Jason Maxwell

Ensworth baseball coach Jason Maxwell will coach the 2021 U.S. National 18U team, USA Baseball announced this week. 

USA Baseball liked what Jason Maxwell did in his audition with the organization, so it’s bringing him back.

Maxwell was named manager of the 2021 U.S. National 18U team this week. The Ensworth baseball coach managed the 15U program to its first-ever world championship in 2018.

“Jason has been a part of our coaching system for years and we are confident he will guide the 18U National Team program to tremendous success,” 18U national team general manager Ashley Bratcher said in a release. “His passion, enthusiasm, and experience, combined with his deep knowledge of the game, will be invaluable assets to a group of incredible young athletes this year.”

Maxwell will help the 18U team identify prospects and trim them down to a 20-man roster for training camp Sept. 4-8. He’ll serve as manager for the WBSC Baseball World Cup Sept. 10-19 in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida. The event is returning to the U.S. for the first time since 1995.

Maxwell, who is in his 17th season at Ensworth since founding its program in 2004, has built a strong resume with USA Baseball. He was an assistant for the 15U team in 2016 and was field coordinator for the 2017 14U National Team Development Program. He has been part of numerous national team trials, championships and player identification series.

The former Middle Tennessee State standout played six years in the minor leagues before his Major League debut with the Cubs in 1998. He played with the Minnesota Twins in 2000 and 2001.

Page hires Street

Page High School has hired Jared Street as its boys basketball coach, the school announced Wednesday.

Street had been the Battle Ground Academy boys head coach since 2018, where he went 33-48 in three seasons.

Street also served as an assistant under former Brentwood Academy coach Hubie Smith and was a head coach at Hickman County. He will also teach social studies at Page.

“Coach Street brings extensive coaching success and experience,” Page principal Dr. Katie Hill said in a release. “(he) will be a great mentor to our players and a teacher of high quality and character. The future is bright.”

Page went 17-10 this past season.

“I am looking forward to starting workouts and practice with the guys this summer as we begin the process of building our team for November,” Street said in a release thanking administrators.

Denton wants to keep playing

Former Ravenwood star Bryce Denton was released by the St. Louis Cardinals organization this week. He wrote on Twitter that he’s healthy and wants to keep playing.

“Thankful for the opportunities (the Cardinals) gave me playing through multiple surgeries and lots of ups and downs,” Denton wrote Wednesday. “I grew up a Cardinals fan because of the players, and I’ll always love every one of them. I am in the best shape of my life. Any takers?

“I’m 23 years old, a second rounder and healthy for the first time in 3 seasons. I’m ready to play.”

The Cardinals picked Denton up out of high school in 2015. The Vanderbilt commit went in the second round with the 66th overall selection.

Appendicitis in 2017 and a torn labrum in 2018 stunted his path through the minors. His best season came in Single-A ball in 2018 before the shoulder injury, when he batted .256 with 87 hits and eight home runs in 94 games.

Wilson Central wrestlers earn hardware

Several Wilson Central wrestlers have kept competing after the TSSAA season.

Last week, Connor Warnock (126 pounds) claimed the Adidas National Tournament crown in Independence, Missouri, earning All-American honors. Wilson Central’s Tate Myers (138 pounds) also competed.

TSSAA state runner-up Noah Todd claimed third at a national tournament in Virginia Beach, Virginia, winning five matches in three days. Warnock and Myers also competed there.

Wilson Central junior Steven Fisak, a three-time TSSAA state medalist, took third at the Ohio Tournament of Champions.

Recruiting central

East Nashville basketball player Zayla Jones committed to Fisk University this week. Jones averaged 12.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.8 steals as a senior. … Grace Christian Academy’s Carlie Mason signed with Bryan College women’s basketball Thursday. … Wilson Central boys tennis standout AJ Hughes signed with Asbury University on Thursday. … Father Ryan senior receiver Parker Erdman committed to Division III powerhouse Mount Union on Thursday. … Ensworth junior forward Malik Dia added an offer from Creighton this week. Nebraska offered him last week.

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