Wilson Central opens outdoor season at Brentwood Academy

Staff Reports

BRENTWOOD — Results from Wilson Central’s first outdoor meet of the season Wednesday at Brentwood Academy with Station Camp, Page, Sovereign Grace and the host Eagles:

GIRLS

Discus—1. Zoe Vlk, 118-9; 7. Lex Atwood, 67-10

Shot put—2. Zoe Vlk, 41-11

Triple jump—2. Morgan Bailey, 30-1.25

Long jump—6. Jaycie Hitt, 14-10

High jump—2. Olivia Lanius, 4-10

300 hurdles—5. Mackenzie Abigt-Hansen, :57.59

100 hurdles—1. Morgan Bailey, :16.95; 2. Olivia Lanius, :18.59

1,600 meters—13. Elina Malancea, 6:25.53; 20. Mia Jones, 6:40.61; 23. Kaitlyn Randolph, 6:43.73; 29. Bethany Farber, 6:55.72; 33. Haven Thompson, 7:12.42

800 meters—27. Kaitlyn Randolph, 2:56.99; 29. Elina Malancea, 2:59.26; 33. Mia Jones, 3:03.36; 40. Haven Thompson, 3:07.62

400 meters—2. Madeline Bittle, 1:07.83; 4. Makeena Merkley, 1:12.22; 8. Christine Evans, 1:22.2

100 meters—4. Morgan Bailey, :13.77; 9. Jaycie Hitt, :18.87; Alyssa Tiegen, camera malfunction; Nia Jones, camera malfunction; Hannah Chandler, camera malfunction; Ellie Scoby, camera malfunction

BOYS

Discus—11. Michael Bengston, 77-3; 15. Migual Padilla, 57-0

Shot put—8. DeVante McBroom 38-4; 12. Miguel Padilla, 33-7

Long jump—6. Nolan Edwards, 18-2.5; 9. Hunter Granstaff, 15-8.25; 10. Clayton Duke, 13-3

High jump—4. Javon Weir, 5-0; 5. Hunter Granstaff, 4-11

4-by-400 relay—1. Wilson Central A (Sterling Melancon, Nolan Edwards, Russell Riggan, Javon Weir), 3:44.8; 5. Wilson Central B (Kellen Marshall, Nash Argo, Fox Underwood, Elliot Hughes) 3:55.6

4-by-100 relay—2. Wilson Central A (Ben Vangsampahn, DeVante McBroom, Malachi Clemmons, Sterling Melancon) :45.4; 3. Wilson Central B (Clayton Duke, Okewusi Ayomitide, Dakota Tomlinson, Nolan Edwards), :48.11

3,200 meters—6. Alex Galligan, 10:27.2

1,600 meters—7. Jason Block, 4:55.12; 13. Tristan Lee, 5:15.02; 14. Lane Watson, 5:23.41; 17. Austin Cupp, 5:29.41; Palmer Baines, 5:43.4

800 meters—8. Jason Block, 2:13.85; 9. Andrew Farber, 2:14.29; 10. Elliot Hughes, 2:14.45; 14. Fox Underwood, 2:19.19; 15. Ian Richards, 2:19.66; 20. Lane Watson, 2:23.21; 22. Tristan Lee, 2:26.92; 23. Austin Cupp, 2:28.12

400 meters—2. Russell Riggan, :54.45; 6. Andrew Farber, :55.36; 7. Javon Weir, :55.47; 11. Nolan Edwards, :57.44; 14. Kellen Marshall, :59.01; 18. Ethan Dredge, 1:02.58

200 meters—6. Malachi Clemmons, :25:15; 7. Ben Vangsamphahn, :25.19; 8. Dakota Tomlinson, :25.26; 9. DeVante McBroom, :25.27; 18. Clayton Duke, :26.65; 22. Hunter Granstaff, :27.81

100 meters—3. Sterling Melancon, :11.62; 11. DeVante McBroom, :12.16; 13. Ben Vangsamphahn, :12.25; 14. Malachi Clemmons, :12.27; 15. Okewusi Ayomitide, :12.42; 21. Dakota Tomlinson, :12.63; 25. Clayton Duke, :12.91

Wilson Central played host to its Wildcat Quad last Saturday.

Wilson Central edges Kentucky power in tennis season opener

Staff Reports

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The Wilson Central tennis teams kicked off its 2019 campaign in grand fashion with a pair of 4-3 wins over perennial Kentucky power Bowling Green High School at Kereiakes Park on Wednesday.

The Wildcats and Lady Wildcats clinched their victories in the final matches with both deciding matches ending in tiebreakers.

Wilson Central freshman Sean Brown faced two match points in the deciding 10-point tiebreaker before overcoming Curtis Lin 7-5, 6-7(5), 14-12. 

Lady Wildcat junior Kiersten Moss finished off the night by overcoming a 4-1 deficit in the tiebreaker for a 9-8(5) win over Bowling Green’s Alexandra Smith.

Both Wilson Central squads swept the two doubles points before holding on for the win in singles.

Brown, playing in his first regular season tennis match, paired with fellow freshman Blaine Smith at number two doubles for a 2-6, 6-2, (10-3) win that pushed Wilson Central (1-0) to a 2-0 advantage.

Though tensions were high for Brown in the deciding match, the freshman seemed to enjoy the experience as he managed to stay calm under pressure.

