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Mark North

Board Member &

Sports Fan Mark North



All Mid-State Teams Announced – Basketball and Wrestling


McGavock senior Wrestler Carlos Garcia was named First Team All-Midstate by The Tennessean after posting an astonishing 48-4 record. Garang Madut, a Glencliff junior, pinned down second team honors.



Hunters Lane basketball star DeAndrea Sawyers scored 18.5 points per game on her way to being named to the All-Midstate Girls Basketball second team, and Maplewood junior Jason Stone garnered second team All-Midstate Basketball honors for his efforts this season.



Congratulations to all the MNPS Winter sports student-athletes!



Sports Celebrity Shout-out – Tribute to MNPS


Early this week, sportscaster Grant Boone appeared on talk radio describing his experience in the broadcast of this year’s Final Four (he teamed with Shaq to call a legend’s game) and The Masters golf tournament (a tradition like no other). He pointed out that the stage was set for success by his MNPS days at “Neely’s Bend Junior High [now middle school], Madison High School and as a member of the first class of Hunters Lane.” Heard the shout-out…Woop Woop!



MNPS Sports Hall of Fame Luncheon


Congratulations again to Maplewood’s Avion Black and Donna Vaughn Howell, Madison’s Chuck Boyd, Pearl’s James Douglas and Fred Sumrall, Cohn’s Tom Wells and Coach Charlie Anderson, and McGavock’s Reggie Whittemore who were all inducted into the Metro Nashville Public Schools Sports Hall of Fame during a lovely luncheon April 10 at LP Field. Several media outlets ran excellent articles on the event and inductees, including The Tennessean (headlining Avion Black), The Nashville City Paper (featuring James Douglas) and www.sportsnashville.net (featuring outstanding photographs of the event). Honoring sports legends makes me smile…I can’t help it.



Scholar-Athletes – The FANS Award


Also in attendance at the Hall of Fame luncheon were the inaugural recipients of The Foundation for Athletics in Nashville Schools (FANS) Award given to a female senior scholar-athlete who best exemplifies scholarship, sportsmanship, leadership, individual performance and value to the team. The recipients were:


  • Eboni Curtis – Antioch;

  • Jasmine Rucker – Cane Ridge;

  • Vivian Aluoch – East Lit.;

  • Carol Tran – Glencliff;

  • LaSabre Reynolds – Hillsboro;

  • Jackie James – Hillwood;

  • Kolby Forbes – Hume Fogg;

  • Rontavia Hayes – Hunters Lane;

  • Roneisha Crawford – Maplewood;

  • Jasmine Owens – MLK;

  • Eva Burelos – McGavock;

  • Rashida Ademosu – Overton;

  • June Jackson – Pearl-Cohn;

  • Antonia Harris – Stratford; and

  • DeShawn Woodruff – Whites Creek.


If you are looking for greatness, just read that list again. Greatness!



Oops…I Seemed to Have Dropped Some Names


It has been a great week for celebrity sightings for the North Sports Report. In the past few days, I had lunch or dinner – or just ran into – the following sports celebrities: former Titan Neil O’Donnell; the original owner of the Nashville Sounds, Larry Schmittou; one of the greatest all-time women’s basketball players Pam Chambers; Lipscomb University Athletic Director Phillip Hutcheson; Howard School football alumni (and Metro Trustee) Charlie Cardwell; Pearl High great (and Criminal Court Clerk) Howard Gentry; the very first Hunters Lane basketball star (class of 1987) Ivy Dobson; the ESPN brain trust –Vin Cannamela and Jeremy Shaap; Glencliff great (presently directing MNPS Athletics Department) Roosevelt Sanders; Hume Fogg basketball great from the class of 2006 Kirtiss Brown; Maplewood/Alabama Crimson Tide/NFL legend E.J. Junior; Litton/Austin Peay/NFL great Bonnie Sloan; and others.



Although the North Sports Report calls that “hanging out with sports legends,” others might call it stalking. It was a good week!





-- Mark North

MNPS: The First Choice for Setting the Stage for Success

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