CU PLAYS 3:30 PM FRIDAY
JACKSON -- Tommy Winegardner and Mike Mandarino both homered and 4th-ranked Cumberland scored two insurance runs in the seventh and eighth innings, posting a 9-3 victory over Freed-Hardeman at Fesmire Field Thursday in the loser's bracket of the TranSouth Championships.
Cumberland advances to play at 3:30 p.m. Friday against either Union University, Trevecca Nazarene or Martin Methodist. The Bulldog (43-13) started sluggishly again, falling behind three times before Winegardner's three-run homer in the fifth put CU ahead for good.
Aaron Wilkerson (12-0) won his 26th consecutive decision, tossing six innings and allowing three runs on seven hits. The righthander walked two and struck out seven, throwing 113 pitches. Daniel Kern got the final nine outs for his second save of the season, throwing just 22 pitches and striking out two.
The Lions scored single runs in the first, third and fifth innings, stealing six total bases in the game. The thefts set up all three of FHU's runs, including three from Kyle Dearing.
David Fanshawe added a two-run single in the seventh for the Bulldogs and an RBI single from Cory Farris and a sacrifice fly by Tommy Crews plated two more runs in the eighth. Mandarino had a sac fly in the first inning and a solo homer in the third, while T.J. Murphy collected two hits and scored three times for Cumberland.
FHU starter Andy Southard (3-5) took the loss, working five innings and giving up five runs on five hits. He walked four, hit a batter, tossed three wild pitches and struck out four.
The Lions scored a single run in the first to take an early lead after a leadoff single from Dearing, who stole second and third. Evan Mansell doubled to leftcenter with two outs for a 1-0 FHU edge.
CU tied the contest with a run in the bottom of the first but ran themselves out of the inning.
Greg Appleton and Murphy led off with a singles and Appleton moved to third on a wild pitch. The next pitch was also in the dirt and Murphy broke for second, but FHU catcher Leamond Arthur threw to second and Murphy got in a run-down. After two throws Appleton broke for home and was thrown out on a good throw from Mansell.
Winegardner walked and both runners moved up on a wild pitch before a sacrifice fly from Mandarino tied the contest at one.
The Lions stole another run in the third, with Tyler Wilson leading off with a single and stealing second and third. Justin Mackey's single to left gave FHU a 2-1 lead, but it was short-lived.
Mandarino tied the contest with a two-out solo homer in the bottom of the inning, his TranSouth Conference-leading 16th of the season.
A two-out walk to Dearing in the fifth turned into another run for Freed-Hardeman. Dearing stole second and scored on a ground ball single through the middle from Mackey for a 3-2 FHU advantage.
Cumberland answered for the third time in the game, scoring three times in the bottom of the inning and following the Lions blueprint.
Antonio Butler led off with a single and stole second. Murphy was hit with one out and the runners executed the double steal perfectly before Winegardner lined a 2-0 pitch the other way, just inside the rightfield foul pole and over the wall for his seventh homer of the season and a 5-3 lead.
In the seventh Farris was hit and Crews doubled to leftcenter. Fanshawe fouled a pitch hard off his in-step but after some recovery time, he hit a long single off the leftfield wall, plating both runners.
Appleton and Murphy led off the eighth with singles and Mandarino reached on an infield single, loading the bases. Farris' infield single scored a run and Crews lined out to deep center, pushing across the final run of the game.
The District 9AAA baseball tournament starts Friday night at two sites, Wilson Central High and Hendersonville's Drakes Creek Park. The two finalists will advance to the Region 5AAA tournament.
District 9AAA Tournament
@ Wilson Central / Friday May 6
4:00 Game 1 - Beech vs. Station Camp
7:00 Game 2 - Wilson Central vs. Portland
Saturday May 7
1:00 Game 3 - Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser
4:00 Game 4 - Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner
Monday May 10
4:00 Game 5 – Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner
7:00 Game 6 - Game 4 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner
Tuesday May 11
6:00 If Necessary Game
@ Hendersonville / Friday May 6
4:00 Game 1 - Mount Juliet vs. Gallatin
7:00 Game 2 - Hendersonville vs. Lebanon
Saturday May 7
11:00 Game 3 - Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser
2:00 Game 4 - Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner
Monday May 10
4:00 Game 5 – Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner
7:00 Game 6 - Game 4 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner
Tuesday May 11
7:00 If Necessary Game
Wednesday May 12
District Championship game - 7:00
Hosted by highest seeded team remaining
By BECKY ANDREWS
Somewhere in history, who knows when, it became clear that enough was not enough. It was probably somewhere between Cleopatra and Marc Antony’s demise at the Battle of Actium when they knew death was not far off that Cleo turned to Mark and said,
“Why didn’t you bring more than two spears? Now we are staring death in the face”
“Maybe if you would have packed more”
‘Maybe if you would have bought more”
“If you can tell me where I can buy more than two at a time, I’ll do it. Until then, shut up and fight!”
