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High School Sports recap, Aug. 20 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

MJ girls soccer start season with 1-0 win

Mt. Juliet girls soccer got the season off right with a 1-0 win over LaVergne. 

Riley Wendling scored the only goal 14 minutes into the first half. 

Morgan Houser had seven saves. 

“We played really well in the first half and had multiple chances to score,” said Head Coach Ryan Hill. “In the second half Lavergne had chances and had one goal called back because of offsides. Overall our defense played really well tonight.”

Mt. Juliet plays their first district 9-AAA game Thursday at Beech, starting at 5 p.m.

Central golf beats Gallatin, falls to Station Camp

The Wilson Central  boys and girls golf teams defeated Gallatin, but were beaten by Station Camp in a District 9-AAA match Tuesday at Pine Creek Golf Course.  

The scores were: 

Central boys - Hayden Bramble 81, Josh Wiseman 83, Casey Brandon 85, Kevin Robertson 85. Total - 334. 

Station Camp boys -     79, 80, 80, 82 - 321

Gallatin boys - 85, 89, 95, 103 - 377

Central girls - 76, 86 - 162 (Lisa Malherbe 76, Kaitlin Hutchinson 86)

Station Camp girls    78, 81 - 159

Gallatin girls - 119, DNF - n/a.

Central football season passes available 

Season passes are on sale in the main office during school hours for Wilson Central football games. Regular season passes are $25, Reserved chair back seats are $45 and parking passes are $15.

Kittrell joins MJCA Athletic Department PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Mt. Juliet Christian Academy announces that Mike Kittrell, a well-known football and baseball coach in the Mt. Juliet community,  has been hired as an Assistant Athletic Director at the Class A school.  

Kittrell began his association with the school 3 years ago when MJCA started a 5/6 grade football team and asked him to serve as the volunteer head coach.  “We fell in love with MJCA from the start.  My kids love going to school here and my wife, Tammy, and I felt like we were part of a big family from the first day we set foot on campus.”  Kittrell eventually assumed head coaching duties for the Saints’ middle school football and baseball teams.  

Athletic Director, Paul Christensen, says the move is a major plus for his program.  “Mike is just such a class guy and the kids really love playing for him.  We were in the process of adding staff in the Athletic Department and were extremely blessed that Mike was considering a career change at the same time.  Not only is he a great coach from a technical perspective, he has a genuine love for kids and that makes it easy for the kids to relate to him.”  

Kittrell formerly worked for the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department, MHC Kenworth, and for the past 4 1\2 years was employed by Central States Bus Sales.  Among his other Athletic Department duties, Kittrell will coordinate football, baseball and softball development camps, as well as off-season baseball and softball tournaments for AAU and Travel Clubs on the MJCA campus.

Kittrell says he is thrilled to be part of the MJCA program.  “This is a dream come true for me.  I never thought I would have a full-time job doing what I love to do.  Sports, and being able to use it to make a positive influence on kids, is my passion – and now I get to do it all the time!  

Coach Kittrell can be reached through the school office at 758-2427 and by cell phone at 615-587-8288.

Johnson named FCS boys basketball coach PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Officials at Friendship Christian School (FCS) announce today that Ben Johnson has been named the new head coach of varsity boys basketball for the 2013-14 season.  

FCS Athletic Director John McNeal stated, “We are excited to announce that Ben will rejoin the FCS Family. He brings to our program strong Christian values and an incredible work ethic. He was one of my favorite players to coach when he played at FCS and has had success as a coach over the last decade.  He will be a positive influence on our students.  I look forward to working with him.”

Johnson joins FCS from Westbury Christian School where he served the last nine years as an assistant coach of the varsity basketball programs and helped lead the team to four state championships, two state runner-up, and two final four appearances.

“My family and I are very excited to join the Friendship Christian Family and it’s a great honor to come back home to my alma mater,” said Johnson. 

Johnson has a strong basketball background. He graduated from Friendship Christian School, where he was a member of the varsity boys basketball team from 1995 to 1999.  

During his time at FCS, he helped the Commanders win a District Championship in 1999 and a Sub-State appearance in 1997.

He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in business education in 2004.

Johnson’s coaching experience began in 2001 with the Friendship Christian School 5th/6th grade boys basketball team for one year and junior high baseball head coach for two years. He then went on to be the head coach for the Westbury Christian School junior high baseball team for seven years where they captured a conference championship.  He served as an assistant coach of the varsity football team, head coach of the junior high basketball team for four years where they captured three conference championships and head coach of the junior varsity basketball team for two years with a 23-8 record.  

FCS President Jon Shoulders stated, “We warmly welcome Ben, his wife Becky, and their son Marshall into the Friendship family.  He has an incredible reputation for leadership with class and character.   We are excited to have him share his passion for the game and to partner with us as we continually strive to instill strong minds and strong faith in our students. I am excited for our school and community to have the opportunity to work with Ben and to get to know his wonderful family.”

About Friendship Christian School


Founded in 1973, Friendship Christian School ( is a nondenominational, college preparatory, coeducational day school in Lebanon, Tennessee.  The mission of Friendship Christian School is to provide an excellent education in a Christian environment.  Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Friendship Christian School educates students in grades K3-12.  To learn more about Friendship Christian School, or to schedule a private tour of the 50-acre campus, please call 449-1573 or visit  Choice Matters. Choose Friendship.

Perry steps aside as MJ football coach PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Tommy Bryan

Special to The Chronicle

Not many high school football coaches are able to orchestrate their own exit. On many levels, Roger Perry counts himself among the lucky few.
Some six weeks after undergoing a complex heart by-pass procedure, Perry told a locker room full of Golden Bears Tuesday morning that he would be stepping into a new role as “director of football operations” at Mt. Juliet.
Perry’s son Trey, has been elevated from assistant head coach to head football coach.
“I’m a blessed man,” Perry, 57, said more than once, “I’m on the road to recovery and I can rest easy knowing the Mt. Juliet football program will go on without missing a beat. I’m thankful to work for a principal like Mr. [Mel] Brown and an athletic director like Mike [Duncan] for their support.
“The thing about this morning -- it’s all good news. Coach T and I have had a great balance through the years but make no mistake abut it, he’s going to be the head football coach. I’ll still be around; I’m stepping aside, not stepping down. I’m excited about the future of this football program.”
Perry officially compiled a record of 266-93 in 30-plus years as a head football coach at Westmoreland, Portland and Mt. Juliet. His Mt. Juliet teams have gone 25-3 over the past two seasons.
Trey Perry, 33, has been the architect of Mt. Juliet’s defense since coming to Wilson County with his father prior to the 2006 season. He played for his dad at Portland High and went on to play college football at Tennessee Tech.
“I’ve been preparing for this job for a long time,” Trey Perry said, “If I had my way I would have been a head coach several years ago, but finally, I got dumb out of the way and started to listen to the right way -- God’s way.
“It’s not about one person or one role; it’s about all of us. I’m thankful to be a part of a school that wants to win at everything -- and that starts at the top with Mr. Brown. I am honored to be in this position.”
“The program is solid, you couldn’t ask for a better foundation,” said MJ principal Brown. “The players won’t notice much difference. Where this program was when Coach Perry came here in 2006 and where we are today is almost unbelievable. I don’t know any other team in the state of Tennessee that could say the only two games they last year were two state champions.”

Tommy Bryan covers sports for The Wilson Post and can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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.

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