“It was very intense, and I enjoyed every minute of it,” Brown said following his clinching win at three singles.

“I felt overwhelming excitement when I won so it’s pretty cool, and my teammates running on court to congratulate me was really cool as well.”

Moss helped kick start Wilson Central (1-0) to a 1-0 lead as she partnered with senior Abby Moser for a 6-1, 7-5 win at two doubles.

Bowling Green won matches at one and two singles to tie the match up at 3-all while Moss was on court in her match at four singles.

Unaware of how the other matches had finished, Moss did not know that it was up to her for the win – a fact that she is glad to have not known of.

“I didn’t really know, and if I did I would have gotten even more nervous for sure,” Moss said.

“When I got down in the set and tiebreaker, I just started working to get more balls in play, and not worry about the score.”

After the match, both Brown and Moss reflected on the team and the upcoming season.

“We just have to trust process and work hard,” Brown said.

Added Moss, “I’m very happy with the team. We all cheer each other on and encourage each other especially in times of need.”

At number one doubles, senior Michael Mercante and sophomore AJ Hughes carried a 6-3, 6-1 win over Bowling Green’s Curtis Line and Tate Sin.

Hughes gave the squad its third point with a 6-4, 1-6, 10-7 win at number two singles over Matthew Shivel.

On the girl’s side, seniors Sydney Miller and Savannah Westbrook battled back to secure a win at one doubles over Bowling Green’s Campbell Richey and Yunni Qu 3-6, 6-3, 11-9.

Moser claimed the team’s third point with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Macy Miesel at three singles.

Wilson Central will be on the road for a pair of district matches on Monday and Tuesday, taking on Portland and Beech, respectively.

The home opener for Wilson Central will be on Wednesday as the Wildcats entertain Siegel. Match time is slated for 4 p.m.

Golden Bears and Wildcats tangle on the pitch

Mt. Juliet’s Vinnie Lounsbury (left) and Wilson Central’s Zach Hinchman battle for the ball during the closing seconds of the first half of their soccer season opener last week at WCHS. The host Wildcats won 2-1, with all the scoring coming in the second half.

Costley pitches Coach Dad, Lady Bears to opening win

Staff Reports

MT. JULIET — Alyssa Costley pitched a complete game Monday to send Mt. Juliet past Riverdale 8-2 in the season opener for both teams.

It was also a successful head coaching debut for Kevin Costley, the veteran Lady Bear assistant (and Alyssa’s father) who swapped positions with Hailey Knepp since last season.

Cam Cernuto went 3-for-4 at the plate for the Lady Bears, who carried an 8-0 lead into the late innings.

Wilson Central opens Commando Classic with win, tie

HENDERSONVILLE — Wilson Central outscored William Blount 7-6 last Friday in the first game of the Commando Classic at Drakes Creek Park.

Alaina Morris and Sydnee Richetto each racked up two hits for the Lady Wildcats.

Central followed with a 5-5 tie  against Oakland in a game called due to the time limit.

The Lady Wildcats led 2-0 before Oakland went up 5-2 in the second inning.

Richeeto tripled while her sister, Kaylee, and Mekayla Marshall doubled. Freshman Taelor Chang went 2-for-2.

Bears beat Science Hill 4-1

Staff Reports

MURFREESBORO — Mt. Juliet defeated Science Hill 4-1 Friday at Riverdale

The Golden Bears took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning and doubled it in the fifth as they finished with six hits.

Colton Regan pitched 4 1/3  innings to win his first decision, allowing an earned run on four hits and three walks. Parker Van Avery recorded four outs before Nelson Buckland got the final four outs for his first save as Mt. Juliet improved to 2-1.

Each team had six hits. Leadoff batter Thomas Fullerton and Grayson Cole each had two singles for the Golden Bears.

Mt. Juliet loses lead in seventh, suffers first loss

MT. JULIET — Magnolia Heights scored three times in the top of the seventh inning Wednesday night to spoil Mt. Juliet’s home opener 5-3 in the Grand Slam Tournament.

The Golden Bears had just taken a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth on a two-run single by Hayden Robbins and an RBI single by Steven Jarrell.

But Robbins, who relieved starter Sam Simonson to start the top of the sixth and was in line for the win, allowed two walks and both came around to score as Mt. Juliet fell to 1-1 for the three-day-old season.

Simonson allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits and a walk through five innings.

Baker, Jennings lead Central to first win

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Nick Baker threw six shutout innings and benefitted from Wilson Central’s five-run fifth inning in a 7-0 win over John Paul II (S.C.) on Tuesday.

Baker surrendered four hits with three strikeouts in six innings before Blaine Mabry worked a hitless seventh with two punchouts. Neither issued a walk.

Central scored single runs in the first and fourth innings before breaking the game open in the fifth as the Wildcats finished with five hits.

Gabe Jennings drove in four runs on a double and a single.

Wilson Central was coming off a 2-0 season-opening loss to Hernando (Miss.) on Monday in which Jackson Odette’s single was the only hit for the Wildcats, who drew three walks.

Matthew Jenkinson allowed both runs (both earned in the sixth) on three hits and a walk in six innings while striking out eight. One of the hits and runs was a homer. Gary Denton struck out two in the seventh.

Bears blank Smyrna 2-0 in opener

SMYRNA — Grayson Cole pitched 6 1/3 shutout innings and got two runs in the top of the sixth inning Monday night as Mt. Juliet won its season opener 2-0 over Warren County.

