Mark North, Sports Fan & President of
The Fans, Inc.
The Hume Award
A nice place to relax after intense Maplewood basketball games.
MNPS: The First Choice for Prestigious Scholar-Athletes
MNPS: The First Choice for the Incomparable Flair of School Spirit
“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
MNPS: The First Choice for Perfection
MNPS: The First Choice for the Ultimate Embodiment of School Spirit
MNPS: The First Choice for Competing When It’s All on the Line
MNPS: The First Choice for Digging Deep and Finishing Strong
MNPS: The First Choice for Bright College Futures
MNPS: The First Choice for the the True School Spirit of the Fans
MNPS: The First Choice for the Wisdom of Great Leaders
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
MNPS: The First Choice for High-Flying Monster Spikes
Joseph Occhipinti had another excellent night. Occhipinti kicked a 29-yard field goal, went 2-of-2 on extra points, had 48 and 45-yard punts. All five of his kickoffs went for touchbacks… So far this season, he is 10-of-10 on kickoffs for touchbacks and in the season opener… two of his five kicks went completely out of the end zone.
MNPS: The First Choice for World Class Clutch Performances
MNPS: The First Choice for the Incomparable Excitement of High School Sports
Board Member &
Sports Fan Mark North
MNPS: The First Choice for the Beauty and Grace of Public Education
Michael Murray, 2009 Pearl-Cohn graduate and the son of two metro school employees (Kathryn Murray-Mays-teacher at the Academy @ Hickory Hollow and Michael Mays-maintenance dept-painter) is headed to London!!!
Michael Murray has made history by becoming the first American runner, with an intellectual disability, to go to the Olympics!!! Michael is a member the USA Paralympics team and will be running the 1500m in London in September. This is the first time, in over a decade, the Olympic committee has allowed T-20 athletes to compete.
Michael competed at the trials in Indianapolis in early July. He was selected to be a member of the 2012 Paralympics team to compete in London!!!!! Currently he is in San Diego (Chula Vista) training at the Olympic training facility. Michael will return home August 10th and leaves for London August 17th. He will actually compete September 3rd(10:31am) and 4th(7:19pm) all London times. London times are 6 hours ahead of us. His race can be viewed on http://www.paralympic.org/MediaCentre.
Note: Michael is on several websites. Athletes Without Limits (www.athleteswithoutlimits.org) ,Running Journal:(http://Running.Net), USA Paralympics (http://www2.teamusa.org/Athletes/MU/Michael-Murray.aspx), Nashville Illusions Track Club (http://nashvilleillusionstrack.com/runners.html)
August 9, 2012 7:00pm at Maplewood
Maplewood Panthers vs. Hillwood Hilltoppers
Pearl-Cohn Firebirds vs. Hunters Lane Warriors
August 10, 2012 6:00pm at Cane Ridge
Cane Ridge Ravens vs. DCA
McGavock Raiders vs. Stratford Spartans
Whites Creek Cobras vs. Antioch Bears
August 11, 2012 7:00pm at Overton
Overton Bobcats vs. Hillsboro Burros
East Nashville Eagles vs. Glencliff Colts
MNPS: The First Choice for lifetime values of hard work, discipline, and teamwork
MNPS: The First Choice for Legendary Athletes, Coaches and Fans
MNPS: The First Choice for Storied Sports Traditions
See photos from Signing Day 2012!
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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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The Hume-Fogg Lady Blue Knights completed a thrilling ride to the state quarterfinals in Chattanooga this week with a hard fought 3-1 loss to nationally ranked CAK. With 11 seniors, Hume-Fogg allowed only 2 goals in regular season district play, won the district tournament championship and out scored perennial power Page in a pressure packed shootout to advance to the state. Congratulations to Coach McClain, Coach Edwards and all the girls on a great season.
We're deep into the football season, and several Metro schools will enjoy it even more thanks to hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of field and stadium improvements. The money comes from the people who know fields and stadiums best - the Tennessee Titans and the National Football League. Some $200,000 were spent on upgrading the bleachers, fences, scoreboards, goal posts and more at Bailey, Neely's Bend, Joelton and Apollo Middle Schools. Cane Ridge High School received enough money for new sod on the field and new lighting.The money is part of a grant from the NGL Grassroots Program, which brings together the league's Youth Football Fund with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. More information is available on the Youth Football Fund website.