Preps: All-Star event includes international flavor for Father Ryan hockey

Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 8:52pm

This year’s all-star game festivities will have some extra zip for the Father Ryan ice hockey team.

Ryan will welcome the Dauphin (Manitoba) Kings High School team, starting with a Tuesday night trip for both teams to the Predators-Calgary game. That kicks off a weeklong block of activities hosted by the Irish for their Canadian visitors.

The Dauphin Kings Junior team is where Predators coach Barry Trotz began his career and the place where he played his final year of junior hockey.

The events will conclude with the playing of the Greater Nashville Area Scholastic Hockey (GNASH) all-star game late Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena.
Following the Predators game on Tuesday, there will be a welcome ceremony Wednesday during the day for the Kings team on the Ryan campus. On Thursday, the two teams will play each other at 7 p.m. at A-Game Sportsplex.

At 11 a.m., the teams will visit Trotz at Bridgestone Arena, followed by a second game against each other.

Following the Predators-Red Wings game Saturday, the annual GNASH North vs. South all-star game is scheduled for an approximate 10 p.m. start.

Ryan is well represented on Team North, headed by senior defenseman Graham Englert who was voted a starter. Forwards Austin Nivison, Matt Neal and Mel Lonsway are also on the team, which is coached by MBA’s David Deutsch.

Montgomery to Carson-Newman: Overton High running back Andrew Montgomery has announced he will sign with Carson-Newman. He signs at noon with the Eagles Wednesday in the school library.

“When I visited there, I felt like they really wanted me,” Montgomery, who won the prestigious Hume Award in December, said. “It was the right place for me spiritually, that’s something they place a strong emphasis on. And I felt like I might get a chance at a lot of early playing time.”

Montgomery chose Carson-Newman over Ivy League schools Cornell and Columbia.

His close friend and running back companion at Overton, Montez (Tez) Humphrey, will make a decision after he takes the ACT test Feb. 12. Montgomery was lead blocker for Humphrey as the two led Overton to the 6A state playoffs.

Signing Day: McGavock will have four players sign national letters-of-intent 9 a.m. Wednesday at the school’s Hall of Fame room.

Wide receiver/cornerback Aaron Simms will sign with UT-Martin, wide receiver/cornerback Darius Turner will sign with Arkansas State, offensive tackle Leonard Amarh will sign with Austin Peay, and split end Ifaybeian Daney will sign with Tusculum.

McGavock quarterback Kody McKinley likely won’t sign Wednesday. He is looking at a Hanover (Ind.) financial aid scholarship, with Austin Peay, Birmingham Southern and Tusculum also in the picture. And safety Deantae Battle will take his ACT test Feb. 12 before deciding.

At Pearl-Cohn, tackle Antonio Richardson, the state’s top-ranked recruit, is expected to make his choice from among Auburn, LSU, Miami (Fla.), Tennessee and Georgia.

Also Pearl-Cohn wide receiver Nick Hill will sign with Duke, lineman David Huey will sign with Western Kentucky, while defensive back Senquay Eichelberger and defensive end Jeremy Knight will both sign with TSU.

MBA defensive tackle Andrei Lucaci, 6-2, 290, will sign with Henderson State (Ark.) Wednesday. Coach Daniel McGugin said Lucaci would be only player to sign that day.

Franklin Road Academy quarterback Connor Maitland will sign at 10 a.m. Thursday with Tennessee Tech, where he will join former teammate Doug Page. Pentathlon star Abbie McKinney will sign with Virginia for track.

One tough district: Christ Presbyterian Academy (fourth), East Lit (seventh) and Maplewood (ninth) out of District 10-AA, are all ranked in the Top 10 in the latest Associated Press basketball prep poll.

CPA (20-3) won its 20th game with an 87-54 romp at Hillwood Monday.

State wrestling: Father Ryan will open defense of its DII state team wrestling championship 3:30 p.m. Friday with a quarterfinal match-up against St. Benedict at the Williamson County Expo Center in Franklin.

If the No. 7 ranked Irish win, they will likely meet top-ranked Chattanooga Baylor in the semis at 7:30 p.m. Baylor wrestles Brentwood Academy in its quarterfinal. Also, No. 12 MBA will face No. 4 Christian Brothers in its opener.

In the DII Invitational tournament final four, Franklin Road Academy meets Knoxville Webb in its semifinal match 11 a.m. Saturday. Those finals are at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Expo Center.

In DI-AAA action Friday, in the first round, No. 10 ranked Independence meets Hardin Valley at 3:30 p.m. and No. 8 Ravenwood takes on Jefferson County at 5:30 p.m.

In DI-A/AA, East Lit will meet Greeneville in its opener 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Region Swimming: MBA won its fourth straight Midstate region swimming crown last weekend at Centennial Sportsplex. The Big Red tries to defend its state title in the Tennessee Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association meet Feb. 11-12 in Knoxville.

Friday’s games

Antioch at Cane Ridge
Baylor at Father Ryan
BGA at Brentwood Academy
East Lit at Hume-Fogg
Ensworth at Pope JPII
Glencliff at Overton
Hillsboro at Independence
Hillwood at McGavock
Lipscomb at M.L. King
McCallie at MBA
Chatt. GPS at Harpeth Hall
CPA at Maplewood
St. Andrews at FRA
Webb at Ezell-Harding
Whites Creek at Stratford

Saturday’s games

Ensworth at FRA, girls, 6 p.m.
Nashville Central Chr. at FRA, boys, 7:30 p.m.

State duals

Friday/Saturday at Williamson County Expo Center

1 Comment on this post:

By: navin_johnson on 2/2/11 at 9:29

Awww, poor widdle Kody, doesn't have the big schools, well ANY for that matter, clamoring after him. It's good to see that character means something.