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Weekend on the hardwood


Spring Hill girls 58, Franklin 50

S 21 18 4 15 58
F 10 13 18 9 50

Spring Hill (58) – Kat Carter 6, Cole Alderson 4, Prairie Stedman 12, Belle Brashear 7, Sierra Stedman 24, Jayce Brashear 5
Franklin (50) – Jean Costello 3, Brenna Swiger 6, Layla Gardner 8, Kate O’Neil 28, Regina Hammond 5
3-pointers – Spring Hill 6 (S. Stedman 3, P. Stedman, B. Brashear, J. Brashear), Franklin 6 (O’Neil 3, Costello, Gardner, Hammond)

Franklin boys 69, Spring Hill 37

S 4 11 7 15 — 37
F 28 10 10 21 — 69

Spring Hill (37) — Jayden Davis 4, Brytten Georges 6, Quintaveous Simmons 10, Kai’Seanne Brashear 15, Blake Smith 2
Franklin (69) — Taylor Spierto 2, Tom Fortner 11, Nick Magee 2, Reed Kemp 14, Aiden Smylie 13, Connor Beavon 5, Myers Tschintz 2, Davis Long 10, Matt Thurman 4, Mason Jones 6
3-pointers — Spring Hill 4 (Georges 2, Simmons 2), Franklin 8 (Fortner 2, Kemp 2, Smylie, Beavon, Long 2)


Hampshire girls 43, Wayne Co. 40

W 10 17 4 9 40
H 10 17 2 14 43

Wayne Co. (40) – Savanna McClain 11, Charli Woodside 3, Jac Keaton 4, Lauren Bryant 11, Michaela Gallian 11
Hampshire (43) – Katie Shelton 3, Hailey Potts 5, Kortney Rowland 9, Ansley Stoner 2, Kayla Stephens 6, Kadence Stoner 3, Madison Cagle 2, Karlee Rowland 13
3-pointers – Wayne Co. 3 (McClain, Woodside, Bryant), Hampshire 4 (Stephens 2, Potts, Shelton)

Westmoreland girls 40, Summit 33

S 11 4 12 6 33
W 14 9 10 7 40

Summit (33) – Delaney Noe 17, Cydney Wright 4, Ellie Colson 7, Nicole Rizane 5
Westmoreland (40) – Mallory Cassety 5, Jordan Bandy 4, Reagan Hodge 6, Bayleigh Norman 4, Emma Write 4, Alana Eakle 17
3-pointers – Summit 4 (Noe 3, Rizane), Westmoreland 4 (Cassety, Hodge, Eakle 2)

Summertown boys 66, Mt. Pleasant 47

S 16 20 16 14 — 66
M 13 9 18 7 — 47

Summertown (66) — Skyler Trousdale 10, Grayson Burleson 14, Gavin Burleson 18, Grant Burleson 4, Kaden Trotter 4, Jake Smith 12, Zane Akins 4
Mt. Pleasant (47) — Keevan Cooper 3, Kentra Frierson 14, Tip Marlow 9, Chris Andrews 9, Chandler Hughes 8, Hardin Hughes 2, Kyler Baker 2
3-pointers — Summertown 11 (Trousdale, Gy. Burleson 2, Gv. Burleson 4, Gt. Burleson, Trotter, Smith 2), Mt. Pleasant 2 (Frierson 2)

Summit boys, Indy girls win Maher/Garstin wrestling tourney team championships

By Maurice Patton

THOMPSONS STATION — Summit won the boys championship at the 16th annual Maher/Garstin Battle for Independence wrestling tournament Saturday, but the outcome was secondary for veteran Spartans coach Pete Miller.

“Just having everybody back on the mat and proving to the world we can run a wrestling tournament and run it the right way, that the sport of wrestling can be successful during a pandemic,” Miller said, addressing the importance of the event that featured athletes from 15 programs from across Middle Tennessee and beyond, as well as 14 girls teams.

“It’s bigger than us. It’s to show (the sport) can still continue. Independence has run everything about this event the right way.”

Jackson Masters (120 pounds), Landon Desselle (132) and Ryan Smith (285) each won weight class championships Saturday, with many of the weights contested in round-robin competition rather than brackets – resulting in more mat time for the wrestlers, a welcome commodity in a season that’s been interrupted for many teams by pandemic-related stoppages.

Summit edged Fairview in the team scoring, with the Yellow Jackets led by its own trio of titlists — Riley Bennett (138), Kendrick Curtis (182) and Jacob Clevenger (220). Beech, Centennial and Brentwood rounded out the top five teams.

On the girls side, host Independence took top team honors followed by Oakland, Summit, Columbia Central and Franklin. Indy’s Baylee Peterson (119) and Brooklyn Long (150) won their respective wright classes.

