Preps: Charlie Anderson leads latest group of MNPS Hall of Fame inductees

Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 9:22pm

Long-time Nashville coach Charlie Anderson has been named to the Metro Nashville Public Schools Athletic Hall of Fame.

Anderson, who has been coaching basketball in Nashville more than half a century, is one of eight people to be honored as the eighth class at the annual luncheon, scheduled for April 10 at LP Field.

Anderson has coached for 53 years in Nashville, starting as boys coach at Stratford High where he had powerhouse teams in the 1960s and 1970s. He later coached at Bellevue High, then had a brief stint as coach of the Hillsboro girls. From there he went to Aquinas Junior College, where he won the national junior college championship in 1991.

He is currently coach of the Nashville Christian School boys team, a role in which — three years ago — he won his 1,000th game.

Other inductees include two former Pearl High and two Maplewood High standouts:

• Avion Black: A former all-city wide receiver at Maplewood, he played in the NFL for Buffalo and Houston.

• Chuck Boyd: He was a standout three-sport star at Madison High, excelling for the Rams in the 1960s.

• James Douglas: A basketball standout at Pearl High, he was a star on three state championship teams, playing for the legendary Cornelius Ridley.

• Fred Sumrall: A star offensive and defensive lineman at Pearl in football, he went on to play at Tennessee State and the NFL Washington Redskins.

• Donna Vaughn: Playing for Maplewood, she was an all-state basketball player her junior and senior seasons and was named NIL Player of the Year in 1966.

• Tommy Wells: He had a standout football career for Cohn High and was the leading rusher in the city in 1956 and later won the prestigious Hume Award.

• Reggie Whittemore: Former McGavock High baseball star, he later starred for Lipscomb. In recent years, he has been head of the RBI program in Nashville, an organization that helps inner city youth.

Highland Games at FRA: Franklin Road Academy will host the 14th annual Highland Games and Track Relays on Saturday.

Things begin at 9 a.m. with middle school events, with high school running events beginning at 11 a.m. At noon, the Nashville Pipe and Drum Corps will march to the field for the official opening of the games.

Some of the highlights include the Tug-O-War, Stone Toss, Caber Toss and the Kilted mile run where participants wear the traditional plaid kit as they run a timed mile.

Participating schools include Brentwood Academy, Christ Presbyterian Academy, Father Ryan, Page, Greenbrier, Harpeth Hall, Northeast, Hillsboro, Montgomery Bell Academy, Overton, Nashville Christian School, Ensworth and host FRA.

All gate proceeds will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project and to the Personal Ponies of Tennessee. In their history The Games have raised $40,000 for local charities.

Admission is $5 for adults, free for students.

Celebrating success: Also, FRA will recognize two of its top teams. At 10:25 a.m. Thursday, the DII-A girls basketball state finalist team will be honored. On Tuesday, the school will honor its students who combined with University School of Nashville to win the recent Hines Cup ice hockey championship.

Coutras golf tournament: The eighth annual Nick Coutras Awards golf tournament will be held Thursday, May 24, with a shotgun start at Hermitage Course. The event is to raise funds for the annual award, given to an area senior football player who best exemplifies superior effort, attitude, academics and dedication to team.

For information, call Chris Coutras at 775-7475 or Gary Kimball at 480-9900.