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.”

 




The 33rd Annual Metro Coaches Association inducts three and honors its 2017 All-City Football Team

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Steve Chauncy receives the Administrator of the Year Award from Roosevelt Sanders, Athletic Director of MNPS and is inducted into the Metro Coaches hall of Fame for the Class of 2017.

The 33rd Annual Metro Nashville Football Coaches Association presented the 2017 All-City team and honorable mention team members and inducted three new members into the Metro Nashville Football Coaches Hall of Fame Thursday, December 7, 2017.

Steve Chauncey (administrator), Donnie Keeton (coach) and Chris Coutras (contributor) were presented to a full house of coaches and players who gathered at the Gaylord Springs Golf Course Club House to dine on a fine meal and socialize in setting other than a football field.

Steve Chauncy is the Executive Administrator of Hillwood High School and is the TSSAA representative for the fifth district for the Board of Controls. He is a graduate of East High school and has been the Executive Principal for Hillwood since 2007. The Hilltoppers Head Coach, Kurt Page, introduced Dr. Chauncy who spoke to the importance of the community of athletics. He cited the brotherhood that existed in the room as evidence of the community that the young men in the room were a part of and he remark that it was a blessing to be a part of this group.

Chris Coutras, son of Nick Coutras the former coach Overton High School played for the Bobcats under his father.

Chris Coutras receives the Administrator of the Year Award from Roosevelt Sanders, Athletic Director of MNPS and is inducted into the Metro Coaches hall of Fame for the Class of 2017.

While not a coach himself, Coutras was inducted into the Hall of Fame for his contributions as a contributor financially and as a supporter of the game. Courts was obviously humbled by the award and gave the audience a brief history the Nick Coutras Awards which he curates in honor of his father. He thanked those who work to keep this foundation and scholarship award viable reiterating that he is only the face of the award but that many others contribute. Both recipients received a well earned round of applause.

Pearl Cohn’s Ninth Grade Football Team was honored as the 9th Grade City Champion with the City Gold Ball Trophy that 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 is his second year to win this award and was honored this year for taking Cane Ridge’s Ravens to the BlueCross Bowl in Cookeville.

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.

 

 

 

 

2017 Most Valuable Players

 6A/5A- Awards

Coca Cola Most Valuable Player

Jacob Frazier

Hillsboro

Co – Offensive Most Valuable Player

Jared McCray

Cane Ridge

Co – Offensive Most Valuable Player

Ta’micus Napier

McGavock

Co – Defensive Most Valuable Player

Jarad McCray

Cane Ridge

Co – Defensive Most Valuable Player

Keshawn Johnson

McGavock

Lineman Most Valuable Player

T. J. Neal

Hillsboro

Special Team Most Valuable Player

Jose Bravo

Overton

Honorable Mentions of the Metro All City Team for 2017

 4A/3A

Coca Cola Most Valuable Player

Jay Parker

Pearl Cohn

Offensive Most Valuable Player

Xavier Shepard

Pearl Cohn

Defensive Most Valuable Player

Malachi French

Maplewood

Special Team Most Valuable Player

Rondarius Gregory

East Nashville

Lineman Most Valuable Player

Chandon Page

Pearl Cohn

Warren Dunn  Coach of the Year

Eddie Woods

Cane Ridge

6A/5A ALL City Team

 

 

 

 

Honorable Mention

 

Player

Position

School

Grade

Player

school

Grade

Josiah Everett

OL/DL

Antioch

Sr.

Trevon Henderson

Antioch

Sr.

Devon Starling

RB

Cane Ridge

Jr.

Cameron Freeman

Antioch

Soph.

Desmond Goodloe

DT

Cane Ridge

Sr.

Quenton Barnes

Cane Ridge

Fr

Jahsun Bryant

LB

Cane Ridge

Sr.

Korey Andrews

Cane Ridge

Jr.

Dewayne Johnson

OLB

Cane Ridge

Sr.

Melvin Hart

Glencliff

Jr.

James Reese IV

CB

Cane Ridge

Sr.

