Brentwood rolls to second straight trip to state
By HAROLD HUGGINS
As short as he is, Dennis King had to take an extra step up the rung of the ladder to snip down the last strand of cord under the basket.
“That’s the first time I’ve ever gotten to do that,” said King, coach of the Brentwood High boys, who gave him the honor of cutting down the last piece just after his Bruins trimmed scrappy Kenwood 57-41 Wednesday night in the twice postponed Class AAA sectional game.
“This is the easiest coaching job in the state. These guys are not only talented, they have so much heart and play with so much passion, they’re easy to coach,” King said. “There was a craving by our guys to get back to state, and they did everything in their power to make that possible.”
After never making a state trip in school history, the Bruins finally broke through last year and followed that with a stunning upset of Blackman in the quarterfinals. On Wednesday, they made it two straight trips. Continue Reading
By Bill Traughber
In the fall of 1891, Dr. James Naismith needed an indoor sport to avoid the bitter winter weather in Springfield, Mass. Naismith was asked to instruct the physical activities for the participants of the Young Men’s Christian Association Training School (later Springfield College).
At that time, the YMCA was a base for training physical instructors and general secretaries for the YMCA’s within the United States. Outdoor sports, such as football and rugby, failed to be converted to indoor sports. A small gymnasium was not equipped for a game requiring an enormous playing area.
Naismith’s solution was to invent the game of “basket ball.” Peach baskets were secured from the custodian and hung from the gym’s balcony, which just happened to be 10 feet from the floor. He devised a set of rules that required nine players on a team and a soccer ball. The number of players on a team was derived to accommodate the 18 students in Naismith’s original class.
Vanderbilt’ s Basketball Roster in 1893
Saturday, January 04, 2014
by Mark McGee, Lipscomb Athletics
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The postgame talk by Lipscomb men’s basketball head coach Casey Alexander was a short one, but the gravity of the words was understood by his audience.
“The only thing said in the locker room was that we are on a mission to win Monday night no matter what it takes,” Alexander said.
The Bisons had just suffered a 78-73 Atlantic Sun Conference loss to North Florida at Allen Arena Saturday afternoon when Alexander made his statement. The Bisons, 5-9 overall, 0-3 in the Atlantic Sun, have one day to prepare for a visit from Jacksonville at 5 p.m. on Monday.
Lipscomb’s Malcom Smith shoots past North Florida
From Vanderbilt Athletics–
Georgia (12-1, 0-0 SEC) at Vanderbilt (11-2, 0-0 SEC)
Date: Jan. 2
Time: 8 p.m. CT
Location: Nashville, Tenn., Memorial Gym
Radio: 560 AM, 95.9 FM (Charlie Mattos)
TV: CSS (Bernie Guenther, Steffi Sorensen)
The holidays are over and so are the non-conference games. Now, it’s time to get down to business.
The Vanderbilt women’s basketball team, winners of eight straight games, open their SEC schedule on Thursday night with a matchup against No. 19/18 Georgia.
Vanderbilt’s Jasmine Lister and the Lady Commodores begin SEC play Thursday night
Nashville coaching icon Doc Shelton announces retirement
By HAROLD HUGGINS
One of the icons of Nashville basketball coaches has decided to say so long.
In a short speech before a jam-packed student body in the Martin Luther King Magnet School Gym Thursday afternoon, veteran James (Doc) Shelton announced his retirement as boys coach after 25 years at the school, effective at the end of the season.
After uttering the words “I am retiring,” the message was met with a few “no, no,” responses and some oohs and ahs from the students. His brief talk was followed by a standing ovation. The ceremony was also attended by the many friends and coaches he’s competed against.
Doc Shelton walks away from the podium after announcing his retirement to a packed gymnasium.
Nashville, TN Nov 11, 2013
After a slow start and trailing by as many as nine points in the first half, the Vanderbilt Lady Commodores blew past the Western KY Lady Hilltoppers 85-60 at Memorial Gymnasium on the campus of Vanderbilt University. The Lady Commodores were led by senior guard Christina Foggie with 26 points (21 in the first half) and freshman Rebekah Dahlman with 18 points.
Freshman Rebekah Dahlman had 14 points in a row for the Lady Commodores in their 85-60 win over Western Ky.