Christ Presbyterian Academy basketball coach Drew Madduxalways likes to see his players succeed with one exception — when they dare to challenge him in a game of H-O-R-S-E.
Maddux, a sharpshooting guard in his playing days at Goodpasture and Vanderbilt, vowed he always would be able to make more trick shots than his players when he transitioned into coaching.
“I have a stable of trick shots I can go to in order to win Horse games,” Maddux said. “I never could let any of my players at CPA beat me in Horse. Anytime I have to go into my bag of tricks for shots, I can make it.”
That bag of trick shots has gotten much bigger this summer.
It began when Maddux made a shot while jumping off a diving board into a pool on June 23 and hasn’t stopped.
Maddux posted that shot on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and it was a big hit. He received so many positive comments that he decided to come up with another trick shot to post the next day.
The encouragement continued. Maddux got on a roll and now has made a different trick shot each day for more than three weeks with no plans to stop anytime soon.
“By the third or fourth day, people started sending me texts and direct messages,” Maddux said. “You wouldn’t believe the comments and creative ideas I’ve gotten. I’ve gotten well over 100 ideas since we started these shots.”
The shot that has received the most attention, Maddux said, was one he made through the window of his daughter’s second-story bedroom.
The most difficult are those he’s made with his back to the basket and over his head. That included falling backward — a Nestea plunge — into the pool and a 70-foot one-hander he made Wednesday during a Nike Elite camp at Currey Ingram Academy.
On Thursday, Maddux came back by hiking the ball through his legs for a basket from mid-court at the camp.
Maddux’s shots even have gotten attention from some notable sports figures.
“John Jenkins (former Vanderbilt player now with the Phoenix Suns) gave me the idea for a long-range shot from outside the fence I made at the pool,” Maddux said. “Coach (Kevin) Stallings gave me the creative idea to make the around-the-back shot off the diving board. Dan Cage (former Vanderbilt player now on Stallings’ staff at Pittsburgh) gave me the idea to make the long shot backwards. And (Daily News Journal sports writer) Tom Kreager suggested the Nestea plunge shot.”
Some of Maddux’s ideas have come from “The Dude Perfect Show” on CMT. On that show, six buddies, who started out making insane shots in their backyard, push the limits when it comes to extreme stunts.
“Obviously I’m not going to get on skyscrapers or on the top of football stadiums like they do, but I do get ideas from them,” Maddux said.
Since July 1, Maddux’s shots have received a total of about 10,000 views on his different social media platforms.
Maddux has made some of the shots on his first try, but some take a bit longer.
“The most frequent question I get is, ‘How many tries did it take?'” Maddux said. “I have made a couple on the first try. Most of them, if they’re around the pool, I can usually make in single digits. The more difficult ones backwards and in the gym take me double-figure times to make.”
Some shots have had to be made more than once.
“The hike between the legs on Wednesday I made before the whole camp, but the video didn’t take,” Maddux said. “Then it took me several more tries to make it again. That’s happened a few times.”
Vandy baseball assistant now head coach at Tulane
Vanderbilt associate head baseball coach Travis Jewett is the new coach at Tulane.
Jewett replaced David Pierce, who became the Texas head coach in late June. Tulane was 41-21 and advanced to the regionals of the NCAA Tournament this past season
Jewett, a native of Tacoma, Wash., spent four seasons at Vanderbilt, where his primary duties were as hitting coach and recruiting coordinator.
Preds-Sharks playoff game named NHL’s best
The Predators’ triple overtime playoff win over the Sharks was the No. 1 game in the NHL this past season, according to researchers and producers from the NHL Network, who selected their top 10 games.
It was Game 4 of the second-round series at Bridgestone Arena and was the longest game in the NHL this past season.
Mike Fisher’s second goal of the game gave the Predators the 4-3 win and evened the best-of-seven series 2-2. The Predators lost the series in seven games.
Another Page hopes to help Hillwood
Kurt Page was one of the top high school quarterbacks in Nashville at Father Ryan before moving on to Vanderbilt, where he set numerous passing records and made the UPI All-SEC First Team in 1984.
