published Monday, February 10th, 2014

Hickman wins at Boyd's Speedway and other sports news

Ooltewah race car driver Riley Hickman slipped past Tom Maddox of Centre, Ala., on the 18th lap and won the Cabin Fever 40 race and $3,000 Saturday night at Boyd's Speedway. The event carried extra emotion for Hickman, as his father had died of cancer five days earlier. Hickman was the 2012 Southern Regional Racing Series champion, but this was his first win in the series since last May in Summertown, Tenn. Jeff Smith of Villanow, Ga., finished second, with Maddox, Rick Hixson of Soddy-Daisy and Caleb Ashby of Cunningham, Tenn., completing the top five. Hickman finished third in the Crate Late Model race won by Michael Page of Douglasville, Ga. Adding to the night's excitement was the fact that this was the first competition at Boyd's since it was bought by David Duplissey and former dirt track world champion Dale McDowell.

Baseball

• Tennessee Wesleyan College rebounded from a 9-6 loss to Northwestern Ohio on Friday and a 4-1 defeat in the first game of the teams' doubleheader Saturday in Athens with an 8-7 win. That was the first victory in six games this season for the NAIA's eighth-ranked Bulldogs, and they got it after trailing 7-5 in the final inning.

• Cleveland State lost 8-4 to visiting Vincennes on Sunday in the final game of their junior college baseball weekend series. After winning both Saturday games, the Cougars (5-2) got all four of their runs Sunday in the ninth inning, with RBI singles by Wright Hackett and Janson Roberson and a sacrifice fly by Jammer Strickland.

Softball

• The Lee University softball team culminated its weekend competition in Clearwater, Fla., with a 3-2 win in eight innings Sunday morning against Eckerd. The Lady Flames (3-3) tied the score at 2 with an unearned run in the sixth, scored on a throwing error in the top of the eighth and ended the game with a bases-loaded triple play. Stepping in when starting pitcher Angie Hughes took a shot on her glove hand from Eckerd's third batter of the game, freshman Annabeth Pruett allowed five hits in 7 1/3 innings for her first collegiate victory. Amanda Lynn was 3-for-4 with a double for Lee, and Lexie Dean scored the last two runs.

Basketball

• The Sewanee basketball teams split with Oglethorpe in a Southern Athletic Association doubleheader Sunday at Sewanee, with the women winning 69-53 while the men lost 78-66. The Sewanee women did much of their damage beyond the arc, shooting 50 percent and making 13 from outside the the 3-point line. Page Lowe led the way with 22 points and four 3-pointers, and Jamie Chauvin was 5-of-6 on 3-point shots and scored 19. Freshman guard Savannah Rose scored 11 points and had 8 rebounds, and Kayla Sewell and 10 rebounds in the win. In the men's game Keshonn Carter led Sewanee with 23 points, while Jorden Williams made five 3-pointers and scored 21. The Tigers stayed close in the first half -- trailing 38-36 at the break -- but Oglethorpe pulled away down the stretch

• The Central High School home basketball games scheduled for Tuesday against Tyner have been moved up to Monday. The varsity doubleheader will start with the girls at 6 p.m.

Tennis

• The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's tennis match scheduled against Murray State on Sunday at the Racquet Club was postponed because of weather-related travel problems for the Kentucky team. No makeup date was announced. The Mocs' next home match is set for Feb. 22 against North Alabama after a visit to Jacksonville State the day before.

Soccer

• The East Ridge High School boys' soccer team will benefit from a fundraiser event Wednesday at Hungry Howie's Pizza. The team will receive at least 10 percent of all Hungry Howie's sales that day, according to coach Jeremy McIntyre. That includes lunch and dinner at the restaurant at 4345 Ringgold Road. McIntyre said businesses can get a meal of pizza, wings, gourmet salads, flavored bread and drinks catered for $7 a person. Coaches and team volunteers will greet and serve customers that evening from 5:30 to 7:30.

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