By SAM HATCHER
The Wilson Post
LEBANON -- More than 450 enthusiasts energized and wanting to participate gathered at a special event Tuesday to embark on a new regional campaign to promote Wilson County as “The Place to Be.”
Held at noon on the front lawn of the Mitchell House on the Castle Heights Campus, the barbecue luncheon attracted personalities from all walks of life and even some noted celebrities.
CU - UNION UNDERWAY IN PADUCAH
PADUCAH, Ky. - The NAIA No. 2 Cumberland University Bulldogs advanced to the winner's bracket championship in the 2010 McDonald's TranSouth Baseball Conference Tournament with a 9-0 win over Bethel University.
Top seed Cumberland improved to 48-8 on the season, while Bethel ends the season at 32-17-1.
Cumberland scored in eight of the nine innings to cruise to the victory. They scored one run seven times, and twice in the second inning. Aaron Wilkerson (11-1) tossed the complete game, allowing no runs on seven hits while striking out 11 hitters.
Coach Woody Hunt's Bulldogs are playing No. 2 seeded Union University right now at Brooks Stadium.
Monday, May 10
*Game 1 start delayed until 2:30 due to rain.
Game 1: 2:30 p.m. - #1 Cumberland def. #6 Freed-Hardeman 11-6
Game 2: 6:00 p.m. - #2 Union def. #5 Lyon 7-1
Game 3: 9:30 p.m. - #3 Martin Methodist vs. #4 Bethel (suspended top 8, MMC leading 7-4)
Tuesday, May 11
Game 3: 10:00 a.m - #3 Martin Methodist def. #4 Bethel 7-4 (resumed from Monday night)
Game 4: 12:00 p.m. - #5 Lyon def. #6 Freed-Hardeman 12-5 (FHU out
Game 5: 3:30 p.m. - #1 Cumberland def. #4 Bethel 9-0 (Bethel out)
Game 6: 7:00 p.m. - #2 Union def. vs. #3 Martin Methodist 12-6
Wednesday, May 12 (Schedule TBA)
Game 7: 12:00 p.m. - #1 Cumberland vs. #2 Union
Game 8: 3:30 p.m. - #5 Lyon vs. #3 Martin Methodist
Game 9: 7:00 p.m. - Loser Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8
Thursday, May 13 - Championship Day (Schedule TBA)
Game 10: 12:00 p.m. - Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 9
Game 11: (if necessary) 30 minutes after Game 1 - Winner Game 10 vs. Loser Game 10
GLADEVILLE -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, May 14 at the Gladeville Baptist Church for Ms. Dodson, 51, of Mt. Juliet. Born June 19, 1958, she died May 9, 2010.
Family visitation, Thursday, May 13, 2010, from 6-8 p.m. at the JC Hellum Funeral Chapel, 107 Stokes Street, Lebanon. The body will lie in-state 12 Noon - 1 p.m. at the church.Services will be conducted by Rev. Jerry Majors. Burial will follow at the Rutland Cemetery.
Survivors include: children Derrick (Kimberly), Chalonda, Cheree and Myron Dobson, Jr.; nine grandchildren; siblings Mildred (Curtis) Muirhead, Dexter (Mae Charles) Majors, Cynthia Stewart, Carol, Larry, Bobby, Phyllis, Keith (Catranda) and Tracey Majors, LaNitra (Ricky) Ford, Nora (Geary) Jackson, Deatrice Butler; along with a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services are in the care of JC Hellum Funeral Home.
By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
Paul Townsend has resigned as head football coach at Mt. Juliet Christian Academy in order to take a teaching and coaching position at Wilson Central High. Townsend coached four seasons at MJCA after having spent several seasons at Donelson Christian Academy.
“Four years ago I came to MJCA with a vision to continue to grow the football program. I believe the program has not only grown but also improved,” Townsend said Tuesday morning.
“The program has gone from 18 players the first season to nearly 30 at this time. There have been numerous school records, all--region players, as well as, a TSWA all-state player during my tenure. It has been my privilege to coach at MJCA and be a part of these great things. I hope that the players I am leaving behind will use the experiences of the past four years as building blocks for the future.
CAMPS, TOURNAMENTS OF LOCAL INTEREST
Betty Rushing tennis camp -- The 10th annual Betty Rushing Tennis Camp will run for five Saturdays from May 29 - June 26 at the Buddy Maddox Tennis Courts in Baird Park. Elementary and junior novice (beginners) will go from 10-11:30 a.m. and high school (advanced) players from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Fee is $40 per camper. Advanced registration is advised by calling Coach David Howell at 202-8817 or Nancy Lee at 449-0303. The camp is held each year in memory of the late Betty Rushing, longtime Lebanon High tennis coach.
Realtors Bass Classic -- The Eastern Middle Tennessee Association Of Realtors will host the 18th annual Realtors Bass Classic Saturday, June 5 at Bulls Creek Launch on Old Hickory Lake. Plans call for a 6 a.m. blast off. For information call Fred VanHook at 477-2984 or Flipper at 452-7719. Proceeds will go to local nonprofit organizations.
