Boy, 13, removed from home
By JENNIFER HORTON, The Wilson Post
Authorities have charged two people in connection with an active meth lab discovered at a residence in Lebanon on Wednesday. A 13-year-old boy who was living in the home was placed in the custody of the Department of Children’s Service.
Detectives with the Wilson County Violent Crimes and Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant at the home at 1098 Greenwood Road, Lebanon where they found a “a working methamphetamine lab,” one of the investigators said.
Arrested and charged were Christopher Michael Howell, 35, and Tanya Michelle Williamson, 37.
FIRST YEAR FOOTBALL COACH
Wilson Central football coach Brad Dedman was honored Wednesday as one of only three high school coaches across the Midwest to be invited to the Army All-American Bowl Game in January.
Army officials were on hand at the school Wednesday to make a presentation to Dedman during an assembly at the school’s gymnasium.
Dedman will attend the game and related activities in San Antonio, Texas, prior to game day on Jan. 8, 2.
WILKERSON PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA
From Post staff reports
Cumberland University is ranked No. 1 in the nation in the 2011 NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll released this week. The defending national champions garnered 16 of the 20 first-place votes and totaled 556 points in the poll of head coaches representing each of the 25 conferences, independents and unaffiliated groups.
Coach Wood Hunt’s team is ranked No. 1 in the country for the first time since March 30, 2005 and the fourth time overall dating to 1998. The Bulldogs were No. 2 in the 2005 Preseason Poll after claiming the 2004 national title.
The Bulldogs return three position starters and seven pitchers from last year’s 58-9 national championship club, including Preseason All-American pitcher Aaron Wilkerson. He posted a 14-1 record with a 2.13 earned-run-average and 125 strikeouts in 101.1 innings last season. The Waco, Texas, native appeared in 17 contests with 15 starts, tossing 11 complete games with three shutouts.
He posted 14 straight victories after losing his first start of the year. Wilkerson was especially dominant in the postseason, tossing a complete game shutout with 11 strikeouts against Bethel University in the TranSouth Championships in Paducah, Ky., and then striking out 17 in another complete game shutout versus Campbellsville University in the NAIA Championships Opening Round in Joliet, Ill.
He recorded a pair of victories in the NAIA World Series, striking out 13 and giving up just one run in eight innings versus Embry-Riddle in the opener for CU. Then in the championship game, Wilkerson tossed eight innings of four-hit ball before running into trouble in the ninth but still escaping, starting a game-ending doubleplay in the Bulldogs 4-3 triumph against Lee University.
Catcher David Fanshawe, first baseman Greg Appleton and second baseman T.J. Murphy are the Bulldogs three returning position players. Fanshawe batted .342 with 15 doubles, 13 home runs and 49 RBIs while catching more than 90 percent of the innings last season. He was one of the biggest reasons for the Bulldogs great pitching staff in 2010, which posted a 3.76 team ERA, struck out 464 and walked just 150. He threw out 34 percent of potential base stealers and also drove in all four runs in the championship game.
Appleton played mostly first base but also saw action at second and third. He hit .361 with 13 doubles, 17 homers and 58 RBIs.
Murphy played in 48 games with 36 starts last year, batting .315 with three doubles and 10 RBIs. He scored 23 runs, walked 16 times and was also hit six times. He started everyday during the last month of the season, as the Bulldogs won 29 of their last 30 games to end the year.
Cumberland’s No. 1 ranking dethrones Lewis-Clark State’s seven-poll hold on the top ranking dating to the first 2010 regular-season poll. The first-regular season poll of the 2011 season will be announced on March 29.
CU OVERCOMES 30 TO'S
NASHVILLE -- Yalonda Davis scored a game-high 17 points and Jessica Pace added 13 points and 15 rebounds, as Cumberland led from the opening tip and hung on to defeat Tennessee State, 66-62, Thursday night in women's basketball action at Gentry Center.
Cumberland's final eight points of the contest came at the foul line, but CU was just 8-of-13 at the charity stripe in the final two minutes. Cumberland opened the game with an 11-2 advantage and used an 11-2 run to open a 31-22 lead at halftime.
The Lady Tigers (1-2) came out pressing in the second half and eventually cut the CU lead to 53-52 with just less than four minutes to play, but Davis made a bucket on a backdoor cut the then nailed a 3-pointer on the next trip, forcing a TSU timeout.
The Lady Bulldogs maintained the lead for the rest of the game, hitting necessary foul shots, but the Lady Tigers made two mistakes in the final seconds.
After Pace hit a free throw with 14.5 seconds remaining, two Lady Tigers got confused on who was taking the ball out, causing a violation when one stepped back out of bounds after the ball had been already put into play. CU threw the ball away on the ensuing in-bounds, holding a three-point lead, but TSU did not shoot a 3-pointer, instead taking it to the basket and missing two shots before fouling again.
Pace's final free throw with 4.5 seconds remaining finally put the game out of reach, giving the Bulldogs the four-point victory.
Cumberland won despite committing 30 turnovers in the contest, but the Lady Bulldogs shot 49 percent from the field and got big buckets when needed, including the two from Davis and one earlier in the second half from Pace, a driving lay-up plus the foul.
Tayla Foster and Jasmin Shuler led the Lady Tigers with 15 points apiece. The Lady Tigers shot just 30 percent from the field.
Cumberland jumped out early, 11-2, in the first five minutes, with Casie Cowan hitting a 3-pointer and another jumper and Pace converting an old-fashioned 3-point play. A pair of 3-pointers from Shuler cut into the CU lead, though the Bulldogs were never behind in the period.
Meredith Stafford's trifecta and a free throw from Foster cut the Cumberland advantage to 20-19 with 7:39 left in the half, but the Lady Bulldogs used an 11-2 spurt to end the period. Five different players scored during the stretch, with Cowan's driving layup with 48 seconds remaining putting the Bulldogs ahead 31-22 at intermission.
Cumberland takes on fourth-ranked Campbellsville University on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.