The Nashville Jr. Hornets eighth grade team began the new year with three straight wins as they defeated Okawville, Trico, and Salem. With the three wins the Jr. Hornets eighth grade team's record, now stands at 18-1 on the season. The seventh grade team for Nashville Middle School also picked up three wins this week against Okawville, Trico, and Salem. The seventh grade team moved their record to 17-1.
On January 3, the Jr. Hornets traveled to take on Okawville. The Jr. Hornets eighth grade team, used a big first half to defeat Okawville 46-18. The Jr. Hornets rushed out to an 8-4 lead after the first quarter, and extended their lead to 16-7 at the halftime break. The Jr. Hornets came out after halftime, and put the game away, and cruised to a 46-18 victory.
Leading the way for Nashville was Jaxon Goforth, who finished with 20 points in the win. Camden Ritzel and Preston Dagner each finished with eight points apiece, followed by Nolan Heggemeier and Kolten Gajewski who each chipped in three points. Will Barczewski and Bryce Donato each finished with two points in the win.
In the seventh grade game, the Jr. Hornets picked up a 31-17 victory. Gajewski led the way with nine points followed by Aaron Brink with eight points. Michael Combs added six points followed by Ben Reid with four points. Heggemeier and Radyn Schwartzkopf each finished with two points to round out the scoring.
The Jr. Hornets returned home for their first game of 2017, as they took on Trico on January 5. The Jr. Hornets eighth grade team took control of the game early as they outscored Trico 13-4 in the first quarter. By halftime, Nashville had extended their lead to 30-7. In the second half, the Jr. Hornets cruised to a thirty point victory.
Gavin Baldwin finished with 12 points to lead Nashville in the win. Goforth and Dagner joined Baldwin in double figures with 10 points apiece. Ritzel added eight points while Cole Malawy finished with four points. Donato, Heggemeier and Combs each finished with two points.
In the seventh grade game, the Jr. Hornets took home a 41-19 victory. Combs led the way with 12 points in the win for Nashville, followed by Gajewski with seven points. Brink finished with six points, while Blazier and Heggemeier chipped in five points. Hayden Robinson finished with four points in the win, and Reid finished with two points.
The Jr. Hornets eighth grade team won their sixth grade team with a 43-23 win over Salem on January 7. The Jr. Hornets jumped out to a 17-4 lead, but Salem was able to make a run in the second quarter, and cut the Jr. Hornets lead to just eight points going into halftime. After halftime, the Jr. Hornets put the game away for good, as they outscored Salem 13-2 in the third quarter. In the fourth, the Jr. Hornets cruised to a twenty point win.
Baldwin finished with six points to lead Nashville, followed by Goforth with 12 points. Dagner added eight points, and Ritzel scored seven points in the win.
In the seventh grade game the Jr. Hornets needed overtime to defeat Salem 39-36. After being tied at 33 at the end of the fourth, Nashville was able to just outscore Salem in overtime to pick up the three point win, and moved their record to 17-1.
Heggemeier led Nashville with 12 points, followed by Blazier with nine points. Combs scored seven points in the win, while Brink scored six points. Gajewski finished with five points.