published Saturday, March 24th, 2012

LFO picks Rogers as softball coach

Lisa Rogers is officially the softball head coach at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School, athletic director Todd Windham confirmed Friday. Rogers was a standout player at Ridgeland High and Carson-Newman College and was the first head coach at Covenant College and a Carson-Newman assistant before joining LFO as an assistant to Tony Ellis in 2009. Ellis resigned earlier this month after eight seasons at LFO, where he led the Lady Warriors to six region championships and eight playoff appearances. "Lisa is a good fit for us because she's the total package, having been a great player in the area and someone who has previous coaching experience," Windham said. "We just told the players and they were excited. They were already making plans for next season, which was good to see."

• MEMPHIS -- Chattanooga State's No. 1-ranked NJCAA Division I softball team beat Southwest Tennessee 10-0 in five innings and 11-1 in six innings in TCCAA play Friday. The Lady Tigers (33-3, 2-0) had 14 hits in each game and a seven-run inning in each. Andrea Dalton was 3-for-3 with three RBIs, Lacye Walker was 3-for-4 and MeQuilla Franklin and Courtney DeLay each went 2-for-3 in game one, Franklin also with three RBIs, and Janna Scheff pitched the shutout with six strikeouts. Ashley Czechner struck out 13 in game two, when Beth Breeden was 3-for-4 with two homers and three RBIs, Marina Wilkerson also homered and Shelby Johnson, Chelsea Burgess, Walker and Dalton had two hits apiece.

• Lee University's home softball doubleheader with Truett-McConnell was postponed from Friday until April 10, and Bryan's games scheduled for today at Bluefield have been pushed back to next Friday.

Swimming

• INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Sewanee's Astrid Escobar in the women's 100-yard breaststroke and Phillip Link in the same men's event earned All-America honors by finishing in the top 16 in the preliminaries and competing Friday night in the finals of the NCAA Division III swim meet. Escobar was seventh in her final in 1:04:34. Link was 13th in the men's race in 56.71 seconds; teammate Courtland Day was 20th in the prelims in 57.37.

Golf

• The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's golf team is scheduled to play 36 holes today and 18 Sunday in the Linger Longer Invitational tournament at the Reynolds Plantation's Great Waters Course at Eatonton, Ga. The 12-team field includes defending champion Alabama, Georgia, Notre Dame and Oklahoma.

• HAWKINSVILLE, Ga. -- The Calhoun father-son duo of Bob and Mike Nance is second in flight 3 and tied for fourth overall at 67 after the first round Friday of the 24th annual Georgia Four-Ball golf tournament, and Greg Brock of Calhoun and Howell Kerr of Dalton share fourth place in the third flight and 10th overall after their 69. Matt Oxford of Rocky Face and partner Philip Hughes are tied for 10th in the championship flight at 73. The top four flights are playing at Southern Hills Golf Club; flights four through seven are at Houston Lake Country Club in Perry. Dalton's Kyle Pettyjohn and Rocky Face's Chris Tallent Sr. are tied for eighth in flight two at 71, and Dalton's Duane McMullen and Tony Patterson are tied for seventh in the first flight at 72 with Calhoun football coach Hal Lamb and partner Rick Brown of Adairsville tied for ninth at 73.

• Tennessee Wesleyan's Michael Alread was the AAC men's golfer of the week for his medalist performance in the Bulldogs' team victory last week in Lee University's tournament. The senior from Johnson City shot a 1-under-par 143 at Cleveland Country Club.

• Sewanee freshman Jenna King was the SCAC women's golfer of the week, announced Friday, after being the medalist in two dual matches and a tri-match last week at Myrtle Beach, S.C. She had an 84, an 81 and an 82 in the three rounds.

Tennis

• DECATUR, Ga. -- Covenant received three of the four Great South Athletic Conference tennis awards of the week for last week: Anne Marie Rowe for women's singles, Madeline Hyatt and Lauren Redberg for doubles and John Herberich and John Hirte for men's doubles.

Lacrosse

• CONWAY, Ark. -- Jack Thomasson had five goals and four assists and Michael Morris had seven assists with a goal as Sewanee opened SCAC men's lacrosse play with a 15-5 win Friday at Hendrix College. Charlie Jackson and Reed Daniel scored two goals each for the Tigers, and goalkeepers Tommy Healy and Spencer Graves totaled 12 saves.

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