By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post
Students from several Lebanon Special School District schools happily tore through tissue paper and handed out boxes containing Amazons Kindle e-reader to one another on Tuesday as the online retailer donated 40 of the devices to the local school system.
We really appreciate Amazon and we really look forward to a long partnership with them, said LSSD Interim Director of Schools Scott Benson.
Representatives from Amazons local fulfillment center currently located off Central Pike in Lebanon announced the donation at a brief ceremony at Winfree-Bryant Middle School.
Students from Coles Ferry, Byars-Dowdy and Castle Heights Elementary Schools along with middle school students from WBMS and Walter J. Baird Middle School got to check out the devices and how they will benefit students with learning differences.
Its hard to describe how thrilled Amazon is to be a part of such an amazing community, said local Amazon Site Leader Mark Marzano.
Nickye Hamlet, education specialist with LSSD, said the schools will all get Kindles to use, with five going to every elementary school and 10 going to both middle schools.
Were going to use them in all of the schools, she said.
Hamlet pointed out the districts Inclusion Teachers, which helps students with learning difficulties, will be able to use the Kindles in the classrooms to meet those students needs. She noted the Kindles ability to read text out loud will be a great benefit for the students with learning difficulties.
She said the schools would load a variety of materials onto the e-readers, ranging from textbooks to literature and books that are on the Accelerated Reader list. Students will be able to check out the Kindles for use in the school as well as possibly taking them home.
Hamlet said they hope to have all the Kindles ready to use by next week after they inventory everything and upload the materials.
After unwrapping the e-readers, students split into groups with a teacher, and an Amazon team member showed the students how to use the Kindle and all of its features.
Marzano said with Amazon now a part of the local community, they are continuing to look for ways to give back to their new home and help their friends and neighbors in Wilson County.
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LEBANON -- Cumberlands Allison Blackwood and Courtney Maynard were named the TranSouth Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, on Monday after helping the Bulldogs to a 4-2 record last week.
Blackwood batted .444 in six contests, going 8-for-18 and hitting safely in all six contests. The Leoma native collected six RBIs in the six games along with five walks. She drove in two runs and had two hits in the first game of a doubleheader against Bethel University and added two hits, scored twice and drove in a run in two games at Trevecca Nazarene.
The junior drove in all three runs in CUs 3-2 victory over Freed-Hardeman, including a game-tying two-run homer in the fourth inning and a walk-off single in the eighth. She tossed five shutout innings in the circle for a victory against Bethel and worked seven innings of relief versus FHU, giving up two runs in a no decision. She is now batting .395 with six homers and 29 RBIs this season at the plate and leads the TranSouth in RBIs.
Maynard ran her record to 12-1 this season with three more victories in three outings for the Bulldogs. The Lancaster native allowed one run on eight hits against Bethel and scattered 12 hits, giving up two runs at Trevecca.
The sophomore tossed eight innings versus Freed-Hardeman, allowing one earned run on six hits. She struck out six in all three contests and lowered her earned-run-average this season to 1.46 in 91.0 innings of work. Maynard has 80 strikeouts and opponents are batting just .240 against her.
Cumberland hosts Martin Methodist on Wednesday at 2 p.m., takes on 11th-ranked Union University on Saturday at Noon and faces Davenport University on Sunday at Noon.
District 9AAA Baseball This Week
Station Camp 9, Portland 4
Tuesday, March 27
Hendersonville (H) vs. Station Camp, 7 p.m.
Mt. Juliet (H) vs. Gallatin, 7 p.m.
Beech (H) vs. Lebanon, 7 p.m.
Wilson Central (H) vs. Portland, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 28
Gallatin (H) vs. Lebanon, 7 p.m.
Mt. Juliet (H) vs. Beech, 7 p.m.
Wilson Central (H) vs. Hendersonville, 7 p.m.
WILSON CENTRAL 14, HENDERSONVILLE 1
HENDERSONVILLE -- Wilson Central improved to 2-0 in District 9AAA Wednesday with a 14-1 win over Hendersonville High at Drakes Creek Park.
Morgan Powell scattered three hits over six innings to record the win.
The Lady Wildcats (12-6 overall) scored three runs in the top of the first on a three-run homer by Laura Stavinoga -- her third of the season. Central ended the game on the mercy rule with a nine-spot in the top of the sixth.
WCHS pounded out 12 hits, four from Kaitlyn Clark, with two hits each from Rachel Tichenor and Ashley Eldridge.
Wilson Central 14, Hendersonville 1
Wilson Central - 320 009 - 14 12 3
Hendersonville - 001 000 - 1 3 1
WP - Morgan Powell; LP - Biggerstaff; HR - Lauren Stavinoga (3)
WEDNESDAY NIGHT -- The softball teams from Mt. Juliet and Lebanon High will be back in action today as they face District 9AAA opponents in Sumner County.
Mt. Juliet (10-1 / 1-0 9AAA) will play at Station Camp in a 5 p.m. contest. Lebanon (2-6-1 / 1-2) is set for a 4:30 p.m. game at Portland.
