North Sports Report - March 27, 2014
by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc
Poise is Power – Eagles Take It to the Limit
Cool – that is the only way to describe the East Nashville Eagles boys basketball team. Those guys are flat out cool! The Eagles’ poise and composure during their march to a double overtime state championship game reflected the strong character of the team, its coaching staff and the school.
Let’s just start at the Region Championship game against undefeated Cheatham County. The Maplewood gym was crammed full with screaming fans – the Eagle fans packed one side of the gym and half of Ashland City was there. The game was [understatement alert] tense. Everyone in the gym was on edge with the emotion of the game… except the East Nashville basketball team and coaches. They were uncommonly cool, and a lot of the credit for their nerves of steel goes to Coach Jim Fey who had the team ready to face whatever came along.
Then, in the state championship game, Coach Fey goes down with an untimely illness, assistant coach Avery Patton steps in, and the coolness continues. Down by 10 points in the fourth quarter, and MTSU’s Murphy Center anticipating a blowout, the Eagles calmly clawed back to force two overtimes.
Were they talented? Sure. Were they well-coached with a good game plan? You bet. But what made the Eagles team great was the poise they showed under pressure. Congratulations to all our student-athletes who have learned to face adversity and pressure with the poise and composure of champions.
Holiday Spirit – Overton Goes Green
Check out this story about Overton’s St. Patrick’s Day seasonal baseball uniforms. It seems altogether appropriate for Johnny O’Baseball!
Alumni Alert: College Rugby
While “spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sport - the human drama of athletic competition,” the North Sports Report attended a college rugby tournament last weekend and ran into 2010 Hume-Fogg graduates and senior ruggers for the UT Chattanooga Mocs Women’s Rugby team, Meagan Eatherly and Karly North. Rugby is rough, tough, and gracefully barbaric. Awesome!
MNPS Sports Hall of Fame to Welcome New Members
The MNPS Sports Hall of Fame will hold its induction ceremony and luncheon on April 15 at LP Field as we celebrate great student-athletes and coaches of the past. The new members of the Hall of Fame are:
- two-time Hume Award winner Dr. L. Dale Beck (Howard, 1949)
- All-America running back Joe Campbell (Stratford, 1988)
- track superstar Larry Cantrell (Goodlettsville, 1985)
- Overton football coaching legend Nick Coutras (Hillsboro, 1953)
- great football player and war hero Kenneth Duke (Litton, 1949)
- basketball phenom Julie Brown Rollins (Madison, 1962)
MNPS: The First Choice for Grace, Poise and Composure