An extremely busy fall finally slowed a bit after Friday night for energetic Glencliff students D’Andre Mumphrey and Jaylen Lane when the high school football season ended for the Colts..
Simply calling them students doesn’t do justice for Mumphrey or Lane.
Mumphrey went from being the leading receiver on the football team to taking over as the starting quarterback while also playing quad drums in the school’s marching band.
Lane started on the offensive and defensive lines and marched in the band as section leader of the drumline while also holding down a part-time job.
Both pulled double-duty on Friday nights playing football and marching in the band in an effort to increase their chances of earning scholarships.
A third band member, sophomore Jesse Osborne, who plays the tuba, also was a center on the football team, but suffered a back injury in the preseason and missed the regular season.
Mumphrey stepped in as the team’s starting quarterback after Varon Solano broke his wrist in the eighth game.
That meant Murphrey had to learn the entire playbook in a span of just six days while also learning new music the band was preparing to play.
“Our band and our football team are both kind of small and we can use all the people we can get for both,” said Mumphrey, who also started in the secondary. “I was in the band first and then I started playing football when I was a sophomore. I’m just trying to get a scholarship to go to college; I would take a scholarship in either one.”
Mumphrey and Lane stuck with the football team, which posted an 0-10 record.
Halftimes on Friday nights were hectic for Mumphrey and Lane. They would make a mad dash to the locker room, strip off their shoulder pads, strap on their drums and then run back out to join the band. There wasn’t enough time on some nights for them to get to the locker room so they would perform in the band while wearing their full football gear except for their helmets.
That type of schedule wasn’t much different than Mumphrey and Lane’s other weekdays when they attended class from 7 a.m.-2 p.m., football practice from 2:30-5:30 p.m. and two days a week practiced with the band from 5:30- 8 p.m.
Lane also works part-time at Firehouse Subs, which meant he would, at times, have to slip out of football practice early in order to clock in on time.
“I’ve been playing drums since I was 4 years-old and I stuck with it, but I also have a passion for football,” said Lane, a 6-foot-3, 265-pound senior.
Lane attended Whites Creek as a freshman where he played in the band, but not on the football team.
He did not start playing football at Glencliff until this season.
“When I came to Glencliff I found out there were other players who did both, so I thought I would take the opportunity to try to do both,” Lane said.
Lane plans to major in computer information systems in college and hopes to attend either Tennessee, Middle Tennessee State or Austin Peay,
“I plan to try to play college ball or be in the marching band,” he said. “Whichever option I have, that’s the one I’m going to take and hopefully I’ll get a scholarship for one.”
World Series Game 1 earns big local TV ratings
Game 1 of the Indians-Cubs World Series on Tuesday earned the highest local television rating at 12.0 since the first game of the 1999 World Series (Yankees-Braves), according to WTVF-5 program and research director Mark Binda.
The 1999 game earned an 18.3 rating.
It meant that 121,392 Nashville households tuned in to see the Indians win 6-0 in Cleveland.
It also was the highest local rating for any Wold Series game since Game 7 of the 2011 (Cardinals-Rangers) World Series.
The game posted a 46.5 rating/63 share in the Cleveland market.
Game 2 on Wednesday night won by the Cubs 5-1 dropped to a 9.4 local rating.
The highest-rated World Series game in Nashville was the Marlins-Indians Game 7 in 1997 (27.0).
Nashville ranks high in baseball cities
For a town without a major league baseball team Nashville is rated high in the 2016 Best Baseball Cities, according to WalletHub.
Nashville, which does have the Triple-A Sounds, is ranked No. 27 out of 361 cities.
Some of the key factors included performance level of team, average ticket price and stadium accessibility.
The top five cities: New York, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Boston.
Other cities in Tennessee: Johnson City 39th, Knoxville 66th, Memphis 72nd, Murfreesboro 107th, Clarksville 112th, Elizabethton 115th, Martin 145th, Kingsport 157th, Greeneville 194th, Chattanooga 231st and Jackson 238th.
Nashville team wins USTA 55-over title
A Nashville team won the United States Tennis Association 55-over 3.0 National Championships in Phoenix this past week.
The team was captained by Sue Castelli and included Cheryl Byrd, the wife of Belmont basketball coach Rick Byrd, Louise Davis, Vicki Ramsey, Donna Reed, DeWanda Carbine and Beth Molteni.
