Growing up, the men in my family did not watch much football. We were a soccer family. My father played on an adult team and coached my elementary school team. My brother was such a good player that he won a college soccer scholarship and was the captain of his college team.
By RON HART
As giddy with anticipation as a schoolgirl, NPR reports that a record 5 million people will attend Barack Obama’s inauguration this month. Ever the inquisitive columnist, I have examined these claims, determined that NPR might be right on this one, and got a nice tote bag from them for my efforts.
By JOHN BRYAN
As we ended 2008, our focus for the most part has been on the news events and happenings of this most unusual year.
We all saw gas prices rise and fall as did the stock market. We continued to see our country at war in distant foreign fields and we witnessed a number of setbacks much closer to home.
The year 2008 in a word was a “challenge.”
But 2008 has passed and we must now be focused on what we must accomplish in 2009.
LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, January 3, at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church for 15th Judicial District Criminal Court Judge J.O. Bond, 70, of Lebanon.
Judge Bond passed away December 31, 2008 following a massive stroke.
Judge Bond was born the youngest of eight children on December 24, 1938, in rural Wilson County. He completed his primary education at the Major School and his secondary education at Lebanon High School.
WCHS PLAYS SOUTH GREENE FOR TITLE
GREENEVILLE -- Playing for championships has become old hat for Wilson Central, and the Lady Wildcats secured a chance to make it back-to-back GreenBank Ladies Classic titles following a 58-41 win over Maryville Tuesday night.
Coach Bud Brandon’s team was scheduled to take on South Greene for the championship Wednesday afternoon at Hal Henard Gym.
Central couldn’t shake Maryville until the second half.
The contest was knotted at 21-21 at intermission, but a 22-7 run by Wilson Central in the third period gave them enough breathing room to advance.
Senior Jasmine Hassell, the reigning Miss Basketball in the state of Tennessee, tossed in 16 points and yanked off nine rebounds.
TaylorPeterson also scored 16 while Ieshia Hassell, Jasmine’s sophomore sister, tallied 11 points.
Maryville got 15 points from Bailie Roberts, but the Rebels were beaten badly on the backboards where Wilson Central held a 30-15 edge.
Wilson Central is 11-3 on the year while the Rebels drop to 7-5.
TUESDAY NIGHT AT MTCS
MURFREESBORO -- Two games, two trophies. That was the night in a nutshell for the Friednship Christian basketball teams Tuesday as the locals swept the finals of the inaugural Mid-State Christmas Tournament at Middle Tennessee Christian School.
The Lady Commanders rode a 19-point effort from sophomore Laurel Burroughs en route to a 65-32 victory over Ezell-Harding Academy. FCS (8-3) sped to a 21-9 first quarter lead and never looked back.
Andi Morrisett chipped in with 13 points for the winners while Katy Vaughan and Sarah Hay each finished with nine.
(BOYS) FCS 48, Sycamore 46 -- Coach Matt Bradshaw’s Commanders had a tougher time claiming their hardware Tuesday night in a 48-46 come-from-behind win over Class AA Sycamore High.
The War Eagles led 17-8 at the end of the first quarter and maintained an eight-point margin (30-22) at intermission.
Friendship pulled ahead with an 18-11 fourth quarter -- taking the lead with roughly three minutes remaining. The Commanders improved to 9-2 on the season with the victory.
Nathan Boyd drilled a pair of 3-pointers and finished with 15 to lead FCS. Lee Maasen and Parker Teeter each scored 10 while Rod Goodner came off the bench for eight points.
The FCS squads will be back in action Saturday night with a road trip to Byrdstown to take on District 7AAA power Pickett County High in a 6 p.m. twinbill.
FIRST LOSS AFTER 13 STRAIGHT WINS
CENTERVILLE -- Mt. Juliet’s Lady Bears saw their season-opening winning streak halted at 13 consecutive games Tuesday in the finals of the Above the Rim Tournament at Hickman County High.
Defending Class AA state champion Marshall County knocked off Mt. Juliet 53-42 as Middle Tennessee State signee Lauren March led the way with 21 points. Marshall County (16-0) broke open a three-point game with five consecutive points early in the final period.
Britt Bell led Mt. Juliet with 15 points while Caya Williams added 10. Emily Gurchiek had six before leaving the game with a hand injury.
In Monday’s semifinals -- Mt. Juliet ripped host Hickman County 62-36 behind an offensive explosion from point guard Helen Mitchner. The ninth grader drilled three 3-pointers and finished with 14 points. Williams added 14, Gurchiek had 13 and Chelsea Brown scored 10 for the Lady Bears.