Hale Page, a sophomore, hopes to follow in his father’s footsteps.
Hale, who attended Franklin last year for the ninth grade, has decided to play high school ball for his father, who is headed into his second season as the coach at Hillwood.
“I think it’s going to be a really neat experience,” Kurt said. “We won the 7-on-7 Fellowship of Christian Athletes Tournament championship at Tennessee Tech this past week, and the kids on the team really embraced Hale. He’s going to be a really good fit. We had a senior starter in Terron Smith last year, and having a guy like Hale ready to step in and fill his shoes is really nice.”
Hale threw a total of 48 touchdowns to six receivers and had just six interceptions in the 7-on-7 tournament. He led the Hilltoppers to an 8-2-1 record, including seven straight wins at the end.
The Hilltoppers have two of their top three receivers — Kenneth Redd and Alton Troutman — back from last season.
Kurt, who led the Hilltoppers to the playoffs last year for the first time since 2004, is having a fundraiser golf scramble for the program July 25 at Hillwood Country Club. Cost is $100. To play, contact him at 615-403-1337 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday.
The Hilltoppers also are having a car wash 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 30 at the corner of Old Hickory Boulevard and Highway 70 South.
Former TSU star signs pro hoops deal in Italy
Tennessee State’s leading scorer from last season, Keron DeShields, signed a contract Friday to play professionally with Latina Basket in Italy.
DeShields, a guard, averaged 16.5 points and helped the Tigers match their best season as an NCAA Division I program with 20 wins.
He scored 1,100 points in his collegiate career, which included three seasons at Montana.
DeShields made the All-OVC First Team and All-Newcomer Team.
He will report to camp in Italy on Aug. 22 to prepare for the start of the season on Oct. 2.
Tebow coming to town for men’s conference
Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow will be in town Friday and Saturday to speak at The Main Event Lifeway Conference For Men.
Tebow, who played for the Philadelphia Eagles last season, is among 10 speakers for the conference at Municipal Auditorium.
For more information, call 800-254-2022 or visit lifeway.com.
Beach volleyball pro to speak at Hillsboro
Pro beach volleyball player Brooke Sweat will be at Hillsboro on Monday to speak to the school’s athletes and coaches.
Sweat, a two-time AVP defensive player of the year, will tell the group about her career as a pro athlete, hopes of qualifying for the 2016 Summer Olympics and how athletes can stay hydrated and healthy when performing.
Goodlettsville alumni golf tourney coming up
The second annual Goodlettsville High School Alumni Golf Tournament is set for Aug. 6 at Country Hills Golf Course in Hendersonville.
The cost is $90. Proceeds go to the Goodlettsville High School Alumni Scholarship Fund.
For more information, call David Darnell at 615-424-5833 or visit ghsalumni.com.
Former Belmont assistant takes over at Valdosta St.
Former Belmont women’s basketball assistant coach Carley Kuhns is the new head coach at Valdosta State.
Kuhns played at Valdosta State (2005-08) and was inducted into the school’s hall of fame in 2015. She spent six seasons at Belmont.
DuPont High Sports Hall of Fame inductees announced
The inaugural class of inductees for the DuPont High School All Sports Hall of Fame was announced Friday.
It includes: 1950s — Billy Gaines, Bobby Gaines, Buddy Gaines; 1960s — Judy Eller; 1970s — Greg Gaines; 1980s — Kim May, Chris Gaines..
The class will be inducted Aug. 6 at the DuPont All Classes (1928-86) Reunion at Old Hickory Country Club.
Anyone interested in attending should visit dupontalumni.org.
Bodie offering hockey camp at Ford Ice Center
Former NHL player Troy Bodie will offer the Beebe Hockey Camp on July 25-29 at Ford Ice Center.
Bodie played parts of five seasons in the NHL for Anaheim, Carolina and Toronto.
The camp is for ages 7-14. Cost is $400 for skaters and $300 for goalies.
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