Perhaps musical chairs isn't the proper analogy, but Friendship Christian football coach John McNeal kept his players hopping in Monday's scrimmage with Nashville Maplewood at Pirtle Field.
Wilson County's dean of coaches rotated both skill players and linemen on the offensive side of the ball nearly every first team snap.
All-state lineman from FCS -
Navy junior offensive tackle Andrew Wood is on the Watch List for the Wuerffel Trophy, which is presented annually by the All Sports Association in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.
Named after 1996 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Danny Wuerffel from the University of Florida, the Wuerffel Trophy is awarded to the FBS player that best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.
Friendship Christian senior
Noah Baker, a Class of 2017 senior at Friendship Christian School, signed scholarship papers Friday morning, May 12 with King University, an NCAA Division II institution in Bristol.
Baker is the son of Jean Ellen and Dr. Thomas Baker of Lebanon and is a four-year letter winner for the Commanders.
A trust established by late Wilson County businessman William C. "Bill" Marks has gifted a total of $1 million to four local institutions.
Power-hitting infielder -
LEBANON -- Friendship Christian School senior softball standout Brice Dabbs signed scholarship papers Thursday, March 30 to continue her education and athletic career at Lebanon's Cumberland University.
A middle of the order slugger for the Lady Commanders, Dabbs is the daughter of Scott and Ginny Dabbs.
FCS & MJ Christian boys eliminated
Wilson County's entries in the D-II boys regional were eliminated from the TSSAA post-season with Wednesday, Feb. 15 first round losses.
A furious Friendship Christian comeback try came up short in a 64-57 loss to University School of Nashville at the Bay Family Sportsplex.
A No. 2 seed coming in, FCS trailed 14-11 early and 16-13 at the half.
Here's the schedule for the Friday, Feb. 10 East-Middle District 1-A semifinals at Friendship Christian's Bay Family Sportsplex.
3:00 Girls No. 2 Providence Christian v. No. 3 The King's Academy
4:30 Boys No. 2 Friendship Christian v. No. 3 The King's Academy
Goodpasture 70, Friendship Christian 44
NASHVILLE -- Goodpasture rode a 21-5 second quarter streak and went on to post a 70-44 victory over Friendship Christian Monday afternoon, Dec. 19 at Bridgestone Arena.
Friendship led 16-13 before Goodpasture went on its run.
Principal's list and honor roll for the first quarter at Friendship Christian School.
FRIENDSHIP CHRISTIAN SOFTBALL --
LEBANON -- Three Friendship Christian School softball seniors made their future college plans known with a signing ceremony Wednesday morning, Nov. 9 at the Bay Family Sportsplex.
Friendship Christian School celebrated homecoming on Oct. 21. The homecoming court was presented prior to the game with Portland. Homecoming court and escorts were, from left, Jordan McNamee, son of Joe and Christy McNamee, escorting Autumn Groves, sophomore attendant, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Erroll Groves of Hermitage; Samuel Hollis, son of Rob and Stacey, escorting Libby Jane Nave, senior attendant, daughter of Bill and Lisa Nave of Lebanon; Caleb Pettross, brother of the queen and FCS fourth-grader, crown bearer; Chris Draper, son of the late Chris Draper and Resa Draper of Lebanon; Queen Rebecca Pettross, daughter of Lee and Elizabeth Pettross of Lebanon, also escorted by Hunter Williams, son of Buddy and Kim Williams of Lebanon; Madeleine Sloan, cousin of the queen and daughter of Daniel and Ashlie Sloan of Lebanon, FCS third-grader, flower girl; Kennedy Green, junior attendant, daughter of Hugh and Judy Green of Lebanon, escorted by Spencer Burge, son of Jamie and Lynda Burge of Lebanon; Lindsay Adkinson, freshman attendant, daughter of Brian and Christina Adkinson of Lebanon, escorted by Gregory Elliott, son of Todd and Jennifer Elliott of Lebanon. SUBMITTED
MJHS wins in overtime
MT. JULIET -- Mt. Juliet took a share of first place in Region 3, 6A following a Friday, Oct. 21 42-35 overtime victory over Franklin.
QB Mason Earls ran for 94 yards and three touchdowns-- including the eventual game-winner in overtime from seven yards out. Aiden Raines added 125 yards and two TDs.
