Columbia Academy keeps softball in the family: Ford succeeds Anderson in top spot

Softball at Columbia Academy has been a bit of a family affair of late, with Seth Anderson leading a coaching staff that has included his wife and his father-in-law. But when Seth recently announced his departure after six seasons, to focus on his duties as football coach, and Emily – herself a former Lady Bulldog – chose to step away […]

Columbia Central tabs former player to succeed Pickle as baseball coach

As his predecessor had hoped, Devin Symlar was announced Wednesday as Columbia Central’s new baseball coach. The 2016 graduate just completed his second season as an assistant at his alma mater, working under Mark Pickle, who retired after the Lions completed their run to the Region 6-4A semifinals to end his 26-year tenure atop the program. Following his high school […]

TSSAA Spring Fling 2023 top moments by the numbers

Last week’s Spring Fling spring sports championships did not disappoint.  Here are some notable Midstate numbers from Murfreesboro.  20: Seasons for Rob Baughman as the Centennial baseball coach. He retired shortly after Centennial was eliminated from the Class 4A state tournament, which included Centennial’s first state win.  12: Years since MBA last won a boys doubles title before Martin Grier […]

Affinity for area draws new Summit hoops coach from Georgia

Like so many others, Thad Burgess said he’s wanted to relocate to Williamson County for the better part of a decade. This week, the 64-year-old landed on the south side as Summit’s new boys basketball coach. “If there’s some place you want to move, it’d be Williamson County, Tenn.,” Burgess said as he was introduced this week. “This has been […]

Columbia Academy upended in DII-A softball finals by Silverdale

Undeniable disappointment. With state championships in each of the last three state tournaments, Columbia Academy’s Lady Bulldogs had their sights set on yet another as they came into this week’s Division II-A softball tourney. After bouncing back from a Wednesday winners bracket final loss to Silverdale by edging Jackson Christian in a Thursday morning elimination game, though, Columbia Academy came […]

Independence’s Tang, Summit’s Miller post top finishes at Class AAA state meet

Sarah Tang rewarded her coach’s faith Thursday, as the Independence thrower closed out her high school track and field career with a pair of top-three finishes at the Class AAA state meet at MTSU’s Dean Hayes Stadium. Tang’s first shot put attempt was good enough to get her into the finals, and her last earned third place, before she finished […]

Defending state titlist Columbia Academy opens tourney with decisive victory

Knoxville Grace scored the first run and the last run in Wednesday’s Division II-A state softball tournament opener against Columbia Academy. But the Lady Bulldogs, eying a fourth consecutive state title, pounded out 15 hits during the interim to take control of an eventual 10-2 victory. “I thought we hit the ball well, 1-through-9, and limited our strikeouts,” CA coach […]

Youthful Columbia Academy posts top-10 finish at state track and field meet

Griffin Cooper’s second high jump championship in as many years was the peak performance for Columbia Academy during Wednesday’s Division II-A state track and field meet at Middle Tennessee State’s Dean Hayes Stadium. The 6-7½ junior cleared 6-8 to effortlessly outdistance the field in one of the first events of the day, successfully following up on his 6-5 showing from […]

Stewarts Creek advances, ends Independence’s state tourney run

Coming off an opening-round loss in Class 4A baseball state tournament play, Independence couldn’t get off the mat Wednesday against Stewarts Creek. The Red Hawks broke open a scoreless game with four fourth-inning runs in an eventual 8-4 decision at Siegel, ending the Eagles’ season. Easton Barnett’s double was followed by RBI base hits from Zachary Lawson and Ayden Jackson, […]

Columbia Academy falls in pitchers’ duel to Silverdale

Braylee Raby’s solo home run in the bottom of the second inning was all Silverdale Baptist Academy needed to earn the revenge they’d been seeking for a full year, defeating Columbia Academy 1-0 in Wednesday’s winners bracket final of the Division II-A state softball tournament. “We’ve been working all year to get here and play Columbia Academy,” Silverdale coach Jackie […]

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