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TSWA honors seven local athletes TSWA honors seven local athletes

Seven Wilson County high school athletes have been recognized as all-state in their respective sports by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association.
    
Among the honorees are:

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  • TSWA honors seven local athletes TSWA honors seven local athletes

    Seven Wilson County high school athletes have been recognized as all-state in their respective sports by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association.
        
    Among the honorees are:

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  • CU signee rehabs from knee injury CU signee rehabs from knee injury

    Uphill battles are nothing new for Cumberland University football signee Chris Hale.
        
    The all-time leading rusher (4,256 yards) in the 11-year history of Eagleville High School is once again putting his nose to the grindstone hoping to be ready for the opening of fall camp.

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  • Purvis returns as MJ baseball coach Purvis returns as MJ baseball coach

    An announcement was made Tuesday, July 15 naming Mark Purvis as head baseball coach at Mt. Juliet High.
        
    Purvis, who was the coach of the Golden Bears for 13 seasons prior to stepping down in June of 2012, will take over for the man who replaced him -- Jim Carter.

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  • Eddie McDaniels inks with Cumberland Eddie McDaniels inks with Cumberland

    Eddie McDaniels has decided to specialize. A versatile, multi-sport athlete at Lebanon High who earned 10 varsity letters in his four-year career, signed paperwork Wednesday morning to play baseball with hometown Cumberland University.
        
    McDaniels, son of Missy Reeder, played baseball and basketball all four years for the Blue Devils before deciding to play football as a senior and a junior.

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  • Criswell to coach FB at Winfree Bryant Criswell to coach FB at Winfree Bryant

    LEBANON -- Winfree Bryant Middle School Principal Becky Kegley announced late Tuesday the hiring of Jody Criswell as the new football coach of the Aviators.

    Criswell, a native of West Tennessee who played for NAIA semifinalists Lambuth University in 1996, takes over for Jeramy Ezell who resigned last month to take a position at Lipscomb Academy in Nashville.

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Purvis returns as MJ baseball coach
Purvis returns as MJ baseball coach

An announcement was made Tuesday, July 15 naming Mark Purvis as head baseball coach at Mt. Juliet High.
    
Purvis, who was the coach of the Golden Bears for 13 seasons prior to stepping down in June of 2012, will take over for the man who replaced him -- Jim Carter.

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Eddie McDaniels inks with Cumberland
Eddie McDaniels inks with Cumberland
Eddie McDaniels
Eddie McDaniels inks with Cumberland

Eddie McDaniels has decided to specialize. A versatile, multi-sport athlete at Lebanon High who earned 10 varsity letters in his four-year career, signed paperwork Wednesday morning to play baseball with hometown Cumberland University.
    
McDaniels, son of Missy Reeder, played baseball and basketball all four years for the Blue Devils before deciding to play football as a senior and a junior.

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Committee stalls CU's DII application

INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA announced on Friday the decisions reached by the Division II Membership Committee on applications for NCAA Division II candidacy.

The Great Midwest Athletic Conference sponsored two institutions for candidacy in 2014-15, Georgetown College and Cumberland University.

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Criswell to coach FB at Winfree Bryant
Criswell to coach FB at Winfree Bryant
Jody Criswell
Criswell to coach FB at Winfree Bryant

LEBANON -- Winfree Bryant Middle School Principal Becky Kegley announced late Tuesday the hiring of Jody Criswell as the new football coach of the Aviators.

Criswell, a native of West Tennessee who played for NAIA semifinalists Lambuth University in 1996, takes over for Jeramy Ezell who resigned last month to take a position at Lipscomb Academy in Nashville.

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Inman earns another HoF berth
Inman earns another HoF berth
Larry Inman
Inman earns another HoF berth

Former Lebanon and Mt. Juliet High girls basketball coach Larry Inman has been inducted into the Blue Raider Athletic Hall of Fame at Middle Tennessee State University.
    
