LEBANON -- Cumberland soccer player Helena Dimantas Farias was named the TranSouth Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after scoring four goals with three assists in two Cumberland victories.
It is the second straight TSAC Offensive POW honor for Dimantas Farias, who continued her hot streak with four goals and three assists in wins over rival Trevecca Nazarene and Division II Kentucky Wesleyan last week. The Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, native netted three goals in a victory against Trevecca and actually missed a penalty kick in the match.
In last Friday’s 3-1 triumph at Kentucky Wesleyan, the junior assisted on two Rhianne Parsons goals and then tallied the final score of the match.
Dimantas Farias has 10 goals and four assists in the last seven matches, as Cumberland has put together a 5-1-1 stretch.
She has posted 12 goals and 10 assists this season, ranking second in the TranSouth in points (34) and goals and leading the league in assists. Cumberland plays its final regular season match Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Freed-Hardeman and will begin play in the TranSouth Championships Saturday against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.
LEBANON -- A monstrous first quarter was all Friendship Christian needed to secure a win in their regular season finale against Monterey Friday at Pirtle Field – scoring 42 points in the first quarter en route to a 49-0 victory.
Junior tailback Dekolas Reeves helped spark the FCS scoring outburst by ripping off touchdown runs of 29 and 78 yards on the Commanders' first two drives. Reeves finished with 130 yards on just seven carries.
The Wildcats (4-6, 3-5 Region 4A) struggled to get anything going offensively against the tough Commander defense.
The Commander attack didn't slow up throughout the duration of the first quarter, scoring four more touchdowns in addition to those scored early by Reeves.
Senior tailback Dylan Boyd also played a big part in the offensive attack, collecting two touchdowns on 6- and 74-yard runs respectively.
The Commanders (8-2, 6-2 Region 4A), ranked No. 7 in Class 2A, pulled the plug after the first quarter, adding just one more touchdown late in the third period.
The win locked up a home playoff game for FCS, Friday, Nov. 6 vs. Marion County.
LEBANON -- Cumberland linebacker Ben Miller was named the Mid-South Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after collecting 11 tackles, two for loss, forcing a fumble and starting a 15-point fourth quarter comeback with a safety in CU’s 29-18 victory over Union College Saturday, Oct. 30.
Cumberland trailed 18-4 heading into the fourth quarter until a 67-yard punt from Tyler Emmetts put Union at its own two yard line. On second down Miller tackled Chandler Priest in the end zone for a safety with 13:55 remaining in the contest, starting a 15-point rally that put the Bulldogs into a first-place tie in the MSC West Division at 3-1 with the Univ. of the Cumberlands.
The Gallatin native has 25 tackles in the last two games after registering 14 at Bethel Univ. on October 23. Miller ranks second on the club with 62 tackles this season and leads the Bulldogs with 10.0 tackles for loss.
MAYNARD, NEAL RUN WILD
By TOMMY BRYAN
LEBANON -- Imagine buying a ticket for high school football game and seeing a track meet break out.
That's what happened Friday as Station Camp and Lebanon burned up Nokes-Lasater Field in a 53-48 shootout won by the Blue Devils.
The two teams combined for an incredible 1,061 yards in total offense, 20 first downs and eight scoring plays of 42 yards or longer.
"I've got to give Station Camp all the credit in the world," said Lebanon head coach Bobby Brown, "we were up 21 in the first half, 20 in the second half and they never quit. We had to keep scoring. It must have been a great game to watch."
Banging away at the Station Camp front, Lebanon jumped to a 20-0 lead with 6:52 left in the second quarter on the strength of TD runs of 10 and 74 yards by QB Patrick Maynard and an 87 yard burst up the middle by halfback Jarvon Neal.
The Bison finally scratched as wingback DeMarquise Johnson broke free on a 42 yard run down the Station Camp sideline at the 4:45 mark of the second period to trim Lebanon's margin to 20-6.
The teams proceeded to swap scores as Station Camp matched Lebanon touchdown for touchdown until early in the fourth quarter when the Blue Devils attempted a rugby-style punt from deep in their own territory. Cody Romines broke through and blocked the punt, which was recovered by Rico Nutter at the Blue Devils' 3-yard line. Johnson powered in on the next snap and trimmed the deficit to 41-34 with 9:34 left in the game.
Lebanon followed by piecing together a six-play, 65 yard drive that ended with Maynard ramming in for a seemingly safe 47-34 Blue Devil lead.
On the ensuing kickoff, LHS lofted a high kick, angled toward the Station Camp sideline. Nutter fielded the ball at his own 30, raced across the field and headed for the end zone for a 70 yard touchdown return, trimming Lebanon's lead to one score at 47-41.
