2015 Coaches All Metro Team  - Photo by Mike Strasinger

2015 Coaches All Metro Team – Photo by Mike Strasinger

The Metro Coaches Association announced their selections for the 2015 All- City Teams today. The players and their families will be honored at a banquet Thursday night at the Tennessee Fairgrounds in the Wilson Hall.



QB – Demontez Carlton –McGavock  – SR WR – Christian Lancaster – Cane Ridge – JR

QB – Julius King –Overton – SR OL – Anthony McLin – Maplewood – SR

QB—Jimmy Ferrell-Pearl-Cohn–SR OL – Jaelin Fisher – Pearl-Cohn – SR

RB – Emari Barton –Cane Ridge – JR OL – Chris Chapman – Hillsboro – SR

RB – Kendall Johnson– McGavock –SR OL – Tamim Aldarawcheh – Overton – SR

RB – Ke’Juan Vaughn –Pearl-Cohn – JR OL – Khalil Jones –Stratford – SR

WR – Rontavius Groves – Pearl-Cohn – SR K – Ethan Evors – McGavock – SR

WR – Jay King – Hillsboro – SR KR – Jimmyrious Parker – Pearl Cohn – SO

WR – Thomas Woodard – Whites Creek – SR            ATH– Corey Simmons – Stratford – SR

WR – Jamal Kirklen – Hillwood – SR


DL – Cody Brown – Maplewood – SR LB – Sampson Bradley – Hillsboro – SR

DL – Antowan Malone – Pearl-Cohn – JR LB – Noah Bayless  – Cane Ridge – JR

DL – Ed Bambu  – Cane Ridge – SR             DB – Devarius Cortner – East – SR

DL – Malik Huddleston – Whites Creek – SR DB – Shedrick Kirk – McGavock – SR

DL–Malcom Swann—Pear-Cohn–SR DB – Theo Jackson – Overton – JR

LB – Gage Smith – Mapelwood – SR DB – Malique Fleming – Hillsboro – SR

LB – Theo Cortner  – Pearl Cohn  – SR


Antioch – Blake Wiggins – Jr Kelvin Boffah – Sr

Cane Ridge- Austin Jackson – Sr D.J. Thorpe – Jr

East High– Jacob Phillips  – Jr Jayron Leatherwood – Jr

Glencliff – Akol Madut  –Sr Calvin Wright  – Sr

Hillwood – Jordan King  – Sr Terron Smith  – Sr

Hillsboro – Julian Houston – Jr Roy Hunter – Sr 

Hunters Lane – Karon Moseley  –Jr Reuben Perrien – Jr

Maplewood – Bo Hodges– Kelando Butler – Sr  

McGavock – Nic Haddock– Evan Gowdy–

Overton – Kimlee North – Sr     Jason Gardner  – Sr

Pearl Cohn – Darius Hunter – Jr Jonathan Howse – Sr

Stratford – James Hughes  – Sr Ledarius Haynes –  

Whites Creek – Brandon Murdic– Justin Howard-Acklen–

Nashville Sounds Manager Steve Scarsone will return for the 2016 season. Photo by Mike Strasinger

Nashville Sounds Manager Steve Scarsone will return for the 2016 season. Photo by Mike Strasinger

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Nashville Sounds 2016 coaching staff was named by the Oakland Athletics today and is highlighted by the return of Manager Steve Scarsone.

 Scarsone, 49, enters his eighth season in the Oakland organization and fourth consecutive campaign as manager of the club’s top affiliate. His coaching staff will consist of pitching coach Rick Rodriguez, hitting coach Eric Martins, trainer Brad LaRosa and strength and conditioning coach A.J. Seeliger. LaRosa joins Scarsone as the only returning member from the 2015 coaching staff. 

 Scarsone sports a career managerial mark of 634-632 (.501) after guiding the Sounds to a 66-78 record in his first year at the helm in 2015. In three seasons as manager of the A’s top affiliate, Scarsone has compiled a 224-208 (.519) record.

 He began his managerial career with two years in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization as manager of the Single-A South Bend Silver Hawks (2001) and Advanced-A Lancaster JetHawks (2002). He stepped away from baseball before returning in 2009 with the Oakland organization. Scarsone managed the Single-A Kane County Cougars (2009), Advanced-A Stockton Ports (2010), Double-A Midland RockHounds (2011-12) and Triple-A Sacramento River Cats (2013-14).

 The Anaheim, Calif. native was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2nd round of the 1986 draft and played seven seasons as a Major League utility infielder with Philadelphia (1992), Baltimore (1992), San Francisco (1993-96), St. Louis (1997) and Kansas City (1999).

