By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
After 27 years, the Tennessee Department of Safety will provide Wilson County with a new Driver Testing Center, replacing the small modular building that has become overcrowded due to increased customer traffic in the county.
Originally planned in 1983, and set up in 1984, the current testing center is located at 725 Elkins Drive in Lebanon and was originally meant to be only temporary all those years ago.
However, Wanda Adams, assistant director of the Driver License Division’s East Bureau, said budgetary concerns made it difficult for the department to construct a larger, permanent building for the testing center any earlier.
District 9AAA Regular Season Basketball Awards as voted on by the
Girls MVP: Caya Williams: Mt. Juliet
Girls All-District Team
Alex Banks: Beech
Julia Fox: Lebanon
Marissa Jennings: Lebanon
Paige Baugher: Mt. Juliet
Helen Mitchner: Mt. Juliet
Emily Gurchiek: Mt. Juliet
Jessie Brown: Portland
Kia Perry: Station Camp
Cheyenne North: Station Camp
Ieshia Hassell: Wilson Central
Sydney Vanlandingham: Wilson Central
Girls Coach of the Year: Chris Fryer: Mt. Juliet
Boys MVP: Caleb Chowbay: Mt. Juliet
Boys All-District Team
Seth Brown: Beech
Toby Lee: Beech
Anthony Woodard: Gallatin
Tremaine Smith: Gallatin
Jeff Long: Hendersonville
Cameron High: Lebanon
Evan Brown: Mt. Juliet
Brad McClung: Station Camp
Mark Brown: Station Camp
Dee Oldham: Wilson Central
Malcolm St.Louis: Wilson Central
Boys Coach of the Year: Bobby Luna: Gallatin
NORTHEAST IS A QUALITY FOE
By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
Still seething after Tuesday’s controversial double overtime loss at Gallatin in the District 9AAA finals, Wilson Central’s Wildcats must get back on tack as they prepare to host Clarksville Northeast.
Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. Saturday at Central in the first round of the Region 5AAA tournament. Many in the Wildcat camp feel the team was jobbed in a 79-76 double overtime loss to host Gallatin.
Wildcat coach Troy Bond said Thursday his team must forget about Tuesday night and move on.
“We’ve got a very talented Northeast team coming in here Saturday,” Bond said, “they’ve got an outstanding player in Alex Poythress and some very good people around him.”
Finishing third in the District 10 AAA tournament, the Eagles sport a 14-14 record, but could be the type of team that catches lightening in a bottle for a stretch of two-three games.
“Poythress is tough, some say he’s one of the top 10 juniors in the country. He had 28 against Dickson County the other night.”
Poythress, 6-7, was named a Class AAA Mr. Basketball finalist Monday. Tuesday’s loss -- Gallatin’s Jason Griffin drilled a 3-pointer from the right wing just before (or after) the final buzzer — according to who you pull for.
The game was tied at 62-62 after regulation and 68-68 after the first overtime period. Gallatin called time out with 9.9 seconds left in the second OT and worked the ball inside, then kicked out a pass to Griffin for a shot.
The horn sounded twice -- once as Griffin was shooting -- then again as the shot was going in. The officiating crew never approached the scoring table to address the multiple horns, but rather raced off the court.
The crazy ending overshadowed a brilliant comeback by the Wildcats, who trailed by nine points in the late stages of regulation, only to force overtime with a 3-pointer by Dee Oldham.
Oldham scored 29 points for Wilson Central (21-8) and led all scorers.
REGIONAL OPENERS ON TAP
Mt. Juliet and Friendship Christian have the luxury of playing at home tonight as TSSAA region tournament play cranks up.
The No. 2-ranked Lady Bears narrowly won the District 9AAA championship earlier this week and will host Springfield, the No. 4 team out of District 10AAA, in a 7 p.m. game tonight at “The Cave”.
Miss Basketball finalist Caya Williams rattled in a 25-foot buzzer-beater at the end of overtime Monday to lift Mt. Juliet to a 50-48 victory over Station Camp in the District 9AAA tournament finals. Battling from behind for most of the game, Mt. Juliet finally caught Station Camp at 42-all on a bank shot by Williams in the final 1:30 of regulation. Williams led the Lady Bears with 25 points. Mt. Juliet comes in 28-2 on the season.
Friendship Christian, the 8A tournament runner-up, is set to entertain Clay County tonight at the Bay Family Sportsplex. Friendship Christian fell to 17-9 overall with a 44-32 loss to Red Boiling Springs Monday in the 8A championship game at Gordonsville High School.
Wilson Central and Lebanon -- two teams that played in the 9AAA consolation game -- will both be on the road tonight.
Wilson Central (23-4), the third place team in 9AAA, will travel to Montgomery County tonight for a regional game vs. Rossview, the 10AAA runner-up.
Lebanon High’s Devilettes (16-11) and the fourth place team in 9AAA, will play at 10AAA champion Clarksville High tonight.
Monday night in Gallatin, Wilson Central’s Lady Wildcats ran out to a comfortable lead and never looked back in a 50-38 victory over Lebanon High. Heather Hall paced Wilson Central with 17 while Ieshia Hassell added 14. Julia Fox led Lebanon High with 13 points while Marissa Jennings finished with 11.