The game was originally scheduled to be played at McMinnville, but was moved to Smyrna High School with the Pioneers remaining the home team.

Cole allowed three hits and a walk while striking out four for the win. Hayden Robbins recorded the final two outs for the save.

Doubles by Nelson Buckland and Dylan Kasper produced Mt. Juliet’s first run. After stealing third, Cole came home on Corey Settle’s double.

Tyler Worden also doubled among his two hits from the No. 9 hole as the Bears banged out six hits.

Larry Woody’s outdoors notebook

Fishing regs: Tennessee’s new fishing regulations went into effect March 1, with no major changes from last year involving game fish species or regulations concerning Middle Tennessee waters.

There are some changes regarding the transportation of certain species of live bait, as part of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s continued efforts to check the spread of invasive Asian carp.

The fingerling carp resemble some species of bait fish and if accidentally mixed in a bait bucket could be introduced into other waters.

Identifications of the bait fish and small carp are illustrated in the 2019 Tennessee Fishing Guide, available at most outdoors outlets.

License exemption: Anyone born after Jan. 1, 1969 must complete a hunter education class in order to obtain a hunting license, but there is an exemption for someone who wants to go on a last-minute hunt. They get can a special exemption license that comes with certain restrictions.

Details about the various licenses and requirements are on the TWRA website and in the Tennessee Hunting & Trapping guide. There is also information about hunter education classes, including some on-line.

Cedar Roost banquet: The Cedar Roost Chapter of the NWTF will hold its annual banquet March 21 at 6 p.m. at the Wilson County Fairgrounds.

For reservations or other information call Jody Jenkins at 615-761-4793.

Trapping class: A trapping class will be held March 15-17 in West Tennessee.

The classes are free and open to all ages. Registration can be done on-line at tnwildlife.org

Lebanon’s Clarence Dies is among the instructors who will teach various trapping skills and techniques.

Fur banquet: The Tennessee Fur Harvesters and Furbearers Unlimited will hold a fundraising banquet April 13 at the Crossville Community Complex. For information contact John Daniel at 423-595-0986.

OUTDOORS CALENDAR:

March 21: Cedar Roost banquet

March 30-May 12: turkey season

May 11-June 9: spring squirrel season

Larry Woody is The Mt. Juliet News’ outdoors writer. Email him at larrywoody@gmail.com. 

Mt. Juliet alumna honored as coach of the year

Butler named ACC Coach of the Year

Two years after being fired by Florida on her 45th birthday, Mt. Juliet native Amanda Butler was named Atlantic Coast Conference women’s basketball coach of the year – on her 47th birthday.

Butler guided Clemson to an 18-11 regular season, the Tigers’ first winning campaign following 14 straight losing seasons. At 9-7, Clemson is seeded No. 7 for the conference tournament, eight spots ahead of its preseason prediction and eight wins more than last year’s mark, the biggest turnaround in wins by a first-year coach in ACC history.

Butler, who brought in just two new players after being hired a year ago, is also one of 15 candidates for Naismith Women’s Coach of the Year.

Gardner repeats as SoCon’s top coach

Mt. Juliet native Susie Gardner has been named Southern Conference women’s basketball Coach of the Year for the second straight season. Her Mercer Bears have won four straight SoCon regular season championships and 34 straight conference regular-season games covering the past two seasons. Mercer was 22-7 going into conference tournament play.

Lady Bears go down swinging

By Andy Reed

areed@lebanondemocrat.com

MURFREESBORO — On more than one occasion, Houston appeared on the verge of blowing Mt. Juliet out of Murphy Center.

But the Lady Bears repeatedly battled back until time ran out in a 65-58 loss in the Class AAA state quarterfinals Wednesday at Middle Tennessee State.

Houston used a 10-0 run in each half to open double-digit leads before Mt. Juliet climbed back into the game. But the Lady Mustangs held on to return to Friday’s state semifinal against three-time champion Riverdale, which has ousted Houston the last two years, with a 30-2 record.

Mt. Juliet’s final record is 27-7.

“We were in an elimination game going to Henry County, we were in an elimination game going to Dickson, so these girls know when these games come about, the know how to stay in the game and find a way to compete,” Mt. Juliet coach Chris Fryer said. “You just can’t doubt them. You never know what they will bring to the table. When we got beat by Lebanon in the region final, I was thinking this season could be over. How would we respond to that? We came out and played one of our best games against Dickson.

“I’ve really enjoyed this year coaching them as much as any team we’ve had because they were so easy to come in and practice. They didn’t mind coming in to practice on Saturdays. They didn’t complain about practicing on Sundays. Their attitude was good throughout the year. They wanted to be in the gym. They wanted to play basketball… They like being around each other.”

Te Lady Bears led 2-0 and 4-2. But a 10-0 spurt opened an 18-7 Lady Mustang lead going into the second quarter.

But Mt. Juliet played its game in the second and twice drew to within a point as Tondriannha Davis tossed in 12 first-half points in her Lady Bear finale as Houston held a 29-27 halftime edge.

Houston is a team when one hole is plugged, another by zoning them, but their kids made some shots, and that’s what you got to do to win,” Fryer said. “This is their third year here and I know they’re hungry.”

But Mt. Juliet, playing in front of a surprisingly sparse crowd, wouldn’t go away as the Lady Bears worked the margin down to a final seven.