 Rodriguez, 55, takes over as Nashville’s pitching coach after serving in the same role with the Single-A Stockton Ports in 2015. Rodriguez was Triple-A Sacramento’s pitching coach in 12 of the last 16 seasons, including his most recent stint in 2013-14. He also served as the A’s bullpen coach from 2011-12 and as the manager of Advanced-A Modesto in 2003.

 This is his 32nd year in the A’s organization, including seven seasons as a player and 23 as a minor league coach.

 The East Bay, Calif. native was selected by Oakland in the second round of the 1981 draft. In 31 career MLB appearances, Rodriguez compiled a 3-4 record with a 5.73 ERA. He pitched with Oakland (1986-87), Cleveland (1988) and San Francisco (1990).

 Martins, 43, enters his first season as Nashville’s hitting coach after serving in the same role for Double-A Midland in 2015. Prior to his one season in Midland, Martins was a scout for the A’s since 2007. During his time as a scout, Martins was responsible for signing A.J. Griffin, Daniel Robertson, and 2014 first-round selection Matt Chapman.

 The East Los Angeles, Calif. native was selected by Oakland in the 17th round of the 1994 draft out of Long Beach State. He played professionally for 11 seasons, including parts of four seasons with A’s Triple-A affiliates. He was a part of the 1997 Edmonton team that captured the Pacific Coast League championship and the 1999 Vancouver team that won the Triple-A World Series.

 LaRosa will return to Nashville for his second season with the club and ninth as the athletic trainer for Oakland’s top minor league affiliate. Prior to joining the Athletics, he spent five seasons at Double-A with St. Louis (2005-07) and Miami (2003-04). Continue Reading

Photos by Mike Strasinger

Photos by Mike Strasinger

From Vanderbilt Athletics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt dropped its final home game, 25-0, to Texas A&M Saturday at Vanderbilt Stadium.

The Commodores are now 4-7 overall and 2-5 in the SEC, while Texas A&M improved to 8-3 on the year and 4-3 in the league.

In the game, Ralph Webb topped 1,000 yards for the season, becoming the fifth player in school history to gain at least 1,000 yards rushing in a season. Webb is also the first sophomore to top 1,000 yards.

Next week, Vanderbilt travels to Tennessee for a 3 p.m. kickoff.

Belmont's Evan Bradds shoots against Western Ky. Belmont downed WKU 90-85.Photos by Mike Strasinger

Belmont’s Evan Bradds shoots against Western Ky.
Belmont downed WKU 90-85.Photos by Mike Strasinger

From Belmont Athletics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – – Energized by a boisterous student section on ‘First on the Floor’ night, Belmont University men’s basketball outlasted Western Kentucky, 90-85, Wednesday night.

The Bruins, facing a quick turnaround following Monday’s night narrow loss at Arizona State and a long travel day Tuesday, welcomed a talented and formidable Hilltopper team to the Curb Event Center for the home opener.

A perennial 20-win and postseason team, Western Kentucky returned much of its nucleus from a squad seeking revenge for Belmont’s one-point win in Bowling Green last November.

After junior Evan Bradds (Jamestown, Ohio) gave Belmont an early 8-6 advantage, a basket from Frederick Edmond and a deep three-pointer from Chris Harrison-Docks gave the visitors a four point lead.

Belmont head coach Rick Byrd expertly used the Bruin bench throughout the first half, managing minutes of his starters still recovering from the Marquette-Arizona State trip.

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FRA's Spence Jones and BGA's Clay Beathard -m File Photos by Mike Strasinger

