Nashville Middle School displays its newest trophy after the Junior Hornettes won a regional championship last week. Front row, from left: Front row, from left: Sarah Staley, Hannah Grzegorek, Madison Mills, Kortney Stroud, Courtney Hallock, Jadah Heidel, Sidney McCandrew and Raquel Elliott. Second row: Carson Parker, Tristen Hercules, Hayden Kellerman, Nick Paszkiewicz and J.D. Schubert. Third row: Jenna McClintock, Harrison Briles, Hayden Price, Daymeon Baugh, Joe Morris and Neil Kabat. Fourth row: Gavin Love, Rhys Biabi, Matt Anderson, Tanner Bergmann, Brendan Baum, Bryce Bultman, Coach Pat Heseman and Coach Will Reinburg.
The Junior Hornets just keep winning.
Nashville Middle School claimed a regional championship and remained unbeaten with wins over South Central and Okawville.
After finishing the regular season with a perfect record, NMS opened postseason play with a 56-17 win over South Central last Wednesday.
The Junior Hornets took control early with a 12-2 run in the first quarter. They never looked back on the way to the convincing win.
Bryce Bultman paced Nashville with 14 points. Matt Anderson scored nine points, Brendan Baum had eight and Rhys Biagi finished with five. Carson Parker and Tanner Bergmann scored four apiece, and Nick Paszkiewicz, Joe Morris and Tristen Hercules each had two points.
That win set up a championship game with Okawville, and once again it was NMS on the winning side of a 47-34 score.
It was a ballgame early, but the Junior Hornets opened up a double-digit lead in the third quarter and held off Okawville late to win the trophy.
Bultman scored 19 points, and Bergmann hit double figures with ten. Baum had eight points, Parker and Hercules had four each and Matt Anderson netted two in the win.
Nashville will take on Gallatin County Friday at 6 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the SIJHSAA Class M State Tournament at Rend Lake College. The semifinals will be held next Tuesday, and the championship game is scheduled for Friday.