East Nashville and Pearl Cohn basketball teams finish season strong at TSSAA State tournament


Murphy Center, the unique gymnasium on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University has been the host  to the TSSAA Boys State Basketball tournament consecutively for the last thirty years. For any basketball team to reach this arena is an honor.

East Nashville Magnet High School and Pearl Cohn High School both made the road trip to Murfreesboro to compete in the state tournament. East Eagles finished their season in the semi-finals losing to a ever-present powerhouse, Fulton High school.

Fulton led as much as 17 in the first half. Head Coach Jim Fay found himself in an unfamiliar territory with four players in foul trouble, three of the players starters,  as they went to locker room at the end of the first half.

The Eagles came out determined to their fans a game shaving the lead to 4 in the 4th quarter. Tara’s Carter, a key starter and one of only two returning players from last season fouled out early after only playing 14 minutes. Carter typically 27 minutes a game. Joshua Cole sat on the bench most of the 3rd quarter with four fouls.

Fey stated in the pos-game interview that he was proud of “how the players fought back to cut the defi

cit to 4 points. I thought we had a chance to win it but Fulton’s defense is really solid. We had too many mistakes and turnovers trying to break the press and ended up not having as many looks at the basket as we should have.”

When asked what he would tell the incoming freshman about this experience next year, Caleb Grimes said, “We are not going to forget this feeling we have right now. Losing is the worst feeling and we are going to use that for vengeance next season.”



Pearl Cohn moves from the bottom of the standings in the 17-18 year to play in the TSSAA State Quarterfinal

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Pearl Cohn High School has had, arguably, the greatest growth of a Metro Nashville Public School athletic team for this school year 2018-2019, moving from last place in the 2017-18 season to winning their region in 2018-19.  Pearl Cohn went on to advance to the quarter-finals where they took on Brainerd on Wednesday of the TSSAA Boys State Basketball tournament.

As a game, it did not disappoint except that Brainerd was able to squeak by with the win, 76-73. It took two quarters for nervousness to settle down and for the Firebirds to come out and play their game.

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With 10 lead changes in the first half, the Brainerd Panthers came out of the locker room modifying its zone defense. Brained  utilized the full court press garnering 4 steals, and a Ciante Chaney, to send the Panthers on a  12-0 run.

But the Firebirds were not going to die a quiet death. They rallied in the fourth, and climbed back into the game until Miquan Tucker’s 3-pointer with 1:48 remaining tied the game.

Twenty seconds later, Pearl Cohn again tied the score, but Owten answered with a layup. Brained went on to win, 76-73 and advanced to the Semi-final round.


East Nashville High School stays focused to beat Howard High School, 78-75

East Nashville High School advances to the TSSAA Basketball Semi-finals held at the Murphy Center on the campus of MTSU in Murfreesboro, TN beating Howard High School 78-75. East led the majority of the first 21 minutes of the game but Howard fought to stay in the game shaving an Eagles lead of 10 points to move ahead at 3:23 in the fourth quarter.

From there the Eagles and the Tigers traded leads and at 58 seconds left in the game, East converted a Howard turnover and forced a offensive rebound to put the Eagles up 5 with 28 seconds left in the game. Howard found another level of pressure and forced East to turn the ball over by disallowing an inbound shot. Scoring on that turnover, East had to find an open man and hold on to the ball.

Howard was left to foul East, putting them on the line. Tara’s Carter missed the first two foul shots but redeemed himself with a strong close making the shots of the game, both from the charity stripe.

East had four players in double digits which Head Coach of the Eagles, Jim Fey, said was key to the win. “At any given time I have 3 players who can step up and hit double digits, to have four players is a testament to how much they wanted this win.”

The Eagles are a young team graduating all five starting seniors. Caleb Grimes stated, “Seniors had the majority of playing time last year, and even though we all (referring to the whole team) were on the team, we really didn’t gel and bond until this year. We are like brothers now. ”

Noteworthy: Howard had four players in double digits…Kerrick Thorne 17…Dewayne Lawry 14…..Marquez Williams 13….Calvin James 12

East will play Fulton at 10:00 am Murphy Center on campus of MTSU Friday March 15th. Fulton beat Mitchell in overtime, 44-41


AD Hancock – Walter Nipper Awards handed out to Davidson County Athletes Wednesday

L-R: Roosevelt Sanders, MNPS Athletic Director; Hancock-Nipper award recipient, Darian Williams and Darian’s mother, Mrs. William

Hillsboro High School athlete, Darian Williams wins the 2019 AD Handcock – Walter Nipper Sportsmanship Award

John Wooden said once, “Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation.Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”

Wednesday, Nashville Civilian Club, an organization devoted decades of work to the development of character of young people through the Greater-Nashville community presented what many recognize as one of the finest awards a young man or woman can receive – the AD Hancock-Walter Nipper Sportsmanship Awards.

The Hancock-Nipper Sportsmanship Award is presented annually to high school athletes from Davidson County region champion (or better) who not only possesses outstanding athletic abilities but also embodies a moral character and has demonstrated sportsmanship throughout his or her athletic career.

