USA Baseball has announced the 16 high schools that will compete in the second annual National High School Invitational (NHSI) at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C., March 27-30, 2013. The tournament will include teams from 10 states and will feature some of the top prep baseball programs and players in the country. The Tullahoma Wildcats will play in this tournament and feature their top 2 players Jordan and Justus Sheffield. Jordan has his fastball hitting at over 95mph and will play for Vanderbilt next season. Justus is verbally committed to Vanderbilt the following year.
With the second half of the basketball season quickly approaching, the Motlow Bucks are in position to compete for their second regular-season conference championship in the past three years.
The Bucks (9-2, 7-0) resume action following a month-long holiday break when they host non-conference opponent Snead State on Wednesday, Jan. 9. Tipoff for the men is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Copperweld Arena. The Bucks edged the Parsons 72-68 back on Nov. 12 in Boaz, Ala.
Motlow currently stands alone at the top of the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) standings, a full two games ahead of Cleveland State and Southwest Tennessee who each have two conference losses.
Head coach Jerry Nichols knows his team ended the first half of the season on a four-game winning streak, but he also realizes that regaining that momentum will not come easily.
Due to an expansion in the number of teams the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) will invite to the national tournament in Hutchinson, Kan. in March, the Bucks have two opportunities to make it.
In past years the NJCAA tournament consisted of only the 16 tournament champions from its 16 regions across the country. Motlow plays in Region VII and has finished as tournament runner-up the past two seasons. In 2010-11 the Bucks won the regular season title, only to fall in the championship game to Chattanooga State. Last year Motlow lost a heartbreaking 56-53 decision to tournament champion Columbia State.
“The NJCAA has expanded its tournament to 24 teams now,” said Coach Nichols. “Four regular season region champions will be added as well as four wild card selections. Region VII is among the four regions that will send its regular season champion as well as its tournament champion to the national tournament this season. Those regions will rotate every season, but we were fortunate to be chosen in a random drawing to be one of the first four regions in this new format.”
The TCCAA/Region VII Tournament will be held at Motlow this season, beginning Tuesday, Mar. 5 and ending with both men’s and women’s champions being crowned on Saturday, Mar. 9 at Copperweld Arena.
Hollee Sadler as sophomore golfer earned her way to the TSSAA state golf tournament. Sadler finished 21st overall
Tori Taylor came in 8th place in the discus in TSSAA state track and field meet in Murfreesboro.
Chelsea Howell set a state record for the most homeruns in one state softball tournament. Howell hit 3 round trippers.
Chase Jones after several district and region championships plus one sectional championship and state tournament resigned as head coach of the Coffee County baseball team. Jones left the school system after serving the system for 13 years. Jones finishes with well over 200 wins as head of the program.
Brent Whitlock was named to replace Jones. Whitlock was serving as an assistant at Riverdale.
Paul Parsley resigned as Athletic Director at Coffee County High School. Parsley remains at the school. Richard Skipper was named as Parsley’s replacement.
Motlow men’s basketball team lost in Region VII tournament finals for the 2nd year in a row. One win away from the National Junior College championship tournament.
The Coffee Co. Bank little league baseball team completed an undefeated season going 20-0 and a 2 year record of 39-1.
The Manchester 15 year-old Babe Ruth all-star team won the district championship and made the state tournament.
Nashville sports talk show host George Plaster will return to radio after being off the air for almost a year.
Plaster joined Thunder Radio on July 23 as host of “Sports Night” from 3 to 6 p.m.
Groundbreaking for the new College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta will be January 28 and the museum is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014.
The National Football Foundation, which runs the Hall of Fame, made the announcement Monday.
The new site is in the Centennial Olympic Park area downtown near the Georgia Dome and World Congress Center. The College Football Hall of Fame was located in South Bend, Indiana, near the campus of Notre Dame, for 17 years. It closed Sunday.
The new Hall of Fame has a price tag of $66.5 million, with the 94,256-square-feet hall facility costing $54 million. Both public and private funds will be used.
The NFF announced three years ago that the hall was moving, but fundraising issues forced several delays in the project.
Jordan Rodgers threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score as the Vanderbilt Commodores capped their best season in nearly a century Monday by beating North Carolina State 38-24 in the Music City Bowl.
The Commodores finished 9-4 for their best record since going 9-1 in 1915.
Vanderbilt forced a season-high five turnovers, including four in the first half, and turned those into 17 points.
Titans owner Bud Adams said Munchak “is the right guy to get the job done” but the team’s senior executive vice president and former general manager Mike Reinfeldt was fired.
Munchak is 15-17 in two seasons as head coach.
Coffee County (5-9) in boys play and (6-9) in girls on the season plays its first district game Friday at Warren County.
18th-ranked Butler Bulldogs shook off a sluggish start and routed Vanderbilt 68-49 Saturday night for their seventh straight victory.
Kyle Fuller led Vanderbilt with 10 points. Kedren Johnson finished with nine, well below his average of 17.8 points and didn’t score until nearly three minutes into the second half.
Vandy will host William & Mary Wednesday night at 7pm.
Tennessee became the first team in NFL history with two players scoring twice on returns in a game as the Titans beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 38-20 Sunday in their season finale.
Darius Reynaud scored on two punt returns and rookie linebacker Zach Brown returned two interceptions for touchdowns.
The Titans (6-10) finished by winning two of their final three games, which may be enough for owner Bud Adams to keep coach Mike Munchak with two years left on his contract.