The two Wilson County teams met Tuesday at Mt. Juliet with the Lady Bears scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to post an 8-5 win over LHS.
Lauren Payne's two-run single scored two runs and eluded the Lebanon outfielder -- allowing her to circle the bases.
Mt. Juliet jumped to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but Lebanon took a 4-2 advantage in the top of the third.
Savannah Sanders picked up the decision for MJHS with three innings of relief work. Bethany Anderson took the loss for LHS, scattering nine hits and walking two.
FRIENDSHIP 5, GORDONSVILLE 0 --
SOUTH CARTHAGE -- Hunter Holland threw a complete game shutout Tuesday as Friendship Christian downed Gordonsville 5-0 in a District 8A game at Crump Paris Park.
The Lady Commanders improved to 6-4 overall and 2-0 in the district as Holland scattered five hits, walked one and struck out three.
Holland helped her own cause with an RBI single in the top of the second, then stole home in the sixth inning. Tana Whited and Megan Reeves each had doubles for FCS.
The Lady Commanders are set to play in Cookeville this weekend, in the Macon County Invitational. Pool play starts Friday with games at 4 and 7 p.m.
MONDAY AFTERNOON -- Lady Bear shortstop Tori Barrett helped stake pitcher Savannah Sanders to a comfortable lead in Mondays 13-3 victory over Friendship Christian School.
Barrett drove home four runs with a single and a double as the Lady Bears batted around in a nine-run bottom of the first. Madison Taylor and Brittney Graves each had two hits as Mt. Juliet improved to 9-1 on the season.
Sanders went the distance in the five-inning game, scattering five hits with strikeouts.
Tana Whited had an RBI double for FCS while Hunter Holland, Courtney Petty, Mallory Johnson, and Megan Reeves all singled.
Whited took the loss with four innings of work, before giving way to Petty.
On Sunday, Friendship Christian scored a 4-3 home win over Murfreesboro Oakland. Petry blasted a two-run homer for the Lady Commanders while Jordan Burton knocked in the game-winner with a seventh inning single.
Mt. Juliet will return to action this evening hosting District 9AAA rival Lebanon High (2-5-1). The Lady Bears willplay Station Camp High in Gallatin Thursday afternoon, March 29. Friendship Christian will be playing in the Macon County Invitational Friday and Saturday.
MJCA 20, Glencliff 0
NASHVILLE -- Mt. Juliet Christian Academy rode a three-inning no-hitter from Brianna Caldwell en route to a 20-0 victory at Glencliff Friday, March, 23. Caldwell struck out seven with one walk as the Lady Saints improved to 2-1 on the season.
Wilson Centrals Lady Wildcats will be in action later today as they travel to Drakes Creek Park to take on Hendersonville. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m.
Later this week, WCHS will play in the Riverdale Lady Warrior Classic.
Lebanon Highs softball team will play at District 9AAA rival Portland High Thursday at 4:30 p.m. LHS went 1-2-1 over the weekend in the Chick-fil-A Classic in Williamson County.
From Post staff reports
HENDERSONVILLE-- It came down to the last doubles match of the day, but Lebanon High's girls tennis team defeated Beech 8-5 Monday at Drakes Creek Park. The LHS boys were swept by the Bucs 9-0.
Individual match scores are as follows:
Girls: LHS 8, Beech 5
1. Alex Carr (B) d Henreike DeBore (L) 6-3, 6-1
2. Haley Gouty (B) d Rodneika Crutcher (L) 7-5, 6-3
3. Chelsea Cox (B) d Gina Kelley (L) 6-4, 6-2
4. Carlee Clark (L) d Kaylee McGee (B) 6-1, 6-0
5. Melissa Meador (L) d Savannah Carelli (B) 6-1, 6-4
6. Sara Daily (L) d Rachel Ricker (B) 6-1, 6-0
1. Carr/Cox (B) d BeBore/Clark (L) 8-2
2. Crutcher/Kelley (L) d Gouty/McGee (B) 8-5
3. Meador/Daily (L) d Carelli/Ricker (B) 8-6
Boys: Beech 9, LHS 0
1. Joseph Daniels (B) d Ryan Botts (L) 6-1, 6-0
2. Seth Carelli (B) d Justin Kulick (L) 6-1, 6-0
3. Taylor Townsend (B) d Jackson McFarlin (L) 6-1, 6-2
4. Isaac Townsend (B) d Cody Yarborough (L) 6-2, 6-1
5. Chandler Dorris (B) d Matt Leidy (L) 6-4, 6-2
6. Caleb Jones (B) d Dustin Graves (L) 6-4, 6-1
1. Daniels/Carelli (B) d Botts Yarborough (L) 8-0
2. Townsend/Towndsend (B) d Leidy/Graves (L) 8-3
3. Jones/Dorris (B) d Kulick/McFarlin (L) 8-2
Lebanon is scheduled to play 3:30 p.m. Tuesday vs. Station Camp High at Vol State Community College in Gallatin followed by a match Thursday at 3:30 p.m. vs. Hendersonville High at Drakes Creek Park.