“Choices, never forget you have choices” – Timely advice given at the Inaugural All-Metro Athletic Banquet

Metro Nashville Public Schools held its inaugural Athlete of the Year Banquet Monday evening at the Millenium Maxwell House Hotel.

Each Metroc  Nashville Public School was asked to select their male and female athletes of the year.

Following the keynote address by MNPS Athletic Director Roosevelt Sanders, each athlete was honored with a commemorative plaque handed out by Mark North of The FANS  and MNPS Chief of Schools Sito Narcisse.

MNPS Athletes of the Year –

Antioch – Destiny Johnson, Nestor Corea

Cane Ridge – Soziema Dauda, Christian Nunez

East Nashville – Quentarra Mitchell, Caleb Grimes

Glencliff – Yenlhy Perez, Ramy Youssef

Hillsboro – Anna Ball, Jamaal Thomp

Hillwood – Ellie E. Smith, Miller O. Baker

Hume-Fogg – Tinsley Sheppard, Cliff Goidel

Hunters Lane – Rachel Hernandez, Sid Souksangouane

John Overton – Ashley Kwak, John Livingston

Maplewood – Kiara English. Travares Springer

MLK Jr – Zoe Robinson, Jacob Sowell

McGavock – Charlize Edrozo, Barrett Boese

Pearl-Cohn – Kiah Hayes-Woods, Jayden Harrison

Stratford – Sadie Escalona, Clema Balilre

Whites Creek – Sheridan Jones, Dominique Rodriguez

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



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





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 SportsNashville.net

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

The Hillsboro Burros solidified a Region 6 5A football championship Friday night

The Hillsboro Burros solidified a Region 6 5A football championship Friday night winning 48-7  against Hunters Lana High School.  Hillsboro’s celebrated its 70th  Senior Night honoring football players, cheerleaders and band members.

The Burros went deep on the bench giving almost every player a chance to prepare for next week’s playoff game against Lincoln County who will travel to Nashville.

Hillsboro will host the first round of the playoffs. The Burros have not played a single game on field located at the school’s campus due to construction of new buildings, this playoffs game is considered a home game. The Burros thank Hillwood for sharing their stadium. The Toppers are also in the playoffs representing 4th place in Region 6, 5A. The third and fourth place teams travel, while first and second host.



Metro Nashville Schools who made the 2018 TSSAA Payoffs

MNPS football teams continue to grow and improve. Of the 13 high schools who sponsor a football team 10 teams made the playoffs.

These teams are Cane Ridge, East, Hillsboro, Hillwood, Maplewood, McGavock, Pearl Cohn, Overton, Stratford and Whites Creek.

No regions that MNPS Athletics compete in for football is exclusively from Davison County.

TSSAA playoff games begins Friday, November 2, 2018. Click on the bracket link to view all teams who are competing.

Friday, November 2 games begin at 7:00 and ticket prices are 8 dollars.








2018 50th Annual Football Jamboree

The first week of school Metro Nashville Public Schools celebrated the 50th Annual Football Jamboree. Fourteen teams, thirteen MNPS and guest Mt Juliet Christian Academy played 7 games of 2 quarters each over a three-day period.

Thursday, August 9 Antioch High School hosted four teams and on Friday, Glencliff High School hosted six teams. The last evening of games were hosted by Pearl Cohn High School.

The purpose of the Jamboree is to introduce this year’s players and coaches to the community, provide players an opportunity from a kind of dress rehearsal before the real season begins and to calibrate officials who are new to the officiating rotations.

Night 1, Thursday, August 9, 2018 Photo Gallery





Cane Ridge Stratford; Hillwood v Antioch


Night 2, Friday, August 10, 2018 Photo Gallery


Mt. Juliet Christian Academy v Hunters Lane

Overton v East Nashville

Glencliff v Whites Creek


Night 3, Saturday, August 11, 2018 Photo Galleries


2018 Metro Jamboree: HHS v MHS

Pearl Cohn v McGavock

Cane Ridge Sweeps District 12 AAA Basketball Championships

Cane Ridge High School swept both the men’s and women’s District 12 AAA basketball championships on Saturday. The district tournament held over a three-day period at John Overton High School determined  which teams will advance to the 6AAA Regiona level play to be held beginning Wednesday 2/22/18 at Antioch High School.

Four games were held Saturday, a boys and girls consolation game and the championship games. In keeping with long-standing traditions, All-District Teams and All-Tournament teams were announced at different breaks in action.

2018 Coaches the Year are Cane Ridge High School’s Girls Head Coach, Joann Tribue and Boys Head Coach, Marlin Simms.

Most Valuable Players for the 2018 Season are Kennedi Hambrick (Cane Ridge) and Chris Nix (Hillwood).

