Today is Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Stephen Pryor traded to Twins Stephen Pryor traded to Twins

FORMER FCS PITCHING STANDOUT
The Minnesota Twins announced Thursday afternoon, July 24 that they have traded designated hitter Kendrys Morales to the Seattle Mariners for reliever Stephen Pryor.

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  • Stephen Pryor traded to Twins Stephen Pryor traded to Twins

    FORMER FCS PITCHING STANDOUT
    The Minnesota Twins announced Thursday afternoon, July 24 that they have traded designated hitter Kendrys Morales to the Seattle Mariners for reliever Stephen Pryor.

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  • Former MJ ace hired at USC-Upstate Former MJ ace hired at USC-Upstate

    Kenzie Roark will coach pitchers
    Spartanburg, S.C. -- Former Mt. Juliet High all-stater and Virginia Tech record setter Kenzie Roark has been hired as the pitching coach for the University of South Carolina Upstate Spartans.
        
    Born in Nashville, Roark grew up in Mt. Juliet. She graduated from Mt. Juliet High and helped lead the Lady Bears to two state runner-up finishes.

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  • LBA 12U Americans earn state crown LBA 12U Americans earn state crown

    NEXT UP, "O" ZONE WORLD SERIES
    SWEETWATER -- Powered by 12 hits and three homers, the Lebanon Americans rolled to a 13-0 win over their rival Lebanon Americans in Tuesday’s championship game of the 12U Dixie “O” Zone State Tournament at the Sweetwater Recreation Complex.
        
    The all-Lebanon final came on the heels of Sunday’s 1-0 win by the Lebanon Lions over Putnam County in the championship game of the 15U Babe Ruth State Tournament -- giving the Baird Park Complex two state crowns.

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  • TSWA honors seven local athletes TSWA honors seven local athletes

    Seven Wilson County high school athletes have been recognized as all-state in their respective sports by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association.
        
    Among the honorees are:

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  • CU signee rehabs from knee injury CU signee rehabs from knee injury

    Uphill battles are nothing new for Cumberland University football signee Chris Hale.
        
    The all-time leading rusher (4,256 yards) in the 11-year history of Eagleville High School is once again putting his nose to the grindstone hoping to be ready for the opening of fall camp.

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Wilson Co. sports in brief

Special Olympics social set July 27
Special Olympics of Wilson County is hosting a welcome back social for any athletes interested in participating in basketball, bocce or swimming. Anyone willing to help with Special Olympics please join the fun too. The social will be held 2-4 p.m. Sunday, July 27 at Don Fox Park. Athletes should bring snacks to share.
Contact Melody Engle at 615-517-0317 with any questions.

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Greg Armstrong wins 500K race

SAND MOUNTAIN, AL -- Taking extreme running to a completely different level, Friendship Christian School cross-country coach Greg Armstrong won the Vol State 500K early Monday morning, running some 314 miles in a little over three days.

A high school teacher at FCS, Armstrong is an ultra-marathon runner / iron-man triathlete and is the founder of Run 4 Water -- an effort to provide clean drinking water to undeveloped nations.

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Meador, Hubbuch earn TBCA honors

Three summers ago, Dusty Meador and Kyle Hubbuch were teammates on the Wilson County Coyotes -- a 15U travel team coached by Jason Franklin.
    
Today the pair find themselves on the same roster again, only this time it’s the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association all-state team.

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CU signee rehabs from knee injury
CU signee rehabs from knee injury

Uphill battles are nothing new for Cumberland University football signee Chris Hale.
    
The all-time leading rusher (4,256 yards) in the 11-year history of Eagleville High School is once again putting his nose to the grindstone hoping to be ready for the opening of fall camp.

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Purvis returns as MJ baseball coach
Purvis returns as MJ baseball coach

An announcement was made Tuesday, July 15 naming Mark Purvis as head baseball coach at Mt. Juliet High.
    
