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Scholarship to honor legendary Midstate soccer coach

Over a highly successful coaching career that included four state championships, Jimmy Burchett influenced countless Franklin High School girls’ soccer players.

With the establishment of a scholarship in his name, the 18-year coaching veteran will continue to do so.

Burchett was dismissed as coach at Franklin following the 2014 season, during which the Lady Rebels went 17-4-1 and lost to eventual Class AAA state titlist Clarksville in the substate round. A couple of months after his dismissal, Burchett was diagnosed with lung cancer.

“The combination of the two things made my heart break for him,” said Christine White, whose daughters Chesney and Jiliana were teammates on Franklin’s last state championship squad in 2011. “I wanted to do something for him. We tried to figure, what could we do to honor him.

“He’s impacted girls for years and years. This way, he could continue to have an impact.”

In just over a month, nearly $3,000 have been raised through a GoFundMe campaign. Plans are to award $1,000 annually to a Lady Rebel soccer player who will continue her career collegiately, with “special consideration … given to student-athletes who have embraced the Lady Rebel tradition through dedication and commitment to the Franklin High School girls’ soccer team.”

“This is absolutely fantastic,” Brentwood girls soccer coach Cal Long said. “I think this is such a wonderful idea and something that speaks to the true heart of the game, of what Jimmy has not only brought to Franklin High School but to youth soccer in Middle Tennessee.”

Burchett succeeded Gary Shrader – who led the program to nine state titles before stepping down in 1996 – and compiled a 309-72-1 record. His teams advanced to eight championship games, winning in 2000, ’02, ’04 and ’11 and placing second in 1999, 2001, ’09 and ’10. The 2011 team went 24-0 and was named No. 1 in the nation by the National Soccer Coaches’ Association of America (NSCAA).

Additionally, he coached five high school all-Americans – Brittney Potts (2001), Katy Rayburn (2002), Lucy Brient (2008), Morgan Zigelsky (2009) and Jessica Hiskey (2011).

“I just wanted him to feel this outpouring of support from the community, especially the way his coaching career ended,” White said. “I feel like a lot of people will want to show their support. Coaches have been very supportive.

“I just want him to be celebrated.”

To learn additional information on the scholarship fund, go to http://www.gofundme.com/BurchettScholarshp.


11-AAA baseball coaches announce all-district selections

Ravenwood’s Bryce Denton and Centennial’s Adam Mancour received the top awards from the District 11-AAA baseball coaches, as the all-district team was announced Thursday.

Denton, a Vanderbilt signee, was named Player of the Year. Mancour, who is set to play at Columbia State Community College, was selected Pitcher of the Year.

First team

P — Kyle Brennan, Centennial; Micah Kaczor, Ravenwood; *Adam Mancour, Centennial; Zack Mather, Summit; Luke Yates, Ravenwood.

C — Billy Lowe, Centennial.

INF — *Bryce Denton, Ravenwood; Logan Jarvis, Franklin; Jake Lyle, Centennial; Ben Powlas, Dickson Co.; Deon Sanders, Centennial.

OF — Ryan Beamish, Ravenwood; Will Dalton, Summit; Adam Martin, Independence; Bailey Whitten, Ravenwood.

DH — Cameron Carroll, Independence.

UTIL — Blake Greer, Dickson Co.

*Pitcher/Player of the Year

Second team

P — Matt Hargreaves, Franklin; Wade Lopiccolo, Summit; Brett Lyle, Dickson Co.; Hooper Mills, Centennial; Tommy Morren, Independence.

C — Matthew Dudas, Ravenwood; Drew Johnson, Brentwood.

INF — Korey Bell, Brentwood; Drew Haynie, Ravenwood; Joe Miniot, Centennial; Tim Robuck, Brentwood.

OF — Ethan Calhoun, Franklin; Kalen Carver-Pack, Summit; Darrell Freeman, Ravenwood; Luke Jones, Independence; John Robertson, Brentwood; Jack Sensing, Dickson Co.; Kameron Tate, Franklin.

