Middle School Sports – Fantastic
The North Sports Report attended a middle school football game last week. The discipline, team structure, positive peer and adult relationships, school spirit, and parental support make middle school athletics a top-notch after-school program. The crowd of students, parents, teachers, administrators and community members all join together to cheer for their school and boost their student-athletes. Priceless!
Alumni Alert – Center of Attention
Maplewood graduate James Stone will be the national center of attention when ESPN College GameDay broadcasts from Knoxville this Saturday. James is the starting center for the Tennessee Vols and will anchor the offensive line in the national game of the week. Don’t forget Hillsboro graduate and Tennessee defensive back Eric Gordon and Pearl-Cohn alumnus Antonio Richardson. Look for MNPS graduates in the spotlight on Saturday.
Wow! Last week’s game at Hillsboro was tremendous! First of all, MNPS football games provide the most entertaining public address announcers in America. Every first down was announced as a “Smoothie King First Down. Smoooooth!” and every hard tackle was followed by an exclamatory “Dang Dude!” Entertaining… to say the least.
The large, enthusiastic crowd witnessed another great game of the week. Hillsboro’s Robert Kelley scored four touchdowns, and Hillsboro kicker Joseph Occhipinti is as advertised. The North Sports Report could not believe its eyes when Occhipinti, kicking off from the 40 yard line, put the ball over the cross bar and through the uprights. He kicked the ball over 70 yards – an almost unimaginable super-human feat. Unbelievable?…yes. But I saw it with my own eyes. Dang Dude!
Game of the Week: September 14, 2012
The North Sports Report is heading to Homecoming at Hunters Lane as the Hunters Lane Warriors welcome the Hillwood Hilltoppers. The lights will shine bright on Jerry Pigue Stadium as the Warriors hope to stem the momentum of the surging Hilltoppers.
Other action this week includes big district games and intraMNPS rivalries:
The MNPS home games are at Hunter Lane; at Antioch; at Cane Ridge; at East Nashville (TPS campus); at Whites Creek; and at Stratford.
This is the perfect week to go to a game near you! Enjoy the beauty of MNPS athletics.
MNPS: The First Choice for Discipline, School Spirit, and Parental Support
Vanderbilt University Dyer Observatory
1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood, TN 37027
Invites you to join us
Thursday, June 21, 2012
for a special
NASA Summer of Innovation Event
Gates Open and Summer of Innovation activities provided by
the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
You are welcome to bring a picnic and relax on the
Dyer Observatory lawn for this special program
NASA Summer of Innovation Program and Concert
Featuring a performance of The Mighty Sky by
Beth Nielsen Chapman and the Long Players
Summer of Innovation Presentation by
NASA Associate Administrator for Education and
former two-time Space Shuttle astronaut
If inclement weather causes the concert and program to be moved to a different location, please visit www.dyer.vanderbilt.edu for rain site.
RSVP Required: Due to limited parking, each car which comes through the gate requires a ticket. Only 100 free tickets are available, although you can put as many as 8 people in your car. To obtain a free ticket for your car, PLEASE RSVP online at http://nasadyerconcert.eventbrite.com. Questions? email@example.com.
Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools is now a three-time winner of the Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) presented by the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) for excellence in budget presentation. This award is conferred only to school districts that have met or exceeded the Meritorious Budget Award criteria. In 2010, Metro Nashville Public Schools made history when it became the first Tennessee school district to earn the Meritorious Budget Award from the Association.
To earn this award, Metro Schools submitted its 2011-2012 budget for a rigorous review based on demanding criteria. Developed by ASBO for school districts, the MBA criteria guide school business officials toward a quality school budget presentation by enhancing the school business officials’ skills in developing, analyzing, and presenting a school system budget.
The award recognizes excellence in school system budget presentation and is given to districts with budgets that
• use sound fiscal management practices,
• promote effective use of educational resources,
• provide clear budget presentations,
• use up-to-date budget practices and
• meet several other criteria.
Congratulations to Chief Financial Officer Chris Henson, Director of Business Services Glenda Gregory, Communications Specialist Noelle Mashburn, and the Metro Office of Management and Budget for their award-winning work on the district’s budget.
Featured in photograph (l to r) is Chris Henson, Chief Financial Officer; Gracie Porter, Metro School Board Chair; Glenda Gregory, Director of Business Services and Dr. Jesse Register, Superintendent of Metro Schools.
