North Sports Report - May 9, 2014

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

Hall of Fame Athlete and a Teacher of the Year

Coach Tribue - Teacher of the Year

Coach Joanne Tribue was named Cane Ridge High School’s 2014 Teacher of the Year for her outstanding work throughout the school year and throughout her teaching career, but did you know she is one of the all-time greatest student-athletes in MNPS history? Or that she completed high school with 12 years of perfect attendance? Or that she held a national record in track? Or that she won the first ever state championship in the Pentathlon? Or that she held the Austin Peay State University school record for most blocked shots? Or that she was a collegiate all-American in Track?

Coach Tribue was inducted into the MNPS Sports Hall of Fame in 2007, and her Hall of Fame bio describes her astounding accomplishments.

Joanne Tribue graduated from Antioch High School in 1978 in the Top 10% of her class and with 12 years of perfect attendance. She served as class president every year in high school, was selected the “Optimist Award” winner, and won the “E.R. Harris Award” presented to the most outstanding senior. She participated in volleyball, basketball and track. In track, she was the state champion in 1977 in the 80-yard low hurdles and set a national record. She also won the first State Pentathlon Championship, was selected “Track woman of the Year” her senior year by The Tennessean and “Track Woman of the Year” her senior year by the Nashville Banner. She finished in the top five in the state in 10 different events. In basketball, Joanne was selected All-District, All-Region and All-NIL during her junior and senior years. After high school, Joanne attended Austin Peay State University, where she held the school record for most blocked shots in basketball. In track, she was selected “OVC Track Woman of the Year” twice and selected “All-American” in the hurdles. After college, she became a teacher and has won numerous awards as a high school coach.

Congratulations Coach Tribue!

Does “Love” Mean Nothing to You? District 12-AAA Tennis

Congratulations to District 12-AAA Tennis Players of the Year, Nicole Webb of Cane Ridge and Ben Demonbreun of Overton and Coaches of the Year, Adam Lightman of McGavock and Terry Strickland of Overton. For a full story, see the Overton online student newspaper.

MNPS Sweeps the Middle Tennessee Middle School Track Invitational

The North Sports Report enjoyed two days of the best Middle School track event in the State last week as Antioch High School’s new track surface hosted 22 schools (public and private) from across Middle Tennessee. Congratulations to the Haynes Middle Design Center’s Girls Team and Apollo Middle School Boys Team for taking home the Championship trophy. East Nashville Middle’s girls and Oliver Middle’s boys finished runner-up – confirming once again that MNPS has the best Middle School student-athletes around. If you missed them this year, check out Middle School sports next Fall. You will be impressed!

Post-Season Underway

The Spring Sports Regional tournaments, matches and meets are the next step toward State Championships. The North Sports Report will keep you up to date as MNPS student-athletes and teams progress through the brackets.

Post-Season Baseball and Softball.

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