Today is Tuesday, July 26, 2016

BULLETIN -- WC softball post filled BULLETIN -- WC softball post filled

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.

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  • BULLETIN -- WC softball post filled BULLETIN -- WC softball post filled

    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.

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  • FOOTBALL -- WHS, LHS plan tailgate events FOOTBALL -- WHS, LHS plan tailgate events

    Meet the Tigers Aug. 6
    Watertown High's football program is holding a "Meet the Tigers Night" and tailgate party 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6 at Robinson Stadium.

    Plans call for a barbeque dinner, live and silent auctions, inflatables, Watertown spirit picture booth and introductions of the 2016 players and coaching staff.

    Any local businesses interested in donating an auction item should contact Ann Watts at 615-330-8611.

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  • LHS softball job opens LHS softball job opens

    Spurlock going into private business
    Lebanon High School administrators are faced with finding a new softball coach in the wake of the resignation of Chris Spurlock Thursday morning.

    Spurlock, an LHS graduate, is reportedly going into the private business sector after working one season as head coach of the Lady Devils.

    Teaching Social Studies / Government at Lebanon, Spurlock led his team to a record of 25-17-1 in his only year as head coach.

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  • All-state -- Locals earn TBCA honors All-state -- Locals earn TBCA honors

    Aaron Brown & Seth Price
    A pair of Wilson County baseball standouts have been named all-state by the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association.

    Mt. Juliet High pitcher Aaron Brown was selected to the Class AAA team. Brown was the District 9-AAA Most Valuable Player. He went 7-2 on the mound with an ERA of 1.05 in 53.3 innings of work.

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  • Barrett claims powerlifting title Barrett claims powerlifting title

    Saturday at Flex Lewis Classic
    NASHVILLE -- Still a novice powerlifter, Lebanon's Hailey "Bug" Barrett picked up some impressive hardware over the weekend at the sixth annual Flex Lewis Pro/Am Classic at the Opryland Hotel.

    A Lebanon High graduate, the 20 year-old Barrett won the Junior Amateur Division Bench Press with a person best of 220-pounds. She also won the overall best lift.

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FISHING -- Lebanon's Boggs catches big payday | Drew Boggs, Daniel Johnson, Mickey Beck, FLW Bass Fishing League,  Old Hickory Lake, fishing, angler,
FISHING -- Lebanon's Boggs catches big payday | Drew Boggs, Daniel Johnson, Mickey Beck, FLW Bass Fishing League,  Old Hickory Lake, fishing, angler,
Boggs
FISHING -- Lebanon's Boggs catches big payday

Saturday on Old Hickory Lake
GALLATIN -- Lebanon's Drew Boggs weighed a five-bass limit totaling 13 pounds, 10 ounces, Saturday to win the fourth FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Music City Division tournament of 2016 on Old Hickory Lake. Boggs took home $3,028 for his victory.

"I went out there and did what I'm most confident in, and that's pitching and flipping shallow cover," said Boggs, who logged his second win of 2016 in BFL competition.

"I hit four creeks with shallow wood near the banks. All of my areas were mid-lake to 15 miles north."

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BASEBALL -- CU lands JC All-American | Austin Sojka, Woody Hunt, Todd Shelton, Cumberland University baseball, Panola Community College, Nick Mira, Hector Morales, Austin Krajnak, Phoenix,
BASEBALL -- CU lands JC All-American

Panola infielder Sojka
Cumberland University's baseball program has landed 2016 NJCAA All-American Austin Sojka, a power hitting infielder from Panola Community College (TX). He will enroll in the fall and have two years of eligibility remaining at CU.

A native of Huntington Beach, CA, Sojka played for former CU assistant Todd Shelton at Panola where the Ponies went 38-19 in 2016.

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TSWA All-Staters named | Tennessee Sports Writers Association, soccer, track  field, bowling, wrestling, District 9-AAA, Wilson Central High, Lebanon High, Mt. Juliet High, Friendship Christian School,
TSWA All-Staters named

Honors for soccer & 9-AAA as well
Closing the books on the 2015-2016 athletic year, the Tennessee Sports Writers Association has announced all-state teams for bowling, wrestling and track & field -- including several local athletes.

Three Wilson Countians were honored in bowling, Lebanon High's Lindsay Manning on the girls side while Donny Turner and Luke Shoulders earned all-state boys accolades.

