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Columbia Academy twinbill postponed; MTCS quarantined

By Maurice Patton

Columbia Academy’s Division II-A District 3 basketball doubleheader against visiting Middle Tennessee Christian has been postponed for pandemic-related reasons.

The game, originally set for Tuesday night, has yet to be rescheduled, according to CA athletics director Pernell Knox.

Middle Tennessee Christian’s girls team has been quarantined after being advised that a member of the Community team has tested positive for COVID-19. MTCS defeated Community 53-36 Monday in Unionville, with the unidentified Viqueen participating in that contest.

“We just felt it would be best to reschedule both the boys and girls games,” Knox said. “It’s early enough in the year that we can reschedule and play them both on a later date.”

With the postponement, Columbia Academy’s next scheduled games are Monday against visiting Athens (Ala.) Bible School in the first of four doubleheaders next week. CA is also set to play Dec. 1 at Fayetteville, with district twinbills following Dec. 3 against Providence Christian and Dec. 4 at Webb-Bell Buckle.

The Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs have each won their first two games, against Riverside Christian and Jackson County.

2020 Gridiron stat leaders

(games, attempts, yards, average, TDs)

Destin Wade, Summit 9 127-1193 9.4 14
#Luke Perko, Zion Chr. 10 153-822 5.4 7
#Jaxson Campbell, Independence 10 116-721 6.2 14
#Austin Seals, Richland 8 106-720 6.8 5
#Tre Hartwell, Independence 8 101-666 6.6 7
#Sam Edwards, Richland 9 118-603 5.1 8
#Zavier Davidson, Mt. Pleasant 9 105-582 5.5 7
#Javen Edmiston, Summertown 8 105-568 5.4 6
#Christian Biggers, Columbia Central 9 131-510 3.9 2
Brandon King, Summit 9 59-456 7.7 1

(games, completions, attempts, yards, TDs, interceptions)

#Jaxson Campbell, Independence 10 132-214-1976 20/2
#Luke Perko, Zion Chr. 10 101-200-1432 22/6
#Brady McCanless, Columbia Central 11 121-216-1430 11/12
Destin Wade, Summit 9 69-111-1097 17/5
#Luka Boylan, Spring Hill 8 70-153-788 5/7
#Colton Shaffer, Summertown 8 47-100-557 5/6
#Sam Edwards, Richland 9 60-115-523 4/9
#Bryant Beranek, Columbia Acad. 6 29-72-372 3/9
#Te’Varius Strayhorn 8 33-66-357 2/4

(games, receptions, yards, average, TDs)

#Calvin Wilson, Independence 10 28-640 22.9 9
#Steven Kinnard, Columbia Central 12 42-608 14.5 4
#Ty Lockwood, Independence 10 45-605 13.4 3
#Sam Sullivan, Zion Chr. 10 27 423 15.7 8
#Collins Malone, Columbia Acad. 7 22-365 16.6 3
#Davis Duffy, Zion Chr. 10 21-356 17.0 5
#Justin Buchmann, Columbia Central 9 29-339 11.7 2
#Max Brown, Zion Chr. 10 14-327 23.4 6
Brady Pierce, Summit 9 17-327 19.2 6
#Tyler Kondra, Independence 9 20-298 14.9 2

# season complete

Columbia Academy’s Tears plays in all-American game

By Maurice Patton

MOBILE, Ala. – It was less the results, and more the process, that drew Kavares Tears’ focus at the conclusion of Saturday’s MBP All American Game.

The Columbia Academy senior outfielder, who signed a baseball scholarship with the University of Tennessee on Nov. 18, went 0-for-2 in the inaugural contest at Hank Aaron Stadium.

Amongst a collection of some of the top minority baseball prospects in the country, Tears took a called strike three to lead off the game for the Larry Doby team – named for the first African-American to play in the American League – and drew a walk to load the bases in the top of the third inning, then later re-entered the game and grounded out to second base in the eighth.

“I had some good at-bats, went deep in (pitch) counts,” Tears said after the Jackie Robinson team won a 6-4 decision. “I hadn’t seen live pitching since early October, so I wasn’t terribly disappointed with my performance.

“It was mainly just about having fun. I’ve never been a part of anything like this, with all the best minority players in the country, all playing against each other. I love it.”

Tears was one of two UT 2021 recruiting class members participating in Saturday’s showcase event, along with infielder Christian Moore. Vanderbilt had a trio of representatives in the contest – 2021 commitment Kenneth Mallory and ’22 commits R.J. Austin and Andruw Jones Jr.

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Also playing was Knoxville Catholic junior outfielder/pitcher Kaden Martin, the son of former UT quarterback and current Volunteers receivers coach (and Mobile native) Tee Martin. The younger Martin, playing with Tears, went 2-for-2 with a double.

“This is great for our kids,” said Rodrick Tears, Kavares’ father. “These kids can play.”

More than a dozen scouts from across Major League Baseball were on hand for the contest, along with representatives from various college baseball coaching staffs.

“I think it was a great weekend for the guys,” said veteran Georgia high school baseball coach Alexander Wyche, founder/CEO of Minority Baseball Prospects. “For the first year, getting these kids from all around the country, we couldn’t have asked for a better event. It’s great to give these guys an opportunity. We’re really pleased with it.”

Maurice Patton is the editor for Southern Middle Tennessee Sports. E-mail: mopattonsports@gmail.com; Twitter: @mopatton_sports.

Hoops upcoming


Summit girls vs. Harpeth at Creek Wood Classic, 4 p.m.
Centennial at Columbia Central


Summit boys vs. Smyrna at Centennial, 2 p.m.
Columbia Central at Marshall Co.
Houston Co. at Richland
Independence at Father Ryan
Middle Tenn. Chr. at Columbia Acad.*
Page at Summertown
Santa Fe at Grace Chr.
Summit girls vs. Creek Wood at Creek Wood Classic, 7 p.m.


Independence boys vs. Mt. Juliet at Lebanon Thanksgiving Classic, 2:30 p.m.
Independence girls vs. Mt. Juliet at Lebanon Thanksgiving Classic, 4 p.m.
Mt. Pleasant boys vs. Loretto at Cannon Co. Thanksgiving Classic, 3 p.m.
Mt. Pleasant girls vs. Cannon Co. at Cannon Co. Thanksgiving Classic, 4:30 p.m.
Summertown girls vs. Stewart’s Creek at Stewart’s Creek Thanksgiving Classic, 6 p.m.


Independence girls vs. Sycamore at Lebanon Thanksgiving Classic, 10 a.m.
Independence boys vs. Stewarts Creek at Lebanon Thanksgiving Classic, 8:30 p.m.
Summertown boys at Fayetteville, 2 p.m.
Summertown girls vs. LaVergne at Stewart’s Creek Thanksgiving Classic, 2 p.m.
Mt. Pleasant at Jackson Co.

*region game

all doubleheaders 6 p.m. start unless otherwise specified

schedule subject to change without prior notice