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Local products named to BCAT all-star twinbill Saturday

By Maurice Patton

Richland’s Jesse Jennings and Summit’s Delaney Noe have been selected to participate in the Basketball Coaches Association of Tennessee’s All-Star Games, set for Saturday at Blackman High School in Murfreesboro.

The two guards have been named to the ‘Middle South’ team, which will be coached by Summit’s John Wild along with Upperman’s Dana McWilliams.

“It’s a humbling experience to be thought of in that capacity,” Wild said. “To be a part of an organization like BCAT and to be able to coach kids of this caliber, it’s going to be fun and something I look forward to, and working alongside someone I really respect. Dana’s done a lot for basketball over the last 20 years in the Upper Cumberland area.”

Jennings, a recent Alabama-Huntsville commit, finished her five-year Lady Raider career with 2,345 points and led the SM-Tn Sports coverage area this season in scoring (23.6 ppg). Noe averaged a team-high 13 points per game this season for the Lady Spartans with 54 3-pointers; she is set to sign with Berry College in Rome, Ga.

“They’re all really good players or they wouldn’t have been selected,” Wild said. “I’ve coached against a lot of them, seen a lot of them either as a spectator or on Hudl. It’ll be really unique in I’ll be looking for ways to help Amelia (Osgood, from Brentwood) score the ball instead of trying to stop her.

“I think finding ways to help her will be easier than finding ways to stop her.”

Also on the Middle South roster is Fayetteville forward Zanaria Robinson, who signed with Arkansas-Little Rock during the November recruiting period. Coffee County forward Bella Vinson, a Lipscomb signee, will play for the Middle North squad that will be coached by White County’s Michael Dodgen and the Lady Raiders’ Joe Pat Cope.

Games will take place in the main gym and auxillary gym at Blackman with girls semifinal contests (West vs. Middle North; Middle South vs. East) at 11:15 a.m., boys semifinals (East vs. Memphis, Middle vs. West) at 12:30 p.m., girls finals and consolations at 2 p.m. and boys finals and consolations at 3:30 p.m.

“We started doing that four or five years ago, just to get more kids involved,” BCAT executive director Bruce Slatten said regarding the expanded schedule. “We had a few of the colleges, junior colleges and NAIAs, ask ‘why don’t you bring in more kids?’ I’ve already had two or three schools tell me they’re coming over Saturday.

“That was the biggest thing, to get more involvement. The other part (was), we found out the cost for two more teams was not that much more than what we were already doing. Four teams in boys and girls will help our crowd a little bit, give kids from Knoxville and Memphis a little more incentive to come and play two games instead of one. We were having such a hard time getting kids to commit to play. It’s helped with that.”

Of the 42 girls set to participate, 28 have signed or committed to sign collegiate scholarships – 19 at the NCAA Division I level. On the boys side, 13 of 50 are signed or have committed, two to DI schools.

The games will be open to the general public. Admission is $10 and Rutherford County Schools guidelines for COVID-19 will be observed; social distancing is required, temperature checks will be conducted, masks are required for entry and all non-participants will be expected to wear them.

Girls

West Tennessee – Kaia Barnett, Hutchison; Maxine Engle, Hutchison; Anandi Farrell-Rousseau, Collierville; Felia Fayne, Covington; Skylar Gill, Hardin Co. (North Alabama); Briana Hall, Tipton-Rosemark; Jordan Hall, Tipton-Rosemark; Carmyn Harrison, Hutchison (Georgia Tech); Kalynn Howard, Covington; Brooklyn King, Dyer Co.; Miaya Reed, Munford; Daniyasia Robinson, Covington. Coaches – Ron Burnham, Hardin Co.; Thomas Jones, Hutchison

