SOMERSET, Ky. — Boyd’s Speedway and Cleveland Speedway will host the final two races in the STARS Volunteer Racing Series for dirt-track racers on Sept. 16 and 17. The finale will be the eighth annual Jimmy Mowery Memorial triple-20-lapper event at Cleveland, series organizers announced Thursday. Ross White from the Knoxville area and Eric Jacobsen from California will be among the STARS and CARS standouts doing battle at the two Chattanooga-area tracks. “We are incredibly excited to visit the Cleveland Speedway on September 17th for what is sure to be an awesome finale weekend at two very racy racetracks,” series president Chris Tilley said in the announcement release. “What better way to end the points chase than at a historic East Tennessee track.”
• COOKEVILLE, Tenn. — Crossville’s Greg Wyatt tied for fourth among the professionals with a 3-under-par 69 in the Bobby Nichols Ironwood Classic held Friday at the Ironwood Golf Course. It included 47 pros and amateurs from throughout the state, and Johan Kok from Temple Hills Country Club won $1,000 with his first-place 66. The best score of the day was Richard Spraker’s 65 in the senior pro division, good for $800; he had a 31 on his second nine. Bob Clark of Cordova repeated as the senior amateur winner with a 67, and Cookeville’s Tim Richardson was the regular amateur victor with a 70.
• Brittney Daughtry became the first female student of the Georgia School for the Deaf to sign to play a college sport when she joined the Georgnia Northwestern Technical College women’s basketball program. Daughtry, a 5-foot-10 forward originally from Sylvania, Ga., is majoring in early childhood education at the two-year college after finishing her career at the K-12 school in Cave Spring. She started playing basketball when she was 8 years old and is a former most valuable player of the Mason-Dixon regional tournament for schools for the deaf on the Eastern Seaboard. “Brittney is a great motivator on and off the court,” GSD coach Danny Woolmaker said in a GNTC release.
• FLORENCE, S.C. — Carson-Newman College setters Kristen Pickett from Cleveland High School and Courtney Lawson from Red Bank divided 28 assists as the Lady Eagles began their season with a 25-23, 25-14, 26-24 win over Belmont Abbey in the Francis Marion tournament Friday. Outside hitter Rachel Harper from Boyd-Buchanan is another freshman besides Pickett on the Carson-Newman team; Lawson is a sophomore.
• Coach Michele Dombrowski had an excellent season with her Sewanee women’s lacrosse team in the spring. Her fall sport starts this weekend with the field hockey Tigers facing Ohio Wesleyan at 11 this morning in Delaware, Ohio, and then taking on Denison at noon Sunday in Granville, Ohio. Junior forward Molly Kennedy is one of the leaders for Sewanee, which lost all-region player Caroline Carlin from last year’s 7-12 team. Forward Elise Landau is the Tigers’ only senior; Mallory Silver, Anne Booke, Cameron Herndon and goalkeeper Anna Morrow are other juniors. Ohio Wesleyan’s Battling Bishops were 7-9 in 2010.
• After going 11-3 in 2009 and 12-6 last year, coach Patrick Johnson’s Sewanee women’s soccer team begins its 2011 season at noon today at Lynchburg (Va.) College. Seniors Layne Ezzell and Faith Spencer and junior Bess Goodman are returning All-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference for the Tigers, but Lynchburg has six returning All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference selections and is ranked 18th the NSCAA Division III preseason poll.