Mississippi State-bound Jayla Hemingway led the Lady Mustangs with 24 points, including three 3-pointers, and grabbed six rebounds. Madison Griggs fired in four triples on her way to 16 points and eight rebounds while Destinee Wells threw in 13, sinking all six of her shots, to go with five assists and three steals as Houston hit 24 of 45 from the floor and outrebounded Mt. Juliet 31-24.

“Our zone defense affected them some, but they still scored 29 points in the first half,” Fryer said. “Defensively, I thought for us to play man like we’ve done most of the year, was going to be hard because their point guard is good at getting the ball into the paint. We rolled the dice some, but I felt it gave us the best opportunity. The third quarter, they knocked some three-balls down. (Tatiana Gary) started it off, which was unexpected… That kind of opened the flood gates.”

Davis, who with Gentry Houston are Mt. Juliet’s only seniors, dropped in 19 points, including three triples, while Emma Palmer posted 16 points and nine rebounds and freshman Reghan Grimes 12 points and six caroms. Ryleigh Osborne sank a pair of threes for her six while junior Nevaeh Majors finished with five points and eight assists.

“When Tee (Davis) started as a freshman, that team was 16-13, the closest thing to a losing season we’ve had at Mt. Juliet,” said Fryer, who just concluded his 21st season as head coach. “And now, she’s ended her career by going to two state tournaments.

“I’ve had really good teams that never made it over here… There’s an expectation. Winning has become one of the more important things because we’ve built such a monster. It’s a disappointing season if you don’t win 25 games, and that’s hard to live up to. You have to work really hard to accomplish that. It takes a lot of work in the offseason. No one in our program right now has lived in the gym more than Tee. The amount of hours I’ve seen in four years probably beats any kid we’ve had in our program.”

Wildcat wrestlers win two tourneys as Kramer collects 600th coaching victory

Wilson Central enjoyed a busy holiday season which included two tournament championships and coach John Kramer’s 600th career dual win.

The Wildcats went 5-0 to win a dual tournament in Huntsville, Ala., defeating Coffee County, Sparkman, Huntsville, Bartlett and defending Alabama state champion Bob Jones in the finals.

Central went to Rossview and posted an 81-0 win over Kenwood, an 84-0 shutout of Montgomery Central (Kramer’s 600th), Northeast 71-12 and No. 7-ranked Rossview 52-18. The Wildcats also won their annual Bussey-Dickerson Invitational.

Central’s Hunter Borders won the 113-pound championship and was named outstanding wrestler for lightweights. Teammates joining Borders in the first-place column were Grant Fetters at 120 pounds, Steven Fisak at 126, T.H. Oakley at 132, Cullen Belcher at 145, Alex Pergande at 152, Levi Stone at 160 and Michael Kramer at 285.

Finishing second were Michael Mercante at 106, Cole Fort at 138 and Jesse Richardson at 220.

Avery Warnock, at 120, and Matthew Hills, at 182, were third.

Mt. Juliet native Caleb Cotham named Reds assistant pitching coach

Caleb Cotham, Mt. Juliet High Class of 2006, has been named assistant pitching coach for the Cincinnati Reds where he will focus on analyical data under his former Vanderbilt pitching coach, Derek Johnson.

Cotham, 31, was named to the position Jan. 2. He pitched for the Reds in 2016 before a knee injury ended his career. He came to Cincinnati from the New York Yankees in a trade for closer Aroldis Chapman following the 2015 season. He posted a 7.15 earned-run average over 35 seasons in two seasons with the Reds and Yankees.

Lady Bears outscore Station Camp

MT. JULIET — Reghan Grimes, Tondriannha Davis and Emma Palmer combined to score 58 points Friday night to lead Mt. Juliet to a 70-58 win over Station Camp.

Grimes, a freshman forward, led the Lady Bears with 22 points while center Palmer put in 19 and Davis 17, including three 3-pointers, as Mt. Juliet improved to 15-3 for the season and 5-1 in District 9-AAA.

The Lady Bears led 20-10 following the first quarter, 40-24 at halftime and 54-38 through three periods.

Ryleigh Osborne sank a pair of triples as she and Nevaeh Majors each scored six for Mt. Juliet.

Olivia Delk drained a pair of threes as she and Faith Eubank threw in 13 points apiece for Station Camp.

Mt. Juliet will play host to Wilson Central at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Golden Bears shine on TV with 16th straight win

MT. JULIET — Mt. Juliet showed its wares on MyTV30 Friday night and dominated Station Camp 17-1 for the Golden Bears’ 16th straight win.

The Bears led 22-10 following the first quarter, 38-21 at halftime and 56-34 through three periods as they improved to 17-1 for the season and 6-0 in District 9-AAA.

Will Pruitt poured in three 3-pointers to lead Mt. Juliet with 19 points while Gage Wells added 11. J.C. Crawford notched nine points and Gavin wilson eight as each sank a pair of threes. Bryan Aiken scored six points while Taj Mason finished with five, Riggs Abner four, Ryan McIntosh and Jacob Burge two apiece and Isaac Thomson a free throw.

Kavon Blankenship sank all six of his free throws as he totaled 22 points for the Bison, who fell to 14-5, 4-2.

