Former Walker Valley High School standout Avery George was the medalist with a 54-hole 215 in leading Middle Tennessee State to second place, four strokes behind East Tennessee State's 897 in the Lady Pirate Intercollegiate golf tournament Tuesday at Greenville (N.C.) Country Club. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's Jordan Britt tied for third at 219. The Mocs finished eighth at 918 out of 16 teams, and Emily McLennan tied for 34th at 232 with Isabella Loza 41st at 234.
• With Hunter Vest from Walker Valley continuing his torrid play with a final-round 68 for a 54-hole 204 and a two-stroke individual championship, Lee University beat a number of NCAA Division I schools in winning the Skyhawk Classic golf tournament at Paris Landing with an 840. That was seven shots better than the runner-up host team, UT-Martin. Lee's Matt Emery was sixth at 211 and Taylor Davis and Adam Wright tied for 14th and 17th at 215 and 216.
• Chattanooga's Wesley Cash beat David Fitzgerald of Rockville, Md., 6-2, 6-2 Tuesday in the singles quarterfinals of the USTA National Men's 55 Clay Court Championships in Savannah, Ga., and he and Mark Vines of Lynchburg, Va., opened their bid for another doubles national title with a 6-2, 6-1 round-of-16 win over Guenter Bergmann and William Sturm of Hilton Head Island, S.C. Cash, a 9 seed, plays fourth seed Sal Castillo of San Antonio in a singles semifinal this morning.
• Tennessee Wesleyan had three top-25 individuals and finished third out of 26 men's teams in the Greater Louisville Classic non-Division I cross country race last Saturday. TWC's Roderick Bowman and Arnold Mutuse were 14th and 16th in the 8-kilometer event, and teammate Joseph Mullen was 23rd. The Lady Bullldogs' Robbiccaa Williams and Leah Chance were 24th and 27th in the 5k women's silver race. Bowman was the Appalachian Athletic Conference men's runner of the week.
• Covenant was first among seven teams and second out of nine men's teams in the Maryville College Invitational cross country meet last Saturday. The Lady Scots' Beth Burgess and Spookie Eaves were first and second in the women's race, and teammates Esther Anderson, Anna Hankal and Grace Bodron were fourth, sixth and ninth. Covenant's Stephen Dillon was eighth among the men with Matt Gorter 12th and Zach Smith 17th.
• A couple of weeks after switching from running back to defensive back, Sewanee's Cortez Brown was chosen Southern Athletic Association football defensive player of the week for his heroics in Saturday's 31-28 win over Birmingham-Southern. With Sewanee trailing 14-0, Brown blocked a punt through the end zone for a safety, and his 30-yard interception return cut the Panthers' lead to 21-16.
• UTC had seven softball Division I All-America Scholar Athletes announced Monday by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, and Girls Preparatory School graduates Whitney Hammond and Tory Lewis were among nine University of Tennessee players making the list for 3.50 or better 2012-13 grade point averages. The Lady Vols had a 3.23 team GPA for 2012-13 in addition to finishing second in the Women's College World Series. Memphis shortstop Laura Curtis from Chattanooga Christian and Chattanooga State also made the list. The Lady Mocs were Carmen Wooden, Ninjja Suetsugu, Stephanie Rieck, Anyssa Robles, Tyler Templet, Sara Poteat and Sam Taylor. Lee University had Angie Hughes, Hannah Hight, Kristine Dean, Laurel Allen, Kelli Crawford, Caroline MacAusland and Savanna Bell for its last year in the NAIA; and Shorter's 16 NCAA Division II honorees included Kendall Johnson and Courtney Towns from Gordon Lee and Brooke Crawford from Pisgah, Ala.
• The Lady Moc RBI Club will sponsor UTC's annual Blue-Gold softball game Saturday at 11 a.m. with a cookout following for everyone present. There is no charge for either event, but cookout donations will be accepted.
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