D’Andre Mumphrey

Glencliff

Sr.

Rishad Petrus

WR/DB

Glencliff

Jr.

Therone Orr

Hillsboro

Jr.

Joe Honeysucker

DL

Hillsboro

Jr.

J’Tylan Evans

Hillsboro

Jr.

Javontae’ Dean-Wiggins

LB

Hillsboro

Sr.

Anthony Branham

Hunters Lane

Soph.

Gyasi Mattison

DB

Hillsboro

Jr.

Demarquez Johnson

Hunters Lane

Soph.

Daniel Bonner

LB

Hillwood

Sr.

Ronnie Hill

McGavock

Jr.

Hale Page

QB

Hillwood

Jr.

Greg Hanserd

McGavock

Sr.

Kyle Carder

WR

Hillwood

Jr.

Jalen Baylis

Overton

Jr.

Kendel Packer

OL/DL

Hunters Lane

Soph

Steven Losoya

Overton

Jr.

Sid Souksangouane

Kicker

Hunters Lane

Jr.

Harley Tyler – Neal

QB

McGavock

Jr.

Devan Bryant

DL

McGavock

Sr.

Quentin Crawford

DB

McGavock

Sr.

Keidron Henderson

RB

Overton

Sr.

Trent McCrary

LB

Overton

Jr.

4A/3A ALL City Team

Honorable Mentions

Player

Position

School

Grade

Player

School

Grade

Brian Thompson

DB

East Nashville

Sr.

Jaylun Davis

East Nashville

Jr

Gabriel Magalei

LB

East Nashville

Sr.

Anthony Collier

East Nashville

Jr

Jashon Watkins

ATH

East Nashville

Jr.

Deleno Howard

Hillsboro

Sr.

Bobo Hodges

QB

Maplewood

Jr.

Cameron Porter

Hillwood

Sr.

Travares Springer

Wr

Maplewood

Jr.

Mohamed Mohamed

Hillwood

Sr.

Makell Smith

WR

Maplewood

Jr.

Antonio Carter

Maplewood

Sr.

LaMonz Ezell

OL/DL

Maplewood

Sr.

Zarian London

Maplewood

Sr.

David Anderson

LB/ RB

Pearl Cohn

Sr.

Donovan Stephens

Pearl Cohn

sr

Marion Liggett

RB

Pearl Cohn

Sr.

Jaylan Granberry

Pearl Cohn

Sr.

Elijah Simmons

OL/DL

Pearl Cohn

Jr.

Robert Howard

Stratford

Sr.

Mayson Harrison

OL/DL

Pearl Cohn

Jr.

James Moore

Stratford

Soph.

Jayden Harrison

WR/ DB

Pearl Cohn

Jr.

Corey Moore

Whites Creek

Sr.

Jaalon Gupton

OL

Stratford

Jr.

Zachary Drake

Whites Creek

Soph.

Rod Reed

DB

Stratford

Jr.

Rashaun Richardson

RB

Whites Creek

Soph.

 




Hume Award Recipients continue the Nashville tradition of integrity, scholarship and sportsmanship

Nashville, Tenn– The 2017 William E. Hume Award was handed out today by the Economic Club of Nashville, following a luncheon at the Patron Club inside Bridgestone Arena. This year’s winner is Brian Darnell Thompson, Jr. of East Nashville High School.

The award is Metro Nashville Football’s top honor and goes to the student/athlete from Metro Schools that best exemplifies, scholarship, sportsmanship, individual performance, and his value to the team. E

Hume Award Recipient, Brian Darnell Thompson Jr., East Nashville and his Executive Principal, Stephen Ball

ach Metro school submits one candidate chosen by the principal and football coach, and a committee of administrators and sportswriters select five finalists and an eventual winner. The Hume Award has been handed out by various Nashville Civic organizations since 1944. Past winners have gone on to become some of Nashville’s finest citizens.

