Aaron Wilkerson was voted First Team NAIA All-American, Mike Mandarino earned Second Team honors and Will Locante was an Honorable Mention selection, as selected by the NAIA-Baseball Coaches Association (BCA) All-America Selection Committee and announced by the national office this week.
Wilkerson becomes only the second Bulldog to earn either First or Second Team All-America honors twice during his career. Steve Green garnered Second Team accolades twice and First Team honors as a senior.
Wilkerson, a Waco, Texas, native, garnered Second Team All-America honors in 2010 before posting a 12-0 record with a 1.49 earned-run-average in 90.1 innings of work this season. The righthander struck out 90 in 14 appearances with 13 starts and seven complete games, tossing three shutouts. Opponents batted just .179 against him this season. He ranked third nationally in victories this season, seventh in opponent batting average and hits allowed per nine innings (5.58), and ninth in ERA.
Wilkerson set a pair of NAIA records in 2011 as well, tossing 54.0 consecutive scoreless innings from February 19 to April 8. He also won 26 consecutive decisions to end his career, dropping his first start in 2010 and never losing again.
Mandarino put up monstrous numbers despite the new bats in college baseball in 2011. The Massapequa, N.Y., native batted .370 with 19 doubles, 18 homers and 66 RBIs as well as 50 runs scored. He finished second on the club in average and runs scored and led the Bulldogs in doubles, homers and RBIs.
Mandarino, CU’s full-time designated hitter and also a weekend starter for most of the year, also compiled a 5-3 record on the mound with a 4.37 ERA in 11 starts and 47.1 innings of work, striking out 35. He ranked sixth nationally in home runs and total bases (153), 20th in doubles and RBIs and 23rd in slugging percentage (.708).
Locante formed a dynamic 1-2 punch on the mound for the Bulldogs this season, registering an 8-2 record with a 2.11 ERA in 81.0 innings of work. The lefthander posted 118 strikeouts and a .179 opponent batting average in 13 starts with eight complete games and a pair of shutouts. The Memphis, Tenn., native ranked second in the country in strikeouts per nine innings (13.11) and third in total strikeouts as well as seventh in opponent batting average and eighth in hits allowed per nine innings (5.67).
Wilkerson, Mandarino and Locante give Cumberland 59 All-Americans under head coach Woody Hunt, including 20 First Team, 18 Second Team and 21 Honorable Mention All-Americans.
From Post staff reports
A Burns man has been charged in connection with the robbery of a Lebanon convenience store early Sunday morning. A news release from the Lebanon Police Department said the incident occurred about 2:45 a.m., Sunday, June 5, at the Mapco at 803 South Cumberland Street, Lebanon.
Lebanon Police responded to a call reporting a robbery, and officers were able to view video surveillance tape from the store and determined that the blue Kia Sportage with Florida tags used to flee the scene had been reported as stolen from Kentucky. Officers on shift at that time were advised of the vehicle’s description.
About two hours later, Officer Jeff Scott, who was on an unrelated traffic stop, observed the Kia which matched the description from the robbery as it drove past him on East Forrest Avenue. Scott disengaged his current traffic stop to initiate a stop with the Kia. The Kia did not stop and a short vehicle pursuit began.
JUNE 25 AT BAIRD CHAPEL
The Wilson County Republican Party announces its annual Reagan Day Dinner to be held on Saturday, June 25, at 6 p.m., at Baird Chapel on the Cumberland University Campus in Lebanon.
Special guest speakers will be Gov. Bill Haslam and U.S. Rep. Diane Black.
Haslam won the gubernatorial election on Nov. 2, 2010 with 65 percent of the vote and became the 49th Governor of Tennessee. On that same date, the GOP also increased their majorities in both chambers of the state legislature giving Republicans complete control of state government.
By ZACK OWENSBY, The Wilson Post
Three local police officers were injured during in a high-speed pursuit Wednesday, June 1 that ended in the suspect being shot and one officer being pinned under the suspect’s vehicle.
A 17-year-old male, whose name is withheld due to his age, was LifeFlighted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the arm after leading Lebanon and Mt. Juliet Police on a 30-minute pursuit, according to authorities. The Lebanon juvenile was reported as escaped from DCS custody.
All three officers who were injured have since been released from the hospital and are on administrative leave pending investigation. The suspect underwent surgery Thursday for non life-threatening injuries.
From Post staff reports
Longtime Cumberland rival Union University of Jackson is making plans to leave the TranSouth Conference and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics altogether. Officials at Union have submitted applications for NCAA membership in hopes of becoming the newest additions to the Division II Gulf South Conference.