However, Lebanon answered with another big play as Maynard raced 59 yards to pay dirt on the second play from scrimmage -- and a 53-41 LHS lead with 4:25 remaining.
Nutter's one-yard plunge with 00:57 left ended the game's longest scoring drive of 14 plays, 57 yards.
An onsides kick attempt was recovered by Kammerzell, but was ruled to have come prior to the referee whistling the ball ready for play. A second onsides attempt was recovered by Lebanon, allowing the Blue Devils to end the game with two kneel downs.
Johnson paced the Bison with 185 yards rushing on 25 attempts -- numbers that paled in comparison to Lebanon's 1-2 punch of Maynard and Neal.
Maynard ran for 308 yards on 27 carries and scored four times, while Neal rushed for 287 yards on 12 carries -- an average of nearly 24 yards per try – and three touchdowns.
Station Camp ended the season 1-9 overall, the worst mark for the Bison since the school opened.
Lebanon packed it in with a record of 4-6.
By JENNIFER HORTON, The Wilson Post
A Lebanon man already on probation for a previous drug offense was arrested Tuesday on new charges involving drugs and a loaded handgun.
Investigators with the Wilson County Violent Crimes and Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at the residence of Austin Shane Williams, 25, at 507 Rolling Wood Drive, Lebanon.
An investigator with the Task Force said officers, along with a probation official, conducted a home visit after complaints had been received concerning alleged drug activity.
Dear Ken: What can you tell us about Milla Jovovich, who plays Alice in the movie “Resident Evil: Afterlife”?
Ukrainian-born Jovovich, 35, came to the U.S. at age 5 and became a Revlon model at 12. She has since been on more than 150 magazine covers and been a model for Chanel, Donna Karen, DKNY, Armani and Calvin Klein. Her movie credits include “Return to the Blue Lagoon,” “Kuffs,” “Chaplin,” “Dazed and Confused,” “The Fifth Element,” “He Got Game,” “The Claim,” “Zoolander,” “Dummy,” “Ultraviolet” and the “Resident Evil” series. Also a singer-songwriter, she has a young daughter and is married to director Paul W.S. Anderson.
By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
A quarter of a century has passed since anyone in Leon Denney’s family inhabited the house known as Cedarvine, but he pictures crystal clearly in his memory bank the way life used to be when it was a farm, dairy and home, sweet home.
“The first gutters on the house were made of Virginia red cedar and the roof was covered with handmade, white oak shingles,” said Denney, 79, gazing toward the green tin roof that tops the mansion today.
In late December 1930, Denney, at 12 days of age, moved into this 12-room house in the Major community with his parents, Henry and Robbie Lee (Barrett) Denney, and his older brothers, Gene and Ralph. The 178-year-old white house stands on the east side of Highway 231 South about 10 miles from Lebanon.
The last Denney to live here was Leon’s mother, who moved out around 1985. Leon sold the place in the late 1980s, and it has since undergone a glorious restoration. Auctioned off for $982,000 this past February at the Wilson County Courthouse, Cedarvine will go on the auction block once more, at noon Saturday.
By JENNIFER HORTON, The Wilson Post
Wilson County dodged the proverbial bullet Tuesday with some funnel clouds spotted but no tornado touchdowns reported as a line of severe thunderstorms moved through the state shortly before noon.
No major damage was reported from the high winds that blew through the area as part of a storm system that formed Monday night in the upper Plains and Midwest states and moved east.
John Jewell, director of Wilson County Emergency Management Agency, said there may have been some lines down here and there and perhaps some tree branches down, also, but overall there was no significant damage reported to WEMA as a result of the storms.
From Post staff reports
JACKSON -- Five local athletes, including three from Cumberland University, were named to the Preseason All-TranSouth basketball teams Monday at the conference Media Day -- held at Union University.
Cumberland’s Tamara Gonzalez was voted Preseason All-TranSouth on the women’s side along with former Wilson County standouts K.C. Van Atta and London Elie -- who both play at Trevecca Nazarene in Nashville.
Gonzalez averaged 9.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.7 steals per contest in 2009-10 while shooting 33 percent from behind the arc.
The Paraguay native scored in double figures seven times in TranSouth action, including 12 points in outings versus Union and Trevecca.
Van Atta, who prepped at Mt. Juliet High, at Elie, a former Lebanon High standout, combined to help Trevecca return to the Final 16 of the NAIA national tournament last season. Van Atta, a senior, is TNU’s all-time leader in 3-point shots made and was a first team All-TranSouth selection last year and an honorable mention All-America pick.
Elie, a 6-3 sophomore, was named the TranSouth Conference Freshman of the Year last season.
