North Sports Report - September 12, 2014

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

Middle School Athletics – Join the Fun

If you’re driving by a Middle School on your way home and you notice more cars there than usual that late in the day, here’s what you should do. Park your car and go to the game! The North Sports Report stopped by Bailey Middle last week and had a blast visiting with the Principals, teachers and fans while enjoying the football game between Bailey and Gra-Mar. An Algebra teacher explained that after progress reports went home, it was the athletes who were most responsive in seeking to better their academic performance. Athletics provide that extra incentive to excel and improve. We should support them when we can.

The game is always exciting, and the atmosphere at middle school sporting events is most enjoyable. For example, the cheerleaders are great. Generally, the cheers at middle school games can be classified into distinct categories:

  1. The ever popular Spelling Cheers in which the cheerleaders spell out the key words. Example: “Let’s get a little bit rowdy, R-O-W-D-Y”
  2. Cheers consistent with the game action. Example: “Defense…Defense” when the other team has the ball, or the one I heard for the first time last week: “Kick it hard, kick it far” when it’s time for the kickoff.
  3. Cheers citing some dance move: In my day it was “do the hustle” or some reference to “boogie.” Last week, I heard “Everybody do the [insert name of school] rumble.” Wait, is that a dance move? Anyway…
  4. Go, Fight, Win Cheers: Go is always followed by Fight which inevitably leads to Win. This is a crowd pleaser no matter the score and can also double as a Spelling Cheer.
  5. Nonsensical advice: Perhaps the best cheers are the ones that don’t make any sense at all to this old timer. Example: “[Insert name of school], we want to see you stomp and shake it.” I have no idea what that means, but I can’t get it out of my head.

So, go to a middle school game. You’ll be encouraging the students and coaches, supporting the school, and having a great time!

Alumni Alert: Mocs Linebacker

Hume-Fogg alumnus and former Hillwood football star A.J. Hampton, currently a linebacker for the Mocs of UTC, had 8 tackles on Saturday.

Alumni Alert: Vandy Defensive Star

McGavock alumnus Caleb Azubike was a finalist for the Hume Award his senior season as a Raider. Last Saturday, he had 7 tackles and 2 sacks for the Vanderbilt defense. Keep up the good work.

Alumni Alert: Award Winning Performance

Maplewood alumnus Ladarius Vanlier was named OVC Specialist of the Week after returning a punt 72 yards for a touchdown for Tennessee Tech.

Football Friday September 12, 2014

Last Friday, the North Sports Report took in all the festivities of the Back Yard Burgers Bowl at Vanderbilt Stadium, including the Maplewood Marching Band, the Maplewood cheerleaders, a great football game, and a delicious burger grilled fresh by corporate sponsor Back Yard Burgers. Yum!!

This week, NSR is heading over to Green Hills for the highly anticipated showdown between the Overton Bobcats and the Hillsboro Burros. The game will feature some of the top college prospects in the state. Don’t miss this game!

In other action:

  • Hunters Lane Warriors head to nearby Whites Creek Cobras for their annual rivalry game;
  • Maplewood Panthers, in their first on-campus home game of the season, host CPA;
  • McGavock Raiders, undefeated on the season, welcome Franklin;
  • Cane Ridge Ravens host Goodpasture;
  • Glencliff Colts play at home against Kenwood;
  • Hillwood Hilltoppers welcome Father Ryan;
  • Antioch Bears travel to Station Camp;
  • Undefeated East Nashville Eagles head up to Westmoreland;
  • Pearl-Cohn Firebirds put their undefeated record on the line at MBA; and
  • Stratford Spartans travel to Rossview.

The MNPS home games are at Hillsboro; at Whites Creek; at Maplewood; at McGavock; at Cane Ridge; at Glencliff; and at Hillwood. Go to a game!

MNPS: The First Choice for Excelling and Improving