The 2017 Candidates

Jonathan Hayes, Antioch High School

Jared Deon McCray, Cane Ridge High School*

Brian Darnell Thompson, Jr., East Nashville High School*

James Tyler Murphy, Glencliff High School*

Torrance Anthony, Hillsboro High School

Andrew S. Black, Hillwood High School

Shaheem Jordan-Jones, Hunters Lane High School

Michael Jermaine Brown, Maplewood High School

Carson Jake Richardson, McGavock High School

Jacob Daniel King, Overton High School*

Jaylan Alaysius Granberry, Pearl-Cohn/M.L.KingJr. High Schools

Robert Miracle Myles Lilley-Sneed, Stratford High School

Joseph Cole, Whites Creek High School*

*Finalist




2017 Region 6 -5A Announced MVPs and Superlatives announced Monday at annual banquet

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Nashville, TENN – The 2017 BlueCross Bowl will soon decide this year’s nine state champions, but closer to home most valuable players are being named in each TSSAA region of football.

This past Monday evening, on November 27th,  TSSAA Region 6 – 5A MVPs and Superlatives were acknowledged at an annual banquet held at the Cherokee Steak House in Gallatin.

Football coaches, players, athletic director and ,  TSSAA Region Coordinator, Chip Sullivan enjoyed a steak and baked potatoe dinner and much camaraderie.

Chip Sullivan, who acted as the host for the evening,  noted in his opening remarks that Region 6-5A is not only a one of the classiest groups of coaches and players, but has some of the best talent in the state some who were not in attendance because they would be playing for the gold ball in Cookeville on Thursday night. “I know that you all know this but we really should recognize the talent, class and superior coaching that led these young men through a successful season. It goes without saying that to have the 5A west representative from your own region only underscores how talented all of you are.”

Not in attendance were the Beech superlatives and MVPs as they were wholly focused on preparing for their trip to Cookeville to play Knoxville Catholic High School on Thursday evening on a few days from Monday evening.

When the names of the Beech players were announced in front of their peers, a huge round of applause was given in their honor and it was evident that every player and coach, while competitive during the regular season, took pride that the state champion or runner up would be from within their region.

Coach Sullivan introduced each coach who then was given an opportunity to introduce their players, comment, some humorously, some poignantly about each player adding to the acknowledgment of each player.

Photos are included in the below link and a slide show above for players, families, schools and media. If photos are published, please give credit to Mike Strasinger for the Hillsboro Globe.

 

THE 2017 REGION 6- 5A MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS

MVP – Kaemon Dunlap, Beech High School

 

MVP Offense – Jacob Frazier, Hillsboro High School

 

Co-MVP Defense – Chaz Williamson, Beech High Schoo  – Jalen Porter, Gallatin High School

 

MVO Lineman -Cole Pulley, Beech High School

 

MVD Lineman – T. J. Neal, Hillsboro High School

Special Teams – David Johnson Beech High School

2017 Coach of the Year – Anthony Crabtree, Beech High School

 

ALL REGION TEAM

Beech High School: Jordan Adams, Garrett Butler, Heath Crabtree, Ty Dean, Ty Moore, Jahmall Robinson and Nelson Smith

 

Gallatin High School: Brandon Claude, Xavier Fitts, Reggie Morris, Sirtavious Perry, Bailey Silcox, and Archellous Turner

 

Glencliff High School: Tyler Murphy, Rishad Petrus, Hunter Robinson

 

Hillsboro High School: Torrence Anthony, Decorian Bowers, Travon Brasher, Joe Honeysucker, and Gysai Mattison

Hillwood High School: Cymitrius Addison, Daniel Bonner, Eric Kinnard and Tyvay Wine

Hunters Lane High School: Antonio Lennear, KevonDre Rhodes and Kevin Walker

 

 

All pictures in gallery are available at this link and if published must be credited to HillsboroGlobe.com

 




Blue collar work ethic earns Cane Ridge a trip to the ‘ship

Since the inception of the TSSAA 6A classification in 2009, no Metro Nashville Public School football team has made the trip to the BlueCross Bowl once held in Murfreesboro. Cane Ridge’s win 14-7 over 2016’s state champs Whitehaven.