The award is named after two long-time members of the Nashville City Civitan Club: A.D. Hancock, a highly-respected administrator and Walter Nipper, owner of Nashville Sporting Goods, who contributed much to the Nashville community.

The recipients of the Hancock-Nipper awards are determined by coach vote and given to those who display true character on and off the field and a dedication to sportsmanship.

These awardees are exemplar examples of the culture that athletics can contribute to a school environment.

Left to Right: Bryce McCormick, CPA; Tyshawn Boyd, Maplewood; Darian Jones, Pearl-Cohn; Darian Williams, Hillsboro; Michael Reese, Cane Ridge; Not Pictured – Da’Joun Hewitt, Davidson Academy (photo Mike Strasinger)

Darian Williams, a two-sport athlete who just finished competing at the TSSAA State Wrestling Tournament is the 2019 Hillsboro High School Nipper Awardee. He is a student of the Audio, Visual and Broadcasting pathway of the Academy of International Business and Communications.

The Nashville City Civilian Club presented its 2018- 2019 A.D. Hancock/Walter Nipper  Sportsmanship awards Wednesday at Swett’s Restaurant, a tradition every year.

Other Davidson County award recipients are: Bryce McCormick, CPA; Tyshawn Boyd, Maplewood; Darian Jones, Pearl-Cohn; Darian Williams, Hillsboro; Michael Reese, Cane Ridge; and Da’Joun Hewitt, Davidson Academy.

We recognize this group of young student-athletes that have displayed true character, dedication and sportsmanship all while playing the sport of basketball,” Nashville Metro Schools Athletic Director Roosevelt Sanders said.


A common theme emerges as coaches and players share thoughts on National Signing Day 2019

East Nashville high School Signees L-R Jalen Knight, Anthony Collier, Jason Watkins, Jaylun Davis, Stanley Cross, and Rondarius Gregory

One of the most exciting moments for a student-athlete and his or her family is receiving a verbal scholarship offer. Years of hard work have led to this moment. However, nothing is official until an athlete signs his or her National Letter of Intent (NLI.)

On Wednesday, February 6th, high schools in Metro Nashville Public Schools held the annual  National Signing Day. 

This is a day many athletes dream of becoming a reality.

While many athletes signed during the early period, MNPS had forty-four athletes sign their official National Letter of Intent. This first step is just the beginning, and was described by Coach Jamaal Stewart as “here the real work begins.”

Not every school uses the NLI—about 650 NCAA DI and DII schools—and it’s not mandatory to sign. Yet if an athlete has worked throughout high school and often longer the NLI have become a one of the first “graduation” moments high schools experience. It is often a celebration with cake and punch where athletes are surrounded by both family, team mates and friends.

Maplewood Signees L-R : Rashawn Dalton, Carl Birdsong, Clint Dowdy, and Travares Springer

What is National Signing Day?

The National Letter of Intent is not affiliated directly with the NCAA; it was created by the Collegiate Commissioners Association to protect both the college and student from either party backing out. Athletes are able to sign Letters of Intent  several different times through out the school year including an early signing period and the regular signing period. Typically the National Signing Day takes place on the first Wednesday of February.

Starting this school year (2018-19), significant updates to the process of signing changes with new rules that are intended to speed up the timeline for seniors.  “In the past, there was an early signing period (usually in November) followed by a break over the holidays (dead period) before signing NLIs resumed in the spring during the regular signing period.” (ncsasports.com).

Fall athletes in 2018 outside of football and men’s and women’s D1 basketball players can begin signing scholarships on November 14, 2018 and continue to sign anytime through August 1, 2019.

While much of the recruiting process happens long before November of your senior year, the fact that athletes will be ending their recruiting by signing NLIs earlier means recruiting in the lower divisions will likely speed up as well.

In the past, NCAA D2, D3 and NAIA schools would wait for D1 programs to complete their recruiting classes before ramping up their signings. Now that D1 schools will be completing their signings earlier, expect all other division levels to be busy over the holidays and early in 2019 instead of mid to late spring.

Hume Fogg Volleyball Signees: Ellie Buffler, volleyball, Trevecca
Kendall Bullock, volleyball, Tennessee State
Ava Smithing, volleyball, Stevens Institute of Technology

“Be grateful, be flexible and keep the excellent student attitude we as coaches have expected you to have  in the classroom and on the field” stated Head Coach Maurice Fitzgerald of Hillsboro High School in his speech to players and family members  at the afternoon signing. “Remember  that h attitude is everything when is comes to moving on to the next level. Attitude is everything and never forget that the word ‘student’ comes before the word ‘athlete’ when you decide to define yourself as a student-athlete. 

Fitzgerald further explained how few athletes have this opportunity to use a talent to further their education. ” Only 1% of high school students playing football in high school are able to sit at a table in front of family and friends” and sign a letter of intent to play for a post secondary school, be it Power 5 or a junior college.

