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Sunday Review: This week’s stories from SM-Tn Sports

This was a big week for SM-Tn Sports, as we posted seven stories, a photo gallery and two podcasts, resulting in the highest week of web traffic in site history.

Thank you to everyone who continues to support us and our coverage of local sports in Southern Middle Tennessee. If you missed any of the stories or podcasts we posted this week, find them below!




Spending parts of three seasons in the major leagues makes for a nice coaching resume, but getting the seal of approval from your predecessor never hurts, either. With both in hand, Zac Curtis was nearly a shoo-in to take the helm of the Loretto baseball program.  Continue reading 


The Columbia Post 19 17U team took the field for the first time on Friday morning with back-to- back games to start their season, participating in a tournament relocated to Zion Christian Academy …  Continue reading


By Maurice Patton It may not be overstatement to call Derek Boyd a godsend for Rick Jarvis and Zion Christian Academy. Following Tommy Fox’s resignation last month as athletics director, boys basketball coach and softball coach to accept the AD position at Wayne Christian School in Goldsboro, N.C. …  Continue reading 


Zion Christian Academy graduate Briggs Rutter is one of 10 recipients of scholarships presented by the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association. The Eagles’ two-sport standout, who has signed a baseball scholarship with Middle Tennessee State University, and nine other players statewide were selected on the basis of scholastic ability and community service.  Continue reading 


One last time to wear the purple and gold? Not quite, but members of the Columbia Central boys soccer team will have one final chance to take the pitch together next month. The Tennessee High School Soccer Coaches Association 2020 State Championships will take place at Gatlinburg’s Rocky Top Sports World … Continue reading


By Chris Yow The sights and sounds of baseball being played live and in-person maybe felt like a pipe dream a month ago, but the Maury County Park complex on Monday night was a field of dreams. Continue reading


By Chris Yow Just a little more than one week after officially taking over at the offensive coordinator at Summit, Justin Palmer informed the school he would be stepping down to take a position in Alabama. Continue reading

Photo Gallery: Columbia American Little League Opening Night

A night at the ballpark does a soul good

By Chris Yow

The sights and sounds of baseball being played live and in-person maybe felt like a pipe dream a month ago, but the Maury County Park complex on Monday night was a field of dreams.

Mitts popped, bats clanked, cleats clacked, and despite the glaring omission of the aroma of popcorn in the air, the Opening Night ceremony for Columbia American Little League (CALL) was exactly what a sports-starved soul needed.

Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles tossed a strike to officially open the league, and six games took place to start the season. Conversations with parents, players, coaches and league administrators seemed to gravitate to the excitement of being able to get out of their homes and find a little normal in the world.

“We are very excited,” league president Jon McDonald told SM-Tn Sports in a Facebook Live broadcast prior to the event. “The kids are eager to get back out there, and the parents are too.”

Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles throws out the first pitch of the 2020 Columbia American Little League season. (Photo by Ric Beu for SM-Tn Sports)

Jack Beck, a player for one of the league’s 12U year old teams, agreed.

“I am just excited to play baseball again,” he said. “I’ve been practicing at home with hitting and fielding, but I am really glad to be playing a game (Monday).”

There will likely be no postseason games played this season, so Beck said he hopes to just improve his game this season.

“I just want to get better this year, so I can try out for middle school next year,” he said.

Despite storm damage and leaving the fields essentially unkept for the last six months, volunteers were able to work over the last week to get them into playing shape for opening night.

“We’ve got great people; great board, great volunteers,” McDonald said said. “That’s what’s great about Columbia.”

Chris Yow is the multimedia director for Southern Middle Tennessee Sports. He can be reached by email at sports@sm-tnsports.com or on Twitter at @ChrisYow14.

Columbia American Little League set to begin play Monday, June 8

By Chris Yow

Baseball is back — at least in Maury County.

Columbia American Little League will begin its season Monday night with Opening Day festivities. Jon McDonald, the league’s president, said he was excited to get the season underway, as the league will have its highest number of participants since he took over as president.

McDonald said the league debated in the early stages of the shutdown whether to cancel the season, but chose not to do so. That choice has paid off.

“We didn’t want to just cancel like everyone else was doing. We kept a wait-and-see approach to see if or when things would start to open back up, and if things were as bad as predicted,” he said. “I would talk with local officials to keep communication open, and follow the guidelines set by our mayors and governor. We announced this start date at the beginning of May, and it worked out.”

When the postponed season was announced, the league’s coaches contacted parents to gauge if they would play if the season did begin. Only 35 of 440 kids decided not to play this season. Due to cancellations in surrounding areas, however, McDonald said he was able to sign up almost 50 new players.

The opening ceremonies will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Monday night with Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles throwing the first pitch. Ogles sent a letter to Gov. Bill Lee this week asking him to lift all state-wide restrictions pertaining to COVID-19.

Ogles said in his letter than Maury County, population near 100,000, has seen on 102 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with no deaths.

“Furthermore, we have a regional hospital that serves as a multi-county region comprising of nine counties — and yet we have had very few cases admitted to our hospital,” he wrote. “So, very clearly, the fact support that we have reached a new stage in this pandemic, one where the people can make their own decisions as to how best to defend against the resurgence of this illness.

“This one-size-fits-all approach that might have been necessary in the early stages should give-way to local, if not individual control.”

McDonald said one precaution the league is taking this season will be to eliminate concession stands, but he said food trucks would be on site during the games on Monday. The season is scheduled to run through mid-August, and having a full season is something he felt was possible, but also important for the kids and families.

“These kids and parents need some normalcy in their lives,” he said.

Chris Yow is the multimedia director for Southern Middle Tennessee Sports. He can be reached by email at sports@sm-tnsports.com or on Twitter at @ChrisYow14.