‘Magnet Madness’ gets repeat call at Muni

Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 7:33pm

It worked so well the first time, they’re doing it again.

Nashville magnet school rivals Hume-Fogg and Martin Luther King will stage their second “Magnet Madness’’ basketball games at Municipal Auditorium Friday night, girls game beginning at 6.

Last year, more than 1,500 fans packed into the Auditorium to see the teams split the two games – MLK took the boys game 43-31 after the Hume-Fogg girls won 52-31.

“It went so well last year, officials at both schools thought it would be a great idea to do it again at the Auditorium,’’ said Hume-Fogg assistant principal Kelly Harned, who was the boys coach there last season before taking his new job.

Rivals anyway, it seemed like the schools became even more so, especially in the boys game, which was in an atmosphere more like a state tournament game. Creative signs and cheers were heavy on the agenda, with both end zones cheering for their teams and shouting at each other.

“It was very much like a state championship atmosphere,’’ said Harned whose school was the scheduled home team Friday before moving the game to the Auditorium.

“The Auditorium had great hospitality for us, there was great deal of school spirit on both sides, and it seemed like a great thing to do to keep the ‘Madness’ idea going,’’ he said.

“It’s along the lines of the big rivalry Belmont and Lipscomb have where they call that the Battle of the Boulevard,’’ Harned said. “We’ve gotten our own niche with the “Magnet Madness’’ title.’’

The boys game features Hume-Fogg’s Justin Claybrook whose 17 ppg average ranks as one of the best in Nashville.

Both games appear to be for jockeying in the District 10-AA standings with a month to go before the district tournament opens at East Lit. MLK’s boys are 4-3 in the nine-team league, a bit ahead of Hume-Fogg 2-4 in league games. Hume-Fogg’s girls (3-3) are a half game ahead of MLK (3-4), a vastly improved team.

Briefly

Ryan still second – With the tournaments just around the corner, Ryan continues to be ranked No. 2 in the Tennessee High school coaches wrestling poll.

The Irish, who won their third straight Ryan Invitational tournament last Saturday, is ranked behind only AAA power Bradley Central. Ravenwood and MBA are ranked No. 7 and 8. Incidentally, Ryan and MBA have a huge dual match against each other at Ryan Jan. 30 at 7 p.m.

District tourneys – Nashville area AAA district basketball tournaments are at Brentwood High (11-AAA) and McGavock (12-AAA), opening Feb. 15.

FRA “White Out’ Night – Franklin Road Academy will have a Junior “White Out’’ Night next Friday, Jan. 22 in the school’s games against Ezell-Harding.