This theme was echoed at every signing that happened through the day. Choosing a school as a recruit is harder than many may know. Cane Ridge High School’s Devon Starling was asked about how hard the process of making this decision can be during the recruiting process.  “Central Arkansas had interest in me but they wanted me too play defense and I feel in my heart that I am a running back. Memphis University kept telling me they were going to find a way to get me in school as a preferred walk on and at running back.”

The NSD event can be either solemn, casual or intimate with coaches sharing insider stories about their players. Clint Dowdy, of Stratford High School was more sure of his decision because the process came down to how the school listened to him and his parents. Choosing a school as a recruit is harder than many may know. “I knew from my first official visit at Tennessee State University that this is where I wanted to not only play football, but also attend classes. Coaches showed both me and my family a lot of love.”

Perhaps the most moving moments at NSD events comes when players are given an opportunity to share in front of their audiences. Players thank coaches, share their appreciation they have for all the coaches have done for them.

Signing a contract is often thought to be the most important but these moments of honesty and gratitude inevitably moving and memorable.

Below are the players from Metro Nashville Public Schools who participated on National Signing Day class of 2019.

Antioch High School 

AJ Williams – Bethel University

Cane Ridge High School

Devon Starling– University of Memphis (Preferred Walk On)

Jacquez Norman– Tulane University

Joy Kabelu– Shorter University

Devon Turner – Grandview University

East Nashville High School

Anthony Collier, Miami University (OH)

Stanley Cross, Iowa Central Community College *^*

Jaylun Davis, Defiance College (OH)

Rondarius Gregory, Northern Illinois University (Preferred Walk-On)

Jalen Knight, San Diego Mesa CC (CA)

Jashon Watkins, University of Memphis

Hillsboro High School

Malachi Jackson – University of the Cumberlands*^*

Harold Jemison– Tennessee State University

Theronne Orr- Lindsey Wilson

Nate Ramirez-University of The Cumberlands

Darius Smith-Jireh Preparatory Academy

Chance Williams-University of the CumberlandsC

Hillwood High School 

Ellie Smith – Maryville College, Soccer

Eric Kinnard – Victor Valley College, Football

Hume Fogg High School (Hillwood HS team)

Avery Bass – Victor Valley College

Erie Lawrence – Victor Valley College

Ellie Buffler, volleyball, Trevecca

Kendall Bullock, volleyball, Tennessee State

Ava Smithing, volleyball, Stevens Institute of Technology

Maplewood High School

Carl Birdsong – University of the Cumberlands

Rashawn Dalton-Bethel University

Clint Dowty-TSU early Signee

Travares Springer-WKU early Signee

Pearl Cohn High School 

Jayden Harrison – Vanderbilt

Mayson Harris – Tennessee State University

Darian Jones – Bethal University

Darryl Rogan – Austin Peay State University

Xavier Sheppard – Kennesaw State University

Elijah Simmons – Tennessee

Darius Willis – Lindsey Wilson University

Stratford High School

Samuel Buckner – Victor Valley Community College

Calvin Farmer – Victor Valley Community College

Jaalon Gupton – Tennessee State University

Rod Reed – Eastern Kentucky University

Queen Robinson,  – North Dakota State College of Science

On’Terrius Smith  – Victor Valley Community College

Tomory Stephens- Cumberland University

Deairrus Waller  – Cumberland University





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Questar to bid for new testing contract with Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The company that administers Tennessee’s problem-plagued student assessment testing program says it still plans on throwing its hat in the ring to secure a new state contract so they can continue overseeing the same service in the fall.

Officials with Questar Assessment Inc. confirmed this week their plans to participate in the bidding process. The announcement comes just a few weeks after both state auditors and top education officials largely pointed to the company as the key culprit for the longtime failures of the TNReady test.

“Questar Assessment is planning to bid for the TNReady contract,” said Questar Assessment Chief Operating Officer Brad Baumgartner, in a Thursday statement. “We believe we have the right people and processes in place to best serve the state of Tennessee.”

Questar added that it “does not agree with several of the Tennessee comptroller’s findings,” but the company says it appreciated being included in the audit process.

Last year, Gov. Bill Haslam said the state plans on contracting with a new vendor and is currently preparing the contracting process.

Shortly after, auditors released a lengthy report in December that held both the state and Questar accountable for failing to monitor and evaluate the testing program. However, the audit specifically pointed to Questar for failing to adequately staff customer support and the decision to switch its text-to-speech software which resulted in not only lengthy testing disruptions, but also led officials to briefly speculate the system was experiencing a cyberattack.

“We believe we have the right people and processes in place to best serve the state of Tennessee.” -Questar Assessment Chief Operating Officer Brad Baumgartner”

Baumgartner says Questar has since improved its “outbound” communication with state and school district staff and its customer support centers will continue to be properly staffed. The company says it also never indicated that a “cyberattack was certain.”

Additionally, fall testing that occurred late last year was deemed a success by both the state and Questar due to the lack of disruptions and technology challenges.

