Fresh off a regular-season Greater Nashville Area Scholastic Hockey (GNASH) league title (13-0-1), the MBA squad is off to a 2-0 start with four points in the postseason standings.
The Big Red is two points behind Ravenwood (3-0, 6 points) in the Preds Cup postseason standings. Father Ryan and Brentwood are 2-1 and also have four points.
Pope John Paul II (2-0, 4 points) and Franklin (2-1, 4 points) sit atop the Hines Cup division postseason standings, while Station Camp-Beech (2-1, one OT loss) is atop the Mielnik Cup division with five points. Independence-Summit is one point behind at 2-0.
Friday’s postseason games include Ensworth-Oakland vs. Pope John Paul II (6:15 p.m.), Centennial vs. MBA (6:30 p.m.) and Blackman-Stewarts Creek vs. Independence-Summit (7:45 p.m.). All will be played at Antioch’s Ford Ice Center.
Madison Academy girls win state: Madison Academy’s girls basketball team recently won the Tennessee Christian Athletic Association (TNCAA) Tournament championship, defeating West Academy 52-12 in the title game.
Morgan Currie scored 15 points and Abigail Anderson 12 in the championship game.
The squad, under the direction of Coach Jeremy Perkins, won three tournaments during the season — only their third as a program.
BGA girls end sub-state drought: At 14-14, the Battle Ground Academy girls basketball team hasn’t exactly been blowing people away this season.
However, the Lady Wildcats, led by first-year coach Clay Price, have managed to produce their best postseason run this century, advancing to the Division II-A sub-state round for the first time since 1999.
“With me being new and kind of getting acclimated to the girls, this year has kind of been about baby steps,” said Price, who had made coaching stops at Georgia’s Fellowship Christian and Mt. Paran Christian, along with Wilson Hall in Sumter, S.C. “They’ve done a tremendous job of listening and learning what hard work is about, and those two things have contributed to the success we’ve had.”
Led by four-year starter and leading scorer and rebounder Allison Cowie, BGA captured a fourth-place finish in last week’s Division II-A East/Middle Region tournament, setting up Friday’s sub-state matchup at West Region champion Northpoint Christian (28-2).
“I’m just telling them to treasure the opportunity,” Price said. “One, being in the sub-state and that experience, and two, just the opportunity to play someone who has been as successful as they have.”
East/Middle Region champion Ezell-Harding (26-4) host University School of Jackson (28-3) on Friday at 7 p.m., while runner-up Franklin Road Academy (26-4) hosts Lausanne (18-10).
Winners of Friday’s sub-state matchups will advance to the Division II-A state tournament, which will be held March 3-5 at Lipscomb University.
BA wrestling coach resigns: After spending more than a decade leading the program, Brentwood Academy’s Rodney Cash has resigned as wrestling coach.
Cash, who took over the program in 2004-05, will remain teaching at Brentwood Academy.
“We’re going to take enough time to find somebody that we feel can take the program and grow it, and make it a good one,” Brentwood Academy athletic director Cody White said. “We have high standards and we want to be good.”
Cash guided three wrestlers to a combined six Division II individual championships — Justin Cash (2008, 2009), Ryan Carrethers (2009) and Amos Mason (2012, 2013, 2014).