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3 more Bears sign with Cumberland PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Cody Carr, Deontre Nealous and Caleb Hopkins signed football scholarships with Cumberland University Friday. 

The three will join teammate Braiden Eady who signed with Cumberland last week. 

Carr was excited that the Cumberland team has several former Bears on the roster. 

“I get another chance to play football with my friends,” said Carr. 

Carr said that he is expecting Cumberland to help him keep getting better and prepare him for the next level. 

Hopkins liked that Cumberland was close to home, and feels that Mt. Juliet helped him improve not only on the field, but off. 

“I became a better man,” said Hopkins about his years playing for the Bears. 

Nealous said he was excited about playing with his teammates again, and only had one expectation of his time at Cumberland. 

“Success,” said Nealous. 

MJ girls win District 9-AAA tourney, Central in finals PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Mt. Juliet Lady Bears captured another District Tournament title with a 43-28 victory over Beech Monday. 

Ronjanae DeGray finished with 16 points and  picked up the Tournament MVP. 

Sally McCabe added 13 points and Savannah Sanders finished with 11. Both made the All-Tournament team. 

Mt. Juliet kicked off the tournament with a 53-22 win over Portland. 

DeGray led the way with 21 points and McCabe added 18. 

Saturday, the Lady Bears held off a late charging Station Camp team, 56-52. 

DeGray led the Lady Bears with 24 points, and McCabe added 14.

The Lady Bears will face West Creek at home Friday to open the Region Tournament. Tip off is 7 p.m.

The Central girls were eliminated in the first round by 71-57. 

Autumn Hopkins led the Lady Wildcats with 18 points. Kendall Spray had 12. The Lady Wildcats finished the season 12-13, and 8-6 in district play. 

Central makes it to the finals

The Central Wildcats avenged two regular season losses to Mt. Juliet by beating the Bears in the semifinals Saturday, 60-55. 

Jacob Williams led Central to the win with 17 points. Blake Huffman had 15 and Ben Palmer finished with 10. 

Thomas Sharpe led the Bears with 20 points, 18 of it coming on six, three pointers. Hunter Gilbert ended with 11 points. 

Central started the tournament with a 62-46 win over Gallatin. 

They were led by Williams’ 19 points. Palmer had 17 and Matthew Hall added 11. 

Mt. Juliet got 29 points from Reagan Johnson in the tournament opener to eliminate Beech, 65-60. 

Sharpe added 16 and Nolan Chowbay finished with 10 points. 

Central played Station Camp Tuesday in the finals. Mt. Juliet faced off with Hendersonville in the third place game. Both games were played after press time. 

Inaugural Wilson County Boys Soccer Competition PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Inaugural Wilson County Cup boys soccer competition is Saturday, Feb. 23 at the new Lebanon High School Soccer Field.  

The competition will feature the Junior Varsity and Varsity boys soccer teams of the three largest schools in Wilson County: Lebanon, Mt. Juliet, and Wilson Central.  

Since this is the first scrimmages of the season for all three schools, we will be playing 40 minute games.  

Attendance for the tournament is $5.  

The schedule of the tournament is: 

Junior Varsity Tournament

10 a.m.: Wilson Central vs. Mt. Juliet

11 a.m.: Lebanon vs. Wilson Central

Noon: Mt. Juliet vs. Lebanon

Varsity Tournament

1 p.m.: Wilson Central vs. Lebanon

2 p.m.: Mt. Juliet vs. Wilson Central

3 p.m.: Lebanon vs. Mt. Juliet

Local athletes choose their schools PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor 

Three student athletes signed their letters of intent on National Signing Day at Mt. Juliet High School, and two more signed at Wilson Central Wednesday. 

Elijah Wilson signed a cross country letter of intent for Austin Peay, Josh Belhu signed to play football for Tennessee Tech and Braiden Eady signed to play football for Cumberland. 

