Lady 'Cats to host classic games
Wilson Central's softball team will take a record of 6-3 into Thursday's first home game of the 2017 season as they serve as a satellite site for the 23rd annual Southern Warrior Classic.
The Lady Wildcats will play Tullahoma at 4 p.m. followed by an 8 p.m. game versus Silver Creek, Ind.
Wilson Central girls coach
GLADEVILLE -- Wilson Central honored girls basketball coach John Wild last week for reaching a milestone -- his 500th career victory.
Wild, now in his third season as coach of the Lady Wildcats, was presented a commemorative ball by WCHS athletic director Chip Bevis prior to the Jan. 27 home game with Lebanon.
WCHS remains undefeated at 16-0
NASHVILLE -- Leading 36-35 headed into the fourth quarter, Wilson Central closed out Mt. Juliet on a 20-9 run in Friday's 56-44 win over the Lady Bears in the finals of the John Overton Christmas Tournament.
The Lady Wildcats moved to 16-0 with the victory, headed into their 2017 opener -- a District 9-AAA home game Friday evening, Jan. 6 against Gallatin.
Ninth grader Lindsey Freeman paced Wilson Central with 21 points while Piper Elrod and Addison Byrd each added 13.
GLADEVILLE -- Wilson Central basketball standout Addison Byrd signed an NCAA National Letter of Intent Wednesday morning, Nov. 9 to continue her education and basketball career at Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City.
The daughter of Tommy and Mary Hall, Addison averaged 14 points and four rebounds per game last season as the Lady Wildcats went 33-1 and reached the first round of the TSSAA Class AAA state tournament.
Lady Commanders end season 38-13
COLLIERVILLE -- Friendship Christian's volleyball season came to a close Saturday afternoon with a 3-0 loss at St. George's Independent School in the Division II-A substate. Game scores: 25-12, 25-20 and 25-23.
"After a rocky start, the girls really put up a fight," said FCS head coach John Stephens.
"We were definitely outmatched in height at the net, but our front line worked hard and held their own.
VOLLEYBALL: FCS 3, DCA 0
Friendship Christian's volleyball team improved to 31-10 overall and 4-2 in East-Middle District play following Tuesday's 3-0 win over Donelson Christian Academy at the Bay Family Sportsplex. Game scores: 25-13, 25-15 and 25-15.
Bayley West paced FCS with five aces, five kills, three digs and a block.
Alycia Long scored five kills with two blocks while Morgan Vallett had four kills, five digs and two aces.
Smith takes over for 2017 season
Wilson Central has filled its vacant softball coaching position with Monday's appointment of Shawn Smith, 53, as the interim head coach of the program.
Smith, a former baseball player at the University of Southern Mississippi, is the father of Wilson Central infielder Claire Smith and coached the Southside Middle School baseball program for six seasons in the past.
Smith, who owns his own insurance agency, has given private hitting lessons to both softball and baseball players in Wilson County for several years and worked two years full-time as a scout for the Chicago Cubs.
Wilson Central falls in 5-AAA opener
CLARKSVILLE -- A new Class AAA state softball champion will be crowned in Murfreesboro next week as defending champ Wilson Central was eliminated 12-3 by Clarksville High Monday in the opening round of the Region 5-AAA tournament.
Clarksville pounded out 12 hits, improving to 34-7-1 and earning the right to host the Region 5-AAA finals tonight against District 9-AAA champion Hendersonville.
MJHS 11, Station Camp 11
HENDERSONVILLE -- Mt. Juliet's Lady Bears roared back with an 11-1 victory over Station Camp Monday in the loser's bracket of the District 9-AAA softball tournament at Veteran's Park. Makayla Draper drove in five runs for Mt. Juliet with a three-run homer and a two-run single.
MJHS improved to 18-24 on the season headed into a scheduled loser's bracket contest on Wednesday.
Wilson Central tagged Mt. Juliet with a 6-5 loss in eight innings Friday in the district opener for both squads.
