The scheduled 7-on-7 passing scrimmage to be held at Signal Mountain on Saturday has been canceled. After two days of steady showers and a forecast of more rain today and Saturday, Signal Mountain coach Bill Price said it was unanimous among the other coaches to call off the event. Price had scheduled 12 teams to compete on two practice fields and the Eagles' game field. "There's just too much of a risk of getting somebody hurt with the fields as soaked as they are right now," he said. "The safe call is just to call it off. We'll all have more passing-league games later on anyway."
• MIDWAY, Utah — University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior golfer Steven Fox defeated McMinnville resident Brett Patterson 2 and 1 in the round of 32 Thursday in the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at Soldier Hollow Golf Course, but Kevin Aylwin of the University of North Florida edged Fox 1 up in the afternoon round. Fox and Aylwin halved the first seven holes with six pars and a birdie, and Aylwin went up with a birdie on the eighth. Fox sandwiched bogeys around one by Aylwin on holes 10-12 but got back within one hole with a birdie on the par-4 15th. They both parred out from there. Fox said his win against Patterson, a friend and Middle Tennessee State standout, "was the best I played all week. I was hitting it well and putting well with Kory [Webb, a UTC freshman who was in stroke-play qualifying] on the bag, and then I had to go three holes by myself because he had to catch a flight." Again Aylwin, Fox said, "It was a good match. The weather was different and the win picked up. ... On No. 18 they moved the tees up to 306 and I hit driver, and I hit the green and it rolled off the back. I lipped out my par and he made his to win. All in all, it was a good week."
• ROSWELL, Ga. — Chad Wilson of Calhoun is in the group of six golfers tied for 10th place at 1-under-par 71 after the first round Thursday of the 91st annual Georgia Amateur Championship at Ansley Golf Club-Settindown Creek. Hunter Cornelius Jr. of Ringgold is at 72 and defending champion David Noll Jr. of Dalton and Will Snipes of Rocky Face are at 73. The leaders at 69 are Savannah's Scott Weeks, Atlanta's Robert Sheats and Augusta's Lee Knox. Chatsworth's Chase Jones opened with an 82.
• Two former Riverdale High School teammates in Murfreesboro, Travaris Clarke and Terrence "T.J." Chesterfield, signed scholarships Thursday to continue their basketball careers at Tennessee Temple University. Both redshirted elsewhere last season, Clarke at Motlow College and Chesterfield at St. Catharine in Kentucky. Chesterfield is a 5-foot-10 guard who new Temple coach Brac Brady said "has speed and athletic ability that you can't coach." Crusaders assistant Ezell Dodd, who began the dealings with the two, said, "T.J.'s crazy athletic. He gets to the basket well and can dunk on people. He's explosive. Travaris is a big guard who can take advantage of mismatches, and he shoots the ball well." Brady added that the 6-2 Clarke is "crafty -- he seems to have a good sense of how the game is played. But the main thing about what I know of them is they both seem like real good young men who will represent our program well." Riverdale reached a Class AAA state sectional when Clarke was a senior and Chesterfield was a junior, and Chesterfield averaged 12 points and five assists a game his final season. "I think this is a wonderful school," he said of Temple, "and everybody's been nice. I think we'll have a good year."
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