TSD Memphis



From hoops star to lawyer to broadcaster Len Elmore: The ‘March Madness’ interview

Long associated with March Madness, Len Elmore is appearing on CBS for his 12th season as an analyst during the network’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship coverage.


Will Barton nets C-USA honor


University of Memphis sophomore guard Will Barton has been named the Conference USA Player of the Year for the 2011-12 season.


Champ shoes fit the Tigers!


Over the last week, the clouds have parted for Memphis and the future is looking much brighter for the Tigers. Yet, they are not completely out of the storm.


At 95, American Tennis Association still serving its core audience


African Americans in tennis is a story that needs to be told, and telling that story has been the mission of the American Tennis Association (ATA) since its inception in the early twentieth century.


Cloudy future for Tigers but they control the weather


Many Memphis fans are trying to deal with the harsh reality that this season has not stacked up to lofty expectations.


New ‘big’ Speights helps Grizz fill Zbo gap


It was tip-off time at FedExForum on Tuesday (Feb. 21) and the Memphis Grizzlies’ starting lineup included forward Marreese Speights.


Grizz in good standing at the half-season break


Thirty-two – that’s how many games remain for the Memphis Grizzlies after Tuesday’s 89-76 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers at FedExForum. The first half of the NBA season is over.


Corry Lady Eagles net Small Division crown

The girl’s basketball team at Corry Middle School made history last week in the Tennessee Middle School Athletic Association record books, winning the small division West Tennessee Sectional Championship.


Lester brings championship luster home to Binghampton

When the championship is on the line, the margin of victory is irrelevant. A point victory is just as sweet as a blowout. Ask the Lester Lions about that.


Big win, big new conference for the Tigers

For the University of Memphis, the word of the week is conference. Conference! Conference! Conference!


Grizz beat fatigue and the Timberwolves


On the painful side of a three-game skid, the Memphis Grizzlies took care of business at home against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday (Feb. 8).


Conference title hopes now dangling for Tigers

Roll back the calendar a week and Memphis was slated to square off against two of the top teams in Conference USA.


‘Old’ flame of success burning bright at Cypress Middle School

by Andre Mitchell
Special to the Tri-State Defender

Since the school opened in 1967, winning has been a major part of the sports tradition and legacy at Cypress Middle School, a North Memphis icon.

 The Lady Timberwolves of Cypress Middle School reached the halfway point of the season undefeated in small school division Area 1-A. (Courtesy photos)
 The Timberwolves ride a 12-1 record into the second half of the season at Cypress Middle School.

Back in the day, students enrolled at Cypress Junior High School were treated to a feast of success, especially in athletics. It did not matter what the sport, often times, Cypress was sure to perform extremely well.

With the first half of the middle school basketball season complete, teams are now heading down the stretch and looking to place themselves in the best position for the post season. This season both the boy’s and girl’s basketball teams at Cypress have done an excellent job building on tradition. The young Lady Timberwolves squad is currently undefeated in small school division Area 1-A, and the boy’s only have one blemish on their record after thirteen games.

Each team has the skill and talent to run deep into the post season and possibly all the way to the city championship.

Coach Paul Henderson leads the Lady Timberwolves in his fifth year at the helm. He said the biggest challenge he faces with his squad is trying to keep his girls focused on the importance of doing well in class, in their extra curricular activities and in life.

The boys are led by Coach Jason Johnson, who, in his second year at Cypress, has helped put the program back on track. Coach Johnson has his hands full with making sure his team does what they are supposed to do in the classroom and outside of the classroom as well. He notes that he has a team of guys who like one another and who don’t mind doing whatever it takes to win.

While Henderson and Johnson each are delighted that their team is doing well, each is thrilled that the other’s team is clicking. That sentiment is also part of the Cypress tradition.

Middle Schools news and notes

The first half of the 2011-12 middle school basketball season is complete. Many of the 17 large division and 22 small division middle school teams have already competed against their league opponents at least once. Several Memphis-area boy’s and girl’s teams have gotten off to a terrific start this season.

In the girl’s large division:

Hickory Ridge (Area 2) and Snowden (Area 1) both lead the charge in their respective divisions as undefeated teams. Other teams to watch for: Craigmont, Cordova, and American Way.

In the girl’s small division:

Lester and Cypress are the teams to beat. Other teams to watch: J.P. Freeman, Geeter, Vance, and Corry.

In the boy’s large division:

Craigmont, Kingsbury, Snowden, Ridgeway, American Way, Havenview all could be in the thick of things at season’s end.

In the boy’s small division:

Cypress, Lester, Sherwood, Hamilton, J.P. Freeman, Airways, Riverview and Southside all prepare to tip-off for the remainder of regular-season league play. The second half of the season is significant to team momentum and post-season tournament seeding. Although the teams to watch are favored and expected to do well, there are no guarantees except that one team will hoist the championship plaque or trophy at the end.