Today is Sunday, December 21, 2014
CU HOOPS -- Men close year in Georgia CU HOOPS -- Men close year in Georgia

Roadrunner Classic in Dalton, GA --
Still smarting from a narrow road loss Wednesday, the Cumberland mens basketball team will close out the 2014 portion of the schedule this weekend in the Roadrunner Booster Club Classic in Dalton, Ga.

The Bulldogs, 5-8 overall, will take on 13th-ranked Dalton State College Friday at 7 p.m . Central Time and Concordia University-Selma on Saturday at 1 p.m. before taking a break for Christmas.

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  • CU HOOPS -- Men close year in Georgia CU HOOPS -- Men close year in Georgia

    Roadrunner Classic in Dalton, GA --
    Still smarting from a narrow road loss Wednesday, the Cumberland mens basketball team will close out the 2014 portion of the schedule this weekend in the Roadrunner Booster Club Classic in Dalton, Ga.

    The Bulldogs, 5-8 overall, will take on 13th-ranked Dalton State College Friday at 7 p.m . Central Time and Concordia University-Selma on Saturday at 1 p.m. before taking a break for Christmas.

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  • PREP HOOPS -- Mt. Juliet splits with Siegel PREP HOOPS -- Mt. Juliet splits with Siegel

    MJHS hosts Chick-fil-A Classic
    MT. JULIET -- Visiting Siegel needed two overtime periods to finally dispose of Mt. Juliet Tuesday in boys basketball action. The seesaw game was tied at the end of regulation 61-61, then 64-64 at the end of the first overtime.

    Trey Pruitt was brilliant in the loss, scoring 30 for the Golden Bears, who dropped to 3-7 on the season.

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  • DISNEY HOOPS -- Watertown teams win openers DISNEY HOOPS -- Watertown teams win openers

    KSA Christmas Classic --
    ORLANDO, FL -- Scrambling in the final seconds, Watertown High's Purple Tigers rallied for a thrilling 63-61 victory over Virginia's Central High Thursday morning in the opening round of the KSA Christmas Tournament at Walt Disney World.

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  • Cumberland soccer coach resigns Cumberland soccer coach resigns

    McKinney takes job at UT-Chattanooga --
    BREAKING NEWS -- Gavin McKinney, head coach of the Cumberland University women's soccer program, was announced Tuesday as the new head coach at NCAA Division I University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

    McKinney had a 71-26-3 (.725) record in five seasons at Cumberland, including three straight trips to the NAIA Sweet 16.

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  • Christmas comes early for CU baseball Christmas comes early for CU baseball

    Collier granted retro redshirt season --
    LEBANON -- Woody Hunt apparently moved to the top of Santa's "nice" list after leading his Cumberland Bulldogs to the 2014 Avista-NAIA National Championship -- his third as head coach.

    The jolly fat man placed a 204-pound package under Hunt's tree earlier this week when the NAIA granted right-handed pitcher Jake Collier an extra year of eligibility.

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CU women fall Sunday to No. 2 Lewis

Cumberland stands 8-4
LEBANON -- Second-ranked Lewis University got 16 points and 10 rebounds from Mariyah Brawner-Henley and 16 points off the bench by Alexus Grayer and held off a second-half Cumberland comeback, defeating the Bulldogs, 75-59, Sunday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

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Christmas comes early for CU baseball | Jake Collier, Cumberland University baseball, Woody Hunt, NAIA baseball, Avista-NAIA World Series
Christmas comes early for CU baseball | Jake Collier, Cumberland University baseball, Woody Hunt, NAIA baseball, Avista-NAIA World Series
Jake Collier
Christmas comes early for CU baseball

Collier granted retro redshirt season --
LEBANON -- Woody Hunt apparently moved to the top of Santa's "nice" list after leading his Cumberland Bulldogs to the 2014 Avista-NAIA National Championship -- his third as head coach.

The jolly fat man placed a 204-pound package under Hunt's tree earlier this week when the NAIA granted right-handed pitcher Jake Collier an extra year of eligibility.

