published Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Soddy-Daisy grad Kevin Day All-American

Senior center Kevin Day from Soddy-Daisy is Carson-Newman College's first American Football Coaches Association All-American in five years. The 6-foot-0, 270-pounder won the Jacobs Blocking Award for the South Atlantic Conference and is a finalist for the Upshaw Award for the NCAA Division II lineman of the year. "He's undersized but over-hearted -- one of the toughest players I've ever coached," 33rd-year Eagles coach Ken Sparks said of Day, the point man for the top rushing offense in Division II this season. "There'd have to be a bone sticking out of him for him to take a play off, and that's because we'd have to carry him off the field." Carson-Newman's 52 rushing touchdowns in 2012 led all football programs in all divisions, and their average of 380 rushing yards a game was exceeded only by FCS semifinalist Georgia Southern. CN's Eagles have had 107 All-Americans in their history but only 15 AFCA All-America selections.

Soccer

• Trevecca Nazarene sophomore soccer player Brooke Gann from East Ridge High School has been chosen to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Continental Tire All-America team for National Christian College Athletic Association Division I. The 5-foot-3 midfielder/forward set the Trevecca season record with 12 goals this year and is third on the career list with 20 after only two seasons. The Lady Trojans' 16 wins in 2012 doubled the program's previous high. After winning the inaugural regular-season and tournament championships in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference, they won the NCCAA Mid-East Regional and upset the top seed in the national tournament quarterfinals on the way to a fourth-place finish.

Basketball

• The Sewanee men's basketball junior varsity avenged a last-second loss to Georgia Northwestern on Nov. 19 with a 62-55 Tigers victory Monday night at Sewanee. Bryan Beviacqua scored 18 points and Garrett Heatherly and Will Downey added 13 and 10 for the winners. For GNTC (4-7), Tavish Reynolds was 5-of-6 on 3-point shots in scoring 15 points, and Hunter Ivester, Alex Miller and Bud Todd added 10 apiece. In another rematch Friday, Richard Olsen scored 17 points in the Bobcats' 84-81 loss at Johnson University in Knoxville, and Todd, Tre Vaughn Bostic and Reynolds added 14, 12 and 11. Both GNTC teams will play tonight at the Rossville Athletic Complex against Mid-South College, beginning with the women's game at 6. Anybody bringing a new toy for the North Georgia Stocking Full of Love drive will be admitted at no charge.

Running

• Chattanooga trial attorney Kim Swafford, the Junior Olympic commissioner for the Tennessee Amateur Softball Association, and her sister Pam Frye completed the recent Susan G. Komen 60-mile 3 Day Walk in San Diego for the fifth year in a row, and this year Swafford's daughter asked to join them in honoring their paternal grandmother, Louella Chilton, "who died of breast cancer back in a time when they didn't have any treatment for it whatsoever," Swafford said. Corey Swafford, an 18-year-old GPS senior, is the youngest member yet of the sisters' team that includes other relatives and friends. They had 12 in their group this year. "They have these in cities across the country, but we do it in San Diego because we have family out there that provide us a support system while we walk," Kim Swafford said. Each walker must raise $2,300 to participate, she explained, praising the generosity of the "GPS community" along with area businesses and friends in helping her and Corey collect their totals. With about 2,500 walkers at San Diego this year, the three days of 20-mile walks raised more than $6.5 million in the fight against breast cancer, Kim said.

General

• The 107-year-old Baylor-McCallie "Cross River Rivalry" that won the USA Today High School Sports competition as the top rivalry in Tennessee is in online-voting competition now for one of four regional top spots to compete for the national winner of $10,000 -- to be evenly divided between the schools in the rivalry deemed No. 1 out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The public can vote for regional honors until Wednesday at http://contest.usatodayhss.com/vote/south.

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