Area sports notes: Baylor, McCallie loaded with All-America swimmers

Area sports notes: Baylor, McCallie loaded with All-America swimmers

July 10th, 2019 by Staff Reports in Sports - College

Led by the nation's fastest high school girls' 200-yard medley relay team, Baylor School had 11 National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association 2018-19 All-Americans, and another Baylor Swim Club member from Signal Mountain joined them. Princeton-bound Addison Smith was an All-American in the 500 and 200 freestyles and 200 individual medley as well as the 200 free relay and that No. 1 medley group, which also included Ellie Waldrep, Jewel Gordon and Callie West with their state-record time of 1:39.91. This is the 16th time in program history for a Baylor relay to be ranked first nationally. Waldrep was All-America also in the 100 backstroke (with the nation's fourth best time), 100 butterfly and 100 free. Jack Kirby was honored for the boys' 100 back, 50 and 100 frees and 200 medley relay, and Alex Borisov was included for the 200 IM, 100 breaststroke and 200 medley relay, which also featured Aidan Sims and Will Tippett. Waldrep, Gordon, West and Jamee Mitchum joined Smith in two All-America relays each, and Dallas Woods and Avery Wilson were in one apiece. Florida commitment Cecilia Porter in the 100 breast was the Signal Mountain All-American.

» State champion McCallie had five NISCA All-Americans, including Jake Marcum and Will Jackson in four events each. Indiana signee Marcum was honored for the 200 freestyle and the 100 backstroke and Jackson for the 500 and 200 free, and both were on the state-winning 200 and 400 free relays along with Max Ransom. Reece Gallagher joined those three in the 200 relay; Sam Powe was in the 400 foursome. Jackson won the 500 free and Marcum the 200 free in the state meet.


» Bill Talley, a former Cleveland High School football and baseball coach, died late Tuesday night in a hospital in Odessa, Texas, according to his son Bryant Talley. Talley refused to accept being handicapped and began coaching youth at an early age. After enjoying success as a teacher and high school coach, he joined the staff of longtime friends and coaches Steve Sloan and Rex Dockery at Texas Tech. When Sloan left there for the head football coaching job at Mississippi, Talley returned to coaching high school football in Texas, where he remained as a teacher, athletic director and coach before retiring. A local memorial service is being planned; those plans will be announced when finalized.


» Lee University women's soccer coach Chris Hennessey announced Wednesday a final signee for the 2019 season: Sage Sammeli, a 5-foot-6 sophomore transfer from NCAA Division I member Southeastern Louisiana, where she made the Southland Conference honor roll as a freshman. A South Dakota native who lives now in Kathleen, Georgia, Sammeli was a standout high school midfielder who led her team in career assists and was voted offensive player of the year and best all-around player. "Sage is a player who can make things happen. She is cultured and has the ability to break down teams with her vision and technique," Hennessey said in a Lee release. "Sage already has one year of (college) experience under her, so I am looking forward to seeing her make an instant impact within the team."


» Dalton State senior golfers and former Heritage High School teammates Ben Rebne and Sport Allmond shot 7-under-par 133 (64-69) and 140 (72-68) in a U.S. Amateur qualifying tournament Monday at Knoxville's Willow Creek course. Rebne is the first alternate from that qualifier for the Aug. 12-18 national tournament at Pinehurst, North Carolina, behind medalist Ryan Hall from the South Carolina Gamecocks and Bryce Lewis from the Tennessee Volunteers.

» Pinehurst resident Nicole Adam, granddaughter of Red Bank residents Jim and Nancy Sims, was tied for 20th at 1-under-par 139 after her 69 Wednesday in the second round of the 2019 Girls Junior PGA Championship at Hartford, Connecticut. Rose Zhang of Irvine, California, leads at 130 after a 63.