Mark North, Sports Fan & President of
The Fans, Inc.
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Historic Isaac Litton Gymnasium
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Looking back to help the future: Six high school basketball teams are taking part in The FANS Retro Classic this weekend that benefits The FANS, Inc., a foundation raising money for Metro Schools athletic programs.
So what makes these games so special? Teams will be wearing old school uniforms to honor high school teams of the past!
Hume-Fogg and Hunters Lane will wear Madison High polka dots, Maplewood and Stratford will wear uniforms to honor Isaac Litton High, McGavock will honor DuPont High, and Glencliff will honor Cameron High.
Will the uniforms look exactly like you remember them? Of course not, but that's not really the point, is it?
The point is that schools of today are willing to honor the past, and together we can build a bright future. Here are the details:
Friday, January 4, 5:00 p.m.
Hume-Fogg vs. Maplewood (Girls)
Hume-Fogg vs. Maplewood (Boys)
Saturday, January 5
McGavock vs. Stratford (Boys)
Hunters Lane vs. Glencliff (Boys)
The historic Isaac Litton High School Gym.
Tickets are $6 each night and are available at the door. This event might sell out, so get there early.
Please park at Litton Middle School, 4601 Hedgewood Drive (turn on Richmond from Gallatin Road).
Proceeds from The FANS Retro Classic go to The Foundation for Athletics in Nashville Schools, Inc. for the benefit of athletic programs in Nashville's public schools.
If you are unable to attend but want to help, you may donate online at www.thefansinc.com or send a check The FANS, 1215 Gallatin Pike, S., Madison, TN 37115.
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The Hume Award
A nice place to relax after intense Maplewood basketball games.
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“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.” –Theodore Roosevelt
MNPS: The First Choice for Knowing the Triumph of High Achievement
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MNPS: The First Choice for the Wisdom of Great Leaders
Glencliff High School has named two new basketball coaches. John Filson has been named the new head girls basketball coach and Doug Kiel has been named the new head boys basketball coach.
Filson worked as a teacher and assistant basketball coach at Glencliff High before assuming his new position. Before coming to Metro Schools, Filson worked at LaVergne Middle School, Hunters Lane and Holloway High Schools. He also serves in the Tennessee Army National Guard. Filson is a graduate of Belmont University.
Kiel recently served as a mathematics teacher and boys assistant basketball coach at Mt. Juliet High School. He also worked for Lebanon and Warren County High Schools, where he was a teacher and head boys’ basketball coach. His coaching expertise has led 97% student-athletes to college, and he attended five region and three region semi-finals games. Kiel has a bachelor’s from Western Kentucky University and master’s from Tennessee Technological University.
Board Member &
Sports Fan Mark North
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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?...
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See photos from Signing Day 2012!
See pictures of Tyesha and Stratford's State Championship Track & Field Team
Tell Ralph 'North Sports Report' sent you.
Board Member & Sports Fan Mark North
“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt
Maplewood 21, East Literature 6Total Pins – Maplewood 2,701, East Literature 2,463High Pinfall – Owen (M) 208
Last week’s North Sports Report Game of the Week – Maplewood Principal Ron Woodard played the gracious host for the first round playoff game. The Maplewood Panthers football team was not as hospitable to the visitors as MNPS leading rusher and Mr. Football finalist Ladarius Vanlier carried the ball for 316 yards and four touchdowns … he had two more touchdowns called back because of penalties. Awesome! Different perspectives appreciate different things: Several television photojournalists at the game noticed and commented about the improved lighting from the new stadium lights. That brightened everyone’s night. Brush with fame – two Campbells: I enjoyed visiting and watching the game with math teacher extraordinaire and former Hunters Lane football coach Richard Campbell and Stratford Spartan legend running back Joe Campbell – two great men who have had great careers following their playing days at Stratford. Maplewood hosts Liberty this Friday night at 7:00pm. Everyone come out and cheer for the Panthers. In other action, Pearl-Cohn Firebirds defeated top seeded Smith County and will continue on the road toward the championship next week at Harpeth. It looks like Pearl-Cohn will play away games all the way to Cookeville for the Championship game. Go Firebirds! Congratulations to Antioch Bears, Glencliff Colts and Overton Bobcats on great seasons, and good luck to all the seniors who played their last high school game Friday night.
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