Students in Overton's Academy of Information Technology participated in the Emerging Communication Technologies externship. This externship was in collaboration with the school’s academy partner Deloitte. As part of the externship, students researched the environmental impact of emerging technologies to show the effects of disposing old electronic devices on the environment. After completing the research, students used creative presentations to share their findings. In fact, one presentation included a song and a video written and produced by students within the academy. Check out the students’ presentation below.
Metro Schools has appointed Dr. Cecilia Arbuckle the Lead iTeacher in the district’s Innovation Cluster to turnaround struggling schools. In this role, she will assure iTeachers receive the support, training and professional development needed to educate students in the Innovation Cluster. iTeachers are expected to meet rigorous student achievement goals.
Dr. Arbuckle earned a Ph. D. and M. A. from George Peabody College for Teachers, now part of Vanderbilt University, and a B. A. from Brescia College in Owensboro, Kentucky. She has worked with Metro Nashville Public Schools for more than 30 years as a teacher, assistant principal and principal. Previously, she served as a division chair of the Teacher Education Program at Brescia College; held adjunct professorships at Murray State University and Western Kentucky University; worked in the extended learning master's degree program at Cumberland University and served as executive director of KARC, Kentucky’s organization for intellectual and developmental disabilities.
On June 7, 2012, the 500th student earned a high school diploma from the Academy of Hickory Hollow. Congratulations to Langley Bogle and The Academy of Hickory Hollow!
Hundreds of Comcast volunteers and their families rolled up their sleeves and showed their support for Metro Nashville Public Schools Saturday, April 21 in the annual Comcast Cares Day. This year, some 500 volunteers built rolling carts and bookshelves for each Metro Schools Teacher of the Year while about 500 others donated stuffed shoeboxes for resource centers.
Board Member &
Sports Fan Mark North
It’s Official…Referees Deserve Kudos
The North Sports Report recently ran into TSSAA referee and Baxter ALC Principal Billy Fellman and was reminded that referees, umpires, and officials of all monikers deserve our gratitude for handling the difficult, pressure-packed, and often thankless job to officiate games. How important are the officials? Remember the old saying: “Without the referees, it would just be recess.” Wear the stripes proudly!
Award Season – A View from the Red Carpet
The Middle Tennessee Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame held its annual banquet at the Airport Marriott. With the honorees all donning black tie tuxedos, it is the most regal, celebrity-laden event of all sports related award galas. From media celebrities like George Plaster to college coaching legends Johnny Majors and Watson Brown to MNPS coaching royalty Wes Elrod and Jerry Pigue, to MNPS Sports Hall of Fame members Walter Overton (Pearl) and Bonnie Sloan (Litton), to over sixty mid-state football player honorees and their families, this is a can’t miss event. Even the NFL Hall of Famer Raymond Berry, fresh off his appearance at the Super Bowl delivering the Lombardi trophy to the stage, was in attendance. I am not kidding…the North Sports Report shook the hand that caught passes from Unitas.
The real stars, of course, were the student-athletes honored that night with the Charles W. Hawkins III Scholar Athlete Award. Those awards went to DeMarco Moore (Antioch); Jamaris Pye (Cane Ridge); Calvin Canada (East Lit); Justin Farr (Glencliff); Ben Ross (Hillsboro); Andrew Chomic (Hillwood); Victor Fletcher (Hunters Lane); Dustin Binkley (Maplewood); Caleb Azubike (McGavock); Ike Amadi (Overton); Demario Donnell (Pearl-Cohn); George Gutierrez (Stratford); and Ashuntae Bass (Whites Creek).
DeMarco Moore of Antioch also won the Jim Barrom Spirit Award for exemplifying the “highest qualities of sportsmanship.”
Oh, I almost forgot…the Hunters Lane Junior ROTC Color Guard presented the colors and led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. As always, the MNPS ROTC students were outstanding.
Madison High School legend Houston Ragan was honored with the Bonnie Sloan Courage Award presented annually to a person who “overcame obstacles and fought back to succeed.” The award is named for Litton great Bonnie Sloan, the first deaf player in the NFL. If you don’t know the story of Houston Ragan, go visit him at Maplewood High School where he serves as one of the best school counselors in the state.
