Wilson Central’s boys and girls bowling teams are returning to the TSSAA state tournament Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Smyrna Bowling Center.
The Central boys won their sectional match Monday over Hendersonville by a 19-8 score at Hermitage Lanes. The WC girls won their sectional match Saturday at Hermitage with an 18-9 victory, also over Hendersonville.
This makes the Lady Wildcats fourth consecutive state tournament appearance, and five of the last six. Central finished as state runner-up twice -- in 2007 and 2009. The Wildcats also finished as state runners-up last year.
Wilson Central also has seven bowlers who have advanced to the Individual Division of the State Tournament. Boys include: senior JR Clemons 217 average; junior Chris Branner 205; senior Geremy Roseti 202; junior Seth Carey 199. Girls: senior Brennan Page 200 average; junior Danielle Chaffin 192 and junior Kirstin Page 190.
LEBANON -- One day after receiving TranSouth Conference Player of the Week accolades, Cumberland University’s Brandon Springer was honored by the NAIA as the National Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday.
Springer, who was chosen from a pool of 12 conference players of the week, recorded three double-doubles last week, leading Cumberland (7-13, 4-3) to a 2-1 record that included a win over then-No. 18 Union University.
For the week, he went 28-of-56 (50 percent) from the field and 15-of-17 (88 percent) at the free throw line, averaging 24.3 points per game. The senior also tallied 10.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.3 steals per contest.
The Hunters Lane High School product, who leads the Bulldogs in scoring, rebounds, assists and steals, is averaging 24 points per contest, which is tied for the highest in the nation. Springer scored 31 points in last Saturday’s loss to Martin Methodist, marking the fifth time he topped 30 points and the 15th time he scored at least 20.
Springer is also pulling down 10.4 rebounds per outing, ranking eighth nationally in that category.