Bo Jackson set for Athens Chamber of Commerce dinner

Bo Jackson set for Athens Chamber of Commerce dinner

September 25th, 2017 by Staff Reports in Sports - College

Former Auburn University and NFL and pro baseball star Bo Jackson is next in the line of ultra-successful sports figures to speak at the Athens (Tenn.) Area Chamber of Commerce's annual benefit dinner. The event won't be until June 9, but tickets go on sale Oct. 2 and sponsorships are available now. Sponsorships include VIP tickets, which allow up-front seating, photos with Jackson, an autographed football or helmet and "a wealth of advertising," according to a recent Chamber release. For more information see or call 423-745-0334. Jackson won the 1985 Heisman Trophy and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1996, and he was the first athlete to be both an NFL All-Pro and an MLB All-Star. He was the MVP of the 1989 All-Star Game. The first pick of the 1986 NFL draft, he opted to start his professional career in baseball, but he wound up performing amazing feats in both sports. In 2013 ESPN dubbed him the "greatest athlete of all time."


* Freshman forward Chloe Arnold scored in the 86th minute and Bailey Coppedge finished with four saves as the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga won 1-0 in Southern Conference competition Sunday at Western Carolina. The Mocs (3-6-2, 1-1) took just five shots to 11 by the Catamounts (3-7-1, 0-2), but Arnold's persistence paid off on the late unassisted goal.

* Lee's women's and men's teams both won 1-0 in a Gulf South Conference doubleheader Sunday at Union University in Jackson, Tenn. For the Lady Flames (5-3, 4-1), Lauren Peters scored in the 74th minute and Haley Gribler finished with seven saves. For the Flames (3-3-2, 2-2), Alfie Coldron found the net in the 37th minute and Tristen Putnam stopped seven shots. The Union women are 2-4, 2-3; the men are 0-6, 0-3.


* The UTC women finished 10th among 17 teams at Furman's Lady Paladin Invitational, which wrapped up Sunday. UTC finished with a three-day total of 895, two strokes behind Southern Miss and two ahead of East Tennessee State University. Furman won with an 857, 1o strokes better than Daytona State, which had the individual champion in Jiwon Jeon at 11-under 205. UTC's best individual finishes came from Cristina Perez, who closed with a 1-over 73 to finish at 221 and tie for 21st, and Monica San Juan (77, 223, tied for 26th). Former St. Andrews-Sewanee golfer Jenna Burris from Manchester helped Middle Tennessee State University finish fourth, 18 shots out of first, by tying for fourth at 212.

* Lee's women tied for fourth in the 18-team Battle of Old South, which was hosted by UNC-Pembroke and finished Sunday. SCAD-Savannah won with a two-day total of 582, ahead of St. Leo (590), Florida Southern (594) and Lee and Wingate, which each tallied a 597. The Lady Flames' best individual finish came from senior Caroline Moore, who had back-to-back 74s and tied for 12th.


* Sewanee split a tri-match at home Sunday, losing 3-2 to Southern Athletic Association opponent Millsaps but beating Huntingdon 3-1. Sewanee's set scores in the loss were 25-21, 25-15, 21-25, 23-23, 13-15; in the win it was 25-17, 22-25, 25-21, 25-10. Against Millsaps, stat leaders were Destiny Stewart (17 kills, 27 digs), Constance Connolly (23 assists) Mason Gardella (eight block assists). Standouts against Huntingdon were Stewart (31 kills), Connolly (24 assists) and Peyton Parent (13 digs). The Tigers are 7-6 overall and 1-3 in the SAA.


* Sewanee's Owen Legrone finished ninth out of 71 runners in the men's 4-mile race at the Austin Peay cross country meet Saturday, and the Tigers' Tricia Murphy and Ann Chapman Haynes were 16th and 24th in the women's 3.1-miler. The event included only one other Division III team and had five Division I and two Division II schools, headed by Memphis. Legrone's time was 18:55.2; teammate Bram Atkins was 25th. Luis Perez from the first-year Cleveland State Community College program was 23rd.