By ANGEL KANE
Many area residents got their running shoes on this weekend and participated in the Country Music Marathon in Nashville. Saturday’s weather was perfect for the event and quite a few locals either took part or showed up at the finish line to lend their support.
While the course was hillier than last year’s, all those who participated finished in record times!
The Mt. Juliet Police Department Explorer Post 465 is currently recruiting students to join their post. The police department has a long tradition of promoting excellence in our area’s youth, and is looking for students who have a strong interest in the law enforcement career.
MJPD officers guide youth members in Exploring’s five areas of emphasis: career opportunities, life skills, citizenship, character education, and leadership experience. To these ends, Explorers have unique opportunities to receive training in various policing skills, ride along with officers on patrol, assist the police department at special events and parades, provide service to their community and take leadership roles within the organization.
Primary Requirements for Becoming a Police Explorer:
· Be at least 15 to 19 Years of Age when joining the program
· Have a general interest and appreciation for law enforcement
· Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0
· Not engage in alcohol and drugs
· Be of good moral character
· Have no pending criminal charges or convictions
· Parental consent and support to participate
Those interested in becoming a police explorer should contact Cpl. Tyler Chandler at (615) 773-6260 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recruiting will be conducted throughout the month of May, and new explorers will begin participation with the program in June.
By RAY POPE
We couldn’t have bought better weather than what we were blessed with this past Friday and Saturday. The birds at Cedars of Lebanon State Park were out in numbers and a few even showed off at my cabin, by coming down from the tree tops to enquire about the bird songs emanating from my CD player.
Many thanks to Carole Young for taking me out to the park for my weekend programs. I thought Carole might enjoy some closeup action from a few woodpeckers and other species of birds since she is one of my readers with a passion for our feathered friends. I played the call for the Pileated Woodpecker and a pair showed up with in a minute and flew from limb to limb trying to locate the strange birds in their territory. Carole kept calling them “Woody” after the old cartoon character Woody Woodpecker.
Two more of the Woodpecker family decided to show up to see what the commotion was all about. A Red-bellied Woodpecker also answered the call of the CD player along with a small Downy Woodpecker.
I thought that maybe we could get a few more non-woodpeckers species to show up and say howdy. It couldn’t have been longer than two minutes before the White-breasted Nuthatch showed up trying to find his next of kin calling out from under the porch with the swing that Carole had commandeered for her sitting pleasure. I sat on the rocks that made up the floor of the porch.
Wilson County Commission’s Finance Committee will meet at 5 p.m., Thursday, May 5, in Conference Room 2, Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon.
Animal Control Committee will meet at 5 p.m., Thursday, May 5, in Conference Room 1, courthouse.
Emergency Management Agency Committee will meet Thursday, May 5, in the commission courtroom, courthouse.
Education Committee will meet at 6 p.m., Thursday, May 5, in Conference Room 1, courthouse.
Minutes Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 5, in Conference Room 1, courthouse.
Steering Committee will meet at 6:45 p.m., Thursday, May 5, in Conference Room 1, courthouse.
Budget Committee will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 5, in Conference Room 1, courthouse.
Joint Economic & Community Development Board Executive Committee will meet at 7:45 a.m., Thursday, May 5, at the JECDB office at 115 N. Castle Heights Ave., Suite 102, Lebanon.
Wilson County Road Commission will meet at 9 a.m., Friday, May 6, in the Road Commission Office and will be followed by the Urban Type Public Facilities Board. A work session will immediately follow.
Emergency Communications District “911” Board will meet on Monday, May 9 at 4 p.m. at the “911” office located at 1611 West Main Street in Lebanon.
Wilson County Election Commission will hold its regularly scheduled monthly meeting at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 10, in Conference Room 1, Wilson County Courthouse.