With the win, the Golden Bears improved to 7-2 overall / 5-1 in the region while the Rebels dropped to 7-2 / 5-1.
A victory Oct. 28 at McGavock would hand Mt. Juliet the undisputed region title.
Friendship Christian Middle School celebrated their Fall Festival and 8th Grade Celebration Night on Sept. 8. The festival court was presented, and all students of the Class of 2021 were recognized in ceremonies before the 7th and 8th grade football game. Pictured, from left, are Gabriel Heronimus, Taylor Dean, Zachary Elliott, Ellen Williamson, Thomas Yates, Isabella Wittrig, Crown Carrier Jack Lowe, King Caleb Bridges, Queen Kayla Donnell, Joey Shulam, Emma Bastin, Destiny Henderson, John Kane, Tylor Smiley and Haven Ball.
WCHS hosts Siegel
Wilson Central will look to build on early season momentum when Murfreesboro Siegel visits Wildcat Stadium tonight for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Coach Brad Dedman's club stands an impressive 3-0 on the season and has averaged a shade over 40 points per contest.
The Wildcats return home following a 38-7 victory at Antioch a week ago.
Siegel has struggled so far, standing 0-3 following last week's 49-7 loss to Oakland.
VOLLEYBALL -- LHS defeats Hendersonville
LEBANON -- Down 5-0 in the first set, Lebanon mounted a stirring comeback and defeated Hendersonville High 3-1 Tuesday in the District 9-AAA volleyball opener for both teams.
Game scores: 25-23, 25-19, 23-25 and 25-18.
Honors for soccer & 9-AAA as well
Closing the books on the 2015-2016 athletic year, the Tennessee Sports Writers Association has announced all-state teams for bowling, wrestling and track & field -- including several local athletes.
Three Wilson Countians were honored in bowling, Lebanon High's Lindsay Manning on the girls side while Donny Turner and Luke Shoulders earned all-state boys accolades.
MURFREESBORO -- Forcing the action with 11 hits, Friendship Christian took advantage of five University School of Jackson errors and came away with a 7-3 victory over the Lady Bruins Wednesday in the opening round of the Division II-A state softball tournament at Starplex.
The Lady Commanders improved to 38-7-1 with the win and moved into a second round game vs. The King's Academy Thursday.
Hawks will take over for Teeter
Longtime Wilson Countian Jeremy Hawks was introduced Thursday morning as the new girls basketball coach at Lebanon's Friendship Christian School.
Hawks, who will work as physical education teacher at Friendship's elementary school, has eight years experience as a boys assistant under former Lipscomb University great Adam Sonn -- the last four at Goodpasture.
Lady Commanders slug three HRs
LEBANON -- Riding the long ball, Friendship Christian's softball team took a big step toward a return to the TSSAA Spring Fling with a solid 5-2 victory over Tipton-Rosemark Academy in Wednesday's opening game of the Division II-A sectional.
The Lady Commanders and Tipton-Rosemark were set to play Thursday at 2 p.m. followed by the "if necessary" game at 4 p.m. Admission is $7 per person as set by the TSSAA.
FCS needs just one win to have another crack at repeating as state champions. For results of that game, please visit wilsonpost.com.
Aubuchon has 13 RBI Monday
Lebanon senior Sarah Aubuchon celebrated Senior Day in a big way with an incredible 13 RBI Monday as Lebanon swept a doubleheader from visiting Watertown 21-6 and 19-4.
Aubuchon drove in seven runs with a pair of homers and a single in the opener, then plated six more runs in the nightcap on the strength of an RBI double and a three-run homer.
Local softball at a glance
LEBANON -- Friendship Christian's Courtney Petty threw a perfect game against White House Heritage Tuesday afternoon, April 19 as the Lady Commanders won 3-0. Petty did not allow a base runner and struck out 14 as FCS improved to 25-7-1.
Friendship scored all three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning as Courtney Miles slammed a two-run homer -- dropping the Lady Patriots to 27-7 overall.
FCS wins on walk-off single
LEBANON -- Friendship Christian opened the 2016 baseball season in dramatic fashion Monday evening with a 4-3 walk-off victory over Gordonsville.
Eighth-grader Jared Dickey rapped a one-out single off the glove of a Tiger infielder to drive in Jared Lowe with the game winner.
