If one is looking to watch a climatic ending to the basketball regular season, then Christ Presbyterian Academy is the place to be Monday night.
Two championships will be decided as the curtain comes down with a bang when the Lions host Maplewood in a pair of deciding showdowns in both the girls (6 p.m.) and boys (7:30) games, which were snowed out last Thursday.
The Maplewood and CPA boys are tied with 13-2 records. The winner clinches top seed for next week’s District 10-AA tournament.
“It’s very exciting, it’s come down to one game for the championship,” CPA coach Drew Maddux, whose 24-4 team lost in overtime at Maplewood 10 days ago, said. “I have a lot of respect for Ty (Wilson, Maplewood coach) and the job he does there.
“Jaleel Queary (Maplewood guard) is an outstanding player, one of the best in Nashville. Hopefully, we’ll play a great game and have a different result than last time.”
Said Wilson: “The district title is at stake, one game take all.”
Asked about Queary, Wilson said, “He does everything you can ask of a player, he can play defense, rebound, run the offense and he leads us in scoring.”
David Lipscomb’s stunning 52-39 upset defeat at Hume-Fogg Friday left the door open for CPA to clinch the 10-AA girls title outright.
CPA’s girls, who avenged an earlier loss to Lipscomb last week, beat MLK 53-25 Friday to move to 14-1 (23-5 overall), a half-game ahead of Lipscomb (14-2, 21-4). The Lions are heavily favored over Maplewood in the early game and clinch the crown outright with a win.
Lipscomb started 14-0 in the district, but closed the regular season on a two-game losing streak. The Mustangs host Pearl-Cohn Tuesday in their tourney opener.
• Hume-Fogg girls collect biggest win: Leading virtually the entire way, Hume-Fogg’s girls avenged an earlier loss to Lipscomb and likely played their best all-around game of the season.
Valencia Gooch scored 15 points and collected 14 rebounds for the Knights, who added to their happy weekend with a 49-42 win at Stratford on Saturday. That moved them to12-11 and enabled them to pull even at 8-8 in the district.
Asked if it was her team’s biggest win of the season, “Yes, definitely,” coach Angela Hubbard said. “It was important that we finish up the regular season well and clinch No. 4 and a home game. It was huge for our confidence for us to play a game like that.’’
• Allsmiller lights it up: One of the biggest stories of the season is the shooting of CPA’s 6-foot-3 freshman wing Jake Allsmiller, who has lit up the board with a Nashville-best 77 three-point shots.
He hit three more Friday in the win over MLK.
He is the son of former Vanderbilt post player and CPA assistant Brian Allsmiller.
“My dad has really worked with me,” Jake Allsmiller said. “We are totally different players. I’m this skinny little guy, while my dad was a big, physical post player. I could never have dreamed I’d have this kind of shooting success.”
Asked how his son acquired his shooting skills, Brian Allsmiller laughed and said, “Definitely coach Maddux. He’s the shooting expert.”
• Mawae to MBA: Former Titans center Kevin Mawae, who retired from the NFL last year, has taken a position with the Montgomery Bell Academy football team where he will coach the offensive line.
Mawae played 16 seasons in the NFL, finishing with the Titans in 2009 after being acquired from the New York Jets. He is currently the president of the NFL Players Association.
“I’m excited about working at MBA and having an influence in young men’s lives to empower and encourage them to be all they are capable of being,” Mawae said in a release by the school. “I am looking forward to working with an incredible school, a great facility and a school with a rich and winning tradition.”
Mawae’s addition gives MBA two former Titans players on staff. Chris Sanders is the receivers coach.
• DCA’s Presley honored: Donelson Christian Academy’s Presley Ramsey has been named the DII-A Region boys coach of the year after his Wildcats finished first and unbeaten in the East/Middle standings.
DCA’s Javvon Jones, De Ewin and Collin Johnston were named all-region, while Hayden Ray and Corey Teague (Ezell), Connor Maitland and Bud Cannon (FRA) and Nilan Hodge (USN) made the all-region team.
Derica Wyatt and Abby Wharton (FRA), Alex Warfield and Lindsey Siegenthaler (Davidson Academy), Samantha Hoback (Ezell), Kerri Loftis and Bailey Bodiford (DCA) and Jamerce Holmes (USN) and Natalie Goodrum (St. Cecilia) were named to the girls team.
• South wins All-Star hockey: Ravenwood’s Corbin Pefanis scored a shootout goal for the game-winner as the South team rallied to beat the North 5-4 in the annual Greater Nashville Area Scholastic Hockey (GNASH) League all-star game last Saturday at Bridgestone Arena.
The South trailed 2-0 early and 4-2 in the final period, but Brentwood High’s Dominic Granda scored two late goals to tie it 4-4. Granda was named the game’s MVP after scoring two goals with two assists.
• Region wrestling: Highlighted by Harrison Hawthorne scoring a win at 215 pounds, Ravenwood won the Region 6-AAA wrestling tournament Saturday at Overton High.
The Raptor matmen scored 227½ points, ahead of runnerup Independence with 186½. Franklin and Brentwood finished 3-4.
The DI state tournament (individuals) opens Thursday, and the DII individuals open Friday at the Expo Center in Franklin. Finals are Saturday.
• Stratford may host: At the 10-AA coaches meeting Sunday, Stratford was nominated to host the district and region tournaments next year.
Following a formal presentation by the school and votes by school officials, the announcement will be made next week.
After the results of two makeup twin bills Monday night (Maplewood at CPA, Whites Creek at Pearl-Cohn), multiple coin flips will finalize the tournament bracket. Girls quarterfinals are Tuesday, boys quarterfinals Thursday at home sites. The tournament moves to CPA Friday for the four semifinal games, boys and girls.
District 10-A Monday
7 p.m.—Clarksville Academy at NCS, girls.
District 10-A Tuesday
7 p.m.—Houston County at NCS, boys
Winners advance to semis Friday at McEwen
DII-A Middle/East Region
Monday’s games (all start at 7 p.m.)
Davidson Academy at DCA, boys
Mt. Juliet Chr. at USN, boys
K.Webb/Kings Acad. at Ezell-Harding, boys
Webb at FRA, boys
Tuesday’s games (all at 7 p.m.)
Webb School at Knox Webb, girls
Ezell-Harding at DCA, girls
Davidson Acad. at USN, girls
St. Cecilia at FRA, girls
Winners advance to semis Friday at Knox Webb
Tuesday’s play-in games
6 p.m.—East Lit or MLK at Hume-Fogg, girls
7:30 p.m. – Stratford at Hume-Fogg, boys