They made it to the championships by winning the city and state titles and then the Southern Sectional in Asheville, N.C., in September.
They won five matches without losing in Phoenix, defeating the New England Sectional Champs in the semifinals and the Pacific Northwest Sectional Champions in the final.
TSU freshman named to national watch list
Tennessee State receiver Steven Newbold was named to the Stats FCS Freshman Player of the Year Watch List.
A total of 17 players made the list.
Newbold, who is from Carol City, Fla., is one of the fastest players on TSU’s roster and proven to be a big-play threat.
He is among the national leaders in average yards per catch ( 22.0).
Stratford hall of fame in the works
Stratford basketball great Mike Jackson, who went on to play at Tennessee, announced this week the school’s alumni is in the process of establishing a sports hall of fame.
The first induction is expected to be made in 2017.
The Spartans had Alumni Night Friday for the final regular-season football game against Greenbrier. All of the alumni in attendance were introduced by classes at halftime.
Ex-UT coach signs extension at Cal
Former Tennessee basketball coach Cuonzo Martin signed a contract extension on Tuesday at California through the 2020-21 season.
Martin is in his third season at Cal. His record in his first two seasons was 41-26 and last year he guided the Bears to a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the highest in school history.
Patikas inducted into Rhodes Hall of Fame
Former Montgomery Bell Academy standout Demitri Patikas was inducted into the Rhodes College Athletic Hall of Fame earlier this week.
Patikas was a receiver on the football team at Rhodes and also ran track (1990-93).
Lipscomb guard makes watch list
Lipscomb junior Loren Cagle was named to the Nancy Lieberman Watch List announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Cagle, who played at Lipscomb Academy, led the Atlantic Sun Conference last season and was eighth nationally with an average of 6.7 assists per game.
She set a school record with her 2.19 assists-to-turnover ratio.
Halfcourt shots pay for tuition
Former Columbia State Community College basketball star T.J. Cromer, now a senior at East Tennessee State, made a halfcourt shot during the team’s tip-off event last Monday, which won free tuition for a student at the school.
After that, one of Cromer’s teammates, Devontavius Payne, also sank a halfcourt shot, which won tuition for another student.
Cromer said ETSU practices halfcourt shots at practice each day.
McCabe team claims Pro-Superintendent tourney
The McCabe Golf Course team of Loren Personett and Mark Littlejohn claimed the Tennessee PGA Pro-Superintendent Tournament in the gross division at the President’s Reserve at Hermitage Course earlier this week.
Personett and Littlejohn shot a combined 11-under-par 61 and beat the runner-up team of Jared Melson and Tyler Tillman from Bear Trace at Tims Ford (65).
Joey Hickman and Dan Johnson from Old Hickory Country Club finished third (66).
James Paschal and Chris Young of Gaylord Springs won the net division with a 13-under-par 59.
Closest to the hole winners were Personett (No. 12), Hickman (No. 15), Jimbo Hicks (No. 3) and Buddy Harston (No. 7).
Farnsworth cards second-best finish
Three-time Tennessean/Metro Parks Schooldays Golf Tournament champion Alexandra Farnsworth posted the second-best finish of her career at Vanderbilt earlier this week.
The junior, who graduated from Ensworth, shot a 7-under-par 137 (67-70) in the Las Vegas Collegiate Invitational.
Fansworth was Vanderbilt’s best finisher and ended the tournament tied for third overall.
Former BGA standout earns national award
Former Battle Ground Academy kicker Connor Mitchell, now a senior at Murray State, was named the Stats FCS national special teams player of the week this past week.
Mitchell connected on all six of his field goal attempts from 37, 36, 37, 49, 25 and 29 yards, helping Murray State upset Eastern Illinois, ranked 15th at the time, 40-38.
Six field goals is the most in a single game by any kicker in the FCS this season..
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SPORTS ON NASHVILLE TV
The top 5 local sporting events television ratings for Oct. 17-23.
1. NFL: Titans-Colts 20.4 rating
2. College football: Alabama-Texas A&M 16.9
3. NFL: Steelers-Patriots 16.0
4. NFL: Seahawks-Cardinals 11.9
5. NFL: Bears-Packers 10.2
Each rating point is equal to 10,116 Nashville homes.
Source: Mark Binda, WTVF-5 program & research director
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