Tennessee Department of Education spokeswoman Sara Gast declined to comment to Questar’s response, saying the agency had already addressed the audit

At the time, Gast said “Questar’s performance was the root of the issues we experienced this spring.”

In 2016, the state cancelled its five-year $108 million contract with a testing company because of repeated failures, including the inability of students to get online to take the tests and later with problems getting paper assessments shipped to schools on time.

Then in 2017, state officials announced that nearly 10,000 of the tests were scored incorrectly. The following year, lawmakers scrambled during the final days of the legislative session to pass last-minute legislation ensuring no students, teachers or schools suffered as a result of repeated failures with the state assessment test.

That’s because state law says teachers must be evaluated partly based on the tests, as well as students and schools.

Questar Assessment Inc. Responds to TN Comptroller Report

Minneapolis, MN, January 3, 2019 — Questar Assessment Inc. is committed to serving Tennessee, its teachers, students, and parents. Following the 2018 Spring administration of TNReady, Questar Assessment hired an outside firm to perform a comprehensive review of its processes. Questar immediately implemented several recommendations and will continue to implement others prior to the 2019 Spring administration.

“We understand the frustration with TNReady testing last spring,” says Questar Assessment Chief Operating Officer Brad Baumgartner. “We have a long history of successfully serving our customers, and we look forward to continuing those partnerships in the future.”

While Questar does not agree with several of the Tennessee Comptroller’s findings, we appreciate the thorough nature of the audit and inclusion in the process.

“Questar has always held the position that the pattern of data discovered during Spring TNReady administration was consistent with what could have been an attack, but we did not at any time indicate that a cyberattack was certain,” Baumgartner says.

In response to the Comptroller’s finding that Questar Assessment was not adequately staffed during testing, Questar has implemented a process to improve outbound communication with state and district staff should an event of this nature occur in the future.

“Because we had never experienced an issue of this magnitude, we had not developed appropriate outbound communication channels that would have better informed state and district staff. These channels are now in place, thanks to the work of the Tennessee Department of Education and Questar. Our centers will continue to be properly staffed for any additional questions,” Baumgartner says.

Fall testing has been successfully completed, and Questar is focused on the production and distribution of reports. Students across Tennessee took more than 72,000 tests, and the Tennessee Department of Education reported a smooth testing experience across all districts.

“We are not standing still. Questar Assessment is committed to continually advancing our processes, technology, and security,” Baumgartner says. “We look forward to serving Tennessee teachers and students this spring with the best testing experience possible.”

About Questar Assessment Inc.

Questar Assessment Inc. is a K–12 assessment solutions provider focused on building a bridge between learning and accountability. As a wholly-owned, independently-operated subsidiary of Educational Testing Service (ETS), Questar Assessment shares a belief that better measurement solutions can make a positive impact on education. Questar Assessment takes a fresh and innovative approach to design, delivery, scoring, analysis, and reporting. The company is reimagining how assessments can empower educators by giving them the insights they need to improve instruction and fully prepare students for college or career. The company’s high-quality, reliable assessment products and services are easily scaled and tailored to meet the specific needs of states and districts at an unprecedented valued. Educators trust Questar Assessment’s high-performing teams and dependable technology to minimize risks and ensure success for states, districts, schools, and students. Questar Assessment Inc. is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Learn more at questarai.com.

Funeral set for Lebanon High grad adds to 2018 Wilson County teen shooting deaths

Services are scheduled Friday for a 2018 Lebanon High School graduate and member of College Hills Church of Christ who died after he was shot on Sunday, according to police.

Cameron Sean Luke Griffith, 19, is the most recent teenager killed in Wilson County from suspected gunfire in recent months. Griffith was driven to a Discount Tobacco store on North Cumberland Street, confronted by multiple people and then shot, according to statements made to police.

Mt. Juliet High School student JayShawn Taylor, 16, died after he was shot on Nov. 15, around the 200 block NW Clearview Drive in Wilson County, according to police. A 15-year-old was arrested in the case.

Jacob Ethan Doughten, 19, and a 15-year-old boy were both killed from gunfire on April 15, at a Pilot gas station on Murfreesboro Road in Lebanon, which investigators believe occurred during a robbery attempt as multiple people met for a drug transaction.

Griffith wanted to enlist in the Navy this spring, according to his older brother Brantly Cox, 30. Music, video games and the Dallas Cowboys were all interests for Griffith, his brother said.

“He had the biggest heart of anyone I’ve ever known,” Cox said. “He’d always help me with stuff, whether it was something small like putting a bed together for one of my kids … He was easygoing, laid back. He’d help anyone, he had the best heart.”

Lebanon police have not released further information on Griffith’s death or announced any suspects.

A $1,000 reward is offered to anyone with information that leads to the conviction of anyone involved in the shooting, according to the department’s Facebook page.

Visitation for Griffith will be 2-7 p.m., Friday at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, 241 W. Main Street, Lebanon. The funeral service is scheduled immediately after at 7 p.m., also at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

A private interment will be at Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Three suspects are charged in the case.