Watertown basketball camps -- Watertown High varsity coaches Matt Bradshaw and Lane Price will hold a basketball camp June 7-10 at the WHS gymnasium. Designed for children in grades 2-7, the girls camp is set for 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. followed by the boys 12 Noon - 3 p.m. Cost per camper is $50. For a registration form, send an email to email@example.com.
Junior golf tourney at HP -- Hunters Point will hold the annual Coca-Cola Junior Golf Tournament Wednesday, June 9 and Thursday, June 10. Entry fee is $29 for ages 11 and up, and $15 for ages 10 and under. Age Divisions are 10 & under (3 holes Wednesday, June 9), 11 & 12 (9 holes each day), 13 to 15 (9 holes each day), 16 & 17 (18 holes each day). Lunch will be served daily. For more information or to sign up, call the Pro Shop at 444-7521.
Sean Putman Memorial -- The fifth annual Sean Putman Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, June 14 at Five Oaks Country Club. A nine-hole recreational round for golfers 12 & under will tee-off at 8 a.m. followed by a four-man scramble at 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Sean Putman Memorial Scholarship Fund at Cumberland University providing educational opportunities for Wilson County high school graduates. Main event fees: $125 per player ($500 per team). Junior event fees: $25 per player (12 and under) and $25 per accompanying or playing adult. For information, call 547-5629 or 548-1387 or check the website: www.seanputman.com.
Lebanon Jr. Pro football -- Registration for the fall 2010 season of City of Lebanon Junior Pro Football are now being accepted at the Harold Dean Greer Recreation Building in the Baird Park Complex. The City of Lebanon has sponsored junior pro football since the late 1970s with a junior league for kids ages 7, 8 and 9 and a senior league for players 10, 11 and 12. Registration cost for the Junior Pro League is $30 per player which includes a jersey and a post-season trophy. For more information, call the Recreation Department at 449-0303.
CU baseball camps -- Cumberland University will hold five baseball camps this summer starting June 7 at Stockton Field and Benton Jennings Indoor Hitting Facility on the CU campus. A pair of hitting camps are set June 7-10, with Session I for ages 6-9 (9 a.m.-Noon) and Session II for ages 10-12 (1-4 p.m.). The Fundamental Camp is June 14-17 (9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) for ages 8-14. The Pitching Camp will take place June 21-24 from 9 a.m.-Noon for ages 8-14, while an Advanced Fundamental Camp will be held July 5-8 from 9 a.m.-Noon for ages 13-18. Camp prices and other information may be found on the camp brochure on the baseball page at www.cumberland.edu/athletics.
CU sports hall of fame -- The Cumberland University Athletic Department is now accepting nominations for the Class of 2010 Sports Hall of Fame. Nominations must be made in writing and include full justification for the nomination, including statistics, honors, awards, and any other pertinent information pertaining to the nominee. Nominations will be accepted through June 1. A prerequisite for induction into the Sports Hall of Fame is the ability of the nominee to attend the induction dinner. Mail nominations to: Jo Jo Freeman, Sports Information Director; One Cumberland Square, Lebanon, TN 37087.
Local fastpitch camps -- Cedar Creek Sports / Tennessee Lightning 97 will hold summer camps for girls fast-pitch softball. Pitching camps will start in late May and run through August for girls ages 6-8, 10-12 and 12 and up. Bring your own catcher, classes will be no more the three girls per session. IPFW pitching coach Mandy Laurers will be head instructor. Cost for ten classes is $200 with a $100 deposit before the first lesson. Hitting camps will be held Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at Cedar Creek Sports in Mt Juliet. Classes will be an hour $20 per lesson. Coach Mickey Sheppard will be working with several area instructors as well as Billy Johnson of Maryland and Dean Wilkerson of Virginia. Tennessee Lighting will hold a three day defensive camp in June with a focus on infield, outfield, base running, bunting catching and throwing. For more information, call Sheppard at 615-477-1034 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GREENER HAS 4 HITS, 3 RBI
PADUCAH, Ky. - Conference Player of the Year Matt Greener had four hits and three RBIs as Cumberland rolled past Freed-Hardeman 11-6 Monday in the first game of the 2010 McDonald’s TranSouth Championships at historic Brooks Stadium.
The Bulldogs (47-8) won their 18th straight game and advance to second round play Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. against the loser of Bethel and Martin Methodist.
Cumberland took command early, scoring two runs in the second, third and fourth innings and never looked back.
Starter Adam Sprague (6-2) retired the side in order in four of the first five innings and allowed a run on three hits in the fourth. The senior lefty induced 13 groundball outs in six-plus innings of work.
The Lions (32-23) scored two runs in the sixth and another in the seventh and had runners on first and third with one out before Keith Kirby came on to get out of the jam and help Sprague pick up his sixth win of the season.
Sprague allowed three runs on seven hits in 6.1 innings, walking two and striking out five. Kirby gave up a solo homer to Noslen Labrada in the eighth but retired the other five batters he faced.
Leftfielder Max Kautz hit a two-run homer in the second inning that got the Bulldogs on the board and added a two-run single in the sixth. Third baseman Greg Appleton collected three hits in the contest with a solo homer to leadoff the sixth.
