|Ready or not, Spring has sprung|
|Monday, March 14, 2011|
* Lebanon High baseball opened the 2011 season Monday morning with a 10-0 loss to Alabama power Oxford High down at the Beef O'Brady's Bucanneer Classic at Hoover High -- just south of Birmingham.
Take heart Blue Devil faithful, the first five batters in the Oxford lineup have already committed to D-1 schools and three of those kids are juniors. Lebanon will play host Hoover High (another Alabama state power) later today at 2 p.m.
* Friendship Christian's softball team, under the direction of first-year head coach Jody Atwood, is playing in Gulf Shores, AL early this week. The home opener is set for Monday, march 21 as Cornersville comes to town for a 5 p.m. contest.
* Tuesday is a big day as the TSSAA Board of Control and the Legislative Council meet. They'll be considering a proposal from Memphis University School to change the first official practice date for football from Monday, August 1, to Monday, July 25, 2011.
The rationale stated in the request is that the change would give those schools that play Week Zero the opportunity to practice for four weeks instead of three.
Two local teams eyeballing this vote -- Lebanon and Mt. Juliet. The longtime rivals are scheduled to open the 2011 season in Week Zero and I'm sure both programs would benefit from the extra time on the field. Three weeks just isn't enough time to get ready for a season-opener.
* Cumberland University will be honoring NAIA National Champion wrestler Corey Bleaken, All-American James Casadaban and the entire Bulldog wrestling team during a Tuesday reception in Baird Chapel on the CU campus. The get-together begins at 11:30 a.m. and fans can have cake with the athletes and coaches beginning at Noon.
Bleaken (157 pounds) ended his Bulldog career as a three-time All-American after claiming honors at 149 pounds in 2007 and 2009. He also earned the prestigious Gorriaran Award as the NAIA Most Outstanding Wrestler in the national tournament, becoming the first-ever Bulldog to garner the award.
Casadaban claimed his second straight All-American honors, placing seventh at 165 pounds. The Bulldogs finished 13th nationally as a team.