WillCo Awards set for next month at Franklin Theater

The inaugural WillCo Awards, celebrating excellence in Williamson County Schools high school athletics, are set for May 21 at the Franklin Theater.

Three athletes from each of the 22 sports in which the WCS Sports Conference compete have been selected as finalists, based on nominations and balloting by the county’s principals, athletics directors and coaches. Along with the individual sport recognitions, there will be coach and male and female athlete of the year awards.

Additionally, honors for sportsmanship, courage and sponsors will be presented as will the Director’s Cup, an all-sports award contested by the conference schools in Division I (Brentwood, Centennial, Franklin, Independence, Ravenwood and Summit) and Division II (Fairview and Page).

The black-tie event, presented by Jackson Life and sponsored by Street Tuxedo, Dr. Matt Harris, Adidas, Mathews Team Sports, Copy Solutions and Scorebird, will begin with a Red Carpet walk at 5 p.m.


Girls cross country – Calli Coggins, Independence; Addi Coggins, Independence; Annika Sleenhof, Ravenwood.

Boys cross country – Matt Rainey, Ravenwood; Jonathan Helton, Centennial; Colin Lamb, Page.

Volleyball – Jenny Roy, Brentwood; Lindsey Knott, Ravenwood; Ashton Peck, Page.

Boys golf – Nolan Ray, Brentwood; Bobby Stephens, Fairview; Cameron Smith, Brentwood.

Girls golf – Ann Catherine Blackburn, Brentwood; Haley Smith, Independence; Sarah Kleine-Kracht, Brentwood.

Girls soccer – Karlie Paschall, Ravenwood; Ashley Weathers, Independence; Megan Henry, Page.

Football – Deon Sanders, Centennial; Joe Critchlow, Franklin; Joe Kamp, Fairview.

Cheer – Allea Billington, Page; Ellie Marquardt, Ravenwood; Savannah Vessel, Brentwood.

Dance – Mackenzie Adkins, Brentwood; Madison Young, Brentwood; Morgan Stengel, Ravenwood.

Girls bowling – Camy Barber, Brentwood; Maddy Sherwood, Franklin; Marisa Gunthert, Centennial.

Boys bowling – Kameron Doyle, Brentwood; Adam Mancour, Centennial; Matthew Butler, Summit.

Boys wrestling – Tristan Roa, Brentwood; Josh Filbey, Franklin; Andrew Birchett, Page.

Girls wrestling – Tailor Stole, Ravenwood; Jailah Grimes, Summit; Zanaya Shropshire, Independence.

Boys basketball – Grant Teichmann, Brentwood; Jalen Lawson, Brentwood; Dylan White, Page.

Girls basketball – Jenny Roy, Brentwood; Holly Harris, Franklin; McKinsey Marlin, Page.

Girls tennis – Katie DeWald, Brentwood; Somer Henry, Brentwood; Julie Wasack, Ravenwood.

Boys tennis – Isaiah Polk, Page; Lukas Barr, Independence; Sam Fischer, Brentwood.

Girls track – Beka Fox, Page; Amber Tanner, Ravenwood; Calli Coggins, Independence.

Boys track – Peter Leichner, Page; Emanuel Hall, Centennial; Gavin Hasty, Brentwood.

Baseball – Bryce Denton, Ravenwood; Matt Hargreaves, Franklin; Austin Yonts, Page.

Softball – Libby Sugg, Franklin; Katie McCroskey, Brentwood; Peyton Clark, Page.

Boys soccer – Tristan Lonergan, Page; Austin Baker, Franklin; Sam Knickerbocker, Ravenwood.

Coach of the Year – Will Hester, Ravenwood football; Barbara Campbell, Brentwood volleyball; Dennis King, Brentwood boys basketball.

Male Athlete of the Year – Van Jefferson, Ravenwood football/track; Grant Teichmann, Brentwood boys basketball; Joe Critchlow, Franklin football/boys basketball; Bryce Denton, Ravenwood baseball.

