NASHVILLE—Minor League Baseball™ announced Thursday that the Baseball Winter Meetings™, currently taking place at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center here, will return in three years. The 114th annual convention from Dec. 7-10, 2015, will mark the seventh time that Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center will play host to the Baseball Winter Meetings. In addition to this year, Opryland was also the site of the annual convention in 1983, 1989, 1998, 2002 and 2007.
“Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center is proving, again this week, to be a great place to host our annual convention and the thousands of people from the baseball community,” said Pat O’Conner, President of Minor League Baseball. “The ability to host almost all of our attendees, events and meetings under one roof makes it a very attractive and efficient location for the Baseball Winter Meetings.”
Next year’s Baseball Winter Meetings will take place from Dec. 9-12 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Fla., which also hosted the event in 2010 and 2006. The annual convention will be headquartered at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront in 2014 from Dec. 8-11.
Rossview wrestling defeated Greenbrier 42-30 and Springfield 72-12 in high school dual meets Thursday night.
Jake Beatty, Connor Gordon, Donovan Sandusky, Adrian Gonzalez and Garrett Ladd each notched two wins a piece.
Curtis Thomas, Malik Turney, Tyrone Gaston, Zax Kost, Davonte Blair and Logan Unch each captured a win.
The team now stands at 10-6 and heads to Slamfest on Saturday
Fort Campbell wrestling Clarksville High and Montgomery Central in dual wrestling meets Thursday night.
Fort Campbell beat Montgomery Central, losing just one of the 14 matches.
Clarksville High topped Fort Campbell 36-34. The Wildcats and Falcons split the seven matches, with CHS wining two by forfeit.
Fort Campbell 77.0, Montgomery Central 6.0
106: Syanne Ferguson, FOCA, forf. .
113: Anthony Dewitt, FOCA, pinned Matthew Patterson, MOCE, 1:47.
120: Jacob Ellison, FOCA, pinned Joseph Redman, MOCE, 1:11.
126: Jose Intriago, FOCA, forf. .
132: Brian Hedrick, FOCA, pinned Thomas Barrett, MOCE, 0:35.
138: David Sahms, FOCA, tech. fall Joshua Jackson, MOCE, 0:00 19-4.
145: Edrick Ortiz, FOCA, inj. def. Tristen Page, MOCE, .
152: Gino Haywood, FOCA, pinned Conner Wild, MOCE, 1:27.
160: Jordan Brandon, FOCA, forf. .
170: Matthew Espino, FOCA, forf. .
182: Enrique Martinez, FOCA, pinned Seth Wild, MOCE, 3:32.
195: Luis Reyes, MOCE, forf. . 220: Dustin Armendariz, FOCA, pinned Louis Bassett, MOCE, 0:54.
285: Jake Jorstad, FOCA, pinned Taren Welch, MOCE, 0:54.
FCHS is 5-7 on the season.
Clarksville (CLAR) 36.0 Fort Campbell (FOCA) 34.0
160: Jerry Haywood, FOCA, dec. Alan D`Alessandro, CLAR, 8-6. THIS IS HAYWOOD 100th career win
170: Andrew Kim, CLAR, pinned Matthew Espino, FOCA, 0:00.
182: Keil Russell, CLAR, pinned Enrique Martinez, FOCA, 0:00.
195: Martin Hamptom, CLAR, forf. .
220: Dustin Armendariz, FOCA, pinned Demetrius Dix, CLAR, 1:24.
285: Bruno Reagan, CLAR, pinned Jake Jorstad, FOCA, 0:00.
106: Kevin Halliday, CLAR, forf. .
113: Nick Brooks, FOCA, pinned Austin Peuehouse, CLAR, 0:00.
120: DeQuan Wiggins, CLAR, dec. Anthony Dewitt, FOCA, 10-9.
126: Jose Intriago, FOCA, dec. Malik Pope, CLAR, 7-5.
132: Brian Hedrick, FOCA, pinned Will Baker, CLAR, 0:00.
138: David Sahms, FOCA, maj. dec. Clay Cook, CLAR, 12-4.
145: Nighgell Davidson, FOCA, pinned Hunter Mabry, CLAR, 0:00.
