Bellevue Sports Weekly Looks at 100
By Mike Hastings
The Bellevue Sports Weekly hit the news stands for the first time on December 3, 2014 and in the two years and 100 issues that followed, we have worked hard to live up to our motto, The Home of Hometown Heroes.
In high school sports, we were there to report Christ Presbyterian Academy and Nashville Christian School’s football teams each winning a state title, and Ensworth coming within a few yards of winning their fifth straight.
We were there when Hillwood High School’s football team under new coach Kurt Page qualified for the playoffs for the first time in 11 years in 2015, and again in 2016.
The BSW ran articles and photos when CPA won state titles in boys’ baseball, soccer and golf, as well as deep runs in boys and girls basketball.
The amazing state champion Tyra Givens of Ensworth’s track team has graced our cover three times.
In baseball, NCS pitchers Stetson Marlin and Bryce Pemberton appeared on our cover in consecutive weeks after throwing back-to-back no-hitters.
It has been a particular honor to profile athletes like NCS’s Alex Givens, Ensworth’s Jordan Bone and CPA’s Braxton Blackwell, as well as booster businesses like Avenue Bank, Delta Dental and Expedia Travel.
And heroes come in all sizes, that’s why we really enjoy covering our youth football teams, the Bellevue Steelers and Nashville Eagles. There’s nothing better than a 10-year-old gracing our cover.
That’s also why we give equal time to the stars of the Bellevue Sports Athletic Association little league baseball and softball leagues; the West Nashville Sports League’s baseball, basketball, soccer and flag football players; the Harpeth Youth Soccer Association’s recreational and club teams; as well as travel teams like the Cruisers, the Commodores, the Nashville Elite, the Nashville Baseball Academy and the Bellevue Indians, who won the state championship this year.
We are also big fans of competitive teams in all sports, from archery like the Music City Archers, to karate teams like those from West Side Tae Kwon Do and Shin’s Martial Arts Institute.
One of the great pleasures of bringing this publication to readers every week, is the look on the faces of young athletes when they see their name and picture appear in print. It’s what it’s all about.
Sports can play a huge part in the lives of children, and their parents. Sports bring families closer, gives them something to do together.
For these and other reasons, we are proud of the role we play in this community and hope to continue to expand our coverage, meet new hometown heroes, and give them a place to shine.
Thank you for all your support, and here’s to the next 100 issues