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Thursday Night Lights

FOX 17 Highlights of Overton vs. Father Ryan Plus Other H.S. Football Action
FOX 17 Highlights of Overton vs. Father Ryan Plus Other H.S. Football Action
Friday, August 24 2012, 09:38 AM CDT
Date Home School Visitors Location Score
10/17 Pope John Paul II Father Ryan TBA 7 to 47
10/24 Oakland Blackman TBA 9 to 3
11/01 Brentwood Academy Ensworth TBA 36 to 10

Season Updates and Scores from state High School Football

TNL Preview: Blackman vs. Oakland

The District 7 AAA regular season title is on the line this week when Blackman visits Oakland on Thursday Night Lights.  Both teams are undefeated at 8-0 heading into the pivotal matchup.

Philip Shadowens leads the visiting Blaze who are 8-0 this season.  Thomas McDaniel's Patriots squad is also a perfect 8-0 in 2013.

The game will be televised on our sister station My TV 30 Thursday night at 7 pm.  Jack in the Box is a proud sponsor of Thursday Night Lights.

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Scholar Athlete of the Week

Scholar AthleteEach week, local high school`s athletic directors, teachers, counselors and/or principals will select one high school athlete to be the Scholar Athlete of the Week. The selected student will be recognized on air during halftime of a Thursday Night Lights game broadcast. All Scholar Athletes selected will have a chance of winning a $5,000 scholarship to the college or university he/she plans to attend. The Scholar Athlete of the Week is brought to you by Beaman Automotive Group.

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2012 Scholar Athletes

Week 11

WZTV FOX17 / WUXP MY30 / WNAB CW58 :: Thursday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Christian Lee Christian Lee
Wilson Central High School

GPA: 4.3

Athletic Achievement: Football team captain and one of the top sprinters in the district, Christian has been on the football team all 4 years of high school and on the track team for 3 years.

Academic Achievement: Student Council, National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society
 
WZTV FOX17 / WUXP MY30 / WNAB CW58 :: Thursday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Cody Brandon Cody Brandon
Mt. Juliet High School

GPA: 4.68

Athletic Achievement:  Starting center for 4 seasons, Cody is a 2-time offensive player of the week.

Academic Achievement: Cody is currently ranked 12th in his class with a 4.68 GPA.

Community Involvement: Cody is an active member of the Fellowship at Two Rivers and has been an officer for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for 3 years.  According to his coaches, Cody is a strong leader for the team who leads by example. His commitment and work ethic are second to none. Cody's teammates look to Cody for advice and leadership.

 

Week 10

WZTV FOX17 / WUXP MY30 / WNAB CW58 :: Thursday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Taylor Wallace Taylor Wallace
Page High School

GPA: 4.211

Athletic Achievement: Aside from playing varsity football for 3 years, Taylor has also played varsity baseball all 4 years of high school.  In 2011, he was awarded the Academic Award for football.

Academic Aspirations: Because of the death of his father due to heart problems, Taylor's dream is to attend the University of Mississippi where he intends to enroll in their pre-med program with the hopes of one day becoming a cardiologist.  Until then, Taylor says he is going to "enjoy high school and keep working hard."

Community Involvement: Taylor attends Clearview Baptist Church and enjoys doing mission work. He is also involved in the American Heart Association.

 
WZTV FOX17 / WUXP MY30 / WNAB CW58 :: Thursday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Keifer Bolton Keifer Bolton
Marshall County High School

GPA: 3.76

Athletic Achievement: A-team starter for MCHS Tigers since Freshman year. Super All Region Football Player and member of "Who's Who"

Student Insight:
In early 2012, Keifer was in a sledding accident and suffered a traumatic brain injury. Since that time, he has made  a full recovery, all the while continuing to be a model student. While he cannot return to the field, he will remain a major player for the MCHS Tigers!

 

Week 09

WZTV FOX17 / WUXP MY30 / WNAB CW58 :: Thursday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Dabney Chitwood Dabney Chitwood
Ravenwood High School

GPA: 3.8

Athletic Achievement: Varsity Cross-Country: Most Valuable Runner (2009-2011); Captain (2010-2012).  Varsity Track & Field: Most Valuable Distance Runner (2010). Hold Three School Records: 800 meter run, fastest Junior, 2nd overall fastest time. Personal Best 5000m run: 19:25 (2011). Personal Best 800m run: 2:26 (2011). Tennessee State Cross-Country AAA Race: Placed 32th (2011). Tennessee State Track & Field 800m race: Placed 6th as a team (2010). Scholar Athlete of the Week: 2010, 2011, 2012. 

