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Collierville Weekly PREP WRESTLING

Bound for state

Collierville takes region title with win over Bartlett

Anna Melvin, a Briarcrest alumna, received a golden ticket at her recent “American Idol” audition.


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Collierville made sure it clinched a return engagement to this weekend’s Division 1 Dual State Wrestling Championships, knocking off host Arlington 38-30 in the region semifinals and Bartlett 3831 in the region finals last Friday. It was still a historic night for the Panthers, who claimed their first trip to state dual championships in Franklin. Bartlett reached the regional finals with a 42-28 semifinal win over Houston. INSIDE Seniors Cameron More photos Tarver (182), Nathan from Friday’s Hale (220) and Mitchregion wrestling ell Nguyen (120) got tournament. 8 pins in the championship match to help the Dragons (21-5) to their second straight regional title. Tarver scored pins in both his matches — a 180-degree turnaround from a poor showing in last year’s regional event. “They got all these pictures of me in tears,” he said. “Not this year. I worked all summer to get better, and stronger.” Collierville senior heavyweight Tres Ring, who is one of just three area wrestlers in the latest state individual rankings on, got a pin in the first match and won by forfeit in the championship round. “You want to get through this quick as possible, because you know next week is going to be very tough,” said the sixthranked Ring, who is hoping for an appointment to the Naval Academy. “But we’ve done the work in the weight room this past year, and it’s showed.” The draw had the match starting with the 170-pound class — going right into the teeth of the Dragons’ strength. Collierville won the first five matches, including the pins by Tarver and Hale for a 29-0 lead. Collierville mathematically sewed up the match with a decision by Matthew Richardson (145) and forfeited the final two matches. “Our seniors stepped up tonight, and we’re hoping we can show ourselves well in the state competitions,” said Collierville coach Tom Graham as the Dragons prepare for their ninth state duals appearance.

Melvin earns golden ticket to Hollywood By Beth Rooks Special to The Weekly


In the closest match of the region finals, Collierville’s Joe Falls edges Bartlett’s Nicholas Wilson, 6-4, in the 195-pound division. Both teams advance to the state duals tournament.

Senior Alex Carroll (113) got the Panthers on the board with the first of Bartlett’s two pins on the night. “I wanted to go out with a bang,” Carroll said. “And now we’re in the history books. I’ve been saying since July I thought this team could get to state.” David Thomas (126) also got a pin for the Panthers, while Kris Bledsoe (138) got a technical pin with an 18-3 deci

STATE TOURNAMENT DETAILS Where: Williamson County Agricultural Expo Arena in Franklin, Tenn. When: Friday and Saturday First-round matchups: Division 1, Collierville vs. Brentwood, Bartlett vs. Knoxville Halls. Division 2, CBHS vs. McCallie, SBA vs. MBA and BCS vs. Baylor.


During a recent episode of “American Idol,” Briarcrest alumna Anna Melvin got her big break when she auditioned on the popular singing competition. She was awarded a golden ticket to move on to Hollywood and will compete for a spot on the show. Melvin, a senior at the University of Memphis, is in her fifth year with Sound Fuzion, a dynamic band at U of M. It wasn’t until she was singing at the Memphis Mid-South Fair several years ago that Melvin discovered her love of performing. The last several years, Melvin has honed her skills on any stage she could. She has starred in several musicals at Briarcrest, performed at fairs, rodeos, professional baseball games, the National Women’s Republican luncheon and was honored to open for country music legend Earl Thomas Conley. Three years ago, Melvin was a semifinalist for “The Voice” and made it to the Hollywood round last year as a semifinalist for “American Idol.” Melvin plans to move to Nashville after graduation to pursue a career in music. Beth Rooks is the director of communications with Briarcrest.

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‘Little Mermaid JR’ to make a splash at ECS

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Evangelical Christian School’s Middle School production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid JR.” will run Thursday and Friday. A one-act retelling of the popular Broadway musical “The Little Mermaid,” the show casts 34 children and 10 high schoolers on the backstage crew. Middle school principal Chuck Smith stars as King Triton. Colorful costumes, familiar tunes and a giant mobile costume for antagonist Ursula will delight adults and children of all ages. Starring as Ariel is eighth-grader Amelia Beckham of Germantown.

Ellie Kate Forrester stars as “Ursula” in ECS’ production of “The Little Mermaid JR.” on Thursday and Friday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students.

Beckham recently played as teen Fiona in New Day Children’s Theatre’s production of “Shrek the Musical”. Awarded first chair in the 2013 All West Junior

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cess in such a classic fairy tale.” General admission tickets for ECS’s middle school production of “Little Mermaid JR.” are available at the door before the 7 p.m. showings. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students. The exceptional talent in performing arts is an important factor in the planned expansion of the school’s fine arts department. The renovation, commencing this spring, will include soundproof practice rooms for theater arts and instrumental/vocal music. The visual arts suite will be overhauled with a new area dedicated to ceramics and an updated drawing space.

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