Preps: Overton learns to make the switch

Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 12:34am

The Overton Bobcats are making a nice transition from the District 11-AAA they have been in for years to Nashville’s 12-AAA.

In essence, the travel mileage is roughly the same, the difference being that their opponents are mostly from inner city Nashville as opposed Northern Williamson County.

Overton is 7-1, the lone loss a tough one last week at Franklin, a former district foe and a team that has dominated 11-AAA for years. The Bobcats are 3-0 in their new district.

Overton, along with Hillwood (also a former 11-AAA school), made the change.

“It gets us into a district with similar schools and similar situations,’’ said Overton Coach James McKee, when asked how he assessed the move to the new district. “It’s a better fit for us. It’s much like what Hillsboro had in football where they moved from 6A to 5A and played more Nashville schools.”

Meanwhile, McKee might well have his best team at Overton with a junior dominated quintet, along with a standout senior.

Guard Mookie Betts, who played for McKee in Middle School, leads the Bobcats in scoring at 13 points per game (ppg). Junior Cameron Lewis is at 11.5 per game, and Justin Perry, Patrick McPhail and Frank Lobasco are both at about 10 ppg. All are juniors.

Senior Desmond Johnson is averaging about 11 points and seven rebounds a game.

“Frank has really come on, he’s averaging a double-double (points and rebounds) the last few games,’’ McKee said.

“We’ve got three really tough games upcoming,’’ McKee said, noting the Bobcats host Oakland Thursday, visit former 11-AAA rival Brentwood Friday, then host Liberty Tech next Tuesday in their final pre-Christmas clash. “Oakland and Brentwood are outstanding every year, and Liberty Tech, out of Jackson, is the No. 1 ranked AA team in the state.’’

After that, the Bobcats break for Christmas before hosting their annual tournament Dec. 28-30. Overton faces Pearl-Cohn in the first game of the event.

Christmas tournaments

Hunters Lane and Maplewood are both in the Riverdale Christmas Classic, beginning Friday in Murfreesboro. Also, Hillsboro and host Ryan are competing in the annual Ryan Christmas tournament, beginning Friday.

Hunters Lane ’s girls are competing in the Ensworth Invitational, beginning Friday.

The defending AAA state champ Hillsboro girls open play this weekend in the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix, Ariz.

East Lit is playing in the MidSouth Classic in Cookeville, beginning Friday.

CPA further along

Despite some big-time graduation losses from last season, the Christ Presbyterian boys are even further along than they were at mid-December of last year.

Santa Claus has given Coach Drew Maddux and his team a sack full of basketballs and wins, going into the holidays. The Lions (9-1) won their first nine games before falling in overtime to East Lit last Friday.

They are led by juniors Tyler Dreher, Sky Sims and Matt Zelenek — along with Jalen Lindsey.

Ryan ranked No. 3

Two-time defending state team champ Father Ryan is ranked No. 3 in the first Tennessee High School wrestling poll. The Irish are ranked behind only Chattanooga Baylor and powerhouse Bradley Central.

Other Nashville area teams ranked in the top 12 are MBA (No. 9), Independence (No. 11) and Ravenwood (No. 12).