North Sports Report - September 18, 2014

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

It is No Walk in the Park

The North Sports Report strolled some of Nashville’s beautiful greenways last week. My walk with Mayor Dean at the ribbon cutting for the new trails at Peeler Park deep in Neely’s Bend – a quiet, slow, non-athletic, communing with nature kind of hike – contrasted my visit to Shelby Bottom as a spectator for the Cross-Country Meet. Understatement Alert: Cross-Country competition is no walk in the park. Over one hundred student-athletes gathered to run the course. MNPS cross-country student-athletes range from world class state champions like Cane Ridge’s Bailee Dean, to basketball players staying in shape for the upcoming season, to runners hoping to just finish the race, and everything in between. It is certainly a diverse field of competitors. Several races occur on the same day, the second race starts before the first one is completed, and the boys and girls compete at the same time on the same course. So, someone is running past you all the time. They start in one large mob, thin out through the course, and finish alone or in a small group sprinting to the finish line. Runners who finish early encourage their teammates as they approach the final stretch. It’s really exciting!

If you get the chance, go to a Meet and encourage the runners for your favorite team.

Football Friday – The Perfect Date Night

Looking for something to do Friday night with that special someone? If your significant other enjoys musical productions, fine dining, community gatherings, fashion shows, or exciting sporting events, I have the perfect suggestion for an evening out. Last Friday, the North Sports Report and Mrs. NorthSportsReport spent date night at Hillsboro High School for the Burros’ game against the Overton Bobcats. It had everything! The gourmet dining included a perfectly grilled sandwich of ground beef adorned with tomato ketchup served with a side of corn chip Fritos from the Hillsboro Snack Shack; the production quality of the Overton and Hillsboro bands was extravagant; the fashion statement of new football uniforms was certainly a highlight; and we saw some old friends, a great football game and even a live animal show. Now that the weather is getting cooler, we could sit just a little bit closer. As I said…a perfect date night!

Football Friday September 19, 2014

The North Sports Report will be at Buster Boguskie Field on the campus of Stratford High School to witness the eastside battle between the Stratford Spartans and the East Nashville Eagles. The Spartans look to blemish East Nashville’s record as the Eagles are the only team in the state that has not yet given up a point, outscoring opponents 167-0 in their first four games. It should be a barnburner!

Over at Hillsboro, two teams take undefeated records into Friday’s contest as the Hillsboro Burros host the McGavock Raiders in a game with playoff implications.

In other action:

  • Overton Bobcats travel to Cane Ridge Ravens in another huge district game;
  • Glencliff Colts host Antioch Bears;
  • Hillwood Hilltoppers travel to Jerry Pigue Field to face Hunters Lane Warriors;
  • Whites Creek Cobras play at home against Maplewood Panthers; and
  • Pearl-Cohn Firebirds travel to Lipscomb.

MNPS home games are at Stratford; at Hillsboro; at Cane Ridge; at Glencliff; at Hunters Lane; and at Whites Creek.

Kickoff is at 7:00pm. Go to a game!

MNPS: The First Choice for a Diverse Field of Competitors