152: Thomas Huddleston, CLAR, dec. Gino Haywood, FOCA, 8-2.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans added WR Diondre Borel to the practice squad.
Borel (6-0, 199) was an undrafted free agent from Utah State, who signed with the Green Bay Packers in 2011. He spent the entire 2011 season on the Packers practice squad through October of this season. After being cut from the Packers practice squad, he spent two weeks in November on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad. Borel was a three-year starter at quarterback at Utah State, who threw for 6,698 yards and tallied 8,096 yards of total offense during his college career.
Additionally, guard Chris Scott was signed from the Titans practice squad to the Buffalo Bills 53-man roster.
By Mark Bowman / MLB.com
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — When Fredi Gonzalez was named as his successor two years ago, former Braves manager Bobby Cox said that Atlanta fans would soon forget about him like Dodgers fans forgot about Walter Alston during Tommy Lasorda’s managerial reign in Los Angeles.
Two years later, the Braves still have fond memories of all of the contributions Cox made. At the same time, they seem quite satisfied with the way Gonzalez has handled the unenviable task of serving as Cox’s successor.
The Braves announced on Wednesday at the Winter Meetings that they have exercised Gonzalez’s contract option for the 2014 season. This provides the 48-year-old manager a vote of confidence and a chance to prepare for this upcoming season with a little more certainty about his future.
“I think he did a terrific job of leading us to the playoffs in 2012,” general manager Frank Wren said. “We feel his leadership is very helpful for our ballclub going forward to stay competitive.”
Gonzalez’s tenure as the Braves’ manager began in disappointing fashion as Atlanta blew the 9 1/2-game Wild Card lead it carried into September of the 2011 season.
But Gonzalez showed his leadership skills and silenced some of his critics this year as the Braves distanced themselves from this disastrous finish and completed a 94-win season, the club’s highest win total since 2004. The team’s journey into the postseason proved short as it lost a one-game Wild Card playoff against the Cardinals.
“There were a lot of questions asked about the collapse, and they used every adjective to describe the last month of 2011,” Gonzalez said. “I’m so proud of [the players]. Pretty much the same team came back in 2012.
“I think it was a club that learned collectively from top to bottom, from me to the last guy on that roster, that it couldn’t happen again. And we did it. We did not let it happen. We went out and built on it and had a pretty good season.”
As Gonzalez looks toward the 2014 season, he is tasked with the responsibility of guiding Atlanta through the early stages of the post-Chipper Jones era.
With Jones retired and both David Ross and Eric Hinske playing elsewhere, the Braves will gain some new leaders next year. Tim Hudson has capably filled this role over the past few years and Dan Uggla is certainly capable of assuming more of a leadership role as he prepares for his third season in Atlanta.
And there is also certainly a chance that some of the leadership will be assumed by Martin Prado, who has spent the past few years establishing himself as one of the most respected members of Atlanta’s clubhouse.
“Sometimes I think we mistake leadership for the guy on top of the table, yelling, screaming and throwing chairs and that kind of stuff,” Gonzalez said. “For me, sometimes a leader is a guy that goes out there and plays the game the right way and can tell somebody, ‘Hey, this is not the way we do it here.'”
While the Braves are still exploring the possibility of acquiring a leadoff hitter, Gonzalez admits that he has spent the past week debating how to position his lineup with the recently signed outfielder B.J. Upton, who has the potential to provide both speed and power.
Instead of targeting Upton, Uggla, Jason Heyward, Freddie Freeman and Brian McCann for specific spots in his lineup, Gonzalez said he is looking forward to putting together a lineup that includes this kind of power potential.
“You can sit here and get locked in and say, ‘He’s the fourth hitter or fifth hitter,’ and it’s going to be dumb on my part, because next thing you know, McCann is crushing balls or Danny is hitting balls,” Gonzalez said. “Guess what? [If so] they’re going to be hitting up at the top of the order. But [Upton is] a middle-lineup guy, and we have some candidates there. Not everybody can hit two, three, four or five.”
