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Jr. Hornets Stay Undefeated

The Nashville Middle School Jr. Hornets eighth grade basketball team stayed undefeated as they moved their record to 8-0 on the season. The eighth grade Jr. Hornets defeated Carlyle in the Feeder School Shootout, before beating Pinckneyville and Sparta. The seventh grade team has also had a lot of success thus far on the season, as they moved their record to 6-1 with wins against Carlyle, Trico, Sparta, and Pinckneyville.

The eighth grade team used a huge second quarter to defeat Carlyle 51-26 in the Feeder School Shootout. The Jr. Hornets outscored Carlyle 21-2 in the second quarter alone to break open the game. The Jr. Hornets were able to cruise to victory in the second half. Nashville was led by Gavin Baldwin with 11 points. Cole Malawy joined Baldwin in double figures with 10 points. Jaxon Goforth and Preston Dagner each added eight points, followed by Michael Combs with seven points. Camden Ritzel scored four points, while Ian Blazier scored two points in the win. Nolan Heggemeier scored one point for the Jr. Hornets.

The eighth grade team was back in action on November 14 against Sparta. Nashville grabbed another blowout win on the season, as they outscored Sparta 36-4 in the first half on their way to a 53-22 victory. The Jr. Hornets were led by Goforth with 15 points in the game. Goforth was joined in double figures by both Baldwin and Dagner who each scored 10 points. Malawy finished with six points, followed by Ritzel with five points. Combs added four points, while Kolten Gajewski scored two points. Will Barczewski scored one point to round out the scoring.

In their final game of the week, Nashville again had a huge first half, as they defeated Pinckneyville 46-22 on November 15. The Jr. Hornets eighth grade team outscored Pinckneyville 10-1 in the first, and 15-2 in the second quarter to take a huge halftime lead. In the second half, the Jr. Hornets were able to maintain their lead, easily moving to 8-0. Dagner led Nashville with 14 points in the win. Baldwin added nine points, followed by Goforth and Ritzel, who each scored six points. Barczewski, Malawy, Blazier, Heggemeier, and Combs each scored two points.

The seventh grade team moved their record to 6-1 on the season with four straight wins. The Jr. Hornets seventh grade team began their week with a 39-5 win over Carlyle. Nashville outscored Calrlye 12-3 in the first quarter, and the blowout continued from there. Blazier led Nashville with 10 points in the win. Gajewski added five points followed by Aaron Brink, Heggemeier and Combs, who each scored four points. Saxton Hoepker, Lucas Knepp, Ben Reid, Bennett Briles, Rylan Hammer, and Trey Reinburg each scored two points in the win.

In their next game, the seventh grade team took home a 36-20 win over Trico. A tie game, after the first quarter, the Jr. Hornets took control in the middle part of the game. Nashville outscored Trico 11-3 in the second and 11-0 in the third quarter to build a lead. In the fourth, Nashville held on for a sixteen point victory. Nashville was led by Blazier and Combs with eight points apice. Heggemeier and Hayden Robins each scored seven points, while Brink and Reid scored two points. Gajewski and Radyn Schwartzkopf finished with a point each in the win.

The seventh grade team picked up another blowout win over Sparta on November 14 at home. The Jr. Hornets scored early and often on their way to a 45-12 victory. Blazier and Brink each finished with 10 points, followed by Combs with seven points. Gajewski, Heggemeier, Hoepker, and Schwartzkopf each finished with four points apiece. Hammer rounded out the scoring with two points.

Nashville Middle School's seventh grade team held Pinckneyville scoreless in the first and fourth quarters in a 53-14 victory. The Jr. Hornets were led by Combs with 16 points. Heggemeier finished with nine points, followed by Blazier with six points. Robinson and Briles added four points apiece in the win, followed by Brink, Hoepker, Knepp, Schwartzkopf, Gajewski, Carson Cook, and Hammer who all finished with two points in the win.