Carson-Newman College sophomore Ishmael Sanders from Cleveland High School was announced Wednesday as a member of the preseason All-South Atlantic Conference second team for men's basketball. The former Blue Raiders star led the Eagles with 13.4 points per game as a freshman and set the SAC single-game record with 51 points against Mars Hill. Sanders reached double figures in 15 of his last 19 games.
n CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- The Cleveland State men's basketball team opened its season Wednesday night with a 105-72 win over the Bryan College junior varsity. Former Red Bank standout Nick Ross led all scorers with 27 points on 10-of-24 shooting for the Cougars, Howard's Barry Griffin added 22. Keith Johnson and Dominique Macon each had double-doubles in the win. Johnson scored 14 points and had 15 rebounds, while Macon, a former Cleveland High star, had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Jake Thayer led the Bryan JV with 19 points, and Calvin Smith had 14 while Andrew Blasser added 11.
n The Georgia Northwestern Technical College men's basketball team begins its season at 6 p.m. today by hosting four-year school Hiwassee at the Rossville Athletic Complex. Matt Woods and Ben Patton from Dade County are proven sophomores for GNTC, which has 6-foot-5 former Hixson star Randy Boyd, 6-4 Corey Fuleki from Adairsville and 5-9 point guard Fernando Limus Jr. from Model High among a group of promising freshmen. Another newcomer is 32-year-old Andre Towns, a Dalton High graduate. The Lady Bobcats begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday at their home facility at Shorter University in Rome, against Snead State.
n The Lee University men's golf team finished fifth out of 13 teams in the Oklahoma Christian Intercollegiate tournament that ended Tuesday in Oklahoma City. The defending NAIA champion host team won with an 850 total for 54 holes, six strokes better than second-place Grand View (Iowa). Oklahoma City University was third at 863, and Northwood was fourth at 881, one shot better than Lee. Sophomore Hunter Vest tied for 20th at 220 after a 78 in the Flames' final round of 2011. Tyler Smith was 30th at 223 with a closing 73. Caleb Roberson shot 226 and Jeremy Lawson and Matt Emery had 227s.
n ROME, Ga. -- Bryan College lost 25-15, 25-18, 25-10 in a nonconference NAIA volleyball match Wednesday night at Shorter University. Kerrie Reinhardt led the attack for Bryan (18-17) with 11 kills, and Sarah Thacker had 28 assists in the loss.
n Rachel Harper from Boyd-Buchanan had a team-high nine kills and fellow freshman Kristen Pickett from Cleveland had 20 assists in Carson-Newman's 25-22, 25-14, 25-20 volleyball loss Tuesday night at Mars Hill. Sophomore Courtney Lawson from Red Bank had 10 digs; Harper had nine.
n The Sewanee swim teams both finished fifth and ahead of the other Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference entries, Rhodes and Hendrix, in the nine-school Hendrix Relays last Saturday at Conway, Ark. NCAA Division III schools were outnumbered at the meet, won by the Oklahoma Baptist men and Henderson State women. Sewanee's Sara Neil was second in the women's 200-yard butterfly and third in the 200 individual medley, and teammate Astrid Escobar was second in the 200 freestyle. For the Sewanee men, Courtland Day was third in the 200 breaststroke and fifth in the 200 IM and Peter Schildknecht was sixth in the 500 and 1000 frees.
n Chattanooga State baseball coach Greg Dennis is holding a free open tryout Saturday at 1 p.m. for any 2012 high school graduate interested in playing for the Tigers. Participants will run 60-yard dashes and go through defensive and hitting evaluations on the field, and pitchers will throw short bullpen sessions. Anyone interested must sign in before 1 p.m. and be ready to go. Call Dennis at 697-2418 for more information.