|Recently, we have been inundated with coaches and players winning various awards. This is a great problem, but, with apologies to those I missed, here we go.
Coaches Alan Bush, John Wild, Kevin Woodson, Jason Percy and Chad Hibdon all received awards recently for passing milestone-win totals.
In the Middle School All Star game, which was held by the La Vergne Middle, there were numerous award winning performances.
Blackman’s Crystal Dangerfield scored 26 points in the Blaze’s victory and had six steals. She was named the team’s MVP.
The boys MVP was Ikenna Okeke of Stewarts Creek. He had 12 points, eight rebounds and also won the boys obstacle-course contest.
The 3-point champ was Deonte’ Alley of Christiana, the slam dunk winner was Gulecy Buni of La Vergne and the girl’s obstacle course winner was Erica Jones of Stewarts Creek.
Some of the better performances were from Blackman’s Miller Armstrong who had nine points and five rebounds; Christiana’s Jazz Bond had 14 points and eight rebounds, Ken Collins of Rockvale had 12 points and 11 rebounds and Quinton Armstrong of La Vergne recorded a double-double with 11 points and five rebounds.
Over at MTCS, Micah Farmer was the MVP for the champion Cougars and Ben Brown and Derrick Spears also made All Tournament.
The MTCS girls also excelled and finished second with Julia Howard, Megan Smith and Julia Peters making All Tournament.
The All 7AAA Girls regular season basketball team was recently named. Riverdale’s Tyisha Petty was the MVP, while teammates Olivia Jones, Alexa Middleton and Shacobia Barbee were also named to the team. Other members were Oakland’s Ellen Riggins and fellow Lady Patriot Emily Eubank; Siegel’s Kelsey Naish and Markentria Humphrey; Smyrna’s Kayla Hunt; and Blackman’s Kortney Cox and Chelsey Hall.
Siegel’s Alan Bush was the 7AAA Coach of the Year.
The All Tournament Team consisted of Shacobia Barbee (MVP), with a line up of Alexa Middleton and Tyisha Petty of Riverdale; Emily Eubank and Ellen Riggins of Oakland; and Chelsey Hall of Blackman.
In District 7AAA Boys, Coach Barry Wortman of Blackman was named the Coach of the Year. Blackman’s Darius Thompson was the District MVP and the Tournament MVP.
Besides Thompson, the all regular season team was made up of Blackman’s Quindell Cousin and Terrance Smotherman; Siegel’s Treyton Harris, Robert Brandon and Charles Crurch; Smyrna’s PJ Whitaker and Wayne Jones; Cayman Dial of La Vergne; Emmanuel Smith of Oakland; and Tomaz Gray of Riverdale.
The 7AAA Boys All Tournament Team, besides Thompson, consisted of Caymon Dial and Deloren Sparks of La Vergne; Terrance Smotherman of Blackman; Charles Church of Siegel; and PJ Whitaker of Smyrna.
TSSAA Hall of Fame Inductees
Also this past week the TSSAA added three more Murfreesboro folks to their Hall of Fame.
Longtime friend Butch Campbell was added this week. Butch has worked as a basketball official and basketball supervisor of officials as well as an official in other sports. He has kept the State Tournament clock for 35 years and will do so again next week.
Butch is better known as a teacher and coach in both the city and county and as Principal of Walter Hill for well over two decades. Perhaps of more importance he is a true friend of young people and also a member of the Murfreesboro City School Board.
This is a much deserved honor.
Also elected to the TSSAA Hall was the husband and wife team of Sam and Nelda Kerr. Both of them performed numerous services for the TSSAA over the years including beginning the TSSAA merchandising program and working in just about every TSSAA State Championship event in a variety of capacities.
Sam was a legendary player in softball and later became a legend in officiating numerous sports, especially softball. He was also instrumental in improving the local sports leagues, especially softball at every level and Murfreesboro youth sports such as Junior Pro.
Nelda, one of the nicest people I know, has done about everything the TSSAA asked, everything from selling tickets to arranging for halftime talent at the Basketball State Tournament. She is also an artist of considerable talent.
The addition of Campbell and the Kerrs brings Rutherford County membership to eight as they join Buddy Pate, Nelson Smotherman, Harry Gill Jr., Campbell Brandon and the late Lee Pate as members.