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8-AAA all-district team named

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District 8-AAA boys soccer coaches recently selected their all-district team and superlative award winners, with regular-season champion Columbia Central taking a number of honors.

Lions sophomore goalie Dane Holley was named 8-AAA goalkeeper of the year, with juniors Victor Ramirez and Brewer Wall recognized as the league’s top midfielder and forward, respectively. Central’s Greg Szydlowski was honored as the district coach of the year.

The full list of selections follows:

All-District first team – Emilio Contreras, John Martinez (Coffee Co.); Brandon Carrascoza, Mason Hollandsworth, Kameron Smith (Columbia Central); Rylan Banks, Camden Eslick (Franklin Co.); Santana Carrillo, Sammy Gantes (Lincoln Co.); Yahir Cervantes, Dyson Collins, Cristian Ramos (Shelbyville).

All-District second team – Joseph Galindo, Bodey Todd (Coffee Co.); Randy Gray, Collin Rowe, Raul Sarabia (Columbia Central); Brad Simmons, Caleb Tubb (Franklin Co.); Damian Castaneda, John Sharp (Lincoln Co.); Edgar Solis, Ryan Tacuba, Pepe Vargas (Shelbyville).

Goalkeeper of the Year – Dane Holley, Columbia Central; Defender of the Year – Eduardo AJ, Shelbyville; Midfielder of the Year – Victor Ramirez, Columbia Central; Forward of the Year – Brewer Wall, Columbia Central; Freshman of the Year – Kolby Themm, Shelbyville; Coach of the Year – Greg Szydlowski, Columbia Central.

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.”


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


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.


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


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.


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


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


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

Six Johnson treys boost host Columbia Central past Rebels

By Maurice Patton

With the District 8-AAA regular-season title already in hand – along with the top seed in the upcoming district tournament and an automatic berth in the region tourney – Columbia Central still had plenty to play for heading into Tuesday’s matchup with visiting Franklin County.

Four first-quarter 3-point baskets from senior guard Cam Johnson helped the Lions avenge the second of their two league losses in a 68-53 victory that could have been even more decisive than it was.

“We had more energy than we did the last time we played them,” said Johnson, who finished with six 3s and a game-high 22 points as Central (18-6, 9-2) won its eighth straight game. “It feels good to get them.”

Following a 65-62 loss on Jan. 5 in Winchester – a defeat that came a week before their 59-57 loss at Tullahoma – the Lions put together a first half Tuesday night that made the outcome look virtually certain. Central led by as many as 14, and Johnson’s fifth trey made it a 34-23 game by intermission.

But in an all-too-familiar scenario, the hosts’ lapses let Franklin County (8-10, 3-8) whittle a 20-point margin down to 50-41 by the end of the third period.

Central regrouped and put the game away in the early stages of the fourth quarter, scoring 18 straight points.

“We’ve got to do a better job of sustaining those leads, instead of letting people cut it back to seven or eight,” coach Nick Campbell said. “That’s something we’ve struggled with all year. I’d say every game we’ve won, we’ve been up double figures at least once or twice in a game and just let ‘em battle back.”

The Lions led 68-41 with two minutes remaining, before clearing the bench and watching Franklin County score the game’s final 12 points.

“We just didn’t hit enough shots, and they were hitting shots,” Rebels coach Mike Holt said. “We just haven’t had our whole team healthy all year. The three times we won, we were healthy.”

Kane Reed scored 17 points to lead Franklin County. Q Martin finished with 18 points and Jordan Davis 11 for Columbia Central, but Johnson set the tone for the winners.

“Any time he can hit two or three in the first quarter, you know he’s going to get five or six because he’s not going to stop shooting,” Campbell said. “That’s his job on our team. It’s hard for me to believe there’s a whole lot of people that can shoot it better than him right now. He’s just getting more and more confident as we go. That’s good to see.”

With a Thursday matchup against visiting Shelbyville to close the regular season, Campbell wants his team to continue building momentum for the upcoming tournament – and the down time that will precede it.

“We wouldn’t want to go into tournament play, with a week off before our next game, on a bad note,” he said, referring to the district semifinals scheduled for Feb. 18. “We’ve just got to continue to get better.

“(The week off) is good. We will have had five games in 11 days; Shelbyville will be our third game in four days. It’ll give us time to recharge a little bit, have a little break, get our legs back, get a mental break and get ready to play.”

