Headed to Jackson State CC
MT. JULIET -- Alex DeRiggi, a corner infielder for Mt. Juliet High, signed scholarship papers Monday, May 8 with Jackson State Community College in Madison County.
DeRiggi, the son of Frank and Regina DeRiggi, will be in action Monday afternoon as his Golden Bears battle Portland in the District 9-AAA tournament.
Wilson Central 3, WH-Heritage 2
GLADEVILLE -- Wilson Central made the most of six hits and pulled off a 3-2 Senior Night win over White House Heritage Monday, May 1.
Trailing 1-0, the Wildcats scoredall three runs in the bottom of the fifth as catcher Chase Ford drilled a based loaded triple.
Mason Mobley, Ethan Shelton, Andrew Franklin, Peyton Hill and Ryan Hill all had singles.
Full schedule on tap Wednesday
MT. JULIET -- Mother Nature was the clear cut winner Tuesday, April 11 as the scheduled District 9-AAA meeting between Lebanon and Mt. Juliet High fell victim to torrential rain.
The 7 p.m. first pitch went off as scheduled under threatening skies, but was play halted twice before officials plugged the plug in the top of the third inning.
Mt. Juliet 6, Beech 0 -
SHACKLE ISLAND -- Mt. Juliet's Ethan Smith struck out 12 in five innings of work to lead the Golden Bears to a 6-0 win at Beech.
Smith allowed just one hit as MJHS improved to 9-2 overall / 3-0 in District 9-AAA.
Cade Hoppe went 2-for-3 with a double and drove in three runs.
Wilson Central offensive coordinator
After seven seasons on the coaching staff at Wilson Central High, former Mt. Juliet High quarterback Zac White is going home.
White, who played under center for former MJHS head coach Dan Winfree, has accepted a spot on Trey Perry's staff and is slated to be the offensive coordinator.
A 2003 MJHS graduate, White will replace Jonathan Parks who recently married and is seeking a coaching position near his new home.
Region 7-AAA individuals loom
FRANKLIN -- Wilson Central went 2-2 and placed in the top eight of the 16-team TSSAA Class AAA state dual wrestling tournament held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3 and 4 at the Williamson County Expo Center. The Wildcats wrapped up the dual season 39-10 overall.
WCHS opened the tournament Friday afternoon with a 39-35 victory over Tullahoma, followed by a 32-31 loss to the eventual third place team Johnson City Science Hill.
Central, MJHS finish 1, 2 in region
CLARKSVILLE -- It was a history-making night Thursday, jan. 26 for local high school wrestling as two Wilson County teams earned berths in the TSSAA Dual State Tournament Feb. 3 and 4 at the Williamson County Expo Center.
Wilson Central (now 37-8) will be returning to the state duals for the sixth consecutive year on the heels of a 60-15 victory over Mt. Juliet in the Region 7 finals -- hosted by Northwest High School.
FCS wins 7th straight --
LEBANON -- Friendship Christian's boys withstood a barrage of 3-pointers in a 64-51 victory over Mt. Juliet Christian Academy Tuesday evening at the Bay Family Sportsplex.
Saint guard Logan Anderson connected on seven 3-pointers for 21 points but the Commanders led most of the way -- stretching their winning streak to seven consecutive games and improving to 11-7 overall and 4-0 in the East-Middle District.
Johnson has 21 for Wildcats
LEBANON -- Wilson Central took care of the little things and came away with a 52-43 victory over Lebanon Friday, Dec. 9 at a raucous Campbell Brandon Gym.
Contesting every shot and knocking down key free throws in the final minutes, the Wildcats out-scored LHS 30-22 in the second half. improving to 4-5 overall and 2-1 in District 9-AAA.
"The big key was taking care of the ball," said Central coach Chris Carney, "that's something we didn't do Tuesday (in a loss to Beech).
Golden Bears fall to 1-1
MT. JULIET -- Cane Ridge overcame 17 penalties for 102 yards and a handful of dropped passes in Thursday's 27-19 victory at Mt. Juliet.
Following a scoreless first quarter, the Ravens took a 13-6 lead into intermission and thanks to a pair of second half TDs from quarterback D.J. Thorpe -- never trailed.
