By ZACK OWENSBY, The Wilson Post
Plans are well underway for the Lebanon Health Fair, set for Saturday, March 27 from 9 a.m. until 12 Noon at Castle Heights Upper Elementary. More than 35 booths will be set up by community organizations, all with an emphasis on health.
The goal of the Health Fair is to inform Wilson County residents of the services provided by local organizations with an effort to help others, said Wilson County Health Council Chairman Chuck Whitlock. The WCHC is organizing and sponsoring the event with help from the Lebanon Police Department and SWAT Team, Lebanon Fire Department, Wilson County Schools and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
LEBANON -- The James E. Ward Agricultural Center will host the annual March of Dimes Wilson County Kick Off to be held on Tuesday, Feb. 23. Registration begins at 12 Noon in the Gentry Building, and the program starts at 12:15 p.m.
The Kick Off provides attendees with the opportunity to learn more about the March of Dimes’ mission and its annual fundraising event, the Wilson County March for Babies. The program will feature several keynote speakers including Ryan Collins and family, the 2010 Ambassadors for Wilson County.
This marks the first time a local ambassador has been a teenager. Ryan, son of Barry and Leonora Collins, is a 17-year-old junior at Lebanon High School. His family will be sharing his personal story and their strong commitment to the March of Dimes.
By SAM HATCHER, The Wilson Post
LEBANON -- The move of a nationally recognized logistics company to a local industrial park has brought a new focus on job growth in Wilson County. Nashville East Logistics Center, located just south of Lebanon near the intersection of Interstate Connector Route 840 and Couchville Pike has added yet another tenant and in doing so is continuing to build the employment base in Wilson County.
According to the Joint Economic and Community Development Board of Wilson County, Ozburn Hessey Logistics has become the newest resident of the business and commercial development.
G.C. Hixson, JECDB executive director, said Ozburn Hessey Logistics, a worldwide company based in Nashville, is leasing some 325,000 square feet of space in the industrial park. Hixson said his office does not know at this time how many employees Ozburn Hessey plans to place at the site.
GLADEVILLE -- Wilson Central's Lady Wildcats survived upset-minded Hendersonville Thursday night with a come-from-behind 41-37 win in the opening round of the District 9AAA basketball tournament. The victory sends Coach Bud Brandon's team into the district semifinals Saturday at 7 p.m. against Station Camp at Hendersonville High. Sydney Vanlandingham had 18 points as the Lady Wildcats improved to 16-10 on the season.
BEECH 58, LHS 52 -- Lebanon fell behind early and never recovered in a 58-52 loss at Beech Thursday in the opening round of the District 9AAA girls' basketball tournament. Beech took a 15-8 lead after the first quarter and held off the No. 5-seeded Devilettes the rest of the way. LHS ended the season 16-12 overall and was led by ninth grader Julia Fox with 19 points. Senior Anna Stafford added 13 and McKenzie Lamberson chipped in with five.
MT. JULIET 69, GALLATIN 34 -- Top-seeded Mt. Juliet rolled to an easy 69-34 win over Gallatin Thursday night at "The Cave". The Lady Bears upped their record to 26-1 thanks to 24 points from senior Britt Bell and 15 from soph post Caya Williams. Mt. Juliet advances to the district semifinals 4 p.m. Saturday againat Beech at Hendersonville High.
FCS 45, TROUSDALE CO. 32 -- Friendship Christian's Lady Commanders punched their ticket to the District 8A finals with a 45-32 win over Trousdale County Thursday at the Bay family Sportsplex. Laurel Burroughs and Kaitlyn Teeter each had 13 points as FCS improved to 11-13 overall. FCS will play Red Boiling Springs in Monday's 7:30 p.m. finals.
JACKSON -- Cumberland shot just 33 percent in the second half and committed 21 turnovers in the contest, dropping a 77-50 decision to top-ranked Union University Monday night in women’s basketball action in Jackson.
The Bulldogs (8-14, 2-10 TranSouth) trailed 40-28 at halftime after a late spurt to end the period by the home team. CU shot 46 percent in the half and was 5-for-9 from 3-point range, ending a three-game drought from behind the arc.
But Cumberland again struggled offensively in the second half, as Union started the period with an 18-6 spurt to put the game out of reach.
Allysia Bailey scored a career-high 20 points for the Bulldogs, who played without leading scorer Keshia Brown for the second straight game because of an injury. Bailey was 8-for-19 from the floor, while the rest of the squad hit just 11-for-29 from the field.
