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MJ baseball comes up one win short PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

MT. JULIET - Mt. Juliet baseball’s streak of consecutive state tournament appearances came to an end Saturday after a 3-2 loss to Brentwood in the sectional game.
It is the first time in six years that the Mt. Juliet baseball team will not be participating in the Spring Fling. However, the streak of consecutive region championships is still going. The Bears won their sixth straight region title with a 6-5 win over Rossview.
After a Rossview run in the first, Mt. Juliet went to work, getting four runs of their own. The first came on an error, scoring Zach Ehrhart, which was followed two batters later by a two RBI double by Marshall Gei. Chris Johnston added a RBI single to make it 4-1 at the end of the first.
That score held until the bottom of the third when the Bears added onto their lead with a RBI groundout to second by Ehrhart.
Rossview got two runs back in the top of the fourth and tied it at 5-5 in the top of the sixth.
Mt. Juliet had the answer as an RBI single by Robby Amity scored Cody Carr for the game winning RBI.
Austin Smith came in and shut the door to preserve the title for the Bears.
Saturday, the Bears faced Brentwood in the sectional game. Mt. Juliet had the lead until the sixth inning, but Brentwood picked up a run, and then the go ahead run in the top of the seventh.
Mt. Juliet struck first in the second inning. With runners at first and third, Kyle Grace attempted to steal second, pulling the shortstop to the bag. Cody Carr found the hole with a single, scoring Gei.
Gei would extend the lead in the third with RBI single, scoring Amity.
Brentwood got a run in the fifth, and tied it up in the sixth. Hunter Anderson had a bloop single in the top of the seventh which dropped into shallow right field and scored the go ahead run. The Bears were not able to get a runner on in the bottom of the inning to extend the game.
Mt. Juliet finished the season 26-12, and collected their eighth straight district title in addition to their sixth straight regional title.

MJ soccer end great season in sectional PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

MT. JULIET - Ravenwood scored a pair of first half goals in Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Mt. Juliet in a Class AAA soccer sectional.
With the victory, the Raptors reached the BlueCross SpringFling for the third consecutive season.
Nick Jackel scored Mt. Juliet’s lone goal in the second half off an assist from Cameron Woodfin.
The Golden Bears closed out the 2013 season with a record of 13-8-1 and both the Region 5AAA and District 9AAA tournament championships.
No Wilson County soccer team has ever advanced to the state tournament.

This story first appeared in The Wilson Post

MJHS soccer grabs district title PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Dale Woodfin

Special to The Chronicle

The Mt. Juliet Golden Bears had a lackluster beginning to the 2013 soccer season. At the midpoint of the season the Golden Bears had only managed a 2-5-3 record with a five game losing streak, then the team started to come together. 

Under the direction of Head Coach Brain Valkyrie and Assistant Coach Tommy Holt, the Bears reeled of four wins to start the second half of the season. That improved their record by the end of regular season play to 8-7-3, beating cross town rival Wilson Central Wildcats in the final game 2-0.

This past week in the District tournament, the Golden Bears marched their way to the final game in single elimination play with victories over Gallatin, 2-1, and Station Camp, 3-0.

In Friday’s Championship game, Mt. Juliet faced the historically strong Hendersonville Commandos who delivered The Golden Bears an early season loss of 4-0.  However, the District 9-AAA match up at Hendersonville would prove to be a much more challenging game for the Commandos.  

Both Mt. Juliet and Hendersonville would have good opportunities early, but it was the Commandos who managed to take the early lead during the 15th minute of the first half. As the second half came to a close it looked as though the Commandos would hold on for the victory. However, Cameron Woodfin  scored during the 38th minute with only two minutes left in regulation to send the game into overtime.  After two, ten minute periods of sudden death, the game remained locked at 1-1. Then after two additional five minute periods of sudden death it was penalty kicks that would decide the outcome.  

After the third penalty kick, Mt. Juliet missed wide to give Hendersonville a chance to clinch the victory.  However, the next PK from Hendersonville missed high. On the last kick from Hendersonville, Mt. Juliet Golden Bears keeper Baker Bachman came up big in the muddy goal box with the save. At the end of regulation, four overtimes and PK’s, the Mt. Juliet High School Men’s Soccer program claimed the District Championship in a grueling 110 minutes of play ending the Commandos’ 13-game winning streak and bid for three straight tournament titles.

Penalty kicks were scored by: Nick Jackel, Eric Whitmire, Colbe Earles, Woodfin.  

The win brings Mt. Juliet (11-7-3) home for Tuesday’s Region 5-AAA Tournament semifinal where they will host Dickson County (15-2-2).  Hendersonville (16-3-1) must play away for their semifinals against District 10-AAA champion Rossview (14-4-2).

With a win in the region semifinals the Golden Bears are assured a game May 16 in the regional finals and also a spot in sectional play May 18.

Dickson County’s loss to Rossview (2-0) in the District 10-AAA championship match was just the second all season long. The Hendersonville Commandos beat Dickson County earlier this season 1-0.

MJ Baseball wins 8th straight district title PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mt. Juliet came away with their 8th straight district title Friday with a 6-2 win over Beech. 

Beech had eliminated Wilson Central Wednesday with a 7-0 victory. 

The Bears kept things rolling through regionals Monday with a 9-4 win over Clarksville. 

Mt. Juliet scored six runs in the bottom of the first and never relinquished the lead. 

The Bears will host Rossview Wednesday at 7 p.m. for the Region title. If they win, they will host the loser of Brentwood or Centennial Friday for a chance at a trip to state. If they lose, they will travel to the winner of Brentwood and Centennial with a state appearance still on the line. 

Wilson Central nabs softball district title PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, May 14, 2013

After several rain delays, Mt. Juliet and Wilson Central finally got to play the District 9-AAA Tournament finals Sunday. 

Mt. Juliet was able to take the first game, 3-0, but Wilson Central grabbed the title with a 2-1 win in the second game. 

Mt. Juliet had lost the first game of the tournament to Portland, but battled through the loser’s bracket to get to the final game. They needed to win twice. 

Central had gone through the tournament unscathed, so they just needed the one win. 

Both teams’ seasons came to an end Monday in the first round of regionals. 

Mt. Juliet lost to Clarksville, 3-0. They finished the season 29-16. 

Central lost to Dickson County, 2-1. 

Hailey Hubbel picked up the only RBI for the Lady Wildcats on the night. 

Central ended the season 22-17. 

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