Mt. Juliet played host to rival Wilson Central on Tuesday night and will travel to Lebanon to open the second half of the district round robin at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Pedigo returns to coaching at Wilson Central

Had there been a Wilson Central in the early 1990s, Kacey Cardiff would have been a Lady Wildcat. As it was, the Gladeville native became a Mt. Juliet Lady Bear softball player and later its coach.

Kacey Pedigo is going home as Wilson Central’s softball coach, she and principal Travis Mayfield confirmed last Wednesday.

“I grew up in The Glade. I grew up on Stewarts Ferry (Pike),” Pedigo, 43, said last week. “I can’t tell you how many last names, when I was talking to Mr. Mayfield and Mr. (athletic director Chip) Bevis, I know those names. I know not only them, but also their mamas.”

Pedigo, who last coached in 2011, is replacing Melissa Weiland, who was transferred to Mt. Juliet Middle School during Christmas break for reasons not limited to the Lady Wildcats’ 15-16 record (their first losing season in their 17-year history) in her only season on Wildcat Way.

“All I can say is the way the program is at the present time, I felt it was better to go in a different direction with a new head coach,” Mayfield said Wednesday. “It wasn’t going the way I felt it should be, so I decided to make a change.

“Coach Pedigo had applied when we had an opening previously. I contacted her to see if she would be interested in returning to coaching. She said she is. We talked… I recommended her to human resources and it was approved just before we came back from break.”

The record Mayfield looked over showed a 223-94 record in seven seasons at Mt. Juliet, including three trips to the state tournament. Two of those ended in the championship round with runner-up finishes to Soddy-Daisy (in 2006 and ’07). She’s a three-time District 9-AAA Coach of the Year, including her final season, 2011, which marked her third trip to state as a coach.

She also went to state as a Mt. Juliet senior catcher in 1993 under coach Mike Gwaltney, whose daughter, Casey, was also on that team and is a longtime Wilson Central faculty member who previously served on the Lady Wildcat coaching staff.

“I love ball,” said Pedigo, who played third base at Cumberland for coach Junior Hawkins and coached at John Overton in Nashville before returning to her alma mater in the summer of 2004. “That’s something that never left.”

She was head of the MJHS health education and physical education department when she left coaching. She now teaches a CDC special ed class at Mt. Juliet and is reluctant to leave it without a teacher, even though Mayfield said he likes his coaches to teach in his building. A short-term solution is still being worked on between Mayfield and MJHS principal Leigh Ann Rainey.

“(Mayfield) has been very kind whenever we’ve talked,” Pedigo said. “Ms. Rainey’s been very kind. They’ve both been awesome. I didn’t know if it would happen… It did and it’s a blessing.

“I love these kids. They make me better. They’re phenomenal. They can teach us all about life. I’m with them during the day and I’m blessed to be able to go over (to Central) and (work on) ball again.”

One of her Lady Bear players from the ’06 runners-up, Caroline (Mason) Simpson, will be on her Central staff, as will Taylor (Bond) Dalton, who played for the Lady Wildcats against Pedigo’s Lady Bears, and Leigh McCutchen, who had served on Weiland’s staff.

“We went back to school on Monday and we’ve been together every night this week making it happen,” Pedigo said.

Beech girls end Mt. Juliet’s 13-game win streak, takes 9-AAA lead

HENDERSONVILLE — Mt. Juliet’s 13-game winning streak came to a screeching halt Friday night as Beech won the battle for the District 9-AAA lead 50-39.

The Lady Bears led 15-11 following the first quarter before Beech moved in front 25-23 by halftime and 39-31 through three as the Lady Buccaneers improved to 14-4 for the season and 4-0 in the district. Mt. Juliet, which hadn’t lost since dropping an opening-day TSSAA Hall of Champions double header to East Nashville and Stewarts Creek, slipped to 13-3, 3-1.

Deshiya Hoosier hit five three-pointers to lead the Lady Bucs with 19 points while Tia Dean dropped in nine of 14 free throws on her way to 15.

Emma Palmer produced 10 points and 18 rebounds to lead the Lady Bears. Reghan Grimes added eight points while Nevaeh Majors and Tondriannha Davis each scored six, Ryleigh Osborne five and Halle Jones four.

Mt. Juliet played host to Hendersonville on Tuesday and will entertain Station Camp at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Lady Wildcats roll past Gallatin

GLADEVILLE — Sydnee Richetto and Nicole Brill combined for 41 points Friday night to lead Wilson Central past visiting Gallatin 56-42.

Richetto racked up four three-pointers over the first three quarters and sank all eight of her free throws in the fourth as she turned in a game-high 22 points and the Lady Wildcats climbed to 11-4 for the season and pulled even at 2-2 in District 9-AAA. Brill notched 19 points.

The Lady Wildcats led 10-7 following the first quarter, 21-17 at halftime and 37-28 through three periods as Gallatin slipped to 12-5, 1-3.

Dottie McSpadden sank five free throws for Central while Aubree Starnes and Teoria Woods each threw in a three and Gracen Robinson and Kaylee Richetto two apiece.

Jeremia Montgomery led the Lady Wave with 14 points, sinking 6 of 8 free throws.

Wilson Central played host to Smyrna in a non-district game Monday before resuming league action 24 hours later at Station Camp. The Lady Wildcats will journey to Portland on Friday for a 6:30 p.m. tipoff.

Bears dominate Beech for 14th straight win

HENDERSONVILLE — Mt. Juliet blazed to its 14th straight victory Friday night 78-32 at Beech.

