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Summit’s Masters among ‘Dream Team’ honorees

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Summit’s Jackson Masters was honored by the Middle Tennessee Wrestling Officials Association this week with selection to its annual Dream Team.

Masters, a 120-pound junior who placed third at this year’s Class AAA state tournament, was joined on the squad by fellow Region 7-AAA and Williamson County competitors Alex Ables from Centennial at 152 and Mitchell Lambert from Page at 220.

Fairview coach Bubba Derrick was recognized by the MTWOA as the recipient of the Ralph Brewer Award, presented to its coach of the year.

The list of honorees in its entirety follows:

Girls Dream Team

103 — Ella-Lina Gonzalez, Clarksville, So.; 112 – Amanda Thompson, Cheatham Co., Fr.; 119 – Roseanna Vaughn, Northwest, Jr.; 125 – Monteria Bigsby, Riverdale, Sr.; 132 – Rontasia Payne, Dickson Co., Sr.; 140 – Bryce White, Cane Ridge, Jr.; 150 – Katy Champion, Tullahoma, Sr.; 160 – Brielle Bissonette, Clarksville, Sr.; 170 – Lily Chantler, Northwest, So.; 190 – Ariyanna Anderson, Creek Wood, Jr.; 215 – Valerie Smith, McGavock, Jr.

Boys Dream Team

106 – Joe Calvin, Father Ryan, Fr.; 113 – Justin Bradford, Blackman, Jr.; 120 – Jackson Master, Summit, Jr.; 126 – Trey Bates, Beech, Sr.; 132 – Sammy Shires, Rossview, Jr.; 138 – Mac Russ, Montgomery Bell Acad., So.; 145 – Cole Fort, Wilson Central, Sr.; 152 – Alex Ables, Centennial, Sr.; 160 – Justin Brown, Blackman, So.; 170 – Mason Smith, Beech, Sr.; 182 – Zachary Duessler, Rossview, Jr.; 195 – Donovan Rich, Beech, Sr.; 220 – Gabe Fisher, Montgomery Bell Acad., So.; Mitchell Lambert, Page, Sr.; 285 – Parker Petersen, Father Ryan, Sr.

Joe Wiggins Official of the Year – David Davenport; G.P. West Senior Leadership – Thomas Wesnofske, Father Ryan; Girls Wrestler of the Year – Shelby Zacharias, Creek Wood; Girls Coach of the Year – Chris Bedell, Northwest; Johnny Drennan Boys Wrestler of the Year – Hunter Borders, Wilson Central; Ralph Brewer Boys Coach of the Year – Bubba Derrick, Fairview

Lady Eagles look to improve with Hall of Famer on staff

By Maurice Patton

THOMPSONS STATION — No one at Independence expected the season that the girls basketball program has endured.

One of the few positives of the campaign, though, has been the addition of Hall of Fame coach Jack Harlow to the Lady Eagles’ staff.

“He’s a legend,” said Independence athletics director Mary Beth White, who took over the program last fall when Bryan Glasner stepped away (and subsequently resigned). “Every time we go into a gym, either a coach or an official is like, ‘Is that Jack Harlow?’

“We can’t go anywhere that somebody doesn’t know him or played for him at Columbia or Franklin County or Bradley (Central). It’s been a lot of fun.”

Coaching at Franklin County (1978-94), Columbia Central (1994-99) and Bradley Central (1999-2004), Harlow won 564 games and led each of those programs to TSSAA State Tournament berths, making five total appearances. He subsequently served as an assistant at Shelbyville, Franklin County, Giles County – his alma mater – and Ripley, Miss.

As Mary Beth White (center) took the reins of the Independence girls basketball program on an interim basis this season, she inherited first-year assistant Jack Harlow (upper right), who over 35 seasons as a head coach posted 564 career victories with five state tournament appearances. (Photo by Ric Beu / SM-Tn Sports)

Harlow’s arrival at Independence was a result of Glasner’s, as the two of them had worked together previously.

“He used to help me at Franklin County,” said Harlow, a 2013 Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association Hall of Fame inductee. “He took the Independence job, and he asked me over the summer (of 2020) if I’d come and help him. … He’s taken out of the picture, they bring Mary Beth out of the AD office, Dom St. Louis is the assistant coach.

“I bring experience. I do what (White) tells me to do. I make observations.”

In addition to the preseason coaching change, the Lady Eagles have dealt with some personnel issues – leaving a young roster that, in the midst of a pandemic, managed just two regular-season victories before Sunday’s 37-12 win over Centennial in the opening round of the District 11-AAA tournament.