Columbia Central boys 68, Franklin Co. 53

FC 11 12 18 12 – 53
CC 23 11 16 18 – 68

Franklin Co. (53) – Ke’Andre Johnson 9, Aydan Yates 5, Shaimar Lyons 8, L.T. Taylor 3, Kaleb Rigsby 4, Jamal Blackwell 5, Kane Reed 17, Taylor Stovall 2
Columbia Central (68) – Cam Johnson 22, Carter Szydlowwski 2, Q Martin 18, Omari Franklin 5, Bubba Perkins 8, Roni Bailey 2, Jordan Davis 11
3-pointers – Franklin Co. 3 (Johnson, Yates, Blackwell), Columbia Central 10 (Johnson 6, Martin, Franklin, Perkins, Davis)

Photos by Ric Beu / SM-Tn Sports

Columbia Central survives scare from Rebelettes

By Chris Yow

COLUMBIA — Columbia Central’s girls needed a big fourth quarter to earn a tough 50-45 win over Franklin County’s Rebelettes on Friday night in District 8-AAA play.

Columbia Central (16-6, 4-4) outscored their opponents 22-16 in the final frame after only scoring four points in the third period. The Lady Lions were 8-of-13 from the charity stripe in the period, including 5-of-6 with under two minutes to play.

Closing the first quarter on a 7-0 run, Columbia Central held a commanding 15-4 lead following the first quarter. Franklin County had 10 team fouls in the quarter, allowing the hosts to make a trip to the free throw line with every foul thereafter.

The Lady Lions pushed their lead to as many as 13 points in the second period before Franklin County put together a 6-0 run of their own, including a 3-point play from Lucy Barnes to pull within four points. Columbia Central’s halftime lead was just five points, 24-19.

Coming out in the third quarter, Columbia Central got a bucket from Jenice Bailey, but Madison Partin knocked down a 3-pointer for the Rebelettes on the next possession. Another lay up from Savaiya Morgan pushed the lead back to six points before Franklin County took control.

The Rebelettes then got another Partin trey and pair of free throws from both Danica Stovall and Macy Pittenger to take a 29-28 lead with 4.2 seconds to go in the third.

Columbia Central coach Joshua Bugg said Franklin County didn’t do anything different than when the Lady Lions handled their opponent 56-24 in their first meeting on Jan. 5.

“We just didn’t play our best game tonight,” he said.

Ryleigh Hamm, who finished with a team-high 13 points, had a pair of 3-balls in the fourth to put her team ahead and to push the lead to four with 2:01 to play.

Coming off a three-game losing streak, the Lady Lions were able to survive the 3-14, 0-9 Rebelettes.

“We just got a district win. We’re going to take that and move on,” Bugg said.

Columbia Central girls 50, Franklin Co. 45

F 4 15 10 16 — 45
C 15 9 4 22 — 50

Franklin Co. (45) – Madison Partin 6, Katie Walker 4, Danica Stovall 12, Macy Pittenger 9, Lucy Barnes 14
Columbia Central ( 50) – Saviya Morgan 9, Ryleigh Hamm 13, Janiyha Riley 12, Jenice Bailey 7, Josie Parks 9
3-pointers – Franklin Co. 3 (Partin 2, Pittenger), Columbia Central 5 (Morgan, Hamm 3, Parks)

Tuesday on the hardwood

Spring Hill girls 43, Franklin Co. 33

SH 3 12 16 12 – 43
FC 10 4 5 14 — 33

Spring Hill (43) – Kat Carter 4, Cole Alderson 7, Prairie Stedman 13, Belle Brashear 3, Alli Davis 4, Sierra Stedman 12
Franklin Co. (33) – Destiney Russell 5, Madisyn Partin 4, Danica Stovall 5, Heidi Seay 2, Mikah Brannon 2, Lucy Barnes 4, Ada Watkins 2, Mary Pittenger 9
3-pointers – Spring Hill 3 (P. Stedman, S. Stedman 2), Franklin Co. 3 (Stovall, Pittenger 2)

Summertown girls 61, Lipscomb Acad. 29

L 8 15 7 7 – 29
S 16 23 14 8 – 61

Lipscomb Acad. (29) — Kate Grogan 8, Abby Smith 5, Ella Grace Thompson 4, Lily Carman 3, Jillian Bowman 3, Mallye Merritt 2, Ella George 2, Sara Lowe 2
Summertown (61) — Ansley Burleson 13, Hailey Jones 10, Rylee Long 10, Carlee Emerson 7, Jenna Brazier 5, Kaley Campbell 4, Braley Burleson 4, Karlie Campbell 3, Katie Burdette 2, Emily Brazier 2, Reese Wilson 1
3-pointers – Lipscomb Acad. 2 (Carman, Bowman), Summertown 11 (A. Burleson 3, Jones, Long 2, Emerson, J. Brazier, Kal. Campbell, B. Burleson, Kar. Campbell)