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MiLB -- Wilkerson has strong debut | Aaron Wilkerson, Colorado Springs Sky Sox, Cumberland University baseball, Milwaukee Brewers, Boston Red Sox,
MiLB -- Wilkerson has strong debut | Aaron Wilkerson, Colorado Springs Sky Sox, Cumberland University baseball, Milwaukee Brewers, Boston Red Sox,
Wilkerson
MiLB -- Wilkerson has strong debut

Sunday with Colorado Springs SkySox
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- Former Cumberland University All-American Aaron Wilkerson had a strong debut on the mound for his new team Sunday, July 10 after being traded last week to the Milwaukee Brewers organization from the Boston Red Sox.

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Dickeson memorial held July 15 | Lane Dickeson, Wilson Central wrestling, Notre Dame College, Wildcats, John Kramer, MTSU wrestling,
Dickeson memorial held July 15 | Lane Dickeson, Wilson Central wrestling, Notre Dame College, Wildcats, John Kramer, MTSU wrestling,
Dickeson
Dickeson memorial held July 15

July 15 at Publix in Providence
Hundreds of friends of the late Lane Dickeson attended a memorial service Friday, July 15 at Publix in Mt. Juliet's Providence Shopping Center.

A 2015 graduate of Wilson Central High and a two-time all-state wrestler, Dickeson, 19, died Sunday, July 10 in a single-car motor accident.

Funeral services were held Thursday evening, July 14 at Cooks United Methodist Church.

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Carney is new WCHS boys coach | Chris Carney, Tyler Brown, Troy Bond, Wilson Central basketball, Wildcats, Portland Panthers, basketball,
Carney is new WCHS boys coach | Chris Carney, Tyler Brown, Troy Bond, Wilson Central basketball, Wildcats, Portland Panthers, basketball,
Carney
Carney is new WCHS boys coach

Former coach at Portland High
As was reported by The Wilson Post last week via Twitter, Wilson Central High Principal Travis Mayfield has hired Portland High basketball coach Chris Carney as his new boys basketball coach.

Carney, 29, replaces Tyler Brown who resigned in June after one season at the Wildcat helm, leading the team to a record of 12-15.

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Two LYB 11-12 teams head to state | Lebanon Youth Baseball, Ozone, Dixie Youth baseball, Lebanon Americans, Lebanon Nationals,
Two LYB 11-12 teams head to state

Nationals go as district champions
Both Lebanon Youth Baseball 11-12 all-star teams have earned berths in the Ozone State tournament which opens Thursday, July 14 in Loretta.

The Lebanon Americans reached the finals of the South District tournament in East Robertson, falling to Springfield 11-5 in the July 4 championship game. Jackson Lea had a pair of hits for the Americans in the loss.

Lebanon reached the championship game with a 15-1 victory over host East Robertson on Sunday.

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Wilkerson traded to Brewers | Aaron Wilkerson, Cumberland University baseball, Boston Red Sox, Pawtucket, Triple A, PawSox, Milwaukee Brewers, Colorado Springs,
Wilkerson traded to Brewers | Aaron Wilkerson, Cumberland University baseball, Boston Red Sox, Pawtucket, Triple A, PawSox, Milwaukee Brewers, Colorado Springs,
Wilkerson
Wilkerson traded to Brewers

Former CU All-American pitcher
Following nearly a week of speculation about the possibility of Aaron Wilkerson being called up to pitch for the Boston Red Sox, the former Cumberland University All-American has been traded to the Milwaukee Brewers.

Wilkerson, 27, and infield prospect Wendel Rijo were sent to the Brewers Wednesday afternoon in exchange for veteran infielder Aaron Hill.

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Kittrell heads to Paralympic Trials | Andrew Kittrell, Paralympic Games, MJCA, Mt. Juliet Christian Academy, Team USA, Endeavor Games, 2016 Summer Paralympics,
Kittrell heads to Paralympic Trials | Andrew Kittrell, Paralympic Games, MJCA, Mt. Juliet Christian Academy, Team USA, Endeavor Games, 2016 Summer Paralympics,
Kittrell
Kittrell heads to Paralympic Trials

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.

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SOFTBALL -- CU signs two JC's | Cumberland University softball, Phoenix, Briah Winchester, Jordan Roberts,
SOFTBALL -- CU signs two JC's | Cumberland University softball, Phoenix, Briah Winchester, Jordan Roberts,
Winchester
SOFTBALL -- CU signs two JC's

Georgia, Illinois natives
Cumberland softball coach Heather Stanfill announced the signing of junior college players Briah Winchester and Jordan Roberts to scholarship papers this week for the 2016-17 academic year.

Roberts batted .347 with eight doubles, 18 home runs, 46 RBIs and 46 runs scored in 58 games this past season at Chattanooga State Community College.