Metro Coaches Hall of Fame inducts two and honors All City Metro football teams


Metro City Coaches Hall of Fame and Metro All-city Awards

The 34th Annual Metro Nashville Football Coaches Association presented the 2018 the Inductees into the Metro Football Coach’s Hall of Fame, the All-City team and honorable mention team members and inducted two new members into the Metro Nashville Football Coaches Hall of Fame Thursday, December 6, 2018.

Steve Peden, assistant coach (40 years)  and Buddy Brown (36 years), Metro coach were presented a trophy to a full house of coaches and players who gathered at the Maxwell House Millennial  Hotel to dine on a fine meal and socialize in setting other than a football field.

At the annual 35th Coaches Hall of Fame 12.7.18 trophy presented to 2018 Inductee, Buddy Brown, by Roosevelt Sanders, Athletic Director for Metro Schools at the Maxwell House Hotel. (Photo by Terrianna Carter)

Pearl Cohn’s Ninth Grade Football Team was honored as the 9th Grade City Champion with the City Gold Ball Trophy, their third time in a row, It has an engraved plaque of each year’s winner on it and is on display at the winning school for a year until presented at the next season’s banquet.

Other special awards include a presentation of the Coach of the Year Award to Eddie Woods, Head Coach of Cane Ridge High School. This was his third time to win the award.

Below are the special awards given to the honorees Thursday night. Awards were given to each player by the Athletic Directo of MNPS, Roosevelt Sanders. The banquet was sponsored by Coca Cola.

Special Awards 3A – 4A


BoBo Hodges – Maplewood

Special Team MVP

Rondarius Gregory – East

Offensive MVP

Xavier Shephard – Pearl

Defensive MVP

Elijah Simmons – Pearl


 Jaalon Gumpton – Stratford

Coach of the Year

Arcentae Broome – Maplewood

Special Awards 5A – 6A


Devon Starling – Cane Ridge

Special Team MVP

Erick Ramirez – Cane Ridge

Offensive MVP

Hale Page – Hillwood

Defensive MVP

Lamar Childress – McGavock


Steven Losoya – Overton

Coach of the Year

Eddie Woods – Cane Ridge


High Schools

All City Members

Honorable Mention


Joe Honeysucker – DL/ Sr.

Donald Fitzgerald – OL / Sr.

Darius Smith – QB/ Sr.

Brian Covington – RB/ Jr.

Jalen Macon – QB / Soph


Samari Burns – WR/DB; Sr.

David Jefferson – RB; Sr.

Aran Mohamad-Ali – OL; Sr.

Micah Kimble – DB; Sr.

Chris Washington – OL; Jr.

Whites Creek

Cameron Davis  – QB; Fr.

Zach Drake – WR; Jr

Deshae Griffin – WR; Jr.


Makell Smith – ATH/Sr.

Travares Springer – DB/Sr.

Clint Dowty- DL/ Sr.

Harlen Zirker- DL/ Sr.

Kendrell Scurry- WR/ Sr

Gerrick Evans –  DB/ Sr

Chris Jordan – OL / Sr.

Hunters Lane

Markelle Beasley OL/LB; Jr

Sid Souksangouane K; Sr.

JaDonte Hodges – WR/DB Jr.


Antione Williams – WR/ Sr.

Monty Thomas – DL/ Sr.

Mark Thomas – DL/ Sr.


Ricardo Ruiz – OL / Sr.

Damien Patterson – RB/ Sr.

Rishad Petrus- WR/ Sr.

Olenx Moise – DB/ Sr.


Miller Baker – TE/ Sr.

Kyle Carder – WR / Sr.

Eric Kinnard – WR / Sr.


Jashon Watkins – DB/ Sr.

Jaylun Davis – DL/ Sr.

Stanley Cross – DB/ Sr.

Arondai Thompson – QB/ Jr.

Anthony Collier – DL/ Sr.

Pearl Cohn

Jayden Harrison – WR / Sr.

Mayson Harris – OL/ Sr.

Deshaun Wade – DL/ Jr.

William Griffin –  OL / Soph

Kwame Hayes – DB/ Sr.

Darryl Rogan – DL/ Sr.

Kyndrich Breedlove – RB/ Soph.


James Moore- RB / Jr.

Quasean Robinson – OL/ Sr.

Deairrus Waller – OL Sr.

Tomory Stephens – LB / Sr.

Cane Ridge

Jaquez Norman – RB/  Sr.

Michael Reese – OL/ Jr.

Quenton Barnes- WR/ Soph.

Kenneth Allen – OL/ Jr.

Korey Andrews – QB/ Sr.

Theo Chisom – LB/ Sr.

Odannie Hall – DB/ Sr.


Harley Tyler-Neal – LB/ Sr.

Ronnie Hill – QB/ Sr.

Jailen Wawa – LB/ Sr.

Shemar Kirk – RB / Sr.

