published Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Chattanooga State has four All-Americans and other sports news

Four Chattanooga State softball players were named to the NJCAA Division I All-American teams announced Thursday: shortstop Baylee Williams on the second team and first baseman Lindsey Stickrod, outfielder Courtney Crawford and pitcher Shelby Willard as third-team selections from the nation's third-place team. Wiliams batted .412 with 15 home runs, 32 doubles, two triples and 86 RBIs in 2014, when Crawford hit .426 with 30 RBIs, Stickrod hit .387 with 51 RBIs and Willard was 22-1 with a 2.40 earned run average and 144 strikeouts in 140 innings. The only other selection from Region VII was Walters State's Andrea Eison as a second-team outfielder.

Golf

• Jason Millard of Murfreesboro shot a 67 Thursday in the second round of the SunTrust State Open golf tournament at Belle Meade Country Club in Nashville and took a one-shot lead at 139. Defending champion Garrett Willis of Loudon and Knoxville residents Brandon Rodgers and Davis Shore are at 140 with Collierville's Grant Hirschman at 141. Former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga golfer Steven Fox is tied for eighth at 143 after a 73, and current Moc Brooks Thomas from Chattanooga shot his second straight 72.

Basketball

• The locally based Tennessee Xtreme won the AAU ninth-grade girls' state basketball tournament in Franklin last weekend and are now 34-0. The Xtreme, coached by Keisha Hunt, went 7-0 and beat two Nike Flight teams on the way to the final and a four-point defeat of the Lady Flash. Jazmine Massengill, Amber Hunt, Rhyne Howard, Elizabeth Balogun, Jatoreyia Willis, Rachel Sanders, Savana Davis and Kelsey High are the ninth-grade players for the program that will host the AAU seventh-grade girls' national tournament July 10-15 in Chattanooga.

Baseball

• Zach Zarzour from Ooltewah and Chattanooga State went 3-for-6 with two runs and an RBI and Zach Stephens from Soddy-Daisy scored three runs in second-seeded Tennessee Tech's 14-2 win over fifth seed Morehead State in the Ohio Valley Conference baseball tournament Thursday at Jackson, Tenn. Jake Rowland from Meigs County was 2-for-5 and scored a run for the Golden Eagles (39-17), and David Hess (9-3) from Tullahoma was the winning pitcher, allowing two hits and striking out six batters in six innings. Garrett Baugh from Ooltewah and Jeb Scoggins from Cleveland High and Cleveland State allowed one hit each in pitching the last two innings. Tech's Daniel Miles was 2-for-3 with a home run, three walks, four RBIs and three runs scored.

Football

• Notre Dame football captain Robert Kidwell has signed academic scholarship papers with Berry College and will play football for the NCAA Division III school near Rome, Ga. A four-year starter, the all-state and Best of Preps pick is expected to play noseguard and be a pre-med major. He is one of 12 recent additions to Berry's previous 31 commitments this year. "Robert was a guy we could always count on," Notre Dame coach Charles Fant said. "He is the kind of guy that is so tough and so dependable that sometimes he can get taken for granted. I think the fact that he has played soccer his whole life, he has a level of foot quickness that most linemen can't handle, and of course his toughness is second to none."

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