Greener singled in the first, third and fourth, walked in the sixth and doubled home two runs in the seventh, raising his batting average to .510 for the season with 86 RBIs, just six shy of the school season-season record.
FHU starter Derek Williford (2-2) took the loss, giving up six earned runs on 12 hits in six innings with four walks and seven strikeouts.
The Lion defense did not help the lefthander, making four errors in the contest.
LEBANON -- Longtime AAU coach Cleve Harris has been named as the head coach of the Friendship Christian School boys basketball team.
Harris comes to FCS from Christ Presbyterian Academy in Brentwood where he served as assistant varsity basketball coach and head coach of middle school basketball. He also worked as athletics facility manager.
Born in Somerville, Harris attended East High School in Memphis, where he earned All-District, All-Region, and All-State honors. He was voted Player of the Year by the Tennessee Junior College Athletic Association while at Motlow State Community College, where he was also named All-NJCAA. At Union University in Jackson, Harris set a school record for most assists and was named Defensive Player of the Year two consecutive years.
His coaching resume includes stops at Motlow State as an assistant and head coaching positions at Moore County and East Hickman Middle Schools.
In addition to coaching school teams, Harris has coached travel teams for 18 years. He is the president and founder of the Tennessee Lady Tigers AAU organization.
"Cleve Harris will be a great addition to the basketball program at Friendship Christian School. He is a very knowledgeable basketball coach, and gifted in developing young players. We are very excited that Cleve will be a part of our athletic program,” said FCS athletic director John McNeal.
"Cleve Harris has been impacting young lives in the middle Tennessee area for the last 20 years," said CPA head football coach and dean of middle school students David Pack.
Harris replaces Matt Bradshaw, who resigned in March after seven seasons at FCS -- going 147-64 during that time with five 20-win seasons, including the 2010 Region 4A championship.
PADUCAH, Ky. - On the first day of the 2010 McDonald’s TranSouth Baseball Conference Tournament, the counference released the 2010 TranSouth Baseball Postseason honors.
Cumberland University’s Matt Greener was named the TranSouth Player of the Year, while Cumberland skipper Woody Hunt was named the Coach of the Year.
Greener, a senior from Jupiter, FL, is hitting over .500 for the season and leads the NAIA with 25 home runs. Hunt, in his 29th season as head coach of the Bulldogs, led his team to a 17-2 TranSouth Conference record and a regular season mark of 46-8.
The postseason honors included 17 first team player. Cumberland, the regular season champion and the NAIA's No. 2 ranked team, led the way with eight first team selections.
Union University, the regular season runner up, followed with five first team players. Martin Methodist College and Bethel University had two each.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Matt Greener, Cumberland University
COACH OF THE YEAR: Woody Hunt, Cumberland University
FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
Catcher - David Fanshawe, Cumberland
Catcher - Josh Jones, Union
First Base - Greg Appleton, Cumberland
Second Base - Kris Ruderer, Martin Methodist
Third Base - Matt Greener, Cumberland
Shortstop - Sam Kikla, Cumberland
Extra Fielder/Utility - Craig Massey, Bethel
Outfield - Troy Frazier, Cumberland
Outfield - Corey Rudolph, Union
Outfield - Darin Holt, Martin Methodist
Outfield - Kris Miller, Cumberland
Starting Pitcher - Shawn Schaefer, Cumberland
Starting Pitcher - Carl Harken, Union
Starting Pitcher - Aaron Wilkerson, Cumberland
Starting Pitcher - Derek Copley, Union
Relief Pitcher - Derek Hinson, Bethel
Designated Hitter - Beau Baker, Union
Wilson County Commission’s Finance Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, May 6 in Conference Room 2, Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon
MAYFIELD, KY -- Cumberland University's baseball team ran its winning streak to 16 consecutive games Thursday with a doubleheader sweep of Mid-Continent University.
Coach Woody Hunt's team won the opener 7-3, then took the nightcap 12-0 in five innngs -- improving to 45-8 overall / 16-2 in the TranSouth Conference.
Greg Appleton hit two homers, drove in four runs and scored four times to pace the offense in Thursday's second game. Starter Aaron Wilkerson (10-1) won his tenth consecutive decision, scattering three hits in four innings of work. The big righty struck out five.
In the opener, Sam Kikla drilled a pair of hits including a solo homer in support of Shawn Schaefer (11-0). Schaefer worked six innings, allowed six hits, walked two and struck out six.
Cumberland will wrap up the regular season Friday with a 2 p.m., nine-inning game against the Cougars. Live radio coverage begins at 1:40 p.m. on WCOR AM-1490 and around the world at www.cumberland.edu/athletics
Ranked No. 2 in the NAIA, CU will open play in the TranSouth Conference Championships Monday with a 12 Noon game in Paducah.
To the Editor:
I would like to express my thanks to The Wilson Post for he coverage of the Technicians competition at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center on May 16.
Your paper did an excellent job in getting the message out to the motoring public, that the Tennessee Trucking Association is trying to promote safety on our roadways.
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