Mt. Juliet's first half scoring came vis the foot of senior kicker Jacob Bailey who boomed field goals of 45 and 56 yards.
MJ Christian 20, Cornersville 17 (2 OT)
Watertown 41, Gordonsville 15
Mt. Juliet 25, Gallatin 6
Wilson Central 38, Beech 28
Davidson Acd. 37, Friendship 29
Clockwise, from upper right: Friendship Christian's Spencer Burge, Wilson Central's Noah Stafford, Mt. Juliet Christian Academy's Austin Collier, Lebanon High's Jaden Moore, Mt. Juliet High's Trey Pruitt and Watertown High's Seth Price.
'Meet The Tigers' Saturday
Watertown High's football team will travel to Robertson County Friday for a 7 pm scrimmage with the Jo Byrns Red Devils.
Purple and White faithful are invited to attend the inaugural "Meet the Tigers" Saturday at Robinson Stadium.
Plans call for a $10 a player barbeque dinner as well as a silent and live auction.
Former all-state catcher for Bears
BROCKTON, MA -- New England has become one of many homes for Mt. Juliet High School alum Marshall Gei.
Gei was born in Tennessee but spent most of his childhood in Georgetown, Kentucky.
He spent two years in Mt. Juliet and now, his family lives in Northern Kentucky.
Bears end season May 16
MT. JULIET -- With the game on the line, Bradley Wilson pitched backwards and as a result, his Rossview team is moving on to the finals of the Region 5-AAA tournament following a May 16 rain-soaked 3-0 win over Mt. Juliet.
After working the early innings with a solid fastball, the sturdy right-hander befuddled Golden Bear hitters in the late going by alternating a slow curve and deadly change early in the count.
A special graduation ceremony was held early Monday afternoon, May 16 at the Mt. Juliet High baseball field for Golden Bear seniors who will miss their commencement exercises in order to play in the 7 p.m. Region 5-AAA tournament opener against Rossview.
"Coach (Mark) Purvis left it up to the seniors as to whether he should try to get the game moved up," said MJHS athletic director Mike Duncan. "There are 10 seniors and a manager."
Mt. Juliet plays for title
MT. JULIET -- Led by a sterling performance from pitcher Dylan Bonds, Mt. Juliet earned a berth in the Region 5-AAA tournament with a 2-0 win over Lebanon Monday in the South Division finals of the District 9-AAA tournament.
The Bears will take on Gallatin Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the District 9-AAA title game. Both teams will advance to the Region 5-AAA tournament later this week.
Bonds (5-0) struck out 14 Blue Devils in the complete game three-hitter. He walked four.
9-AAA game moved to 5 pm
Fresh off Thursday's 13-2 road win over Warren County, Wilson Central will host Mt. Juliet 5 pm Friday in the Glade for the final meeting of their two-game district series. The contest was moved up two hours due to weather concerns.
The Wildcats moved to 19-11 with the victory as Andrew Franklin drove in two runs with three hits and Dawson Hamilton had three RBI on a double and a single.
Central sweeps Station Camp
MT. JULIET -- Lebanon High's baseball team earned a split of its District 9-AAA series with Mt. Juliet Wednesday, April 13 scoring three runs in the top of the sixth for a 5-4 victory over the Golden Bears.
The win marked the first for LHS over Mt. Juliet since 2010 when Coach Tracy Slone's team turned the trick in a 2-1 game.
"There in the fifth, we dropped a routine fly ball on the infield and they took the lead at 3-2," said Blue Devil coach Eric Vetetoe.
WCHS falls 4-3 to Nazareth Academy
Lebanon High's baseball team improved to 7-3 overall and 1-0 in District 9-AAA following Wednesday's 5-1 victory over Gallatin at David Alexander Field.
The Blue Devils got a sterling pitching performance from sidearmer Daniel Holmes. The junior righty retired the first 10 Green Wave batters he faced and finished with a complete game three-hitter. He struck out four Gallatin hitters with no walks.
