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MJ softball picks up 6 wins PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mt. Juliet softball picked up six wins last week, winning three district games, then three more at a tournament in Louisville, Ky. 

On Tuesday, Mt. Juliet knocked off Hendersonville, 12-2. Freshman Riley Walker led the way with a 2-for-3 day and a home run. She had two RBIs. Emily Bombard, Savanna Oliver and Savannah Sanders all also had two RBIs. Sanders got the win on the mound, striking out eight. 

Wednesday, Mt. Juliet broke a 3-3 tie in the fifth and went on to beat Station Camp 7-3. 

Walker had two RBIs again. Kelsie Craighead, Bombard, Shelby Woodard and Oliver all had RBIs as well. Sanders got the win again, striking out 10. 

Thursday, the Lady Bears had no trouble with Wilson County rival Lebanon in a 10-2 win. Craighead and Woodard both had home runs in the contest. Craighead was 3-for-5 with three RBIs. Walker drove in three runs as well on a 2-for-3 day. Woodard drove in two, and Oliver and Kristin Jackson each had one RBI.  Sanders was victorious again on the mound with 13 strikeouts. 

Things kept rolling into Friday as Mt. Juliet traveled to Louisville, Ky. for the Ballard High Super Prep Tournament. Mt. Juliet picked up two wins in the first day. The first was over Glen Este High School (Ohio), 9-5. 

Hanna Sheppard was 1-for-2 with three RBIs. Craighead had two RBIs, and Walker, Woodard and Oliver each had one RBI. Woodard got the win on the mound. 

The second win of the day came against Matthews (OhIo), 4-1. Woodard had a home run, and also picked up the win on the mound. Craighead, Walker and Sheppard all added RBIs. 

The Lady Bears closed out the tournament Saturday with a win over Westerville (Ohio), 1-0. The only run came on a wild pitch, which scored Craighead. Sanders threw a one-hitter and struck out 12. 

The Bears will be having senior night Thursday as they host Gallatin. The game starts at 5 p.m.

MJ baseball adds 2 wins

Mt. Juliet picked up a district and non-distirct win last week. 

The Bears knocked off Station Camp 5-1, and followed that up with an 8-6 win over Oakland. 

The Bears played Wilson Central Tuesday night after press time, then travel to Central for a Wednesday game, 7 p.m.

MJ soccer knocks off 

Summit, 7-1 

Mt. Juliet soccer beat Summit  7-1 Thursday. 

Cameron Woodfin had another hat trick and added an assist. Tanner Dabell had two goals. Austin Coleman had a goal and an assist and freshman Chase Earles had his first goal. David Siever and Colbe Earles had two assists and Zack McGhee added an assist. Dylan Cole got his first varsity start in goal and got the win with seven saves.

Mt. Juliet played Station Camp after press time Tuesday, and will travel to Gallatin Thursday for a 7 p.m. game. 

Central softball finishes runner-up at Trojan Classic PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Wilson Central hosted 9-AAA power Beech Wednesday night and came away with a 5-1 victory.  

Katie Eakes had a bases loaded double on a 3-0 count in the bottom of the fifth inning, which added to Central’s 1-0 lead. Hannah Bodenhorn made sure that lead would hold up, as she pitched all seven innings, giving up four hits and a run while striking out 11. 

Eakes led Central with two hits and a walk, while Kayla Varner, Morgan Powell, and Brooke Pfefferle were each on base twice for the Wildcats. 

Central picked up another win Thursday versus Gallatin, 6-1.  

Morgan Powell pitched for Central, allowing two hits over seven innings while striking out 11 batters. Powell also singled and doubled for the Wildcats on the night. Other two-hit performers were Katie Eakes and Kelsey Tomlin. Central also received hits from Brittany Wiseman, Kendall Eden, and Kayla Varner.

Central visited the Soddy-Daisy Lady Trojan classic over the weekend, and went 5-1. 

The Lady Wildcats recorded wins against Walker Valley, CSAS, Rhea County, Sequatchie County and Bradley Central before losing to host Soddy-Daisy in the tournament final, 3-2. 

Monday, Central knocked off Station Camp, 9-1. 

Central scored early and often in the game, while Hannah Bodenhorn limited the Lady Bison to two infield hits while striking out 14.  The Lady Wildcats jumped on The Lady Bison early by scoring four runs in the first inning, two in the second, and two more in the third.