The 75th Hume Award winner will be announced Wednesday, Dec. 5

Dr. Jesse Register and KeShawn Vaughn, Hume Award Winner (Photo Mike Strasinger)

On Wednesday, December 5, 2018, Tennessee’s longest running scholar-athlete award will be presented to the 76th winner of the Hume Award. The award is given to those young men who exhibit excellence in sportsmanship, scholarship, and football ability.

Being nominated as a finalist of the Hume Award is an honor like no other high school award. Each Metro Nashville Public School that fields a football team send in a nominee that has been chosen by criteria that matches the mission of the civic organizations who now sponsor the award.

When one becomes one of the five finalist of the Hume Award, these young men will join a rare group of of former Hume nominees who understand that it is an honor to make the cut of five.

One of this year’s nominees be it Joseph Honeysucker, Hale Page, Sid Souksangouane, or Devon Starling will join the previous 75 and will become 76th Hume scholar-athlete to have his name inscribed on the historic trophy. The Hume Trophy is held on display at the school of the winner and is displayed for until the next award ceremony.

The Class of 2018 finalists and semi-finalists have been announced:

 2018 – 2019 NOMINEES 

Hume Award Finalists for the Class of 2017.  L to R – Jacob Daniel King, Overton; Jaylan Aloysius Cranberry, Pearl-Cohn/MLK; Brian Darnell Thompson Jr., East Nashville; James Tyler Murphy, Glencliff; Jared Deon McCray, Cane Ridge – Photos by Mike Strasinger


School               Nominee               Coach                Executive Principal

Antioch High School:      Nestor Noe Corea,     Michael Head,            Dr. Clarissa Zellars 

 Cane Ridge High School:   Devon Starling,***   Eddie Woods,   Dr. Michel Sanchez 

 East Nashville High School:      Rondarius Dejuan Gregory,   Brian Waite,    Dr. James Jenkins  

Glencliff High School:      Ricardo Jose Ruiz Machado,    Monroe Thigpen,   Clint Wilson 

Hillsboro High School:    Joseph Honeysucker***   Maurice Fitzgerald,   Dr. Shuler Pelham 

Hillwood/Hume-Fogg  High Schools:     Hale Page***   Kurt Page,   Stephen Sheaffer 

Hunters Lane High School:     Sid Souksangouane***   Thomas McPhail,   Dr. Susan Kessler

Maplewood High School:     Clinton B. Dowty III,   Arsenate Broome,   Dr. Kelly Jones-Mason 

McGavock High School:     Eduardo Villalobos,  Jay Gore,   Robbin Wall  

Overton High School:     Aran Mohamad-Ali,   Steve Williams,   Dr. Jill Pittman 

Pearl-Cohn/M. L. King Jr High Schools .:     Jayden Harrison***   Tony Brunetti,   Dr. Miriam Harrington 

Stratford High School:      Calvin Farmer Jr.,   Thomas Porter,   Michael Steele  

Whites Creek High School:      Franklin Russell Griggs,   Clifton Davis,   Dr. James Bailey  


Hume Award History

In 1944, while he was watching a football game between two team s at West High School, Mr. William Hume who at the time, was a prominent Nashville attorney and civic leader, sparked a conversation with the Superintendent of Nashville City Schools Mr. W.A. Bass.

Mr. Hume envisioned an award for the talented young men who play football for Nashville City Schools. This idea intrigued Mr. Bass and thus became the Hume Award. When the Nashville City Schools and Davidson County School systems merged into the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools System, those schools were included in the eligibility for the award.

Recipients of this award receive a plaque and a trophy which rotates to each winner’s school the year they accept the award. When Mr. Hume passed away, his wife Mrs. Hume loyally carried out his legacy and set up a trust fund in his name that has continuously provided the award to the winners.

D.J. Thorpe, Cane Ridge High School’s first ever Hume Award winner.

Each Metro school submits a nominee that is chosen by the executive principal and head football coach based on the player’s scholarship, talent and overall value to their team. Then, a committee made up of representatives of the host civic group, the president of Secondary Schools Principals Association, the president of the Middle Tennessee Football Officials Association, and the sports writers that cover high school football chose the five finalists and the overall winner from the group of selected nominees.

Since 1944, there have been 75 winners of this award and out of those, Overton High school has had fourteen winners, the most of any current high school. (Jack Chandler, 1974-75; Terry Corn, ‘77-’78; Chris Kennedy, ‘78-’79; Gary Kimball, ‘79-’80; Mike Beckham, ‘81-’82; Keith Victory, ‘83-’84; Bobby J. Griggs Jr., ‘92-’93; Jason Hamilton, ‘94-’95; Nate Daniel, ‘97-’98; Jacob Coleman, 2002-2003; Bryan John Hartzell, ‘08-’09; Andrew C. Montgomery, ‘10-’11; Jeffery Brandon Orr, ‘12-’13; and Kevin D. Scott 13-14 .)