The Golden Bears led 23-12 following the first quarter and 37-19 at halftime as they improved to 15-1 for the season and 4-0 in District 9-AAA.

Will Pruitt popped in 13 of his 15 points in the first half, hitting a pair of three-pointers, for Mt. Juliet while Gavin Wilson threw in 13 and Gage Wells and Charles Clark 10 apiece. Riggs Abner notched nine points while Ryan McIntosh and J.C. Crawford each scored six, Bryan Aiken four, Taj Mason a three-point play and Zach Blair and Jacob Burge a free throw apiece.

Kaleb Powell pumped in a pair of threes to lead Beech with 12 points as the Buccaneers dropped to 10-6, 2-2.

Mt. Juliet played host to Hendersonville on Tuesday and will entertain Station Camp on Friday.

Wildcats wear out Gallatin 63-52

GLADEVILLE — Three Wildcats scored in double figures Friday night as Wilson Central took a 63-52 District 9-AAA win over visiting Gallatin.

Caleb Lawrence fired in four three-pointers to lead Central with 17 points whileDaniel Jackson’s 16 included three triples and Tyler Hayes’ 14 included two from long range. Connor Miller finished with five in the fourth quarter, Jordan Beard four, Daniel Beard a three and Adler Kerr and Josh Gibson two each as the Wildcats climbed to 6-8 for the season and 2-2 in the district.

Baijwok Adaing totaled 28 points for the Green Wave, who fell to 10-7, 1-3.

Central led 12-6 following the first quarter, 31-18 at halftime and 48-33 through three periods.

The Wildcats played host to Smyrna in-district action Monday night before a trip to Station Camp on Tuesday. They will travel to Portland on Friday night.

Strong second quarter sends Saints to victory

HENDERSONVILLE — Mt. Juliet Christian seized control in the second quarter and held serve in the second half for a 48-38 win at Merrol Hyde on Thursday night.

Merrol Hyde led 8-7 following the first quarter before a 17-6 second sent the Saints into halftime ahead 24-14. They were up 34-23 going into the fourth as Mt. Juliet Christian climbed to 8-7 for the season.

Jordan Willis sank three 3-pointers as he and Gavin Forsha threw in 13 points apiece for Mt. Juliet while Montrell Walker tossed in 10. Darius Hylick four, Carter Branim a three, Logan Collier and Dwayne Ewers two each and Jack Crouch a free throw.

Isaac Stinson scored 11 for Merrol Hyde.

Mt. Juliet Christian returned to Division II District 4-A action at Donelson Christian on Tuesday and will entertain Nashville Christian on Thursday.

Friendship Christian School basketball homecoming court

Friendship Christian School will celebrate basketball homecoming Friday. The ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m. prior to the games with Davidson Academy.

The homecoming queen is Bayley West, daughter of Bill Bob and Kimberly West, of Lebanon. The homecoming king is Jake Blair, son of Rick and Kristen Blair, of Mt. Juliet. The senior attendant is Cameron Burton, daughter of Terry and Renee Burton, of Lebanon. The senior escort is Landon Crecelius, son of Stephen and Renee Crecelius, of Lebanon. The junior attendant is Mallory Dean, daughter of Jennifer and Charley Dean, of Lebanon. The junior escort is Jaheim Robinson, son of Adam and Kimberly Tune, of Lebanon.

The sophomore attendant is Khia Nicole Young, daughter of Kera Dye and Jerry Young, of Lebanon. The sophomore escort is Cole Cottrell, son of Renn and Nancy Cottrell, of Lebanon. The freshman attendant is Nishika Shah, daughter of Vick and Mona Shah, of Lebanon. The freshman escort is D.J. Rogers son of Amy Flippin, of Gallatin. Pictured (back row, from left) are Rogers, Robinson, Blair, Crecelius, Cottrell, (front row, from left) Shah, Dean, West, Burton and Young.

Mt. Juliet defense stymies Blue Devils

Staff Reports

MT. JULIET — Mt. Juliet’s defense put the clamps on Lebanon for the first three quarters of a 56-42 win in the District 9-AAA opener for both teams Friday night.

The Golden Bears led 7-2 following the first quarter, 23-10 at halftime and 38-15 going into the fourth. The Blue Devils found some offense in the fourth quarter to cut the margin to 10 before falling to 5-2 for the season.

“We didn’t give up,” Lebanon coach Jim McDowell said. “But you can’t dig that kind of a hole against a team like Mt. Juliet.

“Right now, they’re kind of the class of our league.”

“Both teams were really amped up at the start,” Mt. Juliet coach Troy Allen said of the slow offensive start. “We did a good job getting to their shooters until the fourth quarter.

“These early district games are tough when you play a team that tough. When you play like we did the first three quarters, it’s pretty encouraging.”

Point guard Will Pruitt paced the Bears with 18 points while backcourt mate Gavin Wilson sank a pair of three-pointers on his way to 15. Ryan McIntosh tossed in 10 while Gage Wells scored six, Bryan Aiken and J.C. Crawford three each and Taj Mason a free throw as Mt. Juliet improved to 6-1.

Jeremiah Hastings had 14 points to lead the Blue Devils, who were just 3-of-22 from the floor in the first half. Gaven Reasonover scored seven, Polo Phillips six; Malcolm Logue, Jackson Stafford and Ethan Njezic four each and Zion Logue three.