Female Athlete of the Year – Jenny Roy, Brentwood volleyball/girls basketball; Karlie Paschall, Ravenwood soccer; Madeline Ballard, Ravenwood girls track; Libby Sugg, Franklin softball.

Former Franklin standout earns all-conference honors

Former Franklin High girls basketball standout Mackenzie Puckett was named a first-team all-USA South Athletic Conference performer recently.

Puckett, a 5-10 junior guard at Maryville (Tenn.) College, has helped the Lady Scots into NCAA Division III postseason play.

She was named conference player of the week for Feb. 16-22 after averaging 21.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 2.0 steals in a pair of wins that helped Maryville nail down homecourt honors for the recent USA South tournament while reaching the 1,000-point plateau for her career.

For the season, she’s averaging a team-leading 13.9 points along with 4.9 rebounds,

Maryville, 25-3, opens NCAA DIII Tournament play Friday against John Carroll (Ohio).

Mo’s Pick-6 — All the Midstate first-round playoff winners

Over the duration of the current playoff system, rematches from the regular season have become a common occurrence – and this year proves no different …

Centennial (8-2) at Franklin (8-2): Gameplanning for this Class 6A matchup should be pretty easy for Donnie Webb – have his Rebels do what they did seven days ago, in a 37-34 win at Centennial to clinch a second-place finish in 11-AAA and wrap up a No. 3 playoff seed. Though Franklin had to rally from an 11-point third-quarter deficit for the victory, the Cougars had to resort to gadgetry early and often in an attempt to offset an eventual 227-yard, three-TD passing performance from Franklin’s Joe Critchlow. Centennial will have to slow Critchlow down and get another big game from RB Deon Sanders (141 rushing yards, two TDs) if the script is to be flipped this week. Franklin 31, Centennial 29.

Father Ryan (5-5) at Baylor (6-4): Another ‘déjà vu all over again’ matchup sends Father Ryan back to Chattanooga for the second straight week, following a 35-28 loss to Baylor last week. Baylor, which had lost four in a row, led 21-0 before halftime. The Irish got within a touchdown on three different occasions but were unable to make up all the difference. Ryan QB Cameron Towns threw for three scores to give his team a chance, while Baylor QB Nick Tiano – a Mississippi State commitment – ran for a pair and Kalvin Watcon rushed for 120 yards and two TDs in the Red Raiders’ win. Ryan’s defense, led by end Robert Crawford and safety Andrew Rector, will have to get Baylor slowed this week. Baylor 27, Father Ryan 21.

McGavock (8-2) at Overton (6-4): With a 35-21 win in this District 12-AAA matchup two weeks ago, Overton secured homefield status for the rematch. The Bobcats have started to snap out of their early-season doldrums, winning four straight and six of their last eight under first-year coach Steve Williams. The offense, featuring Ole Miss commitment Ugo Amadi and Nick Fuqua, has started to click as Overton has averaged 40.8 points over that four-game streak. McGavock, meanwhile, bounced back from the loss by stifling Cane Ridge 70-14 last week. The Raiders’ only other loss came to 12-AAA champ Hillsboro, as they defeated three other postseason participants. Overton 28, McGavock 21.

Gallatin (7-3) at Springfield (7-3): Gallatin dropped a 17-14 decision to the host Yellow Jackets in its season opener, then lost two more in its next three games. The Green Wave hasn’t lost since, running off six consecutive victories to come into the 5A playoffs as perhaps one of the Midstate’s hottest teams. Dorian Banks rushed for 230 yards and a pair of TDs in Gallatin’s 24-21 win over Wilson Central, giving the team two wins by a total of four points over the last two weeks. Springfield, meanwhile, may have peaked too soon – dropping three of its last four outings after a 6-0 start and losing its last two (at Rossview and against visiting Clarksville) by a 20-point average. Gallatin 26, Springfield 20.