Middle South – Tori Brooks, Upperman; Lashae Dwyer, Webb-Bell Buckle (Miami, Fla.); Reagan Hurst, Upperman (Tennessee Tech); Jesse Jennings, Richland (Ala.-Huntsville); Jaila Lee, Brentwood Acad. (St. Francis); Iyana Moore, Blackman (Vanderbilt); Delaney Noe, Summit (Berry); Amelia Osgood, Brentwood (Princeton); Victoria Page, Blackman (Dartmouth); Zanaria Robinson, Fayetteville (Ark.-Little Rock); Zhordan Shannon, Stewarts Creek (Alabama A&M). Coaches – John Wild, Summit; Dana McWilliams, Upperman

East Tennessee – Mattie Buck, Stone Memorial*; Denae Fritz, Maryville (Iowa State); Jordaynia Ivie, Lakeview Chr. (UNC-Asheville); Tessa Miller, Stone Memorial (Belmont); Campbell Penland, Northview Acad. (Carson-Newman); Maci Pitner, Seymour (Bryan); Tori Rutherford, Grainger (Carson-Newman); Aliyah Vananda, Maryville (East Tennessee State); Maggie Vick, Lakeway Chr. (Iowa State). Coaches – Mike Buck, Stone Memorial; Scott West, Maryville

Middle North – Gracie Dodgen, White Co. (Middle Tennessee State); Jalynn Gregory, Macon Co. (Middle Tennessee State); Haylee Johnson, York Inst. (Lee); Anna Mohonen, Bradley Central (Lee); Kailie Monday, Clarkrange (Univ. of the Cumberlands); Kassie Monday, Clarkrange (Univ. of the Cumberlands); Jeremia Montgomery, Gallatin (Christian Brothers); Addie Grace Porter, Lebanon; Sydnee Richetto, Green Hill (Wofford); Bella Vinson, Coffee Co. (Lipscomb). Coaches – Michael Dodgen, White Co.; Joe Pat Cope, Coffee Co.

Boys

Memphis – Davon Barnes, Collierville; Luke Bridges, Bartlett (Lyon); Eli Federman, Christian Brothers; Will Farris, Bartlett; Tadarius Jacobs, Bartlett; Isaiah Jones, Arlington; Kam Jones, Bartlett; Jordan Jenkins, Collierville; Harrison Kelly, Christian Brothers; Reese McMullen, Christian Brothers (Penn). Coaches – Bubba Luckett, Christian Brothers; Brad Luckett, Christian Brothers

West Tennessee – Jailen Anderson, Jackson South Side; Christian Ballard, Madison Academic; Clydrell Foster, Halls; Kewan Hubbard, Dyersburg; Semaj King, Henry Co.; Jequan Lax, Bolivar; Brandon Macklin, Jackson South Side; Ben McMillan, Union City; Walter Peggs, Madison Academic; Toris Woods, Bolivar. Coach – Damon Fuller, Jackson South Side

Middle Tennessee – Riggs Abner, Green Hill; Raymon Adams, Lipscomb Acad.; Isaiah Farrior, Northeast; Reed Kemp, Franklin (Missouri Western); J.P. Pegues, Hillsboro; Kaleb Powell, Beech; Mathew Schneider, Siegel (Missouri Western); Grant Slatten, White Co.* (Ole Miss); P.J. Smith, Goodpasture (Lee); Dee Spates, Warren Co.; Sam Specht, Pope John Paul II; Donte Stringer, Blackman; Zion Swader, Siegel (Missouri Western); Miles Versa, Montgomery Bell Acad. (Kenyon); John Windley, Brentwood (Johns Hopkins); Braden Zapp, Christ Presbyterian Acad. (Trevecca). Coaches – Troy Allen, Green Hill; Jeremy Moore, Centennial

East Tennessee – Jack Brown, Maryville; Riley Cooper, York Inst.; Colin Gore, Upperman (Bryan); Grant Hurst, Cleveland; Jackson Kuberka, Sequoyah; Marcus Long, East Hamilton; Kley McGowan, Cleveland; Jeremy Miller, Oak Ridge; Greg Moore, Knoxville Central; Harper Neal, Kingston; Darwin Randolph II, East Hamilton; Tony Sapp, South-Doyle; Matthew Sells, Livingston Acad. (Lincoln Memorial); Johnathan Zhao, Sevier Co. (Carson-Newman). Coaches – Mark Eldridge, Maryville; Gary Barnes, Powell