Tournament director Jared Grindstaff said the circumstances created by the pandemic forced a reduction in participating teams – but that such a reduction had been long considered.

“Last year, we had 27 boys teams and 27 girls teams,” he said. “We had been wanting to shrink the tournament. Nobody really enjoys when the gym is full and everybody’s here till 7 (p.m.). So we’d been looking to scale it back. People can spread out and we’re going to get out of here fairly early.”

Boys team scores

Summit 155; Fairview 152.5; Beech 142.5; Centennial 131; Brentwood 126.5; Nolensville 109.5; Brentwood Acad. 97; Independence 66.5; Sycamore 54; Boyd Buchanan 50; Dickson Co. 48; Ravenwood 38.5; Pope John Paul II 22; Columbia Central 4.5

Boys medalists

106 – Elijah Benfield (Cent); Kayden Quillen (DC); Aiden Scruggs (Bwd); 113 – Blake Palmer (Bee); Grayson Miller (Sum); Zach Ordonez (Bwd); 120 – Jackson Masters (Sum); Keegan Seaver (Frv); Dylan Davenport (Syc); 126 – Trey Bates (Bee); Justin Noll (Sum); Arash Yazdani (Bwd); 132 – Landon Desselle (Sum); Logan Heckert (Syc); Spencer Kon (Ind); 138 – Riley Bennett (Frv); Charles McTorry (BA); Riley Lippincott (Nvl); 145 – Drew Dodson (Rvd); Xander Smartt (Bwd); Chris Witt (Ind); 152 – Alex Ables (Cent); Kaiden Bates (BB); Tate Crowell (Nvl); 160 – Logan Spell (BA); Malachi Bennett (Frv); John Campbell (DC); 170 – Mason Smith (Bee); Kevin Duck (Cent); Zach Sinner (Nvl); 182 – Kendrick Curtis (Frv); Hunter Meade (Bwd); Craig Sanford (Cent); 195 – Donovan Rich (Bee); Nathan Montpool (Nvl); Patrick Styblo (Cent); 220 – Jacob Clevenger (Frv); Tyler Garber (Sum); Bailey Black (Nvl); 285 – Ryan Smith (Sum); Jackson Wells (BA); Bradley Vaughn (Ind)

Girls team scores

Independence 77; Oakland 52.5; Summit 47; Columbia Central 39; Franklin 38; Cheatham Co. 27; Fairview 24; Alcoa 22.5; Centennial 20; Sycamore 20; Brentwood 18; Pope John Paul II 15; Nolensville 13; Ravenwood 7

Girls medalists

103 – Anna Fisher (Alc); Rylee Lent (Ind); Elena Montpool (Nvl); 112 – Livia Kelingos-Spain (Frv); Amanda Thomason (ChCo); Nevaeh Brinson (Sum); 119 – Baylee Peterson (Ind); Millie D’Angelo (Ind); Mila Risner (Oak); 125/132 – Emma Stephenson (Sum); Erica Moore (Bwd); Callie Keightley (JPII); 140 – Isabella Campbell (Fkn); Lindsey Compton (Ind); Graysen Harvey (Cent); 150 – Brooklyn Long (Ind); Brianna Gayton (Col); Rylee Bennett (Sum); 160/170 – Ashlyn McClay (Oak); Fatima Ebrahim (Col); Alexa Powers (Oak); 190 – Savannah Williams (Syc); Jordan Webster (Oak); 215 – Sydney Hueser (Fkn)

Indy to host Maher/Garstin wrestling tourney Saturday

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More than a dozen boys and girls high school wrestling programs will be represented Saturday at the Maher/Garstin Battle for Independence tournament, hosted by the Eagles and Lady Eagles in Thompson Station.

Along with the host teams, Beech, Boyd Buchanan, Brentwood Academy, Brentwood, Centennial, Dickson County, Fairview, Nolensville, Pope John Paul II, Ravenwood, Summit and Sycamore will compete in the boys field.

On the girls side, Alcoa, Brentwood, Centennial, Cheatham County, Columbia Central, Fairview, Franklin, Nolensville, Oakland, Pope John Paul II, Ravenwood and Sycamore will be in action.

Wrestling will begin at approximately 8:30 a.m., with the final set for approximately 1 p.m.

Lady Lions continue to surge as District 8-AAA action looms

By Maurice Patton

COLUMBIA — Pleased, but not satisfied.

That would be the mindset of fourth-year Columbia Central girls basketball coach Joshua Bugg, who – after Wednesday’s 49-46 win over visiting Franklin – has guided this season’s Lady Lions to nearly as many victories as his first three teams totaled.

“We’re thankful that we’ve been able to play and be successful, especially compared to the past,” Bugg said. “Obviously the goal is to win, so that’s exciting. But more exciting is seeing the kids, on a day-to-day basis, putting in the work that produces those results. You can see it in their faces, in their interactions.