MJ plays "loser-out" game Monday
HENDERSONVILLE -- Mt. Juliet's Lady Bears are scheduled to take on Station Camp 7 p.m. Monday at Sumner County's Veteran's Park in a "loser=out" game of the District 9-AAA softball tournament.
Mt. Juliet slipped to 17-24 on the season following Friday's 6-5 loss in eight innings to Wilson Central Friday in the tournament's opening round.
The Lady Bears held an early 4-0 lead, only to see the defending state champs claw back into contention, then score the winning run on a pair of fielding errors.
Repeat selection by TSWA
Wilson Central's record-setting Kendall Spray was announced Thursday morning as a repeat selection to the Class AAA All-State basketball team.
Spray, who set both national and TSSAA records for her three-point shooting prowess, led the Lady Wildcats to a record of 33-1 along with both District 9-AAA and Region 5-AAA championships.
Tuesday at the Commando Classic
HENDERSONVILLE -- Lebanon High's softball team split a pair of games Tuesday in the annual Commando Classic at Drakes Creek Park.
The Lady Devils dropped a 4-3 decision to Class AA power Creek Wood High, then topped Pope John Paul II 6-1 -- giving new head coach Chris Spurlock his initial victory at LHS.
Lady 'Cats end season 33-1
MURFREESBORO -- Wilson Central's magical 33-0 run came crashing to a halt with a 48-43 loss to Memphis Central in the Wednesday, March 9 quarterfinal round of the Class AAA BlueCross Championships at MTSU's Murphy Center.
Down 10 (28-18) midway through the third quarter, the Lady Warriors relied on smothering man-to-man pressure to outscore Wilson Central 30-15 the rest of the way.
Fryer nets 500th career win
PORTLAND -- Mt. Juliet's girls bounced back from Saturday's upset loss to Beech with an ugly 29-23 win over Lebanon in Monday's District 9-AAA consolation game at Portland High.
Ugly or not -- the game marked the 500th career victory for Mt. Juliet head coach Chris Fryer. A MJHS graduate, Fryer has an overall record of 500-95 (an .840 winning percentage).
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.
One of three Class AAA finalists
Wilson Central's record-setting senior Kendall Spray is one of three finalists for Tennessee's Class AAA Miss Basketball.
Spray, who owns state records for the most 3-pointers in both a single game and a single season, joins Crystal Dangerfield of Blackman and Anastasia Hayes of Riverdale as finalists.
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.
LHS, WCHS & FCS take hardware
Lebanon High's boys along with the girls teams from Wilson Central and Friendship Christian were crowned champions of their respective holiday basketball tournaments Wednesday, Dec. 31.
Greeneville 60, Mt. Juliet 48
GREENEVILLE -- Mt. Juliet's 10-point first half lead went by the boards as host Greeneville rallied for a 60-48 win over the Lady Bears in Tuesday's second round of the Landair Ladies Classic at Hal Henard Gym.
Tavie Bell had 25 points on a 10-of-16 effort from the field to pace Mt. Juliet, but was the only player reach double figures. Karly Dyer and Julia Maki each had eight points while Cassidy Harris chipped in with five.
14 three-pointers in single game
FRANKLIN -- Wilson Central guard Kendall Spray had a record-setting outing Saturday, Dec. 19 in the Page Winter Classic.
The UT-Martin signee ripped 14-of-21 from beyond the arc and finished with 54 points in Wilson Central's 88-40 victory over Harpeth Hall.
WCHS, TSSAA prolific 3-pt. shooter
GLADEVILLE -- Wilson Central's long range bomber Kendall Spray has verbally committed to continue her basketball career at the University of Tennessee at Martin The senior guard will officially sign a National Letter of Intent Wednesday, Nov. 11.
Last year's District 9-AAA Most Valuable Player, Spray was named All-State by the Tennessee Sportswriters Association following a prolific 2014-2015 campaign.
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