* injured


Thursday on the hardwood

Fayetteville girls 52, Mt. Pleasant 27

M 1 4 10 12 — 27
F 19 10 12 11 — 52

Mt. Pleasant (27) — Kielee Bradley 9, Baliegh Gray 1, Emily Crossman 8, Addison Workman 4, Ayanna Jones 4, KiYanna Armstrong 1
Fayetteville (52) — Elexis Humphery 7, Isabella Martin 3, Hannah Griffin 9, Amaria Thomison 3, Shaneka Nance 5, Zenana Robinson 10, Gracie Hoagland 5, Hannah Litaker 5, Tatum Delap 5
3-pointers — Mt. Pleasant 5 (Bradley 3, Crossman 2), Fayetteville 6 (Griffin 2, Humphery, Martin, Nance, Hoagland)

Culleoka girls 58, Cornersville 56 (2OT)

Cu 10 12 14 14 8 — 58
Co 13 17 7 13 6 — 56

Culleoka (58) — Tyler Reischman 6, Alex Skinner 5, Maci McKennon 25, Hannah Collins 3, Breanna Dickson 19
Cornersville (56) — Abbie Woodard 13, Alicia Polk 11, Meri Hannah Walker 13, Annabelle Mulliniks 19
3-pointers — Culleoka 2 (Collins, Dickson), Cornersville 10 (Walker 4, Mulliniks 4, Polk, Woodard)

Fayetteville boys 49, Mt. Pleasant 43

M 10 11 12 10 — 43
F 9 15 15 10 — 49

Mt. Pleasant (43) — Keevan Cooper 3, Kentra Frierson 12, Tip Marlow 12, Chris Andrews 5, Demarkus Brown 3, Bennett Hughes 5, Hardin Hughes 3
Fayetteville (49) —Braden Hockett 11, Marquess Nance 10, Kentius Henderson 6, Isaiah Thomison 10, Bryson Casey 5, Aljarea Johnson 7
3-pointers — Mt Pleasant 5 (Frierson 2, Marlow, Brown, B. Hughes), Fayetteville 8 (Hockett 3, Nance 2, Johnson 2, Casey)

Monday on the hardwood

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Zion Christian girls 58, Franklin Classical 11

Z 16 12 14 16 58
FC 2 2 5 2 11

Zion Chr. (58) – Maddy Hayes 12, Halle Adcox 17, Cassie Kennedy 10, Peyton White 11, Deanna Trousdale 4, Becca Hazard 4
Franklin Classical (11) – Alyssa Kenney 7, Isabella Willis 2, Katie Varnedue 2
3-pointers – Zion Chr. 6 (Adcox 3, White 3), Franklin Classical 0

Fayetteville girls 62, Richland 57

R 18 14 10 15 57
F 21 14 14 13 62

Richland (57) – Katie Garner 5, Jesse Jennings 33, Kristen Garner 3, Allie Garner 5
Fayetteville (62) – Isabella Martin 8, Shaneka Nance 4, Zanaria Robinson 14, Gracie Hoagland 19, Hannah Litaker 8, Alexis Humphrey 7, Amaria Thomison 2
3-pointers – Richland 4 (Jennings 2, Ka. Garner, Kr. Garner), Fayetteville 3 (Hoagland 2, Humphrey)

Richland boys 64, Fayetteville 44

R 19 22 16 7 — 64
F 10 12 10 12 — 44

Richland (64) — Tyrell Randolph 16, Jackson Alsup 2, Daniel Nicholson 21, Trey Luna 8, Stevie Ballinger 2, Bryce Anderson 2, Kolton Hood 2, Jace Derryberry 11
Fayetteville (44) — Brayden Hockett 4, Marquese Nance 8, Tyeus Lance 2, Isaiah Thomison 11, Aljerea Johnson 10, Camaurionn Taylor 2, Teondre Love 3, Wyatt Grace 2, K.J. Jackson 2
3-pointers — Richland 9 (Randolph 2, Nicholson 2, Luna 2, Derryberry 3), Fayetteville 4 (Nance 2, Thomison, Johnson)

Pair of Tigers earn all-state gridiron recognition in 1A

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Ethan Beasley completes his Mt. Pleasant football career with a third Tennessee Sports Writers Association all-state honor, as the senior defensive lineman was named to the organization’s Class 1A team this week.