Despite the struggles and the unsettled situation – the head coaching position has been posted for next year — Harlow has managed to make a mark.

“He was a steal to have here on our staff,” Independence principal Niki Patton said. “It’s a big win for us to have him over here. He’s seen it all, with his vast experience. We know he’s built programs from start to finish, taken young teams like this one that are struggling. He helps try to keep the mindset of ‘forget the scoreboard’.

“I don’t think a lot of the girls really knew him, knew that name in the coaching world. I think they Googled him.”

With the Lady Eagles set to travel Monday to fifth-ranked Brentwood in the district tournament quarterfinals, Harlow knows his time could be winding down. But the 70-year-old’s intention is to be on a sideline for the 2021-22 campaign.

“I’ll have to sit down and talk with the new coach,” he said. “I’m going to try to coach and help somebody next year.”

If it’s up to Patton, a change won’t be necessary.

“We’ll keep him as long as he’ll let us,” she said.

Independence girls 37, Centennial 12

I 3 14 11 9 – 37
C 0 3 5 4 – 12

Independence (37) – Jayla Miller 2, Evy Nichols 6, Lilian Passé 2, Trinity Love 2, Chaise Bethmann 1, Ryan Brown 11, Cristy Martinez 13
Centennial (12) – A.J. Lein 6, Addison Gorday 2, Catherine Ligon 1, Andie Kelley 3
3-pointers – Independence 2 (Nichols), Centennial 0

Postseason plans paused for District 8-AAA, District 11-AAA

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Basketball tournament schedules for District 11-AAA and District 8-AAA have been set and reset, respectively, in consideration of the current and upcoming weather conditions.

In District 11-AAA, brackets were established at Wednesday’s seeding meeting after the majority of teams in the nine-team league were unable to complete their pandemic-interrupted schedules because of this week’s snow and ice.

“The agreement we came up with at the beginning of the season was that, if we couldn’t get all our games in, we’d (seed) on win percentage rather than total wins,” Ravenwood boys coach Patrick Whitlock said. “At that time, it was because of COVID, but now it’s because of weather.”

Page, which earned home games for both the boys and girls quarterfinals, was the only program to get in 16 district games. Franklin, ranked fourth in the Associated Press Class AAA statewide poll, was the clearcut No. 1 seed on the boys side, while fifth-ranked Brentwood is the girls top seed – just ahead of the Lady Patriots by virtue of the Lady Bruins’ one less loss.

The tournament will open Sunday with 3 p.m. play-in games – Spring Hill boys at Dickson County, Independence girls at Centennial – followed by boys and girls quarterfinals on Monday, semifinals on Tuesday and championships and consolations on Wednesday. All games will be played at higher seeds.

“That was really the only time you could do it,” Whitlock said. “We’re thinking Saturday is going to be the first day we could get back to practice. No one really wanted to play with no practice.”

Sunday

Boys play-in, Spring Hill (9) at Dickson Co. (8), 3 p.m.
Girls play-in, Independence (9) at Centennial (8), 3 p.m.

Monday

Girls quarterfinal, Independence/Centennial winner at Brentwood (1), 5:30 p.m.
Girls quarterfinal, Dickson Co. (7) at Page (2), 5:30 p.m.
Girls quarterfinal, Ravenwood (5) at Summit (4), 7 p.m.
Girls quarterfinal, Franklin (6) at Spring Hill (3), 7 p.m.
Boys quarterfinal, Spring Hill/Dickson Co. winner at Franklin (1), 7 p.m.
Boys quarterfinal, Centennial (6) at Ravenwood (3), 7 p.m.
Boys quarterfinal, Independence (5) at Page (4), 7:30 p.m.
Boys quarterfinal, Summit (7) at Brentwood (2), 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday

Girls semifinals at higher seeds
Boys semifinals at higher seeds
*5:30 p.m. (girls) and 7:30 p.m. (boys) tips if higher seed hosts both; 7 p.m. tip for single game

Wednesday

Girls championship at higher seed
Girls consolation at higher seed
Boys championship at higher seed
Boys consolation at higher seed
*5:30 p.m. (girls) and 7:30 p.m. (boys) tips if higher seed hosts both; 7 p.m. tip for single game

● District 8-AAA, which held its play-in games on Feb. 13, intends to resume tourney action Friday with boys and girls quarterfinals at higher seeds. Saturday and Sunday are set as alternate dates if the games cannot be played Friday, with semifinals scheduled for Monday and championship and consolation games Tuesday.

