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2017 Class of Metro Nashville Basketball Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

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NASHVILLE – The Metro Nashville Basketball Hall of Fall Induction dinner is a long standing tradition that can be summed up by one of this year’s final statement made by Mike Tribue, the 2017 Administrator, “I am always going to love you, and there is nothing you can do about it.”

If there is one unifying sentiment between all of the men and women coaches who gathered to celebrate former Hall of Fame coaches, administrators and players and current administrators, coaches and players – it is that we share a love for each other once the competitions are over, and that love is the love of a family.

 

Magician Steven Bargatze wows audience at the Basketball Hall of Fame dinner April 13, 2017. (picture Sasha Conatser)

Each year, following the dinner, an entertainer or a guest speaker or  joins the group of coaches, dignitaries, and players. This year Steven Bargatze, The Magician who also is a member of the Tennessee Secondary Sports Athletics Association board entertained the group with humor, pithy jokes and a story that that the students could relate to. His message is clear and approachable by young people and old alike. If I can do this, there is nothing we all can’t do. He was the delight of the evening.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame for the class of 2017 were:

James “Jim” Barr – Contributor,  presented to him by Dr. Linda Miller

Dr. John Younger – Administrator, presented to him by Dr. Wayne Parker

Dr. Michael Tribue – Administrator, presented to him by Joann Tribue and Marlin Simms

The Presentation of the awards were led by Hall of Fame President, Dr. Steve Chauncy and Metro Nashville Public Schools Athletics Director, Roosevelt Sanders.

On Thursday evening, MNPS basketball coaches gathered together at the State Fairgrounds as they do annually to celebrate the accomplishments of the recently completed season, and honor those who have excelled in their field.

Dr. Chauncy, Executive Principal at Hillwood and President of the Metro Basketball Association opened the evening by welcoming all who had gathered to celebrate the inductees, the coaches of the year and the District Players of the Year.

He took a moment to share a heart felt, emotional moment on the game of basketball, and shared a video from the early days of basketball, tying together the importance of coaching not just for the sake of winning, but for the sake of building character.  Michael Tribue led the Invocation for the dinner which included the State Fair’s winning banana pudding.

(l-R)John Younger, Mike Tribue, and Jim Barr frame hold their gold ball awards given in honor of each being inducted into the MNPS Basketball Association Hall of Fame. The large plague contains past honorees who have previously been inducted as a Coach, Administrator or Contributior (photo – Sasha Conatser)

Before the All Metro Teams were announced, Roosevelt Sanders and Dr. Chauncy unveiled a special new award plaque that would contain the names of all of the contributors, administrators, and coaches who have previously been inducted into the Hall of Fame.

As a group, the members of the Metro Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame vote on who will represent the newest class of inductees and determine who will earn a bid to the Mid-State basketball team.

The plaque will be on display in the Central Office for all to see throughout the year.


 

Following the Hall of Fame Induction, Nashville All-Metro Teams were announced.

Class AA Girls 2016-2017 All Metro Team

Class AA All Metro Team 2017

East Nashville: Kyra Trice, Erica Haynes-Overton

Hume-Fogg Magnet: Katelyn Fencl

Maplewood:  Arielle Beard

Pearl Cohn: Janiah Sandifer , Shawnta Shaw

Stratford : Lamontazia Blair

Whites Creek: Jailyn Scales


Class AA Boys 2016-2017 All Metro Team

Class AA All Metro Team 2017

East Nashville: Marques Whitmon

Hume Fogg: Jontae Meadows

Maplewood: Bo Hodges, Robert Wilcox, Hass Littlepage

Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet: Trinity Carney

Pearl Cohn William Shaw

Stratford : Donald Fitzgerald

Whites Creek : Ruot Monyyong, Jaquan Brooks, Isaiah Bowers

 


Class AAA Girls 2016-2017 All Metro Team

Class AAA Girls All Metro Team

Antioch: Aniyah bailey, Dominique Lee, Areyanna Majors

Cane Ridge: Sydnie Ward, Brook Smith, Alex Neal

Glencliff : Asia Taylor

Hillsboro: Devon Burns, Dorie Harrison, Destiny Patrick

Hillwood: Bailee Boswell

Hunters Lane: Trenia Hancock

McGavock: Jasmine Bennett

Overton: Annastacia Anderson

 

 


Class AAA Boy 2016-2017 All Metro Team

Class AAA Boys All Metro Team 2017

Antioch: Jeremiah Alexander, Billy Balogun, Bakri Gubara

Cane Ridge: Damion Baugh, David Smith, Jr., Bryce Woods

Glencliff: Kejuan Elliot

Hillsboro: Kobe Reeves

Hillwood: Brandon Allen

Hunters Lane: Greg McDonald

McGavock: Marvin Hughes

 

 


Meet Inductee Mr. Jim Barr

Jim Barr, coach, official and track guru could be inducted as a coach or a contributor, though he was chosen to be inducted under the heading “contributor.”