“It was not our best showing, that’s for sure,” McDowell said. “Hopefully, we’ll get better.

“Always they’re going to play physical, play sound defense. We held them to 23 points in the first half, which is good defense for us. We got to hit shots when they’re open. Mt. Juliet did that and we didn’t.”

Both teams returned to district action Tuesday night – Lebanon at Hendersonville and Mt. Juliet at home against Gallatin.

On Friday, Mt. Juilet will travel to Portland while Lebanon entertains Wilson Central.

Wildcats rally to break losing streak

GLADEVILLE — Wilson Central rallied in the third quarter Friday night to take the lead and the Wildcats went on to break a three-game losing streak with a 46-43 win over Hendersonville in the District 9-AAA opener.

Hendersonville was ahead 12-7 following the first quarter and 26-21 at halftime. But the Wildcats controlled the third period 15-6, taking the lead on a corner three-pointer with about 2:30 to play as they went on to lead 34-32 going into the fourth as they climbed to 4-3 for the season.

Daniel Jackson threw in 13 points and Tyler Hayes 10 to lead Central. Adler Kerr added eight while Caleb Lawrence and Azel Eddings each drained a pair of three-pointers for six and Seth Beck a fourth-quarter triple.

Zach Morris’s 16 points paced the Commandos, who fell to 3-5.

Wilson Central remained at home Tuesday night to play host to Hendersonville’s arch-rival, Beech, and will travel to Lebanon on Friday.

Goodpasture

overpowers MJCA

MADISON — Goodpasture overpowered visiting Mt. Juliet Christian 94-33 Thursday night.

The Cougars led 32-2 following the first quarter and 67-12 at halftime as the Saints slipped to 6-3 for the season and 0-2 in District 4-IIA.

Gavin Forsha finished with 14 points for the Saints while Logan Collier and Jordan Willis each scored five, Dwayne Ewers four, Jack Crouch three and Darius Hylick two.

Mt. Juliet Christian played host to Merrol Hyde on Monday night and will travel to University School of Nashville on Friday.

Lady Bears survive Lebanon miss 51-49

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MT. JULIET — Mt. Juliet survived a missed Lebanon layup in the final second Friday night to escape with a 51-49 win in the District 9-AAA opener for both teams before a loud crowd at MJHS.

The Lady Bears led 13-11 following the first quarter before Lebanon took a 28-25 advantage into halftime. Mt. Juliet clung to a 42-41 edge going into the fourth as the winners won their sixth straight following two opening losses in the TSSAA Hall of Champions games.

“It was just a battle,” Lebanon coach Cory Barrett said after his Devilettes dropped to 4-3. “It was back and forth. I don’t know if a lead ever stretched beyond five or six points the whole night.”

Lebanon forced a turnover with a second to play under the Devilettes’ offensive basket. But LHS missed a wide-open layup.

“We’ve really had some knock-down, drag-out with them the last four or five times we’ve played them,” Mt. Juliet coach Chris Fryer said. “The fans are getting their money’s worth.

“Lebanon has a lot of good starters, good players. It’s never going to be easy. Anytime we play them, it’s going to be nip and tuck.”

Tondrianna Davis drained three 3-pointers to lead the Lady Bears with 16 points while center Emma Palmer put in 14, freshman forward Reghan Grimes 11 and point guard Nevaeh Majors 10.

“This early in the season, playing a big district game is tough when you’re trying to get better,” Fryer said. “Hopefully, as the season goes along, we’ll get better with our halfcourt offense. We’re still a work in progress.”

Allissa Mulaski led Lebanon with 13 points while Aaryn Grace Lester added 11 as each threw in three triples. Christaney Brookshire scored seven. Anne Marie Heidebreicht hit a pair of threes as she and Addie Porter scored six apiece while Kiri Steverson, Rebecca Brown and Avery Harris had two each.

Both teams will return to district action at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday – Lebanon at Hendersonville and Mt. Juliet at home against Gallatin.

Richetto’s 26 leads

Lady Wildcats past

Hendersonville

GLADEVILLE — Sydnee Richetto racked up 26 points, sinking four three-pointers, to lead Wilson Central past visiting Hendersonville 58-30 in the District 9-AAA opener Friday night.

The Lady Wildcats led 13-5 following the first quarter, 27-12 at halftime and 49-20 through three periods as Central improved to 6-1.

In addition to her scoring, Richetto also had five steals. Nicole Brill tossed in 10 points while Gracen Robinson scored six. Jasmin Angel finished with five points and nine rebounds while Miyaunna Cason and Dottie McSpadden each spun in a three, Gracie Clark and Teoria Woods two apiece and Sydney Dalton a free throw.

No one scored in double figures for the Lady Commandos, who fell to 2-4

Central remained at home Tuesday night to face Hendersonville’s arch-rival, Beech, and will travel to Lebanon on Friday.

Davis drains six triples in Lady Bear rout

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MT. JULIET — Mt. Juliet breezed to a dominant 79-25 triumph over visiting Siegel on Friday night.

The Lady Bears led 27-4 following the first quarter and 47-7 at halftime as they improved to 3-2.

Tondrianna Davis dropped in six three-pointers in leading the Lady Bears with 27 points while Reghan Grimes racked up 22 and Emma Palmer 16. Nevaeh Majors scored seven while Ryleigh Osborne hit an early three and Taylor Pruitt and Gentry Houston each had two.

