Brad Perry just watched his Brentwood Academy boys track and field team win the prestigious Doug Hall Relays at Montgomery Bell Academy, ending a four-year reign of championships by the host Big Red in the meet when he was asked about the possibility for BA to repeat as the Division II state champion.
“I think MBA will be right up there, and I think we will be as well,” Perry said after the meet Saturday. “MBA has an amazing amount of depth, and that will keep a team in the middle of contention.”
BA edged Brentwood High 70-66. MBA a close third at 64.
Last year, BA won the DII title when it scored a whopping 145 points in the state meet. Key components like speedy Rashaan Gaulden are back this year and the Eagles appear to have a strong chance to go back-to-back.
MBA beat BA soundly 97-76 in the 2011 Hall – an all-relays event –but the Eagles won impressively at the season’s ultimate event.
About winning the Hall Relays, Perry said, “We finished strong, we took some risks at certain times, and we had a lot of people who made big contributions.”
That included Gaulden who anchored three relay teams, including the winning middle distance medley event.
A better preview of what may happen at state will come in the DII Midstate Region at MBA May 15-16 (field events finals) and May 18 (running event finals).
• BA doubles up: For the first time since 2004, a team swept the Hall Relays titles, as BA’s girls earned a narrow 90½ to 88½ win over runner-up Harpeth Hall.
BA also was the last team to take both trophies in the same year.
Brianna Tate anchored the 4x400 relay – the day’s final event – to a third-place finish, just behind Harpeth Hall. It was just enough for the Eagles to stay in first place in the team standings.
“It was a situation where everyone was focused and stayed focused throughout the meet,” coach Cathy Cheeseman said. “Each person did all she could do in each event, and it proved to be a nice finish.”
• Moss-Oliver awards: The Moss-Oliver awards will be presented following an 11:30 a.m. luncheon Wednesday at Swett’s Restaurant.
The finalists include Nick Drake of East Literature, Nathan Watkins of Ensworth and Samuel Smith of Hume-Fogg (boys); and Mallory Charpentier of Christ Presbyterian Academy, Christine Matthews of Franklin Road Academy and Kavonna Harris.
• Glencliff Reunion: A Glencliff High Glory Years reunion luncheon is being planned for May 12. All football players from the teams of 1960-65 are invited.
The event is to honor coaches Herschel Moore, Ken Redmond, Jimmy Davis, Jim Cox, Tommy Frensley, Lynn Alexander and Bob Kerr. Old films will be shown.
To attend, call Ken Bartlett at 423-7946 or E-Mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• St. Cecilia AD: St. Cecilia Academy has named volleyball coach Maggie Kuyper as its new athletic director.
Kuyper played volleyball at Belmont and was an assistant at Ravenwood High in 2006. She arrived at St. Cecilia as head coach in 2007 after she graduated from Belmont. She guided the Scarabs to a runner-up finish in the DII-A state tournament last October.
She will remain the volleyball coach.
• Area signings: The current college signing period began last Wednesday and several area high school stars signed national letters-of-intent.
-- Football: Connor McPhail, Father Ryan and Garrett Lagatutta, Father Ryan (both to Mt. St. Joseph, Ohio).
-- Boys Basketball: Ross Welch, University School of Nashville (Birmingham Southern).
-- Baseball: Isaac Weintraub, Hume-Fogg (Grinnell).
-- Softball: Holly Hockaday, Davidson Academy and Elizabeth Stevens, Davidson Academy (both to Lee).
-- Swimming: Nathan Stinson, MBA (Naval Academy).
-- Lacrosse: Garrett Hargis, Brentwood (Mars Hill); Michael Plisco, Brentwood (Bellarmine, Ky.)
-- Soccer: David Todd, Battle Ground Academy (Sewanee).
-- Tennis: Evan Borowski, Brentwood High (Austin Peay); Michael King, University School of Nashville (Tennessee Wesleyan).
-- Track and Field: Jim Wilson, Father Ryan (High Point, N.C.)
-- Rifle: Timothy Bulso, MBA (Coast Guard).