Academic Achievements: Lipscomb CSI: In Cold Blood Academy: 2010. Consistent Principal's List:2009-2012.  ACT composite: 22

Community Service/Work:   Nashville Work Camp (40 hours of painting houses in Nashville): 2009, 2010, 2011. Cole Elementary Volunteer Tutoring (30 total hours): 2011-present. Life guard at YMCA: summer 2010, 2011.  Outback Steakhouse: 2012-present (Hostess).  Honduras Mission Trip: 2007, 2012.  J. Christophers Restaurant Hostess: 2011.


 
WZTV FOX17 / WUXP MY30 / WNAB CW58 :: Thursday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Cord Collier Cord Collier
Centennial High School

GPA: 4.17

Athletic Achievement: All Region football as a Junior; Starter for 3 years on both varsity football and varsity basketball teams.

Academic Achievement: As a student at Centennial, Cord has taken a college prep curriculum focused on Business Principals. He is a 4 year member of DECA and earned the opportunity to participate in the National DECA Competition in the spring of 2012, placing 1st in the state of Tennessee.

Community Involvement: Habitat for Humanity, Student Tutoring program (2011-2012 school year), Member of Young Life Centennial.
 

Week 08

WZTV FOX17 / WUXP MY30 / WNAB CW58 :: Thursday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Devonte Edwards Devonte Edwards
Maplewood Comprehensive High School

GPA: 2.7

Athletic Achievement: A natural born leader, Devonte is a three year starter & co-captain for the football team. He also started on the Metro City Junior Varsity Champions as a sophomore. Devonte started on both lines last year on the Class 4A State runner-up team in football. During the summer, he made every workout and increased his speed, bench press and squat numbers. Devonte displays a true definition of a student athlete.

Community Involvement: Devonte has been involved in numerous community endeavors at Maplewood and in the city of Nashville. At Maplewood, he takes a class called Developing Community Leaders. This class has spear-headed him to organize community clean ups, allowed him to volunteer at the Mayor's Field Day Event at LP Field and be a part of the Maplewood Garden club.

Other comments: Devonte has been a model citizen at Maplewood and a great example to follow for his peers. Because of young men like Davonte, Maplewood has turned the corner from past reports about the school. He is another example of a young man that can rise above his environment and make something out of himself. Devonte has big dreams and if you ask his coach, he will reach them because of his strong work ethic.

 
WZTV FOX17 / WUXP MY30 / WNAB CW58 :: Thursday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Meredith Roman Meredith Roman
Christ Presbyterian Academy

GPA: 3.63

Athletic Achievements:

Basketball: Part of CPA championship basketball team from 2009 - 2012; 2012 District 10 AA Player of the Year, District 10 AA All Tournament Team, Region 5 AA All Tournament Team, Divisional 1 AA State Champions.  Passed the 1,000 point mark in January 2012.

Soccer: District Champions 2011, District Defensive MVP (Goalie), District Tournament Champions, District All Tournament Team, Region All Tournament Team

Volleyball: 2009 District Champions; Distinguished Scholar / Athlete award

Community Involvement: Volunteer for many local organizations including Room in the Inn, Thrift Smart, Second Harvest Food Bank, Ronald McDonald House, Tennessee Children's Home
 

Week 07

WZTV FOX17 / WUXP MY30 / WNAB CW58 :: Thursday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Natalie Jean Applebaum Natalie Jean Applebaum
Henry County

GPA: 4.0

Athletic Achievements: Natalie is a 4-year Henry County Lady Patriot Basketball and Softball player.  She has won the academic achievement award each year and has been a starting player on the varsity softball team every year.

Academic Achievements: Natalie is ranked #1 of 328 students in her class and has been in the Top Ten Scholars program every year. She was a delegate at Tennessee Volunteer Girls State, is a Tennessee Scholar, a member of the National Honor Society, a senior class officer, member of the National Society of High School Scholars, National Young Leaders of America and the United States Achievement Academy. She is also the President of HOSA and has won 1st place in the state for medical terminology.

Community Involvement: Natalie volunteers weekly at the Eagle Creek Medical Clinic in Buchanan, TN and as a Tennessee Scholar she has donated hundreds of hours of her time to serve her community.
 
