published Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Jones, Thomas All-OVC pitchers

UT-Martin senior Chelsea Jones from Tullahoma was the Ohio Valley Conference softball pitcher of the year, and Tennessee Tech senior Holly Thomas from Ooltewah joined her as an All-OVC first-team pitcher. The all-conference first team also included Jacksonville State senior catcher Kaycee Crow from Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School and JSU freshman first baseman Shelby Holley from Pisgah, Ala. Holley also made the all-newcomer team. She hit .341 with 20 home runs and 37 RBIs this season, and Crow batted .305 with 12 homers, 11 doubles, a triple, 44 RBIs and 36 runs scored. Jones (28-8) led the OVC in the regular season with 25 wins, three saves, 223 innings pitched, 41 appearances, 33 starts and 28 complete games, and her 2.35 earned run average and 174 strikeouts were in the league's top five, and she was the most valuable player of the OVC tournament. Thomas helped lead sixth-seeded Tech to the tournament final against champion UT-Martin after going 20-14 with a 2.11 ERA and one save.

Tennis

• Sewanee freshman Bronte Goodhue from Girls Preparatory School made the All-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference women's tennis first team, and classmate Rand Jackson was a men's first-team selection. Two other Sewanee freshmen, Liz Lucas and Aaron Cotton, received honorable mention. Goodhue went 19-4 in singles in her first collegiate season, and she was unbeaten in conference play. She was the Tigers' No. 2 singles player, and she and Jenny Liles at No. 1 doubles were 19-5.

Golf

• KENNESAW, Ga. -- Amateur Richard Spangler of Hixson was one of the nine golfers advancing to U.S. Open sectional qualifying with his 67 in a local qualifier Monday at Marietta Country Club. Two of those moving on were from Australia, including Mitchell Krywulycz with a 64, and another was from California. The rest were from Georgia.

Soccer

• Lee University soccer player Leah Fortune is adding her experience with the last two of the Lady Flames' NAIA four consecutive championships and her play with the Brazilian national team to the Charlotte Lady Eagles, a Christian-based member of the W-league this summer. That is the top amateur league for women in the United States. "The Charlotte Eagles are very excited to see how Fortune fits into the Lady Eagles squad," general manager Jeremy Auyer said on the club's website. "She is very quick and has exceptional technical skill. With her experience and ability we are eager to see where she will post the biggest threat." Fortune was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in December 1990. She was on Brazil's u-20 national team in 2008 and 2010. A transfer from the University of Texas, she had 18 goals and 24 assists last season for the 23-2 Lady Flames.

Fishing

• Rod James of Soddy-Daisy finished eighth among the co-anglers in the Walmart Bass Fishing League Volunteer Division tournament Saturday on Douglas Lake near Jefferson City, Tenn. James caught a five-bass limit totaling 9 pounds, 15 ounces. The winner was Jonathan Saddler of Bristol, Tenn., with 25 pounds even, but James was only 1 pound out of third place.

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