McCallie rowers win state, region

McCallie rowers win state, region

April 30th, 2012 by Staff Report in Sportlocal

The McCallie School crew team won its third consecutive Tennessee and region championships Saturday in the Dogwood Regatta at Oak Ridge. The Dogwood is USRowing's designated regional for Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama and Mississippi, and it was bigger than ever this year with more than 400 boats entered. McCallie won varsity 8, varsity 4, varsity lightweight 4, novice 8 and second novice 4 races and was second in second varsity 8 and second novice 8. In the showcase event, the McCallie varsity 8 of Drew Hettenbach, Ellis Harr, Mike Ray, August Wherry, Nick Cousar, Walt Johnston, Ross Weiser, Fletcher Sims and coxswain J.T. Wu edged the visiting Lincoln Park Juniors from Chicago by 0.91 second. That left the Blue Tornado 30-1 for the spring season, the only loss coming against the Cincinnati Juniors club. Seven of Chattanooga Junior Rowing's 13 boats in the Dogwood Regatta reached the final rounds, and two were winners: Kaleb Bledsoe and Emilio Craddock in men's double scull and David May with brothers Iain, Connor and Quin Nash in men's quad. CJR's Vivian Anderson, Erin Hall, Aubrey Gardin, Ruth Hopkins and coxswain Trinh Keegan were second in women's lightweight 4. McCallie and CJR will compete May 10-12 in the Southeast Junior Championship Regatta in Sarasota, Fla.


• KNOXVILLE -- Former Girls Preparatory School standout Tory Lewis was 1-for-3 as the seventh-ranked Tennessee softball team completed a sweep of its final 2012 Southeastern Conference series by edging Mississippi 2-1 on Sunday. That was the 17th consecutive win for the Lady Vols (44-9, 22-6), and the 13th winning decision in a row for junior Ivy Renfroe, who pitched a three-hitter.


• NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Despite a 6-1, 6-2 singles win by freshman Bronte Goodhue from GPS, Sewanee lost 6-3 to top seed and nationally 14th-ranked Trinity University in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference women's tennis championship match Sunday. It lasted five and a half hours. Sewanee, ranked 16th, trailed 4-0 after doubles and the first singles match that ended, but then Goodhue broke the ice at No. 2 and Michelle Flume at No. 3 and Anne Garland at No. 4 also won as Sewanee split four three-set decisions. Sewanee fell 7-2 to Birmingham-Southern in the men's third-place match, the Tigers' Rand Jackson at No. 1 and Alex Cooper at No. 4 pulling out tight wins. BSC junior Sawyer Voges from Chattanooga and McCallie won in singles and doubles.


• GREENSBORO, Ga. -- David Noll Jr. of Dalton and partner Mark Strickland of Woodstock tied for second for the second straight year in the Georgia Four-Ball golf tournament, this time with a 19-under-par 197 for 54 holes ending Sunday at the Harbor Club. Macon's Travis Steed and Monroe's Mark Sweeney were one stroke better. Noll and Strickland also were in a second-place tie at 129 after Saturday's second round. Matt Oxford of Rocky Face and Greg Brock of Calhoun wound up 40th at 217.


• SEWANEE, Tenn. -- Top-seeded Colorado College edged Sewanee 10-9 in the SCAC women's lacrosse championship match Sunday. Sewanee trailed by four with 8:40 left but got three goals by senior Meg Welton and had other opportunities before ending its season at 11-6. Welton had six goals and an assist and ended her career with 227 goals. That total included goals in 65 consecutive matches, tying for second place in NCAA Division III women's history, four short of the record. Ellie Cole had three goals and two assists for Colorado College. In the men's final in Birmingham, Birmingham-Southern defeated Colorado College 8-5.


• The Appalachian Athletic Conference baseball tournament will begin Tuesday at Hunter Wright Stadium in Kingsport, Tenn., with nationally seventh-ranked Tennessee Wesleyan and regular-season runner-up Bryan College heading two double-elimination pools of four teams each. No. 1 seed Wesleyan (41-11, 22-2) is scheduled to face No. 8 Virginia Intermont (15-31, 6-18) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The other two teams in their pool, fourth-seeded Milligan (25-25, 13-11) and fifth seed Reinhardt (20-30, 10-14), will open the tournament at 11 a.m., followed by preseason favorite and third seed Union College (32-20, 16-8) against sixth seed Montreat (18-30, 9-15) at 1:30 p.m. Bryan (39-16, 17-7) faces seventh seed Bluefield (28-24, 7-17) at 5.