Prep notebook: Mt. Juliet football coach hospitalized after surgery

Prep notebook: Mt. Juliet football coach hospitalized after surgery


Prep notebook: Mt. Juliet football coach hospitalized after surgery


Mt. Juliet football coach Roger Perry underwent successful heart bypass surgery Thursday at Baptist Hospital.

Perry, 57, had five bypasses performed, according to his son, Mt. Juliet assistant Trey Perry.

“Very extensive, but the doctor is very pleased and we are blessed,” the younger Perry said. “It’s a long road to recovery, but we took a huge Step One today.”

Perry remains in the intensive care unit following the procedure.

Mt. Juliet has advanced to the Class 6A semifinals each of the last two years, posting a combined 25-3 record under Perry, who took over the program in 2006 after previous stops at Portland and Westmoreland. In seven seasons at Mt. Juliet, Perry is 66-21. The Golden Bears’ 13-1 finish in 2011 marked their first double-digit win total since they finished 10-1 in 1979.

Memorable win: Franklin (6-0-2, 3-0 11-AAA) beat Brentwood 2-1 on Tuesday for its first boys soccer win over the Bruins since 2000.

The Bruins (5-2-3, 1-1-1) won the Class AAA title last season.

“It was a really big win for our kids just to get over that hurdle,” first-year Franklin coach Frank Burgoyne said. “So it was a big win emotionally. We try to approach every game the same way and keep the same mind-set going, but when you play Brentwood it’s such a rivalry and our kids played with a lot of heart.”

Franklin midfielders Ben Norris (Marshall signee) and Connor Quiggle (Birmingham Southern signee) have been solid for the Rebels. Striker Allister Berger leads the team with seven goals.

Impressive win: Goodpasture (19-3) got a signature win 5-3 over Farragut (16-6) at the Demarini Baseball Classic in Knoxville last week.

Farragut has won seven of the last 10 Class AAA titles.

“We never have beaten them before,” Cougars coach Richie Estep said. “We’ve been in that tournament a couple of times, and we haven’t really come close.”

First baseman Jay Rhoten has seven homers and 45 RBIs for Goodpasture. J.P. Brenzie, a Trevecca signee, is 6-0 with a 1.39 ERA. Drew Hall is 5-0, 1.10 ERA.

Track time: Representatives from 27 schools will participate in the Hill Relays — the Metro Nashville track championship meet — next week at Harpeth Hall.

The girls running preliminaries and boys field events are scheduled for Tuesday at 4:30 p.m., followed by boys running preliminaries and girls field events on Wednesday at the same time. At 6 p.m. on Friday, the running finals will be held.

Performers to watch include Antioch’s Shaina Johnson, Harpeth Hall’s Sophie Pilkinton, Cane Ridge’s Bailee Dean, Nashville Christian’s Phillip Booker and Martin Luther King’s Justice Wooten.

Tennis showdown: Brentwood’s Maxx Lipman beat Ravenwood’s Steven Karl 8-2 in a matchup of nationally ranked players on Thursday.

Lipman is a Florida signee. Karl’s older brother, Sean, is a three-time defending Class AAA boys singles champion who is battling cancer.

M.L. King milestone: Guard Sydney Sims became the first female basketball player from M.L. King to sign with a college when she inked with Chattanooga State on Thursday.

“I just think it makes the future so much brighter for the other players,” Royals coach Lindy King said.

Sims, a four-year starter, scored 1,337 career points. The 5-foot-9 senior averaged 16 points this season for M.L. King (19-8).


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