Chattanooga Mocs' Wes Dothard, Faysal Shafaat third-team All-America

Chattanooga Mocs' Wes Dothard, Faysal Shafaat third-team All-America

November 27th, 2012 by Staff Report in Sports - College

UTC tight end Faysal Shafaat

UTC tight end Faysal Shafaat

Photo by Allison Love /Times Free Press.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga linebacker Wes Dothard and tight end Faysal Shafaat were named to the College Sports Madness FCS All-American third team. A first-team All-Southern Conference player this season after leading the Mocs with 94 tackles, Dothard made The Sports Network's All-American first team as a sophomore in 2011. Shafaat, a sophomore, was second-team All-SoCon after finishing with 37 receptions, the most of any tight end in the league.


• The top-seeded Lee University women's soccer team got first-half goals from Ashley Aragona and Leah Fortune, assisting each other at 35:05 and 38:56, and made that hold up for a 2-0 victory over Northwood in the round of 16 of the NAIA national tournament Monday at Orange Beach, Fla. The four-time defending champions (19-1-1) will play at 5 p.m. EST Wednesday against the winner of today's match between Cumberland of Lebanon, Tenn., and Concordia of Oregon. Lee had an 8-4 edge in shots in the first half but the count was even for the game, 13-13, and the winning Lady Flames had a 5-1 edge in corner kicks. Leah Wilson made six saves in goal. Sunday, junior midfielder Fortune and senior defenders Amy Cochran and Clair Lanter were announced as Capital One Academic All-America College Division first-teamers, as voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Cochran is a business administration major with a 3.95 grade point average, while Lanter -- from Soddy-Daisy -- has a 4.0 as a political science major. Fortune is a public relations major with a 3.93 GPA; she was the Southern States Athletic Conference player of the year.

• Covenant College seniors Katelyn Newsome, Kathryn Allison and Mo Cross were named to the National Christian College Athletic Association Mid-East women's soccer all-region team for 2012. All earlier were voted All-Great South Athletic Conference.

Track & Field

• Tennessee Temple University has gone back in time a little to help its new track and field program. Marissa Phinazee, a 2007 Red Bank High School graduate who spent two years in the NCAA Division I program at Austin Peay but ran only in home meets, unattached, because of an eligibility issue, resumed her college education this semester at Temple and is receiving an athletic scholarship. Phinazee, now 23 and a mother of a 19-month old (Jaida Montgomery), has continued to work out on her own and seems still in running shape at 5-foot-6 1/2 and just under 120 pounds. "I think I still have it," she said Monday with a laugh. She competed in the state meet in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 relays in her sophomore through senior years at Red Bank; she ran the anchor leg on the two shorter relays. "If she can run Division I, she can run for us," Temple track coach Emmanuel Awotula said. "When she was applying to come here, we talked to her about our new program. This year we're basically getting our face out there, and having a Division I transfer who's a local girl should help people take us seriously in our recruiting."


• The Tennessee Temple basketball teams swept visiting Reinhardt in a doubleheader Monday at McGilvray Gymnasium. For the Lady Crusaders, finally getting healthy, the 47-39 outcome was their first win of the season. They shot only 34.9 percent from the floor but held Reinhardt (4-3) to 29.8 percent as no one scored in double figures. Jessica Salera and Amber Charles scored nine points apiece for Temple (1-4), while Alexis McGhee grabbed 13 rebounds and Amanda Rector had five assists. The Temple men (5-3) won 79-77 as Corey Sanders and Weedlens Beauvil scored 15 points apiece, Travis Clarke and Aron Walker added 13 and 11 and Rashaud Bell had 10 rebounds.

• Chattanooga State beat the Temple men's junior varsity 109-63 early Monday evening as Dajion Williams and Cayman Dial each scored 15 points and Jamal Smith added 13. Nick Ross, Orlandis Jackson and Nick Scott also scored in double figures for the Tigers (6-2), who led 60-26 at halftime. Donnell Freeman and Karlos Rich'ard scored 19 and 17 for the JV Crusaders.