The Bryan College and Tennessee Temple men's soccer teams begin official 2013-14 athletic competition for area colleges Thursday night at 7 at Bryan's field in Dayton. With a new head coach, Drew Courtney, the Lions host Bob Jones University in a scrimmage there Tuesday at 4. Temple visits Hiwassee in a women-men soccer doubleheader starting at noon Saturday. Bryan's Lady Lions scrimmage Temple at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and officially start with a 7:30 home match Saturday against Toccoa Falls. Bryan's volleyball team hosts Sewanee and Martin Methodist in exhibition matches Thursday but doesn't tip off officially until Aug. 29 in Daytona Beach, Fla. Temple's volleyball team opens Saturday at Dalton State with Milligan also competing. After a doubleheader scrimmage with the men Wednesday at Carson-Newman, the Tennessee Wesleyan women's soccer team opens Saturday night at Brenau.
• Steve Lohn continues his tour of Southern Athletic Association volleyball programs. The 2010-13 assistant coach at Rhodes College served as an assistant last fall at Birmingham-Southern and now is joining Shawna Laurendine's staff at Sewanee. BSC finished 21-9 and in third place in the SAA tournament in 2013. He was a manager for Mississippi's volleyball team from 2004 to 2007 and then was a volunteer coach for the Ole Miss club team until getting the Rhodes job.
• Andy Morgan of Dayton, Tenn., finished 14th Saturday in the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup that culminates the FLW Walmart Tour bass fishing season. The top 10 go out on Lake Murray in South Carolina again today for a chance at the $500,000 top prize, and former Cup champion Brent Ehrler of Redlands, Calif., is the leader at 39 pounds, 1 ounce for three days. Bryan Thrift of Shelby, N.C., is second at 38-14, and Anthony Gagliardi of Prosperity, S.C.; Scott Canterbury of Springville, Ala., and Casey Ashley of Donalds, S.C., are bunched third through fifth at 37-4, 37-3 and 36-7. Morgan, FLW's national angler of the year in 2013 and 2014, brought in only two fish totaling 3-12 Saturday and wound up at 26-10, good for $15,000. Brad Knight of Wartburg, Tenn., got the same for 20th at 21-8. First- and second-day leaders David Dudley and Philip Jarabeck from Lynchburg, Va., wound up 15th and 11th. Jarabeck missed today's round by one ounce. The Walmart tour will return to Chickamauga Lake in early June.
• The local Alabama Alumni & Friends kickoff dinner on Sept. 9 at Finley Stadium's Stadium Club costs $40 for members and $50 for others. It will feature former Crimson Tide quarterback John Parker Wilson, who will be available for autographs and photos from 5:30 until the dinner begins at 6:15. Wilson led the Tide to a 12-0 regular season in 2008. For anyone wanting to attend but not eat, the cost is $20 for members, $30 for others. To reserve a place, call Jack Danner at 892-3729 or see www.chattabamaclub.com and click on the reservations link.