Nashville Sounds manager Rick Sweet now 7th on minor league win list


Nashville Sounds Manager sweet rick climbs on the list of most wins of all time in minor league baseball.

Sweet edged out former Nashville Vols manager larry gilbert seventh on the roster in a 17-7 win over the Louisville Bats on Sunday at First Horizon Park.

Sweet, 69, began his career in 1987 and currently has 2,130 wins. Gilbert, who led the Vols from 1939 to 1949 and spent a total of 25 years as manager, won 2,128. Gilbert, who was also a co-owner of the Nashville franchise, is a member of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.

Next on the list ahead of Sweet in sixth place is Spencer Abbott with 2,180 wins. His career spanned from 1903 to 1947. Johnny Lipon (1959-92) is fifth with 2,185 wins.

The all-time leader is Stan Wasiak (1950-86) with 2,530 wins.

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Sweet began his second stint with the Sounds in 2021. He also managed the team in 2014.

Sweet is also seventh on the Sounds’ all-time win list with 176. He is lucky to move up to fifth place soon with Stump Merrill (1980-81) sixth with 178 and Rock Mackanin (1990-92) fifth with 186.

Sounds’ all-time leader is Trent Jewett with 320. Jewett also had two stints in Nashville – 1998-2000 and 2003-04.

The Sounds are 29-12 heading into a six-game series starting Tuesday in Toledo. They are in first place in the International League East standings.

TSU’s Roar City Tour returns in June

The Tennessee State Roar City Tour hits the road in June with stops in Nashville, Atlanta and Memphis.

The tour was canceled in 2021 due to COVID-19.

Join TSU Athletic Director Mikki Allen at each stop will be football coach Eddie George and the members of his staff, men’s basketball coach Brian “Penny” Collinsfemale basketball coach Ty Evans and director of athletics Chandra Cheeseboro-Guice.

“TSU has an incredibly passionate and loyal fanbase,” Allen said. “This annual tour provides a great opportunity for our coaches and sports staff to interact with alumni, fans and former players in a meaningful way.”

The Nashville stop is June 16 (5:30-8:30 p.m.) at Downtown TSU avon williams Campus at 330 10th Ave. S. in the atrium.

The Atlanta stop is June 21 (4:30-7:30 p.m.) at the White Label Creative Space, 2997 Cumberland Blvd. SE.

The Memphis stop is June 23 (5:30-7:30 p.m.) at Downtown Southbrook, 1212 E. Shelby Drive.

Allen said the tour will expand to other cities in the future.

The Music City Grand Prix needs volunteers

Volunteers are needed for the 2022 Big Machine Music City Grand Prix with the IndyCar Series. The event will take place August 4-7 in downtown Nashville.

The Nashville Sports Council is looking for volunteers to help assist fans, drivers and race officials.

Volunteers must be 16 years old.

The registration fee for volunteering is $50 and covers the cost of uniforms. Volunteers also benefit from parking, transportation and meals during their shifts.

To register or for more information, email MCGPVolunteers@gmail.com or visit Nashville Sports.com.

Belmont great Kerron Johnson joins Bruins staff

Kerron Johnson

Former Belmont basketball player Kerron Johnson joined the Bruins coaching staff.

Johnson, who played from 2010 to 2013, was named director of basketball operations to replace Mick Hedgepethwho was hired as a coach at Berry College.

Johnson, a point guard who has spent the past nine seasons playing professionally in Germany, is one of the most decorated players in Belmont history.

He was named Most Valuable Player in two conference tournaments – 2012 Atlantic Sun and 2013 OVC.

Johnson led Belmont to the conference championships for four consecutive seasons, including trips to the NCAA Tournament in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

He ranks among Belmont’s career leaders in points (1,388), assists (515), steals (206) and free throws made (511).

Johnson was inducted into the Belmont Athletic Hall of Fame in 2021.

Missouri basketball’s Durugordon traded to Austin Peay

Sean Durugordon

Sean Durugordonwho spent part of his freshman season on the Missouri basketball team, is traded to Austin Peay.

The 6-foot-5 Queens, New York forward played 12 games at Missouri before entering the transfer gate in January. He scored a total of nine points.

Durugordon was a three-star prospect who also had offers from Arizona State, Auburn and Seton Hall.

Peggy Williams, member of TSU’s first track team, dies at 98

peggy williamsPearl High graduate and member of TSU’s first women’s track and field team, died May 9. She was 98 years old.