Independence (6-4) at Hendersonville (9-1): This one isn’t a regular-season rematch, but Hendersonville did edge the Eagles 36-35 in last year’s 6A quarterfinals. This Commando bunch may be better than the one that advanced to the 2013 title game, averaging 47.3 points per game behind a multifaceted running attack. Cameron Turner and Terrell Carter have led the way, but as many as eight different rushers have the ability to go the distance from anywhere on the field. QB Andrew Bunch (2,636 passing yards, 23 TDs) and the Independence offense have the firepower to offset Hendersonville’s explosiveness, but the Eagle defense has been challenged in weeks past and come up short late. Hendersonville 38, Independence 28.

Columbia (6-4) at Beech (5-5): The last time these two teams saw each other, Jalen Hurd was running through the Lions’ defense for 394 yards and seven touchdowns in Beech’s 56-35 Class 5A title game win in 2012. The Buccaneers’ hopes will be pinned to their running game yet again, as Roderick Napper has been their biggest threat and had 133 yards with two TDs in last week’s 55-8 win at Lebanon. But Beech hasn’t won in consecutive weeks this season, and Columbia has its own ground-game ace in Mario Williams. Jackson Harris, a Georgia commitment, is projected as a tight end at the collegiate level but has also been an impact player for the Lions at defensive end. Columbia 31, Beech 24.

Last week: 53-10, .841.

Season: 552-167, .768.

The rest:

Blackman over Cane Ridge

Riverdale over Smyrna

LaVergne over Cookeville

Oakland over Mt. Juliet

Ravenwood over Station Camp

Rossview over Memphis Central

Ooltewah over Stone Memorial

Rhea Co. over Tullahoma

Hillsboro over Kenwood

Shelbyville over Clarksville

Lawrence Co. over Millington

Henry Co. over Munford

Loudon over Macon Co.

Signal Mountain over DeKalb Co.

Hixson over Page

Livingston Acad. over Chatt. Central

Marshall Co. over Giles Co.

White House over Creek Wood

Spring Hill over Lexington

Pearl-Cohn over Greenbrier

Upperman over York Inst.

CPA over Harpeth

Fairview over Westmoreland

Lipscomb over East Nashville

White House-Heritage over Cascade

Camden over Lewis Co.

Hickman Co. over Manassas

Waverly over Fairley

Eagleville over Jackson Co.

Trousdale Co. over Whitwell

Forrest over Riverside

Loretto over Scotts Hill

Red Boiling Springs over Midway

South Pittsburg over Clay Co.

Clarksville Acad. over Huntland

Wayne Co. over Gordonsville

McCallie over Pope John Paul II

Donelson Chr. over Harding Acad.

Friendship Chr. over Northpoint Chr.

Franklin Road Acad. over Tipton-Rosemark

Univ. School of Jackson over Davidson Acad.

Mo’s Four-Down Territory …

A quick look at the final week of the regular season as many Midstate teams head into the playoffs …

First-and-10: Set to make their first postseason appearance in eight years, the LaVergne Wolverines may stick around for a bit. After clinching a berth in the Class 6A playoffs with a 56-23 win over District 7-AAA rival Siegel in last week’s regular-season finale, LaVergne (5-5) opens at Cookeville – the same team that the Wolverines rallied to defeat 38-17 in Week 9 for one of its two losses. Keying LaVergne’s surprising win Friday was a 323-yard, three-touchdown rushing effort from RoShea Grays, who rushed for 291 yards and three TDs in the earlier Cookeville matchup. “I’m not a real smart man, but if I’ve got a running back that’s accounted for 600 yards in two games, I’m going to give it to him,” veteran LaVergne coach Stanton Stevens said. The Wolverines also have a weapon in the passing game, in receiver Quin Jernighan (a Western Kentucky commitment), as well as highly touted sophomore running back/linebacker Maleik Gray. “I don’t like having to play the same team twice,” Stevens said. “They’re a tough team, and having to go to their place gives them an advantage. But we’re happy to be in. Really, we’d go play anybody.”