Friday

Girls quarterfinal, Shelbyville (6) at Lawrence Co. (3)
Girls quarterfinal, Lincoln Co. (5) at Columbia Central (4)
Boys quarterfinal, Shelbyville (7) at Lincoln Co. (3)
Boys quarterfinal, Lawrence Co. (5) at Tullahoma (4)
*game times to be determined; makeup dates Saturday or Sunday if needed

Monday

Girls semifinal, Shelbyville/Lawrence Co. winner at Tullahoma (2)
Girls semifinal, Lincoln Co./Columbia Central winner at Coffee Co. (1)
Boys semifinal, Shelbyville/Lincoln Co. winner at Coffee Co. (2)
Boys semifinal, Lawrence Co./Tullahoma winner at Columbia Central (1)
*game times to be determined

Tuesday

Girls championship at higher seed
Girls consolation at higher seed
Boys championship at higher seed
Boys consolation at higher seed
*game times to be determined; makeup date Wednesday if needed

Summit ‘defensive head coach’ to take over Admirals’ helm

By Maurice Patton

Brian Coleman doesn’t anticipate many secrets along either sideline when Summit takes the field on Week 11.

Alex Melton, who helped the Spartans to the Class 5A state championship in December, has been named to succeed Donnie Webb as head coach at soon-to-be Region 7-6A rival Franklin.

“It’s going to be different,” said Coleman, who has worked for the past seven seasons at Summit with Melton as his defensive coordinator. “We’re used to each other. He’s been a huge part of what we’ve done.

“We’re going to miss him. I’ve always tried to prepare him and let him in on decisions. He’s ready. He’ll do a great job – just hopefully not that week.”

It will be the fourth different Williamson County assignment for Melton, who previously served as an assistant at Centennial and at Brentwood, in addition to stops at Haywood in West Tennessee and at Marshall County.

Alex Melton, who has served for the past seven seasons as defensive coordinator at Summit, was named this week as the successor to Donnie Webb as Franklin’s head coach. (Courtesy photo)

“I’m excited about the opportunity to compete in one of the best regions in the state because of the level of coaches and players and the excitement in these communities,” said Melton, a Lexington, Tenn., native and a Union University graduate. “I’m excited about coaching here since I live in Franklin. It will be a chance to coach and teach where my family lives.”

In Webb’s last season at the helm, the Admirals finished 7-6 and advanced to the Class 6A state quarterfinals before falling to Brentwood. Their 27-20 Week 4 win over Summit was the Spartans’ last loss en route to the Class 5A state title.

“The history of the program, academically and athletically, and the work Coach Webb has done over the past several years drew me to the job,” Melton said. “Having the opportunity to be in charge of a group of young men and coaches and surrounding them with people who are mentors is something I’m looking forward to as a head coach. I won’t take that responsibility lightly.”

Melton steps into a reconfigured league that features four programs – Brentwood, Summit, Independence and Ravenwood – that have played for or won state championships over the past five years.

“When you look at all the teams in the region, there aren’t a lot of differences between players and coaches,” he said. “It comes down to the expectations of your program as a whole. (We) want to continue to put a good staff together and teach the kids how to respond to victories and defeats.

“The approach has to be the same in what you do every day.”

Centennial and the Admirals will round out Region 7-6A, with Dickson County reassigned to Region 6-6A along with Antioch, Cane Ridge, LaVergne, McGavock, Overton and Smyrna for the 2021 and ’22 seasons.

Over nine seasons at Franklin, Webb led the program to a 59-43 record with seven playoff appearances, including a pair of state quarterfinal berths. He similarly comes from a defensive background, having served as the then-Rebels’ defensive coordinator for six years before taking a similar role at Battle Ground Academy and returning to replace Craig Clayton as head coach.

“We are very excited to welcome Coach Melton and begin a new chapter in Franklin Admiral football,” principal Shane Pantall said. “Coach Melton is highly respected within the coaching community and we have confidence that he will continue to grow the program and engage our athletes and create a winning environment.”

Maurice Patton is the editor of SM-Tn Sports. He can be reached at mopattonsports@gmail.com or on Twitter @MoPatton_Sports.

Eagles rally late, can’t hold lead vs. visiting Centennial

By Maurice Patton

THOMPSONS STATION – Independence overcame an 11-point third-quarter deficit Friday night, but Centennial wasn’t done.

Patrick Garrett’s 3-pointer with 22 seconds remaining put the Cougars back in front, and the visitors held on for a 58-56 District 11-AAA victory.