The announcement comes on the heels of Lebanon's Cumberland University announcing plans to bolt the TranSouth Conference and move to the Mid-South Conference in the fall of 2012.
MSC member Shorter University of Rome, Ga. also submitted an application to join the Gulf South Conference prior to the June 1 NCAA-mandated deadline.
Shorter currently fields teams in 21 NAIA sports, including football. It would join West Georgia and Valdosta State as GSC institutions in Georgia and provide UA-Huntsville with its second-nearest conference rival.
Union fields teams in the NCAA Division II minimum of 10 varsity sports, but does not compete in football. The only other Tennessee university in the conference is Christian Brothers University in Memphis.
"The Gulf South Conference is delighted to throw its support behind Shorter University's application for NCAA Division II membership," GSC Commissioner Nate Salant said last month.
"They bring a comprehensive and highly successful athletic program that includes football, a tradition of community engagement and outreach, and the kind of campus-wide support that emphasizes going to the games and matches.
"Shorter is clearly one of the institutions we need as we re-populate the GSC with like-minded institutions committed to winning regional and national championships and to academic integrity."
The Executive Committee of the GSC unanimously endorsed Union's application for NCAA Division II membership on April 27.
Union athletic spokesman Steven Aldridge said this week the university completed the application process in late May.
If accepted as NCAA members, Shorter and Union would begin a three-year transition period starting with the 2011-12 season and remain a full member of the NAIA and eligible to compete in national championships. In 2012-13 and 2013-14, the two schools would play full NCAA Division II schedules, but be ineligible for postseason play.
Arkansas Tech, Harding, Henderson State, Ouachita Baptist, Arkansas-Monticello and Southern Arkansas announced last year they were leaving the GSC to form a new NCAA Division II conference with former Oklahoma-based members of the Lone Star Conference.
The league will have only five members that compete in Division II football after the defections -- North Alabama, Delta State, West Alabama, West Georgia and Valdosta State.
By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
The facelift of Cumberland University’s athletic facilities will continue over the summer and into the fall as softball is working toward building a new clubhouse. Fresh off a 31-27 record, the first winning season for the program since the 2001 campaign, Coach Heather Stanfill is, “super excited” about the prospect of having a locker room / office complex in place in time for the 2012 softball season.
“The digging has begun to move the electrical, and I expect they will be digging the footers sometime next week,” Stanfill said.
The plan calls for a 20 X 50 building to be developed out from Cumberland’s third base (home) dugout toward the left field four pole. Construction should be complete by mid-to late fall.
“We’re looking at lockers for 22 to 24 players, a lounge area and two offices for coaches,” Stanfill said, “basically a smaller version of Coach Hunt’s (baseball) club house.”
According to Cumberland athletic director Ron Pavan, over $500,000 has been spent on upgrading on-campus athletic facilities during the past three years.
“We’ve got more work to do,” Pavan said, “including a new roof for the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center and upgrades on the Tommy Gray Memorial Tennis Courts.”
Pavan also went on to say installation of an irrigation system was now complete on the CU soccer field, located at the intersection of South Greenwood and Leeville Pike.
Lindsey Donnell Stadium, home of Cumberland football, will have new home bleachers and a state-fo-the-art pressbox in time for the 2011 fall season.
Coach Stanfill said her players have been actively involved fundraising since she arrived on campus a little over three years ago and have amassed most of the money needed for the project.
“We’ll still be fundraising for the forseeable future, but we’re about $6,000 short of where we need to be in order to have the entire project paid for,” Stanfill said. “We’re very appreciative of the support from (CU President) Dr. Eaton, Mr. Pavan, our team parents and folks in the community We’ve been given some very important in-kind donations that will go a long way toward helping us complete the project.”
As for the future, Stanfill said she would like to see an indoor workout facility as well as the demolition of the existing pressbox with grandstand seating added behind home plate.
“We’re still working at the Nashville Superspeedway as ushers, helping with Central Parking in Nashville and with the CMA Music Festival later this month,” Stanfill said.
Caity Gray honored -- CU softball player Caity Gray was recognized last month as an NAIA Daktronics National Scholar-Athlete. Gray, a junior majoring in Management, has a 3.69 GPA.
The Corona, Calif., native played in 48 games with 47 starts, including 41 at first base this season. She batted .260 with 26 hits and 20 RBIs, posting seven multi-hit and five multi-RBI games. In the circle Gray tallied a 4-3 record with a team-best three saves, striking out 30 batters in 52 2/3 innings.
From Post staff reports
The Nashville Rose Society Garden Tour 2011 is set for Saturday, June 4, from noon until 5 p.m., and is free and open to the public.
