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Back to the world of local sports -- The most heralded long distance runner in the history of Lebanon High School is coming back home. Recent Belmont University graduate Clay Hannah has been hired as an educational assistant at LHS and will be working with coach Marc Engle and the cross country team.

Hannah just completed a solid career at Belmont where he was twice named to the All-Atlantic Sun first team and was Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year.

A three-time all-state runner for the Blue Devils, Hannah finished in the Top Five of the state Class AAA cross country meet three times, finishing second in 2005. Clay, who is now sporting a Brian Wilson-like beard, finished third in the 3,200 meters at the Class AAA State Track Meet and qualified for the Foot Locker National Cross Country Championships in 2005.

Speaking of Belmont --The future backcourt for the Belmont Bruins basketball program will have a Wilson County connection. If you've been reading our print publication, The Wilson Post, you probably already know that Mt. Juliet's Caleb Chowbay has committed to the Bruins.

Here's what you might not know, Craig Bradshaw, son of former Lebanon High, Cumberland Junior College and Austin Peay baseball standout Donald Bradshaw, committed to Belmont last week.

Craig, a rising senior, plays at Christ Presbyterian Academy and has been involved with the Tennessee Travelers AAU program. A 6-2, 185-pound guard, Bradshaw averaged 20 points, five assists and five rebounds last year as the Lions advanced to the Region 5AA semifinals and finished 29-5.

Craig gave up baseball after junior high in order to concentrate on hoops and the decision certainly paid off. Craig's mom is Trena Smiley Bradshaw -- a former guard at Middle Tennessee State University. Craig's uncle is Watertown High head basketball coach Matt Bradshaw.

Baseball tryouts at LHS --New Lebanon High baseball coach Brian Black is looking at holding tryouts for the 2012 team July 27, 28 and 29. More details as they become available. There's a good crop of young pitching headed to Lebanon.

Speaking of Lebanon --The light poles and fixtures have been erected and installed at the new Lebanon High campus adjacent to Hickory Ridge Road. Dugouts have been raised on both the baseball and softball field while the massive all-sports field house gets its finishing touches.

Comments or questions can be directed to tbryan@wilsonpost.com

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