Dalton State basketball player Deshawn Ruffin is the president this school year of the Southern States Athletic Conference Leadership Council.

Dalton State basketball standout Deshawn Ruffin is the president of the Southern States Athletic Conference's Leadership Council for 2016-17. The junior guard from The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Fla., "is clearly a natural leader. He has very good administrative skills and is off to a good start," SSAC commissioner Mike Hall said in a release. The council has monthly conference calls about SSAC issues and projects, and "we also make recommendations on the website, social media and conference championships," said Ruffin, who is on a similar panel at the NAIA level. "We are so proud that Deshawn would have such a prominent position with the student leadership of our conference," DSC basketball coach Tony Ingle said. "We all realize that he is such a remarkable person."


* The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga smothered visiting Wofford 3-0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-20) in Southern Conference volleyball Friday as Miranda Elpers had 10 kills and 10 digs and Kristy Wieser and Allie Davenport added eight and seven kills. Lauren Greenspoon had 20 assists, Madison Bergren set 11, Rachel Petkosh made 11 digs and Emily Plumlee had seven block assists for the Mocs (10-7, 3-1). Wofford is 10-9, 3-2.

* Berry defeated Sewanee 3-0 (25-7, 25-21, 25-23) in Southern Athletic Association volleyball Friday and is 14-5, 7-2. Mason Gardella and Elizabeth Gill led Sewanee (8-8, 2-6) in kills with eight and seven.


* The UTC soccer team's three-game winning streak ended Friday night with a 4-0 SoCon loss to Samford at Finley Stadium. Jermaine Seoposenwe and Abriella Argueta each had a goal and an assist for Samford (8-3-2, 4-1), which outshot the Mocs (5-8-1, 3-2) 12-3.

* Lee University swept a Gulf South home soccer doubleheader with Spring Hill. The Flames (8-3, 3-0) won 3-1 with a goal and an assist from Jose Orellana, other goals from Jeremy Bonyaa and Samaan Williams and two assists from David Perez, and the sixth-ranked Lady Flames (8-1-1, 5-0) won 4-0 with two goals from Lauren Peters, scores also from Kinsey Cichowitz and McKenzie Bricker and assists from Suzanne Arant and Nicole Blanchard.

* Carl Simakoff and Josh Brower each scored two goals and Jesse Riggs had a goal and two assists as the Covenant men's soccer team erupted to a 6-1 USA South victory over Huntingdon on Friday. Matt Morefield netted the sixth goal. Caleb Bureau and Henry Paris added assists for the Scots (2-8-2, 2-4). The Covenant women (9-2, 7-1) won 5-0 as Anna Robertson scored twice and Rebekah Gravitt, Summer Bader and Ashlyn Franks each had a goal and an assist.

* The Sewanee soccer teams beat visiting Millsaps in an SAA doubleheader, 4-1 in the women's game and 3-1 in the men's. Erin Gill had a goal and two assists and Katie Morrison, Dayla LaRocque and Isabelle MacDonald also scored for the female Tigers (6-6-1, 3-0). Marco Randazzo had two goals and Ben Vaeth two assists for the Sewanee men (6-5-2, 1-2), who got their second goal from Noah Day.

* Rury Alvarez had two goals and an assist and Santiago Moore and Jose Villalobos also scored in Dalton State's 4-1 SSAC men's win Thursday night at Mobile. Dean Foster also had an assist, and Diego Gonzalez made six saves. Mobile won the women's game 6-0.


* David Noll Jr. of Dalton won two rounds Friday in the Atlanta Amateur Match Play Championship at Rivermont Golf Club in Johns Creek and plays Kane Whitehurst of Duluth in the quarterfinals this morning. Noll's victims were Atlanta residents Greg Hamilton (4 and 3) and Bill Faith (3 and 2).

* Matt Crowder of Cleveland is tied for 17th at 6-over-par 150 after two of the three rounds in the 2016 Tennessee Mid-Amateur Championship at Nashville Golf & Athletic Club, and Chattanooga's Winston Brown is tied for 23rd at 152. Nashville's Joseph Deraney leads at 140, one shot ahead of Lawrenceburg's Corey Rochelle.


* In addition to Audrey Smith as the Gulf South women's runner of the week, Lee had both freshmen of the week for their performances in the Greater Louisville Classic: Blakely Moore for the women and Christian Noble for the men. Moore had the fastest 5k time for a GSC freshman this season, 19:21.4, and Noble's 24:39.8 was the second fastest GSC 8k this season and second fastest 8k in Lee history.