The Nashville Sabres 15-year-old baseball team is headed to Kingsport, Tenn., Thursday for the A.A.U. National Championship World Series.
For the second year in a row, the Sabres, coached by former Aquinas baseball coach Chuck Anderson, won the MSABA (Mid State Area Baseball Association) championship in a historic final game played at Aquinas.
The Sabres, who went 33-0 in league play, defeated the Tennessee Athletics 11-2, and posted a 55-4 overall season record.
The Sabres are made up of MBA's Jarrett Anderson, Matthew Jacques, Lee Noel, Wylie Jones, Tom Santi and Chandler Tygard; Giles County's Jon Jackson; David Lipscomb's Clay Lehning and Josh Stephen; DCA's Trey Medlin; Mt. Juliet's Tyler Parsons and David Price from Murfreesboro Blackman.
Donelson Little League
The Donelson Little League is hosting the Southern Region Division II Senior Baseball Tournament at the Donelson Rotary Park.
Teams from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Mississippi gathered together with the Donelson Nationals (15-16 year-olds) for the opening ceremonies Saturday morning. The tournament will conclude Thursday with the winner going to Georgia for the super-region tournament.
The Impact 16 Purple Aces, made up of Lindsey Rutherford from Hendersonville, Brentwood's Jacklyn Becker, Ashley Cox, Lauren Greenwood and Shannon Welch, Page's Emily Perilli and Sara Smith, Megan Parkerson and Ann Mullins from Father Ryan and Centennial's Jessica Woods, finished 20th at the Junior National Olympics in Salt Lake City.
The Aces competed in a plethora of Regional and National tournaments (12) this year, gathering five championships, three second-places finishes and two third-place finishes.
The championships included National Qualifiers in Baltimore and Indianapolis, followed by the Regional Championship in Huntsville, Ala. By triple qualifying for the National Tournament in Salt Lake City, The Purple Aces were rewarded with the number one seed.
Donna Golsteyn, who in her own right is an accomplished former college player, coaches the Aces.
The Impact Club, based in Nashville, has over 10 teams ranging in age from 12 and under to 18-year-olds. The Club's 17 team also qualified for the National Tournament in their division.
Athlete of the Year
Gatorade has recognized Hunters Lane's Sean Waller as Tennessee's Outstanding High School Track and Field Athlete. Waller was inducted into the Gatorade Circle of Champions, joining the likes of Marion Jones, Shaquille O'Neal and Ken Griffey Jr., and is a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National High School Boy's and Girls' Track and Field Athlete of the Year.
A panel of sport-specific experts as well as a national media advisory board selected Waller based on his accomplishments both on and off the field. Waller