Auburn University football chaplain Chette Williams - a 1985 Auburn graduate who played on Tigers teams that won the Sugar, Citrus and Liberty bowls - will be the keynote speaker for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes "Road to Victory" banquet on March 4 at the Chattanooga Convention Center. "What an amazing year the Auburn football team just concluded!" area FCA director Jay Fowler said in the announcement release. "We are thrilled that their chaplain and spiritual leader ... will be coming to Chattanooga to share behind-the-scenes insights of spiritual victories that coincided with the amazing on-the-field performance." Williams earned a master of divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and served churches and ministries in South Carolina and Alabama before returning to his alma mater in 1999. His is a daily ministry with players, coaches, athletic department staff and some of their families. The FCA fundraising banquet starts at 6:30 p.m. that Tuesday, and more information is available from Fowler at 877-3561 or 309-4255 or at www.chattanoogafca.org.
• Tennessee Wesleyan College swept an Appalachian Athletic Conference basketball doubleheader Wednesday evening at Bryan College in Dayton, the women winning 59-52 and the men winning 81-67. Armeka Booker topped TWC's women with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Shira Buley scored 13 and equaled Courtney Gobble with three steals. Cody Houck added 11 points. Bryan got 15 points from Megan Billingsby and 12 from Keila Formont. Tyler Burse made 3-of-5 from behind the arc and led TWC's men with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Shannon Smith had 18 points and five assists and Andrew Scofield chipped in with 11 points. Derek Hosey and Devante Jenkins contributed 10 points each with Hosey adding seven assists and three steals. Brandon Cole's 27 points and eight rebounds led the Lions. Robert Troino had 12 points, Logan Sharp scored 10 and Derrick Walker added nine and three steals.
Chattanooga's Cadashia Collins will represent the Tennessee Titans in the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick National Finals on Saturday in Denver during the weekend of the Divisional playoff games. A special on-field award presentation will air Sunday after the third quarter of the game between the Broncos and San Diego Chargers on CBS. Collins, who will compete in the 8-9 girls' age division, is among 40 youths who advanced to the national finals through local, sectional and team championship competitions held throughout the NFL regular season. The top four scorers in each age group from across the country qualified as national finalists. Boys' and girls' finalists will compete separately in five age divisions with the top scorer in each group crowned national champion. All participants will get two punts, two passes and two kicks with scores based on distance and accuracy (in feet). The best score from each activity is tabulated to determine the athlete's total.
Baylor School and Baylor Swim Club member Sam McHugh has been invited by United States Swimming to attend the U.S. National Junior Team Training Camp held at the Olympic Training Center n Colorado Springs, Colo. The dates are April 10-13. McHugh earned the invitation by being one of the six fastest swimmers in the U.S. this past year in an Olympic swimming event. His was the 200-meter butterfly. McHugh joins former Baylor swimmers Spencer Rowe, Arden Pitman, and Kristen Vredeveld on making the U.S. Junior team. "This is a great opportunity for Sam", Baylor swimming coach Dan Flack said in a school release. "It is great to see another Baylor Swim Club member rise right out of the CASL summer league through our program to go on to be a part of a Junior team that represents the United States. Sam will be exposed to a ton of great information and technical feedback from the National team staff and supporting coaches at the Olympic Training Center, Hopefully he can bring that experience back to continue our tradition of high level developmental swimming here at Baylor."