Of all the area high schools affected by the disastrous storms, which ripped through Nashville over the weekend, perhaps none was hit harder than Ensworth.
One of those fortunate enough to get into the school, located off Highway 100, was baseball coach Jason Maxwell. And he could not believe his eyes when he first took a look at the athletic fields.
“It was unbelievable,” Maxwell said. “The entire athletic area was under water, it was like a lake – not just the baseball and softball fields, but the soccer, lacrosse and tennis courts were also under water. You couldn’t even enter the first entrance to the school.
“You couldn’t even see the football field. You could barely see the top of the goals posts at either end. There was water everywhere. Fortunately, as far as I could tell, there’s no damage to the school and classroom areas.”
Monday’s sunshine brought some relief.
“It is in much better shape than it was just Sunday,” Ensworth athletic director Ricky Bowers said from the school on Monday afternoon. “The water has subsided eight feet, and you can almost see the ground level of the football field. We’re located very close to the Harpeth River, and it completely spilled over into the athletic area.
“We’ve been very fortunate for six years with the opportunities we’ve received at our school, with nothing close to this ever having happened before. And the main thing is, no one got hurt for which we’re thankful.”
Bellevue, where Ensworth is located, and the lower Antioch areas were hit especially hard by the heavy storms.
“They had some problems with the roof,” Antioch High boys basketball coach Jim Nollner who said he had not been on campus since the storms hit, said. “My wife teaches at Antioch Middle on Blue Hole Road, and she said there was major damage.”
Scurrying to reschedule
Like many other school teams, Ensworth is having to scurry to get in league games this week before the tournaments open next week.
“We were scheduled to play JPII (in baseball) here on Thursday, but we are not going to be able to do that, nor can we play at JPII,” Maxwell said. “Their coach said they also had similar flood issues on their field, so we might have to look at some neutral sites.
“These are games we need to play since they affect the final standings. I’m sure a lot of coaches are in the same predicament we are.”
At MBA, there were virtually no weather related issues, even though Harding Road right in front of campus was cordoned off Sunday morning.
“We’re good,” said football coach Daniel McGugin. “We’re very blessed. The baseball field took a hit, but (assistant) James Counce did a great job of getting it back in shape.”
Even tennis courts were an issue. University School of Nashville’s match was called off Monday.
“The (USN) River Campus athletic complex (off Briley Parkway) was under water,” said tennis coach Russell Buchi. “We had to reschedule.”
Ensworth had to cancel Monday’s football clinic which featured UT coach Derek Dooley and some of his staff. A second clinic (without the UT coaches) is scheduled at Ensworth May 17. Contact associate coach Paul Wade 860-5337 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Region 3-A/AA (Midstate) pentathlon-decathlon meet at the David Lipscomb track, was postponed Monday. It will begin Tuesday with the girls pentathlon and first five events of the boys decathlon, Decathlon finals are Wednesday. Events start at 3:30 p.m. both days.
• Shateka Battle, a 5-foot-10 post player from Pearl-Cohn, has signed to play basketball at Trevecca Nazarene and Coach Gary Van Atta. Battle averaged 15 points and 14 rebounds per game for the Firebirds and was also an outstanding volleyball and track star where she participated on two state champ relay teams.
• Brentwood High’s Robbie Ray threw a perfect game last week in the Bruins’ 10-0 District 11-AAA baseball win over county rival Centennial. It was the third no-hitter for Ray (7-0).