Murfreesboro bidding to keep state tourneys, Spring Fling

Murfreesboro bidding to keep state tourneys, Spring Fling

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Murfreesboro bidding to keep state tourneys, Spring Fling

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The TSSAA Board of Control will hear requests by representatives from both Rutherford County and Cookeville on Monday to extend their state championship events.

The Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce has asked for the Board of Control to extend its current contracts in both the state basketball tournament as well as Spring Fling.

The two events bring in the most tourism dollars with Spring Fling bringing in an estimated $3.5 million and the two-week state tournament bringing in $3 million.

Spring Fling, which is an Olympic-style festival that features state tournaments in baseball, boys soccer, softball, tennis and track and field, is scheduled to be held in Rutherford County through 2014. The county has the contract for the Division I boys and girls state basketball tournaments through 2013.

Cookeville has the contract for football through this season.

This also marks the final year that Chattanooga has the girls soccer state tournament.

The board will meet at 9 a.m. at the TSSAA’s Hermitage office.

Cannon Co. seeks waiver

Cannon County is requesting permission to alter the district basketball tournament schedule. The Woodbury school, which is representing all of District 8-AA, wants to play three games each night at Tennessee Tech. The league has been holding the district tournament at White County in Sparta.

Currently, the TSSAA permits only two games a night to be played during the week. The format change would allow them to work around Tech’s scheduled events.

Parrish steps down

Longtime La Vergne wrestling coach George Parrish retired as coach recently. Parrish started the program when the school opened. He coached one state champion, Angelo Giasante, in 1997.

He will be replaced by Jamie Owens, who assisted Parrish this past season.

La Vergne will also have new head coaches in cross country and track and field after the vacancy left by Al Evans, who left the school to be the track coach at Oakland High.

Former Pope John Paul II athletic director Rocky Zazzaro has been named the Wolverines’ track and field coach. He was formerly the athletic director at Stone Memorial. Tim Moore, who is the La Vergne football team’s defensive coordinator, will be an assistant with Emily Prichard.

Lana Bellar, who coached at the school this past season, has been named the cross country coach.

Riverdale adds football assistant

Former Cumberland University quarterback Curt Bureau has been hired at Riverdale to be an assistant football coach. He was an assistant at Lebanon this past season where he was an offensive coach and strength coach for the Blue Devils.

He will likely be an offensive assistant at Riverdale. He is a Sequatchie County graduate.

Thompson update

Blackman senior point guard Darius Thompson continues to impress college basketball recruiters. Thompson, whose dad Lonnie Thompson played at MTSU, currently has college offers from Butler, MTSU and Murray State, among others.

Thompson was The Daily News Journal’s boys basketball player of the year after helping lead the Blaze to their first TSSAA boys basketball state tournament.

Thompson was the District 7-AAA regular season MVP and averaged 12.8 points and 6.0 assists this past season.

Tom Kreager is prep editor of The Daily News Journal. Email him at tkreager@dnj.com. Follow him on Twitter at Twitter.com/Kreager.

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