“We’ve come a long way in a short amount of time. It’s fun seeing them have fun and win.”

With Wednesday’s victory, following a 50-47 win Monday at Goodpasture (which has its own storyline), Central takes an 11-3 mark into the new year – raising Bugg’s career coaching mark to 26-63. His initial season produced a 6-19 finish, followed by a 5-20 campaign in 2018-19 and a 4-21 record last year.

“I think they’re starting to understand the process, taking the tools we’re giving them and being successful,” Bugg said. “I think we were getting closer to the top of the hill last year than our record indicated.”

Columbia Central’s Janiyha Riley scored 15 points in Wednesday’s 49-46 win over visiting Franklin, raising her scoring average to 12.3 points per game through the Lady Lions’ 11-3 campaign. (Courtesy photo by Buffy Holt)

Resilience has been one of the keys to this year’s team, as witnessed by the Goodpasture contest. Less than two weeks earlier, Central had faced the Lady Cougars in the B4 Christmas Classic at Hardy Loyd Gymnasium. Playing without Josie Parks and Janiyha Riley, the Lady Lions dropped a 41-35 decision –before the two teamed for 30 points in Monday’s win.

Against Franklin, Central overcame a 29-point effort by Lady Admirals post Kate O’Neil as Parks scored 25 points and Riley 15. With mostly young and inexperienced interior players, Bugg knows his team will be challenged in the paint most nights.

“I wouldn’t say it’s a ‘concern’. It’s an awareness,” he said. “We counter (opponents’ size) with our speed and quickness. If we can score the ball at a decent rate, we’re going to get in our defense and turn you over. Those bigger kids can’t always handle the ball.

“We’re working on doing a better job with that. We have a strategy in terms of defending the post. We think we can clean a lot of that up. We have three or four kids that are 5-8, 5-9, so we can get better there.”

And with the ‘buy-in’ that has taken place throughout the program – from assistants Carden Virgo, Megan Kilburn and Jermarcus McKnight to the players – Bugg expects that to be the case.

Jenice Bailey, the only senior on the Columbia Central roster, has emerged as a team leader during the Lady Lions’ 11-3 start. “When she speaks, the kids listen,” fourth-year coach Joshua Bugg said. (Courtesy photo by Buffy Holt)

“Just being able to lean on our great assistants and our players … The strength is in our team,” he said. “We’re doing it with a really young group. We’ve got them playing fast. They’re quick and strong. I feel like we can compete with most (Class) 3A teams.

“We’re optimistic. We know we can do so much better.”

The Lady Lions resume play Jan. 5 at District 8-AAA rival Franklin County.

Columbia Central girls 49, Franklin 46

F 12 6 8 20 – 46
C 17 5 13 14 – 49

Franklin (46) – Jean Costello 6, Breanna Swiger 4, Lyla Gardner 5, Kate O’Neal 29, Dylann Gardner 2
Columbia Central (49) – Saviya Morgan 4, Ryleigh Hamm 4, Janiyha Riley 15, Jenice Bailey 1, Josie Parks 25
3-pointers – Franklin 3 (Costello 2, L. Gardner), Columbia Central 2 (Parks 2)

Locals earn all-state honors

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Independence, Columbia Central and the reigning state champion Summit Spartans are each represented on the Class 6A and Class 5A all-state football teams announced recently by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association.

Jaxson Campbell, an all-state selection at defensive back as a junior in 2019, is one of two Class 6A honorees at quarterback (along with fellow Williamson Countian and Region 6-6A competitor Cade Granzow of Brentwood) after throwing and running for 2,697 offensive yards and 34 total touchdowns in 10 games. A recent signee with the U.S. Naval Academy, Campbell helped the Eagles into the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs, finishing 7-3.

Carter Szydlowski earned 5A all-state honors at offensive line after anchoring the Lions in the trenches on both sides of the ball this fall. The senior’s efforts helped Central produce a 1,400-yard passer, a 600-yard receiver and a 500-yard rusher as the team advanced to the second round of the playoffs – claiming the program’s first postseason victory since 2012 — and finished 6-6.

Destin Wade, a Class 5A Mr. Football finalist, and offensive lineman Cooper Koch each drew all-state recognition for Summit.

Koch, a junior, was the top performer up front for a Spartan offense that averaged 394 yards over 11 on-field contests. Summit rushed for 2,893 yards (6.9/carry) and 30 touchdowns, threw for 1,441 yards and 19 TDs and finished 13-2, capping its second straight BlueCross Bowl appearance with a 28-7 win over Oak Ridge.

Wade, selected as the championship game’s most valuable player, completed the season with 1,507 rushing yards with 18 touchdowns and 1,405 passing yards with 19 scores – including 234 offensive yards and three TDs in the finals.