Wilson has been running cross country for Mt. Juliet since his sophomore year. He holds the school record 5K time. Wilson said he will miss his time at Mt. Juliet but is excited for his college career. 

“I have had great teammates, great coaches,” said Wilson. “But I am excited about the new chapter.”

Eady has played for Mt. Juliet since middle school. Head Coach Roger Perry praised Eady for his hard work over the last few years. 

“We are excited for Braiden and his family,” said Perry. “We thank him for what he gave to Mt. Juliet football.”

Josh Belhu will join 2012 Mt. Juliet graduate Brett Dillard at Tennessee Tech. 

The linebacker led the defense and recovered from a hip injury that many thought would end his high school career. He got back for the last game of the season and played through the playoffs. Perry praised Belhu’s leadership and toughness from getting back from the injury that many thought ended his season. 

“That was remarkable. In 35 years of coaching, I haven’t seen that happen,” said Perry. 

Central’s standout wide receiver Chris Lee will take his talents to the Ivy League as he will attend Harvard. 

Mason Pavan will stay close to home at Cumberland. 

Mt. Juliet finishes regular season sweep of Central PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Mt. Juliet completed a regular season sweep of rival Wilson Central with two wins Friday. 

The Lady Bears came away with a 57-49 win, and the Bears won 57-46. 

In the girls’ game, the Lady Bears repeatedly attacked the post with Sally McCabe and Ronjanae DeGray. Despite missing a large portion of the game with foul trouble, McCabe led the way with 23 points. DeGray had 21. 

Mt. Juliet jumped out to a 12-2 lead, and held a 16-7 lead at the end of the first. McCabe picked up her third foul in the second quarter, but Central wasn’t able to pull much closer, trailing 28-20 at the break. 

McCabe picked up her fourth foul in the third, and Central kept within striking distance at the end of the quarter, 36-31. 

A jumper by Autumn Hopkins cut the Lady Bear lead to 38-35 in the fourth, but Mt. Juliet went on a 10-2 run at that point to put the game out of reach. 

Rachel Bean led Central with 13 points despite leaving the game with a leg injury. 

In the boys’ game, Nolan Chowbay pitched in 21 points to help the Bears to the 57-46 win. 

It was a tight first half, as the score was just 9-6 in favor of Mt. Juliet at the end of the first, and a Hunter Gilbert three just before the buzzer gave the Bears a 22-17 lead going into the break. 

Mt. Juliet dominated the third quarter, and a Nolan Chowbay three pointer as time expired in the quarter made the lead 41-24 going into the final quarter. 

Central was able to eat into the lead a bit in the fourth, but the Bears held on for the win. 

In addition to Chowbay’s 21, Gilbert added 10. Jacob Williams led Central with 14. Blake Huffman added 11, and Deante Miller ended with 10. 

On Monday, the Lady Bears gave No. 1 Riverdale (USA Today No. 5 in Nation) all it wanted in the first half, but couldn’t hang on to the lead in a 67-47 loss. 

Mt. Juliet led the Lady Warriors at the half, 28-22, but Riverdale dominated the third quarter en route to the victory. 

It was the 49th straight win for the Lady Warriors. 

McCabe led the Lady Bears with 22 points. 

DeGray had 12. 

The Lady Bears will open the District 9-AAA tournament Thursday by hosting Portland. That game tips off at 7 p.m.

In the boys game, Thomas Sharpe hit two free throws with six seconds left to lift the Bears to a 33-31 victory over Riverdale. 

Sharpe led the Bears with 10 points. 

The Bears will kick off the District 9-AAA tournament Friday. They will host Beech at 7 p.m.

The Central Lady Wildcats will host Station Camp Thursday in the first round of the District 9-AAA Tournament. Tipoff is 7 p.m.

The Central Wildcats will host Gallatin Friday. Tipoff for that game is 7 p.m.

The semifinals and finals will be played at Station Camp High School on Saturday and Tuesday. 

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