The Lee University women's golf team maintained its first-round lead with a second-round 297 in the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate tournament Monday on the Sevierville Golf Club Highlands Course. Five of the other six teams are NCAA Division I members, and the Division II Lady Flames lead 601-609 over Tennessee Tech with Belmont third at 613. Lee's Sam Burrus and Annika Gino are third and fourth individually at 147 and 148, and Anne Hedegaard is tied for fifth at 152. Haverly Harrold is 12th at 155. Polk County's Lydia Triplett and Coffee County's Hollee Sadler are tied for TTU's fourth spot at 156, sharing 13th place.
Track & Field
* The Lee women were second out of 35 teams, trailing only Jacksonville State, in the Emory Invitational track and field meet this past weekend, and the Lee men were fourth. Lee's Adrian Martin won the women's 100-meter dash and was second in the 200, and Jessica Childers and Cayce Bryan were first and second in the 800. Audrey Smith was third in the 1500 seeded A&B event and in the 3000 steeplechase. Dalton State's Emily Poole won the 5000 seeded race in 18:13.70, and Lee's Logan Hernandez won the B-section. Lee's Justin Brooks won the men's 400 with his twin Josiah third in the 100 and second in long jump and triple jump, and Harold Smith won the 800 with Seth Eagleson first in the men's 5000 seeded race and Christian Noble first in the steeplechase.
* Sequatchie County's Jordan Smith recently signed scholarship papers to continue her basketball career at Cleveland State Community College. The 5-foot-8 junior guard averaged 14.8 points, 3.5 assists and two steals per game last season for the Lady Indians. Smith said Lady Cougars coach Dan Lumpkin began noticing her when she played in a fall league in Meigs County. It helped that Sequatchie assistant coach and former Grundy County standout Kasey Woodlee played at Cleveland State. Smith visited the school within the last month. "It was really nice," she said. "I liked everything there. The coach is really nice, really considerate. He wanted to know all about me, and he talked about the vision he had for me." Smith scored 997 points in her high school career and the last two seasons was selected All-District 7-AA in the regular season and made the all-tournament team. She plans to major in education.
* Dalton State junior guard Deshawn Ruffin was one of the 62 NAIA Division I men's basketball players announced Monday as Daktronics Scholar Athletes. The honor requires at least junior academic status and a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Ruffin also happens to be president of his conference's student leadership council. Bryan's Marlee Sells and Reinhardt's Payton Smith from Sonoraville High School were NAIA women's Scholar Athletes announced last week. Reinhardt freshman Rebecca Cheeks, also from Sonoraville, received Division II All-America honorable mention.
* Covenant College junior Aly Hall was the Conference USA women's tennis player of week after going 2-0 at the No. 1 position in both singles and doubles this past weekend. Hall won 6-0, 6-1 and 6-0, 6-0 in singles, and she and Esther Eddy won 8-2 and 8-0 together.
* Led by four goals and two assists from Zoe Zervos, visiting Lincoln Memorial dropped the first-year Lee women's lacrosse team to 0-7 with a 17-4 win Monday. Brianne Schapira scored two goals for Lee; Madeline Perrigo and Hannah Rotello each had one. Abby Sanders made 11 saves.
* Bryan College lost 3-2 and 8-1 to visiting Lindsey Wilson in NAIA softball Monday. Kim Borowski was 2-for-3 and scored a run and Becca Zimmerman and Madison Owens had RBIs in the first game for Bryan (10-12). Borowski and Zimmerman each was 1-for-2 in game two, Zimmerman batting in Borowski.
* The Sewanee softball team lost 8-1 to Elmhurst on Monday at Clermont, Fla. Katie Roth was 2-for-4 with a double for the Tigers (1-14).