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Community, resurgent programs lead stories of 2013

Franklin takes the men’s state soccer title in May. 

The Williamson County community’s response to tough situations and the resurgence of a couple of proud high school sports programs leads a list of the Top Ten Sports Stories of 2013, as chosen by the staff of the Williamson Herald.
#1 Response to wrestler’s injury
Independence wrestler Hunter Garstin suffered a severe spinal cord injury in a freak accident during a match in early December. Since the injury, the Williamson County community has done what it does best-respond overwhelmingly.  As the freshman works on rehab at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, fundraisers to support the family continue.
#2 Ravenwood wins District 11-AAA football title
After dwelling at or near the bottom of the district for several years, Will Hester was named the school’s third coach in three years and led a determined group to an undefeated district season. Transfer Van Jefferson became the receiver all others were measured by, thanks in part to the development of senior quarterback Avery Jankowski.  Jeb Stuart blocked kicks against Franklin and Independence on the last play of the game in consecutive weeks to save the perfect record.
#3 Franklin softball
The Lady Rebels made a strong late run to make the regionals for the first time in nearly 20 years and posting 25 victories—the most in school history. Sophomore Libby Sugg led the Rebels at the plate, while senior Katie Moseley shined on the mound. A solid support group made the achievement a true team effort.
#4 Summit coaches indicted
Following an incident where a Summit player threw a basketball out of bounds, striking a Summit student, girls’ basketball coach Angie Muir and assistant coach Chloe Mayo were indicted by the Williamson County Grand Jury on charges of assault and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Prosecutors alleged the pair instructed the player to hit the student with the ball in retaliation for the student heckling the team.  Both pled no contest to the charges and received penalties ranging from probation to community service.
Brentwood beats Ravenwood to take state volleyball title in August. Ravenwood wins District 11-AAA football title.
#5 Brentwood beats Ravenwood to take state volleyball title
Brentwood captured its ninth state volleyball championship, denying archrival and oft-time opponent Ravenwood a four-peat, with a four set victory in October. The pair met for the eighth time of the season in the state finals, with the Bruins coming out of the losers’ bracket after falling to the Raptors the day before.  Brentwood’s Sarah Tuttle was named the tournament’s MVP.
#6 Tony Kemp named SEC Player of the Year
Former Centennial all-star Tony Kemp was named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year. The junior led the conference with a .408 batting average and a .490 on base percentage.  Kemp was also named conference Freshman of the Year in ’11, making him only the third player in conference history to win both awards.
#7 Franklin takes men’s state soccer title
Franklin’s men’s soccer team came full circle in 2013, capturing the school’s first men’s title with a 3-1 win over Farragut. Long known for its women’s program, the Rebels had not won a district title in nine years before grabbing the state championship. Franklin lost the first TSSAA state soccer game in 1987 by a 2-0 score to-Farragut.
#8 Brentwood boys, Ravenwood girls add tennis titles
Ravenwood captured a fourth straight girl’s state tennis title, defeating Siegel 4-0 in the championship round. Brentwood grabbed its third title in four years, stopping Knoxville Catholic 4-0.
#9 Brentwood boys basketball team makes first state tourney appearance
Despite some great teams, Brentwood’s men’s basketball team had never made an appearance in the state championships…until 2013.  After winning the district, the Bruins rolled through the region and sub-state rounds, earning their first spot. The Bruins exited in the semi-finals, finishing with a school best 30-5 record.
#10 County players go to Little League World Series
South Nashville, a team made up almost entirely of Williamson County players, became the second straight Middle Tennessee team to represent the Southeast in the Little League World Series.  
#11. BA’s Jalen Ramsey ditches USC, signs with Florida State in last minute change.

#12. Kevin Lazas wins NCAA Heptathlon title.

#13.County sweeps Class AAA decathalon at Spring Fling

#14. Jay Johnson retires as Franklin basketball coach after 20 plus years as player, coach.

#15. Herald’s Joe Biddle inducted into Tennessee Sportswriters Hall of Fame.

Posted on: 1/3/2014


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