Union (26-1, 13-0) also scored 23 second chance points on 20 offensive rebounds and dominated the boards overall, 43-26. Lavanda Ross scored 19 points to lead four Union players in double figures. Kaitlin Dudley and Zeinab Chan both netted 14 points, while Jessica Graves added 10 points and Ashley Dillard grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.
Cumberland hosts Bethel University Thursday night as part of Alumni Night and Coming Home. The Bulldogs will also be participating in the WBCA’s Pink Zone initiative for cancer
LEBANON -- Brandon Springer pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds and scored 26 points to lead Cumberland University to a 79-49 win over rival Trevecca Nazarene University Saturday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
The double-double marked the 16th of the year for the senior out of Hunters Lane High School, who now sits eight points shy of 1,000 for his career, and the first since having a streak of seven straight snapped earlier this month.
Cumberland (10-14, 7-4) never trailed the Trojans (17-8, 8-4) and were only challenged early in the contest as the Bulldogs jumped on top of the visiting Trojans quickly, building a 19-point lead before the nine-minute mark of the opening half.
After Trevecca cut the Bulldog advantage to two at 8-6, Cumberland responded with a 19-2 run that included a trio of 3-pointers. Six Bulldogs scored during the stretch, with Springer totaling seven points.
CU pushed the lead out to 20 points three times in the first half, the last coming when Haris Batalevic drove the baseline from the right corner and finished with a reverse layup. From there the Trojans scored 10 straight points and had several chances to cut the deficit to single digits, but they were never able to pull any closer.
Two more 3-pointers by Cumberland, including one by Adam Barnett with 13 seconds left on the first-half clock gave the Bulldogs a 45-29 lead at intermission.
Cumberland added runs of 12-3 and 12-0 in the second half to coast to the easy victory.
The Bulldogs extended their home winning streak against TNU to three games, all of which have been decided by at least 17 points, and improved to 7-3 against the Trojans at home under head coach Lonnie Thompson.
Walter Simon and Lamar Brinkley each added 10 points, while Lindal Yarbrough contributed six assists to lead the team in that category. Jeremy Dixon and Michael France scored 15 and 14 points for Trevecca, respectively.
WOMEN FALL TO TNU -- Cumberland cut into a 10-point halftime deficit but was unable to pull closer than five points, and K.C. Van Atta scored a game-high 25 points, leading 12th-ranked Trevecca Nazarene to a 56-49 victory over the Lady Bulldogs Saturday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
Cumberland (8-13, 2-9 TranSouth) suffered its sixth conference loss of seven points or less and missed multiple chances to pull within a single bucket in the final five minutes of the game.
The Lady Bulldogs committed a pair of turnovers, missed a short jumper and a 3-pointer, all in the final five minutes of the game. Trevecca’s Christian Gibson also tracked down a long rebound after a missed 3-pointer by Abby Lawson with 1:04 to play. Gibson was fouled and knocked down the two free throws to push the Trojans lead to 54-47 and just about put the game away.
Van Atta was a one-player wrecking crew for the Trojans in the first half, scoring 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including a pair of 3-pointers. The junior was just 3-of-12 in the second half, but scored the final basket of the game on a breakaway layup with 42 seconds remaining.
LEBANON -- Cumberland University’s Brandon Springer continues to rack up awards during his senior season, taking home TranSouth Conference Player of the Week honors for the week ending Feb. 14, the league announced Monday. The 6-foot-5 guard from Nashville averaged a double-double and led Cumberland to a 2-0 record with conference wins over Blue Mountain College and rival Trevecca Nazarene.
Springer, who has now garnered TSAC Player of the Week accolades four times this season and five in his career, scored 31 points against the Toppers and 26 against the Trojans. He also snagged a personal-best 16 rebounds in the Trevecca contest.
For the week the Columbia State Community College transfer also added eight steals to his team-leading total. The Hunters Lane High School product, who is just eight points from becoming the fourth player under CU coach Lonnie Thompson to reach 1,000 points for a career, is currently third in the NAIA in scoring, averaging 23.8 points per outing.
Following the week that ended Jan. 24, Springer was also tabbed the national Player of the Week.
The Bulldogs, who are a half game out of third place in the TranSouth standings, will be in action Monday night at Union University before returning home to face Bethel University on Thursday.