North Sports Report - November 6, 2014

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

State Champions!!!

The state championship cross-country meet at the Steeplechase course is a spectacle to behold. Schools set up their team tents; hundreds of student-athletes gather at the starting line; fans take short cuts across the course to cheer their favorites at different points in the race; and photo finishes are not uncommon.

Hume-Fogg’s Boys team won the state championship. In the long history of Hume-Fogg High School (the oldest public school in Nashville), it might be the school’s first boys’ team state championship. MNPS was well-represented in the team standings. In addition to Hume-Fogg’s championship, MLK’s boys team finished 3rd; Hume-Fogg’s girls finished 5th, and East Nashville’s girls finished 15th.

In the A-AA girls race, Anna Reside (MLK), Grenetria Shell (East Nashville) and Keleah Shell (East Nashville) finished in the top 50. In the A-AA boys race, Dominic Voehler (Hume-Fogg), Christopher Hornsby (MLK), David Tyus (Hume-Fogg), Jared Clark (MLK), Jack Forte (MLK), Baker Neenan (Hume-Fogg), and Jacob Gholson (Hume-Fogg) all finished in the top 30. In the AAA girls race, Abby McCulla (Hillsboro) ran a blistering 19:16.79 and finished 13th.

Congratulations to all the cross-country student-athletes!

Royals Put Up Big Numbers in the Alley

Last week, two of MLK’s bowlers each rolled a game of 256 in their match against Whites Creek. Andre Rucker (256/640) and Kaitlin Cashion (256/593) are cruising down the lane toward the state tournament.

Football Playoff Time

Last week, the North Sports Report attended a rivalry match-up of two playoff teams as McGavock hosted Cane Ridge for the Wall Bowl Trophy. For me, the highlight might have been my introduction to McGavock’s new mascot Hopo (which stands for Hold On Persevere and Overcome) – a mascot with a message.

This week, the TSAA playoffs start, and MNPS has six teams competing.

  • The North Sports Report will be at Pearl-Cohn as the #2 seed Firebirds host Greenbrier.
  • The undefeated and #1 seed Hillsboro Burros look to advance as they host Kenwood.
  • East Nashville Eagles play a rematch from last week (this time it’s at home) against Lipscomb.
  • Overton Bobcats host McGavock Raiders for the second time in the past two weeks, but this time it’s for a spot in the second round of the state playoffs.
  • Cane Ridge Ravens look to upset Blackman in Murfreesboro.

The MNPS home games this week are at Pearl-Cohn; at East Nashville (on the TPS campus); and at Overton. Go to a game!

MNPS: The First Choice for Champions – in the Classroom and Out