published Sunday, February 9th, 2014

UTC's Sauzon, Britt tie for fifth and other sports news

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's golfers Jordan Britt and Agathe Sauzon shared fifth place in the Lady Bulldog Invitational tournament Saturday on the University of Georgia course. They shot 5-over-par 149s for 36 holes, Britt tying for the day's low round with her second-round 72. UTC's Emily McLennan tied for 19th at 156 in the individual scoring event. Tennessee's Chessey Thomas and Auburn's Alex Harrell shared medalist honors at 147.

Softball

• Former Soddy-Daisy High School ace Kelsey Nunley began her sophomore softball season at Kentucky with an 11-strikeout no-hitter Thursday against Santa Clara at Long Beach, Calif., and then Friday pitched all 10 innings in a 5-4 defeat of No. 2-ranked Oklahoma at Fullerton, Calif. She had eight strikeouts while giving up seven hits in that game and allowed no runs in the last three innings despite the international tiebreaker format being in play. The Wildcats improved to 5-0 with a win Saturday.

Track & Field

• UTC sophomore Teghan Henderson was second in the women's mile run in 4:51.76 and the Mocs' Harry Smithers was third in the men's 3000-meter run Saturday in the Samford Multi and Invitational indoor track meet at the Birmingham CrossPlex. Henderson, who's from Ontario, Canada, led most of her first mile race in over a year but was outkicked by Southern Conference rival Lauren D'Allssio of Samford. Newly arrived transfer Smithers from Australia ran an 8:26.15 3000.

Basketball

• Cleveland High School graduate Ish Sanders scored 30 points in Carson-Newman's 81-76 South Atlantic Conference basketball victory against Lenoir-Rhyne, He hit three 3-point shots and all 13 of his free throws as the Eagles rose to 14-6, 11-5 in the league.

Baseball

• Tusculum College senior first baseman Heath Comerford from McMinn County High School was 4-for-4 with four RBIs as the baseball Pioneers beat Lenoir-Rhyne 11-1 in their South Atlantic Conference season opener Friday night, and he hit a two-run homer in the first inning of Saturday's second win over the Bears. Comerford is batting .450 with the homer and three doubles for the 4-2 Pioneers. He hit .337 with 49 RBIs and a .622 slugging percentage in 48 games last year.

Football

• UTC football assistant coaches Will Healy, Marcus West and Alex Atkins will be the special speakers Monday at the Chattanooga Quarterback Club's weekly noon luncheon meeting at Finley Stadium. Healy, the recruiting coordinator, and the two line coaches will talk about the Mocs' top-ranked FCS class of signees this past week. Attendance costs $10 with a meal, $4 without.

• Among the football players signing national letters of intent with NCAA Division I programs last Wednesday was center Hayden Owen of Pepperell High School in Lindale, Ga., near Rome. Owen, who is headed to the Air Force Academy, is a grandson of Rossville Church of God of Prophecy pastor Doug Stephenson.

• Guard Bryce Carter from Tellico Plains High School, fellow offensive linemen Thomas Spradlin from Sequoyah High in Madisonville and Hunter Priest from McMinn County and defensive back/receiver Alex Stakely from Sequoyah were among the 12 football signees announced Saturday by Carson-Newman, on top of the 26 reported Wednesday by the NCAA Division II school in Jefferson City, Tenn. The 6-foot-2, 275-pound Carter was Class 2A all-stae and the Monroe County defensive player of the year in 2013, while Spradlin (6-2, 285) also made the All-Monroe team and had 40 pancake blocks as a senior. Priest (6-4, 242), was Class 6A all-state and will join his brother Patrick as a CNU lineman. Stakely had 85 tackles and seven interceptions in 2013 and caught 23 passes for 344 yards while running 59 times for 564. McMinn athlete Treavor Crisp and Signal Mountain lineman Micah Pressley were in the Wednesday group.

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