Wilson County baseball --
Mt. Juliet 4, Station Camp 3 (8 innings)
MT. JULIET -- Brayden Osborne's homer to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning handed Mt. Juliet a thrilling 4-3 victory over District 9-AAA rival Station Camp Wednesday.
The Bears (15-7 / 5-1) led 3-0 until SCHS tied the score with single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh.
The walking track at Mt. Juliet Christian Academy was lined with frozen members from the past Wednesday.
NASHVILLE -- Wilson Central's 4,000 meter relay team brought home top honors in the Sunday, Feb. 19 Tennessee High School Indoor Championships -- held at Vanderbilt University.
Sponsored by the Knoxville Track Club, the event in not affiliated with the TSSAA, but still attracts top track and field athletes from across the state.
The foursome of Joel Barlow, Baylor Franklin, John Elrod and Nathan Peterson had the top time among 16 entries -- finishing in 10:25.54.
All-County, all-district athlete
Mt. Juliet Christian Academy senior Austin Collier signed paperwork Thursday afternoon, Feb. 9 to continue his education and football career at Bethel University, an NAIA institution located in McKenzie and a member of the Mid-South Conference.
Collier, who rushed for over 2,500 yards and 33 touchdowns in his time at MJCA, was called, "one of the good guys," by his coach Dan Davis.
The Mt. Juliet Christian Academy (MJCA) Fine Arts Booster Club will host local songwriters Darryl Worley and Friends for An Evening with the Arts, an annual fund-raising event held at MJCA.
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).
MJ Christian 21, FRA 7
NASHVILLE -- Mt. Juliet Christian Academy took a 14-7 lead into intermission and tacked on an insurance score in the second half of Friday's 21-7 victory over Franklin Road Academy at the George A. Volkert Athletic Complex.
The win ruined FRA's homecoming and vaulted the Saints to a record of 4-1 -- equaling the high water mark in wins in the 16-year history of the program.
Quarterback Alex Pitman blistered the Panthers for 145 yards rushing on just five carries. He scored TDs on runs of 98 and 13 yards.
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.
MJ places 2nd in Bulldog bash
FRANKLIN -- Mt. Juliet's volleyball team placed second in the Gold Division of the "Bulldog Bash" held Friday and Saturday at the Franklin Field House.
The Lady Bears went 7-1 in Franklin, defeating Lipscomb, Kenwood, Eagleville, Pope John Paul II, Oakland, Dyersburg, and Beech -- all in straight sets.
Brentwood Academy topped MJHS 2-1 in the tournament finals.
Now 8-1 on the season, the Lady Bears play at District 9-AAA rival Portland Thursday.
Wilson Central's Lady Wildcats went 3-3 in the Bulldog Bash.
Berth on Team USA at stake
Mt. Juliet Christian Academy sophomore Andrew Kittrell and his family will travel to Charlotte, NC next week as he competes in the US Paralympic Trials.
The goal is to win a spot on Team USA and to participate in the 2016 Summer Paralympics.
The 15th Summer Paralympic Games are an upcoming major international multi-sport event for disabled athletes governed by the International Paralympic Committee, to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil beginning Sept. 7.
Lebanon 12, Beech 11
LEBANON -- Down 11-3 in the fourth inning, Lebanon staged a stirring comeback and downed Beech 12-11 Thursday in a District 9-AAA contest.
Brianna Nagelhout's grandslam homer in the fifth tied the game at 11-all.
Anna Bennett ripped a solo shot off the scoreboard in the bottom for the sixth for the eventual game winner.
Anna Smallwood went the distance for the pitching decision.
Smith helps her own cause
MT. JULIET -- Sophomore pitcher Caitlyn Smith helped her own cause with a pair of extra base hits and two RBI in Thursday's 9-7 home win over Red Boiling Springs.
Down 5-1 headed into the bottom of the fourth, the Lady Saints scrated out four runs to tie the game, then took the lead for good with three in the bottom of the seventh.
School names softball field in his honor
Mt. Juliet Christian Academy honored Don Wharton Monday, April 4, a career banker / business manager who loves to play in the dirt.
MJCA's softball field was named in Wharton's honor, who has for the past several years taken over responsibility for the maintenance and care of the school's athletic fields.
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.
Local teams eliminated Wednesday
(boys) University School 78, Mt. Juliet Christian 31
NASHVILLE -- Mt. Juliet Christian Academy ended the season at 15-11 overall following Wednesday's 78-31 loss to host University School of Nashville in the first round of the East-Middle Region basketball tournament.
Justus Willis and Tyler West each had eight points for MJCA while Logan Anderson finished with seven.
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.
Jackson Co. sweeps Watertown
WATERTOWN -- Jackson County High swept a basketball doubleheader from Watertown Tuesday, Dec. 14.
The Lady Devils (9-1) won Tuesday's opener 46-41 behind 17 points from Kaitlyn Pippin. Watertown fell to 6-4 deapite 13 points from Bobbi Staats and 10 from DaeDae Nunley.
Local aiming for 2016 National Team
EDMOND, OK -- With his sights set on representing the United States internationally, Mt. Juliet's Andrew Kittrell brought home three goal medals from the 16th annual Endeavor Games hosted June 14-15 at the University of Central Oklahoma.
An all-comers athletic competition for athletes with disabilities, the Endeavor Games serves as a one of several qualifying events for those hoping to compete at national and international events.
It was a surreal scene in the parking lot at Mt. Juliet Christian Academy. Two demolished cars with the teen drivers and passengers groaning, bleeding and one too still. Dead.
WHS entertains Gordonsville --
Friendship Christian's Lady Commanders sport a record of 20-5 overall heading into Wednesday's home game against Division II East-Middle District 1-A rival Ezell-Harding. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.
On Friday, the Lady Commanders entertain defending Class A state champion Gordonsville in a 5 p.m. single game. Division II rival Knoxville Webb comes to town Saturday for a 12 Noon doubleheader.
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