Williams was featured in the TSU sports history book “A Will To Win” for being one of seven women in 1943 who responded to a sign on a bulletin board in the school auditorium , she said invited, “any girls” who wanted to go out for the track to show up and bring shorts, a t-shirt and tennis shoes.”

The sign had been placed there by Jessie Abbottwho president of TSU Walter S. Davis had hired to start the women’s track and field team.

Williams then spent 39 years at TSU as an associate professor of health, physical education, and recreation.

Austin Peay’s Alexander up for National Receiver of the Year Award

jack alexander

Austin Peay senior receiver jack alexandera transfer from Notre Dame, was named a semi-finalist for the Buster Posey National College Receiver of the Year Award.

Alexander is Austin Peay’s first receiver to be a semi-finalist for the award.

The finalists will be announced on June 7 and a final vote in the National Committee will take place at the College World Series.

Alexander, who moved to Austin Peay in 2021, caught 401.1 of the team’s 472.1 innings pitched in the regular season. He caught 23 runners stealing and had seven double plays.

Alexander was also Austin Peay’s offensive leader with a .348 batting average, 13 homers and 54 RBIs.

The Jason Foundation changes the image of the golf tournament

The annual Jason Foundation golf tournament was renamed in honor of former Tennessee football coach and athletic director Phil Fulmer, left, and Chuck Dowell, founder and CEO of Wesley Financial Group and Wesley Mortgage.

The Jason Foundation has renamed its annual golf tournament fundraiser Phillip Fulmer and Chuck McDowell Golf classic.

The tournament, formerly the Phillip Fulmer and Charlie Daniels Golf Classic, will continue to honor the late Daniels in 2020.

The announcement coincides with May, Mental Health Awareness Month. The tournament will take place on August 30 at the Hermitage Golf Course.

The tournament represents the largest and only annual fundraiser for the nationally recognized leader in suicide prevention.

Fulmer, a former football coach and athletic director for the Tennessee Flights, has maintained his role as national spokesperson for the Jason Foundation since 1998 and has hosted the tournament each year.

McDowell is the founder and CEO of Wesley Financial Group and Wesley Mortgage based in Middle Tennessee. He is an entrepreneur who has spent much of his career providing services that have positively impacted tens of thousands of families.

“Charlie was a strong supporter of our mission and will always hold a special place in the history of the Jason Foundation,” said clark flatt, president of the Jason Foundation. “That being said, we look forward to the energy and passion that Chuck brings. We plan to remember Charlie, while creating a tournament he would be proud of.

To register for the tournament, visit jasonfoundation.com.

TSU’S Durley signs with Winnipeg

Former Tennessee State offensive tackle Cam Durley has signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Former TSU offensive tackle Cam Durley signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League.

Durley, at 6-6, 320 pounds, traded from Kansas in 2019. The Houston native was a three-year starter at TSU.

Durley played right and left tackle and made the All-OVC team in 2021.

He also performed well at the first HBCU combine in January in South Alabama.

Additionally, former TSU defensive backs cory rahman and Eddie Graham signed free agent deals with the USFL’s Michigan Panthers.

Panthers Coach Jeff Fisher, a former Tennessee Titans coach, spent last season as a senior staff adviser at TSU.

Rahman, who was a second-team All-OVC, recently spent time at the Miami Dolphins minicamp.

Graham had 35 total tackles, two interceptions and had a team-high five assists.

Fisk adds gymnastics recruiting coordinator

New gymnastics coach Fisk Corrine Tarver hiring India Anderson as a recruitment coordinator.

Anderson, who has spent the past three seasons on the staff of Ursinus College, will also serve as the lead jump and floor drill coach for the program, which will have its inaugural season in 2023.

Anderson, a native of Allendale, South Carolina, competed at Temple, where she earned All-ECAC first-team honors on the floor in 2019. As a senior co-captain, she was named a specialist in the ECAC of the year and was instrumental in leading the Owls. to their first ECAC championship in program history.

Glencliff Golf Tournament in June

The 2022 Glencliff High Alumi Golf Outing will take place on June 8 with a 10 a.m. tee time at the Nashboro Village Golf Course.

The cost is $75 per golfer and includes a cart and a goodie bag.

Mail payments to Glencliff High School, 160 Antioch Pike, 37211 Attention Alumni Golf Outing. Payments are due by June 1.

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