The North Sports Report had the unparalleled privilege to present the Bonnie Sloan Courage Award, and shared the stage with Bonnie Sloan, Houston Ragan and NFL great Raymond Berry. “One of these things is not like the other, one of these things just doesn’t belong”…It was me.
Stop and Make the Call
Houston Ragan coached me at Madison High many (I dare say many, many) years ago. I cannot express how gratifying it is to have the opportunity to thank him for the influence he had on me. If you have a coach, teacher, family member or anyone else who inspired you by their example, call them and say thank you. Great people like Houston Ragan don’t always appreciate the positive impact they have on people’s lives, so call and tell them … and I mean today!
Among the stars of the hardwood at the SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Bridgestone Arena were McGavock star Ndidi Madu of the Florida Gators and Hillsboro star Isabelle Harrison of the SEC Tournament Champion Tennessee Lady Vols.
MNPS: The First Choice for Exemplifying the Highest Qualities of Sportsmanship
Antioch Lady Bears – Region 6-AAA Champs
The Lady Bears from Antioch High School took home the championship trophy in Region 6-AAA with an impressive run through the bracket. I like to say they “Bear-ly” won the tournament. The North Sports Report dictionary of sports terms defines Bear-ly in this context as: “in a bear-like manner; totally dominating; awesome. See Antioch Lady Bears’ performance in the 2012 Region 6-AAA championship game.” Congratulations to Coach White and the Antioch Lady Bears!
Antioch Principal Brian Mast has called a Code Blue for the Lady Bears’ Sub-state game Saturday night March 3 at 7:00pm at the Antioch High School gymnasium. Be there dressed in blue.
Hunters Lane Warriors – Advance to the Sub-State Round
The Hunters Lane Warriors are primed and ready for a sub-state match-up with Clarksville High School on Monday night March 5 in Clarksville. The highly ranked Warriors –led by Coach Anthony Sewell and point guard Billy Hughes – put together one of the best seasons in school history and are one win away from a trip to the state tournament. Everybody’s a Warrior fan Monday night!
Regional Tournament Hosts – Stratford and Hillwood Representin’
Photo Credit: Mike Straginger
Hosting a Regional Tournament requires the coordinated efforts of coaches, administrators, teachers, staff and students. Hillwood welcomed the 16 participating teams in Region 6-AAA, and Stratford hosted Region 5-AA. Fans of high school basketball from across the mid-state enjoyed the hospitality and great environment provided by their MNPS hosts. Congratulations to the Principals – Dr. Chauncy of Hillwood and Mr. Steele of Stratford – and everyone who worked on the tournaments for a job well done. The photo shows the Hilltopper ambassadors who helped me find my seat.
Middle School Basketball Champions
MNPS crowned the Middle School boys and girls basketball champions last week at Pearl-Cohn High Schools’ gym. Congratulations for a great season to Smithson-Craighead boys basketball team (Eastern Division Champions and City Champions), McKissack Middle School boys basketball team (Western Division Champions), Kennedy Middle School girls basketball team (Western Division Champions and City Champions) and Haynes Middle Design Center girls basketball team (Eastern Division Champions).
Brush with Fame
The North Sports Report rubbed shoulders with some of the greatest athletes and coaches in MNPS history this week at basketball tournaments. Stratford basketball great Ray Maddox was back in his old stomping grounds at the Region 5-AA tournament at Stratford. In the Hillwood gym on the same night were: Pearl High great and MNPS Sports Hall of Fame member Walter Overton (he was officiating the game); Glencliff High hoopster and leader of Metro Schools’ athletic department Roosevelt Sanders; Donelson High star Mike Tribue; Madison High baseball legend (also the most popular player in Nashville Sounds’ history) Gene Menees; MNPS Sports Hall of Famer Joanne Arnold Tribue (Antioch High school legend and presently the Coach of the Cane Ridge Lady Ravens); and last but not least Coach Carlton Collier, longtime Madison High and Hunters Lane basketball and softball coach. Wow… that is a lot of fame in one gym.
Vanderbilt Sports Medicine – Athletic Trainers…keeping it healthy
I witnessed an extraordinary burst of quickness from Hunters Lane Athletic Trainer Emily Carter when a Warrior hoopster took a tremendous fall last week. Emily was on the court, providing care almost instantly and showed exemplary skill and compassion in her treatment of the injured player and his family. MNPS student-athletes have the best athletic trainers in the country on the sideline for every game. A big healthy thank you to Vanderbilt Sports Medicine for providing the athletic trainers and for the care each provides our students.