As Gonzalez looks at a potentially deep lineup and what appears to be a solid pitching staff, he is optimistic that the Braves can build upon this past season’s success and return to the postseason.
“Our goal is, like every year, to get to the postseason, and we did that this year,” Gonzalez said. “That’s our goal next year, to get to the postseason. Hopefully you catch on fire, you catch a couple breaks and you get a little deeper.”
By Joshua Love, Titans Online
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans announced today that Rodney Saulsberry, head football coach of Whitehaven High School has been named the 2012 Titans High School Football Coach of the Year. In a rematch of last year’s state final, the Whitehaven Tigers defeated the Maryville Rebels 36-35, ending the Rebels’ 43-game win streak and capturing their first ever state championship.
Saulsberry’s Tigers (15-0) battled throughout the contest, refusing to lose. They gained a 28-21 lead with 3:39 remaining in the game, but Maryville (14-1) slipped in a score to tie the game, 28-28, with 45 seconds remaining and force overtime. Undeterred and determined, the Whitehaven Tigers continued to battle.
Whitehaven began its second possession in overtime down 35-28, but the Tigers made all the right plays and reached the end zone for six points. Coach Saulsberry, determined to win, planned to go for two before his team reached the end zone. The Tigers lined up in a three-back formation that had been added the week of the game. Saulsberry was positive it would work, and his team proved him right with the decisive two-point conversion.
“I have known Coach Saulsberry since he was a young man and I watched him matriculate and learn how to become a great math teacher and leader in our community,” said Dr. Vincent Hunter, Principle of Whitehaven High School. “Everything about Coach Saulsberry is positive, and I not only respect him for what he does on the field but what he does in classroom and as a man. Coach is of great character and has surrounded himself with a great coaching staff, and it has been a total team effort.”
Through the Titans Foundation, team owner K.S. “Bud” Adams, Jr. will make a $2,000 contribution to the Whitehaven High School football program in Coach Saulsberry’s honor.
“High school football enjoys a great tradition in Tennessee,” said Adams. “That tradition is based not only on the outstanding quality of play but on the devotion of their coaches who continue to develop high school football players into young men of strong character. I’m very pleased to underwrite this program that recognizes the efforts of so many talented high school coaches across the state!”
Coach Saulsberry will be recognized prior to the Titans-Jaguars game on Dec. 30, where the Titans will also recognize the 10 weekly 2012 Titans Coach of the Week winners. The Coach of the Year and all 10 Coaches of the Week will be will be available for interviews /photos in the Titans post-game interview room at 10:45 a.m. Dec. 30.
Now in its 14th season, the Adams has awarded more than $151,000 from the Titans Foundation to football programs across the state in honor of the Coach of the Year and Coach of the Week winners.
The criteria for selection include the coach’s impact on his team, school and community. A statewide media panel votes each week to determine the weekly winner. All high school football coaches in Tennessee, regardless of their school’s size, league, or division, are eligible to be selected each week. The program is designed to recognize high school coaches who transform, through their hard work and dedication, student-athletes into the best possible football players and citizens in their community.
Titans Coach of Year Winners
1999 Jim Wilson, Glencliff High
2000 Tom Weathers, Red Bank High
2001 Ralph Potter, McCallie High
2002 Robert Lassiter, Gallatin High
2003 Jeff Morris, Milan High
2004 Buck Coatney, Knoxville Fulton High
2005 George Quarles, Maryville High
2006 Philip Shadowens, Smyrna High
2007 Ralph Thompson, Maplewood High
2008 Scott Blade, Hillsboro High
2009 Anthony Crabtree, Beech High
2010 Gary Rankin, Alcoa High
2011 James Counce, Henry County High
2012 Titans Coach of the Week winners
1. Mac McCurry, Marion County High School
2. Kevin Ward, Crockett County High School
3. James “Bubba” Spears, Hillwood High School
4. Josh Fronabargar, West Carroll High School
5. Bruce Hatfield, Hendersonville High School
6. Jason Fitzgerald, Hixson High School
7. Brad Taylor, Bearden High School
8. Traye Aric, Portland High School
9. Philip Shadowens, Blackman High School
10. Graham Clark, Dobyns-Bennett High School