Bears thump LaVergne Wednesday
UPDATE -- Mt. Juliet's baseball team is scheduled to host Smyrna High Saturday in the 2016 home-opener. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. This game was on the schedule for Friday, but has since been moved.
The Golden Bears improved to 6-2 on the season following Wednesday's 10-2 win at LaVergene.
Ethan Smith (2-0) worked three innings of one-hit relief the win, despite walking three.
Hillsboro ends Mt. Juliet season
NASHVILLE -- Hillsboro senior Thomas Smith led the way with a double-double, 24 points and 12 rebounds, as the Burros clinched a berth in next week's BlueCross Basketball Championships with a 66-46 win over Mt. Juliet Monday.
The Burros pulled ahead 19-2 and never looked back, improving to 21-7 on the season.
Golden Bears record 20th win
GLADEVILLE -- Wilson Central's Lady Wildcats completed a perfect regular season with Friday night's 51-43 home win over Mt. Juliet.
WCHS ends the regular season 26-0 / 14-0 in District 9-AAA headed into Wednesday's district tournament opener against No. 8 seeded Gallatin at Portland.
Point guard Piper Elrod knocked down six 3-pointers and finished with 18 points to lead Wilson Central. Kendall Spray added 15 while Addison Byrd and Kathryn Bean each had six.
Spray breaks own record
PORTLAND -- Wilson Central's Kendall Spray bettered her own single season record for 3-pointers in Tuesday's 67-28 victory at Portland High.
The UT-Martin signee connected on six of her 10 tries from beyond the arc and finished with 28 points.
The six 3-pointers gave her 141 for the season -- breaking the mark she set last year of 139.
Neuble, Jackson lead the way
LEBANON -- Veterans Tay Jackson and Kobe Neuble helped pave the way for Lebanon's 58-54 Senior Night win over Gallatin Friday at Campbell Brandon Gymnasium.
Jackson led all scorers with 23 points and Neuble added 13 of his 17 points in the second half as Jim McDowell's Blue Devils improved to 19-5 overall and 9-3 in District 9-AAA.
MJ hosts Hendersonville
Mt. Juliet High is scheduled to host District 9-AAA rival Hendersonville Friday in a 6:30 p.m. doubleheader.
Coach Troy Allen's Golden Bears ran their win streak to five consecutive games following Tuesday's 50-43 win at Beech -- moving into a tie for second in District 9-AAA at 8-3 in the league and 17-6 overall.
Devilettes stun Mt. Juliet
MT. JULIET -- Bailey Sells scored the game-winner on a putback with 1.8 seconds left in regulation to lift Lebanon High's girls to a 32-31 win at Mt. Juliet Monday in a District 9-AAA makeup game.
The Devilettes improved to 10-14 overall / 3-7 in the district and recorded their first victory over the Lady Bears since December of 2002 when Barbara Hallums was the LHS coach.
Will coach at alma mater Troy Univ.
Mt. Juliet High offensive coordinator Levi Brown is leaving the prep ranks to take a coaching spot at his alma mater Troy University.
Brown informed the Mt. Juliet team of his departure during a team meeting Friday afternoon.
County's lone all-state selection
Mt. Juliet High center Kalani Smith has been named All-State in Class 6A by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association.
Smith, 6-1, 290, a three-year starter for the Golden Bears, was a Class 6A Mr. Football semifinalist earlier this year and was a team captain.
Former Mt. Juliet head coach
A Wilson County educator / coach is among five new inductees into the Tennessee Football Coaches Association's Hall of Fame.
Inductees include Steve Brewer, Carlton Flatt, Benny Hammonds, Roger Perry and Ken Netherland.
The five will be honored Saturday morning, Dec. 5 at the Life Church in Cookeville during the TNFCA annual Hall of Fame breakfast.
Former head coach at Cane Ridge
Former Cane Ridge head coach Jonathan Parks has been hired as the running backs coach at Mt. Juliet.
Golden Bears head coach Trey Perry is not only is excited about the hire of Parks but said it was a no brainer to add another coach with head coaching experience.
Three Mt. Juliet High baseball players signed earlier in May to continue their education / athletic careers at the collegiate level.
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.
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