Beasley, along with Tigers sophomore punter Jackson Collier, is among eight Region 5-1A performers listed on the all-state squad. Joining them are Huntland’s Kolbi Stewart, Moore County’s Kyler Parker and Kaden White, and Gus Hill, Zayshon Pullen and K.J. Jackson from the state champion Fayetteville Tigers.

In Class 2A, Eagleville receiver Kaden Snitzer and defensive back Marcus Collins from Region 5-2A were honored.

An all-state selection as a freshman in 2017 and again last year, Beasley finished with 71 total tackles (12 for loss), two sacks, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in 6½ games because of injuries and pandemic-related schedule limitations – providing a bright spot in Mt. Pleasant’s 1-8 campaign.

Collier averaged 35 yards per punt this fall while handling all the Tigers’ kicking chores – achieving touchbacks on 85 percent of his kickoffs and converting 90 percent of his extra-point attempts, along with his lone field goal try.

TSWA all-state teams for Class 3A and Class 4A were announced Tuesday, with Class 5A and Class 6A announced on Monday. Division II-A, DII-AA and DII-AAA teams will be available on Thursday.

The Class 2A and Class 1A teams are listed below.

CLASS 2A OFFENSE

QB – Jacob Dooley, Waverly, Jr.; Luke Myers, South Greene, Jr.*; RB – Jordan Cason, Watertown, Sr.; Khalik Ganaway, Peabody, Jr.*; Dylan Roebeck, Bledsoe Co., Sr.; WR – Quanterrius Hughes-Malone, Watertown, Sr.; Kaden Snitzer, Eagleville, So.; Brady Stanfield, Waverly, Sr.; OL – Neil Brown, Union City, Sr.; Malachi Hayden, Meigs Co., Sr.; Shelton Hopkins, Peabody, Sr.; Jackson Kelley, Rockwood, Sr.; Blake Minnis, Peabody, Sr.; ATH – Will Meadows, Meigs Co., Sr.*; K — Jay Higgins, South Greene, Jr.

CLASS 2A DEFENSE

DL – Jason Baskerville, Peabody, Jr.; C.J. King, Oneida, Jr.; Luke Lewis, Riverside, Sr.; Kaigan Thomas, Bledsoe Co., Jr.; LB – London Burkett, Peabody, So.; Tucker Johnson, Adamsville, Sr.; Hagan Lowe, Meigs Co., Sr.; Cameron Rankins, Trousdale Co., Sr.; DB – Marcus Collins, Eagleville, Jr.; Xadrian Fickey, Rockwood, Jr.; Taye Hutchins, Marion Co., Sr.; Carson Vandiver, Peabody, Sr.; ATH – Jordan Carter, Watertown, Sr.; P – Kolby Morgan, Oneida, Sr.

CLASS 1A OFFENSE

QB – Emmett Hegland, Midway, Jr.; Kyler Parker, Moore Co., Sr.*; RB – Hunter Frame, South Pittsburg, Sr.*; K.J. Jackson, Fayetteville, Fr.; Kolbi Stewart, Huntland, Sr.; WR – Caleb Goodman, Midway, Jr.; Jordan King, Jellico, Sr.; Devin Ramsey, Unaka, Jr.; OL – Colton Alexander, Greenback, Sr.; Gus Hill, Fayetteville, Jr.; Jesse Mounts, West Carroll, Sr.; Bryson Ridge, Coalfield, Jr.; Jared Stone, South Pittsburg, Sr.*; ATH – Seth Lowe, Coalfield, Sr.; K – Cooper Keown, South Pittsburg, Fr.

