The Central High School Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony for 2019 has been set for halftime of the Sept. 20 football game against East Hamilton, after a barbecue dinner starting at 5:30. The five inductees include three who are deceased — three-sport standout Ken Hudgins (class of 1952), football star Ronnie Robbs ('56) and wrestler Johnny Bradford ('77) — plus Jerry Shuford ('61) and Gary Bohannon ('94). Shuford played basketball, helped win a baseball state championship and was all-city in football for the Purple Pounders, in addition to being a lieutenant colonel in the ROTC program and Mr. Central as a senior. He went on to a four-year football career at Vanderbilt, where he punted and played quarterback. Bohannon starred as a baseball pitcher at Central, Chattanooga State and Kennesaw State, where he was all-conference and part of an NCAA Division II national championship, and then pitched in the New York Mets organization and served 10 years as a college pitching coach. Hudgins was all-city in football, baseball and boxing, was on the 1951 state championship football team and received a football scholarship to Western Kentucky, and he was a Southern boxing champion with a 127-6 amateur career. Robbs was an all-state football player who shone as a fullback and a punter and was on two Central state-champion teams before helping Auburn win the 1957 college national title. Bradford was a two-time high school champion who went to Tennessee on a wrestling scholarship, placed four years at SEC tournaments and became an NCAA region champion at heavyweight. Tickets for the dinner and game can be bought at Central's office; the phone number is 344-1470.
» University of Tennessee at Chattanooga sophomore goalkeeper Abbey Saddler from Ooltewah is the first Southern Conference women's soccer defensive player of the week for the 2019 season. Saddler, a transfer from Arkansas, had five saves and a shutout in the Mocs' 1-0 win at Eastern Kentucky.
» The Bryan College men's soccer team played to a 1-1 draw in its season opener Tuesday night at Georgia Gwinnett, which is ranked 12th in the NAIA. Bryan actually outshot the Grizzlies 21-6 but trailed from 3:06 into the game until Felipe Teruel's goal with 2:25 left in regulation time. He netted a volley off the crossbar from a cross by Haaris Hussain. The Gwinnett keeper made 10 saves.
» Tennessee Wesleyan edged visiting Martin Methodist 3-2 in NAIA men's soccer Tuesday, with goals by Kuda Nhiwatiwa, Izaack Lambert and Kyle Wynne from assists by Montel McKenzie, George Green and Josh Conradie. Those last two scores came 10 seconds apart in the 82nd minute. Nawn Thang gave Martin Methodist leads of 1-0 and 2-1, but the Bulldogs rose to 3-1. Monday, McKenzie was named the Appalachian Athletic Conference offensive player of the week, and TWU goalkeeper Josh Croucher got the defensive honor.
» Cleveland State dropped to 0-3 this volleyball season with a 3-0 loss (25-15, 25-10, 25-21) Tuesday at Snead State. All three Lady Cougars defeats have been to Alabama community colleges.