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LOCAL HOOPS -- CU opens Nov. 1 LOCAL HOOPS -- CU opens Nov. 1

Lady Bulldogs host Bryan College
Local college basketball cranks up Saturday afternoon as the Cumberland University women open the 2014-2015 season at home against Bryan College.

Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

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  • LOCAL HOOPS -- CU opens Nov. 1 LOCAL HOOPS -- CU opens Nov. 1

    Lady Bulldogs host Bryan College
    Local college basketball cranks up Saturday afternoon as the Cumberland University women open the 2014-2015 season at home against Bryan College.

    Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

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  • PREP FOOTBALL -- We'll know soon PREP FOOTBALL -- We'll know soon

    Playoff pairings unveiled Nov. 1st
    The waiting will be over Saturday morning as the TSSAA will announce the 2014 playoff brackets and first round pairings.

    In the last year of the so-called "Z-Plan" many coaches and administrators won't be sure their teams will be playing next week until the information is posted online at www.TSSAA.org. A release from the TSSAA said the brackets would be posted by 10 a.m.

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  • CU soccer hangs on to top spot CU soccer hangs on to top spot

    Team suffers first loss Monday
    LEBANON -- Cumberland University remained No. 1 for the fourth straight week in the NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. This week's poll includes matches through Sunday, October 26.

    The Bulldogs took home 588 points and 18-of-21 first-place votes, earning their fourth No. 1 ranking in school history.

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  • CU's Self earns third MSC honor CU's Self earns third MSC honor

    Cumberland University's Mike Self has been voted the Mid-South Conference Special Teams Player of the Week -- the third time this season he has earned the honor.

    Self was outstanding as a kicker and punter in the Bulldogs' 27-17 win over No. 23-ranked Campbellsville.

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  • Bulldogs find a way in 27-17 win Bulldogs find a way in 27-17 win

    Defensive, special teams spark victory
    LEBANON -- Donovan Norfleet returned a fumble 61 yards for a touchdown and Brian Reynolds sprinted 40 yards for a score on a fake punt, as No. 15 Cumberland scored three times in the second half in a 27-17 homecoming victory over No. 23 Campbellsville Saturday at Nokes-Lasater Field.

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PREP FOOTBALL -- Games from Oct. 24

Wilson Central 40, Lebanon 13
LEBANON -- Nursing a 14-0 lead at intermission, Wilson Central took advantage of two Lebanon turnovers in the early minutes of the third period enroute to a 40-13 victory over the Blue Devils Friday at Clifton Tribble Field.

With the win, Wilson Central's fifth straight over their in-county rivals, the Wildcats improved to 4-5 overall and 3-3 in District 9AAA.

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Sluggish CU women win again

Bulldogs top Asbury 2-0 Thursday
LEBANON -- Emily Shires and Taylor Nay both scored in the first half but top-ranked Cumberland looked sluggish in a 2-0 victory over Asbury University in women's soccer action Thursday at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field.

Despite the lackluster performance, the Bulldogs (13-0-1) won their 12th straight match overall and set-up a showdown with No. 7 Lindsey Wilson on Monday at home at 2 p.m. for the Mid-South Conference regular season championship.

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CU men blank Brescia 8-0
CU men blank Brescia 8-0
Brian McNamara
CU men blank Brescia 8-0

LEBANON -- Brian McNamara scored twice and Josh Armstrong handed out three assists, as Cumberland won for the eighth time in nine matches in an 8-0 victory over Brescia University in men's soccer action Tuesday at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field.

The Bulldogs improved to 9-5-1 overall this season after standing just 1-4-1 just over a month ago. The squad has allowed just six goals in the last nine outings compared to 15 in the first six matches of the year.

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PREP FOOTBALL -- Friday, Oct. 17
PREP FOOTBALL -- Friday, Oct. 17
Mike Jones
PREP FOOTBALL -- Friday, Oct. 17

Friendship 13, DCA 6
DONELSON -- Ninth grader Mikey Jones ran for 169 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead Friendship Christian to a 13-6 victory over Donelson Christian Friday at Ken Redmond Stadium.

With the win, the Commanders improved to 7-1 overall and 3-1 in the East-Middle District of Division II-A.

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CU FOOTBALL -- Dogs fall at Faulkner

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- After No. 11 Cumberland played perhaps its best half of football of the season and mounted a 16-7 lead at intermission, the unthinkable happened and No. 7 Faulkner rallied for 27 second half points to defeat the Bulldogs 34-16 Saturday, Oct. 18 at Billy D. Hilyer Stadium.

With the game seemingly under control, Cumberland lost its quarterback tandem to injury within minutes late in the second quarter.