Cumberland athletes Walter Simon and Lindal Yarbrough were selected to the Preseason All-Conference men’s team
Simon, who was selected to the conference All-Freshman team last season, averaged double-digit scoring with 10.9. The 6-foot-9 forward from Dresden, Germany also averaged 6.6 rebounds per game.
Yarbrough, a senior point guard from Nashville, joined the club after Christmas a year ago and averaged 8.2 points per game and had an assist-to-turnover rate of 1.5.
CU’s women have been picked to finish sixth in the league. Second-year head coach Jeremy Lewis returns six letterwinners but more importantly has six newcomers, including three Division I transfers and a junior college transfer as the Lady Bulldogs look to make a jump in the standings in 2010-11.
Cumberland lost eight contests by seven points or less last season during a 9--18 campaign. Six of the eight defeats came against ranked foes and national tournament attendees Union, Bethel, Trevecca Nazarene and the Univ. of the Cumberlands, all by a grand total of 31 points.
CU’s men were picked to finish fourth in the conference this season. There will be some big shoes to fill at Cumberland University this year as the Bulldogs look to replace the reigning TranSouth Conference Player of the Year and two-time All-American Brandon Springer.
Despite the loss of one of the most decorated basketball players in Cumberland history, head coach Lonnie Thompson feels the Bulldogs are poised to make a run at the conference championship and improve upon their fifth place finish in the conference a year ago.
“I think based on our returners and what we’ve added, we could easily be in the top three in the league,” Thompson said. “We’re going to compete every night, there’s no question.”
The Bulldogs will look to Yarbrough, who joined the club after Christmas last season, to run the offense again. The transfer from Middle Tennessee, averaged 8.2 points per game and had an assist-to-turnover rate of 1.5.
Simon, who was named to the TranSouth All-Freshman team last year, was the only Bulldog besides Springer to average double-digit scoring with 10.9. The 6-foot-9 forward from Dresden, Germany also averaged 6.6 rebounds per game.
Cumberland returns a total of nine letterwinners from last years club that went 12-17 overall and 9-7 in the TranSouth Conference.
Cumberland University moved up five spots to No. 20 in the NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 poll released Monday by the national office.
The Bulldogs defeated Bethel Univ., 23-17, on the road last week and have been ranked in the Top 25 for the last five weeks.
Cumberland, 6-2 overall and 2-1 in the Mid-South West Division, hosts Union College this Saturday at 12 Noon at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field.
Union ranks in the Top 10 nationally in six categories, scoring 42.3 points per game and racking up just over 500 yards of total offense per contest.
Cumberland counters with a defense that ranks in the Top 20 in the country in nine categories, allowing just 16.3 points and 259.5 yards per outing. The Bulldogs limited Bethel to 309 total yards last week after the Wildcats entered the game averaging more than 45 points and 455 yards of offense per contest.
The full Top 25 poll may be found at http://naia.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/102510aaa.html.
From Post staff reports
Flood waters from the May 1 and 2 floods across Middle Tennessee have washed some businesses to Lebanon and landed them at the Lebanon Premium Outlets, which has recently changed ownership.
When Opry Mills closed its doors due to extensive flood damage, it left many businesses displaced and some of those businesses have found new homes in Lebanon. Among those that have moved to Lebanon Premium Outlets are Banana Republic, Guess, Tennessee Sports Fan and Ecko.
The new stores that have arrived at the shopping center are sure to bring more people and more revenue for the center as well as for Lebanon and Wilson County.
FBI, TBI INVESTIGATIONS
By Patrick Hall, The Wilson Post
The attorney for the D.T. McCall & Sons furniture chain confirmed on Thursday that no civil settlement has been reached in a Tennessee Department of Revenue case against the business regarding sales tax disputes.
“There’s apparently an investigation from the TBI and FBI with respect to a number of tax payers,” said Paul Summers, former State Attorney General and attorney for the McCall family.
Summers said these allegations come during a “politically polarized season” and were an attempt to attack A.J. McCall because of the political candidates he supports.
HALLOWEEN ON THE SQUARE
By ZACK OWENSBY, The Wilson Post
The Lebanon Public Square will soon be filled with tricksters and treaters Halloween night, most donning costumes. But a few poor souls will be hopping into caskets, that’s right, caskets, for the inaugural Neddy Jacob’s Coffin Race.
The Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce’s Halloween on the Square will take a turn towards the macabre when several teams of six line up to push their coffin on wheels around the Square as quickly as possible.
Chamber President Sue Vanatta said Thursday that several teams have already formed to push one unlucky “Neddy” around the Gen. Hatton statue Halloween night.
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