“Wins have been hard for us to come by,” said Centennial – and former Indy – coach Jeremy Moore following his team’s second nailbiter in as many outings. “We’ll take ‘em, from here to Mars.

“We had a slow start. But that’s how all our league games are. These teams are well prepared. Our kids just made some plays. We had some big stops and some big shots.”

Coming off a 68-66 win Tuesday over visiting Summit to stop a five-game skid, Centennial (7-16, 4-6) trailed 7-0 in the opening 2½ minutes and 10-2 following a 3-pointer by Independence freshman guard Jett Montgomery.

Three straight low-post baskets from Lincoln Aholt helped the Cougars settle in, though, and the 6-5 sophomore put his team ahead early in the second period after a Matthew Busing 3 and a Garrett three-point play.

“Lincoln’s getting better every day,” Moore said. “We’re starting to learn how to read the defense. It’s definitely a focal point for us every game, getting him the ball.”

Playing inside-out offensively, Centennial took a 29-26 lead into intermission and stretched that to 42-31 midway through the third period before Independence (8-9, 5-6) turned up the heat defensively and got the margin down to 47-42 with eight minutes to play.

“We got up early and I think we relaxed, and we didn’t get it back till late,” Eagles coach Doug Keil said. “Midway through the third, we played with the energy and the intensity we expect to play with the whole game. We finally started fighting and scrapping and playing our type basketball.”

A corner 3 from Owen Ries and back-to-back River Katina baskets gave the hosts the lead, and a Katina trey with 1:41 remaining put his team ahead 54-51.

With a one-point lead after Trayvon Barbary’s basket, though, Katina misfired on a 3 and Aholt rebounded to set up Garrett’s go-ahead basket. On the ensuing possession, Montgomery’s trey was off the mark with Busing pulling down the rebound and hitting both ends of a one-and-one with 5.9 seconds remaining.

“We took the lead, but we weren’t able to hold it,” Keil said. “I have to do a better job of coaching in that situation.”

Aholt scored a team-high 15 points and Garrett 14 – with a pair of 3s — for Centennial.

“Patrick’s been really struggling shooting the ball, but he finds ways to help us win,” Moore said. “He defends the other team’s best player, he handles the ball a lot. We’re just waiting for him to get out of this funk, because he’s a really good shooter.”

Montgomery scored a game-high 19 points for Independence, while Katina finished with 14.

In the girls contest, Ryan Brown had eight points as the host Lady Eagles (2-12, 1-8) picked up their first district win, defeating Centennial (1-9, 0-6) 30-14.

Centennial boys 58, Independence 56

C 12 17 18 11 – 58
I 18 8 16 14 – 56

Centennial (58) – Trayvon Barbary 8, Patrick Garrett 14, Malachi Pointer 3, Luke Burnett 8, Lincoln Aholt 15, Matthew Busing 8, Matthew Joiner 2
Independence (56) – Jett Montgomery 19, Owen Ries 3, Tyus Anderson 4, Sam Womack 2, River Katina 14, Cameron Bell 12, Justin Miles 2
3-pointers – Centennial 6 (Garrett 2, Pointer, Burnett, Busing 2), Independence 6 (Montgomery 3, Ries, Katina 2)

Independence girls 30, Centennial 14

C 3 0 7 4 – 14
I 4 9 10 7 – 30

Centennial (14) – A.J. Lein 5, Miki Murasawa 2, Catherine Ligon 4, Andie Kelley 3
Independence (30) – Leah Oubre 4, Marley Womack 4, Evy Nichols 2, Claudia Chilton 2, Maddie Marcus 5, Ryan Brown 8, Cristy Martinez 5
3-pointers — none

Photos by Ric Beu / SM-Tn Sports

South rises: Summit, Indy advance in dual wrestling

By Maurice Patton

BRENTWOOD – For Independence and first-year coach Bryan Youngsma, it wasn’t quite as simple as ‘once is enough’.

But once was enough – for now.

After both the Eagles and Summit won their District 14-AAA/Region 7-AAA duals tournament semifinal matches Tuesday night, Independence opted not to wrestle the championship contest.

With the decision, the Spartans clinched the region title and home mats for the upcoming sectional against the Region 8-AAA runner-up. Independence will travel for sectionals.

“We didn’t feel like there was anything in it, for either team,” Youngsma said. “We’re already down (wrestlers). Maybe we beat them, but maybe we lose another starter in the process.

“With COVID, with injuries – for one extra match, it didn’t make sense.”

