published Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

UTC's Nathan Wanuch coaches' all-region

Nathan Wanuch's 20th-place showing in the NCAA South Region cross country meet Saturday at Tallahassee, Fla., did not get him a berth in the Division I national meet, but it did make him one of only four Southern Conference men's runners to be an all-region pick by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Wanuch was the only All-South honoree; UNC Greensboro's Paul Chelimo and Paul Katam and Furman's Wilkerson Given earned All-Southeast Region status.

Volleyball

• UTC will be in the Southern Conference volleyball tournament for the first time in four years Saturday at Davidson College. Seeded No. 3 from the North Division, the Mocs (14-17, 8-8) will face South runner-up College of Charleston (23-7, 14-2) at 4:30 p.m. Georgia Southern (24-6, 15-1) and Samford (22-8, 14-2) are the top seeds.

• Kendall Williams from Ringgold had eight kills and three blocks as West Georgia beat nationally ranked (Division II) Christian Brothers 3-0 in volleyball Sunday. That was the Lady Wolves' school-record 10th Gulf South victory.

Soccer

• The No. 1-ranked Lee University women's soccer team begins its last NAIA tournament Saturday by hosting first-time qualifier Montreat College from the Appalachian Athletic Conference. Lee's Lady Flames have won the last four national titles and have advanced through 20 consecutive NAIA tournament matches since 2008. The 15 campus-site winners Saturday will join host Mobile from Lee's Southern States Athletic Conference for the round of 16 and beyond Nov. 26-Dec. 1 at Orange Beach, Ala. "My initial thought after looking at the bracket," Lee coach Matt Yelton said in a school release, "is that this might be the best overall tournament we have seen in the nine years we have been going to the tournament. There were not many upsets in the conference tournaments, so the pool of at-large teams was very good. ... Our side looks really tough with 11 of the top 17 ranked teams in the NAIA all on our side."

Basketball

• Post players Cody Houck and Michelle Davis scored 21 and 20 points as the Tennessee Wesleyan women's basketball team won 58-40 Monday evening at Truett-McConnell in Cleveland, Ga. Houcks had five steals and made nine of nine free throws while Davis made four of five and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds. Krista Dixon led the hosts with 13 points.

• Bursting to a 32-point halftime lead against the visiting Bryan College junior varsity, the Cleveland State men's basketball team rolled to a 113-55 victory Monday with Xavier Okoro totaling 20 points and nine rebounds and Kahan Swift and Tre Everette scoring 17 and 16 points. Former Tyner standouts Travis Jones and Trey Suttles added 12 points each, Jones with 10 assists and nine rebounds and Suttles with seven rebounds, and Filippe Concalves contributed 11 points and five steals for the Cougars (5-0). Brandon Arnold led Bryan with 15 points.

Auto Racing

• Johnny Lechford of Cleveland won the Super Pro class and $1,500 Saturday night at the Brainerd Optimist Drag Strip. Lechford won in a 1986 Corvette Sting Ray with a 6.29-second run on a 6.29 dial. Brandon Sharp of Summerville, just back from military duty in Afghanistan, was second with a 6.11 run on a 6.10 dial in a '76 Vega, and Ron Lee of Ooltewah was third in a Chevy-powered '23 Ford Roadster owned by Marvin Crutcher. Chris Hammon won the Foot Brake class with a 6.60 burst on a 6.59 dial in a '95 Chevy S-10 pickup, while Chris Smith was second, Ashley Cook was third and Charles McRae was fourth. Chris Grayson of Whitwell had the low elapsed time (4.75 seconds) and top speed (127.95 mph) of the meet.

Golf

• Covenant College golfers Levi Nix and Trey Patterson are sixth and 10th individually in the Georgia Cup individual standings after the fall-semester competition involving six NCAA Division III schools in the Peach State. Nix, a freshman, had an average of 74.38 per round for the fall season, while sophomore Patterson's is 75.63. Both were invited to the National Christian College Athletic Association national tournament, where Patterson tied a school record with a first-round 68 and finished sixth and became Covenant's first golf All-American.

• The Lee University women's golf team is ranked eighth in the NAIA preseason poll released this past weekend, and the Lee men's team is ninth. Defending NAIA champion British Columbia leads the women's poll, while Texas Wesleyan is No. 1 in the men's with three returning All-Americans from a sixth-place national finish. "I think starting the spring out ranked No. 8 is a great position for the Lady Flames, because I think our best golf is ahead of us this season," Lee coach John Maupin said. Of his Flames, he said, "We had a chance to win three times this fall, and I think that experience of being in the hunt will help us moving forward."

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