WZTV FOX17 / WUXP MY30 / WNAB CW58 :: Thursday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Emily Stinnelt Emily Stinnelt
Clarksville Northeast

GPA: 4.0

Athletic Achievement: All Area, All District Softball 2010, 2011, Golf District Tournament.

Academic Achievement: NHS President, BETA

Community Involvement: Red Cross Summer Youth Program, JCL President

Emily is a driven 16 year old Senior with a love for softball & golf.
 

Week 06

WZTV FOX17 / WUXP MY30 / WNAB CW58 :: Thursday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Daniel Grissim Daniel Grissim
David Lipscomb Academy

GPA: 4.0

Athletic Achievements: Lettered 4 years on the football team; Captain and starter for 2 years; Lettered 2 years on the basketball team.

Academic Achievements: Member of the National Honor Society; Member of Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society) and the Student Athletic Council

Community Involvement: Member of the Concord Road Church of Christ; participant in youth group activities; participated on a mission trip with Brentwood Rotary Club to Belize as well as Harpeth River cleanup and other activities with Brentwood Rotary.
 
WZTV FOX17 / WUXP MY30 / WNAB CW58 :: Thursday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Taylor (Daisy) Wyatt Taylor (Daisy) Wyatt
Goodpasture Christian School

GPA: 4.8693 (weighted)

Athletic Achievements: Tennis (varsity) - won region in doubles with partner Laine Phillips as well as going to state tournament in Spring 2012.  Southern ranked tennis tournament player with USTA.

Academic Achievements: Mock trial, National Honor Society, Beta Club, plans to study international business, chemistry and foreign language in college.

Community Involvement: Goodpasture annual canned food drive, Habitat for Humanity; playing piano for residents at local nursing homes
 

Week 05

WZTV FOX17 / WUXP MY30 / WNAB CW58 :: Thursday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Chase Smotherman Chase Smotherman
Blackman High School

Grade Point Average: 3.89

Athletic Achievements:

Football: Senior starter free safety / Quarterback. Three year Letterman. Senior captain. State playoffs every year of high school.

Community Involvement:Chase is a Member of Bellaire Baptist Church and is a non-paid volunteer at youth football camps.

Academic Achievements:
Chase is a member of the Blackman High School Honors program, which is a program for students who take all classes at an honors level or above.
 
WZTV FOX17 / WUXP MY30 / WNAB CW58 :: Thursday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Austin Janke Austin Janke
Oakland High School

Grade Point Average: 3.92

Athletic Achievements: 4-year member of the Oakland football team; Voted Football Team Captain for 2012-2013 season; "Dedication in the Weight room" award winner for 2010 and 2011 seasons

Academic Achievements: Austin has been enrolled in several Advanced Honors, Advanced Placement and 1B classes throughout high school, maintaining a 3.9+ GPA over the course of high school. Austin is currently planning to attend Lipscomb University in the Fall of 2013 to begin studies in Engineering.

Community Involvement: Involved in Boy Scouts of America and Cub Scouts since 2001, participating in service projects at Barfield Park, Latimer Scout Reservation, Fellowship United Methodist Church and  North Boulevard Church of Christ. Austin has volunteered hundreds of hours toward community service projects including 5+ hours at Habitat for Humanity and 600+ hours on a 9/11 Memorial Garden as part of the Rutherford County Sheriff Department's 9/11 Monument.
 

Week 04

WZTV FOX17 / WUXP MY30 / WNAB CW58 :: Thursday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Jordan Tutler Jordan Tutler
BGA


Grade Point Average: 3.85

Athletic Achievements:

FOOTBALL: All region Division II AA defensive back

TRACK & FIELD: 4th place in Long Jump and Triple Jump in the state track meet.

Community Involvement: Jordan is a volunteer at New Hope Academy, serving over 20 hours a year in community service.


 
WZTV FOX17 / WUXP MY30 / WNAB CW58 :: Thursday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Jeremy Ward Jeremy Ward
Pearl Cohn High School


Grade Point Average: 3.5

Athletic Achievements:

FOOTBALL: Team Captain and 2 year starter

TRACK: 1st year throwing Discus made it to the regional track meet

Community Involvement: Jeremy is a proud member of "I Have a Future" under the leadership of Calvin Peters and "In Full Motion" under the guidance of Coach Maurice Fitzgerald.  He is also a member of "Teens Making a Change" and "Students Taking a Stance."