Members have tediously and meticulously been grooming every leaf and bloom on every rose bush, and Denise Thorne of Wilson County, chair of the Garden Tour, said she knows this tour will be a treat for everyone who visits.
The tour includes Jim and Starla Harding, editors of the Rose Leaf Magazine. Their gardens are located on 1705 Catalpa Court in Thompson’s Station.
The gardens of Larry and Connie Baird, who serve as president and first lady of the organization, are on 2571 Tonty’s Bend Road in Duck River, and they will have their gates open to welcome everyone.
Lyle and Ruby Worsham invite you to stop in and wander through the paths of their landscaped gardens at 212 Cheyenne Trail in Columbia.
The Belmont Rose Garden in the Nashville Campus of Belmont University will be on the tour. The address is 1900 Belmont Blvd., Nashville. Head Horticulturist Mary Weber has the garden ready for touring.
You can read all about the history of this garden project on the Nashville Rose Society website www.nashvillerosesociety.com.
“All these people have devoted their time and energy for the Nashville Rose Society, so please show your appreciation and invite someone and tour these gardens. You can glean knowledge from these expert rosarians,” Thorne said.
By RAY POPE
While working in my garden this past Sunday, there were several Purple Martins looking over my Martin house. Finally there was a different type of bird also checking it out. I had to go in and retrieve my binoculars to see it a little more closely. There was a Tree Swallow very interested in living there as the female rested on the top and the male flew back and forth bringing nesting material inside.
I received an e-mail from Suzy Scott this past week. With such a pretty Sunday last week, Suzy decided to ride her motorcycle to church. She uncovered the bike and then reached for her helmet only to find that some bird had built a nest inside and there were three eggs already in it. I told Suzy that it was most likely a Carolina Wren as they like to nest in some of the strangest places. Anyway Suzy took the car instead.
The day I did the seminar on Bluebirds and Purple Martins, W.T. Nolen Jr. brought me several Bluebird houses that he had built. Dotty Kim wanted one very bad so I gave her one of them. Dotty laid hers on the rail of her wheelchair ramp with the intentions of putting it out the next day. Before she could do that, a pair of Carolina Chickadees took over the nesting box and raised their own family in it. They moved out this past week.
I woke up this morning just before time for church and had to rush to get there. After a great meal at my mother’s, I finally got to my house. I have been keeping an eye on my Bluebirds as they were elbow to elbow inside the nest. When I opened the box it was devoid of little ones. I then decided to move the house where I could work in peace in the garden without the dive-bombing. Before I could place it elsewhere, Pop Bluebird was back with a beak full of grass.
By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
Julie Hadlock just can’t get shed of her love for horses, saddles and everything else that reflects the Western lifestyle.
In fact, her itch got to be so bad that she finally felt compelled to open her own tack shop, Stockman Supply, in February in downtown Lebanon at the former site of Carpenter’s Scratch and Dent. It has quickly become a place that makes cowboys and equestrians feel equally at home.
What makes Stockman Supply extry special is its demonstration area in the back room. Not quite the same as the drive-up window at McDonald’s, the area is mighty convenient for horse owners to bring in their steed and have it personally fit for a saddle or other riding gear.
“I wanted to have an inside fitting room for the rider and their horse, so people can bring their horse in here to be custom fit for a saddle,” said Hadlock, who grew up on a mini-farm in Goodlettsville, just north of Nashville, where she worked with livestock from a young age.
By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post
Charges are pending against the occupants of a home at 201 Keaton Street after Lebanon Police Department’s SWAT team and its Narcotics Division served a search warrant Friday night, May 27 where they confiscated marijuana, pills, cash and seized a vehicle.
A concussion grenade was used by the SWAT team which executed the search warrant at the residence, Chief Scott Bowen said.
Once inside, he noted, “We were able to recover several items including cash, marijuana, pills, drug paraphernalia and seized a vehicle.”
The suspects’ names were not released as they have not been charged with anything as of yet, although Bowen added they will be filed soon.
MEETING SET THURSDAY AT 6:30 PM
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Norene has had a Post Office for more than 130 years, but the United States Postal Service is considering closing the facility and has invited residents to a community meeting on Thursday, June 2, to answer any questions or concerns.
The USPS sent a letter to all Norene residents informing them of the possible closure of their Post Office and provided a questionnaire for the citizens to answer in order to receive feedback before the June 2 meeting.
“The office is being studied for closure or consolidation,” read the letter, which cited operating costs as the major factor for the possible closure.
By ANGEL KANE,
Wilson Living Magazine
On any given Monday, if you ask me what I’m doing – I’ll tell you – “I’m dieting.” It’s been that way since I was 16. And there isn’t a diet out there that I haven’t tried.