CLASS 1A DEFENSE

DL – Ethan Beasley, Mt. Pleasant, Sr.; Radshun Cheirs, Lake Co., Sr.; Gio Davis, South Pittsburg, Jr.; Isaac McKinney, Coalfield, Sr.; LB – J.J. Beene, South Pittsburg, Sr.; Braden Matoy, Greenback, Jr.; Brandon Nation, Oliver Springs, Sr.; Kade Wood, Huntingdon, So.; DB – Gavin Hill, Oliver Springs, Sr.; J.T. Morgan, Lake Co., Sr.; Zayshon Pullen, Fayetteville, Sr.; Kaden White, Moore Co., Sr.; ATH – Cody Wildridge, West Carroll, Sr.; P – Jackson Collier, Mt. Pleasant, So.

*Mr. Football finalist; automatic all-state selection

All-region picks named for 5-1A

Coaches from Region 5-1A have announced their postseason all-region team and superlative awards.

Player of the Year – Kolbi Stewart, Huntland

Offensive Player of the Year – Kyler Parker, Moore Co.

Defensive Player of the Year – Kaden White, Moore Co.

Back of the Year – K.J. Johnson, Fayetteville; Austin Seals, Richland

Lineman of the Year – Gus Hill, Fayetteville

Special Teams Player of the Year – Dawson White, Moore Co.

Kicker of the Year – Jackson Collier, Mt. Pleasant

Coach of the Year – Kenny Morson, Fayetteville; Kris White, Moore Co.

Staff of the Year – Fayetteville

All-Region – Brady Calahan, Riley Qualls, Carson Warner, Eli Welch, Rhett Woodard (Cornersville); Antonio Ibarra, Graham Pace, Zayshon Pullen, Cam Sheridan, Andre Thomison, Jaylen Williams, Braxton Wilson (Fayetteville); Andrew Bradner, Bryson Johnson, Micah Millraney, Payton Reed, Kobe Stovall, Troy Tate (Huntland); Ethan Beasley, Zavier Davidson, Jerimiah Dobbins, Ryan Gray (Mt. Pleasant); Zac Carawan, Brayden Cashion, Donnie Pearson, Dylan Scruggs, Tyler Smith, Joseph Trice (Moore Co.); Gavin Boggs, Sam Edwards, Landon Griggs, C.J. James, Mason Lawing (Richland)

Honorable Mention – Alex Hillard, Blake Jones, Trenton Posey, Barrett Powers (Cornersville); Aubre Brown, Jay Buchanan, Aljarea Johnson, Isaiah Thomison (Fayetteville); Avery Bradley, Evan Damron, T.J. Magovirk, Jayden Norwood (Huntland); Demarkus Brown, Dontavious Ellison, Jacob Randolph, Jeffrey Williamson (Mt. Pleasant); Chase Bradford, Hayden Carter, Ryder Morey, Josh Parks (Moore Co.); Andrew McCormack, Chandler Thomason, Ethan Workman, John Young (Richland)

Second-half surge propels Lions past visiting Fayetteville

By Maurice Patton

COLUMBIA – Missing players is nothing new for area basketball teams these days.

And while Columbia Central junior guard Omari Franklin was sidelined Monday night by a hip flexor issue – not COVID concerns – as the Lions took on visiting Fayetteville, it was nevertheless a factor in an eventual 65-53 victory.

“It changed our rotation,” coach Nick Campbell said regarding Franklin’s absence. “We’ve just got to be flexible (and) go play.”

Though it took some time, Central’s athleticism and depth – combined with eight 3-pointers – eventually wore on Fayetteville. One of the better Class A teams in the area, the Tigers battled early and let 20-18 midway through the second quarter before the Lions went on a 13-2 spurt before halftime.

