By Brent Huelsmann
Both the 7th and 8th grade teams for the Nashville Middle School Jr. Hornets were back in action this past week, as they took on cross town rival St. Anns, Holy Trinity O'Fallon, and Trico.
The 8th grade team began their week at the Central City Shootout as they took on Holy Trinity O'Fallon. The Jr. Hornets outscored Holy Trinity O'Fallon in every quarter on their way to an easy 48-26 victory. Nashville was led in the game by Carson Parker with 20 points in the game. Matt Anderson joined Parker in double figures with 16 points in the game. Tristen Hercules scored four points in the game. Goforth and Baldwin scored three points in the game, followed by Gavin Love with two points.
Nashville then competed in the Feeder School Shootout, which was held at Nashville High School, against St. Ann. The Jr. Hornets started off quick in the matchup outscoring St. Ann by 10 in the first quarter. The Jr. Hornets continued their success going into halftime with a 31-10 lead. Nashville cruised to a 20 point win 48-28. Hercules and Parker led the Jr. Hornets as the only two Nashville players in double figures with 15 points. Anderson chipped in seven points in the game. Baldwin scored five points. Neil Kabat, J.D. Schubert, and Hayden Price scored two points in the win.
Terry Pelczynski led the Saints in the game with 14 points. Cole Malawy added 10 points in the game for St. Ann. Nick Miller and Braden Bauza rounded out the scoring with 2 points apiece for St. Ann.
The Jr. Hornets 8th grade team dominated Trico in their final game of the week as they won 58-24. The Jr. Hornets took a big lead after the first, but Trico trimmed the lead to seven points before halftime. Nashville put the game away in the third quarter outscoring Trico 22-7. Nashville's defense would take over in the fourth, not allowing Trico to score. Nashville was led by Parker with 21 points. Anderson joined Parker in double figures with 17 points in the game. Hercules chipped in eight points. Baldwin added seven points while Love added four and Schubert scored a point to round out the scoring.
The 7th grade Jr. Hornets got their week started with a matchup against the Saints of St. Anns on November 9. The Jr. Hornets dominated the matchup outscoring the Saints in each quarter of the game. The Jr. Hornets got off to a fast start in the game taking an 11 point lead at the end of the first quarter. Nashville extended their lead from there. At halftime the Jr. Hornets led by 14. Nashville cruised to a 51-13 victory in the game. The Jr. Hornets got a very balanced scoring effort as none of the Nashville players scored in double figures.
The Jr. Hornets were led by Baldwin with nine points in the game. Michael Combs was second on the team with six points. Ian Blazier, Luke Ehret, Kolten Gajewski, Preston Dagner, Aaron Brink and Lucas Knepp each scored four points in the game. The scoring for Nashville was rounded out by Bryce Donato, Nolan Heggemeier, Will Barczewski, Goforth, Radyn Schawrtkopf and Ben Reid all scored two points in the game.
The 7th grade team was back in action on November 12 as they took on Trico. The Jr. Hornets kept up their winning ways to move to 5-0 on the season, defeating Trico 39-16. The Jr. Hornets jumped out to a 21-2 lead at halftime, and Trico could never get close. Nashville was led in the game by Baldwin and Dagner each with nine points. Barczewski and Goforth each chipped in six points in the game. Schwartzkopf scored three in the game, and Heggemeier, Zach Kempfer and Knepp each had two points in the win.
Nashville Jr. Hornets