FRA’s Spence Jones and BGA’s Clay Beathard – File Photos by Mike Strasinger

As selected by coaches –

MVP – Kyle Gilbert – Davidson Academy

Offensive Players of the Year – Clay Beathard – BGA & Spence Jones – FRA 

Defensive Player of the Year – Patrick Wells – BGA

Special Teams Player of the Year – Ryan Clark – FRA

Coach of the Year – Bill Whittemore – FRA & Jonathan Quinn – Davidson Academy

2015 All District Team

Larry Wilhoite, SR – FRA

Sam Harvin, SR – FRA

Thomas Fortune, SR – FRA

Ben Jackson, SR – FRA

Sam Wheeler, SR – FRA

Will Tansil, SR – FRA

Woody Weicker, SR – FRA

Watson Tansil, SOPH – FRA

Zach Swinea, SR –Davidson Academy

Xavy Corcino , SR –Davidson Academy

Hayden Hollingsworth, SR –Davidson Academy

Jackson Broadwell, SR –Davidson Academy

Caleb Russell, SR –Davidson Academy

Ian Kane, SOPH –Davidson Academy

Terrell – Webster, SR – BGA

Marcus Cawthorne, SR – BGA

Joseph Pasley, JR – BGA

Glenn Young, SR – BGA

Jay Clark, SR – Ezell Harding

Malik Ruffin, JR – Ezell Harding

Hunter Spence, JR – Ezell Harding

Honorable Mention

Adrian Roper, JR – FRA

Christian Drake, JR – FRA

Eli Breece, JR –Davidson Academy

Dakota Makatche, JR –Davidson Academy

Jaylen Frierson, FR – BGA

Campbell Parker, SR – BGA

Jaron Puckett, JR –  Ezell Harding

Bailey Phillips, JR – Ezell Harding

Academic All District

Woody Weicker, SR – FRA

Sam Wheeler, SR – FRA

Dakota Makatche, JR –Davidson Academy

Logan Dorris, SR –Davidson Academy

Vanderbilt Luke Kornet slams home a dunk against Gardner-Webb

Vanderbilt Luke Kornet slams home a dunk against Gardner-Webb. Photos by Mike Strasinger

From Vanderbilt Athletics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Jeff Roberson set career highs with 18 points and eight rebounds to lead No. 18/20 Vanderbilt past Gardner-Webb 98-62 Monday night at Memorial Gym.

Vanderbilt (2-0) took command from the outset with a 19-0 run to go up 21-5 and led by as many as 19 in the first half. Gardner-Webb (0-2) trimmed the deficit to 11 early in the second half, before Vanderbilt responded with 15 straight points to push its advantage to 61-35 and seal the victory.

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MBA's Ty Chandler is a Mr. Football Finalist- Photo by Mike Strasinger

MBA’s Ty Chandler is among the Mr. Football Finalists named today – Photo by Mike Strasinger

Nashville, Tennessee, November 16, 2015 – The Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards will be presented to the top 16 backs and linemen in eight classifications of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association on Monday, November 30, 2015, at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.  For the fourteenth consecutive year, the top kicker in the state will be recognized with a Mr. Football Award, regardless of classification.

 Four semifinalists for each category and each classification were announced on November 5.  There are six classifications in Division I and two in Division II.  With “Back of the Year” and “Lineman of the Year” for each classification, as well as the “Kicker of the Year” award, that makes for a total of 17 award categories.  Two finalists for each category were announced by Mike Keith on the Titans website at www.titansonline.com today at 1:00 p.m. CST / 2:00 p.m. EST.  The two finalists for each award that were announced today will be the ones invited to attend the awards luncheon at Nissan Stadium, where the winner of each award will be announced.

 A committee of statewide sports writers selected winners based on performance in the 2015 regular season.  Academics and character were also taken into consideration.  High school head coaches and members of the media nominated the finalists.  

 “We are very appreciative of the Tennessee Titans for their continued support of these awards,” stated Bernard Childress, Executive Director of the TSSAA.  “Having the awards presented at Nissan Stadium will provide a very special atmosphere for these outstanding student-athletes.”

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Belmont's Kylee Smith hits a basket late in the game vs UAB. Photos by Mike Strasinger

Belmont’s Kylee Smith hits a basket late in the game vs UAB. Photos by Mike Strasinger

From Belmont Athletics

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- UAB’s shot at the buzzer was ruled no good as the Belmont University women’s basketball team (2-0) rallied back for a dramatic 63-62 win Sunday afternoon at the Curb Event Center.

Junior forward Lauren Thompson‘s (Franklin, Tenn.) free throw with 15 seconds left proved to be the game winner as Belmont stormed back from a 14 point deficit to stun UAB. Thompson showed great poise to make the adjustment and knock down her second attempt after her first free throw rimmed out.

“It was a great win for us. Anytime you can face the adversity we had and come back like that, being down even 14 points, you have to be very happy,” said Head Coach Cameron Newbauer after his team’s dramatic win. “For us to have a win like this this early in the season is great. It takes so much heart to perservere through that much adversity, I really couldn’t be more proud of our girls after this one.”

The Blazers had a chance to tie or win the game after Thompson’s go ahead conversion at the charity stripe. UAB’s Keonna Farmer looked to provide some late game heroics as she drove to the basket on the right side, but her close range shot rimmed out. Teammate Deanna Kuzmanic grabbed the rebound and banked in a shot from the right side, but after an official replay review, her basket was waved off and Belmont reacted with jubilation.

Sophomore Sierra Jones (Huntsville, Ala.) led the Bruins with 17 points including a career-high five 3-pointers. The 5-9 guard also chipped in with a game-high five assists. Jones connected on 5-of-8 from 3-point land, and hit a critical three with 4:32 remaining in regulation.

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