The Raven’s win in the  semifinals check marks another box  Head Coach Eddie Woods has been checking off since his arrival to Cane Ridge three years ago when he inherited the 2014 MNPS Freshman City football champions.

Chris Henson, Chief Operating Officer who was in attendance at the Cane Ridge v Whitehaven semi0final game spoke for MNPS and how excited the district is to have a 6A team has finally advance to the championship game and play for the gold ball in Cookeville at Tennessee Tech University on Friday, December 1, 2017. Henson stated, “We are so proud of all our teams that advanced into the playoffs and we are always excited when they advance as far as Pearl Cohn and Cane Ridge did tonight. The importance of moments like these are huge for our community because it offers an opportunity for our teachers, students and parents to bond with the community in which they work.”

The past 15 years have seen regular appearances of MNPS in the 3A, 4A and 5A classifications (see side bar) however, it has been nine years since any MNPS team won a gold ball. Hillsboro, then in the 4A classification beat Maryville 10-7,  in a defensive showdown ending a Maryville run of 8 championships out of the previous 10 years.

Cane Ridge will face Maryville High School and all the traditions of winning they bring to the field and it is no surprise that Cane Ridge will be facing Maryville High School in the final game as it will mark their 22nd appearance in the state finals (15-7)

Of the 22 appearances since the inception of the championship game Maryville has faced a Metro Nashville school school seven times with Friday’s up coming game being the eighth.

Maryville is not infallible and as recently as 2015 struggled against Ravenwood losing 26-17.  And in 2016, they failed to make the final game, losing to Oakland in the semi-finals. Prior to 2015, Whitehaven (2012)  Whitestation (2009)  and MNPS’s Hillsboro 2008 all demonstrated that while Maryville is a football dynasty, the right game plan can defeat them.

Head Coach of the Ravens, Eddie Woods believes he has the right game plan to take on the dynasty and it started with a culture change three years ago and was clearly visible on the sidelines Friday night with former team graduates standing alongside the the current team members cheering their support. All were cheering but no one is talking about history – yet.

“We, my staff, the administration have tried over the last three year to build a blue-collar mentality on this team. We are as concerned about how much this mind set will carry well in athletics, but more about well it will carry on in life and I was really glad to see my former players out here supporting the team with the same mind set,” explained Woods.

When asked how he will approach practice after a break weekend and a shortened week, Coach Woods said the focus was going to on, “rest for the players, rest and getting refocused mentally to take on the next team on Friday night. Our coaches and myself we will look at tonight’s game tape, see if we need to make any adjustments and approach Monday like we have every Monday, with that grind it out, blue collar mind set.”

Cane Ridge Stats November 24, 2017

Final

Cane Ridge 14 Whitehaven 7

Offense:

Passing:
K. Andrews 12/24, 137 yards, 1 INT

 

 

Rushing:
D.  Starling 17 rushes, 141 yards, 1 TD
K. Andrews 8 rushes -12 yards
J. McCray (7) 1 rush, 7 yards

Receiving:
J. McCray 8 catches, 60 yards
Q. Barnes 2 catches, 30 yards
J. McCray (7) 1 catch, 23 yards
D. Starling 2 catches, 26 yards


Defense:

J. Reese 4 tackles
J. McCray (6) 2 tackles
J. McCray (7) 4 tackles, 1 fumble recovery, 1 TD
T. Chisom 8 tackles
J. Bryant 11 tackles
R. Burleson 2 tackles, 1 QB hurry
A. Malone 1 tackles
J. Tate 2 tackles, 1 INT
D. Johnson 5 tackles, 1 sack
M. Mason 3 tackles
D. Goodloe 4 tackles
J. Carpenter 1 tackles
(70) 1 tackle
Z. Fowler 2 tackles
J. Kabelu 2 tackles


Special Teams:

J. McCray (7) 1 kickoff return, 18 yards
T. Chisom 1 punt, 30 yards