published Friday, June 24th, 2011

Bucs’ Tyler Garner signs with Tigers

Boyd-Buchanan shortstop Tyler Garner will sign a baseball scholarship today with Chattanooga State. “Tyler is all about baseball and Chattanooga State is a good place for him to go. Coach [Greg] Dennis’ reputation for being strong on fundamentals and for being a hard-nosed guy should make for a great fit,” Buccaneers coach Josh Rider said. “I think Tyler will be a tough out and once he gets on base his speed should be a great asset. As a shortstop he covers a lot of ground and has a plus arm.” Garner hit .486 with five triples, 11 doubles and 37 RBIs. He also scored 46 runs and stole 52 bases. As a pitcher he was 8-2 with 92 strikeouts and a 1.61 ERA.

n Johnny Burch has been hired as baseball coach at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School, according to athletic director Todd Windham. Burch, an assistant under Tony Ellis last season, also served as wrestling coach for the Warriors. Windham said Ellis resigned so he could spend more time with his family and the Lady Warriors’ softball team. “I knew it would be a difficult task and I appreciate him being honest in that the program needed more attention,” Windham said. “We feel very good about Johnny. He knows the lay of the land here and he’s already been able to hit the ground running with summer workouts.”

TRACK & FIELD

• EUGENE, Ore. — Former Tennessee runner Phoebe Wright of Signal Mountain won her heat in the first round of the women’s 800 meters on Thursday night at the U.S. Track & Field Championships. Wright, an All-American at UT, finished with a time of 2:03.42 to edge North Dakota State’s Christine Schmaltz, who was second in heat four at 2:03.52. Wright had the fastest 800 meter time of all four heats, and she advances to the second round in the 800 meter competition.

GOLF

• VONORE, Tenn. — Two local pairings are one shot back after the first day of golfing action Thursday in the 41st Four-Ball Championships at Tellico Village’s Links at Kahite course. Chattanoogans Matt Robertson and Sam Bedwell are among five teams at 7-under-par 65, along with Chattanooga’s Ryan Thornton and Athens’ McKeehnon Rue. Knoxville’s Scott Smith and John Thomas carded nine birdies and one bogey on the way to the first-round lead. Germantown’s Dennis Vaughn and Franklin’s Doug Harris lead the 18th Senior Four-Ball Championships by two strokes with a 65 and they are the defending champions. The final rounds of stroke-play qualifying are today. The championships move to match play Saturday.

• ATHENS, Ga. — Former Baylor School golfer Harris English was one of three University of Georgia golfers to earn All-America honors on Thursday. English was a second-team selection by PING and the Golf Coaches Association of America, and a third-team selection by Golfweek magazine. Harris’ UGA teammates Russell Henley and Hudson Swofford were honorable mention selections by PING and GCAA, and Henly was a Golfweek honorable mention.

SOFTBALL

• Chattanooga State outfielder London Germ has signed a letter of intent to play softball at Appalachian Athletic Conference member Reinhardt University in Waleska, Ga. Germ, who attended Creekview High School in Canton, Ga., played last season at Chattanooga State (44-14) and batted .430, scored 38 runs and drove in 26. She has three years of eligibility remaining. “I knew Reinhardt had a good softball program,” Germ said in a news release. “Reinhardt is somewhere where I can get a good education and succeed on the field as well.”

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