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LOCAL HOOPS - Tuesday girls reports | Hannah Gregory, Friendship Christian Lady Commanders, Mt. Juliet Lady Bears, Watertown Tigerettes, DaeDae Nunley, Lebanon Devilettes, Wilson Central Lady Wildcats, Kendall Spray, Kayla Jackson,
LOCAL HOOPS - Tuesday girls reports

FCS 57, Trousdale Co. 39
LEBANON -- A solid team effort by Friendship Christian overcame a 24-point outburst from Trousdale County's Hannah Gregory in Tuesday's 57-39 victory over the Lady Yellowjackets at the Bay Family Sportsplex. Gregory was on fire for TCHS, drilling five 3-pointers, several from deep on the wing.

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LOCAL HOOPS -- Tuesday boys reports | Zach Blair, Friendship Christian basketball, Lebanon High Blue Devils, Wilson Central basketball, Watertown Purple Tigers, Commanders, Mt. Juliet Christian Academy, Wilson County basketball,
LOCAL HOOPS -- Tuesday boys reports | Zach Blair, Friendship Christian basketball, Lebanon High Blue Devils, Wilson Central basketball, Watertown Purple Tigers, Commanders, Mt. Juliet Christian Academy, Wilson County basketball,
Zach Blair
LOCAL HOOPS -- Tuesday boys reports

Friendship 57, TCHS 39
LEBANON -- Zach Blair knocked down 11-of-12 free throw attempts and led all scorers with 20 points as Friendship Christian defeated Trousdale County 57-39 Tuesday at the Bay Family Sportsplex.

The Commanders took an 11-5 lead after one quarter and expanded the margin to 28-15 at intermission -- improving to 2-4 on the season.

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TUESDAY HOOPS -- Local boys reports

Friendship 57, TCHS 39
LEBANON -- Zach Blair knocked down 11-of-12 free throw attempts and led all scorers with 20 points as Friendship Christian defeated Trousdale County 57-39 Tuesday at the Bay Family Sportsplex.

The Commanders took an 11-5 lead after one quarter and expanded the margin to 28-15 at intermission -- improving to 2-4 on the season.

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WRESTLING -- Gonzalez places 5th in Montana
WRESTLING -- Gonzalez places 5th in Montana
Gonzalez
WRESTLING -- Gonzalez places 5th in Montana

GREAT FALLS, MT -- Senior Michael Gonzalez placed fifth and Aric Fernandez won a pair of matches, leading the Cumberland wrestlers at the Battle of the Rockies Saturday, Dec. 6.

Gonzalez received a bye in the first round at 165 and lost by Fall at 2:18 to Chadron State's Chance Helmick in his first match. The Hesperia, California native posted a 2-0 Decision against Northwest Community College's Kaelen Loveless and pinned Montana State-Northern's Andrew Bartel at 2:17 before losing by Fall to MSU-Northern's Kris Newport at 0:21.

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Five CU players earn All-America status | Emily Kitson, Shauna Gilpin, Kaitlin Phillips, Reneé LaRose, Olivia Chu, Cumberland University, Cumberland soccer, NAIA soccer, All-America
Five CU players earn All-America status | Emily Kitson, Shauna Gilpin, Kaitlin Phillips, Reneé LaRose, Olivia Chu, Cumberland University, Cumberland soccer, NAIA soccer, All-America
CU's Kitson
Five CU players earn All-America status

LEBANON -- Cumberland's Lindsay Kitson garnered NAIA First Team All-America honors while Shauna Gilpin was voted Second Team and Kaitlin Phillips, Reneé LaRose and Olivia Chu were all named Honorable Mention, as selected by the NAIA All-America Committee and announced by the national office Monday, Dec. 8.

The NAIA All-America Committee, which consists of the NAIA-Women's Soccer Coaches Association officers and seven additional women's soccer coaches, select the three 11-member teams.

