published Saturday, October 6th, 2012

Ex-Dade coach Durden's son dies

Devin Durden, the 21-year-old son of former Dade County High School girls' basketball coach Gene Durden, died early Thursday morning from multiple injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident in Gwinnett County a week ago. Devin Durden, who helped lead Buford High School to three Class AA championships before playing football for the Air Force Academy, was visiting his family when the accident occurred. Gene Durden has been the girls' basketball coach at Buford for the past seven years, and his teams have won three state championships. He coached at Dade for 14 seasons and took the Lady Wolverines to the state tournament 13 times with three runner-up finishes. His son underwent numerous surgeries at Gwinnett Medical Center after the accident but never regained complete consciousness. The news hit hard in Trenton, where Devin was born. "The Durdens were a prominent, positive part of Dade County for many years," said Carissa Henry, a former player and current media specialist for Dade County High. "Their presence here left a lasting impression and we, as a community, still consider them to be part of our family. There are many heavy hearts in Trenton. With the passing of Devin Durden, we feel as though we have lost one of our own."

Golf

• University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior golfer Steven Fox got in only one hole Friday at Antalya, Turkey, in the 2012 World Amateur Team Championship, which had a six-hour weather delay. Only six of the 72 teams finished the second round; 24 teams never started. The United States' Chris Williams, No. 1 in the world rankings, birdied two of his three holes to get the first-place Americans to 15 under par.

• Without Fox, the UTC men's golf team is tied for sixth place after one round of the 15-team Brickyard Collegiate tournament at the Riverside course in Macon. Chris Robb shot a 2-under-par 70 Friday and is tied for ninth place individually, while fellow Mocs Davis Bunn, Michael Monroe and Liam Johnston shot 73, 74 and 74. Georgia leads the team scoring with an aggregate 280; UTC is at 291.

• Third-seeded David Noll Jr. of Dalton won two matches Friday in the 94th annual Atlanta Amateur Match Play Championship at Johns Creek's Rivermont Golf and Country Club, 2 and 1 over Atlanta's Danny Whigham and 4 and 3 over Gainesville's Jackson Bishop. Noll, the 2012 Georgia Mid-Amateur champion, faces Justin Johnson of Canton in a quarterfinal match starting at 8:30 this morning. The semifinals are this afternoon.

Soccer

• Appalachian State is one of the leaders in the Southern Conference women's soccer standings, but the Mountaineers needed an overtime goal by Samantha Childress to keep UTC undefeated in the league Friday night at Finley Stadium. Her free kick 9:05 into extra time gave Appalachian (7-5, 4-1) a 2-1 victory. Julia Holz scored on a rebound goal at 34:54 for ASU, but a Becca Smith penalty kick tied the match for UTC (2-8-1, 0-5) at 86:10. The visitors had a 19-6 edge in shots. UTC hosts Western Carolina at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Volleyball

• UTC lost 25-17, 25-17, 25-19 in Southern Conference volleyball Friday night at Elon. Kasey Talley recorded 10 kills and Christina Teter and Briana Reid had seven apiece for the Mocs (8-12, 2-3), while Bridget Camacho had 30 assists and 10 digs and Paula Passmore had 12 digs. Celia Eddy had 14 kills and Megan Gravley and Kris Harris added nine each for Elon (9-11, 2-3).

• Lee University won 25-18, 26-24, 25-14 in volleyball Friday at Loyola of New Orleans, as Irene Ojukwu, Paula Martins and Marija Zelenovic had 12, 11 and 10 kills and Camil Martinez combined 35 assists with 10 digs. Libby Peigen from Ooltewah had 18 digs for the NAIA's fifth-ranked Lady Flames, and freshman Nicole Sumida from Baylor contributed seven kills, three block solos and five block assists.

• Tennessee Temple beat Georgia Northwestern 25-19, 25-10, 25-11 and lost 25-14, 25-17, 25-22 to Victory in the TTU Classic volleyball tournament Friday. Against GNTC, Shatoya Medford and LaQuinta Gallishaw had 10 and nine kills and Lynncoya Gardner had 36 assists. P.J. Sexton had four aces with 10 digs. Against Victory, Kourtney Chorman had eight kills and Medford made 15 digs.

• Tennessee Wesleyan defeated Point 3-0 in AAC volleyball Friday, lifting the Lady Bulldogs to 5-8 overall, 2-7 in the league.

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