Stephan McCrory from Taylorsville, Ga., was a double winner Saturday night at the Brainerd Optimist Drag Strip. He won the $5,000 first-place money in the Super Pros' Reece Memorial, with 110 entries paid for by Jim Reece's stepson who owns Jim Reece Tire Co. in Summerville, Ga. McCrory won in a dragster owned by Classic Car dealer Ron Lane in 4.77 seconds on a 4.77 dial -- at 142.52 mph, the fastest car at the strip Saturday. Kevin Rodden of Cleveland was second and got $2,000, and John Labbous Jr. was third. McCrory won another $1,000 for the Foot Brake victory in his 1990 Chevrolet pickup; David Bigham was second in a'69 Plymouth Valiant. Jacob Clayton, son of Super Pro racer Mike Clayton, was the Junior Dragster winner in his 1-cylinder Briggs & Stratton clocking 7.95 seconds. Macey Ludolph of Snellville, Ga., was second.
• Ooltewah dirt-track race driver Riley Hickman won two $3,000 first-place payoffs this past weekend and had a second place in between. The reigning Southern Regional Racing Series champion won an SRRS race Friday at Thunderhill Raceway at Summertown, Tenn., and was second in an SRRS race Saturday at Tennessee National Raceway in Hohenwald, and Sunday night he led wire to wire in the featured 40-lap race at Duck River Raceway Park.
• Maddie Monroe from Calhoun, Ga., improved her 2013 pitching record to 28-2 with Reinhardt's eight-inning 2-1 victory over Auburn-Montgomery in the NAIA women's softball championship tournament Monday at Columbus, Ga. Monroe, who gave up eight hits and four walks with three strikeouts, had the bases loaded when she got the final out in the bottom of the eighth after singles by Alexis Chumbler, Haley Brannon and Kelsley Floyd off Cassie Daniels (23-6) put the Eagles (45-8) ahead in the top of the extra inning.
Track & Field
• In addition to the two Lee University women's runners already reported as NAIA All-Americans from last weekend's national outdoor track and field meet at Marion, Ind., Bryan College had one All-American for a top-eight finish. Sophomore Connor Hatfield finished seventh in the men's 3000-meter steeplechase with a personal-best time of 9 minutes, 15.44 seconds. Lions teammates Anthony Simpson and Jason McLeod were 11th and 12th in the 10,000 run.
• After 11 years with Krystal as its presenting sponsor and food provider, the Betty Probasco FCA Golf Classic was in dire need of new major sponsorship when Krystal followed its ownership change by moving out of Chattanooga. But Bi-Lo has become the presenting sponsor for the June 11 tournament at Council Fire Golf Club, and Bojangles is the "platinum" sponsor and will serve breakfast and lunch to participants. "We are so thankful for regional Bi-Lo leaders as well as Don Jones, whose BoSouth business owns and operates Bojangles from Dalton to Cleveland," area Fellowship of Christian Athletes director Jay Fowler said in a release. "We are also very grateful to have Betty Probasco so involved with our event and with our ministry as she has been for so many years." Anyone interested in playing or hole sponsorships should see www.chattanoogafca.org or call Fowler at 309-4255.
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