In its first year in the USA South conference, Covenant College was picked to win the league championship in baseball. Coach Doug Simons' Scots got three of nine possible first-place votes in the 10-team league and 67 total points in the coaches' poll. North Carolina Wesleyan was second with two firsts and 63 points, followed by Methodist with 60 and Piedmont with 58. Covenant's Scots return seven position starters from last year's 28-19 team that went to the National Christian college national tournament, including leading hitters Scott Gillespie, David Lockwood and Will Cleland, and top starting pitchers Micah Mabe, Garrett Kriston and Alhanon Miller. The Scots' season starts Feb. 18 in Rome, Ga., against Bates College from Maine.
Track & Field
• University of Tennessee at Chattanooga sophomore Teghan Henderson was the Southern Conference women's indoor track athlete of the week for her 36-second victory and personal-best indoor time of 9:35.19 in the top 3000-meter race last weekend at the Niswonger Invitational meet in Johnson City.
• Madison Lee made all four of her 3-point shots and scored 14 points to lead the Lee University women's basketball team to a 66-39 Gulf South Conference win Thursday night at home against West Georgia. Lee also won the subsequent men's game, 83-80, on Corey Billingsley's 3-pointer with 0.7 second to go. Billingsley had 22 points and James Worthington added 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Flames ended a six-game losing streak, and Tyquan Roberts had 14 points and eight reobunds. Hollie German added 13 points with three 3s for the Lady Flames (11-4, 7-2), while Jenna Adams had 12 rebounds with 11 points and Rachel Lockhart had nine assists. Angela Davis led West Georgia (4-12, 2-8) with 14 points.
• Georgia Northwestern sophomore Alyssa Nichelson was the Georgia NJCAA Division III women's basketball player of the week after averaging 23 points, 11 rebounds and five steals in road games last week at Southern Union and Toccoa Falls. The Canton, Ga., resident was first-team all-region last year. The GNTC teams will host the Welch women and West Georgia Tech men in food-drive games Saturday starting at 2 p.m. at the Rossville Athletic Complex. The donation of at least one nonperishable food item will serve as admission to the doubleheader.
• Chattanooga's Y-CAP Boxing Club is hosting a night of warmup bouts Saturday at the Loose Cannon Studio art gallery at 1800 Rossville Ave., beginning at 6. There are 18 bouts scheduled with teams from Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama, and admission costs $5. For more information call Joe Smith at 400-8472.