Second-and-5: Not to be outdone in the ground game, Livingston Academy’s 48-25 win over York Institute to close out a perfect run through District 8-AA came largely at the feet of Dylan Linder. The junior rushed for 360 yards and all seven Wildcat touchdowns as Livingston (9-1) wrapped up a No. 2 seed in the Class 4A playoffs. “I’ve coached 22 years, and I’ve never had anything like that,” LA’s Bruce Lamb said of Linder, who had 298 yards just on his seven scoring plays (46, 7, 71, 49, 28, 35 and 62) and wound up setting the school’s single-season rushing mark with 1,972 yards. Livingston opens postseason play against Chattanooga Central. “The kids seem focused,” Lamb said. “I hope we can come out and play well. I know we’re going to play hard.”

Third-and-short: One of the many issues expressed with the current playoff system is the number of rematches of regular-season games that seem to take place in the postseason. In games that involve Midstate teams, 11 opening-round contests are repeats of prior matchups – seven of which have taken place in the last two weeks, five in the last week. “It’s just the way the playoffs work,” said Franklin coach Donnie Webb, whose Rebels (8-2) face the same 8-2 Centennial team to open the 6A playoffs that they just edged 37-34 a few days ago. “Eventually it’s going to come down to football, but I’d say from a motivational fact, it’s always a little tougher when you win the first one.” Other Week 10 repeats include Smyrna at Riverdale, Giles County at Marshall County, Lipscomb at East Nashville and Father Ryan at Baylor.

Fourth-and-inches: Rarely do you hear of a 100-yard scoring play at the high school level. There have been two in as many weeks in Middle Tennessee – and unfortunately, Pope John Paul II was on the wrong end of both of them. Two weeks ago, Montgomery Bell Academy’s Michael Lacey took the opening kickoff from goal line to goal line to set the tone in an eventual 42-7 decision. Last week, White House’s Chris Baldwin returned an interception 100 yards for a second-quarter score and nearly reprised it with a 95-yard kickoff return late in the fourth quarter, thought the Knights rebounded for a 42-41 overtime victory.

Mo’s Pick-6: Week 8’s top Midstate games and winners …

A handful of particularly high-powered matchups headline a headturning Week 8 high school schedule across the Midstate …

Franklin (6-1/3-0) at Ravenwood (7-0/3-0): Ravenwood has only lost two games under second-year coach Will Hester and is 9-0 in 11-AAA during his tenure – including a 24-23 overtime win at Franklin last season. A victory this time around could virtually clinch a second straight district title for the Raptors, who are coming off back-to-back shutouts and have yet to allow more than 14 points in a game. Franklin, paced by QB Joe Critchlow and RBs Malik Grimes and Brice Milam, have scored at least 28 points in each of its outings and are riding a four-game winning streak. This will be Franklin’s biggest challenge of the season to this point – and that may be the difference. Ravenwood 28, Franklin 24.

Pearl-Cohn (6-1/3-0) vs. East Nashville (7-0/3-0), at Vanderbilt: This one will likely decide the 10-AA championship, and also features an explosive offensive against a rock-solid defense. Pearl-Cohn averages 55.9 points per game, the third most in the state, while East Nashville allowed its first score of the season in its last outing – a 36-7 win over Maplewood. Junior safety Devarius Cortner, who has five interceptions, anchors the Eagles’ secondary and will have a key role as the unit tries to slow the Firebirds’ offensive trio of QB Jimmy Ferrell, WR Rontavius Groves and RB KeShawn Vaughn. Last season, Vaughn went for 288 yards and two TDs in a 56-28 win. This one will be closer. Pearl-Cohn 34, East Nashville 24.

Marshall Co. (6-1/3-0) at CPA (8-0/3-0): Under first-year coach Thomas Osteen and with junior QB Ashton Posey at the offensive helm, the Tigers are 6-1 for their best start since opening the 2008 season 8-0. Posey (1,966 passing yards, 19 TDs) and Chris Walker (808 rushing yards, 13 TDs) lead an attack that has scored 36-plus points in each of its six victories and 50 or more points in three different games. CPA, which advanced to the 3A finals last fall and is undefeated in 12-AA since joining the district last fall, has allowed more than two TDs only twice through eight contests. LB Mac Keck leads the defense with 51 total tackles and five sacks. CPA 37, Marshall Co. 28.

