published Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Top Austria junior to play golf at UTC

Just as she’s losing one standout from Austria, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s golf coach Colette Murray is getting another one. Michaela Gasplmayr, regarded as one of the two top junior players to come out of the European country this year, has signed to play for the Mocs, in effect replacing graduated compatriot Christine Wolf. “I’ve been told that she is a little ahead of where Christine was at the same age, so I know we are getting a player,” Murray said in a UTC release Monday. “He junior resume is strong. She’s won a ladies’ amateur event and qualified for a Ladies European Tour event.” Gasplmayr won the 2010 Russian Ladies Amateur at Moscow and missed the cut but shot a second-round 73 in the 2010 UNIQZ Ladies Golf Open. This year she has tied for eighth at the South African World Junior and 12th at the Austrian International Amateur. She joins Mette Kryger from Denmark in UTC’s 2011 signing class.

Fishing

  • Michael Neal of Dayton won the Bass Fishing League Choo Choo Division tournament Saturday on Lake Guntersville with five bass totaling 24 pounds, 12 ounces. That earned him $4,472 plus a $2,000 Ranger Cup bonus. Jason Atkins of Section, Ala., was second among the boaters with 21-11, good for $2,236, and Hixson’s Brent Brady was fourth with 19-9 and got $1,043. Rodney Hill of Decherd was eighth with 17-15. Kibbee McCoy of Crossville and Kevin Shrader of Valley Head tied for second among the co-anglers with 17-8 totals, good for $931 each. Ringgold’s Jett Loach was fifth with 16-11, and Winchester’s David Johnson and Chris Holland were eighth and ninth with 15-10 and 15-4.

Softball

  • The University of Tennessee softball team, co-coached by former UTC coaches Ralph and Karen Weekly with native Chattanoogan Marty McDaniel as an assistant and former GPS standouts Whitney Hammond and Tory Lewis among the players, is ranked seventh but seeded 14th nationally going into the NCAA regional it is hosting Friday through Sunday. The Lady Vols (47-10) will play Big South tournament champion Liberty (30-28) at about 6:30 p.m. Friday after ACC regular-season champion Georgia Tech (44-10) and Oklahoma State (37-17) meet at 4. UTC is facing Memphis in the regional being hosted by Alabama; the Lady Mocs are seeded second and playing third-seeded Memphis in their Friday opener.

  • Senior outfielder Leah Price from Rhea County and sophomore catcher Bri Shoemake from Ooltewah joined junior pitcher Mary Shealy from Carson-Newman on the NCAA Division II Daktronics All-Southeast Region first team announced Monday. Also making the team was Lenoir-Rhyne pitcher Dawon Millwood from Hixson, who beat Carson-Newman 2-1 in the South Atlantic Conference tournament final Sunday. Millwood, who allowed three hits in that game, is 27-4. Shoemake batted .397 with 11 home runs, 41 RBIs and a team-high 77 hits, and Price led the Lady Eagles with a .401 batting average and 30 stolen bases.

Rowing

  • McCallie won its second consecutive USRowing Southeast Region men’s championship this past weekend on Lake Lanier at Gainesville, Ga., and Chattanooga Junior Rowing’s Payton Smith and Sarah Anderson won the women’s lightweight double sculls by 14 seconds. More than 40 clubs from seven states took part. Smith passed up her Arts & Sciences commencement ceremony to compete; Anderson is a Notre Dame senior. Four other CJR boats finished fifth in the national youth qualifying regatta. McCallie’s second varsity 8, second novice 8 and second novice 4 had first-place finishes, and the second novice 4 boat was a runner-up. The Blue Tornado varsity 8 qualified again for the national regatta with a third-place finish, matched by the novice 8.

Diving

  • The Baylor Diving Club’s Emily Pelletier and Marissa Roth finished first and second in 3-meter and first and third in 1-meter in the girls’ 14-15 age group at the recent Southeastern AAU Championships at Hoover, Ala., and the club’s John Eric Harrington won the master men’s 1- and 3-meter events. Eva Binder was first in 11-under girls’ 1-meter and second in 3-meter, and teammates Megan Burnette and Olivia Bettis were third and fourth in 1-meter. Madison McCoon was second in 14-15 boys’ 1- and 3-meter, Benjamin Workinger was second in both in 12-13 boys, and Sherry Horton was second in master women’s 1-meter. Autumn Rainey was fifth in 12-13 girls’ 1-meter. The top three in each event qualified for the AAU nationals July 19-26 in Riverside, Calif.

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