Karlie Odum started the third inning with a single before Kendal Tomlin came in to run for her.  Kelsey Tomlin then singled, giving Central runners on first and second.  The Tomlin’s stole second and third before Wiseman drove them in with a double.

Wilson Central had 13 hits total in the game.  Wiseman had three hits while Varner, Pfefferle, Smith, and Kelsey Tomlin each had two.  Odum and Eakes each had a hit as well for Central. 

Other scores 


Central 11 Lebanon 3

Central 16 Rhea County 0

Central 12 Red Bank 3

Central 4 East Hamilton 3

Central 7 Soddy-Daisy 2


Hendersonville 1 Central 0

MJCA softball beats Pearl-Cohn PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

MJCA Lady Saints defeat Pearl Cohn 10-2 at Hadley Park Thursday. 

The winning pitcher was Caitlyn Smith, who  pitched a complete game allowing two hits and striking out five. 

The Lady Saints scored one run in the first inning with Junior Ashley Walling having a lead off hit, followed by hits from Freshman Abi Hildabrand and Sophomore Olivia Gonzales. MJCA added four runs in the third with Smith having a double and driving in a run and Walling having a single driving in one run. The Lady Saints added five runs in the fourth  with Abi Hildabrand hitting a single driving in a run. Liz Russ drove in a run with a double and Anna Miller had a single.

MJCA lost to Ezell-Harding Wednesday, 12-2. 

Other scores


Smith County 11 MJCA 1

Ezell-Harding 3 MJCA 1



Friendship 3 MJCA 1

WC’s Brandon stepping down to run for Circuit Court Clerk PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The only girls’ basketball coach in Wilson Central’s history is stepping down. 

In a statement from Wilson Central  High School, it states that Brandon is leaving the position to run for Circuit Court Clerk in Wilson County. 

This has been one of most difficult decisions that I have ever had to make,” said Brandon in the statement. “With much prayer and consideration, I have received clarity to embrace a new challenge seeking to serve Wilson County in yet another capacity as the Circuit Court Clerk.”

Brandon won two state championships at Wilson Central (2006, 2008), and made a total of five state tournament appearances. He became coach when the school opened in 2001. 

“Coach Bud Brandon has decided to pursue a new challenge and a new chapter of his life,” said Athletic Director Chip Bevis. “We hate to lose him as our head girls’ basketball coach, but we wish him well as he runs for Circuit Court Clerk. He has done a great job as the head coach, and Wilson Central has the banners hanging in the gym to prove it. Bud’s leadership and influence on the young ladies he has coached goes far beyond the basketball court and will continue to do so for years to come.”

Bevis said that they will now begin the search for the new coach, but it will be tough to replace Brandon. 

“I have served as a teacher and coach for the past 30 years,” said Brandon. “I have been blessed by the many wonderful people who have been by my side in these experiences. I am especially thankful for the players, coaches and fans who have supported me, leaving me with many memories I will cherish for the rest of my life. The thing I am most thankful for is having the opportunity to work alongside my father, Campbell Brandon.”

Central knocks off Mt. Juliet, 2-0 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Runs were hard to come by Thursday in a 2-0 Wilson Central win over Mt. Juliet. 

Mt. Juliet’s Savannah Sanders and Central’s Morgan Powell kept the opposing offenses in check, but the Lady Wildcats were able to connect on a few chances. 

The first came in the top of the fourth, as Brittany Wiseman led the inning off with a solo home run over the right field fence. 

The Lady Wildcats extended the lead in the sixth when Katie Eakes smashed a RBI double. 

Mt. Juliet had some chances, but couldn’t capitalize. The Lady Bears left eight on base in the game. 

Despite the loss, Sanders finished with 11 strikeouts on the day. Powell got the shutout and struck out seven. 

The two teams split their games during the regular season. Mt. Juliet won the first meeting 1-0. The teams are tied atop of District 9-AAA with a 4-1 record. 

Other scores


Mt. Juliet 21 Lebanon 0

Hardin Valley 5 Mt. Juliet 4

Mt. Juliet 9 Morristown West 9

Knox. Catholic 15 Mt. Juliet 14

Mt. Juliet 7 Seymour 4

Station Camp 4 Wilson Central 3

Wilson Central 4 Station Camp 2

Ravenwood 7 Wilson Central 3

Wilson Central 9 Coffee County 2


Gibbs 3 Mt. Juliet 2

Maryville 9 Mt. Juliet 2

Mt. Juliet 13 Grace Christian 0

Central 7 Friendship Christian 1


MJCA 21 Community Christian 0

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