Coins favor Overton boys, Glencliff girls in tourney

Sunday, February 14, 2010 at 6:23pm

It's a simple philosophy — tails never fails.

That was the approach Overton boys coach James McKee and Glencliff girls coach Columbus Cody took Saturday in the district tournament meeting at McGavock.

Assuming both win their makeup games Monday night, the Gleneliff girls and Overton boys will become top seeds in the District 12-AAA tournament. Both called tails to win coin flips for the tournament which opens at McGavock later this week.

Overton visits Glencliff for a makeup twin bill Monday, with the girls game beginning at 4 p.m. A lot is riding on both games. Should the Glencliff girls and Overton boys win, and both are favored. they would finish in a tie for first with Antioch (girls) and Hunters Lane (boys). But they grab the top seeds thanks to calling the toss right.

“That’s what I’ve always heard — tails never fails,’’ said Cody, whose team would finish in a first-place tie with Antioch with a win. “Works for me,’’ McKee added.

Hunters Lane (which split with Overton) and Antioch’s girls (which split with Glencliff) would be the No. 2 seeds.

After opening round games Wednesday (Cane Ridge at Glencliff boys) and Thursday (Hillwood at Cane Ridge girls), quarterfinal rounds will be held Friday at McGavock, with semis to follow Saturday. Top two seeds received byes to the semis and are guaranteed berths in the Region 6-AAA tourney, also at McGavock March 1-4.

Overton, Maplewood have momentum

Packed house. Furious Action. Last-second shot. Sounds like a tournament game, right?

Well, almost. Overton and Maplewood do go into action this week in their respective district tournaments, but they staged a great preview to what is may transpire at tournament sites around Nashville this week.

Overton avenged a two-point, season ending opening-round tournament loss to Maplewood (which has moved to 10-AA) with a 73-72 win over the Panthers Friday at Overton.

The winning shot came by John Perry who knocked down a free throw with 7/10 of second left with the score tied.

“I was surprised when they called that, but when I got to the line, I just blanked everything out, because I knew we needed it,’’ Perry said. “We just kept fighting.’’

“We played scared the first half,’’ said guard Mookie Betts of the Bobcats who trailed by 12 in the second quarter. “Coach gave us a good per talk at halftime, then we picked things up. This was a great win after they beat us by two last year over at their place.’’

The outcome left Maplewood Coach Ty Wilson with a bitter taste in his mouth. The last-second foul call was something he couldn’t digest.

“It was a great game between two good teams, and it was a shame the game had to come down to a call like that in the final second,’’ said Wilson, adding, “I don’t want to sound like a crybaby, but this was really disappointing.

“The game should have been decided by the kids, who all played hard, but it was decided by the referees, one in particular, I don’t know how he can make that call that far from the basket,’’ he said. “The players deserved better.’’

“Maplewood had 21 fouls to our 17 and we shot 27 free throws to their 24, plus they had three technical fouls called on them,’’ said Overton’s McKee. “If they hadn’t gotten those technicals, they might have won the game,’’

Maplewood won 10-AA boys race by two games and will play its tourney opener Tuesday night at home. After opening satellite games Monday and Tuesday nights, the 10-AA tourney moves to East Lit Friday.

MBA surprises in state swimming

Montgomery Bell Academy ended the supremacy of Chattanooga and took home its first state swimming championship Saturday at the Caulkins Pool at Centennial Sportsplex.

The Big Red ended the supremacy of defending champion Baylor, which finished third behind Chattanooga rival McCallie.

Thanks mainly to their strength in the relay events, the Big Red finished with 357 points, far ahead of McCallie (249) and Baylor (202).

After jumping in the pool with his entire team to celebrate the unexpected victory, Coach Michael Dobbs said, laughing, “that water is cold. But it didn’t bother me one bit.

“This is hard to put into words,’’ Dobbs said. “Baylor has just dominated this for years, and for us to put together two days like this is amazing, I am so proud of these guys.’’

Jack Murfee, a Virginia signee, Chase Lovelace, Maclin Davis and Jarvis Workhaven combined to set the state record in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:30.96 in the opening night Friday and just a second off the national record.

“That was a lot of fun,’’ said Davis, a sophomore who also finished a close second in the 100 fly on Friday. “It (the relay) was something we’ve been pointing toward, and we were able to accomplish it. It’s still a little unbelievable.’’

The Big Red put an exclamation point on the championship topping with a superlative performance in the 400-yard freestyle relay Saturday, bettering their qualifying time by almost rhee seconds, swimming in 3:09.54.

That quartet was comprised of Nathan Stinson, Tate Ramsden, Andrew Dobbs and Pat Killian, who overtook the leader in the anchor leg and won easily. The Yale bound Killian won the 50 freestyle and was second in the 100. “Andrew swam an incredible :44.9 anchor leg,’’ Dobbs said.

Baylor won the girls title with 422 points, with Harpeth Hall, which made a strong showing, finishing second with 206.

DCA runnerup in state bowling

Donelson Christian Academy finished runner-up in the DII state bowling tournament Saturday at Smyrna Lanes, falling to unbeaten McCallie in the finals 20-7. DCA trounced Christian Brothers 25-2, while McCallie beat BGA 16-11 in the semis, DCA ended 18-2.

East Lit looks for football coach

East Literature Magnet School is looking for a new football coach to replace James (Bubba) Spears who resigned last week to take the head coaching job at Hillwood.

To apply, call Metro Schools athletic director Scott Brunette at 259-8783 on or before Feb. 25. As reported in The City Paper last Thursday, Brunette was elected to the TSSAA Hall of Fame as an administrator. He will be inducted April 17 in Murfreesboro.