The decision allows Independence to maintain some momentum as it continues the postseason, while avoiding a rematch of a 65-7 loss to Summit on Jan. 14.

In a 41-32 win over host Brentwood, the Eagles looked nothing like that team from nearly two weeks ago.

“Our guys wrestled at a pretty high level the whole time,” Youngsma said. “When our 120 (-pounder, Philip Shand) got up 9-0 and got pinned, I thought it was going to turn the other way. They rose to the occasion.

“All the credit goes to the wrestlers. We’ve got a great group of seniors and we rallied around them. We got hit really hard the last few days (with injuries), lost some guys, and Brentwood has, too. The matchups just fell our way.”

Following Shand’s loss to Walker Childs, Independence won three of the next four weight classes before running off consecutive wins at 160, 170, 182 and 195 to put the contest out of reach.

The tournament was a classic war of attrition, as all four semifinalists were nursing injuries and at less than full strength.

“Our 120 has a concussion; our 126 has a foot injury; our 160 broke his hand; we have no 285,” Brentwood coach Damon Smith said. “We came in with a bunch of Band-Aids. We knew it’d be hard. It was a winnable dual, but the ones we need to go our way went their way.

“When that happens, there’s not much you can do about it.”

Centennial, meanwhile, was without three starters as Summit won 53-20.

“Not having Ethan (Duck, senior 170-pounder, concussion) really hurt us,” Cougars coach Philip Pelkey said.

Pins by Jackson Masters (120), Justin Noll (126) and Landon Desselle (132) got Summit off to a flying start, and Austin Noll’s reversal with six seconds remaining gave him a 6-5 decision over Nathan Alcoch for a 21-0 Spartan advantage before Ceron Campbell finally got Centennial on the scoreboard with a major decision.

That was the only victory on the mat for the Cougars, who picked up a pair of forfeits and got a victory by disqualification when 285-pounder Duncan Frye sustained an elbow injury in his match against previously undefeated Ryan Smith.

“We wrestle hard,” Summit coach Pete Miller said. “(Smith) had no ill intentions. Our guys step up to a different level.

“It’s great when two teams from south Williamson County go 1-2. It’s always a knock-down, drag-out fight in Region 7.”

As for the finals that weren’t, Miller was realistic.

“You always want to wrestle the finals,” he said. “But, during a pandemic, we’re just happy to be wrestling.

“You’ve got to do what’s best for your team.”

“With any luck, we’ll see them at state,” Youngsma said.

Independence 41, Brentwood 32: 120 – Walker Childs (B) p. Philip Shand, 5:27; 126 – Brandon Lee (I) p. Owen Graves, 0:55; 132 – Spencer Kon (I) md. Andrew Donelson 12-4; 138 – Clark Vaughn (B) d. Timothy Ford 12-5; 145 – Chris Witt (I) p. Xander Smartt, 2:24; 152 – Dean Klueppelberg (B) p. Maverick Marmol, 5:22; 160 – Grant Campanali (I) d. Aiden Thomason 10-4; 170 – Tanner Willett (I) md. Jake Beightol 19-10; 182 – Cannon Roberts (I) p. William Dobbs, 2:29; 195 – Gabriel Hall (I) p. Hunter Meade, 1:22; 220 – Noah Dixon (B) by forfeit; 285 – Dylan Rogers (B) by forfeit; 106 – Russell Ford (I) p. Zach Ordonez, 1:57; 113 – Aiden Scruggs (B) by forfeit

Summit 53, Centennial 20: 120 – Jackson Masters (S) p. Elijah Weston, 3:18; 126 – Justin Noll (S) p. Sean Skinner, 3:35; 132 – Landon Desselle (S) p. Lane Lewis, 1:59; 138 – Austin Noll (S) d. Nathan Alcoch 6-5; 145 – Ceron Campbell (C) md. Davie Hackert 13-5; 152 – Alex Ables (C) by forfeit; 160 – Finley Jameson (S) p. William Clingan, 3:18; 170 – Luke Justice (S) p. Craig Sanford, 2:47; 182 – Jensen Schreiber (S) d. Barrett Scott 9-3; 195 – Maddox Reed (S) by forfeit; 220 – Ty Garber (S) p. Cole Stiles, 0:40; 285 – Duncan Frye (C) by disq. over Ryan Smith; 106 – Elijah Benefield (C) by forfeit; 113 – Jarvis Little (S) p. Judah Lind, 0:35

Photos by Charles Pulliam / Williamson Herald