North Sports Report - October 23, 2014

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

Teachers are Always There

At halftime of the most exciting football game of the year, the North Sports Report ran into one of his former teachers. Rita Bradley taught me at Neely’s Bend Elementary School many years ago, taught all three of my children several years ago, and asked about each of them by name on Friday. It’s amazing how teachers remember all those students. So, why was a retired elementary school teacher at Vanderbilt Stadium for the East Nashville vs. Pearl-Cohn showdown? Well, she’s a big fan of East Nashville superstar running back Lennox McAfee, one of her former students at Neely’s Bend. When I got home from the game, I grabbed the old Neely’s Bend yearbooks from the shelf and did some investigative reporting. Sure enough, there’s Lennox McAfee alongside his kindergarten classmates.

As I reflected on the thrilling game, the talented student-athletes, the electric atmosphere, and the huge crowd, I kept coming back to the thought of Ms. Bradley and the beautiful notion that teachers become their students’ biggest fans.

Football Polls

With two weeks left in the regular season, three MNPS teams are ranked in the Top 10 in the state. Hillsboro is undefeated and ranked 4th in 5A; East Nashville is undefeated and ranked 3rd in 3A; and Pearl-Cohn is ranked 9th in 4A.

Middle School City Champs Defying Gravity and Looking for the Sweep

Congratulations to the J.T. Moore Middle School Lady Matadors Soccer and Volleyball teams that both won City Championships this week.

Region Final: Girls Soccer

The Hume-Fogg Lady Blue Knights host White House at West End Middle School tonight for the girls soccer Region Championship. Hume-Fogg will play in the Sectionals on Saturday, looking for their second state tournament trip in four years.

Football Friday October 24, 2014

Only two regular season games remain, and the stakes keep getting higher as teams battle for playoff spots. This week, the North Sports Report will be at Nick Coutras Stadium on the Overton campus as the Overton Bobcats welcome the 7-1 McGavock Raiders with playoff position on the line. In other action:

  • Antioch Bears travel to Hunters Lane Warriors in a key District 12AAA matchup;
  • Cane Ridge Ravens host Hillwood Hilltoppers;
  • Undefeated Hillsboro Burros play at home against Glencliff Colts;
  • Stratford Spartans host Marshall County;
  • East Nashville Eagles look to stay undefeated as they face Nashville Christian;
  • Pearl-Cohn Firebirds welcome FRA; and
  • Maplewood Panthers head to east Tennessee to play Alcoa.
  • Whites Creek Cobras have the week off.

MNPS home games are at Overton; at Cane Ridge; at Hillsboro; at Hunters Lane; at Pearl-Cohn; at East Nashville (on the TPS campus); and at Stratford. Go to a game!

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