Good sports get Nipper Awards

Thursday, April 17, 2008 at 1:23am

Kyle Reeves thought the question through for a moment.

A key player in Christ Presbyterian Academy’s march to the boys state basketball AA tournament quarterfinals last month, Reeves also has other talents – he plays guitar and composes music.

Asked what he liked better, he thought and said, “I have to go with basketball, because I like the team aspect so much. But I love to play the guitar. My dad Tom is a music producer and composer, and that’s how I caught on with that. I really like pop and rock, along with religious music.”

Reeves was one of several basketball players to win the Nashville Civitan Walter Nipper Sportsmanship Awards Wednesday at a luncheon at Swett’s Restaurant.

Winners come from basketball teams in the Nashville area which have won district or state championships and from Nashville universities. Recipients are players who excel in the areas of sportsmanship, along with leadership and citizenship.

The award is named after the late owner of Nashville Sporting Goods, who established a way to recognize Nashville area players in the area of good sportsmanship.

The 6-3 Reeves is headed to Samford, Ala., for college. “Maybe I’ll try to walk on there, but more likely it will be intramurals,’’ he said, laughing.

Other high school winners were Michael Williams of Antioch, which won district, region and reached state quarterfinals; Ciantanae Fayne of McGavock, which won girls district and region; and Taylor Astren of Ensworth, which won girls DII state last month.

“We had a great season,’’ Fayne said. “When it was over after we lost in sectionals, we were sad in the dressing room right after.

“The players all looked at the two seniors and said, “We’re going win district, region and get to state in Murfreesboro next year, we’re going to do it for you seniors,’’ Fayne said.

Fayne said she was deciding between ETSU and Lane for college.

Jim Nollner of Antioch and David Pack of Ensworth were named coaches of the year.

“We were all disappointed in the way our season ended in that we didn’t play as well as we wanted to in state,’’ Nollner said. “But when you take a step back, you realize what a really great year we had. We got to the final eight (in AAA), and we’re proud of that.’’

“When you get through with a great season, you just realize all the things that went into it to make it successful,’’ Pack said. “It’s a great honor by the Civitan Club.”

College recipients were Shan Foster and Liz Sherwood (Vanderbilt), Andrew House and Brooke Sunday (Belmont), Aaron Hamilton and Stephanie Lewis (Fisk), Jason Hopkins and Rachel Davis (Lipscomb), LaDarius Weaver and Kendra Appling (TSU), De’Jon Everson and MyRanda Wright (Trevecca).

PAGE AD AT FRA: Former Father Ryan and Vanderbilt football star Kurt Page has accepted the job as athletic director at Franklin Road Academy. Page was head coach at BGA for five years and Ryan for eight before serving as AD and football coach at St. Thomas High in Houston, Texas, the past two years.

GLENCLIFF’S OWENS SIGNS: Glencliff High guard Ambrea Owens has signed with Walters State. The 5-8 Owens averaged 13 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 2.8 assists per game for the Colts, who were District 12-AAA runners-up.

COUGAR SIGNEES: Four players off Goodpasture’s AA state runner-up football team have signed – Aaron Gillaspie with Harding, and Wilson Emebunor, Thomas Goodloe and Jeffrey Pulley with Cumberland University.

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