Trousdale Co. (5-3/2-0) at Gordonsville (4-4/2-0): Kenyan Harper, a Class A Mr. Football candidate before suffering a knee injury in the season opener, returned for Trousdale last week and saw limited action in the Yellow Jackets’ 37-7 win over Loretto – giving them another offensive option to go with QB Marquel Claiborne, who threw for a pair of touchdowns last week. Gordonsville has survived a pair of nailbiters over the last two weeks, edging 8-A rival Watertown 16-14 and Jackson County 7-0. LB Taylor Hunt had nine total tackles in the Jackson County win and has 44 on the year. Trousdale Co. 27, Gordonsville 21.

Brentwood Acad. (7-1/3-1) at Baylor (5-2/2-1): Brentwood Academy has put a 52-44 Week 4 DII-AA regional loss to visiting Montgomery Bell Academy in its rear-view mirror, rebounding with three straight impressive outings – most recently, a 59-24 win at previously unbeaten McCallie as sophomore QB Jeremiah Oatsvall ran and threw for a combined 289 yards and three TDs. The Eagles head back to Chattanooga and catch a Baylor squad that has lost consecutive games (to McCallie and Oakland) after a 5-0 start. QB Nick Tiano, a Mississippi State commitment, leads the Red Raiders. Brentwood Academy 31, Baylor 20.

Smyrna (5-2/1-2) at Blackman (7-0/4-0): Smyrna’s dropped two of its last three after a 4-0 start, including a somewhat unexpected 21-14 loss to 7-AAA rival Siegel in its last outing. Sophomore QB John Turner threw for 198 yards and a touchdown in the loss, giving him 831 yards and seven TDs through seven games. Blackman has continued to rumble since its 28-21 season-opening win over Oakland, with the exception of its colossal comeback win at Independence in Week 5. QB Jauan Jennings, a Tennessee commitment, and RB Charlie Davidson continue to key the Blaze on offense. Blackman 41, Smyrna 24.

Last week: 44-14, .759.

Season: 411-133, .756.

The rest:

Brentwood over Summit

Riverdale over Cane Ridge

Columbia Acad. over Perry Co.

Middle Tenn. Chr. over Eagleville

Fayetteville over Huntland

DeKalb Co. over Macon Co.

Oakland over LaVergne

Gallatin over Portland

Shelbyville over Columbia

Middle Tenn. Heat over St. Andrew’s-Sewanee

Maplewood over Stratford

Lincoln Co. over Coffee Co.

Brighton over Station Camp

Siegel over Stewarts Creek

Livingston Acad. over Upperman

White House-Heritage over Cheatham Co.

Battle Ground Acad. over Zion Chr.

Hendersonville Chr. over Aaron

Cookeville over Cumberland Co.

Lipscomb over Whites Creek

Tullahoma over Lawrence Co.

Giles Co. over Spring Hill

Smith Co. over Cannon Co.

Knox. Webb over Ezell-Harding

Father Ryan over Pope John Paul II

Hillsboro over Franklin Co.

Overton over Hillwood

South Haven Chr. over Lighthouse Chr.

Loretto over Richland

Page over Cascade

Riverside Chr. over Webb

Friendship Chr. over Donelson Chr.

Rhea Co. over Warren Co.

Moore Co. over Community

Pleasant View Chr. over Boyd Chr.

Clarksville Acad. over Houston Co.

Independence over Dickson Co.

Jo Byrns over East Robertson

Nashville Chr. over McEwen

Sycamore over Harpeth

White House over Westmoreland

Hickman Co. over Fairview

Creek Wood over East Hickman

Camden over Waverly

Lewis Co. over Stewart Co.

The King’s Acad. over Mt. Juliet Chr.