No one scored in double figures for Siegel.

After traveling to Nashville to take on Overton on Monday, Mt. Juliet will open District 9-AAA action at home at 6:30 p.m. Friday against Lebanon.

MJCA turns it on in fourth to overtake

Madison Acad.

MT. JULIET — Mt. Juliet Christian climbed from behind to defeat Madison Academy 40-35 Thursday night.

The Lady Knights led 11-5 following the first quarter. The teams played evenly through the second and third periods before Mt. Juliet Christian closed with a 19-9 fourth.

Amelia Lyons led the Lady Saints with 21 points while Megan Blackwell scored six, Bethany Lyons four, Destiny Moser three and Josie Bly, Abigail Eastin and Felicity Keen two apiece as Mt. Juliet Christian pulled even at 3-3.

Sara Adaela led the Lady Knights with 12 points.

Mt. Juliet Christian opened District 4-II-A action Tuesday at Friendship Christian’s Bay Family Sportsplex.

Golden Bears top Siegel 57-47

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MT. JULIET — Mt. Juliet seized control in the second quarter of a 57-47 triumph over Siegel on Friday night.

The teams were tied 11-11 following the first quarter before the Golden Bears dominated the second 24-11 to lead 35-20 at halftime. It was 41-33 going into the fourth as Mt. Juliet improved to 4-1.

Will Pruitt scored 16 points and Gavin Wilson 10 for Mt. Juliet. Gage Wills supplied nine while Ryan McIntosh sank two three-pointers on his way to eight. J.C. Crawford tallied seven while Taj Mason finished with four and Riggs Abner a three.

Matthew Snider scored 13 points and point guard Zion Swader 10 for Siegel.

Mt. Juliet will go to Nashville to take on Overton on Monday night.

Central succumbs to LaVergne

LAVERGNE — Wilson Central’s offense struggled in a 53-38 loss at LaVergne on Friday night.

The Wolverines led 16-5 following the first quarter, 26-15 at halftime and 43-28 through three periods.

Antuan Williams fired in five three-pointers to lead LaVergne with 17 points. Armon Lumas flicked in four triples and Deshaun Prince two as each tossed in 12 points.

Azel Eddings was the Wildcats’ top scorer with six points on a pair of triples. Seth Beck, Connor Miller and Caleb Lawrence each finished with five while Daniel Jackson, Jordan Beard and Tyler Hayes had four apiece and Adler Kerr a pair of free throws.

Central is off until next Friday when the Wildcats play host to Hendersonville in the District 9-AAA opener.

MJCA crushes Currey Ingram

BRENTWOOD — Mt. Juliet Christian found its offense in the third quarter of a 52-10 triumph at Currey Ingram on Friday night.

The Saints led 13-4 at halftime before a 28-2 third expanded the margin to 41-6 as they improved to 6-1.

Gavin Forsha fired in 15 points and Logan Collier 10 for Mt. Juliet Christian. Jordan Willis and Dwayne Ewers each scored seven, Darius Hylick four, Carter Branim and Luke Nave a three-pointer apiece, Jack Crouch two and Gavin Teas a free throw.

Mt. Juliet Christian will travel to Friendship Christian’s Bay Family Sportsplex on Tuesday night for the District 4-II-A opener.

Balanced Saints march past Madison Academy

MT. JULIET — Mt. Juliet Christian used a balanced attack to defeat Madison Academy 62-43 Thursday night.

Logan Collier fired in 15 points to pace the Saints while Dwayne Ewers and Montrell Walker each tossed in 10. Jordan Willis added eight, Darius Hylick seven, Gavin Forsha six and Carter Branim, Jack Crouch and Perrion Davis two apiece as Mt. Juliet Christian climbed to 5-1 for the season.

Beau Rodriguez racked up 20 points and Andr’e Crayton 10 for the Knights, who fell to 3-1.

Mt. Juliet Christian led 16-9 following the first quarter, 28-17 at halftime and 45-31 through three periods.

Shelbyville spoils Wildcats’ home opener

GLADEVILLE — Shelbyville got off to a fast start and spoiled Wilson Central’s home opener with a 56-40 win Tuesday night.

The Golden Eagles led 22-12 following the first quarter, 38-22 at halftime and 45-37 through three as Central slipped to 2-3.

Erman Garcia buried four first-quarter three-pointers and led Shelbyville with 17 points. Malachi Burns tossed in 12 and Airius Trice seven of his 10 in the fourth.

Tyler Hayes’ 10 points led Wilson Central, including eight in the third quarter. Caleb Lawrence threw in two first-quarter threes as he and Adler Kerr each added eight points while Azel Eddings scored six, Jordan Beard five, Daniel Jackson two free throws and Seth Beck one.

Mt. Juliet roars from behind for 58-52 win

MT. JULIET — Mt. Juliet seized control in the fourth quarter Tuesday night for a come-from-behind 58-52 win over Centennial.

The Cougars led 15-10 following the first quarter, 29-26 at halftime and 42-41 through three before the Golden Bears used a 17-10 fourth to improve to 3-1.

Gage Wells threw in three 3-pointers to lead Mt. Juliet with 18 points while Gavin Wilson and J.C. Crawford each hit two triples on their way to 12 apiece. Riggs Abner added eight points and Will Pruitt and Charles Clark four each.

Dusty Williams drained a pair of threes as he and Tre Carlton each collected 14 points for the Cougars.