Wilson County Board of Health will meet from noon until 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 10, at the Wilson County Health Department Conference Room, Lebanon.
Public Records Committee will meet on Wednesday, May 11, at 3 p.m. at the Wilson County Archives.
Health & Welfare Committee will meet Thursday, May 12 at 5 p.m. in the commission courtroom at the Wilson County Courthouse.
From Post staff reports
In its second year and despite horrendous weather on the first night, Lebanon’s Whip Crackin’ Rodeo managed to raise more than $40,000 for local charities.
In a letter addressed to supporters of the annual event, Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead said “I’m overwhelmed by the generosity of this community adding that the rodeo had raised over $40,000 this year.
He said the increase in profits over last year was made possible by additional new sponsors who came on board this year in support of the event. Last year’s rodeo netted just over $36,000 although attendance for the two nights last year was greater than this year.
WRONGFUL DEATH ALLEGED
From Post staff reports
A wrongful death suit has been filed by the family of Greg Thompson, who was killed by a Lebanon Police officer on April 28, 2010.
Thompson was killed last year after a police chase down Carthage Highway from Lebanon ended and officers Mitch McDannald and David McKinley asked Thompson to exit his vehicle.
When Thompson would not get out of the vehicle, McKinley approached the car with his firearm drawn and slipped down the ditch, accidentally discharging his weapon. McDannald, who thought his fellow officer was being fired upon, shot Thompson and killed him at the scene.
By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post
Official business took a backseat at Lebanon City Council’s Tuesday night meeting as citizens spoke out and argued with councilors regarding a recent television news report that alleged Mayor Philip Craighead is violating the city charter.
Ward 1 Councilor Alex Buhler asked City Attorney Andy Wright if it was legal for the Mayor to hold two jobs. A WKRN News2 report on Monday night claimed Craighead is currently operating a real estate business on top of his duties as mayor.
“According to our charter, he is not supposed to have two jobs,” Wright said, adding “it could be unethical and still be lawful.”
By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
The football facility at the new Lebanon High School will honor the accomplishments of Clifton Tribble -- generally recognized as the greatest player to ever wear the Blue & White.
Thanks to a vote Monday night by the Wilson County Board of Education, the playing surface at the new LHS under construction on Hart-mann Drive will be named “Clifton Tribble Field.” The measure passed without opposition 5-0.
Tribble, a 1954 graduate of Lebanon High, was named First Team All-State in 1953 and was a three-time All Mid-State selection.
In his senior season “Twinkletoes Tribble” led the state in rushing (1,968 yards) and points scored (163) from the fullback position.
He signed out of high school with then-University of Kentucky head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, then transferred closer to home at Middle Tennessee State University after Bryant left UK to take the job at Texas A&M.
Tribble became the head coach at Lebanon High in 1960 and coached the Blue Devils for eight seasons -- twice being named Mid State Coach of the Year.
At Lebanon, he coached a pair of Alabama signees: tackle Louis Thompson and split receiver Bruce Skeen as well as Mid-State Player of the Year Billy Sellars.
Upon stepping down as varsity coach at LHS, he coached the Blue Devil freshmen for a time and served many years as the principal of the Wilson County Vocational Center.
His head coaching tenure of eight years was the longest in the school history until Bobby Brown’s nine year run ended after the 2010 season. He was lured back onto the practice field for the 1974 season when he served as offensive coordinator under then-Coach Ralph Overton -- helping the Blue Devils roll to a record of 10-1 and the championship of the Mid-State Bowl.
In 2007, Tribble and 12 other former Lebanon standouts, were in the first induction class of the Blue Devil Sports Hall of Fame.
LONGTIME FITNESS ADVOCATE
Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, May 6 at the Mt. Juliet Worship Center, 495 Mt. Juliet Rd. for Mr. Eddie Lee Sellars, Sr., 67, of Old Hickory.
A native of Wilson County and one of the all-time great football players at Lebanon High, Mr. Sellars died Tuesday, May 3, 2011 following an extended battle with cancer.
Mr. Sellars made health and physical conditioning his life’s work – having been affiliated with the fitness industry for 50 years. He was the owner of Nashville’s Hermitage Fitness Center, recently celebrating 23 years of business. Prior to opening his Hermitage center, Mr. Sellars was the former owner of Lebanon’s Grecian Health and Fitness Center, the Donelson Health Club and the Nashville Downtown Athletic Club.
