North Sports Report - December 11, 2014

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

Wet…Cold…Ooh look, a Donut

The North Sports Report followed the Hillsboro Burros down I-40 to Cookeville for the state championship football game last week. After a great season, the Burros faced a blustery cold rain and gale force winds, and the weather was definitely a factor in the game. It is tough to play in those conditions, and it is grueling on the fans. So, a shout out to the Burros on a great season and to the good crowd of Burros Nation that made the trek to Cookeville. The atmosphere and excitement at a state championship game is unlike anything else in high school sports, the weather notwithstanding.

Of course, the North Sports Report prepped for the game with a stop at Cookeville hot spot Ralph’s Do-Nut Shop for two (yes, I said two) butter twists and a milk before the game, and then warmed my bones with two (yes, I said two again) butter twists and a coffee for the drive home. After a tough game as a fan, somehow donuts make things okay.

I Love These Schools

In the midst of a tough week for two middle schools, their basketball teams met on the court for some hoops as the Madison Rams made the short drive to their neighborhood rival Neely’s Bend Beavers. This is not the appropriate forum for a political discussion, so just know that the North Sports Report loves these two schools and everyone associated with them.

Awards Night for Metro Football

The Metro Nashville Football Coaches Association held its 30th annual Awards Banquet last week at the State Fairgrounds and inducted three legends into their Hall of Fame. Sports writer Mike Organ, longtime assistant coach Dorris Armstrong, and administrator Mike Tribue were inducted to rousing applause. The influence these three had on Metro sports over the years cannot be overstated.

The Defensive Player of the Year is Hillsboro’s Kyle Phillips, the Offensive Player of the Year is Pearl-Cohn’s Ke’Shawn Vaughn, and McGavock’s Jay Gore is the Coach of the Year. The All City teams are loaded with talent as this season was one of the best for MNPS football in recent memory.


  • QB – Isiah Upton, East Nashville
  • TE – Austin Sherman, Hillwood
  • QB – Michael Hughes, Hillsboro
  • OL – Edgar Rosas, Antioch
  • RB – Lennox McAfee, East Nashville
  • OL – Joseph Cartwright, East Nashville
  • RB – Vincent Perry, Hillsboro
  • OL – Immanuel Newsom, Maplewood
  • RB – Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Pearl-Cohn
  • OL – John Orr, Overton
  • WR – Jay King, Hillsboro
  • OL De’Marqueze Douglas, Pearl-Cohn
  • WR – Antwon Edmondson, Maplewood
  • K – Hayden Hilt, Hillsboro
  • WR – Rontavius Groves, Pearl-Cohn
  • Ath – Chris Claybrooks, McGavock


  • DL – Kyle Phillips, Hillsboro
  • LB – James Hughes, Stratford
  • DL – Justin Ignacio, Hunters Lane
  • DB – DeVarius Cortner, East Nashville
  • DL – Malik Harris, Maplewood
  • DB – Shandon Mayes, Hillsboro
  • DL – DeAngelo Holt, Overton
  • DB – Ugo Amadi, Overton
  • LB – Lamonte Roberts, Antioch
  • DB – Michael Bullard, Whites Creek
  • LB – Gage Smith, Maplewood
  • LB – Koreyon Jordan, Pearl-Cohn
  • Ath – Walter Holmes, McGavock

Congratulations to all MNPS student-athletes, coaches, and supporters on a great season!

Retro Classic is Back to the Future

The FANS Retro Classic is headed to a new location on the west side of town as high school hoopsters wear throwback uniforms from bygone schools. This year’s event is Saturday January 3, 2015 at the historic Cohn High Gym, 4805 Park Avenue. Games start at 2:00pm. Don’t miss the action as McGavock faces MLK; Hillwood takes on Pearl-Cohn; and East Nashville plays Hunters Lane. You will want to be there for a special appearance by the Madison Rams in the famed polka dot uniforms. Tickets are available at the door for $6 and proceeds benefit The Foundation for Athletics in Nashville Schools.

MNPS: The First Choice for Devoted Fans