Overton, McGavock brace for district baseball showdown

Monday, April 5, 2010 at 12:45am

A key early-season baseball showdown materializes early this week when Nashville powers Overton and McGavock clash for the lead in District 12-AAA.

Overton (6-0 in the district) and McGavock (5-0) will meet 6:30 p.m. Monday at McGavock and again at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Overton.

It’s not the first time these teams have met with a lot on the line. Last season Overton defeated McGavock in the Region 6-AAA finals.

The chase for a district title is something different, though. The schools are in the same district this year following the TSSAA’s latest round of realignment.

“We’ll find out pretty much where we stand after those two games,” Overton Coach Mike Morrison, whose team is 11-2 overall, said.

Morrison said he would likely go with Cameron Culross (3-0) Monday and junior Mookie Betts (1-0) on Tuesday as his starting pitchers. Both are right-handers.

His bigger concern, though, is at the plate.

“We haven’t really gotten our offense going yet, and we’re still a work in progress,” Morrison said. “We’ve got a ways to go.”

Top Track meets

Two of Nashville top track meets take place next week when the Great Eight Meet at Vanderbilt (Tuesday, April 13) and prestigious Doug Hall Relays at MBA (Saturday, April 17) are contested.

The Great Eight Meet sends the top eight individuals in each event from around the Nashville and Mid-state area in terms of time (running events) and distance (field events) to compete on the Vanderbilt track.

Entry deadline is Sunday night. Those interested should contact director Clark Humphreys at clark.humphreys@vanderbilt.edu. First event is the pole vault at 3 p.m.

The Doug Hall is an all-relays event at MBA. It includes the shuttle hurdle relay and brings together nearly all the top teams in Nashville. It is named for the late Hillwood High coach who put a premium on the relay events.

St. Cecilia adds lacrosse

St. Cecilia Academy added lacrosse last week as a fourth sport at the school. It already has softball, tennis and track and field teams.

In a release, St. Cecilia athletic director said that although lacrosse is not a TSSAA sanctioned sport, it is one of the fastest growing sports in the Nashville area, which is why it was selected.

Coach Tommy Brown, who played lacrosse at MBA, is fielding a team of 24 girls. SCA is inviting the community to its scrimmage 5:30 p.m. Thursday at 5:30. The event is free and hot dogs and drinks will be served.

Hillwood golf gala

New Hillwood High School football coach James (Bubba) Spears has announced that the school will have golf tournament on Friday, following a 50-year reunion gala at the school. The golf tournament will be at Harpeth Hills course.

For info, call Spears or Emily Hughes at 353-2025.

Fleet wins honor at Centre

Senior Alice Fleet of Franklin, Tenn., a distance swimmer at Centre College, has been named to the all-conference swimming and diving all-sportsmanship team.