North Sports Report - Signing Day, swimming & tournament time
by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc
Sign, Sign, Everywhere Sign
The cheer of teammates, the tweets of college fan clubs and recruiting experts, the proud families, the cameras and interviews…it all adds up to the spectacle that is signing day. The North Sports Report reveled in the excitement of five signing ceremonies as student-athletes and their parents signed scholarship papers. These signings are media events, team events, school events, but mostly they are family events, and watching them is a thrill. From the lobby of Pearl-Cohn to the Hillsboro auditorium to McGavock’s hall of fame room, to Overton’s auditorium and ending at East Nashville’s auditorium… what a day!
The best part is the proud realization that these students are college ready for the academics as well as athletics, and most importantly they have a foundation of character and work ethic that will serve them well throughout their lives.
Bowling State Tournament
Congratulations to Austin York of Hunters Lane who finished 10th in the state; to Kaitlin Cashion of NSA (bowling for MLK) who finished 13th in the state; and to Shamika White of McGavock who finished 14th in the state.
The View from Poolside
The North Sports Report attended its first high school Region Swim Meet at the Centennial Sportsplex. The place was packed with swimmers and spectators, and two races were going on at the same time – one in the “Deep Pool” and one in the “Shallow Pool.” The organization of the event is nothing short of miraculous. I bet there were close to a bazillion swimmers there, and somehow they all knew where to be and when to swim. Congratulations to all our swimmers on a great season!
At halftime of a recent basketball game, East Nashville recognized the state champion 4 X 400 meter relay team of Melvyn Wells, Christian Washington, DeAndre Kpana-Quamon and Isaiah Olige with the unveiling of the banner to hang on the gymnasium wall. Each member of the relay team received a small replica of the banner.
Wrestling State Tournament
In the Wrestling Dual Tournament (i.e. team tournament), McGavock and MLK advanced all the way to the state quarterfinals. The individual State Championships start today at the Williamson County Ag Expo Arena, and MNPS has 34 wrestlers vying for state championships:
- Antioch: Nathan Manivong, Miguel Ruiz, Ishmael Arnold, Yadiel Hernandez, and Bryce Bush. Cane Ridge: Deion Boyd and Gabby Neal.
- East Nashville: Johnathan Hill and Joseph Cartwright.
- Glencliff: Akol Madut, Terrell Pinkerton, and Deby Cardona.
- Hume-Fogg: David Veltheim and John Robinson.
- Hunters Lane: Kemale Strong, DeShawn Hooper, and Marcus Ball.
- McGavock: Mason Dobbs, Hunter Jackson, Matthew Smith, Darius Rutland, and Erik Moreno.
- MLK: Sevaughn Orr.
- Overton: SoMu Ou, Rowan Mizoury, Kue Htoo, Shad Haji, Dwain Jackson, and James Parker.
- Pearl-Cohn: Montez Booker.
- Stratford: Eric Foster, James Hughes, and Steven Rose.
- Whites Creek: Keyangela Baker.
Good luck to our grapplers!
Middle School Wrestling
Congratulations to J.T. Moore for winning the Wrestling City Championship.
Freshmen Basketball Champions
Congratulations to the Cane Ridge Lady Ravens on winning the girls Freshmen City Championship and to the East Nashville Eagles on winning the boys Freshman City Championship.
MNPS: The First Choice for College-Ready Character and Work Ethic