The Conyers, Ga., native added 25 walks for a .441 on-base percentage for a club that finished 45-20 overall in 2016.

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MJ's Marshall Gei summers in NE | Marshall Gei, Mt. Juliet baseball, Golden Bears, Jason Szafarski, Futures League, Seacoast Mavericks,
MJ's Marshall Gei summers in NE | Marshall Gei, Mt. Juliet baseball, Golden Bears, Jason Szafarski, Futures League, Seacoast Mavericks,
Marshal Gei
MJ's Marshall Gei summers in NE

Former all-state catcher for Bears
BROCKTON, MA -- New England has become one of many homes for Mt. Juliet High School alum Marshall Gei.

Gei was born in Tennessee but spent most of his childhood in Georgetown, Kentucky.

He spent two years in Mt. Juliet and now, his family lives in Northern Kentucky.

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Baird hires new football coach | Lee Daniels, Walter H. Baird Middle School, WJB, Eric Lawrence, Tim Chappell, Junior Blue Devils, football, basketball, LSSD,
Baird hires new football coach | Lee Daniels, Walter H. Baird Middle School, WJB, Eric Lawrence, Tim Chappell, Junior Blue Devils, football, basketball, LSSD,
Daniels
Baird hires new football coach

Lee Daniels replaces Lawrence
It didn't take Lee Daniels long to get started as the new football coach at Lebanon's Walter J. Baird Middle School.

Daniels, 45, and a native of Rochelle, GA, met with players and parents last week and began preseason workouts Monday morning.

Daniels, who played nine years of minor league baseball with the Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago White Sox and Atlanta Braves organizations, takes over the football position for Eric Lawrence.

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HOOPS -- WCHS looking for new coach | Tyler Brown, Wilson Central High School, Wildcats, Wilson Central, Troy Bond,
HOOPS -- WCHS looking for new coach | Tyler Brown, Wilson Central High School, Wildcats, Wilson Central, Troy Bond,
Brown
HOOPS -- WCHS looking for new coach

Tyler Brown resigns after one season
GLADEVILLE -- Wilson Central High is in the process of searching for a new boys basketball coach in the wake of Tyler Brown's sudden resignation Monday evening.

WCHS Athletic Director Chip Bevis confirmed Brown's resignation Tuesday, saying, "he called me (Monday) yesterday and told me he is resigning.

"The assistant coaches will continue with everything the team has scheduled for the summer and we will post the job opening as soon as possible."

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PREP SPORTS -- Martin is new LHS AD | Zach Martin, Jim McDowell, Blue Devils, Lebanon High School, Kyle Shipley, Chris Bergeron, Hunter Oldham, Eric Vetetoe, Kyle Mitchell, Brad Mattingly, Mt. Juliet High, wrestling, baseball, Devilettes,
PREP SPORTS -- Martin is new LHS AD | Zach Martin, Jim McDowell, Blue Devils, Lebanon High School, Kyle Shipley, Chris Bergeron, Hunter Oldham, Eric Vetetoe, Kyle Mitchell, Brad Mattingly, Mt. Juliet High, wrestling, baseball, Devilettes,
Martin
PREP SPORTS -- Martin is new LHS AD

New coaches come on board
LEBANON -- Veteran Blue Devil assistant basketball coach Zach Martin has been named Athletic Director at Lebanon High by Principal Scott Walters.

Martin, a Smith County High graduate, takes over the position for Darian Brown, who will work as an assistant principal at Watertown High this fall.

Martin earned his Bachelors Degree from Middle Tennessee State University. He has been coaching for twelve years, the last five years at Lebanon.

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BASEBALL -- Smith signs with D-backs | Kyle Smith, Vanderbilt baseball, Mark Purvis, Mt. Juliet Golden Bears, Mt. Juliet baseball, baseball, TSWA, all-state
BASEBALL -- Smith signs with D-backs | Kyle Smith, Vanderbilt baseball, Mark Purvis, Mt. Juliet Golden Bears, Mt. Juliet baseball, baseball, TSWA, all-state
Kyle Smith
BASEBALL -- Smith signs with D-backs

Former MJHS all-stater
Mt. Juliet High's former two-time all-state baseball player Kyle Smith signed as an undrafted free agent with the Arizona Diamondbacks earlier this week.

Called by Golden Bear head coach Mark Purvis, "the best power hitter I ever coached," Smith spent the past four seasons at Vanderbilt battling injury.

"As a pitcher, he threw 88-92 mph for us," Purvis said.

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