“They made some shots,” Campbell said regarding Fayetteville, which fell to 3-6 with its second loss in four games against Maury County foes. “When they make shots, they’re going to be tough.

“We had 11 turnovers in the first half. If we didn’t have that, it would have been more than (an eight-point lead). I didn’t think we closed as well as we could have.”

Scoring 11 unanswered points to open the second half, Columbia Central improved to 7-0 on the season with a 65-53 win Monday over visiting Fayetteville. (Photo by Maurice Patton / SM-Tn Sports)

The Tigers cut a 31-22 deficit inside the final minute to 33-28 at the break on a pair of Marquese Nance 3s, but Central scored the first 11 points of the third period and led comfortably the rest of the way.

“Our transition defense – if we could have cleaned that up,” Fayetteville coach Chris Murdock said. “They got some easy baskets in transition. We played in spurts.

“It’s a good game for us, to see that speed all over the court. It’s a good learning experience. If we can run our stuff against Columbia, we’re not going to see that speed and athleticism in district play.”

Central improved to 7-0 with the win, as Cam Johnson and Q Martin scored 17 points each. Brayden Hockett finished with 17 points and Nance 15 for Fayetteville.

Lady Lions score in bunches: Josie Parks notched a game-high 23 points, one of three Central players to reach double digits in a 51-40 victory.

“It wasn’t pretty, but we went in there and got a win,” Parks said. “Our transition offense is a big part of our game. We’re smaller (than opponents), but faster, and we’re able to move the ball. We have to be better in slower, calmed-down settings. But we’re going to get there.”

Most of Columbia Central’s field goals came on layups, particularly in the opening half, as the Lady Lions were effective running their break but less so in the halfcourt. Meanwhile, Arkansas-Little Rock signee Zanaria Robinson kept the visitors (5-4) in the contest and helped them to a 23-22 halftime lead.

Trailing 36-33 inside the final two minutes of the third quarter, Parks hit back-to-back baskets to end the period with a 37-36 cushion, then sparked an 8-0 run to open the fourth and conclusively switch the momentum.

Besides Parks, Janiyha Riley and Saviya Morgan each finished with 10 points. A total of four players scored for Columbia Central, which played without junior guard Karma Hunt (knee).

“That’s a concern. But at the same time, we’re glad to get the win,” Parks said after the Lady Lions improved to 7-2.

Robinson scored 23 for Fayetteville.

Next up: Central faces visiting Marshall County in a Tuesday doubleheader, before the Lady Lions host the B4 Christmas Classic this weekend while the boys travel for the Riverdale Classic in Murfreesboro.

“This will be the second time we get them on the second night (of consecutive games),” Campbell said. “But we’re glad we’ve got the games with everything that’s going on.

“It’ll build toughness.”

Columbia Central boys 65, Fayetteville 53

F 11 17 10 15 – 53
C 12 21 13 19 – 65

Fayetteville (53) – Brayden Hockett 17, Marquese Nance 15, Tyeus Layne 4, Isaiah Thomison 8, Bryson Casey 3, K.J. Jackson 2, Corian Cash 4

Columbia Central (65) – Cam Johnson 17, Carter Szydlowski 6, Demetrius McCoy 4, Q Martin 17, Bubba Perkins 7, Roni Bailey 5, Quandrees Peete 3, Jordan Davis 6

3-pointers – Fayetteville 7 (Hockett 3, Nance 3, Casey), Columbia Central 8 (Johnson 5, Martin, Perkins, Bailey)

Columbia Central girls 51, Fayetteville 40

F 11 12 13 4 – 40
C 16 6 15 14 – 51

Fayetteville (40) — Elexis Humphrey 3, Amaria Thompson 2, Shaneka Nance 6, Zanaria Robinson 23, Hannah Litaker 6

Columbia Central (51) – Saviya Morgan 10, Ryleigh Hamm 8, Janiyha Riley 10, Josie Parks 23

3-pointers – Fayetteville 0, Columbia Central 1 (Hamm)