Area Sports Notes: Luke Lea among seven set for Sewanee hall of fame

The 2018 Sewanee Athletics Hall of Fame inductees were announced Friday, and they span 109 years of graduating classes. The seven individuals will be honored officially Oct. 26-27, Sewanee's homecoming weekend. Chronologically they start with Luke Lea, who founded The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville, served with distinction in World War I and was a member of Congress by the age of 32. Before graduating from Columbia Law School in 1903, he earned Sewanee degrees in 1899 and 1900 and was the manager and schedule coordinator for the famed 1899 football team that went 12-0 with a 322-10 margin of victory and shutouts of Texas, Texas A&M, Tulane, LSU and Ole Miss in a six-day train trip.

The other inductees this year are basketball players Harry Hoffman (class of 1976) and Sally Jackson Williams (2006), football defensive back Mike Mondelli (1993), golfer Jerre Maynor (2006), tennis player Laura Fanjoy (2007) and cross country, track and field and diving athlete Hallie Blunck (2006).

Blunck was NCAA all-region twice in cross country, set the still-standing school record in women's pole vault, helped set indoor 4x400 and 4x800 school records and finished third in both diving events in conference meets.

Fanjoy was a two-time singles and doubles All-American and led her Tigers to a third-place national finish in 2007; she was an ITA national doubles finalist in 2006.

Maynor holds the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament record of 134 for 36 holes and was a three-time All-SCAC first-team golfer; in league tourneys he was second in 2005 and third in 2004 in addition to his 2006 victory.

Williams was a four-time All-SCAC player and totaled 1,284 points, 743 rebounds and 108 blocked shots in her 102-game career.

Mondelli was first-team All-SCAC in 1991 and 1992 and joins three other Tigers in the hall from the 1992 football team that went 8-1, won the league title and gave up just 15 points per game.

Hoffman totaled 1,316 points and 647 rebounds and shot 49.8 percent from the field for his career that included two NCAA tournament appearances. He received an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.


' PGA Tour member Stephan Jaeger from Baylor School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is in the field for 36-hole U.S. Open sectional qualifying Monday at Ansley Golf Club-Settindown Creek at Roswell, Georgia. So are Dalton State All-American and Jack Nicklaus Award winner S.M. Lee, Lee University standout Scott Odell and former Lee player Shea Sylvester. The 43 players will be trying for spots in the U.S. Open June 14-17 at Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, New York.

' Tess Davenport of Blairsville lost in 20 holes to Augusta's Sarah Harrison in Friday's round of 16 in the Georgia Women's Match Play championship division at Reynolds Lake Oconee in Eatonton. In the tournament division, however, Savanah Satterfield of Chatsworth edged Newnan's Aude Stewart in 19 holes and had a 2-up lead on Braselton's Keagan Dunn through 12 holes when afternoon quarterfinal play was suspended until this morning because of dangerous weather.


' Recent Gordon Lee High School graduate Abby Dalton signed this week to continue her basketball career at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. She averaged 10.9 points this past season and led the Lady Trojans in 3-point baskets. "Abby is such a great young lady. She's a super, super kid as far as work ethic and desire, and she's a really good player who can shoot the lights out," Gordon Lee coach Kevin McElhaney said in a GNTC release. "We've depended on her a lot these past couple of years to really be able to score, and she's done that. She has one of the best pure shots that you'll ever see. (And) her love and passion for the game, that's what really draws you to her." Gordon Lee reached the 2018 state round of 16, and Dalton said she wants to keep that momentum going. "I'm a big competitor, and I love to compete," she said.