The head coach at Tennessee State University for the past two years, Inman and his wife Bobbie Gene presently make their home in Wilson County, just off Highway 70.

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Holy Moses, CU inks Ugandan RB

Relatively new to this country, Moses Cornelius has found the game of American football much to his liking.

So much so that the record-breaking back from Antioch High will be continuing his education and gridiron career at Lebanon’s Cumberland University this fall.

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Brittany Harry to lead CU volleyball
Brittany Harry to lead CU volleyball
Brittany Harry
Brittany Harry to lead CU volleyball

Veteran junior college coach Brittany Harry has been hired to take over the volleyball program at Cumberland University.

Harry, head coach at Vincennes University in Indiana for the past three seasons, takes over a CU program headed by Dewayne Deering for the past 26 years.

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Chris Hall will play at UT in 2015
Chris Hall will play at UT in 2015
Chris Hall
Chris Hall will play at UT in 2015

Lebanon native Chris Hall has accepted a scholarship offer to continue his baseball career and education at the University of Tennessee.
    
Hall, a second team NAIA All-American at Cumberland University in 2014, will be eligible to play immediately for the Vols.

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Vetetoe will coach Blue Devil baseball
Vetetoe will coach Blue Devil baseball
Eric Vetetoe
Vetetoe will coach Blue Devil baseball

Trousdale County High baseball coach Eric Vetetoe will be the new head baseball coach at Lebanon High School.

A member of Cumberland University’s 2010 NAIA National Championship team, Vetetoe takes over for Tony Long who guided the Blue Devils to a 2014 record of 11-19 in his only season on the job.

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Nationals top Americans 5-4

Both 12U teams are state bound
Played before a jam-packed audience in the Baird Park Complex after earlier rounds were held in Coopertown, the contest basically decided nothing more than seedings as both LYBA squads will advance to the July 17 state tournament scheduled for Sweetwater.

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LYBA teams win sub-district titles

Perhaps there’s another showdown in the future for Lebanon’s two entries in the Dixie Youth O-Zone 12U all-star teams.
    
In its first year of operation, the Lebanon Youth Baseball Association sent two all-stars into postseason play in 2013 and as it turned out, the American and National squads rolled through their respective tournaments and finished second and third at the state level.

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Hunt is ready to re-tool CU roster
Hunt is ready to re-tool CU roster
Woody Hunt
Hunt is ready to re-tool CU roster

It took Woody Hunt some 23 seasons as head coach of the Cumberland Bulldogs before he won his first NAIA National Championship.
    
In the space of the next 10 years, he’s tacked on two more -- including an improbable tournament run in the recently completed 2014 season -- a season that found CU going 49-20 and earning a No. 1 postseason ranking.

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MJ's Hoppe inks with CU baseball
MJ's Hoppe inks with CU baseball

LEBANON -- Versatile Curt Hoppe, Co--MVP of District 9AAA, signed scholarship papers Wednesday afternoon, June 18 with 2014 NAIA National Champion Cumberland University.

A third baseman / pitcher for Mt. Juliet High, Hoppe hit .410 as a senior with 49 RBI and five homers while splitting time between third base and the mound.

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Levi Brown to work with MJ QBs
Levi Brown to work with MJ QBs
Levi Brown
Levi Brown to work with MJ QBs

Mt. Juliet High graduate and former professional quarterback Levi Brown has joined Coach Trey Perry's coaching staff at MJHS in a non-faculty position and will work with the Golden Bear signal callers.
    
A 2005 MJ graduate, Brown went on to become a record-setting passer at Troy University where he was named Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year.

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Sam Lind inks with Canaries
Sam Lind inks with Canaries
Sam Lind
Sam Lind inks with Canaries

SOUIX FALLS, SD -- Former Cumberland infielder Sam Lind inked a professional contract over the weekend with the Sioux Falls Canaries in the independent American Association.

He singled and scored in his first career professional game on Sunday for his home state team.

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