North Sports Report - December 4, 2014

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

The 71st Annual Hume Award Presentation

The Hume Award was first presented in 1944 to a football player in Nashville’s public schools on the basis of scholarship, sportsmanship, individual performance, and value to the team. The ceremony is hosted by a local civic club and rotates among several clubs each year. This year’s luncheon was hosted by the Nashville City Civitan Club.

As each coach introduces their finalist and describes the value each student-athlete has on his team and his school, I watched the parents. East Nashville’s Coach Waite explained that Lennox McAfee eased the worried coach’s mind prior to the season with his leadership and hard work. Hillsboro’s Coach Clayton pointed out that Kyle Phillips coached the offensive line while recuperating from an injury and referred to him as Coach Phillips. Hunters Lane’s Coach Murray pointed out that Bobby Jordan Jr. was always in the front, leading whether in the classroom or on the field. McGavock’s Coach Gore told that after explaining something to the offensive line, he would check with Damian Starks to be sure the coach had given proper instruction. Overton’s Coach Williams bragged on Ugo Amadi explaining that he had worked so hard in the classroom that he will be graduating a semester early. Pearl-Cohn’s Coach Brunetti told of Ke’Shawn Vaughn’s tireless work ethic and drive to improve.

Nothing compares to the look on the faces of proud parents as someone professes their child’s virtue. Parents’ pride – stoked by the coach’s praise of their child – shines brighter than any star.

Oh, and this group of Finalists is probably the best collection of football players at any Hume Award presentation in its 71 year history.

Double Up and Then Some – Pearl-Cohn Star Takes Home Top Awards

Pearl-Cohn’s Ke’Shawn Vaughn was named Tennessee’s Mr. Football this week as the top back in AA in the state. He followed that by winning the most coveted of awards, the Hume Award. And this just in… Ke’Shawn Vaughn has been named Tennessee Gatorade Player of the Year! Congratulations!

State Champion – Cheerleading

Congratulations to the Cane Ridge Cheerleaders who took home the TSSAA state championship trophy. I think that is the school’s first team state championship.

Great Football Season Heads to Cookeville

The 2014 football season was the best in recent memory. MNPS teams were loaded with talent, we played two games at Vanderbilt Stadium, we had two teams reach the state semi-finals, we have several of the top players in the country, and Friday night Hillsboro will be playing for the Gold Football in the state championship game in Cookeville. The championship game is Friday night at 7:00pm on the campus of Tennessee Tech. Get your tickets at Hillsboro so the school receives a portion of the proceeds. When you head to Cookeville, be sure to stop at Ralph’s donut shop. I think their specialty is called a Butter twist. I am serious about that…get the donut on your way to the game and another one for the drive home. Go Burros!

Passing of a Legend

Our condolences go to the friends and family of Roy Herald, a member of the MNPS Sports Hall of Fame. Major Herald starred at the old Howard High School and won the Hume Award for football, attended college on a basketball scholarship, and played professional baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He served as a Metro Nashville Police officer for 42 years.

MNPS: The First Choice for Scholarship, Sportsmanship, and Value to the Team