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Joe Williams

Joe has been a contributor at the Herald since 2006. He took over as Sports Editor in 2013 and helped launch our Live Streaming games in 2015. He has more than 20 years of experience broadcasting sports, including 10 years at WAKM-AM 950. Follow him on Twitter @whsports. 

 

It’s amazing how much stuff can accumulate in a short period of time. Here are a few nibbles from the past few weeks.

Racing: Boone gets first win

Page High School grad Jackson Boone picked up his first career win Saturday night at Fairgrounds Speedway. He was patient early and came on strong at the end to finish in front of a strong field, including young guns William Hale and Dylan Fetcho, who finished second and third. They, too, were chasing their first career wins.

Boone, a third-year driver in the premier Pro Late Model division, had posted a string of second-place finishes during the season, including five in the seven-race World Series of Asphalt at New Smyrna Beach in Florida in February. The win was no surprise but a welcome relief. Boone passed Hale with 10 laps remaining to capture the trophy.

Brentwood’s Stacey Crain was Mr. Consistent all night long and finished with a solid top 10 in the same event. In the Pure Stock class, Franklin’s Justin Poyner brought back the red paint scheme to his No. 50 ride and was on a strong charge before getting body-slammed by a non-regular. Despite the incident, Poyner still nabbed a seventh-place finish.

Pro football: Hall a free agent again

Former Centennial and Missouri star Emmanuel Hall is a free agent again. 

Hall had signed with the Chicago Bears, who released him earlier this week. I have little doubt he will catch on somewhere. He never really got a chance to show his abilities, nursing an injury during most of the combines and then having surgery to repair a hernia during training camp.

Belmont: Goodwin to be inducted

Former Summit basketball coach Josh Goodwin will soon be inducted to the Belmont Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the 2003-04 basketball team. The group is being honored as the Legendary Team of the Year.

As a 6-2 freshman guard on the team, Goodwin played in all 30 games, starting in 16, as the Bruins finished 21-9, closing the season with a loss at Austin Peay in the first round of the National Invitational Tournament. 

He averaged 9 points per game on the season and lead the Bruins with 17 points a season-opening 74-59 loss at Vanderbilt.

High schools: A few coaching changes

For once, the ranks of football head coaches remained mostly stable this year. Other than Roc Batten’s move from BGA to Ensworth, which brought Jonas Rodriguez into the fold, every other school remained pat.

But for basketball and the spring sports, it’s definitely another story.

Summit and Franklin named new head coaches for both girls and boys basketball while there also were changes at Centennial and Ravenwood.  

Franklin and Page both got new softball coaches, and there were changes in the soccer realm, too. There may have been others, but I lost my scorecard. 

Administration: Welcome to the party

Finally, a quick “welcome” to Darrin Joines, who is the new athletic director for the Williamson County School District. 

Of course, he’s not really new. The former Franklin High boys basketball coach has been getting acclimated to his new position since July, but now the pressure is on with the start of football season. 

Joines is not only a great coach, but also a marketing genius. It’s going to be fun to see what he comes up with this year. We in the Herald sports department wish him only great things.

Joe Williams is sports editor for the Williamson Herald. Contact him at joe@williamsonherald.com.

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