TOURNAMENT OPENS MONDAY
JACKSON -– The 2011 TranSouth Conference baseball postseason awards have been released. Martin Methodist College senior Travis Garcia has been selected as the TranSouth Player of the Year. Trevecca Nazarene University head coach Jonathan Burton earns the TranSouth Coach of the Year.
Garcia, a 5-foot-11 senior from Nolensville, started at third base for the RedHawks and was also a starting pitcher. Garcia was named to the first team all-conference list as a third baseman and was voted second team all-conference as a starting pitcher. Garcia hit .399 with 29 RBI and four home runs this season, while also posting a 6-2 record with a 3.21 ERA in 11 starts on the mound.
Burton, in his third season as head coach of the Trojans, takes home his first coach of the year honor. Burton led the Trojans to a 34-20 overall record and an 18-6 conference record. His team is the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament after finishing seventh last season and not qualifying for the tournament.
The TranSouth Rawlings Gold Glove Team will be announced on Monday, May 2.
The 2011 TranSouth Baseball Tournament will be played at Fesmire Field on the campus of Union University in Jackson May 2-5.
2011 TranSouth Baseball All-Conference Awards
Player of the Year: Travis Garcia, Martin Methodist College
Coach of the Year: Jonathan Burton, Trevecca Nazarene University
Regular Season Champion: Cumberland University
First Team All-Conference
Catcher: David Fanshawe, Cumberland
Catcher: Doug Joyce, Union
First Base: Mitch McClay, Trevecca
Second Base: Tommy Crews, Cumberland
Third Base: Travis Garcia, Martin Methodist
Shortstop: Craig Massey, Bethel
Extra Infielder: Chad Reynolds, Trevecca
Outfield: Chris Cain, Bethel
Outfield: Cory Farris, Cumberland
Outfield: Jordan Foreman, Trevecca
Outfield: Matt Tidwell, Trevecca
Designated Hitter: Mike Mandarino, Cumberland
Starting Pitcher: Jared Davis, Union
Starting Pitcher: Will Locante, Cumberland
Starting Pitcher: Jeremey Stack, Union
Starting Pitcher: Aaron Wilkerson, Cumberland
Relief Pitcher: Dylan Kuhn, Trevecca
Second Team All-Conference
Catcher: Leamond Arthur, Freed-Hardeman
Catcher: Kyle Kallsnick, Lyon
First Base: Greg Appleton, Cumberland
Second Base: Cody Crocker, Bethel
Third Base: Cole McAdams, Union
Third Base: TJ Murphy, Cumberland
Shortstop: Tommy Winegardner, Cumberland
Extra Infielder: Celtic Rush, Bethel
Outfield: Tony Allen, Martin Methodist
Outfield: Michael Armenteros, Lyon
Outfield: Seth Kennedy, Blue Mountain
Outfield: Nathan Lawrence, Mid-Continent
Outfield: Jay Lowery, Bethel
Designated Hitter: Jordan Stack, Bethel
Starting Pitcher: Travis Garcia, Martin Methodist
Starting Pitcher: Josh McNatt, Lyon
Starting Pitcher: Craig Stem, Trevecca
Starting Pitcher: Joey Wilder, Bethel
Relief Pitcher: Hunter Burge, Mid-Continent
Lebanon 6, Wilson Central 5
LEBANON -- Paige Sellars drilled a two-out single in the bottom of the seventh to lift Lebanon to a 6-5 softball win over Wilson Central Thursday at Baird Park.
The win lifted LHS to 15-14 overall and 4-5 in District 9AAA while Central slipped to 17-14-1 and 6-2 in league play.
Kelci Swafford had a three-run homer in the third for the Lady Wildcats, her third of the season.
Soph Beth Swartwout went the distance for LHS, scattering eight hits.
Sidney Smith (11-7) took the loss for Central.
Lebanon will be back in action Friday at 5 p.m. as Gallatin comes to Baird Park for a 9AAA contest. Lebanon will celebrate Senior Night following the game.
Ezell-Harding 10, MJCA 3
ANTIOCH -- Mt. Juliet Christian Academy slipped to 14-5 overall and 8-5 in the East-Middle region Thursday with a 10-3 loss at Ezell-Harding.
Emily Threadgill took the loss for the Lady Saints, allowing 10 hits and striking out two.
Shelby Leech and Threadgill each had two hits in the loss.
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