By Brent Huelsmann
The Nashville Middle School Jr. Hornets have had a successful season thus far as both the seventh and eighth grade teams, have gotten off to a fast start this season. This week saw each team in action against Sparta and Pinckneyville.
The eighth grade team began the week matched up against Sparta on November 16. An even game in the first quarter, Nashville edged ahead in the second to take a six point lead at halfime. The Jr. Hornets were able to extend their lead in the third quarter to eight points going into the fourth. Nashville would close out the win by a score of 51-43.
Leading the way for Nashville was Carson Parker and Matt Anderson with 16 points apiece in the game. Joining Parker and Anderson in double figures was Tristen Hercules with 11 points. Jaxon Goforth scored five points in the game. Gavin Love scored two points and Gavin Baldwin scored one point in the win for Nashville.
The eighth grade team got off to a slow start in the second game in as many days, as they fell to Pinckneyville 30-42. The Jr. Hornets could not overcome a slow start in which they were outscored 3-11 in the first quarter. Nashville fought back to trim the deficit to six points at halftime. After halftime Pinckneyville was able to extend their lead to seven points going into the fourth. Nashville couldn't muster up a comeback and fell by a score of 30-42.
Most of the scoring for Nashville came from Parker with 23 points in the game. Hercules scored four points, followed by Anderson with 3 points. The loss brought the Jr. Hornets eighth grade team's record to 6-2 on the season.
The seventh grade team also faced off against Sparta and Pinckneyville this week. The seventh grade team kept up their winning ways defeating both teams.
On November 16, the Jr. Hornets dominated against Sparta. After taking a 13-4 lead in the first quarter, the Jr. Hornets piled it on. Sparta did not score again until the fourth quarter. The Jr. Hornets cruised to an easy 53-11 win.
Leading the way was Baldwin with 12 points in the game. Goforth added nine points followed by Preston Dagner with eight. Luke Ehret, Kolten Gajewski, and Ben Reid each had four points in the game. Nolan Heggemeier had three points in the game for Nashville. Ian Blazier, Saxton Hoepker, Aaron Brink and Lucas Knapp eached chipped in two points in the game. Will Barczewski had one point to round out the scoring for Nashville.
The seventh grade team was able to win a much closer game the next night as they took on Pinckneyville. Nashville again got off to a fast start taking a five point lead after the first quarter. Pinckneyville would come back in the second to trim the Jr. Hornets lead to just three points at halftime. Nashville was able to come out of the breaka nd extend their lead back up to nine points going into the fourth quarter. The Jr. Hornets would hold on from there, winning the game 29-15.
Leading the way in the game was Baldwin with 10 points. Bryce Donato, Ehret and Heggemeier each scored four points in the game. Barczewski, Andrew Dagner and Ben Kempfer each scored two points in the game and Gajewski rounded out the scoring with one point.