Things are fine at Central Magnet.
A junior class has been added, all grades are full, and the building renovation is complete. The place sparkles!
The question about whether to have athletics has long been answered. The Tigers will have all sports except wrestling and football. The School Board solved the football problem by allowing any Central student that wanted to play football to play at Eagleville. This made perfect sense.
An excellent teacher and coach, Buddy Powers was appointed by Principal John Ash as the school’s first athletic director and baseball coach. The team had a good first year and all the minor sports did well.
Central chose to play a JV schedule last year, which is what Blackman and Eagleville football did (and Siegel wished it had done).
This year the Tigers, with no senior class, has joined powerful District 8 for all high school sports and the Central Magnet Middle School teams joined the 11-member Rutherford County Middle School League.
I visited Tigerville this week to see the middle school take on Blackman Middle and, true, while perhaps not ready for primetime, the basketball teams are showing considerable signs of progress from last year.
The Blackman Middle Lady Flames, who were 2010-2011 champions of, well, everything, are coached by two of my favorite people, Theo Hatchett and Krystal Horton.
The Flames ran their record to 2-0 with a 43-16 victory. Blackman was led in scoring by Crystal Dangerfield with 20 and Maia Vanzant with 9 points.
Central Magnet, coached by the intense and always smiling Jennifer Jones, has good size and had some fine defensive moments but simply couldn’t score.
Central’s Kahliya Murry led the scoring with 5 points. Central won the JV game 19-18.
In the boys contest, Blackman coach Eric Moore watched his team build an early lead and even their record at 1-1, with a 48-20 victory.
Moore, who has been out of coaching for a while, ran a very effective 2-3 zone, and the Flames are going to be a contender all year.
Anthony Ochoa and Miller Armstrong each had 13 points.
Central, coached by Dan Duffield, clearly is getting better despite the loss.
The Tigers matched Blackman in the third quarter, and you could almost see them getting better as the game progressed. Patrick Conner led Central in scoring with 9 points.
Central has a chance to really develop something special and, has its students on campus for 7 years. It is its own feeder system. Eagleville is the only other school in the Rutherford County system that can do this.
Get out and enjoy a high school or middle school game soon.