Previous Hillsboro Burros who are a member of this selective group include: David Lee Parker 1991-92; Timothy Gray, 2001-02;

Hume Award Recipients

Name of Student

School Year

School Name

Eddie Lawrence



J. B. Proctor



Billy Lawrence



Dale Beck



Dale Beck



Roy Herald



Odell Binkley



Don Rucker



Don Rucker



Ralph M. Greenbaum



Billy Smith



Thurman Leo Smith



Thomas E. Wells



Charles Rice



Raymond Mitchell



Billy Whittaker



Kenneth Goad



Danny Hale



Sam O’Neal



Richard McAbee



Eddie Niebruegge



Alex Beavers



Stuart Byrom



Jackie Carver



Homer Stinson



David Campbell



Mike Winchester



Richard Clippard



Brice Shelton



James Threalkill



Jack Chandler



Tony Glover



E. J. Junior



Terry Corn



Chris Kennedy



Gary Kimball



Jeff Spain



Mike Beckham



Kevin Kalen



Keith Victory



Ronald Robinson



Rusty Cole



Michael Craig Dunn



Bryan Link



Tracy A. Majors



Bryan Link



Rodney Burford


Hunters Lane

Michael Jason Pettus



David Lee Parker



Bobby J. Griggs, Jr.



Rayburn Hall



Reginald Grimes


Hunters Lane

Jason Hamilton



Jahi J. Henley


Hunters Lane

Adam L. Kibler



Maurice Fitzgerald



Nate Daniel



Leonard Mays



C. J. Johnson



Brandon Lee Curry


Hunters Lane

Timothy Gray



Jacob Coleman



Jonathan Hathaway



Brenard K. Wilson II


Hunters Lane

Jared C. Clodfelter



Jamie D. Graham


Whites Creek

Marquez D. Cantrell


Hunters Lane

Bryan John Hartzell



James R. Stone



Andrew C. Montgomery



Dustin M. Binkley



Jeffrey Brandon Orr



Kevin D. Scott



Ke’shawn L. Vaughn



Devarius Quantez Cortner


East Nashville

Metro Football Coaches Association announces its 34th Annual ALL-CITY Team

The Metro Nashville Football Coaches Association announced Tuesday November 20, 2018 its 34th All City Team.  The Class of 2018 MVPs and inductees into the Coaches Hall of Fame will be announced on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at the annual banquet held for the All City players and their coaches at the Maxwell House at 6:00 P.M.

Small School, 3A,4A All City Football Team, Class of 2018 Photo-Mike Strasinger, 11/20/2018

The banquet and award ceremony is an annual event that allows those players who are considered by their coaches an opportunity to socialize and discuss the season in a familial manner. Nashville athletics has had a long tradition of building relationships among competitors as is often the case, they will become fellow colleagues as coaches and teachers in the future.

Large School, 5A,6A All City Football Team, Class of 2018, Photo-Mike Strasinger, 11/20/2018


Italics denotes All City

* Denotes Honorable Mention

Antioch High School

Antione Williams

*Monty Thomas

*Mark Thomas

Cane Ridge High School

Kenneth Allen

Korey Andrews

Quenton Barnes

Jaquez Norman

Erick Ramirez

Michael Reese

Devon Starling

*Theo Chisom

*Odannie Hall

East Nashville High School:

Stanley Cross

Jaylun Davis 

Randarius Gregory

Jashon Watkins

*Anthony Collier

*Arondai Thompson

Glencliff High School

Ricardo Ruiz 

Damien Patterson

*Rishad Petrus

*Olenx Moise

Hillsboro High School

Brian Covington 

Donald Fitzgerald 

Joe Honeysucker 

Darius Smith 

* Jalen Macon – QB / Soph

Hillwood High School

Miller Baker

Hale Page

*Kyle Carder

*Eric Kinnard

Hunters Lane High School

Markelle Beasley

*JaDonte Hodges

*Sid Souksangouane

John Overton High School

Samari Burns

David Jefferson

Steven Losoya

Aran Mohamad-Ali

*Micah Kimble

*Chris Washington

Maplewood High School

Clint Dowty

Bobo Hodges

Kendrell Scurry

Makell Smith 

Travares Springer

Harlen Zirker

*Gerrick Evans

*Chris Jordan

McGavock High School

Lamar Childress

Ronnie Hill

Harley Tyler-Neal

*Shemar Kirk

*Jailen Wawa – LB/ Sr.

Pearl Cohn High School

William Griffin

Jayden Harrison

Mayson Harris

Kwame Hayes

Xavier Shepherd

Elijah Simmons

Deshaun Wade

*Kyndrich Breedlove

*Darryl Rogan

Stratford High School

Jaylon Gumption

James Moore

Quasean Robinson

*Tomory Stephens

*Deairrus Waller

Whites Creek High School

Cameron Davis

*Zach Drake

*Deshae Griffin

Metro School graduate recently drafted into WNBA; Joins the Phoenix Mercury

PHOENIX – It is exciting when any graduate from the greater Nashville area signs with a college and has four successful years as a student-athlete. It is even more gratifying to watch a career bloom into a professional career when the athlete is as genuinely passionate and talented as North Carolina State Wolfpack’s forward, Chelsea Nelson who on April, 14, 2018 signed to the training camp roster of the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, the team announced Wednesday.