MNPS: The First Choice for Extraordinary Bursts of Quickness
Fast Times at Stratford – Nationally Ranked Sprinter
Stratford Spartan sprinter Justin Scruggs is currently ranked second in the nation in the 60 meters. That’s right, I said in the nation…the USA. Justin ran the 60 meters in 6.82 seconds, earning an invitation to the 2012 New Balance Indoor Track Invitational in New York City next month. More powerful than a locomotive, rumor has it he is also able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. SuperSpartan!
High School Wrestling – State Championships
McGavock grappler Carlos Garcia earned his way to the finals in the state championships in Franklin last week, taking home the silver medal, the best finish of any McGavock wrestler in over 15 years. Other top finishers in the grueling state wrestling championships were Trevion James (Antioch) and Trenton Bell (Hunters Lane).
Middle School Wrestling
Bailey STEM Magnet Middle School Bulldogs are Wrestling City Champions. Congratulations to Itae Barretero, Anthony Bassham, Montez Booker, Troy Clay, Eric Foster, James Hughes, Latraus Perry, Darius Roberts, Gregory Smith, Dandre Whitley, Jondae Williams and Coach Gardner – the grapplin’ Bulldogs!
Watching Hoops with Dignitaries
Football coaches are a veritable fountain of knowledge and wisdom as I learned watching high school and middle school basketball games this week with Hillwood High School football coach Bubba Spears and Goodlettsville Middle School football coach David Brooks. I even spent time in the stands visiting with some of Tennessee’s top Principals including Antioch’s Brian Mast, Hunters Lane’s Susan Kessler, Glencliff’s Clint Wilson, Hillwood’s Steve Chauncy, Overton’s Shuler Pelham, and Stratford’s Michael Steele. Needless to say, the North Sports Report tried to be on its best behavior.
Brush with Fame
The North Sports Report ran into Whites Creek and Vanderbilt football and basketball great Jamie Graham at a basketball tournament game this week at Antioch. After graduating from Vanderbilt, Jamie is working toward an advanced degree and playing defensive back at UCLA.
Principal with his Grill On
When the North Sports Report saw Stratford Principal Michael Steele cooking the concessions stand cheeseburgers as Stratford hosted tournament games this week, I immediately ordered The Principal Combo…cheeseburger, chips, and a Diet Coke. Just so you know – that is the North Sports Report’s idea of fine dining.
Congratulations to District Champions Hunters Lane Warriors, Overton Lady Bobcats and Hillsboro Lady Burros!
Advancing to represent MNPS in the regional tournaments in Girls’ Basketball are: MLK Lady Royals; Hume Fogg Lady Blue Knights; Overton Lady Bobcats; Hillsboro Lady Burros; Hunters Lane Lady Warriors; Antioch Lady Bears; and Cane Ridge Lady Ravens.
In Boys Basketball, those teams advancing are: Hunters Lane Warriors; East Literature Eagles; Antioch Bears; Hillsboro Burros; Maplewood Panthers; McGavock Raiders; and Cane Ridge Ravens.
Field of Dreams
Stratford’s football field was featured on a recent episode of “The Bachelor” as one of the reality show’s contestants impressed everyone with her relation (granddaughter) to the field’s namesake – MNPS Sports Hall of Fame member and local sports legend Harold “Buster” Boguskie. Even during tournament time, the North Sports Report is never too busy to catch an episode of “The Bachelor.” What?...
MNPS: The First Choice for Local Sports Legends
Wednesday, Oct. 5, thousands of students, staff and community members participated in Walk to School Day and helped shine a light on the importance of healthy living. See photos of the crowds, Mayor Dean, Associate Superintendent of Middle Schools Dr. Lora Hall, Dr. Bill Paul of Metro Health Department, the McGavock High Show Choir and AFJROTC, and much more! View photos for Walk to School.The next day, Oct. 6, students in many of our elementary schools set out toRead for the Record. Some enjoyed the likes of Curious George, while others visited with a real life llama. See it all here.
Nashville's Public Library system has been awarded the 2010 National Medal for Museum and Library Service! The library is one of only five in the nation to win this award, which comes with a $10,000 prize and a visit from StoryCorps.