2017-18 Girls 12 AAA All-District Team

2017-18 District 12 AAA Champs – Cane Ridge Lady Ravens (Photo: Susan Strasinger)

Aniyah Bailey, GG Hollingsworth-Pugh, and Jaila Matthews – Antioch High School

Nya Dismukes, Brittany Miller, and Xavia Williams – Cane Ridge High School

Devon Burns, Anaya Martin and Alia Lonoleo – Hillsboro High School

Jada Johnson – McGavock High School

Anastasia Anderson – John Overton High School

Honorable Mentions

Kenosha Hudson, Geneva Vann – Cane Ridge High School

Chyna Hart – Glencliff High School

Trechelle Burch, Rose Morrow – Hillsboro High School

Myra Blount – Hillwood High School

Meosha Hassell, Kayla Woodard – Hunters Lane High School

Jasmine Bennett, Nakia Drew – McGavock High School


2017-18 Boys 12 AAA All-District Team

2017-18 District 12 AAA Champs – Cane Ridge Ravens (photo Susan Strasinger)

Lavric Mangala , Ibrahim Nasir – Antioch High School

Chance Hillsman, Juanell Chapman, Johnathon Howard – Cane Ridge High School

Donald Fitzgerald, Jalen Macon – Hillsboro High School

Auston Thomas – Hillwood High School

Kendall Wilson – Hunters Lane High School

Chris Hughes, Ty Kirk – McGavock High School

Honorable Mentions

Teon Stewart – Cane Ridge High School

Malik Braston – Glencliff High School

Ryan Wilcox – Hillsboro High School

Mark Tillis – Hillwood High School

James Webb – Hunters Lane High School

Lazinte Barnes, Brandon Palmer-Rhodes – John Overton High School


Hillsboro’s Trechelle Burch sweeps past Cane Ridge’s Brittany Miller for a show stopping lay-up. Burch, a sophomore, was selected to the 12 AAA District All-Tournament team and received an section to All-District Honorable Mention team (Photo Susan Strasinger

2017-18 Girls 12 AAA 

All-Tournament Team

MVP Kennedi Hambrick – Cane Ridge

GG Hollingsworth-Pugh – Antioch High School

Nya Dismukes, Xavia Williams – Cane Ridge High School

Yazmin Shelton – Glencliff High School

Rose Morrow, Trechelle Burch – Hillsboro High School

Jakia Sherrell – Hunters Lane High School

Jazmin Bennett – McGavock High School

Anastasia Anderson – John Overton High School

2017-18 Boys 12 AAA 

All-Tournament Team

MVP Juanell Chapman – Cane Ridge

Lavric Mangala – Antioch High School

Chantz Hillman, Jaylen Wittaker – Cane Ridge High School

Malik Braston – Glencliff High School

Ryan Wilcox – Hillsboro High School

Kendall Winston – Hunters Lane High School

Jazmin Bennett – McGavock High School

Lazing Barnes – John Overton High School



Lady Burros Volleyball beat Dickson Co. in 5 sets to win 3rd straight District 11 Championship

 Monday, October 2, 2017, the District 11 AAA #2 seed Hillsboro Lady Burros Varsity volleyball team   the #1 seed Dickson Co. to win their third straight TSSAA District Volleyball Championship in a row beating #1 seed Dickson County in 5 sets. The score differential between the two teams in the fifth set was 2 points (15-13).

The Lady Burros demonstrated their perseverance and determination to win district as it took 3 matches in a row to win.  

 Several Lady Burros were names to either the All District or All Tournament team. Alia Logoleo was voted All -District MVP and All- Tournament MVP by the 11AAA coaches .

Elaine Ball and Anna Ball earned All-District and made the All-tournament team. Keneisha Herbert was included in the All- Tournament team as well. 

All-District Volleyball Team: Caitlin Binkley, Anna Ball, Elaine Ball, Clara Jennings, Sydney Miller, Micahlea Njie, and Sensing Spenser

All-Tournament Volleyball Team: Anna Ball, Elaine Ball, Keneisha Herbert, Revin Hooper, Kenosha Hudson, Anna Kate Humphreys, Grace Humphreys, and Sydney Miller.

 Alia Logoleo: All -District MVP

Alia Logoleo: All- Tournament MVP

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Tennessee Titans host 2nd Annual High School Media Days

Thursday, at Nissan Stadium, the Tennessee Titans hosted the 2nd Annual High School Football Media Day.

The Outreach Coordinator, Josh Corey, organized the successful event which showcased area football teams, coaching staff, key returning players while also providing media with much needed information about TSSAA classification changes, team records and stats from the 2016 season.

All area high schools were invited to participate by bringing three to four 2017 key players to meet area television sports broadcasters, radio, print and online media. It was an excellent opportunity to showcase the vast array of athletic talent that exists in the greater Nashville area.

The following Metro Nashville Public Schools high schools participated: Antioch, Cane Ridge, East Nashville, Hillsboro, Hillwood, Glencliff, Hunters Lane and Stratford. Area schools included Lipscomb Academy, Trousdale County, Clarksville East, Nashville Christian, Wilson Central, CPA, Franklin, Oakland, Riverdale and Ravenwood.

Several MNPS high schools made coaching changes and a media day is an excellent opportunity for schools to introduce the new coaches.

The following MNPS high schools all have new coaches:

Antioch – Mike Head

Glencliff  – Tate Thigpen

Hillsboro – Maurice Fitzgerald

Stratford – Jerrell Cogman

In addition to an opportunity for coaches and players to meet one on one with media outlets, 104.5 The Zone’s Chad Withrow and Paul Kuharsky broadcast live remote from Nissan stadium interviewing coaches and players. WKRN, WSMV, News Channel 5, and FOX all sent key sports broadcasters to the event.