Senior forward, Chelsea Nelson of the No. 16 NC State women’s basketball team averaged 12.9 points and 9.4 rebounds per game and is Nashville’s new reason to watch the WNBA.

Nelson helped the Wolfpack achieve a very successful 2017-18 season that featured 26 wins and a return to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007. The Wolfpack posted a 16-2 record on Kay Yow Court that included two NCAA Tournament victories. The achievement of going 16-2 at Reynolds Coliseum marked the second best home record in 44 completed seasons of Wolfpack basketball.

Chelson Nelson high fives John Overton head coach of the Lady Bobcats at the 12AAA District Championship. Torry Patton is seen with them

As a John Overton Bobcat, Nelson helped to lead her team deep into the TSSAA 2013-2014 state playoffs which ended in a sectional game against Rossview one game out from a trip to state. Averaging 13.5 PPG, 8.6 RPG, and 2.4 APG she lead her team to sectionals scoring 27 points against Franklin earning All District (regular season) and All Regional Tournament.

She was the first varsity female basketball player to earn 1,000 points since assistant coach, Monica League did in 2000 under coaches then assistant coach Todd Douthit and head coach Kayla Wiggins.

Ranked 24th among wing players by ESPN and prior to signing with North Carolina State, Nelson scored a 90 in ESPN’s recruiting rankings. In addition to her time on the court, also was an accomplished cross country runner in high school.

As a member of the NCSU Wolfpack, Nelson was First Team All-ACC as a senior, junior and sophomore. And notably, she played all 33 games and averaged 17.3 minutes per contest her freshman year. Along with Ashley Williams, Nelson was named NC State’s co-Sixth Man of the Year. She led the team in scoring (12.9 points per game) and rebounding (9.4 rebounds per game) as a senior and scored 10+ points in a game 28 times as a senior and 62 times for her career.

Nelson recorded 11 double-doubles during her senior season (21 career), Grabbed 10+ rebounds in a single game 13 times as a senior (23 career) and led the team in scoring on 11 occasions and rebounding on 20 occasions during her senior season.

“Chelsea Nelson is very athletic. She can probably guard a three or four player. She has good skills and can step out and shoot it. Since we’re graduating a number of forwards (in 2014), I feel like she’s someone who can come in and compete for playing time at the four position. With the way that we want to play defense, I think that she really fits in with our philosophy because of her speed.””

— North Carolina State Head Coach Moore

Nelson set a new ACC Tournament record with 22 rebounds in a March 2 win over No. 18 Duke and scored a career high 30 points in a Feb. 22 win at Pittsburgh.

She finished fifth as the  all-time in the single-season record book in rebounds (329) and FTs made (126). Bettering those overall career accomplishments, she finished second all-time in the single-season record book in FTs attempted (180)

Nelson concluded her career 27th in total points scored for the Wolfpack (1173), ninth in games played (128), 11th in FTs made (308), and 11th in rebounds collected (794)

Perhaps most impressively, Nelson demonstrated she each year’s  success as a map for her goals for the upcoming year. From her freshman to senior seasons, Chelsea improved her scoring average from 4.9 points per game to 12.9 points per game and from her freshman to senior seasons, improved her rebounding average from 4.0 rebounds per game to 9.4 rebounds per game.

Based on her data, the Phoenix Mercury have signed a player who intends to mark up record books. We know from her early years in high school, she really is only getting started.


The NCAA Athlete Symposium offers College Compliance information not often shared

Hillsboro High School will be hosting the first annual Athletic Collegiate Compliance Symposium for any male or female athlete in the greater Nashville area who is interested in learning more about what it takes to move the to collegiate level as a scholar-athlete.

The Symposium is the brainchild created by Assistant Hillsboro Football Coach, Terry Liggin, who wants to help provide information in area rarely discussed with athletes in a counseling setting.

The event’s purpose is to inform student-athletes and their parents what the criteria and step by step process needed to complete NCAA Clearinghouse requirements.

The biggest problem with high school student athletes is that they don’t receive college information early enough to make a substantial change. The earlier they get this information the more likely they are to receive a scholarship.”

— Assistant Football Coach, Terry Liggin

Many representatives from both Division I Universities and junior colleges will be at the event to share stories and challenges.

Many student athletes believe they just have to be good at their sport to get into college but this could not be farther from the truth.

Talent is of course important, but to play at the collegiate level, there are NCAA requirements every athlete has to complete to be deemed eligible for consideration by schools.

The Compliance Symposium is open to all area female and male high school and middle school athletes.

Coach Liggin stated,  “The biggest problem with high school student athletes is that they don’t receive college information early enough to make a substantial change. The earlier they get this information the more likely they are to receive a scholarship.”