A funeral service with full military honors will be held Saturday, April 24 at 10 a.m. for beloved Montgomery Bell Athletics teacher and rifle coach Lt. Col. Joe Sharbel, who died this week from injuries sustained in a road accident. He was 60.
The service will be held at Cathedral of Incarnation, 2015 West End Avenue and is limited to 300 attendees. A stream will be available at the MBA dining hall, where a celebration of life will begin at 11:30 that morning.
Sharbel, a retired Marine, died Monday after the accident occurred last Friday. Sharbel’s Buell motorcycle was struck when a Ford Escape attempted a left turn into the Kroger parking lot, according to Metro Nashville police’s initial investigation. The other driver, Anna Proctor, was released from Vanderbilt Medical Center with minor injuries.
“The preliminary contributing factor to this fatal crash appears to be Proctor’s failure to yield the right of way,” according to police.
The MBA rifle team last week won its eighth state championship under Sharbel’s watch.
After graduating from Father Ryan and Vanderbilt, Sharbel served 22 years in the military. He joined MBA in 2005 and oversaw construction of the school’s state-of-the-art rifle range.
“We will miss Joe and his work and dedication to teaching and the MBA community,” the school said in a statement on its website. “He was an individual of strong faith and conviction, often writing about his faith, hope, and love for those he cared about. MBA extends its love and sympathy to his wife, Susan, his boys, Ian and Jason, and to the extended Sharbel family.”
Britt, Hutchins earn Gatorade state honors
Lebanon’s Aiden Britt (boys) and Science Hill’s Jenna Hutchins (girls) were named the Tennessee Gatorade Cross Country Players of the Year on Friday.
Hutchins, a junior, won the TSSAA Division I state meet in November with a 16:30.84, more than 90 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. She set a national record at the RunningLane National Championships becoming the first high school girl to break 16:00 in the 5K with a 15:58.42.
Britt, an Ole Miss signee, won the Division I state meet with a 15:29.69. He won six of the seven 5K races he entered and also won the 3,200-meter Memphis Fall Track Classic.
Tears OK after ankle injury
Kavares Tears recovered quickly after a startling moment that left him on the ground during Columbia Academy’s baseball game against Middle Tennessee Christian School on Monday.
The Tennessee signee fortunately had a bruised ankle that improved the next day.
“Yeah, it got better real quick. I just finished batting practice,” Tears said Tuesday. “They cleared me to play today.”
Vols re-offer MBA’s Reed
Montgomery Bell Academy dual-threat quarterback Marcel Reed’s name figures to keep popping up on Southeastern Conference schools’ radars.
Tennessee re-entered the fray Wednesday, with Reed reporting that offensive coordinator Alex Golesh and the Vols extended another offer, seemingly because it had been taken off the table when former head coach Jeremy Pruitt was fired in January.
“After a good conversation with (Golesh), and the new (UT) staff I am glad to be re-offered by UT,” Reed tweeted.
Reed is the son of former Tennessee State coach Rod Reed, who was relieved of his duties this week. Rod Reed’s next step isn’t immediately clear.
His son has risen to the No. 5 player in Tennessee, according to 247Sports, and was upgraded to four-star status last month.
Reed also holds offers from Vanderbilt, Louisville, Alabama, Memphis, Virginia Tech and Penn State, among others.
Metro inducts new HOF members
Metro Nashville Public Schools inducted two classes of hall of famers Thursday, making up for last year’s event that was postponed due to COVID-19.
A virtual ceremony welcomed the 2020 and 2021 classes.
The Class of 2021 inductees are Farrell Owens (posthumous, Cohn High School), Ben W. Jobe (posthumous, Pearl), Derica Baker Dunn (Glencliff) and Wayne Parker (Litton).
The Class of 2020 group had been announced previously: Sandra McMurtry (DuPont High School, posthumous), Daniel “Dan” Peery Eskew (McGavock), Walter Howard Fisher Sr. (Pearl), Larry E. Howse (Glencliff), Mose Phillips, Jr. (Hillsboro), Sean Waller (Hunters Lane), James “Doc” Shelton (Hume-Fogg), Homer “Butch” Stinson (Cohn).
Lady Blaze still raising money for rings
Fans interested in helping Blackman girls basketball pay for their 2021 state championship rings can still do so, coach Jennifer Grandstaff said.
An online fundraiser for the rings has closed, but donations are still being accepted. Interested parties can mail checks to Blackman High School, Lady Blaze Basketball, 3956 Blaze Dr, Murfreesboro, TN 37128.
Battle Ground Academy senior defensive back/wide receiver Kentrez Jordan committed to Birmingham Southern on Wednesday. … Ensworth long-jumper Roland McGee set another school and personal record by jumping 23 feet, 8 inches in the long jump at Ensworth’s meet Wednesday. It’s the third time this year he’s broken both records.