Area sports notes: Lee's Josiah Brooks is national track honoree

Area sports notes: Lee's Josiah Brooks is national track honoree

December 6th, 2018 by Staff Reports in Sports - College

Lee University senior Josiah Brooks is the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's NCAA Division II men's national indoor athlete of the week. He won the triple jump and 200-meter dash, set school records in the 60 and 200 and was the top collegian in the 60 at the BSC Indoor Icebreaker last week in Birmingham, Alabama, and his showings in the three events were the best of the week in D-II and the second (200), fourth (60) and seventh (triple) across all college levels.

Football

» UTC senior running back Alex Trotter from McCallie School is the Southern Conference candidate for the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision's 2018 Doris Robinson Scholar-Athlete Award. Trotter has a 3.29 grade point average as a mechanical engineering major and ran 35 times for 139 yards and a touchdown this season. There are 13 finalists; STATS will announce the winner Monday.

Avery Davis

Avery Davis

Photo by C.B. Schmelter /Times Free Press.

Baylor's Avery Davis, right, competes with Ensworth's Anna Munson for the ball during a TSSAA Division II-AA state tournament match on Oct. 16 at Baylor School.

Baylor's Avery Davis, right, competes with Ensworth's Anna...

Photo by C.B. Schmelter /Times Free Press.

Soccer

» Baylor School honored senior soccer star Avery Davis with a celebration Wednesday night of her recent signing of a letter of intent to play for Elon. She had committed to the North Carolina university in May after shifting her recruiting targets from the North to the South after her family's move from a Chicago suburb. "I went to an I.D. camp at Elon, and it just felt right for me," Davis said. "The school had everything I wanted, I felt the coaches were saying things I agreed with, and the team seemed very connected — they seemed like a family." Her two seasons at Baylor included 32 goals and 18 assists, a 2017 state championship and two years of all-state recognition. She was All-South as a junior and the Times Free Press Best of Preps girls' player of the year for the 2017-18 school year. "I just wish they moved down here when she was a freshman," Baylor coach Curtis Blair said. "She is one of the most coachable players we have, she is one of the hardest-working, and she is one of the best players we have. And she's one of the best people to be around."

Basketball

» The Covenant College men's basketball team remained perfect in USA South play with a 62-52 home defeat Wednesday of Piedmont. Will Crumly and Mitchell Hollis scored 15 and 13 points, and Bailey Spragg had 14 rebounds and six assists for the Scots (4-3, 4-0).

» The NAIA's 19th-ranked Bryan women improved to 9-1, 8-0 in the Appalachian Athletic Conference, with an 81-65 win over Reinhardt, which was led by Heritage graduate Jada Hubbard — the reigning AAC player of the week — and Ringgold's Bethany Headrick. Bryan's Deandra Luna had 25 points with 4-of-6 3-point shooting, 10 assists and seven rebounds, and Karli Combs scored 17 points with four 3s. Shayla Ludy and Amber Levi added 13 and 11 points. Hubbard and Headrick had 19 and 14 points and eight rebounds each for Reinhardt (7-3, 6-2). Hubbard totaled 37 points, nine rebounds and seven steals in two wins last week. Reinhardt (6-6, 4-3) won the men's game 81-74. Brandon Thomas (seven rebounds), Austin Douglas (five assists) and Keaton Dotson (four 3s) scored 17 each for the Lions (6-6, 4-4), and EJ Bush had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

» Tennessee Wesleyan University beat the Columbia International women 74-56 and the CI men 105-79 in AAC games. For the TWU women (5-4, 3-4), Hannah Troutt and Kenzie Conn had 14 points apiece and eight and seven rebounds, and Gina Dick contributed 13 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Hunter Simpson had 11 points, six assists and seven rebounds, and Hannah Cherry scored 10 points. For the TWU men (7-3, 3-2), Ty Patterson had 16 points and seven rebounds, Djimon Wilson and Joshua Chairs 14 points each, QD Cox 12 points on 4-of-6 3s, Jalen Oliver six assists and Todd Lansden eight rebounds.

» Georgia Northwestern Technical College's Bobcats led by six at halftime but lost 64-44 to the TWU junior varsity Tuesday. Jarret Gill had 12 points, seven rebounds and four assists, and Jayce Harris had 11 points and 10 rebounds for GNTC (2-4).