Reliever Chad Holcomb worked the last four innings to get the decision, taking over for starter Matthew Swann.
A group of Friendship Christian students are gearing up to give back this Christmas.
FCS hosts Harding Academy
Only three Wilson County football teams remain alive as the TSSAA playoffs reach the second round. Mt. Juliet and Wilson Central will be on the road tonight in 6A while Division II-A Friendship Christian will be at home.
All state playoff games start at 7 p.m. local time.
Wilson Central 30, Lebanon 7
GLADEVILLE -- Brushing aside two turnovers and 120 yards in penalties, Wilson Central pinned a 30-3 loss on Lebanon Friday at Wildcat Stadium.
The Wildcats utilized a stiff defense to hold LHS to just 148 yards while the powerful Central ground game averaged eight yards per carry.
Sports Editor Tommy Bryan sat down recently for a series of one-on-one video interviews with Wilson County high school football coaches at Lebanon's O'Charley's -- home of Free Pie Wednesday.
First up is Friendship Christian head coach John McNeal.
Friendship Christian offensive lineman and U.S. Naval Academy signee Andrew Wood (left) accepts the 2014 Wilson County Lineman of the Year award from Beau Massengille, with J.M. Insurance.
Wilson Central 7, Baldwin Co. 0
GULF SHORES, AL -- Vanderbilt signee A.J. Franklin was in mid-season form Monday, leading Wilson Central to a 7-0 win over Brandon County, MS.
The senior lefty allowed just one hit over five innings of work with 13 strikeouts to get the decision. The Wildcats took an early lead with three runs in the top of the first inning.
2014 DII Mr. Football Finalist --
LEBANON -- Friendship Christian senior Austin Taylor signed scholarship papers Wednesday Morning with Bethel University in McKenzie, an NAIA program in the Mid-South Conference.
Taylor, a finalist for Division II Mr. Football, rushed for over 1,900 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior -- helping lead the Commanders to a record of 10-2 and a berth in the second round of the TSSAA playoffs.
Kids & teachers rejoice --
After a sheet of ice covered Wilson County on President's Day Monday, local school students and their teachers will get an added day of rest due to the continued weather situation.
Wilson County Schools along with the Lebanon Special School District and Friendship Christian School announced their decisions to close on Tuesday, Feb. 17 by early afternoon Monday.
46-29 decision at University School --
NASHVILLE -- Friendship Christian's Lady Commanders saw their basketball season come to a close with a 46-26 loss at University School of Nashville Tuesday in the opening round of the Division II East-Middle Regional.
Friendship Christian School administration announced that due to an increase in student illness school would be closed on Friday.
Tournament opens Thursday, Feb. 5 --
The coaches of the TSSAA East-Middle District (1-A) of Division II have released the 2014-2015 all-district teams.
They are as follows:
All District Boys Basketball
MJ Christian: Landon Boyd
Turner rolls six strikes to open finals --
SMYRNA -- Talk about a hot start. Friendship Christian's Donny Turner rolled six consecutive strikes in the state finals and went on to capture the Division II individual crown Friday morning at the Smyrna Bowling Center.
A junior, Turner handily defeated Conner Nichols of St. Benedict (243-147) in the finals.
Greg Armstrong, teacher and cross-country coach at Friendship Christian School, was just named to the 2015 United States National 24-Hour Running Team that will compete in the IAU World Championship in Turin, Italy, on April 11.
Friendship Christian School will celebrate basketball homecoming 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24 at the Bay Family Sportsplex prior to the game with Aaron Academy.
MJCA welcomes Franklin Christian -
Friendship Christian School will open play in the East-Middle District of Division II tonight as Donelson Christian Academy comes to the Bay Family Sportsplex.
Coach Ben Johnson's Commanders improved to 4-10 on the season following a 50-48 overtime victory at Aaron Academy in Gallatin Tuesday night.
Friendship 57, TCHS 39
LEBANON -- Zach Blair knocked down 11-of-12 free throw attempts and led all scorers with 20 points as Friendship Christian defeated Trousdale County 57-39 Tuesday at the Bay Family Sportsplex.
The Commanders took an 11-5 lead after one quarter and expanded the margin to 28-15 at intermission -- improving to 2-4 on the season.
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