Region 6-6A dominated the Class 6A selections, with five offensive picks (receivers Jake Briningstool of Ravenwood and Walker Merrill of Brentwood, lineman Fisher Anderson of Franklin) and three on defense (Ravenwood linebacker Junior Colson, Brentwood linebacker Spencer Rich and defensive back John Howse).

The complete Class 6A and Class 5A teams are listed below. Class 4A and 3A will be available on Tuesday, followed by Class 2A and Class 1A on Wednesday and Division II-A, II-AA and II-AAA on Thursday.


QB – Jaxson Campbell, Independence, Sr.; Cade Granzow, Brentwood, Sr.; RB – Robert Giaimo, Bartlett, Sr.; Jalen Hunt, McMinn Co., Sr.*; Jordan James, Oakland, Jr.; WR – Jake Briningstool, Ravenwood, Sr.*; Isaiah Horton, Oakland, Jr.; Walker Merrill, Brentwood, Sr.; L – Fisher Anderson, Franklin, Jr.; Zach Ferguson, Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett, Sr.; Bryce Goodner, Sr., McMinn Co.; Graham Keating, Oakland, Sr.; Harrison Wilkes, Germantown Houston, Sr.; ATH – Ray Banner, LaVergne, Sr.; K – Upton Bellenfant, Stewarts Creek, Jr.


DL — Lou Burchfield, Maryville, Sr.; Ethan Hassler, Collierville, Sr.; Jackson Martin, Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett, Sr.; Javon Nelson, Riverdale, Sr.; LB – Junior Colson, Ravenwood, Sr.; Spencer Rich, Brentwood, Sr.; Brent Rowe, Hendersonville, Sr.; DB – Javon Burke, Bradley Central, Sr.; D.J. Burks, Maryville, Jr.; Ellis Ellis, Hendersonville, Sr.; John Howse, Brentwood, Sr.; ATH – C.J. Taylor, Warren Co., Sr.*; P – Trey Turk, Oakland, Sr.


QB – Tucker Pope, Walker Valley, Sr.; Destin Wade, Summit, Jr.*; RB – De’Sean Bishop, Knoxville Karns, So.; Shawn Gary, South-Doyle, Jr.; Jermarcus Johnson, Henry Co., Sr.; WR – Liam Fortner, Knoxville Central, Sr.; Micah Simpson, Morristown East, Jr.; Brody Swafford, Walker Valley, Sr.; OL – Brady Cash, Knoxville Central, Jr.; Brycen Hodges, Powell, Sr.; David Hull, South-Doyle, Sr.; Cooper Koch, Summit, Jr.; Carter Szydlowski, Columbia Central, Sr.; ATH – Jason Foust, Powell, So.; K – Ewan Johnson, South-Doyle, Sr.


DL – Jaxon Adams, Oak Ridge, Sr.; Andrew Gilbert, Knoxville West, Sr.; Levi Herald, South-Doyle, Sr.; Rhett Stottlemire, Soddy Daisy, Sr.; LB – Eli Denton, Walker Valley, Sr.; Drew Fisher, Rhea Co., Sr.; Kalib Fortner, Knoxville Central, Sr.*; Ethan Scott, Knoxville West, Sr.; DB – Prince Kollie, David Crockett, Sr.*; Jawan Odoms, Henry Co., Sr.; Preston Sisler, South-Doyle, Sr.; Preston Turner, Oak Ridge, Sr.; ATH – Shannon Blair, Knoxville West, Jr.; P – Ryan Bolton, Knoxville Central, Jr.

*Mr. Football finalist, automatic all-state selection

6-6A coaches select all-region

Coaches from Region 6-6A have announced their postseason all-region and superlative awards.

Most Valuable Player – Jake Briningstool, Ravenwood; Cade Granzow, Brentwood

Offensive Player of the Year – Jaxson Campbell, Independence

Defensive Player of the Year – Spencer Rich, Brentwood

Lineman of the Year – Fisher Anderson, Franklin

Kicker of the Year – Carter Potts, Centennial

Punter of the Year – Cooper Allen, Independence

All-Region – Jake Brock, John Howse, Walker Merrill, Mason Mitchell, Luke Walters, Aaron Walton (Brentwood); Josh Forsee, Cannon Plowman, Jeremiah Scruggs (Centennial); Clint Shrader, Kaden Thomas (Dickson Co.); Connor Beavon, Journey Keen, Carson Repass, Taylor Spierto (Franklin); Josh Amor, River Katina, Ty Lockwood, Ethan Pickering, Austin Watson, Calvin Wilson (Independence); Trevor Andrews, Junior Colson, Owen Davis, Ross Johnston, Ben Severance, Justin Smitherman (Ravenwood)