy dressed honorees, and celebrities galore…must be the Oscars, right? Nope, it’s the 48th Annual Awards Banquet of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, and MNPS student-athletes took home some of the top honors. The tuxedo clad winners included:
The Charles W. Hawkins III Scholar Athlete Award recipients:
- David Raymond Young, Antioch
- Micah Joseph Kennedy, Cane Ridge
- Brandon Van Leer, East Nashville
- Nikolas Jake Osborne, Glencliff
- Porter Evan Streator III, Hillsboro
- DeMarcus Alexander Watts, Hillwood
- Tyler William Bennett, Hunters Lane
- William Earl Porter, Maplewood
- Ronald Elliott, McGavock
- Kevin Duane Scott, Overton
- Hayden Ross Gregory, Pearl-Cohn
- Terrance Valentine, Jr., Stratford
- Leon Tyrell Monget, Whites Creek
And the prestigious NFL Retired Players Association Inspiration Award goes to Kevin Duane Scott of Overton.
And the prestigious Jim Barrom Spirit Award goes to David Raymond Young of Antioch.
And The North Sports Report along with Donelson High legend and assistant Cane Ridge football coach Mike Tribue presented the Joe L. Worden Courage Award to Terrance Valentine, Jr. of Stratford.
Congratulations to all our scholar-athletes!
Oops I Seem to Have Dropped Some Names
Trying to act cool around all the celebrities at the Awards Banquet was futile for the star struck North Sports Report as I seemed to repeatedly introduce myself as “uh um uh yeah huh,…hello” or something like that. The celebrities included Titans Coach Ken Whisenhunt; School Board Chair Cheryl Mayes; Titans General Manager Ruston Webster; Juvenile Court Judge Sophia Crawford; School Board Vice Chair Anna Shepherd; former Vanderbilt and Philadelphia Eagles star (and MNPS parent) Dennis Harrison; Sports talk radio personality George Plaster; four-time US Blind Golf Champion David Meador; former NFL great and Litton graduate Bonnie Sloan; School Board member Jo Ann Brannon; former McGavock and Maplewood football coach Wes Elrod; Director of Schools Jesse Register; and Pro Football Hall of Fame member and one of the greatest receivers in NFL history Raymond Berry. That’s right, the North Sports Report shook hands with the hand that caught passes thrown by Unitas. Did anybody else just get chills? It was a great night honoring students and congratulating their parents.
Basketball State Tournament
The MLK Lady Royals narrowly lost a nail biter to Westview yesterday in Murfreesboro in the state quarterfinals, 49-47.
East Nashville Eagles punched their ticket to the state tournament with a high scoring outburst in front of a capacity crowd in East Nashville this week. A 28 point first quarter resulted in a big lead, and some thunderous second half dunks by Patrick Smith and Terry Holt (37 points) sealed the victory.
LEAD Academy was having a pretty good season until tournament time and then … well, on a roll would be an understatement. LEAD turned red hot and earned a spot in the Class A state tournament.
Good luck in Murfreesboro!
Alumni Alert – Lady Burro turned Lady Vol
Hillsboro alum Isabelle Harrison was named First Team All SEC after a tremendous season (13.4 points per game and 9.3 rebounds per game) for the Lady Vols. Congratulations!
Alumni Alert – Glencliff Greats in the Gym
The North Sports Report noticed three of Glencliff’s all-time great basketball players at this week’s sectionals game at East Nashville. Avery Patton, on the bench for the Eagles as assistant coach; MNPS athletic director Roosevelt Sanders; and Vanderbilt great (and one of my all-time favorites) Tommy Springer attended the game this week at East Nashville.
Middle School Soccer Season
The Middle School Soccer Play Day will kick-off the season this Saturday, March 8 at Ezell Park. Games start at 10:00am. Come out and support the students and coaches!
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