Purvis, who was the coach of the Golden Bears for 13 seasons prior to stepping down in June of 2012, will take over for the man who replaced him -- Jim Carter.

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Eddie McDaniels inks with Cumberland
Eddie McDaniels inks with Cumberland
Eddie McDaniels
Eddie McDaniels inks with Cumberland

Eddie McDaniels has decided to specialize. A versatile, multi-sport athlete at Lebanon High who earned 10 varsity letters in his four-year career, signed paperwork Wednesday morning to play baseball with hometown Cumberland University.
    
McDaniels, son of Missy Reeder, played baseball and basketball all four years for the Blue Devils before deciding to play football as a senior and a junior.

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Committee stalls CU's DII application

INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA announced on Friday the decisions reached by the Division II Membership Committee on applications for NCAA Division II candidacy.

The Great Midwest Athletic Conference sponsored two institutions for candidacy in 2014-15, Georgetown College and Cumberland University.

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Criswell to coach FB at Winfree Bryant
Criswell to coach FB at Winfree Bryant
Jody Criswell
Criswell to coach FB at Winfree Bryant

LEBANON -- Winfree Bryant Middle School Principal Becky Kegley announced late Tuesday the hiring of Jody Criswell as the new football coach of the Aviators.

Criswell, a native of West Tennessee who played for NAIA semifinalists Lambuth University in 1996, takes over for Jeramy Ezell who resigned last month to take a position at Lipscomb Academy in Nashville.

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Inman earns another HoF berth
Inman earns another HoF berth
Larry Inman
Inman earns another HoF berth

Former Lebanon and Mt. Juliet High girls basketball coach Larry Inman has been inducted into the Blue Raider Athletic Hall of Fame at Middle Tennessee State University.
    
The head coach at Tennessee State University for the past two years, Inman and his wife Bobbie Gene presently make their home in Wilson County, just off Highway 70.

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Holy Moses, CU inks Ugandan RB

Relatively new to this country, Moses Cornelius has found the game of American football much to his liking.

So much so that the record-breaking back from Antioch High will be continuing his education and gridiron career at Lebanon’s Cumberland University this fall.

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Brittany Harry to lead CU volleyball
Brittany Harry to lead CU volleyball
Brittany Harry
Brittany Harry to lead CU volleyball

Veteran junior college coach Brittany Harry has been hired to take over the volleyball program at Cumberland University.

Harry, head coach at Vincennes University in Indiana for the past three seasons, takes over a CU program headed by Dewayne Deering for the past 26 years.

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Chris Hall will play at UT in 2015
Chris Hall will play at UT in 2015
Chris Hall
Chris Hall will play at UT in 2015

Lebanon native Chris Hall has accepted a scholarship offer to continue his baseball career and education at the University of Tennessee.
    
Hall, a second team NAIA All-American at Cumberland University in 2014, will be eligible to play immediately for the Vols.

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Vetetoe will coach Blue Devil baseball
Vetetoe will coach Blue Devil baseball
Eric Vetetoe
Vetetoe will coach Blue Devil baseball

Trousdale County High baseball coach Eric Vetetoe will be the new head baseball coach at Lebanon High School.

A member of Cumberland University’s 2010 NAIA National Championship team, Vetetoe takes over for Tony Long who guided the Blue Devils to a 2014 record of 11-19 in his only season on the job.

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Nationals top Americans 5-4

Both 12U teams are state bound
Played before a jam-packed audience in the Baird Park Complex after earlier rounds were held in Coopertown, the contest basically decided nothing more than seedings as both LYBA squads will advance to the July 17 state tournament scheduled for Sweetwater.

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LYBA teams win sub-district titles

Perhaps there’s another showdown in the future for Lebanon’s two entries in the Dixie Youth O-Zone 12U all-star teams.
    
In its first year of operation, the Lebanon Youth Baseball Association sent two all-stars into postseason play in 2013 and as it turned out, the American and National squads rolled through their respective tournaments and finished second and third at the state level.

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