Almost hidden among the beasts in the Division II boys basketball race is Brentwood Academy, which improved to 5-1 in the league when it topped Battle Ground Academy 63-44 Friday.
The Eagles have swept 2010 state champ MBA. Their one loss came in overtime to 2011 champ Ensworth.
Their chance to avenge that defeat comes Tuesday at home.
“We’ve played well lately,” sixth-year coach Lyle Husband. “We had some injuries early on, and those guys are back, and it’s made a big difference.”
Following a 3-8 start, BA is now 10-9 overall.
“We’re starting to play much better,” 5-foot-11 junior guard Jamontre Wade said. “I just want to play my role, work hard and it’s starting to pay off.”
• Ryan wrestling rolls: Father Ryan rolled past big rival Montgomery Bell Academy 54-15 on Saturday night before a packed house at MBA in one of the most one-sided matches in the schools' wrestling series.
MBA won just three matches and one of those came when Irish heavyweight Brandon Crissy forfeited. Twin brothers, captain Daniel Bellet and John Mark Bellet, won their respective matches. The latter won 3-1 in overtime at 152 pounds in the best match of the night.
The Division II state duals will be held Friday and Saturday at the Williamson County Ag Center, where Ryan and Memphis Christian Brothers appear to have the best two teams. Christian Brothers is ranked No.1 and Ryan is ranked No. 2.
“On paper, [the state title race] appears to be between Christian Brothers and ourselves,” Father Ryan coach Pat Simpson said. “We haven’t wrestled them this year, so it’s a bit of an unknown.
“We have all seniors from [weight classes] 152 through 220, so we have a lot of leadership. Last year, we didn’t have but three seniors.”
• Coach search: Brentwood Academy headmaster Curt Masters said the school has “narrowed the list” of applicants for the school’s head football coaching post.
“We hope to have a coach in place by at least the end of February if not before,” he said.
Masters declined to reveal any names, but one of the early applicants was said to be former Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward.
• Signing day: National high school football signing day is Wednesday. A rundown of some expected area signings:
— McGavock will hold a ceremony for defensive end Caleb Azubike, who will sign with Vanderbilt, 9:15 a.m. Wednesday at the school.
— Split end Cory Batey of two-time state champion Ensworth will also sign with Vanderbilt.
— BGA will hold a signing ceremony 11:45 a.m. Wednesday at the Cherry Complex for quarterback C.J. Beathard (Ole Miss), linebacker Blake Thomson (Yale) and split end Jordan Smith (Tennessee Tech).
— Maplewood’s Ladarius Vanlier, Nashville’s leading rusher the past season, also will sign with Tech.
— According to coach Bruce Lussier, Father Ryan all-region defensive back Ryan Bossung, who tied a state record with 13 interceptions this season, will walk on at UT-Chattanooga. And Irish all-region kicker John Arnold is headed to Air Force.
• Thousand-point trio: The Christ Presbyterian Academy girls’ team saw the rarity of three players hitting their 1,000-point careers total during games the past two weeks.
Meredith Roman, Emily Boyd and Faith LeGate, the daughter of head coach Becky LeGate, all reached the milestone in recent games.
The Lions have won 10 straight and lead District 10-AA as they head into league games at Stratford on Tuesday, then senior night Friday against Maplewood. CPA then heads to Pearl-Cohn Saturday.
• Coach promoted: Brian Waite, the defensive coordinator for the past two seasons, has been promoted to head football coach at East Literature. He replaces Jim Wilson, who stepped down last month.
• Champs win: The defending DII-A state champion Franklin Road Academy girls won a rematch of the 2011 title game 43-32 at Knox Webb on Saturday. It was the Panthers (24-3) 11th straight victory. Derica Wyatt led FRA with 16.
• State bowling: Nashville had no team champions in the state bowling tournament, which concluded Saturday at the Smyrna Bowling Center. Donelson Christian Academy came closest, losing to St. Benedict 18-9 in the DII final.
DCA’s Donny Turner won the boys DII individual championship Friday. Ensworth’s Miranda Mott finished second after winning the previous two girls titles.
• Three in a row: Ravenwood won its third straight Region 6-AAA wrestling title when it beat rival Independence 36-18 on Thursday. Both teams advanced to state duals this week.
Ravenwood beat Overton, and Independence stopped host McGavock in the semifinals.