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LOCAL HOOPS -- Friday, Dec. 5 results
LOCAL HOOPS -- Friday, Dec. 5 results

LHS boys roll at Mt. Juliet
MT. JULIET -- Lebanon improved to 4-1 on the season following Friday's decisive 75-53 victory at Mt. Juliet High.

The Blue Devils closed out the first half on a 16-0 run to break open a close 24-23 contest.

Lebanon junior Kobe Neuble led all scorers with 23 points off the bench while KeShawn Abston added 16 and Paul Tribble chipped in with nine.

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Five named to LHS Sports Hall of Fame  | Randy Vanatta, Hondo Vanatta, Bobby Byrd, Sherrie Chaffin, Nicky Neal, Richard Rhodes, Rich Rhodes, Lebanon High School sports hall of fame,
Five named to LHS Sports Hall of Fame

Vanatta, Byrd, Chaffin, Neal & Rhodes --
Lebanon High School will induct five new members onto its Sports Hall of Fame during ceremonies planned Friday, Dec. 12 between games of a basketball doubleheader with Wilson Central High School.

Nominations were solicited from the public, with the Hall of Fame class determined by a committee of Lebanon High coaches, boosters, former athletes and one present member of the Sports Hall of Fame.

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NAIA SOCCER -- CU falls to Lindsey Wilson

Bulldogs end season 17-4-1
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. -- Third-ranked Lindsey Wilson scored twice in the first half and never looked back, posting a 3-0 victory over 11th-ranked Cumberland in the quarterfinals of the 2014 NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship Wednesday night.

The Bulldogs (17-4-1) end their season with the loss, the team's third in the last five weeks to the Blue Raiders (16-3-3), who advance to take on Northwood [FL] University in the semifinals on Friday.

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CU SOCCER -- Ladies reach quarters with win

Cumberland 1, Concordia 0
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. -- Eleventh-ranked Cumberland will square off against No. 6 Lindsey Wilson today at 6:30 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the NAIA Women's Soccer Championships Tuesday in Orange Beach, Ala.

The CU women improved to 17-3-1 with a 1-0 win over No. 25 Concordia, California in Tuesday's opening round. Lindsey Wilson advanced to the quarters by knocking off the University of Mobile 5-1.

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CU HOOPS -- Women hold off Middle GA
CU HOOPS -- Women hold off Middle GA
Bre Neal
CU HOOPS -- Women hold off Middle GA

Bulldogs improve to 7-2 overall --
LEBANON -- Terra Pryor posted 16 points and Bre Neal grabbed 17 rebounds as Cumberland built a 14-point second half lead and held on for a 72-70 victory over Middle Georgia State Monday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The Bulldogs (7-2) withstood eight 3-pointers from Middle Georgia's Shaketa Hodges, including six in the second half.

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Wood, Taylor are Mr. Football finalists
Wood, Taylor are Mr. Football finalists

FCS seniors recognized at luncheon
MURFREESBORO -- Two Friendship Christian School seniors were among 33 high school football players recognized Monday, Dec. 1 during the annual Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards luncheon hosted by the Tennessee Titans.

Offensive lineman Andrew Wood and halfback / lineman Austin Taylor were finalists for the Mr. Football Lineman and Mr. Football Back awards in Division II, Class A.

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CU SOCCER -- Three earn academic honors

Round of 16 play opens Tuesday --
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. -- Cumberland's Beth Morgan, Kaitlin Phillips and Taylor Nay were named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes over the weekend in advance of the 2014 NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship, presented by the Sports Medicine Center at the Orthopaedic Group, P.C.

Student-athletes must be a junior senior academically and maintain a 3.50 grade-point-average to be eligible for the award.

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WC wrestlers improve to 12-0

'Cats pick up three wins Nov. 25 --
GLADEVILLE -- Wilson Central's wrestling team improved to 12-0 on the season with three wins Tuesday night, Nov. 25. The Wildcats blanked Nashville Hillwood 75-0, then knocked off Antioch 69-12 and region foe Clarksville High 56-15.

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