By Brent Huelsmann
The Nashville Jr. Hornets 7th and 8th grade teams went .500 on the week before heading into Thanksgiving as they took on Chester and Woodlawn.
The Jr. Hornets got the week started against Chester on November 23. The 8th grade team got off to a fast start against Chester outscoring Chester 19-9 in the first quarter. Nashville was able to extend the lead in the second quarter to take a 13 point lead into halftime. The Jr. Hornets kept pouring it on in the third quarter to take a 46-22 lead going into the fourth. The Jr. Hornets were able to cruise from there winning the game 57-28.
Leading the way was Carson Parker with 15 points in the game. Joining Parker in double figures was Matt Anderson with 14 points. Tristen Hercules added nine points, and Gavin Love and Gavin Baldwin added four points apiece. J.D. Schubert, Harrison Briles, Hayden Price, Bryce Donato, and Jaxon Goforth added two points each in the game. Neil Kabat added one point in the contest.
The Jr. Hornets eighth grade team was back in action on November 24 as they took on Woodlawn. A close game throughout, slipped away late as the Jr. Hornets were narrowly defeated by a score of 39-42. The game was tied at nine after the first quarter, and at halftime the Jr. Hornets were down by three. Coming out in the third quarter, the Jr. Hornets were to outscore Woodlawn 10-8, trimming the Woodlawn lead to just one point going into the fourth quarter. The Jr. Hornets were not able to complete the comeback, losing by just three points.
Anderson led Nashville with 18 points in the game. Parker chipped in 11 points to join Anderson in double figures. Kabat added four points in the game, and Hercules, Love, and Goforth each added two points. The 8th grade team's record now stands at 7-3.
The seventh grade team blew out Chester in their first game of the week on November 23. The Jr. Hornets outscored Chester 23-0 in the first quarter in a game that was never close. Nashville led by 28 at halftime, and by 38 points after three quarters. The Jr. Hornets would go onto win by a score of 48-8.
Nashville was led by Preston Dagner with 10 points in the game. Goforth added seven points in the contest. Baldwin and Will Barczewski each added six points, while Donato and Ian Blazier added four points. Nolan Heggemeier scored three points in the game. Luke Ehret, Michael Combs, Kolten Gajewski, and Lucas Knepp all had two points in the win.
The Jr. Hornets seventh grade team suffered their first loss of the season, when they took on Woodlawn. Nashville got off to a slow start and never recoverd. After trailing by five at the end of the first, the Jr. Hornets got the lead down to three before half. Woodlawn extended their lead in the third to six points. Nashville couldn't come all the way back, losing the game 18-21.
Gavin Baldwin led Nashville with 11 points. Goforth added three points, while Dagner and Heggemeier each had two points to end the scoring in the game. The seventh grade team's record now stands at 8-1.