I’ve been on the Hollywood Diet, a 48 hour diet comprised of only drinking a fruit juice concoction. (I lasted one day) The Cleansing Diet, a three day diet comprised of only drinking water mixed with lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper. (I lasted one sip) The Rice Diet, a week long diet comprised of ….you guessed it ….rice. (I lasted two bowls) Followed by all the usual suspects … Atkins, Weight Watchers, The Zone…. (three days, two days, one day).
Dear Ken: I just saw the movie “Water for Elephants.” Tell me about the handsome but villainous dude who played August, the owner of the circus who beat the elephant?
That would be Austrian actor Christoph Waltz, 54, who was born into a theater family. He had a very workmanlike career for 30 years in German film and television, and then director Quentin Tarantino cast him as Col. Hans Landa in “Inglourious B……s,” which made him an international superstar and won him a best supporting actor Oscar. The divorced father of four children speaks German, French and English. He next stars as Cardinal Richelieu in “The Three Musketeers.” Regarding “Water for Elephants,” the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum in Chattanooga provided a vintage steam locomotive and a three-mile track for the production, which filmed in Chattanooga last July and August. Lookout Mountain also appears in the movie.
By SAM HATCHER
The past Memorial Day weekend, while providing a time for rest and recreation, was also a fitting and appropriate time to remember those who have served in military uniforms and paid the ultimate price while protecting our great country and the many freedoms we enjoy.
But what about today, tomorrow and next week? We tend to place so much importance on a single day when in fact we should recognize these heroes every day of every year.
Lebanon Airport Commission will meet at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, June 2, at the Lebanon Municipal Airport, 760 Franklin Road.
Wilson County Commission’s Law Enforcement Committee will meet at 5 p.m., Thursday, June 2, at the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department to consider budgets.
Joint Economic & Community Development Board Executive Committee will meet at 7:45 a.m., Thursday, June 2, at the JECDB office at 115 N. Castle Heights Ave., Suite 102, Lebanon.
Wilson County Library Board will meet at 5:30 p.m., Monday, June 6, at Lebanon-Wilson County Public Library on South Hatton Street.
Wilson County Board of Education will meet in a work session at 4:30 p.m., Monday, June 6, at the Central Office, 351 Stumpy Lane, Lebanon, to discuss the director of schools evaluation. (The work session was originally scheduled for 4 p.m.) The board’s regular meeting will follow at 5 p.m.
Lebanon City Council will meet at 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 7, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights.
LEBANON -- Local businesswoman Barbara Jo William Hurd died at home Tuesday, May 31, 2011 following a long and courageous battle with cancer. Born in 1936 in Weston, West Virginia and raised in Virginia, she graduated from Washington-Lee High School in 1954 and from the University of Tennessee (Knoxville) with a B.S. degree in home economics in 1958.
Immediately following graduation, she married J. Brent Hurd of Donelson. She was employed by the Tennessee Department of Human Services as a social worker for 10 years and helped many local families.
Mrs. Hurd founded Hurd Properties, Inc. in Lebanon in 1986. She was a member of the Lebanon Year Round Garden Club, the Green Hills Womens Club and the Westland United Methodist Church. Mrs. Hurd was also a member of the Eastern Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors. She and her husband were members of Ilene’s Travel Group of Mt. Juliet for 20 years, visiting many U.S. cities and foreign countries.
The family will receive friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon between the hours of 5-7 p.m. Thursday, June 2.
Funeral services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday, June 3 and will be conducted by Dr. John Cheetham. Private entombment will follow in Hermitage Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.
Survivors include: her husband of 53 years Brent Hurd; son Raymond (Mimi) Hurd and daughters Brenda (Phillip) Barnes, Becky (Kelly) Halsey and Beverly (Rodney) Gibbs. Also surviving: sister Alicia Blamphin of Annapolis MD, and sister-in-law Brownie Freeman along with grandchildren Deanna Barnes, Madelyn Barnes, Olivia Hurd, Sam Hurd and Zoey Halsey.
Active pallbearers: Raymond Hurd, Phillip Barnes, Kelly Halsey, Sam Hurd, John Martin Blamphin and John Merrick Blamphin. Honorary: Arthur Jones, Dick Freeman, Ron Buck, Hale Moss, Ilene’s Travel Group, Joe Harrison, Charlie Harrison, Blake Freeman, Don Mathis, Rodney Gibbs, Eric Gillberg, Johnny Noel, Lee Noel, Dr. Hardie Sorrells, Glyn Newton and John Yount.
Memorials will be welcomed by Alive Hospice (1718 Patterson St, Nashville 37203).
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
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