published Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Gibby Gilbert III leads event named for his dad — and more Chattanooga region sports news

Gibby Gilbert III leads the Sunbelt Senior Tour golf tournament at Eagle Bluff Golf Club named in honor of his father: the Gibby Gilbert Senior Invitational. Gilbert III shot a 6-under-par 66 Monday and leads Roger Rowland by two strokes heading into the second of three rounds. David Rummells and Jim Chancey share the super-senior division lead at 1 under.

• Former Baylor School and University of Alabama standout Brooke Pancake from Chattanooga tied for second at 4-over-par 148 Monday at Dunwoody Country Club near Atlanta and earned one of three spots available for the 2014 U.S. Women's Open golf tournament. Jordan Britt, Logan Chaney, Emily McLennan, Brooke Pancake, Agathe Sauzon and Blakesly Warren were others with Chattanooga ties in the 36-hole qualifier. The Women's Open will be held June 19-22 at Pinehurst No. 2.

Baseball

• Shortstop Josh Silver from the runner-up Lee University Flames made the 10-player all-national-tournament baseball team for the National Christian College Athletic Association, and Lee pitcher Jeremy Stawychny and the Hiwassee battery of Chris Large and catcher Alex Huddleston were NCCAA second-team All-Americans for the 2014 season.

• Chattanooga State's young baseball team not only finished fourth in the TCCAA this season with one sophomore pitcher and two returning sophomore position players, but the Tigers had five guys with 4.0 grade point averages in the spirng semester and had a 3.2 team GPA. Six players were at 3.5 or better and 18 of 26 had 3.0 or better. The GPA for the year was 3.1.Coach Greg Dennis is holding an open tryout Wednesday for anyone with junior college eligibility for next year. It begins at 11:30 a.m. for pitchers and catchers and at 1 p.m. for infielders and outfielders, and there is no fee. Call Dennis at 697-2418 for more information.

• The ninth-ranked Southern Polytechnic baseball team is going to the NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho, and three former Chattanooga State players from area high schools are key parts of the program: Tyler Garner from Boyd-Buchanan and pitchers Alex Ridge from Ridgeland and Colton Kinnamon from Dalton. The Hornets are 45-17 after winning the NAIA opening-round tournament hosted by Embry-Riddle in Daytona Beach, Fla.

• Covenant College junior second baseman Will Cleland was named to this year's D3baseball.com All-South Region second team, the website posted Monday. Two other USA South players made the second team, and another was a third-team selection. Cleland hit .331 with six triples (including three in one game), 18 stolen bases and 31 runs scored this season. He had 10 multihit games in 2014 and made the all-conference first team.

Softball

• Union University's Reagan Schrader from Grace Academy in Chattanooga followed up her NCCAA first-team All-America selection by making the all-national-tournament team, and Maddie Bray from Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe was one of our all-tournament players from champion Shorter University.

Lacrosse

• Former McCallie School All-American goalie Patton Watkins made 20 saves in Tufts University's 21-11 upset of top-seeded and previously undefeated Rochester Institute of Technology in an NCAA Division III men's lacrosse semifinal Sunday. Sixth-ranked Tufts (20-2) plays Salisbury for the national title this Sunday in Baltimore. Watkins also started in goal as a freshman when the Jumbos played in their last national final in 2011. "You have to give Tufts credit," RIT coach Jake Coon was quoted in the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle. "They came out and played great, shot the ball very well, and their goalie came up with some key saves."

Football

• The Tennessee Train of the Women's Football Alliance ended their home schedule Saturday night with a 28-0 defeat of the Savannah Sabers at Hixson High School. The Train are 4-2 in their second season after winning only once in 2013. They are off this week before ending their season at Louisville, Ky., and Orlando, Fla.

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