With the second edition of “Magnet Madness’’ in the books, ML King and Hume-Fogg Academic can turn their attention to February Madness.As to whether there will be a third Magnet Madness game, H-F assistant principal Kelly Harned said, “I hope so, the first two have gone very well.’’
Just like last year’s debut at Municipal Auditorium, the MLK boys and Hume-Fogg girls got the best of things before about 1,000 fans. The Madness was a treat for Hume-Fogg boys coach David Givens, who is in the midst of his first year at Hume-Fogg and who got his first taste of the Madness frenzy at the venerable old auditorium.
In a very intense game, MLK survived a late Knight rally and collected a 53-47 District 11-AA victory. That followed the girls game where Hume-Fogg squeezed out a 42-40 win over a very improved MLK after they had won by 21 in last year’s Madness.
“It’s like I thought it would be, two great magnet schools, going at it with fierce intensity with great young men out there and fans saw great competition,’’ said Givens, 40. “It was a No. 1 setting for great high school atmosphere,’’
As for the game itself, Givens said, “We fought hard, but we missed a lot of close-in shots, and they (MLK) beat us to a lot 50-50 balls.’’
Signs dotted both end zones where students sat, and students even came out during a time out to spell the letters of their school while sliding to the correct position on the floor. With a month to go in this topsy-turvy season, Hume-Fogg is 3-5 (district) and 7-9 overall, while MLK is 5-4 and 6-6 overall.
As for his first year of head coaching, Givens said, “it has been a privilege for me to work with the kind of outstanding young men that we have.’’
David Sanders scored 18 points to lead MLK. That included two clinching free throws with 7.6 seconds to go.
“It was a fun evening, both teams played with a lot of energy,’’ said veteran MLK Coach James (Doc) Shelton whose team had an excellent week with an overtime win over Lipscomb, plus Friday’s victory. “I thought Hume-Fogg’s kids played with a lot of passion and did an excellent job of defending us.’’
Asked if there would be another Madness game, Metro Schools athletic director Scott Brunette said, “if they (the schools) want it, we’ll certainly allow it.’’
In its Board of Control meeting last week, the TSSAA main items included voting to change the state golf tournaments from Old Fort Park in Murfreesboro to Willowbrook Club in Manchester, due mainly to the cost being about half as much. There will also be an $8 charge for admission.
The Board also voted to move the beginning of the Spring Fling soccer tournament starting date up one day to May 25 so as not to conflict with the heavier schedule of track and field that week.
And continuing from its November meeting, the TSSAA football playoff committee, represented by coaches and representatives from each classification, discussed options or changes to the football playoff process. The group agreed to continue discussions at the next meeting.
Glencliff High senior Brianna Morrow will be honored following the Colts’ home game with Father Ryan Tuesday night for scoring her 1,000th point. Morrow crossed the barrier last week. “She’s been a special joy for me to coach,’’ said Coach Columbus Cody.