The Nashville Central Christian boys basketball team recently won the 18-under division at the 25th annual National Christian HomeSchool Basketball Championships in Springfield, Mo.
The Nashville team emerged from a field of 88 varsity teams to knock out the defending champions, the Oklahoma City Storm, 50-43 in the title game.
The team, led by coach Mc Morel, entered the championship game with standout forwards Will Dean and Caleb Savage battling injuries suffered in a semifinal win against the Aggieland Panthers of College Station, Texas.
Both played in the finals however, as Dean (ankle) scored nine points and Savage (knee) added three points in limited time.
Caleb Hollander, a 6-foot-8 center, led the squad with 19 points in the title game. C.J. Herbert added 15, Trevor Melton scored three and Luke Morel one.
“This wonderful week began back in October, when our team went on our retreat and started to build camaraderie,” coach Morel said. “They’ve worked extremely hard to get to this point. The unselfishness and the commitment to each other is what has brought them success. They love spending time with each other. This team is much more than just basketball to them. That is what makes them so special.”
Morel, in his third year as head coach, is assisted by Jase Dean and Andy Hooper. Hooper has been coaching Warrior teams for more than 15 years.
The annual home school national competition brought more than 330 teams in different age divisions from more than 26 states.
TSSAA meetings: The TSSAA will hold meetings on back-to-back days this week, hosting a Board of Control meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday and a Legislative Council meeting at 8 a.m. Wednesday. Both meetings will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Murfreesboro.
The Board of Control agenda includes discussion of recruiting new officials. With the number of TSSAA officials declining, the board will discuss ways to help assigners and supervisors recruit, train and retain new officials.
The Legislative Council meeting will include discussion on a proposal to suspend football players who are ejected from a game for targeting for two games. Currently players are suspended for one game when ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Locals sign with Cumberland: A handful of local football players recently signed to play for Cumberland University.
Among them were Overton’s Kimlee North and Tamim Aldarawcheh, McGavock’s Kendall Johnson, Creek Wood’s Brenden Dickens, Trousdale County’s O’Lon Maynard, MTCS’ Brayden Melton, Blackman’s Darius Simple, Davidson Academy’s Tyler Starling and East Nashville Magnet’s Dwayne Williams.
Also, the Phoenix volleyball team signed East Robertson’s Tamalee Stradtner.