Martin wins pro debut by TKO and other sports news

Martin wins pro debut by TKO and other sports news

September 19th, 2013 by Staff Reports in Sportlocal

Ryan Martin, a 2011 Central High School graduate and amateur national champion from Chattanooga's YCAP boxing program, won his first professional fight Monday night at the Resorts World Casino in Queens, N.Y., as the opening fight on the eight-bout "Big Apple Boxing" event for SMS Promotions, owned by rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson. Fighting as a lightweight (135 pounds), Martin won by TKO at 1:42 of the second round against another first-time pro, Darus Somieri. A report said Martin "was very impressive, displaying blistering speed and landing vicious combinations to both the body and the head from the outset." He decked Somieri with an overhand right in the second round and then poured on the pressure, forcing the referee to end it.


• Chattanooga's Wesley Cash won again both in singles and doubles Wednesday in the USTA Men's 55 Grass Court national tournament at Forest Hills, N.Y. Cash, a 5 seed in singles, beat 9 seed Keith Banister of Roswell, Ga., 6-1, 6-3 in the round of 16. Cash and Michael Tammen of Portland, Ore., the top seeds with the 2013 indoor national title already, breezed 6-1, 6-0 over Christopher Bennett of New Jersey and Adam Rosen of Port Washington, N.Y. in a quarterfinal.


• Western Carolina sophomore Kelly Pannell from Sale Creek and Baylor School was named the College Sports Madness Southern Conference women's soccer player of the week after scoring all three goals in the Catamounts' 2-0 win over Western Kentucky and 1-1 tie with East Tennessee State last weekend. She has scored the last four goals and also has three assists this season for WCU, whichwill play Friday night at Mercer.

• Summer Lanter from Soddy-Daisy assisted Ode Fulutudilu on an early score and broke a 1-1 tie with an unassisted goal at 73:18 as the Lee women's soccer team won 2-1 Wednesday night at North Alabama in its first Gulf South Conference match. Lanter sent the winning shot backward over her head from a crowd in front of the goal for Lee (2-2).

• Daniel Branley and Ryan Griswold scored the goals as Bryan College beat Union (Ky.) in AAC men's soccer at Dayton. Zach McCown assisted on Branley's score at 28:40.

• The Covenant College men's soccer team won 2-1 at home against previously 6-0 Birmingham-Southern. Joel Friesen from Snoopy Davidson and Michael Arango from Hunter Harrison sandwiched second-half goals around one by BSC's Dylan Rose for the Scots (4-1-2).

• Clayton State beat Tennessee Temple 6-1 in women's soccer at Morrow, Ga. Lacreasha Couch scored from a Kansas Carpenter pass for Temple (2-6).


• Lee University sophomore Bernadette Little was chosen the National Christian College Athletic Association women's golfer of the week for her medalist performance of 143 for 36 holes at the Smokey Mountain Invitational for NCAA Division II teams.

Auto Racing

• U.S. Marine Colby Kilgore won by inches over Tanner Works in a thrilling Crate Late Model 25-lap race last Saturday at North Georgia Speedway that left third-place finisher Jeff Smith disqualified for unsportsmanlike conduct and reckless endangerment, and track promoter Jason Jones announced this week a bigger purse for another Crate Late warm-up this Saturday for the 60-lap, $5,000-to-win "1-BiG Crate ShowDown" set for Oct. 12 at the Chatsworth facility. National Title Pawn has hooked up as a sponsor this week, and the winner will get $1,200. Other victors last Saturday were Johnny Cloer Jr. in Limited Late Model Steelhead, David Rogers in Econo Hobby, Tony Walston in Modified Hobby, Darrell Owenby in Sportsman and Jimmy Plumlee in Pony. Gates open at 4 p.m. with racing starting about 7.


• Tonight's games in week two of the CABC Fall Basketball League, a new venture including 60 of the area's best high school players, will pit the teams dubbed North Carolina (coached by Blaine Brewer) and Michigan State (Nick Fike) at 6, the Duke (Chris Edge) and Chattanooga (Zach Ferrell) squads at 7 and Vandy (David Helton) versus Old Dominion (Jonathan Adams) at 8 in the Arts & Sciences gym. General admission costs $2. Games will continue on Thursdays through Oct. 10.