Once a track coach at Maplewood High School and other schools, it is his contributions to the creation, development and running of one of Nashville’s premier track events that led the committee to select Coach Barr.

Roosevelt Sanders presents Jim Barr his Hall of Fame award for his induction into the 2017 class of the  MNPS Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor, April 13, 2017 at Wilson Hall on the Tennessee State Fair Grounds.

He resume of accomplished, presented by Dr. Linda Martin, was impressive but his work with Junior Ward creating the Doug Hall relay’s has given Nashville an historic track  tradition that will carry on long after many of the coaches are gone. “During the winter of 1986-87, Jim Barr, then the athletic director and track coach of Maplewood High School, met with Mike Drake, then the assistant headmaster and a track coach at Montgomery Bell Academy. Jim proposed to Mike that he would like to start a new relays type track meet for the Nashville community and would like to form a partnership with MBA to host the meet (from the History of the Doug Hall relays; MBA).

A tradition carried forth to this day is that each participant will a awarded Doug Hall Relay’s t-shirts for all  relay teams that placed and two team trophies would be given in each category.

A most valuable athlete award would be given for track and for field.

The first Doug Hall Relays was held on April 4, 1987. An unusual late winter storm struck on Friday of that weekend creating extremely cold temperatures. The first Doug Hall Relays went off with a high temperature of 45 degrees and windy. Even with the uncomfortable temperatures, the meet was a big success and the Doug Hall Relays was born.


Meet Inductee John Younger

 John Younger, like most administrators inducted into the Metro Basketball Hall of Fame, have devoted serious years to their craft as a teach and a coach. Dr. Younger spent 33 years as an administrator in both the public and private sector beginning his career at Hillsboro and Isaac Litton High School and finishing as the Head Master at FRA.

Roosevelt Sanders presents John Younger his Hall of Fame award for his induction into the 2017 class of the  MNPS Basketball Hall of Fame as an administrator, April 13, 2017 at Wilson Hall on the Tennessee State Fair Grounds.

In 1965, he left coaching football and track and entered the world of administration starting his first executive principalship in 1967 at Bellevue High School. In 1978, he moved the Central Office and began a career as several different superintendents such as Business Services and Accounting. In 1994, he joined the Franklin Road Academy Board of Trustees.

He continues to serve on boards that service public schools such as the Pencil Foundation.


Meet Inductee Mike Tribue

Mike Tribue is a coach and an administrator that easily could have been inducted into either category. Coach Tribue shared at the podium that it was his desire to be the head football coach of a high school football team, but the closest he was ever going to get was being the Execuative Principal for McGavock High School – and that  was pretty darn fun.

He hasn’t strayed too far from the coaching duties, however. As a retired Metro Nashville admin, he continues to support his wife, Joann Tribue, the head coach of the Girls Basketball Team at Cane Ridge High School by sitting on her bench offering advice when it is asked for. Coach Tribue explained, “he is my support system and back up, and I know he’s there to have my 6 when I need him.”

Roosevelt Sanders presents Mike Tribue his Hall of Fame award for his induction into the 2017 class of the  MNPS Basketball Hall of Fame as an administrator, April 13, 2017 at Wilson Hall on the Tennessee State Fair Grounds.

Coach Marlin Simms, who also has Mike Tribue sitting with him as assistant coach on the Cane Ridge Boys team, utilizes Coach Tribue’s skills more decisively. As a younger coach, he views the retired coach and administrator as his mentor, expecting him to speak up with advice. Joann, his wife, not so much.

All three inductees share a specific love for one aspect of public education, they are devoted to making it work, and to make it work specifically for the students. It is a unique and rare moment when three inductees are all inducted into a Hall of Fame whose objective is to create moments for students that are a lasting memory.

Coaches, are strategist for the game. Administrators and contributors are strategists for events that allow coaches and players to do what they do. Without the devotion to planning, funding and longevity of such events, it is absolutely conceivable events such as track meets, basketball tournaments, and football games might ever take place.

And just as the members who had passed on are still honored and such events, it is important to tell the stories of why these honors and traditions exist.

2016-2017 Metro Basketball Association Coaches of the Year

Sandra Bailey  Pearl Cohn 10 AA Girls  2016- 2017 Coach of the Year. Presenting the award on April 13, 2017 at Wilson Hall is Director of Athletics for MNPS, Roosevelt Sanders.

 

Ty Wilson, Class AA Boys 2016-2017 Coach of the Year. Presenting the award on April 13, 2017 at Wilson Hall is Director of Athletics for MNPS, Roosevelt Sanders.

 

Casey Smith Antioch 12 AAA Boys 2016-2017 Coach of the Year  Presenting the award on April 13, 2017 at Wilson Hall is Director of Athletics for MNPS, Roosevelt Sanders.

Cherish Springfield Hillsboro 12 AAA Girls 2016-2017 Coach of the  Year  Presenting the award on April 13, 2017 at Wilson Hall is Director of Athletics for MNPS, Roosevelt Sanders.

 

 

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