Last Wednesday became V-Day for Christ Presbyterian Academy spring sports teams – that’s ‘V’ as in victory.
“I can’t remember a day quite like this in our school sports history,” athletic director Mike Ellson said. “We’ve certainly had some great ones, but not one day like this.”
•The Lions won their first district baseball championship in school history when they beat rival David Lipscomb 6-5 on shortstop Clayton Nichols’ walk-off home run in the bottom of the eighth in the tournament finals.
Next up for the Lions is a Region 5-AA semifinal matchup at home vs. White House, 4:30 p.m. Monday.
• CPA topped M.L. King 3-1 to win the District 9-A/AA soccer title. The Lions got two goals from David Wangner and another from David Taaffe.
The Lions next play at home 7 p.m. Tuesday in the region semifinals.
• The girls tennis team beat Clarksville Academy 5-0 to win the Region 5-A/AA championship, the first in the that sport’s 23-year history. They were led by the freshmen duo of Sydney Campbell and Katherine Scholfield who won at No. 1 and 2 singles, respectively, and at No. 1 doubles.
CPA next visits Summertown, 4:30 p.m. Thursday, in the AA team Sectionals. A win would give the school its first trip to state in tennis.
• The boys tennis team came close but finished runner-up to Lipscomb in the district team finals. Lucas Spickard and Taylor Cunningham won the region doubles title and qualified for state individual tournament.
“With one swing of the bat (by Nichols), we won our first baseball championship,” Ellson said. “And we’re so proud of our soccer and tennis teams, as well.”
Oh, and add that CPA hired Becky LeGate as its new girls basketball coach that same day.
One can see that it’s a pretty exciting week around CPA country.
NCS brings home district baseball title
Nashville Christian School brought home its second district baseball title in the past three years when it stormed past Clarksville Academy 7-3 last Friday in the District 10-A finals at Austin Peay field in Clarksville.
As a result, NCS (22-6) will host a Region 5-A home game 6 p.m. Monday against Cascade. The winner will advance to the region finals Wednesday.
“Winning district was huge, because it gives us a chance to play at home Monday and advance,” first-year head coach Ben Williams, who was previously an assistant at Lipscomb University under head coach Jeff Forehand, said. “We finished (district) runner-up last year and had to go down to play Cascade on the road. Cascade has an outstanding team, but at least we play them at home this time.
“For the last three years, we’ve finished either first or second in district, and Clarksville Academy has been a really tough opponent.”
Junior shortstop/pitcher Cody Hartley belted a key two-run homer in the fifth, which gave NCS the lead for good in the final game. CA had forced a deciding game with a 5-2 win over the Eagles in the preceding contest.
On the mound, Hartley had a win and a save during the tourney.
Jacob McDowell (6-0), a junior, picked up two wins in relief in the tournament and has a sparkling 1.21 ERA for the season. Another junior, Brooks Taylor, pitched a no-hitter recently in Williams’ deep pitching staff.
“As I’ve told our guys over and over, it’s not how you start the season, it’s how you wind up,” Williams said. “At this point in the season, we’re really in a groove, and everyone has bought into what we’re trying to do. We’re playing our best ball in the tournament. I hope we can keep it going.”
BGA brings Bowden in as speaker
Former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden will be special guest speaker for Battle Ground Academy at its Clinic Bowl kickoff dinner Aug. 19 at Lipscomb’s Allen Arena.
The dinner is for the two teams, BGA and Franklin High, who have been invited to compete in the annual Clinic Bowl Kickoff Classic Aug. 21 at BGA’s Guffee-Brown Stadium.
Nashville volleyball signees
Nashville high schools had a big share of the players on the YMCA Starlings Junior Olympic volleyball, which consists of players who are volleyball and academic standouts, Hillwood coach Lakeshia Morrow said.
Morrow noted that Bethony Cousin (East Lit) has signed with LeMoyne Owen for volleyball and basketball; Dontavia Rucker (Hillwood) has signed with LeMoyne Owen on volleyball and academic scholarship; Socuye Williams (Hillsboro) has signed with LeMoyne Owen on volleyball and academic scholarship; Elizabeth Smith (Hillsboro) will attend Tennessee on academic scholarship after offers from Trevecca Nazarene and LeMoyne Owen; Dorian Wade (M.L. King) has received offers from LeMoyne Owen, Clark and Tuskegee but is undecided, and Audrehona (Cupcake) Mingo (Glencliff) signed recently with Martin Methodist U.
The undefeated Starlings have won tournaments in Memphis, Nashville and Indianapolis.