Music City USA and the National Football League announce entertainment line-up for NFL Draft

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The stars of the gridiron will meet the stars of Music City when the NFL Draft comes to Nashville, Tennessee, in April.

The NFL announced Monday that Grammy-winning country star Tim McGraw will perform a free outdoor concert on April 26 and Grammy-winning gospel singer CeCe Winans will sing the National Anthem on April 25 to open the three days of draft events.

The league added that more than 20 Nashville-based acts will perform with additional names announced soon.

The draft will take place on an outdoor stage in downtown Nashville with additional events for fans at the NFL Draft Experience to be held outside Nissan Stadium, home of the Titans.

What Game? Which TV Channel? Who Won? NCAA March Madness TV Schedule March 19-24

NCAA March Madness Basketball Schedule 2019

The 2019 March Madness Tournament begins Tuesday, March 19 with the First Four on truth. (See Score Update below)

The first and second rounds will be played through March 21-24 on CBS, TBS, truth, and TNT.

The Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight will be played through March 28-31 on CBS or TBS.

The Final Four will take place April 6th and the NCAA National Championship game will take place April 8th.

With March Madness fast approaching the Hillsboro Globe gives Sweet Sixteen predicitions

As it happens every March the annual NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments begin begin the march to madness.

All 68 teams will competing for one prize – to be named number one for this basketball season.

This draws lots of attention because of the annual brackets that are filled out by those who follow college basketball fanatically and by those who know nothing about the tournament.

Roughly 70 million brackets are filled out every March and Millions more watch the games at their homes on TV.

Take a look at the full bracket and print it here.

With many people filling out their brackets in the coming days we decided to get in on the fun and give you are Sweet Sixteen predictions.

Hillsboro Globe Sweet Sixteen Predictions:

East Region

Duke vs Mississippi State

Belmont vs Michigan State

West Region

Gonzaga vs Florida State

Texas Tech vs Nevada

South Region

Virginia vs Wisconsin

Tennessee vs Villanova

Midwest Region

North Carolina vs Auburn

Houston vs Kentucky

The Road to NCAA Final 4 Headquarters

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

Photo Gallery

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.


MNPS Wrestling Wrap-Up…TSSAA Regional and State Photos…




Hillsboro High School wrestler, Darian Williams, ramps up the intensity of his match at the TSSAA State Wrestling tournament held at the Williamson County Ag Center, February 14-16, 2019. (All photo rights reserved – Hillsboro Globe)

As a wrestler, achieving the goal of becoming one of the top 32 wrestlers in one’s specific weight class means only one thing. “You are going to State!” Metro Nashville Schools is coming off a successful showing at Regionals and sent 28 wrestlers from 8 high schools where 9 wrestlers went on to place in the top 10. Eighteen wrestlers moved from the daunting first day of action and wrestled on Friday.

Notable MNPS standouts from this year’s TSSAA State Wrestling Championships are: Christian Brown (HHS) who made it to state as a freshman; William Hitt and Bruce White (CRHS) placed 4th and 1st respectively and Darian Williams of Hillsboro placed 6th.

Below are the wrestlers who have the bragging rights of stating they made it to the highest level of competition in the state:

Antioch: Johnathan Ellis, Brandon Torres

Cane Ridge: William Hitt, Daniel Thomas, Bryce White

East High School: Evan Miller, Jamaris Spence

Glencliff: Chris Adelfarag

Hillsboro: Christian Brown, Jaden Halliburton, Darian Willams

Hume Fogg: Elliot Grinder, Jeremy Martin,

Hunters Lane: Marques Carter, Davonte Grider

John Overton: Alton Cates, Rose Gailan, Evian Green, Trenton Mccrory, Hassan Mizoury, Amir Saleib

Martin Luther King: Brandon Colvin, Owen Dooley, Gregory Gomez, Mayson Harris Jacob Sowell, Bailey Stewart

McGavock: Chris Calvin, Valerie Smith



Get the brooms out of the closet – The Burros sweep District 12 AAA Tournament

Photo Galleries from District 12 AAA Tournament

Semi Finals

Championship Games


Anaya Martin, of the Hillsboro Lady Burros, drives to basket during 12 AAA district Championship game. Martin was named Girls MVP of the 2019 tournament. (photo Mike Strasinger)

Both the Hillsboro Girls and Boys teams swept the District 12-AAA Championship games and the MVP’s on Saturday at Antioch in the district tournament. Anaya Martin and JP Pegues earned the All-Tournament Most Valuable Player award handed out at the end each game.

First, the Lady Burros beat a very good Lady Ravens Cane Ridge team, 44-36. Like the regular season match-ups, this game promised to be intense, close, and well coached. Hillsboro’s head coach, Cherish Stringfield was named District 12 AAA Coach of the Year. Joann Tribue, the Lady Ravens coach was named CoY in 2018.

The game was a nail biter and neither team led by more than 4 in periods 1-3.   The Lady Burros pulled away as the Lady Ravens were forced to foul to attempt to get the ball back, however, Trechelle Burch stepped up her game, leading the team with rebounds in the 4th quarter.

Strong play under the basket set the Burros up for another win. The Burros dominated the first 10 minutes of the game shutting out Overton 18-0 setting up an 18-0 lead against the upstart Overton Bobcats,  60-47 win.The Bobcat’s valiant but unsuccessful surge late in the third was just not enough to overcome







All District Girls Team:              All District Boys Team:

Anaya Martin                                        JP Pegues

Jada Reed                                              Darrow Parrish

Trechelle Burch                                    Nate Hall

MVP: JP Pegues

Honorable Mention                               Latisha Parris

12AAA Coach of the year!!