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Chris Sanders to speak at FCA banquet
Chris Sanders to speak at FCA banquet

LEBANON -- Former Tennessee Titans wide receiver Chris Sanders will be the featured speaker at a Tuesday, Nov. 18 fundraising banquet to help launch the Wilson County chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Planned for 6:30 p.m. at Lebanon's Immanuel Baptist Church, the event will also introduce Tim Bryant to attendees as the new fulltime Wilson County FCA director.

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PREP VOLLEYBALL -- WHS falls in sectional
PREP VOLLEYBALL -- WHS falls in sectional

CHATTANOOGA -- Region 3-4 champion Boyd-Buchanan earned a trip to the TSSAA Class A state tournament with a 3-0 sectional win over Watertown Thursday, Oct. 16. Game scores: 25-17, 25-17 and 25-11.

The Lady Bucs enter Wednesday's state tournament with a record of 34-12.

Watertown, the Region 4-A runner-up, closed out the year 16-15.

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Former FCS standout Wood honored
Former FCS standout Wood honored
Wood
Former FCS standout Wood honored

Linebacker at Coast Guard Academy
NEW LONDON, CT -- Coast Guard junior linebacker Kyle Wood has been named the CGASPORTS.COM Athlete of the Week for his performance in the Bears 17-0 win over Curry on Saturday.

The former Friendship Christian School standout and Mt. Juliet native had six tackles and three of the team's four sacks for a loss of 21 yards as Curry was shutout in a regular season game for the first time in 14 years.

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Cayman Russell earns TSWA award
Cayman Russell earns TSWA award
Cayman Russell
Cayman Russell earns TSWA award

Lineman blocked two PATs in CU win
LEBANON -- Cumberland University's Cayman Russell was named the Tennessee Sportswriters Association Defensive Player of the Week Tuesday after blocking a pair of extra points in a 47-46 victory at Union College, including the potential tying point-after with 2:04 remaining in the contest.

The Hendersonville native chased ballcarriers all game, finishing with seven total tackles in the victory, the fourth straight win for the Bulldogs.

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TSSAA reveals 'Super 32' class
TSSAA reveals 'Super 32' class

MJ, Wilson Central & LHS all qualify
All three of Wilson County's large public high schools have landed in the TSSAA's new "Super 32" classification for the 2015 football season and beyond.

Mt. Juliet High came in as the state's 11th largest enrollment with 1,999 students as of the 20th day of the 2014-2015 school year.

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Friday's prep football results
Friday's prep football results
Tyler Bowes
Friday's prep football results

Wilson Central 48, Beech 35
SHACKLE ISLAND -- Wilson Central rallied from 14 points down to post a 48-35 win over District 9AAA rival Beech Friday.

The Wildcats rolled up more than 400 yards on the ground as Weston Rountree scored three touchdowns and Tyler Bowes added another. Bowes was a workhorse, running 23 times for 169 yards; Rountree finished with seven carries for 143.

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CU volleyball falls at UPIKE

Squad stands 1-7 in Mid-South
PIKEVILLE, Ky. -- Karli Collins collected 18 digs and Michelle Evans posted a team-high nine kills, but Cumberland's volleyball team again struggled with errors, committing 46 in a 3-1 loss at the University of Pikeville Saturday.

Ashton Perez handed out 23 assists and Abby Shaw recorded eight kills and seven digs, but the Bulldogs (12-11, 1-7 Mid-South) could not overcome 24 hitting errors, 13 service errors and eight reception miscues.

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BREAKTHROUGH -- MJCA 36, Pickett Co. 0

Saints, Davis gain first win
MT. JULIET -- Quarterback Rik Vanmali threw for three first half touchdowns as Mt. Juliet Christian Academy won for the first time this season Friday, Oct. 10, posting a 36-0 victory over Pickett County at Suey Field.

The win was the first for the Saints since Oct. 25, 2013 when MJCA topped Zion Christian 34-0, and marked the first career head coaching victory for first year head coach Dan Davis.

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MJMS harriers qualify for state
MJMS harriers qualify for state

SMYRNA -- The Mt. Juliet Middle School cross country teams fared well Saturday, Oct. 11 at Sharp Springs Park in the Mid-State Championships.

The Golden Bears defeated 21 other teams and won for the ninth time in a row, qualifying for the second consecutive season to run in the Middle School State Championship meet planned for Knoxville, Saturday, Oct. 18.

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Local sports in brief

CU baseball alumni game
Cumberland baseball will host its bi-annual Alumni Game on Homecoming weekend, Saturday, Oct. 25 -- weather permitting. A breakfast is planned at the Benton Jennings Indoor Facility at 8:30 a.m. followed by the Alumni Game at 10 a.m.

Any former player, from either the junior college or four-year school days, who is interested in participating should email head coach Woody Hunt the following information to whunt@cumberland.edu by Monday, Oct. 20: name, current address, telephone, years played a t CU, t-shirt size and the number of people who will be attending.

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