Let it Be Spring! - Schools Ready for New Season

"The home of hometown heroes"

By Mike Hastings

  When Hillwood’s season opener against Antioch was canceled Monday by damp conditions and snow, fans everywhere could be heard saying “Enough! Let it be spring!”

  The Hilltoppers will try to take the field again today, as they kick off their 2018 baseball season with a home and away series against Antioch.

  Antioch will host the first game Tuesday, then take the field at Hillwood on Wednesday.

  I will be a good test for the Hilltoppers.  Antioch is the second-ranked team in District 12 AAA this season, behind top-ranked Overton.

  The Hilltoppers begin the year ranked number six.  Cane Ridge comes in at number three, followed by Hillsboro and McGavock.

  Hillwood is coming of a strong preseason and coach Randy Harrell is hoping for some great things from this year’s team.

  Christ Presbyterian Academy is hoping to once again compete for a state title in baseball and soccer.

  The boys varsity baseball team opened the season Monday with an impressive 8-2 victory against Nolensville.

  Coach Larry Nesbitt’s team will look to repeat the form of last’s years team that made it all the way to the Class AA title game, before losing a close 3-2 game to champion Christian Academy of Knoxville.

  The Lions boys soccer team lost in the state semifinals last season and will look to continue their dominance.  The Lions have reached the semifinals five years in a row.  Coach Tom Gerlach should have no reason not to believe his team can make it six straight.

  The Lions boys lacrosse team got their season started in fine fashion with a 9-2 win against Clarksville.

  The girls lacrosse team opened their season with three wins this week - 8-3 against JPII, 11-5 against Ensworth and 12-8 against Franklin Road Academy.

  Ensworth will open their season today with a home and away against Pope John Paul II.  The Tigers will travel to JPII for the opener, before returning for their home-opener Wednesday.

  Coach Jason Maxwell will look to find life in the Tigers bats if they hope to advance in the playoffs this season.  The Tigers were shutout twice when Briarcrest ended their 2017 season.

  For more of this season’s preview, see our story on Nashville Christian School’s boys varsity baseball team on Page 5.