Cherish Stringfield


Anaya Martin and JP Pegues

Other Games

Earlier in the girls’ consolation, Antioch Lady Bears beat McGavock Lady Raiders, 44-36.

The boys consolation led Cane Ridge rallying to beat McGavock 69-63.

So the top four in girls advancing to next week’s Region 6 Tournament at Brentwood will be: #1 Hillsboro, #2 Cane Ridge, #3 Antioch, #4 McGavock

The boys’ top four – #1 Hillsboro, #2 Overton, #3 Cane Ridge, #4 McGavock

The District 11 team seeds are yet to be determined. Action starts Friday, Feb. 22nd.

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.” (

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





Metro Nashville High Schools standings And Schedule

Metro Nashville basketball programs are clearly moving in the right direction sending more teams to the TSSAA state Tournament for the past 6 years.

Prior to 2014, the last team to play in the state championship game was  Hillsboro Girls team of 2008-2009. Schools such as East Nashville, Hillsboro, Whites Creek, Maplewood, , Stratford, MLK, and Pearl Cohn have made trips to Murfreesboro during TSSAA March Madness.

The Hillsboro Globe has seen all but 3 MNPS teams play this year and Metro basketball is on track to send one or more teams past the regionals.

Freshmen City Tournament Brackets


Current Standing for MNPS Basketball as of February 4, 2019

With Permission -Results compiled by

Hillsboro Wrestling defeats Brentwood Academy Thurs. & Freshman and JV rip through the tourney at McGavock Saturday

Taliyah Autumn placed at the MTWOA Grand Wrestling Championship, January 19, 2019; Rights Reserved-Hillsboro Globe; Photo byM. Trump

Results from the Brentwood Tri-School Match,

January 17, 2019

BRENTWOOD, Tenn.- On Thursday, January 17th 2019 Hillsboro Wrestling dominated BA in a season ending close off that was fitting with how their season has been going all year long.

The wrestling team is performing well at just the right time before Duals and Individual Regionals. On Saturday, junior varsity and freshmen had 9 athletes place at the McGavock

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Joseph Chiarchiaro placedat the MTWOA Grand Wrestling Championship, January 19, 2019

They won all three wrestling matches

Hillsboro over BA; Hillsboro over Stratford, Hillsboro over Clarksville Academy

Pins against BA by Christian Brown (106); Tahj Jackson (126) Darian Williams (145) ; Chet Weachter (152); Charles Cromwell (160); Jaden Halliburton (170); Chance Williams (195)

Hillsboro v Stratford pins: Darian Williams (145); Cooper Sacks (138) major with 10 point win

Mohammed Mohammed (120) earned a tech fall  (15+ point win) against BA

On Saturday, January 19 McGavock hosted a tournament for JV and freshman wrestlers.

Hillsboro had seven place. Mykeal Trump, head coach of the Wrestling Burros stated, “These athletes wrestled very well today and I am extremely proud of them.”


The MTWOA Grand Championship Results

Saturday, January 19, 2019

L-R Wrestlers Cooper Sacks (1st place), Christian Brown (3rd); Tahj Jackson (1st); Maikel Holloway 2nd) at the MTWOA Grand Championship Wrestling tournament for Freshmen, Women and JV.

Hillsboro’s female wrestler, Taliyah Autumn finished 4th

Quarterfinals – Makiel Holloway (Hillsboro) over Lane Lewis (Centennial) (TF 24-9 6:00)


1st Place Match – William Griggs (Beech Senior) over Makiel Holloway   (Hillsboro) 2nd Place (Fall 5:25)


Quarterfinals – Chet Weacher (Hillsboro) over Houston Brown (Rossview) (Dec 16-11)


Quarterfinals – Blake Brown (Beech Senior) over Joshua Boyd (Hillsboro) (Fall 3:34)


Cons. Round 2 – Joshua Boyd (Hillsboro) over silas lind (Centennial) (Fall 1:57)


JV 126

JV 138

Cons. Round 3 – Joshua Boyd (Hillsboro) over Evan Terns (Nolensville High School) (Fall 1:25)

Champ.round 1 – Tajh Jackson (Hillsboro ) 1st place

Champ.round 1 – Cooper Sacks (Hillsboro ) 1st place


Champ. Round 1 – Wesley Rummage (Summit) over Grant Underwood (Hillsboro) (Fall 1:50)


Quarterfinals – Chad Miller (Brentwood) over Simeon Dudley (Hillsboro) (Fall 2:46)


Cons. Round 2 – Simeon Dudley (Hillsboro) over Robert Owen (Friendship Christian School) (Fall 1:36)


Quarterfinals – Josiah Peek (Hillsboro) over Micah Magrecke (Creek Wood) (Fall 1:09)


Cons. Semis – Josiah Peek (Hillsboro) 3rd place over Kylar Edwards (Clarksville) (Fall 0:49)


3rd Place Match – Josiah Peek (Hillsboro) over Micah Magrecke (Creek Wood) (M. For.)


Cons. Semis – Christian Brown (Hillsboro) 3rd place over Dean Klueppelberg (Brentwood) (Fall 3:46)



Contributor: Mikeal Trump