North Sports Report - Sports are great. Scholarships are better.
by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc
Big Sports Week…and Graduations
Don the cap and gown, cue the Pomp and Circumstance march, grab the tissue… the culmination of years of hard, sometimes tedious, work receives its reward. They’ve been at this school thing since they were four or five years old, and now their grown and ready to cross that stage and flip that tassel. Graduation gets first billing: everything else is part of the journey. As important as sports can be to a student (and it might be the best dropout prevention program ever devised), the diploma dash – down the aisle and across the stage – will always be the most important run of the season. Congratulations to all the graduates!
That being said…let’s talk sports.
World Cup has Nothing on this One
The Middle School Soccer City Championship might go down in history as the most riveting match in MNPS history with McMurray edging Croft in a penalty kick shootout. The soccer world will talk about this one for years.
Spring Fling – State Track Meet, May 18-22
The state track meet is a spectacle to behold! MNPS athletes competing with the best the rest of the state has to offer. Check out the schedule at tssaa.org and head to Murfreesboro to check out the action. MNPS has several teams that will be in the hunt (some might say favored) to win the state championship. Athletes to watch:
- Hillsboro’s Janel Pate is the top sprinter in the state
- Hume-Fogg’s Ben Brunson is the defending Decathlon champion and the state’s top qualifier
In the A-AA Pentathlon, the top four qualifiers in the state are all MNPS student-athletes:
- Grenetria Shell, East Nashville (3,294 points);
- Kayla Guthrie, Whites Creek (2,723 points);
- Darreon Sawyers, MLK (2,648 points); and
- Micquana Webster, East Nashville (2,617 points)
And many more…
Track: Middle School City Championship
The North Sports Report spent the evening at Cane Ridge High School for the City Championship Track Meet. The place was packed with fans, and these athletes are truly spectacular. Last week, I compared the middle school track athletes to comic book super heroes. This week – photographic proof. The Flash (or is it East Nashville’s Jashon Watkins?) is a blur as he makes the turn in the 200m.
Congratulations to all the student-athletes and coaches!
Soccer: Middle School City Championship
McMurray and Croft will take to the pitch for the Soccer Middle School City Championship on Friday at Croft. The pool of great Boys Soccer teams in MNPS high school continues to grow deeper, (see the success of Stratford, Glencliff, Antioch, MLK, Overton, Hume-Fogg and others), and the same is true at the Middle School level. Check out this game Friday afternoon. You will be amazed!
Scholarships in the Community
Stratford football and basketball player Chazz Simpson and Pearl-Cohn track athlete George Johnson were awarded a total of $3,000 in scholarships this week from the Madison Kiwanis Club. Chazz will attend Western Kentucky University and George will attend the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. The scholarships are based on academics, character and service to the community. Congratulations!
MNPS: The First Choice for College and Career Ready Graduates