Academic Achievements:
Jeremy is the President of the Pearl Cohn Student Body.  He also scored a 28 on his ACT, the highest score over the entire class.
 

Week 03

WZTV FOX17 / WUXP MY30 / WNAB CW58 :: Thursday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Eric Hoff Eric Hoff
Brentwood High School

Grade Point Average: 4.289

Athletic Achievements (TRACK):
2012 New Balance Indoor Nationals - Pentathlon runner up

National Scholastic Sports Foundation 2012 - All American Indoor track &field team

Great 8 Invitational Pole Vault Champion

2012 Tennessee State AAA Boys Pole Vault Champion
       15' 7" pole vault - new BrentwoodHigh School Record
       Best vault in state this year.

Tennessee AAA Boys State Track team championship
       3rd consecutive title (2010, 2011, 2012)

Academic Achievements:
Class rank of 32 out of 423
Principal's list - All semesters
Member of Mu Alpha Theta - National Math Honor Society

Community Involvement / Personal Achievements:
Civil Air Patrol
      Billy Mitchell Award
      Disaster Relief effort in Nashville flood
Licensed private pilot
Active member of First Lutheran Church
Serves church as audio & lighting technician

 
WZTV FOX17 / WUXP MY30 / WNAB CW58 :: Thursday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Cody Michael Swayze Cody Michael Swayze
Independence High School

Grade Point Average: 4.461

Athletic Achievements:
3rd Year Letterman - High school football
1st Year Letterman - Basketball
2nd year with highest GPA on football team

Academic Achievement:
Vice President of Student Council as a Freshman, Sophomore & Junior
Member of FCA
National Honors Society Member (executive officer)
All A's Honor Roll for 3 years
Member of Top 25 in class for 3 years
Ranked 2nd in GPA Class Rankings

Community Involvement:
Thompson Station church missions to Guatemala in 2009 & 2010
Member of Thompson Station Church student ministry
Spends numerous hours of community service at church & school

 

Week 02

WZTV FOX17 / WUXP MY30 / WNAB CW58 :: Thursday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Mitch Mersman Mitch Mersman
Dickson County High School

Grade Point Average: 3.86

Athletic Achievement:

SOCCER:
Varsity starter for soccer team 3 years, All Tournament 2011, All District 2011, All State and team MVP 2012. Has played competitive soccer for past 12 years.

FOOTBALL: All District/K 2011, All Mid-State/K 2011, District MVP/K 2011, Team MVP/DB 2011, Pre-Season All-State/K 2012, Pro-Kicker.com ranking - 5th in nation/K 2012 (K = kicker).

BASKETBALL: Varsity player x 2 years, player of the game x 2 in 2011 season.

Community Involvement: Church volunteer programs: painting schools, refurbishing homes. Hospice visits to nursing home patients, annual volunteer for Dickson County and Williamson Count pre-participation sports physicals, tornado relief for Williamson County (clearing debris, cleaning yards and schools), Flood relief for the recent Nashville flood.
 
WZTV FOX17 / WUXP MY30 / WNAB CW58 :: Thursday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Anna Kate Chance Anna Kate Chance
Columbia Central High School

Grade Point Average: 3.8

Athletic Achievement: Mid-state cross country team every year, Regional Champion in 2009, Regional runner-up in 2010-2011.

Academic Achievement: Honor roll every year during high school with high honor roll in 2011.

Community Involvement: Nursing home visits, animal shelter and highway litter pick-ups
 

Week 01

WZTV FOX17 / WUXP MY30 / WNAB CW58 :: Thursday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Brandon Orr Brandon Orr
John Overton High School

Grade Point Average: 3.479

Athletic Achievement: 2012 All District Tournament Baseball, 4-year Varsity Letterman in Football and baseball

Academic Achievement: 3-year Honor Roll Student with the highest GPA in his class
 
WZTV FOX17 / WUXP MY30 / WNAB CW58 :: Thursday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Trevor Graham Trevor Graham
Father Ryan High School

GPA: 3.64

Athletic Achievement: 4 year varsity member of Golf team, State qualifier sophomore & junior years, 2 year varsity member of boy's basketball team, Leo Long award winner (Best all around)

Community Achievement: Team leader in Relay for Life, Freshman Retreat Leader, Chair on Jr Golf Fundraiser for Harris Hillman
 
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