published Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Bryan’s Harper 10th in NAIA race

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Bryan College senior Bryson Harper from Sequatchie County High School finished 10th in the NAIA national cross country meet Saturday at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, and the Lions finished 11th out of 32 teams. Harper covered the eight kilometers in 24 minutes, 19 seconds. Lee University’s Maggie Opelt joined him with All-America status with a 21st-place 18:15 finish in the women’s 5k, where the Lady Flames were 27th. Tennessee Wesleyan’s Sarah Birgen was 65th in 19:07, and Lee’s Cayce Bryan was 99th. Bryan junior Jason McLeod and freshman Connor Hatfield were 40th and 59th in the men’s race in 25:07 and 25:23. “Our top three guys were amazing,” Lions coach Rodney Stoker said. “To be 11th in the country, these guys are putting us on the map, and we’re only losing Bryson and bringing in a good recruiting class.”

• Former Lee University and Walker Valley High School runner Caleb Morgan won the Jingle Bell Run 5k in Chattanooga by more than three minutes with his 16:05 time Saturday. Signal Mountain’s Emily Cooper was the women’s winner and fourth overall in 19:57.

Baseball

• Outfielder Alex Castellanos, who completed the 2011 baseball season with the Chattanooga Lookouts after being traded from the St. Louis Cardinals to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Rafael Furcal deal on July 31, made the nationwide 10-player Topps Double-A All-Star Team announced this past week. The 25-year-old from Miami finished third in Class AA with his two-team total of 102 runs scored, and he was fourth in slugging percentage (.573) and OPS (.958). He batted .320 for the year with 23 home runs and 85 RBIs. The only other Southern League player chosen was Mobile first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, who had 30 homers, 82 RBIs and Double-A highs of .435 on-base percentage, .626 slugging and 1.061 OPS

Soccer

• CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The three-time defending national champion Lee University women’s soccer team is going back to Decatur, Ala., for the Nov. 28 gathering of the NAIA’s final 16. The second-ranked and third-seeded Lady Flames beat first-time participant Reinhardt 3-0 in the opening round Saturday, as Leah Fortune and Ashley Aragona headed in crosses from Amy Cochran before Rachael Nasralla scored from a Fortune assist. Lee (19-2) outshot Reinhardt (14-4-2) 29-3; the Eagles’ Kaleigh Clarke made 14 saves.

• OAKLAND CITY, Ind. — The Covenant College men’s soccer team ended its season Saturday with a 1-0 overtime loss to host Oakland City (11-5-1) in the National Christian College Athletic Association Mid-East Region final. John Eger made nine saves for the Scots (8-10-2), who played without two injured starters and were outshot 23-3. Carlos Gastano got one by Eger at 98:40.

• NASHVILLE — Despite being outshot 11-4, Asbury edged Covenant 2-1 in the NCCAA Mid-East Region women’s soccer final Saturday. After Kara Lee’s tying goal for the Lady Scots (10-9-2) at 29:33, they gave up an own goal at 38:48 and no one scored again. Asbury is 13-8-1.

Tennis

• SARASOTA, Fla. — Chattanoogans Zan and Jeff Guerry, the fourth seeds, lost Saturday to the top-seeded pair in the semifinals of the USTA National Senior Father-Son Clay Court Championships at Landings Racquet Club. Chris Parker of Atlanta and Jimmy Parker of Santa Fe, N.M., prevailed 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 against the Guerrys, who will play the third seeds for third place at 9 this morning.

General

• The Chattanooga Quarterback Club will not meet today but will have UTC men’s basketball coach John Shulman as the guest speaker for its Nov. 28 noon luncheon meeting at Finley Stadium, and the public is invited. Attendance costs $10 with a meal, $4 without.

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